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November 22, 2018

Casino night to kick-start hospital appeal

A CASINO night is to be the first in a series of fund-raisers for the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Simon Walker, 26, from Tean, is planning a number of charity events to boost funding for treatment of Aperts Syndrome at the hospital. The drive will culminate in him running the London Marathon next year – and it's all for his 10-year-old cousin, Billy Mitchell, who suffers with the condition.

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November 22, 2018

Fears over plan to axe crossing patrol funds

STAFFORDSHIRE County Council is inviting residents to have their say on proposals to axe funding for crossing wardens. The authority is proposing to no longer fund patrols from September 2019 as it states that it needs to close a £35million budget shortfall next year.

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November 22, 2018

Mileposts to return on canal route

A FORMER canal route is set to be mile-posted to assist walkers using the route. The current project by the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canals Trust (CUCT) is to establish a line of the Uttoxeter Canal and create a walking route aided by the reinstallation of mileposts. The trust has been successful in gaining a number of donations for the project – including £250 from Uttoxeter Town Council.

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November 15, 2018

Library bid to go ahead

A GROUP of volunteers are set to submit a bid to take over the management of Cheadle Library. The new Cheadle Community Library group, consisting of volunteers, will put together an application to run the facility with support from Staffordshire County Council. Cheadle is one of four libraries in Staffordshire to join 20 others under the community management scheme, which aims to reduce costs to tax-payers while retaining library services.

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November 15, 2018

Abbey service has special meaning for Alan

AS MUCH of the nation sat in front of television screens to watch the live broadcast of a Service of Remembrance from Westminster Abbey on Sunday, Cheadle man Alan Wigley, experienced the historic event first-hand. Alan, 74, was invited to attend the special service to mark the centenary of the World War I Armistice which was attended by HM The Queen and the Royal family along with invited guests and screened on BBC1.

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November 15, 2018

New plan for ‘area of reflection’

A PUBLIC consultation is underway regarding plans to retain a memorial sculpture as well as create a new 'area of reflection' in a town centre. Uttoxeter Town Council, in collaboration with the town's Royal British Legion, is asking for residents to put forward their views surrounding plans to turn the area around the town's Market Place War Memorial into “an area where people can sit and reflect and have as a lasting tribute.”

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November 15, 2018

Residents’ road fears to be tackled

PLANS are in the pipeline to combat on-going road fears at two notorious stretches of road near Cheadle. Motorists are being warned to drive appropriately to conditions near Freehay crossroads and along the A522 at Kingsley Moor. Villagers in Freehay and Kingsley Moor have called for action to be taken urgently after near-misses and incidents at both locations.

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November 15, 2018

‘Flames of anxiety’ sparked spiral into scandal

A 'CHAOTIC' collapse took Uttoxeter MP, Andrew Griffiths from his 'dream job' as a government minister to the verge of suicide. The MP, who spent a month in a psychiatric hospital after a sex-text scandal hit headlines across the country, said abuse in his childhood and fear of being an older parent had led to a decades-long mental health battle. In an explanation to constituents, Andrew outlined how treatment for mental health problems allowed him to confront the pain of his past and hoped constituents would allow him to “rebuild my life and return to the job I love.”

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November 15, 2018

Town deal in ‘ruins’

A REGENERATION plan for Cheadle which was set to include elderly care facilities, a strategy for Cheadle Hospital and improvements to the town centre appears to have dwindled to nothing. Cheadle Town Council entered into partnership with Staffordshire County Council (SCC) and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) four years ago in a bid to provide a comprehensive plan for the town. The 'Cheadle Town Deal' was set to link in with the Cheadle Masterplan and bring together input from all three councils serving the area.

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November 8, 2018

Vital support for Robert

VILLAGERS have raised thousands of pounds to give a Uttoxeter man the chance of a more independent life. Robert Brindley, 40, of Windsor Road, Uttoxeter, hosted a celebratory open day last week, after a new bedroom and wet room were completed at his home. After more than four years sleeping in his kitchen, Robert, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 26, can now manoeuvre his wheelchair between his living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.

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October 25, 2018

Pavement a problem for pedestrians

PEDESTRIANS have raised concerns about a well-used link between Cheadle and Tean. The surface of a section of pavement along Tean Road has crumbled and overgrown hedges are forcing walkers into the road. Residents in the area are appealing for highways bosses to fix the issue to reduce hazards to schoolchildren and pensioners.

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October 18, 2018

Royal wedding cues up Laura’s TV moment

A PRINCESS bride who paid tribute to scoliosis sufferers around the world by showcasing her own surgery scars on her wedding day, has catapulted a woman from Alton into the spotlight. Laura Campbell, 33, had similar surgery to Princess Eugenie as a teenager – and after more than a decade supporting fellow scoliosis patients, has told her story live on television. Awareness of the condition rocketed after Princess Eugenie appeared in a specially designed bridal gown with a low back, which framed scars left by corrective surgery when she was just 12.

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