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Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, Issue 64

  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 64
  2. 2. 2 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. ENHANCE YOUR LIVING SPACE WITH A SUPERCRAFT ORANGERY OR CONSERVATORY • Tailor-made to suit your lifestyle and home • Swift construction with minimal disturbance • Long lasting value and low maintenance • 10 year insurance backed guarantee
  3. 3. 3Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 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 I can’t believe we are now surging into ‘Flaming June’ – where have the months gone? We haven’t had a proper Winter with the usual snow and ice have we but spring has sprung and we have enjoyed plenty of warm sunshine lately. Mind you, the weather wasn’t too good recently when myself and Uttoxeter Rugby Club supporters and players made the journey to Newcastle-under-Lyme to play in the Owen Cup Final against Rugeley! The rain was persistent I think they call it! But we all defied the elements to watch the cup final and it was disappointing to see the Uttoxeter lads, who had already been crowned league champions draw the game and lose on a conversion shoot-out. You’ve had a magnificent season lads under the superb coaching of the wily old fox Graham MacDonald who has made a real difference and the tremendous work of Paul Bain. I urge all the players to stay together for next season.... It was great to meet up with Uttoxeter supporters and friends such as Richard Oldham, Pete Douglas, Spike Moult, Lee Finlayson, Jason Cabrera, Kelvin Edwards, Kev Gear, and all the boys. I was with my Voice columnist Les Humphries and his grandson and we all certainly enjoyed a few ‘sherberts’ during and after the match!! When the coach took us back to Oldfields club in Uttoxeter we all disembarked and packed into see Evan and Gordon ‘Smelly’ Richardson behind the bar. However, it was plain to see Les had imbibed perhaps a little too much wine and myself had indulged in a few glasses of lager. My wife was due to pick me up in the car from Oldfields so myself and Les had a chat and came up with a plan which was don’t mention how much we had imbibed! Pretty simple to execute this plan you may think!! So my wife arrived on the car park and myself and Les left the club and walked towards my carriage home. Then Les decided to say hello to my wife Marcia and give her a kiss on the cheek before shouting loudly in his own inimitable voice ‘Marcia, we’re all drunk (not actual the word Les used of course!!). So much for a great plan Les, you’ve put your foot in it again mate! Just a quickie, I’ve been informed that there is a serious flooding problem at Birdland in Uttoxeter and residents have been trying their utmost to get someone to sort it. Come on you councillors, get down there and do your stuff! 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, 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 July 8th News Deadline: June 27th Advertising Deadline: June 30th 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, HOW TO GET IN TOUCH NEW FOR 2016 We have increased distribution to a massive 15,000 quality Voice Magazines!
  4. 4. 4 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. U ttoxeter Choral Society celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday with an enthusiastic performance of the Coronation Anthems by Handel. The conductor, Mitch Holland, had collected an inspired orchestra to accompany them. The bassoons Sarah Smith and Bethany Lewis gave a delightful lilt to the “Exceeding glad shall he be”. The second half began atmospherically with the introit of Cherubini’s requiem. The delightful cello arpeggios played by Cara Janes introduced the Requiem aeternam. The Dies Irae was announced with the trombones {Richard Bolten and Mark Howarth} and excited listeners with the interspersions of the trumpets [Eric Brookes & Sofia Mahon]. Each phrase building up from piano so that the Rex tremendae was a fitting forte. Recordare tested the strings with their beautiful semiquaver accompaniment to the single chorus line and continued the build up so that the interspersions of quiet “salve me” and “voca me” sounded really heart rending. Pie Jesu had interesting support as the oboes (Penny Lord and Natasha Flowers) played opposing tunes. The Sanctus and Agnus Dei were rendered more exciting by the accompaniment of the excited string playing of David Francis, leader, Mandy Too, violin, and Elizabeth Medrow , Viola. The requiem finished peacefully as eternal light shone “lux perpetua luceat eis”. Uttoxeter Choral Society
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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. Our home for your dog Sarah Wall and family have created a loving home environment in which to welcome your dog as their guest. Whether its just for the day or a sleepover, your dog will become one of the family. Set in 35 acres of Derbyshire countryside, The Gables is a warm loving environment which will become a haven for your dog whenever you need a getaway. Smoke Free and Kennel Free For all enquiries please contact Sarah Wall for an informal chat Walls 4 Paws, The Gables, Netherclose Farm, Foston, Derbyshire DE65 5PX Tel: 01283 520980 Mobile: 0797 626 7893 C ouncillor Mark Deaville has kindly allocated £1000 from his Staffordshire Local Community Fund to Cheadle Allotment Association. The association has used the funding to surface the roadway that runs down the centre of the allotments that are located on the outskirts of Cheadle. Although the allotments have only been open for 18 months there is already a very active community there. Members have completely transformed the site putting in many, many hours of hard work to get the site up and running. They have made the site both an attractive as well as productive area, with the help of numerous sponsors as well as through the association’s fund raising activities at Party in the Park and the Christmas Market. Particular attention has been paid to try and conserve and also enhance the environment. Over the winter native trees were planted around the perimeter of the site and currently a wild flower area is being developed at the entrance to the site. The association plans to further enhance the site and strengthen the community bonds that have developed since the allotments have opened. Cheadle Allotment Association Funding
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  8. 8. 8 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Lank’s Lore By Steve ‘Lank’Lavin Golden Memories from one of Uttoxeter’s Favourite Characters W ell at the time of writing this column the decent weather has finally arrived at long last, not before time I can tell you. The winter time in England seems to drag on and on especially as you get older in the tooth. With this better weather arriving and the nights drawing out the wife and I with nothing much to occupy ourselves with we decided to re-live our youth and visit the Bramshall Road Recreation Ground which is a leisurely stroll from our house. I know it sounds silly but we have not visited their in over 30 years although it is in very close proximity to our home, now that my daughter is off our hands and we have no grandchildren to entertain and the appeal of a ‘roll in the hay’ so to speak after 40 years of wedded bliss is now longer an attraction you can probably see why. We were pleasantly surprised at the Rec nowadays. On entering the large wrought iron gates obviously erected for security after the park has closed for the day (a sign of these so called modern times I expect). The layout is pretty much the same with well kept grass and clean paths and the vista of the area has not changed a lot since we both visited it last with some nice views across the rolling countryside. Gone are the old smelly toilets which have been replaced with up to date modern facilities. I am not sure whether or not a caretaker still resides in the house at the top. Mr Leese kept it when I was a lad and used to convey confectionery to us from the rear probably as a side line in those days but it was very welcome after a sunny afternoons excercise. What has changed though is the playing apparatus we were used to when we were young. We started to reminisce on the old facilities we used to entertain our selves with especially in the school holidays and at weekends, we virtually used to live there in those days along with probably half of the kids in Uttoxeter and area. We could both see that out old friends the good old Elf & Safety have made their mark. Gone is the old Maypole with its clanging chains with a handle to hold on to whilst the older kids would spin you round round to virtually throw you on to the tarmac to sustain numerous cuts and bruises. I can remember the chains tide in knots to shorten them for the taller kids so that their school shoes would not receive 3 months wear of scuffs in one afternoon! The roundabout which was really intended for the tots, but abused by the bigger kids trying to spin you round to end in a big heap yards away, gone, along with the hobby horse, the old seesaw that used to put splinters of wood in your rear from its well weathered timbers, also gone. The old witches hat was another popular ride has disappeared but I noticed that it has been replaced with a smaller more modern one along with safety matting to stop you grazing yourself on the hard surface should you come off, which invariably you did on the one in my time when some clever person would spin it round so fast with you on it that it used to fetch it off its anchor point! The usual swings are still available along with modern trends which today are very popular with the kids of today which were not available or thought of when we were young. A skate board course, zip wires, numerous smaller items amongst just a few modern pieces of apparatus that have emerged over the years and also not forgetting the exercise equipment for the older visitors to the park, not a bad idea at all in this keep healthy world we live in to save money for the NHS! One thing I did notice though is that the big crown puller and heart of the old Rec which has disappeared, which looking back at the old days I am not at all surprised is the BIG SLIDE. The Elf & Safety executive would have a dicky fit today if that was availabe to the kids of today to play on. I honestly do not know why it wasn’t banned in my day although I suppose it was no more dangerous then than skateboarding and the likes are today the exception being that there was no crash helmets issued in those days! The slide itself was a marvellous piece of play equipment, solidly built, standing over 15ft high with chute made out of the finest stainless steel which we used to polish up with wax bread wrappers to improve its friction so that when you slid down it you would come of the end of it like S... of a Stick! The stainless steel used to burn your backside in a hot summer when it had been basking in the sun. Although the old equipment has disappeared I am sure that today’s kids still have a whale of a time there in their spare time on the new facilities and it also keeps them off the streets causing trouble. Till next time, LANK The Old Roundabout The Old Witches Hat The infamous ‘Big Slide’ The Zip Wire Rides The Skateboard & Bmx Bike Courses The Excercise Equipment With thanks to my friends Tom & Lorna Croton, Uttoxeter for use of the colour photos with the new Out with the old...
