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April 9, 2020

“I was gearing up to have a difficult conversation with my mum”

THE SON of a gentleman from the Moorlands who made a remarkable recovery from coronavirus says the family is “really relieved.” 82-year-old Sid Lovenbury, from Cheadle, was admitted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital last month after showing symptoms of Covid-19 where he tested positive for the virus. Sid had been at nursing home residence Church Terrace, in Cheadle, when staff discovered he had a high fever. They called out for a doctor twice before Sid was sent to hospital.

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April 9, 2020

Singer Joslyn not letting pandemic halt her career

A TEENAGE vocal sensation from the Moorlands is evolving the way she uses her musical talents amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Joslyn Plant, from Cheadle, shot into the headlines last summer after reaching the semi-finals of TV show The Voice Kids UK and has gone from strength to strength in her music career since. Not only does she present a digital radio show on 'Teenbuzz Radio' where she sings and chats for two hours once a month, she is also continuing to work on recording content with Steelworks Studios in Sheffield from home.

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April 7, 2020

Schools help protect front line workers

INNOVATIVE school staff have stepped up to help provide frontline medics with vital kit. Nurses, doctors, NHS staff, GP surgery staff and carers are among the many key workers needing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). But as global demand is on the rise, some a struggling to get hold of masks, visors and other equipment such as disposable aprons and gloves.

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April 2, 2020

Second coronavirus case in town confirmed

A SECOND case of coronavirus has been confirmed in a Moorlands town. Beech Lodge Nursing Home in Cheadle is the latest care home in the town to confirm that a resident has tested positive of COVID-19. A representative at the Rakeway Road venue confirmed to the Times and Echo on Monday (March 30) that on Friday (March 27) a resident was diagnosed with the virus and is now being treated in hospital.

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April 2, 2020

“Re-open beds at community hospital”

A COMMUNITY leader in a Moorlands town is backing a campaign groups’ plea for community hospital beds to be re-opened during the current coronavirus outbreak. The North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention (NSPC) is urging NHS bosses to consider re-opening up beds at a number of community hospitals, including those at Cheadle Hospital, to help in the fight against the coronavirus. And Cheadle councillor Ron Locker, who is a member of the Cheadle Hospital Action Group, is backing the association members in their campaign.

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March 26, 2020

Couple’s plea: ‘Bring us home’

A COUPLE from Uttoxeter are pleading with the UK Government to bring them home from Peru after the country went into lock down.

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March 26, 2020

“We’re here to help the elderly and vulnerable”

COMMUNITIES across Moorlands are pulling out all the stops to help the elderly and vulnerable amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here are just some of the initiatives which are evolving within our area…..

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March 19, 2020

FIRST COVID-19 CASE FOR TOWN CONFIRMED

A CARE HOME in the Moorlands has confirmed that one of its residents is being treated in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). A spokesman for Church Terrace Care Home in Cheadle stated that the home is “clear and there are no symptoms of the virus in residents or staff.” They also said that all standard precautions have been taken to prevent development.

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March 12, 2020

Council gains over £83,000 in five years by not giving car park change

COMMUNITY leaders have hit out after it has been revealed that an authority has raked in more than £83,000 in ‘over-vends’ over five financial years due to installing car parking machines that do not give out change. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) runs 31 car parking machines across the area, none of which give change if a driver does not have the exact amount of cash when paying for a ticket. The authority has now released the amount of money it has attained from “over-vends” in the past five financial years.

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March 12, 2020

“Home Link will fold without CCG funding

A MUCH-VALUED service in the Moorlands is calling on members of the community to take part in a survey in a bid to help the organisation from folding. Following a review by the North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Group, an annual grant of £70,000 which is awarded to Moorlands Home Link is currently under threat - along with additional funding for five other similar organisations in Stoke-on-Trent. Moorlands Home Link, as a not for profit elderly care charity, has received this funding for over 20 years for its Day Centre in Cheadle and the organisation's Outreach Groups across the Moorlands and the current funding has been guaranteed until June 2020.

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March 5, 2020

“I’m shocked this was on the agenda”

A COUNCIL is considering refurbishing seats its members use during meetings – something that could cost thousands of pounds. Cheadle Town councillors discussed whether they should go ahead with the re-upholstering of chairs or not, at a town council meeting at the council chambers, located on Leek Road, on Monday (March 2). The council hires out the historic chambers from the owner of the property, and uses the room for full council and extraordinary meetings.

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March 5, 2020

Staff and visitors assessed after waterpark closed

A POPULAR waterpark in the Moorlands has temporarily closed this week after staff and visitors reported irritation to their eyes and throat. The incident happened at Alton Towers Resort at around 1pm on Monday (March 2). A total of 39 people - 33 adults and six children – were assessed by medical staff while an investigation “focusing on air quality” was carried out by Staffordshire Fire & Rescue.

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