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May 20, 2020

Another farm hit by thieves

A THIRD theft of lambs in East Staffordshire has seen 13 lambs taken from a field at Denstone. The crime follows thefts of livestock at Yoxall and Needwood in the last few weeks. Police are investigating the thefts and are carrying out high visibility patrols in rural areas.

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May 20, 2020

Cafe team pull out all the stops for customers

A CAFÉ owner has taken elderly and vulnerable customers under her wing during the coronavirus pandemic. Old Saddler’s Yard Café is delivering hot meals to customers across the Uttoxeter area as well as providing free meals for those most in need.

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May 14, 2020

Safety measures announced as JCB production resumes

A major manufacturing company announced this week a partial re-starting of production at five of its UK factories as a comprehensive package of safety measures is rolled out to protect employees in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. British production lines at JCB fell silent on March 18 and the vast majority of the company’s 6,500 UK employees have been furloughed since April.

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May 14, 2020

Tribute to a dedicated and much-loved midwife

A well-known and much-loved Moorlands midwife has sadly passed away. Jackie Jenkinson, who helped look after many mums and their youngsters over the years, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 5. Here her family pay tribute to the amazing work she did in her lifetime:

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May 13, 2020

Care home’s thanks for support in lock down

‘OVERWHELMING’ support has been shown to a care home in Rocester during the coronavirus outbreak, bosses have said. Managers at Barrowhill Hall, a specialist dementia care and nursing home, thanked supporters after receiving donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks and visors, together with hand-made laundry bags, hand creams and sanitisers, and treats for residents and staff.

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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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