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Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice Issue 62


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Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice Issue 62

  1. 1. Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle FREE New for 2016 - Distribution now increased to 15,000quality magazines each issue Covering UTTOXETER & CHEADLE and now Ashbourne - Plus Alton, Oakamoor, Doveridge, Rocester, Bramshall, Stramshall, Mayfield, Leigh, Church Leigh, Checkley, Lower Tean, Tean, Draycott in the Moors, Cresswell, Saverley Green, Fulford and villages in between Issue 62 01889 567777 1 Market Place, Uttoxeter, ST14 8HN Oakover Close,Uttoxeter Five Bedrooms,Detached
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  3. 3. 3Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Publisher and Editor: Nigel Titterton The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice is published by Community Voice Publications Ltd Telephone 01538 751629 e-mail 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 We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of Great Britain aren’t we? Just looking out of my office window I can see beautiful rolling countryside with the sun beating down on it – makes you feel so much better. I have just undertaken my constitutional daily walk to exercise my new knee (sorry for mentioning the knee again Scall!) and it was a treat to chat on my way to various people about this and that – it costs nothing to say hello, how are you! Bumping into my old mates Norrie ‘Nozzer’ Bradley and Alan Coxon brought to the fore a conversation about how great Britain really is and how proud we are to live here. And, of course, the burning question which is coming up in June of whether we vote to stay in the European Union or come out! We are all faced with probably the most important vote in our lifetimes – one which will affect the lives of not only us but our children and our grandchildren. I find that most folk I talk to really don’t know how they are going to vote and that the case for staying in or coming out has not been clearly defined for us to make that decision. I am not going to say how I will vote in this article as I want to remain neutral – all I will say is that I have watched how this gargantuan EU machine has attempted to deal with various serious issues over the past few years such as Ukraine, the Eurozone and now mass migration problems across Europe – and I am seriously not impressed..... I hope you enjoy reading this issue of The Voice colour magazine Nigel Titterton Editor & Publisher The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice is wholly independent and is published at 3 Spode Close, Cheadle, Staffs ST10 1DT 15,000 copies are distributed free to homes and businesses in Uttoxeter, Cheadle, Ashbourne, Rocester, Denstone, Bramshall, Stramshall, Alton, Oakamoor, Tean, Lower Tean, Checkley, Leigh, Church Leigh, Crakemarsh, Combridge, Kingsley, Mayfield, Ellastone, Draycott, Cresswell, Saverley Green & Fulford and Doveridge areas. Clients are welcome to view the printing matrix. ADVERTISEMENT SALES AND EDITORIAL Tel: 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 Email: NEXT ISSUE The next Voice will be distributed from April 22nd 2016 News Deadline: April 13th Advertising Deadline: April 15th BOOK YOUR ADVERT NOW - EMAIL or PHONE 01538 751629 You can also contact us via social media: @uttoxeter_voice search for Uttoxeter Voice search for Uttoxeter Voice Dear Reader, Oakover Close,Uttoxeter - £375,000 For your FREE Valuation call our team today • Good Size Five Bedroom Detached Family Home • Cul De Sac Location • Double Glazed & Gas Centrally Heated • Internal Inspection Recommended Accommodation comprises: storm porch, entrance hall, cloakroom, study, sitting room, dining room, fitted kitchen with pantry,breakfast room and utility. First floor: master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, bedroom 2 with en-suite providing jack and jill to bedroom 5, three further bedrooms and family bathroom. Driveway leading to integral double garage and gardens. Uttoxeter 01889 567777 Ashbourne 01335 300600 HOW TO GET IN TOUCH
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  6. 6. 6 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. A s part of the History side of their WOW project with English and Religious Education Year 6 students from Windsor Park Middle School visited Francis Redfern’s Cottage Museum of Uttoxeter Life and the local Quaker Meeting House on Carter Street, where the famous poet Mary Howitt attended. Students had a tour of the Museum by volunteers and trustees and were able to look at artefacts and old photographs of the town to find out about their own History. One student said, “We love being detectives.” They also took part in a variety of activities such as wash day and making pomanders, as well as hearing a reading of Mary Howitt’s famous poem ‘The Spider and the Fly’. Hon. Curator, Laura Wigg-Bailey said, “The children are a real pleasure to have around, asking lots of questions and showing a lively interest in the history of the town.” The pupils will now be using their experience to inform their work in their History, English and Religious Education lessons. Windsor Park visit Francis Redferns Cottage Museum of Uttoxeter Life
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  12. 12. 12 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. F ewer folkies and more family fun – that’s the theme of this year’s Acoustic Festival of Britain at Uttoxeter racecourse. The line-up has fewer traditional folk acts and is heavy on nostalgia, packed with former chart toppers and veterans of multi-platinum selling careers with a dose of stadium rockers added for good measure. But if you’re looking for Adele, Mark Ronson or even Metallica, look elsewhere because the whole package is offered for a price that would barely buy you a single ticket for one of their shows. That’s why the organisers claim it’s the best value for money of any music festival. The Blockheads are set to be the main headliners – playing all the hits of the late Ian Drury with his full backing band. They are usually fronted by actor/comedian Phill Jupitus, best known for the BBC’s long-running Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Two of the other big names on the main stage are linked by one of the biggest selling pop songs of all time, and the one that set the trend for all the charity singles that followed. Do They Know It’s Christmas was co-written by Midge Ure, who had a string of hits in his own name and with bands as varied as Slik, Ultravox and Thin Lizzy. The opening voice on that Band Aid blockbuster was Paul Young who brings his Americana outfit Los Pacaminos to Uttoxeter. He won’t leave without performing at least a few of his 80s hits. Other names familiar to the current generation of mums and dads are Judie Tzuke, who found fame in America after touring baseball stadiums with Elton John, and Dean Friedman, who had a string of hits in the 70s. Some of the most entertaining tribute acts are also due to appear – among them the Counterfeit Stones and T- Rextasy. Promoter Mike Stephens says that he has reduced the number of pure folk performers: “They have their own audience and appear at a lot of folk festivals. That audience tends to follow them to those festivals rather than here.” He gets particularly excited when he talks about the line-up of blues players on the bill. King King and the Krissy Matthews Band are highly rated on the blues circuit across Europe with a particular appeal to those who enjoy hard-driving blues rock. “I’m a blues man, that’s my music,” Mr Stephens says. “These people are phenomenal and I’m sure our audience will love them.” Jumping jive, cajun and zydeco and the pseudo- Victorian sounds of steampunk are also well represented. There’s a steampunk theme to the event with scores of aficionados expected to arrive in their costumes – a bizarre mix of Victoriana and Science Fiction. And the regional Fun House Comedy club will be housed in the new Live lounge for more intimate musical performances, circus acts and face painting promise to deliver something for all the family and justify the claim of being “the family friendly festival”. There are workshops in guitar, ukulele and mandolin playing and a performer who builds and plays his own cigar box and hubcap guitars while you watch. The Mad Professor Pumpernickel will be doing science experiments with lots of free workshops. story telling yurt and a tipi housing the wacky masks and story image heads, as they walk around the fields. The Acoustic Festival is now in its seventh year in Uttoxeter and local support is vital to its survival. There’s been a radical rethink to the music line- up as a result, and a pricing policy that reflects the desire to attract a family audience. It’s a pound for the whole weekend for infants aged four and under and 5 to 9 year-olds get in for four pounds. Children, defined as those under 16, are charged £20. Camping facilities are offered on site for out- of-towners, and Mr Stephens points out that it’s one of the few festivals where you can park next to your tent. The dates for this year’s event on June 3rd-5th avoid bank holiday weekends, the summer solstice and the Uttoxeter Beer Festival, which is a week later. For local music fans, there’s really no excuse for not supporting it. Family-friendly festival fun at the racecourse By Gary Hudson Visit to book weekend tickets now Top: Paul Young and Los Pacaminos, the Friday evening headliners Above left: Dexeter, the country rock Sunday evening headliners Above right: The mad cap folksters Demon Barbers XL, all 13 of them... dancers and musos all providing a folk feast on the main stage on Saturday late afternoon. This elite bunch, were British award winners in 2012 and 13 as best live band at the BBC Folk awards. Right: Clerical Error morris team of musicians and dancers appear for the second year
