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Uttoxeter
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Uttoxeter
& Cheadle
Issue 123
A QUALITY MAGAZINE - NOW IN OUR 17th YEAR!
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A
s I write my
article, the
rain is
beating down onto
the windows and the
cold wind is swirling around the hedgerows in
my back garden!!
When oh when will we enjoy the warmth of
lovely summer sunshine?
I have never known such a wet year.
Everyone seems to be moaning about the
weather in true British style…
In my childhood, we did encounter some
bad June weather and I can recall my family
being in a caravan on the coast with rain hitting
the metal roof like a sub-machine gun. We still
had a wonderful holiday though and I sincerely
hope local families who are now in the same
situation enjoy their much-needed breaks.
Hopefully, when Voice magazines are being
delivered, the weather has turned to glorious
sunshine and we are basking in the heat…
I was deeply moved by the recent D-Day
80th Anniversary coverage by the BBC. Rarely
has there been an event covered on TV with
such precision and emotions…
I lost count of the number of times I wiped
tears away from my eyes as I witnessed the
Veterans engrossed with the spectacle of actors
orating memories of fallen soldiers, songs by
top notch singers and the whole production of
such an important and historical event.
Our very own Welsh Star Sir Tom Jones
made me wilt into an emotional mess with his
rendition of ‘I Won’t Crumble With You If You
Fall’..
Can I ask readers to just read the lyrics of
this song – such wonderful words:
I will wake in the morning if you call
And I’ll stand beside you as long as I can
I will hold back the evening of your sun
But I won’t crumble with you if you fall
I will shadow the heat of your days
And I’ll drink from the sweat of your brow
I will walk to the tune of your song
But I won’t crumble with you if you fall
Come and walk with me and hold to my hand
Touch me, let me know I am here by myself
Stretch my night dreams into my days
Stop short of falling apart if I go down
I’ll wake in the morning if you call
And I’ll stand beside you as long as I can
I will hold back the evening of your sun
But I won’t crumble with you if you fall
I hope you enjoy reading this issue of The
Voice colour magazine.
Nigel Titterton
Editor & Publisher
Dear Reader,
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Uttoxeter Youth Officer presents
Young Leaders in Service
certificates at Thomas Alleynes
P
ictured are 3 recipients of the Young Leaders in Service Award who collectively
have completed over 700 hours community service over the last year. The
school has been involved in the YLIS programme for 6 years now and over
that period have attained a massive total of 12,000 hours community service.
The prestigious award is recognised worldwide and administered by Lions
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The Uttoxeter Lions Club are extremely active with youth and have several
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from September to June.
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6th Form at Thomas Alleyne’s, who is the school co-ordinator between the
school and Uttoxeter Lions, and Lion Graham Dow.
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Watercolour Class for
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Beginners that is to be held locally in Uttoxeter starting in September 2024.
The course is being led by award winning artist and tutor Ann Stringer-Paget
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Ann’s structured courses are designed so that even the most nervous beginner
will feel at ease from the very first lesson.
Ann has been painting and teaching art for over 30 years and has work in private
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She is a very committed and patient tutor who sympathises with the needs of the
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A
big-hearted seven-year-old boy who enjoyed a
dream holiday to Lapland thanks to Poundland
shoppers was determined to repay their
kindness - by climbing Mount Snowdon for charity.
James Oakden completed the challenge of scaling
the highest mountain in Wales on Saturday 27th April
2024, trekking up 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) to the top
along with Mum, Zoe; Dad, Jake; and five-year-old
sister, Ella.
James and his family made the unforgettable
journey to meet Santa in December, thanks to the
Poundland Foundation and Make-A-Wish® UK.
They were able to make the trip of a lifetime
through generous Poundland customers making
donations while buying their shopping.
James, from Uttoxeter, suffers with a brain
condition and going on the trip gave him a real boost.
He was diagnosed with numerous cavernomas – a
cluster of abnormal blood vessels - on the brain at 10
months old.
Now he wants to raise as much money as he can,
with every penny raised going to the Make-A-Wish®
UK. The charity grants life-changing wishes to children
with critical illnesses.
So far, James has raised over £1,750 and counting
with people invited to donate via his JustGiving page
here.
James’ Mum Zoe said: “Despite having quite a big
nosebleed the night before, James was determined to
still do the climb.
“He was amazing and didn’t moan once.
“Everyone he met on the route was cheering him
on all day and he couldn’t believe the fundraising total
when he got back down!”
Jason Suckley, Chief Executive of Make-a-Wish UK
said: “I am profoundly inspired by James and his
incredible generosity and desire to give back.
“A wish can bring light and joy to children and their
loved ones during the darkest of times and help create
magical memories that last a lifetime.
“James’ challenge to climb Snowdon will help us to
grant more wishes to children just like him, and we are
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Lucy Ruff Poundland’s charity foundation manager
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“James and his family travelled to Lapland in
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“The magic of pressing that green button at
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“Today, we’re cheering for James, who’s decided to
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“James is a big Christmas fan and he loved his wish
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husky rides.
“Going on the trip boosted him up, and when he
learned that the trip was completely paid for – he
wanted to come back home and raise money, so that
another child could have the same experience he’s had.
“He decided himself that he wanted to raise money
by climbing Snowdon. It was quite a feat for any 7 year
old!”
James was diagnosed with numerous cavernomas
on the brain aged 10 months old at Birmingham
Children’s Hospital after experiencing significant
seizures.
They affect his day-to-day life, including absent
seizures, losing his balance, and headaches.
His mum Zoe said: “James is so brave, he doesn’t
complain and just gets on with life.
“He has yearly MRI scans at the hospital to monitor
the cavernomas.
“There is an operation that could be performed to
help him but since the cavernomas are so deep in his
brain, it’s quite risky to do.”
Zoe said despite the symptoms, her son was still
able to attend regular school and even take up
mountain biking.
“When he has a headache, he’ll just say ‘oh my silly
head is playing up again’. That’s how he handles it – he
never gets himself down,” she said.
“He manages it so well. He doesn’t let anything stop
him and he never wants to upset anyone.”
She said James, who loves Christmas, was so
pleased with his trip to Lapland that he immediately
decided he wanted to raise money for Make-A-Wish to
help them support other children.
“I’m over the moon but that’s just James all over.
He’s such a kind boy,” she said.
The Poundland Foundation works to make futures
brighter across the UK through its national and local
grant programmes. For more details about the
Poundland Foundation please visit:
poundlandfoundation.org.uk/
Big-hearted 7 year old who visited
Lapland thanks to Poundland
shoppers climbs Snowdon to help
other children
James, from Uttoxeter, wants to repay kindness for his dream holiday to meet Santa through the Poundland
Foundation and Make-A-Wish® UK
James wanted to climb Snowdon to raise money to help children with critical illnesses
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The swim school, which has a squad of six
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Darren Worthington, whose 14-year-old son
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said the new equipment makes such a difference in
helping swimmers to get ready for their lesson.
Travelling for nearly an hour each way from
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Darren said: “There is nothing like Paddles Swim
School anywhere else locally and it is amazing to have
the new changing facilities available to us. As a parent
it just makes it so much easier to help Joseph get ready
and to keep doing what he loves. The freedom of being
in the water makes him so happy and without this
equipment we just would really struggle to lift and
support him as he gets older.”
Paddles Disability Swim School was formed with
the aim of providing safe and fun opportunities for
young disabled people to access water activities. The
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Penny used to work for the NHS
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falls and help with balance
within the garden.
Penny’s third obsession is
developing, creating and
planting her own garden. She loves to create colour patterns and shared her love of
Veronica and is applying to hold the national collection within her garden. Penny
helped members with suggestions of how to get plants for free by using propagation
of cuttings and collecting seeds from previous years.
Penny is also a keen garden photographer and at the moment is writing a book
on creating a garden for photography and expressed her love of purple flowers, she
surely showed everyone what a busy and extremely talented person she is.
Heather gave the vote of thanks for an absolutely lovely and really enjoyable
evening.
The club would also like to extend a huge thank you to Dorothy for organising
the sales table for the evening.
Our July meeting is at the Oakley Room, Cheadle Guild Hall and will be a
workshop entitled ‘Let’s Get Crafty’ where members will be able to make and take
home 2-3 items they create during the evening . It will be on Wednesday 17th July
at 7.30 pm. If you wish to join us do not hesitate to contact Sheila on the details
above. This is sure to be a fun and creative evening and everyone can be assured of
a warm welcome.
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Marking the
80th
anniversary
of D-Day
A knitted postbox topper - complete
with 16 soldiers onboard a landing
craft and a tank - decorates a
traditional red Royal Mail
Postbox in the local
village of
Denstone.
Photo:
Rod Kirkpatrick/
RKP Photography
A
team of JCB cyclists have
crossed the finish line of
an epic charity
fundraising effort to ride around the world in 80 days
- four days early.
