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Proposal for a new development on Ward Lane, Diggle.

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Forthcoming Events in Saddleworth and Lees

Events in Saddleworth

2013 Saddleworth Ruchcart (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

Events in Saddleworth and Lees 2014

Diggle Summer Fete

Diggle Primary School

Sunday 29th June


The Saddleworth Show

Saddleworth School

Saturday 12th July 12noon – 5pm

Sunday 13th July 10am – 5pm


Lees Village Fair

Springhead Football Club

Sunday 20th July

Dawson’s Field Annual Family Fun Day

Dawson’s Field, Huddersfield Rd, Scouthead

Thursday 24th July

11am – 3pm

Celebration of Yorkshire Day

Uppermill Museum and King George V Playing Field

Sunday 3rd August

8am – 6pm

Yanks Weekend

Uppermill and surrounding villages

Friday 8th August

Saturday 9th August

Sunday 10th August

Various times


6th Anniversary American Car Show

King George V Playing Field

Sunday 10th August

8am – 5pm

Saddleworth Rushcart

Uppermill and surrounding villages

Saturday 23rd August

Sunday 24th August

Sunday Service at 11am

Sunday procession to St Chad’s Church Uppermill


Greenfield and Grasscroft Residents’ Association

For listings of forthcoming events and details of all the great work they do please take a look at their website


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For listings of forthcoming events and details of all the great work they do please take a look at their website



OMBC to discuss infrastructure repairs

infrastructureOldham Council is to discuss a major programme of  infrastructure repairs to roads, bridges and carriageways damaged by the severe wet weather that hit the borough last winter.

Cabinet will decide on the proposals when they meet on Monday, June 30. It follows a successful bid by the local authority for money from the Government’s Severe Weather Recovery Fund. The Council was awarded £811,773.

The money would be used to repair surfaces on a number of roads that were worst affected by the rain. These include improving the A62 Huddersfield Road – one of the priority routes into the borough – by allocating £260,000 of funding towards repairing it.

This will complement the other corridor works funded elsewhere in our programmes. Other works include bringing some of Saddleworth’s unclassified roads and carriageways identified as secondary corridors up to standard – meaning less money will need to be spent carrying out temporary repairs on them in the future.

Councillor Dave Hibbert, Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Transport, said: “Oldham’s roads and infrastructure, like those nationwide, have suffered due to the extreme wet weather we endured earlier in the year. Our location, high on the Pennine plateau, means the 817km of roads we monitor, and the bridges and retaining walls we are responsible for maintaining, are more susceptible to cold and wet weather damage than those in other boroughs.

“This money will allow us to carry out maintenance and work on areas we have identified as being in most need. Repairing Huddersfield Road will mean that people visiting and commuting along one of our major gateways into the borough have a better journey, which is important to us. As a Council we are doing our bit – we have invested £12m improving our highways over the last few years and are now much more proactive in managing our highways maintenance work rather than being reactive.

“This government money is welcomed but the condition of road infrastructure remains a major national problem.”

Saddleworth North: Monthly Crime Figures

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BURGLARY(Of homes) 1 0 6 4 1 1
BURGLARY OTHER(Shed, Garage, Business) 0 1 1 3 8 2
ROBBERY 0 0 0 1 0 0

Burglary Dwelling

Wool Road, Dobcross – Offenders tried unsuccessfully to gain entry to the property by removing roof tiles and cutting roof felt. They then attempted and failed to prise open a roof window. They made their way to the front of the property and forced open a ground floor door. Property was taken from the premises.


Brownhill Lane, Uppermill – Offenders forced a lock on a detached garage stealing a high value pedal cycle.

Warth Mill, Diggle – Offenders forced a rear fire door gaining access to the building. They a cash box .

Vehicle crime

Heywood Lane, Austerlands – Offenders stole front and rear number plates from a parked, secure vehicle.

Huddersfield Road, Delph – Offenders smashed the front nearside window of parked secure vehicle and stole a handbag from the foot well.

Theft of a Vehicle

Wall Hill Road, Dobcross – Domestic incident

Criminal Damage

Gartside Street, Delph – Offender threw a stone at ground floor window causing damage.

Clydesdale Rise, Diggle – Offenders cut through perimeter fencing and caused damage.

Wall Hill Road, Dobcross – Offenders throw a large stone from the garden through the front window.

