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Saddleworth sailor sails through weapon engineering training at HMS Collingwood

ET(WE) Joshua Lees receives the certificate of course completion from VIP Captain Chris Hodkinson, Deputy Assistant Chief Of Staff (Land and Littoral Manoeuvre)

Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineer) Joshua Lees, 20, from Saddleworth has recently graduated as a Weapon Engineer from HMS Collingwood, Fareham, Hampshire as he completed his Phase 2 training with Victory Squadron.

Joshua joined the Royal Navy January to see the world and have a secure career. Originally from Saddleworth where his parents Joanne and Craig live, […]

Debbie appointed to shadow ministerial role

Debbie Abrahams MP - appointed to shadow ministerial role

Debbie Abrahams MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has been appointed Shadow Minister for Disabled People in the Work and Pensions shadow ministerial team.

Debbie, who has been a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee since June 2011, is known for holding the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to account with her robust questioning of Iain Duncan Smith and his fellow ministers in the Commons and at […]

London Classic Theatre come to Oldham with Waiting For Godot

London Classic Theatre Company come to Oldham Coliseum Theatre with their production of Samuel Beckett’s classic Waiting For Godot as part of a 37-venue national tour.

A country road. A tree. Evening. Vladimir and Estragon meet as dusk approaches. Estragon tries to remove his boot. Vladimir examines his hat. A conversation begins, a joke is interrupted. A carrot is eaten. The two men quarrel, then embrace. A pair of eccentric travellers arrive. Seemingly master and servant, one stands weighed down […]

Educating Rita at the Oldham Coliseum

Willy Russell’s comedy about collision between class and culture comes to the Coliseum this October.

Frank, a disillusioned career academic, becomes a tutor for the Open University, mainly, to help pay for his prodigious booze habit. He doesn’t know what to expect, but he certainly wasn’t expecting Rita.

Rita, whose real name is Susan, is a down-to-earth hairdresser looking to make a better life for herself through English Literature. She doesn’t know what she wants, but she knows she wants […]

Police investigating after attempted robbery of taxi driver in Saddleworth

Police are investigating following an attempted robbery in Saddleworth.

At around 2.55am on Friday 18 September 2015, a taxi driver picked up four people outside Tesco, Greenfield in Saddleworth. They asked him to take them to High Street in Lees and as they got to Oldham Road, Springhead, one of them told him to stop the car.

When he did, all four got out and one of them threatened the driver with a kitchen knife. He demanded money but the […]

A kazoo chorus is coming to Marsden

Young people and families taking part in Marsden Jazz Festival Street Music Parade 2014 - photo Elizabeth Baker.

Marsden will soon be buzzing with the sound of kazoos with four kazoo workshops taking place in the village over the next two weekends.

Music fans of all ages are being encouraged to attend one of the free workshops to make a flamboyant kazoo and then join in the Marsden Jazz Festival street parade at midday on Saturday 10 October.

Artists […]

Justice ‘deserts’ will be created by court closure says MP

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has voiced her concerns about the potential closure of Oldham’s Magistrates’ Court and Oldham and Tameside County Courts and the impact this will have on the public’s access to justice.

Debbie said: “I’m very concerned that the Government’s cuts to legal aid and the closure of courts will lead to justice deserts in many areas, especially more outlying communities like Saddleworth and Shaw who will face even longer […]

THEFT - In Delph ……

Saddleworth Players kick off their new season at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph with Theft, by Eric Chappell.

A couple return home to find they have been burgled but the burglar is still there, and convinces them that he is a policeman investigating the break-in.

Once his true identity is known the burglar reveals all kinds of uncomfortable truths about the couple and their friends. A tongue-in-cheek, witty comedy-thriller with twists and turns to keep you guessing the outcome!


Team Spirit are recruiting

Saddleworth based, Team Spirit Event Management Limited, are recruiting at the moment and if you are interested in any of the positions advertised please contact them by email at [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed on Thursday 17 September.

All change for Oldham’s oldest theatre company

New seats at the Lyceum

Lyceum Theatre Oldham has been a feature of the town centre for nearly ninety years, and in its current basement location in the Lyceum building since 1938.

This summer, following years of saving and cutting costs, they are undergoing a full auditorium refurbishment, with new seating and colour scheme.

It’s a busy time for local amateur dramatics group Lyceum Theatre Oldham. The week after finishing their 2014/15 season with an almost sell-out production, they […]

SkyRide local easy ride this weekend in Saddleworth

SkyRide local riders

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

SkyRide local run by British Cycling have an easy ride coming up this Sunday at 10am around Dovestones Reservoir.

It takes in all three reservoirs, is only 6 miles, is open to anybody of all abilities and is a nice easy paced ride. These are organised rides and this is the first time this area has been included on the schedule for SkyRide local.

Julie Mulholland, who has lived in Diggle for many […]

Denshaw Village Cinema to help the Syrian refugee crisis

Last weekend there were two collections in Greenfield of food and clothing for Syrian refugees, which are now on their way to Greece, Hungary and Austria.

There is one at Denshaw this coming Saturday, at the Village Hall from 2.00pm till 10.00pm.

If you are going to the Village Cinema to see ‘Woman in Gold’ you can drop off any items you might like to contribute whilst having that coffee or glass of wine before the show!

The following items […]

Saddleworth photographer develops some interesting shots with huge vintage camera

A Saddleworth photographer has brought a giant piece of the borough’s manufacturing heritage back into use after finding it in the stores of Gallery Oldham.

Over the last two years Ian Beesley has been working with the gallery as an artist in residence and has developed an interest in the pieces contained in its collections.

While poring over the many items his well trained eye was caught by a large Hunter Penrose industrial process camera.

The vintage piece had been […]

Employment vacancies at local business

A local business has a vacancy for two warehouse workers and anyone interested should get in touch using the details on the advert.

Closing date for applications is Monday 21 September 2015.