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

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Residents battle against rising flood waters in Saddleworth today

Residents on Delph New Road trying to stop the rising water from getting into their homes

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Heavy rain has caused serious flooding in some parts of Saddleworth today with water levels in the River Tame rising to their highest in recent memory.

In Uppermill, the village park and children’s play area was submerged beneath two feet of water with a number of homes on School Street, off the High Street badly flooded.

The rising water level […]

Police release CCTV images in bid to identify man found dead near Greenfield reservoir

CCTV of the dead man police are trying to identify

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police trying to identify a man who was found dead near Dovestone Reservoir at Greenfield have released CCTV images of the man at a London Tube station.

On Saturday 12 December 2015, the body of the man was found on the Chew track leading from Dovestones Resevoir boating lake to Indians Head.

He is described as being white, of slim build, had a receding hairline with […]

Plans approved to increase pupil places at Greenfield Primary School

An early architectural impression of the new-build Greenfield Primary School.

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Work to boost the capacity of a Saddleworth primary school has been given the green light by Oldham Council.

Greenfield Primary School will soon be expanded with the construction of a new two form-entry primary school building.

Oldham Council is responding to an unprecedented rise in the number of children needing primary school places and last year it invested in creating more primary school places across […]

Police appeal for information after man found dead near Dovestone Reservoir at Greenfield

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are trying to identify a man who was found dead near Dovestone Reservoir at Greenfield.

On Saturday 12 December 2015, the body of the man was found on the Chew track leading from Dovestones Reservoir boating lake to Indians Head.

He is described as being white, of slim build, had a receding hairline with grey hair to the side and back, had a large nose which may have been previously broken and was clean shaven.

The […]

Saddleworth Illuminations 2015 results

The judging of the Annual Saddleworth Illuminations competition took place on Wednesday 9th December 2015.

The panel of judges consisted of the Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Neil Allsopp, Oldham and Saddleworth Parish Councillor Nikki Kirkham and the Clerk to Saddleworth Parish Council, Pam Bailey.

The results of the competition are as follows:

Best Illuminated Shop Window

Winner: NK Hair, Uppermill

Runner Up: Lush, Austerlands

Best Decorated Shop Window

Winner: Shear Perfection, Delph

Runner Up: Blush Bridal Boutique, Uppermill


An evening with Howard Jones in Manchester

Howard Jones - solo shows are an intimate trip through Howard’s 30 year music career

It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in his very first single ‘ New Song’. The lyrics called on the listener to challenge their preconceived ideas, to see both sides and ‘throw off your mental chains’. New Song was recently used […]

Saddleworth Parish Councillor guilty of downloading indecent images

Cllr Michael Buckley

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A Saddleworth Parish Councillor has been found guilty at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester of downloading indecent images of young boys.

Paul Michael Buckley, 67, appeared in court charged with 17 counts of making or possessing indecent images of naked boys aged six to 17 years old.

16 counts related to the making of – referring in these instances to downloading – specific images while count 17 related to the possession of […]

Delph woman pushed over in own home by thieves posing as police officers

Four men broke into a house in Saddleworth and knocked a woman to the ground.

At around 2.30pm on Tuesday, the 63-year-old woman was watching tv in her home on Delph Lane, Delph, when the men opened the back door of her house.

They claimed they were police officers and were checking houses to make sure they were okay. They searched the house and when the victim realised they were taking personal property, she tried to intervene and was knocked […]

Drop-in event for proposed highways scheme at new Saddleworth School

Oldham Council is holding a drop-in event where people can view the proposed highways scheme for the new Saddleworth School.

The event will take place at Kiln Green Church, Diggle, on Thursday, December 10.

Residents can call in at any time between 3pm and 7.30pm and officers will be on hand to explain the scheme and answer any questions.

The public will then get the opportunity to make any comments during the statutory 21-day planning consultation period.

That will start […]

Santa Dash through Uppermill for local charities

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Over 100 paid up runners will be taking part in a Santa Dash along High Street, Uppermill on Saturday 5 December.

The event has been organised by Saddleworth Round Table as an extension to their Winter Wonderland event which takes place later the same day.

The Santa Dash is a 5km charity fun run through Uppermill village and Diggle.

The event should be quite a spectacle as the High Street is closed from 2pm for 10 minutes […]

Saddleworth Group of Artists annual Winter Exhibition 2015

Acrylic and Charcoal - (Untitled) by Stephen Stringer

The Saddleworth Group of Artists have a new venue for their Winter Exhibition this year.

The exhibition is now running at the Style & Salvaged & Scona Cafe at the Reclamation Room, Lee Street, Uppermill.

It is open daily from 9.15am to 5.00pm through till Saturday 9 January 2016.

Well known local artists will again be exhibiting their work. Always a popular show, especially in the run up to Christmas, the […]

A Floral Arts Event to be held in Uppermill

A Floral Arts Event, entitled “Humbug Christmas” is to be held at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Station Road in Uppermill on Wednesday 9 December at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 which includes a mince pie and mulled wine.

Saddleworth residents asked to help with Mission Christmas

Greater Manchester Police is once again asking the people of Saddleworth to help them support the KEY 103 Mission Christmas Appeal.

Sadly there are still 1 in 3 children living in poverty, with Greater Manchester having the fourth highest levels of child poverty in the country.

Mission Christmas will not solve the poverty statistics, but will be a helping hand that ensures as many children as possible wake up with a present on Christmas day, no matter what their situation.