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Happy Christmas
A QUALITY MAGAZINE - NOW IN OUR 16th YEAR!
Uttoxeter
& Cheadle
Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Dove Bank, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8DU
t: 01889 561820 | e: office@tahs.org.uk | w: www.thomasalleynes.uk
From all the students and staff
at Uttoxeter Learning Trust
FREE
Issue 120
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Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970
W
hat a pleasant surprise it was to see
Maura Frith and Cheadle folk in The
Guild Hall on BBC Television on
Children In Need Night!!
I couldn’t believe it when the cameras
switched to The Guild Hall where Maura and her
Zumba Class prepared to raise money for this
marvellous charity…
Maura spoke very well to the TV Presenter
and all the smiling faces on the Cheadle people
ready to ‘bounce’ around the wonderful sprung
dancefloor made me feel so proud inside – well
done to you all!!
As we prepare for Christmas, the feeling of
festive joy is in the air but as I always say at this
time of the year, please look out for those in our
community who continue to struggle during
these dreadful ‘Cost of Living’ times…
There are folk who literally have little money
to look after their families and themselves so we
need to be there for them in their hour of need. I
know our local community very well and I am
100% certain this will be the case and we can
come together with our support.
We sadly lost a hugely popular Voice
Columnist recently when Roy ‘Razzer’ Astbury
passed away. What a larger than life character,
what a colossus of a Man, what a most dear
friend… R.I.P. Razzer, we will all miss you so
much mate…
As I always say at this time of the year,
we must remember the loved ones who
are no longer here with us – perhaps we
could stay silent at 12 Noon on Christmas
Day, close our eyes and whisper ‘Merry
Christmas’ to those who have left us in
2023 and also in previous years…
The hurt will never, ever go away, but
by acknowledging their memories on
Christmas Day, it will make them a very
special part of the day…
To everyone, everywhere, I wish you A Very
Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year.
I will speak to you again in the first Voice of
2024 which will be out late February.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue of The
Voice colour magazine.
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.
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Everyone at
Wish all our Readers
and Advertisers
A Very Merry Christmas
and A Happy New Year
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& Cheadle
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Happy Christmas
A QUALITY MAGAZINE - NOW IN OUR 16th YEAR!
Uttoxeter
& Cheadle
Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Dove Bank, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8DU
t: 01889 561820 | e: office@tahs.org.uk | w: www.thomasalleynes.uk
From all the students and staff
at Uttoxeter Learning Trust
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Issue 120
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Weekdays 10am-3.30pm
(closed Wednesdays)
Weekends 10am-4pm
We have lunchtime specials on offer
daily. Freshly baked scones and lots of
outdoor seating by the canal waterside -
our water huts are a favourite.
We are excited to announce our new
venture ‘Madam Hettys’ which is above
Hettys serving Afternoon Teas on Thursdays,
Fridays & Saturdays. It’s Alice in Wonderland
themed and we have a nest to sit in as well
as a floating table experience.
Welcoming families, ramblers, cyclists,
dog walkers and canal enthusiasts
Froghall Wharf, Foxt Road,
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Situated 5 minutes from Cheadle &
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Uttoxeter Lions Club Annual
Christmas Cracker Night
Uttoxeter Lions will once again be organising our‘Cracker Night’
on Thursday 14 December 2023 from 6pm – 9pm.
U
ttoxeter Town Hall and
High Street will be
filled with traders
selling Christmas gifts, Charity
stalls raising funds for worthy
causes, games for you to have a
go on and various food outlets
if you fancy a snack. Warwick’s
Funfair will be in the Market
Place, free entertainment will be
provided throughout and
includesUttoxeter Town Band,
The Heath Chorus, facepainting
for the children, music and
games with Party Roo and look
out for the circus street
performers.
Although they are very busy,
Santa will be visiting the Town
Hall with Mrs Claus and his
Elves and they would all be
delighted to see you (charges
apply, £5 per child and includes
a present). You can even have your photo taken with him!All proceeds from our
events go to local charities and good causes.
Thank you to Uttoxeter Town Council and John Pye Auctions Limited for their
support with Cracker Night.
For your enjoyment and safety, road closures will be in place from 12 noon to
11pm:
• High Street (from Smithfield Road to the Market Square)
• Market Square
• Carter Street (from Hockley Road to High Street)
• Church Street (from High Street to Silver Street)
• Queen Street
• Bridge Street (from its junction with the Market Place)

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  • 1. Happy Christmas A QUALITY MAGAZINE - NOW IN OUR 16th YEAR! Uttoxeter & Cheadle Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Dove Bank, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8DU t: 01889 561820 | e: office@tahs.org.uk | w: www.thomasalleynes.uk From all the students and staff at Uttoxeter Learning Trust FREE Issue 120
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  • 3. 3 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 W hat a pleasant surprise it was to see Maura Frith and Cheadle folk in The Guild Hall on BBC Television on Children In Need Night!! I couldn’t believe it when the cameras switched to The Guild Hall where Maura and her Zumba Class prepared to raise money for this marvellous charity… Maura spoke very well to the TV Presenter and all the smiling faces on the Cheadle people ready to ‘bounce’ around the wonderful sprung dancefloor made me feel so proud inside – well done to you all!! As we prepare for Christmas, the feeling of festive joy is in the air but as I always say at this time of the year, please look out for those in our community who continue to struggle during these dreadful ‘Cost of Living’ times… There are folk who literally have little money to look after their families and themselves so we need to be there for them in their hour of need. I know our local community very well and I am 100% certain this will be the case and we can come together with our support. We sadly lost a hugely popular Voice Columnist recently when Roy ‘Razzer’ Astbury passed away. What a larger than life character, what a colossus of a Man, what a most dear friend… R.I.P. Razzer, we will all miss you so much mate… As I always say at this time of the year, we must remember the loved ones who are no longer here with us – perhaps we could stay silent at 12 Noon on Christmas Day, close our eyes and whisper ‘Merry Christmas’ to those who have left us in 2023 and also in previous years… The hurt will never, ever go away, but by acknowledging their memories on Christmas Day, it will make them a very special part of the day… To everyone, everywhere, I wish you A Very Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year. I will speak to you again in the first Voice of 2024 which will be out late February. I hope you enjoy reading this issue of The Voice colour magazine. 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 BOOK YOUR ADVERT NOW - Email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk or Call 01538 751629 You can also contact us via social media: @uttoxeter_voice UttoxeterVoice UttoxeterVoice HOW TO GET IN TOUCH The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice is wholly independent and is published at 3 Spode Close, Cheadle, Staffs ST10 1DT ADVERTISEMENT SALES AND EDITORIAL Tel: 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 Email: uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk NEXT ISSUE The next Voice will be out late February 2024 News Deadline: 12th February Advertising Deadline: 21st February Everyone at Wish all our Readers and Advertisers A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year We will see you in 2024!!!! Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle
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  • 5. 5 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 ADVERTISERS!! ENJOY THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS... Superb hard copy A4 colour magazine and the internet! Your advert goes into a our quality Voice glossy magazines - plus it goes into our online magazine for free! Readers tell us they do not throw The Voice magazine into the bin but retain it until the next issue arrives through the letterbox around a month later! This provides our advertisers with a very long timescale in the public domain which is terrific value for money! Our online magazine can be read page by page off Tablets, Mobile Phones and Computers. Go to uttoxeterandcheadlevoice.co.uk and click on Back Issues Email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk now and place your advert in the next Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice colour magazine - no pre-payment required which is another huge plus for our advertisers. Happy Christmas A QUALITY MAGAZINE - NOW IN OUR 16th YEAR! Uttoxeter & Cheadle Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Dove Bank, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8DU t: 01889 561820 | e: office@tahs.org.uk | w: www.thomasalleynes.uk From all the students and staff at Uttoxeter Learning Trust FREE Issue 120 Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle Book your advert now for the next Voice colour magazine!! Out late February 2024 Email: uttoxetervoice @hotmail.co.uk We are now open Weekdays 10am-3.30pm (closed Wednesdays) Weekends 10am-4pm We have lunchtime specials on offer daily. Freshly baked scones and lots of outdoor seating by the canal waterside - our water huts are a favourite. We are excited to announce our new venture ‘Madam Hettys’ which is above Hettys serving Afternoon Teas on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays. It’s Alice in Wonderland themed and we have a nest to sit in as well as a floating table experience. Welcoming families, ramblers, cyclists, dog walkers and canal enthusiasts Froghall Wharf, Foxt Road, Churnet Valley ST10 2HJ Situated 5 minutes from Cheadle & 15 minutes from Ashbourne on the A52 by the canal in Froghall Wharf. 01538 754 277 95-97 Tape Street, Cheadle, Staffordshire ST10 1ER FREE DELIVERY AVAILABLE New and Graded Domestic Appliances. Sales, Services and Repairs RELIABLE & SPEEDY SERVICE Why Choose Us? Family Business Over 30 years experience Trained Engineers • Home Visits Competitive Prices ALL ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES Cookers • Vacuums • Washers & Dryers Fridges & Freezers Everyone lovesTheVoice Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle All our Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice advertisers wish all their Customers