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  14. 14. 14 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Nearly 50 years on... C alling all pupils who were in the 1967 intake at Thomas Alleyne’s School, Uttoxeter. Following the success of the last reunion, former pupils and staff are invited to an informal get-together at the Bank House on Saturday 4th June, starting at 7:30 pm onwards. Light refreshments are available and in order to gauge numbers, it would be appreciated if those interested would contact either: • Jane Woolley (nee Swingewood) Tel: 07816129606 or • jane Yvonne James (nee Harvey) Tel: 07809297455 yvonnejames@ It will be a relaxed occasion to renew old friendships and share memories, and it is hoped that many will wish to take this opportunity to meet again. Education may have changed in the last 40 odd years, but old friendships will never die! Times have moved on at Alleyne’s and things have changed, but we all have affection for the old school. Uttoxeter’s Thomas Alleyne’s Grammar School Reunion Place an advert in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice THE AREA’S LARGEST DISTRIBUTED COLOUR MAGAZINE - 15,000 COPIES Email or phone 01538 751629 NOW! Cheadle Flower Club T he first meeting of 2016 for Cheadle Flower Club was well attended and saw club member Cynthia Brassington leading a ‘hands on’workshop entitled ‘Flowers & Candles’ Members and visitors were asked to bring along scissors and five flowers of their choice. Chairman Sheila Jones had cut out large flower shapes from polystyrene and everyone was intrigued to see what we would be doing with them. Cynthia then demonstrated how to cover these ‘flowers’ with sisal and decorate them with an assortment of wire, wool, raffia and ribbon. A round of oasis was inserted into the centre of the flower base and a choice of coloured candles was fixed into the oasis. Everyone then completed their creations by covering the oasis with various foliage and arranging their flowers around the base of the candles and decorating with various embellishments such as chickens and eggs for an Easter arrangement or pretty jewels and fabric bows and flowers for a Mothers Day masterpiece. Everyone appeared to enjoy doing something a little different and it was amazing to see how different all the arrangements looked. The next meeting is a demonstration by Peggy Leslie entitled ‘All Kinds of Everything’ on Wed Mar 16th at 7.30pm at the Guild Hall. Visitors £5. You will be very welcome. Also, as part of Arts Week, Cheadle Flower Club will be presenting an Afternoon Vintage Tea Dance as the finale to Arts Week on 20th March, 2.30 – 5pm. This will also include a Flower Demonstration and the sequence dancing will be led by Brian Stoddard and his group. Tickets are £5 and are available from Flower Club members. Not to be missed. For tickets or further information please ring Sheila Jones 07974 577572; Diane Lucas 01538754770 or Stella Heritage 01538 702124.
  15. 15. 16 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Field Funeral Services Ffs Dedicated to Dignity & PEACE our family to yours t: 01538 722665 Independent Family Funeral Directors Field Funeral Services |37a High Street | Tean Stoke on Trent | Staffordshire | ST10 4DY Ki tchens by Paul Gabri el of S t r a m s h a l l Affordable Kitchens from the unusual to the straightforward. Re-vamp your existing kitchen with a choice of over fifty door designs and a wide choice of worktops and sinks. Or simply paint your existing doors to freshen things up. Otherwise I can design, supply and fit a brand new kitchen or supply only. For free friendly advice call Paul on 01889 562139 or mobile 07990 622125 Visit or e-mail 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 Play Cafe sessions A non-for-profit organisation has organised exciting sessions for local readers. Friday morning sees Play Cafe at Cheddleton Community Centre 9.30- 11.30 Come and play, learn, create and sing. Great little group in a beautiful centre. Cost £2.50 per family concessions available. Friday afternoon: Play Cafe at Guildhall Cheadle 1.30-3.30 lots of space to run and play a different theme each week. Cost £2.00 per family concessions available. If you can’t get along to one of our sessions there are things to do on our website and we will shortly be launching our virtual playgroup sessions for people to run at home with friends. Perfect for people who might be isolated in rural areas or struggling for quality time together. If music be the food of love, play on S hakespeare’s Birthday heralds a special occasion at St Mary’s Church, Uttoxeter. The Uttoxeter Choral Society will be accompanied when singing Cherubini’s Requiem and Handel’s Coronation Anthems by an ensemble of accomplished musicians. Tickets at £10 are available from 01283 732858 and on the door . Saturday 23rd April 2016 , 7.30pm at St Mary’s, Bridge Street, Uttoxeter. Everyone lovesTheVoice
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  17. 17. 18 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Lank’s Lore By Steve ‘Lank’Lavin Golden Memories from one of Uttoxeter’s Favourite Characters Time for a good old moan this month, I know you all like it really! What is happening to our financial institutions? What a total calamity they appear to be in. I saw on the news the other week that RBS have only lost 2 Billion Pounds in the last financial year although that is a brilliant result compared with 4 billion the year before, thrillsville! Lloyds are laying off 700 staff and closing branches all over the place due to more of Joe Public using internet banking, great. It was their idea in the first place. They are not bothered about the personal service they used to give you now it is all to do with profit, profit, profit or trying to make one. How the hell they got into the situation where the taxpayer at the end of the day had to bail them out is beyond me. You are lucky to get a measly 0.5% interest on your hard earned cash to save for your retirement or the luxuries that you have hard earned, but go to borrow a few quid and they want 10 times more than that in interest payments and threaten to pull the umbrella from above you regardless whether or not you pay it back or not, disgraceful. I have noticed recently that the modern trend now with banks is that the age of the personal service from the very amicable and friendly counter staff which we all have been used to in the past is coming to an abrupt end. I have been informed that the Nat West bank in the town has recently had a major refurbishment and the counter has disappeared altogether and replaced with a single employee sitting at a desk to assist you in your transactions. The rest of the area has been replaced with various machines for you to fathom out what to do with them. Lloyds Bank looks like it is going the same way it still has a counter but 3 out of the 4 traps are closed and a machine put in place to do what the staff did prior. I was in my local bank the other week and the queue was about 15 deep waiting to be served by a lone bank clerk when the bank manager himself came down to queue asking people what they wanted to do and suggesting they use, if was appropriate, the new fancy machine they had installed. Fair comment some transactions can be done by machines the cashpoint is a typical example. But a machine cannot give you advice on a lot of inquiries. or pass a few pleasantries or have a banter with, human contact is needed in most cases. Anyway, why should we have to handle all this modern technology we pay enough in bank charges to deserve the personal touch now and again, apart from creating good customer relations which are very rapidly going out of the window. I had to laugh the other week when a friend of mine related a story to me about when he was in a bank queue recently and a fellow customer behind him was approached by a member of the bank staff who politely asked him if there was anything that he could help him with and he replied, “Yes there is actually, you could get your backside behind that counter and accommodate some of your customers that have been waiting for nearly half an hour to be served”. Good of him!! Another incident I came across as well a few weeks ago when I was walking up the High Street approaching Barclays Bank. The bank was lit up like a Christmas Tree as usual, this was at 3 o’clock in the afternoon and a very irate customer was head butting the window and trying to get in the premises but they were locked up tight and there was no one present. “What’s happened to this place, why are they shut, I have travelled in to town especially today to do a very important transaction that is a life or death situation for me, or so my wife has informed me, and the blinking place is shut”, he blurted out to me. I thought that it was very odd myself actually as it was a Wednesday afternoon and there was quite a number of people about the town at the time, until I espied a sign on the wall outside, which I add, did not actually hit you in the face, Opening Times Etc. with an additional line CLOSED ON WEDNESDAYS. This answered all of his queries. I can understand closing on days when there is not a lot of trade about but on a Wednesday one of the major trading days of the week, it is totally mind boggling as to who thinks these ideas up, certainly someone without a brain I’m thinking, unless they know something I don’t! I can remember at one time Uttoxeter could brag of having a branch of all the major Banks & Building Societies in town but now they are dwindling very fast, I have been informed that the Britannia Building Society is closing in June following the already closure of most of the others that were here at one time, The Staffordshire, The Derbyshire and Nationwide being typical examples. Modern trends are forcing more and more of us to utilise the banks electronic systems to handle our transactions, fair enough, I suppose we have to move with the times, but they are not coming up with the facilities to handle these. High Street Banks and Building Societies are gradually coming to a very abrupt halt with branches closing all around us. They shut the one that you have used all your life after being a very loyal customer and then tell you that you now have got to travel 15 or 20 miles away to do your business or go elsewhere, they want locking up!! This is apart from the security aspect. Uttoxeter is not exactly the crime capital of the country but even here incidents of people being robbed of their cash or pin numbers stolen with false fronts on the cash machine have occurred regularly along with their internet banking accounts being hacked by highly educated thieves, the banks don’t emphasise these problems as much as they do their TV advertising and junk mail campaigns to get you to change the way in which you bank. I suppose though on the bright side because of this so called electronic age and the lack of personal service that the past scandals of selling dodgy insurance deals and the likes (PPI being one example) will be curtailed somewhat! I hope most of you agree with me because I would not like to think that I am the town’s solitary old moaning person. Til’ next time Lank. Sign of the times with the new technology? The cash machine - friend or foe?
