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Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice issue 61

  1. 1. Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle FREE New for 2016 - Distribution now increased to 15,000 quality magazines each issue Covering UTTOXETER & CHEADLE and now Ashbourne - Plus Alton, Oakamoor, Doveridge, Rocester, Bramshall, Stramshall, Mayfield, Leigh, Church Leigh, Checkley, Lower Tean, Tean, Draycott in the Moors, Cresswell, Saverley Green, Fulford and villages in between Issue 61
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  3. 3. 3Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. A warm welcome to the first Voice colour magazine of 2016, it’s great to be back! I’m sure I’m not on my own wondering when we can expect proper winter weather to grind us all to a halt as usual. I’m sure we used to have the heavy snow and thick ice in November when I was a nipper, praying that the school would be closed due to the dodgy central heating boiler packing in! All the children in my road and surrounding estates would head for Churchill Road Rec in Cheadle when we received the signal schools were closed. There was a ‘skating rink’ at the rec which was never used for skating but usually for football. In the Summer months there could be 20-30 of us kicking the ball around until a mistimed shot flew over the wire fence and into Farmer Bert Fower’s fields. When this occurred we all had an indepth chat between ourselves as to who the unlucky lad was who had to climb the fence and go onto Mr Fower’s land to retrieve the ball! Why you ask? Because the first sight of the trilby perched upon Mr Fower’s head coming towards us with a shotgun filled us all with fear and usually we scarpered – leaving the poor lad who looked around at us from Mr Fower’s field gobsmacked before he made his getaway. Great days of course – anyway I digress! Playing at the rec during the snowy days was marvellous fun, it seemed like we had the whole world at our feet as we took our packed lunches with us and created our wonderful camaraderie before embarking on the ‘great walk’ home through the snow. I now realise that the ‘great walk’ was about 300 yards from the comfort of my home! But as the many decades have past – I can’t believe I will be 60 this year! – the wintry conditions seem to have moved into the New Year with the first two months being the worst. Now here we are in February 2016 waiting for something to happen – I even went for a meal at The Parks in Uttoxeter recently wearing just a shirt and trousers, ridiculous for this time of year. Obviously by the time this issue of The Voice is distributed there will probably be two feet of snow and you will wonder what I am talking about. 2016 is a special year for The Voice as it is our ninth since launch day and to mark this occasion we have decided, due to popular demand, to increase the distribution and print of the magazine to a massive 15,000 copies, 2,000 extra than in previous years and these will be distributed into the nearby beautiful town of Ashbourne where residents there can enjoy our wonderful columnists, features and take note of our fantastic advertisers. We also have a new presence via Social Media with facebook, twitter, and a new website where everyone can connect with The Voice for the very latest updates on adverts and news – we continue to move with the times to provide you with a wonderful service which I hope you will appreciate. I hope you enjoy reading this issue Nigel Titterton Editor & Publisher Dear Reader, Publisher and Editor: Nigel Titterton The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice is published by Community Voice Publications Ltd Telephone 01538 751629 e-mail uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk The views expressed in this publication are those of our contributors and are not necessarily those of the publishers, nor indeed their responsibility. All Rights Reserved. Copyright Community Voice Publications Ltd. Designed and Produced by noel@sergeantdesign.com HOW TO GET IN TOUCH The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice is wholly independent and is published at 3 Spode Close, Cheadle, Staffs ST10 1DT. 15,000 copies are distributed free to homes and businesses in Uttoxeter, Cheadle, Ashbourne, Rocester, Denstone, Bramshall, Stramshall, Alton, Oakamoor, Tean, Lower Tean, Checkley, Leigh, Church Leigh, Crakemarsh, Combridge, Kingsley, Mayfield, Ellastone, Draycott, Cresswell, Saverley Green & Fulford and Doveridge areas. Clients are welcome to view the printing matrix. ADVERTISEMENT SALES AND EDITORIAL Tel: 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 Email: uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk NEXT ISSUE The next Voice will be distributed from March 18th 2016 News Deadline: March 8th Advertising Deadline: March 11th BOOK YOUR ADVERT NOW - EMAIL uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk or PHONE 01538 751629 You can also contact us via social media: @uttoxeter_voice search for Uttoxeter Voice search for Uttoxeter Voice Everyone lovesTheVoice
  4. 4. 4 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.
  5. 5. 5Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Foot and Toe Nail Treatments Home Visits from £27, Clinic £24 • Toe Nail Cutting • Hard Skin and Corn Removal • Fungal Infected and Thickened Nail Reduction • Cracked Heels andVerruca Treatment. A general all over foot maintenance Dawn Colclough MAFHP, MCFHP Fully Qualified, Registered & Insured. A member of The British Association of Foot Health Professionals Trained at The SMAE Institute Clinic at Sycamore House,West Hill, off Balance Hill, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8BN Tel: 01889 564592 Mobile: 07794 344 235 Home visits and clinic appointments available Areas covered: Uttoxeter,Ashbourne, Marchington,Abbots Bromley, Kingstone, Cheadle, Rocester, Denstone and others. Dove Foot Health Care NOW MOVED TO UTTOXETER BISTRO @ THE BANK HOUSE Monday-Saturday Lunchtime 2 Courses £8 - 3 Courses £10 Evenings 2 Courses £10 - 3 Courses £13.50 Sunday Lunch 12-4pm £7.50 - 2 for £13 OPEN LUNCHTIME FROM 12 NOON EVENINGS FROM 5.30PM The Bank House Hotel, Church Street, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8AG Telephone: 01889 566922 Fax: 01889 567565 STAMP COLLECTIONS WANTED Anything considered Cash waiting for the right material Phone Terry 07513 112553 or email me on terence.perkins@ collector.org K9 SERVICES Professionally Trained Mobile Dog Grooming Service 07856 262864 Kizzie Payne We offer good competitve rates and a friendly reliable service. Serving the Cheadle and Uttoxeter areas Find us on See how The Voice can publicise your business Give us a call on 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 or Email: uttoxetervoice@ hotmail.co.uk Advert prices start at only £25 and can hit over 15,000 homes Everyone lovesTheVoice
  6. 6. 6 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Oldfields Hall Middle School rise to new heights R ecently Year 5’s at Oldfields Hall Middle School, Uttoxeter, went on an Outdoor experience to Laches Wood near Wolverhampton where they took part in team and confidence building exercises which stretched and challenged the pupils to learn new skills, get active and have fun. They participated in bushcraft and search and rescue skills. Cycled on BMX’s through the wooded areas on wilderness trails. Took leaps of faith on the Zip wire on the outdoor high rope course and getting back to nature in the dedicated bushcraft shelter. They returned with lasting memories and new skills from a fantastic week away tired and happy.
