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St Chad’s raise money for Oldham Mountain Rescue Team

Children from St Chad’s School.

Parents and children from St Chad’s school in Uppermill recently helped to raise money for Oldham Mountain Rescue Team.

They all completed the annual ‘Pots and Pans Challenge’ by walking from the school to the hilltop monument.

The sponsorship money will be donated to the Oldham Mountain Rescue team, who greeted the children as they arrived at the top of the hill.


Police continue to search Dovestones Reservoir

Searches continuing at Dovestones

Police are continuing to hunt for clues at Dovestones Reservoir after the discovery of a man’s body in February.

The North West Police Underwater Search and Marine Unit, have been at the reservoir for the last two weeks looking for anything that might be of significance to the investigation.

Craig Wilcox, was last seen on 6 January 2014 at the home of relatives on Norfolk Crescent in Failsworth.

Police are treating Craig’s death as suspicious […]

Comedy double bill at The Swan in Dobcross

Do you remember the fantastic play, “Spoonface Steinberg”, that we had on here last year? Well, the theatre company behind that production, The Freerange Theatre Company, are coming back to The Swan, Dobcross in June with a double bill of COMEDY plays by Jon Brittain.

The amazingly talented Rebecca Fenwick (who was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award for her role as Spoonface at The Swan) stars in both plays alongside Adam Urey, who impressed us so much in the […]

Finishing with a bang!

Saddleworth Players round off their current season at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph, with Bill Naughton’s well known Lancashire comedy “All In Good Time” opening on 31 May until 7 June (excluding Monday). Naughton spent most of his career based in Bolton and wrote a number of well known classic plays, some of which were adapted for the big screen.

This robustly humorous play centres on the sensitive Arthur and his new bride forced by economic circumstances to live […]

School meals are top of the class

The Education Catering Team celebrates the award.

Oldham Council has been awarded a prestigious ‘Gold Food for Life Catering Mark’ thanks to the high quality meals being served in schools across the borough.

The Education Catering Team is only the third local authority in the country to achieve this honour – and the first in the North-West.

The award is the culmination of a five-year journey of improvement which has already seen the council earn bronze and silver awards.


Girl,16, arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after Dobcross stabbing

A PCSO stands guard near to the scene of the stabbing

Police and CSI at the scene this morning

A woman is in a serious condition after being stabbed at her house in Dobcross early this morning.

Shortly before 5am on Sunday 25 May 2014, police were called to Dobcross New Road, following reports a woman had been stabbed.

Officers attended and a 42 year old woman was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries to her back.


UKIP and Independent candidates are election winners

Nikki Kirkham (centre) celebrates her victory

Today’s local election results in Oldham have seen victories for both Independent and UKIP candidates in the Saddleworth Wards.

Independent candidate Nikki Kirkham was elected by a clear majority for the Saddleworth North Ward. UKIP candidate Peter Klonowski won the Saddleworth West and Lees Ward, he was not in attendance as he was at work as his win was announced.

An elated Mrs Kirkham, told Saddleworth News, she believed her victory was down […]

Local writer publishes book on Shakespeare

Delph writer and journalist - Jane Wright

New book - ‘Noble In Reason, Infinite In Faculty’

‘Knock knock - who’s there?’ is a joke that everybody from seven to seventy must have told and heard - but how many people know it originates from Shakespeare? Delph writer and journalist Jane Wright has just published a book about Shakespeare, called ‘Noble In Reason, Infinite In Faculty’ in which she explains this, and many other facts and theories about what […]

Saddleworth WI Charity Comedy Evening

On Saturday, 21st June, Saddleworth Women’s Institute will be raising funds for Oldham Bereavement Support Service at an Off the Rails Comedy Evening, the Royal George, Greenfield.

It will be compered by Rob Riley with three comedians booked. Doors will open at 8pm and the show will start at 8.30.There is limited seating. For further information and tickets, please contact or 07866541560.

Tickets £10 in advance. Over 18’s only. Very strong language.


Debbie Abrahams MP starts Dementia Awareness Week with a quick 10K run

Debbie Abrahams MP - completes the Great Manchester Run

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has made a fast start to Dementia Awareness Week by completing Europe’s biggest 10K running event, the Great Manchester Run, in 54 minutes and 33 seconds, and raising over £650 for Alzheimer’s Society.

Debbie, who has made creating a dementia-friendly Oldham one of her top ten constituency priorities, said: “It was a very hot day to be running but the atmosphere at […]

Delph Community Association are ‘Growing for Gold’

Delph Community Association in partnership with Oldham Council are ‘Growing for Gold’ to celebrate RHS Britain in Bloom’s 50th Anniversary. Local Bloomers are holding a FREE basket planting day from 10am -12.30pm on 22 May to celebrate this landmark year.

‘Growing for Gold’ is the theme of RHS Britain in Bloom 2014

Jo Green, from the Association, said: “As part of our on-going efforts, we’ll be planting over 30 hanging baskets with members of the local […]

Diggle Blues Festival

Diggle Blues Festival - photo courtesy of Stuart Coleman Photography

Diggle Blues Festival starts in Diggle on the 5 June and runs to Sunday 8 June 2014.

Entry is FREE to all venues. The organisers have spent more money on the line up this year with John Otway and Dani Wilde appearing, amongst others.

The full line up can be seen at the Diggle Blues Festival Facebook page:


Saddleworth’s rail commuters like ‘sardines in a can’ says Debbie Abrahams

Debbie Abrahams MP - ‘commuters like sardines’

Northern Rail franchise extended

Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, Debbie Abrahams, has spoken up for Saddleworth’s rail commuters in the House of Commons describing them as being like ‘sardines in a can’ during their daily commute.

She questioned the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, on whether some of Northern Rail’s diesel stock may be being transferred to TransPennine Express (TPE) to supplement the gap left by an earlier […]

Holmfirth Film Festival builds on previous success

This year’s Film Festival builds on the success of the last four years with an exciting programme of 80 films and documentaries from around the world and the UK, screened in the historic Picturedrome and a dozen different venues throughout the Holme Valley, plus a range of innovative events.

Festival Director Stephen Dorril said: ‘This year sees a major expansion in the number of films were are screening. We are catering for lots of different interests and groups. We want […]