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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
George Wilson - Reporter and IT
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Oldham’s three MP’s write joint article on 15th anniversary of Oldham Riots

We are proud of Oldham and all of our diverse communities. We are inspired by the prospect of a positive future but we are honest about the challenges our town faces too.

The town hit the national headlines for all the wrong reasons and while the images were shocking no one could honestly say it came as a total surprise.

Underlying tensions that had been simmering for over a decade conspired with a series of events that culminated in horrific […]

Saddleworth Clarion Cycling Club host the Saddleworth Mountain Time Trial

Saddleworth Mountain Time Trial route

Saddleworth Clarion Cycling Club (SCCC) recently hosted the Saddleworth Mountain Time Trial with a strong field of 65 riders meeting in Saddleworth for a testing 19 mile course that included the climbs of ‘The Isle of Skye’ and ‘Wessenden Head’.

Conditions on the day in May were favourable with the last riders off missing the promised rainfall and all riders benefiting from a slight tail wind on the first climb.

The […]

Saddleworth man takes the helm at accountancy firm

Andrew Milnes (left), with Mike Jackson (right)

Accountancy firm HURST has appointed partner Mike Jackson from Saddleworth to succeed Andrew Milnes as head of its business services team.

Andrew, who joined HURST in 1990, has headed the team for 15 years. He will stay on at HURST in a consultancy role.

The business services team provides advisory, audit and assurance services to companies across the north west and beyond. It is the largest team at HURST, with 45 staff.


Winning approach to customer service puts local business in front at trade body awards

Outstanding Customer Service award - Left to right Steve Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA with Adrian and Simon Dawson

A fourth-generation Oldham property company took centre stage at a trade body awards ceremony.

Olympic Construction secured the ‘Outstanding Customer Service’ award at the Property Care Associations Best Practice Awards this month.

A framed certificate, along with a tablet device and bottle of champagne were presented to the company’s Managing Director, Adrian Dawson. The category was sponsored by Aquobex.


Award scheme launched to recognise local community helpers

A unique award scheme which will recognise villagers who go the extra mile for neighbours or their community has been launched across Saddleworth.

The Above and Beyond Awards will celebrate men, women and children nominated by village community, resident associations and groups.

And in a bid to encourage nominations villagers are being urged to contact their own community’s committee.

All ten village committees have backed the novel award scheme which is the brainchild of journalist Ken Bennett.

He said: “It’s […]

Rain fails to dampen the ‘greatest free show on earth’

Thousands of people turned out in Saddleworth on Friday for the areas annual ‘Whit Walks’ and famous Whit Friday band contests which have been dubbed the ‘greatest free show on earth’.

Congregations from local churches marched with brass bands into Uppermill from the various villages watched by large crowds of spectators with adults and children walking behind those leading the parades.

Church elders carried the traditional large hand made banners that are unique to each church and Sunday school.

The […]

Saddleworth MP: Devo Manc deal for local health and social care ‘a sham’

Debbie Abrahams MP

Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, Debbie Abrahams, a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and former NHS Trust Chair, has released her latest NHS Check report in which she says Devo Manc plans for health and social care are more about devolving financial risk to Greater Manchester and less about devolving decision-making to a local level.

In April 2016, Greater Manchester took responsibility for £6bn of health and social care funding from central Government which […]

The greatest free show on earth returns to Saddleworth

Whit Friday at Denshaw

Thousands of people from across the borough and beyond are set to enjoy a spectacular day of free entertainment and fun at the famous Whit Friday band contests.

Oldham Council is providing help and financial support to ensure the 2016 Saddleworth and Lees contests hit all the right notes once again.

Dubbed ‘the greatest free show on earth’, this traditional event dates back to 1884.

Contests will run across 11 villages from around 4pm until […]

She Stoops to Conquer at Saddleworth Players

Liz Travis and Tony Wright

This Much Loved Comedy of Mistaken Identity opens Saturday May 28 in Delph.

When Marlowe mistakes Kate’s house for an inn and treats her father like an inn keeper, things are not going to go smoothly for him. With her brother causing mischief, her father insulted and her mother plotting a marriage nobody wants it’s no wonder Kate has to stoop to conquer.

Writing in 1773, Goldsmith believed comedy should provoke laughter by exposing […]

Saddleworth seaman remembered as Oldham commemorates the Battle of Jutland

Seaman - W J White of Walhill, Dobcross

Henry Taylor from Oldham took triple gold at the 1908 London Olympics

Oldham Council is set to commemorate the only major naval battle of World War I.

On May 31, 1916 the Battle of Jutland took place in the North Sea, off Denmark – and 20 Oldhamers sadly lost their lives.

Saddleworth seaman, W J White, of Wallhill in Dobcross, was 20 years of age and had joined the navy […]

Saddleworth Concerts Society plant sale in Greenfield tomorrow

Saddleworth Concerts Society will be holding a plant sale at Fur Lane House in Greenfield tomorrow.

The sale starts at 10.00am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm -4.00pm.

Refreshments will be provided.

Event held by kind permission of Mr R.J.R Tanner.

All enquiries to Roger Hinchliffe on 01457 874047.

Schoolboy grabbed around neck by man in local park

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police were called to Saddleworth School yesterday following reports that a schoolboy had been assaulted in Uppermill. Officers attended and discovered that a 12-year-old boy had been walking across the Park in the village at around 10am, when he spotted a woman filming a short distance away. He went over to her, but when he asked what she was doing he was grabbed lightly around the neck by a man. The boy escaped from the man’s grasp […]

Debbie launches Parliamentary report warning people with dementia are receiving disjointed care

Debbie Abrahams MP, has launched a report warning that social care services habitually treat conditions in isolation

Co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dementia, Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, Debbie Abrahams, has recently launched a report warning that social care services habitually treat conditions in isolation resulting in significant human and financial implications.

The APPG on Dementia is calling on Government and health and social care watchdogs to urgently join up care for people with dementia […]