  • 6. 6 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Materials in bulk bag or loose Type 1 stone Recycled concrete Sharp sand Fill sand Ballast Topsoil 2nd grade soil Compost Bark Woodchip Decorative aggregates Cotswold gravel Plum state Golden gravel Black ice gravel Plant hire Diggers from 1-15 tonne Dumpers from 0.5-9 tonne Crushers Tractor and Trailer Hire Woodchippers Pedestrian and ride on rollers Plate wackers Foot wackers Stihl saws Breakers Mixers Post knocker T: 01889 622005 W: www.wngp.co.uk Plant hire and materials supplier WNGP Ltd operate as a fully equipped plant hire and materials company. Supplying machinery and aggregates to building sites and the general public at a great and affordable price. Whatever it is you require, we will be happy to help. Please contact us on the details below. Uttoxeter Lions Club Annual Christmas Cracker Night Uttoxeter Lions will once again be organising our‘Cracker Night’ on Thursday 14 December 2023 from 6pm – 9pm. U ttoxeter Town Hall and High Street will be filled with traders selling Christmas gifts, Charity stalls raising funds for worthy causes, games for you to have a go on and various food outlets if you fancy a snack. Warwick’s Funfair will be in the Market Place, free entertainment will be provided throughout and includesUttoxeter Town Band, The Heath Chorus, facepainting for the children, music and games with Party Roo and look out for the circus street performers. Although they are very busy, Santa will be visiting the Town Hall with Mrs Claus and his Elves and they would all be delighted to see you (charges apply, £5 per child and includes a present). You can even have your photo taken with him!All proceeds from our events go to local charities and good causes. Thank you to Uttoxeter Town Council and John Pye Auctions Limited for their support with Cracker Night. For your enjoyment and safety, road closures will be in place from 12 noon to 11pm: • High Street (from Smithfield Road to the Market Square) • Market Square • Carter Street (from Hockley Road to High Street) • Church Street (from High Street to Silver Street) • Queen Street • Bridge Street (from its junction with the Market Place)
  • 7. 7 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970
  • 8. 8 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. OUTSIDE announces Cheadle Moon celebrating the life of local astronomer C ommunity arts programme OUTSIDE is working with local groups, organisations and residents to plan Cheadle Moon, a special celebration of the life of pioneering astronomer and selenographer Mary Adela Blagg. For three weeks around Easter from 15th March 2024 to 5th April 2024, the Staffordshire Moorlands town will be filled with stardust and moonlight while celebrations take place in churches, schools, shops and streets. To mark the 80th anniversary of Mary Adela Blagg’s death, Cheadle Moon will tell her inspirational story and celebrate her life. Born in 1858, Mary lived her entire life in Cheadle. Mary’s groundbreaking work mapping the moon saw her become one of the first women admitted into the Royal Astronomical Society. A crater on the moon, Blagg crater, was named after Mary, and in March 2023, a planet was named Maryblagg in her honour. Mary’s grave is in the churchyard of St Giles the Abbot in Cheadle. Taking centre stage of the celestial celebrations, Museum of the Moon will rise inside St Giles the Abbot. This amazing touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram will be installed in the nave of the church. Measuring six metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:600,000 each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 6km of the moon’s surface. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. As well as Museum of the Moon, a wide-ranging programme of lunar inspired arts and cultural activities and events will include something for everyone. More information about Cheadle Moon, including opening times to experience Museum of the Moon, will be announced in the coming months. Admission to Museum of the Moon will be free of charge to visitors but tickets will be required – bookings will open in January 2024. OUTSIDE creative director Sarah Bird said: “Cheadle Moon is going to be an incredible three weeks of extraordinary happenings in and around the town. We’re particularly excited to bring Museum of the Moon to the Moorlands for the very first time. It’s an awe-inspiring experience which will captivate residents and visitors alike, and leave you gazing at the night sky with a renewed sense of wonder.” To keep up-to-date with the Cheadle Moon project and be notified when Museum of the Moon tickets are available, sign up for the OUTSIDE newsletter at outsidearts.org. Cheadle Moon is made possible through a collaboration between OUTSIDE, St Giles the Abbot and the Parish Church Committee, Cheadle Discovery Group, Creative Cheadle and Cheadle Town Council who share a vision for enriching cultural experiences in Cheadle. Luke Jerram and Museum of the Moon
  • 10. 10 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Gifts Galore at LG Woodward Ltd Come and see our fabulous Christmas Ranges Lighting, Costume Jewellery and an array of unusual gifts. 8-10 Balance Street, Uttoxeter 01889 562758 SHADES Opening Times: Mon-Wed 9am-5pm, Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 8am-3pm, Sun Closed 25-29 High Street, Tean ST10 4DY www.shadesoftean1.co.uk Tel: 01538 722297 Hair and Beauty Unisex Salon Celebrating 50 years Shades Hair & Beauty would like to wish all our clients and friends a truly wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year, from Lynn and all the girls at Shades J CB has announced it is set to build a new factory in North America which will create 1,500 new jobs over the next five years. The construction of the 720,000 sq ft (67,000m²) factory will begin early next year on a 400-acre site in San Antonio, Texas. The new facility will manufacture machines largely for customers in North America, the world’s biggest market for construction equipment. The plant will be the second JCB factory in North America, where the company began manufacturing in Savannah, Georgia, in 2001. JCB North America already employs 1,000 people. Details of the products to be manufactured at the new plant will be announced at a later date. JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “North America is integral to the growth and success of JCB’s business in the future and the time is now right for JCB to expand its manufacturing presence there. Texas is a vibrant and growing economy, and the State offers great advantages in terms of a central location, as well as good highway and port access, The city of San Antonio also has a well-established skills base, which makes it a very attractive place to set up a factory.” JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “JCB has come a long way since selling its first machine to the US market in 1964 .This new investment is good news for our North American customers and is a fantastic platform on which JCB can build.” Richard Fox-Marrs, President & CEO of JCB North America, said: “The growth we’ve experienced in the past few years in North America has been extensive and demand for our products continues to grow. The decision to expand our manufacturing footprint will bring us even closer to our customers and will allow us to further capitalise on market opportunities in North America.” JCB has 22 factories around the world, including 11 in the UK, and others in India, Brazil, and China. The company will mark its 80th anniversary in 2025. JCB announces plans for new North American plant
  • 11. 11 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970
  • 12. 12 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. t: 0800 180 4901 e: kyle.stubbs@zerodrytime.com w: zerodrytime.com The UK’s No.1 Dry Carpet, Upholstery & Hard Floor Cleaners T he popular annual Uttoxeter Bonfire and Fireworks Display took place this year on Saturday 4th November at Bramshall Park, with gates opening at 6.00pm. As in previous years there was a shorter children’s firework display before the lighting of the bonfire, followed by the main display at 7.30pm, which this year will be set to a Disney-themed soundtrack. John Fitchett, Uttoxeter Lions Club President commented that “The display is one of the largest in the area and helps the club raise vital funds that we can distribute to local worthy causes. As well as the fireworks and bonfire, with Guys made by the children from Tynsel Parkes, Bramshall Meadows and Picknalls schools,”. The weather was not kind to the event, so attendance numbers were down on previous years, however those who braved the rain and cold saw a spectacular event. Thankfully there was hot food and drinks available that definitely helped. The Uttoxeter Lions would like to thank all those that came to see and support the event, along with all the Sponsors and volunteers who made the event run so smoothly and safely. Uttoxeter Lions light up the sky (despite the rain) Kelly won a competition for free tickets, and here she is getting her prize from Liz of the Lions.
  • 14. 14 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. • Specialist in carpet and vinyl flooring • Large choice of samples brought to your home for you to view in comfort • Professional fitting service with 25 years of experience • Floor levelling and door trimming service • Friendly, hassle-free service where you only deal with myself, the fitter, start to finish Wishing you all a merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Ian & Jake Call or message to arrange an appointment 07932 668 745 S hirley and Maurice Whittaker of Uttoxeter celebrate their Platinum (70 years) wedding anniversary on 19th December. Maurice is a retired baptist minister who came to Uttoxeter to retire from the ministry after 38 years. They now worship at Uttoxeter Methodist Church. They both come from the North East. Maurice and Shirley have 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. They were married in 1953 on Maurice’s first leave from the Army during his National Service. Shirley remembers that on the day they were engaged they had to go and watch Middlesbrough FC play!!! She quotes ‘He left me twice - 2 years in the Army and 3 years at bible college but we survived’… Local couple look forward to celebrating their Platinum Wedding Anniversary
  • 17. 17 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 New customer friendly P&D machines in all Council car parks N ew modern ticket machines, which take both cash and card payments, have been installed at all District Council car parks across the Moorlands. The previous machines, which had reached the end of their useful life, were only able to accept cash payments. The Council has replaced the 31 ticket machines at its 20 car parks with energy efficient versions offering customers the payment flexibility that they expect. The phone app PaybyPhone is also available for those who prefer to pay that way. Councillor Charlotte Atkins, Cabinet Member for Services, said: “People are right to expect the Council to provide modern amenities which offer the flexible payment options they are able to use for so many other goods and services. “That’s why I’m pleased that this work to replace the pay and display machines is now completed – and that we’ve listened to, and acted on, the views and feedback of customers to ensure they take both cash and contactless card payments. “Drivers also still have the option to use the PaybyPhone app if they prefer which makes paying for parking in the Moorlands now much more convenient and brings it in line with so many other services that people rely on as they go about their daily lives.” The new machines are dual power models which means they operate on solar generated power backed up by mains power connections when required. Councillor Charlotte Atkins with one of the new ticket machines in Leek Market Place.
