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  2. 2. 2 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Always wanted an orangery, well now you can. The region’s most competitive prices. Targetwindows, doors and conservatories the first choice for from Ultraframe The great British summer will soon be here and what better way to enjoy it than in a brand new, affordable orangery. You see, we’re approved installers for Ultraframe’s ‘Livin Room’ range of orangeries. Livin Room, combines the light and sky of a conservatory with the walls and ceiling of an extension – creating a truly pleasant and permanent space for any manner of relaxation. And when installed and fitted by the experts here at Target Windows, you’ll soon be enjoying the benefits of this fantastic addition to your home. So, call Target Windows today and see how we can install your orangery... ...The only thing we can’t guarantee is the sun. www.targetwindows.co.uk well now you can. waAl well now you can. ys wanaays wanted an oranger well now you can. ys wanted an orangerys wanted an oranger ,ygerry ion’The reg well now you can. s most competitive prices.ion’ well now you can. s most competitive prices. well now you can. s most competitive prices. from Ultr will soon be here and t British summerThe grea ameafrfrom Ultr will soon be here and t British summer combines the light and sky of a conser Room’ range of orangeries.in‘Liv pproved installers for Ultraframe’we’re aou see,YYou see, affordable oranger it than in a brand new t better way to enjowha will soon be here and y withtorvacombines the light and sky of a conser Room,innLivRoom’ range of orangeries. spproved installers for Ultraframe’ .yaffordable oranger ,it than in a brand new yt better way to enjo will soon be here and ...ycan install your oranger ws today and see hoWindoargetTTargetcallSo, benefits of this fantastic addition to your home. you’ll soon be enjows,WindoargetTTargetta And when installed and fitted by the experts here tion.manner of relaxa a truly pleasant and permanent space for an the walls and ceiling of an extension – crea ... w wews today and see ho benefits of this fantastic addition to your home. ying theyou’ll soon be enjo And when installed and fitted by the experts here ya truly pleasant and permanent space for an tingthe walls and ceiling of an extension – crea Sat and Sun 10am-4pm. Open 7 days: Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, ooks, Stone, ST15 0DJ.Filleybr alton Roundabout,A34 W Stone - 01785 811558 ...The only thing we can’t guarantee is the sun. Except Thurs 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Open 6 days: Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Uttoxeter 1 Smithfield Road, Uttoxeter - 01889 566388 Sat and Sun 10am-4pm. Open 7 days: Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, ooks, Stone, ST15 0DJ. alton Roundabout, Stone - 01785 811558 ...The only thing we can’t guarantee is the sun. Except Thurs 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Open 6 days: Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, , ST14 7LG.Uttoxeter 1 Smithfield Road, Uttoxeter - 01889 566388 Meir Heath, Stoke on T Head Office, 96a Grindley Lane, Stoke - 01782 398021 Except Thurs 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm. ent, ST3 7LPP.rTTr Head Office, 96a Grindley Lane, Stoke - 01782 398021 Sat and Sun 10am-4pm. windows, arTTarget Except Thurs 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm. orchoice f the first toriesvaconserdoors and arget Except Thurs 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm. .targetwindows.co.ukwww Except Thurs 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm. .targetwindows.co.uk.targetwindows.co.uk
  3. 3. 3Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. They say life is a rollercoaster but you’ve got to ride it! This is probably one of the truest phrases in life... You experience unbelievable highs and the lowest of lows. There is nothing more clearcut to emphasize this than seeing your son or daughter born which erupts emotions which will never be bettered – and then to plummet to cavernous depths when they are tragically taken away from you... A short time ago a young mother of two in Uttoxeter lost her life in tragic circumstances. The support of the local community was instrumental in helping the family to cope with losing a loved one, although of course it will never eliminate the feeling of loss. A few weeks ago, one of the most gorgeous and bubbly 29 year olds you could ever wish to meet, was also tragically taken from her family, friends and our community. Christie Gallon had completed her usual night shift as a Nurse at the local hospital but sadly was never to return to her home. She lost her life in a road traffic collision, leaving a huge void which can never be filled. Christie was not only beautiful on the outside but perhaps more importantly she was beautiful on the inside. A wonderful, caring, loving young woman who would light up any room upon her entrance. She had the precious gift of warmth when in contact with people and this is what made her stand out as a human being. Now, the local community of Cheadle are supporting Christie’s mum Janice and dad Chris and the rest of the family, providing a most important helping hand in their hour of need. Christie was my daughter Aimee’s most loyal friend since schooldays and our wonderful memories of her lovely smiling face will be kept forever in our hearts. We have all lost a very special person but let us rejoice in the fact that everyone she came into contact with enjoyed her wonderful personality during those 29 short years... God Bless Christie... I hope you enjoy reading this Voice magazine. I’ll speak to you next time... 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. 13,000 copies are distributed free to homes and businesses in Uttoxeter, Cheadle, Rocester, Marchington, Denstone, Bramshall, Stramshall, Alton, Oakamoor, Tean, Lower Tean, Checkley, Leigh, Church Leigh, Crakemarsh, Combridge, Kingsley and Doveridge areas. NEW FOR 2014: Mayfield, Ellastone, Draycott, Cresswell, Saverley Green & Fulford. 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 June 1st 2014 News Deadline: May 20th 2014 Advertising Deadline: May 22nd 2014 BOOK YOUR ADVERT NOW - EMAIL uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk OR PHONE 01538 751629 Everyone lovesTheVoice Personal Service Guaranteed Established for over 16 years We are one of the area’s largest and most trusted garden machinery specialists We continue to offer a superb choice of leading brand machinery from Lawn Tractors and Mowers through to Hand Tools and an expert service, repair and spare parts department to keep your machinery in tip top condition. Our newly-built showroom and service centre are testament to the success of our business. We are passionate about providing outstanding service to our customers year after year - hence we only stock quality merchandise that we are confident our customers will be 100% happy with. What Does Uttoxeter Garden Machinery Offer? • Sale of Garden Machinery and Hand Tools • Expert Service and Repairs • Express Spare Parts or Machinery • A Collection and Delivery Service for your Mower • Warranty Work undertaken for many manufacturers Come and see us! We have a superb choice of leading brand garden machinery and tools in our large showroom based at Unit 3, Churnet Valley Court, Dovefields Industrial Estate, Uttoxeter ST14 8HU Telephone 01889 569043 Authorised Dealers In Stihl, Husqvarna, Mountfield, Countax as well as many other leaders in the industry
  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. Recruiting Care Workers Are you looking for a career in the care industry where you feel valued, supported, respected, and part of the team... Do you have a genuine desire and passion to help people? If the answer is yes then we are looking for you. Bluebird Care (East Staffs & South Derbyshire) is a leading provider in Home Care Services within Staffordshire. We are currently recruiting care workers in Uttoxeter, Cheadle, Blythe Bridge and surrounding areas. In return for your hard work and dedication we can offer you competitive rates, generous mileage allowance, fully funded social Care level 2 and 3 qualifications, Bluebird Care healthcare scheme, mobile electronic roster system plus on-going personal development. Interested? From £8 to £9 per hour dependant on job role and succesful completion of probation period. Call Vicki, our local Care Manager, on 01889 568599 for an informal chat. www.bluebirdcare.co.uk By Lesley Alexander H aving recently moved to the Uttoxeter area, I was looking for ways of settling into a new community. An acquaintance told me of Rocester and District Camera Club; formed about 18 months ago, which meets in the community room of Rocester Village Hall twice a month. I felt rather unsure of myself when I went to my first meeting in September but was made very welcome. I was not sure what to expect but was very impressed by the range of skills among the members; from complete beginners to photographers with decades of experience and truly impressive skills in genres as varied as portrait, landscape, insect, motor-sport, storm and ‘Astro’ photography. As a practising textile artist, photography is important to me, but my results have been limited by a lack of knowledge and skill with digital cameras and photo-editing software. Happy snappers with pocket cameras are just as welcome at the club as those with bags full of equipment, and the members are not only very friendly but generous in sharing their knowledge. The cost is minimal, the membership fee is only £25 per year, with an extra £1.00 for tea and a biscuit each meeting. Each meeting focuses on a different topic, all the meetings I have attended have so far been informative and entertaining. Future events this year will include lectures on motor-sport and insect photography, instruction on Photoshop manipulation and a practical evening on how to mount prints and prepare for competitions. So far I have found the instruction on the use of Photoshop has already extended my knowledge; there has also been a session on how to use lighting to good effect which will be very useful in my work. Other events in the programme include speakers coming to talk about their own interests often with very interesting stories behind the photographs. There are three optional competitions a year, judged by independent experienced photographers from the Midlands region; they have been much more than ‘judges’ however and have discussed all the entries, giving constructive criticism to help us improve our techniques. The most recent competition was ‘Flora and Fauna’ as a topic; this proved interesting and encouraged me to look at different aspects of photography, which developed my skills further and made me aware of other elements of my camera and lenses. Even though my few entries were somewhat amateurish, I know that the feedback I have so far been given will make my pictures much more competitive in the future. I look forward to producing photographs too which are good enough to hang on the wall rather than just cluttering my computer hard-drive. More important than new skills however, is that I have spent many enjoyable evenings with new friends. Next year’s programme is being developed now and looks as though it will be equally varied and challenging. Rocester Village Hall Committee Room has plenty of room to accommodate new members so whatever your skill level, you will be made most welcome. The club meets at 8pm on the first and third Tuesday of the month from September to May each year. Check out the club website at www.radcc.org.uk Top left: Dragonfly in Flight by John Nash Top Right: Stormy Landscape by Chris Sargent Left: Who’s That Girl by Paul Redshaw A New-Comers Perspective
