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Times Echo and Life / Coronavirus

August 4, 2020

Virus halts Uttoxeter Poppy Appeal

STREET and supermarket collections for the Poppy Appeal will not take place in Uttoxeter this year. The coronavirus pandemic poses too much of a risk to volunteers for the annual appeal – many of whom are over 70. A question mark remains over Remembrance Services and how they will take place in November.

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June 30, 2020

Couple’s parenthood joy thanks to ‘little miracle’

‘LITTLE miracle’ Arabella Faith Kinsey has already been part of an incredible life journey at less than a month old. Arabella, who was born on June 11, entered the world via emergency caesarean amid a global pandemic. The tiny tot was conceived through IVF treatment after her parents, Luke and Jasmine Kinsey, feared they would not be able to have children.

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June 26, 2020

Popular Moorlands theme park to re-open on July 4

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement of further easing of restrictions during the coronavirus situation, Alton Towers has confirmed that it will be re-opening its theme park as of July 4. The announcement follows the successful opening of the Alton Towers Gardens on June 6 and is in line with the UK Government’s latest guidance on the reopening of visitor attractions and hospitality businesses.

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June 9, 2020

Task force prepares town as shops set to reopen

A TEAM tasked with preparing shoppers and businesses for further easing of the coronavirus lockdown will introduce stencilled guides and advisory signage in Uttoxeter town centre. Queue zones outside shops and signs reminding people to adhere to social distancing will be in place before non-essential stores reopen from Monday, June 15.

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May 29, 2020

Seamstress turns her business to face-coverings

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.

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May 29, 2020

“When it is safe to reopen, we are absolutely ready”

A popular tourist spot in the Moorlands has stated that their team will be “ready to welcome guests back” once Government guidelines, during the current coronavirus situation, allows them to. The message was announced on the Alton Towers Resort website last week and also gave details of how bookings, which have already been made, can be changed.

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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 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 13, 2020

Care home’s thanks for support in lock down

‘OVERWHELMING’ support has been shown to a care home in Rocester during the coronavirus outbreak, bosses have said. Managers at Barrowhill Hall, a specialist dementia care and nursing home, thanked supporters after receiving donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks and visors, together with hand-made laundry bags, hand creams and sanitisers, and treats for residents and staff.

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May 5, 2020

Nancie-Mae’s loom band plan for NHS

A SIX-year-old from Uttoxeter has been raising funds for NHS staff and key-workers by selling home-made bracelets. Nancie-Mae Johnson has been making bracelets out of loom bands in a bid to support workers on the front line. So far she has raised more than £60 and - with help from mum Michelle Johnson-Plant - has posted her creations across the Midlands and even across the world.

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May 5, 2020

Lisa’s lockdown head shave

A LANDLADY shaved off her hair as part of a fund-raiser for the NHS. Lisa Cowell, landlady at the Bagot Arms in Abbots Bromley, has raised more than £1,800 after shaving her locks off in lock down. Lisa sat on a stool outside the pub on Sunday as her son, James, shaved off her hair.

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