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Selected Saddleworth households can apply for help with energy bills

Households in North and South Saddleworth can apply for up to £7,000 to help slash the cost of their energy bills.

Under the new Little Bill campaign, Oldham Council and local authorities across the region are working together with the Greater Manchester Energy Advice Line and the new National Home Improvement Fund to help people save money and improve the efficiency of their homes.

Little Bill, the campaign’s new mascot, will soon begin appearing on posters encouraging households to apply […]

Oldham Council plans to attract more families into town centre

Oldham Council is set to install a new pilot play area as part of plans to attract more families into the town centre.

Some of the play equipment that will be installed

The fun-filled facility – to be located in Market Place on the High Street – will be home to a small range of new play opportunities for younger children.

Fixed timber equipment will offer little ones the chance to climb, swing and slide to their hearts content […]

Dobcross Village Fete has Tour de France theme

The Dobcross Village Fete has a Tour de France theme this year.

The Fete will be held in Dobcross Village at the Holy Trinity School on Saturday 12th July at 2.00-5.00pm, with live bands from 5.00-8.00pm.

Attractions include stalls, bar and bbq, bouncy castle, and a grand prize draw - with a chance to win a mini iPad, helicopter ride and lots more!

Admission just £1 for adults and 50p for children


Building work starts on new Oldham Sports Centre

Courtesy of GT Architects – artist’s impressions of the new leisure facilities at Oldham

Construction work is underway for the new £15million flagship leisure facility for Oldham town centre.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader was on site today with delivery partner Willmott Dixon’s Managing Director (Northern) Anthony Dillon to mark the start of building work on the Oldham Sports Centre, which will be located at the junction of Manchester Street and St Domingo Street.

The construction firm has […]

Show your pedal power at Dove Stone

Bird cycle sculpture - Photo: Sean Hallsworth

To get into the Tour de France spirit, the RSPB, in partnership with artist Richard Dawson, is encouraging families to show their pedal power at a special event on Sunday 29 June.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean riding a bike as Pedal Powered Dove Stone is an event with a difference.

Alongside various activities for all ages, the main attraction will be the exhibition of two fantastic Kinetic Art Bike Sculptures, created […]

Gallery Oldham: Take a walk through 200 years of Union Street

Photograph from 1880 showing the original art school next door to the Lyceum

Gallery Oldham’s latest exhibition explores the history of one of the town centre’s busiest thoroughfares - Union Street.

The street was first laid out in the early 1800s as an unpaved dirt road through fields on the edge of town.

This quiet country lane was intended as a by-pass for horse-drawn carriages that wanted to avoid the existing steep and narrow route through Oldham town centre.


Bike Adventures Oldham campaign gets into gear

Local youth arts charity, Peshkar Productions, has launched a competition to encourage young people to share their love of Oldham and cycling by getting on their bikes and uploading photographs and videos of their favourite Oldham cycle spots.

The campaign, called ‘Bike Adventures Oldham’, will run mostly online as young people are being encouraged to post artistic content relating to cycling in Oldham onto the Facebook page: The young person with the most ‘likes’ will win a GoPro Action […]

Greenfield Primary School and Nursery kick-off the World Cup in style

Ready for the World Cup

On Thursday 12th June the children at Greenfield Primary School and Nursery kicked-off the World Cup in style.

All children represented different countries taking part in the World Cup and played their tournaments on the school field in hot “Brazilian” sunshine.

During the afternoon the children practised their spot kicks in true England style with a penalty shoot-out.

All the children had a fantastic time are looking forward to the rest of the World […]

Reverand Peytons Big Damn Band returns to Saddleworth

You saw REVEREND PEYTONS BIG DAMN BAND last summer at Friezland, but this time the Reverend has requested a bigger venue where he can see y’all dancing because once he gets started, you just can’t stay in your seat. The OAK ROOM at the WHITE HART at LYDGATE is a great venue. We are lucky enough to have the Band during their UK tour sandwiched between major UK festivals at Glastonbury, Grillstock at Manchester and then after Saddleworth on to […]

Saddleworth’s Whit walks take place in glorious weather

Uppermill Methodist Church

Saddleworth’s traditional Whit Friday walks have taken place this morning in glorious weather with large numbers of people turning out to watch the church processions and brass bands.

Saddleworth Church/ Kiln Green with Diggle Band

Local church congregations and bands made their way into Uppermill village to gather later in Uppermill Park for sermons and hymns.

Holy Trinity Dobcross with Dobcross Band

Tonight will see a number of brass bands from all over the […]

Heritage Lottery Fund backs new bid to unlock secrets of Saddleworth’s Roman outpost

A Saddleworth heritage group has been awarded a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support its research into the area’s Roman history. The Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts have been given £70,100 to carry out a fresh excavation of the site, an officially scheduled monument of national importance.

Hundreds of schoolchildren and adult volunteers will take part in the dig which is due to begin in July 2014 and is expected to take up to 4 weeks.

“It’s […]

Lifelong Learning is changing lives

Michelle Farraday - jewellery business started

Oldham Council’s Lifelong Learning Service is encouraging residents to try something new through free taster sessions.

Oldham Library and Lifelong Learning Centre will be hosting 19 fun classes, workshops and activities on Saturday, June 14 – to mark the start of Adult Learners’ Week.

This free taster day will give you the perfect opportunity to explore your creative side, learn new skills and find out how learning can help you feel good.

There […]

Letter to the editor from Liberal Democrat Councillors over Saddleworth School

Liberal Democrats welcome the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) U-Turn in belatedly agreeing to specify up to date costs for constructing a new Saddleworth Secondary School at the Diggle sites and at the current school in Uppermill. We have repeatedly pressed both Oldham Council and the EFA to do this but they have hitherto refused.

Saddleworth’s Liberal Democrats publicly pledge to accept whichever location comes out on top in the EFA’s new appraisal to secure the Government’s £17million funding for a […]

Saddleworth students exhibiting at CITED show

A degree show has been organised by Contemporary Art students at the University of Huddersfield.

It includes work from three Saddleworth students, Amy Wood, Bridie Littleford and Sarah Amy Styles.

Private View is on Friday 13 June, 5pm-7pm and public view is 7pm -9pm.

The exhibition will then be open continuously everyday until Friday 20 June and is located in the Technology Building at the university.

CITED: C2479Y pin-points plurality, bringing the twenty-two artists’ individual practices […]