  • 18. R yecroft Middle School held their Remembrance Service recently. They were joined by Uttoxeter Town Mayor, Councillor Helen Headech, and her consort, Rev Liz Jones and Jordan Lambert (Christian Youth worker), representatives from the Rotary, our community first responder, representatives from JCB and parents of children taking part in the service. It was a beautifully moving service led by pupils from across the school. The names of local servicemen from Rocester and the surrounding villages were read aloud and honoured. Children and staff shared some of their research into their own family members who had fought and we heard stories of bravery and courage, as well as acts of humility and love. We observed a two minute silence to show our respect, then laid wreaths to show that we will remember them. We took the opportunity to quietly reflect and remember those in conflicts around the world today as we ended the service with our school prayer. I was overwhelmingly proud of all our pupils for showing such reverence this morning. Children have been fascinated to learn about their own family history as well as some of our local history, and have thoroughly engaged with the project. A huge well done to pupils from across the school who took part in the service and thank you to those who were able to join us. Ryecroft Remembers Service 2023 By Anne Grattage, Headteacher, Ryecroft Middle School 18 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.
  • 20. 20 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. O ne of the inarguable facts of life is that you cannot choose your parents. In that lottery, I consider myself fortunate to have had two golden tickets that gave me Greta as my mother and the late Roy, known as “Razzer”, as my father. To say that Dad was a colossal figure in my life and larger than life itself would be to cram two perfect examples of understatement into one sentence. He was a gun-barrel straight talker, a moral compass, a razor-sharp wit and a font of homespun practicality and wisdom. He was often formidable, but no three sons were more perfectly prepared for the vicissitudes of life than Jeff, Rob and me. Since his passing, our gratitude has increased exponentially. The loves of Razzer’s life were his family (the pride undiminished), people and sport. These were the things that defined him from the start of his life right up until the end. He was an only child but was blessed with an innate ability to relate to people, lift their spirits, and make them laugh. He never lost that ability and was genuinely funny right up until his passing. He was undoubtedly one of Uttoxeter’s historically great characters and it was fitting that his funeral cortege travelled down the High Street that for so long, was his daily stage. In his pomp, he would set out with a shopping list given to him by Mum and would then not return for hours, taking ages to move in stages down the High Street as he met different people, holding court, and not only regaling them with his stories but absorbing the stories that he heard. Frequent stops on his grand tour would be the Saddler’s Café, Betfred and The White Hart. It’s safe to say that he had charisma enough to fill countless universes and the proof of that is in the number of people who, since he left us, have sent messages of condolence or shared stories of his kindness and wit. A packed St Mary’s Church for his funeral attested to that. When I look back on my life with him, I recall that I grew up on cricket grounds and football grounds. He was a fine and tough cricketer. A big-hitting left-handed bat and a deceptively hostile quick bowler with a trundling run-up preceding a ferociously powerful shoulder action that invariably surprised batsmen during the years that he played for Bamfords, Barlaston, Uttoxeter, and Marchington (where we had the privilege of playing together as father and son in the same side). As a footballer, by his own admission, he was keen on the physical side of the game, enjoying bruises more than goals, and always said that he was not as good as either his father or myself: “Your Poppa was a lovely footballer, Our David, and you were very much better than me. I was just a dirty player!” I remember, as a small boy of six, a 1970 Uttoxeter Carnival five-a-side final at the racecourse during which the crowd were keen to tell him what they thought of his “agricultural approach” and were of the view that he had been born out of wedlock. He was, though, always fully committed and competitive and a perfect team man. Added to his football and cricket prowess, he was a highly proficient golfer, darts player, cribbage player, runner, and even a shot putter for the county. That powerful physique, honed as a teenage fireman on steam locomotives and in the blacksmith’s department at Bamfords down the years allowed him to make the most of his attributes. Not only could he play but he could help others to play well too, whether as the coach of the Bamfords’ kids’ teams or as the manager (ably assisted by his legendary lieutenant, Brian Dodd) of the fine Uttoxeter Amateurs side of the late 70s/early 80s that won the Staffordshire President’s Cup and can be mentioned in the conversation about the finest sides that Uttoxeter has ever produced. Such was the magnetism of Razzer that players regularly travelled from Merseyside and Cheshire to Uttoxeter to turn out for him. His football acumen was of the highest calibre. He knew a player when he saw one and he put this to use scouting for Nottingham Forest (and setting off my own devotion to the club) in the days of Brian Clough and then, in later life, putting together his “Razzer’s Hall of Fame” teams for “The Voice”. One of my greatest honours is that I was selected which, as he never wanted to be seen to molly- coddle his own lad, was quite the achievement. Many a conversation was started by these columns but then conversation was Dad’s nutrition. If you made one of those teams, then you can count yourself a proper footballer. Since his passing, it has been surreal for our family not to have that colossal presence with us, in a tangible sense, but the truth is that he is all around us and will remain so while the stories are told about him. In dealing with the aftermath of his leaving us, we have been faced with several questions: how many torches did a man need; during the Covid period, did he have enough toilet rolls to construct a nuclear shelter; and did every trouser pocket contain a pack of Polos, some Canderel sweeteners, and a comb? Razzer’s life lasted 85 years, 10 months and 17 days and he lived the life he wanted, had no regrets, would have done it all the same again, and wouldn’t have changed a thing. Even in his later years, after serious heart surgery, he never lost his zest for life and love for his fellow human beings. After I had returned to the Uttoxeter area after many years working and living on the South Coast, we became, for the last few years of his life, more like best mates than father and son, closer than we had ever been. Something for which I am eternally grateful. There were plentiful doctors and hospital visits, but they all became memorable occasions with everybody charmed by his presence and wit, not least myself as I drove him everywhere and pushed him in wheelchairs, a la “Little Britain”, to various consultations. They could’ve been fraught occasions, but Razzer’s unfailing positivity meant that they were anything but. In conclusion, I can honestly say that this has been the most difficult piece I have ever had to write. For the fact that it further reinforces our family’s loss but also for the fact that a life so packed and energetic, as Razzer’s undoubtedly was, is impossible to distil into a few paragraphs. On the other hand, the memories will not fade for the Astbury family and the many people whose lives were touched, especially in his beloved Uttoxeter, by Razzer’s influence. He may be gone but he will never ever be forgotten. A Tribute to Roy‘Razzer’Astbury 1937-2023 By Dave Astbury We have small distribution routes available including the TEAN Distribution Area. The TEAN Distribution Route is 9 boxes of 100 magazines in each box. Applicants must be honest, reliable & trustworthy. Email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk NOW!! or Phone Nigel on 07733 466 970 Do you want to earn extra money in 2024? Why not be a Voice Magazine Distributor?
  • 22. 22 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. A complete professional service designed to your requirements Free Quotations Showroom at Nettlebank, Sandbach Road, Burslem, Stoke on Trent ST6 2DR Telephone 01782 827313 www.graniteworktopsstokeontrent.co.uk GRANITE & QUARTZ WORKTOPS N E T T L E BA N K 5% discount on production of this advert until the end of December K ingstone WI were pleased to welcome Lisa, married to Grant, Head Gardener at Sandon Hall, and Becky, who are both gardeners in, it must be said, the very small team looking after the gardens of the Hall. The Hall has been the ancestral home of the Earls of Harrowby since 1776 when Nathaniel, Ist Baron Harrowby had bought a shooting lodge and had had a grand Georgian House built in the grounds by Samuel Wyatt. Disaster struck in 1848, when the Hall was so badly damaged by fire that it had to be rebuilt. The existing neo-Jacobean style house was designed by renowned architect William Burn and was completed in 1854. The current owners, Conroy Ryder, 8th Earl of Harrowby, and his wife live part of the time at the Hall and have had a public wing and fifty acres of gardens renovated for use as a wedding venue. This is where Grant and our speakers come in. Grant became Head Gardener in 2016. With 50 acres of garden, plus large areas of woodland, Grant was able to have just one helper, an apprentice and a team of volunteers. All changes are made with wildlife in mind. Lord Harrowby agrees that this is very important. Then, at the beginning of the Covid pandemic the business was shut down overnight and Grant and Lisa were left on their own to do what they could to keep this huge area of land from going back to its former state. Even with all their hard work it took until 2022 to get it back as it was. A lot of the design has to be done with photoshoots for weddings in mind, as this is where money comes from to sustain the maintenance of the Hall and its gardens. The Amphitheatre is now a beautiful rose garden, home to 1,108 rose bushes! These, on Lady Harrowby’s instruction, are highly scented varieties in pinks and creams. It takes the team three or four days to prune them! The 59 urns near the house are replanted twice a year and the potager, an ornamental kitchen garden tended constantly. A beautiful avenue of 400 white cosmos (which must take some deadheading!), bordered by espaliered apple and pear trees is a must for a wedding photograph (see above). New additions to the restoration process are being planned all the time. Work on the Orangery began in 2022 be used for future indoor weddings. Wisteria has been planted to form a spectacular canopy in a few years’ time. At the end of WW1 a delegate from every country involved came to Sandon and planted a tree for their country. The area became overgrown and virtually disappeared, but Grant has Identified an area to the back of the South Lawn as where it was. This restoration has begun with underplanting and paths. Wonderfully appropriately, the first thing to come up were red poppies. This illustrated talk revealed much new information about Sandon Hall and its gardens and many members resolved to go to the next Plant Fair held there, when there would be an opportunity to see some of the beautiful gardens first hand. The business part of the meeting was very positive. It was an unexpected bonus to learn that Kingstone had won the County Press Report Shield again and there is much for members to look forward to in the coming months. A card-making workshop will be run by Team President Jean Gallimore, there was an October Lunch for members in the Community Room and the Group Carol Service, being organised by Kingstone WI and held in St John the Baptist Church, is on 6th December. The January Party will include a Murder Mystery play, plans for which are underway. Val Laflin suggested that, now that the days are getting shorter, it is time to get out the knitting needles and begin knitting angels for this year’s angel bombing of the school and wider village. For more information contact: secretary kingstonewi@gmail.com Kingstone WI Meeting‘Restoring the Gardens at Sandon Hall’
