September 29, 2020
A CHRISTMAS celebration which raises funds for good causes has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Uttoxeter Lions announced the cancellation of the Christmas Cracker this week – following on from a decision not to hold the annual Bonfire and Fireworks display earlier this month.
August 4, 2020
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.
June 30, 2020
‘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.
June 26, 2020
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.
June 9, 2020
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.
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.
May 29, 2020
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.
May 21, 2020
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.
May 20, 2020
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.
May 15, 2020
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.
May 13, 2020
‘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.
May 5, 2020
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.