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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

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

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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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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May 29, 2020

Traffic wardens back to “discourage gatherings”

Parking enforcement officers are returning to monitor car parks in Cheadle and across the Moorlands as lockdown restrictions ease. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) retained parking charges throughout the lock down, although enforcement officers were not deployed to patrol car parks. The decision caused some concern over potential spread of the virus through people using pay machines on car parks. Many councils made parking free for people to undertake essential journeys quickly, with pay machines covered to discourage anyone touching them.

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May 21, 2020

“Parking permits would encourage people to shop local”

A proposal to introduce parking permits for residents is to be put before Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC). The permits would offer a period of free parking for one car per household and would be tailored to the needs of the three towns across the Moorlands. Parking charges across the district could be increased and charged for a longer period during the day.

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May 21, 2020

Energetic charity challenge for bride-to-be

A bride-to-be will be taking on an energetic challenge for charity on what would have been her wedding day. Therese Davall, who lives in Cheadle, was set to marry her fiancée Iain Carr on Saturday (May 23) but due to the current coronavirus situation the couple have postponed their wedding day. Instead, Therese has set herself a ‘Lockdown Three Peak Challenge’ which is set to see her climbing 1,310 flights of stairs in 24 hours on Saturday in memory of Iain’s mum Margaret Carr, who passed away last year from cancer.

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May 21, 2020

Third year as town mayor for Ian

A town mayor in the Moorlands is continuing in his civic role for a third year running. Councillor Ian Plant will remain as Cheadle Town Mayor for what will be his third year in the civic position.

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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 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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