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June 18, 2020

Jobs to be axed at builders merchant

A national builders merchant and home improvement retailer, which has a store in Blythe Bridge, has announced that it is set to cut 2,500 jobs and close 165 branches across the country. The announcement from Travis Perkins PLC was made by the company’s CEO Nick Roberts on Monday (June 15).

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June 11, 2020

Brightening up their community

A couple in a Moorlands village have been getting creative to lift the spirits of their community. Leslie Kirkland, and his wife Sonya, not only decorated their front garden in Oakamoor with lots of patriotic attire for the recent VE Day anniversary celebrations, but have also spruced up planters outside Valley Primary School, ahead of when some of the pupils went back to school.

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June 11, 2020

“Mindless vandalism” of play equipment

Vandals have been ripping up safety flooring from underneath play equipment in the Moorlands. The damage was caused to the matting which lays underneath the zip wire at Hammersley Hayes in Cheadle.

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June 9, 2020

Task force prepares town as shops set to reopen

A TEAM tasked with preparing shoppers and businesses for further easing of the coronavirus lockdown will introduce stencilled guides and advisory signage in Uttoxeter town centre. Queue zones outside shops and signs reminding people to adhere to social distancing will be in place before non-essential stores reopen from Monday, June 15.

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June 4, 2020

Vermin concerns as fly-tipping piled up

Nappies, food and furniture dumped near flats in a Moorlands village have been cleared after seven weeks. Bags of waste were ditched in Blythe Bridge in April and remained uncollected throughout May - the sunniest month on record. The rubbish attracted vermin, posing a hazard to residents and preventing children from playing nearby.

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June 4, 2020

Tennis courts set to be re-opened

A town council has agreed to re-open its tennis courts – but not until the correct Covid-19 guidance has been put in place and a vandalised net has been repaired. The two tennis courts managed by Cheadle Town Council, which are situated at Tean Road Recreation Grounds in Cheadle, were closed when the nation went into lockdown as part of the country’s battle with coronavirus.

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June 2, 2020

Dorothy named ‘local hero’

A PACKAGE of treats donated by Uttoxeter businesses has been presented to a local hero. A volunteer who ran the equivalent of the London Marathon inside the Renew Church Uttoxeter topped a poll of people nominated as local heroes by followers of The Post Bar and Lounge on Facebook.

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June 2, 2020

Moving farewell to D&G’s Dave

A charismatic entrepreneur who died following a sudden illness was honoured with a cavalcade of buses as he was laid to rest last week. The convoy was in honour of D&G Bus founder, David Backhouse Reeves, who passed away on Monday, May 11. He was just 61.

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May 29, 2020

Shop floor workers saved but salaried staff still up for redundancy

Shop floor jobs at a major employer in Staffordshire, which has factories in the Cheadle and Uttoxeter areas, have been saved. On May 15, JCB announced that almost 1,500 jobs across its UK factories were set to be axed. These included 950 jobs at risk of redundancy, and around 500 Guidant agency employees who were going to be ‘released’ from the digger giant. The announcement came from the company after “demand for its machines fell by half as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.”

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May 29, 2020

Couple set to take on 21 cycle laps of county

Mornflake, Millers of Mighty Oats, are powering Michelle Vorel-Adams and Phil Fortun during their month-long RIDE2020UK challenge to raise money for the hospital by riding 2020km around Staffordshire. The independent family business has milled nearly two million packs of porridge as part of DEFRA’s national Care Parcel Scheme to feed vulnerable people and is backing the effort by donating porridge pots to keep the pair’s energy levels topped up on 21-mile laps of the county each day.

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May 21, 2020

Cheadle will still bloom this year

A town's annual summer floral display is set to carry on thanks to a gardening business in the Moorlands. Volunteers of Cheadle In Bloom normally carry out the work needed to create the town's colourful floral display during the summer months, but this year, due to the current coronavirus situation, they have been unable to. However, a gardening business in the local area has come to the rescue to ensure the town is, once again, decorated in glorious flora.

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May 21, 2020

Energetic charity challenge for bride-to-be

A bride-to-be will be taking on an energetic challenge for charity on what would have been her wedding day. Therese Davall, who lives in Cheadle, was set to marry her fiancée Iain Carr on Saturday (May 23) but due to the current coronavirus situation the couple have postponed their wedding day. Instead, Therese has set herself a ‘Lockdown Three Peak Challenge’ which is set to see her climbing 1,310 flights of stairs in 24 hours on Saturday in memory of Iain’s mum Margaret Carr, who passed away last year from cancer.

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