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Plan your journey – it’s the Tour de France

Tour de France

Tour de France 2006, Stage 11 (Photo by Kallenovsky)

Make sure you plan your journey this weekend as the Tour de France rolls into town

The world’s biggest annual sporting event – the Tour de France – will be passing through Greater Manchester this weekend and the public are advised to plan their journey regardless of whether they are watching the spectacle or not.

The second stage of the race will begin in York before passing through parts of Rochdale on Sunday 6 July, with both road & public transport services in Greater Manchester being affected by the race. Around one kilometre of the route passes through Rochdale along a section of the B6138 and the A58 adjacent to Blackstone Edge reservoir, before heading off towards Huddersfield and Sheffield where the second stage finishes.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to watch the world’s best cyclists on Sunday, and to help people get there TfGM has worked with transport operators to provide a number of additional or enhanced services on the day. Metrolink will be running enhanced services to Rochdale all weekend, with every other tram to Rochdale being a double tram. Northern Rail has also increased capacity on services between Manchester and Rochdale, Hebden Bridge and Littleborough which are some of the locations close to the race site. There will also be a special bus service operated by First from Manchester City Centre to Mytholm via Rochdale early on Sunday morning, as well as a shuttle service taking people between Littleborough Rail Station and Cragg Vale – one of the key points of the second stage – which has been provided by Rochdale Council.

However, these enhanced and additional services are expected to be extremely busy both to and from the event so anyone planning to use these services this weekend, whether they are attending the race or not, should allow plenty of time to complete their journeys and plan ahead.

Road users are also being advised of a number of road closures and diversions in place for race from early on Sunday, so anyone wanting to drive to the event is advised to plan ahead as a significant part of their journey will involve walking, cycling or taking a shuttle bus towards the race site itself.

Road users in Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport and Tameside who aren’t heading to the race need to be aware that there will be significant disruption as a large section of the race passes close to the borders of these areas. Anyone travelling across the Pennines on the day will also need to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journey to minimise the impact of any disruption. The M62 will remain open on the Sunday, but a large number of roads across the Pennines will be closed whilst the race takes place.

Dan McMullan, Head of Communications and Customer Service at TfGM, said: “Whether you are going to watch the Tour de France or not, you need to plan ahead. Roads and public transport services will be busy, so please make sure you don’t get caught out.”

TfGM can provide all the information about the Tour de France coming through Greater Manchester and how to get around on the day visit:

To find out more information about the race itself visit:

For updates on travel over the Tour de France weekend follow TfGM on Twitter: @OfficialTfGM #TourDeFrance #TDFTravel

World War 1 Show back by popular demand

World War 1 Show

World War 1 Show

Back By Popular Demand – The World War 1 Show makes a second appearance in Uppermill!

Uppermill Stage Society will be performing their World War 1 Show, “Keep the Home Fires Burning”, again on July 18th and 19th at Ebenezer Church, School Street, Uppermill.

Written by Lindsey and Paul Bradbury, both of whom have acted in many of the Society’s plays, the musical show tells the story of World War 1 from the point of view of the soldiers at the Front and the women at home, and is presented through popular songs of the time as well as actual poems and letters. The show is performed by members and friends of the Society.

Sandie Beswick, Chair of the Society said: “We were overwhelmed by the impact that the show had on our audiences, and many people who were unable to come along at the time have asked if we could repeat it, so we are happy to oblige. In fact, the show has proved such a success that there is a possibility we will be taking it ‘on tour’ later in the year!”

Tickets are available at Turners Dry Cleaners, New Street, Uppermill and are priced at £6.00.

View plans for new development on Ward Lane

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 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),, 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)