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  21. 21. Talking Pets by Shoshannah McCarthy BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS Shosh qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London, and has been working as a small animal vet at Blue House Veterinary Centre in Biddulph since 2009. She has a rescue cat named Bagpuss. Chocolate is delicious, but it’s not for dogs! I t’s that time of year again when the chocolate content of the average home shoots up (especially if you pace yourself better than I do). Unfortunately, there is a predictable spike in the number of chocolate poisonings in dogs around this time. Most of us know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but I expect we all know someone who feeds it to their dog without any apparent ill effects. Are they asking for trouble? Why is chocolate poisonous to dogs? Chocolate contains two chemicals that are harmful to dogs: caffeine, and a compound called theobromine. The amount of theobromine in chocolate depends on the cocoa content. Standard milk chocolate contains less theobromine than dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, which may contain ten times more theobromine. Cooking chocolate (and therefore chocolate cake and desserts) contains a high amount too. At low levels, theobromine can cause digestive issues such as vomiting and diarrhoea. Next come the toxic effects on the heart - theobromine results in a fast, irregular heart rhythm which can result in collapse in severe cases - and at high levels of ingestion dogs can suffer with seizures and death. How much chocolate is poisonous? This depends on the size of the dog, the amount of chocolate eaten and the type of chocolate it was. As stated above, we know that tucking into a bar of dark chocolate will cause more problems than scoffing white chocolate or something like Maltesers, which are essentially biscuit with a chocolate coating. But it’s crucial to take into account the dog’s size as well: an Irish Wolfhound will tolerate larger amounts of chocolate than a Yorkshire Terrier before becoming unwell. One mouthful of regular milk chocolate is unlikely to harm most dogs, but even a small amount of dark chocolate can - so it’s always advisable to phone your vet if your dog has got into the Easter eggs or even stolen a piece of chocolate when you weren’t looking. If you know the approximate weight of your dog and the type of chocolate it was, your vet will usually be able to calculate the risk and advise you over the phone whether you need to take your dog in for treatment or whether you can safely monitor them at home. ALWAYS speak to your vet promptly in these circumstances, and don’t be tempted to ‘wait and see’. It can take up to twelve hours for symptoms to occur, so it’s best to find out straight away if you’re likely to see problems. If your dog has eaten a potentially toxic dose, it’s important that they are seen as soon as possible so the vet has a chance of making them sick to bring up the chocolate (see below). What if my dog has eaten a toxic amount? If your vet has advised that your dog has eaten a potentially dangerous amount of chocolate, you must visit them as soon as possible so they can induce vomiting. Please never be tempted to try this at home without speaking to your vet first, as inducing vomiting can be dangerous if done incorrectly. Vets will often use activated charcoal as well, given by mouth to bind up the chocolate in the stomach and stop theobromine being absorbed. This usually needs to be given repeatedly for up to 24 hours. If your dog has been unlucky enough to develop severe diarrhoea, an irregular heart rate or seizures, these will be treated specifically. Unfortunately, due to the serious nature of chocolate poisoning, some dogs don’t make it despite the best efforts of the veterinary team. In summary: • Keep all chocolate safely out of reach of dogs. • If your dog does get hold of some chocolate, speak to your vet for advice immediately - don’t be tempted to wait and see! 22 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. 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  24. 24. Cubley,Ashbourne £410,000 The property benefits from double glazing and comprises of entrance hall with impressive pine balustrade staircase, guest cloakroom/WC, spacious living room, separate dining room, traditional farmhouse breakfast kitchen with bespoke fitted units and central island, useful utility room, landing, family bathroom, four first floor bedrooms with master bedroom having en-suite shower room,second floor bedroom (five in total). SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD Roston,Ashbourne,Derbyshire Offers,in region of £700,000 A superb detached family home situated upon an elevated plot within this sought after Derbyshire village. The well appointed interior benefits from features such as underfloor heating, down lighting and a contemporary finish and comprises briefly of:entrance hall,living room with bi-fold doors to the garden, living/dining kitchen creating a truly stunning space for the family to cook, eat and relax. Utility room, shower room and cloaks.To the first floor there is a galleried landing, master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite shower room, second bedroom with Juliet balcony overlooking open countryside, two further bedrooms and family bathroom with a contemporary four piece suite. Outside there are landscaped gardens to the front, side and rear. Detached garage with office above.Internal inspection is essential to appreciate. Calwich,Ashbourne Offers,in region of £399,995 Offered with no upward chain, This former lodge on the Cawlich Estate situated between Mayfield and Ellastone offers the discerning buyer spacious and attractive accommodation set within a rural location, yet accessible to local towns such as Ashbourne and Uttoxeter (A50).Internally the property comprises briefly entrance hall, living room, sitting room, dining area, kitchen, cloaks, conservatory, master bedroom with en-suite and three further bedrooms, family bathroom. Outside there are landscaped gardens, a sweeping driveway and detached double garage. To the rear there is a paddock which is fenced with mature hedgerow. Goldhurst Drive,Lower Tean £146,950 An opportunity for the family buyer to acquire this spacious semi detached house, situated within a desirable village location. Having double glazed and gas centrally heated interior comprising briefly entrance hall, living room, dining room, kitchen, landing, three bedrooms and bathroom. Outside there is a driveway, carport, garage and enclosed rear garden with extensive patio and lawn ideal for the family. “We are Independent Estate Agents serving Uttoxeter, Ashbourne & surrounding villages” Nathan Anderson-Dixon, Managing Director Uttoxeter 01889 567777 Ashbourne 01335 300600 Loren George Nathan
  25. 25. 26 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Painsley in Top 100 Performing Non-Selective Schools in the Country Painsley Catholic College is delighted to announce that the college has been placed amongst the 100 top performing non-selective schools in the Country. In a letter to Mr Bell, Principal, the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, wrote: “I am writing to convey my warmest congratulations to you, your staff and your pupils for your school’s very high standard of achievement in the GCSE exams in 2015. The percentage of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A*- C, including English and mathematics, shows that your school is one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England In addition, your school is one of the top 100 non- selective state-funded schools in England based on the percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate. Ensuring your pupils are achieving high standards of attainment at key stage 4 provides a strong basis for their further education and employment. Finally, your school is also one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England based on the key stage 2 to key stage 4 valued added measure, reflecting the fantastic progress made by your pupils since the end of primary school. Thank you for your work in these important areas of a young person’s education and congratulations again to you and your staff for your hard work and professionalism.” Mr Bell commented, “It was a wonderful surprise to receive the letter. The staff, directors and students are very proud of the recognition from the Minister of State for Schools.” Staffordshire, Archdiocese of Birmingham Painsley Catholic College Specialist Science College, Additional Specialism Mathematics and Computing The Painsley Catholic Academy A company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales with company number 08146661. Registered office address: Station Road, Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs ST10 1LH Proud Painsley
