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April 2, 2020

Family get creative online

A MOTHER and her children have created an online video giving youngsters and parents ideas as to how to keep kids entertained while still being educated during the homeschooling period. Many students started learning from home recently following the Governments decision to close all schools amid the coronavirus outbreak. Only the children of parents who are classed as 'key workers' are permitted to attend their respective education centres.

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April 2, 2020

Appeal as small team continue to care for rescue dogs

A RESCUE centre for dogs in the Moorlands is appealing for support amid the current coronavirus situation. Due to the current Government lockdown restrictions, just three staff are working hard around the clock at the Luosko German Shepherd Dog Rescue in Cheadle to look after 40 dogs as no rehoming can take place, nor can any volunteers be allowed to help out at the centre. Rescue Coordinator and Senior K9 Technician at Luosko, Stuart Harvey, told the Times & Echo: “Unfortunately we have had to cancel all ‘in person’ events for the foreseeable future, which in turn means no income, no volunteers, no adoptions and no intake, unless extremely urgent ie police or RSPCA involvement.

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April 1, 2020

‘Stay safe’ urges Town Mayor

TOWN Mayor, Cllr Sue McGarry has praised community spirit in Uttoxeter and urged townsfolk to stay safe in the face of the coronavirus Covis-19 pandemic.

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March 26, 2020

Getting creative to enhance community spirit

YOUNGSTERS are playing their part in the effort to keep community spirit alive in the town of Cheadle through this surreal time we are all currently witnessing.

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March 26, 2020

Creative extravaganza for town is cancelled

A LARGE scale creative event has been cancelled amid the current coronavirus situation. This year’s Cheadle Arts Festival had set to take place during the month of June, and plans were in place for an enhanced programme to previous years including: an Open Arts Exhibition, a High Street Gallery, and Arts & Crafts Market, a host of participation and learning events, and a full ‘fringe programme of events, to name but a few. However, the volunteer organising team has now taken the difficult decision to cancel the creative extravaganza due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

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March 26, 2020

Council closes all public toilets amid coronavirus fears

A COUNCIL has decided to close all its public toilets in an attempt to quell the spread of coronavirus. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) said it was taking heed of Government advice by implementing the closures. A spokesperson for SMDC said: “In line with the Government’s advice for people to stay at home due to the coronavirus situation, public toilets across the Staffordshire Moorlands district were closed until further notice on Saturday, March 21.”

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March 19, 2020

“Help keep our village clean”

A VILLAGER, who is part of a group that helps keep her area clean, is encouraging residents to join in with the tidy-up as the community aims to achieve a Best Kept Village award. Alison Pooler, of Kingsley, is part of a group of residents that meet on one Sunday a month to go around the village and spruce it up. Stemming from an initial idea a few years ago, the initiative now attracts around seven members per meet-up and now, starting in mid-April, the group will be coming together on Wednesday evenings too in order to both keep the place in good nick and also strive for a Best Kept Village award.

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March 12, 2020

“I’ve lost everything” – retired nurse says she is “devastated” after freak house fire

AN ELDERLY lady says she is “devastated” after a fire ripped through her home last month, leaving her having to find a temporary home. 83-year-old Margaret Keane, of Cheadle, was out shopping with her son on the afternoon of February 16 when her bungalow on Robina Drive caught fire, reportedly from lightning amidst Storm Dennis. The retired nurse of 37 years said she had just spent £1,800 of her savings on decorating the Your Housing property following what was supposed to be her “final move” in March 2019.

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March 12, 2020

New post office opens for villagers

A NEW post office is being opened today for residents of a village in the Moorlands. The facility will be available to use at Lloyds Newsagents on Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge from this morning (Wednesday, March 11) and will be open daily, for a total of nearly 80 hours a week. As well as the posting of parcels and letters, the branch will offer the option for customers of main UK banks to access their accounts as well as processing bill payments, cash withdrawals and home shopping collections and returns.

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March 5, 2020

New nature network consultation launched

A CONSULTATION on plans to make Uttoxeter a greener, ‘wildlife friendly’ place has been launched by the town’s council. The consultation, which is open to residents and organisations in Uttoxeter, follows the creation of the new Uttoxeter Nature Recovery Network (UNRN). The network aims to work with developers and landowners to balance the loss of habitat and the impact of climate change.

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March 5, 2020

VISION FOR NEW CENTRE

A NEW craft centre could be on the cards for Uttoxeter, if a group of volunteers from the town can bring their vision to life. The centre would offer a retail area for craft supplies as well as workshop space for all kinds of activities from needlework through to papercraft and art. The steering group behind the project - Festina Lente - is hoping to evaluate the level of support for the venture in the town and in the surrounding area.

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February 27, 2020

Level crossing closures for improvement works

TWO level crossings in the Moorlands and East Staffordshire area are due to be shut for a number of days while improvement works are carried out at each of the sites. The works being carried out by Network Rail includes installing new, modern level crossing barriers which “will create a more resilient railway, help to reduce delays to services and mean that the level crossings remain fit for purpose.” Caverswall level crossing on Caverswall Lane, between Blythe Bridge and Caverswall, is set to be closed from tomorrow (Thursday, February 27) through until Monday, March 2; while the Hockley level crossing in Uttoxeter, will be closed between Wednesday, March 4 and Monday, March 9.

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