  5. 5. 5Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Stockists of Leading Brands of Food at Competitive Prices Birds, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Cold Water Fish & Tropical Fish Call in to see Chip,our adorable 8 year old Parrott Tel: 01538 753193 8 Cross Street, Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10 1NP CROSS STREET PET STORES For all your pet requirements Foot and Toe Nail Treatments Home visit £25, clinic £22 • 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 North Lodge, Upwoods Road, Doveridge, nr Uttoxeter, Derbyshire DE6 5LL Tel: 01889 564592 Mobile: 07794 344 235 Home visits and clinic appointments available Dove Foot Health Care Monday Cheadle @ Guild Hall, Tape Street 6pm with Tracey Tuesday Cheadle @ Guild Hall, Tape Street - 10am with Frances Tuesday Leek @ Morrisons, Newcastle Road - 6.15pm with Rachel Tuesday Alton @ St Peters School 6.30pm with Tracey Wednesday Uttoxeter @ Wilfred House, Carter Street - 6pm with Frances Thursday Leek @ Salvation Army, Salisbury Street - 9.30am & 6pm with Tracey Thursday Uttoxeter @ Wilfred House, Carter Street - 10am with Frances Rachael Smith 07749 595 392 Frances Blood 07716 846 355 Tracey Pickford 0791 253 9477 Put the spring into your sales Email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01538 751629 IT’S SO EASY TO PLACE AN ADVERT IN THE VOICE! Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle
  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. SOLD01889 591288 S.T.C Call Draycotts on 01889 591288 for a free valuation £500 OFFSELLING FEESUNTIL THE ENDOF JUNE Want one of these outside your property? www.denstonehall.co.uk Tel: 01889 590050 STA FFORDS HIRE DE R B Y S H I R E BEST FARM SHOP BEST TEA ROOM / CAFÉ BEST FOOD PRODUCER / GROWER NFU LOCAL FOOD CHAMPION BEST PERSONAL SERVICE AWARD TASTE OF STAFFORDSHIRE AWARD WINNERS 2014 BUTCHERY • DELI • C AFÉ • GIFTS
  7. 7. 7Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. David Booth of RBA Wealth Management on where to find reliable, face-to-face financial advice. It’s not just music shops and pick- and-mix sweets which have all but disappeared from the High Street. Over the last two years, there has been a significant reduction in the availability of high street face-to- face financial advice from banks and building societies. Regulatory rule changes, known as the Retail Distribution Review, were introduced in January 2013 to improve clarity of service levels and charges and to improve standards. Yet the result has been a number of leading banks and building societies reducing, or even withdrawing altogether, face-to-face advice – at least for all but very wealthy investors. So what options remain? Well, many high street banks offer online, do-it-yourself investments – but these may not be suitable if you are unsure where to invest. Among those who continue to offer face-to- face advice for customers with lower investment amounts, the scope has become more limited. This more limited range of choice means you might not be presented with options which are best suited to your circumstances. Given the difficult economic climate of the past few years, investors looking to make more of their savings and investments over the longer- term need to be confident they are making decisions that are right for their circumstances. If, previously, you had an adviser, you need to find out if they are still operating and, if they are, what type of service they are now providing – as it might not be suited to your current needs. Alternatively, if you have not invested before but are considering the possibility of doing so, an adviser who can offer straight forward advice, with no pressure placed on you to commit your money is a sensible choice. Regardless of whether or not you can still rely on your adviser – or if you have not invested before and are looking for face- to-face financial advice – RBA Wealth Management remains fully committed to offering face-to-face financial advice to the local community. At RBA, your dedicated financial adviser will be either David Booth, Angela Fountain or Andrew Hackney, who are also the Directors of the business, giving you the opportunity to build an effective trust relationship. They can review your existing Savings and investments, regardless of who they are held with, and offer no obligation recommendations on ways to help you achieve your financial objectives. WorkingWithYou RBA Wealth Management is a Senior Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management. Putting our clients firmly at the heart of everything we do enables us to run a genuinely client focused business. In our experience, no client is the same and we therefore ensure that we understand your personal or business objectives and deliver solutions that are right for you. We do not provide off the shelf solutions, but we offer the benefit of a single relationship for all of your financial planning needs. We strive to offer the very best service to develop a long term relationship with you. We aim to deliver our commitment by: • Providing personal face-to-face financial advice • Giving you the opportunity to review your financial affairs regularly • Effectively managing your investments via St. James’s Place’s distinctive approach • Keeping you informed of the latest news and any changes that might affect your personal situation • Listening to your feedback Financial advice is now less widely available - who can you turn to? RBA Wealth Management Ltd. represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website www.sjp.co.uk/products. The ‘St. James’s Place Partnership’ and the title ‘Partner Practice’ are marketing terms used to describe St. James’s Place representatives. To make an appointment without obligation please telephone our office on 01889 568444, alternatively call into our office. Charles House, 23 High Street, Uttoxeter ST14 7HN WINNER 2012 and 2013 A D V E R T I S I N G F E A T U R E The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds you select and the value can therefore go down as well as up. You may get back less than you invested. An investment in equities does not provide the security of capital associated with a deposit account with a bank or building society.
  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. C O N S T R U C T I O N S Serving the community since 1976 MJ Barrett Constructions,Brookside Business Park,Brookside Road, Uttoxeter,Staffordshire,ST14 8AT www.mjbarrettconstructions.co.uk Tel:01889 564 253 • Fax:01889 564 210 F M J Barrett Constructions supply and erect all types of agricultural and industrial buildings,including grain stores, equestrian centres,storage buildings,milking parlours,and cattle housing along with a variety of industrial warehousing, office accommodation,retail outlets and entertainment complexes all built to the highest standards. HD Brows is the unique professional eyebrow styling treatment that is totally designed around you. Nothing else comes close to achieving glamorous couture eyebrows. Professional, bespoke and affordable. Express yourself in igh efinition Brownsbeauty and tanning • Airbrush Make Up • Spray Tanning Booth • Luxury Facials • Swedish, Hot Stone and Aromatherapy Massages • Nails including Gelish, Acrylics, Hard Gel, Nail Art and Minx • Semi-Permanent Lash Extensions • Waxing and Threading • Free Treatments available using a Browns Treat Card • GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE • 23 Church Street, Uttoxeter, ST14 8AG Tel: 01889 563132 / 07860 575270 www.brownsbeautyandtanning.com GREAT2VAPE Electronic Cigarettes Tel: 01538 751522 www.great2vape.co.uk Well Street, Cheadle, Stoke on Trent ST10 1EY Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-4.45pm, Sat 8.30-12midday Stop smoking but still get the kick! Over 20 Flavours to choose from Accessories also available Spare batteries, clearomizers, coil heads, Kangertech Protank II and Mini Protank. Playboy E-Liquids (10ml) 3 for £10 Puravape E-Liquids (10ml) 4 for £10 Special Offer All for £10 1x Electronic Cigarette plus 1x10ml bottle of Puravape E-liquid (any flavour and any strength) 18+ only Now is the chance to try vaping by taking advantage of our Special Offer
  9. 9. 9 The Izaak Walton Inn A warm welcome awaits you at the Izaak Walton Inn, a lovely country pub you hope to walk into but rarely do which is not only warm, comfortable and friendly but also tasteful and not tacky. Our Head Chef has designed an eclectic menu of classic and contemporary dishes beautifully presented and freshly cooked. Our dog friendly bar has a range of cask ales, draught cider, delicious freshly brewed coffee (freshly ground for every cup!) and a great selection of wines - something to suit all tastes including 20cl bottles of Prosecco. We also have draught lagers including Heineken and Fosters, Guinness on tap alongside John Smiths. Tel: 01782 396156 Email: izaak@morningtonpubco.com Cresswell Lane, Cresswell, Stoke-on-Trent, PL11 9RE NOW OPEN AFTER MAJOR REFURBISHMENT! ‘A Warm Welcome Guaranteed’ The Home of Good Food, Good Beer and Good Company N ew Sum m er M enu available from M ay 1st! Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. FREE Samsung S5 or iPhone 5S Best Ever Mobile Offer for Small Businesses Call today to get all this for just £40* a month: • Unlimited calls to UK landlines and UK mobiles • Unlimited UK texts • 5 GB data • Double speed 4G data • Free voicemail • Free next day faulty replacement • 3 hours international and roaming minutes in Europe and USA Brookend House, Crakemarsh, Uttoxeter ST14 5BL Tel 01889 591209 sales@vitalbusiness.co.uk www.vitalbusiness.co.uk Orange Approved Partner for over 17 years *All prices & charges quoted are plus VAT New EE4G plans start at £17* per month
  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. 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 T R E E S & L A N D S C A P E S ALL ASPECTS OF TREEWORK UNDERTAKEN Fully NPTC Qualified RFS cert arb Reductions Thins Crown Raising Inspections Surveys All aspects of gardening & landscaping also undertaken: Lawns Garden Paths Ponds Fencing Patios Borders Decking Stonework Aftercare & Maintenance Pest Diagnosis & Control Fells Conifers Top Soil Landscaping Services Logs Available From the smallest hedge to the largest tree, tree surgery that doesn’t cost the Earth! Fully Licensed Sprayer | Fully Insured EXPERT ADVICE FROM PASSIONATE PROFESSIONALS Call Rob: 01538 361 432 or 07900 995 139 Printed by SO Marketing - 01538 750 538 - www.somarketing.comAll work to BS3998 standard EXPERT ADVICE FROM PASSIONATE PROFESSIONALS All work to BS3998 standard Call Rob: 01538 361 432 or 07900 995 139 Email: rob@newlifetl.co.uk Web: www.newlifetl.co.uk EMERGENCY CALL-OUTS ALSO AVAILABLE
  11. 11. 11Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. The business is headed by Chris Owen and Leon Scallan, who started the company in 2004. BRAND NEW LIGHTING SHOWROOM NOW OPEN Over 2000 different styles of lighting available (order before 3pm for guaranteed next day delivery)
  12. 12. 12 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Just the perfect day... We first set eyes on each other around 6 years ago. I was completing a electrical installation at Gemma’s place of work. At this time I had no clue who she was or what she was called. She walked down the corridor towards me looking like an angel and there I was all dirty and sweaty thinking I had a chance. Ha Ha! So I went for it and tried to get Gemma’s attention with a classic line “Excuse me duck what’s that perfume you’re wearing” to which she turned around looked me up and down and replied “Alien” and off she went, that was that - my charm had failed me! A couple of years later a mutual friend told me that ‘ALIEN’ girl had become single so I tracked her down on Facebook and worked my charms on her for a couple of weeks until I plucked up the courage to ask her to meet me for a drink. Gemma lived in Tean at the time and I lived in Stafford which is where Gemma works so we arranged to meet a the Saracens Head in Weston. On the evening of the first date I had made an effort to look good and headed out to meet her. I was so nervous she wouldn’t show as all the lads had been saying ‘shes far to good for you’ and the usual banter. I pulled up at the Saracens Head in my Subaru and sat and waited nervously for Gemma to arrive. Gemma owns a black Civic and I had asked her what car she drove so I could keep an eye out for her. A couple of black Honda Civics went past - making me think I had been stood up! Just as I was talking myself into leaving she turned up and immediately stuck her tongue out at me, that’s an image that will live with me forever! We hit it off straight away and I knew that night we had something special. After that date we barely spent time apart, I would stay at her house or she would stop with me in Stafford. It was so natural and effortless. We just knew. Everyone says as a cliché you will know when its right but it is so true. We are proof of that. After just 3 weeks as a ‘proper couple’ I took Gem on holiday and this break in the sun cemented what we already knew – we could not live without each other. Shortly after this Gem moved in with me at my parents house in Stafford so we could save for a place of our own. As we had been saving and working so hard we decided to treat ourselves to a holiday. PHOTOGRAPHY by Denise Wheat BA (Hons) LBIPP Tel: 01538 723985 www.denisewheatphoto.co.uk Bride and Groom: Gemma Thursfield and Mark Halsted Married: Saturday 21st September 2013 Church: St Giles Rc Church, Cheadle Bride’s parents: Mr Steve Thursfield and Mrs Annette Campbell Groom’s parents: Mr & Mrs Barry and Jude Halsted Best man: Jim Millward and Barry Halsted Ushers: Tim Hadley, Tom Stewart and Niall Hassett Bridesmaids: Lisa Thursfield, Amellia Hadley, Kennedy Thursfield, Lucy Thomas, Nichola Millward, Maisie Millward and Alyssa Millward Reception: Alton Castle, Alton Photography: Denise Wheat Photography
