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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
George Wilson - Reporter and IT
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Whit Friday: Thousands turn out for Whit walks and band contest despite poor weather

Kilngreen Sunday School - Diggle

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Thousands of people lined the streets of Saddleworth on Friday for the annual Whit Friday walks despite a wet and cold start to the day.

Church congregations together with their brass bands marched into Uppermill from various local villages cheered on by large crowds of onlookers who had turned out in force despite the poor weather. Children and adults walked together into the village centre carrying banners for their churches and […]

First images of new Saddleworth School released

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Construction company Interserve, the main contractor for building the new Saddleworth School, has now published images showing the design and layout of the school and grounds on their website.

The development site for the proposed new Saddleworth School is located in Diggle, and comprises the former Dobcross Loom Works/WH Shaw Pallet’s Site, off Huddersfield Road which are now vacant. The remaining part of the site comprises green field grazing land.

The new school building and other areas […]

Saddleworth’s PC Nicola Hughes given the first ‘Women in Policing’ posthumous award

PC Nicola Hughes

PC Nicola Hughes’s father, Bryn Hughes, with the ‘Women in Policing’ award for his daughter

The Police Federation Annual Conference at Bournemouth marked 100 years of women in policing with a posthumous award for Saddleworth’s PC Nicola Hughes in recognition of her dedication to duty.

A session celebrating a century of women in policing closed with a posthumous award for PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, received by Fiona’s father, Paul Bone and sister Vicky, […]

New cabinet Line-up for Oldham Council

Cllr Jim McMahon continues as Council Leader

Oldham Council has appointed a new-look Cabinet to lead the Borough in 2015/6.

The top team includes changes to portfolios, roles and responsibilities – plus important moves to reflect the importance of devolution to the Greater Manchester region – and was approved at Annual Council on May 20.

Councillors Jim McMahon and Jean Stretton will continue as Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council respectively.

Cllr McMahon will lead the new ‘Economy […]

Police are investigating an unexplained death in Oldham

Police are investigating an unexplained death in Oldham.

Just before 4.10pm on Wednesday 20 May 2015, police were called following a concern for welfare at a flat on Middleton Road, Oldham.

Officers attended and discovered the body of a 44-year-old man.

A post mortem took place and revealed he had died from a single stab wound to the chest.

He has been formally identified as Jonathan Alan Smith.

Officers are now working to establish what happened to Jonathan, also known […]

Whit Friday band contests will hit all the right notes again

Traditional morning ‘Whit Walks’.

Thousands of people from across Oldham and beyond are set to enjoy a spectacular day of free entertainment at the famous Whit Friday band contests.

Oldham Council provides help and financial support to ensure the 2015 Saddleworth and Lees contests hit all the right notes once again.

Dubbed locally as ‘the greatest free show on earth’, this traditional event dates back to an earliest-recorded contest in 1884.

Contests will run across 11 villages from around […]

Friezland School to host a summer extravaganza to celebrate their centenary

Friezland School in Greenfield will be hosting a summer extravaganza on the 13 June to celebrate their centenary.

There will be lots of fun activities for children and adults including a tug of war event!

They have a whole host of other exciting centenary events lined up for 2015 including:

Saturday 13 June 2015:

Centenary Celebration Spectacular.

Friday 16 October 2015:

Halloween Disco.

Friday 20 November 2015:

Family Centenary Celebration.

For more information please visit their website at: or […]

National focus on dementia in Oldham

(from L-R) Stephanie Doherty, Chair of Oldham Dementia Action Alliance, Maggie Kufeldt (Oldham Council’s Executive Director for Health and Wellbeing, Dr Ian Wilkinson, Chief Clinical Officer at NHS Oldham CCG, Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive, Carolyn Wilkins, Oldham Council’s Chief Executive, Councillor Jenny Harrison, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding and Councillor Jean Stretton, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.

The head of the NHS in England has praised the outstanding dementia partnership work in Oldham.

NHS […]

Villagers concerned about planned street lighting upgrade work

Dobcross square - existing wall lamps

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council has offered reassurance to Dobcross residents who are concerned about planned upgrade work to the street lighting in the village.

Residents have recently received letters from a local street lighting partnership informing them that the work is due to commence soon in the area.

Last year a group of concerned residents made representations to the lighting installer E.ON asking for more information on what type and style of […]

Prostate Cancer UK to benefit from a great new event in Saddleworth

Last year prostate cancer claimed the lives of over 10,000 men in the UK and, according to Cancer Research UK, it is the second most common cause of cancer death in men. Prostate Cancer UK is at the forefront of the battle against this illness and two established and popular Saddleworth clubs have teamed up to create an enjoyable and challenging cycle event to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.

Saddleworth Rotary Club and Saddleworth Clarion Cycling Club have created […]

Saddleworth Historical Society and Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts host ‘Viking age gold and silver in the north west’ talk

The Viking gold ring - (Picture courtesy of Saddleworth Museum)

On Wednesday 13 May the Saddleworth Historical Society and Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts will jointly host ‘Viking Age Gold and Silver in the North West’, an illustrated talk, to be given by Professor James Graham-Campbell one of the country’s leading authorities on Viking-age treasure.

The Viking-age gold finger-ring found at the confluence of Greenfield and Chew Brooks in 1914, and now in the British Museum, provides the […]

Man remains in critical condition after Denshaw crash

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left with life threatening head injuries after a traffic collision in Saddleworth.

Shortly before 2.40am yesterday, a 24-year-old man was driving a white BMW along Ripponden Road in Denshaw towards the M62 motorway, when he came up to a left hand bend and lost control of the car.

The vehicle collided with the armco safety barriers and hit a stone wall before overturning onto its roof and coming […]

Debbie Abrahams MP - comment following the Oldham East and Saddleworth result

Debbie Abrahams MP - held her seat with an increased majority.

Debbie Abrahams is today celebrating after she held her Oldham East and Saddleworth seat with 17,529 votes, this was an increase in her majority from 3,558 in 2011 to 6,002.

After the result, Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, told Saddleworth News: “I’d like to thank my magnificent team and the hundreds of Labour Party volunteers and, of course, my wonderful family for all the […]

Election 2015: Labour’s Debbie Abrahams says to be able to continue to represent Saddleworth in Westminster would be a great honour

Debbie Abrahams

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, the Labour candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has spoken to Saddleworth News about what it means to her to seek re-election as the area’s MP for the first time since her by-election win in January 2011.

Debbie said: “I have been so proud to represent Oldham East and Saddleworth over the last four years. Having lived in Newhey for over 25 years to be able to continue to represent local people […]