  26. 26. 27Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe 24th and 25th February 2016 The theatrical version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, jointly produced by Painsley Catholic College and Moorlands Sixth Form College on 24th and 25th February was a resounding success. The production fused elements of physical theatre, verbatim theatre and Brechtian elements to create a very impacting and fresh take on this classic story. Lovely details, such as the use of live ‘foley’ sound effects performed in view of the audience and a beautiful original sound score devised and performed by music director Zach Birch added an atmospheric, inclusive quality to the experience, causing audience members to gush with enthusiasm and praise each evening. Creative director and head of Drama Ms K Phillips took pains to emphasise the World War Two evacuation context of the story, with evacuee letters being performed by talented young actresses in the way into the theatre, framed by beautiful display work by Year 8 history students. Masks and costume were spectacular, with masks inspired by such West End classics as The Lion King and costumes that played on the fur coat references in the text to create a sense of children’s fantasy, and an innovative and novel approach to the performance. The acting standard was magnificent and widely commented on by the audience. Several of the cast were also student directors, who took on much of the creative work for the production themselves. Lighting and stage management were flawless, managed expertly by Samuel Clowes, who will be studying stage management at LIPA in September. The production is best described by the audience, whose universally positive comments have been flowing in to Principal, Mr Bell, since Wednesday. Some of these are quoted below. ‘The production was so professional I forgot I was sitting in a school hall!’ ‘My son has done lots of extracurricular theatre, but this is the best production I have ever seen him in.’ ‘I really enjoyed the ‘build up’ on the journey to the auditorium with the period music, the letter writers and solo pieces. They really set the scene.’ ‘Your costume was stunning and the portrayal of the White Queen was suitably evil! The simplicity of the setting was very effective and cleverly done.’ ‘I have to say that I think that it was the best performance I have seen in all my years as a parent at Painsley! Everything about the performance was excellent.’ ‘The set was inspired, the use of smoke and also of the moveable set really did make us feel that we were watching a professional performance.’ Catholic College Painsley Catholic College Station Road, Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs ST10 1LH Telephone: 01538 483944 Email: Web:
  27. 27. 28 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Place an advert in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice THE AREA’S LARGEST DISTRIBUTED COLOUR MAGAZINE We’re No. 1 - 15,000 magazines printed each issue Email or phone 01538 751629 NOW! Ginny’s Community Corner by Ginny Gibson of Uttoxeter R ecently when walking around Uttoxeter, I saw a great cushion in a shop window, it said, “Cats leave paw prints on your heart”. It got me thinking about my two cats, Frankie and Johnnie. They were a pair of ginger tom cats, which lived with me in Bristol. They were both rescue cats, Frankie came along first from the Cats Protection League and then Johnnie joined him about six months later. They had their own stories; Frankie was rehomed because his owner couldn’t look after him anymore, while Johnnie had been found in a bag along with two other kittens in an alley. In this area, if you are thinking about a pet, why not contact Cheadle & District Animal Welfare Society (Registered Charity No 1039350), which is an organisation run entirely by a small group of dedicated volunteers and their website shows you the cats and dogs that need someone to love them. They do not have a cattery or kennel facility, so all the animals are boarded at private establishments by volunteers, waiting for someone to come along and give them a new life in a new home. All the animals are checked over by Lime Trees Veterinary Clinic, Tean Road, Cheadle and get vaccinated, microchipped, wormed, de-fleaded and fully looked over by a vet before any rehoming takes place, so you can be sure that your new friend is healthy before you take them on. Clearly there are procedures to go through before taking on a new pet and the website has a lovely page that is called Points to Consider. It gives you some great questions to ask yourself before thinking about taking on a pet. Do you have enough time to play with them, will you be able to afford the food and vets bills, do you know how to insure them and are you at home enough to make them feel welcome and part of your family? Dogs need walking in the rain as well as fine weather. If you live near to me, then you will have seen me out in all weathers and I have a towel rail by the back door just for them, so when the rain comes they get dried before me! Cats are cleverer and don’t seem to go out in the rain! Cheadle & District Animal Welfare suggest that you visit your prospective pet a few times before making the final decision, that way you have lots of time to get to know them before you take them home and don’t rush into a decision. When I got Frankie and Johnnie, the lady from the Bristol Charity came to my home, looked at the fact I only had a flat with no access to a garden and gave me great suggestions about where the litter tray would go and places for them to sleep that would make them feel secure. Both of them loved sleeping on top of the wardrobes, so I had to move a chest to enable them to get up there. Trust me, your life will revolve around them, not the other way around! I was worried that they wouldn’t be able to go out, but both my Vet and the Charity lady assured me that “Flat Cats” were perfectly normal and Frankie would adjust and as Johnnie was a kitten, he wouldn’t know any different. Dogs of course are different and my husband and I have found that they need a routine, so ours get fed at the same time every day, get walked at the same time every day and they have the radio on when we go out and in fact are rarely left for longer than 3 hours. When we lived in Northampton and worked in Leicester and London, we had a dog walker to come in at lunch time to walk them. These are the things that need to be considered before you take the plunge. But when you do and either your cat or dog arrives at your home, then the fun begins. A pet is such great company and gives you unconditional love and affection that is beyond wonderful. I wouldn’t be without a pet now. On the Charity website you will see pictures of Cats and Dogs that need new homes. For instance, on the Cat page you will find Topsy a pretty black and white cat. Topsy has been in the care of Cheadle Animal Welfare since December 2014 when sadly the elderly lady who used to put food out for Topsy was no longer able to look after her. Unfortunately Topsy hasn’t had much comfort in her life as she has mainly been an outdoor cat, but she is now enjoying being pampered and having a warm, cosy bed to sleep in. She hasn’t got a nasty bone in her body and loves a good fuss. Her ideal home would be a quiet one with people who will enjoy her company; she would enjoy going outdoors to explore knowing that she had food and a warm knee waiting for her back home. Tiny Tim, is a lovely Jack Russell aged 9yrs, he is male and neutered, mainly white with brown patches. He enjoyed lots of attention from his elderly owners, but sadly a change in circumstances means he needs to be rehomed. He needs to be the only dog in the house hold, but has lived fine with a cat for companion. To look at all the animals available then visit the website site links below: adoption/ adoption/ As with any Charity, Cheadle & District Animal Welfare needs your help too. They do not get any government funding and so if you want to volunteer to be a foster person for pets waiting for homes or perhaps volunteer to walk the dogs or give out leaflets to make the charity better known, then call them for opportunities to help. If you can donate some money to ensure that this service continues to provide a loving place for Cats and Dogs to go to while they wait for their permanent home then there are lots of ways, you can do it via PayPal or at no cost to you go via the EASYFUNDRAISING website to do your online shopping, raise money for Cheadle Animal