  13. 13. 13Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. We went to the Bahia Principe in Costa Adeje for a week in the 5 star all inclusive resort recommended to us by friends. (This is also where we honeymooned) It was here in this perfect setting I proposed to Gem on the 30th September 2011. I carried the ring with me in my pocket the entire flight and kept it with me when possible waiting for the perfect moment. After dinner we had a few drinks and went back to the room and stood on the balcony looking at the sunset and the sea, that was the moment. I couldn’t wait any longer. She said yes!!! The fun began Gem had every magazine going Pinterest was abused! It was all worth it, Gem had done an amazing job organising the whole thing the only thing I had to do was turn up in my suit! Our day was just perfect! We married at Gemma’s family church St Giles RC Cheadle at 12.30 on Saturday 21st Sept 2013. Gem looked stunning. I was just blown away by the whole day. It wouldn’t have been possible with the love and support from our families. We are so grateful to them for making the day happen. We are perfect together and believe we have found a best friend and soul mate in each another, Account of the day The wedding weekend started Friday 20th and both our families and close friends helped us to set up the venue and make sure all decorations name settings etc were just so. We had lots of candles and soft lighting to get a romantic fairytayle theme. The wedding day for me started at Alton Castle where we had all slept. Me and Gem slept in separate rooms so that traditions would not be broken and so in the morning whilst Gem was getting ready to leave my mum and dad kept on hiding me so me and Gem wouldn’t have contact. Gem headed straight for the hairdressers ‘Panache’ in Cheadle where she and her entourage of bridesmaids had their hair done. Gem also had her make up done there by Ali and the girls enjoyed bucks fizz whilst being pampered at Panache and Denise the photographer was there to capture the events! Gem got ready at her nan and grandad’s house in Mill Grove, Cheadle. Meanwhile I had my bacon butty then popped my head outside, gutted it was drizzling!!! It soon started to clear and the Steve the photographer arrived to start getting some shots of me getting ready. First stop once me and the boys were ready was Wetherspoons in Cheadle for a couple, then off to the church. Waiting anxiously guests were arriving and coming and chatting to me whilst I waited for Gem to arrive. The music started, my heart was pounding, the doors opened and in she walked. She looked absolutely stunning I couldn’t take my eyes off my gorgeous bride to be I could only think ‘Jesus Marko how have you managed to catch this stunner’. The ceremony seemed to go so quick ! Gems granddad did a reading, we said our vows, signed the certificate and then off we were up to Alton Castle for the reception. It was fun trying to get Gem in and out of her car as she had a Wolseley and I had a Dodge Ram. We literally had to squash Gem in the Wolseley and then shut the doors quick! On our journey to the castle it all seemed so surreal neither of us could believe it was done…we were husband and wife, wow!!!
  14. 14. 14 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. AAllttoonn CCaassttllee,, CCaassttllee HHiillll,, AAllttoonn,, SSttaaffffss SSTT1100 44TTTT CCoonnttaacctt LLyynnddaa 0011553388 770033222244 llyynnddaa@@aallttoonnccaassttllee..ccoo..uukk wwwwww..aallttoonnccaassttllee..ccoo..uukk RReeggiisstteerreedd CChhaarity No 234216 AAllttoonn CCaassttllee GGootthhiicc SSpplleennddoouurr A unique setting for weddings & conferences Just the perfectday... The weather was stunning by the time we arrived back at the castle. Neither of us could believe we were holding our reception in the castle. It was top of Gem’s list of venues and she loved the place as she had visited several times on school trips. It made the day perfect knowing how happy she was that she got all she dreamed of. Everyone was making the most of the weather at the amazing venue basking in the sun sipping champagne whilst me and Gem had some nice intimate photos. This was great because we got time to spend alone just us two to take everything in – Denise and her husband Steve – our photographers were brilliant. We were so relaxed with them and it really made a difference to have them be part of our day. We slowly made our way to the guests and were greeted with a well needed drink. The food was fab and the service Food for Thought provided was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble - Jane our host on the day was amazing. The speeches were great – Gems dad made everyone laugh and cry. Before we knew it the DJ was setting up and the evening guests had started to arrive. The dance floor was full and the evening went so fast after our first dance which was ‘Can’t help falling in love’ by Ingrid Michaleson which is an updated version of the Elvis classic. In that moment it just felt like us two were in the room and no-one else. We both knew how happy and lucky we were to have found each other. It went so fast but we definitely know it was the best day of our lives and we look forward to making many more memories together in the years ahead as Husband and Wife.
  15. 15. 15Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Uttoxeter Tile and Bathroom Ltd Wide range of unique natural stone tiles and bathrooms Suppliers of quality bathroom suites, showers and wet rooms Tile stockists of: Classic Flagstones, Vives, Porcelanosa Bathroom stockists of: Synergy, Ashton & Bentley, Frontline Open to trade and public Great Offers on tiles and suites Very competitive prices Uttoxeter Tile and Bathroom Ltd 7 The Square, Market Place, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8HN Tel: 01889 560111 Mob: 07929 201128 Email: uttoxetertileandbathroom@hotmail.co.uk Open 7 days a week - late on Wednesday and Friday And also, all at great prices: Ultra adhesive, grouts and silicones An Outstanding Nursery in Beautiful Grounds We now run weekly FOREST SCHOOL SESSIONS within our lovely grounds Nursery School to Smallwood Manor Preparatory School For more information contact us today 01889 562083 Smallwood Manor Preparatory School, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8NS w dard FA ITH UNI TY A N D V I S I O N Smallwood Manor is an inspirational place which encourages every child to thrive. Our award winning nursery school provides our little ones with a lovely, happy ‘home from home’ atmosphere where the first steps to learning begin. Garden / Play Area Smallwood Nursery School VOUCHERS ACCEPTED warmly invited to join us for our Picnic 11a.m. Friday www.smallwoodmanor.co.uk
  16. 16. 16 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Floors • Imprinted yards • Slurry storage solutions • Ménages • Groundworks Concrete laser level machine lay For further information or quotation call Chris on 07972800830 www.industfarm.co.uk Specialists in Industrial Agricultural and Equestrian Construction PARKING PROBLEMS? Garages Available For Rent Uttoxeter and surrounding areas From only £6.62 per week Contact 01283 528655 for further details
  17. 17. 17Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Ki tchens by Paul Gabri el of K i n g s ton e Affordable Kitchens from the unusual to the straightforward. Practical lay-out from the traditional hand-painted to the modern glossy look. From the cosy farmhouse appeal to the popular ‘Shaker’ touch. Phone Paul for free, friendly advice on 01889 500591 (home) or 079906 22125 Ask for a leaflet or visit website: www.kingsleykitchens.co.uk or e-mail: kingsleykitchens@hotmail.co.uk Also ask about our Bedroom Furniture and Interior Decorating Service
  18. 18. 18 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 T hese superb photographs were brought into me by Mr Stan Hodgkinson, a member of the Uttoxeter Army Cadets Force along with these fine bunch of lads who attended various functions and entertained the local people throughout the area back in the 50’s. Stan’s uncle (Gandy Hodgkinson) was also a member and is pictured 2nd from the right in the top row. The Army Cadet Force is a Voluntary Youth Organisation. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and provides progressive and challenging military, adventurous and community activities for young people between the ages of 12 - 18. Its aim is to inspire young people to achieve success in life, to push them to the limit. The type of training offered helps foster self confidence, teamwork and leadership, all of which can be practically applied to everyday life. The Uttoxeter ACF when the above photographs were taken used to operate from premises in Uttoxeter High Street adjacent to the Uttoxeter Town Library, locally called ‘The Drill Hall’, now occupied by Staffordshire Social Services. It is still active today operating from Oldfields School in Stone Road, carrying on nurturing our youngsters into being good citizens, not a bad idea in these modern times! Til next time, Lank Pictured in Uttoxeter Market Place On Parade again in Uttoxeter Uttoxeter Army Cadets Force Drummers, 1951 Back Row, Left to Right : Ted Smith, Graham Kirkman, Brian Hodgkinson, Bob Merrick, Dennis ʻGandyʼ Hodgkinson, & Derek Bowd. Front Row, Left to Right : Rodney Hodgkinson, Arthur ʻTwinnieʼ Crutchley Johnny Horobin,ʻGeekʼ Collins, Ray Foster & Tony ʻPorkyʼ Foster Health & Safety paramount at Asda store building work - especially for dogs!! I took this photograph of a rather unusual site at the new Asda Store in Uttoxeter which opens this month! It seems dogs are also part of the hi-viz Health & Safety initiative!! 1 5 employees who braved the elements to do the DMH 5km Walk expect to raise over £800 for the charity. This is the second time Cheadle’s Vulcan sponsored its employees to take part in the event that took place at the Wedgwood Estate, Barlaston on Sunday 6th April 2014. Cancer touches so many people’s lives and being able to give a little back in raising funds for the DMH is a pleasure, they do such so great work. Vulcan has an active policy of supporting local causes through our Veefast committee and were delighted to take part and raise funds for such a great charity. There was a great vibrant atmosphere at the event and all who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Vulcan does it for Dougie Mac Put the spring into your sales Email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01538 751629 IT’S SO EASY TO PLACE AN ADVERT IN THE VOICE! Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle
