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January 21, 2021

“Town has so much history, wildlife and eccentricity within it”

MANY more folk are taking up walking as a daily exercise, especially now that we are in our third lockdown. Here, Cheadle resident Sue Evans shares her experiences of urban walking around the Moorlands town.

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January 21, 2021

“It’s all been a community effort”

A village resident has been pulling out all the stops to help her community throughout the pandemic. Sue Brownsword, who lives in Werrington, has created activity craft packs for the youngsters, organised a fundraising Halloween decoration initiative; been a drop off point for a donated gifts scheme which she also gift wrapped, and her latest initiative is a scheme where families in need of food can confidentially ask for help and Sue asks – via a village Facebook page – for donations from the community.

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January 14, 2021

Queen’s honour for former Moorlands nurse

A former Moorlands woman has been honoured by HRH The Queen in the latest Honours List. Former Cheadle resident, Clare Ryder has been recognised in the list with a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to Mental Health and to the Community in Jersey, where she now lives.

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January 14, 2021

New machine built to tackle potholes

A digger giant has unveiled a brand new machine to tackle a national scourge - potholes. JCB has launched the PotholePro - a machine that can repair a pothole in less than eight minutes – reportedly four times quicker than standard methods and at half the cost of current solutions.

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January 7, 2021

Sporting stars honoured at district awards

Sporting successes and achievements in fields as diverse as fencing and martial arts to athletics and rugby have been celebrated in the Moorlands once again this year - albeit a little differently than in previous years due to the pandemic. The Staffordshire Moorlands Sports Awards, co-ordinated by the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), showcase local sporting talent alongside the often unsung dedication of volunteers and those who offer behind-the-scenes support to our local sporting stars.

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January 7, 2021

Cheadle music maestro set for North America tour

A successful music artist from the Moorlands is planning to tour North America and Ireland when travelling is permitted once again. London-born Seamus Fitzsimmons, who lives in Cheadle, has had three number one hits in the Irish Country charts over the past 20 years, including his most recent single ‘I Wanna Be.’

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January 2, 2021

Fundraising target doubled by running duo

When Laura Parkin and her friend Gemma Ash decided to get fit after a summer of lockdown they had no idea their efforts would end up raising hundreds of pounds for the local preschool. The pair had decided to complete the Couch to 5k programme and were a couple of weeks into the challenge when Laura attended a committee meeting of the Kingsley Kingfishers and Kingfishers of Dilhorne in her capacity as secretary.

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December 31, 2020

The 13-year-old star lighting up the Moorlands

A teenager from the Moorlands has become the talk of the town after his festive initiative blew up online. In November, 13-year-old Dainton Campbell from Cheadle decided to create a lighted Christmas star made from coat hangers and fairy lights in the hope of selling them on to fund his Airfix model obsession.

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December 23, 2020

Hundreds of winter coat donations for homeless service

A winter clothes appeal organised by a Moorlands resident has seen an overwhelming response with hundreds of people donating their items of clothing for the needy. Charlie Babington, from Cheadle, set up the initiative with a heart to help the homeless and vulnerable this Christmas.

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December 23, 2020

Reindeer experience has “made our Christmas”

A mother and daughter who were nominated to receive a special reindeer experience at a Moorlands farm have expressed their joy at meeting the beautiful creatures, saying it “made our Christmas.” Karen Mace and daughter Hollie, who live in Cheadle, were recently announced as the winners of a competition ran by Oakleys Farm who had asked social media users to nominate someone who deserved a festive treat this year.

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December 18, 2020

Creative card sales in aid of charity

A Moorlands artist has produced greetings cards which include his artwork and he is giving all sale proceeds to charity. Rob Pointon, a celebrated international artist originally from Blythe Bridge, has made four of his beautiful paintings into cards for the NSPCC - exclusive to the Cheadle and Leek area.

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December 18, 2020

“I really cannot thank everyone enough”

A family has been overwhelmed by the support they have received from a Moorlands community following a house fire which destroyed most of the family's possessions. The fire at a property in Dovedale Close in Cheadle happened on Saturday, December 5 and saw many of Jen Marie and her children's possessions destroyed by the blaze.

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