August 8, 2019
A YEARLY event which celebrates the assets of a community in the Moorlands was hosted on Sunday. Despite the threat of adverse conditions, the weather proved good for the Party in the Park that was held over the weekend on Tean Road recreation ground in Cheadle with many residents enjoying a day of entertainment with neighbours and friends. Live music, competitions and craft stalls created a welcoming atmosphere for those who attended.
August 1, 2019
THE reduction of affordable housing on a proposed building development in the Moorlands has been approved by community leaders. Building plans, which had previously been approved by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), for land south of Thorley Drive in Cheadle came under fire from objectors when developers Keepmoat Homes proposed to amend a Section 106 policy that had previously been agreed. A 'Section 106 agreement' is “a mechanism which makes a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable.
July 25, 2019
THE HEAD chef of an Indian restaurant in the Moorlands has received an accolade for his work in showcasing “the Best of British Curry” in Asia. Muhammad Ali from the Roshni Restaurant on Cheadle Road in Forsbrook was part of a “super curry chef team” which travelled to Kolkata, India, earlier this month as part of the Taste of Britain Curry Festival; an event that offered the best that the Great British curry scene has to offer. The day was organised by UK magazine 'Curry Life' at the five-star RaajKutir Hotel with the much acclaimed Cambridge-born “Michelin Laureate chef” Mark Poynton also showcasing his food at the festival.
July 18, 2019
A NEW bus service is set to be available for residents in the Moorlands after several parish councils collaborated to provide more public transport for its constituencies. There is set to be a new bus service three days a week through Draycott-in-the-Moors, Fulford and Forsbrook after the areas' respective parish councils agreed to come together to provide a regular means to get to larger towns for “isolated residents”. It was revealed at Monday's Forsbrook Parish Council meeting that, although contracts are yet to be signed, a new bus service is set to be offered to residents.
July 15, 2019
AN ANNUAL festival in the Moorlands has taken place with around 5,000 people enjoying a packed weekend of summer fun. Throughout the three day extravaganza, Cheadle Carnival showcased what the many organisations and activities within the area has to offer. Friday marked the start of the carnival, kicking off with an evening of live music as Round In Circles along with Guns 'N' Roses tribute act 'Guns or Roses' took to the stage.
April 4, 2019
AN ELDERLY couple from Cheadle have thanked two youths who helped put out a fire at their home. The pair had reported smelling gas at their home three times before a blaze outside their bungalow last week. Two young men passing by spotted the flames and dialled 999 before leaping into action to extinguish the fire.
March 28, 2019
A NUMBER of businesses in Cheadle high street are either closing or relocating. New beginnings, expansion, and moving trading to the world wide web are among the reasons for a number of businesses in Cheadle which are either closing or relocating from High Street. Sue Tighe, the owner of Crafty Urchins at 76 High Street, has decided to soon call it a day on her shop in Cheadle's High Street.
March 21, 2019
A PROPOSED housing development for a Moorlands village has been given the red light by community leaders. The Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's Planning Committee has refused an “outline application with means of access for residential development of up to 14 dwellings” for land at Caverswall Old Road in Forsbrook. The plans, which had been recommended for refusal by an SMDC planning officer, had come under fire from councillors from both Forsbrook Parish Council and Caverswall Parish Council. The district council also received a further 33 letters of objection for the proposals, as well as 11 letters of support.
March 21, 2019
RESIDENTS in Uttoxeter are set to see a 3.48 per cent rise in their next council tax bill. Despite Uttoxeter Town Council deciding a slight decrease in their precept, other authorities whose precepts also make up the council tax bill, have announced increases this year resulting in an overall 3.48 per cent increase for Uttoxeter residents. East Staffordshire Borough Council, which bills residents for council tax in the area, has published the rates for the 2019/20 council tax for each of the wards.
March 14, 2019
RESIDENTS in the Staffordshire Moorlands were invited to carry out potentially life-saving training this week. Following the relocation of the defibrillator which was situated at the currently empty Alton Castle pub in Tape Street, Cheadle and is now at the Guild Hall down the road, a defibrillator training session was held at the community venue yesterday – Tuesday, March 12. The session, which saw around 40 participants, was open to anyone who uses the Guild Hall or who lives or works nearby, and was led by representatives of the AEDdonate charity which is based in Stone and is committed to improving survival from out of hospital, cardiac arrest, supporting the placement and use of an automated external defibrillators to local communities.
March 14, 2019
A DENSTONE business has become the first to win both the Large Farm Shop and Restaurant of the Year titles at an industry awards ceremony. Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe owners, Rupert and Emma Evans were presented with the prizes at the Farm Retail Association (FRA) Awards in Oxford last week. The couple also revealed new plans for the business in 2019 – including new dog-friendly facilities.
March 14, 2019
A CHARITY has confirmed that it will be closing it's popular shop in an East Staffordshire town. The announcement from Newlife comes despite shoppers campaigning to keep the much-loved shop in Uttoxeter's High Street. We reported last month that Newlife, which is a charity for disabled children based in Cannock, had been looking for alternative premises in the East Staffordshire town as their lease on the current premises, at 9 High Street, was coming to an end.