Congratulations to St Mary’s CE Primary School, High Crompton

St Mary’s CE Primary School in High Crompton won the main prize of £500 in the Recycle Week ‘Don’t Bin It, Bring It’ competition.

This competition took place between 28 schools throughout Greater Manchester during Recycle Week, to encourage pupils and staff to recycle broken or unwanted small electrical items, such as kettles, cameras and toys.

St Mary’s pupils collected over one third of a tonne of these items. Overall, the 28 schools collected over 2.5 tonnes of material.

All of these materials will be broken down and recycled into new products through a reprocessing facility.

Well done all at St Mary’s!

Lib Dem Motion to help lift closure threat to iconic Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Date: 8th July 2013

Oldham Lib Dems still remain concerned at any possible threat of closure to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.

Councillor Howard Sykes, Leader of the Opposition on Oldham Council and Leader of the Lib Dem Group, and Councillor, John McCann, Deputy Leader, have submitted a motion to the next Oldham Council meeting on Wednesday 17th July outlining the concerns of the Liberal Democrats:

“This Council notes with concern the potential closure of the Manchester Science and Industry Museum.

The museum represents not only a great free day out for our borough’s residents and their families, but is also a splendid educational resource.
Visitors and students, young and old, are reminded that Manchester was both a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution, but also the home of such revolutionary scientific developments as the mainframe computer.
Consequently, the museum represents both a tribute to the ingenuity of Manchester people, past and present, and an inspiration to our region’s future engineers, inventors and scientists.
The fact that it is located in a building itself of world historic significance would make its loss all the more bitterly felt by the citizens of this region”.
The motion pledges the Council to take some definite action in support of MOSI:

“The Council therefore resolves to ask the Chief Executive to write to:
– The trustees of the Science Museum Group outlining this Council’s opposition to any threat of closure
– The three local Members of Parliament asking them to use every effort to oppose any threat of closure
– The other AGMA authorities and the GM Combined Authority asking them to join us in opposing any threat of closure”

Councillor Sykes said: “I believe that all three local party leaders are united in opposing the closure of this much loved and iconic museum.”

In advance of Council, on 13th June, I wrote to all three local Labour MPs asking them to sign Early Day Motion 196, which is sponsored in the House of Commons by John Leech, Liberal Democrat MP for Withington, who is a leading campaigner opposing closure.

Following my letter, Michael Meacher signed the Early Day Motion on 17th June and David Heyes did so on 24th June, joining MPs of all three main political parties in doing so.

Inexplicably to date, the Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, Debbie Abrahams, has yet to add her name to the motion, which appears to contradict her stated aim to “honour and celebrate, not destroy” MOSI, so I urge her to do so.”

For further information contact Howard Sykes

Note to Editors

Early Day Motion 196 – Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry:

That this House notes with concern the possible threat of closure hanging over Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester’s most popular visitor attraction; further notes the historic significance of the Museum’s location housed on the site of the world’s first intercity railway station in a part of the world’s first industrial city; welcomes the Manchester Evening News’ campaign to keep it open; and calls on Ian Blatchford and the rest of the London-based Science Museum Group to ensure that this cultural and educational landmark is not sacrificed for short-term budgetary gains.

Primary Sponsor – John Leech MP


Oldham’s Director of Public Health is encouraging parents across the Borough to vaccinate their children against Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Alan Higgins is urging parents who have not yet had their children vaccinated and young adults who missed out on their vaccinations to contact their GP to arrange their MMR vaccinations as soon as possible.

The move is part of a new national campaign aimed at getting as many 10-16 year olds as possible vaccinated before the next school year.

New figures show that measles cases nationwide are at their highest level for 18 years with almost 2,000 cases during 2012 and 159 in Greater Manchester alone.

There have been no confirmed cases of measles in Oldham this year and only one last year: the lowest rates in Greater Manchester.

However, the recent outbreak in Swansea, where more than 900 cases have been confirmed since November, shows that measles is still a problem.

Parents can ensure their children and teenagers are fully protected against measles, mumps and rubella with two doses of the MMR vaccine. Most children get the first dose of MMR at 13 months old and the second dose is offered to children when they reach 3 years and 4 months. The two doses together offer almost complete protection from the disease.

Over the last two years more than 95 per cent of Oldham children have been given the MMR vaccine. However, following the coverage of the now discredited link between MMR and Autism in the late 1990s take-up of vaccinations was lower at around 80 per cent.

