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February 25, 2021

“Be vigilant but not fearful”

Dog owners in the Moorlands are being reassured over incidents of pet thefts in Staffordshire as “initial research indicates cases in the county are low.” And officers say that Staffordshire Police will continue to respond to reported incidents but have moved to relay fears over a perceived rise in dog thefts.

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February 18, 2021

Raising funds in memory of uncle

A Moorlands woman, who lost her uncle to Covid-19, has taken on an energetic challenge to raise funds for devices so that patients in hospital can keep in touch with their families. Emma Morris, who lives in Cheadle, lost her uncle Greg Hand to Covid-19 in January. She has set herself a challenge to run a total of 28 miles this month, all in a bid to raise funds, in her uncle’s memory, to purchase iPads for the Covid Ward at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

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February 18, 2021

Plans in place to turn former pub into offices

A town council has recommended approval for a development to turn a former public house into offices. Applicant Mr A Durose has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for the “conversion of the former public house to office space - change of use of 'Sui Generis' to B1(a)” of the former Talbot Inn in Cheadle’s High Street.

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February 12, 2021

Do you know where this bell is now?

For our latest Images of Yesteryear feature, Jim Plant, who is the Tower Captain at St. Giles Parish Church, has sent in this old photograph. Jim said: “I would be interested if anyone knows anything about the whereabouts of this bell that is the centrepiece of this photograph taken during the time of Rector Jones who was Rector here in Cheadle from 1945 to 1956.

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February 11, 2021

Who is the mysterious kind-hearted knitter?

A mysterious knitter is continuing to spread a bit of joy around a Moorlands village. A number of knitted characters have been appearing around the village of Werrington since the start of the pandemic, a lovely sign of kind-hearted community spirit in such surreal times.

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February 11, 2021

Tributes to much-loved scouting leader

Tributes have been paid to a popular scouting leader from the Moorlands. Roy Porter, from Cheadle, passed away peacefully on December 19 at the age of 90 following a short illness.

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February 3, 2021

Success for vaccine trial carried out at town’s hospital

An NHS Trust has thanked volunteers who have taken part in what has become a successful Covid-19 vaccine trial. The trial, which involved 500 people, was carried out at Cheadle Hospital.

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February 3, 2021

U-turn on free hearing aids for those with moderate hearing loss

A clinical commissioning group has made a u-turn on who can get free hearing aids across North Staffordshire. For some time, residents within the area who have, what is classed as ‘moderate’ hearing loss, have not been able to have access to free NHS hearing aids – the only area in the country where that has been the case.

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January 28, 2021

Model mechanic supporting charities

A Moorlands mechanic is making models with proceeds going to charity. Tim Cliffe began making models with his son Jack for something to do together during lockdown.

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January 28, 2021

“I’m fully aware of how lucky I am”

MARC Cotterill, who lives in Cheadle, has Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and as a result has needed to shield during the pandemic. Here he tells us how he has coped during the past year, how his life has changed since starting to take a new drug for his medical condition, as well as the success of a song he wrote and released during lockdown last year.

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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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