Victoria Works, Wool Road, Dobcross – Offenders entered a building site and threw stones at windows causing damage. (Four local youths were detained nearby and have been dealt with by Restorative Justice)

Contact PCSO Monica Seville and PCSO Kath Crompton  oldhamborough@gmp.police.uk or call 0161 856 8825

2014 Diggle Fete

2014 Diggle Fete is on 29th June at Diggle Primary School. Doors open at 1pm

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Live Blues Music in Saddleworth


bluesYou saw Reverand Peyton’s Big Damn Band last summer at Friezland, but this time the Reverend has requested a bigger venue where he can see y’all dancing because once he gets started, you just can’t stay in your seat. The Oak Room at the White Hart at Lydgate is a great venue. We are lucky enough to have the Band during their UK tour sandwiched between major UK festivals at Glastonbury, Grillstock at Manchester and then after Saddleworth on to the Maverick and Cornbury Music festivals.

Reverand Peyton’s Big Damn Band from Indiana, USA with support from Garron Firth

White Hart at Lydgate, OL4 4JJ

Thursday 3rd July, Doors 7.30, show 8pm

Tickets £12.50 Advance, £15 on the door ( You can reserve tickets by texting Neil on 07707090108)

Tickets available from: Uppermill and Greenfield Post Offices, Mossley Chippy ( opposite the station), wegottickets.com, yorkshire gig guide ticket shop

Roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills comes Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band playing a brand of Americana and Blues that stands alone – Delta blues and hillbilly fervor combine with musical acuity sharp as razor wire – best know, this trio is a force to be reckoned with. The growl of a good truck engine, the fiercest passion for his country home and family and an uncanny ability to breathe new life into old forms of music give them a pedigree many Americana acts would kill for and an ironclad work ethic keeps them on the road 250 dates a year, playing for the people with hurricane force. Locked in with an audience, the band create their own community and welcome the crowd into it, transporting them away from their troubles to joyous release, the way great musicians have done for centuries. The Rev. J. Peyton, his wife Breezy and Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell are a living breathing embodiment of the traditions and hard work ethic native to their Brown County, Indiana home. Their new album Between The Ditches is a chronicle of this lifestyle.

“These guys are a hillbilly blues throwback ensemble, though, and no amount of refinement can really push them off their mark. Peyton’s voice still croaks, shouts, and roars, and his unique, kinetic slide guitar playing, whether it’s a ’30s National guitar, a cigar-box guitar, a Gibson flattop 1929 L2, or an Airline Map electric guitar, still drives and churns like a runaway train.” – Allmusic

“The latest from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Between The Ditches on SideOneDummy Records is, in short, a revelation. An amazingly well crafted, controlled explosion of talent, the range and depth of the music performed by the trio is remarkable.” – American Blues Scene

“With his wife, Breezy, serving as a one-woman amen corner, and distant cousin Aaron Persinger laying down the floppy-boot-stomp drums behind Peyton’s spiky, waspish National steel slide guitar on tracks like “Something for Nothing”, the result is a peculiarly infectious blues crusade, touching on themes of money, morality and social responsibility.” – The Independent (UK)

Beer and Music Festival at the White Hart

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2014 Diggle Blues Festival

Gallery of selected images taken at the 2014 Diggle Blues Festival

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Garron Firth, Diggle Hotel (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Angelo Palladino, Woolyknit Cafe (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Backwater Blues Band, Kilngreen Hall (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Backwater Blues band, Kilngreen Hall (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Sons of the Delta, Hanging Gate (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Half Dead Clatch, Hanging Gate (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Backwater Blues Band, Kilngreen Hall (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Backwater Blues Band, Kilngreen Hall (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)


Mudcats Blues Trio, Diggle Band Club (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Blue Swamp, Diggle Band Club (Photo: Stuart Coleman2014)

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Blue Swamp, Diggle Band Club (Photo: Stuart Coleman2014)

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Dani Wilde and Todd Sharpville’s Dog, Diggle Band Club (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Relaxing with the Blues, Diggle Band Club (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Dani Wilde and Todd Sharpville, Diggle Band Club (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Mudcat Blues Trio, Diggle Band Club (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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John Otway, Kilgreen Hall (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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John Otway, Kilgreen Hall (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Dani Wilde and Todd Sharpville, Diggle Band Club (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Audience at Kilngreen Hall watching John Otway (Photo:Stuart Colemang©2014)

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John Otway, Kilngreen Hall (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

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Dave Wood, Diggle Blues Founder and Organiser (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

Arrangements for Whit Friday in Diggle

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2013 Whit Walks (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

by Lynda Elmore and Brian Cliffe, Diggle Whit Friday Committee

The Whit Friday Walk will take place this Friday 13 th June, starting from Kilngreen Church at 9.15 am.

