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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
George Wilson - Reporter and IT
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Guided ‘remembrance tour’ of Mossley Cemetery

Exactly one week before Remembrance Day there will be an organised tour of Mossley Cemetery by Mossley Civic Society to view some of the graves that have a military connection.

During the walk Commonwealth War Graves will be visited, as well as a number of family graves where there is a memorial inscription to a loved one who was lost abroad. There are also several graves of Mossley men who were awarded a medal that was listed in The London […]

Spring & Port Wine in Delph

Spring & Port Wine - the family

There has been quite a lot of pungent cooking in the theatre lately. The Saddleworth Players revival of Bill Naughton’s family drama features a plate of herring. Perhaps there should be a new term for this kind of gritty culinary realism - kitchen stink drama.

Spring & Port Wine is a Northern Comedy set in Bolton. A family play about a family. And a play about relationships between siblings. A play about […]

Vacancies at Saddleworth based Cop Security

Saddleworth based Cop Security have three job vacancies at the moment.

Please apply directly to them using the details on the advert.

Warm Homes Oldham wins national award

Angela and Jim McMahon

An Oldham Council employee has won a national award for her dedication and hard work in delivering the Warm Homes Oldham scheme.

Angela Broadhurst, Oldham Council’s Principal Housing Energy Officer, was responsible for developing Warm Homes Oldham, and now coordinates this ground-breaking scheme.

Over the last year Warm Homes Oldham helped nearly 600 households out of fuel poverty, saving them around £600,000 off their energy bills and ensuring they can afford to keep their heating […]

Debbie speaks to pupils at Delph Primary School about being an MP and democracy

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, popped into Delph Primary School on Friday 9 September to talk to the pupils about what her role is as an MP and to answer their questions about politics and what it’s like working in Parliament.

Debbie said: “It was a real pleasure to meet the children at Delph Primary School and I was very impressed with the maturity of their questions and level of understanding they showed […]

Saddleworth Group of Artists Exhibition

Summer Morning Sunlight, Oil on board, 36 X 46cm, John McCombs ROI, RBA, PPMAF

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Well-known local artists will again be exhibiting their work for the Saddleworth Group of Artists Summer Exhibition at the Saddleworth Museum from Saturday 27 August to Sunday 30 October. This will be the first exhibition since refurbishment of the museum.

Always a popular show, the exhibition will be comprised of up to fifty works, with styles ranging from […]

Cost of moving to property in Oldham revealed following publication of the DPS’ new Tenancy Deposit Ratings

‘OL’ postcode properties averaging £1,243.81 to rent

The cost of moving to a new rented property in the Oldham area recently has been revealed following the publication of The Deposit Protection Service’s (The DPS) quarterly Tenancy Deposit Ratings.

When tenants move home they must usually pay their new landlords a deposit to insure against damage or other cost incurred while living at their new address, and by law landlords must protect this money with an authorised tenancy deposit protection […]

The Lees Village Service Station Charity Day is back!

Charity Day - Lees Village Service Station

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Lees Village Service Station, the Gulf-branded forecourt situated on St John Street, Lees is hosting its Charity Day on Sunday 11 September and everyone is welcome.

Owned by Frank Pullen for over 20 years and run by three generations of his family, the Gulf site is proud of its close links with the community and the popularity of its annual charity day.

“Last year our customers raised £600 for […]

Carnage on stage as Oldham theatre opens its 2016/17 season

Lyceum Theatre Oldham opens its new season with Yasmina Reza’s razor-sharp wit in THE GOD OF CARNAGE.

Reza’s plays start with a simple idea and this one is no exception. Set in a middle class district of Paris, THE GOD OF CARNAGE tells the civilised story of two well-to-do couples meeting to discuss a playground fight between their young sons. As the evening draws on, one father wants to get away to deal with a crisis at work while one […]

Brassed Off at Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oldham Coliseum Theatre presents the funny and life-affirming Brassed Off this September, featuring the musical talents of Oldham and Saddleworth local brass bands, The Delph Band, The Diggle Band, The Oldham Band (Lees) and Boarshurst Silver Band.

Based on a true story, and adapted from the 1996 film starring Pete Postlethwaite and Ewan McGregor, Brassed Off is a tale of community spirit and triumph in the face of adversity.

It’s 1992 and Danny’s lifelong ambition to lead Grimley Colliery Band […]

TV’s Jack laughs it up for local good cause

Danny Ward - photo by steve ullathorne

September sees two shows coming to Saddleworth’s Off The Rails Comedy Club with the first raising money for a very good cause indeed.

Saddleworth MIND will be aiming to add over £1000 to their coffers on Friday 16 September.

The ever so slightly manic Danny Ward turns the everyday trials that we all experience into piercingly well dissected anecdotes of exasperation and obsession – with wonderfully hilarious solutions. With a delivery that […]

Graham Parker and Brinsley Schwarz to play in Manchester

English singer-songwriter Graham Parker is perhaps best known as the lead singer of the Great British band Graham Parker & the Rumour.

His energetic performances - along with the wittily class-conscious spirit of his critically acclaimed debut album Howlin’ Wind - preceded the arrival of punk rock and new wave music. His quirky-blue-collar image is often believed to be a major influence on the public persona of many British musicians, most notably Elvis Costello, Paul Weller and Joe Jackson.

Graham […]

TV presenter says he hopes ‘funding can be found’ for Uppermill Civic Hall clock restoration work

John Stapleton - keen to see clock restored

EXCLUSIVE - Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Popular TV presenter and journalist, John Stapleton, has told Saddleworth News he hopes “funding can be found” to restore a clock on one of Saddleworth’s most iconic buildings.

The clock, on the front of the Civic Hall in Uppermill, was recently repaired but the clock face itself and the surrounding structure couldn’t be refurbished due to a lack of budget.

The paint on the hands […]