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Local driver claims School Safety Car was a hazard to motorists

An ariel shot showing the position and direction of the School Safety Car - courtesy Google Maps

A local driver has slammed what he claims was the dangerous positioning of a School Safety Car outside Delph Primary School in Delph earlier this week.

Scott Elliott, of Uppermill, says he was driving to work on Tuesday Morning along Denshaw Road towards Denshaw, when he was “dazzled” by the headlights of a School Safety Car which was parked outside the school […]

Dove Stone hydro-electric scheme opened today

Saddleworth Community Hydro - opened today

After five years of organisation and negotiation, the Saddleworth Community Hydro-electric turbine is up and running after its official opening today.

The Hydro-electric turbine is housed at Dove Stone Reservoir in Greenfield and the official opening ceremony was performed by Adrian Ramsay, Chief Executive of The Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth.

Renewables First have designed this first scheme of its kind in England, built a new turbine house, installed the pipework and […]

New season of plays at The Millgate Arts Centre

New season of plays - The Millgate Arts Centre in Delph

Saddleworth Players have kicked off bookings for their 2014/15 season of plays at The Millgate Arts Centre in Delph.

There is something for everyone and it opens with a comedy, ‘Key For Two’ by John Chapman and Dave Freeman from 4 - 11 October.

The second show commemorates the anniversary of the start of the First World War, ‘Accrington Pals’ tells a moving story of a group of […]

Council Tax Reduction scheme consultation: Have your say

Oldham Council is asking residents to have their say on our proposed Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme for 2015-16.

In April 2013 Oldham’s local scheme offered up to a 75 per cent reduction on the Council Tax due on a Band A property.

In 2014 we revised the scheme to increase the amount of financial support – up to 80 per cent on the Council Tax due on a Band A property – meaning residents pay less.

Now we want […]

Stones In His Pockets at Oldham Coliseum Theatre

STONES IN HIS POCKETS - the multi award-winning comedy by Irish writer Marie Jones, will be performed at Oldham Coliseum Theatre at the end of October as part of a nationwide tour with original director Ian McElhinney, now starring in the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones, at the helm.

Directed by Ian McElhinney and Starring Conor Delaney and Stephen Jones.

Following its Tony Award nominated run on Broadway, four and a half years in the West End and on tour, […]

Afternoon theatre this Sunday

A multi award-winning play enjoying its post-Edinburgh Fringe UK tour will be performed in Saddleworth this Sunday.

‘Away From Home’ is a funny, edgy, moving and subversive one man show laced with sharp humour going in for a hard tackle on football’s last taboo. The play is being performed in the theatre space upstairs at The Swan pub in Dobcross on Sunday at 3.30pm and 7.30pm. The evening performance has already sold out and there are just a few tickets […]

Get It Loud in Libraries returns

Oldham Council is delighted to welcome two hotly-tipped bands to the borough as part of the ‘Get It Loud in Libraries’ (GILIL) series.

Birmingham’s ‘Superfood’ is first up and will be appearing at Oldham Library on October 3.

The four-piece will be performing tracks from their upcoming album ‘Don’t Say That’, which is released on November 3.

Following their appearance in Oldham the band will be embarking on the NME’s New Breed Tour 14.

On October 17 it’s the turn […]

Oldham Council assisting after Manchester Dogs’ Home tragedy

Hundreds of people turning up last night to donate bedding and food.

People turning up to help

Oldham Council is working with local partners to help deal with the aftermath of the Manchester Dogs’ Home blaze.

At least 60 dogs died and more than 150 were rescued from the fire at the site in Harpurhey on Thursday evening.

Manchester Dogs Home usually accommodates stray dogs found by Oldham Council’s dog warden service (which also covers Tameside) so its […]

Liberal Democrat Councillors pledge to finance church exhibition

Garth Harkness (left)

Two Liberal Democrat Councillors have pledged to fund a World War One exhibition at a Dobcross Church.

Holy Trinity Church are staging ‘Lest we forget’ on Saturday 13 September at 7:30pm to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One.

The church are also aiming to stage an exhibition of World War One memorabilia during the weekend as well.

The evening will have music from Dobcross Youth Band, a song of peace from children as well […]

St Chad’s Church WW1 display still open

St Chad’s Church in Uppermill

St Chad’s church in Uppermill is still open for those wishing to visit the WWI display the church has organised.

The church has a display of information which has been researched by a number of local people on the names of the 77 men who appear on the WW1 memorial tablet in the sanctuary at the church.

It is a fantastic and moving display which gives an insight into the men who fought […]

Two people seriously injured in Delph car crash

Rescue workers with the other vehicle

By Stuart Littleford

Two people have been seriously injured following a car crash in Delph today.

Two vehicles collided on the A62, Huddersfield Road, near to the junction with Delph Lane at around 4.30pm this afternoon.

One of the vehicles badly damaged in the accident on Huddersfield Road at Delph.

Road closed for over two hours

Emergency services, including police, four fire appliances, three ambulances and the North West Air Ambulance, […]

Rotary Club of Saddleworth: Engage, Develop, Succeed

The young people welcome The Worshipful Mayor Of Oldham Councillor Fida Hussain and The Mayoress Tanvir Hussain, together with the President from Saddleworth and Oldham Metro Rotary Clubs, Richard Bartlett and John Walkden

Afternoon Tea vintage crockery table setting from The Christie Allsorts Fundraising Team

By Stuart Littleford

Planning, organising and delivering the VIP catering at the recent Saddleworth Show provided an ideal opportunity for a group of young people to work on a community project, the […]

Practice makes perfect use of USA scheme

Left to right: Ugonma Husselbury (Clinical Pharmacist) and Joanne Cassinelli (Pennine Medical Centre, Mossley).

Waiting times have been reduced at surgeries and hospital emergency departments thanks to a scheme shipped from America - to Mossley and Greenfield!

Funding from the NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has enabled the Pennine Medical Centre to become one of the first in the UK to employ a Clinical Pharmacist to lower the pressure on its team of GPs and in response to […]

Council campaigns for disabled access at Greenfield Station

Oldham Council is stepping up its campaign to secure full disabled access at Greenfield Station.

Network Rail is planning to replace the pedestrian bridge and lift the highway bridge at this station as part of works to electrify the Manchester-Huddersfield railway line.

But the eastbound (Yorkshire destinations) platform at Greenfield currently has no disabled access and the local authority wants this rectified as part of the plans.

The Department for Transport (DfT) recently confirmed the station was not among those […]