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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
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A 9-year-old Saddleworth girl is hailed as a hero for saving young boy from drowning


Caoimhe with mum Abigail Bown. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

A nine-year-old girl from Saddleworth is being hailed as a hero by her friends and family after jumping into an ice cold canal to save a young boy from drowning.

Caoimhe Preshur, from Greenfield, was on a canal boating holiday with her family and friends when the incident happened as they passed through Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

The 10-year-old boy, a friend who was on holiday with the family, and who […]

Charity walk from Uppermill Civic Hall to raise money for COPS

PC Nicola Hughes.

Police will be taking part in a 110 mile charity walk across the Greater Manchester boundary in memory of PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone.

PC Fiona Bone.

The 10 officers, who are from Tameside and Oldham Division, will start the walk on Friday 1 March at 7:30am from the Civic Hall at Uppermill. They will be walking throughout the night over 50 hours and finishing in the morning of Sunday 3 March.

Sergeant Stuart […]

Hike & Bike event at Dove Stone

Time is running out for local people and their families to sign up for a Hike & Bike event at Dove Stone and help step up for nature.

The sponsored fundraiser, which takes place at 10am on 16 March, is designed to enable all the family to take part, while raising vital funds for the RSPB’s conservation work.

Participants will have the choice of either walking or cycling around Dove Stone’s picturesque reservoir, while young walkers can also take […]

Saddleworth Parish Council expresses concern at the condition of Uppermill war memorial

The war memorial in Uppermill was a subject of concerned at this weeks meeting of Saddleworth Parish Council.

The memorial which stands in St Chad’s Gardens in Uppermill was damaged two years ago when an attempt was made to repaint the lettering and abortive attempts to remove excess paint resulted in serious erosion of the inscription. At the time there was widespread dismay at what had happened and Oldham Council officers pledged to rectify the damage.

Members of the Council […]

Injured cyclist taken to hospital by air ambulance

The air ambulance landing at the scene of the accident. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

An injured cyclist was airlifted to hospital today after an accident on moorland above Denshaw.

A spokesperson for the North West Air Ambulance told Saddleworth News: “A 19-year-old male cyclist was injured whilst out riding a mountain bike on the moors above Denshaw.

“He was airlifted to The Royal Oldham Hospital by air ambulance just after 12.00pm today.”

The photograph shows the air ambulance touching down […]

Re-decking work to be carried out on the twin timber bridges at Uppermill

Oldham Council is informing residents that re-decking work will be carried out on the twin timber bridges situated at Church Road and Station Road, Uppermill.

The work will begin on Tuesday, April 8 and will last for four weeks.

Any temporary road/lane closures affecting Church Road and Station Road/Shaw Lane will be included on the Council’s weekly road works bulletin:

Alternative route maps will be posted and maintained on site during the works.

Man jailed for causing Shaw explosion that killed two-year-old Jamie Heaton

Andrew Partington.

A man who killed a two-year-old boy when he blew up his house has been jailed.

Andrew Partington (17/10/1984), formerly of Buckley Street, Shaw, admitted manslaughter and causing criminal damage (in excess of £1m).

At Manchester Crown Court today, Tuesday 19 February 2013, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison with a further five on licence.

Partington spent the afternoon/evening of Monday 25 June 2012, drinking. As the hours wore on he became more abusive to […]

DIY chain prosecuted after girl injured in Oldham store

Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted B&Q Plc for breaching health and safety regulations after a four-year-old girl was injured in one of their stores.

The incident happened in June 2011, when the child was with her parents and younger sister at the DIY chain’s branch on Westhulme Way, Oldham.

As the mother of the child was talking with a B&Q employee, the child pulled over part of a bathroom display - the worktop and wash hand basin – which fell […]

Sponsored walk in memory of Rowan Poole in May

Rowan Poole.

A sponsored walk will take place on Sunday 26th May 2013 to raise money for the SMA Trust in memory of a little girl who died of an incurable genetic disease.

The walk is starting at The Pie Hall, Denby Dale and finishing 17 miles later at Dovestones Reservoir.

The walk will be in memory of Rowan Poole, the beautiful daughter of Sarah and Matthew Poole of Denby Dale who peacefully lost her brave fight with Spinal […]

Planning application submitted by Oldham Athletic AFC for new North Stand at Boundary Park.

External View of the new stand.

A planning application has been submitted by Oldham Athletic AFC to Oldham Council for a proposed scheme to provide a new North Stand at the Club’s stadium at Boundary Park.

Internal View of the new stand.

The application marks a major step forward for Latics and its attempts to deliver a sustainable stadium for the town. If successful, the scheme will be delivered as part of a package of support that was […]

Watch Latics at Dobcross Band & Social Club this Saturday

Dobcross Band Club will be showing the FA Cup 5th round tie Oldham Athletic v Everton, live on their new improved large screen.

Oldham Athletic v Everton takes place on Saturday 16th February with the Kick off at 6pm. Come along and support your local team. Pies will be available!

Contemporary designer jewellery market in Uppermill

The Magpie Market is a new event, exhibiting solely handmade, vintage and contemporary designer jewellery, with a focus on originality and promoting new designers. All jewellery is on sale, and our participating designers may also take commissions.

A cast brooch with pearl by Gemma Scully.

The event will take place on Sunday 24th March at the Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery in Uppermill. The market will open at 11am and close at 4pm and admission is free.

There will […]

Old fave and fresh faces!

John Gordillo.

Saddleworth’s Off The Rails Comedy Club returns to its usual last Sunday of the month slot with some new faces and an old favourite to headline the show.

After a 6 year break, John Gordillo returned to live stand-up in 2006 and performed his debut solo show ‘Free John Gordillo’ at the Free Festival at Edinburgh 2007.

He originally left the circuit to host and co-create The Recommended Daily Allowance (The RDA), a nightly comedy/talk show for […]

Lunches in Lent for Christian Aid

A series of lunches that will take place during Lent. Lunch will be served e.g. soup, bread and fruit. There is no entry fee as any donations for the meal will go to Christian Aid. There will be guest speakers at each lunch giving short talks, the theme being ‘Faith in Action’. All age groups/families welcome.

Date and time: Starts Wed 20 February & every Wed ‘til Wed’ 27 March, 12pm – 1pm.

Venue: St Chad’s Parish Centre, Station Road, […]