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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
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Smug Roberts at The Swan this weekend to raise money for Comic Relief

Smug Roberts

The Swan in Dobcross will see comedian and actor Smug Roberts presenting twenty, 20 minute gigs in one day, celebrating 20 years giving laughter and raising money for Comic Relief.

Smug Roberts has been a stand up comic for twenty years, ever since being spotted by Caroline Aherne who happened to see his first gig at The Frog and Bucket.

In 2000, Smug headlined with Paul Merton and John Thomson at the opening night of the Manchester […]

Saddleworth Historical Society lecture on Humphrey Chetham

Humphrey Chetham - Courtesy of Chetham’s Library

On Wednesday 11 March, Dr Stephen Guscott will present an illustrated lecture at Saddleworth Museum to Saddleworth Historical Society on one of Lancashire’s most intriguing figures - Humphrey Chetham.

Best known as the founder of Chetham’s Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, Humphrey Chetham was Manchester’s most eminent merchant in the first half of the seventeenth century. By his will of 1653, not only was the library established, but […]

Save Diggle Action Group welcome Oldham Council’s decision over new school

New School - campaigners met with Mike Green, EFA Director, last year

Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG) has welcomed a decision by Oldham Council to seek the views of local people over the siting of the new Saddleworth School.

A spokesperson told Saddleworth News: “We are delighted that Oldham Council are finally seeking the views of the people of Saddleworth on the choice of school site. The fact that they have also stated categorically that they will make the […]

Oldham Council is inviting final submissions from the public ahead of the selection of the site for the new Saddleworth School

Last month the Education Funding Agency (EFA) published a Feasibility Study which reviewed four potential sites.

This identified the preferred option to locate a new school building and facilities on the rear of the former WH Shaw Pallets Works site in Diggle.

On Monday, March 30 a paper will go before Cabinet seeking a final decision and approval on the site.

The local authority is now making a final call for submissions before consultation with the public and stakeholders ends […]

Dobcross village blocked for over an hour

The 184 bus unable to pass the wagon in Dobcross Square.

Traffic blocked on both sides for over an hour

Reporter: Stan Bowes

The problems of parking in Dobcross were highlighted on Tuesday morning, when the main road through the village was blocked for over an hour.

The 184 bus to Diggle was unable to pass a large van that had parked at the junction of Woods Lane and Sugar Lane, to deliver furniture. Vehicles, including large commercial […]

Budget Full Council meeting to be streamed live

Oldham Council is streaming next week’s Budget Full Council meeting live.

Residents will be able to view the meeting from the comfort of their own homes on Wednesday, February 25.

Our live internet streaming allows residents to watch the entire meeting live on our website at from 6pm.

The meeting will also be broadcast live on Oldham Community Radio (99.7fm).

Time to get creative and build a home for birds this half-term at Dove Stone

Help to give nature a home this February half-term and join the RSPB at Dove Stone for a special event to mark National Nest Box Week.

On Sunday 22 February, the team at Dove Stone will be joining forces with local ‘abirdabode’ project artists, Richard Dawson and Jacqui Symons, to run a nest box making session with a difference. ‘Abirdabode’ is a combination of an art and environmental project and over the past eight months, Richard and Jacqui have been […]

World premiere of ‘The Mist In The Mirror’ at Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is running the world premiere of ‘The Mist In The Mirror’ a brilliant new production that’s definitely not for the squeamish.

Adapted by Ian Kershaw, from author Susan Hill’s novel, The Mist in the Mirror, this is a tense and atmospheric new production with visual theatre innovators imitating the dog creating an unsettling ethereal atmosphere both on stage and off. An unsettling ghost story in the mould of Hill’s chilling West End smash hit The Woman in […]

A fun filled February at Off The Rails

Michael Fabbri

February is proving to be a busy month for Greenfield’s Off The Rails Comedy Club. A fundraising show for Saddleworth Rangers ARLFC is already sold out but there are still tickets available for two shows later in the month.

Sunday 22nd February sees TV regular Alun Cochrane introduce Michael Fabbri whose dark and honest approach manages to effortlessly slip between some harsh, controversial topics to light-hearted silliness to make for a refreshingly eclectic and brilliantly funny […]

Pancake Day fun at Tommyfield Market Hall

Oldham Council is encouraging pancake-loving young youngsters to take part in ‘The Big Flip’.

The event will take place on Shrove Tuesday, February 17, inside Tommyfield Market Hall, Albion Street, Oldham, between 11am and 3pm.

The team want to see how many times you can flip a pancake in 30 seconds.

The competition will take place at intervals throughout the day: 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm - opposite Denton’s jewellers and Stationery Corner.

The winner will receive £20 worth of shopping […]

New Saddleworth School poll now live on Saddleworth News

The present Saddleworth School in the early 60s - Colin Fox, Saddleworth Museum Archives

Saddleworth News has decided to run the opinion poll again on the siting of the new Saddleworth School after many requests.

Due to concerns that that the online voting could be manipulated, we had this checked and are now satisfied this potential issue has been addressed, apologies to those who had already voted.

Although this is not a scientific poll it will give some indication […]

Local councillors send letter to EFA claiming feasibility study was ‘flawed’

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A letter has been sent to the Chief Executive of the Education Funding Agency and copied to school’s ministers by local councillors who claim that the recent Saddleworth School feasibility study was “flawed” and lacked “professional objectivity”.

In the letter to Peter Lauener, they wrote: “We are writing to you to express our disappointment with the recently published feasibility study into the choice of sites for the new Saddleworth school.

“As you are aware, the school’s location […]

Councillor Mike Buckley speaks out over Saddleworth School plans at Oldham Council meeting

Cllr Mike Buckley

Independent Councillor Mike Buckley addressed Oldham Council at their meeting last night about the siting of the new Saddleworth School.

Cllr Buckley said: “First of all thank you for this opportunity to address the Council this evening on the siting of the new Saddleworth School and to explain the concerns of the overwhelming majority of Saddleworth people.

“The new secondary school is warmly welcomed by everyone in Saddleworth; parents, teachers and residents alike. The old school […]

Feasibility Study on the new Saddleworth School is now available to the public

Existing buildings on the proposed Diggle Site

A Feasibility Study to identify and review the options to identify a new Saddleworth School site is now available to the public.

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) led this study which concluded that the preferred option is to locate a new school building and facilities on the rear of the former WH Shaw Pallets Works in Diggle.

That conclusion is supported by the EFA Saddleworth School and Oldham Council.

Also published today […]