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Action group claim EFA surprised over Saddleworth School

Saddleworth School

Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG) claim that the Education Funding Agency (EFA) are surprised that they are being made out to be the key decision makers behind the unpopular move of Saddleworth School to the Diggle green belt site.

They say the EFA have indicated this is entirely a decision for Oldham Council and the School Governors not them.

SDAG say they have been told by the EFA that:-

1. Many of the new schools built under […]

Police to tell us where speed cameras will be placed

Greater Manchester Police will be giving motorists real-time details of where mobile speed cameras are positioned in a unique opportunity.

In a first, the Force will use the social network Twitter to provide up-to-the-minute reports on where speed cameras are positioned during Friday 1 November. It is part of the global police Twitter day that is taking place supported by GMP.

Chief Superintendent John O’Hare, responsible for specialist operations, said: “This is the first time we have provided such detailed […]

Marathon training with the Chill Factor

(Left to right) Natalie Hughes, Rob Stapleton and Bryn Hughes run the slope

Runners took part in a training exercise at the Chill Factor in Manchester last night to prepare for a North Pole Marathon next year.

(Left to right) Bryn Hughes, Natalie Hughes, Rob Stapleton and Sam Hughes

The Marathon will raise money for various charities in memory of PC Nicola Hughes from Saddleworth who was killed on duty.

Nicola’s father Bryn Hughes, wife Natalie and son […]

Halloween quiz at The Swan tonight

There is a Halloween quiz tonight at The Swan in Dobcross, with a chance to win many prizes including £100 and an Amazon Kindle e-reader!

There of plenty of chances to win something even if you don’t come top in the quiz.

It costs £1 to enter and you can have up to a maximum of 6 players per team.

If you go for dinner beforehand, you can expect some of their chef’s fine specials - including Transylvanian GHOULash!

Fancy […]

Moorland restoration cleared for take off

Helicopter at Dove Stone - Jon Bird

Seven hundred tonnes of crushed stone are being helicoptered over to the moors above Greenfield to help restore damaged peatland.

The project is the brainchild of water company United Utilities and nature conservation charity the RSPB, who are blocking up gullies – channels formed by water - in two upland areas of blanket bog at Dove Stone. It is a complicated operation that involves manoeuvring the helicopter above the gulley and dropping […]

Marsden Beer Festival

Marsden will once again hold its beer festival this weekend.

The event will be held at the Marsden Mechanics Hall this Thursday 31 Oct from 6pm, Friday 1st Nov from 6pm, and all day Saturday 12 noon till midnight. There will be a selection of 20 real ales from all around the UK plus 4 scrumpy ciders.

There is a Blondie tribute on Saturday evening from 8pm, with free entry to all sessions.

A discount is available to all current […]

Fail to stop car sought after cyclist injured in Grasscroft

The scene of the incident on Sunday

A car driver who failed to stop after hitting a cyclist in Grasscroft on Sunday is being sought by police.

Shortly before 10.20am Sunday 27 October 2013, police were called to Oldham Road near to the Farrars Arms by the ambulance service following reports of a collision.

Police attended and established a cyclist had been involved in a collision with a car that failed to stop at the scene.

A woman in […]

Paleo di Siena featured in exhibition by local photographer

Phil Melia - The race

Local photographer Phil Melia has an exhibition of photographs currently running at Stockport Art Gallery.

Phil Melia - Man with flag standing

The collection captures evocative photographs of one of the world’s famous horse races. This portfolio re-creates the excitement, tension and colour of Italy’s greatest horse race, known locally as Il Palio.

Phil has skilfully managed to capture the essence of the event in this portfolio of powerful images.

The exhibition which […]

Saddleworth churches deliver tea lights for Syria

Two Saddleworth churches have been delivering tea lights to local households for Syria.

Inspired by the Christian organisation ‘Open Doors’ the churches of Delph and Dobcross have delivered almost 2000 tea lights to households across the two villages and have asked the householders to place them on their windowsills and light them at 7.00pm on November 3 and offer a prayer for Syria.

At the same time the village churches will be open for prayer as follows:

Delph, St Thomas’, […]

Saddleworth Women’s Institute christmas market

On Wednesday 6 November, Saddleworth Women’s Institute will be hosting a fantastic festive shopping evening at the Saddleworth Hotel.

There will be over 20 stalls offering a huge variety and selection of crafts, jewellery, handbags, handmade mirrors, clothing, candles, festive confectionery, jams and speciality foods to name but a few.

This is a great opportunity to kick-start your Christmas shopping with some unique and bespoke gifts. Everyone is welcome. So come along and enjoy their Christmas Market.

For WI members, […]

Support Dobcross Silver Band and others

The Dobcross Silver Band

Please support Dobcross Silver Band at the forthcoming local concerts in Saddleworth.

At Delph Band Club on 3 November 8pm, and at Dobcross Band Club, November 10th, 8pm, a Remembrance Concert with the Brass Monkeys.

Lets get our local Band Clubs full for Sunday night concerts and support your local Band!!

David Bradley gives emotional talk at KES screening

David Dai Bradley (centre) with (left) Rob Stapleton and wife Zoe and (right) Bryn Hughes and wife Natalie

Film fans packed the theatre room above The Swan in Dobcross last night to welcome actor David Bradley from the iconic film KES.

David, also known as Dai, played the starring role as the young boy ‘Billy Casper’ in the hit film, he had enthusiastically agreed to make a personal appearance at the charity showing of the film in HD.

The […]

Local construction company appeals for information

The Victoria Works building - information needed

A Saddleworth construction company are appealing for information to help them find the original purpose of building they are currently renovating.

Chapman (Saddleworth) Ltd, are building houses on the old Victoria Works site off Wool Road in Dobcross.

The development will see 17 apartments and 14 houses created on the Site, with the former Victoria Works building itself being converted into the apartments. Once completed the developers say it will be known […]

Cutting-Edge medical centre opens in Lees

Councillor Val Sedgwick cutting the tape with centre staff and developers

The Lees Medical Practice had its official opening today with members of staff and the development team present as the tape was cut.

The new practice provides state-of-the-art, purpose-built accommodation for two local GPs formerly based at the Lees Road Surgery in Oldham and Rowlands Pharmacy. The building was designed by Architects PRP and built by Admiral Construction, NHS Property Services closely supported the scheme.

The innovators behind […]