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Times Echo and Life / moorlands

January 6, 2022

Walker hot spot set for improvements

A much-visited site, which is popular among walkers in the Moorlands, could be in line for several revamps. Thor’s Cave near the village of Wetton has seen a significant uptick in visitors since the start of the pandemic.

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November 17, 2021

Proud day for Moorlands band in the capital

A marching band from the Moorlands has, once again, taken part in a national parade in the capital. The 5th Leek Scout and Guide Band travelled to London on Saturday (November 13) to join other bands from across the country to take part in the Corps of Drums Society contribution to the Lord Mayor’s Show.

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October 29, 2021

Moorlands reindeer set to star in festive advert

Animals from the Staffordshire Moorlands are set to feature in a small screen advertisement for a big national company. Reindeer who live at Oakley’s Farm in Dilhorne have been transported to Wembley Arena in the capital recently to take part in filming for a national supermarket’s festive television advertisement.

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September 2, 2021

Warning after catalytic converter thefts in the Moorlands

Police are warning vehicle owners to be vigilant after a series of catalytic converter thefts have taken place in the Moorlands. The warning has been sent out by Staffordshire Police after three incidents of such thefts in Cheadle and Cheddleton.

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April 16, 2021

Makeover for village millennium mural

Work has been completed to replace a badly damaged mural in a Moorlands village. The original Millennium Stone, which is situated in the middle of Alton, was the brainchild of resident and retired art teacher Andrea Stafford, from the former Alton Art and Craft Society, who, at the turn of the century in 2000, came up with the idea of a stone containing a mosaic depicting Alton.

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April 2, 2020

Appeal as small team continue to care for rescue dogs

A RESCUE centre for dogs in the Moorlands is appealing for support amid the current coronavirus situation. Due to the current Government lockdown restrictions, just three staff are working hard around the clock at the Luosko German Shepherd Dog Rescue in Cheadle to look after 40 dogs as no rehoming can take place, nor can any volunteers be allowed to help out at the centre. Rescue Coordinator and Senior K9 Technician at Luosko, Stuart Harvey, told the Times & Echo: “Unfortunately we have had to cancel all ‘in person’ events for the foreseeable future, which in turn means no income, no volunteers, no adoptions and no intake, unless extremely urgent ie police or RSPCA involvement.

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March 26, 2020

Time capsules to mark moment in history

A RESIDENT from the Moorlands has started an initiative that has seen people from all around the world join together to create time capsules to remind future generations of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had globally. Eve Goodyear from Cheadle thought up the idea with her children, wanting to mark this moment in time in a practical way. Her family have created a timeline of what has happened over the past few weeks amid the Covid-19 outbreak by placing newspaper cuttings and family trees and photos into a time capsule.

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March 12, 2020

New post office opens for villagers

A NEW post office is being opened today for residents of a village in the Moorlands. The facility will be available to use at Lloyds Newsagents on Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge from this morning (Wednesday, March 11) and will be open daily, for a total of nearly 80 hours a week. As well as the posting of parcels and letters, the branch will offer the option for customers of main UK banks to access their accounts as well as processing bill payments, cash withdrawals and home shopping collections and returns.

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March 12, 2020

“Home Link will fold without CCG funding

A MUCH-VALUED service in the Moorlands is calling on members of the community to take part in a survey in a bid to help the organisation from folding. Following a review by the North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Group, an annual grant of £70,000 which is awarded to Moorlands Home Link is currently under threat - along with additional funding for five other similar organisations in Stoke-on-Trent. Moorlands Home Link, as a not for profit elderly care charity, has received this funding for over 20 years for its Day Centre in Cheadle and the organisation's Outreach Groups across the Moorlands and the current funding has been guaranteed until June 2020.

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February 27, 2020

All the fun of a dog show and more

A MOORLANDS woman is pulling out all the stops to raise further funds in memory of her late mum. Kathleen Dyas, who lived in Blythe Bridge, passed away in August 2016 at the age of 66. Her daughter, Liberty-Skye Dyas, has since been fund-raising in her mum's memory and has raised thousands for charity by hosting dog shows – both online and at venues.

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February 13, 2020

Three cheers to pub landlord Paul

THE OWNER of a pub in the Moorlands has been bestowed with a prestigious national title after impressing judges with the work he has done. Paul Collins, who runs The Roebuck in Forsbrook, was presented with the Star Pubs and Bars Newcomer of the Year Award at a recent ceremony at the Luton Hoo Hotel in Bedfordshire for his excellent work. “We didn't know we were going to win,” he told the Times and Echo, after his pub was shortlisted alongside four other drinking establishments.

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February 13, 2020


A COUNCIL has made a U-turn on its plan to increase parking charges in the Moorlands. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is due this month to set its budget for 2020/21 and among the proposals for expenditure and income, the council was looking to increase parking charges at it's car parks, including those in Cheadle, Leek, and Biddulph, by 20p. However, after an “overwhelming number” of councillors on the councils Resources Overview & Scrutiny Panel voted to recommend to object against the increase in charges at its meeting last Wednesday (February 5), the SMDC Cabinet decided to reject the proposals at a meeting yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, February 11).

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