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December 13, 2019

Top apprentice awards for JCB employees

A JCB Design Engineer is the toast of the UK today after winning a national apprentice award. Louise Meredith, aged 21, scooped the title of Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year at the finals of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) Awards in London recently just weeks after winning the regional final. Louise, a Design Engineer in the Loadall division at JCB World Headquarters, in Rocester, said: “I’m passionate about apprenticeships and undertaking a degree/higher apprenticeship has been a fantastic way to start my career, so to win this national award is just amazing.

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November 28, 2019

Town’s swimming pool could be made smaller

A COUNCIL is considering decreasing the size of a Moorlands town's swimming pool – after a review has been carried out focusing on it's leisure centres across the district. In a report conducted by a consultancy on behalf of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) it has been suggested to make a “smaller community pool and fitness offer” for the leisure services which the authority provides at South Moorlands Leisure Centre (SMLC) in Cheadle. The authority appointed FGM Consulting Limited in 2017 to review its leisure centre provision and sports facility needs, focusing on sports halls, swimming pools and other indoor provision.

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November 28, 2019

Festive event to help fund world challenge

TWO inspiring students are hosting a festive event this weekend, as part of their fund-raising to take part in a world challenge. Archie Whitehead and Alfie Bednall, who both attend Thomas Alleyne's Sixth Form in Uttoxeter, are currently raising money to go to Malawi in July 2020 with the World Challenge organisation. As part of their on-going fundraising to fund the rip, the duo are hosting a Christmas Gift Fair at Denstone Village Hall on Saturday, November 30 from midday until 4pm.

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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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