  7. 7. 7Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Location Office number: Square feet: Rental Approx. service charge 1st Floor Office 4 130 £1,800 £700 2nd Floor Office 5 171 £2,052 £924 2nd Floor Office 6 367 £4,404 £1,980 Offices Available to Rent We have Serviced and Furnished Offices to rent at: The Wellington, 78 High Street, Uttoxeter ST14 7JD Rentals from £1,800 + service charges If you would like to view then please contact David Reeves on 07798 668733 or email dave@busdg.co.uk Offices currently available are: It’s the lighting season See our exciting new range of outdoor lighting (order before 3pm for guaranteed next day delivery) • SUPPLIER OF ALL ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS TO THE TRADE AND PUBLIC • COUNTER OPEN: MON-THUR 7am - 5.30pm, FRIDAY 7am - 5pm AND SAT 8.30 - 11.30am • FREE DELIVERIES • COMPETITIVE PRICES • SERVICING STAFFORDSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE Unit 3, Matkat Park, Dovefields, Uttoxeter ST14 8GA Tel: 01889 565999 Fax: 01889 566691 Email: townelectrical@townelectrical.com Web: townelectrical.com
  8. 8. 8 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. P roud Tom Ward has been crowned ‘Top Butchery Apprentice’ in a nationwide competition held for Morrisons employees. Tom, who works at the local Cheadle store, was over the moon after winning his category in the Mastercraft 2015 event which the supermarket giants describe as a competition for the ‘best of the best!’ Tom said “I wanted to be a butchery apprentice but I never expected to win Mastercraft. As our Cheadle store is smaller we prepare meat all day and give customers advice on different recipes.” Tom went onto say he was really pleased to have won his category not only for himself but for all employees and management at the Cheadle store. Gary Mills, Group Retail Director at Morrisons said: “The work that our employees produce every day is a real point of difference for our business. Even getting to the final of the Mastercraft competition is a real achievement given how skilled and talented so many of our staff are.” A Morrisons spokesperson added: “Every day of the year our staff use their craft skills and knowledge to serve our customers better. Recently we celebrated our best of the best when 49 of our most talented craft-skilled employees gathered for the final of Morrisons Mastercraft. A series of tough challenges put the finalists’ practical skills and product knowledge to the test.” For Cheadle’s Tom Ward, the achievement of scooping Butchery Apprentice at Morrisons is a fantastic stepping stone to further his career in the trade and his colleagues at the local store can be justifiably proud of his success. Tom is the pride of Cheadle as he scoops top award at Morrisons... Everything you need for Dance and Fancy Dress New fantastic costumes for Children and Adults arriving now for World Book Day In March But hurry to avoid disappointment! We stock all styles of dancewear, shoes, bags etc for the experienced dancer or the complete beginner. Large selection of Adult & Childrens Fancydress (to hire or buy) Wigs & Accessories for that special party or school production. 28 Bank Street Cheadle 01538 754414 GlitzDancewear & Fancydress Church Street, Uttoxeter ST14 8AA Tel 01889 564216 tyreways@uttoxeter.ndo.co.uk Uttoxeter’s Premier Tyre Centre Right service Right advice Right choice Right price • Tyres • Exhausts • Batteries • Brakes and Shock Service • Agricultural Tyres • Wheel Alignment A.C.E. Quality painters and decorators Domestic and commercial work undertaken Call Adrian now for a free estimate M: 07789 762696 For all your painting and decorating needs
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  10. 10. 10 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. 2016 resolution to be stronger, braver, pinker with Race For Life L ocal women are being urged to get the New Year off to a great start by signing up now to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2016. The charity is calling on women of all shapes and sizes to show cancer who’s boss by signing up to the city centre’s first ever Pretty Muddy 5k at Central Forest Park on Sunday, July 17. But if getting down and dirty doesn’t appeal, then the annual 5k Race for Life 5k will be back at Trentham Gardens on Tuesday, June 7. Although many see February as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter in terms of health and fitness, motivation can slip as the cold weather drags on. That’s where Race for Life comes in. Women who sign up now will be creating their own compelling goal to aim for later in the year, when the warmer weather makes staying on the sofa less tempting. Amy Hall, Cancer Research UK’s Stoke-on- Trent Event Manager, said: “Signing up to take part in Race for Life is a great way for women of all ages to commit to get a little more active. “Race for Life events are non-competitive. Taking part is not about being fit or fast and participants can choose to walk, jog, or run around the course. The atmosphere is incredibly supportive. “Pledging to take part, alongside thousands of like minded women, can be a great incentive to get fitter. Planning to raise money for life-saving research could prove more of a goal to get up and get moving than the usual New Year’s resolution to shift the post-Christmas pounds.” One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, and Pretty Muddy events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner. Amy added: “We’re delighted to be able to bring Pretty Muddy back to Stoke-on-Trent as it’s a fantastic addition to our Race for Life family of events. “We trialled it at Trentham last year and it received a whole-hearted welcome from the thousands of women who took part. By moving the venue to the city centre we’re hoping to make it even bigger and better this year. “It has all the fun and camaraderie of our much loved 5k events but with added obstacles and, of course, mud. Women can complete the Pretty Muddy course at their own pace, climbing, jumping, walking and laughing their way around. It’s about women of all ages, shapes and sizes tackling obstacles together.” Last year, over 6,600 women took part in Race for Life in Stoke-on-Trent and raised a fantastic £333,374. This year, organisers hope to see to see the same level of support from local ladies. Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across Staffordshire. “We’re calling on the local brave ladies to harness their fighting spirit once more and really show cancer whose boss,” added Amy. “Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate everyone we love who has survived cancer. It’s also an emotional and moving way to pay tribute to those dear to us whose lives have been cut short by the disease. “Our participants make Race for Life a truly uplifting, inspiring experience. That’s why we’re calling on women of all ages to sign up now and pledge to stand together, shoulder to shoulder, on the front line against cancer. Together, we can unleash a powerful fighting spirit to stop cancer in its tracks.” To enter Race for Life today visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.
  11. 11. • Improve your postural awareness, position and effectiveness • Understand how and when to engage your core and stabilise your position • Increase awareness of how your straightness can affect your horses way of going • Develop effective breathing techniques to help remain relaxed and focused All this and much more! BD listed, UKCC qualified, Equipilates Affiliated Instructor available for rider alignment sessions both on and off the horse, dressage training, test practise, schooling and clinics. References available Contact 07796175128 or email mcfequestrian@outlook.com www.mcfequestrian.co.uk Jo Titterton Dressage / MCF equestrian @mcfequestrian 12 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Lank’s Lore By Steve ‘Lank’Lavin Golden Memories from one of Uttoxeter’s Favourite Characters W elcome everybody to the 2016 1st edition of your Voice magazine I hope you all had a nice Christmas and New Year and my commiserations to anyone who didn’t with the loss of a friend or relative to other tragedy during the proceedings. I wonder what 2016 has in store for us all. The town is certainly changing that is for sure, but you cannot change progress whether it is for the good or bad. I am not against new developments as long as they improve the surroundings of the town in general but on many occasions developers are only interested in profit and a lot of local recognisable buildings have been allowed to fall into disrepair and replaced with housing projects. You can argue that social housing is now a necessity with the shortage of affordable homes available for young families to get a roof over their heads, I totally agree but not building them in town centres and destroying the character of the place. I think the most deplorable thing I have witnessed in Uttoxeter’s town centre was when part of the High Street from the junction with Bradley Street was demolished to make way for new flats. This part of High Street prior to this development used to contain many shops which were very popular with the general public, The Gas Showrooms, Wilkinsons Fruiterer’s, Benny’s Bargain Shop, The Chocolate Cabin, Hulsons Fish Mongers & Kayjays Electrical Appliance Shop being a few I can remember in my time, most of which were superb little family businesses offering quality goods and where personal service was king. I know that some of these premises were unsafe and were shored up for a period of time but I am sure that they could have been replaced as shops instead of housing projects especially in the middle of the main High Street. Unfortunately though a lot of older premises were built in the days when the horse and cart was the mode of transport and nowadays with the advent of the motor car and numerous other large delivery vehicles coupled with the volume of traffic that they have created, the street corner on which some of them were located on has had to be demolished to widen the road along with buildings that could have been used for retailing purposes going the same way to be used as car parks to cater for this new trend. However it is not all doom and gloom. It was a crying shame when Uttoxeter’s Cattle Market which was certainly a crown puller for shoppers into the area had to be closed but I am sure that it was taken with a heavy heart. After it closed it stood as an eyesore in the town centre with decaying buildings and the vermin that they bring with them. Fortunately Uttoxeter was very lucky with the help of the local council and other bodies in securing a development company to take over the task of turning this unsightly site into not only affordable, central social housing, on the fringe of the trading areas (not on the main trading thoroughfares) but also a superb new shopping complex with a much needed new car park. The same applied to the old Bamfords factory site which was lying empty and desolate virtually in the heart of the town. With thanks to JCB’s legacy a new high class supermarket has been built and is opening shortly (I think!) and the rest of the land I believe is to be used for various projects including leisure areas, office accommodation and social housing. If JCB’s track record is anything to go by there are exciting times to come to the area, so lets not knock them. Till next time, LANK An aerial shot of the new Waitrose store, opening shortly? Photo courtesy of Nathan Anderson Dixon The former site showing the old Bamfords Ltd factory which was there previously during it’s demolition. New year, new training goals? Why not focus on improving your performance in the saddle. My Ride-in-lign training approach combines the scales of training with Equipilates techniques
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  13. 13. ‘Young at Heart’ was a spin-off from Tean and Checkley OAP Association and was specifically aimed for that age group. The title was suggested by George Sanders, a founder member, with Herbert Davis on piano. Initially only a small group, over the 22 years it expanded rapidly and it was never short of people contacting myself to join in the shows which were held in Tean Village Hall (now The Venue). It was all about informality and fun with talented people taking part and thoroughly enjoying every moment – nothing restricted! Who can forget the ‘Half Monty’ and Maurice Rhodes’ witty sketches? It was so fortunate to have loyal and hard-working volunteers to help out with dressing, ticket sales, refreshments and publicity etc and a sell-out for the week. The eldest members were Eve Robinson, Marge Mason, Arthur Moult and Bill Brant and they were bordering on their 90’s when the shows finished! No show is complete without a compere and musical director, and the group were very fortunate to have had Tony Allen and Barry Lomas for many years. Previously Herbert, Fr Paul Whieldon and Fred Eyre were involved. The shows brought lots of laughter and wonderful happiness to all those who took part and who watched the magnicent ‘Young at Heart’ shows over many years. A real success story and one to be oh so proud of... Margaret McGarry Happy memories of ‘Young At Heart’ Concert Party ‘I was a regular each year at the ‘Young at Heart’ shows, and I saw how popular they were. It was a highlight in Tean each November and something to look forward to. I have always cared very much what takes place in Tean and support most events and we miss ‘Young at Heart’ so much.’ Tean’s well known Historian and Author Ivy Willets-Brunt 14 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.
