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Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice Issue 65


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Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice Issue 65

  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 65
  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 07733 466 970. HOW TO GET IN TOUCH I have seen many new small businesses starting up in our community lately which is extremely encouraging for our local economy. It’s great because these exciting projects are created by entrepreneurs who strive to establish successful businesses which in turn can provide employment for local people. I was very pleased to be informed recently that Uttoxeter’s legendary and best known entrepreneur Mr Joseph Cyril Bamford (Mr JCB) was honoured by his company on the unveiling of a specially commissioned bronze bust on the centenary of his birth, June 21st, 1916. Sometimes it is hard to believe what Mr JCB actually achieved in his life! Apparently as a child his playtime was spent building cars and boats which obviously was an early sign of an inventive flair which started his path onto becoming an engineering genius. He founded his company in 1945 in a lock-up garage in Uttoxeter and when he retired in 1975 JCB were turning over more than £43 million a year! Mr Bamford’s son Anthony took over the business and powered it to a worldwide status which I am sure his father would have been so proud of. These days major films are being made of British people who have done good - Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is an extraordinary story of a non-league footballer who day-in day-out strove to achieve success on the highest stage in soccer and made it, winning the Premier League this season with Leicester City and playing for his country. But surely a chap building a worldwide business empire from a lock-up garage in Uttoxeter would be a tremendous film success? But which actor would be chosen to play our greatest local entrepreneur Mr Joseph Cyril Bamford? Who do you think..... I hope you enjoy reading this issue of The Voice colour magazine Nigel Titterton, Editor & Publisher Dear Reader, Publisher and Editor: Nigel Titterton The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice is published by Community Voice Publications Ltd Telephone 01538 751629 e-mail 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 ADVERTISEMENT SALES AND EDITORIAL Tel: 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 Email: NEXT ISSUE The next Voice will be distributed from August 26th 2016 News Deadline: August 16th 2016 Advertising Deadline: August 18th 2016 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 NEW FOR 2016 We have increased distribution to a massive 15,000 quality Voice Magazines! 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.
  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. Karndean & Amtico flooring at great prices New Kitchen & Bedroom Ranges Up to 40% off Uttoxeter Tile and Bathroom Ltd 7 The Square, Market Place, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8HN Tel: 01889 560111 Mob: 07929 201128 Email: Open: Monday 8-3pm; Tuesday to Friday 8-5pm; Saturday 8-2pm; Sunday appointment only. Great Offers on tiles and suites • Very competitive prices • Open to trade and public While stocks last. Terms & conditions apply. We can offer supply only on bathrooms, kitchens and tiles (the largest choice available in the area) or we can fully project manage supply and fit on the above, free of charge no obligation site survey with expert advice on goods to suit your needs and requirements using the space available. I t was bon voyage again as Windsor Park Middle School, Uttoxeter, made its annual Year 8 trip to Paris for a week in May with 45 Year 8s accompanied by 4 members of staff. There had been extra preparation, consideration and consultation following the November attacks in Paris but the local authority, travel company and Foreign Office all deemed it safe for us to travel. Thankfully nobody missed out on the opportunity and experiences that the trip offers Windsor Park students. Chateau de Grande Romaine, on the outskirts of Paris, gave them the perfect base for visiting the wonderful sights of Paris as well as experiencing a French theme park, Parc Astérix. The weather was extremely kind for a jam-packed week, which included climbing the steps of the Eiffel Tower, climbing to the top of l’Arc de Triomphe for a 360 degree view of Paris, visiting the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa and glass pyramid, visiting Notre Dame cathedral with a chance to use their French buying souvenirs and snacks nearby and seeing Sacré Coeur deep in the heart of the artists’ district where many students had their portraits and caricatures sketched. On one of the days the students visited Parc Astérix, a French theme park – deliberately chosen to maximise their exposure to French culture – which was enjoyed by all. Each day was rounded off with evening entertainments and access to the Chateau’s swimming pool. Students used their French language skills and attempted communication at every opportunity – from buying a drink at a French service station to ordering a crêpe in Paris, asking (and receiving!) the correct flavour of ice cream and expressing their opinions on the ‘escargots’ they tasted. The whole trip was rewarding for students and hopefully gives them a school trip to remember as they move on to Thomas Alleyne’s. Windsor Park Year 8 Paris Trip
  5. 5. 5Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Foot and Toe Nail Treatments Home Visits from £27, Clinic £24 • Toe Nail Cutting • Hard Skin and Corn Removal • Fungal Infected and Thickened Nail Reduction • Cracked Heels andVerruca Treatment. A general all over foot maintenance Dawn Colclough MAFHP, MCFHP Fully Qualified, Registered & Insured. A member of The British Association of Foot Health Professionals Trained at The SMAE Institute Clinic at Sycamore House,West Hill, off Balance Hill, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8BN Tel: 01889 564592 Mobile: 07794 344 235 Home visits and clinic appointments available Areas covered: Uttoxeter,Ashbourne, Marchington,Abbots Bromley, Kingstone, Cheadle, Rocester, Denstone and others. Dove Foot Health Care NOW MOVED TO UTTOXETER Everyone lovesTheVoice YOUR LOCAL ELECTRICAL Superhero IS HERE TO HELP! SUMMER DEALS LOOKING FOR ... Hylands Ltd 66 High Street, Stone, Near Stafford, ST15 8AU Tel: 01785 812019 71-73 Weston Road, Meir, Stoke-On-Trent, ST3 6AJ Tel: 01782 319402 24 The Strand, Longton, Stoke-On-Trent, ST3 2JH Tel: 01782 342609 /HylandsTV/Hylands-Limited Defibrillator campaign W aitrose have come to Trinity Road, Uttoxeter and want to give something back to the Town. Their employees (partners) are raising money throughout July to buy a Defibrillator for residents of Uttoxeter to use to save lives. It will be located in the Waitrose Car Park, so that if you are with someone who is having a heart attack and dial 999 anywhere in Uttoxeter, the operator will know to guide you to the defibrillator unit that could ultimately save the persons’ life. Carol Edmond of Waitrose explained, “At Waitrose, each year we have Partners Month, where we the employees(partners) choose a good cause that will help the community we are part of, this year as we are new to the Town, so all of the employees will be raising money for the Defibrillator.” The cost of the unit from AED Donate ( is approximately £2,000 and to raise this amount Waitrose will be having all sorts of events in Store throughout July and they are hoping that customers will get behind the initiative. One of the ideas to raise the funds is to install exercise bike/cross trainer, in the foyer of the store at Trinity Road and each employee will take a turn to cycle for an hour or two. They will be sponsored on their session of the bikes, and while the store is open, make sure when you walk past them, give them an encouraging wave and/or make a donation. Waitrose are passionate about making a difference to the communities they are part of and by linking to AED Donate, who are also community based defibrillator suppliers, it is the perfect match. Have a look at the AED Donate website to read all about how you can donate on line to the Waitrose fundraiser. Go to and lets all join Waitrose in making Uttoxeter a safer place to be.
