This is the first of the NEWS BRIEFS we hope to send out advising members of items of news we feel may be of interest together with a reminder of forth-coming lectures. If you do not wish to receive them please let the editor know at :- The first item of news is that, through the kind offices of member Phil Barrett, we have a Web Site. www.sadd-arch.org.uk Members are advised to consult the Web Site on a regular basis We start this first News Brief with an item of very sad news. On the 28th July of this year we heard, with great sorrow, of the untimely death of Robina McNeil. Robina was the County Archaeologist for Greater Manchester and had been a good friend to Saddleworth Archaeological Trust and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service for her was held in Manchester Cathedral on Friday 26th October and David Chadderton and Ken Booth attended on behalf of the Trust. Earlier this year Norman Redhead, the Assistant County Archaeologist for Greater Manchester, was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. This is the premier national society of this country for archaeologist and it is a great honour to be elected. Our congratulations go to Norman. It has recently been announced that Norman has been appointed County Archaeologist for Greater Manchester and Director of the Greater Manchester Archaeology Unit. Again our congratulations have been passed to Norman on his well-earned promotion. FORTHCOMING LECTURES The Sixth Stonehouse Memorial Lecture Saturday 10th November at the Royal George Hotel, Greenfield. 2.00pm for 2.30pm Title – Living with the Edge. The story of the Alderley Project. Speaker – Prof. Johm Prag. Hon. Prof. In the Manchester Museum and Prof.Emeritus of Classics in the University of Manchester. His illustrated talk will tell the fascinated story of a multi-period site. Tuesday 20th November at the Masonic Hall, Uppermill. 7.30pm for 8.00pm The speaker, Victor Blunden, a lecturer in Egyptology at Manchester University, will be taking us down the River Nile in his illustrated talk relating to the farming activities of the ancient Egyptians. It is hoped that you will be able to support the lectures.