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November 25, 2021

A decade of the Foxlowe Arts Centre

A community-run venture in the Moorlands is celebrating its tenth anniversary. It was back in 2011 when a band of volunteers took on the lease for the Foxlowe building which is situated in Church Street at the top of Leek’s Market Place.

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November 25, 2021

Century anniversary for second oldest branch

A Moorlands branch of the Royal British Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week. Members of the Leek RBL invited people to join them at a special service which took place today (Thursday, November 25).

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November 25, 2021

Four dwellings planned for currently derelict site

A developer is calling on the community of Leek to make comment on proposals he has for a site of currently derelict buildings in the town centre. Ryan Davies has recently moved to the Moorlands and has purchased the currently vacant former Silk Shade mill site which is situated in Silk Street – adjacent to Silk Street Car Park in Leek.

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November 25, 2021

“They need to all be there, or none at all”

Concern has been raised about the re-relocation of market stalls in a Moorlands town. A number of years ago, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) decided to move all outdoor market stalls on its Wednesday Market Days from the traditional Market Place on to Derby Street, both at the Market Place end and also the Sparrow Park end of the town centre.

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November 25, 2021

Plans steam in for railway

A full planning application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for the reinstatement of the Leek to Leek Brook Railway line. In a description of the proposal, which has been submitted by Churnet Valley Railway, the plans are for the: “reinstatement of railway track, new platform and replacement footpath on former railway line between Cornhill, Leek and boundary of existing operational railway land at Leekbrook.”

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November 18, 2021

Community pride for Rambling Wombles

A group of villagers have banded together to keep their community clean and tidy. Aptly named as the Rambling Wombles, the group in Ipstones are often spotted out and about cleaning, litter picking and carrying out other sprucing up activities within the scenic village.

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November 18, 2021

Here comes the……. winner of Dyers Den

A bridal business in the Moorlands has come out tops at a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition. The Dyer’s Den 2021 competition for start-up entrepreneurs in the Staffordshire Moorlands has been won by The Bridal Quarters, which is based on Russell Street in Leek.

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November 18, 2021

More than £15,000 spent on fire damaged loos

More than £15,000 has been spent on rectifying damage which was caused by a fire in a public toilet in the Moorlands. The ladies loos in Leek’s Bus Station in the Smithfield Centre were victim of an arson attack in March this year. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has now revealed that it has cost a total of £15,347 to repair the toilets, which had only received a major refurbishment in February of this year.

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November 18, 2021

Town set to be illuminated for the festive season

A Moorlands town’s annual festive event is set to be scaled back amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19. The Leek Lights Switch On Event will be taking place this Friday (November 19) but there will not be a grand count down this year – in a bid not to have a mass crowd gathered all in one place.

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November 18, 2021

Life-saving equipment targeted by vandals

A life-saving piece of equipment situated in a Moorlands town has been attacked by “mindless idiots.” A firework was placed within a former phone box in Leek last week, a place which is now used to house an automated external defibrillator (AED).

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November 17, 2021

Proud day for Moorlands band in the capital

A marching band from the Moorlands has, once again, taken part in a national parade in the capital. The 5th Leek Scout and Guide Band travelled to London on Saturday (November 13) to join other bands from across the country to take part in the Corps of Drums Society contribution to the Lord Mayor’s Show.

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