  6. 6. 7Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. A former Royal Marines Commando, has changed his uniform and now drives out dirt and grime as opposed to rolling in it. Ian North, 55 years old, a local lad from Barlaston has seen a niche in the market and is plugging it with Zero Dry Time Ltd, a carpet and upholstery cleaning system that leaves no residue, does not need water and no soggy ‘dog’ smell. ‘The lessons I learned whilst serving in the Royal Marines has stood me in good stead’ said Ian. ‘Never leaving an area until the job is done and done right has proved invaluable in completing a task. If there is a stain on your sofa or carpet that can be removed, I’ll continue to remove it until it’s been completely eliminated. Something I learned years ago in training. I can remove stains nobody else can.’ With over 50 years in development, the Zero Dry Time cleaning system is ready to use as soon as soon as the operator leaves. Carpets are not designed to get wet. Dry cleaning them means they stay cleaner for longer and with organic cleaning products, they are non toxic for family and pets. Everything is stain guarded as a matter of course. Ian goes on “my results are exceptional and consistent and that’s what drew me to this. I was taught attention to detail in week one of Commando training and has remained with me ever since.” Former Royal Marines Commando goes from rolling in the muck to driving out the muck A former Royal Marines Commando cleaning carpets, whatever next! Call Ian on 0800 1804901 or email Before After Before After
  7. 7. 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 STAMP COLLECTIONS WANTED Anything considered Cash waiting for the right material Phone Terry 07513 112553 or email me on terence.perkins@ SATURDAY, 16TH JULY 2016 • 11AM - 4PM Hog Roast, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting,Treasure Hunt, Bush Craft, Maze and much more! A perfect family day out supporting a fantastic charity. We would love you to visit CHICKS newest retreat and experience some of the simple, childhood fun that youngsters enjoy on their break.Any money raised on the day will go to the charity, so they can help even more disadvantaged children. Please register your interest at Parking is limited so please travel with friends where possible. RBA WEALTH MANAGEMENT & NIGEL DAVIS SOLICITORS CCHHIICCKKSS FFAAMMIILLYY FFUUNN DDAAYYJOIN INTHE FUN COME RAIN OR SHINE CHICKS Daleside Retreat | Fenny Bentley |Ashbourne | Derbyshire | DE6 1LF Denstone Players are performing Blithe Spirit The farce by Noel Coward and directed by Marge Stanley at Denstone Village Hall on 7th, 8th and 9th July starting at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) Tickets, £7, are available from: Denstone Stores, College Road, Denstone (Tel. 01889 590397) or online at www.denstoneplayers .com It’s easy to place an advert in The Voice Email: uttoxetervoice@ Tel: 01538 751629 Tap into our massive readership to attract new customers now! 8 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.
  8. 8. 9Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Pick up your copy of our 2016 brochure in store or order online today Ableworld are the main mobility retailer in the area approved as a Community Equipment Dispenser NHS Vouchers Welcome *VAT Exempt - Ask in Store for Details MRP - Manufacturers Recommended Price. Previous Price - Sold for 28 Days in Last 6 months at our Nantwich Store Ableworld are an Appointed Representative of Fish Insurance, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority ableworld AbleworldUKS H R E W S B U R Y A B L E W O R L D Heathgates Bank Ditherington, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 4BB Tel: (01743) 369427 FREE CAR PARK NEXT TO BANBURY WINDOWS Further details on all our stores can be found on: OPEN 7 DAYS INC. SATURDAY & SUNDAY Free Parking - Easily manoeuvrable - Can be used inside or outside - Includes a tray, basket and walking stick holder 4 Wheel Walker SAVE £3.75 On Previous Price SALE PRICE £33.75* Half Step - Helps with getting over large door steps - Slip resistant surface - Max User weight: 23 Stone ONLY £16.99 - Designed to fit scooters with and without headrests - Fixes securely across the back of the chair Scooter Seat Cover SALE PRICE £10.99* SAVE £1.50 On Previous Price 3 FOR 2 ON SELECTED CONTINENCE CARE - Aluminium Frame - Seat Width: 18” - 8” front castors - 12” rear castors - Max User Weight: 18 stone Bluebird Travel Chair SAVE £30 On Previous Price SALE PRICE £99* - Helps to restore muscle strength, circulation and co-ordination to the lower and the upper extremities - Colours may vary Pedal Exerciser SAVE £2.00 On Previous Price SALE PRICE £23.99* - Max Range: 10 miles - Max Speed: 4mph - Max User Weight: 20 stone Scout Boot Scooter SAVE £150 On Previous Price SALE PRICE £449* - Max Range: 6 miles - Max Speed: 4 mph - Max User Weight: 18 stone ST1 Boot Scooter SAVE £1131 On MRP ONLY £399* NEW - Overall Height: 43” - Overall Width: 33” - Overall Depth: 36” - Maximum User Weight: 23 stone - Colours may vary Tabley SAVE £400 On MRP ONLY £399* NEW SINGLE MOTOR - Max Range: 6 miles - Max Speed: 4 mph - Max User Weight: 18 stone ST1 Boot Scooter SAVE £1131 On MRP ONLY £399* NEW - Tilt-in space Riser Recliner - Available in 4 sizes: Petite, Small, Medium and Large - Selection of colours and patterns available Cheshire (Luxury) SAVE £100 On Previous Price SALE PRICE £895* NEW Made in GB FREEPHONE 0800 096 5440 FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION SURVEY 24 Hour Callout Service We have people on the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week plus overnight and weekend engineering support Often Fitted Next Day WE BUY BACK STAIRLIFTS - UP TO £500 PAID. ACORN, BROOKS, MINIVATOR & AGE UK Subject to survey and age STRAIGHT NEW STAIRLIFTS: NOW FROM ONLY £1075.50* STRAIGHT RECONDITIONED STAIRLIFTS: NOW FROM ONLY £495* Stairlifts 10% OFF ALL NEW STRAIGHT STAIRLIFTS H A N L E Y A B L E W O R L D 430 Leek Road, Hanley Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3HU Tel: (01782) 205901 At Joiners Square Roundabout B U R T O N A B L E W O R L D Second Avenue, Centrum One Hundred Burton-upon-Trent, DE14 2WF Tel: (01283) 546867 Close to Morrisons Supermarket Further details on all our stores can be found on:
  9. 9. 10 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. I am a volunteer for the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canal Trust, an enthusiastic bunch of people who are trying to preserve our industrial heritage through their passion for canals, in particular the Caldon and Uttoxeter canals. I was recently manning our stand at the Stafford County Show and just chatting to people, including those living in Uttoxeter, revealed that there are probably many people in the area who aren’t aware that Uttoxeter had a canal in the early 19th century. Sadly there are very few remnants of the canal in Uttoxeter itself but luckily we do have some interesting features that do remain on other parts of the old canal. Now to a bit of the Uttoxeter canal’s brief history. The Uttoxeter canal was built as an extension to the Caldon canal which itself had been built as a branch off the Trent and Mersey canal to service areas of local productivity such as the Potteries and the limestone quarries at Cauldon Lowe. The Uttoxeter canal which starts at Froghall and travels 13 miles to Uttoxeter, opened in 1811 but it only had a relatively short life. It was bought by the North Staffordshire Railway Company which proceeded to close it in 1848 and build a railway over some of it and that was that! The course of much of the old canal can still be followed with the section between Denstone and Oakamoor being the most accessible as it is a public right of way along the old railway track bed. After periods of heavy rain sections of the old canal can be seen to be in water. Now to what the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canal Trust is about. It started life in the 1960’s as the Caldon Canal Society which had the aim of reopening the Caldon Canal when it became unnavigable. It achieved this goal and the canal reopened from Etruria to Froghall in September 1974. More recently the society decided to focus its attention on the Uttoxeter canal which had been out of use for a century and a half and as I said, had had a railway built over it! . At this point the society changed its name to the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canal Trust. The demolition of two significant buildings in Uttoxeter (the Wharfinger’s house and the canal warehouse) spurred the society on to see what could be done to preserve or restore bits of the canal that remained and prevent the loss of any further structures. The first project that followed was to restore the Uttoxeter canal first lock and basin at Froghall Wharf. Work started in 2003 and it was completed in 2005 and if you have been there you will know how good the restoration was and what a nice recreational area it has created. In 2009 a feasability study to restore the canal between Froghall Wharf and Uttoxeter (ending in the gravel pit) was conducted and the consulting engineers’ conclusion was that it was technically feasible. For now the trust has current priorities of protecting the line of the canal from development, maintaining in good order structures and lengths of the canal that still exist and promoting the creation of a walking route along the length of the canal utilising as much of the original towpath as possible. In the longer term there are hopes of restoring some or all of the Uttoxeter canal - dream on! Every month there is a work party on the second Thursday where a group of like minded get together to work on various projects covering the, preservation of the old structures that remain, vegetation clearance etc. In fact our last work party in June involved the reinstatement of 5 cast iron replica canal mileposts between Denstone and Oakamoor! If anybody is interested to learn more or get involved with work parties or helping to run the trust, please visit our website for further information. Uttoxeter canal - what canal? By Philip Balfour A recently reinstated milepost between Denstone and Alton