  19. 19. 19Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. S ue and her husband recently took their son, his wife and family, Grace 5 and Carter 3 to Disneyland Paris. We asked Grace all about it... Were you excited about your trip to Disneyland? I didn’t know we were going until we went ! It was a big surprise. I thought we were going to look at aeroplanes before I went to my friend’s birthday party – when we got to the airport Nannie Sue asked me if I would like to go to Disneyland What did you say when she told you? I couldn’t understand how we would get there, but she said we could get on a plane right away – she had tickets and everything …. I was so excited, but didn’t have a Princess Dress on, so thought I couldn’t go. Then mummy told me it was in a suitcase in the car ! I gave Nannie, mummy and my brother Carter a big hug - I was SO excited! Did you like the plane ride? I had never been on a plane – it was like being on a big bus and there were lots of other children on it too. Me and Carter sat by the window. The plane went faster and faster, we all counted to five and went up into the sky and squealed as we went into the clouds. We played with our crayons and games and then we were there! Did you like the hotel? Oh Yes, it was lovely, called Hotel New York. We had 2 big bedrooms. I slept in Nannie and Granddads’ room. We had a big window and could see a lake, an ice rink and a big “Tinkerbell” balloon. The shampoo and show gel bottles were shaped like Mickey Mouse ears …(we brought some home- but please don’t tell!) What did you do next? I put on my Cinderella dress, we walked just round the corner into the Park and then I saw the Princess Castle – it was beautiful - I just danced and danced - I was so happy! We got a front row seat for the “Parade”. It was magic! Everyone was waving and singing. Princess Aurora was in her carriage and waved at ME! Carter’s favourite was “The Toy Story”. He waved and shouted from dad’s shoulders. We sang all the songs and waved and waved… Did you like the food? MMMMMmmm! At breakfast you could have as much as you liked.. I had chocolate spread on toast Carter liked the fruit. Then we went and met Goofy and Chip & Dale. I cannot remember what we had for dinner because I was too busy having cuddles from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Tigger. Carter really loved Minnie Mouse he kissed her on the nose and made her shy. What was your favourite ride? We got into Walt Disney Studios at 8 in the morning (because we were staying at a Disneyland hotel) so not many people were there. Carter and me screamed and screamed all the way round the Toy Story Slinky Dog ride and loved McQueen Cars. I steered the car, Mummy, Nannie and Carter laughed and tried to hold on. (it was Carter’s favourite ride). My favourite was Peter Pan’s Tree House (or maybe Alice in Wonderland Maze.) Did you go shopping? We went to the Lego shop. Buzz Lightyear and Woody were made from Lego, then went to a massive Disney Store and spent ages. I got a Princess Ariel’s wedding dress... I have worn it every day since! Carter had a jacket with planes on the back. We are so lucky! I wanted Mummy and Nannie Sue to have some Mickey Mouse ears to wear, but they both said “Not today Grace, thank you”. What was the best part of the holiday? I loved it all. My room at the Hotel New York, the Parades with all the characters - Toy Story, The Lion King, Peter Pan, Cars, Jungle Book ...all waving and dancing, the fireworks each night, the rides, seeing the Irish dancers for St Patrick’s day, but the best thing was meeting “my princesses” - Ariel, Jasmine and Mulan, talking to them and, of course, seeing their Magic Castle for real. When we got home mummy and daddy put the videos they had taken onto our television and we watch them over and over again... I can’t wait to go back. Journeys a la Carte booked everything just right! Value for Money 10/10 Accommodation 10/10 Service/Food 10/10 Experience Overall 10/10 How can the holiday be made better: “More Days at Disneyland” Journeys à la Carte “Travel with the Best” QUALITY • VALUE • CHOICE 01889 567755 Lion Buildings, Market Place, Uttoxeter ST14 8HP travel@journeysalacarte.co.uk • www.journeysalacarte.co.uk Britain’s Best Travel Agent Disneyland Magic The Richardson Family of Uttoxeter
  20. 20. Thousands encouraged to muck-in for JCB Mud Run A record-breaking 1600 people have already signed up for the marvellous but mucky JCB Mud Run which returns this summer as the company continues its support of the NSPCC. The Mud Run – which began in 2012 – has a specially designed five-mile course littered with over 20 obstacles on land near the World Headquarters in Rocester on Saturday, July 5. Organisers are confident that more than 2,000 people will take part, and they’re still dreaming up a range of tricky tasks that participants will face. A huge mudslide and a 100ft underground tunnel are already confirmed though, as well as monkey bars, swings and a whole host more. Last year’s event attracted around 1,000 entrants and raised a staggering £40,276 for the NSPCC. JCB Worldwide Marketing Director Matt McClurg said: “This year’s Mud Run is set to be even muddier, trickier and enjoyable than the previous two. The NSPCC is a fantastic cause, and we’re hoping to raise a record-breaking total for them.” Mud runners, who must be aged 16 or over, will be bussed to the course where they will find bag storage and washing facilities. Spectators are welcome, and there will be a mini mud run for children. JCB Marketing Manager Andy Henderson, who’s taken part in the previous two Mud Run events, said: “It’s harder than you expect, muddier than you expect, but much more fun than you expect, too.” Entry fees are £45 for individuals or £40 per team member (four people per team). From June 1 it is £55 for an individual or £50 per team member. Registration must be completed in advance at www.thejcbmudrun.co.uk. The closing date is Friday, July 4. For all the latest JCB Mud Run news find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thejcbmudrun or follow us on twitter @thejcbmudrun. 20 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Window Repair Centre Ltd Energy saving window Registered in England and Wales - Company No. 5481160 - VAT No. 874274594 £150 £400 £3995 £28 £150 £400 £3995 £28 Energy saving windows from £150 New UPVC doors from £400 Conservatories from £3995 Glass units replaced from £28 Garage doors & Car ports Repair work to all UPVC, timber or aluminium windows and conservatories Leaking conservatory roofs repaired Locks, handles & hinges Brilliant dealsBrilliant deals we willBEATANYQUOTE we willBEATANYQUOTE * *Terms&Conditionsapply Call 0800 0436744 or 01538 755060 www.windowrepaircentre.com Flexible monthly payments available Subject to status 1/2 PRICE fascias & guttering 1/2 PRICE fascias & guttering New Showroom Open! 32 High St, Cheadle (Next to Britannia Building Society) l ai edai n £4£4 £££3£3 £4£4 ££11 3939999595 4040 £2£2£2£22828 0055 £4 £3 4 £1 995 0 £228 e 05 d QQ AAA QU A QU BBB QUQUQQ AAA QQUQ A Q A QU A U A we will we willEATANY EATANY e wilBEAT e wilBEAT * ANYUO ANYUO BEE YYYY BEAT BEAT UOTE UOTE BEAEAT U A UU N U NYNY * ANYUOUOTTETE YAN UO N O YNY EA NYY T Y EA N AT YA we EA w A il T BE wving windogy saEnerg dte Ltrenepair Cw RindoW 1 2 IC1 2 ICPRICE PRICE RIRI 1 21 2 I / I g g g g gutte g gutte g 1/2 PRIRIICECE PRIC ias &PRIC ias & 1 C 2 C ff 1/ I 2 IC &&PRRIiRIC i IC fa & fa &R asci utteringasci uttering Rscias ing Rscias ing Registered in England and Wales - Company No. 5481160 - VAT N www.windowre Call o. 874274594 www.windowrepaircentre.com nd Wales - Company No. 5481160 - VAT N 01538 755060or 0800 0436744Call 594 www.windowrepaircentre.com 01538 755060 0800 0436744 Bramshall Art Group Annual Exhibition July 19th - 20th, 10am - 5pm At the Parish Hall, Church Lane, Bramshall, Uttoxeter, ST14 5BQ Home-made refreshments will be served throughout the day. Parking and wheelchair access. This is a popular event where there will be the opportunity to view and purchase the work of local artists. Contact no: 07968 503051
  21. 21. 21Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Draycott Racquet & Fitness Club secures £20,000 from sporting legacy fund Draycott Racquet & Fitness Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund. S port England this week revealed that more than 1,600 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme. Draycott Racquet & Fitness Club will receive £20,000 of National Lottery funding to refurbish the clubs three glass back squash courts and improve other club facilities. This grant will encourage new members of the community to try squash, racquetball and other activities. In addition to the squash courts, the club offers indoor and outdoor tennis, badminton, a function room with licenced bar and a newly refurbished gym with a dedicated cardio room. To celebrate the award, local people are being invited to an open day on Sunday 18th May to try all the facilities at the club. Please visit www.draycottsportscentre.co.uk or email info@draycottsportscentre.co.uk to register. Sport England’s Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Staffordshire. With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in Staffordshire who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.” Club Chairman, Keith Carder, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our squash courts and club facilities to encourage more people to play squash, racquetball and the other sports and activities we offer. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have outstanding facilities for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.” Does your lawn need a little TLC? Top Lawn Company (TLC) have over twenty years of solving lawn and turf problems using practical, effective and efficient methods. With treatments from as little as £15, your lawn could be the envy of your friends, neighbours and prospective house purchaser. TLC will help you prepare your lawn for the summer through, moss treatment, weed treatment and drought tolerance with the right nutrients to ensure a high quality sward density. We also offer a complete maintenance program for your lawn, a service which is unique because it is you that chooses after a discussion with our local, highly trained and experienced lawn expert. Please contact us for a free analysis and quote info@toplawncompany.co.uk 0800 6126831 / 07472765834 Top Lawn Company (TLC) T he new local lawncare and maintenance business, Top Lawn Company is opening its services and skills to the local community. TLC is a new venture being operated from the Uttoxeter area… with services offered to a wider region. TLC is headed up by Peter Whitworth, a local fully trained and qualified turf professional. Peter has qualifications to degree level and a wealth of both national and international experience in quality turf and agronomic skills. The new venture is aimed at offering a flexible, personalized lawncare and maintenance service to everyone….private and commercial. Peter is focused on bringing his skills home to the local community. “Through my experience of preparing high quality and top standard turf, I know it’s important to react to customer need as well as wide weather changes. TLC are able to do that because of a broad experience of improving turf and lawns in domestic and larger commercial projects” Peter has experience as far as the USA where he has completed the Ohio University Turf Program, and Scandinavia where he has combated harsh climate and diseases such as fusarium and dry patch to produce top quality golf courses and high standard turf areas. “After improving turf areas in the warm climates of USA and Portugal…as well as the disease provoking cold weather temperatures of Scandinavia, I feel I should bring the developed skills home that were formed here in the UK. I believe TLC is a phrase that most homeowners and hobby gardners use and a phrase I associate with the Staffordshire area where I come from.” Top Lawn Company will give homeowners the opportunity to order a flexible, honest, personal yet professional service. TLC ensures that there is full follow up, responsibility, flexibility and advice offered for any additional service you, … the customer requires. Quality TLC for your lawn.
