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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
George Wilson - Reporter and IT
Judith Grinter - Reporter

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Saddleworth Show 2015 at Well-i-hole Farm in Greenfield

The Saddleworth Show 2015 - a joint project between the Saddleworth and Oldham Metro Rotary Clubs - will be held this Sunday, 28 June, at Well-i-hole Farm in Greenfield.

Attractions on the day include, falcons, chainsaw carvers, donkeys, Llamas, petting zoo, Chinese boxing, duck race, bungee, trampoline, ferris wheel, classic cars, Paintball, Dog training, classic cars, dry stone walling, a climbing wall, craft and sport demonstrations, archery, bee keepers, fly fishing and a casting contest, pony club, bucking broncos, and […]

Debbie meets ‘climate change’ constituents at huge Parliament lobby

Debbie meets climate change lobbyists - left to right - Gennie Slater, Bernie Slater, Debbie Abrahams MP, Catherine Jones, Rosie Banham, Alison Brittle

Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, Debbie Abrahams, has met with five climate change lobbyists from her constituency who were taking part in a 9,000 strong mass lobby of MPs called ‘Speak up for the love of…’ highlighting their deep concerns about the effects of climate change on the world and its most vulnerable people .

Bernie […]

Delph couple jailed for stealing more than £45,000 from elderly neighbour

Guilty - Gary Stevenson

A Delph couple who stole over £45,000 from an elderly neighbour have been jailed.

Gary Stevenson and Carol Stevenson both of Denshaw Road, Delph, were sentenced yesterday at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after both pleading guilty at an earlier hearing. Carol Stevenson was sentenced to three years in custody for fraud and her husband Gary received a two year custodial sentence for money laundering.

In 2008 the Stevensons offered to help their elderly and […]

Springhead teenager sworn in as the new Youth Mayor of Oldham

Councillor Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader with Saskia

Teenager Saskia Edwards Korolczuk has been sworn in as the new Youth Mayor of Oldham.

The 18-year-old officially took on the role at the Youth Mayor-making ceremony yesterday in the Council Chambers.

Saskia is from Springhead and is currently studying for her A-levels at Oldham Hulme Grammar School.

Once she has completed her exams she plans to take a gap year to concentrate on her youth mayor role.

After this she […]

Photographer looking to publish book featuring his landscape photography of Saddleworth Moor

Saddleworth Moor photograph by Matthew Murray

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

An award-winning photographer is seeking sponsorship from local businesses and other interested parties to help him publish a new book featuring his landscape photography of Saddleworth Moor.

Matthew Murray, is a photographer who exhibits work internationally, he shoots advertising commissions for ad agencies in London and Europe and has been repped by Gallery Vassie, Gallery for International Photography, in Amsterdam.

Matthew has been shooting a series of […]

Employment vacancies at local company

All-female cast in new production at the Oldham Coliseum based on well-known local nightclub

An all-female cast are performing in a new production now running at the Oldham Coliseum theatre based on one of Oldham’s most well known nightclubs.

The brand new all-female musical with a mix of original songs and ‘90s classics, ‘Dreamers’ tells the story of small town nights with big hearts and glorious female friendships.

Every weekend a group of young girls shake off the weekly grind with a messy night on the town. They don’t care if Monday’s blue, Tuesday’s […]

People of Saddleworth we need you!

Council leader Jim McMahon with London’s deputy mayor for culture and education Munira Mirza, former education secretary Estelle Morris and managing director of Tunafish media, Sam Jones

The Oldham Education and Skills Commission (OESC) has launched a new website and wants everyone to get in touch with stories of inspirational people helping to make a difference in Saddleworth.

The launch of the website is the latest part of its project to help raise aspirations so that everyone, […]

Couple have lucky escape as car bursts into flames in Greenfield

The badly damaged Citroen in Greenfield

Fire service clearing debris from the road

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A couple had a lucky escape this morning when the car they were travelling in burst into flames near Greenfield station.

Graham Beswick, 59, was driving from Ashton towards Greenfield on Oldham Road with his wife when he became aware of other motorists piping their horns and waving at him. After stopping his car he immediately spotted smoke billowing from the front […]

Transpennine electrification delay is bad news for local rail users

Electrification would help to alleviate overcrowding on trains

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

News that the electrification of the rail line through Saddleworth has been delayed indefinitely will mean further misery for local commuters who regularly use Greenfield and Mossley stations.

The work would have seen the line electrified between York and Manchester over the next two years helping to reduce the number of overcrowded trains.

Railnews editor, Sim Harris, told Saddleworth News: “Network Rail has explained that it is […]

Debbie pledges support for 11,076 carers across Oldham East and Saddleworth

Left to right - Debbie was joined by representatives of Carers Week 2015 partner organisations Eleanor White Age UK, Aimee Leverett Macmillan Cancer Support, Claire Sewell Carers UK

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, this week pledged her support to carers across the constituency as part of the national Carers Week 2015 awareness campaign, which runs from 8-14 June.

Debbie said: “There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or […]

‘George Shaw of Saddleworth: the man who unwittingly discovered a royal treasure’

The marriage bed of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

This afternoon, BBC presenter and academic Dr. Jonathan Foyle, will give a lecture at Saddleworth Museum entitled ‘George Shaw of Saddleworth: the Man who Unwittingly Discovered a Royal Treasure.’

The illustrated talk, hosted by Saddleworth Historical Society, will tell the remarkable story of the recent discovery of the marriage bed of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. It was made in the aftermath of the Wars of the Roses […]

Air ambulance called to assist with injured rugby player in Greenfield

North West Air Ambulance called to assist

Paramedics attend to the injured boy

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A boy was taken to hospital at the weekend after sustaining a suspected neck injury during a rugby match in Saddleworth.

The match was part of a number of rugby matches being played on Churchill Playing Fields in Greenfield.

The boy, who was injured during a tackle, was later was taken to hospital by land ambulance.


Liberal Democrats elect new Saddleworth Parish Council Group Leader

Saddleworth Parish Council Liberal Democrat Group Leader - Alan Belmore

Saddleworth Parish Council Liberal Democrat group have announced the election of their new group leader, Alan Belmore, who was approved unanimously by the Lib Dem councillors.

Alan, 25, is an accountant living in Greenfield and is one of the youngest councillors in the country. He takes over from Bill Cullen, who has led the Lib Dem group since 2013.

Alan said: “I want on record the incredible effort that […]