  10. 10. 11Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. T he outdoor spectacle The Enchanted Chandelier by renowned international company Transe Express comes to Stoke-on- Trent for the very first time as the highlight of Appetite’s sizzling summer of 2016. Tickets are limited so make sure you book early for a quality night out with friends and family. The Enchanted Chandelier will be an experience that you won’t want to miss out on. Appetite is asking audiences to bring their picnics and soak up a magical evening filled with beautiful entertainment right in the heart of The Potteries. The Enchanted Chandelier brings actors, trapeze artists, bell ringers, dancers, percussionists, singers and acrobats to fill Central Forest Park with bewitching performances that are lifted skywards. Rekindle childhood memories of enchanting music boxes and exciting fairground rides in this magical outdoor concert, as the musical chandelier is lifted skywards and suspended 55 metres above the ground. The sound will ring out across the night sky as audiences below are left mesmerised. The Enchanted Chandelier takes place in Central Forest Park, Chell Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 6BB on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August 2016. Tickets start from £6.00 with kids, concessions and group ticket deals available (limited availability). For more details, please visit Get ready for something truly special • 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
  11. 11. 12 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.
  12. 12. 13Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. The Ultimate Solution for any Small Business Call today to get all this: • Unlimited calls and texts to and from UK, US and EU • 25GB UK data • 500MB Euro Data • Unlimited UK Picture messages Offer ends 14th July - so be quick Brookend House, Crakemarsh, Uttoxeter ST14 5BL Tel 01889 591209 Orange Approved Partner for over 17 years *All prices & charges quoted are plus VAT Was £65 Now only £40* Per month iPhone 6S 16GB Samsung S7 32GB Flat
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  21. 21. 22 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. N obody was complaining about the entertainment on offer at the 11th annual Uttoxeter Beer and Cider Festival. Hundreds of people appeared to be enjoying themselves like never before. But there was one fly in the ointment. The beer festival coincided with England’s first match in Euro 2016 and Russia’s late equaliser dampened the spirits of many at Oldfields Sports and Social Club. It wasn’t the first time an England football team has disappointed hordes of fans gathered in a convivial atmosphere drinking beer, and it won’t be the last. But in this particular instance, the organisers say it had a damaging impact on beer sales and on the profits for charity. The festival raises thousands of pounds every year for an annual free prostate cancer screening event at Uttoxeter racecourse, which is estimated to have saved the lives of up to thirty local men. But Gary Hudson, a spokesman for Uttoxeter Lions Club, said: ‘It was definitely a day of two halves. Up till late in the evening, everything was nearly perfect as far as I could see. There’s no doubt beer sales slowed down when people were watching the football, and we didn’t mind that, obviously, but we were expecting a boom in sales as people celebrated an England win. The Russian goal in injury time put a real dampener on proceedings. Some people were so disappointed they went home. ‘Sales were hundreds of pounds down, even though the number of people who attended the event was the same as previous years, and everybody who commented said what a great time they had.’ The festival began with a successful open mic night on the Friday, followed by a full day of entertainment on the Saturday. Easy listening from Jazz and All That and Kate Copeland was followed by an up-tempo covers set by Jason Callear with Sean Prior on bass. The evening was rounded off with almost three hours of rock and pop covers by Upfront, the band who have made the beer festival their home from home. There were more people dancing than ever before. Most of those dancing and apparently having the best time were women. Most of them had not been watching the football. Festival fun and football frustration - a day of two halves
  22. 22. Ginny’s Community Corner by Ginny Gibson of Uttoxeter T his month I have been thinking about how communities are affected by music and this weekend, my hubby and I went to the Acoustic Festival at the Uttoxeter Racecourse. We chose to go on Sunday and as we walked up to get our tickets at the box office, we were met by wonderful sounds being played by Pig Man and the Rubber Band. You know me, I couldn’t help but chat to them and found out that they had just finished their set and were so happy; they decided to play to all the people coming into the festival. What a great welcome. As we walked along, Midge Ure of Ultravox fame, was just walking along the other side of the fence, and of course I shouted over, “Oh Hi, could I have a quote for the Uttoxeter Voice magazine about how you see music in the community”. Without a second thought, he held up his acoustic guitar and said, “Music is the common denominator of our community, it’s what we’ve all got to share”. Then he came up to the fence so I could take a photo, then turned and went through the curtains to the stage for his sound check. We hadn’t even got to the main gate and I was inspired by both encounters, Mike Stephens who organises the event explained, “Each band creatives its own culture/community via its fans, all we do as organisers, is to ensure the acts that play here are like minded, namely acoustic based, so we can create a great festival community. “ When we finally got through the entrance gate and into the festival, we got the sense of community that Mike was talking about. There were children bouncing on trampolines, other kids having their faces painted, belly dancers doing their act, other people listening to a really dynamic story teller and what struck me about the adults if they were all wearing different hats, some straw, others funky steam punk, top hats, knitted hats, so my old gardening hat fitted in perfectly. Were the hats a part of defining which element of the community they belonged too? We made our way to the Real Ale tent, my husband needed to get some practice in for the Beer Festival that is taking place at the Uttoxeter Rugby Club next weekend! As we walked into the tent, we were hit by a wall of fantastic voices; hundreds of people singing “Na, Na, Na, Na Na Na Na”, the chorus of Hey Jude – they were singing along to the Biggles Band, which is made up of lots of wonderfully creatively dressed chaps, who really put on a fabulous show, the atmosphere was infectious. Looking at the hats of their fans, I would say they favoured straw and patchwork ones. At the end of their set, they advised everyone to get to the main stage, as Midge Ure was starting and some people wandered across the field and took up their seats for the next part of the day. Midge Ure fans enjoyed a fantastic selection of Acoustic versions of all his famous songs, his acoustic version of Vienna was spectacular and the whole place was taken back to their youth. But instead of dancing wildly, now, me and his other fans were all at the festival with their favourite collapsible chair and a hat. There were a huge range of hats in his crowd, so clearly Midge Ure has an eclectic range of fans. My battered gardening hat fitted in nicely and my collapsible stool was a life saver, the joys of middle age, but lovely to be reminded of a joyous youth! The community atmosphere was incredible, we had Pesto Penne in the Italian tent and chatted to a man who had travelled from the south coast to come and see Judy Tzuke – so off we went to see her play and I have to say, she was amazing. Her daughter joined her on stage alongside their guitarist and the whole tent was entertained with melodies of such sweetness it was quiet moving. Just to keep the theme going, her fans had top hats, straw hats and patchwork ones too. Beautiful Sound on the other hand, came onto the stage and the whole place erupted into a frenzied dancing session. When they played “Don’t marry her”, everyone was singing, not only the audience but all the stall holders, the children were dancing and the atmosphere was electric. I was sitting on my trusty stool at the front of the crowd and looked back to their community of fans, I realised I fitted in their community of fans nicely, however, I am now the person with the kitchen always tidy and the bathroom clean! Their set was really good fun, the acoustic guitar player had met Midge Ure back stage and couldn’t contain his excitement about having his guitar signed by Midge and of course the introduction to Edward, the teddy bear mascot came on stage when they played, “I need a little time”. Before we left the festival we couldn’t help but visit the Lurcher Gallery tent, (www.lurchergallery. com) they seem to have provided most of the really funky hats that were on show at the festival and they explained they recycled, repaired and re- patronised materials to make their hats, a wonderful community activity. I have to thank Mike Stephens for providing Uttoxeter with a wonderful community feeling festival, he is truly a master at choosing bands that create an incredible mix of fans that build together a safe, fun, family friendly festival for everyone to enjoy and of course that also welcomes all hat styles! To sign up for the Acoustic Festival e-mail updates, just go to their website Beautiful Sound midge ure and mike stephens Biggles BandJudy Tzuke 24 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.
