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May 24, 2019

War Wheels spectacular at Foxfield

A REPLICA RAF Spitfire was the star of the show at the annual War Wheels Weekend at Foxfield Railway. As well as a host of classic war vehicles and re-enactors, the event included steam train rides, vintage stall and wartime musical performances. The visiting Spitfire was the big attraction at this year's event, with visitors given the chance to win a turn sitting in the plane and starting its mighty Merlin engines.

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May 24, 2019

Police investigate complaint of assault

POLICE are investigating a complaint of assault following an incident in a Moorlands village. The incident took place on Sunday, May 19, at around 5.15pm in the village of Blythe Bridge. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Officers are investigating a complaint of assault following a call at around 5.15pm on Sunday, May 19.

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May 16, 2019

Bench plan to honour Joyce

DONATIONS in memory of a much-loved village character are to fund a commemorative bench in her honour. Tean Community Singers raised £635 at their Our Time concert, billed as 'An Evening for Joyce' in tribute to the late Joyce Plant, who was a stalwart member of the group. Joyce's husband, John Plant (pictured with Tean Community Singers treasurer Viv Laws), praised the organisers of the sell-out concert and all those who took part.

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May 16, 2019

Bench to be relocated due to anti social behaviour

A BENCH on a recreation ground is set to be relocated due to reports of anti social behaviour in the area. Forsbrook Parish Council are set to move the bench, which is currently situated behind the houses on the Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground, after requests for its relocation have been made by residents. The call was made on the social media website Facebook to the Forsbrook Parish Council clerk, due to concerns of “lots of teenagers hanging around back of gardens” and that “there have been issues with bricks thrown over, fences damaged, pallets thrown over gardens etc”.

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May 9, 2019

Dying Matters workshop at Guild Hall

AN evening dedicated to discussions about death will be held in Cheadle next week. The event, hosted by Churches Together Cheadle and J.P Keates & Son Funeral Directors, is part of national Dying Matters week. The aim is to promote a healthy conversation around the subject of death and will include information about funeral planning.

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May 9, 2019

Historian Lucy goes full steam ahead on Knotty Heritage Train

TV historian, Lucy Worsley was among special guests to enjoy a ride in a newly-restored train carriage at a heritage railway. North Staffordshire Railway carriage No 23 dates back to the 1880s, but its remains were discovered at Rudyward Lake five years ago. Since then, the 'Knotty Trust' has undertaken a careful restoration of the brake vehicle, which has also been adapted to provide a heritage train experience for people in wheelchairs.

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May 3, 2019

Pub of the season for community pub

A VILLAGE pub, which is owned by the community, has won an award. The White Hart in Alton has been presented with the Spring Pub of the Season award by the Uttoxeter and District sub branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale). Each quarter Uttoxeter and District CAMRA recognise a pub in the area which has been “consistently meeting high standards and receiving good beer scores.”

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May 3, 2019


AN ENVIRONMENT organisation is 'appalled' that rubbish has been dumped in a Moorlands river. Last week, we reported that Blythe Bridge residents Peter North, and his wife Janette, had attended the Forsbrook Parish Council's April meeting to air their concerns about rubbish which had been dumped in the River Blithe. This week, the Environment Agency has confirmed that they have received reports of the dumped rubbish, which according to Mr North, has since been added to and that a fence along a pathway which leads to the river has now also been damaged.

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April 25, 2019

Couple back World Meningitis Day in honour of baby Rubie

A COUPLE who lost their baby daughter to meningitis backed World Meningitis Day earlier this week (Wednesday, April 24). Russ and Kerry Fisher are sharing their heart-breaking story as part of an international drive to raise awareness of the illness and the bravery of those affected by it. The couple have been staunch supporters of charity Meningitis Now since Rubie sadly died in 2015.

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April 25, 2019

Staffordshire Day offer at Towers for ‘Molly’ and ‘Lee’

THRILL-seekers who share a name with an infamous Staffordshire witch can get half price entry to Alton Towers for Staffordshire Day. The notorious Molly Leigh features in the resorts new Dungeon attraction and anyone called Molly or Lee can enter the park half-price this weekend. All guests visiting the theme park during Staffordshire Day celebrations will also be in with the chance of receiving some free treats, from ice-creams to rollercoaster fastracks.

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April 18, 2019

Fun and football in memory of Dean

A FAMILY fun day and football match are to be held in memory of husband and father, Dean Avery. The charity event is in aid of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, where Dean sadly died after suffering from cancer. His family and friends have joined forces with Uttoxeter Town FC to hold the fund-raising event on Easter Monday.

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April 18, 2019

“The Post Office has dropped a clanger here”

COMMUNITY leaders have slated the relocation of a village post office. Thursday, March 21 saw the Blythe Bridge Post Office reopen within the Forsbrook Spar in Cheadle Road after being relocated from it's previous venue in Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge. The move means that post office customers in the area can benefit from increased opening times, however members of Forsbrook Parish Council have slated the move, stating their concerns over queues for post office customers along with increased parked cars in the area of the Spar shop.

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