The 42-strong group began the 42,000-kilometre
challenge last month to raise money for Hannah’s Hope
charity, a fundraiser set up by JCB welding apprentice
Hannah Roberts, 20, who was diagnosed with brain
cancer just months after joining the company.
The aim was to complete the ride on Tuesday, April
30th - Hannah’s 21st birthday - but the team put so
much pedal power into the initiative, that they finished
four days early, completing the last 500 kilometres
today at JCB’s World HQ in Rocester. So far, the
challenge has raised around £34,000 for Hannah’s Hope
charity.
And there to join them in a sprint to the finish was
1500 metre Olympic Gold Medallist Lord Coe, who
congratulated the team on their efforts. Lord Coe said:
“This has been a tremendous effort by everyone
involved and for such a wonderful cause. It just shows
what can be achieved through teamwork.”
Hannah was given just 15 months to live in
September 2022 when she was diagnosed with
glioblastoma. Although she has undergone surgery to
remove the cancer, followed by radiotherapy and
chemotherapy, a trait of the condition means it keeps
re-growing. With the support of JCB, her family has
already reached a £250,000 fundraising target for
treatment in the USA when she needs it.
Now, Hannah is aiming to raise £200,000 to buy
and equip a luxury holiday lodge just five minutes from
her home at Mercia Marina, in Willington, Derbyshire.
The lodge will be offered free of charge to families of
teenagers and young adults who are under the care of
the Teenage Cancer Trust to spend valuable time
together.
Hannah and mum Gail Iredale visited the JCB
World Headquarters at Rocester on Friday to watch the
conclusion of the JCB Around the World in 80 Days
cycle challenge. Gail said: “We are so overwhelmed by
what the JCB cyclists have done for Hannah’s Hope and
their efforts have given the appeal a tremendous shot
in the arm. We really are truly grateful.”
JCB Principal Engineer Aaron Turner, event
organiser and a founding member of the JCB Cycling
Club, said: “It’s been a tough challenge and we are
delighted to have completed it earlier than anticipated
and give Hannah an earlier than expected 21st
birthday. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone
who has supported us along the way, and most
importantly, to everyone who has donated money to
the appeal. It really will make a big difference to the
lives of children and young people with cancer.”
Over the ten-week challenge the cyclists clocked up
the miles with individual road rides and group outings,
including a route to Mercia Marina, where Hannah’s
lodge will be sited. The total was also topped during
spinning classes at the JCB World Headquarters each
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Anyone wishing to sponsor the JCB cyclists can
donate through the JCB Around the World in 80 Days
JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/
JCBaroundworld80days
Sprint finish for JCB cyclists’around
the world in 80 days bid
Hannah Roberts pictured with Lord Coe and members of the JCB Around The World in 80 Days cycling team.
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From the Mash Tun
by Graham Shenton of Uttoxeter
I
n the last edition I failed to note the first anniversary
of the passing of Lank Lavin. Now Lank was a great
Raconteur who quite often repeated tales he had
‘delivered’ before but always embellished them so that
they improved with age. This is not one of Lank’s tales
but a tale of Lank. Back in the day (which for me is the
1970’s) the licensing laws were very different and Lank
was always one for ‘drinking outside of the box’. On this
particular Thursday Lank and his ‘bag man’ Trevor
James Mellor decided to visit Uttoxeter Racecourse in
search of a session. Were he still with us I am sure he
would not be attracted by the beer in plastic glasses at
extortionate prices but in those days on a Thursday
afternoon there were few if any alternatives. After the
races our intrepid explorers adjourned to the Black
Swan well on the way to having achieved their objective.
Now Danny (for it was he) was always a more successful
drinker than Lank and achieved a state of inebriation
(you could always tell he went onto Rum and Black)
whilst his oppo was barely into his second gallon.
After they had been in the Swan for a while the
phone rang. Danky, as was his way, looked round to see
if any of his punters did not want their presence
disclosed. Lank shook his head. Mick picked up the
phone ‘on hello Jackie. No I’ve not seen him all day. OK
will do’. He put the phone down. ‘I don’t think she
believed me. If I see you she says get yourself home’.
Lank smiled. Danny looked concerned as though he
knew what was to come. Lank carried on drinking. 20
minutes later the phone rang again. Mick looked across
the room for any change in the ‘situation’. Lank again
shook his head. ‘Oh hello again Jackie. No I’ve still not
seen him’. He moved the phone away from his ear. ‘OK
Jackie’. He put the phone down. ‘That wasn’t very nice!
I think she may be on her way down’. Lank was
unmoved. He was on the hook of William Bass.
Now in those days there was a serving hatch at the
roadside entrance to the bar which was principally for
‘offsales’. When this hatch was open, as it was this day,
you could see a few yards onto the street. A few minutes
later Mick said ‘here she comes’. Now I have never seen
Danny move faster. He leapt to his feet and stood
underneath the coat rack knowing that when the front
door opened his presence would be concealed from
anyone entering the bar by the door. Jackie entered.
There were choice words followed by less choice words.
At that point Jackie picked up Lank’s pint and tipped it
over his head. As she stormed out of the bar she gave
Danny (now revealed) a withering look. Lank, with beer
running down his face said, ‘that’s one hell of a woman!’.
Lank and Jackie are both sadly missed and of course
Jackie was a character in her own right. As they say
behind every good man there is a better woman. Jackie
was certainly that. As for Danny he never fully
recovered and eventually emigrated to Thailand.
Whilst on the subject of pubs, I have an update on
the Vernon Arms. Apparently there is an issue with
planning permission which needs to be approved by
Derbyshire Dales. By the time you read this the deadline
will have passed for emailing in support of their
application. I gave it a go. Every village needs its local
pub as the ‘beating heart’ of the community. Let’s hope
the Vernon’s is open again soon. Thanks
to Richard Crutchley for the update.
Good news from Uttoxeter
Brewing Company at last they have
brewed the aforementioned Shed 5f
(in reference to the town’s railway
heritage). I recently sampled the
product and have to say I was well
impressed. It is a mighty ale with an
ABV of (at least!) 6%. A smooth old
fashioned style stout with hints of
chocolate and vanilla (not too much
vanilla though). The cask version is currently being
matured and should be on sale towards the end of June.
The bottled version is currently available from UBC at
the top of the White Hart yard. Pipedream delivered
Andy! Photo of Pump Clip can be seen next to this
article.
Whilst walking through the town recently I was
approached by Tony who was promoting the new ‘Stoke’
air ambulance. This is an ambulance dedicated to our
district and will be based at the old Blythe Colours site
at Cresswell. Approximately 8 miles away as the chopper
flies. I was informed by Tony that at present we are
served by one of 3 air ambulances which are dedicated
to other areas.. There is one based at East Mids Airport
which serves Notts, Leics and Derbys. One at RAF
Cosford which serves the West Midlands and one at
Manchester Airport which serves Manchester and
Cheshire. So basically, we take pot luck and hope that
one of the 3 is available when our needs arise. I have
subscribed and have included the email address if you
want to see further details. Stokeairambulance.org
Once again I have to report the loss of a friend.
Kevin Collins (Kevlar to his mates) passed away in early
May whilst on a cruise around the Mediterranean. I
have not known Kev that long but it was a pleasure to
have made his acquaintance later in our lives and we
shared some great beer drinking experiences in the
short time we had. RIP Kevlar. I thought you were
getting better but I suspect you knew different
Finally, a bit of a Trivia question to finish with.
Which person born in Rocester has appeared in the
Simpsons? The first person to stop me with the correct
Answer gets a free drink. This does not include Smelly
who gave me the idea for the question or Philip Atkins
who has already given me the answer.
Until next time.
Shent
My love of Life, Camping & Caravanning
by John Willmore of Cheadle
John continues his series of articles ‘My Love of Life,
Camping & Caravanning’ as he begins to get used to
a new life…
S
o 1978 was looming – 1977 had been a busy year
for our family. First we had our second child, then
we moved house – both stressful – but as we
entered 1978 thoughts of a holiday came to mind…
So, back to my mate Roy Beardmore, who most will
remember came from The Cross Keys in Tean. So I
asked him about borrowing his caravan again – his
reply was ‘I will sell it to you for a reasonable price!’
After a family discussion we agreed on a price and
It was off to see our Bank Manager to borrow the
money.
This was successful so now we owned the Sprite
Alpine Caravan. We felt so blessed. Also, we had room
to keep it at home…
So where was our first adventure to be? Our mentor
was Mr Albert Hulme from Tean who was an
experienced caravanner. He suggested Lower Lacon
Park at Wem in Shropshire.
So, Whit Week’s holiday is where we went, the
weather was perfect and we enjoyed a wonderful time.
Now the question was where to go for our Summer
Holiday. After discussion, it was decided that we would
spread our wings and make for beautiful Cornwall…
There was a lot of preparation needed, such as
taking the engine out of the car for a refurbish which
was done – new tyres fitted to the car and caravan, and
then my wife Phyllis decided to change the curtains
too!!