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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. Join us at our bra fitting events at Twine Clothing, Denstone Hall Farm, on the last Saturday of every month, 10am til 4pm. Free & Friendly Fitting service Nominated for Stars Underlines Industry Awards for Best Newcomer and for Personal Touch Advanced, Professional Bra Fitter Contact us on: 07827 299720 Buy online: Lingerie Swimwear Mastectomy (Bras & Swimwear) Maternity & Nursing Bras Sports Bras Hosiery F ull production is getting underway this month of a brand new JCB machine – a product innovation which has created around 85 new jobs. The innovative JCB Hydradig is taking the construction industry by storm after making its international debut at an equipment trade fair in Munich attended by more than half a million people. Now hundreds of orders for the new 10-tonne machine have been placed and production has started at the JCB Heavy Products plant in Uttoxeter. Around 85 people have been recruited as result of the launch of the new machine. The roles include engineers, welders and assembly line employees. The JCB Hydradig was developed in complete secrecy over a three-year period, under the codename ‘Project 710’. The vision from the outset of the project was to design and engineer the most innovative solution in response to five key challenges facing customers in today’s construction sector. The machine had to have the best visibility, stability, manoeuvrability, mobility and serviceability. JCB Chairman Lord Bamford, who initiated the project, said: “The Hydradig really does have innovation running right through the heart of it. In fact Hydradig will transform the industry and I am certain customers will quickly appreciate its benefits.” JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “The launch of the JCB Hyradig is not only one of the most significant launches in the company’s history, it is also one of the most successful. The response has been unprecedented and we have very high hopes for this revolutionary new product. “The JCB Hydradig is the third product revolution we have brought to market in the past six months. We’ve launched a backhoe loader which is 35% smaller than the standard model which is opening up new sales opportunities around the world. For our farming customers we have just introduced a brand new dual technology transmission for JCB’s Loadall telehandler products which makes them 25% more productive than competitive models. This is a very exciting time to be part of the JCB team.” Working closely with a range of customers, JCB conducted in-depth analysis of the potential applications for the JCB Hydradig, including utilities, highways, municipalities, general construction and landscaping, assessing the suitability of current machinery solutions. With job sites becoming increasingly congested, whether in an urban environment or on busy road carriageways, it became clear that a new and better solution could be achieved by rethinking machine design conventions, a JCB speciality. Chief Innovation and Growth Officer Tim Burnhope said: “Visibility from the cab was the main customer consideration because of on-site safety concerns. Stability was next on the list, as machines are now being called upon to do an increasing amount of heavy lifting, not just excavating. As job sites become tighter many customers are demanding improved manoeuvrability, while others need increased mobility to allow machines to move between sites more quickly. “Finally, customers now expect excellent ground-level serviceability. So our design challenge was to develop a single machine solution that would deliver against all five customer challenges.” Jobs created as orders flood in for innovative new machine
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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. Just the perfect day... E ighteen months quickly went from the day Craig and I got engaged. We both had fantastic Hen & Stag do’s, mine at Moddershall Oaks with all of my favourite ladies and Craig’s at Edinburgh Beer Festival with his best mates. The night before our wedding on 5th December 2015, Craig & I followed tradition by going our separate ways. I spent the night preparing for what was going to be the best day of my life, it was just me and my mum and a bottle of Champagne. Towards the end of the evening, my Mum surprised me with a wedding hamper full of lovely personal gifts. The following morning Mum and I had our hair styled by Nicola Byatt at home before we prepared for the big day. We planned to arrive at Weston Hall early in the afternoon to meet with my bridesmaids and photographer, Cris Lowis. I put my wedding dress on which I purchased from Bridal Couture by Josephine in Cheadle, who were so helpful and friendly. My flowers were delivered to the room by Sorella Events who also provided the décor. My Sister Jo was Maid of Honour, followed by three adult bridesmaids and five flower girls. As I have so many gorgeous nieces and a Goddaughter, it was impossible to leave any of them out. My Nephew Charlie was my page boy and my youngest Son Freddie, who took his role very seriously, was our ring bearer. That left a very important role for my eldest Son Jay to walk me down the aisle. I looked out of the window of our room and saw Craig and his Best Men arrive in style in his favourite car, a Nissan GT-R, which was very kindly arranged by his Best Men. This was the moment I realised that my dream of getting married at Weston Hall since I was Young was becoming a reality. After my fantastic photographer finished taking pictures, I spent some time alone with my Dad who helped keep me calm, we were then joined by Jay who had arrived to escort me down the stairs. I was so proud of Jay as he looked so handsome and grown up. The one moment I will never forget is when I walked down the stairs to be met by my beautiful Flower Girls and Bridesmaids because they all looked so stunning. At this point my nerves disappeared! We had hired a wedding singer who sang Bonfire Heart by James Blunt as I walked down the aisle. The ceremony room was perfect and totally lit by candlelight as the wedding was late on a December afternoon. I kept to the tradition of the bride being a little late and met Craig who had been patiently waiting for me. Our Wedding Singer sang ‘When You Were Young’ by The Killers, whilst we were signing the register and on exit, sang ‘It Must Bride and Groom: Emma Ratcliffe & Craig Thornhill of Uttoxeter The Bride was given away by her son: Jay Hughes Ratcliffe Maid of Honour: Joanne Chatfield Best Men: Ivan Good and Nick Bailey Bridesmaids: Amy Allport, Lisa Shaw, Lynsey Hardy, Poppy Chatfield Flower Girls: Miley Lomas, Scarlett Ratcliffe, Phoebe Hardy, Pippa Hardy, Ezme Chatfield Pageboy: Charlie Ratcliffe Ring bearer: Freddie Thornhill Ceremony: Weston Hall Photography: Cris Lowis
  15. 15. 15Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Be Love’ by Madness. Our service was just how we had chosen it to be and all of our family and closest friends helped to make it made it very special. We entered the wedding reception area as Mr & Mrs Thornhill to be met by all our friends and family. The room looked magical and everything was perfect, with the tables beautifully dressed and named after our favourite places we had visited in Southern Ireland. The staff at Weston Hall did an amazing job in ensuring our day went to plan. Our Cake was made by Amerton Farm and was absolutely fantastic and enjoyed by all, they also provided a sweet cart which went down very well with all the children (and a few adults!). Everyone commented on how lovely the food was which was served hot and on time, even though catering for a large number of people. Following our meal, we had speeches from the Best Men, Father of The Bride and The Groom - all went down well. It was soon time for our evening guests to join us, we enjoyed our first dance to ‘Wonderful Tonight’ by Eric Clapton followed by a Disco by Blaze Entertainment. From that moment I didn’t really leave the dance floor and Freddie my youngest Son got his request to dance with me to Lego House by Ed Sheeran. The night came to a close all too quickly but a few of our guests and close family strayed to the all night bar where we continued to celebrate into the early hours before retiring to the beautiful rooms at Weston Hall. With the help of our family, friends and staff at Weston Hall our day was definitely one of the best days of our lives and we will never forget it. 7 Cross Street (off the High Street), Cheadle ST10 1NP Tel 01538 755550 Opening Hours: Monday 10am - 8.30pm, Tuesday 10am - 4.30pm, Wednesday Closed, Thursday 10am - 4.30pm, Friday 10am - 4.30pm, Saturday 9.30am-5pm
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  18. 18. 19Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Staffordshire, Archdiocese of Birmingham Painsley Catholic College Specialist Science College, Additional Specialism Mathematics and Computing Painsley Catholic College Station Road, Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs ST10 1LH Telephone: 01538 483944 Email: Web: 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 Painsley Celebrates Student Successes Painsley Catholic College was proud to hold its annual Presentation Evening on Wednesday 27th April. Students received awards that celebrated academic progress and special endeavour, as well as sporting colours and music awards. The prizes were presented to students by Mr Levison Wood—bestselling author, explorer, photographer and former Painsley student. Special subject awards were presented to Year 11 as well as many other awards. Parents packed the school hall to see their children receive recognition of their efforts and join in the celebrations. Of special note were the awards to Breony Watson for Work in the Community; Clarke Lear, Citizenship Award and the PTA Award for Charitable Works; Eleanor Gill and Aaron Nash for Contribution to Life at Painsley; Mary Simcock and Romy Whitehurst, School Spirit Award; and Rebecca Palser, Faith in Action Award. Another special award, the Diana, Princess of Wales Award, was awarded to Clarke Lear. The Diana award is a nationally recognised award given to young people under a number of categories. Painsley Catholic College nominated Clarke Lear as a champion volunteer. Guests of honour at the ceremony were: Mr N Watson, President of Cheadle Lions; Mr A Gadsby, Cheadle Lions, Councillor Stephen Ellis, Mayor of Cheadle; Mr J Pennington, Chair of the Board of Directors of Painsley Catholic Academy; and sponsors and directors of the College. RAF Platinum Partner Award Painsley Catholic College is delighted to announce that the college has been awarded a prestigious Royal Air Force Platinum Partner Award. This award is one of only a hundred to be presented by the RAF to schools and colleges across the UK which have provided top quality candidates to the RAF over the last five years. As a result of this award Painsley will benefit from all the new initiatives provided by the RAF recruitment team including career presentations, interview skills workshops and a table-top team building exercise based on a disaster relief situation. Mr Bell commented “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award from such a great organisation.”