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  24. 24. 26 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Mud Run entrants slither and slide to £55,256 NSPCC boost A bumper field of more than 2,500 people today scrambled and ran their way around JCB’s Mud Run course– delivering a massive cash boost to the NSPCC in Staffordshire. The 5th annual JCB Mud Run raised an amazing £55,256 – bringing the grand total raised for the charity since the event started in 2012 to more than £230,000. Entrants flew in from as far afield as Singapore, France, Germany, Spain and Holland. George Bamford - son of JCB Chairman Lord Bamford - was among the first wave of runners to set off, competing in a special 10km version of the race reserved for 9am starters. George said: “This is my 4th JCB Mud Run and every year the event just gets better. It’s fantastic to see so many people taking part and not only enjoying themselves immensely but raising a fantastic amount of money for the NSPCC as well.” George added: “The JCB Mud Run is a great example of camaraderie, people helping others through the mud – that’s the kind of thing that it embodies. It has been amazing this year and it has been great seeing the smiles on people’s faces.” George handed over the cheque to the NSPCC along with Zoe Cooper, 37, of Newcastle-under- Lyme, her brothers Ben and Sam Watts and sister-in-law Jayne Watts. Zoe’s late husband Andy, who worked for JCB, was a stalwart supporter of the JCB Mud Run, taking part in every event since it started. He tragically died in a road accident near Rocester in March. After handing over the cheque, mother-of-three Zoe, Ben, Sam and Jayne were part of a team of more than 30 family and friends who pulled on their running shoes and completed the mud run course in memory of Andy. Their efforts raised more than £6,300 for mental health charity Mind. Zoe said: “The run was brilliant. Everybody was helping each other out. I feel I have taken Andy along with me on the run – he has been laughing at us covered in mud. It was great to come together and do something so positive in memory of Andy. He loved to do the Mud Run and to have so many people taking part was a wonderful tribute to him. Andy suffered from mental health issues all his life and to have raised so much money for MIND is amazing and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us.” The JCB Mud Run has gone from strength to strength since it was first staged in 2012, when 500 people entered. Today’s field attracted entrants from afar afield as Cornwall, London and the Isle of Man and they slithered and clambered over 35 obstacles over an 8km course on land near JCB’s World Headquarters at Rocester watched by around 7,000 spectators. The 10km race at 9am gave competitors the chance to qualify for the UK Championships of the Obstacle Course Racing Association (OCRA). Mark Dalkins, 45, of Cheadle, a member Cheadle Running Club, won the OCRA ‘member race.’ He said: “It was a tough run with difficult obstacles. It was my third JCB Mud Run win in the elite wave. Two years ago I won the JCB North America Mud Run in Savannah –there’s just as much satisfaction in winning today. Jason Burgess, 40, from Leek, who won the first two JCB Mud Runs, just missed out on beating Mark. He said: “We went head to head for the first time and it was a real battle all the way. Mark beat me by two seconds.” The NSPCC is JCB’s nominated charity and the proceeds of the JCB Mud Run will support the work at Carole House in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the charity’s service centre which was set up after JCB and its employees completed a £2 million fundraising campaign. Carole House is named in honour of Lady Bamford OBE and JCB’s support of the NSPCC over more than 30 years. Kirsty White, NSPCC Partnership Manager, said: “On behalf of the team at Carole House, I’d
  25. 25. 27Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. like to say a big thank you to JCB for digging deep and hosting the Mud Run as part of their ongoing support for our work with the most vulnerable children in Staffordshire. Huge thanks also to all the mud-lovers who have braved this amazing obstacle course and raised vital funds to help keep children safe from harm.” Mud slides, a 100ft underground tunnel, monkey bars and climbing walls were among the obstacles competitors tackled around the course. And just to ensure youngsters didn’t miss out, there was also a mini Mud Run course for five to 12- year-olds which proved hugely popular. Rachael Jordan, 29 and Kate Dale, 31, both of Cheadle dressed in superhero costumes take part in the Mud Run. Rachael was ‘Wonderwoman’ and Kate was ‘Superwoman’. “We thought the costumes would make it more fun,” said Rachael. “We both like doing the JCB Mud Runs and we thought this particular charity was brilliant.” A group of customers from the Cave Fitness gym in Leek entered dressed in caveman and cavewomen outfits. Manager Paul Butten said: “We thought the caveman theme would suit the JCB Mud Run perfectly and of course it fits in with our name. Our group is made up of me and a colleague plus 28 of our customers. We entered last year and we had such a good time we thought we would try it again.” Two radio presenters did the JCB Mud Run to raise money in memory of a friend who died in a car crash. The duo, who both work on Moorlands Radio Sports Beat, were raising money for the Kieran Rutter Legacy Fund. Kieran died following a fatal collision 12 months ago on the road between Leek and Uttoxeter. Damien Hopkins, of Stoke, said: “There were seven of us running in memory of Kieran. It’s a worthy cause and we all remember him with affection.” Colleague Anthony Knight, also of Stoke, said: “The Mud Run is a worthy local event and we had the extra motivation of raising money for Kieran.” Nine members of Staffordshire Housing Association took part dressed as bees with names like Queen Bee, Zombie Bee and Barbie Bee. Darren Perry, of Stoke: “We are raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society and we were joined by paramedic Sam Robinson who has just come off a 12-hour night shift.” Paul Hudson, a JCB Team Leader in the Loadall Business Unit entered the Mud Run to keep up his fitness after overcoming cancer. Paul, who battled through Non-Hodgkin lymphoma four years ago, took part alongside seven on his colleagues. Paul, of Swadlincote, said: “It was my second time and I have been training hard. It was a great event and a perfect way of keeping my fitness levels up.” Six women from Derby dressed in pink with tutus took part to raise money for the Enthusiasm Trust. They were led by Tracy Macdonald and Helen Constant, the proprietors of Pink Punch Fitness. Heather Russo, who works at the Trust, said: “We all train together and we thought it would be great fun. The Enthusiasm Trust provides a mentoring service for young people with their first foot in the criminal justice system. We encourage the youngsters to take the first step into the unknown away from crime, so we thought we would lead by example and try something new. “ Several plane loads of employees from Holland, Italy, France, Germany and Spain flew over to represent VPS in the Mud Run. “Our company uses JCB Towers extensively and we have come over as a team building exercise,” said Jaimy Daeneviel, from Holland. David Abernethy, 48, flew over from Singapore to join Van Leeuwen colleagues. He said: “I used to work in the UK and when my colleagues invited me to take part I didn’t hesitate.”
