November 19, 2020
Cases of Covid-19 in Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Caverswall are beginning to fall after rocketing to the highest rate in the West Midlands last week. As of the weekend, the rate of infection with coronavirus was at 550 per 100,000 and dropping rapidly.
July 24, 2020
A dispersal order, giving police officers the power to move people from areas of Blythe Bridge, was in force this week. The powers were handed to officers after yobs smashed windows of properties in The Avenue and Mount Road.
July 16, 2020
Human excrement has been found dumped on a park bench in the Moorlands. The discovery of the faeces was made by a dog walker in Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground on Thursday, July 9.
July 9, 2020
A mother and her son, from Blythe Bridge, have hit the bullseye on the small screen. Debbie and Callum Matthews appeared on a pre-recorded Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow at the weekend which saw the pair win a host of prizes, including the top prize which was on offer.
June 18, 2020
A national builders merchant and home improvement retailer, which has a store in Blythe Bridge, has announced that it is set to cut 2,500 jobs and close 165 branches across the country. The announcement from Travis Perkins PLC was made by the company’s CEO Nick Roberts on Monday (June 15).
June 4, 2020
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.
May 29, 2020
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.
March 26, 2020
RESIDENTS in the villages of Forsbrook and Blythe Bridge are continuing to club together to look after the more vulnerable members of their community. Chairman of Forsbrook Parish Council Peter Jones said: “I am heartened by the community response and their call to action. “At this time we need to make sure we are all looking out for our neighbours.”
March 19, 2020
A VILLAGE in the Moorlands has come together to help the more vulnerable members of their community amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Forsbrook Parish Council has run an appeal parishioners to nominate “one or two people per street” to keep an eye out for the vulnerable people who live close by. The council also said that, via the parish, efforts could be made in regards to any items that need collecting, such as prescriptions and food.
March 12, 2020
A NEW post office is being opened today for residents of a village in the Moorlands. The facility will be available to use at Lloyds Newsagents on Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge from this morning (Wednesday, March 11) and will be open daily, for a total of nearly 80 hours a week. As well as the posting of parcels and letters, the branch will offer the option for customers of main UK banks to access their accounts as well as processing bill payments, cash withdrawals and home shopping collections and returns.
March 5, 2020
A MOTHER has claimed that a firework went “shooting” over her daughter’s head in a village in the Moorlands on Thursday afternoon (February 27). The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Times and Echo that the incident occurred in Blythe Bridge between 3pm and 3.15pm with her daughter calling her in distress over what had happened while others were being set off. She stated that the route her daughter was walking at the time was down Cheadle Road and then near Tesco Express, located on Uttoxeter Road.
February 27, 2020
TWO level crossings in the Moorlands and East Staffordshire area are due to be shut for a number of days while improvement works are carried out at each of the sites. The works being carried out by Network Rail includes installing new, modern level crossing barriers which “will create a more resilient railway, help to reduce delays to services and mean that the level crossings remain fit for purpose.” Caverswall level crossing on Caverswall Lane, between Blythe Bridge and Caverswall, is set to be closed from tomorrow (Thursday, February 27) through until Monday, March 2; while the Hockley level crossing in Uttoxeter, will be closed between Wednesday, March 4 and Monday, March 9.