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Times Echo and Life / Community News

November 21, 2019

Call for improved safety measures at crossroads

CONCERNS regarding an accident blackspot in East Staffordshire were recently raised at a town council meeting. Kingstone Women's Institute (WI) secretary Valerie Laflin expressed her concerns about the safety of Loxley Lane and Holly Lane crossroads amid the amount of vehicle collisions that have occurred there over a number of years at a Uttoxeter Town Council meeting last Wednesday (November 13). She asked the council for its support in Kingstone WI's ploy to implement changes to the road layout and visibility to greatly reduce the risk of further road traffic collisions.

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November 21, 2019

Five decades of salon in village

A SALON owner is celebrating five decades of offering hairdressing services to residents in a Moorlands village. The Hair Studio in Forsbrook opened it's doors in Chapel Street on November 11, 1969. Glyn and Dot Mills initially ran the salon with a partner, Jim Johnson who went on to teach at Cauldon College.

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November 15, 2019

Additional CCTV camera for town hall

EXTRA vigilance measures are set to be installed on a town hall to provide additional security of the premises. Uttoxeter Town Council are looking into installing another CCTV camera to the Uttoxeter Town Hall building and updating the system to both increase the security of the High Street building and to monitor anti-social behaviour. At a recent town council meeting, councillors were informed that it had received a quotation for updating the council's existing CCTV cameras and system to an “8-Channel POE NVR hard drive and the incorporation of one additional camera” from PC Paynes Electrical Services of £1,285.

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November 15, 2019

Respectable award for primary school

A PRIMARY school in the Moorlands is set to be awarded with a prestigious award. Cheadle Primary School will soon be presented with the Silver 'Rights Respecting School Award' by Unicef UK. Unicef is the world's leading organisation working for children and their rights, and the organisation's Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools which show commitment to promoting and realising children's rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school.

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November 7, 2019

Village defibrillator now accessible 24/7

A PARISH council in the Moorlands has transformed a former phone box kiosk into a defibrillator station, meaning community members now have 24-seven access to the life saving equipment. Kingsley Parish Council recently revealed the re-location of the defibrillator from the Railway Inn in Froghall to the former BT kiosk, which is adjacent to the A52 at Froghall Bridge. A defibrillator is a piece of life-saving apparatus that sends electric currents into a person's chest in an attempt to restart or amend the rhythm of the heart in the event of a medical emergency such as a cardiac arrest.

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November 7, 2019

DRUG RAIDS AT TWO VILLAGE PROPERTIES

A LARGE quantity of illegal drugs have been seized at two different properties in the Moorlands by Staffordshire Police. Officers executed a warrant on two addresses in Blythe Bridge on Friday, November 1 where they found a considerable amount of Class B and Class A drugs. Both addresses were located in Roseacre Lane.

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November 1, 2019

Large poppies on pub to remember the fallen

THE MANAGER of a village pub has pulled out all the stops to remember the fallen this autumn. Danni Molloy, who has run the Blacksmiths Arms in Kingsley for the past 18 months, has painted bright red poppies all over the Shawe Park Road establishment as a way to raise awareness about the forthcoming remembrance commemorations and also to raise money for this year's Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal as well as Help for Heroes. Danni told the Times & Echo: “I decided to do this as The Blacksmiths Arms is a very community orientated pub.

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November 1, 2019

Small screen filming for Moorlands sculptor

A SCULPTOR from the Moorlands is set to appear on the small screen. Over recent weeks a production team from the BBC has been filming at Arb Tree Services in Cheadle. The recording was in connection with local artist and chainsaw sculptor Anthony Hammond who is due to star in the BBC's new series of Home Is Where The Art Is.

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October 24, 2019

Red light for community asset bid on former police station

A PARISH council's bid to register a former police station as a community asset has been turned down by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. Forsbrook Parish Council applied to register the former police station, secure houses and car park located on Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge into an 'asset of community interest.' The scheme allows communities “to suggest buildings and land (assets) they consider to be of value to the community, to be included on a list maintained by the local council.”

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October 24, 2019

FAMILY PAY RESPECTS TO “LOVEABLE ROGUE” BILL

THE FAMILY of a Moorlands man who recently passed away have paid tribute to him and his legacy. Bill Burton from Alton, also affectionately known as 'The Baron', passed away on September 19, aged 91 and was laid to rest at St Leonard's Church in Bradley, next to a number of his late family members on Wednesday, October 16. Born on July 28, 1928 at New Farm in Bradley, Bill attended a private school in Denstone before earning a scholarship to study at Thomas Alleyne's High School in Uttoxeter.

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October 18, 2019

HEADTEACHER’S 50 MILE SWIM CHALLENGE

A HEADTEACHER who lost close family members to pancreatic cancer is to swim 50 miles to raise funds for those combatting the disease. Rebecca Walker will swim 4,034 lengths of Bannatyne Health Club and Spa’s swimming pool during November as part of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in a bid to raise £2,000 for the cause.

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October 18, 2019

MUCH-LOVED ‘POSTIE’ HANGS UP BOOTS

A POPULAR postie who has been delivering mail for more than two decades is set to retire. Karen Harris from Uttoxeter became a postwoman in the mid-90s. After more than 20 years in the role she will hang her boots up for good on Friday (October 18). Karen recalled some of the highs and lows of her career as a postie ahead of her final delivery on Friday.

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