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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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October 10, 2019

Former town mayor and wife celebrate 65 years of marriage

A FORMER mayor of a town in the Moorlands and his wife celebrate their blue sapphire wedding anniversary today as the couple mark 65 years of marriage. Ray James, who was the mayor of Cheadle between 1976 and 1977, and his wife Vera married at Cheadle Church in 1954, two years after their first date in the town. Speaking to the Times and Echo, Vera reminisced how Ray had proposed to her.

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October 10, 2019

Bus shelter commemorative mural “cheers village up”

A PARISH council has painted a mural on a bus shelter in memory of a “very popular” village resident – something that has “cheered the village up,” according to a close friend. Denstone Parish Council commissioned the design of a barn-themed mural on a bus shelter initially as part of their annual Best Kept Village Competition bid before later forming it into a commemoration to Rose Edge, a much-loved pillar of the community. As part of the village’s 2019 submission for the competition, it was mooted in a parish council meeting that the structure should be painted.

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October 3, 2019

Popular baby sessions return to library

AN INFANT group in the Moorlands that had previously proved a hit with parents has recently returned to a town library. Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions, led by Hilary Yates, are now available for parents and grandparents to attend at Cheadle Library on High Street, on Tuesday mornings, taking place between 9.30am and 10am. These term-time only mornings are focused around a 30-minute singing and story time session.

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October 3, 2019

Concerns raised about dog foul around town

A TOWN councillor from the Moorlands has stated he intends to come up with plans that will help reduce the amount of dog foul on the community’s streets after being disgusted with how often dog owners do not pick up their pets’ faeces. Cheadle town councillor Jamie Evans proposed to his colleagues at a recent town council meeting that the council could provide dog poo bags around town, encouraging dog owners to pick up their canine’s excrement and thus not leaving it on the street. Mr Evans told fellow councillors: “It’s a mess around town with dog poo.

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September 26, 2019

Tools and bikes stolen

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a number of incidents across the Moorlands. Two bicycles were stolen from outside the Spar Shop in Forsbrook on Tuesday, September 17. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “We are seeking any information about the theft of two push bikes from outside the Spar Shop in Forsbrook that occurred on Tuesday, September 17 between 6pm and 7.30pm.

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September 26, 2019

Winning streak at village high school

A MOORLANDS high school has been having a winning streak lately – gaining resources for the village school through competitions. Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form returned to school after the summer break to news that one of their Year 8 students had entered a competition and won the school £2,000. Branden Hardy saw the competition with Consortium Education online and independently made an entry.

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September 19, 2019

Prize winning gardener creates floral shelter at station

A NEW floral shelter has been put in place at an East Staffordshire town's railway station. A lack of shelter for passengers waiting for taxis and buses has inspired a passionate group of volunteers to build an environmentally friendly pergola with seating at Uttoxeter Railway Station. The wooden structure has been planted with climbing plants to create cover and fragrance and to provide habitats for insects and birds. The project was led by volunteer Mick Eyre, Environment Maintenance Manager for Stoke-on-Trent City Council for 31 years until 2007 when he won a Gold Medal and Best in Show for his Clarice Cliff floral bedding scheme at the RHS show at Tatton Park.

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September 19, 2019

Bus company to cut service to one-stop-per-hour

A BUS company is set to cut a service that it runs through the Moorlands and East Staffordshire from two stops an hour to one stop every hour under a new re-branding scheme that is “designed around customer demand”. The decision has brought concerns from a number of communities within the area. First Bus are poised rename their 32 service, which travels from Hanley, through Cheadle and onto Uttoxeter and back again, as “Kingfisher”

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September 12, 2019

Police warning to farmers after complaints in village

POLICE are appealing for farmers to drive carefully and with fair consideration in an East Staffordshire village. Staffordshire Police has confirmed that the force has received complaints regarding the manner in which agricultural vehicles are travelling along Radmore Lane in Abbots Bromley. Police Constable Rich Lymer said: “It has been suggested that the vehicles are travelling at speeds too great for the conditions albeit within the speed limit and are mounting up grass verges causing damage to the verges, hedgerows and also due to heavy and harsh braking causing damage to the road surface.

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September 12, 2019

MP backs Royal Oak proposal principle

A MEMBER of Parliament has said he backs the idea of making a high street building in the Moorlands into a community asset, subject to consultation. Last week the Times and Echo reported that community group “Friends of the Royal Oak” were poised to place a bid for former pub The Royal Oak, which is situated on High Street in Cheadle. The venue, which dates back to the 18th Century, has been vacant for a number of years but the group envisages to turn it into a community focal point, should their bid be accepted – something MP Bill Cash has backed in principle.

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