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May 29, 2020

Seamstress turns her business to face-coverings

A seamstress from Blythe Bridge is producing face coverings for sale after putting her skills to use making scrubs for NHS staff. Jill Birks runs Ready Steady Stitch from her home in Blythe Bridge, but was forced to call a halt to her usual work when the UK went into lockdown. As NHS workers battled with the coronavirus pandemic, Jill volunteered as a hub for ‘Scrubs for Stoke’ making scrubs for medics on the front line at Royal Stoke Hospital.

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May 29, 2020

“When it is safe to reopen, we are absolutely ready”

A popular tourist spot in the Moorlands has stated that their team will be “ready to welcome guests back” once Government guidelines, during the current coronavirus situation, allows them to. The message was announced on the Alton Towers Resort website last week and also gave details of how bookings, which have already been made, can be changed.

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May 21, 2020

“Parking permits would encourage people to shop local”

A proposal to introduce parking permits for residents is to be put before Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC). The permits would offer a period of free parking for one car per household and would be tailored to the needs of the three towns across the Moorlands. Parking charges across the district could be increased and charged for a longer period during the day.

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May 21, 2020

Third year as town mayor for Ian

A town mayor in the Moorlands is continuing in his civic role for a third year running. Councillor Ian Plant will remain as Cheadle Town Mayor for what will be his third year in the civic position.

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May 20, 2020

Another farm hit by thieves

A THIRD theft of lambs in East Staffordshire has seen 13 lambs taken from a field at Denstone. The crime follows thefts of livestock at Yoxall and Needwood in the last few weeks. Police are investigating the thefts and are carrying out high visibility patrols in rural areas.

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May 20, 2020

Cafe team pull out all the stops for customers

A CAFÉ owner has taken elderly and vulnerable customers under her wing during the coronavirus pandemic. Old Saddler’s Yard Café is delivering hot meals to customers across the Uttoxeter area as well as providing free meals for those most in need.

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May 14, 2020

Safety measures announced as JCB production resumes

A major manufacturing company announced this week a partial re-starting of production at five of its UK factories as a comprehensive package of safety measures is rolled out to protect employees in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. British production lines at JCB fell silent on March 18 and the vast majority of the company’s 6,500 UK employees have been furloughed since April.

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May 14, 2020

Tribute to a dedicated and much-loved midwife

A well-known and much-loved Moorlands midwife has sadly passed away. Jackie Jenkinson, who helped look after many mums and their youngsters over the years, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 5. Here her family pay tribute to the amazing work she did in her lifetime:

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May 13, 2020

Care home’s thanks for support in lock down

‘OVERWHELMING’ support has been shown to a care home in Rocester during the coronavirus outbreak, bosses have said. Managers at Barrowhill Hall, a specialist dementia care and nursing home, thanked supporters after receiving donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks and visors, together with hand-made laundry bags, hand creams and sanitisers, and treats for residents and staff.

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May 6, 2020

Call for car parking charges to be suspended

Fears have been raised over parking charges due to people who are using pay stations on car parks could inadvertently be spreading coronavirus.

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May 6, 2020

Forget ‘Jack and His Beanstalk’ – meet ‘Alfie and Everyone’s Sunflowers’

Seven-year-old Alfie Pearson started planting sunflower seeds as part of a family lockdown activity with his mum Jessica and dad Mark. However, Alfie, who normally attends Cheadle Primary School, then wanted to share his gardening joy with others and has been leaving potted sunflower seeds out for his neighbours and other members of the community to collect and subsequently grow their own sunflowers.

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May 5, 2020

Telephone ‘toolbox’ for mental health

A ‘TOOLBOX’ of support for people struggling with their wellbeing has been adapted to provide online support during the Covid-19 crisis. South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health had been providing twice-monthly session offering face-to-face conversations until the UK went into lockdown in March.

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