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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
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Delph Horticulture Society’s Annual Show

Delph Horticulture Society’s Annual Show takes place on Sept 7 in Delph.

The show will be held at The Delph Club on Gartside Street.

Doors open to the public at 4pm and presentations at 4-30pm.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham, John and Kathleen Hudson are in attendance.

Alexandra Park gets borough first with Grade II* listed status

Lions Den and Promenade

Oldham Council is celebrating news that the Borough’s largest park has been officially recognised for its historic importance.English Heritage has boosted Alexandra Park’s listed status on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England from Grade II to Grade II – a first for an open space in Oldham.

Only 30 parks and gardens in the North West have this distinguished accolade to their name.

The Observatory

This prestigious upgrading […]

Rushcart makes me feel ‘very proud’ says Bryn

Bryn and his wife Natalie at the front of the rushcart - photo Stuart Littleford

The father of PC Nicola Hughes of Saddleworth who was killed almost a year ago says he is very proud to have had the 2013 Saddleworth Rushcart dedicated to her.

Mr Hughes told Saddleworth News: “It is a very emotional day and I feel very proud, I am amazed at the things people have done, I am very pleased to see this rushcart, especially […]

Rushcart festival finishes in the sunshine

A group of Morris Men visiting from Peterborough

The Rushcart Festival finished on Sunday with Morris dancing outside Saddleworth Church.

Morris dancers from various parts of the country took part in the event.

There was also an interesting display of old rushcart banners inside the church, dating from 1975 when the festival was first revived, up till the present day.

The good weather encouraged lots of visitors to the event, resulting in a very enjoyable day for everyone.

(Photos […]

Saddleworth Rushcart Festival 2013 dedicated to Nicola

The 2013 Saddleworth Rushcart makes its way towards Delph - photo Stuart Littleford

The Saddleworth Rushcart Festival this year is dedicated to PC Nicola Hughes of Saddleworth who was murdered on duty almost a year ago.

The rushcart is displaying a large banner with Nicola’s collar number and the words ‘Our Nic’ written on it. It started out early on Saturday morning and made its way around the area, followed by a large number of Morris Men and members […]

Dementia Friends invite public to cricket club debate

Local Dementia Friends champion, Helen Morris, who has completed many Dementia Friends Information Sessions has expressed her thanks to the Austerlands and Scouthead Community Association, for inviting her to join them at a future meeting.

Helen told Saddleworth News: “This is better than holding a public meeting, because a group of committed people with no particular interest in dementia, will have the opportunity to contribute to debates on difficult areas and share the experience of living with dementia.”

The meeting […]

Oldham bucks the national trend with best ever GCSE results

Oldham’s young people continue to shine and have produced the Borough’s best-ever GCSE results.

Early indications* suggest more than half of all local schools have improved or maintained their results despite a predicted national drop of pupils getting five top grade A* to C passes.

The percentage of pupils in our schools gaining a least five GCSEs – including English and mathematics – at C or above is expected to have slightly risen from last year’s 55.9 per cent pass […]

Man killed by train near Greenfield Railway Station last night

Rail Response Officers at Greenfield Railway Station last night - photo Stuart Littleford

A man has been killed after being hit by a train close to Greenfield Railway Station last night.

The male was struck by the 17.02 Newcastle to Manchester Airport passenger train, 300 yards east of the station.

It is believed he was on Moorgate rail crossing at the time.

British Transport Police, Greater Manchester Police as well as paramedics attended the incident. The man was pronounced […]

Dig out your passport and discover wildlife closer to home

The holiday season may be here, but this month, children can have a great day out and get their passports stamped far closer to home at RSPB Dove Stone.

In a bid to encourage children to enjoy wildlife and discover how to give nature a home, RSPB staff at Dove Stone have teamed up with The Children’s University Trust to offer a variety of exciting activities, including quiz trails, wildflower planting and bug hunting.

Children who have received special passports […]

Delph Gourmet evening in aid of children’s hospice

Mark Pemberton - head chef

The Old Bell Inn in Delph, is to play host to an evening of exciting Gourmet food with a menu inspired by kids to help raise funds for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Diners can experience Head Chef Mark Pemberton’s unique six course gourmet party menu for £34.95 per head on Friday 30 August at the inn on Huddersfield Road.

Culinary delights with a twist include ‘Kiddie’s snacks and dips’ of mature cheddar and caramelized […]

Young Saddleworth mum bucks trend to open new shop

A young Saddleworth mother is bucking the trend by opening a new kids clothes shop in Lees.

Jessica Davey, 28, of Denshaw, has lived in Saddleworth all her life, and is showing her entrepreneurial skills by opening the new shop in Lees.

The new business venture called Kiddie Couture, is a designer kids clothes shop catering for 0 – 14 year old children. Jess has grown up in Saddleworth, attending Saddleworth school, where her Dad, Mr Davey also taught for […]

Councillor criticises Transport for Greater Manchester over lack of action on bus stop issue

No shelter - the new site of the bus stop

Garth Harkness, Liberal Democrat councillor for Saddleworth North, has criticised Transport for Greater Manchester for the handling of the placement of a bus stop in Dobcross.

The former site when the stop had a shelter

He contacted TfGM five months ago when the bus stop, and shelter, was moved from its original position next to the builders site because of safety fears as it was felt it was […]

Oldham students aim for top marks in A-level results

Oldham students have received good news today as they opened their A-Level results.

Initial reports from our schools indicate that the provisional* overall pass rate from A*-E was more than 98 per cent.

Today’s results are the culmination of two years of hard work and perseverance for the students, as well as support from parents and teachers.

The students – many of whom may now be going onto university or seeking employment – will be well placed after achieving their […]

Saddleworth Clarion Cycling Club to take part in two events

The end of the cycling season approaches and sees the areas premier cycling club compete in two prestigious events.

Members of Saddleworth Clarion will be competing in the National Clarion Road Race on Saturday August 31. Team Members will be competing against 29 other sections of the National Clarion Cycling Club at Darley Moor, Derbyshire. The race will be run over 75 mins + 5 laps.

The club have high hopes of placing riders on the podium in both the […]