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  15. 15. Customers with grand designs – and those with smaller plans – can now get free planning advice from the local council every week. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has introduced a new planning surgery which will take place in the reception area at Moorlands House on Stockwell Street in Leek between 9am and 4pm every Wednesday. Councillor Edwin Wain, cabinet member for planning, development and property, said: “We are always listening to what our customers and residents want and we are introducing this new planning surgery in response to requests for better access to our planners and the planning service. “It’s a good opportunity for anyone considering a building project in the Moorlands to speak to an experienced planner about their proposal and seek advice on whether they’ll need planning permission and, if so, how to apply. “We hope it will improve the service for customers and we’ll be monitoring this over the coming months so I’d urge people to make full use of these weekly surgeries.” Advance appointments are not always necessary but, to avoid having to wait, customers are asked to call the Council’s Customer Services team on 0345 605 3010 to make an appointment. The surgeries complement the Council’s existing planning pre- application process and are aimed at helping customers with their building projects from the ideas stage through to making a planning application. New planning surgery starts in the Moorlands 16 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Field Funeral Services Ffs Dedicated to Dignity & PEACE our family to yours t: 01538 722665 Independent Family Funeral Directors Field Funeral Services |37a High Street | Tean Stoke on Trent | Staffordshire | ST10 4DY www.facebook.com/fieldfuneralservices fieldfuneralservice@hotmail.co.uk Taekwon-do We train at The Parkwood Community Leisure Centre In Cheadle on Tuesday Night 6.00pm to 6.30pm 4yrs to 6yrs 6.30pm to 7.30pm Junior/Beginers Grades 7.30pm to 8.30pm Senior/Advanced Grades Call John on 07854 806581 www.nctkd.co.uk WHEEL ‘N’ TYRESLTD Performance Tyre Centre WE FIT TYRES ON YOUR DRIVE PUBLIC • BUSINESS • FARM CALL-OUTS Unit A, Brookhouses Industrial Estate, Cheadle ST10 1SR 01538 755100 BATTERIES • BRAKES EXHAUSTS • TYRES Personal Service and Advice Ki tchens by Paul Gabri el of S t r a m s h a l l Affordable Kitchens from the unusual to the straightforward. Re-vamp your existing kitchen with a choice of over fifty door designs and a wide choice of worktops and sinks. Or simply paint your existing doors to freshen things up. Otherwise I can design, supply and fit a brand new kitchen or supply only. For free friendly advice call Paul on 01889 562139 or mobile 07990 622125 Visit www.kitchensbypaulgabriel.co.uk or e-mail paulmgabriel@hotmail.co.uk The Sewing Patch Fabric, Patchwork, quilting and sewing supplies Fantastic range of 100% Cotton Fabrics Friendly Workshops and Sit-n-Sew Sessions Gift Vouchers available • DMC EmbroideryThreads Strawberry Garden Centre, Bramshall, Uttoxeter ST14 5BE Tel: 01889 562553 www.sewingpatch.co.uk NEW OPENING TIMES Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 4.30 Closed Sunday and Monday It’s easy to place an advert in The Voice Email: uttoxetervoice@ hotmail.co.uk Tel: 01538 751629 Tap into our massive readership to attract new customers now!
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Come and join us, The Royal Naval Association, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Bankhouse, Uttoxeter For details call Dave Emery on 01782 397746 or Mike Bell on 01889 563897 All Styles of Classes available Monday to Saturday at our Cheadle Studios Enquiries for these classes or for any of our classes to advanced standard at the Cheadle Studios to 01538 754414 or email vjshelley@tiscali.co.uk www.vivienneshelleystudios.co.uk Pre-School / Beginners Ballet & Tap - 9.15am Preparatory / Beginners Ballet & Tap - 10.00am Primary/ grade 1 ballet & tap - 11.00am Grade 2 ballet - 12.30pm Freestyle Disco and Jazz - 1.15pm VIVIENNE SHELLEY DANCE STUDIOS Quality Local Dance Tuition For All Ages in Cheadle, Uttoxeter & Blythe Bridge Saturday Dance Classes St Mary’s Church Hall, Balance Street, Uttoxeter I t’s a new year and a new home for the Women of Uttoxeter as their regular meeting on the First Thursday of the Month – 7.30pm will now be held in the church of St Mary the Virgin If you’ve set yourself a New Years resolution to try something new this year, why not come along and find out more about the WI. The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The Uttoxeter branch, called ‘The Women Of Uttoxeter’ reformed last year and will celebrate it’s first birthday at the March meeting. As well as celebrating the traditional elements of WI meetings, the programe of activities is varied, last year it saw the ladies learn about aromatherapy, take a self defence class, make wreaths, learn knickermaking, have a cheese night and make glass decorations, this year has already started with a visit from our local PSCO who advised about community safety and the programme for this year is set to include car maintenance, sign language, a crochet class and a local history walk. Membership for the year is only £37.50 and as well as the meetings you receive the WI magazine 10 times a year. There are lots of other workshops, days out and activities to get involved with too and it’s a great way to make new local friends, your first visit is free so why not pop by and say Hi! At our February meeting we will be learning how to make sugarpaste flowers for cake toppers, (bring along a rolling pin, board and pot to take your flower home in) and we’re having a valentines card swap, bring along a card with a recipe or poem inside to swap. Let us know if you’re able to come and we’ll be sure to look out for you, The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. Whilst the meeting venues might have changed from the local village hall to local café, the ethos and reputation of the WI remains the same, and women join now to meet new friends, learn new skills and make a difference on matters that are important to them now as fellow members did in 1915. If you would like to find out more about the Women’s Institute or join us for a meeting details about the Staffordshire branches can be found here: sfwi.webs.com or by calling: 01785 22 38 38 The Women of Uttoxeter meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at St Mary the Virgin Church, Uttoxeter, ST14 8AW, If you would like to visit or join us or help support with a talk, workshop, raffle prize or simply help us by putting up a poster we’d love to hear from you – uttoxeterwi@gmail.com New home for the Women of Uttoxeter Uttoxeter Leisure Centre Awarded Inclusive Fitness Initiative Status A fter a hugely successful first year following its extensive refurbishment Uttoxeter Leisure Centre is delighted to announce the achievement of the provisional level Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) Mark. The IFI has been established for over 10 years and is recognised as a fundamental tool in addressing inequality in physical activity, with its aim to provide an inclusive platform for everyone to be active together. Staff at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre believe that, with this accreditation, more people with disabilities will have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of physical activity allowing all customers a chance to benefit from a full body cardiovascular and resistance-based workout. Councillor Colin Whittaker, Deputy Leader for Cultural Services, said: “With their fantastic fitness instructors and state of the art Matrix gym equipment Uttoxeter Leisure Centre are proud to offer a fully inclusive customer journey from the minute you arrive to the moment you leave. With accessible changing rooms, equipment and specialised training advice the Leisure Centre has an opportunity available to suit all needs. “Uttoxeter Leisure Centre understands that visiting the gym can be a scary experience for many customers, which is why they want to ensure the experience is truly inclusive for all. Everybody’s needs are different, that’s why they will ensure your needs are considered from the start. The highly trained fitness instructors will help you get the best out of yourself”. Ring the reception or call and speak to our friendly staff to book an induction on 01283 508160.
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  19. 19. 20 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. ! DM Bowd Environmental Services Limited Old Stores Cottage, School Lane, Lower Leigh, STAFFORDSHIRE, ST10 4SS Mobile: 07875628694 Web: www.dmbowd-environmental.co.uk E-Mail: contact@dmbowd-environmental.co.uk COMPANY REGISTERED IN ENGLAND NUMBER: 9653543 VAT REGISTRATION NUMBER: 220 4154 62 SEPTIC TANK EMPTYING! DRAIN CLEANING! HIGH PRESSURE WATER JETTING! CCTV DRAIN SURVEYS! DRAIN INSTALLATION & REPAIR! TANK CLEANING! CONFINED SPACE ENTRY! TANKER HIRE! ROAD SWEEPER HIRE! DUST SUPPRESSION! SLUDGE & EFFLUENT REMOVAL! !! 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In the report published yesterday Professor Keith Willett, Director for Acute Care NHS England said; “The consequences of loneliness among lonely people are increasing with an unremitting demand on health care which will ultimately cripple the NHS.” Goldies founder Grenville Jones cites regular testimonies from the 40 freelance session leaders who run his charity’s fun sing and smile sessions across the UK. “Hardly a day goes by without a call from one of our leaders telling me that our sessions really are making a difference to lonely lives. Goldies is NOT a choir, it’s quite simple really, all we do is encourage people who are isolated to get out, to be with others and to make new friends through singing and stretching.” In recent months the charity has developed its work across Essex, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and under the Goldies Cymru banner many new sessions have been added in South Wales. In Cardiff there are now hugely successful Goldies singing sessions held at five libraries. In Uttoxeter local pharmacist Tim Haynes puts out information about Goldies sessions in his town in his prescription bags to the over 60s in his area. “The Trustees of our small charity want to increase our work and impact across the United Kingdom in the months and years ahead and there is a very simple message to GPs and everyone who is delivering acute care in the NHS. “Singing should be on prescription.” www.golden-oldies.org.uk L ocal woman Laura Wigg-Bailey, who lost 68 lbs (that’s 5 stones) in weight by attending a Weight Watchers meeting in Alton, is set to open her own meetings in Rocester and Tean. “I was referred by my GP to attend Weight Watchers as I had been concerned about the effect being overweight was having on my general health. When I was pregnant in 2012 the hospital insisted that because of being overweight I should be under a consultant when the time came to have the baby meaning a lot of medical intervention which I didn’t really want. I felt determined that the next time round I wanted to either be on the midwives ward or even at home to give birth. I am now in that healthy weight range. After about six weeks of attending meetings we got a new leader at Alton and she mentioned she needed helpers so I offered as I thought it would be interesting to see how it all works behind the scenes. My weight loss was going really well and I felt I completely understood the plan and was so thrilled after all the years of trying to lose weight and failing, that I wanted to help Rachel, my leader, as she had helped me so much. I really enjoyed it and despite having a busy life working at the museum in Uttoxeter, and looking after my 3 year old daughter that when the opportunity to become a leader came along I didn’t have any doubts it was the right path.” Said Laura Weight Watchers helps people change their attitude towards food for good, enabling them to maintain a normal lifestyle which includes eating out and occasional treats like takeaways. It promotes a way of eating, moving and wellbeing which enables members to feel good about themselves and their weight loss. The Weight Watchers plan is not a diet and provides members with lots of ideas for family meals. “I still eat lots of the same foods as I used to such as pasta and pesto, for comfort when it’s cold, and enjoy a few G&Ts at the weekend. My life has become so much better now that I’m in control of my weight but still enjoy mealtimes and socializing without the fear it’s going to add more inches to my waistline!” said Laura. The meetings will take place in Rocester Village Hall at 6.30pm on Thursdays and at Great Wood Hall in Tean at 6.30pm on Tuesdays. Laura shows the difference