So off we set to this far away place – in those days
it took about 8 hours to get there, but very well worth
it. We stayed near Padstow which allowed us to have a
base to travel to places of interest.
So 1978 holidays were taken care of – what
adventures lay in stall for us in 1979??
More next time in the next issue of The Voice
colour magazine…
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Welcome To The Children’s
Country House Woodland Theatre
A
s part of our new
and exciting
programming work
at The Children’s Country
House at Sudbury, we are
delighted to launch our
mini-summer season of
theatre especially for
children. For two weekends
on 27 to 28 July and 1 to 4
August, we will be taking
over our den building
section in the grounds to
create a new magical and intimate woodland theatre space.
For our first season we are delighted to welcome two companies from the East
Midlands, who have earned an excellent reputation for their work with their children
over the past few years. Buxton based Babbling Vagabonds will be presenting “Here
Be Dragons” on 27th and 28th July, whilst HandMade Theatre from Nottingham
will be “Flying the Nest” from 1st to 4th August, a show, with accompanying
workshops, all about nature and birds. A subject very close to our hearts here at the
National Trust.
Programming and Partnerships Manager for The Children’s Country House at
Sudbury, David Longford says, “This theatre programme is all part of our aim for
The Children’s Country House to become a vital creative hub for children’s work,
utilising the skills and creativity of artists from all across our region, who can
transform our spaces and really fire up the imagination of all our visitors, young and
old.”
Mark Hornsey, Designer for Babbling Vagabonds theatre group also says “since
my children were young, we have visited The Children’s Country House at Sudbury,
and we have many happy memories there. It’s a treat to be performing there this
summer, and our performance ‘Here Be Dragons’ is a fabulous story full of adventure
and wonder, as well as entertaining for children of all ages!”.
We look forward to welcoming you for the Woodland Theatre shows, and if you
are an artist or company, either new or more established, working in the Midlands
region then do please get in touch with us.
Woodland Theatre tickets are £9.00 per adult and £8.00 per child for
performances and £10 per child for workshops. Tickets are available to purchase
now via the National Trust website
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Teddy Bear Festival
at Kingstone Church
T
he Teddy Bear Takeover Festival at Kingstone was
designed to be a light-hearted, community event
to bring local organizations and people of all ages
together by creating teddy bear scenes, in the church,
showing all the great activities that are happening in
Kingstone.
The tableaux were created with great attention to detail
and touches of humour. A teddy bear choir, vicar and
organist presided over a full church.
Huge thanks must be given to anyone who helped in
any way and to St. Mary’s Church, Marsh Gibbon in
Oxfordshire, who lent over 150 of the bears; there must have
been well over 200 altogether.
The whole event far succeeded our expectations, in the
ingenuity of those who created the tableaux, the reaction of
those who saw them and the generosity of the many visitors.
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Uttoxeter Lions issue
Certificates of Appreciation
to Local Opticians
U
ttoxeter Lions collect
Glasses, Mobile Phones
and Hearing Aids at
local collection points in and
around Uttoxeter and
Ashbourne, which are
consolidated with those
collected by other Lions clubs
around the UK and are sorted,
checked, repaired and graded
before being sent out to Africa
for reuse by the Opticians there.
It’s a long running and very
effective programme that
supports many who would
otherwise not be able to see.
It’s funded end to end by the
Lions Clubs International, and
in the last full year the UK Lions
collectively sent over 300,000 pairs of glasses along the journey.
Locally, the Uttoxeter Lions are supported by many local businesses and have
many collection points who help make this whole system work.
Specsavers of Ashbourne and Vision Express of Ashbourne, both of which are
in the pictures, have between them collected a staggering 10,000 pairs of glasses in
just 3 years, as well as a lot of hearing aids and mobile phones.
As a public acknowledgement of this superb activity, the Uttoxeter Lions have
presented them both with Certificates of Appreciation.
Uttoxeter Lion Dave Watts (pictured making the presentation ) commented that
‘This really is a superb thing that these opticians are doing, It’s really good to know
that these glasses will be used again, helping let someone see who would otherwise
not be able to’ makes it all worthwhile - Thank you Specsavers and Vision Express
and thank you to the local people of Ashbourne who have donated them to make it
all possible’
There are 34 Local collection points for glasses, mobile phones and hearing aids,
for a full list of locations, please go to the Uttoxeter Lions website
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W
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a new $500 million
JCB factory in North
America – the biggest-ever investment in the
company’s history.
The start of construction was signalled at an official
ground-breaking ceremony at the site in San Antonio,
Texas, where Alice Bamford, daughter of company
Chairman Anthony Bamford, cut the first sod of earth.
Work on the 720,000 sq. ft (67,000m²) factory is
under way on a 400-acre site and will create 1,500 new
jobs over five years. It will be the company’s second
largest plant, rivalled only by the manufacturer’s World
HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire, UK. The factory will
make Loadall telescopic handlers and aerial access
equipment, with production scheduled to start in 2026.
The factory will also have the capacity to expand into
the manufacture of other products in the future.
Chairman Lord Bamford said: “Construction
equipment manufacturers sell more than 300,000
machines every year in North America, making it the
single largest market in the world. JCB has been
growing its share of this important market steadily over
the past few years and the time is now right to invest
in our manufacturing capacity in North America,
where we already have one factory. JCB really has come
a considerable way since we sold our first machine here
60 years ago and it gives me immense pleasure to see
how our business has grown in North America. Today
really is a milestone day in the history of our family
company.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said: “Texas was this
year named as The Best State for Business for a record-
breaking 20th year, and I am proud to welcome JCB as
the newest business to call our great state home. Today’s
groundbreaking marks a major milestone in JCB’s
journey that will create 1,500 good-paying jobs for
hardworking Texans in Bexar County and bring
hundreds of millions of new capital investment to San
Antonio and beyond. ‘Made in Texas’ is truly a
powerful global brand, and I look forward to
celebrating JCB’s continuing success as we work
together to build a bigger, better Texas for decades to
come.”
JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “JCB’s business
in North America has made tremendous progress in
the past few years and the opportunity for growth here
is vast. This record investment gives us a fantastic
opportunity to build on our success and we look
forward to the completion of this great new facility.”
Richard Fox-Marrs, President & CEO of JCB North
America, said: “The Loadall telescopic handler is JCB’s
biggest selling product in North America and it is also
the single largest market for aerial access equipment
worldwide, and therefore, it makes great sense to build
these two ranges here. Texas is an obvious choice for
our new North American manufacturing facility, not
least because the State is the largest consumer of
construction equipment in the USA. San Antonio is
also the logical choice as a location for our new factory
because of its central location, proximity to the supply
chain and great local labour force. We are really excited
about JCB’s new San Antonio factory and for the future
of our business in North America.”
JCB sold its first machine in North America in 1964
and opened its first manufacturing plant there in 2001
in Savannah, Georgia, which employs 1,000 people.
The new facility will manufacture machines for
customers specifically in North America. JCB employs
19,000 people and has 22 factories around the world,
including 11 in the UK, seven in India, and others in
Brazil and China. The company will mark its 80th
anniversary in 2025.
JCB breaks ground at new $500
million North American factory
Lord Bamford pictured with his daughter Alice
Bamford at the ground-breaking ceremony in San
Antonio, Texas, site of JCB’s new $500 million factory.
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Monday 1st April
I have been
awake for a few
days, but after such
a long sleep it takes
a while to get going.
It has been a long
winter with far too
many interruptions
to my usual winter’s
sleep. I have been
woken up by too
many different
things, wind, rain
and it being far too
warm and then
freezing cold within
a few hours. It is not good for me, all these sudden
changes in the weather.
You may remember that last summer I had found a
garden with two lovely houses specially designed for
me to live in over the winter months. I choose the one
that I thought would provide the best shelter and most
of the time it was fine, but on a few occasions, I was
woken by the
howling wind.
Then on other
occasion by the rain
as it was so hard
that I thought I was
going to float away.
Here is a picture
of where I have slept
most of the winter.
As you can see, I
pushed some straw
up against the door
to try and keep the
wind out.
Tuesday 2nd April
My priority now that I am fully awake is to find
some food, lots and lots of it, as I am quite thin having
not eaten for so long. I therefore plan to start looking
for plentiful supplies of juicy food that I can tuck into
and gorge myself on. It is good that at the same time
as I wake up, I find lots of freshly dug earth where
things are being planted, so there are loads of worms
and other grubs for me to tuck into.
What I must look out for are those horrid blue
pellets that I sometimes come across, that have been
scattered around new plants. I think those blue pellets
are to deter those slimy things that slither across the
ground, leaving a line of slime behind them. The blue
pellets give me terrible tummy ache and the slimy
things that eat them all die. There must be better
deterrents than those blue pellets which can be used, I
think herbs would work well.