  19. 19. 20 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Do you need a karaoke or disco or are you looking to hire a karaoke system for an event? Gingers Karaoke Your local Karaoke, Karaoke equipment hire and mobile disco service. 07929 664118 Twenty years not out! Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority BRIAN MELLOR F I N A N C I A L S E R V I C E S L T D Independent Financial Adviser Russell House • 20 Stockwell Street • Leek • ST13 6DS Tel: 01538 371288 We couldn’t have achieved this without you! TURNING YOUR FINANCIAL DREAMS INTO REALITY The Brian Mellor team has spent two decades at the crease – looking after our clients’ interests with a comprehensive range of financial planning services and independent advice. If you would like to boost your own financial score, contact us for an impartial chat. Small Workshop Wanted Small workshop wanted to rent by semi-retired man for metalwork projects. Approximately 4 x 4 metres. Ideally in Cheadle or surrounding areas. Please ring Paul on 07773645779 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 Take advantage of our massive readership to attract customers Telephone 01538 751629 or simply email uttoxetervoice@ Special Advert Discount Rates Available E-MAIL YOUR ADVERT TODAY NO PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED!! You can also contact us via social media: @uttoxeter_voice search for Uttoxeter Voice search for Uttoxeter Voice NEWFOR2016DISTRIBUTUON INCREASEDTO15,000
  20. 20. 22 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. By Mike Plant O n Sunday April 24th, the Cheadle Remembers the Great War project came to an end with the unveiling of a memorial sculpture on Cheadle’s Tape Street car park. The Great War project was led by the Cheadle Discovery Group, who secured a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2014. The sculpture was designed by local blacksmith Jim Plant. The memorial is themed primarily around the loss of animal life in the war, but honours all who served in the Great War. A plaque on the sculpture’s column features an extract of poetry, written by Cheadle’s war poet Charles Masefield, who died in the war. Live music for the event was provided by the Cheadle Community Band, who managed to keep everyone’s spirits up, despite the wet weather. Band member Chris Washington performed a moving rendition of the last post, which was followed by a two minute silence, to remember the animals and men who died for our freedom. The unveiling was followed by a touching open air pet service, organised by Cheadle’s Churches Together and led by local vet Bruce Barker. For more information about the Discovery Group and the Cheadle Discovery and Visitor Centre please visit their website - Cheadle remembers the Great War Cheadle’s Master Craftsman Jim Plant who made the Great War sculpture pictured holding the microphone with Ivor Lucas, Chairman of the Cheadle Discovery Group to the right.
  21. 21. The Great War Sculpture - expertly made by Cheadle’s Master Craftsman Jim Plant
  22. 22. 24 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. 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 Taekwon-do We train at The Parkwood Community Leisure Centre In Cheadle on Tuesday Night 6.00pm to 6.30pm 4yrs to 6yrs 6.30pm to 7.30pm Junior/Beginers Grades 7.30pm to 8.30pm Senior/Advanced Grades Call John on 07854 806581 Church Street, Uttoxeter ST14 8AA Tel 01889 564216 Uttoxeter’s Premier Tyre Centre Right service Right advice Right choice Right price • Tyres • Exhausts • Batteries • Brakes and Shock Service • Agricultural Tyres • Wheel Alignment R ichard Kempson is the director and co producer of a new independent feature film being shot in and around Tean (including at Heath House), Cheadle and Leek. ‘Beneath Still Water’ is based on the legend of Blake Mere Pool - Joshua (Linnett) accuses Laura of being a witch after she rejects his advances. The village and more, importantly Father Price, agree with him and Laura is drowned in the pool. Present day - a group of young adults are out on the moor for a weekend of climbing, canoeing and walking etc. During their stay, they encountered strange events and strange stories from the local community about a mermaid who lures men to their deaths in Blake Mere pool. Strange events happen, people mysteriously disappear, leaving some of the group trying to find out why. This film is a crowd-funded project to attract attention to the local area via its local myths and legends, and what better place to start than Blake Mere Written by Steven K Beattie, Steven’s speciality is horror and the dramatic and is currently in the process of writing a collection of monologues. One of Steven’s short stories THE VOICE WITHIN - has been included in the anthology ‘Impossible spaces’ alongside horror maestro Ramsey Campbell. The book is available from Director Philip Kempson said “Philip has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years and lives in Stoke on Trent with his wife and children. Starting out as stage crew for the Theatre Royal, Hanley in the 80’s he developed a love for stage and screen. Philip then went on to be a projectionist for Warner Bros and M.G.M within the west end of London. “On board we have Alan Ratcliffe who appeared in the opening credits of the Chained Oak film and has a small tree from the Chain Oak in his garden. For more information, please search for ‘Beneath Still Water’ on Facebook. Local film shows there’s something in the water...
  23. 23. 25Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Ashbourne, Ashby De La Zouch, Barton Under Needwood, Burton Upon Trent, East Leake, Lichfield, Loughborough, Stafford, West Bridgford, Uttoxeter for homes, just like yours We have buyers We have been selling homes, just like yours, for 176 years. Our experience, local knowledge, and extensive list of registered buyers puts us in the perfect position to sell your property, quickly. Call us today to book your free valuation. Uttoxeter Office 01889 567444 UTTOXETER WINDOWS & DOORS LTD STUNNING PRODUCTS AT AMAZING PRICES Call us on 01889 723001 for a friendly, no pressure quotation. Local family owned and run company, supplying windows, doors & conservatories in a huge range of colours. “A” rated windows for energy efficiency. FENSA and CERTASS registered fitters for your peace of mind.
  24. 24. 26 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. T his month we have launched the Bramshall Meadows development on behalf of St Modwens homes. I was expecting a quick response, but the level of interest received has been incredible with us jointly selling over 50% of the first release in the first day. I think the reason for this high level of interest is down to a few important factors; firstly their hasn’t been a similar development like this for a number of years, buyers love a new house and the competition isn’t there within the local area; the specification of a St Modwens house is very impressive, as is the design. They really do have the feel of a self build with large windows and open spaces. They look stunning and are far better than your run of the mill new house, I look at some developments where the houses look just the same as the ones being built 20 years ago, you have to hand it to St Modwens they are building homes that are current, which means they must be listening to what people want; They make it easy to buy, not only will they reserve if you are in a position to proceed, St Modwens offer a package where buyers can reserve and sell their property through a local agent which really takes away a lot of the stress. Further releases are expected soon, with 2 to 5 bedroom homes on offer. I would expect the interest in this next phase to follow a similar pattern. If you are looking to move, and would like a new home I would highly recommend a peek at Bramshall Meadow, the next phase is due for release very soon. If you are interested in receiving any further information please contact ABODE on 01889 567777. A D V E R T I S E M E N T F E A T U R E Property Voice by Nathan Anderson-Dixon Nathan is a local estate agent, with over16 years of experience in the residential sales and lettings market. Local Agent Abode selling St Modwen homes first day
  25. 25. 28 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Whatever you can imagine your kitchen to be, you can bring it to life with a Rose Kitchen, fully tailored bespoke look. Choose from a collection of stunning materials and products. Find your colours and textured finishes, opt for elegant curves or simple lines. Begin with a creative free personalised design, because when you start with amazing ideas and products, you can create amazing living spaces. It’s easy to have the kitchen you dreamt of - with our high-end kitchens and low-end price tags! For a free, full HD inspiring design and quotation call Anthony Rose on 01889 591189 Here’s a quick way to have the kitchen you really want! EMERGENCY CALL-OUTS ALSO AVAILABLE From the smallest hedge to the largest tree, tree surgery that doesn’t cost the Earth! • Fully NPTC Qualified • RFS cert arb • Reductions • Thins • Crown Raising • Inspections • Landscaping Services • Aftercare & Maintenance • Surveys • Pest Diagnosis & Control • Fells • Conifers • Top Soil • Logs Available Fully Licensed Sprayer | Fully Insured All aspects of gardening & landscaping also undertaken: • Lawns • Patios • Garden Paths • Borders • Ponds • Decking • Fencing • Stonework Call Rob on 01538 361432, 01538 266993 or 07900 995139 Email: Web: EXPERT ADVICE FROM PASSIONATE PROFESSIONALS All work to BS3998 standard ALL ASPECTS OF TREEWORK UNDERTAKEN Established 12 years 15% discount all work carried out during 2016 We would like to take this opportunity to thank our existing customers for their continued support