  20. 20. 21Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Janet Johnson BSc (Hons) Podiatry SRCh Chiropodist Treatments include: nail cuts, thick nail reduction, ingrown nail treatments, callus and corn removal, verrucas, arch and heal pain, nail surgery biomechanical assessment and diabetic assessment. Based in the Northgate Doctors Surgery, Carters Square, every Friday. Home visits available £25 per treatment Mobile: 07951820847 Home: 01889 592855 after 6 pm janetjohnson1701@ gmail.com Take a drive out to one of the area’s most beautiful ‘olde worlde’ country inns and restaurants - and savour a truly delicious experience! Enjoy wonderful views overlooking Croxden Abbey and the surrounding countryside. Open every day, 12-10pm Pensioners Specials Monday to Saturday 12-2pm Main Meal £4.50, 3 Courses £8.00 Sunday Lunches served all day Take your pick from Beef,Turkey, Lamb, Pork or Chicken Traditional Cask Ales - Marstons Pedigree, Spitfire, London Pride, Black Sheep Heated smoking area Mid-Week Evening Specials Accommodation in superb Log Cabins with Hot Tubs available. B&B and Self Catering. See website for further details. Enjoy a great meal atThe Raddle - The Perfect Country Inn & Restaurant Quarry Bank, Hollington, near Alton Towers Telephone: 01889 507278 www.logcabin.co.uk
  21. 21. 22 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. B racing Winter weather did not deter Year 8 students from Windsor Park Middle School as they set out on their week away at Standon Bowers Outdoor Education Centre. The outdoor educational week enables students to acquire and develop key skills; communicate better, solve problems, learn to lead and be part of a team. Mr W Smith, Head of PE said; “It was an excellent week away with the students. All faced challenging situations outside of their comfort zones, but with teamwork, dedication and ingenuity the students took it all in their stride. The students were a credit to themselves, their parents and the school in their outstanding behaviour, maintaining our excellent relationship with the Centre. I would like to thank the staff who attended the week, without their time and support the Department would not be able to facilitate the trip”. Climbing, scrambling, BMXing, archery, shelter building, night walking, rope climbing and balance, along with team problem solving are to name but a few of the activities the students experienced during their time away. Parent, Mrs Martin said; “One of the best journey’s in life that my Son’s ever been on.” Windsor Park Middle School take their education outdoors
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  23. 23. 24 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Nathan is a local estate agent, with over17 years of experience in the residential sales and lettings market. I n 2016 ABODE have seen an increase of around 10% in activity compared to the same period last year, with many properties selling under £150,000 which has had a positive knock on effect across the local marketplace. One of the main reasons for this is a surge in second home/buy to let purchasers coming to the market now, before the proposed increase in stamp duty at the end of March 2016. How does this work? Well the plans are to charge an extra 3% for buy to let landlords and second home buyers from April this year to mitigate potentially negative impacts on the housing market as a whole. Basically if you can afford to buy a second home or investment property to let, you will pay more tax. I would imagine that this will have a cooling effect on the market later on in the year. Buy to let purchasers are going to become less competitive when competing with first time buyers, which will mean that property at the lower end of the market will probably see less growth and this in turn will again impact further up chains. However, with the market picking up and still low interest rates the actual volume of sales is expected to continue to be strong. If you are thinking of selling or renting your property please call ABODE on 01889 567777. North End House,Uttoxeter Guide £300,000 • 8 Bedrooms • 3 Receptions • Uttoxeter location For your FREE Valuation call our team today Property Voice by Nathan Anderson-Dixon No Chain Uttoxeter 01889 567777 Ashbourne 01335 300600
  24. 24. 25Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. SALES & LETTINGS 1 Market Place, Uttoxeter, ST14 8HN www.abodemidlands.co.uk rightmove 01889 567777 Chestnut Close,Tean – £239,950 A modern 4 bedroom detached family home situated within a pleasant cul-de-sac position,within this sought after residential location. Uttoxeter Road,Tean – O.I.R.O £230,000 A period cottage offering character and three bedrooms,with stunning kitchen,garden and garage. Heathfield Road,Uttoxeter - £189,995 A well appointed three bedroom semi detached house with generous garden and conservatory. Pennycroft Road,Uttoxeter - £144,950 A good value three bedroom semi detached house with generous garden and spacious kitchen.
  25. 25. 28 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Have I got news for you by Uttoxeter’s Gary Hudson, Former BBC Chief News Reporter Gary Hudson is a member of Uttoxeter Lions Club, a former BBC Chief News Reporter and a senior lecturer in Broadcast Journalism at Staffordshire University. A new album release – what multi- million seller Adele is missing The best-selling album of the year so far is 25 by Adele. It sold 12 million copies within a month of release, and is credited with boosting CD sales at the expense of downloads and streaming. But there’s another CD I want to tell you about, and it has so much that is missing from Adele’s effort, so much that she could only dream of, that I am surprised she hasn’t been in touch to ask where she went wrong. Perhaps she’s too busy in meetings with her accountant. The other album is Hope Street by Temple Hudson – that’s me and my mate Professor Mick Temple. It’s for charity and was recorded on a comparative shoestring. At this point, everyone who knows me will be offering a collective sigh: ‘He’s not rattling on about that again, is he?’ ‘Is he really using his column in the Voice to flog his CD.’ Well, yes I am and unashamedly so. Because most people reading this will not have heard about the record yet. Unlike Adele’s record company, we didn’t take out full page adverts in the world’s press. Nor did we pay for giant posters of ourselves in New York’s Times Square or on the sides of trams in Amsterdam. And I make no apology for this blatant plug, because we’re not taking a penny from the sales for ourselves. . All proceeds to charity Hope Street by Temple Hudson is what you might loosely call a vanity project. Mick and I are a couple of middle-aged guitar-toting show-offs who enjoy performing our songs to an audience. We decided it was about time they were recorded for posterity before we were too decrepit to play them any more, whether posterity wanted them or not. Often we don’t write new songs, we write old songs – or at least songs that sound like they’ve been around for years. ‘I remember that one. Who did the original?’ ‘We did. About ten minutes ago.’ ‘No, I mean who did it first?’ ‘We did!’ ‘Are you sure?’ ‘I should think so. We wrote it. And nobody’s sued us yet.’ There are nine original songs on Hope Street. It’s just a fiver, and you can find it on eBay. Or just ask me for a copy if you see me around. That fiver goes straight to charity. Within a week of release we were able to offer three hundred pounds to Parkinson’s Disease research. Other charities should benefit in future. A bit of Americana via Stoke The critical response has been good too. Richard Rudin – a former commercial radio DJ now ploughing a similar academic furrow to me – wrote that he was greatly enjoying it: ‘It’s a bit of Americana via Stoke; a touch of Gallagher and Lyle and the spirit of Joe Brown and His Bruvvers.’ I’d rather he’d compared us to Rory Gallagher than Gallagher and Lyle, because the dynamic guitar playing of blues-rock maestro Gareth Powell features heavily. But all compliments are welcome. Richard also said we surprised him because his favourite track was ‘uncomplicated but sensitive’. I believe it was the sensitivity that was the surprise; he’d expect us to be simple-minded! The songs range from 50s rockabilly pastiche – complete with flying saucer effects –to a cautionary tale about the use of power tools. In between there’s probably the world’s first Black Country zombie song. So you can see why Adele should be worried. There are no Black Country zombies on 25 are there? Not one. No flying saucers either. And as for chainsaws, well, she completely fails to address the important health and safety message of Mick’s finest hour Don’t Argue With A Chainsaw. Now that’s cutting edge in more ways than one. Yes, we have love songs too, although none are quite as histrionic as Adele’s offerings. Why’s it called Hope Street – why not? We chose the name Hope Street because it’s mentioned in one of Mick’s songs and it’s optimistic. It’s not necessarily the Hope Street in Hanley, where there are music shops we occasionally use, but it is that one if you want it to be, and the one in Liverpool, the one in Glasgow, and any others you might know or that exist only in your imagination. We had a very enjoyable launch event at the Cavendish Arms in Doveridge, where we played most of the tracks on the album. There has also been great support from musicians I admire, like Jake Clemons, the saxophone player with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Although, to be fair, when he said it was ‘awesome’, he hadn’t actually heard it. He liked the idea of doing it for charity. But a lot of local musicians have listened and bought the CD. Their comments range from ‘brilliant’ to ‘not my cup of tea – but brilliant’, which shows they’re at least consistent in not wishing to offend. So if you buy the album you’ll be in good company. And you’ll be helping the fight against Parkinson’s Disease. So thanks. Temple Hudson playing at the Hope Street album launch at the Cavendish Arms in Doveridge (picture: Paul Hirst). Gary Hudson with Jake Clemons, saxophone player with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Following last year’s highly successful pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Denstone Players are busy rehearsing for their next production ‘Cinderella’- to be performed on Thursday 18, Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February starting at 7:00 pm with a matinee on Saturday 20th starting at 2:00 pm at Denstone Village Hall. Gill Brown is again directing the pantomime which was written by Sharon Hulm. Tickets cost £7 and/or £5 for children under 16 and are now available from Denstone Stores (tel. 01889 590397), Denstone Farm Shop (tel. 01889 590050), by telephoning 01538 722667, or online at www.denstoneplayers.com Dave Shooter, Chair of Denstone Players said ‘We were really pleased with the audience reaction to last year’s production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and felt it would be a hard act to follow! But with this year’s production of ‘Cinderella’ I’m confident we’ll do it. Again the wider community is involved in the making of scenery, props and costumes and the cast is a real mix of both old and young, experienced and new- comer players. It promises to be a treat for the whole family. Tickets are now on sale and should be booked to avoid disappointment!’ Denstone Players News It’s (nearly) Panto time again! Oh yes it is!
