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June 20, 2019

Magic Max lightens life for Liz

A SPECIAL bond has formed between a retired teacher and an abandoned dog thanks to volunteers at a Cheadle animal charity. Liz Bailey, 74, from Denstone, was devastated after the loss of her canine companion, Jessie, last month. But after reading about the work of Cheadle and District Animal Welfare Society (CAWS) in the Times and Echo, Liz got in touch with the charity and found solace in Max – a 14 year old collie cross.

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June 20, 2019

Funds raised for air ambulance at memorial garden party

A GARDEN party held in memory of two women has helped raise £600 for charity. The memorial garden party was held in Blythe Bridge on Saturday, June 15 in memory of Anne Ellis and Eirlys Jones who both died in 2016, leaving behind their life partners, father and son Robert and Jason Ellis. Bob Ellis, from Blythe Bridge, was devastated when his wife, Anne, died in June 2016 aged 72.

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June 13, 2019

Litter-busting trio start anti-rubbish campaign

THREE primary school pupils have started a litter-busting campaign. The trio of Year Six pupils from Great Wood Primary School in Tean have been spending hours over the past few months clearing litter from their communities. They are 11-year-olds Corey Erdley and Grace Ansell, and ten-year-old Jacob Corns.

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June 13, 2019

River rubbish cleared thanks to residents

RESIDENTS have taken it upon themselves to clear rubbish from a river. We reported in April about rubbish which had been dumped in the River Blithe, near to the A50 road bridge in Blythe Bridge. Concerns were raised to Forsbrook Parish Council about the issue and we contacted the Environment Agency who told us that, even though they were “appalled” by the rubbish which had been dumped in the river, they could not take any action to remove the rubbish themselves.

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June 6, 2019

Fiver Fest launch this weekend

A WEEK-long feast of special deals for a fiver kicks off in Cheadle town centre this weekend. On Saturday, members of the town's Totally Locally scheme will be aiming to boost the town's economy by offering a selection of wares for just £5. The Fiver Fest is part of the first nationwide scheme aimed at showcasing how spending just £5 a week in independent stores can drive up local economies.

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June 6, 2019

Tribute to much-loved character Arthur

A VILLAGE church was packed for the funeral of a popular businessman who sadly passed away recently. The funeral of Arthur Poyser, of Blythe Bridge, took place at St Peter's Church in Forsbrook on Monday, April 15. He had passed away suddenly but peacefully on March 19, aged 86. Arthur was the devoted husband of Millie, much loved dad of Ann and Mark, respected and loved father-in-law of Steve and Tracey and a special grandad, brother-in-law and uncle, who will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

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May 30, 2019

Motown and more at fund-raiser

A FUND-RAISING couple have handed over almost £5,000 to charity recently. Alan and Donna Smith have hosted an annual charity fundraiser for the past seven years, raising funds for a variety of charities such as the Air Ambulance, the Donna Louise, Teenage Cancer Trust, and CRY, to name but a few. This year the couple, who hosted their 2019 'Motown and More' event at Checkley Community Centre on April 15, have donated to both Bliss, a national neonatal organisation, and also Pancreatic Cancer UK.

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May 30, 2019

Broadcasting focus for book signing

A TELEVISION broadcaster will be visiting a Moorlands library for a book signing event this month. Blythe Bridge Library will be the venue for a Book Signing and talk with author Steve Jenner. Steve is a BBC television broadcaster, a commercial radio presenter in Derby and a rock music journalist for the website 'MusicRiot'

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May 24, 2019

War Wheels spectacular at Foxfield

A REPLICA RAF Spitfire was the star of the show at the annual War Wheels Weekend at Foxfield Railway. As well as a host of classic war vehicles and re-enactors, the event included steam train rides, vintage stall and wartime musical performances. The visiting Spitfire was the big attraction at this year's event, with visitors given the chance to win a turn sitting in the plane and starting its mighty Merlin engines.

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May 24, 2019

Police investigate complaint of assault

POLICE are investigating a complaint of assault following an incident in a Moorlands village. The incident took place on Sunday, May 19, at around 5.15pm in the village of Blythe Bridge. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Officers are investigating a complaint of assault following a call at around 5.15pm on Sunday, May 19.

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May 16, 2019

Bench plan to honour Joyce

DONATIONS in memory of a much-loved village character are to fund a commemorative bench in her honour. Tean Community Singers raised £635 at their Our Time concert, billed as 'An Evening for Joyce' in tribute to the late Joyce Plant, who was a stalwart member of the group. Joyce's husband, John Plant (pictured with Tean Community Singers treasurer Viv Laws), praised the organisers of the sell-out concert and all those who took part.

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May 16, 2019

Bench to be relocated due to anti social behaviour

A BENCH on a recreation ground is set to be relocated due to reports of anti social behaviour in the area. Forsbrook Parish Council are set to move the bench, which is currently situated behind the houses on the Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground, after requests for its relocation have been made by residents. The call was made on the social media website Facebook to the Forsbrook Parish Council clerk, due to concerns of “lots of teenagers hanging around back of gardens” and that “there have been issues with bricks thrown over, fences damaged, pallets thrown over gardens etc”.

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