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February 28, 2019

Oompa-lump of cash raised for charity

AN auction of quirky Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ride theming, staged by Alton Towers, has attracted thousands of bids and raised over £10,700 for charity. The Oompa-lump sum of cash was raised by Alton Towers Resort as it auctioned off items from its former Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ride to make way for its latest attraction, the Alton Towers Dungeon, which opens next month. Both theme park and Roald Dahl fans jumped at the chance to get their hands on some golden memorabilia, raising £10,781, which will now be split between two UK charities.

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February 28, 2019

Draycott Fayre back on track

WILLING volunteers have stepped forward to help save a cherished village fayre. St Margaret's Summer Fayre, Draycott was under threat after a 'perfect storm' of problems last year put this year's event in jeopardy. An appeal for volunteers resulted in a handful of new helpers, although organisers are hoping more people will step up.

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February 21, 2019

Panto is in town – Oh Yes It Is!

A TOWN'S theatre group will be presenting their latest production this week. Cheadle Amateur Theatrical Society (CATS) will be performing their family pantomime, Dick Whittington, at the Cheadle Community Theatre, this week. Written by Ian Wood and directed by Rebekah Snow, CATS are hoping for an “entertaining and hilarious four-night run.”

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February 21, 2019

Egg-ceptionally large lay for Moorlands chicken

A MOORLANDS chicken has laid three very large eggs – and her owner was in for another surprise when she cracked the eggs open. Nicola Randles owns a small holding in Kingsley and has eight chickens. She, and the students she has living on the small holding with her, were rather surprised to discover one of the hens, named Onyx, had laid a large egg – which was around five times the size of an average egg.

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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 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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January 31, 2019

JCB worker delivers daughter in lift

A JCB employee had to step into the role of midwife when his partner gave birth to their first baby – in a hospital lift. Sam Gavin, 32, rushed his partner Jenna Foster, 33, to Royal Stoke Hospital in the early hours of Tuesday, January 8, as she was in the advanced stages of labour. But as the couple took an elevator to the maternity ward, their first baby, a little girl, made her appearance a little early.

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January 31, 2019

Cheadle and Uttoxeter schools in top five across county

SCHOOLS in Cheadle and Uttoxeter are among the top five in the county according to latest figures. Painsley Catholic College, Cheadle and Thomas Alleynes High School in Uttoxeter were placed third and fourth respectively in the Staffordshire league tables for secondary schools. Moorside High School at Cellarhead was ranked sixth, with The Cheadle Academy in 14th place.

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January 24, 2019

Millie’s ready to face the chop

A SCHOOLGIRL is planning to cut off her hair to help children battling illness and fund a charity dedicated to families bereaved by violence. Millie Dangerfield, nine, will have her long blonde hair chopped off in front of her classmates during a special assembly at Picknalls First School. The brave youngster will donate her tresses to the Little Princess Trust and donate sponsor money to The Moira Fund.

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January 24, 2019

Warning to parents after tot knocked over on pavement

A FOUR-year-old had to be taken to hospital after a car mounted the pavement outside a school and knocked him over. Henry Kent was walking with his grandad and older siblings when the incident happened in Royal Walk, Cheadle, on Monday. The youngster was taken to A&E where medics confirmed he was uninjured, although he was in a state of shock after the collision.

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