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Injuries after incident in Uppermill today

Large police attendance on High Street, Uppermill this afternoon - photo Stuart Littleford

Several people have been injured after an incident in Uppermill this afternoon.

Police and ambulances at the scene - photo Stuart Littleford

It is thought a large group of people became involved in a disturbance in the village, leaving two men with head injuries.

It is thought a few other people suffered minor injuries.

Witnesses described seeing a “large amount of blood” on the pavement […]

Double take for Swan Inn at Pub of the Year Awards 2013

Tim Newbold and Michael Powis

A Saddleworth pub has just ‘done the double’ and been named ‘Marston’s Pub of the Year 2013’.

A banner announces the award outside the Swan

The Swan Inn in Dobcross, has just been named the national newcomer champion, beating three other regions to the title after being crowned best newcomer Marston’s Pub of the Year for the North region.

The pub then ‘did the double’ by scooping the highest accolade, ‘Marston’s Pub of […]

Debbie Abrahams secures debate over Manchester Museum

Debbie Abrahams

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, secured a debate in Westminster Hall this morning, at 9.30am, about the future funding of the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.

For audio and visual coverage follow the link to Parliament TV and click ‘watch from the start’:

Saddleworth in Bloom 2013

The judging of the Annual Saddleworth in Bloom competition will take place on Thursday 25th July 2013.

The panel of judges will include the Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Graham Sheldon and Gardening Expert Frank Ashton.

The garden competition has five categories: large, medium, small, container & community. Residents are asked to nominate their own garden or a garden in the area that they think should be seen by the judges. Prizes are also awarded for the Best […]

Horse rider injured after collision with car in Dobcross

Horse rider hit by car in Dobcross

A horse rider has been injured after a collision with a car in Dobcross.

The accident happened on Sugar Lane at around 4.30pm today.

It is believed that a car travelling from the village towards Diggle ran into the back of the horse on a blind bend.

The female rider was thrown off the horse into the road.

Police and paramedics attended and the injured rider was taken to hospital.

Saddleworth News […]

Marsden Jazz Festival tickets now on sale

Antonio Forcione Trio

Tickets are now on sale for the 22nd annual Marsden Jazz Festival. The headline programme has something for everyone, from the sophisticated swing of The Pasadena Roof Orchestra to brand new music for jazz synthesiser written specially for the festival by Matthew Bourne.

There is a strong international flavour to the headline festival programme this year. Saturday’s programme at Marsden Mechanics Hall begins with Mick Coady’s Synergy featuring David Binney, a quintet led by […]

Oldham’s blooming marvellous

Oldham Council - Bloom and Grow campaign

Oldham Council is launching the annual Bloom and Grow campaign – our Borough’s entry into North West in Bloom.

We have ‘big boots’ to fill this year following Bloom and Grow’s unprecedented success in 2012.

Oldham won Best City* in Britain in Bloom – with our first entry into the prestigious national competition, which is run by the Royal Horticultural Society.

This year the theme is ‘Edible Britain’ which centres around the […]

Resident voices concern over police 101 number wait

A Grasscroft man is claiming it took nearly forty minutes for police to establish which county he lived in after his wife called the 101 non emergency number.

Graham Snell, of Burnedge Lane had gone outside his house and spotted serious damage to his partner’s car. This had been caused by a passing van that had failed to stop.

Mr Snell asked his wife Tina to call the police 101 non emergency number.

He says the first operator she spoke […]

Final works now underway at Churchill Playing Fields

Final phase of works at Churchill Playing Fields - Photo Stuart Littleford

Major works to improve Churchill playing fields – the largest in the Saddleworth and Lees area – are nearing completion.

The 7.8-hectare site has long-suffered from poor drainage that meant it regularly became waterlogged.

A new layout was also needed to increase the flexibility of the facilities and boost its availability for sports and events bookings.

Plans approved by Oldham Council in October 2011 were backed by […]

Dementia Friends Information Sessions announce new venues

In addition to the previously publicised Dementia Friends Information Sessions which are booked for Diggle, Helen Morris, local Dementia Friends Champion, is grateful to a new set of venues for providing hospitality for these sessions planned for June and July as follows:


Date Village(s) Venue Timing Tuesday 25th June Diggle Diggle Band Club, Bankfield House, Huddersfield Road, Diggle OL3 5PJ 7.30- 8.30 Tuesday 2nd July Diggle Diggle Band Club, Bankfield House, Huddersfield Road, Diggle OL3 5PJ 7.30- 8.30 […]

Council Tax discount review to be carried out

Oldham Council is carrying out a review of Council Tax Single Person Discount.

This will confirm our records are up to date and ensure those households who are eligible to receive this discount will do so.

Currently across the Borough there are 34,492 households that are claiming the 25 per cent discount.

Rather than contacting every resident that claims the discount we are carrying out checks to make sure that the information we hold is up to date and accurate.


Two concerts coming up at Dobcross Band and Social Club

Concerts - Dobcross Band and Social Club

Dobcross Band and Social Club have two concerts coming up shortly.

On Sunday June 16 at 8pm, Oldham Music Centre adult community wind band will be playing at the club, there is an entrance fee of £3.00.

On Sunday 23 June at 8pm, there will be a Dobcross Whit Friday band contest presentation with a concert by Dobcross Youth Band.

All are welcome.


Whole-life tariff for the killer of PC Nicola Hughes

Cregan - guilty

Dale Cregan has been sentenced to a whole life tariff for the murder of PC Nicola Hughes of Saddleworth.

Cregan admitted killing PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, father and son David and Mark Short and three attempted murders at Preston Crown Court.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Holroyde QC said Cregan had had “a cold-blooded and ruthless determination to end the lives of PCs Bone and Hughes”.

“You, Cregan, committed two quite appalling crimes of murder. […]

Local author wins second prestigious award for 1965 book

Award winning author Tony Howard

Local author Tony Howard has just received a second prestigious award for his book ‘Troll Wall’ which he wrote in 1965.

Troll Wall book

Written almost 50 years ago, the book describes the first ascent of Norway’s Troll Wall, Troll Wall is the biggest vertical rock wall in Europe.

Two other Saddleworth people, Margaret Birch nee Woodcock and Brian Woods were involved in the reconnaissance and climb along with three lads from Oldham […]