  • 23. 23 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 We’re proud to provide legal services across our four locations in Staffordshire. Our friendly team are here to help you with any legal issues in 2024. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. An Historic Event for Staffs WI H istory came to life at Whiston Village Hall recently when over 100 members of Staffordshire WIs were treated to a captivating talk by Nell Gwynne aka Lesley Smith, curator of Tutbury Castle. Mistress Nell Gwynne kept her audience spellbound with a poignant account of her short but interesting life. Having escaped from her drunken mother, Nell sheltered and cared for her younger sister before becoming one of the first actresses allowed on stage in 17th century England to portray a woman. As ‘pretty witty Nell’ her fame as a comic actress led her to become one of the mistresses of Charles II, giving him two sons. After an enthralling dip into the past, the Events Committee members, with the help of Whiston WI members, served a delicious cream tea. The hall looked stunning, with tables decorated with fresh flowers. There was a lovely atmosphere as members chatted and the sun shone, despite the terrible flooding the day before. Verity Conner, Chairman of the Staffordshire Federation Women’s Institutes Events Committee said, ‘What a wonderful afternoon in the company of Nell Gwynne. My thanks go to the workers who decorated the room, made the scones, served tea and washed up all with smiles on their faces in true WI style’. Follow Staffordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes on their Facebook page
  • 24. 24 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. 24 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Field Funeral Services Ff s 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 CARLTON UPHOLSTERY RE-UPHOLSTERY & REPAIRS • EST 1979 Three-Piece Suites • Odd Chairs & Sofas Headboards • Bedroom Furniture • Re-Springing Replacement Seat • Foam Cushions/Fibre Repairs to Upholstery Antique Restoration also Undertaken For a FREE Estimate call Carlton Upholstery on 01538 756274 or 07976 794811 Carlton Upholstery, 1 Rawle Close, Rectory Fields, Cheadle, Staffs ST10 1UX Church Street, Uttoxeter ST14 8AA Tel 01889 564216 tyreways@uttoxeter.ndo.co.uk Uttoxeter’s Premier Tyre Centre Right service Right advice Right choice Right price • Tyres • Exhausts • Batteries • Brakes and Shock Service • Agricultural Tyres • Wheel Alignment Taps n Toilets est. 2007 Popular Deal Sagittarius Forme Kitchen Tap. RRP £130. Supplied and fitted for £150. SPECIALISTS IN TAP SUPPLY, FITTING AND REPAIR. TOILET REPAIRS AND MORE. Contact Andy on 07971 077283 Email: aslkpumbing@gmail.com B.D.T. GARDENING Established 1991 LANDSCAPES & GARDENING MAINTENANCE, FENCING CONTRACTOR Lawn Mowing • Hedge Cutting • Tree Pruning Turf Laying • Slab Laying • Gravel Gardens All Types of Gates Supplied & Erected Panel Fencing & Repairs • Trellis Work • Painting Creosoting • Patio Steam Cleaning and Other Areas Telephone 01889 566439 • Mobile 07970 879977 Merry Christmas to all our customers, from all staff at Ashbourne Road Post office. We offer a wide range of gifts, greetings cards, and balloons, and we are here to help with all your Christmas posting needs. 50 Ashbourne Rd, Cheadle, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire ST10 1HQ East Staffordshire achieves ‘In Bloom’and ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ success E ast Staffordshire Borough Council has triumphed again this year at the Heart of England In Bloom annual awards ceremony, with a huge haul of medals being won in all categories. The main In Bloom entries: Burton, Uttoxeter and Winshill, all received Gold awards, with Uttoxeter also winning the accolade of category winners making them the best floral entry for a small town in the West Midlands. This success follows on from over a decade of continuous gold standard entries for both Burton and Uttoxeter. Winshill has also enjoyed gold for many years and all three have enjoyed national success in the past few years. Burton also won a special award for its innovative and creative floral designs, which incorporate traditional annual bedding schemes combined with perennial planting and insect friendly wildflowers. Judges stated that Burton is one of the most innovative and creative towns in the Midlands with its approach to floral work and is leading the way in sustainable horticulture, further underlining the Council’s commitment to climate change and nature recovery. Two of Winshill’s leading community volunteers also won awards for their outstanding individual achievements. In the parks category East Staffordshire Borough Council entered 13 sites and received 6 Gold medals, including Stapenhill Gardens, Stapenhill Cemetery, Bramshall Road Park, Mill Hill Lane Park and Newton Road Park. Four Silver Gilt medals were also achieved, along with three silver to round out the success. The Council also supported and helped to resource 22 “It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN)” entries. These are organised and managed by community volunteers who all aspire to improve their local environment. As well as enhancing the Borough at a local level there are also health and well-being benefits to these projects, such as reducing social isolation and getting people active. Other indirect enhancements include increased community cohesion and a reduction in anti- social behaviour. The IYN entries were awarded 9 Gold standard awards, 8 Silver Gilt and 5 Silver. Councillor Dennis Fletcher, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “It is wonderful to see the Borough’s beautiful open spaces get the recognition they deserve. I would like to thank all of those who have worked so hard to help us achieve In Bloom and IYN success and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve next year!” All locksmith work undertaken from door realignment to new locks and handles. No call out charge.
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  • 29. 29 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 Quarry Bank, Hollington, near Alton Towers Telephone: 01889 507278 raddleinn.com Welcome to Christmas Menu 4 Courses: Adults £29.95, Children £15.95 3 Courses: Adults £21.95, Children £13.95 includes either Starter, Main and Coffee & Mince Pies or Main, Dessert and Coffee & Mince Pies. Pensioners Christmas Menu 4 Courses £15.95 Served 12pm-2pm Monday to Saturday throughout November and December (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) Book a table now to celebrate the festivities Cheadle Remembrance O n Sunday 12th November, Cheadle held a Remembrance Service. Cheadle Mayor Cllr Liz Whitehouse said: ‘We remembered our lost brothers and sisters. It was a lovely service and the day went well. Special thanks go to the Carnival Committee for once again manning the road closure, St Giles the Abbot Church and all of our community groups and standard bearers, and of course the RBL. Many thanks to you all for helping make the day and allowing us to parade.
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  • 32. 32 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. WHEEL ‘N’ TYRESLTD Performance Tyre Centre WE FIT TYRES ON YOUR DRIVE PUBLIC • BUSINESS • FARM CALL-OUTS Unit A, Brookhouses Industrial Estate, Cheadle ST10 1SR 01538 755100 BATTERIES • BRAKES EXHAUSTS • TYRES Personal Service and Advice Are you an ex Matelot, Bootneck, Jenny, an Admiral, Jimmy, Tankey, Bandy, Jack Dusty, WAFU? Fancy an evening ‘Swinging the lamp’ and ‘Swopping dits’ Join us at the Bankhouse Hotel in Uttoxeter every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1930hrs For details call Dave Emery on 01782 331730 or Mike Bell on 01889 563897 ESTATE AGENCY INSURANCE Donald Cope Company would like to wish all past, present and future customers A Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year Partners: P.A. Cope BSc MRICS FNAEA and A.W. Stevenson FNAEA, Cert PFS, Cert CII Donald Cope Company 1, Cheadle Shopping Centre, Cheadle, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST10 1UY T: 01538 755646 E: enquire@donaldcope.com W: www.donaldcope.com 01538 752232 / 07866 558376 www.djclettings.co.uk deborah@djclettings.co.uk The Perfect Choice for Landlords and Tenants Wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas and A very Happy New Year Uttoxeter Cheadle Uttoxeter Cheadle Just the perfect day... Have you been married recently or are you getting married soon? Would you like to be part of our Wedding feature? Contact Nigel: uttoxetervoice@ hotmail.co.uk Tel: 01538 751629 Cheadle Christmas Lights Switch On
