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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
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Small And Silver Screen Stars Swiftly Sell Saddleworth

Jim Tavare.

Sunday 25th November is likely to be a very busy night at Off The Rails Comedy Club, Greenfield when the show features three comedians who could each sell the show out on their own!

Mancunian mirth maker Justin Moorhouse returns as compere and will be introducing Jason Cook is a firm favourite at Off The Rails and is currently appearing in BBC2’s sitcom ‘Hebburn’ . This is the story of Jason’s early years starting, in retrospect, […]

Oldham’s Bonfire Night experience returns with a bang

FlameOz – a multi-award winning fireshow that has performed across the globe.

Fantastic fireworks and family fun will be the headline attractions as Oldham’s Bonfire Night experience returns with a bang.

A spectacular fireworks display will be the centrepiece of this free event – taking place at Boundary Park on Monday, November 5 – as it returns after an absence of more than a decade.

Pyrotechnics for the evening are being provided by Fantastic Fireworks: one of the longest-established […]

Debbie Abrahams nominated for national ‘Grassroot Diplomat’ award for ‘pay on time’ campaign

Debbie Abrahams MP.

Debbie Abrahams MP of Oldham East and Saddleworth has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards.

The award looks to recognise outstanding diplomats and politicians in the UK for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts in representing civilian matters at the highest level. Nominated under the Business Driver category, Mrs Abrahams has been at the forefront of a campaign to improve late payments affecting small businesses.

Late payments can break a small business […]

Old Town Hall vision clears final planning hurdle

An artists’ impressions showing the vision for the redeveloped venue.

Oldham Council’s ambitious plans to transform the Old Town Hall into a cinema and family entertainment venue have cleared the final planning hurdle.

Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), has now given the green light to the Local Authority’s regeneration scheme for the site.

The Old Town Hall’s status as a Grade II-listed building meant that Oldham Council – whose […]

Prize winning author comes to Lees library

Robert Williams.

Award Winning Author Robert Williams is to visit Oldham and Lees library.

Robert follows up the success of his prize-winning debut, Luke and Jon, with How the Trouble Started, a dark, gripping novel about childhood, morality and the loneliness of children and adults.

Told with Robert’s characteristic warmth, humanity and deceptively light touch, it is a story about how our best and worst intentions can lead us astray, and the moments we can never leave behind.

Robert […]

Trees to be removed at Moorgate Quarry

Trees are overgrowing the heather at Moorgate Quarry and in order to enhance the habitat for moorland wildlife the trees need to be removed.

The event is part of Oldham Council’s Countryside Service’s Winter Events Programme.

Discover the ground flora and help it recover and flourish. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Countryside Staff will show attendees what to do and will provide tools and all the information needed to undertake the […]

Saddleworth public transport changes

Saddleworth residents are advised to check on how changes in local bus services will affect them next week.

First Manchester have announced a number of service changes including the withdrawal of the 82 Uppermill/Manchester morning and evening services, timetable and minor route changes to the 350 Ashton/Oldham service, as well as other alterations to the 180 and 184 services serving Diggle, Uppermill and Greenfield and the X84 express service between Delph and Manchester.

There will be no services operating from […]

New member sought to help govern Peak District National Park

People are invited to apply to be a member of the Peak District National Park Authority’s governing body for the next four years.

Defra* Secretary of State Owen Paterson is inviting applications from suitably-qualified candidates to take over when current member, Roger Clarke, comes to the end of his four-year appointment in March 2013.

People with experience of working with the voluntary sector, young people and strategic planning are particularly welcomed to apply.

There are 30 Authority members who take […]

Diggle Band Club publishes a list of events

Diggle Band Club has published a list of events to be held at the club.


27th Oct - Owterzeds Ska Halloween gig. £5 ticket + free hot supper.


Sun 28th Oct - Kids Halloween party. £1.50 ticket, 3pm - 5pm.


Thurs 1st Nov - DCA meeting 7.30pm.


Fri 9th Nov - British Legion Annual dinner. 7 - 11pm tickets £20.


Sun 11th Nov - Diggle Main Band Remembrance Concert. 7.30pm tickets £6.


Wed 14th […]

Are you thinking about adoption?

Are you thinking about adoption? If so, Oldham Council would like to invite you to their information evening.

The Local Authority, in conjunction with Bury and Rochdale Councils are running an information evening during National Adoption Week.

The event will take place on Tuesday, November 6 from 6.30pm until 9pm at Rochdale Town Hall, The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AB. Drop in anytime and there is no need to book.

Councillor Hugh McDonald, Cabinet Member for Education and safeguarding, said: “The […]

Saddleworth motorists warned to be vigilant after a number of thefts from vehicles

Police are warning Saddleworth motorists to be vigilant after a number of thefts from vehicles in the area.

Last night there were several thefts of car wing mirrors across Saddleworth, with power tools stolen from a vehicle on Stamford Road in Springhead the night before.

Also a large quantity of golfing equipment was stolen from a van on Shaw Hall Bank Road in Greenfield the other day.

Police are advising motorists to garage their vehicles if possible, and to report […]

Car crashes into wall in Uppermill

The car ended up in the wall in Uppermill. Picture: Stuart Littleford.

A driver had a lucky escape this evening as the car he was driving crashed into a wall on Station Road in Uppermill at around 7.30pm tonight.

We understand the elderly driver was trying to perform a u-turn and misjudged the road and ended up in the wall.

Picture: Stuart Littleford.

The police attended and the vehicle was taken away on a low loader.

The driver […]

Saddleworth man Colin Henshaw honoured in Trafalgar Square

Colin Henshaw proudly stands to attention with his statue to highlight the Bell's whisky mission to raise £1m for Help for Heroes.

Colin Henshaw, a former British Army soldier, from Uppermill, was on London’s Trafalgar Square yesterday to highlight Bell’s mission to raise £1m for Help for Heroes.

A battalion of statues, including Colin’s was revealed to applaud our national heroes, wounded whilst serving for their country. Unveiled ahead of National Heroes Day on Sunday, the 20-strong battalion is […]

Musical friends fundraising concert at Delph Methodist Church


Delph Methodist Church is holding a Musical Friends concert on Saturday 1st December to raise funds towards our refurbishment of the church hall.

The concert will be held at the Millgate Arts Centre, Delph, and tickets can be obtained from Delph Methodist Church at their Saturday coffee mornings or by phoning 01457 871335.

Delph Methodist Church buildings have been in use as a school, church and community space for well over 100 years. In addition to church social activities, […]