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August 1, 2019

Reduction in affordable housing approved

THE reduction of affordable housing on a proposed building development in the Moorlands has been approved by community leaders. Building plans, which had previously been approved by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), for land south of Thorley Drive in Cheadle came under fire from objectors when developers Keepmoat Homes proposed to amend a Section 106 policy that had previously been agreed. A 'Section 106 agreement' is “a mechanism which makes a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable.

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July 25, 2019

Uttoxeter resident reaches 100 milestone

A RESIDENT from East Staffordshire celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday as five generations of family came together to mark the occasion. Emily Rawlinson, who lives at Hermitage Residential Home in Uttoxeter, had a relaxing day with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and also had a special visit from the Uttoxeter Town Mayor Sue McGarry, in the afternoon. Born in Stone, Emily spent most of her life in Birmingham where she worked her way up to becoming the manager of an adult training centre for mentally and physically handicapped people before retiring aged 65.

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July 25, 2019

Student choir continues to raise funds for charity

A SCHOOL choir is continuing to raise funds for a hospice. The Cheadle Academy Sixth Form Choir began singing together in supermarkets during the festive period of 2017, following the sad death of their teacher Craig Beverley who passed away in October 2016. Since then they have raised thousands for the Dougie Mac charity which supported Craig and his family before he passed away after losing his battle with cancer.

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July 18, 2019

Park fundraising for life-saving equipment

A TOURIST destination in the Moorlands is holding an event to raise funds for life-saving equipment that will be stored on-site in case of medical emergencies. Hales Hall Camping and Caravan Park on Oakamoor Road in Cheadle will put on a host of activities and entertainment during an afternoon of fundraising on Saturday, September 14 in a bid to raise money to buy a defibrillator. This piece of apparatus sends electric currents into a person's chest in an attempt to restart or amend the rhythm of the heart in the event of medical emergencies such as a cardiac arrest.

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July 18, 2019

New chapter at town’s library

A LIBRARY in the Staffordshire Moorlands has begun a new era after volunteers took over stewardship of the venue this week. Staffordshire County Council announced last year that it would transfer the library over to a voluntary group, a scheme which has been happening at a number of libraries across the county, including the one in Werrington. A group of library-lovers clubbed together in November 2018 and formed Cheadle Community Library Group to launch a bid to take over the reins of Cheadle Library, amid fears the venue could close.

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July 11, 2019

Farming singers take second spot in national competition

AN AGRICULTURAL group made up of youngsters from East Staffordshire have finished runners-up in a national singing competition last week. Uttoxeter Young Farmers' Club paired up with members from Eccleshall's cohort to earn second place in the “Choir Competition” at the National Federation of Young Farmers (NFYFC) Competition Day was held at the Stafford County Showground on Saturday, July 6. The group consisted of 15 singers, some of whom had never sang publicly before the regional West Midlands competition in the previous round.

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July 11, 2019

Hairdresser takes on walk in memory of football legend

A CHEADLE businessman has completed an energetic challenge – all in aid of charity. Duncan Cowans, who runs a hairdressers in Cheadle Shopping Centre, was joined by seven other intrepid walkers, in completing a 35 mile walk from the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton to the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke. The challenge took place recently in order to raise funds for the Dougie Mac in memory of the late Gordon Banks.

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July 4, 2019

Awareness raising community group

A COMMUNITY group has hosted an open day to raise awareness about the work they do in the area. The Friends of Cecily Brook and Hales Hall Pool held their special event on grounds off Ashbourne Road in Cheadle on Saturday, June 29. The Friends are a group of people who aim to provide opportunities for members of the community to improve and promote the use of and the awareness of the Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool Local Nature Reserve.

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July 4, 2019

Future of health and beauty stores unknown

A NATIONWIDE health and beauty chain has announced around 200 of its stores are at risk of closing - but they have not yet confirmed whether the Cheadle and Uttoxeter stores will be affected or not. Boots has revealed that it expects to close hundreds of its stores across the UK over the next 18 months due to “difficult market conditions.” While the company say that they cannot comment on individual stores, they have confirmed that a review of their store portfolio has been completed and a store optimisation process has recently commenced.

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June 27, 2019

Youngsters plant out in the park

SCHOOL children have been helping to spruce up their town with a green-fingered activity. The annual Uttoxeter in Bloom 'Plant Out at the Park' took place last Wednesday. The gardening initiative at the Bramshall Road Recreation Ground had been scheduled to take place this year on June 11, but was put back until June 19 due to weather conditions.

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June 27, 2019

Dawn to have the ‘chop’ for charity

A POST office counter clerk is taking on a 'hair raising' challenge – all in aid of charity. Dawn England, who works at Cheadle Post Office, has decided to have her long brunette locks shaved off in a bid to raise cash for the Douglas Macmillan. Dawn, who has worked at the Cheadle Post Office for 17 years, will be having her head shaved to a number two cut at a special event at the Lamplighter in Cheadle on Sunday, August 25 at around 5pm.

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June 20, 2019

Academy celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted rating

A 'RELENTLESS' drive to become a 'beacon of excellence' has been recognised by school inspectors. The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has graded The Cheadle Academy 'good' in all aspects following a recent inspection. Staff and pupils are celebrating the news, which follows the school's best ever results which were reflected in recent league tables placing the academy in the top 25 per cent of schools in the county.

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