Wednesday 3rd April
Fortunately for me, the nice owners of the house
where I have spent the winter have already put a big
bowl of my favourite food in one of my shelters; so as
long as no cheeky creature that goes squeak squeak and
has a long tail, or one of those silly black coloured birds
find it, I should be able to fatten myself up on that quite
quickly. I always like to wash my meals down with a
good slurp of fresh water, so it is great that there is a
conveniently placed saucer of water nearby. What I do
not like is that white liquid some people leave out for
me, although it tastes good at the time, it is far too rich
for my little tummy and makes me poorly. I have seen
those creatures that make a silly meowing noise drink
that white stuff and my view is, let them have it, as they
obviously think it is good for them.
Thursday 4th April
You will not
believe what I
came across this
evening. There I
was going
through the
undergrowth on
my way to get my
next meal and I
came across a
sign, with the one
word I recognise
on it, ‘Hedgehog,’ that’s me. So, whatever this sign says
it must be something to do with me. I am going to
hang around it over the coming weeks.
Friday 5th April
Saturday
6th April
Sunday 7th April
Guess what, I am famous, as I heard my name being
talked about. Last night as I was going about my usual
business I heard noises, so I went to investigate. There
was this thing, with an engine running, lights all turned
on and smoke coming through an opening. As I got
closer, I could hear a voice and it said, ‘Hello I’m Harry
the Hedgehog and I’m here to ask you a favour.’
That’s me, I am Harry and I am being talked about.
I went a little closer to hear what was being said. It
went on to say that many of my friends and other
creature that live in the wild do not like rubbish being
thrown into the countryside. As when we go to
investigate it, we get injured or ill from poking our
noses into the rubbish and eating things that are not
good for us or cutting ourselves on the sharp edges of
bits of metal.
Well, I could hardly contain my excitement of
hearing my name, but then it all ended abruptly, when
a red-hot stub was thrown out of the window followed
by a something a bit heavier, onto the verge. With a
roar of an engine this thing moved off at great speed. I
went to see what had been thrown out, only to find a
round piece of paper that was soggy at one end and
burning hot at the other. The other thing was an empty
can. Why do these things get thrown into the grass,
surely there are better places to leave them?
While on the subject, why do I come across pieces
of cardboard with bits of leftover food or drink in them.
I wish there was more consideration shown and less
rubbish left in my world.
Monday 8th April
Just when I thought things were looking up, it has
been soaking wet again and cold. I do not mind the
rain, but I find it hard to walk across muddy places, as
it sticks to my bristles and makes me look untidy. I
want to start looking for a mate soon and need to look
my best, which is hard to do when you have bits of mud
stuck to you. I am sure the weather never used to be
this changeable when I was younger, it used to be more
predictable.
Tuesday 9th April
Although I
am asleep all
day and only
wake up and
come out at
night, a funny
thing happened
yesterday. I
was having a
nap in a hedge
when I got
woken by a
strange noise. I
poked my head
out to see what
was going on to
find a pile of tins just in front of me. I can only guess
that some sort of creature must have been going along
the side of the road picking up all the rubbish that gets
left behind.
What would others think if I left rubbish behind
me, they would not be too happy, so why do they have
to litter my home, they should take their rubbish back
to their homes!
Wednesday 10th April
Now you may remember that I said I had had some
funny dreams over the long-wet winter. One of them
went like this.
I was out for my usual evening walk and I had come
across this building that had a good smell coming from
it. I walked around and found a door open, so feeling
a bit adventurous I went in. Well, you will not believe
what I was confronted with. There were bags and bags
of food that were all open and all full of lovely
hedgehog food, I ate and ate and ate. I then had to find
my way out of the building which was difficult as I had
forgotten which way I had come in. Anyway, just as I
was squeezing myself through the door, there was a
sudden flash followed by a loud bang. I was suddenly
wide awake only to find myself still in my straw bed
and feeling a bit hungry, as I realised it had all been a
dream.
Back to reality now, I need to go out and start my
usual nightly rounds. Bye for now, I am going to take
a break from writing my diary now and will come back
with more in the summer months.
Uttoxeter Nature Recovery Network News
Harry the Hedgehog’s Diary for 2024
By Rodney Paul
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to help
keep
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toilets
open
P
ublic toilets are valued
facilities in our towns
and communities but the
thoughtless actions of a small
number of people can result in
temporary closures following
deliberate damage and mis-use.
Staffordshire Moorlands
District Council is receiving an
increasing number of
complaints about the
cleanliness and state of repair of
these public amenities.
A regular schedule of
cleaning is in place but this
relies on the people using the
toilets helping to maintain their
cleanliness.
Vandalism and people
leaving the toilets in a mess
often results in closure whilst
the Council carries out
expensive repairs leaving the
public with no facilities in the
meantime.
The Council is now
appealing to everyone who uses
public toilets to do so
responsibly and with other
users in mind.
Councillor Charlotte
Atkins, Cabinet member for
Services, said: “The Council
provides public toilets for the
benefit of residents and visitors
as we know people value these
facilities.
“The toilets are cleaned
regularly but our team can’t be
everywhere at the same time
and keeping toilets clean relies
on everyone using them to do
so responsibly and with other
users in mind.
“Most people respect this
and don’t deliberately damage
or deface them but we are
increasingly receiving reports
of toilets in unkempt states or
being deliberately vandalised.
“This is entirely avoidable
and we don’t want to waste
money on costly repairs only
for them to be vandalised
again.
“Everyone has a
responsibility to ensure the
public amenities they use are
left in a clean and serviceable
condition for other people so
we’re urging the minority of
people who abuse these
facilities to treat them properly
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Susan Higginbottom
The funeral service of Susan Higginbottom
took place on Tuesday 7th May 2024 at St
Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Uttoxeter at
1pm.
Entrance music included Neil Diamond’s
‘Play Me’. Hymns sung were Morning Has
Broken, Lord of all Hopefulness and The Lord’s
My Shepherd. Family and friends left the
church listening to ABBA’s ‘I Have a Dream’.
Donations totalling £846 collected in memory
of Sue has been forwarded to The Book Bus
Foundation and St Gile’s Hospice. Family and friends shared memories and
enjoyed refreshments at The Shrewsbury Arms, following the service.
Family mourners
Gerald Higginbottom; Frances Gordon; Jonny Gordon; Jamie Gordon; Lucie
Gordon; Nick Higginbottom; Kelly Higginbottom; Hannah Higginbottom; Thomas
Higginbottom; Margaret Deane; Michael Deane; Robert Peters; Melissa Peters.
Congregation…
Stella Simpson; Veronica Gillet; Sue Davies; Marsha Smith; Reg Archer; Paul
Archer; Graham and Fiona Kirby representing David and Pearl Platt and Norman
and Ann Tweddle; Mr P Curley; Margaret Thompson representing Gill Sandbrook,
Mandy Ellis and Sue Maiden Dalton; Dorothy Sneyd; Neil and Sheila Allen; Elsa
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Georgina Proctor; Bill and Lynn Pearson; Claire Marjoram; Sue Grimley; Jamila
Barker; Joyce Halcrow; Brenda Hammersley; Jane Kenyan-Smith; Carol Bavaresco;
Rita Hooley; David Rushton representing Debbie Langridge and The Rotary Club,
Uttoxeter; Stephen Herbert representing Mrs S Herbert; Jo and Martha Gilbert;
Joanne Curtis; Dawn Thompson representing Rose Barlow; Jill Roberts; Len and
Margaret Woodward; Keith and Annette Bastock representing Ken Ryder; Cylla
Bowers; Sue Lynch; Linda Green (Fuller); Ray White; Alicia Waghorn; Carolyn
Green; Alfred Hawksworth; Maureen Allen; Duncan Naylor; Ann Honeth; Jean
Naylor; Kathy Timmis; Sharon Daly representing The Marjorie Centre and Fiona
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Phillip and Elspeth Knight; Pat Rowley; Graeme and Mary Perry; Sally and Rob
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Janet Manton; Sandra Morris; Philip Davis representing Davis Family and Alison
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Pauline Hudson
The funeral service of Pauline Hudson took
place on Monday 20th May 2024 at St Mary’s
Church, Uttoxeter followed by a committal at
Carmountside Crematorium. Reverend
Chris Brown led a service of thanksgiving
and a celebration of Pauline’s life.
Hymns sung were “Amazing Grace” and
“Old Rugged Cross”. Family and friends shared
memories and refreshments at Bradley House
following the service. Donations collected in
memory of Pauline have been forwarded on to
ICU at Derby Hospital.
Family mourners included
Dave Hudson; Kelly Oakes; Melanie Rankin; Shaun, Evan, Madison and
Mason Oakes; Alan and Kayden Rankin; Richard, Karen and Hannah Baker;
Gary and Di Baker; Janice and Neil Oakes; Danni Birks.