We are now encouraging any parents and young people who missed out on their vaccinations to speak to their GP.

Alan Higgins, Oldham’s Director of Public Health, said: “Oldham has a good take-up rate of the MMR vaccination at present but there is an historical problem.”

“In the late 1990s and early 2000s many parents had concerns about what is a now discredited link between MMR and autism.

“As a result the take-up of vaccinations then was lower and, given the recent outbreak in Swansea, we’d like to encourage those parents who didn’t have their child vaccinated at the time to contact their GP to arrange for an MMR jab as soon as possible.

“Even if those children are now young adults it is not too late for them to be vaccinated.

“The key message to parents is that MMR is safe – it’s free and it can save lives.”

Parents and young adults wanting to know more about MMR should contact their GP or visit

Shaw Youth Centre closure – 6-8 weeks from 25th March

Shaw Youth Centre will be CLOSED from Monday 25th March 2013 for approximately 6 -8 weeks.

This is to allow for essential building work to be completed.

There will be no access to the centre.

The youth club will continue at the usual times at the following venues:

Monday: George St playing fields building at 6.30-9.00pm
Tuesday: Dunwood Park community room at 6:30-9.00pm
Wednesday: Junior Youth Club-Compton Library at 3.30-5:00pm
Thursday: Higher Crompton Park Bowling Green hut at 6:30-9.00pm

Any queries, concerns or further information please contact Jeanette or Lynda on 0161 770 8648/8649

E-mail: or

Shaw and Crompton St Georges Day Celebration Sunday 14 April

Shaw Memorial Gardens, West Way.

We have managed to secure the Market which will include food stalls, the car boot sale, Rochdale Hedgehog Rescue, Circus acts.

The Lifelong Learning Centre will be used for indoor activities and workshops including an English afternoon tea, face painting, aromatherapy sessions, circus skills workshop and more to be confirmed.

The Market will run between 10.00 – 13.30.

Further info to follow when confirmed.

88% increase in apprenticeships

2,710 people were on an apprenticeship last year in the Borough of Oldham thanks to the Liberal Democrats, final figures reveal. That is a huge increase of 88% compared to the last year of Labour’s government.

These figures are a big boost for apprenticeships and young people in Oldham which comes at the end of National Apprenticeship Week (11th – 15th March), which aimed to raise awareness and celebrate the successes of the apprenticeship scheme.

Commenting, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Councillor Howard Sykes said:

“Apprenticeships are a brilliant way for young people to learn the skills and get the experience necessary for a successful career.”

“Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government have promoted and invested heavily in apprenticeships because they are one of the most effective ways of helping young people get jobs. Apprenticeships also allow us to build a stronger economy, with a highly-skilled and flexible workforce.”

“Apprenticeships rely on employers making opportunities available. That’s why I urge local employers to offer opportunities to our young people to become apprentices. For my part, I have just this week taken on a part share of an apprentice.

Shaw and Crompton Memorial Gardens

Please accept our apologises for any inconvenience caused by the recent and future works associated with Shaw Memorial Gardens.

For your Information the works comprises of the Following:

• Resurfacing of paths to Shaw Memorial Gardens.
• Erecting Stone Plinth
• Refurbishment of Bronze Statue
• Erection of new information board

The park will be closed for access from Monday 18th February for the refurbishment.
The works are expected to be completed week commencing 18th March 2013.

On completion of the paths/ erection of the statue, works are programmed for bedding plants and refurbishment to the seating areas; however the park will operational as usual.

We may need to close the park gates for short periods of time outside of the period above where the ongoing work requires it.

For any queries, please contact
David Holme 0161 770 4353 or Ian Monaghan 0161 770 5262


Sunday 27th January (12-3pm)
Jubilee Nature Site, Milnrow Road, Shaw, Oldham

Come to Jubilee Colliery to discover the history of the site and the findings from an exciting heritage project. Take part in a free raffle for your chance to win a plane ride to see Oldham’s coal fields from the air.

This event is for all members of the community with activities for kids and adults.

Come and see our archaeological dig and learn about our local mining heritage.