  • 33. 33 Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 Ear wax removal service Tracy Slack Ear Wax Removal Specialist Home Visits Available Call 07969 186504 R esidents in Denstone are invited to have their say on proposed plans for future development in their parish. Denstone Parish Council have reviewed the Denstone Neighbourhood Plan, which was originally adopted in 2017. The draft revised Denstone Neighbourhood Plan covers the period between 2023 and 2033, setting out a vision and policies to guide development in the parish. The draft plan proposes an extension of the settlement boundary to include land at Vinewood Farm, Marlpit Lane to accommodate up to 24 dwellings and supports infill housing development within Stubwood, Quixhill, Prestwood and Doveleys. The revised draft also supports development at the Denstone Hall Farm complex and on the Denstone College campus. The plan includes policies to ensure that any new development would be appropriately designed. The draft plan also includes policies to protect important views, best quality agricultural land and biodiversity; seeks to preserve a historic railway route and the former Caldon canal; seeks to preserve 22 non- designated heritage assets; and proposes the designation of three Local Green Spaces. Neighbourhood Plans are a key part of the Government’s localism agenda to give local people more of a say on issues such as where new homes, shops and offices should be built, and the design of new developments. Denstone Parish Council have produced the draft revised document after working with the local community and have now submitted it to East Staffordshire Borough Council for the final public consultation. This started on the 27th October and runs to 5pm on Monday 11th December 2023. Once the consultation is completed, the document will be subject to an independent examination. If approved, the independent examiner may recommend that there be a referendum to decide whether the plan should become part of the statutory development plan, sitting alongside the East Staffordshire Local Plan, to help determine planning decisions in the Denstone parish. Councillor Rob Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development, said: “I congratulate the Parish Council on the production of this draft plan. It is an important document which will guide the way the parish grows and develops in the future, so it is really important that the people of Denstone let us have their views on the plan and its proposals.” Jess Turner, Chair of the Denstone Parish Council, said: “The Neighbourhood Plan sets out the community’s vision to support the economic growth and development of Denstone village whilst maintaining its unique character and community.” The plan is available to view online at www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/denstone- neighbourhood-plan where people can also take part in the consultation by downloading and filling in the response form. Comments can be emailed to neighbourhoodplanning@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or sent by post to Neighbourhood Planning, Planning Policy, East Staffordshire Borough Council, PO Box 8045, Burton upon Trent DE14 9LG. Hard copies of the draft revised Denstone Neighbourhood Plan can be found at The Tavern Pub, College Road, Ex telephone box information point, College Road and Ex telephone box information point, Stubwood Lane or obtained on request from East Staffordshire Borough Council at neighbourhoodplanning@ eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or telephone 01283 508238. Supporting documents are available on the East Staffordshire Borough Council website. Views wanted on Denstone Neighbourhood Plan V ice chairman Elizabeth Rushton, deputised for Chairman Sheila Jones, who recently had knee surgery. Our very best wishes are extended to Sheila for a speedy recovery. Elizabeth welcomed everyone to the Christmas presentation, introducing the demonstrator Leanne Williams from Welshpool, the presentation was entitled ‘Sparkle and Shine’. Leanne’s first arrangement used glass jars surrounding a wicker shaped Christmas tree. She placed hand tied posies in the jars which included coloured grasses, roses and ivy. Peacock feathers were added to test tubes attached to the ‘tree’ giving a natural and beautiful simple look which everyone could replicate. The next arrangement was an ode to Bermuda where Leanne had worked for several years. The display included phormium leaves, cheese plant leaves, aspidistra sprayed gold together with exotic palm leaves, pink protea, lime green anthurium flowers and gorgeous cymbidium orchids creating an absolutely stunning display. The third presentation included spruce, eucalyptus , ruscus, white flowers including roses, gerbera, lisianthus and pink grasses. This arrangement was placed on an iron stand with an attached hanging star and a second placement below provided a beautiful setting. Next Leanne produced a ‘pot-et-fleur’ which was a combination of plants, cut flowers and foliage. The pot held fern, heather and lime green leylandii, to which she added foliage of spruce, fatsia, eucalyptus, ruscus, ornamental grasses, pheasant feathers and teasels. Leanne added ‘moody blue’ roses, thistles, brassica and alstroemeria. This arrangement was added to Santa’s sleigh with a wicker deer at the front giving a wonderful display. A long low table arrangement was the theme for the next display. Leanne used a mixture of spruce, aspidistra leaves, cypress, pittisporum, senecio and pine cones. She then added beautiful white tulips, white roses and a gorgeous white orchid to produce a stunning setting for the Christmas table. The final arrangement was created from the influence of Constance Spry, utilising a large urn filled with chicken wire to support the flowers. Leanne used spruce, cheese plant leaves, palms and super red dyed oak leaves. Ilex berries, along with a gold orchid, golden chrysanthemum blooms and red roses were all added to bring to a close a wonderful evening’s entertainment. The floral arrangements were all stunning and Leanne’s enthusiasm for flower arranging certainly inspired everyone who attended. Cynthia Brassington gave the vote of thanks for a super demonstration. A raffle was held with many members of the audience winning the arrangements. The club’s next meeting is a workshop to be held in The Oakley Room at Cheadle Guildhall on Wednesday 29th November at 7.30 pm. To book a place please contact our Chairman Sheila on 07974 577572 or email sheilajones53@hotmail.com. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 17th January 2024 in the above room at 7.30pm with everyone most welcome to attend. 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  • 34. My love of Life, Lorries and Coaches by John Willmore, of Cheadle The Final Chapter… O ver Time I still managed to occasionally keep my hand in at driving lorries as one of my friends drove for a living and they would take me with them when able and let me drive. I also started to restore older cars such as Morris Minors, Ford Cortinas and as my sons started to take an interest they got involved, restoring Triumphs and Mk 1 Escorts, also they were getting involved with young mens dreams of powerful sound systems etc… I really enjoyed those times, working along with my sons, fitting lowered suspension and other adjustments to suit their personal tastes. It must have put them in a good position because they are still involved with doing their own maintenance and it makes me proud so see them carrying on something my father started with me… After retiring, my wife Phyllis treated me to a Bedford ‘O’ series lorry to finish restoring. This kept me out of mischief for a time. This has given me many happy hours driving around and pretending I was still working as a lorry driver as in my younger days. Also I was still able to practice my mechanical skills I had learned from very skilled men mentioned at the beginning of this book. Thanks to them, I had been able to earn a living and able to pass these skills on to others who are still practicing them as I do when possible. But as you get older you need help with some tasks and my sons help me when required and other ones when asked. The other part of my life is my religion which has given me great satisfaction being able to share this with other that will listen. Looking back over my 74 years I have had a varied life being able to share it with family and friends and work colleagues, even though sometimes my health let me down… The medical profession were able to help me cope and still are as I still need help with my daily health needs such as cancer, venesection on a regular basis because of iron overload which has affected most parts of my body over the years. In 2016 my wife bought me a little Karrier Coach which we restored and now are able to enjoy taking out family and friends for the day which has brought me so much pleasure… I’ve enjoyed a wonderful life so far and and the title of my book certainly reflects this – ‘My Love of Life, Lorries and Coaches’… I couldn’t have written a better book title… Thank you for reading it in The Voice!! This is the last page of my book but The Voice has invited me to include my next book in their 2024 magazines which i am delighted to do – entitled‘My love of life, camping and caravanning’ See you again in 2024… 34 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.
  • 35. 35 Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 A lot has happened since I last wrote; the most important being the arrival of our bees! “Beeday” as it has become known was on the 25th of June and in the end was quite eventful. I am just glad there is only limited photographic evidence! It was not as though we had not been well prepared. We had visited our bees three times in their small hive or ‘nuc’ (as they are called), in the apiary at Shugborough. This was so we could be sure we had not changed our minds in the intervening year and to refresh ourselves on everything we had learnt (and in my case forgotten!) on last year’s course. The ‘nuc’ seemed full of pleasant, placid bees, which was good as little did they know how soon their patience would be tried to the limit! It was lovely to be back at the club and to pick the brains of the more experienced bee keepers before we went “solo”. The tea and cake was also just as good as I remember! The night before “Beeday” saw us filling the boot of the car with boxes and a fake ‘nuc’ box to make it secure for their journey to their new home. I like the general rule of thumb that you should move them either less than 3 feet or over 3 miles – otherwise the bees get confused. As we were taking them over 3 miles we felt it was only fair to take them in the car rather than make them walk! Later in the evening we were pawing over a spirit level trying to prop up our home- made hive stand to make it exactly level for its new residents. Before we knew it “Beeday” had arrived. If anyone was out and about early that morning they would have seen a white Ford trundling out of the back gate of Shugborough Hall, heavily overcrowded with around 6001 passengers. Thankfully, I was the only one who needed their own seat! The average bee hive contains around 6000 bees, and most of them were good travellers - although there were two who got a taste for exploration and sat on the back window most of the way home. Thankfully they did not venture into the front. When we got them home we put them in-situ and let them recover from their journey. Fifteen minutes later we opened the door and slowly they began to venture out to explore their new surroundings. All well so far. Day Two dawned bright and warm - perfect weather for our first full day as bee keepers. This was when the rubber hit the road – or the wax hit the frame as a bee keeper may say. We got kitted out in our bee suits and lit the smoker (not unfortunately the copper one I am still dreaming of). We watched the smoke dribble sadly out of the funnel and die. So my husband lit it again....and again... and again. On about their fourth attempt of lighting it my husband said “quick take it to the hive and protect it from the wind.” So walking backwards I sheltered the smoker diligently, until suddenly I was on my back in the middle of the flowerbed – but the smoker was still lit! Pride still intact we eventually made it to the ‘nuc’. It was time to welcome our bees into their permanent hive. To begin with we moved all the frames, containing bees, their brood or bee larvae and their stores of honey. Hubby then turned the ‘nuc’ upside down and gave it a bit of a shake, to encourage the bees not on the frames to go into the hive. Had this gone well it would have been known as a “Shook swarm”. Having thought we had done what we had to, we stood back and watched our bees, hoping they would magically follow their queen into their new home. Unfortunately they did not. As we watched and crossed our fingers, nothing happened. The bees where still flying around the ‘nuc’ (as it was covered with the scent of the queen.) We retreated and waited some more... but