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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
George Wilson - Reporter and IT
Judith Grinter - Reporter

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Revolutionary 3D bras born in Saddleworth

Sue McDonald.

Saddleworth High Street business, Optifit, are hoping to help the 80 per cent of women who wear the wrong size bra.

Local resident, Sue McDonald, who regularly advises pregnant, breastfeeding, physiotherapy and post-mastectomy patients, has joined forces with top consultant plastic surgeon Atul Khanna to warn that conventional bras – historically based on men’s WWI uniforms measurements – compress and distort the breast into an unnatural position, which could be at the root of many health problems.


Saddleworth residents warned over personal injury claims

Dramatic changes by the present Government to legal costs rules in personal injury cases will come into play from 1st April. The new rules will mean that awards made in successful cases will be managed completely differently and will affect both solicitors and their clients.

Until now, the rule has been that the losing party must pay the winner’s legal costs. The infamous ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement has been allowed in the past with the solicitor generally being paid […]

Local mother fighting against world hunger

Rebecca Gowland with Dorothy (front) and Felix, outside Manchester Town Hall.

A Saddleworth mother took part in an event in Manchester last Friday aimed at making world hunger a thing of the past.

Felix held by Nancy Gartside from Altrincham.

Rebecca Gowland, took her two children Felix and Dorothy along to the demo in Manchester City centre organised by Oxfam to highlight worldwide hunger.

Rebecca is the UK Campaigns Manager for Oxfam.

She said: “More than 2m children […]

Footballer’s car stolen from outside his Saddleworth home

Police have confirmed that Manchester United star Paul Scholes has had his top-of-the-range 4×4 stolen as he defrosted the windscreen at his home in Saddleworth.

The footballer left the engine running to melt ice on his grey Chevrolet Captiva Estate while it was parked on his driveway and then popped back inside his home in Saddleworth. When he returned, the car had been stolen.

The theft happened yesterday morning shortly before 8am.

Greater Manchester Police said: “Police are investigating after […]

Latics asking for help with snow clearing before Liverpool game

Gritting at Latics.

Latics are asking fans to help with snow-clearing operations at Boundary Park before Sunday’s FA Cup with Budweiser, fourth-round tie against Liverpool.

The pitch covered in snow.

They are needed from 8am tomorrow (Saturday) to remove snow from both inside Boundary Park and also the approaches to the ground.

And with another snowfall forecast for later today and overnight, there is a possibility that a large-scale operation may be needed.

Helpers are asked to bring […]

New divisional commander for Oldham

Ch Supt Catherine Hankinson.

Oldham Division is welcoming a new Chief Superintendent as the Divisional Commander for the area.

Ch Supt Tim Forber who is moving on.

Catherine Hankinson takes on the role following the departure of Tim Forber who will be taking over new responsibilities and remains part of Greater Manchester Police.

Catherine is a familiar face to the Division having been in the role of Superintendent responsible for operations. Prior to this she was responsible for […]

A Zombie in Saddleworth!

Colin Blunstone.

Colin Blunstone frontman of the legendary Zombies will be playing at Uppermill Civic Hall on Sunday the 3rd February as part of his new UK solo tour.

As well as playing many of his solo hits including “Say You Don’t Mind”, “I Don’t Believe In Miracles” and “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted” Colin will be journeying through a career that began in the mid 60’s.

He will be backed up by a superb four piece band […]

Snooker Sean’s Saddleworth Silliness!

Sean Meo.

Off The Rails Comedy Club has it’s first show of 2013 with a couple of old favourites and an immensely popular act new to Saddleworth’s comedy fans on Sunday 27th January.

Ian Cognito.

Sean Meo was a pro snooker player before turning to stand up! First time at OTR and we’re well chuffed!

“Intelligent material with a speed that many other comics can only gasp at” Time Out, “Truly hilarious”, The Scotsman.

As an Irish Italian […]

Saddleworth represented at Butlins National Brass Band Championships

Last weekend saw the Annual Butlins National Brass Band Championships at Skegness.

Saddleworth was represented by 4 bands, Uppermill in the 1st Section, Mossley Band in the 2nd Section, Boarshurst Silver Band in the 3rd and Greenfield Band in the 4th Section.

Uppermill finished in 6th place with Greenfield Band finishing 8th in their section.

But the spoils of Victory came to both Mossley and Boarshurst with Mossley winning the 2nd Section for the 3rd time in succession.

The bands […]

Council Tax increase being proposed by Oldham Council

Oldham Council is set to consider proposals to increase Council Tax by 3.5 per cent from April 1 this year.

The Local Authority must deliver a balanced budget for 2013/4 and – in total – needs to find an estimated £38 million in savings by 2015.

Major reductions in funding from Central Government and the impact of other pressures mean savings totalling £100 million have already been made in the past four years.

The new draft budget proposals go before […]

Holmfirth Road is now open again

The Holmfirth Road (A635) has now been reopened.

It was closed yesterday morning because of the snow and icy conditions.

To keep residents fully informed of any developments the Oldham Council website - - will be updated continually.


Ooops! Lining contractors paint wrong speed limit on road

The 30mph sign that was burnt off the next day. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

Lining contractors were quick to remove a new speed limit sign they had just painted on Oldham Road in Grasscroft last week.

The 30mph roundel sign was painted on Oldham Road heading towards Mossley, but the speed limit along that stretch is 40mph, the contractors removed the sign from the road the next day.

The work is being carried out due to safety concerns at the […]

Schools in Saddleworth closed today after heavy snowfall

Saddleworth Church and the Church Inn early today. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

A resident clears snow of his car on Church Road, Uppermill. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

A number of schools have remained closed in Saddleworth today due to heavy snowfall in the past 24 hours.

Dog walker near Dam Head Mill, Uppermill. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

Saddleworth School has remained closed today along with both Delph and Greenfield primary schools.

Most roads have remained open with the exception of […]

Angry bus passengers left to walk to Dobcross after driver decides not to complete his journey

Locals claim the buses to Dobcross are not reliable.

A number of people have complained to Saddleworth News after they were forced to walk from Uppermill to Dobcross yesterday as the driver of the 353 bus service ended his journey prematurely.

The bus from Greenfield was scheduled to arrive in Dobcross just after half past two, but after losing time in road works in Uppermill the driver decided to miss out Dobcross altogether.

A passenger on the bus, Mr […]