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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
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Debbie Abrahams MP tells Dobcross residents: ‘We are listening to you’

Debbie Abrahams MP speaking to the residents

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams MP has reassured Dobcross residents that they will be listened to at a special meeting in the village earlier this week.

The meeting was held at Dobcross Band and Social Club on Tuesday night by Dobcross Village Community (DVC) Executive Committee, to discuss road safety issues in the village after the recent approval to build the new Saddleworth School in Diggle. Although the meeting wasn’t held for […]

National Trust Marsden Moor Estate - plant group sales

Marsden Moor Estate Plant Group

Every Friday from April to October, the Marsden Moor Estate office sell plants to the public, next to the Railway Station.

The nursery, run by National Trust volunteers, specialises in perennials and includes herbs, alpines and some shrubs.

Many of the plants come from donations from the public whose gardens are overstocked, whilst others are grown from seed by their volunteers. In the nursery, they are split, propagated and once well rooted they are […]

Dobcross residents invited to public meeting over village traffic issues

Sugar Lane, Dobcross

All Dobcross residents are invited to a public meeting in the village Band Club on Tuesday, July 28 at 7.30pm.

The meeting, has been organised by Dobcross Village Community executive committee, to discuss increased traffic through the village. Residents can attend and air their views on safety, speed, and how to discouraging traffic from using the village roads as a ‘rat run’.

Journalist Ken Bennett will chair the meeting and they expect senior Oldham Council […]

Cars destroyed in Dobcross early morning blaze

Firefighters tackle the burning cars in Dobcross

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A number of cars have been destroyed after fire engulfed a Dobcross garage early this morning.

Firefighters were called to the blaze near Nicker Brow in the village after residents were woken by the sound of explosions from the vehicles. The explosions were heard as far away as Uppermill resulting in a large number of calls to the emergency services.

Three cars were completely destroyed in the blaze and […]

Saddleworth Olympics is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year

Adrian Green, Central Committee Co-Chairman (left) with former Chairman David Needham

Ask any child, parent or grandparent in Saddleworth the question: “What are you doing in September?” and most likely, the answer will involve the Saddleworth Olympics.

Whether you’re participating or watching, the event ­- which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year - generates mass appeal across the local community.

Children start training in sports ranging from athletics and badminton to netball and rugby as soon as the […]

Diggle Day Nursery present a cheque to the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Diggle Day Nursery and Education Centre last Friday presented a cheque for £1,400 to the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund following their recent ‘Fun Day’ fundraising event.

The nursery, based in Diggle, raised the money through a variety of attractions including a raffle, tombola, Donkey rides and Stalls.

Bounce about Castles in Lees kindly donated half their profits on the day, as did Wayne Rawstrone of the Dysarts Arms Pub in Mossley, who despite the weather […]

Oldham’s Flower Festival gets ready to bloom

Oldham town centre is set to explode in colour for the annual Flower Festival – and TV gardener Mr Bloom is coming along to join in the fun.

The children’s favourite will be performing throughout the day at this year’s traditional horticultural extravaganza, which is bigger and better than ever.

Families are urged to get some flower power along High Street on Saturday, July 18 (11am-4pm) and enjoy the blooming marvellous event organised by Oldham Town Centre Partnership.

Children can […]

Series of indecent exposures in Saddleworth

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are investigating a series of indecent exposures in Saddleworth.

Officers were first called to Mossley Road in Grasscroft at 2.55pm on 12 July 2015 following reports a man had been seen performing a sex act upon himself in a car.

A 4.14pm, police were then called to Huddersfield Road, Scouthead, again following reports a man had been seen performing a sex act upon himself in a car. On both occasions there was no sign of the […]

Saddleworth Independent Councillors send objections over new Saddleworth School traffic proposals to Oldham Council

Saddleworth Independent Councillors have written to Oldham Council to express their objections to the traffic proposal put forward by the Council for the new Saddleworth School.

Concerns that villages like Dobcross will be used by motorists as a short cut

The letter was sent to Michelle Carr, Assistant Director of Oldham Council and is copied below:

Dear Michelle

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the traffic arrangements for the proposed new Saddleworth Secondary School in Diggle. As […]

World class results for Saddleworth Student

World class - Phoebe Price

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Saddleworth student, Phoebe Price, is celebrating an exceptional result in her International Baccalaureate (IB) qualification which sees her ranked among the top 3% of 140,000 IB students worldwide.

A pupil at Manchester High School for Girls, Phoebe opted to take the internationally-recognised qualification as an alternative to A Levels, scoring 42 points from a possible 45. Such a point score sets Phoebe way ahead of her global competitors who secure, on […]

Saddleworth couples needed for Channel 4 series

Show guests

Channel 4 are looking for couples to take part in the popular ‘Come Dine With Me’ TV series.

Saddleworth News was contacted by ITV to help find local couples willing to take part in the show.

Three Couples will each host a dinner party over three nights. They each score each other over the three nights and the couple with the best score on the final night wins £1000!

They are filming the week commencing 3 August […]

Saddleworth Historical Society lecture in memory of the late Alan Petford

Calder Valley

On Wednesday 8 July, the Saddleworth Historical Society will host a lecture entitled ‘Patterns in the Landscape: the Evolution of Settlement in Enclosure in the Upper Calder Valley.’ It is being given in memory of the late Alan Petford by one of his former students, Dr. Nigel Smith.

Alan Petford, who died in January at the age of 61, made an unparalleled contribution to the history of Saddleworth, and that of the South Pennines more broadly. He […]

Theatre comedy and music at The Swan with the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

For the second year running, The Swan in Dobcross has joined forces with The Greater Manchester Fringe festival to bring an eclectic programme of gorgeous music, innovative theatre and dynamic comedy to Saddleworth. Landlord Michael Powis, says, “We hope the people of Saddleworth enjoy the chance to see something a little bit different again this year. We have local performers as well as supremely talented people from further afield such as, London, SouthAfrica and Brazil”.

All together The Swan will […]

Annual Oldham vintage and classic car show returns

Oldham town centre is revving up for the return of Oldham’s Vintage and Classic Car Show.

The free rally, which has been organised by Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club with support from Oldham Town Centre Partnership returns on Sunday, July 12 from 10am until 3.30pm.

The organisers don’t live life in the slow lane so they have been busy arranging for around 50 cars, motorcycles and light commercial vehicles to be on display.

Adventurous Mr Toad

Cars […]