For more details please contact Lili Briggs, Heritage Project Officer:
T: 0161 624 1444 / 0773 997 8792


Council Offices, 23 High Street, Shaw, Oldham OL2 8RF
Tel: 01706 847590 e-mail:

The Parish Council met ten times during the civic year 2011-12 (monthly except August and April). In addition to its routine business, the Council:
• Opposed the closure of Beal Hey Recycling Centre
• Opposed the closure of Crompton Pool
• Requested that a bus stop be moved in Market Street, Shaw
• Received presentations on: Old Osram site, Refuge Street, Shaw; Laurel Bank Day Centre; a housing insulation scheme;

Much of the work of the Council is carried out by its Committees and Sub-Committees. The Planning and Finance & General Purposes Committees normally meet every month and the six sub-committees each meet between four and ten times during the year. All meetings are open to the public.

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council (OMBC) has a duty to consult the Parish Council on planning applications within Shaw and Crompton. Residents are able to make representation to the Parish Council; public participation is encouraged as views from people living and working in the area are important to the decision making process. The Parish Council Planning Committee makes a recommendation to OMBC who make the final decision.

The Parish Council Planning Committee considered 106 applications during the year of which 19 were recommended for refusal.

Community Events
The Communications & Promotions Sub-Committee is responsible for organising activities and events, many of which have become regular features of the town’s life. These include the Family Weekend and Vehicle Rally, held in summer each year, and which was its usual success in 2011. This year the Family Weekend will be held on Saturday & Sunday 23 & 24 June 2012, and planning is already well advanced.

Other events arranged by the Sub-Committee were: Parish Council Chairman’s Civic Service; Civic Reception; Crompton Circuit walk; Lancashire Day proclamation; Christmas Charity Market; Schools’ Christmas Music Festival; Spring Charity Market. Hanging baskets were placed along High Street, Market Street, and parts of Milnrow Road and Crompton Way; a decorated Christmas Tree was placed at Wren’s Nest, where the lights were switched on at the end of November.

An archaeological survey of Crompton Moor was completed during Summer 2011. A 20 page newsletter – “The Parish Matters” – was distributed to every house in the Parish.

A major aspect of the Council’s work is in the field of environmental improvement. The Council thanks all those who give their time, expertise and effort to assist the Parish through working with the Environment Sub-Committee. One of the many areas that has been concentrated on is invasive species that are threatening the ecology of the local environment, buildings and infrastructure.

There has been considerable effort put into the maintenance of public footpaths and bridleways and the refurbishment/replacement of stiles, or their substitution by Kissing Gates, while attempting to establish new, or to re-establish old, public footpaths. The maintenance and clearance of public areas for the benefit of the community has been another main focus.

During the year the Council was able to make 10 grants, with a total value of £2,144. The grant scheme will continue during 2012/2013.

There has been a steady increase of third parties using the building, eg Friends of Dunwood Park. New premises for use as Council Offices were identified and a recommendation for purchase of the leasehold was approved by the Council.

Approval to borrow sufficient funds for the purchase was obtained from DCLG. Negotiations have taken place regarding the terms of the lease. It was agreed to update the software used on the Council Office’s PC.

Staffing & Pay
The Sub-Committee met on two occasions (October 2011 and January 2012). The main work of the sub-committee is to oversee the Clerk’s appraisal and other associated matters such as pay award, annual increments, pension provision, and the Sickness Contingency Fund.

Law and Order
The Council continues to have great concern for law and order issues, in particular the policing of the area and the town centre, and takes all opportunities to bring these matters to the attention of the responsible bodies.

The Council is represented on the Royton, Shaw and Crompton Area Action Team.

Citizens Advice Bureau
The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is an established part of the township. Previously based at the Council Offices, the Shaw Outreach deals with a wide range of queries from many Shaw and Crompton residents.

The Parish Council is happy to continue to fund this valuable service, which means that residents can receive advice locally. The service has been re-located to Crompton Library and is available every Thursday (9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30-4.00pm); no appointment is necessary.

During the year, residents have made enquiries at the Council Offices about a variety of issues. Depending on their nature, these have been taken up with Oldham MBC, or referred to Parish or Metropolitan Borough councillors. Matters taken up on behalf of residents have included things such as planning issues, housing issues or roads.

The Council seeks to continue the development of a pattern of civic life to benefit the whole community, by fostering different types of activities. It does not have the resources to organise and run all the varied events and projects which make Shaw and Crompton into a thriving community. Its policy is to assist other organisations within the Parish as much as it can.

For instance, many local charities are able to raise money through having stalls at Charity Markets; a wide range of organisations benefit from the grants that the Council is able to make to them; a number of groups use the Council Offices for meetings in the evenings. Other groups requiring help are encouraged to ask and, where possible, the Council will try to assist.

Dr Ray Hughes
Clerk to the Council