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Cash For Kids Toy Appeal today at Uppermill Police Station

Uppermill Police Station opened its doors today to take in presents donated to the Cash For Kids Toy Appeal.

Over 100 toys were donated throughout the day and Saddleworth News went along to film the proceedings.

Video by Matt Jaggar and Danielle Bradshaw.

Two vehicles crash at Scouthead tonight

Two vehicles have been involved in a collision on the A62, Huddersfield Road at Scouthead tonight.

The accident happened at around 8.15pm resulting in the closure of the road for almost an hour. Emergency services attended the incident and it is not known at this stage if there are any injuries.

Police are still at the scene and we understand the road is now open again. Enquiries into the accident are continuing.


SDAG responds to Liberal Democrat Group on school

The Save Diggle Action Group has responded to a press release sent out last week by the Liberal Democrat Group of Oldham Council.

In a letter to Saddleworth News, SDAG have outlined their views on the statements made in that press release.

LDG say

The Shaws Pallet Works Site is designated as a Primary Employment Zone.

SDAG say

Only the existing Pallet Works Buildings are designated PEZ (actually the term is now Saddleworth Employment Zone). The rest of […]

Churchill flooding issue still a cause for concern say locals

Flooding during heavy rainfall on Churchill Fields

By Stuart Littleford

Residents have voiced concerns over the effectiveness of the recent improvement works carried out to Churchill Playing Fields in Greenfield.

The works were carried out in order to reduce the amount of surface water and flooding to the sports pitches as well as to improve the general drainage, but some residents claim the flooding problem has not gone away.

Saddleworth News discussed these issues with Oldham Council and received […]

MP stands up to domestic violence

Debbie on the panel of Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd’s public forum on domestic abuse in Manchester (25th November)

Debbie Abrahams meets Ikram Butt, a White Ribbon ambassador

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has thrown her support behind White Ribbon Day (25th November) – on the same day as appearing on the panel of Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd’s public forum on domestic abuse in Manchester.

Between October 2012 […]

Saddleworth man sent to prison after duping friend

Guilty - Steven Hughes

A Saddleworth man has been sent to prison for three years for duping a confidant to the tune of more than £30,000. The victim from Greenfield, was misled by Steven Hughes about investments that sounded appealing, but turned out to be completely fictitious.

Hughes of Chew Vale, Greenfield, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one count of blackmail, and was sentenced at a total of three years in prison at Manchester Minshull Street […]

Garth Harkness gives update on Saddleworth flooding issues

Cllr Garth Harkness

A culvert in Diggle

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Saddleworth North Ward, Garth Harness, has given Saddleworth News an update on the flooding issues in parts of Saddleworth and explains what has been done so far to alleviate the issues.

Cllr Harkness said: “Given the recent weather I thought it may be a good time to provide an update on the flooding appraisal process. I had a meeting the other week to discuss where we are […]

Saddleworth Blues Nights present Billy Walton Band from USA

The Billy Walton Band

Saddleworth Blues Nights have found a great band for you - the Billy Walton Band - from Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA where Bruce Springstein came from. They were impressed when they saw him at Skegness Rock and Blues Festival this January. Walton has played countless gigs in both the United States and Europe and sat in with numerous of rock luminaries including Springsteen, Gary US Bonds and Stevie Ray’s backing band, Double Trouble.

The […]

Councillor Mike Buckley responds to criticism over his position on Saddleworth School

Cllr Mike Buckley

Councillor Mike Buckley has written to Saddleworth News to respond to criticism over his position on the building of a new Saddleworth School in Diggle.

There have been comments in recent days from readers, claiming that when Cllr Buckley was electioneering back in 2008, he was in favour of the school moving to the Diggle site. But he now appears to have mysteriously changed his mind.

Speaking to Saddleworth news, Cllr Buckley said: “Rumours have circulating […]

Liberal Democrat group support school move to Diggle

Saddleworth School

Saddleworth News has been told that the Liberal Democrat group of Oldham Borough Council have agreed to support the Government’s offer to fund the construction of a new school for Saddleworth, fit for 1500 pupils and staff. This new, fit for purpose school is recommended (by Government & the Education Authority) to be sited on grounds of approximately 13.5 acres of land.

The only available site which meets these size recommendations is that at Shaw’s Pallet Works, […]

Bog restoration helps to create homes for all nature

Dunlin - photo Tim Melling

It’s a time of celebration at Dove Stone as surveys reveal fantastic results for rare moorland birds and endangered wildlife – thanks to blanket bog restoration work.

Positive results for birds, such as golden plover and dunlin, and other wildlife like the water vole have been recorded in surveys, funded by Grantscapes (part of the landfill tax credit scheme), and carried out by the RSPB at Dove Stone.

Fourteen square kilometres were surveyed above […]

Oldham Liberal Democrats welcome employment news

Cllr Howard Sykes

Liberal Democrats on Oldham Council have welcomed the latest news that employment levels in the UK have reached a new 30 million record high, whilst unemployment continues its downward trend in Oldham and across the UK.

The Office of National Statistics has just released the latest figures on the levels of employment. Over the last year, the number of people in work has increased by 378,000 to a record breaking 29.95 million.

Commenting, Cllr Howard Sykes, […]

Saddleworth Special Needs Group Coffee Morning

There will be a Coffee Morning at St Chad Parish Centre, Station Road, Uppermill on Saturday 30 November 10.30 am – 11.30 am.

This monthly event enables the Parish community of St Chad, Saddleworth to hold Coffee Mornings in support of individual charities/causes. All ages welcome. This month the cause supported Saddleworth Special Needs Group. A raffle is also held during the morning and greetings cards etc. are on sale.

Entry fee: £1 includes coffee and cake.

Saddleworth Historical Society presentation in December

Peter Fox, Curator of Saddleworth Museum, will be making an illustrated presentation on Monday 2 December at 7. 30pm entitled’ Saddleworth in Film 2′. The event takes place at Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill. All are welcome and the night includes refreshments.