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Oldham’s new Youth Mayor takes the chain of office

T Jay Turner - Youth Mayor 2016-2017

Teenager T Jay Turner has been sworn in as the new Youth Mayor of Oldham.

The 17-year-old officially took on the role at the Youth Mayor-making ceremony on Wednesday, June 29 in the Council Chambers.

T Jay is from Royton and is currently studying for his A-levels at Oldham Sixth Form College.

Once he has completed his exams in 2017, he plans to attend university to study English Literature.

Since being elected […]

Five injured after car crash on Holmfirth Road

Emergency services attend to the injured after the head-on crash

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Five people have been injured after two cars collided on the A635, Holmfirth Road, at Greenfield this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the accident at around 5.30pm, after reports of a head-on crash involving two vehicles.

Three men in one of the vehicles, a Vauxhall Astra, were taken to hospital.

A man and a woman in the other car were not thought to be seriously […]

Saddleworth Civic Trust need volunteers for graveyard clearance work

Saddleworth Civic Trust will be undertaking grave clearance work at Saddleworth Church Graveyard on Gellfield Lane in Uppermill this Saturday 2nd July.

Anyone who is interested in helping should meet at 10am, or later to suit, at the Graveyard on Gellfield Lane.

You are advised to wear suitable attire for the weather conditions and the for work that will be undertaken, you are asked to bring your own suitable garden tools such as spades, rakes, non-electrical strimmers and cutting tools.


THE REAL THING are back celebrating 40 years


THE REAL THING are back celebrating 40 years.

Featuring the hits ‘You to Me Are Everything’ / ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ / ‘Can You Feel the Force?’ / ‘Whenever You Want My Love’ / ‘You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing’.

Britain’s No.1 Soul band, celebrate an incredible 40 years in the business.

The three original vocalists, Chris and Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith perform with their own 5 piece band in a performance that includes […]

Francis House children’s Hospice has vacancies for registered nurses

Francis House children’s Hospice in Didsbury, Manchester, has vacancies for registered nurses.

Please see contact details on the poster.

The closing date for applications is Friday 29 July 2016.

Saddleworth schoolboy is cycling to fund cancer treatment

Tom, carb loading before a ride

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A 14-year-old Saddleworth schoolboy has joined his father’s cycling club in a bid to raise money for a close family friend who needs cancer treatment that is unavailable on the NHS.

Tom Doyle, from Greenfield, who attends Saddleworth School, has started cycling with father Chris as part of his Duke of Edinburgh bronze award which requires him to do some physical activity with a club.

Tom has been cycling for […]

Changes to rubbish and recycling across the borough

Oldham Council’s Cabinet has approved proposals to change the way rubbish and recycling is collected across the borough.

From October, bin collections will switch from a two-weekly to a three-weekly cycle – with food and garden collections remaining weekly.

The changes aim to improve the borough’s recycling rate by 12 per cent and reduce the amount spent on general rubbish disposal by as much as £3 million over the next two years.

The new scheme will begin on October 3.


Royal British Legion to hold candlelit vigil to commemorate Battle of the Somme

The Saddleworth branch of the Royal British Legion are holding a candlelit vigil on Thursday, June 30 at 9:30 pm at the cenotaph at St Chad’s park, Uppermill, to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.

Cllr Pam Byrne, chair of Saddleworth parish council, will lay a wreath and the service with be conducted ex-RAF squadron leader and RBL padre, Rev John Rosedale, Saddleworth Team Rector.

Dobcross Brass Monkeys band will play at the ceremony.


Debbie Abrahams MP pays tribute to her friend Jo Cox MP

Local people leave floral tributes at Birstall yesterday for Jo Cox MP

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Jo Cox MP

Debbie Abrahams MP has paid tribute to her friend Jo Cox MP, 41, who was shot and stabbed multiple times following a constituency meeting in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

A floral tribute from the Prime Minister yesterday

The member of parliament for Batley and Spen suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at 1.48pm on Thursday by a doctor along […]

Arrest made after Bailey Mill fire in Delph

Bailey Mill well alight

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police investigating the fire at Bailey Mill in Delph have made an arrest.

Shortly after 3pm on Tuesday, 14 June 2016, police were called to the listed Bailey Mill on Oldham Road in Delph.

Emergency services attended and evacuated nearby houses as well as enforcing road closures around the area.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and the building was totally gutted.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent […]

Bailey Mill in Delph destroyed by huge blaze this afternoon

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

One of Saddleworth’s most iconic mills has been ravaged by fire this afternoon leaving it in a state of almost total destruction.

Firefighters were called to Bailey Mill in Delph shortly after 3.00pm following reports the derelict seven-storey building was on fire.

Four fire appliances and an aerial appliance were sent to the scene and on arrival firefighters found the mill well alight.

Large parts of the roof and internal structures soon began to collapse due […]

Lucky escape for driver as car stopped from rolling down embankment in Diggle

Emergency services at the scene of the accident on Standedge Road in Diggle

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are investigating after a man was left injured when his car careered off the road in Diggle.

The accident happened at around 4.00pm on Friday 10 June when the black BMW he was travelling in ended up on its side after crashing through concrete fencing on Standedge Road.

Miraculously a number of trees prevented the vehicle from rolling further down the embankment.


An unexpected twist on an American comedy classic

Lyceum Theatre Oldham ends its season in New York style with the female version of Neil Simon’s THE ODD COUPLE in June.

THE ODD COUPLE proved such a huge success for Neil Simon in the 1960s and 1970s that he returned to this winning formula in 1985 and re-imagined the play with a cast of female protagonists.

This final production in the Lyceum Theatre Oldham 2015/16 Season is directed by well-known Lyceum regular, Phil McCarthy, Vice-Chair of the Management Team, […]

Oldham’s community ‘fruit route’ trees destroyed by vandals

Some of the damaged fruit trees - photo: Steve Croft

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A number of fruit trees that form part of Oldham’s community ‘fruit route’ have been destroyed by vandals last week in Grotton.

Oldham Council’s parks department say they are aware of the damage and are liaising with Greater Manchester Police who are also investigating.

The ‘fruit route’ links Saddleworth and Oldham and aims to give a unique attraction in free fruit to walkers following the path […]