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June 18, 2020

Former bus shelter now a place to sit and relax

A former bus shelter in the Moorlands has been revamped and turned into a picturesque place for members of the community to sit and relax. The structure, which stands on the Green, opposite the Huntsman in Cheadle, has been given a facelift thanks to landowner Gary Bentley and his father-in-law Malcolm Elvidge, who lives near to the shelter.

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June 18, 2020

No open arts exhibition this year – get creative in your local paper instead

The 2020 Cheadle Arts Festival had been scheduled to take place this month but due to the current coronavirus situation the creative extravaganza had to be cancelled. There are many wonderfully talented artists within our community and we wanted to be able to give them an opportunity to still showcase their talents and so we, at the Times & Echo, have teamed up with Catherine Doel, Kirsty Spittle and Darren Roberts – the volunteers who would have been organising the Open Art Exhibition in Cheadle - to bring the exhibition to our paper instead.

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June 11, 2020

Shoppers help bring swim school back from the brink

Tips from generous Bargain Booze customers have thrown a lifebelt to a swim school for disabled children. Paddles Swim School, which operates at South Moorlands Leisure Centre, was in danger of closing after it was forced to close during the coronavirus lockdown. But customers of Bargain Booze in Cheadle, which also closed, but launched a delivery service, have raised more than £300, bringing Paddles back from the brink.

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June 11, 2020

Rainbow ties for back to school pupils

Youngsters at a Moorlands village school who have headed back to school for the first time since the beginning of lockdown have had a slight change of uniform. Brightly coloured rainbow ties have been handed to all the pupils who have returned to St Edwards Academy in Cheddleton.

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June 9, 2020

New defib for Grindley villagers

NEW life-saving equipment has been installed in Grindley. Villagers and businesses worked together to fund the 24-hour defibrillator, which was provided by charity AEDdonate last month. Volunteers reached their £1,999 target, despite their main fund-raiser being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

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June 4, 2020

Truckers help raise hundreds for charity

Thousands of people across the Moorlands came out of their houses to support a charity truck run last week. The second 'UHNS Charity Classic Truck Run' took place on Thursday (May 28), between 7.30pm and 8.30pm, during which the apparent last ever ‘Clap for our Carers’ took place across the nation.

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June 4, 2020

Advice organisation thanks its “wonderful volunteers”

An advice organisation in the Moorlands is saying thank you to all its “wonderful” volunteers as the nation celebrates National Volunteers Week. The annual celebration of volunteers began on Monday (June 1) and will run through until Sunday, June 7. It has given Citizens Advice Cheadle, and many other organisations across the country, the perfect opportunity to thank volunteers for the “exceptional contribution” they have made during the past year.

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June 2, 2020

Kind Jake’s yard sale for hot meals service

UTTOXETER youngster Jake Seed has raised £100 to help provide meals for the elderly and vulnerable. Jake organised a yard sale from his home, selling toys and books to raise money.

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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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