  26. 26. 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! T he centenary of the birth of JCB’s Founder was today marked with the unveiling of a specially commissioned bronze bust. Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE was born on June 21st, 1916 at the family home, The Parks, Uttoxeter, the son of Cyril and Dolores Bamford. As a youngster playtime was spent building cars and boats – early signs of an inventive flair which would see him become one of Britain’s most celebrated engineers. When Mr Bamford retired in 1975 and handed over to his son Anthony, the company he founded in a lock-up garage in Uttoxeter in October 1945 was turning over more than £43 million a year and employing hundreds of people. He had also become universally known as ‘Mr JCB’ as well as ‘Jamais Content’ Bamford, thanks to his unwavering drive to do things better. Today his sons Lord Bamford and Mark Bamford and his grandson Jo Bamford marked the centenary of his birth and his many achievements by unveiling the one and a quarter scale bronze bust at JCB’s World HQ in Rocester. It is the work of another innovative son of Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent- born sculptor Andrew Edwards, 52, who has spent five months creating the image of Mr Bamford in his 1960s heyday when JCB was establishing itself on the world stage. Lord Bamford said: “My father was without doubt an engineering genius and we wanted to mark the centenary of his birth and the huge contribution he made to Staffordshire and to Great Britain. We are delighted with the bust and it’s very fitting that it has been created in the county of his birth and by a sculptor whose talent was developed right here in Staffordshire.” The bust will now be on permanent display at JCB’s World HQ and will be seen by the thousands of visitors who pass through the company’s doors every year. Andrew Edwards said: “I am always extremely nervous when I undertake projects of this nature because they are so very personal to the family members involved. By working closely with the Bamford family I believe we’ve created a wonderful likeness of someone who is undoubtedly one of Staffordshire’s most famous sons. It has been an honour to have undertaken this work.” The bust weighs around 50kgs and stands around 700mm high. It’s not the first bust of Mr JCB to be commissioned; a smaller one was cast in 1964 and presented to him by employees in gratitude of a £250,000 bonus he shared with the workforce after a record year. That work of art sits on Mr JCB’s original desk in the Story of JCB permanent exhibition at the World HQ. Bronze artwork honours ‘Mr JCB’ on the centenary of his birth Mr JCB pictured in 1994 when the ‘Mr JCB’ rose was unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show Mr JCB’s sons Mr Mark Bamford and JCB Chairman Lord Bamford and his grandson Mr Jo Bamford, Group MD of Global Accounts (Lord Bamford’s son).
  27. 27. 29Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. 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. T R E E S & L A N D S C A P E S ALL ASPECTS OF TREEWORK UNDERTAKEN Fully NPTC Qualified RFS cert arb Reductions Thins Crown Raising Inspections Surveys All aspects of gardening & landscaping also undertaken: Lawns Garden Paths Ponds Fencing Patios Borders Decking Stonework Aftercare & Maintenance Pest Diagnosis & Control Fells Conifers Top Soil Landscaping Services Logs Available From the smallest hedge to the largest tree, tree surgery that doesn’t cost the Earth! Fully Licensed Sprayer | Fully Insured EXPERT ADVICE FROM PASSIONATE PROFESSIONALS Call Rob: 01538 361 432 or 07900 995 139 Printed by SO Marketing - 01538 750 538 - www.somarketing.comAll work to BS3998 standard EXPERT ADVICE FROM PASSIONATE PROFESSIONALS All work to BS3998 standard Call Rob on 01538 361432, 01538 266993 or 07900 995139 Email: Web: EMERGENCY CALL-OUTS ALSO AVAILABLE
  28. 28. A real community spirited effort. Local knitters have given up their time to decorate the whole length of Cheadle high street in an array of red, white and blue to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday. Co-owners of No62 (Redeezine & Coffee Bliss) Dee Beardmore & Hayley Beresford pictured thought it was time this creative little town put it’s local talent to good use with a colourful makeover so began an appeal for volunteers. Posters & flyers were printed & a Facebook group formed. Local artist Dee commented the response has been absolutely overwhelming with shop owners,local primary schools,groups & townsfolk joining in. The unique items that have been created are fabulous. The pinnacle being the stunning maypole decoration attached to the town centre monument beautifully designed & constructed by the Tudor House knit & natter ladies. The town was buzzing and the atmosphere was amazing. I’ve not seen so many smiling faces in town for a long while with folks taking photographs & discussing the displays & knitted characters. The Queens guards created by mum & daughter Kathy Miller & Chrissie Beardmore proved very popular as did the Redeezine scarecrow. Hayley who provides a wide range of coffee from around the world commented “its amazing how the community has come together to make the event such a success, the town came alive” The couple would like to say well done and a huge thankyou to everyone who gave up their time to create the beautiful masterpieces also to the group of ladies & gents who gave up their Friday evening to decorate the high street ready for Saturday. You are all amazing & should be extremely proud. More creative events are planned for the near future. Look out for posters in town, press & Facebook group - Creative Cheadle Staffs Cheadle yarn bomb 30 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.
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  30. 30. 32 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. I n the 17th century, members of the Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, who lived in the area met together in their houses. However, in 1700 one of them, Robert Heath, emigrated with his wife and daughter to America along with other Quakers. Before leaving he left his house, now 39a Carter Street, Uttoxeter, and adjoining land, in trust for local Quakers, who decided to build a Meeting House and burial ground on the site. The Meeting House, now at 39 Carter Street, was registered as a place of worship in 1706. There are 60 burials in the burial ground noted in Quaker records. Before the land was given, Quaker burials had taken place in a corner of a field near the church in Stramshall. Most graves are marked on a plan of the burial ground, only three having stone tablets to mark them. These include Samuel Botham, who died in 1823, father of the well-known Victorian writer Mary Howitt, and Harrison Alderson, Mary’s brother-in-law, who died in 1871 whilst on a visit from America to visit friends in the area. More information is available on request at the Meeting House and also in Redfern’s Cottage, Museum of Uttoxeter Life, on Carter Street, opposite the Meeting House. In the early 20th century the grave mounds were levelled to make a lawned garden. As tenancy of 39a Carter Street changed over the centuries the burial ground and adjacent garden area went through phases of careful maintenance or neglect. Three years ago work began to restore the overgrown paths and generally tidy the garden. Volunteers were led by Bob Taylor and his wife Michelle, who have worked hard in all weathers to create a garden of flowers, vegetables and fruit trees with wildlife areas and peaceful places to sit. It was decided to open the garden officially and Uttoxeter Friends chose the week following International Conscientious Objectors Day to invite the former MP for Uttoxeter, Janet Dean, to open the Peace Garden. For the occasion Michelle created a Peace Trail of quotations about peace which are scattered around the garden. The sun shone on Saturday 21st May as Janet congratulated Bob and Michelle on the beautiful garden and also the Friends on recently gaining Fairtrade Place of Worship status for their Meeting House, Janet being Chair of Uttoxeter’s Fairtrade Steering Group. If you would like to visit this haven of peace in the centre of Uttoxeter, the garden is open every Wednesday, weather permitting, from 10.00 and the Friends hold a short meeting at 12.30, followed by refreshments to which all are welcome. If you would like to find out more about the history of the Meeting House and burial ground, the House and Peace Garden will be open for Heritage Open Days – Saturday 10th September between 10.00 and 4.00 and Sunday 11th September between 12.30 and 3.00. Admission will be free and refreshments will be available. Opening of the Quaker Peace Garden Janet Dean, former MP for Uttoxeter, opens the Peace Garden, with Bob and Michelle Taylor, who led the restoration project.