  26. 26. 29Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. A yoy there Mateys! Shiver me timbers – it’s Panto time again in Cheadle – OH YES IT IS!!! Fun, laughter and mayhem will once again be flowing through the Staffordshire Moorlands, as C.A.T.S. (Cheadle Amateur Theatrical Society) presents its annual Pantomime. This year, C.A.T.S. will be performing the swashbuckling adventure ‘Treasure Island,’ written by Rick Hermolle and Ian Wood and directed by Rick Hermolle. Ian is best known for his portrayal of the Dame in pantomime, but has decided for this production to hang up his frock and wipe off his make-up and use his expertise from starring in many C.A.T.S. pantomimes to co-write the script. Rick is more used to designing and making the scenery and working hard backstage at productions. However, he has shown his talent for his writing of C.A.T.S. awarding winning play ‘Letters from the Front, ‘which was recently performed at the Cheadle Remembers events and which won many awards at the One Act Play Festival in 2015. Extremely loosely based on the famous novel, widow Edna Hawkins (Jason Greenwood) and her son Jim (Megan Hermolle) run the Admiral Benbow Inn in Cheadle-on-Sea, but are encountering very hard times. Jim dreams of an adventure on the high seas, but little does he know what is in store for him when two mysterious strangers turn up at the Admiral Benbow. They find themselves sailing aboard the Hispaniola with Long John Silver (Dan Ede Smith) and Blind Pew, the navigator (Andrew Farrington) in search of the hidden booty, buried on a remote island somewhere in the South Seas, nowhere near Cheadle-on-Sea! Joining them on board to ensure chaos arises are Squire Trelawny (Chris Hammersley,) his feisty daughter Elizabeth (Jess Leake,) Dr Livesley (Sam Stephens,) and many other crazy characters. Arrrrrrr!! Mayhem soon erupts on board with pirates, shipwrecks, cannibals, hidden treasure…. and a little bit of cooking all included, so anything can happen! The ultra violet scene will be more spectacular than ever and hopefully with gather lots of ‘oohs and aahs’ as well as roars of laughter! Treasure Island promises to deliver plenty of comedy, slapstick, singing, dancing, a surprise or two and of course plenty of audience participation. Rick says “I’m really excited to be bringing ‘Treasure Island to Cheadle this year. It will be a mixture of the traditional with a modern twist.” For all you landlubbers out there, why not enter into the fun by coming along in your pirate outfits to join the swashbuckling adventure with us? Once again C.A.T.S. will be aiming to win an award for the Front of House. C.A.T.S. prides itself for encouraging the audience to enter into the atmosphere of the production the moment they walk into the front of house area. Pauline Keates, FOH Manager is keeping tight-lipped what she has in store, but as usual it will be spectacular and fun. ‘Treasure Island’ will be performed at The Cheadle Community Theatre, The Cheadle Academy, Station Road, Cheadle, from Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th February. Ships Ahoy at 7.00pm. Come on Me Hearties. Join in the adventure on the high seas for an entertaining family night out at an affordable price. Buy your tickets now. Tickets are priced at £8 adults, £6 concessions. and are available from Xtra Clean, Crafty Urchins and NuSyte Opticians (all in the High Street, Cheadle) and from Cheadle and Tean Times. They are also available online at C.A.T.S. website at www.cheadle-cats.org.uk (booking fee applies,) or from C.A.T.S. secretary Jenny Price on 01538 751173. See you there! Set sail for a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas to... Treasure Island C.A.T.S. performing at home in One Act Play Festival C.A.T.S. Youth winners for ‘Letters from the Front’ in 2015. L-R Louis Beardmore, Chloe Cheadle, Emily Bosworth, Rick Hermolle, Jess Buckley. T his year Cheadle is fortunate to be hosting the Stoke-on-Trent One Act Play Festival. Usually held at the Mitchell Arts Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, this year the festival is being held at the Cheadle Community Theatre, The Cheadle Academy, Station Road. C.A.T.S. will be performing two plays at the festival. C.A.T.S. Youth, who actors are all under the age of 21, will perform ‘The Hive’ written by Martha Hermolle and directed by her sister Miriam Hermolle. Martha describes the play as “a dystopic sci- fi story about two young people struggling under a futuristic dictorial regime. The play features, Chloe Cheadle, George Bowyer, Emily Bosworth, Daisy Coombes and Elsie May Gilbert. Martha and Miriam hope that ‘The Hive will be equally as or more successful than last year’s C.A.T.S. Youth entry, ‘Letters from the Front’ which was co -written by their father Rick and Martha. The play received nominations in all the categories eligible and won two trophies; one for Best Youth Performance and the second for Best Actress under 21 to Jess Buckley. C.A.T.S. second entry is ‘Among Those Present,’ written by Aubrey Feist and directed by Marge Stanley. Marge has been a recipient of the Best Director award at previous festivals. The play is a spooky, tense mystery set in the 1940’s high society. It features, Dan Ede Smith, Andrew Farrington, Marcus Haywood, Jess Leake, Marcus Haywood, Kayleigh Sims and Sam Stephens. Both Marj and Dan have won accolades for their acting in the festival in recent years. The Stoke-on-Trent One Act Festival takes place from the 7th to 12th March 2016. ‘The Hive’ will be performed on Wednesday 9th March and ‘Among Those Present’ on Thursday 10th March. Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to come along and support C.A.T.S. Many other one act plays will be performed by other local amateur drama societies during the week, with the results being announced on the Saturday night. The winning play and runner up will go forward to the next round in Burton-on-Trent in April. Tickets will be on sale soon. For further details visits C.A.T.S. website cheadle- cats.or.uk or go to the festival website www.allenglandtheatrefestival.co.uk
  27. 27. QUALITY LOCAL MEAT, BEEF, LAMB, PORK & POULTRY All meat home killed with complete farm to fork assurance. Personal & Friendly Service Guaranteed YOU CAN TRUST 100% BRITISH MEAT 2 Market Street, Uttoxeter Tel (01889) 565870 Roycroft Farm, Bramshall Tel (01889) 563353 30 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. J CB has celebrated the production of its 100,000th mini excavator – with the promise of more innovative machines to come as the company builds on its position as an industry leader. JCB’s first mini excavator – an 801 model weighing in at 1.4 tonnes – rolled off the production line in 1989 when just over 450 machines were made. By 1992 there were four models in the range and annual production rates had risen to 1,000 units. The company celebrated production of its 100,000th compact excavator – a 10-tonne 100C-1. It is one of 22 models in today’s range which spans from one to 10 tonnes. All are manufactured at the JCB Compact Products factory in Cheadle, Staffordshire. The global mini excavator sector is one of the most competitive areas of the global construction equipment market and is worth an estimated £4 billion annually. More than 20 major manufacturers challenge for a slice of this valuable business and with almost 200,000 mini excavators sold around the world every year, it is the biggest single part of the annual 700,000-unit construction equipment market. JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “JCB has an innovative, powerful and robust range of mini excavators which keep growing in popularity. From being a challenger in the market 25 years ago, JCB is now firmly established as an industry leader, setting trends for design innovation and manufacturing excellence. “To have produced 100,000 compact excavators really is something for the whole JCB team to celebrate and with more additions to the range due this year we can look forward to more growth in this important sector of the market.” JCB has been rising to the growing opportunity presented by the mini excavator sector in recent years with a £15 million investment in manufacturing technology and new product development. This has seen the launch in the last two years of brand new models including the 65R- 1, 67C-1, 85Z-1, 86C-1, 90Z-1 and 100C-1 models which compete in the six, eight, nine and 10 tonne weight categories respectively. JCB’s mini excavators were first manufactured at the company’s plant Rugeley, Staffordshire, before production switched to JCB Compact Products in 1999 to cater for rapid expansion of the range. The company has won two Queen’s Awards for International Trade for huge increases in exports in 1994 and 2007. JCB Compact Products employs more than 350 at its site in Leek Road. Big milestone celebrated as 100,000th JCB Mini Digger produced JCB Compact Products MD Buta Atwal; JCB Compact Products General Manager Ian Gillott; Assembly Technician Paul Mellor; Paint Sprayer Dave Thacker; Maintenance Fitter Mark Bentley; Fitter Gary Ratcliffe and welder Melvin Sims.
