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

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New Oldham team helps to get Saddleworth people home from hospital

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Saddleworth residents will be supported to return home from hospital quickly and safely, thanks to a new team of health, social care and third sector professionals.

The Oldham Rapid Community Assessment Team works closely with colleagues at The Royal Oldham Hospital, including those in the A&E department, to react quickly and prevent people from being admitted to hospital if they can be supported at home with the right professional help.

Once at home, the team takes a […]

Defibrillator training and lifesaving skills event in Delph

Garth Harkness (left) and Mayor of Oldham, Derek Heffernan

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A couple of years ago Liberal Democrats Garth Harkness, Derek Heffernan and Alan Roughley launched a campaign to get a defibrillator in every village.

Following on from this there will now be a defibrillator and lifesaving training course taking place on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at 6.30pm at Delph Methodist Church with all members of the public welcome.

Councillor Garth Harkness told Saddleworth News: “A few years […]

‘Inexcusable’ - Oldham MP’s reaction to Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust review revelations

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, a former Primary Care Trust Chair and a former member of Labour’s Shadow Health Team, said: “These are shocking and deeply distressing revelations.

“Over the last few months I have also been hearing directly from constituents about problems they have had with the Trust’s services and this leads me to question whether their complaints procedure is as effective as […]

The Damned return to Manchester for 40th Anniversary tour

THE DAMNED to play at Manchester Academy

Reporter: Allan Roach

Punk legends THE DAMNED have announced they will play at the Manchester Academy on 18 November as part of a huge UK & Irish tour which takes in more than thirty towns and cities running until the end of the year.

Celebrated as the most entertaining of the original punk bands, The Damned were the very first British band to release a punk single (their mighty debut “New Rose”, […]

Give newest addition to Oldham Council’s gritter fleet a name

Oldham Council has added a new gritter to its fleet

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council has added a new gritter to its fleet – and they don’t want it to feel left out…

Two years ago they ran a name the gritter competition and primary school children from across the borough ‘proved their salt’ and came up with some imaginative names for our eight vehicles.

Since then, whenever there has been a cold snap, Freddie Salted, Grittersaurus, Goliath, Walter […]

‘Shocking’ report shows over 8,000 children are living in poverty in Oldham East and Saddleworth

Debbie Abrahams MP

The End Child Poverty coalition has published a ‘child poverty map’ of the UK which reveals that 8,280 children are living in poverty in Oldham East and Saddleworth. Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, responding to the report, said: “It’s shocking that the End Child Poverty Coalition’s report shows that in Oldham East and Saddleworth around one third of children are living in poverty. “We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that over […]

Unique bath oil to help relieve stress


Olverum is a unique and highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils, carefully blended to work synergistically.

Accordingly, an Olverum bath is a very effective way to naturally relieve stress and help you achieve a great nights’ sleep. It is also a great way to ease aching or sore muscles (such a treat after a workout!) and is the perfect soothing antidote to a cold or flu. All with a gorgeously aromatic, unisex scent.

For […]

Oldham theatre invites you to celebrate Christmas early with a classic Ayckbourn comedy

Lyceum Theatre Oldham continues its season with Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious, rarely-performed comedy LIFE & BETH (11-19 November 2016).

Set in the living room of recently-bereaved Beth, preparations are underway for a low-key first Christmas without her husband. However, her gregarious, inappropriate family have other ideas of how to help her get over herself! Frustrated and tired, Beth soon realises it’s more than the living who want to remind her of her former life.

LIFE & BETH is actually the third […]

Network Rail says ‘no decision yet’ over Moorgate Halt crossing

Moorgate crossing in Uppermill

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Network Rail says it has “made no decision yet” over possible plans to close a Saddleworth railway crossing.

Saddleworth Parish Council has recently written to Network Rail telling them they are completely opposed to any plans which would see the closure of Moorgate Halt railway crossing in Uppermill.

The Parish Council says it has “no issue” with the upgrade of the railway line itself but would prefer to see a footbridge installed […]

DVD auction by local film company to help raise money for charity

The maker of the original show ‘Grand Tour’ is celebrating 10 years since its production this month.

Bigger Picture, the award winning film company that made ‘Grand Tour’, as well as ‘Grand Prix – the Killer Years’ which has been seen by 20 million worldwide, and the acclaimed ‘Madness on Wheels’ (book out in time for Christmas see below) has just ten copies of the original films in stock left for sale.

John Matthews, director and producer of the show, […]

Man dies after being struck by train in Uppermill

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Emergency services were called to the Moorgate Halt rail crossing in Uppermill this afternoon following reports that a man had been struck by a train.

British Transport Police, Greater Manchester Police and the ambulance service all attended the incident off Den Lane in the village at around 12.40pm today.

Sadly it was confirmed that a man had died at the scene.

Police stand guard at the path leading to Moorgate Crossing in Uppermill

The driver […]

Oldham police sergeant to run New York Marathon to raise funds for fallen colleague’s charity

L to R: Bryn Hughes, Sergeant Michelle Lomas, PC Jennifer Reeve, Sergeant Cecelia Oakley, PC Jenni Smith, PC Stuart Rostron and Chief Constable Ian Hopkins

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police sergeant Michelle Lomas, from Oldham, and six other Greater Manchester Police officers will shortly be leaving for New York, to take part in the world famous marathon race to raise funds for the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund.

In September 2012, PC Nicola Hughes, 23, from Saddleworth and her colleague […]

Bonfire is ready to make another big bang

Flameoz -fire show

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council has confirmed to Saddleworth News the final arrangements and running order for families attending ‘The Big Bang’ bonfire at Oldham Edge.

Residents are invited to enjoy an evening of free entertainment at the grassed site, just outside Oldham town centre on Thursday, November 3.

You are advised to wear appropriate footwear, wrap up warm, arrive early and use public transport, if possible, to avoid high demand on town centre car parks.