June 4, 2020

Truckers help raise hundreds for charity

Thousands of people across the Moorlands came out of their houses to support a charity truck run last week. The second 'UHNS Charity Classic Truck Run' took place on Thursday (May 28), between 7.30pm and 8.30pm, during which the apparent last ever ‘Clap for our Carers’ took place across the nation.

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June 4, 2020

Vermin concerns as fly-tipping piled up

Nappies, food and furniture dumped near flats in a Moorlands village have been cleared after seven weeks. Bags of waste were ditched in Blythe Bridge in April and remained uncollected throughout May - the sunniest month on record. The rubbish attracted vermin, posing a hazard to residents and preventing children from playing nearby.

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June 4, 2020

Advice organisation thanks its “wonderful volunteers”

An advice organisation in the Moorlands is saying thank you to all its “wonderful” volunteers as the nation celebrates National Volunteers Week. The annual celebration of volunteers began on Monday (June 1) and will run through until Sunday, June 7. It has given Citizens Advice Cheadle, and many other organisations across the country, the perfect opportunity to thank volunteers for the “exceptional contribution” they have made during the past year.

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June 4, 2020

Tennis courts set to be re-opened

A town council has agreed to re-open its tennis courts – but not until the correct Covid-19 guidance has been put in place and a vandalised net has been repaired. The two tennis courts managed by Cheadle Town Council, which are situated at Tean Road Recreation Grounds in Cheadle, were closed when the nation went into lockdown as part of the country’s battle with coronavirus.

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June 4, 2020

No council market despite Government go ahead

A local authority has not reopened it’s outdoor markets this week despite the Government’s easing of restrictions allowing such outdoor retail venues to re-open. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has confirmed that “a great deal of work is taking place” in order to get “necessary safety measures” arranged before their outdoor markets across the district will be re-opened.

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June 4, 2020

Community-owned planter stolen from town centre

A large town centre planter, which is used to help brighten up a Moorlands town with flowers, has been stolen. And the culprit(s) who took the barrel style planter from Town End in Cheadle not only stole the continuity-owned plastic tub but also emptied out all the soil onto the the area where it had stood. The planter had been purchased by volunteer group Cheadle in Bloom some years ago, along with many others which are situated across the town centre and are planted out each year to bring floral joy to the Moorlands town.

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June 2, 2020

Kind Jake’s yard sale for hot meals service

UTTOXETER youngster Jake Seed has raised £100 to help provide meals for the elderly and vulnerable. Jake organised a yard sale from his home, selling toys and books to raise money.

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June 2, 2020

Dorothy named ‘local hero’

A PACKAGE of treats donated by Uttoxeter businesses has been presented to a local hero. A volunteer who ran the equivalent of the London Marathon inside the Renew Church Uttoxeter topped a poll of people nominated as local heroes by followers of The Post Bar and Lounge on Facebook.

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June 2, 2020

Moving farewell to D&G’s Dave

A charismatic entrepreneur who died following a sudden illness was honoured with a cavalcade of buses as he was laid to rest last week. The convoy was in honour of D&G Bus founder, David Backhouse Reeves, who passed away on Monday, May 11. He was just 61.

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May 29, 2020

Seamstress turns her business to face-coverings

A seamstress from Blythe Bridge is producing face coverings for sale after putting her skills to use making scrubs for NHS staff. Jill Birks runs Ready Steady Stitch from her home in Blythe Bridge, but was forced to call a halt to her usual work when the UK went into lockdown. As NHS workers battled with the coronavirus pandemic, Jill volunteered as a hub for ‘Scrubs for Stoke’ making scrubs for medics on the front line at Royal Stoke Hospital.

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May 29, 2020

Outdoor market set to re-open in town

An outdoor market operator is inviting independent shops to have a stall ahead of being able to re-open their actual shops again. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that outdoor markets will be able to re-open on Monday (June 1) as long as social distancing measures are put in place. With this, Ray Wood, who operates Northern Markets which includes the outdoor market in Cheadle’s Market Place, is calling for any stall holders, and also any independent shops, to host a stall this coming week, and beyond.

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May 29, 2020

Shop floor workers saved but salaried staff still up for redundancy

Shop floor jobs at a major employer in Staffordshire, which has factories in the Cheadle and Uttoxeter areas, have been saved. On May 15, JCB announced that almost 1,500 jobs across its UK factories were set to be axed. These included 950 jobs at risk of redundancy, and around 500 Guidant agency employees who were going to be ‘released’ from the digger giant. The announcement came from the company after “demand for its machines fell by half as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.”

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