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Charlotte’s Story

Charlotte Coleman (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

July 2000…cancer was always something that happened to other people – definitely not me! I had a healthy life style, I wasn’t overweight, and I was very active – cycling, hiking and going to the gym.

One night whilst lying in bed, I felt quite a large lump in [...]

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Important changes to your medical records – you may need to act now!

GP practices across England will soon be required to supply patients’ personal and confidential medical records, on a regular and continuous basis, to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

The data upload is due to commence in March 2014 and all households should receive a leaflet (‘Better information means better care’) through their [...]

Triathlete Carolyn Robinson completes two back-to-back endurance events for charity

Diggle resident Carolyn Robinson is celebrating after completing two back-to-back endurance events, for charity, within a week of each other.

Carolyn took part in the Great Swim in London’s Docklands on August 31st, then a week later she completed the North West Triathlon in Nantwich, Cheshire – raising over £500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research [...]

Marketplace Event for Additional Needs and Disabilities

From Parents of Oldham in Touch (P.O.I.N.T)

Marketplace event for additional needs and disabilities at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham onFriday 27th September, 5.30pm to 8.00pm

If you or anyone in your family has an additional need or a disability then come along to this fantastic free event where you will be able to meet [...]

Debbie Abrahams MP signs up to be a ‘Dementia Friend’

Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, Debbie Abrahams, has signed up to be a Dementia Friend ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day on Saturday 21st September.

After completing the Dementia Friends training facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Society, Debbie has also pledged to take action to support the 800,000 people living with the condition across the UK and [...]

Oldham Councillors call on Government to Legislate for Plain Cigarette Packaging

At today’s Council meeting (Wednesday 11th Sept.), Lib Dem Councillors Rod Blyth and John McCann will propose a motion calling on the Government to reinstate its commitment to introducing plain cigarette packaging.

The tobacco industry spends vast amounts of time and money targeting young people as they see them as [...]

Transport for Greater Manchester backs national cycling initiative

Commuters in Greater Manchester are being urged to ditch four wheels in favour of two this Thursday as part of a nationwide initiative.

Cycle to Work Day is a national event, championed by multi gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist, Dame Sarah Storey, which aims to encourage everyone to cycle to work for just one day [...]

Golf to the fore at Bishop’s Park

Mark Cumiskey with Councillor Shoab Akhtar

Oldham Council has given the green light for a new and improved golf facility at Grains Bar where golfers can go to improve their game.

The Local Authority has granted an initial licence to allow the Bishop Park facility to re-open immediately and conclude a 25-year lease of [...]

Get ready for the Tour de Yorkshire

Tour of the Vosgue (Mobile phone photo: Stuart Coleman©2013)

PICTURE a small boy cycling to the tops above Hebden Bridge to write an encouraging message on the road in chalk; the scene is set for Le Grand Depart and the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival.

With the Grand Depart of the Tour De [...]