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Saddleworth woman contributes to book of dementia life stories

Debbie and Joyce Brown at the book launch last Friday

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A book that captures the life stories of Oldham residents with dementia, and their carers, was launched officially with an event at Oldham Library last Friday.

“Life Story Work with People with Dementia: Ordinary lives, Extraordinary people” explores the life story approach to helping to care for people with dementia and explains how it all began in Oldham.

The life story approach involves care staff working […]

Springhead heroes to be honoured

Pictured from left to right are Cllr Steven Hewitt, Cllr Adrian Alexander, Cllr Peter Klonowski, Parish Cllr Barbara Beeley and Lisa Macdonald - District Co-ordinator for Saddleworth & Lees

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council is set to commemorate two historically significant Springhead heroes.

A heritage sign has been installed in Springhead to commemorate Victoria Cross recipient Sergeant Thomas Steele and famous suffragette Annie Kenney.

Both figures were born in Springhead and made a significant impact across the world – […]

Success in the British Open for Youth Brass Band

The band with Jonathan Leedale conducting

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

For the first time, the Oldham Music Centre Youth Brass Band made an appearance in the British Open Brass Band Festival.

This year it was held at the Guildhall in Preston in January and was an invitation only contest.

The top 12 Youth Brass Bands in the country are invited to take part. The band had been preparing for several weeks in order to pull together a special themed programme […]

Text messages help to save Springhead man’s feet

Shane Holdsworth - self-managing his condition via text reminder

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A man from Springhead has praised a text message reminder system, recommended by a local health service, for helping him to keep all his toes.

Shane Holdsworth, is a regular user of the Oldham Podiatry Service, run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, because of complications caused by having diabetes.

Shane’s diabetes can prevent sweating in his feet, causing them to go dry. It can also cause […]

Fire officers warning after Uppermill blaze

Firefighters on Primrose Avenue last night

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

DO NOT get distracted while cooking is the message from fire officers this morning after a blaze tore through a bungalow last night.

It is believed the fire in Primrose Avenue, Uppermill, started in the kitchen of a dormer bungalow and was burning for some time before the fire service was called at 8.14pm.

Station Manager Mark Wilson said: “We believe the fire started when the resident put food in […]

Firefighters tackling Uppermill house fire tonight

House fire on Primrose Avenue in Uppermill

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Firefighters are attending a house fire on Primrose Avenue in Uppermill tonight.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen of the property at around 8.15pm and quickly spread to the roof area.

Blaze in the roof of the property - photo Jessica Smith

GMFRS firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have entered the property and are currently tackling the blaze in the roof section. A specialist command […]

Friends of Bright Futures School to host Michael Buble Tribute Night

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Friends of Bright Futures School (FBFS), the parent teacher association of Bright Futures School for children with autism, in Grasscroft, is gearing up for its next charity fundraiser.

Following the success of the FBFS Lionel Ritchie Tribute night last October 2016, which raised nearly £1,000, and other fundraising events throughout the year, the team are now getting set for a night of swing and soul with a Michael Buble Tribute night!

The event will take place at […]

Man arrested following Shaw attack

Officers investigating an attack on a man in Shaw have made an arrest.

At around 12.55am on Saturday 28 January 2017, a 55-year-old man was walking along the bridge of Linney Lane.

As he tried to pass a group of teenagers they shouted aggressively at him before one of them punched him in the face.

The victim tried to run away but was followed and kicked to the ground. He was then kicked in the back and head […]

Minister’s response over disgraced Saddleworth councillor is ‘shoddy, lacklustre and inadequate’

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has blasted a government minister for the length of time taken to respond to two letters and an email asking for updates on what action has been taken to identify ways to oust disgraced Saddleworth parish councillor, Mike Buckley, from his seat.

Debbie said: “At the meeting I convened between the parish councillors and Local Government Minister, Marcus Jones, in May last year, the minister stated his intention […]

Debbie slams Trump’s ‘hateful’ ban on Muslims

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has slammed Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims and refugees entering America describing it as ‘hateful’.

Debbie, together with other members of Labour’s shadow cabinet, has publicly lambasted the American president’s ban on immigration from seven, mainly muslim, countries saying: “Donald Trump’s executive order to ban Muslims and refugees is nothing short of hateful.

“In the same week as we mark the Holocaust, […]