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Living with Cancer Forum


Men Unite Against Cancer

men-unite-walkA group of 16 Saddleworth men took to the hills on Saturday 10th September to raise money in the fight against prostate cancer. The group walked over 12 miles across the Saddleworth moors and between them raised over £1,300.

The group ‘Men Unite’ is made up of Christian men from churches around the area. Tim Cooke, from the group said, “We meet every month over a cooked breakfast to support and encourage each other. During one of our meets we came up with the idea to complete a charity walk.

“It was great fun and we hope our efforts have made a positive contribution to the fight against cancer.”

For more details on the groups activities please contact Tim on 07878190604

Diggle Diamonds Need Your Votes

img_1841by Mike Hall

Diggle Diamonds has just been shortlisted for an award run by the Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving initiative. If they are to be selected for funding, they need your help and votes.

To show your support for the work they do please visit Grassroots Giving Applications and give them your vote.

Diggle Diamonds has been running for over thirty years and was set up to help look after the interests of older people living in Diggle. The group provides a support network and a point of contact for anyone in need, for example with, transport for shopping, doctors’ appointments and hospital visits.

The nine strong Diggle Diamonds committee holds a coffee morning every month where they attract more than 100 local residents. This fund raising event is a great a social occasion and gives many older residents an opportunity to chat and socialise.

In addition to monthly events, the group organises an annual trip and a Christmas party. They recently visited Lytham where, according to one resident, they had a wonderful day, “The weather and the meal were fantastic. One of the best yet.” Later this year the group will organise a Christmas party with a meal and entertainment provided by Diggle Brass Band.

To cover their costs, the Diggle Diamonds have to fund raise thoughout the year with, events, house to house collections and donationsimg_1842 from the Saddleworth Parish Council.

This award from the Skipton Building Society would help the group hugely. If you can help then please visit the website and give them your vote:  Skipton Building Society


Saddleworth Group of Artists Annual Summer Exhibition 2016

Summer Morning Sunlight, John McCombs ROI, RBA, PPMAF

Summer Morning Sunlight, John McCombs ROI, RBA, PPMAF

By Jane Braithwaite

Well known local artists will again be exhibiting their work for the Saddleworth Group of Artists Summer Exhibition at the Saddleworth Museum from Saturday 27th August to Sunday 30th October. This will be the first exhibition since refurbishment of the museum.

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 around sixty enthusiastic members. Some are full time professionals but all are seriously committed to their work.

The Saddleworth Museum, which has been closed over the past year, received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1m which has

Doris Rainford, No title

Doris Rainford, No title

transformed the existing museum with improved access, enhanced displays and exhibitions and an engaging learning programme, all ensuring the museum’s future for many years to come.

For more information visit:

Saddleworth Museum, High St, Uppermill, OL36HS Tel. 01457874093.
Run as a registered charity the museum is reliant on admission charges as part of it’s income. Open daily 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Adults £2 – Children – £1 – Concessions £1 –Family Ticket – £4 (2 adults and up to 5 children)

Saddleworth Landscape, Sheila Dewsbury

Saddleworth Landscape, Sheila Dewsbury

Saddleworth Hillside, Sheila Dewsbury

Saddleworth Hillside, Sheila Dewsbury

Clog and Garland Dancers, John McCombs ROI, RBA, PPMAF

Clog and Garland Dancers, John McCombs ROI, RBA, PPMAF

Diggle School top of the class for music

Year 3 pupil Jessica Moffatt and Year 6 pupil Matthew Hawes collect the award on behalf of Diggle School

Year 3 pupil Jessica Moffatt and Year 6 pupil Matthew Hawes collect the award on behalf of Diggle School

Children and staff at Diggle Primary School are celebrating one of the borough’s top musical honours.

At the recent Oldham Schools Music Festival, Diggle landed the prestigious prize for ‘outstanding contribution by a primary school’. Around 50 schools took part in the week-long festival at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, but Diggle came out on top thanks to its pupils’ exceptional performances.

The village primary, in Sam Road, was represented by children aged from 7 to 11. Among the performers were the choir, orchestra, school band and a brass quartet.

Head teacher Sarah Newton said: “We may be a relatively small school, but we have a big musical reputation. Around a quarter of our pupils play instruments on a regular basis and, when we attended the festival, the adjudicators were hugely impressed by the children’s talents.

“Music is very important to us. As well as being fun, it plays a vital role in children’s development, such as teaching new skills and promoting creativity, teamwork and confidence. The local community in Diggle – and in Saddleworth as a whole – also has a long tradition of producing gifted musicians, so we are delighted to be honoured with the outstanding contribution award.

“The children and staff at Diggle School are highly committed to music and we’d also like to thank Oldham Music Service for their big contribution to our success. There were some wonderful performances by all the schools at the festival, so we are incredibly proud to be recognised in this way.”

All of Diggle School’s Year 3 children play a brass instrument – and they have completed a double accolade for the school by performing at Manchester’s iconic Bridgewater Hall.

The seven and eight-year-olds joined other schools in a special concert with the world-famous Halle, experiencing a full symphony orchestra at first hand and accompanying them in a number of pieces.

Volunteers get hands on to look after Diggle stretch of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal

VOLUNTEERS: (Back L to R) Phil Smith, Canal & River Trust, Liz O’Driscoll, Glenise Eason, Barbara Barnes; (Front L to R) George Brooks and Mark Brook.

VOLUNTEERS: (Back L to R) Phil Smith, Canal & River Trust, Liz O’Driscoll, Glenise Eason, Barbara Barnes; (Front L to R) George Brooks and Mark Brook.

