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Diggle School Pupils Take Learning Outdoors

201610_diggle_school_nature-0100Children at Diggle Primary School now have a new exciting space where they can take their lessons outside to learn a host of valuable life skills.

Diggle school which has two acres of green space blending into the local hills, a forest area, a wide range of outdoor equipment and around twenty chickens has now added a range of ‘Forest Equipment’, funded by the National Lottery.

The new resources not only benefit the school’s pupils but also the local nursery. Children are able201610_diggle_school_nature-0166 to watch wildlife in purpose built hides, tell stories around a firepit, build dens, climb across a rope bridge and learn outdoors in an all-weather classroom.

Diggle School’s successful bid to the National Lottery Fund will be used to benefit the community and raise awareness, understanding, of nature and the natural environment.

On Friday October 21st pupils showed off their new facilities at a special forest fun event 201610_diggle_school_nature-0144by spending part of their day learning outside. They used natural materials to create artwork, build dens and problem solve.

Mrs. Sarah Newton, Diggle School headteacher, said, “We are blessed with a stunning location on the edge of open countryside and – regardless of whether it sunny or snowing – our children can now always go outside.

“They love their local environment and these new facilities are making our outdoor learning more exciting, fun and vibrant. Instead of being limited to pictures in books and websites, they can now put on their wellies, go into nature and experience real animals and habitats for themselves.

“The new facilities enhance this even further and are 201610_diggle_school_nature-0127helping even the youngest children to learn about the value of teamwork. Shared experiences build vital skills such as resilience and responsibility, skills which we feel are of immense value for both school and community.

201610_diggle_school_nature-0170“We would like to thank Ground Design UK for doing a great job and the Big Lottery Fund for donating £10,000. Their generosity will have a major impact on learning for our current and future pupils.”

Diggle School is rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED and has 190 pupils aged four to eleven. The new facilities will also be used by the Diggle Dandelions children’s nursery.201610_diggle_school_nature-0130201610_diggle_school_nature-0161201610_diggle_school_nature-0124



Diggle’s First Community Orchard

apples-490475_640Diggle Diggers are planning the beginning of the Diggle Orchard on Diggle Tip and would like to ask anyone who is willing to volunteer to help with the planting.

They are starting with 10 fruit trees and fruit bushes then herbs which will come later as the project develops.

Location – Diggle Tip

Date – October 28th, Friday

Time – 11 am

The organisers are happy to supply spades, forks, trowels, gloves but if you have your own feel free to bring them.

They will be filming the event so if you prefer not to be filmed let them know on the day.

If for any reason the date/event has to change due to trees not arriving on time or the weather turning bad a notice will be posted on their facebook page (see below for details).


Diggle children get planting for polio

Diggle Primary School, Rotary Club and the Diggle Community Association (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

Diggle Primary School, Rotary Club and the Diggle Community Association (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

Thousands of primary and secondary school pupils are planting purple crocus bulbs this week as part of a project by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) to stamp out polio across the globe.

The Grow Your Own Crocus competition was launched by RIBI to help educate children about polio, a crippling disease that kills and paralyses young children. The purple crocus symbolises the purple dye that is painted on the little fingers of children to show they have been immunised.

Participating schools have received special Grow Your Own Crocus packs, paid for by their local Rotary clubs. The packs include purple crocus bulbs, compost, take home plastic pots, growing instructions, fundraising ideas and educational materials tailored to the national curriculum. Once the crocus bulbs have been planted,

Diggle Primary School pupils (Photo: ©stuartcoleman

Diggle Primary School pupils (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

pupils will look after them until they bloom in spring next year. The children will also be taking part in a RIBI national artwork competition on the theme, Ridding the World of Polio.

Nan McCreadie, President of RIBI said: “Initiatives like Grow Your Own Crocus are helping raise vital funds which will be used to help eradicate this disease once and for all. The project is a fantastic way for Rotary clubs to engage with school children and their parents about the work Rotarians do both in their local communities and around the world. It will also teach pupils about polio and the devastating impact it still has on children in affected countries.”

Rotary has been at the forefront of the fight to end polio since the 1980s when it helped launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. This year, every dollar raised for the End Polio Now campaign will go three times

Diggle Primary School pupils (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

Diggle Primary School pupils (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

as far thanks to the Make History Today campaign. The campaign was launched jointly by Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and will match funds raised to a total of US$35 million per year until 2018.