  22. 22. 22 T he Cheadle Arts Week kicked off in good style with the popular Cre-8 Day in the Guild Hall. The crafters were in evidence was much apprciated by the visitors. Cake-icing, Quilting, Painted stones, photographs and pictures, Calligraphy, and cards, exquisite needlework, spinning and many more crafts. The visitors were well entertained by the U3A Ukelele group in the morning with a selection of “sing-along-able” songs and during the afternoon Vivienne Shelley’s superb dancers performed for our delight. The Jazz Night was once again excellent – George Galway making his third visit to us with his friends gave us a wonderful night’s entertainment with capacity audience, many visiting us from Longton, Meir, Blythe Bridge and surrounding area – he certainly has his following.!! Sunday was a new venture for the Arts Week and we tried Food, Glorious Food ! The food was great – stalls of goodies, bread, cakes, jams and pickles – the visitors were VERY few and far between – so much so that we finished at 1.15.p.m. and went home !! The Bread Basket had put on a specially good display with their bread and cakes, which are well known, and their photos of their trip to America where they had introduced the Americans to scones !!! So you win some – you lose some !! Those involved all enjoyed themselves and the support of the visitors who did come was very much appreciated. Cheadle Arts Week If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.
  23. 23. 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 23Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. W indsor Park Middle School has set an alternative to supporting Sport Relief. Staff and Pupils are getting involved in sporty fun activities in the form of play, dance and playground games encouraging these activities means that even the non-sporty feel the want to have a go. Skipping, dance, cat and mouse chase games, along with competitive and non- competitive activities are scheduled at lunch and break time. Head of the lunchtime supervisors encourages her staff to play and supervise games and activities on a regular basis, filling pupils social and recreational time in a fun active way! Head of PE Mr Smith said “We pride ourselves in the PE dept for the wide range and diverse sporting activities our pupils experience” “We are committed to encouraging and inspiring young sporting talent. Our pupils compete in leagues and competitions in a wide range of sporting activities. We also take pupils on recreational activities to strengthen and expand their sporting capacity, which in turn enables them to build confidence, work together, explore strategies and strengths of team dynamics, which can be used in everyday life” Windsor Park Middle School encourages pupils to consider the wider community and the challenges and differences that children the same age as them, sometimes have to face. We feel It is important to look at local, regional, national and global similarities and differences that young people experience, to give a greater understanding as young citizens to the work of Sports Relief. Sports Relief at Uttoxeter’s Windsor Park 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 Everyone lovesTheVoice
  24. 24. FUNd Walk at Shobnall Leisure Complex T he East Staffordshire FUNd Walk takes place at Shobnall Leisure Complex, on Sunday 18th May. Local people are already signing up to walk 1km, 6km, or 12km, but there’s still time to bag a place, don that headband and join in the fun. The walks, organised by East Staffordshire resident Carolyn Green and supported by East Staffordshire Borough Council, Burton Albion Community Trust and Uttoxeter Lions will raise money for Burton Breast Care Fund. Carolyn Green said: “We are delighted that so many local people have already signed up but we want even more local residents to take part and help us raise money for an incredible cause.” Did you know that around 55,000 people are diagnosed each year with breast cancer in the UK - that’s one person every 10 minutes. Whilst more people are being diagnosed with breast cancer, survival rates are improving as a result of improved treatment and earlier detection. Carolyn Green added: “Supporting our local hospital and breast cancer care will help raise breast cancer awareness as well as supporting care locally.” Enter today by visiting www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk and searching for ‘fund walk’ or call 01283 508191 for an application pack. 24 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Uttoxeter’s Premier Tyre Centre Right service Right advice Right choice Right price • Tyres • Exhausts • Batteries • Brakes and Shock Service • Agricultural Tyres • Wheel Alignment Church Street, Uttoxeter ST14 8AA Tel 01889 564216 tyreways@uttoxeter.ndo.co.uk 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 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.vivienneshelleydancestudios.co.uk Pre-School / Beginners Ballet & Tap - 9.30am Preparatory / Beginners Ballet & Tap - 10.15am Primary/ grade 1 ballet & tap - 11.15am Grade 2 ballet - 12.30pm Freestyle Disco and Jazz - 1.15pm Lonsdale House Holiday Rentals LLANDUDNO - 2 Double Beds Apartment 200 yards to Sea, Central Heated, Sleeps 5 ppl. Large Kitchen-Diner, Comfy Lounge, Car-Park VERY COMPETITIVE RATES – from £35/nightg Visit Our Website: www.lonsdalehols.co.uk Or Tel: 01889567390 or 07748105705 Specialists in: • Tarmac Drives • Dropped Kerbs • Patios And Paving • Garden Fencing • Landscaping • Concrete Cutting Services • Diamond Drilling for Woodburning Stove Flue Pipes All construction work considered. All work carried out to very high standards. J A Nicholls Ltd Please call Andrew Nicholls on 07752 742650
  25. 25. 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. Festival time - pick up your guitar and play It’s festival season in Uttoxeter. First there’s the Acoustic Festival at the racecourse at the end of May, and the following weekend there’s the Beer and Cider Festival at Oldfields Sports and Social Club. The racecourse has an international reputation, but like those other racing favourites Southwell and Towcester, I bet a lot of punters have trouble pronouncing it and don’t know where it is. So I think it’s up to us locals to support the events that help put the town on the map, and prove that Uttoxeter isn’t just somewhere you pass on the way to Alton Towers. I treat the Acoustic Festival like a mini- Glastonbury, except that we’re not trudging in the dark through fields of mud to sleep in a tent. I can go home and sleep in the comfort of my own bed, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and still be in a deckchair in pole position front of stage in time for the opening act. They’ve billed it as Britain’s cleanest festival, and that’s based on facilities on site, rather than the number of people popping home for a shower. This year I can recommend legendary folk rock pioneers Fairport Convention, contemporary folkie Seth Lakeman, local rock and pop covers specialists Quill and the man who plays two guitars at the same time (and offers much more besides) – the excellent Rodney Branigan. There’s also an X Factor winner, Matt Cardle, Steve Harley of Cockney Rebel fame, the totally manic John Otway teaming up again with Wild Willy Barrett, with whom he had his greatest hit and a cornucopia of contemporary and traditional players. I see they’re doing a special Sunday family ticket deal to attract local families. Go for it. If the sun’s out, I guarantee it’ll be one of the best days of your summer; and if it rains, you’ll still have memories to last a lifetime. Smaller but perfectly formed Then the following weekend, on a smaller scale but not necessarily any less exciting, there’s another opportunity to hear a wide variety of acoustic music. That’s because we’re extending The Uttoxeter Beer and Cider Festival at Oldfields Sports and Social Club to include an Open Mic Night on the evening of Friday June 6th. The beer festival, on the second Saturday in June, is in its ninth year and we thought it was time to add extra value. So admission to the Open Mic Night is included in the price of your beer festival ticket. Or you can pay £2.50 for the Friday alone. If you’re a performer, admission’s free and there’s a pair of free tickets to the next day’s beer festival for each act. What’s not to like about that? The aim is to raise a little more for the charities we support. The marquee’s there on the Friday night. So’s the beer. We just needed some entertainment. I’ll be inviting a few seasoned performers to offer a few songs, and we’re expecting some stand-up comedy too. Turn up, tune in and play along The key to the success of the evening will be the opportunity for local talent to shine. I’m expecting a clutch of earnest young men with guitars, but I’d like to think there are plenty of young women, duos and small acoustic groups waiting to burst onto the scene. Please tell your children and grandkids if you think this message is more appropriate for them. If you want to book a slot to perform, call me on 07974 168818, or just turn up on the night. We’ll probably expect everybody to do three songs (or five minutes of stand-up), but it could be more or less, depending on how many performers turn up. It promises to be good fun. Uttoxeter Rugby Club help us run the beer festival, because we need a group of mature individuals with a reputation for sobriety to compensate for the Lions’ over- enthusiasm at the prospect of all that beer. If you read that last sentence and didn’t believe it, I should point out that the partnership obviously works well because the beer festival is run like a well-oiled machine! Now all it needs is some fine tuning. Which is where you come in. Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. 25 Have I got news for you by Uttoxeter’s Gary Hudson, Former BBC Chief News Reporter T here’s a call to budding musicians and comedians to help a good cause by playing at a one-off Open Mic Night in Uttoxeter For the first time the Uttoxeter Beer and Cider Festival at Oldfields Sports and Social Club on the second weekend in June will run over two days, with an open mic session on the Friday evening, June 6th. Free beer festival tickets will be offered to performers. The organiser of the Open Mic evening, Uttoxeter and Cheadle Voice columnist Gary Hudson said: ‘Everyone will be welcome – from first-timers to seasoned musos who just want to help the cause. ‘I’d like to hear a variety of musical styles too. These events attract young men with guitars, and they will of course be welcome, but I also want to hear duos, small acoustic groups and stand-ups.’ There’ll also be an afternoon of acoustic music outside, weather permitting, on the Saturday. Live rock and pop covers band Upfront who proved a roaring success on their two previous appearances at the beer festival will again headline the Saturday night in the marquee. Anyone interested in performing at the Open Mic or on the Saturday afternoon between 2 and 8pm should contact Gary (of Uttoxeter Lions) on 07974 168818. There is no age restriction on performers. The profits from this year’s festival will again be used to pay for Prostate Cancer screening in the town. Charities to benefit in previous years have included the Midlands Air Ambulance, breast cancer care, the rugby charity for children Wooden Spoon, Saint Giles Hospice and Rakemark Respite. Tickets for the beer festival are £7.50 which includes a commemorative beer glass, a programme with taster notes and admission to the Friday night open mic session. Admission to the Open Mic Night alone is £2.50, or free for performers, who will also receive free beer festival tickets. Tickets are available from Oldfields Sports and Social Club, and from rugby club and Lions Club members. Or call Steve Shields on: 01889 565522. 