  28. 28. 31Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. I remember in the 1950’s – probably 1955 or 56, my younger pals had seen a billboard outside The Elite Cinema advertising the film ‘The Man from Laramie’. I had never been to this cinema before so with a bit of persuading from my pals we all went down there. The theme song for this film was top of the charts sung by Jimmy Young – everyone was singing it. And from then on it was en every week trip to this cinema just down the road in Uttoxeter, or Uttcheter as we called it! Films to follow on were Carousel, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, South Pacific, High Noon to name a few. If at sometime it got a bit noisy inside The Elita Cinema, the film would be stopped, the manager would come down the aisle shining a torch in people’s faces – there would be total silence! These were the days of no videos, DVDs, not many had a television set, no off licences – so the cinema was always full of folk. When the film had ended and hundreds spilled out of The Elite doors, people who came out surnames like Hudson, Chatfield, Ufton, Crutchley, Lovatt, Blackshaw, Barrett Statham, Greensmith to name but a few. We’d go down in our 1956 fashions – pony tail, poppet beads, duster coats or white poodle wool jackets – three tiered skirts with many underskirts which had been stiffened by rinsing in sugar water so that they stuck out like crinolines! Painted high heeled shoes, stckings with seams and a butterfly motive on the side of the heel, clutch handbags, lace gloves. Make- up applied would be pam stick, crème puff powder, baby pink lipstick! I remember using my first eye shadow, mascara and eye liner. The mascara came in a little box with a brush, you had to dampen the brush with a quick dab under the tap – or most girls would spit on the block, it wasn’t waterproof though! If a ‘weepie’ film had been on at The Elite you’d see folk with black running down their cheeks, kiss curls would be secured with sugar water or a spray of pompadour lacquer. Then to round it all off, a good twizzle of the eyebrow pencil on some part of the face to mimic a ‘beauty spot!’ Some of the conservative fellas would wear a smart suit, collar and tie, leather gloves and more often than not have an overcoat folded neatly over their arms. The ones who went for the fashion of the day would wear drainpipe trousers, knee length velvet collared jackets with shoulder pads, suede shoes with thick crepe soles and their hairstyles would be an Elvis or Tony Curtis one, quaffed at the front, well brylcreamed and combined into a D.A. (Ducks Anatomy!) at the back. They kept a comb sticking out of the top pocket and were forever using it – using the shop windows as a mirror! Teddy Boys style this fashion was called! Teddy Boys in parts of England were supposed to attract trouble but the Uttoxeter lads never did! They showed the girls respect and courtesy – I remember all Uttoxeter folk being sociable. My days spent down there with my pals have always been remembered as being the happiest days of my life. On one occasion, remembering our fashions, I would be about 16 years of age, going down to Uttoxeter in a pair of Italian shoes which caused a stir – they were backless, like a wooden clog, seethrough plastic straps over the top, and a high stiletto steel heel, you could certainly hear me coming! If, after the picture show, our Tean bus was not due we would pop into The Vine to say hello to Ben and his wife, or go for a quick lemonade at The Old Star. Somewhere near here I thinkwas another cinema but we never went into this one – we were too busy enjoying ourselves in The Elite! I hope that my memories of the good old days in Uttcheter and its lovely people have brought some happy ones back to you too... Best wishes from a Tean Lass, now aged 70 years old! MemoriesofdearoldUttcheter... The Old Star, far left, and The Vine, bottom, years ago with the Elite Cinema below. Photographs kindly supplied by Steve ‘Lank’ Lavin of Uttoxeter.
  29. 29. 32 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Baby Sensory by Laura Johnson What is Baby Sensory? A sensory environment rich in sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures promotes brain growth, increases the capacity for intellectual development, and forms the foundation for all future learning.” Dr. Lin Day M y name is Laura Johnson and I run Baby Sensory classes in Cheadle, Leek and Newcastle under Lyme. I am very passionate about our classes and how they can help to stimulate, develop and provide early precious memories in a baby’s first year. Each month I will be writing about how amazing babies are and giving you an insight into how rapidly they learn and develop. This instalment starts at the very beginning, in fact even before then, did you know babies have already learnt so much even before they are born? Modern day ultrasound techniques tell us that babies can pick up sounds and vibrations whist in the womb. Just as a post natal baby will turn their heads when they hear a sound, a pre natal baby will do just that in the womb. Patterns of sounds are also recognised in the womb. Hearing a familiar tune that was heard in the womb can be settling for a fretful baby, as can a parent’s voice. Research also shows us that some music is more attractive to babies, classical music especially that of Bach and Mozart has a rhythm similar to a mother’s voice and can penetrate the womb more easily than pop music. Lights flickering through the wall of the uterus can create an amazing light show for babies in the womb and the amniotic fluid surrounding baby helps to introduce their taste buds to sour, bitter and sweet tastes. These early experiences help to lay the foundation for further learning during the first vital year and beyond. After birth, babies learn more during their first year than at any other time in their lives. Their brain almost doubles in size as trillions of tiny pathways make connections between different parts of the brain. Every minute 250,000 brain cells are formed up until the age of 7 months when the formation is complete and the brain holds up to 200 billion brain cells. It is during this first year that the brain develops the foundations for future learning both in toddler hood, at school and beyond. Every new experience may that be a taste or smell, the development of a relationship, the introduction of a new texture or a different type of music all help to increase intelligence, creativity, language and problem solving to name a few. It is this amazing level of growth and development that we help to nurture at Baby Sensory. All of our activities are carefully planned and backed by over 35 years of research by Baby Sensory founder Dr Lin Day. Lin has written numerous articles about pre and post-natal development and is one of the UK’s leading childcare experts. In all of our classes we provide ideas for play, massage, tummy time, movement, visual development and music in simple practical ways that can be repeated at home. Everything we do has a reason behind it, from the length and structure of class to the way we sit in our sensory area. We have an exploratory play area for our babies to have a rest between activities and our parents and helpers to socialise and swop experiences. Even the mats that we sit on are set out to maximise your babies experience so they can focus on objects more clearly. This year Baby Sensory is 10 years old. We have grown so much just like our babies and hope to continue to do so. Baby Sensory classes can be found in U.S.A., Russia, Dubai, Australia to name a few and up to 250,000 babies attend classes right now in the UK alone. Why not join them and join in the fun. Baby Sensory is moving to Cheadle Cricket Club on 23rd February and classes are launching at the new venue from this date. @uttoxeter_voice search for Uttoxeter Voice search for Uttoxeter Voice Send your articles, photographs, features, sports reports etc into The Voice for insertion into our next issue. The Voice is here to publicise what’s happening in our community Get in touch now via email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk or by social media Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle
  30. 30. 33Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. My Monthly Musings by Cecily Cowans of Cheadle B y the time you read this, January will be behind us. I always think that January is such a long month but this one seems to have passed quite quickly. It was a sad month, losing, in my opinion, one of the best British artists and one of my favourite actors. I have loved the music of David Bowie since I was a teenager and if you have never seen Alan Rickman in ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’, I thoroughly recommend it but keep a box of tissues to hand. The good thing about February is that March follows it, the hour changes, the evenings lengthen and Spring is on the way. As much as we may like to look forward, many of us enjoy reminiscing about the past. In my opinion, nothing can conjure up a memory as well as a piece of music is able to do. Just hearing the introduction to a song or a theme tune or a classical refrain can transport us back to a place in our past. Many of you will be familiar with the Radio 4 programme ‘Desert Island Discs’. Each week the guest is asked to choose 8 tunes as well as a book and a luxury in order to make the island a more pleasant place to be. I have listened to this programme for years, remembering Arthur Scargill asking for the painting of the Mona Lisa as his luxury and, more recently, Stephen Fry choosing the theme from ‘The Archers’ as one of his eight discs. Good friends of mine in Birmingham began their own version of this over a year ago and I copied this idea and introduced it to a group of friends in Cheadle. We meet regularly and the host of the evening presents her choice of music, book and luxury, as well as drinks and nibbles. As well as this being a very pleasant evening, it is a fascinating peep into each person’s past. We have listened to all genres of music, from classical and opera through reggae and folk to military and the most modern to date…Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’. What is chosen reminds the chooser of parents, childhood, first jobs, college and university years, holidays and so much more. The range of books has been interesting and often surprising. Luxuries have varied from the practical…a pillow and a hot water bottle to the unimaginable… Picasso’s Guernica. My luxury was an endless supply of paper and pencils (so that I can muse on my island) but the paper has to be impregnated with insect repellent as the insects of anywhere hot start to eat me as I step off the plane. As for my book, I asked for the complete works of P.G. Wodehouse. I love Jeeves and Wooster and the silly tales of ‘Blanding Castle’ would make me laugh even if I was alone. And the opening notes of ‘Space Oddity’ will transport me back to being 13 again! Let The Voice Be With You by Les Humphries of Rocester W ell readers, a belated Happy New Year, and I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and got everything you wished for. I had a real chuckle in December whilst chatting to ‘Santa’, who told me that my two year old great grandson Morgan, when asked what he would like for Christmas, replied “Broccoli!”