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Oldham Council looks to revive its annual bonfire and fireworks event

Oldham Council is pursuing plans to bring back a popular annual family event in the Borough. The Local Authority is looking to work alongside partner organisations and community groups to potentially revive the annual ‘Bonfire and Fireworks’ event in November 2012.

Discussions are at an early stage but the vision is to deliver a ‘feel [...]

Volunteer lock keepers needed on the Huddersfield Canal

Brian Blessed

British Waterways’ are currently running a campaign to recruit volunteer lock keepers. The campaign was launched in January and has, to date, received 250 applications from water lovers all over the country. With a few spots still available in Pennine areas, British Waterways’ say there has never been a better time to [...]

Local woman bakes a cake for a hero

Help the Heroes Colossal Cake Sale 2012

Local woman, Alison Clowes, 24 from Oldham will be taking part in this year’s Colossal Cake Sale in support of Help for Heroes. Alison will don her apron, grab her wooden spoon and get baking to support our wounded heroes. The cake sale will be held on the [...]

Petition launched to re-open Diggle Railway Station

Garth Harkness

Liberal Democrat Parish Councillor Garth Harkness is launching a petition in Diggle and Dobcross to support the re-opening of Diggle Railway Station. It is expected to be presented to theTransport for Greater Manchester Committee on 13th April.

Councillor Harkness says, “Network Rail’s proposed Northern Hub rail investment plan 2014-19 [...]

Debbie Abrahams reacts to the budget

Debbie Abrahams (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012)

In reaction to the Budget Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, said: “In Oldham and across the country ordinary, hard working families are struggling to get by and yet the Chancellor’s big announcement is that he is cutting taxes for those earning over £150,000 a year; the [...]

Longest canal tunnel in the UK gets crafty for 2012

Legging through the Standedge Tunnel (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012)

On Saturday 24 March the longest canal tunnel in the UK reopens its doors again after its winter sleep, as Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre welcomes its first visitors for the 2012 season – with arts and crafts at the hub of the new calendar.

Around [...]

Calling all residents: Diggle Needs You!

The Wrigley Mill: Community Action Group have launched a community survey in Diggle. They are aiming to discover what, community resources, local residents would like to see developed in the future.

The group has been created in support of Wrigley Mill and in memory of the Chapel and Sunday School that has been on the [...]

Debbie Abrahams is second fastest female MP at Westminster Mile for Sport Relief!

On Wednesday 14th March 2012 Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth joined MPs at Westminster running a Sport Relief Mile.

She was the second fastest female MP and recorded a time of 7 minutes and 5 seconds. After her run Debbie said: “It’s been a great afternoon with everyone across the House pulling [...]

Sparky wins ‘Best of Breed’ at Crufts

Rusty Grayson with Sparky (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012)

Local Diggle resident Rusty Grayson recently won Best of Breed at Crufts with her Basenji dog, Sparky.

Three year old Sparky or Champion Tokaji American Grizoller Atembeau as he is professionally known outperformed fifty six other dogs in his category to take the top prize. He impressed [...]

Six arrested and drugs seized as part of Operation Caminada

Chief Superintendent Tim Forber (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2011)

Six people were arrested and police seized cash and class A drugs as part of a crackdown on organised crime.

Oldham Division’s Operation Caminada team made the seizures on Monday 12 March following raids on four properties in the Oldham East and Shaw areas.

As part of [...]