time was not what the bees needed to persuade them to fly into the hive. It was time to call in the experts. A quick call to one of the ladies who had helped on our bee keeping course put us back on the right track. Although we had started out right we had not removed the original ‘nuc’ leaving the bees a bit confused as to what address they should live at! A more vigorous shake was now required, and the use of a piece of kit called a bee brush. Returning to the hive and the now rather cross and frustrated bees, we summoned all our ( I say “our”, but it was mostly hubby I have to confess) courage and picked up the ‘nuc’ and shook, brushed the bees with the bee brush and waived it madly over the hive until all the somewhat ‘discombobulated’ bees were safely in their hive. We then made a run for it with the original ‘nuc’ as far as we could! The next 2 weeks were uneventful - and after their “baptism of fire” I’m sure the bees were very relieved. We had put some new frames into the hive as well as the ones from the ‘nuc’, so have been interspersing them in between the old ones to encourage them to build on them (a little trick courtesy of the Bee Keepers of Shropshire when we visited their stall at the Newport Show). We have seen the queen twice (named Queeny), they are producing brood and laying down stores for the winter. They are not going as “great guns” as some hives do, so a question to take to the “experts” is whether or not to feed sugar fondant bee food during the winter. Despite all our mishaps the bees have been a wonderful addition to our family. When life is busy and time is scarce the bees will make you slow down and concentrate on the here and know. Bees cannot be rushed and you have to do things at their slower “bee- paced” life. This Bee Keeping girl really is keeping bees now and all though there is still no sign of my copper smoker she is very grateful to her hubby and “bee- keeping hero” for saving the Beeday! If you would like to know more about keeping bees or are interested in promoting nature you can contact davetrenery@gmail.com, Co-Chair of Uttoxeter Nature Recovery Network. Uttoxeter Nature Recovery Network News Bee Day by Kate Davies @uttoxeter_voice search for Uttoxeter Voice search for Uttoxeter Voice Send your articles, photographs, features, sports reports etc into The Voice for insertion into our next issue. The Voice is here to publicise what’s happening in our community Get in touch now via email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk or by social media Uttoxeter Cheadle Uttoxeter Cheadle
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  • 37. 37 Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 St Giles, The Abbot Church, Cheadle with Freehay, hosted a Teddy Bear Exhibition O ur Teddy Bear adventures began when Pat decided which of her bears were going to church. We were pushed into boxes, pillowcases , bags and cases, tumbled together most uncomfortably. On Tuesday we were on our way and it took two journeys to deliver us all to St Giles....even more cramped together! It took two days to set us up ready for visitors. Friday was very wet but some people braved the elements. We were staged right around the church in groups. Advertising bears, golden oldies, Famous bears, uniformed bears, and literary bears to name just a few. There were even small fossilised bones of a cave bear from before the Ice Age! We were very pleased to meet town councillors - Councillor Lynne Swindlehurst, Chair of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Councillor Matt Swindlehurst, Mayor of Leek and Councillor Liz Whitehouse, Mayor of Cheadle. Excited KS1 pupils from Cheadle’s St Giles Roman Catholic Primary and Cheadle Primary School came to see us and there were adults who were very wet. Saturday saw better weather and visitors from across Staffordshire arrived. We heard many compliments and talk of other childhood friends from our visitors. We collected £350 towards church funds and can happily say we all, humans included, had a good time. I even heard talk of more for the future...a summer teddy bear event and of course you will know that teddy bears are very partial to a teddy bears’ picnic.
  • 38. 38 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. The Eric Whitehead Partnership would like to wish all past, present and future customers A Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year Reflexology Holistic Health Management Stress Relief Full Member of The Association of Reflexologists reisflexology@hotmail.com • House maintenance inside and out • We do small and odd jobs • Starting from 1 hour labour • Reliable service Call 07988 807902 oddjobsss@email.com MO-TECH Established 1996 MUCKY MUTTS Qualified Dog Groomers in Uttoxeter Affordable friendly service for • Full Grooming • De Shedding • Bath Dry Trim • Nail Clipping • Ears Cleaned • Puppy cuts For more information please call 07785 374690 07960 486033 on Tape Street Car Park, Cheadle On the 2nd Sunday of the month from 8-12pm Cost per pitch is £10. No pre-booking required Open to Residents and Visitors to the Town CAR BOOT SALE Alton Challenge, Fun Run and Relay Presentation Evening A great evening of celebration took place at The White Hart, Alton on Wednesday 15th November 2023. Chair of the Alton Challenge, Fun Run and Relay group, Julian Beattie opened proceedings, thanking all the sponsors for their generous contributions to the event, which had taken place on 16th September, thanking the marshals for their encouragement to the runners out on the course on the day, and for making sure no one got lost, and thanking the runners themselves, from three year olds in the Fun Run to over 60 year olds in the Challenge and Relay, who all contributed to making the event a success. Julian was then delighted to present a cheque for £750 to each of the representatives of the charities, Daniel Harrison from North Staffs MIND and Lynn Everill and Ellen Ball from Moorlands HomeLink. Two local charities who do such valuable work in our community. For a small village event, the amount raised in total of £1500 is a great achievement and the volunteers on the committee have now raised the bar high, to repeat or even improve on this for next year. The evening concluded with plenty of laughter, chat and an excellent buffet. If you would like to take part in this annual event or help in any way in the planning and organisation you can find further information on our website www.altonrun.com or on our Facebook page Alton10km Challenge, Relay Fun Run or follow us on Instagram alton_trailrunners
  • 39. 39 Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 Ginny’s Community Corner by Ginny Gibson of Uttoxeter I ts Christmas time and although is a happy time, there is also currently grief in my life. Grief can be a very heavy weight to walk around with and especially if you are trying to move through it on your own. It’s very personal to everyone and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. When thinking about this article, I wondered how open and honest I should be, but then if I am not honest and open, why write the column, so here goes. My experience of grief started when I was 10 yrs. old and we lost my grandfather, he was very special to me, but as children we were not allowed to go to the funeral or talk about it, so for years I kept hoping that he would someday turn up and that it was just a dream. Back in those days, grief was not talked about, you just got on with it, whatever that is? Then my step mother killed herself when I was 18 and I have never felt pain like it. All my friends were interested in was going out and having fun and had no idea on what supporting someone through grief was all about, so the feelings got locked away and she was not talked about, her memory in the family was quietly forgotten, except by me, I was desperate to talk to someone about her, but again talking therapy or support groups were not available. At 19 I lost my son, he died 2 minutes after he was born and the crushing emptiness and hollowing sorrow was not discussed, I felt like I was wandering alone in the world with no direction or purpose, and I remember making a conscious decision to lock the pain away and get on with it! My solution of escape was to get on a plane and go to Canada to see friends for 6 months. When I came back, nothing was mentioned about my loss and people just assumed that I was fine. Now there is a meaning for fine that I want to share with you, FINE = insecure, neurotic and emotional. That is the fine that I was experiencing and until I was 27, I wandered around in that state of mind, yes good things did happen in that time, but the weight of grief was slowly diminishing any sense of who I was. Then a miracle happened, I found a support group and started talking about my losses and the flood gates opened and all my grief, sadness, tears, confusion and despair started to lift and slowly I began to unpack the rucksack of untapped grief and I could cry and get angry and question my values and beliefs about how to be in the world and finally came acceptance of what had happened and how to live with it, honestly talking about it, without being overwhelmed. Recently I went to two funerals, one on Zoom for a girlfriend in Australia who sadly lost her life to dementia and then recently in St Marys Church, Uttoxeter to honour a very lovely and kind man who welcomed me to the Uttoxeter Voice team all those years ago. Both occasions were extremely sad, both were also a celebration of life and my reaction to both was to talk about how I felt, knowing that by doing so I would be able to move through the grief and get to acceptance in my own time, no longer do I have to shut away the feelings of grief, as I had done. All I have to do is have the courage to talk about how I am feeling, sounds simple, but the courage to be honest and open with people, believe me when I say, is so much easier than sitting alone with your grief and trying to lock the pain away. In this area we have a wonderful place to go and be supported in St Giles Hospice, they offer weekly group support, telephone support and individual support too. To find out more call them on 01543 434535 or visit their website - www.stgileshospice.com/how-we-can- help-you/ • Cruse Bereavement services are only a phone call away 0808 808 1677 • After Suicide Support groups are also available supportaftersuicide.org.uk/ or call then on 0300 111 5065, available Monday to Sunday 9am -9pm • Pet Bereavement support is available from the Blue Cross just call them 0800 096 6606 www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-bereavement-and-pet- loss • Neonatal loss can be discussed in SANDS group sessions - www.sands.org.uk/support-you/how- we-offer-support/sands-groups I know this is the Christmas issue of the Voice and perhaps a bit of a dark article to write for this time of year, but life is both dark and light, that’s life on life’s terms. All I hope is that you understand from this article that you can get help through the dark times, so that the light comes back into your life. It has in mine; I am happy with all the memories that I have of those that I have lost and grateful for not being ashamed to talk about grief. So, if you want to open a special present at Christmas this year, open yourself up to the support that is freely available to you, yes, it’s painful, but that pain will pass and laughter will returns.
