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Saddleworth karate fighter wins top title at National Championships in Glasgow

2014 Champion - Sam Hughes

A Saddleworth based karate club is celebrating after one of its members took the heavyweight champions title in the 2014 IKKU National Karate Championships in Glasgow.

Sam Hughes, 22, from Diggle, who is a member of the Oldham Kyokushinkai Karate Club (BKK Oldham) based in Springhead, fought against three formidable opponents in last month’s event to take the men’s heavyweight title.

The competition was organised by The Independent Kyokushinkai Karate Union (IKKU), […]

Team Spirit CEO crowned ‘Oldham Business Man of The Year’

Ian Taylor - Oldham Businessman of The Year

Ian Taylor, CEO and Founder of Greenfield based event Management Company, Team Spirit has scooped the Oldham Business Awards, Business Man of The Year 2014 at the prestigious awards ceremony held on Friday night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Ian founded Team Spirit aged 21 with a loan from the Prince’s Trust, and over the past 20 years, has led Team Spirit from a start up to an industry leading, £2.9 […]

Debbie Abrahams MP responds to Saddleworth News ‘spin doctor’ expenses claims

Debbie Abrahams MP.

Debbie Abrahams MP has responded to questions put to her from Saddleworth News following reports she had hired a ‘spin doctor’ at a cost of over £2000 to the tax payer.

Mrs Abrahams told Saddleworth News: “I take my job as an MP very seriously. I undertake over 3,500 pieces of casework every year on behalf of my constituents. I scrutinise the Government in Committees and during debates which involves policy analysis and research. I […]

Have you seen missing dog ANICA?

ANICA - missing from Denshaw

Have you seen missing dog ANICA? People are asked to look out for the white Siberian Husky missing from Denshaw.

More information can be found on this Facebook page:

Lifetime achievement awards Delph Band members

Dave, Lorraine and Keith with their awards

Three members of Delph band received lifetime achievement awards in March at the North West Area Contest at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

Delph Band were in the second section and had to play a piece called Chaucer’s Tunes. The band had been working very hard on the piece the weeks before the contest. They were placed 9th out of 16 bands - contesting does not always go your way!

On the same day […]

Box office news: Cinema deal is just the ticket for Oldham

Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader, and Shoab Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Business and Town Centres, celebrating news of the deal with Odeon on the steps of the Old Town Hall building.

The latest architects’ vision of the Old Town Hall development which will incorporate the seven-screen ODEON cinema and six restaurants

Oldham Council and ODEON have agreed an exciting deal to open a seven-screen cinema in the town centre.

The local authority has been in discussion with Europe’s […]

International Women’s Day fundraising event in Saddleworth was ‘a huge success’

Debbie Abrahams MP

Seventy people attended a successful fundraising event in Uppermill in March on a beautiful Spring afternoon, to raise money for women’s education in Palestine. The event was held to celebrate International Women’s Day and was organised by Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund.

People enjoyed a demonstration of how to prepare some typical Palestinian dishes and watched the film, Jameela’s Kitchen, which was specifically commissioned for International Women’s Day 2014. The film shows the work of The […]

Gourmet Mad Hatters Tea Party in aid of children’s hospice

Team at the Old Bell Inn celebrate success of gourmet night last August for Francis House

The Old Bell Inn in Delph, Saddleworth is to host a gourmet evening with an Alice in Wonderland inspired menu to raise funds for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Following the success of a charity dinner last year, which raised over £2,200 diners can once again experience Head Chef Mark Pemberton’s unique five course menu for £37.50 per head on Friday 4 April […]

Borough rolls out the red carpet!

Dobcross Square used in the movie ‘Yanks’

TV and film crews have been saying ‘Hooray for Hollinwood’ and ‘Yanks for the memories’ after choosing the borough as a location for a string of productions.

Over the coming months residents should keep their eyes peeled as some well-known local landmarks and faces appear on our screens.

The BBC recently filmed parts of a new drama series around Hollinwood and Failsworth.

The Driver stars Award-winning actor David Morrissey and former Coronation […]

Debbie Abrahams MP challenges Home Secretary over drop in domestic violence prosecutions

Debbie Abrahams MP

During Parliament’s Home Office Questions session on 10 March, Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, Debbie Abrahams, challenged the Home Secretary Theresa May about the dramatic drop in the number of domestic violence cases being prosecuted.

Debbie said: “Two women a week die at the hands of their partners or former partners.

“In Oldham, between October 2012 and September 2013, more than 5,300 women were subject to abuse, a third of whom were abused in front of […]

Saddleworth Players presents a true Agatha Christie classic ‘And Then There Were None’ at the Millgate Arts Centre

Saddleworth Players presents a true Agatha Christie classic ‘And Then There Were None’ at the Millgate Arts Centre from 5 – 12 April 2014.

In this superb mystery comedy, eight strangers are lured to a house by their apparently absent host, marooned there along with two house servants. They are all separately accused of having committed murder in the past and then one guest is poisoned. One down and nine to go ……

A true Agatha Christie classic, […]

Saddleworth Creative Network ‘Be Creative’ Bank Holiday Bonanza at Uppermill Civic Hall

On the May bank holiday weekend 3-5 May comes the first three day event the ‘Be Creative’ Bank Holiday Bonanza’ which is set to be a little bit different. With the emphasis on making, doing, getting creative and having a go!

Most of the stall holders will be providing an element of demonstration or interactive crafts for both adults and children, so if you would like to try something new then this is your chance to ‘get creative’.


Best Fringe Production ‘All the Bens’ by Mossley playwright Ian Townsend at The Swan

The Swan in Dobcross is proud to present a play by Mossley playwright Ian Townsend on Sunday 13th April. Tickets cost £8 and are on sale now at the bar or online at There will be an opportunity to discuss the play with the writer and actors at a Q & A session after the play.

“All the Bens” won the 2013 Manchester Theatre award for Best Fringe Production and is on tour around the country, supported by funding […]

Saddleworth Parish Council Chairman praised for his valiant attempt to save drowning dog in village canal

Valiant rescue attempt - Cllr Graham Sheldon

By Stuart Littleford

A Saddleworth Councillor has been praised by villagers for his valiant attempt to save a drowning dog in the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Uppermill.

Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council, Councillor Graham Sheldon, dashed to help the dog after spotting it struggling in the canal whilst walking his own dogs along the towpath on the morning of Tuesday 4 March. A number of people had gathered […]