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  26. 26. 26 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Fashion Voice by Angela Clinton of Uttoxeter T he word ‘neon’ has been popping up on the fashion pages in accessories, dresses, skirts, tops and blouses, but where does it come from and what does it mean. Neon comes from the Greek word neos which means new. It was discovered in 1898 by Sir William Ramsey and M.W.Travers. It was the first gas used to make light,which is why gas filled tubes are now called ‘neon lights’. The trend Neon consists of super-bright colours which certainly make a statement, but if you are not brave enough to wear them just accessorise with these bright colours as they will probably not appear again on the catwalk in the near future. At Essentials we do have the brightly coloured accessories, fine knits and other items of clothing available at affordable prices in order for you to keep up with the latest trends. Yellow is one my favourite colours as it automatically lifts your mood, brightens any outfit and you know Summer has arrived- although not officially until June 21st. The nautical theme has returned with stripes although there will be variations in the colour and shapes. We have white lined trousers in two different styles at Essentials. They are a must for your Summer wardrobe and of course they are half the price you would normally pay for them on the high street. Do not delay as you have to plan your wardrobe a season ahead in order to source the trends you will be wearing. The ‘naughty nautical’ - as I sometimes call it-enables you to put spots and stripes together so be brave and have a go. A striped top with a spotted neck scarf is an example, though keep the colours to red, blue and white. I love the idea of ‘white on white’ which allows you to put fabrics of different textures together-for example lace, wool and cotton. Print and mix is putting together quite boldly all different patterns and colours,which is great if you feel confident enough to wear them. Bright coloured shirts with geometric trouser prints look fab and very quirky. Designers have drummed up a vibrant mix of bold colours and graphic prints inspired by Africa, Asia and beyond. Jewellery is big and bold. Patchwork jeans have made a comeback and were last seen on the catwalk in 1992. I remember sewing velvet patches on my jeans when I was at college,but that was when I was ‘sweet sixteen’ only a few years ago. Angela Essential Clothing. Dovefields, Derby Road Staffordshire, ST14 8HR • Call: 01889 565151 • www.tippersbm.co.uk Open: Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5.00pm, Saturday 8.00am - 12.00 noon FREE DELIVERY ON ORDERS OVER £250.00 WITHIN 15 MILES RADIUS OF ANY TIPPERS BRANCH £198.00 per pack (inc VAT) STONEBLEND VALUE STONE PROJECT PACK (11.58m2) Available in Autumn, Buff, Fossil and Modac £89.95 per pack (inc VAT) ASHBOURNE VALUE STONE PROJECT PACK (5.67m2) Available in Cotswold,York Brown and York Gold
  27. 27. 27Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Oat House, 34 Church Street, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8AA Tel: 01889 567676 Investments • Mortgage Consultants Pensions Critical Illness • Savings Inheritance Tax Planning Life Assurance • Retirement Guidance Permanent Health Insurance School Fees Planning If you are 55 and over and would like to meet new people and join in with exciting activities, then this could be the service for you. Our community resource centre in George Elliott Close, Uttoxeter could be the place for you. When you come to the centre you will have the opportunity to meet and make new friends. You will have the time to sit and chat or join in with a varied programme of activities. Transport at preferential rates is available to those who require it. Full and half day sessions available. For further information please contact Gail Topliss on 07921 233302 YOUR LOCAL RESOURCE CENTRE IS NOW OPEN 5500 yyeeaarrssexperiencein the trade Paradise Nurseries Winnothdale, Near Tean ST10 4HB 07860 666653 Bring this ad to get 10% off
  28. 28. 28 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Interior Design by Carl Johnson of Cheadle Space Planning Creating The Perfect Room H ello my name is Carl Johnson and once again I would like to welcome you to my monthly column on Interior Design Advice. This month I’m going to take a look at the importance of space planning when designing a room. Space planning is one of the most important elements in designing a room, it is at this early stage that the movement and activities of the people using the room are taken into account. A well planned room should fulfil the needs of the people using it and also allow for easier and safer movement throughout the space. Gathering Information To begin designing your perfect room, you must first sit down with everyone that will be using the room to create a list of everyones individual requirements, a lounge for example could have many uses such as ; watching TV, studying, entertaining, reading, relaxing or even surfing the web. Each of these ideas will need some careful thought to decide the space required or type of furniture to buy in order to accommodate each point. Mapping Your Room Now that you have a concise list of requirements on paper, it is time to reach for the tape measure and graph paper, and to start mapping out the floor plan. Beginning in one corner of the room work your way around each wall, carefully measuring not only the walls but also the position of all sockets, doors, windows and radiators and transfer these onto a large sheet of graph paper. It is important to decide on a scale for your drawing at the start as you will need to fit the whole room onto one sheet of graph paper. If possible it is a good idea to scan and print a few copies of your plan for later use. Traffic Flow Movement throughout the room must be as easy as possible, so you must take some time to analyse the various areas that must be accessible and the routes taken to get to these areas. Using one of your copies, draw faint lines from the doorways to each area that must have easy access, such as windows, switches, fireplaces etc, you will later use these lines to help with the positioning of your furniture. Placing Your Furniture Before adding any furniture it is important to consider any lines of symmetry in the room that can be used to help plan the placement of your chosen pieces. Draw in a dotted line to show the line of symmetry through the room and try to balance furniture on either side of it where possible, placing a few key items along the symmetry line itself to reinforce the effect. Always place the largest pieces first and fit the smaller items around these. When placing your items, it is important to consider your traffic flow lines and to try to loosely maintain these access routes wherever possible. Lighting One final point to consider in your planning process is the use of natural light, try to maintain as much light in the room as possible but be very careful of placing objects that could fade too close to the window. Use artificial light to lift the darker corners and any areas designated for reading, possibly with table lamps or spot lighting. Mirrors can be another great way to add extra light do dull rooms, particularly when used on a grand scale. Next month I will be taking a look at the use of scale and form in interior design, until then I hope you enjoy experiment with Space Planning. Carl Forthcoming Coach Trips MAY Sat 10 York, £19.50 Sun 11 Malvern Spring Show, £18.00. Entrance £15.00 Sat 17 Liverpool, £17.00 Sun 18 Afternoon Mystery Tour, £14.50 Sat 24 Last of the Summer Wine Tour, £17.50 Sun 25 Bodnant Gardens(NT) Llandudno, £18.50. Entrance £8.50 Mon 26 Blackpool, £18.00 Tue 27 Moreton in Marsh market Cotswolds, £18.50 Wed 28 Chester or Zoo (Adm extra), £16.50 Thurs 29 Coronation Street Tour Manchester, £15.50. Entrance £16.50 Fri 30 Worcester, £17.00 Sat 31 Melton Mowbray, Stamford Rutland Water, £17.50 JUNE Sun 1 Berrington Hall Croft Castle (NT), £16.50. Entrance £15.00 Sat 7 Appleby Horse Fair, £22.00 Sun 8 Cosford Air Show, £15.50. Entrance £20.00 Sat 14 Ormskirk Southport, £17.00 Sun 15 Gardeners World - NEC, £17.00. Entrance £18.00 Sat 21 Oxford, £19.50 Sun 22 Afternoon Mystery Trip, £14.50 Sat 28 York, £19.50 Sun 29 Lake District Tour £19.50 FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK PLEASE CALL 01538 754420 Dedicated new head will continue ‘passion for learning’ at Smallwood Manor School U ttoxeter school Smallwood Manor is soon to welcome a new head teacher, after the appointment of Jeremy Gear to succeed current head Mike Harrison, who is leaving the school at the end of the academic year to take up a new headship in London. Jeremy brings extensive educational experience to Smallwood, having been head teacher at three schools within the independent sector. His working knowledge is boosted by roles as both an educational consultant and independent schools’ inspector. In the head teacher role Jeremy will be tasked with further shaping and progressing the ethos implemented by his predecessor. Appointed in 2009, Mike Harrison has developed innovative methods of teaching and learning that have helped pupils to achieve superb academic results. Jeremy Gear was appointed after a thorough candidate selection process conducted by the school board, who are confident about their choice. “We’re delighted and eager to welcome Jeremy to Smallwood Manor and feel excited by his evident energy, passion for learning and comprehension of our ethos - as well as his thoroughly engaging personality,” comments Steven Varley, chairman of governors. “During our rigorous interview process, the board felt that Mr Gear presented himself as the perfect successor to Mike Harrison, who has developed the school immensely and been well regarded and respected by pupils, parents and staff alike. “We believe the school will not only remain in safe hands under Jeremy’s leadership, but also further its exciting evolution, aided by his obvious enthusiasm and innovative ideas.” Married with three children, Jeremy Gear is a resolute advocate of ‘outdoor’ life and has expressed his keen plans to progress the Forest Schools work at Smallwood. “I’m delighted to have been selected to take the helm here at Smallwood, and look forward to continuing the school’s good work and standards, as well as bringing in bright new ideas and concepts to further our young peoples’ knowledge,” confirms Jeremy. “The school already presents a thriving environment in which children not only love to learn, but harness ‘life- long learning’ abilities. It’s my intention to maintain and develop that ethos, which is evidently nurturing, impassioned and needless to say, successful.” Smallwood will create an opportunity to meet the new head teacher in the Trinity term, prior to Jeremy’s official commencement in the role at the beginning of the next academic year on 1st September. Smallwood Manor Preparatory School is part of the Woodard Group, the largest group of independent Church of England schools in England and Wales. Set in beautiful landscaped grounds, Smallwood Manor has a nursery school, as well as the Pre-Prep and Prep Schools which cater for children between the ages of four and 11. The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum, encompassing academic subjects as well as art and sport. This is tailored to meet each pupil’s ability so that every child can reach his or her full potential. Traditional Christian values of good manners, respect and responsible behaviour are combined with modern teaching practices to provide a dynamic learning environment.
