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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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Drawing from memories of the old days of farming with Saddleworth Museum

The face of sheep farming changed from curly horned to the ones we see today

Reporter - Ruby Anstee

With an interactive tablet, a voice recorder, three elderly residents, a creative artist, and a handful of school children, a cutting edge film recording the cherished memories of working and living on a farm is now on display at the Saddleworth Museum.

Annie Harrison, an artist, and a group of ‘local looked-after’ children interviewed three local senior citizens about […]

Home Instead Job Fair

‘C’est Chic’ fashion and vintage sale hosted by Emmaus Mossley

Bargain hunters and vintage lovers are in for a treat at an upcoming special sale evening at homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley.

The ‘C’est Chic - Emmaus Fashion & Vintage Evening’ will take place on Thursday 16 November from 6pm at Longlands Mill in Mossley. The charity sale will include unique displays of preloved fashion, vintage items and great value gifts.

All the money raised from the event will go towards supporting the community of formerly homeless people who live and […]

Free Bus travel for members of the armed forces on Sunday

Reporter : Allan Roach

First Manchester is honouring the armed forces community by offering free bus travel for serving troops, veterans and cadets on Sunday 12th November.

The armed forces will be able to travel on any First Manchester service for free, enabling them to easily travel to local Remembrance Day events. Members of the armed forces who are in uniform, or able to show an identification card, can claim free travel. The offer is also open to members […]

Car theft in Grotton last night

Reporter : Stuart Littleford

The Grotton area has unfortunately again seen a robbery incident where a car has now been taken.

This incident occurred on Langley Avenue off Lane Drive, Coverhill Road. Here at around 23:50hrs on the evening of Thursday 9th November an elderly couple were approached as they arrived home in their X1 BMW in white.

As the couple went to alight their vehicle they were confronted by two males described as being Asian in appearance and […]

Uppermill’s life-sized Advent Calendar needs more windows

Reporter : Judith Grinter

Uppermill is bringing cheer and light to the village again this year with it’s life-sized Advent Calendar. For the last 4 years windows of Uppermill have been lit up at Christmas as part of a community creative bit of fun. You may have heard of a few others around the country that are now taking off, one in particular being the town of Saltaire where the tradition is years old.

Uppermill Advent is a life-sized […]

Popular Oldham nearly-new sale celebrates its first birthday

Reporter : Ruby Anstee

Popular Oldham nearly-new sale will be celebrating its first birthday this month with an anniversary sale at Oldham Academy North. The sale, taking place on the 19 November at 1-3pm, will mark 12 months since local mum and childminder, Kelly Dronsfield bought the Oldham franchise of the award-winning company, Mum2mum Market. Since then these monthly markets have been providing local families with the opportunity to pick up high-quality top-branded items at a fraction of their […]

Save Foxdenton Hall - Soul and Motown Night

Although not in Saddleworth, Foxdenton Hall is very close by, in Chadderton, and once refurbished will make for a good day out for the whole family.

A group of passionate local residents, Chadderton Together, have been granted a lease by Oldham Council. They want to see Foxdenton Hall refurbished, reopened and available to the community again, so among other events they are organising a Soul and Motown evening: Friday 10 November 7.30 – 11.30 pm Chadderton Reform Club, Middleton Road […]

Saddleworth Ladies fundraise with fashion

What’s On : Winter Fashion Show - Thurs 30th Nov, Denshaw Village hall 7pm

A little about the Saddleworth Ladies Fundraising Committee:

Founded in late 1940’s Saddleworth Ladies Fundraising Committee (SLFC) has been raising money for various charities for over 70 years. Its original purpose was to raise money to buy guide dogs for the blind, facilitated by an annual ball nicknamed the ‘doggy do’. This developed into the many events that are now arranged throughout the calendar.

Although the […]

Remembrance Day Services in Saddleworth and surrounding areas

What’s On

St Chad’s Memorial, Uppermill

Monday 6 November 2017, commencing at 7.15pm

Pots and Pans Memorial

Sunday 12 November 2017 at 10.55am.


“Two of my great uncle’s are on the war memorial at Lydgate Church. Fred and Leonard Cox brothers. Fred on the 8th Aug 1915 and Leonard on the 12th Jan 1917. Only just found they are on the memorial since doing my family tree.”

“Lieutenant Colonel Robert Gartside, a descendant of the Gartsides of Saddleworth, was […]

Concert of Remembrance by the Saddleworth Male Voice Choir

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 […]

Almost 400 people made 999 calls to the fire brigade during Bonfire Night

Almost 400 people made 999 emergency fire calls as Greater Manchester experienced a busy Bonfire Night which included a number of attacks on firefighters across the area.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said a total of 367 calls were made to North West Fire Control between 4pm and 10.30pm, with crew mobilising to 222 incidents in total.

More than 50 fire engines with either four or five firefighters on board each were on duty but many of them faced […]

A spate of distraction thefts in Oldham

Police investigating a spate of distraction thefts in Oldham are appealing to the public for information.

More than twelve distraction thefts have been recorded across the borough by police since September 2017.

A number of reports have been made to police that a man who spoke in broken English approached members of the public with a map to ask for directions.

At the point that he is asking for directions its been reported that personal belongings and valuables have […]

Parents and teachers of children with autism ask for your vote at the local supermarket

Reporter : Judith Grinter

Friends of Bright Futures School (FBFS) is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. This is when you are given a token at the checkout and asked to vote with it by popping it in a box as you leave the store.

Friends of Bright Futures School (FBFS) is the school’s parent/teacher association of Bright Futures School for children with autism in Grasscroft. The aim of the Association is […]