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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
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Peace Walk to mark Hiroshima Day

The Saddleworth Peace Group is organising a Peace Walk to mark Hiroshima Day on Tuesday 6 August 2013.

The group is issuing an open invitation to everyone in the Saddleworth community to come along and be part of the commemoration.

Walkers will gather in King George V playing fields, Uppermill ready to set off at 7pm on 6 August. They will then walk on a planned route around Uppermill with a couple of stopping off points for reflection. The peace […]

Saddleworth in Bloom competition winners announced

Saddleworth Parish Council has announced the winners of the Saddleworth in Bloom competition.

Saddleworth Parish Council Chairman Councillor Graham Sheldon and other Parish Councillors accompanied by local gardening expert Frank Ashton visited gardens all across Saddleworth to seek out winners of the Saddleworth in Bloom competition. The presentation to the winners will be held at the Civic Hall in Uppermill on Tuesday 17th September, followed by a question and answer session hosted by Mr. Frank Ashton.

The results are as […]

Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle scheme plugs into Oldham

Councillor Shoab Akhtar, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Business and Town Centre, plugged one of the first electric vehicles into the charging bay at the Civic Centre car park (Queen Elizabeth Hall forecourt), in Oldham

Oldham Council is driving towards green transport by installing a number of electric vehicle charging points which have gone live throughout the Borough.

Councillor Shoab Akhtar, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Business and Town Centre […]

Letter to the editor

Cllr Mark Alcock

The Liberal Democrats on Oldham council reacted to the Labour’s spare room subsidy motion at the full council meeting on 17th July 2013 with suggestions to make the implementation fairer and to protect the most vulnerable in Oldham Borough. It is with great regret that the Labour administration chose to vote against these measures that would help the most vulnerable in our society.

The size criteria sees the reduction in housing benefits for extra bedrooms, introduced […]

Saddleworth Musical Society wins two awards for Carousel

Harry Butterworth - GMDF Best Musical Director

Saddleworth Musical Society has received two awards for last year’s production of Carousel.

The society, which is a registered charity, was formed in September 1958 and continues to be the only Society in the Saddleworth area performing a varied annual programme of choral and musical items usually with full orchestra.

Alison Starrs as Nettie Fowler

The Society is a member of the Greater Manchester Drama Federation (GMDF) and is affiliated to […]

Saddleworth residents asked to support Duck Race

Dr Kershaws Hospice will be holding their annual Duck Race on Saturday 10 August at Chadderton Hall Park.

Saddleworth residents will be familiar with Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and organisers are hoping you can attend and help to support the event.

The duck race will take place between 1pm to 3pm. The ducks will be released at 2pm competing to be the first to the finish line. So why not go and see if your duck is one of the fastest. […]

‘Men in Sheds’ project to tackle isolation in Saddleworth

Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership and Age UK Oldham and are set to launch ‘Men in Sheds Greenfield’ - A project to support men at risk of isolation and to improve their health and wellbeing.

The project, which launches officially on July 25, with the first session on August 1st, is open to men over 55 from Saddleworth and Lees.

It provides activities in a workshop environment – using tools and equipment so the men can use existing skills, learn […]

Dobcross Silver Band announces the appointment of a new Musical Director

Dobcross Silver Band

Dobcross Silver Band has just announced the appointment of a new Musical Director.

Tim Sidwell has been given the role after a series of auditions. Tim is an immensely popular choice with everyone connected to the Band.

He achieved outstanding results as Musical Director with Crofton Silver Band and for the last 5 years has been playing with Championship band Hepworth.

Tim’s first engagement with the band was the annual trip to the Durham Miners Gala […]

Only one week left to enter private gardens competition

Oldham Council is reminding residents there’s one week left to enter the Private Gardens Competition.

Part of Bloom and Grow – the Borough’s entry into North West in Bloom – the competition is the chance for residents to show their green fingers and try to get their garden named best in the Borough.

To enter, residents must submit two colour photographs of their garden. Entrants must have had no help from professional gardeners.

Judges are looking for the most eye-catching […]

Record takings for RNLI Cream Tea

Saddleworth Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild’s annual cream tea which was held at Uppermill Civic Hall on Tuesday, July 2nd, attracted 150 people and made over £2,150 - a record.

They are hoping for a similar success at their annual luncheon to be held at the White Hart, Lydgate, on Sunday 29th September.

Tickets are priced at £30 for a four course meal and a welcoming drink and are available from members of the guild or Joan Halkyard (01457 875375).


Saddleworth Show pulls in the crowds

World champion snooker player Steve Davies - photo Stuart Littleford

Thousands of people visited the Saddleworth Show again today rounding off a glorious weekend for the event.

Birds of prey display - photo Stuart Littleford

The hot sunny weather boosted crowds at the event which was held at Saddleworth School once again.

World champion snooker player, Steve Davies, was on hand to let visitors challenge him to a game of pool.

The school sports hall was filled with […]

Dovestones litter problem is ‘disgusting’ say residents

Litter strewn over the road at Dovestones - photo Graham Snell

Visitors to Dovestones Reservoir in Greenfield are being urged to remove their rubbish properly after an increase in littering at the popular beauty spot.

Saddleworth News has been sent photographs from concerned readers wanting action taking over the issue.

One reader, Graham Snell, said: “The pile of rubbish I saw was about 100-150m from car park so the obvious solution was for people to take the rubbish back […]

Christian Aid result 2013

Churches Together in Saddleworth (CTiS) would like to thank the people of Saddleworth for all their support and hard work during Christian Aid Week in May.

Grateful thanks go to anyone who delivered envelopes, donated money, collected envelopes, baked, cooked, served lunches and presented talks.

The final total came to £6,825.86 for Churches Together in Saddleworth.

A spokesperson said this was “an amazing result” and showed the generosity of Saddleworth Folk.

Author to talk about her new book at Lees library

Changing Patterns by Judith Barrow

Author Judith Barrow will be talking about her new book at Lees Library on Thursday July 11.

Judith will be speaking about the book and answering questions from the audience.

Her new work, Changing Patterns, is about a gritty picture of a Britain struggling with post World War Two life.

Changing Patterns is the sequel to her book Pattern of Shadows, and continues the story of Peter Schormann, a German P.O.W.

Judith […]