  26. 26. Everyone lovesTheVoice 29Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. • Improve your postural awareness, position and effectiveness • Understand how and when to engage your core and stabilise your position • Increase awareness of how your straightness can affect your horses way of going • Develop effective breathing techniques to help remain relaxed and focused All this and much more! BD listed, UKCC qualified, Equipilates Affiliated Instructor available for rider alignment sessions both on and off the horse, dressage training, test practise, schooling and clinics. References available Contact 07796175128 or email Jo Titterton Dressage / MCF equestrian @mcfequestrian New year, new training goals? Why not focus on improving your performance in the saddle. My Ride-in-lign training approach combines the scales of training with Equipilates techniques Weekly Equipilates studio sessions Tuesday at 7pm and Thursday at 10am starting 22nd March. Booking essential and discount available for block bookings Swedish Car Care Unit G1 City Park Trading Estate, Dewsbury Rd, Fenton ST4 2HS Servicing, Maintenance & Diagnostics Call Terry Atkinson 01782 594411 07973 347068 email: Est. since 1983 SPECIALISTS Free collection from Uttoxeter and surrounding areas C headle Methodist Church is keen to invite everyone to join in their celebrations of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Members are busy making plans for the weekend of 11th and 12th June 2016. On Saturday, 11th June there will be an exhibition and displays in the Church and the Church Hall showing the Queen’s faith and changes over the 90 years of her life. Admission to this is free and refreshments will be available. On Sunday 12th June there will be a special celebration service at 10.45am to which everyone is welcome. So – book these dates in your diary now! The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations 15,000 That’s how many copies of The Voice goes out every issue. To place an advert call 01538 751629 or simply email uttoxetervoice@
  27. 27. M anagement at Uttoxeter Racecourse have moved at a gallop to make-up for circumstances beyond their control which saw Sara Cox have to pull out of her starring role at this year’s Ladies Day on Friday 22 July. Sara was forced to withdraw following the BBC’s recent decision to switch her popular Radio 2 show to a Friday, which made it impossible for her to appear at Uttoxeter for this year’s Ladies Day. The racecourse, however, has been quick to find a suitable replacement for one of their landmark occasions - and has announced that the star of this year’s Ladies Day will be Jo Whiley. Arguably one of the most recognisable voices in British Broadcasting, Whiley has an exciting and varied career and is considered one of the nation’s favourite radio DJs. Jo currently plays a great mix of new music and classic album tracks from Monday to Thursday on Radio 2 and presents Radio 2’s ‘In Concert’ series, featuring live performances and a round-up of the week’s music gigs. Jo also presents coverage of the Glastonbury Festival for BBC TV and for Radio 2. She is at the helm of the Radio 2 coverage of the tastemaking South by Southwest Festival, as well as the iconic Brit Awards and also hosts the Radio 2 Hyde Park Concert each September. In addition to interviewing some of the biggest names in music for Radio 2 she also continues to pioneer new music. Jo may be the face of Radio 2 but she was for many years the face of Radio 1. She joined Radio 1 in the spring of 1993 and in September she became permanent co-presenter of The Evening Session with Steve Lamacq. Four years later she landed her own daytime show, and remained part of Radio 1’s weekday line-up until 2009, when she began a new weekend programme. Uttoxeter Racecourse now have two premier DJ nights as The Jo Whiley Ladies Day on Friday 22 July now joins fellow DJ Vernon Kay with his Ladies Night which will this year be pumping up the volume at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Thursday 9 June. Already regarded as two of the leading events on Staffordshire’s annual calendar, Ladies Night and Ladies Day at Uttoxeter Racecourse give groups of “gals and their pals” the perfect excuse to get glammed-up and in mood for a girls’ night out with a difference. But the guest appearances by radio and TV personalities Jo Whiley and Vernon Kay will give both events a huge boost, and helps position them as two of the area’s premier social occasions. David MacDonald, Executive Director at the racecourse says, “It’s always a disappointment when someone has to pull out of an event for reasons that are beyond everyone’s control. But while we will be wishing Sara well with her new- look show, we are also incredibly excited about managing to sign-up Jo for Ladies Day. She’s a first choice DJ with an impeccable track record, and someone who will bring all of her experience to Uttoxeter to ensure everyone has a great day at the races. I think we can guarantee that it’s going to be another terrific occasion.” For ticket information about Ladies Day, log on to on/fixture/22-july-2016-ladies-day/. For further details about all races and events scheduled for 2016 at Uttoxeter Racecourse, visit 30 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. 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@ 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 Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley set to take over Ladies Day at Uttoxeter Racecourse Sara Cox at last year’s event
  28. 28. 31Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. velop a bespoke o ne presence for your b nd, and take advantage o a brand-new generation o ustomers. The Uttoxeter Veterinary Practice 94 High Street, Uttoxeter ST14 7JD Opening Times: Monday-Friday 9am-7pm; Saturday 9am-1pm Tel: 01889 568900 Email: /uttoxeterveterinarypractice The Uttoxeter Veterinary Practice Welcome to Uttoxeter’s new independent Veterinary Practice, providing an extremely high standard of service and the latest technology. We offer digital x ray, in-house laboratory work and ultrasonography and have our own Operating Theatre and separate Preparation Room. We house dogs, cats and rabbits in separate wards to keep their stay with us as stress free as possible. We realise the importance of continuity of care, so you will always see the same vet that you know and trust. We provide 24 hour emergency care at the practice and cater for large animals as well as small. Free consultation worth £30 with this advert, offer expires 30th June 2016.
  29. 29. 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 32 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. New Flower Beds in Bramshall Road Park T his spring, three new flower beds have been created and planted in Bramshall Road Park, Uttoxeter’s main recreational park. This project was organised by the Friends of Bramshall Road Park and East Staffordshire Borough Council and the work carried out by The Landscape Group. These beds are located on the raised ground between the Carpark and the Bowling Green. The plants are now well established and add a touch of colour to brighten up the Carpark used by many of the park’s visitors. These new beds are complimented by five new trees planted the other side of the Carpark to celebrate Uttoxeter’s successes over recent years through “Uttoxeter in Bloom”. The new flower beds were funded by a grant from the Staffordshire Local Community Fund (Staffordshire County Council) courtesy of the late Geoff Morrison, then Uttoxeter’s SCC Councillor. In memory of Geoff, Mrs Pauline Morrison commented “I know Geoff was very happy to support projects in Bramshall Road Park, a facility much appreciated by Uttoxeter residents. He was particularly proud when an earlier grant from the same fund facilitated, several years ago, children from Thomas Alleynes High School planting an arboretum/tree classroom near to the Wildlife Pond” ! DM Bowd Environmental Services Limited Old Stores Cottage, School Lane, Lower Leigh, STAFFORDSHIRE, ST10 4SS Mobile: 07875628694 Web: E-Mail: COMPANY REGISTERED IN ENGLAND NUMBER: 9653543 VAT REGISTRATION NUMBER: 220 4154 62 SEPTIC TANK EMPTYING! DRAIN CLEANING! HIGH PRESSURE WATER JETTING! CCTV DRAIN SURVEYS! DRAIN INSTALLATION & REPAIR! TANK CLEANING! CONFINED SPACE ENTRY! TANKER HIRE! ROAD SWEEPER HIRE! DUST SUPPRESSION! SLUDGE & EFFLUENT REMOVAL! !! Sara Botham of East Staffordshire Borough Council and Dr Peter Coffin of the Friends of Bramshall Road Park
  30. 30. 33Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Apartments available to rent in Burton and Uttoxeter areas Trent & Dove Housing are looking for volunteers to assist with various community projects in Uttoxeter and the surrounding area. For further information please contact Gail Topliss on 07921 233302 Transforming Homes, Lives & Neighbourhoods Range of property types available, some with enclosed garden. Will accept applicants in receipt of benefits From £75 per week Contact 01283 528655 for more information
  31. 31. Hi there I’m Amy Bradley and drawing really is my favourite thing! I work from my gorgeous studio at St.Mary’s House in Uttoxeter creating illustrations for all kinds of projects such as; picture books, branding, wedding stationery, educational projects and SO SO much more… Every month I will be giving you a sneak peek into what I’ve been up to! I’m so excited!! NEWS from the Studio… This month I’m so SUPER excited to tell you about a brand NEW book. It’s called ‘Lets go to the Dough Disco’ its written by the amazzzzing Shonette Bason Wood from Spread The Happiness …and of course its illustrated & designed by moi! I know what your thinking, ‘What’s Dough Disco?’ Well it’s a fine muscle exercise that Shonette invented when she realized the children in her class (Shonettes also an early years teacher) were struggling to write letters. She read a lot of books about brain development and found that fingers are one of the last things the brain controls. A group of neuro developmental practioners called INPP do an exercise with older children called tapping. It’s simply tapping the fingers in a certain order, some quite complex, on the table in front of them. Shonette enjoyed it as much as the children and it began the growth of Dough Disco. Dough is used because everyone loves dough and disco because music stimulates our happiness levels. The book is a simple instructional text on how you can ‘Go to the Dough Disco’ it’s popular for any age from 0-100, here’s some of the pages taken from the book. The launch is just ahead of ‘International Dough Disco Day’ #DoughDiscoDay which will take place on June 9th 2016. With over 1000 schools from all over the world including Barcelona, Germany, South Africa, Dubai, Australia and New Zealand with many more signing up to get involved. The good news is that there is still time for more schools to get involved just pop over to, where you can sign up for all the latest information and receive a free download of ideas. Plus you’ll find link’s to buy your very own pot/s of Disco Dough (Again you’ll find the packing was designed by me! #eek). If all this has got you too excited and your itching to go to the Dough Disco then here’s a recipe (I had the most fun putting it together) for you to make your very own dough at home. Until next time Amy x If you’d like to know more about Amy check out; or get in touch; – 07870 752480. Enjoy!’ Fun, colourful illustrationsfor everyone!! 34 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.
