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Diggle celebrates its heroes

Tom Robinson, Wendy Bradbury, Jessica Lloyd, Maurice Brayford (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2011)

Diggle celebrates its heroes at Diggle Band’s annual Christmas Concert.

On Tuesday 20th December the Diggle Heroes nominees were invited to a special award ceremony at Diggle band Club. The nominees were chosen by local residents for either making a significant contribution to [...]

New Year party at Diggle Band Club

New Year family fun at Diggle Band Club

This New Year Diggle Band Club is welcoming 2012 with a family fun night.

Local families are invited to an evening of music, fun and games.

The party starts at 7:30pm, is open to all [...]

Community matters

On Tuesday 6th December the Diggle Community Association held its Annual General Meeting at Wrigley Mill, Diggle. At the end of a busy year the group celebrated the successes of 2011 and prepared for the challenges of 2012.

This year saw Nigel Shaw step down as chairman. He was thanked for his commitment and contribution [...]

Rail overcrowding in the disadvantaged north


Photo: Stuart Coleman©2011

In a recent report the Institute of Public Policy Research North indicated over £2.700 is spent per person on rail transport in London compared with £5 in the north-east of England. The north-west of England figure is little better at £134 per head. The Greenfield Rail Action group are appalled [...]

Diggle wakes to a winter wonderland

Children building a snowman on Harrop Green (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2011)

Diggle residents woke to a winter wonderland on Sunday morning following heavy snowfall during the night.

The wintry conditions were unexpected and although this made driving in the area difficult, most primary routes around Diggle remained open whereas secondary and tertiary roads were, in [...]

Council’s financial performance praised by audit commission

Oldham Council’s accounts preparation has been recognised by the Audit Commission as the best in the country.

The Audit Commission yesterday (December 15) published its annual ‘Auditing the Accounts’ report for 2010/11. This report examines the quality and timeliness of financial reporting by councils and local government bodies across the UK. It also cites individual [...]

Letter to the editor

Unemployment Hits 17 Year High

Government economic plans slammed as unemployment rises again.

Commenting on the unemployment statistics announced on 14th December 2011, Debbie Abrahams MP said, “Yet again here in Oldham East and Saddleworth we have had some grim news today. Nearly 9 people are chasing every job and long term youth unemployment is [...]

Got to pick a pocket or two…..

Greater Manchester Police have enlisted the help of Fagin and Oldham’s town crier to remind shoppers to keep their valuables safe and secure.

Pick pocketing increases at this time of year because the streets are busier with Christmas shoppers, and officers are reminding people to be cautious and not to give thieves any easy [...]

Debbie Abrahams and Round Table discuss Saddleworth Beer Walk

Debbie Abrahams (Photo: Stuart Coleman Photography©2011)

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has held talks with Saddleworth Beerwalk organisers to discuss the walk’s future. The move comes in the wake of Saddleworth Round Table calling off their charity event after warnings of cost implications surrounding policing and cleaning up.

Dave MacDougall, [...]

Dont get left out in the cold this winter

Diggle Chippy, Winter 2010 (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2011)

West Yorkshire Police are encouraging local people to get prepared for winter.

The past two winters have seen severe weather in some parts of the region, with winter 2009/10 the coldest recorded nationally since 1978/79. In West Yorkshire, this caused significant snow and ice problems leading to [...]