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Community venue set to re-open with new roof

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A community venue in the Moorlands is set to reopen its doors to the public again. The Guild Hall in Tape Street, Cheadle, has been closed since the first Covid-19 lockdown last March. It is set to reopen next week following an extensive roof refurbishment.

A community venue in the Moorlands is set to reopen its doors to the public again.

The Guild Hall in Tape Street, Cheadle, has been closed since the first Covid-19 lockdown last March. It is set to reopen next week following an extensive roof refurbishment.

Treasurer of Cheadle Guild Hall, Peter Lucas, said: “Having been closed for 15 months, the Guild Hall is set to reopen next week.

When the hall was forced to shut its doors because of the pandemic, the decision was made to push forward with the long-awaited plan to carry out major work on the roof of the building which has been at the centre of the town’s social life for almost a century.

All of the old asbestos cement tiles have now been removed and a modern, fully insulated roof has been installed. At the same time all guttering and drainpipes have been replaced.

The Guild Hall Committee is grateful to the individuals, groups and businesses that have made a contribution to our roof fund.

There is some way to go to meet the ambitious fundraising target of £20,000 and any additional donations would be most welcome.

Thanks should also be given to the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council who allocated funds via their Covid Recovery Fund, which have enabled ongoing running costs to be met.”

The smaller Oakley Room, within the Guild Hall, has remained open to the Cheadle & District Foodbank and since the beginning of May, it has been able to welcome the return of some hirers.

Peter continued: “The Main Room itself is now ready to reopen.

The venue has several wedding receptions planned before the end of the year, subject to ongoing restrictions.

Repairs have been carried out to the renowned dance floor, which has also been thoroughly cleaned and sanded, and a group of parishioners from St Giles RC Church have worked hard to spruce up the interior décor, the paint being kindly donated by Peter and James Wilks from Homepoint DIY in Cheadle.

It is thought that some previous groups may not be able to return to the Guild Hall, meaning that there will be some available slots for hire.

Anybody interested in hiring either of the rooms should contact the Guild Hall Administrator on 07518 786149 or

The Management Committee have carried out a Covid risk assessment of the premises and groups that do return will have to assess their own activities and ensure that adequate distancing can be maintained.

If you haven’t already done so please do consider making a donation to the roof fund. No matter how big or small, any contributions will make a big difference.”

People can make a donation to the Guild Hall roof fund: By cheque – payable to The Guild Hall Cheadle and posted to 18 Charles Street, Cheadle, ST10 1ED; or by online giving at and click on ‘Donate to the Guild Hall Roof Fund’ or via the venue’s Facebook page at

Join the biggest exercise party in town

ZUMBA Maura is back!

Fitness instructor Maura Frith says she is excited to be making a comeback with her exercise classes at the Guild Hall in Cheadle.

Last year Maura celebrated her tenth anniversary of hosting Zumba classes at the Guild Hall, which is situated in Tape Street.

Her classes came to a halt as the nation went into lockdown due to the pandemic last March but now her popular classes will now be back at the community venue as the Guild Hall reopens after a roof renovation.

Maura said: “The Guild Hall closed its doors on March 23, 2020 for all activities.

“I made videos for my clients to keep them going during the lockdown, and to keep myself fit.

“We briefly restarted Zumba and Strong classes in the summer, between August and November but not at the Guild Hall as this did not re open.

“I was able to deliver my evening classes at Checkley Community Centre for this period before the second lockdown.

“The second lockdown was an ideal time to replace the roof on the Guild Hall and to carry out routine maintenance. This work took a lot longer than expected due to the bad weather and other structural issues so the hall remained closed.

“I carried on teaching evening classes at Checkley when we were given the go ahead to resume indoor classes on May 17.”

Maura continued: “Now we have a reopening date of June 28 for the Guild Hall and I will be ‘coming home’ restarting classes on Tuesday, July 6.

“The Guild Hall is my home, I have been teaching Zumba there for 11 years and it really is the only venue for this type of class.

“It is a unique class, a ‘night out,’ exercise in disguise. Set in a dark hall with loud, upbeat music, sprung floor, disco lights and glitter ball.

“It is for all levels of fitness, we have no mirrors, a huge floor space and we have the best atmosphere around. A class that is so beneficial for our mental health.

“A feel good class is what we all need right now.

“I will be relaunching my Zumba Gold class, a slower version of Zumba for the older fitness participant and beginner, this will take place on a Tuesday afternoon at 2.15pm – 3pm.

“The regular evening Zumba classes will be on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm and on the new night of Thursday evening at 6.30pm (this replaces the Friday class) these classes will also have a loyalty card scheme.

“My Wednesday evening Strong class will remain at Checkley Community Centre at 6.30pm.”

Maura added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee at Checkley Community Centre for accommodating me and enabling me to carry on with my classes at their fantastic venue.

“They are life savers and went above and beyond to help me.

“I am so excited to be back at the Guild Hall and looking forward to seeing all my regulars and new faces too.

“There will be no booking when we get back there, just come along and enjoy.”

Over the decade of hosting Zumba at the Guild Hall, Maura has not only been providing exciting fitness classes for many, but also managed to raise more than £14,000 for various local charities and national charities by hosting themed Zumbathons.

For all details on classes, call Maura on 07816 354829 or go online to

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