August 15, 2019
A CHARITY shop employee underwent a head-shave last Wednesday for a cause that helps children who suffer with mental health illness. Aaron Pointer from Uttoxeter’s Barnardo’s branch took to the shaver as part of the charity’s fund-raising season in aid of SOLAR, the specialist service for kids with mental health difficulties. A 'Guess The Bear' competition also ran at the charity shop from July to August with car washes and basic sales also raising money for the cause.
August 15, 2019
A NEW bus route through the Moorlands and into Stoke-on-Trent is set to start next month. The service is set to offer residents of towns and villages the chance to travel to the city between school hours. Bus service Stanton's of Stoke will run the circuit which travels through Cheadle, Dilhorne and Blythe Bridge, stopping at Meir, Parkhall Estate and finally Hanley. The service starts on Tuesday, September 3 and will run from Monday to Friday with two routes going outbound and inbound from each of the 12 stops.
August 8, 2019
A FAULT with a level crossing in the Moorlands caused a standstill in town traffic when it's barriers remained down for nearly two hours, provoking a back-up of vehicles along the road. On Friday, police were called to divert traffic away from Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge with the barriers blocking any way through from either direction. A spokesperson for the Staffordshire Police told the Times and Echo: “We were called at around 4pm on Friday August 2, to reports that barriers had broken and officers were there directing traffic. “British Transport Police were also asked to attend along with Network Rail.”
June 20, 2019
A GARDEN party held in memory of two women has helped raise £600 for charity. The memorial garden party was held in Blythe Bridge on Saturday, June 15 in memory of Anne Ellis and Eirlys Jones who both died in 2016, leaving behind their life partners, father and son Robert and Jason Ellis. Bob Ellis, from Blythe Bridge, was devastated when his wife, Anne, died in June 2016 aged 72.
June 13, 2019
RESIDENTS have taken it upon themselves to clear rubbish from a river. We reported in April about rubbish which had been dumped in the River Blithe, near to the A50 road bridge in Blythe Bridge. Concerns were raised to Forsbrook Parish Council about the issue and we contacted the Environment Agency who told us that, even though they were “appalled” by the rubbish which had been dumped in the river, they could not take any action to remove the rubbish themselves.
June 6, 2019
A VILLAGE church was packed for the funeral of a popular businessman who sadly passed away recently. The funeral of Arthur Poyser, of Blythe Bridge, took place at St Peter's Church in Forsbrook on Monday, April 15. He had passed away suddenly but peacefully on March 19, aged 86. Arthur was the devoted husband of Millie, much loved dad of Ann and Mark, respected and loved father-in-law of Steve and Tracey and a special grandad, brother-in-law and uncle, who will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.
May 24, 2019
POLICE are investigating a complaint of assault following an incident in a Moorlands village. The incident took place on Sunday, May 19, at around 5.15pm in the village of Blythe Bridge. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Officers are investigating a complaint of assault following a call at around 5.15pm on Sunday, May 19.
May 3, 2019
AN ENVIRONMENT organisation is 'appalled' that rubbish has been dumped in a Moorlands river. Last week, we reported that Blythe Bridge residents Peter North, and his wife Janette, had attended the Forsbrook Parish Council's April meeting to air their concerns about rubbish which had been dumped in the River Blithe. This week, the Environment Agency has confirmed that they have received reports of the dumped rubbish, which according to Mr North, has since been added to and that a fence along a pathway which leads to the river has now also been damaged.
April 18, 2019
COMMUNITY leaders have slated the relocation of a village post office. Thursday, March 21 saw the Blythe Bridge Post Office reopen within the Forsbrook Spar in Cheadle Road after being relocated from it's previous venue in Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge. The move means that post office customers in the area can benefit from increased opening times, however members of Forsbrook Parish Council have slated the move, stating their concerns over queues for post office customers along with increased parked cars in the area of the Spar shop.
April 4, 2019
YOUNGSTERS at a village nursery have been getting outdoors and enjoying making 'mud pies' this Spring. Mud, grass, fairy soup, leaves, flowers and water are just some of the ingredients which the children at Blythe Bridge Day Nursery have been using to have fun in making 'mud pies'. Nursery manager Jemma Hubbard said: “We try to get outdoors as much as possible at Blythe Bridge Day Nursery as we feel this is important for the children.
March 28, 2019
MEMBERS of a Moorlands village community are appealing for help in finding the vandals who have spray painted graffiti on their parish church. The incident happened at St Peter's Church in Blythe Bridge overnight on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22. The vandals spray painted the graffiti onto the gable end of St Peter's Church which is situated in Cheadle Road.
February 14, 2019
A MOORLANDS student is embarking on a volunteering trip to South Africa this year. Joe Bailey, aged 16 of Dilhorne, will be travelling to Zambia in the summer to help build eco-shelters and also teach maths to South African children. Joe is taking the trip as part of the organisation 'African Impact', which is based in South Africa. He will be travelling out on June 30 and returning on July 15.