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February 14, 2019

Moorlands couple invent sleeping aid for youngsters

A COUPLE from the Moorlands have come up with the 'perfect travel companion' for parents of small children. Sam, aged 27, and 26-year-old Sheridan Mellor, who live in Foxt, have invented the BrumBaby – a portable sleeping aid for youngsters which plays soothing lullabies and can be taken out and about due to it's compact design. The couple, who have two children two-year-old Mollie and Mason who is six-months-old, came up with the concept for BrumBaby after their eldest had a troublesome journey back from a family trip out.

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February 14, 2019

Camera club pictures used for poster campaign

PHOTOGRAPHS of tourist attractions are being used to promote train travel. The images, taken by members of Blythe Bridge Camera Club, have been used in a poster campaign at stations along the North Staffordshire line. Six posters have been created for stations along the Crewe-Derby route, showcasing attractions within walking distance of each stop. The photographs were commissioned by the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership and funded by East Midlands Trains.

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February 14, 2019

Raceday abandoned due to national ban

A RACE day at Uttoxeter Racecourse had to be abandoned at the weekend due to a national ban on the equine sport. The temporary ban on horse-racing was ordered by the British Horseracing Authority last week, following confirmed reports of three cases of Equine Influenza positives from vaccinated horses in an active racing yard. The ban, which was in place at all British racecourses, ran from Thursday, February 7 through to Tuesday, February 12, with the ban being lifted today – Wednesday, February 13. This meant that the scheduled race day at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Saturday, February 9 had to be cancelled.

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February 14, 2019

Kind-hearted Joe plans trip to Zambia

A MOORLANDS student is embarking on a volunteering trip to South Africa this year. Joe Bailey, aged 16 of Dilhorne, will be travelling to Zambia in the summer to help build eco-shelters and also teach maths to South African children. Joe is taking the trip as part of the organisation 'African Impact', which is based in South Africa. He will be travelling out on June 30 and returning on July 15.

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February 14, 2019

Police desks close to public

POLICE reception desks in Cheadle and Uttoxeter are to be officially closed to the public. The move – revealed yesterday (Tuesday) – has come under fire from community leaders in both towns. Staffordshire Police confirmed only three front office counters will remain open to the public - at Burton, Cannock and Longton. Cheadle and Uttoxeter Police Station front office counters will be officially closed, along with 13 others in Burslem, Leek, Hanley, Lichfield, Stafford, Newcastle, Tamworth, Biddulph, Wombourne, Watling, Stone, Rugeley, and Kidsgrove.

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February 14, 2019

Demand for crossing in Uttoxeter

ALMOST 200 people have signed a petition demanding a pedestrian crossing on a busy road in Uttoxeter. We reported in December that Chamberlain Close resident Jeff Bate had started a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing, and traffic calming measures, in Bridge Street because of his concerns about the safety of people crossing Bridge Street due to “the increased level of traffic and poor visibility along the road.” Mr Bate has now gained support from a further 179 residents in his bid to encourage Staffordshire County Council to listen to his concerns.

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February 7, 2019

Ballet dream comes true for Emily

A YOUNG dancer from Cheadle is to perform with the English Youth Ballet. Emily Laws, aged 10, is a student at Miss Kym's School of Dance in Uttoxeter and was chosen to join the professional company for three performances in March. Emily was one of 150 young dancers from across the Midlands to audition for a place in the production of Giselle which will be staged at the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent.

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February 7, 2019

Sporting gong for skate coach Clare

A SKATE coach from Uttoxeter has been named Sports Coach of the Year at a prestigious borough ceremony. Clare Hudson, from Uttoxeter, received the award at a glittering event hosted by East Staffordshire Borough Council on Friday night. The ESBC Sports Coach of the Year title is given to qualified coaches who have made an impact in their sport by increasing participation or improving individual or team levels and being committed to the highest standards of coaching.

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February 7, 2019

Dog show in memory of Kathleen

A FUN day is being held in memory of a Moorlands woman who sadly lost her battle with cancer. Kathleen Dyas, who lived in Blythe Bridge, passed away in August 2016 at the age of 66. Her daughter, Liberty-Skye Dyas, has since been fund-raising in her mum's memory and has already raised more than £6,000 for charity by hosting dog shows.

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February 7, 2019

Urgent call to save St Margaret’s Fayre

A 'perfect storm' of problems has put the future of a cherished village fayre in jeopardy. A dearth of volunteers, arid conditions last year and a clash of dates with Cheadle Carnival combined to put the 2019 St Margaret's Summer Fayre in doubt. Organisers are hosting a meeting next week in a bid to drum up support for the event this summer.

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February 7, 2019

Investment in high street on the cards?

GOVERNMENT funding aimed at boosting high streets could be channelled into Cheadle, after it was revealed almost 20 per cent of shops in the town are unused. Cabinet members at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) will discuss a report on the Town Centre Regeneration and Investment Programme at a meeting next week. The report recommends SMDC apply for cash from the government's £675million Future High Street Fund to invest in Cheadle.

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February 7, 2019

Funds raised to save pub

A CAMPAIGN to raise funds to save a village pub for the community has been reached. The Kingstone Community Society, which has the vision of establishing a Community Hub in the village, has reached its £100,000 target of selling shares to try and save The Shrewsbury Arms which closed last summer. The Kingstone pub, locally known as the Shrew, closed its doors in May last year, and following two open meetings which were held in the village hall in October, where the community voted overwhelmingly to support the purchase of the pub, to be owned and run as a community asset and community hub; the Kingtsone Community Society was formed.

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