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Aircraft in ‘near miss’ over Saddleworth Moor

The jet fighter close to the Chopper. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

A jet fighter has been photographed over Saddleworth Moor, Denshaw, this afternoon, in what appears to have been a near miss with a helicopter.

Very close indeed. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

The helicopter was dropping material on the moor at around 5.15pm from a hopper slung underneath.

The fighter approached at high speed - it did not appear to notice or move away from the chopper. A group of […]

Diggle woman launches website for breast cancer patients

Jo Taylor - Photo: Stuart Coleman Photography©2013

A Diggle woman has launched a new website to provide information to help patients suffering and recovering from breast cancer.

The site will help people to make the right decisions and choices about their treatment at the crucial time in their breast cancer diagnosis.

Jo Taylor, is a 6 year breast cancer survivor, and through her experiences has created the website which was launched on the 6 year anniversary of her […]

2000th kitchen and bathroom for FCHO

2000th kitchen, left to right Vinny Roche, FCHO Commercial Services Director; Lynne Kovacs, FCHO Tenant Liaison Officer; Eileen Greenwood

First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) has reached a significant milestone in its £149 million capital improvement programme by installing the 2000th new kitchen and 2000th new bathroom in customers’ homes.

FCHO customers across Oldham have been benefiting from the improvement works since FCHO became a stand alone organisation just over two years ago. The housing association set out its commitment […]

Saddleworth Players burst into song at the Millgate

Saddleworth Players last did a musical (Gigi) in 2000 and thought it was long overdue to do another.

They have selected ‘Half is Earnest’, a musical adaptation of ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde. The dialogue is very true to the book - handbag, Victoria Station and all that – and the music is of its period, 1950s.

Vivian Ellis was a musical genius who produced many songs and musicals in the 1920s and 30s. ‘Spread a Little […]

Charity whisky tasting event at Diggle Band Club

There will be a charity whisky tasting event at Diggle Band Club.

The event has been organised by Nick Watts, from Urban Haze, to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity, and will take place on 31 May.

Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be a whisky connoisseur to join in, even if you’re new to whisky, you’ll be made to feel very welcome.

The event includes:

Evening hosted by the amazingly knowledgeable Dr Bill Warnock Nine […]

Residents claim potholes are a real danger

Dangerous - claim residents

A number of deep potholes in Dobcross are presenting a serious danger to road users it is claimed.

Dobcross residents have told Saddleworth News they believe it is only a matter of time before somebody is seriously injured or even killed.

There are around five or six deep potholes in the centre of Sugar Lane, near Dobcross square, with three of them at least six inches deep - enough to easily throw a bicycle […]

Swan Inn wins prestigious ‘Newcomer of the Year’ award

Michael and Tim with the award

Glasses are being raised all round on The Square in Dobcross, as locals celebrate the success of the Swan Inn in the ‘Marston’s Pub of the Year Awards 2013’. The licensee of the much-loved venue has just been named the North Region’s Best Newcomer.

We are thrilled to be recognised in this way,” says licensee Michael Powis. “Being relatively new arrivals, we have worked hard alongside the rest of the team to get […]

Local company support UK bid to battle in beijing

Prototype Project.

For the first time ever the UK have been invited to perform at KOD, one of the world’s most prestigious Street Dance Competitions in Beijing, China.

Saddleworth based Team Spirit Event Management are supporting this 14 strong talented street dance crew in their bid to get to China. The crew who go by the name of Prototype Project will be battling live in front of 50,000 spectators with over 1 million online hits on their website.

Aged […]

Council urges schools to ‘talk first’ on academy status

Cllr Jim McMahon.

Oldham Council is urging any local schools considering taking ‘Academy’ status to hold constructive talks first with the Local Authority.

Academy schools are semi-independent, state-funded schools which get their funding direct from central government.

They get additional freedom over finances, curriculum, length of terms and school days, and do not have to follow national pay and conditions for teachers.

Some schools have no choice to transfer to Academy status if they are judged to be performing […]

Farmer speaks out after sickening crossbow attack on sheep

Claire Crowther with the crossbow arrow removed from the sheep. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

A Saddleworth farmer has branded a crossbow attacker as cruel and cowardly after an attempt to kill one of his sheep.

Chris Crowther, of Greenfield, spotted the female pedigree sheep in distress on his land near to Dovestone Reservoir at around 2pm on Saturday not eating and unable to walk. On further examination he noticed a crossbow bolt sticking out of the side of its ribs […]

Motorists threatened by man with stick at Greenfield Station

Damaged - taxi driver claims his car was scratched. Photo: Stuart Littleford

Two motorists have been threatened by a man wielding a stick outside Greenfield railway station.

Police outside the station. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

The incident happened at around 3pm this afternoon, when a female driver who was sitting in her car says she was approached by a man who began to shout obscenities whilst waving a stick at her.

She claimed the man’s dog also jumped up […]

Bridge danger closes Smithy Lane in Uppermill

Police at the scene. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

Smithy Lane, Uppermill, has been closed tonight near to the junction of Station Road due to falling debris and dangling ropes from a wooden footbridge.

Rubble and soil fell from the sheets. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

High winds have torn off plastic sheeting placed under the bridge whilst repair works are carried out.

Soil and rubble has been falling onto the road below.

Police and Oldham Council response teams have closed the […]

Brave Caoimhe awarded a free life saving course

Caoimhe at Oldham Pool. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

A Greenfield girl, who featured on Saddleworth News recently, has been awarded a free place on a life saving course.

Caoimhe starts the course. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

Caoimhe Preshur, 9, was hailed a hero after jumping into an ice-cold canal in Sheffield to save a young boy from drowning.

The boy who was on holiday with her family at the time slipped off the deck of a barge - Caoimhe […]

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

Gripping - 'Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now'. Photo: Stuart Coleman Photography©2013

Saddleworth Players continue their season at Delph’s Millgate Arts Centre this week with ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ by local writer Colin Smith.

‘Heaven Knows’ is a surreal comedy about Andy, in his 60s, who awakes one morning to find a pretty girl in bed with him and, to his dismay, finds out it’s because he is dead and she is his “collector”. He passes heaven’s interview and […]