  32. 32. 35Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. 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 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 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.
  33. 33. 36 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Down on the Farm by Angela Sargent “Nothing is so beautiful as spring- When weeds in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and Thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing” Hopkins A nd now May is here, the weeds certainly are growing- always seeming to grow better and quicker than the plants you would rather grew on and shot up! Lush, bright green, young stinging nettles thick along the bottom of hedges and their roots braiding in between bricks in walls, Celandines and Buttercups amongst the grass in the meadows. Of course, we want the grass to grow thickly as it approaches its prime richness and the fields will have had their fertilizer and been rolled to encourage the plants, as now we are getting into silaging time(we can’t do either on our old pasture, as we are in a conservation scheme). Of course, with the work and inputs that go into silage- making, it means that it isn’t free and has a cost value and that means that it is in farmers interests to get the best quality silage we can- as this is our livestocks winter feed. Silage clamps have to be repaired and prepared for the new crop- they have to be clean and dry and any existing silage kept away from the new. Grass should be 20-30% dry matter and the more oxygen kept out, the better the end product and it should be kept away from vermin, wind, birds and UV light, as all this reduces the nutrition and quality of the silage that we feed. Our cattle and sheep are in the fields now and that means there is lots more dung too! But, of course, dung pats are a tasty treat for the insects that live there and Dung flies will gather in swarms around the cow pats. Their eggs are laid in the dung and the resulting larva feed on the cow pat and help to break it down. Still makes it yucky when you inadvertently tread in one! Our young sheepdog, Ted, has had lots of disciplined training recently, as he has been used to fetch in the in-lamb ewes at night and has had to learn to be quiet and contained, so as not to upset them and also to keep his distance if there are lambs with them, as the ewe will attempt to drive him away if he gets too close. Our cows will be calving and, as we have six footpaths across our fields, there isn’t anywhere out of the way for them to go. If you are out walking, particularly with dogs, please keep your distance, but if threatened, let your dog off the lead (it can run quicker than you), but cattle and sheep aren’t pets and will try to protect their young. Equally, there has been an increase in sheep worrying and sheep will panic if chased by a dog, which causes distress or even death. We live in a beautiful countryside, but it is a working countryside and, with a little co- operation, we can ensure everyone can enjoy it! Angela Sargent and follow us on twitter (@bythebarn)and facebook(baldfields farm) too! 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. When it’s all about talent but never a talent contest We need you. The Uttoxeter Beer and Cider Festival at Oldfields Sports and Social Club is upon us. And on Friday June 10th from 7.30pm we have an open mic night in the festival marquee. We need your support because 380 men came for free prostate cancer tests at the racecourse last month. The results suggest up to twenty lives may have been saved, but at £15 a head for the tests that’s a lot to pay out. Donations on that evening came to more than £1,600, which is incredibly generous. Thanks to those who contributed, but it still leaves a big shortfall, to be met from the proceeds of the beer festival. Do the math, as they say. So your support at the beer festival would be great. It’s £7.50 a ticket. And that ticket will get you into the open mic night too. Or you can pay £2.50 for just the Friday evening. There’s a third option which is the best of all and that is to turn up on the Friday and play or sing - and admission is free. If you’re new to the phenomenon of the open mic, where have you been? There are so many that you couldn’t avoid them unless you’re a teetotal hermit. But ours is different. We are in a large marquee, so we are confident in claiming that it is the biggest open mic night in Staffordshire. If the number of people who came to last year’s had been at any of the regular nights in local pubs, the room would have been packed, they would have been spilling out of the doors and the chances of performing might have been quite remote. Book now to avoid disappointment I’m confident that we can accommodate anybody who comes along to play. If you want to book a particular timeslot, then just give me a call on 07974 168818, but I promise I’ll fit you in whenever you turn up. We start at 7.30pm. We have solo performers, duos and trios, male and female vocalists, instrumentalists, the young and the old, semi-pros and rank amateurs all lined up, but there’s always room for more. Some will be astonishing and brilliant; others will be less impressive, and some will make mistakes. One thing is guaranteed: nobody will be judged. It’s not a talent contest. If I say Uttoxeter’s Got Talent it’s a statement of fact, not an excuse for a local imitation of Simon Cowell or David Walliams to criticise people doing their best. Everyone gets the chance to play two or three songs, deliver a poem or tell a few jokes – and sometimes all of these. We’ll probably finish with some sort of impromptu jam session, which you can join in or ignore – it’s up to you. More and more beer and Moore and Moore Beer At Saturday’s Beer Festival, we have more than thirty beers and ciders and some top entertainment lined up; some of it familiar, some of it new. I guarantee a good time. Among the favourites at the open mic last year were Moore and Moore Beer, who sing and play popular songs with a mix of guitar, saxophone and harmonica. They’re also keen fund-raisers. They host the charity bandstand busks at the Mercia Marina just down the A50 and last year donated more than £500 for the free prostate cancer screening at Uttoxeter racecourse, the cause supported by the beer festival. The Marina busking sessions this year are in aid of a project for traumatised children and young people from across Staffordshire and Derbyshire. Based in Osmaston, Nature and Nurture uses novel approaches like animal therapy for kids with problems ranging from bereavement to sexual abuse. So the causes we support may be deadly serious, but there’s fun to be had on the way, like that provided by the Trent Vale Poet. His performance combines references to Bruce Forsyth, snooker’s Steve Davis and “a tribute act to the legendary Jilted John” - a master of surreal comedy. Watch out! Moore and Moore Beer, popular performers and charity fund-raisers.
