Saddleworth Independent Articles

The following articles were published in the Saddleworth Independent in February 2017.

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Rangers ready to face Rochdale in Standard Cup clash


Saddleworth Rangers take on Rochdale Mayfield – a side two divisions above them – in their Oldham Standard Cup semi-final tie on Wednesday, February 22.

Rangers beat the same opponents in last year’s final to lift the trophy and will be looking for another victory to continue their hopes of back-to-back wins.

Craig Farrimond, first team coach, said a win would also be a great opportunity to boost morale ahead of their National Conference League, division two season in March.

He said: “We beat Mayfield in the final last year and showed we can beat them. We want to retain our title.

“I’m going there with my strongest team and I want to win. It would be a massive confidence boost ahead of the new season.”

Saddleworth Rangers play away at Rochdale Mayfield on Wednesday, February 22, kick-off 7.30pm. The final will be played on Good Friday, April 14.”



Dedicated Greenfield mum is crowned Best Local Authority Arts Champion

A MUM from Greenfield is “delighted” to be named joint Best Local Authority Arts Champion (officer) for her services to the community.

Judges recognised Rachel’s strong local knowledge and great communication skills, saying she is “aware of and responsive to the needs and aspirations of her communities, partners and local artists.”Rachel Wood, who works for Oldham Council, was given the accolade at the Hearts for the Arts Awards, run by What Next? and the National Campaign for the Arts.

They added: “She works in a collaborative manner to devise and deliver programmes of work which reach across communities and which deliver impact for people of all ages and abilities.”

Rachel, who grew up in Springhead and attended Saddleworth School, has worked in the council’s arts team since 1999 and has been Arts Development Officer for the last 10 years.”



Exciting celebrations planned for Mahdlo Youth Zone fifth birthday

AN EXCITING week of activities has been planned as MAHDLO Youth Zone celebrates its fifth birthday in March.

The centre, on Egerton Street in Oldham, opened in 2012 and currently has over 4,800 members aged 8-21 years old.

To celebrate five years of providing support, activities and opportunities to the young people of Oldham, Mahdlo is holding a talent show and a series of parties over the next few weeks.

Claire Crossfield, Development Manager at Mahdlo, said: “It’s been an incredible five years at Mahdlo and to see what our members have achieved in this time is fantastic.”



Commemoration service to honour First World War hero from Springhead

“A paving stone will be unveiled to commemorate Springhead’s Sergeant Thomas Steele, 100 years after his acts of bravery during the First World War earned him a Victoria Cross.

At a critical moment, he used a machine gun to beat off an enemy attack and then risked his life to rally a party of Indian soldiers who had lost all their officers.Courageous Sgt Steele was awarded the honour for his role in attempting to lift the Turkish siege at Ku-al-Amara on February 22, 1917.

Now, he will be honoured in a ceremony at 11am on February 22 at St Anne’s Church, Lydgate, where the commemorative paving stone will be unveiled by members of Sgt Steele’s family and Councillor Derek Heffernan, Mayor of Oldham.”

I also covered the commemorative service for the newspaper.



Rangers bow out of Oldham Standard Cup in Semi Finals.

Saddleworth Rangers lost their Oldham Standard Cup semi-final against Rochdale Mayfield, the team they defeated in last year’s final.

Mayfield, who play two divisions higher, ran out 24-18 winners, scoring the decisive points in the final five minutes after the scores were level at 18-18.

Rangers were 18-4 down but three tries in 10 minutes, led by two from new-signing Jake Shoel, levelled the scores.

But Mayfield got their revenge for last year’s final defeat with their late show. Mayfield will face Oldham St Anne’s in the final on Good Friday after they narrowly beat Waterhead Warriors.”

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