Welfare Society every time you shop online, they get funds at no cost to you: Or they are also registered on the Give as You Live Website, so if you use that website to access your retailers you can also help via that too - and like this is also at no cost to you. district-animal-welfare-society/1039350/0 So, if like me, you have time and love enough to give a pet a new home then call Cheadle & District Animal Welfare and change your life and the life of a Cat or Dog. Your life will be enriched as a result. • email with your contact details and the name of the animal you are interested in and someone will be in touch • telephone 07531 232 542 for dog enquiries • telephone 01335 390369 or 01889 564045 for cat enquiries Finally, I have a correction to make from a previous article. I mentioned that Spar was the shop at 5 Shops in Uttoxeter, but in fact they are the Premier Shop, S&A Superstores. Spike Millican and his wife accepted my apology personally, but I wanted it in print too. Tiny Tim Topsy Hi Nigel On behalf of Stramshall Bowls Club we would like to offer our vote of thanks for a fantastic article written by Ginny in Issue 61. As you know we were in danger of closing the club that had been running for some 20 plus years. Through your article and word of mouth we are now back to a very healthy membership so once again thank you to you, to Ginny, and to the Voice. Kind Regards Cedric Bygrave
  28. 28. 29Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Welcome to Yarlet Stoves, L O N D O N N E W Y O R K CHESNEY’S Visit our showroom at Yarlet Bank and experience the warmth and quality of over 45 stoves on display. We offer a bespoke installation service from our In- House HETAS registered stove installers, Chimney sweep and highly experienced building team. Ask us about our FREE, No Obligation quotation service. Along with our Chesney stoves you can view Woodwarm, AGA, Dunsley, Aduro and more, including the ultra-modern Drooff upright stoves. A business built on reputation. We look forward to seeing you soon. Opening times: Tuesday 10-4, Wednesday to Saturday 9.30-4.30 Contact us on: Tel: 01889 508790 For out of hours enquiries and viewings please call Keith on 07870 131401 Email: Web: Follow us on: /yarletstoves @yarlet_stoves Yarlet Bank, Stafford ST18 9SD (on the A34 between Stone and Stafford) a family run business you can rely on. Have I got news for you by Uttoxeter’s Gary Hudson, Former BBC Chief News Reporter Gary Hudson is a member of Uttoxeter Lions Club, a former BBC Chief News Reporter and a senior lecturer in Broadcast Journalism at Staffordshire University. Free prostate tests – two dates for your diary Gentlemen - and ladies if you’re interested in these things - here are two dates for your diary. As Frank Sinatra said about love and marriage, you can’t have one without the other. The first is Tuesday, April 19th. The second is Saturday June the 10th. The first is the chance to quite possibly save your life at Uttoxeter Racecourse when the town’s Lions Club has again organised free prostate cancer blood tests for any man who turns up. The second is the date of this year’s Uttoxeter Beer and Cider Festival at Oldfields Sports and Social Club. It’s a chance to sample around 30 different beers and ciders and enjoy live music. It’s always tremendously popular – so popular that the proceeds pay for the prostate cancer screening. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and a quarter of a million are living with it right now. Annual blood tests are recommended for men over 50. To find out if you are at serious risk, all you have to do is turn up any time after six o’clock in the evening at the racecourse and wait for a few minutes for a test. The blood is taken from your arm by a specialist nurse and sent away for testing. The tests cost £15 or so each, but that cost is paid by the Lions, or rather by people like you from the money you spent at the beer festival. Fifteen lives saved - probably Hundreds of men have had the tests at our two previous events, and according to expert opinion around 15 of them are probably alive today because of that. That’s 15 lives saved because of an event paid for by a beer festival. Makes you think. It’s a good reason for coming to the beer festival. But so is the entertainment on offer. I mentioned June 11th but in reality it’s a two-day event. On the evening before the main beer festival there is an open mic night in the beer tent. It is quite simply the biggest open mic event in the area. If any of the dozens of pub open mics in North and East Staffordshire and across the border into South Derbyshire were to attract as many performers as we had last year, you wouldn’t be able to get into the pub. The giant marquee wasn’t as full on the Friday evening as it was on the Saturday, and it became a bit chilly later on even though it was the beginning of June. This year we are going to hire some heaters. Now we’ve sorted the heat in the room (hopefully), it’s going to be a great way to kick off the festival. We’ve got some of the most talented, funniest and energetic performers gleaned from the local pub scene. Let the fun begin – it’s win-win I’m confident we’ll be seeing Delta Echoes, Moore and Moore Beer and I dare say Temple Hudson, whose album Hope Street is available on eBay for just a fiver (all for charity), but I told you about that last month (don’t tell me you haven’t bought a copy yet!). It’s only £2.50 admission to the open mic night as a spectator, or free if you are a performer or have a ticket for the beer festival. All the beers will be available. Beer Festival tickets are £7.50, covering both days, and for that you get a souvenir glass and tasting notes, and more tremendous live music. Once again local singer-songwriter Jason Callear will be performing with Sean Prior on bass. They usually do a great selection of classic rock and pop covers, perfect for the Saturday afternoon, and this year they’ve promised to include even more modern material to appeal to the younger sections of the audience. Jason is also hoping to have his new album ready in time for the festival and that will definitely be worth checking out. As things get a little more lively later into the evening, we have been promised a marathon set from covers band Upfront, who are always a treat whenever they play. You don’t really need a good cause to enjoy that lot. But remember, it all helps pay for the prostate tests. Consultant David Baxter-Smith and a team of specialist phlebotomists will be on hand at the racecourse from 6pm till 8pm on Tuesday, April 19th to help save more lives. It really is a win-win situation. The Open Mic night kicks off the Beer and Cider Festival, and the whole thing pays for prostate cancer tests – win-win!
  29. 29. 30 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Top Lawn Company (TLC) have over twenty years of solving lawn and turf problems using practical, effective and efficient methods. With treatments from as little as £15, your lawn could be the envy of your friends, neighbours and prospective house purchaser. TLC will help you prepare your lawn for all seasons, moss treatment, weed treatment and drought tolerance with the right nutrients to ensure a high quality sward density. We also offer a complete maintenance program for your lawn, a service which is unique because it is you that chooses after a discussion with our local, highly trained and experienced lawn expert. Our services Lawn treatments • Aeration and scarifying • Mowing Turfing and reseeding • Hedge and tree trimming Mole catching • Garden clearance Please contact us for a free analysis and quote 0800 6126831 / 07472765834 For all your motoring needs Chips and scratches...away! Utilising the latest paint technology and skill repair techniques, therefore halving the cost conventional Bodyshops would quote, without compromising quality! All prices subject to a visual inspection and VAT. Corner of bumper scuffs From £75 Alloy wheel scuff repairs From £35 Dent removal without the need to paint the panel From £35 Windscreen stone chips From £25 SAME DAY SMART REPAIR SERVICE Derby Road, Uttoxeter Staffs ST14 8EG • T: 01889 563448 • W: or email your images to C O N S T R U C T I O N S Serving the community since 1976 MJ Barrett Constructions,Brookside Business Park,Brookside Road, Uttoxeter,Staffordshire,ST14 8AT Tel:01889 564 253 • Fax:01889 564 210 F M J Barrett Constructions supply and erect all types of agricultural and industrial buildings,including grain stores, equestrian centres,storage buildings,milking parlours,and cattle housing along with a variety of industrial warehousing, office accommodation,retail outlets and entertainment complexes all built to the highest standards.
