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October 18, 2019

Police and ambulance called to “sudden death” incident

A SUDDEN death in Cheadle is not being treated as suspicious, police have said. Emergency services were called to Attlee Road in the town last week, where a man in his 40s was found dead. A woman at the scene was taken to hospital.

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October 10, 2019

Former town mayor and wife celebrate 65 years of marriage

A FORMER mayor of a town in the Moorlands and his wife celebrate their blue sapphire wedding anniversary today as the couple mark 65 years of marriage. Ray James, who was the mayor of Cheadle between 1976 and 1977, and his wife Vera married at Cheadle Church in 1954, two years after their first date in the town. Speaking to the Times and Echo, Vera reminisced how Ray had proposed to her.

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October 3, 2019

Shops closed following landslide in High Street

A LANDSLIDE which happened in a Moorlands town centre at the weekend resulted in a number of shops closing this week. The incident, believed to have been caused by the heavy rain of late, happened at the back of a number of shops in Cheadle's High Street in the early hours of Sunday (September 29) morning. Part of a retaining wall, along with part of what is believed to be a private driveway from St George's Street, came crashing down into the back of some of the High Street properties.

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September 30, 2019

Shops closed due to landslide in town centre

A landslide has resulted in a number of shops in a Moorlands town to be closed today (Monday, September 30). The incident, believed to have been caused by the heavy rain of late, happened at the back of a number of shops in Cheadle's High Street in the early hours of Sunday (September 29) morning. The Samaritan's 'Little Charity Shop' is believed to be the worst affected after bricks and concrete have fallen into the rear of the shop causing “significant structural damage” including broken windows.

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September 26, 2019

Target to make town first “plastic-free” community in Moorlands

A COMMUNITY leader is vying to launch a new scheme that he hopes will limit the amount of plastic that is used in a Moorlands town. Cheadle town councillor Jamie Evans is proposing to try and push Cheadle to become the “first town in the Moorlands to go ‘plastic-free’” by cutting down on the amount of the material that businesses and schools within the area use. At a recent council meeting, he successfully asked for the support of the town council in regards to backing the scheme with a view that a more expansive and detailed plan will be drawn up.

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September 19, 2019

Cannabis plant found in garden

POLICE have been handing out gardening tips to a Moorlands resident after they discovered a cannabis plant. The plant, which is classed as illegal to grow in this country, was found in a garden at a property near to Cheadle town centre earlier this month. A representative for Staffordshire Police had initially posted about the find on their Twitter page. They said: “Local officers in Cheadle have had to give out some gardening tips this afternoon.

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September 19, 2019

Sports facilities damaged by vandals – again

SPORTING members of the public are getting “annoyed” that their changing room facilities are “repeatedly” being broken into and damaged. The concern comes after further vandalism has been discovered at the changing rooms on Tean Road Recreational Grounds in Cheadle. Bird in Hand Football Team is one of the remaining teams using the site to train and play games. The team's manager Dan James told the Times & Echo that paint had been discovered “chucked all over the floor” of the changing rooms building last Thursday (September 12), and that it was soon realised that the culprits had got in via the roof and then managed to unscrew the hinges off the door from the inside.

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September 12, 2019

MP backs Royal Oak proposal principle

A MEMBER of Parliament has said he backs the idea of making a high street building in the Moorlands into a community asset, subject to consultation. Last week the Times and Echo reported that community group “Friends of the Royal Oak” were poised to place a bid for former pub The Royal Oak, which is situated on High Street in Cheadle. The venue, which dates back to the 18th Century, has been vacant for a number of years but the group envisages to turn it into a community focal point, should their bid be accepted – something MP Bill Cash has backed in principle.

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September 12, 2019

Carnival costs £20,000 each year hence admission fee at gates

THE CHAIRMAN of an annual carnival has responded to concerns about access to the venue during the three-day event. The Cheadle Carnival Committee is granted permission to use the Tean Road Recreation Ground by Cheadle Town Council to host the event which traditionally lasts from a Friday evening through to Sunday and takes place in July. However, during a heated debate, at a town council meeting on Monday, September 2, concerns were raised about charging visitors to access the park, which is classed as a public space, during the community festival.

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September 9, 2019

Baby sensory service proposed for high street building

PLANS for a baby sensory facility to be moved into a vacant shop on a Moorlands high street have been submitted to the local planning authority. Previously a haberdashery, 13, High Street in Cheadle has been unused for approximately six months and now Catherine Potts of Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense Staffordshire Moorlands has applied for permission to transform the venue into a “Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense Wow Centre” according to the planning application form she has submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC). In this document, she said this hub would provide “sensory, development and massage, yoga, reflexology classes to babies from birth to 13 months and sensory, physical activity classes for toddlers aged from 12 months to four years 11 months.”

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September 5, 2019

New uniform donation scheme launched

A NEW scheme which donates uniforms to needy families has been set up by two members of a Moorlands community in time for the 2019/20 academic year. Ellie Smith and Beth Flashman have launched “Cheadle Staffordshire School Uniform Exchange” - an initiative that has already helped ten families and 20 children after just two weeks. Ellie told the Times and Echo: “We donate uniform to anybody who is in need.

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September 5, 2019

Town blacksmith honoured in district awards

A BLACKSMITH from the Moorlands has been recognised for his work in the community at an awards evening. Jim Plant from Cheadle has been a metalworker since 1974 and has contributed many pieces of architecture to the town over the years. He was presented with the Business Contribution to Volunteering Award in honour of his contributions at the Staffordshire Moorlands Volunteer Awards 2019 held at Westwood Golf Club in Leek, recently. The awards are hosted by Support Staffordshire.

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