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Patronal Festival Celebratory Lunch (St Chad’s Day)

Kiln Green Church

Following on from it’s success last year the ‘Friends of Saddleworth Church’ have organised a lunch on Sunday 4th March starting at 1pm at Kilngreen Mission Church, Diggle in celebration of St Chad’s Day.

The parish of St Chad includes 3 worship centres in an around Uppermill and Diggle so a [...]

JimMcMahon uses video-blog to explain Oldham Council’s budget

Jim McMahon, Leader of Oldham Council

The Leader of Oldham Council has posted his first-ever ‘video blog’ to explain what the Local Authority’s newly-adopted budget means to residents.

Councillor Jim McMahon speaks from inside the Council Chamber to explain the financial decisions taken by Full Council for 2012/3.

In the blog ,which can be [...]

Help for those facing mortgage arrears

Help is at hand from Oldham Council for homeowners who are struggling to keep up with their mortgage repayments.

The Housing Government recently announced that £20 million would be made available to Local Authorities to help ensure that mortgage repossession remains the last resort for struggling homeowners.

Oldham Council has been awarded £104,770 from this [...]

Diggle FC: Diggle A team beaten by the weather at Meltham

Diggle FC

Match report for 21/01/12 by Howard Johnson

Diggle A Team 4 vs Meltham A Reserves 5

After a long break following Christmas the Diggle A team were finally back playing a tough fixture against Meltham A Reserves.

Due to some late fitness worries we got changed at Boarshurst and left for [...]

Drainage improvements at Churchill Playing Fields to start next week

Work to improve the drainage and pitch layout at Churchill Playing Fields is due to start on site next Monday 27 February 2012.

The table below shows the expected timing of the works although this may vary as some parts of the contract will be dependant on the weather.

Activity Time Period Enabling Works 27 [...]

Police officers hold virtual meeting

PCSO Monica Seville

Officers from Saddleworth and Lees Neighbourhood Policing Team will be holding their fourth online Partners and Communities Together (PACT)* meeting.

The meeting on Tuesday 28 February 2012 from 7pm to 8.30pm will give residents the opportunity to get connected with their neighbourhood officers and tell police about their concerns relating to [...]

Walkers are invited to explore the Saddleworth moorlands

View south from Standedge (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012)

Walkers are invited to explore the Castleshaw Reservoirs and South Pennines moorland during a seven-mile free guided walk this weekend.

Organised by rural regeneration organisation, Pennine Prospects, through the Watershed Landscape Project, the walk will start at noon on Sunday, March 4. It will be a varied [...]

Parish Councillor claims Saddleworth is ignored again

Garth Harkness

Parish Councillor, Garth Harkness, has reacted strongly to an announcement by the leader of Oldham Council, Jim McMahon concerning the allocation of funding from the District Investment Fund.

He says that the fund is designed to help improve Oldham’s neighbourhoods and the lives of its residents yet the recent agreement on spending [...]

Wrigley Mill: the story so far…a personal view

Wrigley Mill

By Charlotte Coleman

At the October meeting of the DCA 2011 we found out from Duncan Rhodes that the Methodist church, known as Wrigley Mill would have to be sold due to dwindling congregation numbers. This decision not only profoundly affected church goers, it would ultimately impact on, not only existing community [...]

Letter to the editor

‘Tax credits bombshell’ as 650 couples in Oldham East and Saddleworth could lose £4,000 a year

Up to 650 couples – with 1560 children* – in part-time work in Oldham East and Saddleworth could lose around £4,000 a year from this April, following a change to tax credit rules being introduced by the government.

Debbie [...]