Congregation included
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Keith; Pauline and Terry Murray; Christine Morrell; Kieth Watson; Christine
Rankin; Kaci Rankin; Jane and Brian Hudson; Maurice and Ann Smithard; Janet
and Edward Woodward; Lee and Rose Hudson; Maureen Hooper representing
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Once in the cattery she let
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One lady was very tempted
to give her a home, but in the
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Diana was born in 2015, so she is getting on a bit, but hopefully still has many
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e were recently asked to take in a
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Something wasn’t right from the moment
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her she just turned away. We continued to
try to tempt her all over the weekend, but to
no avail, so on Monday she was taken to the
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Thinking now, he couldn’t quite remember
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Where did the river run after it had left the road bridge?
There was the road and the railway tunnel
The ash covered car park and a stretch of grass
But where did the river run?
Surely there was another bridge, a footbridge?
To gain the far path they must have crossed the river
But he couldn’t remember looking down into it
Had no recollection of a footbridge
A culvert? No, he didn’t believe so
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He saw the houses on the ‘island’
where the river split and continued south
He saw the arched road bridge, the water flowing through
But all he could see in-between was the car park
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A Countryside Tale
The first instalment from the fictional village of Croxshall, by Natalie Wakefield
C
larence Wibberley wobbled past on his ancient
bicycle. Felicity Flint waved from her garden
bench as he bobbed along in front of her house,
a squeaky wheel cutting through the hazy quiet of the
summer afternoon.
Felicity cradled her favourite mug and basked in the
sun, luxuriating in the warmth on her skin, the scent
of roses on the faint breeze, the gentle drone of bees as
they investigated every bloom. It was a Sunday and the
village of Croxshall was peaceful. From the small patio
in her front garden, Felicity could see most of the lane
between St Peter’s – the spire jutting up into the blue
sky above the yew hedges – and, in the other direction,
the Golden Lion, just far enough away that she had to
strain to hear the cheerful chatter from the beer garden.
Green hills, sheep-dotted, surrounded the sleepy
village, which had changed little over the last ten years.
A cluster of new houses had gone up, there were fewer
buses now and both the butchers and the post office
had closed, but Croxshall still boasted a shop and a
village hall, which was more than some places had to
offer, Felicity mused. She really ought to think about
baking some scones. It was WI tomorrow and she’d
been asked to organise the refreshments. She was very
much the junior of the group, and keen to impress –
although not eager enough to move quite yet. She sat
contented in the sunshine, allowing her mind to roam,
considering the accusation from Vivienne across the
street that she was getting ‘old for her age’ and mulling
over the various snippets that had fallen from the
village grapevine at church.
Carol Sewell from Corner Cottage had been seen
getting out of a stranger’s car in the nearby town of
Utching. She could simply have been getting a lift, but
naturally Iris Thompson, Betty Bollington and Freda
McKay had dismissed this idea as entirely implausible.
Often referred to – in hushed tones – as ‘the coven,’ Iris,
Betty and Freda were in equal parts, respected and
feared for their intrinsic knowledge of all the goings-
on in Croxshall. The older women had had a field day
when young Annie Watson had brought her brood in
to Sunday school for the first time. Felicity smiled to
herself, recalling Betty’s impressive bosom quivering
indignantly as she’d crossed her arms, her strident ‘and
still no husband!’ causing the young woman to flush as
she’d scurried past.
The new vicar – ‘call me Ben’ – had made the
mistake of bringing his guitar to the service. Bless him.
Felicity had quite enjoyed it. He sang earnestly, if not
entirely tunefully, and seemed keen to share his deeply-
rooted faith. Personally, she felt it made a nice change
from old Rev Mithers, who had worn a rut so deep over
the years that several villagers were able to recite his
sermons by heart.
Felicity sipped her tea, gazing at her small rose
garden and making a mental list of the jobs she needed
to do tomorrow. Looking up, she smiled and waved as
a stressed-looking Anna Watson walked past, two
sleeping tots in a humongous pram, the other two
trailing behind. Heading for the pub no doubt. A
much-deserved half a shandy for her, cola and crisps
for the kids. Privately, Felicity felt the ‘scarlet woman’
label that had been attached to Anna was desperately
unfair. The poor girl had been treated terribly by her
husband, and the father of the younger two had long
since disappeared, with neither man, as far as she knew,
making much effort to support their children.
Dreadful.
She really must go in and bake those scones. With
a sigh, Felicity stood, her mind occupied with Anna
Watson’s predicament, when her reverie was
interrupted by a loud ‘Ahem…’
She shrieked, dropping her mug onto the stone flags
and clutching her chest.
‘Oh dear, I’m terribly sorry,’ a rich, male voice came
from somewhere in the hedge. Squinting against the
sunlight, Felicity realised there was a shadowy figure in
the arch cut out of the privet, leaning over her garden
gate. A man. He was coming up the path towards her.
‘I didn’t mean to startle you,’ he said softly. She stared,
frozen, as he quickly gathered the shards of china, then
stood looking for somewhere to put them. He was tall
and broad, a faint wave in his dark hair, which was
streaked with fine threads of silver. A tanned,
weathered face, but quite handsome. Soft brown eyes,
and a kind smile.
‘Here,’ she said, recovering her equilibrium and
passing him a plant pot. ‘They’ll do for crocks.’
‘My apologies again,’ he smiled, taking it from her.
‘I was actually hoping you could help me. I’m looking
for Bramble House, but I’m not sure I’m in the right
place.’
‘You’re not far,’ she felt an odd twist of
disappointment in her stomach. Bramble House was
the home of Charlotte Randall – a retired actress who
managed to exude glamour, yet dress with elegance,
and who occasionally appeared in gossip magazines on
the arm of an aging Rt Hon. There was only one likely
reason this gentleman was calling on Ms Randall.
Gamely, Felicity smiled, gave him directions, then
sagged as he went on his way. There was heat in her
cheeks and she was grateful for the cooler air indoors.
Ridiculous to get all of a flutter about a man she’d
spoken to for less than a minute.
That evening, Felicity went out of her back door
and through her vegetable garden, then huffed up the
steeply sloping paddock to her summerhouse, which
perched on the hillside and offered a sweeping view
over Croxshall. Westward facing, it was the perfect spot
to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sky streak with
colour as the sun sank behind the hills. All in all, she
felt incredibly lucky. Although she’d been widowed
young, before children had arrived, she had enjoyed her
years as a music teacher before a brush with cancer in
her early forties. Once recovered she’d moved from the
city to Croxshall, installed a piano and made enough
from giving lessons to get by. She kept herself busy with
various clubs and village activities, her vegetable garden
and her roses, baking, crochet, walking. It was a
privileged life and she was grateful for it. Content. Had
never, until today, thought about a man. A companion.
Partner, she supposed. The thought of letting a man
into her home, her bed, had always seemed
unnecessary. And surely it was too late now? He was
probably too young for her anyway.
The sky was lilac in the dusk, a sprinkling of stars
just peeping through as night crept in. She really ought
to get to bed. But… in the distance, a blue light.
Flashing. Then, out of the corner of her eye, another
coming from a different direction. Felicity’s curiosity
turned to horror as more and more blue lights appeared
in the darkness, moving ever closer towards the village.
What on earth was going on?
…to be continued…
Down on the Farm
by Angela Sargent
J
uly already, and crops are Ripening in the field.
Some crops will be ready earlier than usual due to
the weather. But maybe won’t provide much
because the growing season has been so restricted
because of the wet ground over spring. Straw may well
be in short supply as some of the crops haven’t grown
as tall as usual.
It’s also the time of year that sheep will be sheared.
Let’s hope for some dry days as water and electricity
don’t particularly mix well. Wool will spoil in the
woolsack if it is damp.
Shearing helps the sheep keep free from fly
problems. And I’m sure they are glad to see the back of
the heavy fleeces which weigh them down. Lambs may
be sprayed to keep flies away and wormed to keep them
free from pests.
A good few days of fine weather will be needed to
make good hay. And there may be some silage still to
be made to top up those winter reserves.
But now Midsummer and the harvest will be
starting. Hopefully the machinery has been serviced
and is working properly. Harvest is also a dusty, grubby
job and usually means long hours. It’s so easy for
accidents to happen through tiredness and through the
desire to get the job done. Please take care. There will
also be lots of large heavy machinery on the country
lanes, travelling from farm to field and field to field.
Soft fruit and salad vegetables are at their peak now
and are picked and packed on farm. Hopefully with
enough staff to ensure produce doesn’t go to waste.
Summer wild flowers will be blooming- selfheal,
trefoils and avens flourishing among the grasses.
Thistles will be cut, and nettles too, to stop them
encroaching on the pasture. There are still plenty about
for the butterflies and seed loving birds to feast on.
Cow parsley, wild carrot and the poisonous
hemlock are all found on wasteland, field boundaries
and hedgerows and are probably buzzing with
numerous pollinating insects such as hoverflies and
orange tip butterflies as they are a good source of pollen
And if you’re lucky, you’ll see leverets (young hares)
running in the short grass from field to field.
