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Dog owner appeals for information on his whereabouts

HUGO Still missing - £1000 reward on offer

It is almost a year since a Yorkshire Terror dog called Hugo went missing from his Saddleworth home and his heartbroken owner Kelly Teece is making a fresh appeal for any information on his whereabouts.

Hugo is a cross Yorkshire terrier and he turned three on the 17 March whilst still missing, he went missing from the saddleworth area and there were some initial sightings around Oldham & Tameside.

Kelly […]

Saddleworth Rushcart Festival 2014

The 2014 Saddleworth Rushcart outside the Commercial in Uppermill

The Rushcart heads of towards Dobcross on Saturday

By Stuart Littleford

The annual Rushcart Festival has taken place in Saddleworth this weekend with the Saddleworth Morris Men and others from around the country taking part in various Morris dancing displays.

Morris dancing outside the Hare and Hounds Pub in Uppermill

The name of this year’s Rushcart was revealed just before it was rolled out from behind the Commercial […]

High standards maintained in Oldham’s GCSE results

Pupils in Oldham have maintained high standards following the publication of today’s GCSE results.

Early indications* suggest the majority of all local schools have improved or maintained their results in gaining five grade A* to C passes (including English and maths) – despite a national sharp drop in English.

Across Oldham as a whole, 56.5 per cent of students achieved at least five of these grades.

This is a slight decrease of 0.4 per cent on last year’s record GCSE […]

Springhead musician helping to raise funds for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice

By Stuart Littleford

A Saddleworth musician has been helping to raise funds for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Oldham with a marathon guitar playing session.

Guitar playing session

Kieran McMahon, from Springhead, successfully completed his attempt to play his guitar for more than 100 hours non stop after starting the challenge on Saturday 19 July from his home. He continued on Tuesday 22 July at the ‘Open Mic Night’ at The Delph Club in Delph, and finished on Tuesday 24 […]

Four arrested in connection with man’s death in Saddleworth

Craig Wilcox

Detective Inspector, Terry Crompton at Dovestones

Four people have been arrested in connection with a man’s death 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 carried out, but the result was inconclusive.

Craig […]

Winners announced for golden photography competition

Dan Shaw’s “Tandle Hill” – 1st place

Caroline Lawson’s “Secret Garden” – 2nd place

The winners of Oldham Council’s well-received Bloom and Grow Photography Competition have been announced.

The standard was golden this year as we gained more than 700 entries over the six-week competition.

In first place – winning £200 – was a stunning photograph of Tandle Hill Country Park taken by Dan Shaw, from Shaw.

The amateur photographer took his prize-winning shot on his smartphone.

Second […]

Tickets for Sadd Fest 2014 are selling fast

Saddleworth’s very own music festival SADD FEST will take place on 30th August.

The hugely popular event will be held at the Saddleworth Rangers ground in Greenfield.

The festival is a Saddleworth Round Table Charity Event and features bands such as The Giddy Gringos, Baked A La Ska, Anthony Kinsey and Schwing, Lauren Housley, Jonny Hick’s Juke Joint, Dubble D and more.

The event starts at 1.00pm through till 8.30pm (with tickets selling fast) the tickets are priced at £15 […]

The Yanks event returns to Saddleworth this weekend with a special guest

WW2 reenactors arrive at Saddleworth for the ‘Yanks’ event

The Yanks event has returned to Saddleworth this weekend with something for everyone to see and do including a spectacular fly-past by a Lancaster Bomber later today and an appearance from one of the stars of the original film.

This very popular annual event was first staged 13 years ago to celebrate the local filming of the Hollywood movie “YANKS” in 1979 starring Richard Gere. Many locations in Uppermill and […]

Oldham’s ‘Gaza petition’ handed in to 10 Downing Street

Back row: Jahangir Khan (resident), Cllr Fazul Haque and Tariq Rafique (Oldham Race Equality Partnership)Front row: Debbie Abrahams MP, Cllr Arooj Shah, Michael Meacher MP, Rev Howard Sutcliffe (Oldham Interfaith Forum) and Rev. Jean Hurlston (Oldham Interfaith Forum)

Civic, faith and community leaders from Oldham presented an 8303 signature petition to number 10 Downing Street yesterday calling for an end to all hostilities in Gaza and the recall of MPs to Parliament so the crisis can be discussed and […]

Peace Flag flies over the Civic Centre

Cllrs Barbara Brownridge and Fida Hussain are in the foreground of the photo

An Oldham Peace Flag is now flying over the Civic Centre.

Oldham Council has listened to the concerns of local people about what is happening in Gaza and this flag is a symbol of our support.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “It is important the council represents the whole community and we believe the vast majority of residents will back our […]

Whisky tasting event at Diggle Band Club for Oldham Mountain Rescue Team

Whisky tasting event for Oldham Mountain Rescue Team

The Amateur Dram society is hosting a whisky tasting event at Diggle Band Club in support of the Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 4 October, allows people to try nine whiskies from around the world and enjoy a pie and peas supper, courtesy of the Little Saddleworth Pie Company.

Nick Watts, Amateur Dram society member and event organiser, […]

Denshaw Village Cinema films

Denshaw Village Cinema has announced its line up of films for the next few months.

The Book Thief will be showing on August 9 2014.

Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund say their co-ordinator in Gaza has lost eleven family members in recent violence

Dr Mona el-Farra - family members killed

The co-ordinator in Gaza for a local charity that raises money to help Palestinian women access further education has suffered the dreadful loss of 11 family members killed by Israeli shelling in the Gaza Strip. Five of the family members were children, the youngest being 4 years old.

A spokesperson for the Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund (SPWSF), Kathy Brooks, said, “We are deeply saddened and appalled by the deaths […]

Lloyd cole concert in Uppermill is a ‘strange quirk of fate’ says his father

Lloyd Cole (centre) with his brother Adam (left) and father Brian (right)

Eighties singer and songwriter Lloyd Cole is to play a concert in Uppermill this month in the very same building his mother and father first met almost sixty years ago. The Civic Hall on Lee Street was then called the Mechanics Institute.

Lloyd who was lead singer of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions from 1984 to 1989 was born in Buxton and grew up in nearby Chapel-en-le-Frith […]