Hopefully it will be a little warmer this year- the weather was not kind to us at all in 2013 as the banner men will testify! Strong winds and rain made it a great challenge for the bandsmen and the brave folk of Diggle who made our procession yet again the largest in Saddleworth.

Unfortunately, we will only have one band this year due to Marsden Band being unable to play for us for the second year running. This is due to other commitments and inability to take time off work for the whole day. We have had a long association with Marsden Band and sincerely wish them well as the now famous Yorkshire Tea Band.

However, Diggle Band will be leading our procession with their rousing tones and we are always happy to see them leading us away to Uppermill and back looking so smartly turned out.

As usual, a coach will be provided to and from Uppermill for the less mobile. Hop on next to the Chip shop on Ward Lane. Crisps and a drink will be provided for all schoolchildren from the village. They will be handed out at the rear of the playing field in Uppermill during the service.

The house to house collection has exceeded expectations this year and the committee are always so pleased to see that this event gives such a fantastic result. It is well worth the effort that our dedicated team of collectors put in when we count the donations and find that we have achieved our £1000 target. So thank you residents of Diggle for being so generous in these austere times and here’s to another successful Whit Friday for this great little village !

Order of Procession

Small Church banner

Kilngreen Banner

Uniformed Organisations and Village Children

Diggle Band

Village Residents

Later in the day, starting at 4.15, we will once again be treated to the annual Whit Friday Band Contest, often described as “one of the greatest free shows on earth.” Now in it’s sixth year, the Diggle contest has quickly established itself as one of the must do contests for many bands. Each year we have attracted over fifty bands to play at our unique venue on Diggle Tunnel Tip on Sam Road. No other venue has such a magnificent view of the Saddleworth landscape, an aspect which is much admired by bands from far and wide.

This is a unique opportunity to see and hear Brass Bands of all standards, from local youth bands to some of the top UK bands and increasingly bands from  further afield in Europe. So come along and cheer for your favourites!

Everyone is encouraged to bring your picnic and enjoy the music and the atmosphere. It would be appreciated if the noise could be kept to a dull roar during the bands’ performance so the adjudicator can hear every note.

There will be catering on the site, with Grandpa Greene’s serving ice cream, sandwiches, paninis and hot and cold drinks. This year we are pleased to welcome Al’s BBQ Shack all the way from Manchester who offer delicious top quality  hot BBQ food which we hope will be a big hit. Last but not least of course our own Band Club will have sandwiches and pies in addition to their magnificent range of drinks.

Slightly away from the contest site, don’t forget both the Hanging Gate and Diggle Hotel will be open as usual if you need a brief rest from the festivities.

So as the sun sinks over Lark Hill come and bask in the rousing tones of Brass music at it’s finest. A fitting conclusion to a truly unique and magnificent  Saddleworth tradition, celebrated in style as only Diggle can.

Diggle residents say NO to OMBC in big way

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Keith Lucas with local Saddleworth residents (Photo: Stuart Coleman © 2014)

Diggle residents today made their feelings clear about the proposed building of a new secondary school in Diggle by erecting a huge banner supporting the idea of keeping the school in Uppermill.

The sign reads:

“Save Saddleworth’s Greenbelt
It’s Not A Done Deal
The New School Can Be Built In Uppermill”

Keith Lucas, member of Save Diggle Action Group, organised the erection of the banner with the help of local residents at the junction of Ambrose Crescent and Huddersfield Road.

Bradley and Paula Wosahio who are hosting the banner said: “We had the banner put up as it was our way of supporting the community and campaign and we want to make sure the school gets built in the most appropriate place, which we believe is Uppermill”

Keith Lucas said: “The recent Educational Funding Agency announcement is great news for people throughout Saddleworth, who realise that this is a flawed plan and want the school issue discussed openly and transparently.  There has been a fantastic groundswell of support from people who have felt outraged by the lack of political accountability with this issue.

A few courageous people have stood above the parapet and we are now seeing the support grow and grow.  The banner is a clear sign to say we are in it for the long haul.”

Whilst the banner was being erected, passing traffic were sounding their horns and giving the thumbs up in support.