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Ginny’s Community Corner
by Ginny Gibson of Uttoxeter
L
ast Month in May, you will
have seen lots of blue Forget-
Me-Not badges in
newspapers, on TV and in
magazines. The national appeal
was launched by the Alzheimer’s
Society for us all to buy a Forget-
Me-Not badge to support the work
that the society does nationally.
Their website states, “It’s purpose is
to create a special moment each
year, when everyone comes
together to honour and remember
people affected by dementia.” It further explains that
“The Forget-Me-Not badge is the emotional
centrepiece of the campaign. It serves to recognise this
moment of coming together, showing everyone how
vital it is that dementia receives the attention it
deserves.”
In July 2023, in response to The Rotary
Organisation’s national initiative to support people with
dementia, the Rotary Club of Uttoxeter looked at what
the town needed and moved into action. After
meetings with NHS staff and support organisations in
Uttoxeter, members of Rotary set about fundraising,
researching and planning a Café to support people
affected by dementia and their invaluable care givers. I
am delighted to be able to tell you that the doors of the
Forget-Me-Not Café were opened in December last
year and now runs in Uttoxeter each week on a Monday
morning at Wilfred House, Carter Street, Uttoxeter,
ST14 8EY. It is staffed by both
members of Uttoxeter Rotary and a
large number of community
volunteers.
When I visited the Café I was
struck by the warmth and laughter
in the room. The room is set out
like any Café you would visit, with
forget-me-not flowers in vases and
an incredibly pretty banner on the
wall. Kate Nash, one of the Rotary
Club executive members, who runs
the café explained, “we set out the
room so that tables are not close together, so that each
person affected along with their care-giver, has room
and does not get overwhelmed by either the amount of
people or the noise level. It also allows space for the
support team to move around each table and engage
with individuals during the session.
Uttoxeter Rotary Club is a thriving organisation
and Kate manages a roster of members as well as about
60 community volunteers to ensure each session runs
smoothly. All members of the team have received
training from the Alzheimer’s Society on how to
support both the care givers and the people living with
dementia. Each volunteer understands how important
it is to engage with Café visitors, while at all times
,being aware of what extra support may be needed.
Volunteers know to feedback any concerns and the
Rotary team can draw in additional support from
specialists where necessary.
The Café has a regular schedule of events that are
designed to help memory and stimulate brain function.
On the week that I attended both Bingo and a Magic
Act took place. Both of these activities while being fun,
ensure that those present had to concentrate and focus
on retaining numbers for the Bingo or making choices
on which card did they choose in the magic act. When
talking to some of those at the Café it was clear that the
activities are highly valued.
But for me the magic happened when the
volunteers visited the tables, one volunteer taking to
the care giver and the other to the person living with
dementia. The care givers seemed to blossom from
having a discussion that was not focused on the illness,
while the person with dementia was able to chat
without judgement or correction in their own style and
were made the centre of attention.
The Forget-Me-Not Café does have a waiting list as
the Rotary Club want to ensure that the Café is small
enough so that all those who attend are well supported.
The Rotary Club is delighted that funding has been
received from the Uttoxeter NFU to support the
Forget-Me-Not Café and are hoping to start an
additional monthly session for members of the local
farming community who are experiencing isolation, as
a result of dementia.
If you would like to be included in the waiting list
so that you can benefit from the Forget- Me-Not Café
then please contact rotary@uttoxeter.com
If you want to know more about dementia, please
visit the national website www.alzheimers.org.uk
John’s Jottings
by John Smith of Tean
Normy – The Next Stage
I
n my earlier story I failed to mention that the
Grammar School was a boy’s only institution. Even at
11 we gazed across the High School hockey field
adjoining us and innocently wondered about these
strange beings…
I also did not refer to the fact that due to my limited
height at the time (under 5 foot) I was required to wear
short trousers – a total embarrassment as most of my
friends and fellow pupils achieved the required
parameter. Additionally I had skinny legs so not the best
option.
So, having experienced a somewhat shock to the
system confronted by lads who clearly were highly
intelligent or great sportsmen – sometimes both, my first
year was, to say the least, indifferent. First term 18th in a
class of 32, second term bronchitis robbing me of 4 weeks
resulted in a plummet to 26th then back to 18th in the
final term.
I experienced a range of teachers – many who were
locked in the 1950’s in their approach to education. A
physics teacher who delighted in compelling pupils to
hold live wires. A chemistry teacher who looked for any
opportunity to administer corporal punishment.
There were also good ones – Mr Johnson who
(unbelievably) made Latin an interesting and fun subject,
Mr Wall – History – who once made me stand with my
head in a cupboard for the entire lesson. He simply asked
me ‘Where were you yesterday, Smith?’ ‘Not here Sir’ ‘So,
where were you?’ ‘Away Sir…’
A further unexpected change in the second year. We
were to amalgamate with the High School. We were
allocated to classes by capability with the cleverer pupils
being joined by girls in their class. I was placed in 2Y –
an all-boys class. Clearly not trusted to mix with the
vulnerable young ladies…
Frogs brought into classes, expelled from class, etc,
etc
Frankly my academic performance worsened as I
began to mix with a group of my rebellious students from
my village and elsewhere. Detentions came in abundance.
My grades were so poor that my father declined to
provide the required signature on my end of year report.
Year3 displayed little improvement albeit now in a
mixed class. My behaviour was no better. I simply was
frankly immature and lacked any appreciation of the
opportunity the school presented to me. My first
experience of the cane for deprecating remarks to a
teacher – fully deserved.
Eventually something clicked and I started to grow –
both in build and maturity. In Year 4, I was allocated to
an ‘A class’ sending a message that I had the capability to
do better. Still not fully grasping the moment, I continued
to be a source of mischief and my school report for that
year read ‘Behaviour – satisfactory generally, but more
detentions than the rest of 4A put together.’ Once more a
very negative response from the old fella to the point
where he threatened to remove me from the school
entirely…
So to Year 5 and 6 – still retained in ‘A Class’ but
something moved me on. Impending ‘GCE O levels’. A
poor performance in these meant no progression to ‘A
levels’ and consequently no opportunity to progress to
further education. I took this to heart – to a degree…Now
15 years old the attraction and pursuit of the opposite sex
became an equal priority. As a consequence, my
homework was completed as quickly as possible to ensure
myself and friends could roam the local estate seeking the
company of any attractive young ladies.
Having completed my exams with moderate success
but sufficient to qualify for the 6th form I chose to study
Geography, History and English Literature. Not a clue
where this would take me… I toyed with life as a
journalist but without any real commitment.
I was one of around 10 students not appointed to
prefect positions – not a great shock but demeaning given
my colleagues and friends nominations.
My career future developed weirdly. As a student
employee at a local carpet company, I observed the role
of the Personnel Manager at a time when trade unions
were strong and demanding. The early 70’s where
‘downing tools’ a constant feature. One hour tea breaks
to play cards in the morning, overmanning to the point
where we were told to go ‘bogging’ – sitting in benches
in the toilets to reduce the numbers at particular areas of
the process. Despite this I became attracted to this option.
My behaviour improved (somewhat) and I
completed my A levels with 3 moderate passes but
sufficient to move on to my next option – a Business
Studies Diploma at Salford College of Technology.
I have reflected on my time at Normy and honestly
wished I had been more committed and dedicated. A
silly lad who probably was unprepared for the demands
of a high-quality Grammar School opportunity. Some
great teachers who had the capability to project their
subject and make this entertaining and retentive.
However, also some brutes who seemed to take
pleasure in their treatment of younger pupils.
Given my time again…
My life moved on…
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The Uttoxeter and Cheadle Voice Issue 123

  • 1. FREE Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle Issue 123 A QUALITY MAGAZINE - NOW IN OUR 17th YEAR!