  34. 34. 37Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Let The Voice Be With You by Les Humphries of Rocester T he Government have already done more U turns than a driving instructor? If they had got around the table with the Junior Doctors in the first place, rather than making contingency plans, they could have avoided the strikes. They tried to force the Schools to become Academies which they have now backed away from, but have still managed to upset parents over foisting needless exams on young children, and now they are even tampering with the good old BBC! On a lighter, and happier note I attended Uttoxeter Rugby Football Clubs Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Uttoxeter Town Hall, for the usual boisterous night of fun. But unlike the ‘old days’ when it used to be a men only event, although we have still retained the Dinner Jackets, ladies are now welcome to come along also, so it gives the wives and girlfriends a chance to dress up in their finery, although I’m sure they must find the speeches a mite boring! As one of the ‘Old F***s’ present, It was nice to see so many young faces around. Hopefully they will stay with the club next season after winning the League to gain promotion back into Midlands 3 West North. Unfortunately Uttoxeter failed to do the ‘double’ by winning the Owen Cup when they were beaten by Rugeley in the Final. The match ended at 21 points all after extra time, but the town lost in a sudden death goal kicking dual. Rugeley didn’t miss, Uttoxeter did! Rob Scragg who was a former coach and player for the Town was lured out of retirement during the season to help out, and made his farewell appearance in the match at the age of 47. Back to the Awards Night the Players voted Adam Springall as their Player of the Year, he also won the top try scorers award. The Captains Player of the Year was Adam Tortoiseshell. Second Team Player of the Year was Ben Gallimore, Best Young Player was Jake Cabrera, and Most Improved Player Ant Davies. The Clubman of the Year was shared between two of the Junior Section Coaches, Ian Middleton and Kevin Dunn - may they long continue the good work, but they could do with more help. I have only covered the event briefly, because it will most likely have fuller coverage elsewhere in this edition. In the face of interference by the powers that be, BBC still continue to turn out some great tele, with plays like the award winning Wolf Hall, the brilliant Night Manager and Line of Duty. ITV seem to be obsessed at the present time with Ant & Dec who dominate Saturdays and even Sundays in their schedules. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here finished, only to be replaced by Ant & Decs Saturday Night Takeaway then replaced in the Saturday slot by Britains Got Talent with Ant & Dec again. They even presented Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Celebration, come on ITV let’s have some fresh blood! A lot of forthcoming events this Summer in our area. The Denstone Players will have held their AGM when this Edition goes to press, following record attendances for their Pantomime Cinderella in February. Their next show will be Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit which takes place as always in Denstone Village Hall on the Thursday 7th, Friday 8th, and Saturday 9th of July, and will be Directed by Marge Stanley. St. Michael’s Church Rocester meanwhile continue their Summer Events on June the 12th to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday, Following the 10:15 Church Service is a ‘Bring a plate to shove’ celebration, there will be games, music, and lots of fun for all the family. The following Saturday June the 18th is the Summer Fete which is always a popular event. Unfortunately this is the same day as the JCB Mud Run which I am helping to marshall. Moving on to July - Saturday and Sunday (9th & 10th) St. Michaels will be celebrating Gods Gifts of Creativity and Talents. There will be ‘Have a go’ sessions, demonstrations and things to look at and purchase all week end plus refreshments, finishing with a Songs of Praise at 4pm on Sunday, and entrance is free. We are looking for local skills which people would like to share with others For further information ring Susan on 01889 590617. Hope there is something to fire your imagination, see you next time T T F N Les.... Jack’s nostalgic thoughts... by Jack Hayhurst, of Alton Former Painsley High School Woodwork Teacher Alton Meals on Wheels 40 Years Ago I t may be more than 40 years ago when a group of ladies got together in Alton to provide a hot meal for anyone in the village that needed a bit of help. I think the first organiser was Margaret Forster. When she left the village Mona Shaw took over and when she retired Sue Green took it on. At first the meals were cooked in Dorothy Brereton’s kitchen where there were two cookers. Later on the ladies worked in their own kitchens at home. Among the cooks were Annie Faulkner (who usually did roast chicken) helped by Mrs Bannister; Madge Wrightson; Jean Lea (who did liver & onions and the pud); Maxine Rowlinson (did puds and was the drop-off centre for the HotLock from Cheadle); Judy Hayhurst (who was proud of her Christmas dinner one year); Margaret Alcock did puds. From now on, I know that the following people helped but do not know whether they cooked or delivered: Alison Shaw, Mrs Roberts, Mrs Saint, Lilian Ball, Gwen Henson, Mona Taylor, Elizabeth Marshall, and probably other lovely people whose omission is down to my poor memory. Meals were once a week and the cooks rotated every four weeks; there were about 12 customers at first. In the morning the HotLock was delivered to the cook. The first job was to fire up a tray of charcoal which, when it was red hot, went in the bottom of the HotLock. The Hotlock was a large aluminium box, and by lunchtime it really was hot. Local meat came from Hopkinsons’ and seasonable vegetables came from Hictons’ nursery. It was all home cooking. A rota of ladies did the delivery. There were the inevitable stories, like the day the custard jug got muddled with the gravy; Alison Shaw got bitten by Miss Wilson’s dog in Headlwand Way. Sue Green had a struggle through the snow to a cottage across the fields down Nabb Lane... etc. In spite of the meals being really nice, regulations and red tape took over and the meals had to be made in Cheadle by the two cooks at Lightwood Home. The meals were OK. Then it was decreed that chilled meals would be bought- in from Ashton-in- Makerfield and just heated-up in Cheadle, firstly at Lightwood and then at the High School kitchen. There was still a rota of volunteers organised by the WRVS to deliver. The Cheadle round was usually over 30 people. People that amused us included two brothers in Queen Street. You could tell that they didn’t cook; they kept coal piled round the cooker. You could hardly see across the room; they liked a big pipe of baccy. One day we went and Mr Warren said he only needed one dinner, his brother had gone into Lightwood Home. “Oh. I’m sorry to hear that”, I said. “I’m not” he replied! One gentleman up Ashbourne Road was obviously agitated when he angrily yanked his door open to us one day....”I told them on Tuesday: no dinner Thursday”. What amused us was that he was stark naked. Mr George Bernard Shaw really liked rice pudding, but it was never on the menu; one day we broke the rules and took him a tin of Ambrosia. Calling on his neighbour I asked what music he was playing on tape...” Proper music that is. New Melody Band ; I played the drums”. Many Cheadle people had danced the night away to their music in the Guild Hall. Miss Thorley in Queen Street offered us apples from her orchard, but we hadn’t time to pick any. She had a roaring fire in the old range but still had cold hands so she had a row of big pebbles that she warmed in the oven and held in her apron. A gentleman at Town End always loaded us up with sweets when we went. And so forth... These things were all rather nice but sadly the meals went down from home-cooking to institutional grub that would keep you alive but not cheer you. And then the professionals took over and the WRVS system was stood-down. You can now get a stock of frozen meals and microwave them. Sensible really!
  35. 35. Karen’s Cake Corner by Karen Hill Chocolate Malteser Cake I t was my daughter’s boyfriend’s 18th birthday last month and she wanted me to make him a chocolate cake to incorporate Maltesers which he loves. I have been making this cake for years and is always very popular. The icing has a lovely maltiness, and I always try and fit as many Maltesers as possible on the top! For the cake you will need:- 150g soft light brown sugar 100g caster sugar 3 eggs 175ml milk 15g butter 2 tbsp Horlicks 175g plain four 25g cocoa 1 tsp baking powder Half a tsp bicarbonate of soda For the Icing:- 250g Icing sugar 1 tsp cocoa 45g Horlicks 125g unsalted butter 2 tbsp boiling water At least 2 packets of Maltesers for decoration! Preheat your oven to 160C. Grease and line two 20cm cake tins with greaseproof paper. Whisk together the sugar and eggs until light and frothy. Next heat the milk, butter and Horlicks in a small saucepan until the butter melts, but not boiling. Add the milk mixture to the sugar and eggs and mix thoroughly. Fold in the sieved flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Divide the cake mixture evenly between the two tins and bake in the centre of the oven for approximately 25 minutes or until the cake springs back when pressed gently. Let the cakes cool and then turn out onto wire rack. Put the icing sugar, cocoa and Horlicks into your food processor and give it a quick blitz to remove any lumps, or alternatively sieve. Add the butter and whilst this is mixing, slowly add the boiling water and mix until you have a smooth buttercream. When the cakes are cold, sandwich the sponges together with half the buttercream, spreading the other half on top. I the put as many Maltesers as I can on top of the buttercream without them rolling off! I used to make this cake when I had children visiting, but I found it was even more popular with the mums! 38 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 Music To My Ears M usic is brain food for babies. It plays a huge role in both the intellectual and physical development of all of us. Babies can hear sounds in the womb and will recognise familiar sounds after birth too. Hearing these familiar sounds can help baby to settle into the brand new world they have arrived in, white noise that comes from your vacuum or washing machine can be settling for babies too as it sounds very similar to the swooshing sounds they heard when they were in the womb. The music you introduce to your baby can also have a big influence on their mood and well-being. Classical music for example can help to soothe and calm a stressful baby, some studies have looked into the influence of classical music on babies and if it can make them smarter, this has yet to be proven however if it helps your baby to relax and in turn sleep more soundly then its definitely worth downloading some Mozart onto your iPod. Along with soft instrumental music, babies will also be settled by familiar lullabies especially ones sung by a parent or someone close to them. The sound of a familiar rhythmic voice can be just what a baby needs to hear when settling off to sleep, go ahead sing to your baby, it doesn’t matter what your voice sounds like your baby will love it. Music can also have a stimulating effect on babies, music with a faster tempo can help your baby to concentrate on the rhythm and studies have shown this can help with listening skills too. This ‘upbeat’ music can also provide a great opportunity to dance with your baby, don’t be shy its lots of fun and your baby will love to be held into your body and move with you to the music, the rhythm of your heartbeat will also provide a wonderful experience. During the first year, babies can learn to make their own music and by giving them instruments to play can not only help concentration it can also improve hand-eye co-ordination and improve their sense of expression. When babies learn to grasp objects, a musical instrument can be a great toy for a baby to explore. At three months a baby will be able to hold a shaker or a bell, and as they grow and learn to move it for themselves they will be able to make their own music. As babies grow and hand- eye co-ordination improves a wooden spoon and washing up bowl or baking tin can provide hours of fun when used as a homemade drum. In classes every week we provide lots of different music, from the original Baby Sensory songs we use, to the traditional nursery rhymes we sing, and to the classical background music we use to create a baby friendly atmosphere it all helps to give our babies a wonderful sensory experience.