  • 40. Panettone Christmas Pudding Cake E very Christmas I make at least three cakes. My traditional christmas cake, an alternative sponge layer cake, and my Panettone Christmas Pudding Cake. I always buy a large Panettone and use the left overs for a lighter version of christmas pudding and a Panettone version of bread and butter pudding. I have a large family and spend a great deal of Christmas cooking, so this cake is fantastic as no cooking is required! You will need - 1 Panettone Cake 6 tbsp Brandy 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 large free range eggs 75g caster sugar 500g mascarpone 250 ml double cream 125 ml Marsala 75g glaces cherries 125g dark chocolate chips 100g pistachios, chopped 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds To begin with you will need a 23cm springform cake tin. Cut your panettone, about 625g, into 1 cm slices. Use about a third of these to line the bottom of your tin, tearing off pieces to fit and making sure there are no gaps. Mix your brandy with the vanilla essence and drizzle 2 tbsp over the panettone layer. Next you will need to make the filling. Whisk together the eggs and sugar until pale and frothy. Gently whisk in the mascarpone and double cream, then gradually whisk in the Marsala. Keep whisking until the mixture is thick. Remove 250 ml, cover and put in the fridge - this is for the topping and is not needed until the cake is served. Into the remainder of the cream mixture, add the glace cherries, 100g of chocolate chips and 75g of the chopped pistachios and fold in. Use half of the cream to cover the panettone layer in your cake tin. Use another third of the panettone slices to cover the cream, once again making sure there are no gaps. Drizzle over another 2 tbsp of your brandy and vanilla. Spoon over the remainder of your cream and spread evenly. Top with your final layer of panettone and drizzle the remaining brandy mixture. Cover tightly with cling film and place in your fridge overnight. When you are ready to serve, unmould your cake and place on a serving plate or cake stand. Spread over your reserved cream mixture. Then finally, scatter the remaining chocolate chips and pistachios all over the cake, along with the pomegranate seeds. This cake is rich, but still quite light. It will last a couple of days in the fridge, but we rarely get any leftovers! Happy Christmas. Karen’s Cake Corner by Karen Hill 40 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. From the Mash Tun by Graham Shenton Thoughts of a‘Casual Brewer’ T hose who know me/recognise me will know that since my retirement I have tried to do as much walking as possible. Now that I have had my foot fixed (Orthotic designed and fitted) I hope to get back to where I was a couple of years ago. So once more I am wandering the roads of Uttoxeter taking in the road names. There are many which have connections to our past. Lightfoot Road, Gardener Place, Howitt Crescent and Redfern Road amongst them. However as yet we do not have roads named after the likes of Adam Peaty or Shane Meadows. Clearly there is a strong connection with the town and their parents still reside here. So how about Town Meadows Way becoming Shane Meadows Way and The Dove Way becoming Adam Peaty Lane (geddit?). We already have roads named after Geoff Morrison and Bob Ivinson and I have no issues with these. However, over the last few decades we have named countless roads after birds and shrubs. Surely, we can do better than that? I would also advocate naming a road after the late Peter Vaughan. I am currently reading his autobiography (Always a Villain) in an attempt to understand his connection to the town. He came to the town aged 7 having been born in Shropshire and was educated at Alleynes during the 1930’s. He aspired to play in goal for Stoke City, play cricket for Derbyshire and liked a bet at Uttoxeter races. I bet he also enjoyed a pint of decent ale. A man after my own heart! I will continue my research and report more next issue. Certainly, a case for another road naming. Peter will be remembered for appearing in over a hundred films and starring in Citizen Smith, Porridge and Game of Thrones. He played the part of Maester Aemon in GOT until just before his death in 2016. As a 92-year-old he was the oldest cast member in the production (sure to come up in a pub quiz somewhere and had 10 years on Dame Dianna Rigg). He would also be one of my ‘Pointless’ answers for an Actor that appeared in at least 10 episodes. Now our version of Dianna Rigg would be Anna Passey. Passey Place? Moving on from Road names to Brewing. The Uttoxeter Brewing Company are taking on a new chilled storage unit in the White Hart Yard. Remember I wrote this last month and the month before? Well now it’s happening. They have been handed the keys to the unit and it is almost ready for them to move in. This time of year, there will be no need to start with a chiller unit in the store so progress should now be quite quick. The focus on the brewing front at the moment is on darker beers for the Winter months. We have just brewed Paddock Porter and will be infusing some of the casks with Spiced Rum to create the legend that is Winners Enclosure. This is a strong beer so approach with caution. This month should also see the brewing of Shed 5f a Stout which will be infused with Vanilla. Once again it will have some ‘waft’ to it (cheers Lank) so handle with care! The CAMRA away trip to Newcastle-under-Lyme on 28th October was a huge success. 20 of us made our way on Public Transport (my idea). By train from Uttoxeter to Stoke and bus from Stoke to Castle. At first it looked like being a disaster as we received various notifications that the train was late, then very late then cancelled altogether. Then miraculously the train turned up just 20 minutes late and comprised of 4 carriages (I didn’t know EMR had 4 carriages!). So, we got there in the end and enjoyed pubs old and new. Worth noting that 7 of the 20 on the trip were ladies. Our expeditions are therefore not just for men. There will be a bit of a break over the Xmas period, and I will bring news of more trips next time. I am sure the passing of Razzer Astbury will be covered elsewhere in this edition. However, I would just like to add my thoughts. I have known Roy for over 60 years and used to live next door to him when he lived with his parents in Chorlton Terrace (late 50’s and early 60’s) before he set up house with Greta. Above all else he was a character and raconteur. We seem to be losing too many of those in recent times. Another generation will have to step up to the plate and someone is going to have to take on the mantle of team manager. We already have plenty of talent on board. As long as Nige is not chief selector, we should be OK. RIP Mr Astbury Shent
  • 41. 41 Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 Owd Grandad Piggott Go to the new website www.owdgrandadpiggott.co.uk and download tracks from the original Owd Grandad Piggott LP record which was recorded live by Alan Povey in The George and Dragon pub in Longton in 1977 and sold over 6,000 copies in North Staffordshire inside 6 months. Povey’s People by Radio Stoke’s Owd Grandad Piggott L evi Piggott was Owd Grandad Piggott’s brother. He was several years younger than Owd Grandad and the two hated each other to say the least. Levi had a criminal record as long as his arm for many offences involving robbery, drunkeness, violence, theft and was well known in Longton for all sorts of villainy. He was barred out of every pub in the area and vowed that if he died before his time, he would haunt his brother to the end of his days. Owd Grandad Piggott was a saint compared to Levi. Levi lived in a shed somewhere in Fenton and fortunately, the two rarely met up, but when they did, anything could happen. Levi went puddled in the end and died in a fit of violence in Cheddleton hospital, but Owd Grandad Piggott never forgot Levi’s last words to haunt him after he had gone. Owd Grandad Piggott was never sure about the supernatural and for a few months after Levi’s demise, he was prone to jumping violently at the slightest thing. One night, some birds had built a nest in the chimney and one of the baby chicks had fallen out and was making a commotion behind the fireplace. Owd Grandad Piggott seized the poker and brandished it… ‘Come ite an’ fight then!’, he growled. The bird continued the commotion, ‘Come back to bed you stupid old idiot!’ shouted grandma Piggott, ‘There’s nobody there!’ ‘You know what ay said’, persisted Owd Grandad Piggott,’If thees a road back - ay’ll find it’ It was a week later and I’d promised to take him fishing with me. I was going for an evening session to Sandon on the canal. I’d only get about two hours before it went dark. A couple of hours with him was enough! We fished until the light had faded to such an extent that we could hardly see our floats and as we packed up, the evening was silent save for a gentle breeze. I was looking forward to a couple of pints in The Dog and Doublet before we went home. Suddenly, there was a heavy duty snort followed by a heavy tread. The sound came from behind the hedge. Owd Grandad Piggott nearly swallowed his teeth. Further sounds of movement confirmed that something - or someone was behind the hedge. ‘Ah can ‘ear summat piddlin’...’ said Owd Grandad Plggott. ‘Listen!’ Sure enough, there came the unmistakeable sound of something, or someone ‘piddlin’ ‘It’s ‘im!’ , he grated. ‘It’s bloody Levi!’, he grabbed a steel rod rest and stood ready. ‘Don’t be stupid!’ I snapped. ‘Levi’s dead and that’s all there is to it!’ ‘Ar tell thee it’s ‘im!’ I went to where the sounds were coming from and looked through the hedge. Two black and white cows gazed curiously back at me. In The Dog and Doublet it took three pints of bitter to calm him down, but on the way home, I could tell that he was plotting something. The next day, he went to Levi’s grave in St John’s churchyard armed with a wooden post and a lump hammer. He stoved the post into the ground at the head of the grave like somebody possessed. ‘Gerrite o’ that!’ he snarled. ‘Plenty o’ dogs go past ‘ere’. Each month Radio Stoke’s Owd Grandad Piggott (Alan Povey) will write a unique insight into our local life and its many characters. His infectious, humorous slant on people provides a different and unusual mix which hopefully will bring a warm smile to the faces of our readers. This month: Levi Piggott Owd Grandad Piggott was a saint compared to Levi Down on the Farm by Angela Sargent W e need a good, hard frost or several with some bright blue sky and sunshine, as it will benefit the land and the animals. No one likes dank, wet and dreary days all the time. When the weather is miserable, we don’t see much wildlife, apart from pheasants, crows and buzzards, but if we get snow then we’ll see where they’ve been and what else we have around from their tracks. Repair work on fences and hedges begin as the cattle have come in and farmers will be checking up on the sheep still out in the fields. Feed will be taken out if the weather becomes particularly bad and we have to make sure there is access to water too, breaking ice in troughs if necessary.Ewes will be moving around available grazing to make sure they have enough nutrition to grow their lambs and any remaining last season lambs will also be competing for the grass. December also once saw the festival of saturnalia in honour of the Roman God of agriculture and, of course, it’s also the Pagan winter solstice -one of the oldest winter celebrations held on the shortest day and longest night. It marks the first day of winter and the oak trees and the mistletoe that grew on them, were considered sacred. Lambs or beef animals that are finished will be going to market. Before they go, the farmer has to complete a movement form -giving all the transportation details and times of loading and unloading, the number of animals and type and the ear tag numbers and their food chain information sheet- a declaration they have not been given any medicines and are fit to enter the human food chain. Each animals’ passport also has to accompany them. If they travel further afield special licensing is needed. All animal transport is heavily regulated and as each animal is individually identified we have the most trace ability in the world. When the animals are inside, although it means more work, it is easier to check them and see that they are in full health and some farmers scan the ewes to identify those carrying multiple lambs. This means the appropriate feed/medication can be administered. It’s a good time to go logging and there are always some offcuts to pick up if hedge laying has begun. Nothing like the smell of woodsmoke! Merry Christmas and happy new year