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  • 3. 3 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 A s I write my article, the rain is beating down onto the windows and the cold wind is swirling around the hedgerows in my back garden!! When oh when will we enjoy the warmth of lovely summer sunshine? I have never known such a wet year. Everyone seems to be moaning about the weather in true British style… In my childhood, we did encounter some bad June weather and I can recall my family being in a caravan on the coast with rain hitting the metal roof like a sub-machine gun. We still had a wonderful holiday though and I sincerely hope local families who are now in the same situation enjoy their much-needed breaks. Hopefully, when Voice magazines are being delivered, the weather has turned to glorious sunshine and we are basking in the heat… I was deeply moved by the recent D-Day 80th Anniversary coverage by the BBC. Rarely has there been an event covered on TV with such precision and emotions… I lost count of the number of times I wiped tears away from my eyes as I witnessed the Veterans engrossed with the spectacle of actors orating memories of fallen soldiers, songs by top notch singers and the whole production of such an important and historical event. Our very own Welsh Star Sir Tom Jones made me wilt into an emotional mess with his rendition of ‘I Won’t Crumble With You If You Fall’.. Can I ask readers to just read the lyrics of this song – such wonderful words: I will wake in the morning if you call And I’ll stand beside you as long as I can I will hold back the evening of your sun But I won’t crumble with you if you fall I will shadow the heat of your days And I’ll drink from the sweat of your brow I will walk to the tune of your song But I won’t crumble with you if you fall Come and walk with me and hold to my hand Touch me, let me know I am here by myself Stretch my night dreams into my days Stop short of falling apart if I go down I’ll wake in the morning if you call And I’ll stand beside you as long as I can I will hold back the evening of your sun But I won’t crumble with you if you fall I hope you enjoy reading this issue of The Voice colour magazine. Nigel Titterton Editor & Publisher Dear Reader, Publisher and Editor: Nigel Titterton The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice is published by Community Voice Publications Ltd Telephone 01538 751629 e-mail uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk The views expressed in this publication are those of our contributors and are not necessarily those of the publishers, nor indeed their responsibility. All Rights Reserved. Copyright Community Voice Publications Ltd. Designed and Produced by noel@sergeantdesign.com BOOK YOUR ADVERT NOW - Email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk or Call 01538 751629 You can also contact us via social media: @uttoxeter_voice UttoxeterVoice UttoxeterVoice HOW TO GET IN TOUCH The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice is wholly independent and is published at 3 Spode Close, Cheadle, Staffs ST10 1DT ADVERTISEMENT SALES AND EDITORIAL Tel: 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 Email: uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk NEXT ISSUE The next Voice will be out 11th September News Deadline: 23rd August Advertising Deadline: 24th August
  • 4. 4 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. We offer floor to ceiling services & everything in-between including, electrical, plumbing and installation works. We also offer supply only to trade and public as well as fitting. In our showroom we stock McAlpine products as well as ultra adhesives starting from £12! We also stock tile trims, Vitra bliss showers, toilets & much more. Are you in need of a bathroom or kitchen refurb? Here at Uttoxeter Tile and Bathroom we do free no-obligations quotations and 3D cad drawings. A local family run business with over 25 years experience, specialising in the supply and installation of bathrooms, kitchens and tiles. Check out our showroom today! Uttoxeter Youth Officer presents Young Leaders in Service certificates at Thomas Alleynes P ictured are 3 recipients of the Young Leaders in Service Award who collectively have completed over 700 hours community service over the last year. The school has been involved in the YLIS programme for 6 years now and over that period have attained a massive total of 12,000 hours community service. The prestigious award is recognised worldwide and administered by Lions International. The Uttoxeter Lions Club are extremely active with youth and have several schools and youth organisations involved in the programme which runs each year, from September to June. The photograph shows 3 of the original group receiving their award with Xanthe Simmonds ( middle) receiving the highest award (Platinum) for achieving over 300 hours. Also pictured is Mrs K. Bell, Deputy Head of the 6th Form at Thomas Alleyne’s, who is the school co-ordinator between the school and Uttoxeter Lions, and Lion Graham Dow.
  • 5. 5 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 ADVERTISERS!! ENJOY THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS... Superb hard copy A4 colour magazine and the internet! Your advert goes into a our quality Voice glossy magazines - plus it goes into our online magazine for free! Readers tell us they do not throw The Voice magazine into the bin but retain it until the next issue arrives through the letterbox around a month later! This provides our advertisers with a very long timescale in the public domain which is terrific value for money! Our online magazine can be read page by page off Tablets, Mobile Phones and Computers. Go to uttoxeterandcheadlevoice.co.uk and click on Back Issues Email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk now and place your advert in the next Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice colour magazine - no pre-payment required which is another huge plus for our advertisers. FREE Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle Issue 123 A QUALITY MAGAZINE - NOW IN OUR 17th YEAR! Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle Book your advert in the next September 11th Issue Now!! - From £70 Email: uttoxetervoice @hotmail.co.uk We are now open Weekdays 10am-3.30pm (closed Wednesdays) Weekends 10am-4pm We have lunchtime specials on offer daily. Freshly baked scones and lots of outdoor seating by the canal waterside - our water huts are a favourite. Afternoon Teas now available upstairs at ‘Madam Hettys’ on Saturdays and Sundays (booking required). It’s Alice in Wonderland themed and we have a nest to sit in as well as a floating table experience. Known for our homemade scones in a variety of flavours and Hetty’s Homity Pie. Welcoming families, ramblers, cyclists, dog walkers and canal enthusiasts Froghall Wharf, Foxt Road, Churnet Valley ST10 2HJ Situated 5 minutes from Cheadle & 15 minutes from Ashbourne on the A52 by the canal in Froghall Wharf.
  • 6. 6 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. At Green Lea First School, we are dedicated to providing pupils with the very best learning experiences. Our motto ‘Learn, Explore, Achieve’ is the driving force behind this: · Learn - Alongside wellbeing, learning is at the heart of all we do at Green Lea. We provide an engaging, purposeful and inclusive approach to teaching and learning to inspire in our pupils a lifelong love of learning. · Explore - We maximise our learning opportunities to ensure our pupils are inquisitive and equipped to question and explore the diverse world they live in. · Achieve - Through our approach to learning and exploring, we are committed to securing the best possible achievements for our pupils at Green Lea First School and celebrate their successes. “Green Lea is a very happy, busy school where children are supported and encouraged to grow and learn. We are a small, rural school at the heart of the community, situated in the beautiful countryside village of Milwich, between Uttoxeter and Stone. We welcome children from two years old in our Nursery and offer wraparound care from 7.30am to 5.45pm. Our highly experienced team believe that learning should be fun, purposeful, engaging and challenging. We pride ourselves on our family feel, our open-door ethos and ensuring our children’s well-being is paramount. If you would like to find out more and see if Green Lea First School is the right fit for your family, please contact the school office at office@greenlea.staffs.sch.uk or ring 01889 505309. for further details and to arrange a visit. I would be delighted to show you around and answer any questions you may have.” Mrs L Harris Headteacher To find out more visit our website www.greenlea.staffs.sch.uk/ or check out our Facebook page! Green Lea First School Mill Lane, Coton Milwich, Stafford, ST18 0EU • Tel: 01889 505309 • Email: office@greenlea.staffs.sch.uk Green Lea First School ‘Learn, Explore, Achieve’ Watercolour Class for Beginners in Uttoxeter R egistrations are now being taken for a ‘New’ weekly Watercolour Class for Beginners that is to be held locally in Uttoxeter starting in September 2024. The course is being led by award winning artist and tutor Ann Stringer-Paget FRSA. Ann’s structured courses are designed so that even the most nervous beginner will feel at ease from the very first lesson. Ann has been painting and teaching art for over 30 years and has work in private collections in the UK and countries around the world including France, USA, Germany, Scandinavia and South Africa. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society and an associate of the American Watercolour Society. She is a very committed and patient tutor who sympathises with the needs of the beginner, her classes are fully structured and taught using traditional methods and techniques with lots of demonstrations which enables people to feel comfortable and at ease very quickly The evening class takes place each Monday at Thomas Alleyne’s High School in Uttoxeter and starts on September 9th (6.30pm-8.30pm) for 10 weeks Why not go ahead and give yourself the gift of a little more ‘me time’ and discover your hidden creative talents. Call Ann on 07816 118776 to register for her September class Admission is by prior registration only.
