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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
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Oldham Kyokushinkai Karate Club welcomes new members

Senior lesson

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Kyokushinkai Karate club meets every Tuesday and Thursday night at Springhead Congregational Church to practice the strongest karate.

The club was established in 1975.


There are classes for both juniors and adults, first lessons are free and beginners are welcome.

Junior class starts at 7pm till 8pm on both days and seniors (16yrs and older) starts at 8pm till 9pm on both days.

The club is family friendly and welcomes […]

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and Soul DJ play Holmfirth Picturedrome

Martha Reeves

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

It’s been more than 50 years since Martha Reeves first boarded that rented bus along with the likes of The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye on the first Motown Review. She and her backup group, the Vandellas, sang behind Marvin on his first three hit records and then soon hit the charts with their own trifecta: “Come and Get These Memories,” “Love is Like a Heat Wave,” and “Quicksand” in 1963. […]

Kenneth Alan Taylor stars in The Father for its North West premiere

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Actor, director, former Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse and twice former Artistic Director/Chief Executive of Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Kenneth Alan Taylor, stars as André in The Father. The Father is a French drama phenomena that has been performed internationally to great acclaim; this is its North West premiere.

André is a charming elderly gentleman who once had a glittering career as a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine in a chic […]

Oldham amateurs take on a play within a play and turn Shakespeare on its head

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Lyceum Theatre Oldham is re-creating Macbeth, through the medium of the women of Farndale.

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society are a fictitious group of unpredictable amateurs created by playwrights David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr. They have re-imagined a number of classic plays within plays, each with hilarious comic effect. Their version of Macbeth is no exception.

The performance includes witches on crutches, a stand-in cross-dressing Lady Macbeth and a set that […]

Rishworth School one of the top 76 Schools in the country for Music

Rishworth School - one of the top in the country for music

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Rishworth School is delighted to have received notice that it has been placed in the top 76 schools in England for Music at GCSE level.

The award has been made by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has been made “in recognition of the excellent work you do with music within your school”.

Alastair Gloag, the Headmaster told Saddleworth News: “It is really […]

Saddleworth Village Games to be supported by the Co-op Local Community Fund

Reporter: Allan Roach

Saddleworth Village Games is proud to announce that it has been chosen as one of the local charities that will be supported this year by the Co-op Local Community Fund.

So what can you do to help?

Well firstly if you are not a member of the Co-op then please register either in store or on line at

It costs £1 to join, and comes with a host of benefits for you and us. In addition […]

Bus driver quick to tackle minor leak from his vehicle

The bus stopped on Chew Valley Road in Greenfield after the driver tackled the leak

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

There was a minor incident in Greenfield today when a bus operated by First Group began to leak liquid from its engine compartment as it travelled along Chew Valley Road.

At approximately 3.15pm the driver of the bus became aware of the leak and immediately pulled over to the side of the road.

He used a special substance to soak up […]

Cabinet minister makes special visit to local charity

Reporters: Stuart Littleford & Aimee Belmore

A BUSY Cabinet minister made a special visit to Saddleworth last month to support a dedicated fundraising dad in Delph.

Liz Truss – Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor until Parliament was dissolved for the General Election – stopped by at Gatehead Business Park to see Bryn Hughes.

Bryn set up the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund after his daughter was killed on duty in 2012, along with PC Fiona Bone, by […]

Debbie meets with Saddleworth Carers Group in Uppermill

Debbie meets with Saddleworth Carers Group at the Sacred Heart church in Uppermill - photo Saddleworth News

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has met with the Saddleworth Carers Group at the Sacred Heart church in Uppermill, to discuss the work she has been doing to develop a Dementia Friendly Oldham and a Dementia Friendly Parliament - they also discussed the social care crisis.

Debbie said: “There are now over […]

Delph Band Race Night and upcoming concerts

Delph Band

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Delph Band have qualified to compete in The National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in the Third Section this September in Cheltenham.

In order for the band to go they will be holding many fundraising events over the summer months. The first major event is going to be a Race Night at Delph Band Club on Saturday 15 July at Delph Band Club. The first race is at 8pm.

Horses cost £2 and […]

UCAN start their first Himalayan Balsam clearing activities

The group undertaking Himalayan Balsam clearing activities

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Uppermill Community Association (UCAN) have focused their recent activities on sewing wild flowers obtained from Grow Wild and others, in the verges cleared during the recent wash-wall repairs, the beds at Wade Lock, and in the woodland section under Limekiln Lock.

Last years planting by the group has proven to be a great success, bringing extra springtime colour to the towpath through Uppermill.

UCAN has also continued […]

Local club hosts Blue Ribband event

Tim Mitchell (SCCC) presenting Lisa Dickenson with her prize

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Local cycling club Saddleworth Clarion once again hosted the prestigious Saddleworth Mountain Time Trial recently, a challenging individual effort up the A635 Isle of Skye road towards Holmfirth and back through Meltham over the B6108 Wessenden Head including over 500 metres of climbing.

Following last year’s success the event was massively oversubscribed which led to some pre-ride disappointment as the field was limited to 75 riders.

JLT […]

The Day After the Fair - Saddleworth Players

The Day After the Fair production starts tonight at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph and run through to May 27.

Anna, a servant, meets an attractive stranger called Charles, a Barrister from Manchester, at the county fair. Anna, being illiterate, persuades her mistress to carry on a correspondence with him on her behalf, with surprising results.

Booking is now open for this and all other shows in the new season.

They have now teamed up with Delph Library to […]

Saddleworth Historical Society annual village lecture in Greenfield

Reporter: Allan Roach

On Wednesday 14 June, Saddleworth Historical Society will host its annual village lecture in Greenfield: ‘Greenfield – from the 19th Century to the 21st: the Making of a Saddleworth Village’.

The lecture was originally scheduled to take place at Greenfield Conservative Club but following its shock closure after 123 years, the lecture will now take place at Boarshurst Band Club.

The closure of the Conservative Club is just the latest chapter in over a century of change […]