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

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Dobcross farm fire has reignited tonight

Roundhill Farm fire has started up again tonight

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Firefighters are attending a fire at Roundhill Farm in Dobcross again tonight.

It is thought that yesterdays’s fire in an open barn has reignited due to strong winds.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) currently have one appliance at the scene.

A spokesperson from Roundhill Farm has told us there are no reports of any injuries.


Firefighters bring Saddleworth farm blaze under control

Firefighters at the farm fire this afternoon

Firefighters have been called to a fire at a Saddleworth farm this afternoon.

The fire is believed to have started at around 2.15pm and involved 100 bails of straw that had been stored in an open barn on Roundhill Farm, off Long Lane, in Dobcross.

Fire was in an open barn

Five fire appliances were sent to the scene and are currently damping down the bails.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester […]

Spate of illegal fly-tipping in Saddleworth in last few weeks

Large amounts of rubbish dumped along Harrop edge Lane in Diggle

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council officials are investigating a spate of illegal fly-tipping in various parts of Saddleworth over the last few weeks.

Large amounts of rubbish have been dumped in different parts of the parish with one of the main hotspots being on Harrop Edge Lane between Diggle and Dobcross.

Over 60 black refuse bags containing household rubbish and in some cases building debris, have been left […]

Firefighters attend grass fire in Uppermill this afternoon

Blaze - one fire appliance attended the fire just off Ladcastle Road

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Firefighters have attended another grass fire in Saddleworth this afternoon.

The fire started on land just inside the old Ladcastle Quarry, off Ladcastle Road, in Uppermill at around 3.30pm.

The blaze was extinguished an hour later but firefighters remain on the scene damping down the area.

The fire comes just days after a much larger one that took hold around Dovestone Reservoir in […]

Firefighters tackling large moorland blaze above Greenfield tonight

The large moorland fire above Dovestone Reservoir

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Firefighters are tackling a large moorland blaze above Dovestone Reservoir in Greenfield tonight.

The fire is thought to have started at around 8pm on land near to an access road just above the reservoir.

The fire has been burning over an area of approximately three square miles, causing a large amount of smoke to drift towards Greenfield and Mossley.

Emergency services at the scene

Greater Manchester Fire and […]

World Premiere brings ancient story to a modern audience

This Spring, theatre maker Rose van Leyenhorst and co-director Chris Hill have teamed up to create THE ODDITY, a contemporary exploration of The Odyssey introducing ​Tilly​,​ a girl lost between ancient fiction and modern reality.

The production will tour the North West from Friday 29 April - Tuesday 7 June 2016, playing at Oldham Library, Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, Unity Theatre in Liverpool, New Continental in Preston and Mill at the Pier in Wigan.

Creator Rose van Leyenhorst […]

Oldham Council act over village street lighting issue

Overheight lamp before being shortened

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council have agreed to reduce the height of some newly installed lamp posts in Dobcross after residents contacted Saddleworth News to say they were far too high and were causing them sleep problems.

Residents, on Briarfields in the village, explained that the replacement posts were far higher than the previous ones and said the much brighter white light was “disturbing their sleep” due to the fact the light was now […]

Uppermill Community Action Network (UCAN) take part in ‘Clean for the Queen’ project day

Uppermill Community Action Network (UCAN) members at Brownhill

Uppermill Community Action Network took part the ‘Clean for the Queen’ project day on 23 March around the Brownhill area in the Village.d

They were quite surprised to have collected approximately 30 bags of litter, plus a TV set and car battery, from around the canal and river areas.

A large amount of rubbish collected

Their next project day is on Saturday 9 April when they will be meeting at […]

Meeting date set to reconsider Saddleworth School planning applications

Oldham Council’s Planning Committee will meet to reconsider all four applications relating to the proposed new Saddleworth School this month.

An ‘extraordinary’ meeting will consider only these matters in the Council Chambers on Wednesday, April 13 at 6pm.

The cross-party members will consider the applications to:

A) Build the new Saddleworth School on the WH Shaw Pallets site in Diggle;

B) Demolish existing buildings on the WH Shaw site, excluding the listed building; C) Demolish the link bridge attached to […]

The Handyman starts tonight in Delph

Cressida and Julian Field live comfortably in the English countryside with their elderly Ukrainian odd-job man and friend of the family, Romka. Suddenly the police arrive. What has Romka done? Is he guilty? Is there a time limit on revenge and punishment?

The Handyman by Ronald Harwood is a play with two themes: a real did-he-do-it? drama, but also one that ponders the question of guilt and retribution for acts committed during the Second World War, exploring the questions of […]