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February 24, 2020

Arthur’s quest for 70 year old photo

A FARMER is appealing for help in his quest to find a photograph of a tractor that was taken outside Uttoxeter Town Hall in 1948. The machine now belongs to Arthur Prime who farms in the area, and he has spent years trying to track down photographs taken when it was brand new. The UDS diesel tractor by Minneapolis-Moline (England Ltd) was shipped over in kit form from the USA in the late 1940s and assembled at Sale Tilney & Co Ltd at Wokingham in Berkshire where a Dorman diesel engine, made in Stafford, was installed.

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February 20, 2020

Lots of entertainment scheduled for VE Day celebrations

A PACKED schedule of celebrations for the 75th anniversary of VE Day has been organised for a Moorlands town. A street party, the special planting of a dedicated tree and even the possibility of a fly-over are just some of the events set for Cheadle to mark the day in 1945 when allied forces in World War II accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. The weekend of jovial community activity will begin on Friday, May 8 and last until Sunday, May 10.

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February 13, 2020

Plaque commemorating WWII air crash unveiled

A COMMUNITY in the Moorlands has honoured the lives of service men who died in a WWII disaster in a village by unveiling a plaque in their names last week. Residents in Kingsley gathered together for a ceremony at Blakeley Lane Methodist Chapel on Friday (February 7) to commemorate the six men who were killed on February 7, 1944 when a Handley Page Halifax bomber crashed onto farm land close to the chapel after its engine became frozen during a training mission. Flying officer Ernest Charles David Richards, Sgt Kenneth Murray, Sgt William Desmond Joshua, Sgt Herbert John Couling, Sgt Albert John Denny of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, and flying officer Hubert Lloyd Kerr of the Royal Canadian Air Force all died in the crash.

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February 6, 2020

“Members of the public learning CPR will save more lives”

THE WEST Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has confirmed that its Chief Executive will be attending a town council meeting this month amid concerns that a town’s community response post was to shut by the end of March. Then, last month, a spokesperson for WMAS confirmed to the Times and Echo that its rapid response vehicle had been taken out of Cheadle from its post in Ashbourne Road on Sunday, January 26. The news has caused much concern within the community of Cheadle with a public meeting being held and to petitions being started.

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February 6, 2020

New reading area and books for pupils

YOUNGSTERS at a Moorlands primary school have been enjoying a brand new reading book collection and reading area to continue to develop their enjoyment of books. Bishop Rawle Primary School in Cheadle have bought new reading books which are aimed at providing children with a wide range of texts to support the development of reading skills and highlight the happiness a book can bring. The school has also redesigned its reading area where the books are stored with artwork which features trees and magical flying books to continue to boost the development of children’s imagination through stories.

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January 31, 2020

Clearing the way for new developments

CLEARANCE work has been taking place on several sites earmarked for development in Uttoxeter town centre. Plans are in the pipeline for new homes and two new supermarkets on the edge of the town centre. And work to prepare the land for eventual building has been underway during the recent dry weather.

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January 31, 2020

Green-fingered volunteers set their sights on Gold Medal

UTTOXETER is one of just five communities from the Midlands chosen to go forward to this year’s Britain in Bloom competition. The nationwide community gardening contest will see 70 cities, towns and villages across the UK compete across 11 categories. Uttoxeter will represent the Heart of England region in the town category, seeing off entries from towns across Staffordshire, Shropshire, the West Midlands, Hereford, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire.

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January 23, 2020

Life-saving equipment at tourist destination

A NEW life-saving piece of equipment has been installed at a tourist spot in the Moorlands. The community public access defibrillator has been put in place at Hales Hall Caravan and Camping Park in Cheadle. The defibrillator has been put in place after collaborative working between staff at Hales Hall along with the charity AED Donate.

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January 23, 2020

Second phase of road closure works ahead of schedule

HOUSING developers whose contractors are working on constructions which have partially closed a busy dual carriageway say one of its three development stages is due to be completed earlier than expected. The A521 in Blythe Bridge is currently partly shut as three phases of works on land adjacent to the road are being carried out as contractors complete development work on behalf of St Modwen Homes, who were previously granted planning permission to build up to 120 new homes on the site. St Modwen Homes confirmed to the Times and Echo that ‘Phase Two’ was set to finish Tuesday, January 21, six days earlier than previously scheduled.

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January 20, 2020

Decision time on hospitals

THE FUTURE of health services in the Moorlands is set to be decided upon this week – a decision which involves Cheadle Hospital. NHS Clinical Commissioners are set to make a decision on the ‘Future of Local Health Services’ in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent at a public meeting to be held in Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow. The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are holding the Extra-Ordinary Governing Body Meeting from 2pm until 5pm on Tuesday, January 21 at the Moat House Hotel in Stoke-on-Trent.

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January 16, 2020

Businesses invited to put their ‘tap on the map’

A CLIMATE change action group in the Moorlands is calling for businesses to come on board with a national initiative to save on plastic use. Members of the recently-formed Moorlands Climate Action (MCA) group are looking to promote a 'Refill' scheme across the district as part of one of their 2020 projects. Group member Mike Jones told the Times & Echo: “This scheme encourages members of the public to refill water bottles rather than buy bottles of water, and cafes, pubs etc are encouraged to join the scheme and provide water free of charge.

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December 23, 2019

Tribute to a dedicated father and kind man

THE DAUGHTER of a much-loved community figure has paid tribute to her father after his recent passing. Alan Keates, who ran J.P Keates & Son Funeral Directors in Cheadle, peacefully passed away aged 86 last month with family members and friends gathering together to honour his life at his funeral at at Carmountside Crematorium on November 22. Mr Keates was born in 1933 and attended St Giles C of E School – now named Bishop Rawle Primary School – before moving onto high school in Uttoxeter.

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