  31. 31. 33Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. 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
  32. 32. 34 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. 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… Hello everyone! This month i’m very proud to tell you all about PENGUINPIG the play!!! So exciting! Firstly, let me tell you all about PENGUINPIG the book… Written by Lincolnshire author & primary school teacher Stuart Spendlow, I had the joy of bringing this book to life nearly two years ago. It’s a fun, bold and rhyme-driven story for 5-7 year olds with a strong underlying message; we need to think carefully before we trust what we read online. It enforces the message that some people use the Internet to trick others and in the event of being uncertain, children should always check with a trusted adult. I’m so proud of this little book.... in it’s short existence its become an Amazon best seller (wow!!), it’s been turned into an audio book with Cebeeies Rebecca Courtney, it’s used not just in this country but also around the world (amazing!) to teach Internet safety to children and at the start of the year... It was developed into the PENGUINPIG the play!! Woohoo!! I am by far the biggest fan, it’s so surreal to see the little character’s I drew now in 3D! All with little voice’s and songs! Literally a dream come true for me! I’ve been following Traum; the theatre company who produced the play from the offset! They started out with our PENGUINPIG at the prestigious Little Angel Theatre in London and then its continued to tour schools and theatres all over the country, check out this map to see the places it’s already been… In May it visited a school in Tamworth and with it being so close to home I couldn’t resist! Not only to go and see the all singing all dancing performance again but to also take two of Uttoxeter’s biggest PENGUINPIG fans with me; Paddy and Mara McCarron! The McCarron’s got a special tour of the set with Traum Director Jane Crawshaw with Mara saying “ I Loved it too much!” It was the best day!! Here’s some of the feedback the play has been receiving: “Very entertaining for adults and kids. Show was full of enjoyable surprises. Congratulations on a great adaptation” (Parent) “So pleased we were all able to enjoy such a gorgeous, contagious, fun show. Thank you!” (Teacher) “It was amazing! I could watch it forever!” (A small person) With such positive feedback from everyone, schools are already booking repeat performances for 2017 and by popular demand an Autumn tour of theatres and schools will be commencing September 2016 – 30th October, how SUPER exciting is that? Until next time, Amy x If your interested in making a booking or would like to request an information pack please contact the lovely Jane: Like to know more about Amy? Check out; or get in touch; – 07870 752480. Enjoy! Fun, colourful illustrationsfor everyone!!
  33. 33. 35Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. 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@ Amerton Farm ST18 0LA Sheds, Summerhouses & Garden Buildings Tel: 07779 094 747 Brookside Garden Buildings Brookside Garden Buildings
  34. 34. Lank’s Lore By Steve ‘Lank’Lavin Golden Memories from one of Uttoxeter’s Favourite Characters W ell I cannot believe how time has flown after these last few years. Believe it or not this edition is my 50th column I have written for this super community magazine with my ramblings and 6 years since I was approached by my friend Nigel Titterton to write a monthly piece for him. When Nigel mentioned the idea of producing this mag originally I said to him you will not last 6 months, with my so called past experiences of printing such endeavours. How wrong could I have been. Nigel is now into his 65th edition and is getting stronger by the month with its increased circulation and area coverage, quality columnists and impressive artwork and advert content which get some great results and are very competitively priced. I must praise him where praise is due especially with the mass of local competition in the advertising world and wish him all the best in the future. I would also like on this special occasion for me to thank everyone who has approached me over the past years with photographs and ideas for my column without you all I could not have lasted so long and I hope that I have served you well with my responses and I look forward to doing future editions. Can you remember the film called The Swarm back in the late 1970’s? A typical disaster American movie where a swarm of bees invaded Texas bestowing death and darkness upon the inhabitants. A few Fridays ago I thought that this plot was recurring for real. During a lovely sunny afternoon the staff and I had all the doors and windows open as it was quite warm to let a bit of air in and enjoy the sun as it is a rare occurrence nowadays, when all of a sudden it became black outside. My wife uttered, “That’s typical we have had a just few hours of this glorious weather and now it is going to chuck it down with rain”. How wrong could we have been. Within a few minutes swarms of bees started to emerge through the open doors and windows of our premises. We quickly shut them all and swatted out the bees that had come inside whilst the wife continued to do a war dance in fright around the workshop floor, “Do something about them!”she screamed in horror. I had personally in my whole lifetime ever witnessed anything like this. On peering from an office window I saw that, forgetting the virtual 1,000 flying about the sky, masses of the swarm of bees had settled on our waste bin in the yard outside (it had to be ours didn’t it) possibly because of it’s bright yellow colour which attracted them (it does not contain any waste food or the likes, only waste paper and cardboard). We were soon visited by our neighbours enquiring as to what we were going do do about them. As it was close to finishing time the staff of the neighbouring premises were afraid to come out and get in their vehicles to make their way home scared of being badly stung in the process which I personally do not blame them as I am no big lover of stinging insects myself with past experiences of the pain and suffering and sometimes danger they can enforce on someone. I had to, very quickly, find a solution to quell this situation, but what? Because they had settled on my waste bin it was my responsibility I was informed to do something about it (it would be wouldn’t it, why couldn’t they have landed on someone else’s bin and let them deal with them, no it had to be mine, my typical luck)! As by this time it was quite late and I had not witnessed this phenomenon before I suggested that everyone made a hasty retreat from the area and leave me to ponder over the situation. I decided to leave the bees put and see what developed the next day. On the Saturday morning whilst I was busy doing chores at home, my wife went down the town on her usual shopping expedition and called at our premises at 11.00 am to survey the situation. The bees where still in abundance there and had accumulated even more so. On returning back home with this information I very quickly consulted Google on the web to find out any information on ways of removing them. As usual Google is a wonderful informative search engine with a load of very useful information. I found out through Google that they were people available that would come and collect the bees, dependent on their type for a nominal charge. That would suit me down to the ground, as I envisaged an extortionate price involved similar to having to pay for private vermin controllers now that the council have passed the onus of removal onto the private individuals responsibility in a lot of cases for this type of problem. I found the contact phone number of a such person whom was local and immediately rang him to explain my dilemma. He was a professional Bee Collector that I spoke to. After describing them to him, he informed me that they were honey bees and he would come down within the hour for the price of a bit of petrol money and the cost of the chemical that he used to collect them with which would be minimal also adding that he would be at my premises within the hour and would ring me on arrival to meet him. Sure enough he kept by his word and my phone rang as promised with him enquiring as to where were the bees? I found out that he had misheard my location of the bees and was situated on ASDA’s car park as opposed to ASDA’s service yard. He apologised for the error and said that he would relocate to the right location and ring me again. A few minutes later he rang me again. “Where are the bees”, he enquired again. I thought that he could not have made a mistake on the location twice and after describing exactly where he has he was certainly in the right place but the bees which had been prevalent 1 hour previously had completely all but a handful on the wheelie bin gone and relocated themselves somewhere else to be some else’problem. I apologised most profusely to him and thanked him for his efforts and offered to come down and meet him to pay him for his trouble. He would not dream of it and thanked me for the opportunity of dealing with the problem. I can tell you now you do not get many people of that calibre nowadays and I have every admiration for him and I am sure that you will all agree me that deeds of this nature are a rare occurrence and deserve the highest of praise and they still give you faith in the human kindness that is still available in this cut throat world we live in today. It still remains a great mystery where the bees came from and went to so quickly, but that is mother nature for you, full of life’s surprises. Till next time, LANK Poster advertising the film ‘The Swarm’ back in 1978 Our wheelie waste bin which was invaded by part of The Swarm’ 50th Edition 36 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.
