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January 6, 2022

Neil is gifted a ‘mini him’ by youngster

A lollipop man in the Moorlands has received an unusual gift as a ‘thank you’ this festive season. Neil Woodley works as a School Crossing Patrol Officer for Staffordshire County Council and is posted on Spring Gardens, at it’s junction with Burton Street in Leek.

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January 6, 2022

Four theatre shows set for the Foxlowe stage

A series of theatre shows are coming to a community-run arts centre in the Moorlands. From the ‘Truly, Jack the Ripper’ to ‘Owdilocks and the Three Bears’ there is set to be some interesting and enthralling theatre at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek this Winter and Spring.

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January 6, 2022

Village asylum focus for history project

A former Moorlands asylum has been the focus for a recent historical project. The Staffordshire Archives and Heritage department at Staffordshire County Council has carried out the project which focuses on the former asylum which was based in Cheddleton, near Leek.

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January 6, 2022

Walker hot spot set for improvements

A much-visited site, which is popular among walkers in the Moorlands, could be in line for several revamps. Thor’s Cave near the village of Wetton has seen a significant uptick in visitors since the start of the pandemic.

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January 6, 2022

Almost £50,000 raised for charity

A fundraising stalwart is hoping to reach the milestone of raising £50,000 for charity very soon. As the Leek & Moorlands Echo went to press, Catherine Bennett was just £500 short of the amazing milestone in her fundraising for Breast Cancer Now.

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January 6, 2022

Two-and-a-half hour wait for ambulance

An ambulance service has sent out an apology to a cyclist who was left on the roadside for almost two and a half hours after falling off his bike in the Moorlands. The incident happened in Thorncliffe near Leek on Thursday (December 30) and involved a 61-year-old male cyclist being in collision with a tree.

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December 30, 2021

Cash boost steams into foodbank

A Moorlands business has donated cash and food to a town’s foodbank. The cash raised by Railtrail, which is based in Leek, for the Leek Foodbank was collated through the company pledging to donate one penny from every pound spent by their customers during the recent ‘Black Friday Week.’

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December 30, 2021

Festive message from college students

College students have produced their very own Christmas video - a version of the Christmas classic, Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade. Groups of students from across Buxton & Leek College and some students who were off-site, studying for an apprenticeship, took a line of the song each – and in some cases acted and danced too, making for lots of comedy moments.

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December 30, 2021

Business support available via district council

After the Chancellor announced extra funding to help the hospitality and leisure industries, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has now launched two new grants to help local businesses.

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December 30, 2021

Kind-hearted donations by police

Police officers in Leek helped spread the festive cheer ahead of the big day last week by donating items to help members of the community. Officers from Staffordshire Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), attended Haregate Community Centre in Queens Drive, Leek on Monday, December 20, to present them with donations including furniture, cooking appliances and tools.

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December 30, 2021

Tools stolen during spate of break-ins

Residents in the Moorlands are being urged to keep outbuildings secure after a series of break-ins. The warning has been sent out by Staffordshire Police after four outbuildings in Leek were broken into last week.

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December 30, 2021

Large coin hoard discovered in the Moorlands

A large hoard of 250 plus year old forged coins has been found in a field in the Moorlands. The hoard was discovered on land in Bottomhouse, near Leek, by metal detectorist John McGimpsey from Liverpool.

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