By Aimee Belmore – August 24, 2016

DIGGLE COMMUNITY Association is working with The Canal and River Trust to help to look after the Diggle stretch of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

VOLUNTEERS: (Back L to R) Phil Smith, Canal & River Trust, Liz O’Driscoll, Glenise Eason, Barbara Barnes; (Front L to R) George Brooks and Mark Brook.

This stretch of canal brings delight to many locals and visitors who marvel at its surroundings and unique flight of locks.

But with increasing popularity the canal requires an extra attention – so DCA volunteers are helping to make a difference.

The working group meets every two or three weeks and spends two hours, usually on a Saturday morning, maintaining the locks, picking litter and keeping towpaths accessible and clean.

Over the past few months the DCA volunteers have helped to remove 40 bags of rubbish, paint the Canal and River Trust cabin and rebuild a partly collapsed stone wall.

Mark Brooks DCA chair, said: “The next event is scheduled for Saturday, September 3 from 10:30am – 12:30pm.

“The session will be aimed at improving and making the towpath nearest the railway line more accessible and user friendly.

“As well as our regular litter picks this will be our on-going project for the next few months.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the sessions. Come and join the fun, meet new friends and help to look after a beautiful Saddleworth asset.”

Equipment, gloves and tuition is provided. Further information about getting involved can be obtained by emailing Mark Brooks:

Review of the 2016 Diggle Blues Festival


Tom Attah, Woolyknits (Photo: ©StuartColeman)

by Dave Wood

The weather for the 2016 Diggle Blues Festival was glorious. The festival was a huge success with large crowds attending every gig.

During the past 6 years, approximately 60 bands or artists have appeared at the festival, so, in tribute, we invited back just a few of the most popular acts for this retrospective 7th year.

Musicians appearing this year were; Big Joe Bone, Blue Swamp, Half Deaf Clatch, Blues Train, Soft Shoe Sam, John Otway, Bad Back Blues Band, BluzeBox, Tom Attah, Usual Suspects UK, Mike Sweeney & Paddy O’Hare with the Collective.

Musicians have told us that the Diggle Blues Festival has built a good reputation on the festival circuit. Word has spread widely and we currently get nearly 400 applications a year to fill just 11 spots. It has become quite prestigious to grab a spot at Diggle. Musicians tell us that they like playing to audiences who actually listen to the music (rather than just a boozy noisy crowd). They also like the fact that they get paid on the day and are not tied down by contracts.

Many visitors have commented that Diggle is a friendly festival and a lovely part of the world..

Having staged the festival for 7 years, I am hoping, next year, to step down and let someone else run the event. It’s been a great experience and I’m very pleased that it has become as successful as it has.

For information relating to the 2017 festival check the Diggle Blues Festival facebook page in January 2017.

Click here to see a gallery of photographs taken at this tear’s festival.

Turnpike Challenge 2016


2015 Turnpike Challenge (Photo:© StuartColeman)

by John Stocker

The second Turnpike Challenge Charity Bike ride was again held on the morning of Father’s day, 19th June.  The joint venture between Saddleworth Rotary and Saddleworth Clarion Cycle Club attracted 60 riders of all age groups including one energetic Rotarian – John Ainley. The weather was much kinder to the riders this year and all completed the 25 mile round trip over the tops of the Pennines.  Chris Moreman, the event organiser commented that again he was very pleased with the turnout and is looking forward to running the event in 2017

The ride started and finished at the Diggle Band Club where the returning riders received welcoming hot drinks and a steaming plate of pie and peas provided by Jo Castle. Jon Stocker from Rotary said that the riders really appreciate the hot drinks and food when they finish the ride and also love the flapjacks at the half way feed station, which were kindly baked by the staff of North Ainley Solicitors.

The organisers would like to thank Paul Smith of Cycle Tech Oldham for giving his time to make any necessary repairs to the bicycles, the Rotarians and volunteers who stewarded and manned the feed station and the Clarion Cyclists who went round with the riders offering support and making sure no one got left behind. Last but not least, the riders that turned out with their hard earned cash to support the event, and in some cases had been organised enough to get some valuable sponsorship for their efforts. Special mention to Nigel Hill of Saddleworth Round Table/41 Club. With their help Rotary have raised over £750 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Diggle School Ceilidh

DigglDiggle Primary School_v2e Primary School are holding their summer fundraiser event on Friday 8th July 5:00 – 9:00pm
at the school.

It looks like a great time is guaranteed with a Ceilidh, BBQ, bar, live music and games/craft stalls.

Please pop the date in your diaries and give it your best Diggle support


Volunteers Needed for Dovestones Disaster

logo_150A rare and exciting volunteering opportunity available for 1 day only

We are looking for “Victims” could that be you? We have a great opportunity to be involved in a mock disaster, we are looking for 30 lucky volunteers to support the team within Greater Manchester that spring into action whenever a disaster happens. The Oldham disaster will occur when Dovestones reservoir out in Saddleworth breaks its banks. Our volunteers will end the journey at a rescue centre and will be looked after by the team. Don’t worry about being injured, that’s not going to happen we will give you an identity to follow, and you will receive support and assistance before evaluation the service that you have received.

All our volunteers will meet here on Thursday 14th July, at the moment we are saying 10.00 for about 4 hours but the times are subject to confirmation.

Transport to Saddleworth is included free of charge as will be refreshments.

If you fancy an interesting day out, enjoying the fresh air of Saddleworth, give me a call on 0161 339 2345 or email me at