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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
George Wilson - Reporter and IT
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Oldham library to host first-ever ‘Comic Con’

Cosplayers from Cosplay companion’s guild

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Library is hosting its first-ever ’Comic Con’ event where everyone is invited to meet their friendly local superheroes for free.

On Saturday May 6 fans will be able to grab a selfie with comic book heroes including Batman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Super Girl, Green Arrow and even the Swamp Thing between 10am and 4pm.

The library will be filled with all things geeky and good including readings, discussion panels, Q […]

Condition of local roads is a ‘real concern’ for many Saddleworth residents says MP after Saddleworth News investigation

A large pothole over 4 inches deep on Huddersfield Road in Diggle

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams MP has said the state of the roads in Saddleworth is a “real concern” for many local residents after the issue was highlighted by Saddleworth News.

Saddleworth News investigated after being contacted by a number of local residents who expressed their concerns over an increasing number of potholes and ruts on roads in the area as well as the generally poor road […]

Mossley homelessness charity receives £2,219 from Co-op member scheme

Kris Wookey and Hazel Hodkinson from Emmaus Mossley with Tracey Barnshaw from Co-op (centre)

Story sponsored by Wainwright Stump Removal:

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Great things happening in Mossley as community causes share in Co-op Local Community Fund payout.

Thousands of charities are sharing in a £9m funding boost from the Co-op. As a result of the Co-op’s membership scheme launched last September, the money will be shared by over 4,000 good causes across the country.

One of these […]

Warm Homes Oldham changes lives

May Bradford (86), from Chadderton

Reporter: Allan Roach

Summer is around the corner but the award-winning Warm Homes Oldham scheme is still helping residents to save money on their energy bill.

Oldhamers can receive energy advice, help in switching tariffs and support with debts and benefits.

Donna (49), from Chadderton, says the Warm Homes Oldham scheme has completely changed her life and left her feeling “like she’d won the lottery”.

She was suffering with a variety of health problems, […]

Debbie supports Parkinson’s UK campaign to revolutionise research

Debbie has pledged her support to the charity Parkinson’s UK’s ‘We Won’t Wait’ campaign

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

During Parkinson’s Awareness Week which ran from 10 to 16 April - Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, pledged her support to the charity Parkinson’s UK’s ‘We Won’t Wait’ campaign which is calling for urgent action to unlock the promise of research developments that could pave the way to better treatments and stop Parkinson’s […]

Uppermill flood prevention work nearing completion

Wall and pipe installed to better channel water into an existing culvert

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Residents in Uppermill will be pleased to know that flood prevention work is currently being carried out on Station Road in the village to help prevent regular flooding issues.

During periods of heavy and prolonged rainfall large volumes of water run down from the hills above Uppermill overloading and blocking old culverts and drains, this frequently leads to surface water build up on many […]

Debbie’s campaign inspires Labour to ‘declare war’ on late payment to small businesses

Debbie Abrahams MP

Reporter: Allan Roach

Following the lead set by Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, in her Be Fair - Pay on Time campaign, Jeremy Corbyn has announced that a Labour Government would ‘declare war on late payment’ to small businesses as part of its strategy for growth, jobs and an economy that works for all.

Speaking at an event organised by the Federation of Small Businesses […]

Horsing around at Bright Futures School for children with autism

Pupils with their prizes at Dickey Steps

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Six pupils from Bright Futures School for children with autism in Grasscroft, completed a horse riding and horse therapy course at Dickey Steps Riding School in Littleborough with a special awards ceremony recently, to celebrate their fantastic achievements.

Thanks to an ‘Action Oldham 2016 Seedcorn’ grant, awarded to the school’s parent teacher association, Friends of Bright Futures School (FBFS), pupils thoroughly enjoyed learning how to horse ride as well […]

Paula Wilcox in Saddleworth filming new TV drama

Paula Wilcox

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A Greenfield street was taken over last week by a film crew shooting scenes for a new TV drama starring well-known actress Paula Wilcox.

Butterworth Way in Greenfield

Paula, originally from Manchester, is probably best known for her role as ‘Chrissy’ in the popular 70s sitcom ‘Man About The house’ as well as having numerous other parts in television and film productions.

The filming of the new drama, which we are told is […]

New office space planned for Saddleworth

Saddleworth Business Centre in Delph

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Renovation work has begun on a Saddleworth Business Centre, which will see 16 new offices created.

Flexible business space provider, BizSpace, has invested more than £400,000 in a refurbishment of its Saddleworth Business Centre, on Huddersfield Road, Oldham.

Work has already completed on the replacement of the entire roof of the centre, which comprises almost 60 offices and industrial units. And now refurbishment is set to begin on the upper floor […]

Saddleworth Musical Society present cheque to Dr Kershaws

Reporter: Ken Bennett

December 11 2016 saw Saddleworth Musical Society perform their annual Christmas concert, featuring the children of Diggle school choir.

This annual performance raises monies for selected charities which this year was Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

The total sum raised was £1000.00 and here we see Gerard Marsden from Saddleworth Musical Society present the cheque to Joanne Sloan from Dr Kershaw’s, ably assisted by, Grace Wallace, Martha King, Thomas Wallace and Toby King from Diggle school.


Rishworth School BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience

BBC newsday March 2017

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

On March 16 2017, Rishworth School took part in the annual BBC News School Report Day, creating text-based news reports, and publishing them on the school website, to which the BBC will link.

Using lesson plans and materials from its website, and with help from BBC staff and partners, teachers supported students aged 13 and 14, including many from Saddleworth, to become ‘news-hounds’ for the day and so develop their journalistic skills.