  30. 30. QUALITY LOCAL MEAT, BEEF, LAMB, PORK & POULTRY All meat home killed with complete farm to fork assurance. Personal & Friendly Service Guaranteed YOU CAN TRUST 100% BRITISH MEAT 2 Market Street, Uttoxeter Tel (01889) 565870 Roycroft Farm, Bramshall Tel (01889) 563353 31Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. A new book,“Kitchen Cupboard Cures: Traditional Remedies from the Days Before You Could Afford the Doctor”, has just been published which collects together for the first time stories of home remedies and cures practised throughout the UK from the 1920’s onwards. Local Author Kath Reynolds has been gathering stories and memories for more than twenty years as part of her of her popular interactive reminiscence talk entitled “Goose Grease and Brown Paper”. The talk encourages people to share memories of some of the more creative remedies ‘inflicted’ upon them in the days before the NHS when you simply could not afford the doctor…or dentist. These stories are presented in her new book “Kitchen Cupboard Cures”. Kath, 54, who lives in Tean, said “I have had so much fun listening to and sharing these tales, I am sure lots of people will wince and groan as they read and recall the gruesome details of how ailments were cured using the simplest but often most torturous methods.” The book is a ‘light’, informative and often humorous collection of reminiscences covering cures for common ailments such as sore throats, warts, boils, chilblains, toothache and styes (powks) – many of which were administered by well-meaning grandmas! Reminiscing on the bowels produces much mirth; everyone was dosed up on a Friday night but with a variety of potions…some were even aided by a bit of soap…Fast and effective apparently! The medicine cabinet may well have contained tonics and toddies such as Virol, Scott’s Emulsion and Fennings’ Fever Cure which are also recalled with dubious affection! Kath is available to give talks to groups, and to run reminiscence sessions in care settings, on a variety of themes which include Goose Grease and Brown Paper and other themes such as Food Glorious Food, Gymslips and Chalkboards, Monday is Washday and Famous Folk of Staffordshire. Kitchen Cupboard Cures: Traditional Remedies from the Days Before You Could Afford the Doctor (ISBN 9781526200433) by Kath Reynolds is available at £6.95 from Amazon. You can buy it locally from the Post Office in Tean or from Picture Book in Leek or via the author. For further information, please contact Kath Reynolds 01538 722812 / 07791770805 email: Home remedies and cures from the days before the NHS
  31. 31. 32 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Jack’s nostalgic thoughts... by Jack Hayhurst, of Alton Former Painsley High School Woodwork Teacher Golden Wedding - A 95% true story from the past “Hello Jack.” said the voice on the phone... “It’s Mavis at the WRVS in Leek”. “Oh. Hello “ I replied, “ nice to hear from you again “ ... trying to think who she was. She followed-up with the pleasantries... “How’s your lovely wife ?” ... and all that stuff. Then... “Reason for my call ... we are wondering whether we could ask you to organise a little event for the WRVS. The service is trying to connect more with the community. We have a bit of spare cash and have decided to remember some Golden Wedding anniversaries. For example.... Mr and Mrs Keates in Cheadle have their anniversary on 25th August; we want them to be presented with a bouquet, on the day, and have their photo in the local paper with a member of the WRVS. Bit of publicity.” “Well”, I said, “I haven’t had a sex-change; doesn’t the WRVS need a lady ? “ “Oh no! Anyone with two legs is fine... perhaps get a lady to present the bouquet though” I said, “Have you rung me because you’ve heard I was the brains behind the Normandy landings?” Forced laughter! “Something like that. Thanks so much for offering to do it”. Click! The phone goes dead. End of conversation. I had no memory of offering to do it. Never mind! The Flower Shop on Cheadle High Street agreed to have a nice bouquet ready at 10.0 am on the 25th, the paper agreed to provide a photographer at the house at 11.0 and I just needed a nice lady (who had worked for the WRVS ) to present the bouquet. Inspiration... Mrs Cath Lucas! Would she do it ? Was she free on the day?... Yes! Great! Sorted! On the day before the event I get a very sad phone call from Cath, to say that her husband Ron had died the day before. Awful! Obviously we expressed our sympathy and told her to forget the 25th. Another inspiration: Mrs Margaret Stoddard ! Now there was a lovely happy lady who would brighten the day for Mr & Mrs Keates. (NB.. Margaret was in my form at school in Ashbourne). OK, we are back on track. I just phoned the paper to make sure they remembered. “The Keates on the 25th ? “ they asked. “That’s right.” I replied. “We said 11.0 am”. “No mate. That’s not how we do it. We take the picture a few days before so it goes in the paper same week “. “Could you go again? “...I explained why. “Sorry. We’d like to help but the diary is full”. I tried another paper though. Success!! It all worked. The flowers were splendid; Margaret and the photographer did the job really nicely ... all happy. But Mrs Keates was a bit baffled. She said, “ It’s strange. We had another photographer here on Monday last. D’you know... we’d forgotten it was our anniversary, but we did remember it snowing on our wedding day. When he’d gone Mr Keates looked it up and it’s actually next February”. Oops... So as not to waste the occasion it was agreed that the paper would hold on to the photo and it could be used in February. Fair enough ! Then... oh dear... Mr Keates died just before Christmas. I phoned the WRVS in Leek and explained that some of my D-Day landing craft had gone off course, landed at Clacton and trashed the Sea View Hotel. Down on the Farm by Angela Sargent S pring beckons and is, hopefully, just around the corner- the days get noticeably longer and the clocks go forward and we see more of the sun (please!). “A speck of March dust is worth a King’s ransom” to us and every farmer, as it denotes the warming of the ground, from a February average of 4.47 degrees to the annual average of 10.55 and this means seeds will start to grow and the plants already in the ground can really take off. Here, our farm is on Gunthorpe mudstone bedrock, formed in the Triassic period (300 million years ago), when it was a hot desert and on top of that is slightly acidic loam/clay. Any soil that has been affected by flooding this year will have lower levels of oxygen and also lower levels of micronutrients, so soil testing will be necessary to check for things such as low nitrogen and the crops nutritional needs will need to be monitored throughout the growing season. One hectare of soil contains roughly 25 tonnes of micro-organisms too- 10 of fungus,4 of worms and 1 of beetles, amongst others (mind you, who counted and weighed this, I have no idea!) and you can see that it is in Farming’s interest to look after our soils and encourage worms and beetles by incorporating organic matter (manure). Our first lot of lambs have gone out to enjoy the first flush of spring grass and we are having a lull before we start to lamb the main flock. This means cleaning out the lambing shed and sheep pens and checking we’ve got enough of everything, such as wormer- we worm the ewes when they leave the mothering pen and this means the worm burden is less in the fields. We will be Tb testing our cattle herd, unfortunately, not until just after they’ve gone out at the end of this month- they really will not want to come back in! Buttercups and Daffodils, Wood anemone and Dog violets will all be poking their heads up now and providing food for the insects and Bees that are starting to get out and about, along with the tree flowers that can sometimes cause allergic reaction in some people. If March comes in like a Lion, it will go out like a lamb, according to the old saying and the winds help dry the ground, but leave many branches, usually lying across a fence, to dispose of and it certainly gives our weather vane some work! Angela Sargent and follow us on twitter (@bythebarn)and facebook (baldfields farm) too! • Improve your postural awareness, position and effectiveness • Understand how and when to engage your core and stabilise your position • Increase awareness of how your straightness can affect your horses way of going • Develop effective breathing techniques to help remain relaxed and focused All this and much more! 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  32. 32. 33Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Ex Navy, Sailor or Marine? Fancy an evening swinging the lamp? Come and join us, The Royal Naval Association, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Bankhouse, Uttoxeter For details call Dave Emery on 01782 397746 or Mike Bell on 01889 563897 Remembering Days gone by... by Owd Ern The Busy Owd Utch! A long while ago, when I was a lad, and dear Owd Utch was a proper town. Most of the people who lived there, worked there. Instead of traveling miles to work. Now it is as in a marriage lingo ‘for better or worse’ just a dormitory and hollow in the middle. But by gum them’s adays it was a busy and bustling town, surrounded by mainly dairy farms. So a lot of cheese and butter made on the farms were to be sold in Uttoxeter. Eventually a milk processing factory being built down by the railway, now long gone and derelict. Butter and milk have unfortunately become of very little importance. Along with butter, milk and cheese, meat from cattle in the area was considered superior and Uttoxeter mutton was described as the sweetest in England, even better than the Welsh and so a premier market for livestock developed, now unfortunately gone forever too! Sad for me to go on about. One of the off shoots of the early connection with animals was the amount of tanneries in and around Owd Uttch. I am not a historian, more of a hysterical, so I don’t expect a great and correct list of places. Pinfold Street or anywhere near a brook to help get rid of the stinking