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Greenfield Rail Action Group’s dismay at letter from Transport Minister

Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012

The Greenfield Rail Action Group (GRAG) are dismayed at the announcement by Transport Minister Theresa Villiers that train operators will ultimately make final decisions regarding stopping and service patterns on the Leeds to Manchester line.

The franchises for the two companies which run the trains are likely to be amalgamated when [...]

Traffic chaos as snow blocks high-level routes

Traffic queuing at Standedge Cutting above Diggle (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012)

Snow blocked many of the high level routes around Saddleworth on Friday evening bringing traffic across the region to a standstill.

Traffic queues blocked roads at Scouthead, Standedege and Grains Bar as vehicles battled with drifting snow and icy conditions. Queues to cross Standedge [...]

Carr Lane due to reopen in April 2012

Bridgeworks, Carr Lane, Diggle (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012)

Following considerable investigations and discussions over the last few months the bridgeworks on Carr Lane, Diggle have recommenced and the road should be reopened in April 2012.

Work on strengthening 200 metres of retaining wall and the replacement of the bridge started in February 2011 and was [...]

Delph man charged with armed robbery

A man has been charged in connection with the armed robbery at the pharmacy in Delph on the 16th Januray 2012.

31 year old Sam Donohue of Beswick Cottages, Delph, has been charged with robbery, possessing an air weapon whilst committing a robbery and possessing a firearm with intent to cause others to fear unlawful [...]

Man stabbed in Diggle

Kiln Green (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012)

At 10.30 pm on Tuesday 17th January police were called to a house on Clydesdale Rise, Diggle to investigate reports of a stabbing.

Officers attending discovered that a young man, about 20 years old, had been stabbed. He was taken to hospital where he is currently in a stable [...]

Wrigley Mill: Community action group holds coffee morning

Wrigley Mill

Following the closure of Wrigley Mill Methodist Church last year and the announcement, by the Methodist Circuit, that the building would be put up for sale, a group of enthusiastic Diggle residents formed the Wrigley Mill: Community Action Group to explore how the building could be retained for community use.

This [...]

Armed robber arrested in Delph

Police have recovered a number of firearms following an armed robbery of the pharmacy in Delph.

Shortly after 3.35pm on Monday 16 January 2012, police were called to the Co-operative Pharmacy on King Street, Delph to reports of an armed robbery.

A man had walked into the pharmacy and demanded prescription drugs. As he did [...]

Saddleworth Players present Neville’s Island

Neville’s Island by Tim Firth is Saddleworth Player’s third play of the season and is directed by Pauline Walsh. It will run fromJanuary 28th to February 4th at the Millgate Theatre in Delph.

The play brings to mind the 1954 novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. In that novel Golding uses children to [...]

Oldham Council shortlisted for two LGC awards

Oldham Council recently announced that it has been nominated for two prestigious Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards.

The Local Authority has been shortlisted in the ‘Most Improved Council of the Year’ and ‘Children’s Services’ categories for 2012.

This annual awards scheme seeks to highlight the work of Local Authorities striving for excellence who can demonstrate [...]

The former Dean of Liverpool Cathedral to speak at the Holocaust Memorial Day Vigil

The Rt, Reverend Dr. Rupert Hoare

The Rt. Reverend Dr. Rupert Hoare, former Dean of Liverpool Cathedral and Debbie Abrahams, Member of Parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth are to speak at the Holocaust Memorial Day Vigil on Saturday January 28th in The Square, Uppermill.

Speaking on behalf [...]