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Murder investigation launched after man found dead in Dovestones Reservoir had ‘feared for his safety’

Murder - Police officers talking to members of the public today

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the body of a man was found earlier this year in Saddleworth.

At around 10.40am on Monday 24 February 2014, police were called to Dovestones Reservoir in Greenfield, following reports that a body had been seen.

When officers attended, supported by an underwater search team the body of 28-year-old Craig Wilcox was recovered from the water.

A post mortem examination was […]

Dobcross Youth Band - Disney inspired event

Snow White, Cinderella and even a Prince Charming or two will be hitting Dobcross Band Club on Friday 9 May as the village’s Youth Band performs a short concert of well-known and loved Disney music.

The concert will take place from 7.30pm and all members of Dobcross Youth Band will be dressed up as their favourite Disney character. Saddleworth residents, families and friends are all invited to join in the fun free of charge, although dressing up is not a […]

European Elections – North West candidates confirmed

The full list of candidates for the forthcoming European Parliamentary Elections has now been published.

Eleven political parties will contest the elections on Thursday, May 22 to choose the North West of England’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

The full list can be viewed at

Electors in the Oldham area will also be choosing 21 councillors in local elections* at the same time.

Voters go to the polls on Thursday, May 22 for both elections.

Oldham Council’s […]

Oldham & Saddleworth Green Party

This week saw the release of figures by the Trussell Trust showing that almost 1 million food parcels were handed out in 2013/14. The leading causes were delays to benefits and changes in the benefit system.

The Trussell Trust runs the largest number of food banks in the UK including one in Oldham. According to their records, 30% of people asking for a three day parcel did so because they were suffering delays in getting their benefits.

In one case, […]

Huddersfield Canal Society celebrates 40 successful years

Canal Society members socialise at the 40th Anniversary at Marsden Mechanics on 4th April 2014

April 2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of Huddersfield Canal Society. The inaugural meeting was on 19th April 1974 at the Zetland pub in Huddersfield.

To celebrate over 100 members and supporters gathered for an evening of reminiscences at Marsden Mechanics Hall on 4th April.

Amongst the excellent turnout were founder members from that first meeting. With the hall full and plenty to talk about […]

Launch of new Saddleworth Children’s Book Group in May

A scrumdiddlyumptious treat is in store for young readers at the launch of the new Saddleworth Children’s Book Group.

A ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ themed party will be the group’s first event, at Sandy Lane Community Church, Dobcross, on Saturday May 10 (2-3.30pm).

Children will be able to take part in a chocolate egg and spoon race, design their own sweets and chocolates, make Wonka-style top hats and test their knowledge in a Roald Dahl quiz, as well as […]

BBC’s Bill Turnbull praises Saddleworth granddad for 30 years Christie service

Jan Wieringa at the award ceremony

A granddad from Saddleworth has been honoured at a special awards ceremony for dedicating over 30 years to The Christie.

Jan Wieringa, 57, husband, dad and doting granddad to Poppy and Jake, was recognised at the specialist cancer centre’s annual long service awards to thank those who have had 10, 20 or 30 years continuous service. BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull was guest of honour at the event and presented winners with their […]

Horse rider airlifted to hospital after Diggle riding accident

Paramedics attend to the injured rider - photo Stan Bowes

Air Ambulance lands in Diggle - photo Stan Bowes

A horse rider was airlifted to hospital after falling from her horse in Diggle yesterday.

The accident happened on Huddersfield Road, near Diggle Primary School, just before lunchtime.

An air ambulance was called by paramedics, and took the casualty to hospital.

We have not been able to confirm her condition at the moment.





Newly-elected chief of Saddleworth Round Table pledges to boost membership in recruitment drive

Matthew Sykes (left) is welcomed by outgoing chair Ian Eardley

The newly-elected chief of Saddleworth Round Table has pledged to launch a recruitment drive to boost membership.

Matthew Sykes, at 32 the club’s youngest chairman, is a former pupil at Hulme Grammar School, and has an executive role in the food sales industry.

Austerlands-born Mr Sykes, whose mother Joan is chair of Scouthead and Austerlands Community Group, joined Round Table more than two years ago.

At the club’s AGM […]

Saddleworth company offers advice to local businesses as government wants to see boost in UK exports

Insped Vehicle

A Saddleworth based specialist freight company is offering advice to local businesses wanting to import and export more goods.

In the recent 2014 budget the government said it wanted UK exports to reach £1 trillion by 2020, and for 100,000 more UK companies to be exporting by 2020.

Lord Livingston, UK Trade Minister, said: “The government is working hard to help UK companies boost their exports.”

The Economy is finally starting to grow and the green-shoots […]

Saddleworth Male Voice Choir - St George’s Day Concert

Saddleworth Male Voice Choir

On Saturday 26 April the Saddleworth Male Voice Choir will present their annual St George’s Day Concert at 7.30pm in the Civic Hall, Uppermill.

The choir will sing a variety of pieces from their male voice repertoire. The finale gives the audience the opportunity to join in a flag waving sing-along to such favourites as There’ll always be an England, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.

The choir’s special guest this year will be […]

Get your blood pressure checked this Saturday

Blood pressure testing - a life saver

Saddleworth Rotary Club have teamed up with Stroke Awareness to offer a free blood pressure testing event in Saddleworth this Saturday.

The blood pressure testing will take place at Uppermill Museum on Saturday 12 April, and will run from 10am-3pm.

High blood pressure is a known cause of strokes and other health problems and can easily be controlled if found to be out of range.

No appointments are needed and all are […]

Saddleworth School: Legals done – design work set to start

Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills at the Diggle site today discussing plans with Matthew Milburn, Headteacher of Saddleworth School

Oldham Council has now signed final legal agreements with partners to deliver the proposed new Saddleworth School at Diggle.

The local authority has been in negotiations to acquire an area of land at the former WH Shaw Pallets Works in Diggle to be funded using the existing school site on High Street, Uppermill, in exchange.


New season at Gallery Oldham: April – September 2014

Gallery Oldham is delighted to announce its forthcoming exhibition programme and exciting range of events and activities.

The brochure includes two new exhibitions focusing on our collections, including 20th century sculpture and social history.

In ‘Form: Modern Sculpture from our Collections’ we will be displaying works by some of the best- known artists of the last century, including Elisabeth Frink, Jacob Epstein, Arthur Dooley and Bernard Meadows. This will be alongside new work from Andy Goldsworthy and Laura Ford acquired […]