  29. 29. 29Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Fruit Scones and Plain Scones M aking scones is so easy. Make sure the mixture is not too dry and don’t overhandle the dough. This recipe makes 10 Fruit Scones and 12 Plain Scones. When doing the plain scones just discard the mixed fruit. Ingredients: 225g (8oz) Self Raising Flour 1 Level Teaspoon Baking Powder 50g (2oz0 Softened Butter 25g (1oz) Caster Sugar 50g (2oz) Mixed Fruit 1 Large Egg A Little Milk Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 220˚C/fan 200˚F/Gas 7. Grease 2 baking trays. 2. Measure the flower and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and the dried fruit. 3. Break the egg into a measuring jug, then make up to 150ml (threequarters pint) with milk, stir the egg and milk into the flour and mix to a soft but not sticky dough. 4. Place onto a lightly floured surface, knead lightly and roll out to a 1cm (half inch) thickness. Cut into rounds with a fluted 5cm (2 inch) cutter and place into the prepared baking trays. Brush the tops with a little milk. 5. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes or until pale golden brown. Put the scones onto a wire rack to cool. Eat as fresh as possible. 6. Enjoy... Kate’s Kitchen By Kate Cornes Kate once worked as a professional chef for many years but following a career change, is now employed as a Veterinary Nurse. She still, however, continues to enjoy cooking traditional home cooked meals for herself, her husband and 2 young children. Kate is always on the lookout for wholesome but simple recipes that can be prepared in advance for busy working families. A t last, the clocks have gone forward and lighter evenings are on the way. The sun is shining (sometimes!) the birds are singing their delightful dawn chorus and baby lambs are dancing merrily across the countryside. This can only mean one thing, summer is well and truly on its way! So if this isn’t a great time to start getting excited about eating salad then it never will be! Hot Chicken and Chorizo Salad Serves 2 Ingredients 1 Large chicken breast - diced Chorizo sausage - approx 200g - sliced into half centimetre thick slices Feta cheese 100g - diced Bag of ready prepared baby leaf and rocket salad - approx 85-100g Beef tomato - sliced and diced Salted croutons -100g Cajun seasoning Olive oil Salad dressing of your choice ( I prefer balsamic) Method In a large bowl, place the salad leaves, croutons, tomato, and feta. Lightly sprinkle the diced chicken with the Cajun seasoning. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan then on a medium heat, cook the chicken for 10-15 minutes until cooked through. Once cooked, remove from the pan and throw in the chorizo. Whilst the chorizo is cooking, loosely stir the hot chicken into all the other ingredients. Cook the chorizo for around 5 minutes or until crispy and cooked through then add to the bowl with the other ingredients and again, loosely mix up with a large spoon. Divide onto 2 large plates and drizzle with a salad dressing of your choice. Serve and eat straight away whilst the meat is still warm. The heat from the chicken and chorizo will slightly melt the feta cheese and gently warm the salad leaves. Divine! Down on the Farm by Angela Sargent April here and with it, spring! T he animals are out in the fields, the clocks have gone forwards and it seems like there is so much more time in the working day. The light mornings mean the crescendo of bird song is building as they start to nest and lay eggs and the summer visitors will be making their appearance soon. One little bird here all year round but one which certainly packs a punch in the noise stakes, is the Wren. A very small, plump, brown bird with an upturned tail, we see darting around in the growth of Ivy which grows up one side of our house. It forages in a mouse- like fashion and its song is so strident. It builds a globular shaped nest in convenient holes or nooks but is one of the prettiest birds to watch. “first the Oak and then the Ash, there’ll be a splash, first the Ash and then the Oak, there’ll be a soak”, an old country saying, as both these trees will be blossoming now and a portent, maybe, of the weather to come.As more trees and flowers start to bloom, then the insects will become more active, including the Bees, which will be breeding to increase hive numbers and will be busy foraging for food to maintain them. And, of course, as the insect numbers increase, so do the insectivores- Bats etc also start to be seen as the weather warms up and food becomes more easily available. The only mammal capable of true flight, it is the Long-eared bat which we tend to get on the farm, flying throughout the night, it can have a wingspan of up to about 10 inches. The soil in the fields may have been compacted due to the wet weather we had over winter, certainly where it has flooded and nutrients may have been leached away by the water. If it has been too wet it can take many months for the soil to recover and needs careful handling if it is to be productive. Drainage is important and ditches may have become filled and field drains could be blocked or broken. Many fields have a drainage system underneath (even grass fields), which wouldn’t necessarily be evident and these occasionally need renewing, but this can disrupt the farming use for a short while. Recently, I approached local schools to offer my services to talk about food and farming and am pleased to say that offer has been accepted by one school and I am delighted to have the chance to explain where british food comes from. This month sees the ‘Great British Beef’ week, instigated by ‘Ladies in Beef’, including St. Georges day and it is in conjunction with RABI (farming charity). With the floods down South, there may be need of its services in helping farmers in crisis situations and so I hope many farmers will join in to raise funds and support our beef industry too! There is a website if anyone cares to look and details of how you can get involved. Angela Sargent,www.baldfields-farm.co.uk And now join me on twitter @bythebarn for all things farming! Pete’s Treats - Let’s Bake! by Pete Rowley
  30. 30. 30 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Lemon Cake with Rose Cream T his year, my Mother in Law is going to be 80 years old. We are throwing her a big surprise party and I, of course, have been given the job of making her a cake. She is particularly fond of lemon cake, but I really want to do something a little different. I have decided on a lemon cake with a rose cream. I can then make the icing a pretty pink colour and decorate with roses. I will be making a cake for approximately sixty people, but I have given below the recipe for a normal 20cm sandwich cake. You will need 225g golden caster sugar 225g unsalted butter 4 large eggs zest of 2 large unwaxed lemons 225g self raising flour 25g cornflour 1 tsp baking powder 3 tbsp milk Rose Petal Topping 600ml double or whipping cream approx. ½ tsp rose water 1 tbsp icing sugar a few drops of pink food colouring good quality Lemon Curd for filling Firstly, preheat your oven to to 180˚C/160˚C fan oven. Grease, and line two 20cm sandwich tins. Cream together the butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy. Then, gradually add the beaten eggs, a little at a time. Add the zest of your lemons, and now to add your dry ingredients. Sift in the flour, cornflour and baking powder and mix everything together. Finally add your milk. This loosens up the batter. Bake in the oven, on the middle shelf, for approximately 20-25 minutes. Check the cakes are cooked by inserting a skewer into the centre. It should come out clean. The tops of the sponges should be golden brown and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven, and leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. To prepare the icing, whip the cream with the rose water, icing sugar, and food colouring to form soft pale pink peaks, being careful not to over beat. Check the taste of the cream at this point, as the strength of rose water varies from brand to brand. Also you may need a little more icing sugar, it depends how sweet you like the cream. Sandwich the cakes together with a layer of lemon curd and a thin layer of the cream. Next spread the cream all over the sides and top of the cake. I have piped swirls to give the impression of roses. Decorate with edible glitter and roses. Remembering Days gone by... by Owd Ern High Street D esolate empty shops, very few people about, it only wants some tumble weed rolling down and there it would be, a real ghost town. I am writing about the famous Uttoxeter High Street. As I first remembered it, it was most days full of traffic and people especially on a Wednesday (market day) and doubly so on the Potteries Bank Holiday first week in August. There was no room on the pavements a bit like Blackpool prom on a wakes week. Uttoxeter like every other town once had a high street to be proud of, especially on a Wednesday when it was crowded with people. It was then, the main road for traffic through the town. It would not do to step off the pavement or you would get run over. It is quite pleasant and safe to wander down now, but unfortunately most of the shops are now closed. If it was not for Wilko’s and a few charity shops it could just about close down. But at its peak, over 50 shops or more, would make their owners a decent living, and just about provide you with all you needed. G A Harris sold radios and bicycles, Pearsons on the other side, sold wallpaper and paint, Hulmes Fish and Game mongers, all long since gone. About where the fish Chip shop is now, was the wonderful Vernon Cotterells butchers shop, the self termed ‘Mad butcher’. Indeed that is what I.T.V called him when they came to interview him. I remember the reporter saying he could hear shouting and swearing from up Smithfield Road. I think Vernon had got wind that they were coming and decided to put on a good show. I went in one day and said “Your clock is not going” and he said “No, I threw a meat cleaver at a customer who had upset me, unfortunately it hit my clock instead!” I could then see that the clock had a split down the middle. Really although Vernon has gone, he would be an article on his own. He always came up with some amazing ideas for Uttoxeter Carnival, and every