waste. Bradley Street was another site High Street has also been mentioned. But I suppose the smell there could not be any worse than the old Gents toilets at the entrance to the cattle market. There is also mention of a tannery at Scounslow Green (all I know is the farmers at Scounslow Green had some lovely daughters) apparently a smelly lot (the tanners NOT the daughters) but a business to make a lot of money at. Whilst we are up at Scounslow Green. Glass must have been made up there, as records say a Glass House Farm there. Nearby there is still a Glass House Farm at Marchington Woodlands. Abbots Bromley was very involved with the making of glass - so the glass making either side of Bagotts Woods make sense! But does it really matter? Uttch also had a thriving Jewellery industry, namely in Silver street area. Some noted clock makers, several water mills and even a Windmill. Grinding corn for flour and cattle feed. Brewery seems to have been a big business Chas Bunting Brewery taking up a large area in the middle of the town. It must have employed a lot of people. Their elegant office on the High Street being demolished along with the rest of the brewery to make way for the car park and now semi derelict Maltings (Not a pretty sight) But then we come to the big daddy of them all, Bamfords all started in Uttoxeter as the ironmongery shop on the corner of the market place bought by Henrys father in law and passed to his daughter for her lifetime, and after to her children, of which she had 13 above the shop!!! I remember going in to the lovely old shop. They sold everything ironmongers should. One of the assistants was a chap named Tom Arnold; he was a champion hedge layer. He was a big friend of my Dads. When my dad said how are you Thomas? He used to reply, Not bad Jimma’s (Jim) Anyway enough of that nonsense, let’s get on we it. Bamfords history as manufacturers of Agricultural machinery is too large for me to embark on. But most, if not all their early farm machines, mowers, Tedders, Side Rakes, Swath turners, even Muck spreaders. They were powered by the ground that they were pulled on by horses. No P.T.O’s then adays. Very few tractors even. But one thing I remember was that we referred to as Bamfords Buzzer when the wind was right, we could hear it 4 miles away and before going to school, I had to milk a cow or 5 and the first Buzzer would go at 10 to 8, warning before the 8 o’clock start. So my old Pa would say hurry up lad, or you’ll miss the school bus. Looking back I realise why I had a seat to myself, but I was usually joined by Freda Bull who had to feed her dads pigs before coming to school. One or two clever kids put on their gas masks (improving their appearance in my eye) going back to Bamfords at their peak, they employed about 800 at Uttoxeter plus 300 at a factory in wales. Most would rush home after the 12.30 buzzer to get their dinner. The stream of blackened men coming up Market Street (Now named Sargy’s Street) were like ants or a bottle of black ink pouring into the market place. It was impossible to cross the road until they had gone. At the other end of town was Elkes Biscuit factory employing a large number of ladies, no longer Elkes but now part of the Northern Food Group, but still employing I would imagine a large number of ladies. No doubt there are many old trades that I am too idle to research and anyway probably you are all aslaype by now. So just bay good and luk after thee sens Owd Ern You can now read The Voice at LOOKING FOR A VENUE FOR YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION? Choose The Fully Refurbished Cheadle Cricket Club Function Room! • Located in a beautiful setting • Very Competitive Rates • Fully Licensed PERFECT FOR Christenings • Birthday Parties • Funerals • Retirements Group Meetings • Anniversaries • Sports Presentation Evenings Wedding Receptions • Corporate Functions BOOK YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION EVENT NOW! 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  33. 33. 34 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. I nner Wheel was formed in Manchester in 1934 for the wives of Rotarians. The Aims and Objectives of the organisation are to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service and foster international understanding. The membership rules have been extended in recent years to include ladies without Rotary connections who are interested in our ideals. Club members meet once a month as they have done for 71 years for friendship and fellowship and to plan future fund raising events. Today the Club has a membership of 20 and continues to serve the community as well as helping national and international projects. Hampers for the elderly and needy of Uttoxeter are delivered at Christmas and special equipment has been donated for District Nurses. Supermarket collections have been held to raise money for Air Ambulance and hospital projects. We help at Rotary events throughout the year, especially catering for the five-a-side football. Internationally the Club has always responded to emergency appeals for blankets, clothes, dried food etc. Donations are also sent to numerous overseas organisation including Water Aid, Hamlyn Fistula Trust, UNICEF, Sight Savers and Lepra. Since the Inner Wheel year commenced in July 2015 the Club has supported Air Ambulance, Burton Breast Cancer Clinic, Uttoxeter Womens’ Refuge and St Giles Hospice. Money was also sent to the Cumbrian Flood Appeal and Parkinsons UK. Internationally, with much help from local schools, we sent 54 back packs containing items to help children in Malawi attend school through the charity Mary’s Meals. We celebrated our 71st birthday with a Fellowship tea. Sixty members from the Inner Wheel District joined us at Bramshall Village Hall for the occasion. The guest speaker was Mrs Robyn Davies who gave an interesting talk about her grandparents who were missionaries in China from 1904 to 1945. She has some amazing slides taken at the time and also displayed many articles that had been brought back to England. The Club is hosting a Quiz in March and the final fund raising event of the year is to be a tea with guest speaker Charles Hanson in June. Inner Wheel Club of Uttoxeter Denstone WI Clean for the Queen D enstone WI organised a Grand Litter Pick as part of the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign. The sun shone as the twenty volunteers arrived at the Village Hall to collect equipment and hi-viz gear before they dispersed around the village and its environs to pick up any litter that they could find. The worst areas were on the roads leading in and out of the village and a call went out for transport to collect the many bags being filled. All the rubbish – including a door that had been dumped by the side of the road – was then brought back to the village car park. The final count was twenty six sackfuls of rubbish. The pickers were very pleased with what they had achieved, but also shocked by how much rubbish had been dumped in and around the village.
  34. 34. 35Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Take a drive out to one of the area’s most beautiful ‘olde worlde’ country inns and restaurants - and savour a truly delicious experience! Enjoy wonderful views overlooking Croxden Abbey and the surrounding countryside. Open every day, 12-10pm Pensioners Specials Monday to Saturday 12-2pm Main Meal £4.95, 3 Courses £9.00 Sunday Lunches served all day Take your pick from Beef,Turkey, Lamb, Pork or Chicken Traditional Cask Ales - Marstons Pedigree, Spitfire, London Pride, Black Sheep Heated smoking area Mid-Week Evening Specials Accommodation in superb Log Cabins with Hot Tubs available. B&B and Self Catering. See website for further details. Enjoy a great meal atThe Raddle - The Perfect Country Inn & Restaurant Quarry Bank, Hollington, near Alton Towers Telephone: 01889 507278
  35. 35. Karen’s Cake Corner by Karen Hill Strawberry Tarts I recently cooked a special meal for my husband, so wanted to bake him his favourite dessert. I don’t often make pastry, but these are my husband’s favourite so I made an exception. With the combination of pastry, vanilla crème patisserie and strawberries, they are delicious and easy to make! For the Sweet Pastry 225g plain flour 110g unsalted butter 80g sugar 1 free range egg, beaten For the Creme Patisserie 2 free range eggs 30g caster sugar 1 tsps corn flour 15g plain flour 140 ml milk Vanilla pod Strawberries Small amount of strawberry jam to glaze Icing sugar to dust and edible glitter if required! This recipe will make four tartlets. Firstly make your pastry. Rub the butter and flour together using your fingertips until it resembles bread crumbs. Add the beaten egg and sugar and bring together to form a ball of pastry. