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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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May 5, 2020

Nancie-Mae’s loom band plan for NHS

A SIX-year-old from Uttoxeter has been raising funds for NHS staff and key-workers by selling home-made bracelets. Nancie-Mae Johnson has been making bracelets out of loom bands in a bid to support workers on the front line. So far she has raised more than £60 and - with help from mum Michelle Johnson-Plant - has posted her creations across the Midlands and even across the world.

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May 5, 2020

Lisa’s lockdown head shave

A LANDLADY shaved off her hair as part of a fund-raiser for the NHS. Lisa Cowell, landlady at the Bagot Arms in Abbots Bromley, has raised more than £1,800 after shaving her locks off in lock down. Lisa sat on a stool outside the pub on Sunday as her son, James, shaved off her hair.

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April 30, 2020

College manufactures and delivers PPE to carers

A college in the Moorlands has stepped up to make much-needed PPE equipment for carers. Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle has made and delivered more than 100 protective face visors for carers in the local area.

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April 30, 2020

Sewage concerns over housing plans in village

An abandoned garden at a village pub is set to become a new residential plot if planning permission is granted. An application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for permission to build four homes on a former garden adjacent to The Butcher’s Arms at Forsbrook. Objections to the plans have already been made, citing concerns over flooding, traffic and noise.

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April 23, 2020

Keep to 2m rule, says water company

A WATER company is urging people across the Uttoxeter area to maintain social distancing while its staff are working outdoors. South Staffs Water is asking customers to give them a ‘Wave4Water’ and maintain the two-metre rule, if meeting employees out on site.

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April 23, 2020

Couple help JCB with community initiative

A Moorlands couple are helping a large manufacturing firm to step up its food aid programme to cater for homeless people in North Staffordshire. Since the launch of the JCB ‘Food for our Communities’ programme – the idea of Lady Bamford, wife of JCB Chairman Lord Bamford – the company has provided more than 3,600 cottage pies for disadvantaged people across the area.

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April 23, 2020

Free repair by garage for NHS worker’s vehicle

A Moorlands business has shown a great act of kindness after staff repaired a nurse's vehicle free of charge. Airfawn in Cheadle offered to fix an NHS worker's car for free as a thank you for the work she is doing on the frontline fighting against the coronavirus outbreak.

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April 16, 2020

Crocheting for the homeless and care workers

A RESIDENT in the Moorlands has used her crocheting talents to create scarves and hats for the homeless as well as designs for frontline key workers too. Amanda Hollins, from Tean, took up the art of crocheting three years ago after seeing people have a go at it on YouTube. Since then she has donated her work to numerous charities over the years, such as Alzheimer's UK and the Royal British Legion.

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April 16, 2020

Elvis tribute act raises money while raising roofs

AN ONLINE Elvis tribute show has brought in thousands of pounds for the NHS after social media users donated money while enjoying a resident’s hour-and-20-minute live-stream performance. Mark Clay, from Saverley Green near Fulford, has managed to raise over £5,300 for frontline health workers to help them battle the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The 50-year-old has done a lot of charity gigs around the area for a number of years and, after talking with wife Claire, decided to still put on a show for a good cause on Saturday despite being in lockdown.

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