. Then, following a smashing family Christmas, we had a brilliant start to 2016, when on the 13th of January Morgans’ new baby sister Bella April Margaret came into the World, weighing in at 7Lb - 7ozs to join him and his big brother Harley. Congratulations to Mum Emma and Father Jonathan (Jonty). Before Christmas I watched an inspiring programme on tv featuring a disabled ex- paratrooper called Ben Parkinson who hails from Doncaster, and despite horrific injuries, managed to canoe down the Yukon River. Originally a strapping teenager of 6’ - 4” , ten years ago in Afganistan, from a roadside bomb explosion, he lost both legs from the thigh down, suffered a broken back and severe brain damage, leaving him barely alive, so he was flown home to die. But with some brilliant medical attention, the love and support of his devoted mother and stepfather, plus guts and determination, Ben defied all the odds to not only walk and talk again, which was thought to be impossible. He even carried the Olympic Torch for a few yards in 2012. Although his speech is slow and slurred which he says makes people think he’s an idiot, Ben has retained a fabulous sense of humour and an amazing philosophy on his life. When asked if he regretted going on what was ironically to be his last patrol before coming home, his reply was *No, because if it had not been me it would have been one of my mates!”. There is just no answer to that, and it made me feel really ashamed at being such a whimp when I complain of a bad back or aching leg. Ben you are some man! Talking of tv there was not too much to enthuse about in the Christmas schedules was there? We did have Downtons’ swansong of course, and the reliable Mrs. Browns Boys, but much of the rest was pretty dire. The so called Film Channels seem to have 50 films or so in their libraries which they keep showing over and over again, and with all the other repeats we know all the plots and jokes. We now have ex footballers selling houses and cooks trying to persuade next door neighbours to be friends, where will it end I wonder? There were a series of programmes looking back on past programmes shown in the 60’s and 70’s, many of which are now considered not to be PC . Maybe they weren’t, but they were good entertainment, exciting or just bloody funny. I wonder what in 20 years time people will think when they look back at todays offerings with ghastly programmes full of hopefuls who can’t sing, being judged by a bunch of has beens with enormous ego’s - X Factor. Pop Idol, The Voice ,( not to be confused with this fine magazine). Then there’s Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother and I’m a celebrity get me out of here. I wonder if these programmes will be reviewed with the same disbelief by future generations who will wonder if people actually enjoyed them? The Churnet Valley Male Voice Choir performed their first gig of 2016 on Friday the 22nd of January at Staffords old ‘Top of the World Night Club, which now goes under the exotic name of Couture & Noir-et-Blank. The concert was in aid of The Donna Louise Trust, and the choir were part of full bill of singers and musicians, all organised by member of the Bass section Clive Barks, who did not sing with the choir on the night as he is soloist in his own right, and performed his own selection of solo’s and duets. The Churnet Valley Choir closed the show, and our final rendition of ‘When the Saints go Marching in’ brought the house down.We were then joined for the Finale by the rest of the cast plus the audience for a stirring rendition of ‘Jerusalem’ to end a great night of song, which included a superb buffet during the interval. I would like to add that we were conducted by our Musical Director Janet Downing, despite being very frail following her recent long illness, but being the trouper she is, bravely overcame her pain to conduct us - well done boss! At time of writing I don’t know how much was raised on the night, but full marks to everyone involved for their help in putting it all together. Whilst at time of writing Gill Browne is licking the Denstone Players huge cast into shape ready to perform their Pantomime Cinderella on the 18th, 19th and 20th of February 7:30 start + Matinee on 20th. Tickets still available from the Denstone Shop. There is a grand mixture of both mature and young actors. As a member of the chorus, I am performing one particular song with three lovely ladies who have wonderful voices, and are showing a lot of patience as I groan through my bit - badly but it will be a lot of fun so if you fancy a night out come along. One of the Denstone Players stalwarts over the years has been Dennis Parker, also a member of the Lions he has been involved in hundreds of fund raising events over the years, not to mention his membership of the Denstone Branch of the British Legion for whom he has organised the poppy distribution for a number of years.At 85 his contribution to the community has finally been recognised with the announcement in the New Years Honours List that he has been awarded the British Empire Medal. I am sure that all in the Uttoxeter and Denstone areas and beyond would like to join me in offering our congratulations to an icon of the community - as we say in the Legion “Well done old chap!”. T T F N Les...
  31. 31. 34 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Ginny’s Community Corner by Ginny Gibson of Uttoxeter M y favourite day of the year is 1st January, it is a day when I am really happy, why, cos the New Year is stretching out in front of me and the possibilities seem endless. I suppose that is why so many people make New Year resolutions on that day, they, like me, see a full year and get excited about what is coming. I don’t make resolutions, I found I always just broke them within days of the big declaration, so instead I like to review the previous year and tweet bits in my life that I feel need to change in the coming year. If like me you have decided to change something in 2016, I would like to politely suggest you try going to Stramshall Village Hall, Vicarage Drive, Stramshall, ST14 5DL on a Wednesdays between 2pm – 4pm. There you will find a wonderful, fun group of people all playing Short Mat Indoor Bowls. Cedric Bygrave, was my contact for the session, he took me round and introduced me to all the players of the team that were there that day. Meanwhile other people were busy with the mats that need to be laid out, the bowls collected, the score board set to zero, the bag to pick the teams was being handed round and the game started. Normally you have 3 or 4 people on each team; each player takes it in turn to roll their bowl down the length of the mat, aiming for the white jack ball at the other end. Sounds easy doesn’t it, well on the two goes that I had, I soon discovered that it is actually very very skilful, as you need to judge how hard to roll it and all I can say is that Stramshall Village Hall was lucky there was someone at the end of the mat to stop mine, the phrase, heavy handed springs to mind. The game is won when at the end of everyone rolling their bowl down the mat, you count up how of each teams bowls gets closest to the jack ball. And then you start again from the other end up the mat the other way. You normally play 7 ends and that is the finish of the match. At Stramshall, they play for 45 minutes and then have coffee/tea and biscuits at half time and then play for another 45 minutes. During the tea break there was a great discussion about the recent news about petrol prices going down and everyone is in agreement that it’s a good idea, and then a discussion about the A50 expansion, then finishing off with discussions about holidays that are being taken that year and who wants to go where and when. It was a really nice feeling to be part of it and just spend some time, doing some exercise and having a discussion about what was happening in the world, locally and personally. While they were playing I spoke to Margaret and Stewart who have been coming for 3 years and they really love it, they said, “it helps to keep you fit in a gentle way, it has improved our balance and hand/eye coordination and the company is really enjoyable too.” Joyce and Lorna Ford explained that the club had been going for 23yrs, started by their brother, Arthur Gilbert when they all moved from London up to Staffordshire and he wanted to become part of the community and thought that Short Mat Indoor Bowls was something they should all try and that the village would benefit from. As it turns out he was right, as 23 yrs. later they are still meeting each week and thoroughly enjoying themselves. As with any club, they always want new people to join and on the week that I turned up, so did three other new people, all wanting to try their hand at the game. One was experienced and it showed, the others were beginners like me and like me it would take some practise to understand the bias of the bowls and the weight so that when rolling it down the mat it didn’t shoot off the end, not that theirs did, that was only mine, obviously! My guide for the afternoon, Cedric, explained that anyone can join; all it costs is £2 per week and the subs pay for the rent of the hall and tea/coffee and biscuits. Half way through the year they total up the subs and if there is money in the kitty, then they organise a lunch trip out, last year they went on two lunches and have a great time eating lovely food at The Robin Hood, Bramshall and the Dog and Partridge in Marchington. If you want to get involved and start something new for 2016 then contact Cedric on 01889 569860 and if you live in Uttoxeter and need a lift to Stramshall, that can be arrange. However you can just turn up on Wednesday at 1.50 to start the game at 2pm. Why not have a go, you will receive a very warm welcome from a really nice bunch of people, you will get some exercise, gain new skills and confidence, meet new people that will become friends and put the world to rights over a nice cup of tea in the break. Auction House has extended its lead as the UK’s number one auctioneer by selling a record 3,260 lots in 2015 – over 1,000 more (1,031) than their nearest rival. In a year of contrasting fortunes in the auctions sector, the award winning auctioneer - which has a branch in Staffordshire - was one of only a few of the big players to show a marked increase in sales, with a 6.6% rise year on year, and ending 2015 having raised £430m. Commenting on a record 12 months, Director Danny Mayer said: “This is a standout performance, demonstrating clear market leadership and a genuine preference for selling auction lots through regional auction rooms, which are more accessible to local buyers. Local auctions are also helping to attract more sellers to our method of sale, and the number of buyers that we draw into our salerooms is growing too. “What’s more, our records show that better prices are being delivered – sometimes exceeding those of estate agents in the area, who have tried but failed to sell the same properties only a matter of weeks previously.” The number of lots sold by Auction House last year was an impressive 46% ahead of its biggest competitor. In particular, its growth in commercial and mixed use properties has advanced significantly, with 772 lots sold last year, up from 605 the year before. Danny Mayer added: “2016 is getting off to a buoyant start as well. Sellers with surplus stock - including many landlords - are in a hurry to sell their assets prior to the 3% Stamp Duty Surcharge coming into effect on 1 April. This desire to sell speedily is complimented by a similar rush by investors to purchase before the surcharge is triggered. “Auction rooms will likely be at their busiest during the month of February. There is only a short window of opportunity before the additional tax burden is upon us, so I confidently expect Q1 sales to be especially strong.” Auction House sells over 1,000 lots more than nearest rival in 2015
