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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
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Oldham Council is reminding residents that there is one week left to enter the Bloom and Grow 2017 competitions

Reorter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council is reminding residents there’s only one week left to enter the Bloom and Grow 2017 competitions.

There’s six competitions to enter: photography, private garden, young photographer, blooming business, blooming pub or blooming restaurant.

They are looking for the best photos of Oldham and the best looking gardens, businesses, pubs or restaurants – there’s a prize to be won for the winners of each category.

The deadline to enter all the competitions is midnight Friday 7 […]

New Youth Mayor takes chains of office

Marouf Ahmed - sworn in as the Youth Mayor of Oldham

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Marouf Ahmed has been sworn in as the Youth Mayor of Oldham.

Marouf, the eighth Youth Mayor of Oldham, lives in Coppice with his parents and siblings.

He went to school at Hathershaw College and went on to study at The Oldham Sixth Form College. He is currently a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Liverpool.

Marouf joined the Oldham Youth Council four years […]

Health and Wellbeing College celebrates successful first year

The HWC Team

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

An innovative training programme designed to help people improve their wellbeing has more than doubled its intake of students in its first year.

The Health and Wellbeing College, run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, supports people to make the most of their potential, increase their confidence and tackle issues such as improving their sleep, controlling anger, setting goals and managing their finances.

When the college launched in September 2016 it had just […]

A man has been jailed after a hit and run which killed two girls on New Year’s Eve in Oldham

Jailed - Gabor Hegedus

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A man has been jailed after a hit and run which killed two girls on New Year’s Eve in Oldham.

Gabor Hegedus of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two counts of death by careless driving, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and failing to stop after a collision.

Today he was jailed for four years and was disqualified from driving for five years at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

David […]

Saddleworth Group of Artists Summer Exhibition now open

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Well known local artists will again be exhibiting their work for the Saddleworth Group of Artists Summer Exhibition at the Saddleworth Museum.

The exhibition started at weekend and runs till Sunday 16 July.

Always a popular show, the exhibition will be comprised of up to fifty works, with styles ranging from photo realism to expressionistic. Most paintings will be on sale.

The group, founded in 1950 by water colourist Ellis Shaw and friends, is currently comprised of […]

Oldham Council has been awarded Disability Employer Accreditation

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council has been awarded Disability Confident employer status.

The accreditation, which is run by the Government and is open to both public and private sector organisations, is designed to help positively change attitudes, behaviours and working culture to support the employment of people with disabilities.

Achieving the accreditation confirms that Oldham Council is proactive in recruiting and retaining disabled people and others with health conditions for their skills and talent.

In recent years Oldham Council has […]

Fun drawing app brainchild of Moorside boy


Reporter: Allan Roach

A seven year old boy from Oldham is the brains behind a new fun interactive drawing app.

Freddie Dickson who lives in Moorside, came up with the idea, with a little help from his parents Kathryn and Oliver.

Kathryn, along with husband Oliver owns and manages two soft play centres in Oldham. They spend their working days amongst the hubbub of busy play centres but at night want quiet time with Freddie. Looking for a […]

Local woman publishes book to help others with mental health issues

Joanne signing copies of her book at Saddleworth Museum

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A Saddleworth woman who has struggled with mental health issues for most of her life has recently published her first book to help and inspire others struggling with the same issues.

Joanne Lees, 48, from Greenfield, is now a fully a fully qualified person centred counsellor and successfully launched the book entitled ‘Who Am I’ at Saddleworth Museum.

Joanne told Saddleworth News: “I have struggled with mental […]

Greenfield Primary School Summer Fair

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Greenfield Primary School will be holding its Summer Fair on Friday 30 June from 4pm - 7pm.

There will be plenty to see and do on the day including hot food, home baked food, licensed bar, mini arcade with X Box games, displays of martial arts and some adventure based learning activities.

There will also be a shooting range and bungee trampolines.

Tickets are on sale now and are £1.50 per person with under 3 years […]

Archbishop of York leads the way on Whit Friday in Saddleworth

Procession from Dobross into Uppermill with the Archbishop of York leading the way

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Thousands of people turned out in Saddleworth yesterday to take part in the annual Whit Friday church marches and world famous brass band contest.

In the morning church congregations from various parts of Saddleworth, many accompanied by their village brass bands, made their way into Uppermill.

Huge rounds of applause rang out from the large crowds of onlookers who had once again turned […]

Local care company gets the seal of approval

The Home Instead team

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Home Instead Senior Care, which provides care to older people so they can continue living in their own homes across Oldham & Saddleworth, has just been announced as one of the top 10 most recommended home care companies in the ‘Top 10 Awards 2017’.

This seal of approval has come from the most important people, those who they care for, their friends and family and it is the second year running […]

Homelessness charity celebrates their Mossley volunteers

Emmaus Mossley volunteers enjoy afternoon tea

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Volunteers at homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley have been thanked for their vital contribution at a special event to mark national Volunteers’ Week 2017.

The Volunteers’ Afternoon Tea event on Friday 2 June included afternoon tea, certificate presentations and a chance for volunteers to socialise and meet each other. Running between 1-7 June, Volunteers’ Week celebrates the contribution made by the millions of volunteers across the UK.

Angie Taylor, one of […]

Andy Burnham in Lees to back Debbie

Debbie Abrahams with Andy Burnham (right)

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s candidate for Oldham East & Saddleworth, who is seeking re-election in Thursday’s election, was joined on the campaign trail in Lees by recently elected Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

Andy said: “I want to thank the people of Oldham for giving me their support to become the first elected Mayor of Greater Manchester. But, to get the best possible deal for you, I need strong […]

The ‘greatest free show on earth’ continues to attract worldwide attention

Whit Friday at Denshaw

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

This year’s Whit Friday band contests are set to attract thousands of people to the borough – including musicians from as far afield as Switzerland and Australia.

Oldham Council is again providing help and financial support to ensure the Saddleworth and Lees contests hit all the right notes and everyone enjoys a spectacular day of free entertainment and fun.

Dubbed ‘the greatest free show on earth’, this traditional event dates back to […]