  • 42. 42 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. John’s Jottings by John Smith of Tean Arthur’s Christmas H e was a miserable old boy. Sat alone in his local, clutching his half of bitter and counting his coins for the next one. Arthur did not choose to mix with the other early regulars, declined offers of a drink and – when funds allowed – munched on his cheese and onion crisps devouring every piece. As the man approached and took a seat at his table he shuffled his chair to one side. ‘Evening Arthur’ A mumbled response. ‘Plenty of other seats…’ ‘Ah but not one next to you. We need to have a chat.’ Arthur stood to return to the bar but felt his arm gripped firmly forcing him back. He sought to break the hold but, unable to do so, was returned to his seat. ‘What you doing… let go.’ ‘Shut up and listen to me, Arthur. Don’t shout, don’t move.’ He looked at the man in bewilderment. ‘It’s December old fella. What’s your plan for Christmas?’ ‘Christmas! I don’t do Christmas. Happy on my own…’ The man shook his head smiling. ‘Ah. Well this year will be different. This year you won’t be alone. This year you’re stopping being a miserable old man. We have a plan for you.’ ‘No. Happy on my own…’ ‘That’s your problem Arthur. You’ve been on your own since your Mildred passed five years ago. It’s time you moved on. Now come with me.’ He opened his mouth to shout for help but felt a finger pressed to his mouth. Unable to speak, he was led to the exit with no capability to stop the man. He was led to a car and pushed gently into the back. The man again pushed his finger to Arthur’s lips. ‘Police… I need the police!’ The two men in the front ignored his pleas and eventually stopped the car before a large warehouse. Arthur was – now completely confused – led inside. He blinked at the bright basement lights. At the head of a table a man with a long white beard looked at him with a gentle smile. ‘It’s your turn, my friend’ ‘My turn for what! I just want to go home.’ The bearded man laughed and waved his hands to his ten colleagues before addressing Arthur. ‘So today gentlemen, we elect another to take up the responsibility. He is, as others have been, reluctant to assume this role.’ Arthur shrank in his seat and trembled. ‘Arthur. We have a new position for you. Every year – believe it or not – we elect a new Father Christmas. You are this year’s choice.’ ‘But I hate Christmas…’ ‘Aye, but not this year fella.’ ‘Needs to put a fair bit of weight on.’ ‘And we need to teach him the merry laugh…not an easy option…’ Over the next six days Arthur was fed – not always reluctantly – with volumes of food. His belly expanded by a substantial amount until eventually he was led to a wardrobe area and bedecked in a bright red suit. ‘Mmm… Beard needs some growth.’ ‘And his laugh – sounds like a flat trumpet’ ‘More belly weight too’ Arthur looked at them befuddled. He remained totally confused by his situation. He had no mirror so had no idea what the changes in his appearance had done to him. He remained grumpy, albeit the potions they gave him daily had moderated both his intemperate language and attitude. ‘When can I go home’ he bleated quietly. The bearded man moved closer to him. ‘Arthur, you have another four weeks of service. Once we have you fully equipped for the position – weight, laugh, cheery cheeks, etc then we move onto managing the reindeer and flying training. You’ll also need a course in handling gifts and – in the unlikely event that you’re seen by a child – some education in managing that scenario. Still lots to do’. ‘People will be missing me… notice I’m not around’. ‘No Arthur, they will not. You have made a point of not sharing your life with anyone for the last five years. The locals at your pub have been told that you are convalescing from illness. To be candid, they took little interest so rest assured you’re not missed…’ He remained disgruntled. ‘And all this food. Kill me it will!’ ‘No it won’t Arthur. We have substantial experience in managing this diet over many years. The roasts and puddings with heavy cream will build you up. Three times a day should get you to the right build. Trust us – we will ensure you keep well’ Over the next weeks Arthur was given the required volume of food, groomed so that his white beard met the exacting standards and coached in the delivery of a hearty laugh. He met the reindeers who cast a jaundiced look over him initially. He was trained in several languages – short phrases sufficient to greet children quickly and depart, should the need arise. Finally, after his programme addressing gift wrapping and delivery, he was delivered to a loading bay area and met by a number of elves. ‘What have we got here’ one proclaimed. ‘Another one to sort… have you ever flown a sledge before?’ Arthur shook his head. ‘I don’t even drive. Never had the inclination.’ ‘Better start from scratch then. Come and sit at the side on me at the front and don’t touch anything – understand? The reindeers like a firm hand and will enjoy giving you a tough time if they think they can.’ Reluctantly climbing onboard he was, within seconds, thrown back into his seat. ‘Let me out!’ The elf laughed and drove the sledge up into the sky. ‘Hang tight old man. Just a quick spin today. We’ll just do a run over Norway for starters.’ They climbed to an impossible height and then plunged and swung around skirting the ground at a low level. ‘What about seat belts’ shouted Arthur, clinging tightly to the edge. ‘Never had one fall out yet’. The elf paused and laughed out loud. ‘Always a first time I suppose’. They smoothly returned to earth with Arthur now pale white and shaking. ‘Right old man, your turn.’ ‘Not a chance. Not getting me back up there. No way.’ He felt the elf’s hand press gently to his face. His hand sent a strange feeling through his body. No fear… Arthur leapt into the sledge – suddenly no fear or concern. The feeling was unlike anything he had felt. Better than the Blackpool’s roller coaster from his youth. The elf smiled and turned to him. ‘Keep them steady and go higher over the clouds. Don’t want a bumpy ride. We’re over Sweden now. Turn right and we’ll run over France and come back.’ Arthur barely heard him amongst the wind. He shook the reins and the herd responded climbing vertically and then turning to their side, plunging down over the fiords and grasslands. ‘It’ll be heavier with all your parcels onboard for the real run, but with more practice you’ll be fine’. They returned and Arthur made a point of stroking each reindeer and offering each one a carrot. ‘Careful fella. They are on a diet until Christmas. Watch that Rudolph…he’ll eat forever’. Over the next few weeks he added the required weight – a full and bulbous stomach. His beard was now full grown and well groomed. Still a little training on his hearty laugh was needed but progressing. The coaching on his delivery -if necessary for any children still awake on his arrival – had been perfected. He was ‘invited’, two days before Christmas Eve, to attend a meeting. On arrival he was stunned to find more than a dozen Santa Claus in full regalia. ‘Come in and sit with us Arthur. This is your anointing ceremony. It is when you become a member of our brotherhood for the rest of your life’. He was guided to gilded chair and placed facing the group. ‘Our anointing is a little odd but I think you’ll enjoy it… or possibly not…’ One of the brethren stepped forward carrying a steaming pot. Others joined him, each with their own brew. ‘What’s in the pots’ said Arthur with a worried expression. ‘Everything you’d expect for a Christmas anointing – everything…’ The first moved to face him and pulled a spoon from the bowl. ‘It’s Christmas again and we welcome our new member to assume the role. May he fly high with the reindeer and complete his task successfully.’ With that he poured the brussels sprout puree over Arthur’s head. ‘I hate brussels sprouts!’ He had further cause for complaint as the remaining members added their anointment. Gravy, Christmas pudding, stuffing and finally a brandy sauce. The mix dripped down his face and the men took pleasure in rubbing it thoroughly. ‘Well that’s you fully appointed Arthur. I’d go get a wash if I were you and then we’ll bring you back for the final stage.’ He was then guided to a bathroom and within minutes returned to be met by the chief holding his freshly made red and white robes. ‘Tailor-made for you Arthur’. He placed the garment on him and stood back. ‘Perfect. How does that feel?’ Arthur felt a glow of pride as he was steered towards a full-length mirror. He looked like Father Christmas – the robe, the full figure, even the beard and rosy cheeks. He was ready. The last few days became a blur. He watched as the elves prepared and wrapped parcels, groomed the reindeer and polished the sledge to perfection. He had a further few runs to ensure he could manage the oncoming journeys. Still nervous initially, the reindeer took advantage and deliberately climbed and dropped unexpectedly seeming to revel in his discomfort. ‘They are tinkers’ an elf observed. ‘They’ll behave on the night…just having a bit of fun with you. Anyway my names Eric and I’ll be your co-pilot on Christmas Eve. Arthur looked at him with a furrowed brow. ‘They think I need a co-pilot!’ ‘Settle down old man. Father Christmas always has an elf giving a helping hand. A lot of presents to deliver, someone to watch the clock, someone to give directions. You’ll need me.’ Arthur shrugged. ‘Makes sense I suppose. One thing that’s concerning me is how we deliver to every child in a night? Eric laughed out loud. ‘Every year, same question. Well, you see we have this.’ He waved an object before Arthur. ‘It’s a time stopper – very clever. We complete one run over to the East as the sun sets and deliver. Then we press this bit of kit. Stops time to allow us to get back