  32. 32. 35Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. John Whittaker - a community stalwart by Ginny Gibson of Uttoxeter R ecently I took part in a discussion about Community and we got round to Parish Councils, not the Church Parish Council, but the elected Councillors who form the first tier of local government. The Councillors who sit on the Parish Councils are elected at the same time as the General Election and then spend 4 years, or until the next election, voluntarily looking after the parishioners needs, whether that is pot holes, litter, speed watch, planning, allotments, footpaths, bus shelters or playing fields. They are the first link between you and me and how things get done in the various parishes around the UK. There are 9000 Parish and Town Councils in the UK, so they make up a large representative body of local government. Here in Uttoxeter, we have the Uttoxeter Town Council and Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council. The Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council has 9 Councillors who look after a large rural area around the Town, it’s a sort of kidney shaped parish, we 3 villages, Stramshall, Bramshall and Willslock and the Hamlet of Spath. At the Elections in May last year, one of the Councillors, John Whittaker, who has given 46 years of service to the local community, retired from Parish Council works and as a result, was awarded the Freedom of the Parish by the Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council. The Freedom of the Parish is awarded in recognition of exceptional contribution or service to the community over a prolonged period of time to a person of distinction. So I thought for this article, you would like to know more about John Whittaker, and how he has contributed to the Community we live in. John Whittaker started his work with the Parish Council and District Council when just 29 years old, he was a member of the Young Farmers Association and on becoming Chair of the Young Farmers, was influenced by Rev Oswald Ede, the vicar of Marchington and Norman Capewell, a Parish Councillor of Kingstone and seeing the good works they did for the area, he decided to put himself forward as Councillor because he believed he could make a difference. He was elected in 1969 for both Uttoxeter District Council to represent Stramshall and also Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council. During his time on the Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council he worked with his fellow Councillors to create the Playing Fields at Stramshall, the field used to be the sewage bed for the village and when the village was connected to the main drainage system in 1970 for £25 per household, the Parish Council decided to ensure that the village had a playing field and took over the running and maintenance of the site, so the children of the village had a play area and a football pitch. Together with other Councillors he also successfully petitioned East Staffordshire Borough Council to install a footpath in Stramshall and Spath that linked the villages with Uttoxeter Town. He also ensured that a footpath was installed to link Bramshall Village to Uttoxeter Town, before this, pedestrians were walking at the side of the road, so when these paths were created both villages were safer places for parishioners. Between 1989 and 2001 John Whittaker was elected to the East Staffordshire Borough Council and he was part of a team who ensured that when development of the housing in Bramshall took place, a planning gain of a village hall was included in the scheme by the developers. The Loxley and Bramshall Parish Hall was finished in June 1997 and was opened by John Whittaker’s mother, Mrs Alice Whittaker and the Lord Mayor of East Staffordshire Borough Council, Chris Cornell and is still run by the community for the community today. Stramshall Village Hall was also created in John Whittaker’s time, the Rural District Council sold the Old Vicarage site to the Rural Council and it included a block of land. It was decided to build bungalows for the elderly of the village and this is now Vicarage Drive, Stramshall. They also built alongside the bungalows, a new village hall to ensure that the community had a place to meet and create a village atmosphere; this was opened by Robert Ball of the County Council in 1979. John Whittaker and the Parish Councillors worked with the Bramshall Action Group and Sir Ivan Lawrence to ensure that a planning application to create a large land fill site in Bramshall was not passed; one of the results of this was that East Staffordshire Borough Council had to rethink its waste management and the recycling programme was introduced. We have three bins for waste, green waste and plastic as a result of this new scheme that the ESBC developed. The Stramshall Action Group also worked with John Whittaker and Parish Councillors who fought a planning application to develop a 24 acres site on the end of Stramshall and Spath, the successful denial of this application ensure the village identity would not be lost and would create a clear boundary from Uttoxeter Town and the new local plan that has just been passed ensures that the village and hamlet of Stramshall and Spath are kept intact. When John Whittaker started his career in public service the Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council the minutes of the meetings were one page, today they are five pages, due to the active nature of the Councillors to ensure their parishioners are well represented. John commented that the main work of any councillor is to ensure that parishioners’ voices are heard. His philosophy is that it is a privilege to give back to a community that has given him so much and he believes that helping others is an honour that he has enjoyed for the last 46 years. On speaking to a number of parishioners about Mr John Whittaker the main comments attributed to him are that he is an extremely nice, dedicated, down to earth, generous, funny man, who has given freely to the parish and made a huge difference in his time as a Councillor and Mayor of Uttoxeter Town Council. If you want to see all of the things that go on in our local Parish Councils and perhaps get involved at the next elections, then visit their websites. Uttoxeter Town Council www.uttoxetertowncouncil.org.uk Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council www.uttoxeterruralparishcouncil.org.uk Checkley and Tean Parish Council www.checkleyparishcouncil.co.uk Cheadle Town Council www.cheadlestaffordshire.co.uk/Council Rocester Parish Council www.rocester.net/information/parishcouncil Kingstone Parish Council www.kingstone-pc.org.uk Above: Mr John Whittaker was presented with the Freedom of the Parish due to his retirement in May 2015 after 46 years as a District, Borough and Parish Councillor, also being Mayor of Uttoxeter Town Council for a year. Left: On 21st November 2015 the Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council planted an Oak tree on Stocks Lane in Bramshall, Uttoxeter, to celebrate the Freedom of the Parish being awarded to Mr John Whittaker by the Parish Council. A presentation took place in Loxley and Bramshall Parish Hall. After the tree planting, of the Freedom of the Parish Scroll was made along with tea and coffee and cakes. The Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Philip Smith was joined by Andrew Griffiths MP, Mayor David Leese of East Staffordshire Borough Council, Mayor Martin Blencowe, Uttoxeter Town Council, Deputy Mayor Noyes, Uttoxeter Town Council and Cllr Colin Whittaker, East Staffordshire Borough Council, plus The Parish Councillors and friends and family of Mr Whittaker.
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  34. 34. 37Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. W hat a wonderful evening was enjoyed by all at Cheadle Flower’s Club Golden Anniversary event. A capacity audience was welcomed to the prestigious event by Chairman Sheila Jones. Among the guests were the NAFAS Area President, Chairman and Secretary and the Town Mayor, Stephen Ellis (who often pops into the club). She gave out notices of interest and thanked everyone for coming to what she hoped would be a memorable evening. Sheila then introduced Diane Lucas, former Chairman of the Club for the past fifteen years and Diane proceeded to work her way through the alphabet as a way of incorporating favourite flowers and well- known personalities who had been connected with the club over the past fifty years. Starting with A for “advertising” she thanked the local papers for their support over the years and many early reports and photos were on show at the back of the hall serving as reminders of our “history” She went on through the letters as far as “D” – when she explained that we had had many demonstrators over the years and some wonderful arrangements made. In true tradition the arrangements formed the raffle at our demonstrations, which meant that lucky recipients took them home with pride. Demonstrators can be expensive and sometimes members of the club take on the role and show the club what they can do !! Diane then introduced Stella Heritage who was going to produce an arrangement on the theme of “Reflections” on our past floral history. Stella used gold roses, chrysanthemums and spray carnations on a square gold platter. Fatsia leaves and skimmia, together with begonia leaves and gypsophila completed the arrangement and the addition of a gold framed rectangular mirror - the reflection - was enhanced with the number fifty in gold letters – reflected in the mirror. Diane thanked Stella and the arrangement joined many others made by members of the club beforehand to be part of the evening’s raffle. Many other memories were invoked as Diane’s alphabet contained details of visits we had made as a Club, and the way we had taken part in Cheadle Festival – the “old” one – and the new Arts Festival. Under “G” came – gifts we have made for hospitals and care homes in the area, Here Dorothy Plimmer had made, in true “Blue Peter” style a wonderful “Golden Anniversary” display complete with champagne and glasses filled with gold roses, this was most impressive. Cynthia Wood brought along a basket similar to those we have given to hospitals A friend of the Club, Ann Smith from Weston Coyney Flower Club, did a wonderful arrangement in a “contorted” car tyre – most impressive and thought-provoking. She used pink/purple roses and spray carnations, and foliage. A pink arrangement to complement the Victorian outfit she wore !! Club Chairman Sheila did an arrangement to show the contrast between flower arranging today and in Constance Spry’s day – we have come a long way !!Sheila paid tribute though to the work of Constance Spry and spoke of the books of her life and work. When Diane reached the letter “R” it was time to replenish the bubbly, and the delicious buffet. Poems, jokes and a song from Cynthia Brassington and her “Prim-Roses” entitled “In an English Country Garden” gave tuneful members a chance to sing Cynthia’s great words to the song. Cynthia had made up the words and accompanied us on the ukulele. This all added to an evening full of flowers, fun and friendship which we will all remember for a long time. Cheadle Flower Club’s Golden Anniversary You can now read The Voice at www.uttoxeterandcheadlevoice.co.uk You can now view recent issues of The Voice online, as well as being able to download them. Make comments and send us images - be a part of the community. Place your advert via our new website - it’s so easy - just email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk

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