For more information visit: Rotary Club of Great Britain

Diggle Primary School pupils (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

Diggle Primary School pupils (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

Diggle Primary School pupils (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

Diggle Primary School pupils (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

Diggle Primary School pupils with the chair of the DCA (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

Diggle Primary School pupils with the chair of the DCA (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

Diggle Primary School pupils (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

Diggle Primary School pupils (Photo: ©stuartcoleman)

Old Town Hall to open with a spectacular outdoor show

Upswing.jpg – Dazzling aerial silk performers who will be suspended from a crane high above the crowd

Upswing.jpg – Dazzling aerial silk performers who will be suspended from a crane high above the crowd

Oldham Council can reveal exciting plans for the Old Town Hall’s highly-anticipated public opening event – a unique free family show not to be missed.

‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ will be the most spectacular outdoor show ever hosted in the borough and people can enjoy it from the new public space at Parliament Square on the evening of Friday, October 21.

Written by Sarah Nelson, this is a showcase celebrating the rebirth of this iconic civic building – and the end of the town centre’s 30-year wait for a cinema.

The story takes its inspiration from a local legend, the Oldham Giant*, who will wake from his slumber in the crypts of Oldham Parish Church, opposite the Old Town Hall.

Oldham Arts Development has woven together spellbinding light projections from Illuminos, a six-metre tall illuminated giant puppet created by Handmade Parade, local actors and musicians – plus dazzling aerial silk performers from Upswing suspended from a crane high above the crowd – to make it a night to remember.

When a little Oldham girl befriends our gentle giant they take the audience on a journey together: passing through our town’s rich local heritage and getting a glimpse of the bright future ahead.

The fun and thrills continue after opening night with a full weekend of events in Parliament Square – including an array of live music, street performances and movie-themed entertainment – (October 22 and 23) offering something for all generations.

Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader, said: “The opening of the Old Town Hall is a massive moment for Oldham – so we were determined to deliver a very special family event.”

“We’ve worked hard to create a real spectacle with this show, the likes of which I don’t believe our town centre has never seen before, so that we can celebrate the restoration of the Old Town Hall as a symbol of civic pride with a show that is uniquely about Oldham.

“This will be a visually stunning experience with 3D projections onto the Old Town Hall’s front façade, a six-metre tall giant, aerial acrobatics, and performances from local actors.

“The story is being told by some very special local actors and guests** including Olivia Cooke and Mina Anwar, plus comedian Bobby Ball and musician Clint Boon. It also has a specially created music score from James Atherton of Oldham Theatre Workshop and a live solo performance from Oldham violinist Faz Shah.

“The story is about a small girl who, when raised on the shoulders of a giant, finds that she can see much further – and that she can also see a brighter future for herself and her town.

“This will capture and inspire your imagination when you see it brought to life – and I hope as many people as possible will come along to witness this amazing free show.”

The Old Town Hall opening event starts at 7.30pm on Friday, October 21 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event with Jim McMahon, Oldham West and Royton MP, before ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ gets underway, running until around 8.15pm.

As some of the first ODEON guests then enter the building to watch a film, the Oldham Giant will continue strolling around Parliament Square with music and projections onto the Old Town Hall façade continuing until around 11pm.

The public are advised to arrive early for the opening event and use public transport, whenever possible.

If you’re visiting the Old Town Hall and park your car at Town Square shopping centre – accessed via Ascroft Street – you can get your ticket validated at the cinema or restaurants and pay £2 for up to a maximum four hour stay between 9am and 6pm. Parking there is free after 6pm until 3am when the car park closes. (Note – this offer does not apply to the Spindles car park).

There’s also up to three hours of free town centre parking on weekends at council-owned sites. Find out more at: www.oldham.gov.uk/parking

On Saturday, October 22, Parliament Square will host a Celebration of the Silver Screen event from 11am to 4pm with movie cars and themed performers, plus the best in local music.

‘Birth of the Boulevard’ then comes to the venue on Sunday as we relive the swinging sixties with special musical performances, plus the best in brass and street and local youth bands.

For more information about these events visit www.visitoldham.com

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: DCAChairman@gmail.com