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July 28, 2022

Test track plans for quarry site

Digger giant JCB has applied to turn a former quarry site in the Moorlands into a vehicle test track. The company has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire County Council for the construction of a vehicle test track within the quarry complex at Wardlow & Wredon Quarry Complex, Ashbourne Road, Rue Hill, Cauldon Low.

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July 14, 2022

Life-saving kit for first responder

A JCB donation is proving just what the doctor ordered for Uttoxeter’s new First Responder emergency vehicle. The Rocester-based digger maker has kitted out the First Responder unit with a £1,500 defibrillator to enable the community lifeline to respond to emergencies across the Dove Valley area.

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May 26, 2022

Digging deep with donation to reserve

A nature reserve which has become a haven for endangered wildlife is celebrating the next stage of its growth thanks to a donation from digger giant JCB. The 11-acre Tean Valley Meadow Nature Reserve at Hollington Lane, Stramshall, near Uttoxeter, has been awarded £15,000 in a three-year support package from JCB.

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May 26, 2022

Digger giant offers homes to refugees

A major employer in Uttoxeter is offering company homes for 70 Ukrainian refugees forced to flee the war in their homeland. JCB properties in Uttoxeter are being made available and the first family has moved into a JCB house in the town.

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February 8, 2022

Apprentice-built electric JCB to be auctioned for charity

A TEAM of 36 apprentices at JCB have combined their engineering skills to build a unique machine in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

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July 22, 2021

Humble Bill’s lasting legacy to engineering

A talented JCB engineer from the Moorlands who amassed a multi-million pound fortune thanks to his interest in cars has made a life-changing bequest to a Staffordshire school dedicated to nurturing the engineers of the future. Bill Turnbull spent almost a decade working at digger maker JCB as chief engineer helping to develop the company’s first ever mini excavators. He retired in 1995 at the age of 65.

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June 29, 2021

The Hermitage Care Home is up for sale

A CARE home that was gifted to the town of Uttoxeter by the widow of Dr Charles Bamford, is to be sold as a going concern. The Hermitage Residential Home in Holly Road, is run by a charitable trust and caters for women over the age of 65 from the Uttoxeter area.

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April 2, 2021

Jumping for job joy after gaining permanent contracts

Husband-and-wife agency employees Julie and Sean McReynolds are jumping for joy - after being handed permanent JCB contracts. The couple, from Alton, both gave up permanent jobs with other employers to take up agency positions with JCB in 2018 – Julie at the World HQ in Rocester and Sean at JCB Earthmovers in Cheadle.

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January 14, 2021

New machine built to tackle potholes

A digger giant has unveiled a brand new machine to tackle a national scourge - potholes. JCB has launched the PotholePro - a machine that can repair a pothole in less than eight minutes – reportedly four times quicker than standard methods and at half the cost of current solutions.

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November 13, 2020

TV star comes face-to-face with ‘famous’ digger

A small screen star has been getting a close-up view of one of the most famous JCB diggers in the world during filming for an ITV programme about an infamous robbery attempt. Presenter and investigative journalist Ross Kemp visited JCB’s Staffordshire base during the making of a programme to mark the 20th anniversary of a thwarted attempt to steal millions of pounds worth of diamonds from the Millennium Dome.

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October 1, 2020

Digger focus for Matthew’s children’s book

A Moorlands man has conquered dyslexia and penned a children's book. Matthew Wroe has conquered his dyslexia and swapped numbers for words by writing a book in aid of his favourite charities. The intrepid accountant, who is Assistant Financial Controller at JCB, has raised more than £25,000 for good causes over the last decade by taking part in endurance events – even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

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September 4, 2020

Factory workers sent home to self isolate

Twenty factory workers have been sent home to self-isolate after one of their colleagues tested positive for Covid-19. The colleagues, who work at JCB's Rocester site, were sent home last Friday (August 28).

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