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 15 mins. Next make your Creme Patisserie. Whisk the egg yolks together with the sugar in a bowl until light and pale. Fold in the corn flour and plain flour. Bring the milk to the boil and then gradually whisk into the egg mixture. Pour the mixture into a clean pan and slowly bring it to the boil stirring until it thickens. Simmer for a minute and then take the pan off the heat. Split the vanilla pod in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds, adding them to the mixture. Cover with cling film and allow to cool. Preheat the oven to 170˚C. Now it is time to roll out the pastry to approximately 4mm thick. Carefully line the four tartlet tins, leaving an over hang of pastry. Place on a baking tray and chill for about 15 minutes. Blind bake the pastry cases for ten minutes and then turn down your oven to 160˚C. Remove the baking beans and prick the pastry with a fork and cook for a further 10 minutes. Then egg wash the tarts and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the pastry to cool. With a small serrated knife, trim the excess pastry from the tins, being very careful. Now you can fill your tartlets with your cooled crème patisserie. This can be piped into your tartlets. Slice your strawberries in half and arrange on top of the crème patisserie. To get that lovely shiny glaze, simply melt a little strawberry jam with a splash of water and then brush the top of your tartlet. Dust with icing sugar and a little edible glitter if required. I hope you enjoy these as much as my husband does. 36 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Baby Sensory by Laura Johnson The Art of Sleep A s a new parent you know that you will get asked that inevitable question about your babies sleep patterns. Newborn babies are well known for burning the midnight oil and this can be both frustrating and exhausting for any new parent. Some babies will fall into a sleep pattern from 6 weeks however this does not necessarily mean their sleep will fall at night. Babies are not born with any awareness of night and day and their little bodies are not built to sleep throughout the night. At around 6 months babies tend to fall into a noticeable sleep pattern and may begin to sleep for longer periods during the night. As a parent there are many things you can do to help your baby sleep better, and it will only take your baby a week or two to learn them. At Baby Sensory we follow a play – rest – play routine, this helps our babies get the most out of class without over stimulating them. This pattern can be repeated during every day during a babies life. Resting during the day is essential for a baby, an overtired baby will sleep less soundly than a well rested one. One of our classes this month entitled ‘Sleep Tight’ contains lots of activities to help your baby to sleep better. From ‘To and Fro’, a wonderfully cuddly activity providing all important exercise for your baby, to calming music such as Braham’s Lullaby, and a magical experience under the stars, we are sure to give you lots of ideas to help your baby have a restful nights sleep. One of the most important things you can do to help your baby sleep is to establish a good daytime and bedtime routine. Babies love routine and thrive on a consistent and predictable way of life. There are lots of different things you add into your babies bedtime routine, whilst there is no set routine you should follow, make sure that all of the activities are calming and relaxing. A lovely warm bubble bath is not only a wonderful way to relax but is a beautiful sensory experience for your baby. Once your baby is dressed in their pyjamas why not snuggle up with a favourite book and quietly read a story. It’s never too early to introduce books to your baby. The environment surrounding your baby is really important too. Why not put on some classical music or a soft lullaby and keep other noise to a minimum. Soft lighting can really help too, nightlights are wonderful and can be really effective, babies love lights and they can really help to change the atmosphere in any room. Finally place your baby on their back in her cot or crib awake if you can. Some experts advise this so if baby wakes in the night they will be more familiar with their surroundings. Of course all babies are different, bottle-fed and breast fed babies will inevitably have different sleep patterns and what works for one baby will not necessarily work for another. If you have tried everything then always seek advise from a healthcare professional. You can find your local Baby Sensory class by visiting or contact me on 07887 744876 or
  36. 36. 37Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. WEDNESDAYS Tean Greatwood Hall, 5.00pm & 7.00pm Tel: Gillian 07928 556552 Cheadle Guild Hall, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Also Morning Group Thursday 9.30am Tel: Pam 07983 938240 Janet Johnson BSc (Hons) Podiatry SRCh Chiropodist Treatments include: nail cuts, thick nail reduction, ingrown nail treatments, callus and corn removal, verrucas, arch and heal pain, nail surgery biomechanical assessment and diabetic assessment. Based in the Northgate Doctors Surgery, Carters Square, every Friday. Home visits available £25 per treatment Mobile: 07951820847 Home: 01889 592855 after 6 pm janetjohnson1701@ Help secure your financial future by making the most of the tax-saving and investment opportunities available before the end of the tax year.Your annual ISA allowance of £15,240 is an important and valuable way to help generate tax-efficient capital and income for the future. Our clients have entrusted us with £10.7 billion of ISA investments, making St. James’s Place the largest Stocks & Shares ISA provider* . Through our distinctive investment management approach and quality advice we can help create an investment strategy that will stand the test of time. * Source: InvestmentAssociation, November 2015. DON’T MISS OUT. INVEST BY 5 APRIL. St. James’s Place... ISA planning from it’s time Tel: 01889 568444 Email: Web: Address: Charles House, 23 High Street, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 7HN The Partner Practice represents only St. James’s PlaceWealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial ConductAuthority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website The title‘Partner Practice’ is the marketing term used to describe St. James’s Place representatives. The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds selected and may fall as well as rise.You may get back less than you invested.The favourable tax treatment of ISAs may be subject to changes in legislation in the future.
  37. 37. 38 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Let The Voice Be With You by Les Humphries of Rocester W ell readers, I am currently recovering from my exertions as part of the Chorus Line in the Denstone Players Production of Cinderella. It was a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun, rewarded by the audience reaction over four sell out performances. We men in the chorus had many laughs as we built up a great back stage rapport and friendship, along with the ugly sisters! We seemed to have the memory spans of goldfish as we fought to remember the words to our songs, combined with some complicated (for us) dance routines. The ladies meanwhile were word perfect every time, and as we changed from costume to costume, and read the script, the young lads in the cast sat in the corner playing games on their tablets without a care in the world, and were perfect every time! Watch this space for news of future productions, or follow us on twitter. In the real world we now look forward to the forthcoming Referendum on whether we should remain part of Europe or cast ourselves adrift. I know what I want, and my personal decision will not be based on whether I like Boris or Cameron as I can’t stand either of them. I shall vote for what I feel is best for us as a Nation, personalities do not enter into it. It will be a once in a lifetime chance to decide on our future, and we must get it right for the sake of our grandchildren We in Rocester have had a plague of starlings, roosting in trees opposite my road. They make lovely patterns in the sky at dusk as they fly round preparing to roost for the night, but they crap everywhere and if you happen to be ouside you need a hood or a brolly, our houses, windows and doors are splattered in with their droppings next morning, and my car looks like a ruddy dalmation, it is most unpleasant to say the least. I am all in favour of nature, but starlings are just flying rodents as far as I am concerned. We had the same problem several years ago, and the tops were sawn of the trees which drove them away into the Countryside, but those same trees have now grown back and they have returned in their thousands squealing away after they have roosted when darkness falls.What the answer is I don’t know short of letting loose with a 12 bore as the Council don’t give a damn. I know we in Rocester will be ruddy glad to get rid of the little darlings! Anyone who reads my monthly masterpieces will know how much I detest the use of the word ‘like’ being used out of context, so I was really chuffed when a guest on the BBC ‘s Room 101 had it binned by Frank Skinner. To make the point they showed a clip of a young woman in America (which is where the trend started) talking to a friend in the back of a cab, which went something like “So I was like, and they were like, so I went over and like” and so on , but you get my drift on the ‘like’ conversation, at least I’m not the only one it bugs. Sticking with the BEEB I see they have sacked the legendary DJ and King of the Jungle Tony Blackburn over evidence he gave or did not give to the Police in the Saville investigation. He launched Radio One in 1967 and will always be remembered for that, Flowers in the rain was the very first record played on that Saturday morning which we all got up to hear. At time of writing I am still following the 6 Nations Rugby Tournament which sadly has become much less of a spectacle than it used to be due to over refereeing and video refereeing etc, Wayne Barnes the English referee who officiated in the Wales - France match made such a meal of refereeing the scrums that they all took three or four minutes of continual setting which then quite often resulted in a penalty. He showed no empathy with the players whatsoever in what was a match dominated by defences anyway, and he obviously does not have a clue as to what is going on in the front row, so we had long stretches of the fat boys rolling about on the floor. Unfortunately Mr. Barnes likes to be the centre of attention, whilst the best referees are the ones you don’t notice. I’m glad I had the joy of watching the great Welsh and French sides of the 70’s before they had the flair coached out of them! Finally, the Churnet Valley Male Voice Choir are gearing up for our next Concert to be held in Tean Church on Friday the 22nd of April. We are still rehearsing on alternate Tuesdays at 7;30 pm in the Bishop Rawle School, Cheadle. Two new members have recently joined us , which is great news, but we could still do with a few more so feel free to turn up, have a listen, or join in. X factor it aint, but we have a lot of fun, and if you feel inclined come to the pub afterwards, we are a mature Boy Band from all walks of life who enjoy putting a tune together, you are more than welcome to join us TTFN Les... Denstone Panto