Christmas, he would make one of the biggest Pork Pie’s I have ever seen, it more or less filled the shop window. How he baked one so large, I will never know. It was baked to perfection though, a lovely golden colour. I believe he always gave it to one of the old peoples homes as a gift for Christmas. Such a wonderful character he would not be allowed today with clever governing bodies ruling everything. Opposite that shop was McCanns Photography Shop, long gone, but I believe to the side one of the few original business’s still survives Lavin Printers. I remember always going to collect draw books and dance tickets that they had printed for Dance’s that my wife ran for various charities. They were always very helpful and polite.What is now Wilko’s was The Royal Oak, a very popular farmer’s pub on Market days, as was The Cross Keys now Bagshaws Office, Which is very appropriate, as on a Saturday night, if I was out with my eldest brother (who knew how to drink) he always ended up there because they sold Double Diamond on Draught. Two pints of that and my legs seemed to have a mind of their own. It never seemed to affect my brother, much to his amusement. In between, still surviving is the Town Hall. By the Town Hall was the entrance to one of the most popular Cattle Markets in the midlands now unfortunately sold to the highest bidder, one of the almighty developers! Between The Oak and the Town Hall was a funny little cottage that housed the Town Hall keeper, and also some very useful but very stinking public toilets. A feature every Wednesday was Alsop’s the pork Butchers halting the traffic, to drive a drove of pigs across from the market to their slaughter house opposite. Going back to the Town Hall, it was in constant use, Dances every Saturday night, various other dances midweek and Plays, by the dramatic society. It was a very nice and popular venue. But if someone said you will be going up the town hall steps, it meant you would be going to the Magistrates Court. As a kid at school I remember being tortured by Dentist Duck, whose surgery was in the old prison at the back of the Town Hall. Just about opposite was the magnificent office of Buntings Brewery, again demolished in the name of progress to create that other ghost town ‘The Maltings’ I do not remember what all the shops were, but one I will never forget is Westhorpe Jewellers. In one of my weaker moments, I went in with my girlfriend to buy a ring, it turned out to be an engagement ring, I know that a Bull has a ring in his nose so that he can be controlled, but I didn’t realise that a ring on a girl’s finger could control me! (Too late, I have got used to it now) Harold Chitty had a nice little florists shop nearby, I think that was taken on by the Crutchley family of Uttoxeter. Near by the mighty Woolworths store, everything for 6 pence (heaven) gone, but lower down was Blackwells shoe shop, different name now but still selling shoes. Boots chemist and the magnificent G.Ormes mens shop and just after that the Clockmakers Bell Dams. I have seen a few grandfather clocks with Bell of Uttoxeter on the face, but never one with Dams on it. (Dam) William Deacons bank replaced that, but what the hell it is called now, I do not know. Banks are always changing their names. Going back up the other side on the corner with Carter Street stood the wonderful premises of Charles Elkes. Café, Bakery and included the lovely Haddon room, big enough for a wedding reception etc. Uttoxeter Y.F.C held a monthly meeting and social evening in it.(happy nights) I think Barclays bank was next door on the site of Higgins Chambers shop that got burnt down in 1921. Barclays have of course moved up next to Bagshaws Office now. This entire lovely corner was demolished to make way for the bland lot there is now. The developers wanted to demolish Willisfords Jewellers up Cart Street but Mr Willisford said no, and it is still going 50-60 years on! Henry Ryder had a grand Iron mongers. Some were up that side of the street. I am not a historian more hysterical, so I may be out with some of my facts. I do not know how Cheadle High Street is faring, because when I come to Cheadle I am so worried that I am driving the wrong way up a one way street, I don’t notice shops or indeed lack of them. The last time I went to Cheadle was to a funeral and I took a wrong turn, I thought I was on the road to Ashbourne and ended up in Morrisons car park! That’s me moan for the wick So just tek care of thee sens Owd Ern Karen’s Cake Corner by Karen Hill
  31. 31. 31Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970.Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Talking Pets by Shoshannah McCarthy BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS Shosh qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London, and has been working as a small animal vet at Blue House Veterinary Centre in Biddulph since 2009. F irst, I have to report some sad news. Last month I lost Orange, my awesome cat of fifteen years. He’s been with me a long time and I will miss him dreadfully. RIP Orange Cat, 1999-2014. Now, over the next three editions I will be talking about weight. This is an emotive subject, and the last thing I want to do is cause any upset. But pet obesity is hitting critical levels and the health of our beloved dogs and cats is suffering as a result. The risks of obesity We can suffer knock-on health effects from being too heavy, and our pets are no different. Here are just some of the problems faced by overweight pets: • Overweight cats are at very high risk of developing diabetes. • Any dog or cat carrying excess weight will inflict a lot of stress on their joints, leading to early onset arthritis. • Too much fat over the ribs makes breathing more difficult, especially in flat-faced breeds such as Pugs, Boxers and Shih-Tzus. • Overweight dogs face more problems with their anal glands. • Obesity predisposes to heart disease, high blood pressure and certain cancers. It is especially sad for dogs who have always been playful and active. As they gain weight they find it more difficult to run and enjoy games, and once arthritis sets in it just becomes too painful for them. Is your pet overweight? Honesty is the best policy here - you need to be frank with yourself for your pet’s sake. The trouble is, we see so many heavy pets nowadays that it can be genuinely difficult to know whether your pet is a healthy weight or not. Weight You may be able to weigh your pet at home. If not, veterinary practices and most large pet stores have scales you can use, usually for free. Knowing your pet’s weight is important, because you need to catch unhealthy weight gain as soon as possible and take action. Tracking their weight will also help you monitor the progress of any weight loss programmes. However, weight alone is not always useful for knowing whether or not your pet is obese. Healthy ‘moggy’ cats can weigh from 2.5kg to 5.5kg (some breeds such as Norwegian Forest Cats can be much more). An athletic Labrador can weigh anything between 25kg and 35kg. The ranges of ‘normal’ weights are often too wide to help you decide if your pet is at the right weight. Fortunately, there is another method we can use. Body Condition Score The best way to assess your pet’s weight is to get hands-on with them. Looking at and feeling your pet will enable you to estimate their Body Condition Score (BCS) from 1 to 9. 1 is emaciated, 9 is morbidly obese. The ideal score is 4-5. There are lots of BCS charts available online; a good one can be found on the Purina website at www.purina.co.uk (you can find it more easily by searching ‘Purina body condition tool dog/cat’ in Google - please note that this article and the author are in no way affiliated with Purina, by the way). Start by finding one of these charts to assess your pet, and make sure you use the same one every time when tracking their progress. To assess your pet’s BCS, start by looking at them from several different angles. Do they have a waistline - that is, can you see that their tummy tucks in behind their ribcage like an hourglass? Make sure you look at them from the side and from above. Can you see the slight outline of their ribs when they turn? Of course, in dogs with thick coats and in many cats, these things can be difficult to see; this is why you need to get your hands on them as well. You should be able to feel their ribs and backbone without pressing too hard, and you should be able to draw your hands in behind their ribcage as their waist narrows. Cats can be especially tricky - many will distribute excess weight around their tummy and in their ‘apron’ between their back legs while appearing pretty normal around their backbone and ribs, so be discerning! If you are not sure, ask your vet or veterinary nurse. They will be able to help you score your pet and show you how to do it at home. Below are some pictures that may help you make a judgement. Other clues Overweight pets will show other signs that can aid diagnosis. Dogs may slow down on walks and be less willing to exercise, or they may be trying but unable to keep up. They may feel the heat and pant more. Cats may seem lazier, sleeping more and moving around less. You may find that their coat starts to look more untidy if they struggle to turn around and groom themselves as well as before. I think my pet is overweight - what do I do now? Get them onto a weight loss programme! Some tips for weight loss will be covered in the next issues, but in the meantime please consult your vet. Certain medical conditions can cause weight gain, and a check over before embarking upon any weight loss programme is recommended so that your pet can lose weight safely. Some healthy dogs with a BCS of 4-5 out of 9: Top: Spencer, Poppet. Bottom: Brody Some healthy cats with a BCS of 4-5 out of 9: Above: Ankhie, Kiara Right: Meeko
  32. 32. Can you identify the faces and locations? See Page 42 for some of the names to the faces. URGENTLY REQUIRED If you have any photos that you think may be of interest to our readers of this page please feel free to drop them into Lavins Printers, High Street, Uttoxeter who will scan them while you wait and let you have them straight back. They will then pass them on to us for publication. 1 3 4 2 4 The good old days 32 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.