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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
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Local photographer is using her skills to help bereaved parents

Jude Gidney BSc Hons LBIPP - Volunteer Photographer

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

The 4th annual Butterfly Awards took place recently at the end of Babyloss Awareness Week.

The Butterfly Awards celebrates and recognises champions and survivors of babyloss, and Remember My Baby won in the category of Cherished Keepsake. Launched just over two years ago, over 700 Remembrance Photography sessions have already been provided across the UK to families losing their baby.

Jude Gidney, a local photographer from Uppermill, Oldham […]

Firework Solutions offers readers a discount to make Bonfire Night go with a bang!

Saddleworth’s newest business, Firework Solutions, is offering Saddleworth News readers a generous discount off all their fireworks to make sure your Bonfire Night goes with a bang.

Firework Solutions is a local business based in Saddleworth and Royton, Firework Solutions was set up to cater for all occasions that would be made all the more special with the aid of a spectacular fireworks display to start, finish or even in the middle.

They supply many local organisations for their […]

Armed police units deployed in Saddleworth to help fight against soaring burglaries

Armed police helping with crackdown on burglaries in Saddleworth - photo Stuart Littleford

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Armed police units have been drafted into Saddleworth to assist local police officers who are working to combat soaring domestic burglaries.

The last few weeks have seen have seen various parts of Saddleworth affected by this type of crime with Delph, Denshaw and Dobcross particularly targeted.

Most of the recent burglaries have involved offenders breaking in through windows and conducting untidy searches of […]

Oldham’s Mayor visits Bright Futures School in Grasscroft

Left to right: Lady mayoress, Lord Mayor, Head of Development-Zoe Thompson, Pupil Matthew Persse, Staff members Karen Hutchinson, pupil Harry Gibbins, staff member- Krista Brierley, pupil Marley Servio and Alison Hughes - Head of Learning, Bright Futures School - photo Stuart Littleford

Reporter: Allan Roach

Oldham’s Mayor, Councillor Derek Heffernan and Mayoress Di Heffernan visited Bright Futures School for children with autism in Grasscroft, recently to find out more about the school and the specialist work it does.

Upon […]

Debbie leads Oldham and Saddleworth delegation at Boundary Commission consultation

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, was joined by council leader Jean Stratton, ex-Ashton under Lyne MP, David Heyes, local councillors and constituents, to challenge the Boundary Commission’s proposed changes to the parliamentary constituency boundaries for Oldham and Saddleworth at a consultation held in Manchester on Wednesday.

During her presentation to the Boundary Commission panel Debbie said: “I speak to oppose the initial proposals for constituency boundary changes as they relate to Oldham and […]

On the Shoulders of Giants: Old Town Hall to open with spectacular outdoor show

The six-metre tall Oldham Giant under construction

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council can reveal exciting plans for the Old Town Hall’s highly-anticipated public opening event – a unique free family show not to be missed.

‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ will be the most spectacular outdoor show ever hosted in the borough and people can enjoy it from the new public space at Parliament Square on the evening of Friday, October 21.

Written by Sarah Nelson, this is a […]

Diamond birthday celebrations for Holloway’s Travel Goods and Country Clothing Specialists

Holloway’s Travel Goods and Country Clothing Specialists in Ashton-u-Lyne

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Holloway’s Travel Goods and Country Clothing Specialists has been established in the heart of Ashton-under-Lyne for almost 60 years, at the end of this year they will celebrate their diamond birthday celebration.

The Holloway’s family has links dating back to the turn of the century in the Saddleworth area. In 1954, George & Marjorie Holloway set up George Holloway Limited which specialised in luggage and leather goods, […]

Oldham Council supports the launch of the ‘stay well this winter campaign’

Cllr Eddie Moores receives his flu vaccine

Reporter: Allan Roach

Oldham Council is supporting a major national drive to help people stay well this winter.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign is being launched today (Monday) by Public Health England and NHS England.

It kicks off with a national flu vaccination programme for children, which this year seeks to help over three million two-eight year olds. These youngsters will be given the vaccination in the form of a painless, […]

Oldham West and Royton MP appointed as Shadow Minister for Local Government and Devolution

Jim McMahon MP - Shadow Minister for Local Government and Devolution

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham West and Royton MP, Jim McMahon, has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Local Government and Devolution.

Entering Parliament with over 13 years of local government experience it was logical that he would be considered for the role of Shadow Minister for Local Government and Devolution in the Commons.

The Oldham West & Royton MP has extensive experience of Local Government making him a […]

Want to be a radio star?

Have you got the voice and personality to host your very own radio show?

Saddleworth FM, the communities internet radio station, is looking for presenters (male or female) to host shows over seven days a week.

They are spotlighting the station’s two key weekday shows, Good Morning Saddleworth Breakfast Show (8-10 am) and the planned launch of the drivetime, The Five O’Clock Show (5-7pm).

Ken Bennett, Saddleworth FM’s director of programmes, who has ten years experience in the radio industry, […]

Old Town Hall: ODEON jobs are just the ticket for Oldham residents

Reporter: Allan Roach

The opening of the Old Town Hall is great news for Oldham – and especially exciting for local residents who are celebrating new jobs.

This beautifully restored Grade II listed building will become home to a state-of-the-art ODEON cinema when it opens its doors later this month.

The cinema and six new restaurants – including Costa Coffee, Nando’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Loungers – will open in phases after a grand opening event for the public on […]

Formerly homeless people complete health awareness training

Bruce, Joanne, Tasha, Mai and Harry at Emmaus Mossley

A group of formerly homeless people from the charity Emmaus Mossley have completed a health improvement course run by Be Well Tameside.

Three companions – formerly homeless people who now live and work at Emmaus Mossley – completed the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement. The course covered inequalities in health, the importance of promoting improvements in health and wellbeing, and the impact […]

The Three Degrees are back by popular demand to perform at Holmfirth

Back by popular demand - The Three Degrees

The Three Degrees, one of the most famous female vocal groups of all time, are back by popular demand to perform at the Holmfirth Picturedrome.

Celebrating over 50 years in the industry, The Three Degrees are an American female vocal group, formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A firm favourite with Prince Charles they sang at his 30th birthday party and were guests at his wedding to Princess Diana.

The Three […]

Stratospheric exam success for Saddleworth pupils at Rishworth School

Rishworth School pupils

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A number of students living in Saddleworth and who attended Rishworth School in the last academic year, have achieved some outstanding results in the recent round of public examinations this year. Results for the School at both GCSE and A Level have been extremely good indeed.

At A level there was a 99% pass rate and a phenomenal 80% of all papers achieved a C grade or higher. At GCSE, the level of […]