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April 18, 2019

Fun and football in memory of Dean

A FAMILY fun day and football match are to be held in memory of husband and father, Dean Avery. The charity event is in aid of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, where Dean sadly died after suffering from cancer. His family and friends have joined forces with Uttoxeter Town FC to hold the fund-raising event on Easter Monday.

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April 18, 2019

“The Post Office has dropped a clanger here”

COMMUNITY leaders have slated the relocation of a village post office. Thursday, March 21 saw the Blythe Bridge Post Office reopen within the Forsbrook Spar in Cheadle Road after being relocated from it's previous venue in Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge. The move means that post office customers in the area can benefit from increased opening times, however members of Forsbrook Parish Council have slated the move, stating their concerns over queues for post office customers along with increased parked cars in the area of the Spar shop.

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April 11, 2019

Village pub purchased by community

A VILLAGE pub has been saved by a community group. The Shrewsbury Arms in Kingstone closed its doors in May last year and following public meetings held in the village hall in October the Kingstone Community Society was formed with the vision of establishing a community hub within the property. Since then, the society has been working hard to raise the funds needed to purchase the property which went under an auctioneer's hammer last Wednesday – April 3.

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April 11, 2019

Jail for thieves who targeted ATMs

FIVE men have been jailed following a nationwide spree of thefts from cash machines – including one in Cheadle. The men were involved in an organised crime group which netted £1,000,000 and caused damage costing more than £200,000 after attacking ATMs across the country between June 2017 and September 2018. They used specialist cutting equipment, stolen from fire stations, to force entry into stores and attack the cash machines.

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April 4, 2019

Thanks to young men who helped tackle blaze

AN ELDERLY couple from Cheadle have thanked two youths who helped put out a fire at their home. The pair had reported smelling gas at their home three times before a blaze outside their bungalow last week. Two young men passing by spotted the flames and dialled 999 before leaping into action to extinguish the fire.

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April 4, 2019

Mud pie fun at nursery

YOUNGSTERS at a village nursery have been getting outdoors and enjoying making 'mud pies' this Spring. Mud, grass, fairy soup, leaves, flowers and water are just some of the ingredients which the children at Blythe Bridge Day Nursery have been using to have fun in making 'mud pies'. Nursery manager Jemma Hubbard said: “We try to get outdoors as much as possible at Blythe Bridge Day Nursery as we feel this is important for the children.

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March 28, 2019

Police release CCTV footage following distraction burglary

POLICE have released images of two people they would like to speak to in connection with a distraction burglary in Uttoxeter last month. The incident took place at the BP Petrol Station in Derby Road, Uttoxeter at around 8.45am on Wednesday, February 13. The images, which have been released by the force, show a male and a female who were on the petrol station premises at the time.

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March 28, 2019

Village church targeted by vandals

MEMBERS of a Moorlands village community are appealing for help in finding the vandals who have spray painted graffiti on their parish church. The incident happened at St Peter's Church in Blythe Bridge overnight on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22. The vandals spray painted the graffiti onto the gable end of St Peter's Church which is situated in Cheadle Road.

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March 21, 2019

Moorlands man on television in critical condition

GARY Ross thought he had simply pulled a muscle after suffering from chest pain for three days but once seen by the life-saving staff at Royal Stoke University Hospital he was told he needed urgent surgery or faced the risk of dying. The father-of-one, who lives in Tean, was transferred to the hospital's Coronary Care Unit where life-saving scans and tests revealed his aorta, the main artery in the body, had torn. He then had urgent surgery to prevent a catastrophic rupture and any further bleeding.

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March 21, 2019

Red light for village housing development

A PROPOSED housing development for a Moorlands village has been given the red light by community leaders. The Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's Planning Committee has refused an “outline application with means of access for residential development of up to 14 dwellings” for land at Caverswall Old Road in Forsbrook. The plans, which had been recommended for refusal by an SMDC planning officer, had come under fire from councillors from both Forsbrook Parish Council and Caverswall Parish Council. The district council also received a further 33 letters of objection for the proposals, as well as 11 letters of support.

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March 14, 2019

‘Grand slam’ of awards for Denstone Hall

A DENSTONE business has become the first to win both the Large Farm Shop and Restaurant of the Year titles at an industry awards ceremony. Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe owners, Rupert and Emma Evans were presented with the prizes at the Farm Retail Association (FRA) Awards in Oxford last week. The couple also revealed new plans for the business in 2019 – including new dog-friendly facilities.

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March 14, 2019

Woman dies after falling from bridge

A 34-YEAR-OLD woman has died after falling from a bridge over a busy road. The fatal incident happened early evening on Monday, March 11 on the A50 near to Meir. Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident which involved the woman being hit by a car after she had fallen from the bridge.

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