  35. 35. 37Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Topsy’s School S t Anthony’s House, behind the church, in Alton, was a bit out-of-date in 1966 when we bought it. There was no hot water, just a cold tap over the stone sink in the skullery. No bathroom. The toilet was a two-seater earth closet behind the barn in the garden The barn itself was a good building with a room at the end housing a small cooking range and a washboiler, with a nice loft above ... unsafe due to woodworm. We found a copy of a 1930’s paper and a handbag of tickets for the church fete in 1938. Inside the house there was electric light and two gas brackets. Enoch and Elizabeth Sargeant with their family had lived in the house since before the Great War; they came from Derby where Enoch may have had problems with his business. He was originally a Cheadle man. There were three children: The eldest daughter, Beryl Frances Le Doux Sargeant married a clergyman. The son became Rev William Sargeant, a chaplain in the army from 1941 to 1945, and later Rural Dean of Eccleshall. The younger daughter was Selina, known in Alton as Topsy. In 1922 the house was bought by Mrs Harry Burton, sister of Elizabeth, and the Sargeants lived in the house rent-free. Small windows in the back wall suggest that originally the house had been cottages with first-floor bedrooms, but it had been converted so that the left-hand end was single storey, with two high rooms. It was in these rooms that Selina Sargeant started her school in the late 1930’s. She was affectionately known as Topsy, a cultured lady; she had been a governess at Woodhead, Cheadle, well- read, keen on drama, played the piano, put on plays, was a member of a concert party, supported the church etc.. In 2010 we had a letter from the Romany Society, addressed to the Headteacher. Fancy that ... the school had been closed for 60 years. Romany did a nature programme for Children’s Hour on BBC. She taught all subjects, and Don Burton tells me that when she closed the school in 1951 he went to Cheadle school where his maths was about three years ahead. Don says that they did woodwork ... chopping sticks for the fire .. also gardening which involved work with nettles. Topsy even provided meals. The children took it in turns to answer the door politely, and when the Rev Mr Powell came they had a prayer and a hymn in the big room with Topsy on the piano. Playground for the older children / boys was on the path by the gates; girls / younger children down the garden. Don remembers Topsy reading stories by her niece, a well-known children’s author called Monica Edwards. “No mistaking Korka” about a stolen horse, and “The Flying Enterprise” a sailing boat, were two of them. Some of the pupils, like Pamela Sargeant, were related to Topsy. All the children did well. Peter Fisher became a headteacher. Fred and Hazel Eyre also attended the school. Who else? Please phone me: 01538 702462. Selina Sargeant died in 1965 age 77. Jack’s nostalgic thoughts... by Jack Hayhurst, of Alton Former Painsley High School Woodwork Teacher In the picture with Miss Sargeant, about 1945: Standing from the left: Donald Noakes, Ronnie Eyre, Raymond Alcock, Bertie Large, Mary Ratcliffe, Dorothy Belfield, Brian Taylor, Jean Berwick, Ann Berwick, Joyce Prince, Pamela Sargeant, Tony Berwick & Ivan Burton Sitting: Peter Fearns, Barbara Noakes, Patsy Hamill, Peter Burton, Eileen Jordan, Christine Faulkner and Madeline Faulkner. Cynthia Walker was off school. In the photo of 1947, ready for a play in the “Iron Room”: Front Row: Margaret Stubbs, Evelyn Walker, Cyril Pyatt, Reynold Keeling, Don Burton, Margaret Keeling, Kenny Phillips & Martin Woodward. Behind them: Cynthia Walker, Peter Burton, Ivan Burton, Peter Fisher, Ann Oliver, Pamela Sargeant, Barbara Noakes & Harold Ratcliffe. @uttoxeter_voice search for Uttoxeter Voice search for Uttoxeter Voice Send your articles, photographs, features, sports reports etc into The Voice for insertion into our next issue. The Voice is here to publicise what’s happening in our community Get in touch now via email or by social media Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle
  36. 36. 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 Baby Superhero’s I t’s been a very busy week in the world of Baby Sensory North Staffs. All of the babies that have attended classes from 20th to 22nd June have taken part in a huge nationwide fundraising event in aid of Tommy’s, a charity that helps give every baby a chance to a healthy start in life. Tommy’s raises money to fund research into still-birth, premature birth and miscarriage and offers help and support to thousands of families all over the country. Every two years Baby Sensory team up with Tommy’s and host a Sensathon to raise money for research projects. This year the theme to our Sensathon was Superhero’s and to raise money we asked parents to bring babies dressed as Superhero’s to their regular class that week. Babies and parents would then take part in a Superhero class, helping to save the sun from naughty Saby Bensory. The Superhero class was written especially for the occasion by Dr. Lin Day, Baby Sensory boss and all round Superhero herself. The activites began with the babies witnessing Saby Bensory come into class in a hot air balloon to take the light away. The lights in our room were turned off so our parents and babies could see the special lights we had brought along to class. Babies love to watch lights, it really helps to focus their eyes and encourages their eyes to work together, essential for the development of motor skills and reading later in life. Next we needed our ‘Superhero’ Drums to call all of the Superhero’s together. Using flat hands to drum encourages babies to have flat hands to clap with and wave and crawl, all vital developmental stages. We then flew up into space, seeing lots of magical fibre optic lights on the floor and stars projected onto the ceiling on the way. Our babies focused on a flying saucer and bubbles falling from the sky as well as gathering around a starry parachute with their friends and parents to finish the activity. Before our exploratory play break we practised our flying over the fibre optic lights of the world below us. Our parents held their babies in ‘leopard in a tree’ pose; this is done by placing babies back to parents tummy, then parents arm between babies legs whilst supporting their chest and free arm wrapped around baby for support, this can really help colicky babies to settle and is great for giving babies a different view on the world.* We completed our Superhero challenge by bringing in 5 yellow large bouncy balloons to represent the sun, to ‘Here comes the Sun’ by The Beatles and our class that had been dark since the first activity once again came into light. Balloon and ball play are so much fun and can really help with hand eye co-ordination and provide an introduction to team games too. All of our Superhero babies raised over £1100 over the week in Clayton Newcastle under Lyme, Cheadle and Leek through sponsorship and buying raffle tickets in class. That will be added to the HUGE amount of £228,169 already raised by Baby Sensory Superhero Sensathon’s that have taken place so far and with lots more to be held over the coming weeks that total is due to rise and rise. I can’t wait for the next one … *For more information contact your healthcare professional. Down on the Farm by Angela Sargent “St Swithins day if thou dost rain For forty days it will remain St Swithins day if thou be fair For forty days will rain nae mare” A nd as it’s on the 15th of July, when farmers are maybe wanting to make hay or combine the early crops, we would prefer it to remain dry for those occasions. But there is no evidence for this myth, in fact, since records began there has been no 40 day period of drought or period of 40 days continuous rain. The Anglo-Saxon king has little bearing on the weather but the jet stream does and it is this that dictates the summer pattern as it settles down about now- if it settles to the north of us, then we get warm, southerly high pressure. However if it settles below, then we get the Atlantic and arctic colder, wetter weather dominating. We often see Pied Wagtails in the yard, bobbing and wagging their long tails as they bath in the dust, as they nest in the old buildings and they are clever at catching flying insects and, so, along with the Swallows, it makes going outside a hazardous occupation- they whizz out of the shed doorways narrowly missing your head and then there are the babies- swallows lined up on the door and Wagtails hopping around the yard! The summer shows have started and a big part of them are the livestock classes- there is a lot at stake for the rosette winners-not least from breeding revenue. There was consternation earlier in the year when new regulation introduced would have prohibited cattle from being able to attend! That highlights the problem farming has- too many office bound experts deciding on on-farm policies! Our days are filled with looking after our livestock, particularly the younger ones and preparing for the harvest. Our younger bull has been kept inside this last month, so we have a natural end to calving next year, but he will be going out this month so exciting times for him- we had to surround his pen with an electric fence above the top rail to stop him jumping out (he didn’t twig that it wasn’t actually connected to the mains) as it’s the only way to keep him where we want him! Hopefully our woolsacks have been delivered to the collecting depot and some payment is wending its way into our account- cash flow is quite seasonal in farming and there are long periods when there might not be anything ready to sell, but there might be important purchases to be made. We’ll be checking our lambs for sign of flystrike and may have sprayed them with repellent to try to avoid the issue- again, the season and weather dictates how many times we have to do this. However, this does mean Ted gets more work, fetching in the flock and he has grown into a big dog, but still wont go near the electric fence! Angela Sargent and follow us on twitter (@bythebarn)and facebook(baldfields farm) too!