  36. 36. 39Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. 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. Alabama Rot I’m sure we’ve all heard of Alabama rot - even if not by name. It’s the mysterious disease causing dogs in certain parts of the country to become seriously ill and even die, and it strikes fear into the hearts of dog owners everywhere. But what exactly is Alabama rot, how do we recognise it and can we prevent it? What is Alabama rot? It’s a good question. The full, technical name for this disease is ‘cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy’ (CRGV for short), which basically translates as a disease of blood vessels in the skin and kidneys. Originally identified in greyhounds in the 1980s, the name ‘Alabama rot’ stuck because the first cases were recorded in Alabama in the USA. It’s always been rare, but in 2012 cases started popping up in the UK and to date there have been around 60 confirmed cases on this side of the pond. Frustratingly, the precise cause of Alabama rot remains elusive - but it’s often suspected to be a toxin produced by a rare form of E. coli bacteria. Fungal infections, viruses and other toxins have all also been considered, and as research continues we may well find that more theories come to light in the future. Symptoms of Alabama rot As mentioned previously, Alabama rot is a disease of blood vessels - specifically those in the skin and kidneys. Therefore the signs reflect a problem in these parts of the body. In all cases reported so far, dogs have skin lesions that appear as open sores and sometimes ooze. The majority are found on the legs, but the muzzle and tongue are also affected in some dogs. The sores are often painful, and may cause lameness if they affect the feet. A few days after the skin sores appear, the dog’s kidneys fail. The signs of acute kidney failure are quite vague - lethargy, reduced appetite, increased thirst and/or vomiting - and also occur commonly with a range of other diseases. Most dogs with Alabama rot also run a fever, which is again a pretty non-specific symptom. It’s not known how long after going for a walk the signs of illness will develop. It’s thought that most cases develop within a week, but some may take a month but others only a few days. Which dogs are at risk? To date, Alabama rot has been reported all over the UK. While early cases were confined to the New Forest on the south coast, there have now been reported cases as far north as Yorkshire. In the North West and Midlands, dogs have been treated for Alabama rot near Macclesfield and after walking in Delamere Forest, Cheshire. One dog sadly died before last Christmas having walked at Dimmingsdale, near Alton, but it’s not certain that the dog contracted the disease there because they had also walked in other parts of the country. The condition seems to have a seasonal pattern, with most cases seen through winter and spring rather than over the summer and autumn. In the US, where the disease was originally reported, virtually all cases involved greyhounds. In the UK, however, a variety of breeds have been affected including Springer spaniels, collies, Jack Russells, Labradors, Staffies and crossbreeds; in short, it doesn’t appear that any one breed is at increased risk. What to do if you suspect your dog has Alabama rot It’s important to remember that vets see dozens of dogs with sore skin every week, and that virtually none of these are Alabama rot. Skin infections, wounds, insect bites, yeast infections, allergies and parasites commonly cause skin problems and these are rarely serious. However, it should be said that if you have any concerns about a strange lesion that has appeared on your dog, it is best to seek veterinary attention as soon as possible. Symptoms of acute kidney failure are, as discussed above, vague and can be equally explained by a myriad of other conditions. Again, if your dog appears unwell - and especially if they are suddenly drinking more than usual - contact your vet for advice as soon as possible. There is currently no specific treatment for Alabama rot. Affected dogs must be managed with supportive care as for any case of acute kidney disease, with hospitalisation for intravenous fluids and correction of electrolyte abnormalities.Treatment is highly intensive and likely to be costly. Vets are advised to consult with a specialist in suspected cases. Sadly, current figures suggest that around 9 in 10 dogs with Alabama rot don’t survive despite treatment. How to avoid Alabama rot Obviously, until we know for certain what causes Alabama rot, it makes it very difficult to reliably prevent it. While walking in woods and forests during winter and spring seems to be a risk factor, it should be remembered that thousands of dogs all over the UK do this every day and that only around 60 confirmed cases have ever been confirmed in this country: it’s very rare. There are currently no specific recommendations to avoid walking anywhere in particular, but the Forestry Commission has advised owners to be aware of what their dogs are doing on walks and prevent them from chewing or eating anything they find. Currently, the best way to tackle Alabama rot is to check your dog daily for skin sores and see your vet promptly if you have any concerns. Always seek advice from your vet if you are in any doubt. Talking Pets by Shoshannah McCarthy BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS Pictures of skin lesions in dogs with Alabama Rot - published by Holm et al in the Veterinary Record, 2015. My Monthly Musings by Cecily Cowans of Cheadle S o here we are in the ‘…merry, merry month of May…’ May is a merry month, a happy month. There are two long weekends for us to enjoy and a week off school for our youngsters. We often enjoy better weather and the blossom on the trees is a delight. Unless you suffer from hay fever. I’ve loved this month since my daughter was born on the fifth day of the month, twenty-five years ago. How those years have flown! Did you miss me last month? Did any of you think that I didn’t muse on the month of April because my prophecy of Wales winning the Six Nations championship did not come true? Maybe I need to confess that I spent April consuming huge quantities of humble pie… or maybe leek pie. Although my confidence in Wales’ abilities did not come to fruition, I firmly believe that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. I was never a fan of Margaret Thatcher. This may offend some of you but I also believe that we are all entitled to express our political opinions. One of Mrs. Thatcher’s proclamations that resounded with me at the time was her declaration, on the steps of Number 10, that: ‘We are a Grandmother.’ She was greatly ridiculed at the time as she seemed to be channelling the ‘We are not amused’ statement of the former longest reigning Queen of our shores. On reflection, and particularly due to a recent event in my life, maybe our first (and only, to date) female Prime Minister was overcome with emotion and, without the prop of a readily prepared script, did not know how to express these new emotions. The delight of welcoming a grandchild, a grandson, another generation of the family and one to carry on the family name. I now have something in common with Mrs, T. We, too, are a Grandmother, or rather a Nana. The next generation of our family is here. This is my reason for not having mused in April, I was far too busy cooing over the baby and over the many lovely clothes, books and toys that are available. I am now back on track. See you in June!
  37. 37. 40 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Ginny’s Community Corner by Ginny Gibson of Uttoxeter H ave you ever asked yourself, in 2016, what can you buy for 5p? A plastic bag from the supermarket, maybe a chewy sweet or how about becoming a member, in a co-operative society, which allows you to gain the right to sell goods, you have made, at Country Markets all over the UK? That’s right, there is a local co-operative working in Uttoxeter, Leek Moorlands, Stone, Lichfield, Stafford, Tamworth, Derby that is called the Country Markets, it is linked to the national co- operative of course, and for 5p, you become a shareholder, which gives you a share in the co-operative, that allows you to sell your home made produces to the public. That small amount of money will open a world to you that will allow you to sell or show case the skills and talents that you have, while encouraging the public to discover the diversity of local produce. In Uttoxeter , the Country Market, which is open on Wednesday mornings from 8-12 in Wilfred House, Cater Street, ST14 8EY (nearly opposite the White Hart Hotel, and next door to St John Ambulance building), has 11 co-operative members who sell a range of home-made Jams, Pickles, Chutneys, Cakes, Pastries, Puddings, Savoury Pies, Gluten Free and Vegetarian items (made to order), Stained glass Sun Catchers, Jewellery, Cards, Vegetables (that are in season), Plants and flowers plus a Café too. Oh and if you want a hamper or cake for a special occasion, then these are available to order. So how does it work? Jean Gallimore explained it to me. Firstly you become a member for your 5p share, then you make your produce – Jean makes incredible cakes for her stall and she comes along every Wednesday at 7.30am and sets out her cakes and you and I can buy from her and the money from her sales goes to the Co-operative. At the end of the month she gets paid for her sales, minus a small commission to cover the running costs and insurance. Other co-operative members, Margaret and Helen also make cakes, so you have a huge range to choose from, what heaven! The only rules are that whatever you sell on your stall is home grown, home-made, hand crafted by you. They do not buy in goods for resale nor do they provide stalls to third parties. But you can be assured that all the goods are of high quality, as they have a guidelines booklet to follow, which ensures that everything is produced to exacting standards. The members that I met on the day I visited were; Jean Gallimore, Wendy Dyche, Adam Dyche, Bernice Triccas and Christal Walker were really proud of the fact they were local people producing local foods and items to sell locally. What I was impressed by when I walked up the corridor to the market in Wilfred House was the smell of bacon cooking and fresh coffee. They have a café where you can get bacon and eggs and a coffee or tea at 8am, while shopping at the stalls. The stalls on the day I visited had a huge array of jams, chutneys and lemon curd, my favourite. Then Cakes and Pies next to that, while Tomato plants were nestled in the corner near to the wonderful home-made cards, and a fantastic jumper was on display, next to a lovely smocked dress for a child. Jean explained that if you want a jumper knitting then that can be done, if you have a favourite cake or a special occasion, then an order can be taken and if you love lemon curd, like me, and want to stock up then place the order too or just buy all the pots that are on the stall that day!!! All the vegetables and plants are seasonal, like it used to be, before supermarkets made everything available all the time. Not that I mind supermarkets, but I do miss the days when you looked in the vegetable basket and knew which month of the year it was, but then I am old fashioned and the world has moved on. Enough of me and my by gone day musings. The facts behind the Country Markets are very interesting, they were set up in 1919, when the WI were invited by the predecessor of Defra to set up co-operative markets to sell surplus products. The first WI produce market opened in Lewes, Sussex using the principle that to become a producer and gain the right to sell goods at the market, you must become a shareholder in the society, be over 16 and pay a shilling (5p). By 1932 the WI markets were grouped into societies for ease of administration and to formalise market procedures. Then in 1975 the Staffordshire WI Market Society was formed. By 2004 Country Markets was established and the WI was dropped from the name. Presently, Country Markets co-operative have 50 participating regions and 300 individual markets in the UK. So our market in Uttoxeter is part of a huge network of women and men making local things and selling them to local people. The Country Markets co-operative nationally has been part of the “Making Local Food Work Project” for years and it tries to focus on community enterprise as a solution to local food needs; its aim is to reconnect consumers to the land by increasing access to fresh, healthy local food. One benefit of being part of this huge network is that if you want to send a home-made gift to a friend that lives miles away, then you place the order in our market and the local market near to your friend delivers it. Jean Gallimore explained that if I wanted my Mum to get a hamper for Christmas or her birthday, then I place the order in Uttoxeter and the local Country Market nearest to my Mum in Kent, will make up the hamper and deliver it. How about that for service and great networking too. So really, you have two ways to support this market, you can go along on a Wednesday between 8 – 12pm and buy from the stalls that are available on the day or place an order and collect it. Or you can become a shareholder for 5p and sell the things that you have been making and just didn’t know how to get noticed by the general public, just contact the Country Markets. uttoxeter.asp Telephone number 01889 563039 Facebook - Uttoxeter Country Market Country Market share holders • The Casserole Club 0300 111 8006 Casserole-Club/Casserole-Club.aspx • Uttoxeter and Burton Talking News 01889 565522 • Fitness League 01332 513 141 – • North Staffordshire Railway Study Group • Approach 01782 214999 - • National Garden Scheme 01889 563930 – • Goldies 01889 562269 – • Mum Art Makers • Youth Emotional Support Services 01889 567756 – • Stramshall Indoor Bowls Club 01889 569860 • Cheadle Animal Welfare • Staffordshire Wildlife Trust 01889 880100 - Local Community Groups Ginny’s Local Community Groups already featured in The Voice are listed below - why not email and ask Ginny to write a feature on your club or group?
