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January 20, 2022

Sister Act show cancelled

An amateur theatre group has cancelled a planned show for a second time. Leek Musical Theatre has decided to cancel their presenting of the smash-hit musical ‘Sister Act’ for a second time – due to the pandemic.

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January 20, 2022

Oyez Oyez Oyez! Charity shave for our Leek Town Crier

WE HAVE a fabulous town crier – Bill Lomas - who is always working hard to shout about our lovely town of Leek. Here he continues his regular column for the Leek & Moorlands Echo, this time reflecting on one of his latest fundraising initiatives – the big Santa shave.

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January 20, 2022

“Put dogs on leads when near livestock”

An animal charity is appealing for dog owners to keep their four-legged friends on leads when out walking near any livestock. The RSPCA is appealing for dog owners to keep their pets on leads while walking near livestock after the death of four sheep from the same flock in recent months.

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January 20, 2022

Uniform bank has gone from strength to strength

A school uniform bank in the Moorlands has gone from strength to strength since it was started more than three years ago. The Leek Uniform Bank not only sees parents purchasing uniform for their youngsters for a suggested donation of just 50p per item (or free for those who can not pay), but the money raised also goes to charity.

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January 20, 2022

Council to review tourism services

Concern has been raised as a town’s tourist information centre, along with neighbouring museum and gallery, currently remain closed. Both the Leek Tourist Information Centre (TIC), and the Nicholson Museum and Gallery, which are housed within the Nicholson Institute in Stockwell Street, have remained closed for a time, due to the pandemic.

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January 20, 2022

Honorary plaque for former firefighter

An ex-firefighter has been given an honorary plaque and badge from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service upon turning 90 last week. Jack Allen was presented with a special certificate, card and veteran’s badge on his birthday last Tuesday (January 11) by Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber at Jack’s home in Cheadle.

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January 20, 2022

Could you be a dog foster carer?

An animal welfare society in the Moorlands is appealing for people to become dog foster carers. The call is being made by the long-standing charity of Cheadle Animal Welfare Society.

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January 20, 2022

“He was one in a million”

The son of a popular Moorlands community figure has paid tribute to his father after he sadly passed away last month. Roy Colclough passed away on December 21, aged 80, after a lifetime of dedication to the area.

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January 20, 2022

Calling time on pub after difficult few years

The owner of a much-loved pub in the Moorlands is putting the business up for sale after two years of sector uncertainty and hardship. Matt Pitt has run the Red Lion in Boundary, near Cheadle, for 15 years and has built up a pristine reputation for the pub for its homemade, hand-made food and welcomely custom.

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January 20, 2022

Tribute to a much-loved community stalwart

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Moorlands community stalwart who sadly passed away aged 88 last month. Brenda Stubbs tragically died after a fire in her home in Alton on Friday, December 10. Here her long-term friend Chris Mellor pays tribute to Brenda:

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January 20, 2022

Council agree tax increase

Cheadle Town Council has finalised its precept rate for the 2022/23 financial year ahead of it being submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) where council tax will be determined. Pre-Christmas, the town council initially aimed to raise the precept by 4.5 per cent in line with what inflation was forecasted to be ahead of April.

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January 20, 2022

Success for networking group at arts centre

A fortnightly business networking group in the Moorlands has proved a great success following its launch in the summer of 2021. Fox Networking, which meets on alternate Fridays at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek, is run by Mark Brammar who owns his own PR and marketing consultancy.

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