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Past Articles

Looking for Santas

The Roundtable in Saddleworth are again looking for any Santas who would like to run for them in the annual Santa Dash. It makes for an amusing spectacle and a great fund raiser. If you wish to join in the fun, sign up now


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Autumn, a time for letting go and finding time for yourself

Kathryn Phillips is running an autumn workshop next week to help with the stresses and strains that many of us are feeling as the season changes from Summer to Autumn.

Kathryn is a creative life coach who can inspire and help you to achieve your goals and turn your dreams into reality. This could be career success, finding work /life balance, pursuing a healthy life style, personal and spiritual development, solving relationship issues or even finding the love of your […]

Saddleworth Historical Society Dates for October


Wednesday 11th October 2017, 7.30pm. At the Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill, Saddleworth Historical Society has its Annual General Meeting followed by an Illustrated Presentation by Victor Khadem entitled “Saddleworth Chapel: From Foundation to Reformation.”

All welcome, but a charge of £3 on the night for non-members. Prospective new members most welcome. Refreshments available.

Record numbers of birds seen at Dovestone

Golden Plover

Reporter Ruby Anstee

Wading birds gathered in record numbers at our beloved nature spot Dovestone Reservoir this breeding season, thanks to an ambitious ongoing bog restoration programme.

Over the summer, RSPB staff and volunteer surveyors recorded 49 pairs of dunlins at the Saddleworth site, up a quarter from the 39 pairs observed in 2014 and up five pairs on last year’s previous record of 44.

The RSPB also saw golden plovers increase at Dovestone by a fifth, […]

Saddleworth School Poll - Looking at the Results


Saddleworth School 1979/80 @SaddleworthDIY

In Feb 2015 and then again in Aug 2017 Saddleworth News polled its readers asking where they would prefer the new Saddleworth School to be built. Saddleworth School is the local mixed-sex secondary school educating children of 11 to 16 years of age. It is presently located in Uppermill, Saddleworth.

The poll was conducted purely out of interest. The school awaits being built.

Saddleworth School Poll 2015




Saddleworth School […]

Amber weather warning for the region

Reporter Ruby Anstee

An amber weather warning has been issued for the region between 00.05 and 06.00 tomorrow morning ( Wed 13). Storm Aileen will bring a brief spell of very strong winds with gusts up to 65-75 mph during the early hours of the morning. Thanks to @ChadWeather for the updates.

CCTV footage of Armed Robbery in Middleton

Officers have released CCTV after an armed robbery at a shop in Middleton. At around 9.55pm on Tuesday 8 August 2017, two men armed with a machete and a sledgehammer entered the Spar on Hollin Lane. They both ran into the store before the one armed with the machete punched a staff member in the face, while the one armed with the sledgehammer jumped over the counter and forced money from the tills.

After gathering a large amount of […]

Emmaus to celebrate its 20yrs in Mossley

Homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley will hold a day-long community event next weekend to celebrate its twentieth anniversary.

The ‘20th Birthday Bash’ will take place on Saturday 16 September and mark 20 years since the opening of the Emmaus Mossley community building at Longlands Mill. Over the years the community has grown and it is now home to 26 companions – formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus Mossley.

The event will include special guests, live music, DJs, food […]

Thank you dinner for Dr Kershaws in Uppermill eatery

Rob Norbury and the team at Muse Bar & Eatery in Uppermill are generously donating a meal for 25 people involved with the Oldham charity, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

On the 26th September, former Hollyoaks actor Rob is hosting a dinner at Muse for a selected group of community members associated with the charity to thank them for their hard work and support.

Dr Kershaw’s is a hospice that provides specialist palliative care for adults with non-curable, life-limiting illnesses in a […]

Oldham teacher jailed for sexual offences with pupil

A former Oldham teacher has been jailed after having sex with a pupil.

Darren Fisher (11/08/1977) of Woodlands Grove, Halifax, was sentenced to five years in prison at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court today (Thursday 7 September 2017). He previously pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual activity with a child and six counts of engaging in sexual activity with a person under the age of 18 whilst in a position of trust. The court heard how the teacher - […]

Saddleworth News tries to save Big Ben’s Bong

Reporter Ruby Anstee

Former Saddleworth News editor Stuart Littleford, recently spoke to Debbie Abrahams MP to pass on suggestions from SN readers that could avoid the chimes of Big Ben falling silent during upcoming restoration work. The communications were passed on to Mrs Abrahams by Mr Littleford whilst he was on business in Westminster. Stuart said: “Although this wasn’t a Saddleworth issue as such, we had a number of SN readers commenting with suggestions to keep Big Ben ringing throughout […]

Flicks on Saturday in Denshaw

Calling playwrights - see your work on stage at Oldham’s oldest theatre

Lyceum Theatre Oldham has set its sights on making you laugh with a season celebrating British Comedy in all its different forms. Spanning 80 years and many genres, 2017/18 is a season to make you smile. ( See listings below)

Next year, Lyceum Theatre Oldham is celebrating a significant birthday and is starting the celebrations by putting on stage three brand new plays created by its audience. PLOTFEST, launched this summer, asks local playwrights to send in new one-act plays […]

Moonlight and Magnolias for the Saddleworth Players

Moonlight & Magnolias, a delightful madcap comedy that is also a valentine to the golden days of Hollywood, is being brought to the area by the Saddleworth Players at the Delph Millgate Arts Centre.

Legendary film producer David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting Gone With the Wind when he realizes the script is awful, and that the director doesn’t have a clue. He has five days to replace them, and restart the shoot, or the production will shut […]