  38. 38. 41Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 0776 784 6937. Povey’s People By Radio Stoke’s Owd Grandad Piggott ‘Ast erd o’ this hydrogen collider thing?’ Club Paper Jack asked the question one night in Tummy Dawkins’s pub. ‘Eh??’ queried Owd Grandad Piggott looking at him blankly. ‘Thee’n made this machane. It’s undergrind someweer in th’ French Alps an’ thee cow it an hydrogen collider’ elaborated Club Paper Jack.‘Its a greet lung peyce o’ pipe as joins up an’ thee put an isostope in one end an’ one in th’other an’ send ‘em off so’s thee’l collide in th’middle an’ thee’l goo off with such a bang as it’ll create a black ‘ole... some reckon as it could destroy the world...’ ‘What’s that got do with uzz??’ said Owd Grandad Piggott disdainfully. ‘Dussner see?... said Club Paper Jack enthusiastically. ‘If way made one – a little ‘un an’ set it off in some drainpipe dine the back alley, it ud goo off back o’ Tummy Dawkins’s pub, meck a black ‘ole an’ suck ow the money ite o’ Tummy Dawkins’s till...’ cause that’s what black ‘oles do – thee suck stuff into ‘em...’ ‘If what they’t on abite’s rate, what’re we waitin’ fer then? Let’s get bloody crackin’..., said Owd Grandad Piggott, pound signs rolling around his eyeballs like the cylinders of a one armed bandit. It started the next morning. Daft Gullickson from the next street had a ricketty old van and the three of them visited Scrappy Watson’s yard in Lockett’s Lane and loaded it to the gunnels with old cast iron drainspout. They dropped it off by Owd Grandad Piggott’s back gate and went off in search of old batteries. They gathered ten from various sources, then found three dolly tubs, an old copper boiler, three empty oil drums, some rope then added it all to the rapidly growing pile which was threatening to block the back alley. I caught Owd Grandad Piggott knocking seven bells out of the copper boiler with a large hammer trying to knock the end of a pipe off it. ‘Oi you old ratbag’, I yelled ‘What the hell’s goin’ on?’ Owd Grandad Piggott jumped, spat in the grid and turned to me. ‘Bugger off!’, he shouted, ‘This’s got nowt do with they!’ ‘Nobody can get down the backs!.. You’re turning this neighbourhood into a scrapyard...’, I fumed.‘You’re nothing but a filthy old weapon. I’m ringing the police about this... you’ve nicked it from somewhere!’. ‘Ar anna!’, he shouted. ‘Ar’ve towd they - bugger off!! Mind thee own business’. I saw his missus in Hilda Aspinall’s shop and she was in floods of tears. ‘Whatever’s he doing?’. I asked her. ‘What’s he doin?, she sobbed. ‘He’s drivin’ may daft, that’s what ay’s doin’... ah conner stand much more on it... Lizzzie Lockett’s ‘avin’ a blue fit next door... ‘er an’ Perce conner get through their own back gate!’ The mayhem in the backs was nothing compared to what was to come. Later that day, Daft Gullickson and Club Paper Jack turned up with an angle grinder and proceeded to make a horrendous noise and create a dense fog of dust as they carved the drainpipe into sections and started handballing it along the backs. There were bumps, bangs and crashes as they spaced the oil drums at intervals, and booms and curses as they struggled to manhandle the copper boiler into Owd Grandad Piggott’s coalhouse. There was a stream of atrocious language as Gullickson cut his thumb and nearly murder done when Lizzie Lockett came out and went for Owd Grandad Piggott with a brush stale. He howled loudly when the brush stale connected with his ear. ‘Look at me washin’, yelled Lizzie...’ covered in dust... I’ll have the police on to you - and you two gormless bloody idiots...’ then she turned on me ‘What’re you gorpin’ at??’ and she brandished the stale. ‘Hey, ‘I’m on your side’, I shouted, dodging the swipe. Lizzie Lockett wasn’t very big but she was quite dangerous when roused. Eventually, they decided that it was all in place and their invention was ready to be tested. The back alley looked like a war zone. Perce Lockett had managed to subdue Lizzie and had taken her inside. A long length of drainpipe had been cobbled together and ran down the length of the back alley, round the corner, past the rear of Tummy Dawkins’s pub and an ‘x’ chalked on it where the isotopes were planned to meet and create the black hole. It then did a ‘U-turn and came back to the copper boiler where Tummy Dawkins’s takings were to land and another bit of pipe fastened to the end to complete the circuit. ‘That’s it!’ said Club Paper Jack, the brains of the operation.‘Wale fire it up on Sat’dee nate at afe past ten when when th’ till ull bay full an’ wale bay rich!! They couldn’t wait for Saturday to come and arranged to meet in Owd Grandad Piggott’s coalhouse at nine thirty at night. ‘Hey’, said Club Paper Jack suddenly. ‘Way’ve got get some isostopes. Way anna got none an’ it wunner work withite them. ‘Weer d’yer get isostopes from?’ queried Gullickson. The other two looked blank. ‘Thee’re in medicine anna thee?’, ventured Club Paper Jack. ‘Ar’ve got some openin’ medicine’, said Owd Grandad Piggott. ‘That’ll do’, said Gullickson who rivalled Club Paper Jack in the brains department.‘As long as it’s medicine, it’ll ‘ave isostopes in it. So on the Saturday night, they all met in Owd Grandad Piggott’s coalhouse and tipped a good dollop of opening medicine down each end of the pipe and held their breath. Nothing happened. ‘It needs a catalizer!’ said Gullickson. ‘What’s that?’ said Owd Grandad Piggott ‘Summatt as ull mack it goo off’, said Gullickson... listen, ar’ve got a firework as was left over f’m last bonfar nate... ar’ll goo an’ gerrit an’ wale stuff that dine it!’ So Gullickson went to get the firework which turned out to be an ‘air bomb’ and when half past ten came, they lit it and dropped it into the drainpipe. The air bomb fizzed and spat, then with a ‘dunt’ shot a blazing projectile along the pipe where it exploded with a thunderous report by Gummy Webster’s back gate. Gummy Webster was sitting on the outside khazi two yards away when it blew out the side of the pipe and nearly gave Gummy a heart attack. Ten minutes later, the three instigators of the horrendous explosion hid silently in Owd Grandad Piggott’s coalhouse as a dozen people charged up and down the back alley trying to ascertain what had happened. Needless to say, Tummy Dawkins’s takings didn’t transfer to the copper boiler and Gummy Webster sat moaning quietly on the khazi promising himself that never again would he touch any gorgonzola cheese from Whalley Wembley’s. 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: Hadron Collider Daft Gullickson and Club Paper Jack turned up with an angle grinder and proceeded to make a horrendous noise and create a dense fog of dust... Owd Grandad Piggott Go to the new website 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 Long- ton in 1977 and sold over 6,000 copies in North Staffordshire inside 6 months.