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May 21, 2020

“I honestly thought he was going to die”

Healthcare heroes who have been struck by the coronavirus are urging people to continue to take precautions against the disease. Paramedic John Bourne was rushed to hospital after contracting the virus which developed into Covid-19 pneumonia. His wife Eve, who is a nurse for a private healthcare provider, has tested positive for the virus for the last six weeks, despite having very different symptoms.

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May 21, 2020

Visor donations to health and social care providers

A trio of volunteers are delivering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to health and care workers in Cheadle and Uttoxeter. So far, 1,500 visors have been distributed to nursing and care homes in both towns, as well as home care workers.

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May 20, 2020

Another farm hit by thieves

A THIRD theft of lambs in East Staffordshire has seen 13 lambs taken from a field at Denstone. The crime follows thefts of livestock at Yoxall and Needwood in the last few weeks. Police are investigating the thefts and are carrying out high visibility patrols in rural areas.

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May 20, 2020

First virtual meeting for Uttoxeter Town Council

AN ‘HISTORIC’ moment for Uttoxeter Town Council took place last week, when the organisation held its first ever virtual council meeting. The council held its first full council since March, after coronavirus lock down restrictions meant the April meeting could not go ahead.

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May 20, 2020

Cafe team pull out all the stops for customers

A CAFÉ owner has taken elderly and vulnerable customers under her wing during the coronavirus pandemic. Old Saddler’s Yard Café is delivering hot meals to customers across the Uttoxeter area as well as providing free meals for those most in need.

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May 15, 2020

Almost 1,500 jobs to be axed at digger giant JCB

JCB has announced today (Friday, May 15) that up to 950 jobs are at risk of redundancy at its UK plants after “demand for its machines fell by half as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.” The company revealed that it has written to UK employees today to advise that up to 950 staff roles are under threat at its ten plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham and that a 45-day consultation period will begin on Monday (May 18). Around 500 Guidant agency employees, who work at JCB’s UK sites, are also being “released” from the business.

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May 14, 2020

Team GB triathlon hope for Julie

A leisure centre administrator who qualified for Team GB has been left in limbo after the event she was due to compete at was cancelled. Julie Hulbert was due to take part in the Middle Distance Triathlon Age Group Team European Championship at Walchsee, Austria in June.

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May 14, 2020

Red light for development as it “encroaches on the countryside”

Planners have refused to rubber-stamp retrospective plans for an access track and parking at a farm in the Moorlands. Officers at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), rejected the application for the planning permission in Cresswell under delegated powers.

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May 14, 2020

Safety measures announced as JCB production resumes

A major manufacturing company announced this week a partial re-starting of production at five of its UK factories as a comprehensive package of safety measures is rolled out to protect employees in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. British production lines at JCB fell silent on March 18 and the vast majority of the company’s 6,500 UK employees have been furloughed since April.

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May 14, 2020

Tribute to a dedicated and much-loved midwife

A well-known and much-loved Moorlands midwife has sadly passed away. Jackie Jenkinson, who helped look after many mums and their youngsters over the years, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 5. Here her family pay tribute to the amazing work she did in her lifetime:

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May 14, 2020

“Car parking charges in place to discourage social gatherings”

Parking charges remain in place at car parks across the Moorlands in a bid to ‘discourage social gatherings,’ a council has said. We reported last week that concerns had been raised over the potential spread of coronavirus via the use of pay machines on car parks after Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) refused to suspend charges. But a council spokesman has since confirmed the aim was to stop people visiting town centres.

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May 14, 2020

“His infectious smile brought the best out in many”

Tributes have been paid to a “popular student” who sadly passed away recently. Oakley Wright, who was a Year 11 student at Cheadle Academy, passed away on Thursday, April 30.

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