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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
George Wilson - Reporter and IT
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Saddleworth Rangers attempt world record this weekend

Saddleworth Rangers will this weekend attempt to break the world record for the longest ever game of touch rugby.

28 players will have to keep a game of touch going for 30 hours to beat the record, set by Waterloo Rugby Union club in 2012. On the other half of the main pitch, juniors, opposition teams and past players will take turns to also play continuously for 30 hours between them. The event takes place over the bank holiday on […]

Hugh Cornwell comes to Uppermill Civic Hall

Hugh Cornwell

Only a handful of tickets remain for this Thursday’s Hugh Cornwell performance at Uppermill Civic Hall, Cornwell is one of the UK’s finest songwriting talents and accomplished live performers.

As the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, he’s enjoyed massive success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, etching himself into Europe and the USA’s musical psyche with classic songs, including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Nice […]

Saddleworth Rushcart 2015

Saddleworth Morris Men at Saddleworth Church on Sunday

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

The annual Saddleworth Ruschart Festival started in Uppermill on Saturday morning as the Saddleworth Morris Men performed in the Square outside the Commercial Hotel.

Morris Men relaxing outside the Church Inn at Uppermill

Large crowds were treated to a colourful display of traditional Morris dancing enhanced by the sounds of jangling bells on the dozens of clogs worn by the dancers, many travelling from all parts of […]

Discerning drinkers invited to coffee tasting at The Old Bell Inn

The Old Bell Inn at Delph

Discerning drinkers are being invited to taste coffee with a twist when a roadshow comes to a Saddleworth pub.

Guests at the exclusive event, to be held at The Old Bell Inn at Delph, will get the opportunity to find out more about the latest techniques, trends, beans and blends.

Coopers, suppliers of fresh and distinctive coffees and award-winning coffee equipment, is staging a nationwide programme of interactive coffee events to share its […]

Community cinema in Mossley one step closer thanks to amazing eBay find

Regular cinema screenings in Mossley are one step closer as new community arts centre The Vale takes delivery of some theatre-style seating.

The 60 red velvet seats have recently been removed from The Muni theatre in Colne, as part of a £56,000 refurbishment project.

Eagle-eyed Leon Patel, one of the partners in The Vale social enterprise, spotted the redundant chairs on eBay and made contact with the Pendle valley theatre.

When Tony Dodd from Pendle Leisure Trust, which runs […]

The last ever Saddleworth & District Cricket League Tanner Cup final this Sunday

Saddleworth Cricket Club

This Sunday (16th August) will see the last ever Saddleworth & District Cricket League Tanner Cup final. The reason being The Saddleworth & District League & The Central Lancashire League have agreed to merge and will become the Pennine Cricket League in 2016.

Saddleworth and local rivals Greenfield meet for the first time in the final. Both clubs are founder members of the league and the trophy was first played for in 1925. This makes it […]

Novelist Louis de Bernières at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph

Louis de Bernieres

Oldham Council is bringing an exciting array of theatre, literature and comedy this autumn for its latest Live@thelibrary programme.

More than 20 performances are taking place throughout September, October and November, at various venues around the borough – with the majority taking place in Oldham Library’s newly-refurbished performance space.

Broadcaster, writer and Parliamentarian Melvyn Bragg will be talking about his new book at The Grange Theatre, in Oldham, on Tuesday, November 10.

Oldham Council Libraries is […]

Police say increase in Saddleworth burglaries in order to steal cars

There appears to be an increase in burglaries in the Saddleworth area where by offenders are committing burglaries in order to steal vehicle keys. The latest being on Rimmons Close, Greenfield.

At approx 03.30hrs this morning two males were disturbed in a property. The offenders had removed a small pane of glass from a rear window, reached in and unlocked the rear door using the keys which had been left in the lock. Once inside the offenders stole keys to […]

Thousands turn out for ‘Yanks’ event in Saddleworth

Left to right: Saskia Edwards Korolczuk - Oldham youth mayor, Yasmin Toor, Sharman Birtles - High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Mayor of Oldham - Ateeque Ur-Rehman, Air Chief Marshall Dowding and Cllr Neil Allsopp

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Thousands of people arrived in Saddleworth this weekend to watch the popular annual ‘Yanks’ event.

The event was first staged 15 years ago to celebrate the local filming of the Hollywood movie “YANKS” in 1979 starring Richard Gere. Many locations in Dobcross […]

Bryn Hughes presents Debbie’s summer school participants with graduation certificates

Bryn Hughes, father of the late PC Nicola Hughes, was the guest of honour at the ‘graduation’ ceremony of Debbie Abrahams MP’s Working for Your Community Summer School where he awarded certificates to the eleven 18 to 24 year olds who have taken part last week.

The participants have spent two weeks at the summer school learning the skills required to develop their own community-action campaigns following a visit to Parliament, meeting Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham and other MPs, […]

Keeping the home fires burning 1915 -2015

On Sunday 20th September, Saddleworth women’s Institute invite you to afternoon tea and dance from 12pm to 4pm at the Civic Hall, Uppermill to celebrate 100 years of the W.I. and commemorate WW1. There will be dancing and demonstrations by the BACKSTEP BOOGIE CLUB with the opportunity to hit the dance floor and learn some new moves. There will also be activities for children and a children’s entertainer. Visit their Cafe, enjoy a coffee and cake and maybe take a […]

Road closed after HGV hits bridge in Greenfield

Road closed as the HGV strikes the bridge - photo Ian Shepherd

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Traffic around Greenfield Station was brought to a standstill yesterday morning when an HGV delivering to a local company attempted to turn down past the station and caught the rear end of its trailer on the wall of the road bridge.

The road was closed due to concerns that heavy coping stones on the bridge had become insecure and could topple onto the railway […]