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Ruby Anstee - Editor
Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
George Wilson - Reporter and IT
Judith Grinter - Reporter

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Saddleworth and surrounding area organised bonfires

Photo: Chris Baxter

Listing of Local Bonfire Events: ( to be updated as listings are received)

Oldham Bonfire Oldham Council

Thursday 2 November 2017 Oldham Edge will once again play host to the Big Bang Bonfire, one of the biggest, loudest and colourful events of the year. The site will open from 5pm with funfair rides and mouth-watering food stalls. The stage show starts at 6pm with the bonfire lighting followed by the Flame Oz fire dance and […]

Interview with local International Blues Singer Kyla Brox

Jude Gidney

Jude Gidney

Reporter: Ruby Anstee

In Saddlworth News’ quest to find interesting and inspiring people in the area, I had the pleasure of meeting with Kyla Brox, local girl and international blues singer. Interview and a taste of Kyla performing with her band below:

Kyla, tell us about where you live. For 16 yrs I’ve lived on Carr Hill Road in Mossley. I originally came from Stockport, born and bred. There’s very big contrast between Stockport […]

An interview with 80’s Pop Star Howard Jones

Reporter: Judith Grinter

As a girl I was just becoming interested in Pop music and found that a new rising star was living and playing in the town next to mine. Howard Jones. I remember clearly seeing him play at the local Town Hall and then following him to London to see him playing at the renowned Marquee. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing him for Saddleworth News, and the experience for me was as wonderful as I […]

Saddleworth News Gallery

Saddleworth News is known to post images of the area on facebook, twitter and on the site, on a regular basis, as well as photographs taken at functions and events. We now have a photo gallery for you to enjoy and to purchase prints. Jude Gidney Photography has been a long standing advertiser with Saddleworth News, and we welcome the expertise photographic input and hosting of the Gallery. The gallery will be updated on a regular basis.

Please visit […]

Two attempted kidnappings in Rochdale

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are appealing for the public’s help after two attempted kidnappings in Rochdale. At around 4pm on Monday 2 October 2017, the first attempted kidnapping took place on Crossgates Road in Milnrow. A 12-year-old girl had been walking along the road when a white Renault Transit van pulled up alongside her, explaining that she could have a lift anywhere she wanted to go. When he continued to try and talk to the young girl, she ran away […]

Christmas Card Photo Call for Charity

Reporter: Judith Grinter

(picture: David Gartside)

A call has gone out for submissions for an image for a Christmas Card that will help to raise money for a local charity. A local business, Godfrey Wealth Management Ltd in Holmfirth, is asking for your help.

Carly Turnbull of GWM ltd told Saddleworth News: “We are looking for another image for our Christmas cards to send to our clients. Please enter your best Christmas themed photograph to [email protected]” - Please […]

Raspberry Pi in Space for the Saddleworth Air Training Corps

Reporter: Judith Grinter

Saddleworth Air Training Corps have hopes and plans of running a Raspberry Pi experiment on-board the International Space Station next month.

In September cadets from 2200DF (Saddleworth) Air Cadets wrote a computer code to send to the International Space Station as part of a wider initiative run through the Raspberry Pi Foundation, known as Astro Pi. The code was written in the coding language of Python, as used by the cadets at school.

For some of those […]

Roland Gift of the Fine Young Cannibals plays in Manchester


Roland Gift, one of modern music’s true torchbearers and the charismatic front man of the Fine Young Cannibals, is back in the pop arena with his new solo album, the self-titled Roland Gift. “The Cannibals sort of officially dissolved in 1996,” says Gift.

Roland Gift is performing at the Manchester Club Academy on December 9. Gift looks forward to more live shows, where he will perform the new songs from Roland Gift and some classic fan favorites. “There […]

Blank shots fired in Oldham

Detectives are investigating after blank shots were fired in Oldham.

Shortly after 11.50pm on Monday 16 October 2017 a man was seen with a gun on Waltham Street in Alexandra.

He fired the gun a number of times - but it was not aimed at anyone – before walking away in the direction of Roundthorn Road.

Officers attended and recovered blank cartridges which suggest no bullets were fired.

The man was described as white, between 60 and 70 and was […]

Saddleworth Male Voice Choir’s Concert of Remembrance

The Saddleworth Male Voice Choir will present their annual Concert of Remembrance at the Civic Hall, Uppermill on Saturday 11th November at 7.30pm.

In the first half of the concert the choir will sing a selection from their constantly changing repertoire of well-known male voice favourites followed by a sing-along of popular world war songs. The second half of the concert will include the Act of Remembrance with the Standard Bearer of the Royal British Legion and a reading of […]

Ian Brady’s body must be disposed of with ‘no music and no ceremony’

Moors Murderer Ian Brady’s body must be disposed of with “no music and no ceremony”, a judge at the High Court has ruled.

The decision was announced in London on Friday by the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos. Brady, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady, died aged 79 on May 15 this year but his remains have not yet been disposed of.

Sir Geoffrey had been asked by two local authorities to make decisions relating to the […]

Paul Young is coming to Manchester

Paul Young is coming to Manchester this coming Spring with special guest support band China Crisis.

Paul Young really came into his own with a formidably accomplished solo debut album, “NO PARLEZ” released in 83’ and including the number one single “Wherever I Lay My Hat” which maintained the number 1 spot for most of that summer followed by “Come Back And Stay” which maintained Paul’s presence at the top of the charts.

China Crisis are known for their […]

Daniel Parker is Forty3.

Daniel Parker is a young entrepreneur following his passion to design websites and help people with their online presence. His design business is Forty3. Saddleworth News wanted to find out a little more:

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m based in Chadderton, Oldham but design websites for anyone in the Uk. 12 months ago I moved to the Oldham area and like being here.

How did you end up designing websites?

From a young age, I was always […]

Oldham Half Marathon

Photo : Jude Gidney

The Oldham Half Marathon, one the toughest halfs in the UK, takes place this Sunday 15 Oct.

The event, which kicks off at 9.30am, will see runners challenged by over 1100ft of ascent. The gruelling race covers a 13.1 mile run through Oldham and its many miles of countryside, taking a hilly route through the spectacular Saddleworth area of Oldham. Breathtaking views of the Saddleworth villages and the imposing moorland landscape of the Peak District […]