  37. 37. 39Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 15,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Chocolate Eton Mess Cake M y son and his girlfriend came to stay at the weekend as it was her birthday. I wanted to make a cake which incorporated her favourite dessert and chocolate! We had quite a gathering so I made an extra big cake. We still managed to finish it off, with just a slice left which my husband had the next day with custard! It takes a big longer to prepare as first I made my meringues, but you could cheat and buy shop bought ones. The cake doesn’t really need the giant meringues on top - I had to make these as they are Alice’s favourite. You could, infact, buy meringue nests and sprinkle a layer in the middle of the cake and some on top. So firstly I will give you the recipe for the Giant Meringues. Meringues - you will need:- 6 free-range eggs (whites only) 330g caster sugar 1 tbsp cocoa powder Preheat the oven to 110˚C, fan 90˚C. Line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, then slowly add the caster sugar, whisking until it is all combined. Gently fold the cocoa powder into the mixture. Drop large dollops of mixture onto the baking sheet. This mixture makes about 6 meringues. Bake in the oven for 2 hours, then turn the oven off and leave for a further hour before removing. The cake only really needs about 3 to 4 meringues, but they do keep in an air tight container. For the cake you will need:- 2 x 10” cake tins greased and lined 350g light muscovado sugar 4 eggs 8 fl oz milk 8 fl oz sunflower oil 4 tbsp golden syrup or black treacle 350g self raising flour 50g good quality cocoa powder 2 tsp baking powder For the filling and topping you will need:- Large carton whipping or double cream Strawberries Meringues Dark chocolate to drizzle over the top of the cake If you just want to make a 7” cake, just half all of the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 160˚C. Blend together the sugar, eggs, oil and golden syrup or treacle. Add the sieved flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and mix thoroughly. Divide the mixture between the prepared tins and bake for approximately 25mins, until when lightly pressed it springs back. Leave to cool in the tins and then turn out onto a wire rack. Whip your cream and now you are ready to assemble the cake. Spread half the cream on one half of your cake then crumble meringue on top of the cream. Slice half of your strawberries and arrange on top of the cream. Place the other half of the cake on top and cover with the remaining cream. Place a couple of the giant meringues on top along with whole strawberries and some more crushed meringue. I then drizzled the cake with melted dark chocolate. The cake can be a little tricky to slice, but absolutely delicious! It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and a real treat. Karen’s Cake Corner by Karen Hill 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. Bruce Springsteen, me and a Lark in the Park A few weeks ago I walked into a pub in Dublin and ordered a couple of drinks. Before the barman had finished pouring them, Bruce Springsteen came in and sat on the bar stool next to me.“I remember you,” he said. All of the above is true. But it’s not the whole truth. For an explanation of what really happened, you’ll have to wait. Maybe next month, but if you’re as obsessed as I am with the world’s greatest rock performer - for that is what he undoubtedly is - or even if you simply enjoy celebrity gossip – and trust me, he’s a bigger star than any of your X- factor winners or reality TV posers - you will know the story is worth waiting for. Lark in the Park goes interactive In the meantime let me tell you a little about this year’s Lark in the Park, the free family fun day in Bramshall Road park on the Saturday of the August bank holiday weekend. This year it’s on August 27th and the fun kicks off at 1pm. Lark in the Park is organised by Uttoxeter Lions Club and funded by East Staffs Borough Council. The idea is that it’s an event where most of the activities are free. That’s to help hard-pressed families make the most of the dying days of the school summer holidays. Without being too complacent, we, the Lions, think we deliver decent value for money to the council. After all it’s your money they’re spending, in the form of council tax. So if we don’t get it right, you have every right to complain. That’s why we listen hard to comments and feedback to try to improve what we deliver. We’ve noticed that whenever children get involved in what’s going on in the arena it seems to bring the most pleasure to them and their parents. So this year we’ve gone all out for interactivity and audience involvement. Circus skills in the arena That means the main arena will be dominated by performers from Circus Whiz and a related outfit called the Games Arena. Alongside our regular DJ and stadium announcer Matt Goodwin, who runs games and competitions for youngsters, they should guarantee that whenever children turn up during the afternoon there will be something exciting for them to do. Circus Whiz, as the name suggests, teach circus skills in workshop sessions – juggling with balls, clubs, diablos and devil sticks, stilt-walking and plate-spinning. The Games Arena provide giant outdoor versions of indoor games like Snakes and Ladders and Connect Four. Like last year there’s also a chance to try the historic but high-tech Olympic sport of archery. There will also be jousting, an inflatable rodeo bull, bungee trampolines, bouncy castles, a mini-ferris wheel, roundabout and donkey rides. The afternoon begins with a performance from the Uttoxeter Town Band and concludes at 4.30 with the duck race along Picknalls Brook. Please buy a duck race ticket as the proceeds all go to local causes – and it makes watching the ducks bobbing along much more fun. Talk to Vin about your own charity stall The afternoon is also an opportunity for local organisations to raise money for their own causes. You can book a space on the field or a pre-erected market stall. Just call my Lions pal Vin Bradley on 01889 563078. Vin seems to know everyone in town, but even if you haven’t met him, it’s probably time to give him a call and ask for a stall to help your organisation make money at Lark in the Park. Original fund-raising ideas that capture the imagination of passers-by can make hundreds of pounds during the afternoon. Tombolas and cake stalls seem to do well too. I hope Vin will keep his better suggestions for the Lions stalls. But he can tell you where the best pitches are and what’s available. And the weather’s usually great. I’ve forgotten how many years we’ve been doing Lark in the Park but I know there’s almost always been sunshine in the afternoon, even if it has been bookended by heavy showers before and after. Please come along. It’s free. But avoid talking to me or I might tell you about the time I met Bruce Springsteen in a bar in Dublin …