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August 15, 2019

Pavements are obstructed with overgrown hedges

AN APPEAL has been made for an authority to tend to overgrown pathways in a town. The call comes from a resident of Uttoxeter, who wishes to remain anonymous, who contacted the Times & Echo with his concerns over overgrown hedges in Pinfold Street. He said: “I usually walk to St Mary's Church from 'Birdland' down the popular route of Balance Hill across the railway crossing and up Pinfold Street.

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August 15, 2019

Three house development up for approval

PROPOSALS to build a development of houses in the Moorlands is set to be decided upon tomorrow after it has been recommended by council officers for approval despite initial objections from nearby residents. Land adjacent to Rakeway Road in Cheadle is subject of a revised planning application that asks permission for three semi-detached houses to be built with off-street parking. This is an amended plan from developers Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy, who amended their plans “following concerns regarding the scale and suburban character and appearance of the scheme.”

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August 8, 2019

Cash boost for cadets thanks to RBL

A YOUTH organisation has had a cash boost thanks to a community fund-raising group. Uttoxeter Army Cadets have recently been presented with £500 by the Royal British Legion. The funds are set to help pay for new equipment at the unit. The Army Cadet Force has been part of the East Staffordshire town for more than 70 years. The national organisation has been around since 1859, and has the motto of 'Inspire to Achieve.'

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August 8, 2019

Parish calls for county action on “disgraceful” footpath

A PARISH council in the Moorlands has called on a local authority to act as overgrown hedges on a footpath on a busy road is making the walkway unpassable. Checkley Parish Council is urging it's residents to contact Staffordshire County Council about the “disgraceful state of the footpath from Tean all the way down to Fole.” A spokesperson for Checkley Parish Council said: “The verges are taking over the paths and the hedges are causing people to walk on a busy road.

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August 1, 2019

Hair raising challenge for charity

A CHARITY shop employee is shaving his head next month in aid of a cause that helps children who suffer with mental health illness.  Aaron Pointer from Uttoxeter’s Barnardo’s branch is letting his locks go as part of the charity’s fund-raising season in aid of SOLAR, the specialist service for kids with mental health difficulties.   Fellow staff members and volunteers at the charity shop are carrying out other activities to bring in further funds for the charity.

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August 1, 2019

Reduction in affordable housing approved

THE reduction of affordable housing on a proposed building development in the Moorlands has been approved by community leaders. Building plans, which had previously been approved by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), for land south of Thorley Drive in Cheadle came under fire from objectors when developers Keepmoat Homes proposed to amend a Section 106 policy that had previously been agreed. A 'Section 106 agreement' is “a mechanism which makes a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable.

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July 25, 2019

Uttoxeter resident reaches 100 milestone

A RESIDENT from East Staffordshire celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday as five generations of family came together to mark the occasion. Emily Rawlinson, who lives at Hermitage Residential Home in Uttoxeter, had a relaxing day with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and also had a special visit from the Uttoxeter Town Mayor Sue McGarry, in the afternoon. Born in Stone, Emily spent most of her life in Birmingham where she worked her way up to becoming the manager of an adult training centre for mentally and physically handicapped people before retiring aged 65.

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July 25, 2019

Student choir continues to raise funds for charity

A SCHOOL choir is continuing to raise funds for a hospice. The Cheadle Academy Sixth Form Choir began singing together in supermarkets during the festive period of 2017, following the sad death of their teacher Craig Beverley who passed away in October 2016. Since then they have raised thousands for the Dougie Mac charity which supported Craig and his family before he passed away after losing his battle with cancer.

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July 18, 2019

Park fundraising for life-saving equipment

A TOURIST destination in the Moorlands is holding an event to raise funds for life-saving equipment that will be stored on-site in case of medical emergencies. Hales Hall Camping and Caravan Park on Oakamoor Road in Cheadle will put on a host of activities and entertainment during an afternoon of fundraising on Saturday, September 14 in a bid to raise money to buy a defibrillator. This piece of apparatus sends electric currents into a person's chest in an attempt to restart or amend the rhythm of the heart in the event of medical emergencies such as a cardiac arrest.

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July 18, 2019

New chapter at town’s library

A LIBRARY in the Staffordshire Moorlands has begun a new era after volunteers took over stewardship of the venue this week. Staffordshire County Council announced last year that it would transfer the library over to a voluntary group, a scheme which has been happening at a number of libraries across the county, including the one in Werrington. A group of library-lovers clubbed together in November 2018 and formed Cheadle Community Library Group to launch a bid to take over the reins of Cheadle Library, amid fears the venue could close.

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July 11, 2019

Farming singers take second spot in national competition

AN AGRICULTURAL group made up of youngsters from East Staffordshire have finished runners-up in a national singing competition last week. Uttoxeter Young Farmers' Club paired up with members from Eccleshall's cohort to earn second place in the “Choir Competition” at the National Federation of Young Farmers (NFYFC) Competition Day was held at the Stafford County Showground on Saturday, July 6. The group consisted of 15 singers, some of whom had never sang publicly before the regional West Midlands competition in the previous round.

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July 11, 2019

Hairdresser takes on walk in memory of football legend

A CHEADLE businessman has completed an energetic challenge – all in aid of charity. Duncan Cowans, who runs a hairdressers in Cheadle Shopping Centre, was joined by seven other intrepid walkers, in completing a 35 mile walk from the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton to the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke. The challenge took place recently in order to raise funds for the Dougie Mac in memory of the late Gordon Banks.

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