  • 7. 7 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970
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  • 9. 9 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970
  • 10. 10 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. A big-hearted seven-year-old boy who enjoyed a dream holiday to Lapland thanks to Poundland shoppers was determined to repay their kindness - by climbing Mount Snowdon for charity. James Oakden completed the challenge of scaling the highest mountain in Wales on Saturday 27th April 2024, trekking up 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) to the top along with Mum, Zoe; Dad, Jake; and five-year-old sister, Ella. James and his family made the unforgettable journey to meet Santa in December, thanks to the Poundland Foundation and Make-A-Wish® UK. They were able to make the trip of a lifetime through generous Poundland customers making donations while buying their shopping. James, from Uttoxeter, suffers with a brain condition and going on the trip gave him a real boost. He was diagnosed with numerous cavernomas – a cluster of abnormal blood vessels - on the brain at 10 months old. Now he wants to raise as much money as he can, with every penny raised going to the Make-A-Wish® UK. The charity grants life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses. So far, James has raised over £1,750 and counting with people invited to donate via his JustGiving page here. James’ Mum Zoe said: “Despite having quite a big nosebleed the night before, James was determined to still do the climb. “He was amazing and didn’t moan once. “Everyone he met on the route was cheering him on all day and he couldn’t believe the fundraising total when he got back down!” Jason Suckley, Chief Executive of Make-a-Wish UK said: “I am profoundly inspired by James and his incredible generosity and desire to give back. “A wish can bring light and joy to children and their loved ones during the darkest of times and help create magical memories that last a lifetime. “James’ challenge to climb Snowdon will help us to grant more wishes to children just like him, and we are honoured to have been the chosen charity for his adventure.” Lucy Ruff Poundland’s charity foundation manager said: “We were so inspired to hear about James’ Snowdon challenge! “James and his family travelled to Lapland in December on a trip funded by the Poundland Foundation. This was only made possible thanks to your generosity at checkout. Just seven hours of donations in Poundland stores paid for James’ trip. “The magic of pressing that green button at checkout just keeps on growing! “Today, we’re cheering for James, who’s decided to sprinkle some kindness forward. With his help, another family’s wish is about to come true with Make-A-Wish UK. “James is a big Christmas fan and he loved his wish to go to Lapland in December where he got to meet Santa and he adored meeting the huskies and going on husky rides. “Going on the trip boosted him up, and when he learned that the trip was completely paid for – he wanted to come back home and raise money, so that another child could have the same experience he’s had. “He decided himself that he wanted to raise money by climbing Snowdon. It was quite a feat for any 7 year old!” James was diagnosed with numerous cavernomas on the brain aged 10 months old at Birmingham Children’s Hospital after experiencing significant seizures. They affect his day-to-day life, including absent seizures, losing his balance, and headaches. His mum Zoe said: “James is so brave, he doesn’t complain and just gets on with life. “He has yearly MRI scans at the hospital to monitor the cavernomas. “There is an operation that could be performed to help him but since the cavernomas are so deep in his brain, it’s quite risky to do.” Zoe said despite the symptoms, her son was still able to attend regular school and even take up mountain biking. “When he has a headache, he’ll just say ‘oh my silly head is playing up again’. That’s how he handles it – he never gets himself down,” she said. “He manages it so well. He doesn’t let anything stop him and he never wants to upset anyone.” She said James, who loves Christmas, was so pleased with his trip to Lapland that he immediately decided he wanted to raise money for Make-A-Wish to help them support other children. “I’m over the moon but that’s just James all over. He’s such a kind boy,” she said. The Poundland Foundation works to make futures brighter across the UK through its national and local grant programmes. For more details about the Poundland Foundation please visit: poundlandfoundation.org.uk/ Big-hearted 7 year old who visited Lapland thanks to Poundland shoppers climbs Snowdon to help other children James, from Uttoxeter, wants to repay kindness for his dream holiday to meet Santa through the Poundland Foundation and Make-A-Wish® UK James wanted to climb Snowdon to raise money to help children with critical illnesses
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  • 12. 12 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Open 6 days a week: Mon-Fri 8.00-17.00, Sat: 8.00-12.00 Telephone 01538 750 737 or book online www.cheadletestcentre.co.uk CheadleTest Centre, BrookhouseWay, Brookhouse Ind. Est., Cheadle ST10 1SR Open 6 days a week: Mon-Fri 8.00-17.00, Sat: 8.00-12.00 Telephone 01889 563 838 or book online www.uttoxetertestcentre.co.uk UttoxeterTest Centre, Smithfield Rd, Uttoxeter ST14 7JB • We’re now operating a booking system, please visit our website or give us a call • Free re-tests - free annual reminders • Friendly staff - waiting/ viewing area • If unfortunately your vehicle fails, take it away to a repairer of your choice. Your Local MOT Testing Centres Independent Testing in Cheadle and Uttoxeter Book your slot online • Free Re-Test A swimming school is celebrating after receiving vital shower and changing equipment - thanks to a £5,000 boost from JCB. Paddles Disability Swim School, based at South Moorlands Leisure Centre, in Allen Street, Cheadle, supports more than 50 children and adults from across the country with severe physical needs, including cerebral palsy, to help them strengthen their muscles and enjoy time in the water. The swim school, which has a squad of six swimmers who regularly compete at the Special Olympics, has now become one of the only schools in the area with specialist changing facilities after fitting the new shower chair and changing bed to make it easier for swimmers to get ready. Darren Worthington, whose 14-year-old son Joseph has been swimming at the school for six years, said the new equipment makes such a difference in helping swimmers to get ready for their lesson. Travelling for nearly an hour each way from Macclesfield every Saturday for the half hour lesson, Darren said: “There is nothing like Paddles Swim School anywhere else locally and it is amazing to have the new changing facilities available to us. As a parent it just makes it so much easier to help Joseph get ready and to keep doing what he loves. The freedom of being in the water makes him so happy and without this equipment we just would really struggle to lift and support him as he gets older.” Paddles Disability Swim School was formed with the aim of providing safe and fun opportunities for young disabled people to access water activities. The club now supports children and adults from the age of four with regular recreational and competitive swimming opportunities. Many swimmers compete in regional, national and even Olympic swimming galas. To find out more about Paddles Disability Swim School or to book a trial session visit Paddles Swimming or contact Anna Lavan on 07504 941142 or email hello@paddleswim.org.uk. Swimmers making a splash with top class changing facilities Natalia Piaszyk enjoys swimming with Paddles Swim School owner Anna Lavan
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  • 16. 16 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. 01538 752232 / 07866 558376 www.djclettings.co.uk deborah@djclettings.co.uk The Perfect Choice for Landlords and Tenants As an independent agent we can offer you experienced staff, a wealth of local knowledge and commitment to providing the highest level of service. To arrange your FREE, no obligation lettings appraisal please call: Tenants Waiting 01538 754 277 95-97 Tape Street, Cheadle, Staffordshire ST10 1ER FREE DELIVERY AVAILABLE New and Graded Domestic Appliances. Sales, Services and Repairs RELIABLE & SPEEDY SERVICE Why Choose Us? Family Business Over 30 years experience Trained Engineers • Home Visits Competitive Prices ALL ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES Cookers • Vacuums • Washers & Dryers Fridges & Freezers A loving tribute GP GRAVESTONES & MEMORIALS 07790 957346 www.gpgravestones.com Church Street, Uttoxeter ST14 8AA Tel 01889 564216 tyreways@uttoxeter.ndo.co.uk Uttoxeter’s Premier Tyre Centre Right service Right advice Right choice Right price • Tyres • Exhausts • Batteries • Brakes and Shock Service • Agricultural Tyres • Wheel Alignment Please go to our website to see our current funeral notices www.jpkeatesandson.co.uk Tel: 01538 752164 Director: Alan F. Sigley M.B.I.E. Dip FD Bank House, 37 Bank Street Cheadle ST10 1NR Company No. 9289748 Booking now open for next half term Starting Thursday 5th September at the Christ Church Hall Tean Mixed Moo (0-5years) 10.00am Baby Moo (0 to wobbly walker) 11.10am Find us on Facebook: moomusicsotnul or email Jane at: moomusicsotnul@gmail.com Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle If your home does not receive a voice magazine through our massive door to door distribution service - you can pick up a Voice colour magazine from the following local important outlets: • Alton Newsagents and Post Office, Smithy Bank, Alton ST10 4AA • The Uttoxeter Shop, 40 Market Place, Uttoxeter ST14 8HP • Uttoxeter Leisure Centre • Oldfields Sports Club • Doveridge Post Office And Stores • Doveridge Club • Rocester Spar Shop • Rocester Premier Shop • Ashbourne Road Post Office, Cheadle • Wardle Travel, Cheadle • Cheadle Post Office On Cheadle Car Park • Blake Hall Fisheries • Denstone Hall Farm Shop • And Local Pubs and Restaurants Don’t miss out! Pick up The Voice at any of these outlets now!!!
  • 18. 18 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Anytime Lounge, 9 High Street, Uttoxeter ST14 7HN Call 01889 592720 •Visit anytimeuttoxeter.com Email hello@anytimeuttoxeter.com ANYTIME lounge E A T D R I N K R E L A X SUMMER TIME OFFERS Kids eat free during the school holidays 25% off food Friday & Saturday 3pm-9pm T&C’s apply.Visit our website for more info. Cheadle Flower Club C headle Flower Club’s May meeting started with our Chairman Sheila Jones welcoming everyone to a talk by Penny from Sweet Meadows Plant Centre (previously known as Draycott Nurseries). Penny is in charge of ordering all types of plants, bedding, perennials, grasses etc., and the plant centre also specialises in collections of agapanthus and meadow sweet. Penny used to work for the NHS as a physiotherapist and is passionate about helping and advising gardeners how to avoid falls and help with balance within the garden. Penny’s third obsession is developing, creating and planting her own garden. She loves to create colour patterns and shared her love of Veronica and is applying to hold the national collection within her garden. Penny helped members with suggestions of how to get plants for free by using propagation of cuttings and collecting seeds from previous years. Penny is also a keen garden photographer and at the moment is writing a book on creating a garden for photography and expressed her love of purple flowers, she surely showed everyone what a busy and extremely talented person she is. Heather gave the vote of thanks for an absolutely lovely and really enjoyable evening. The club would also like to extend a huge thank you to Dorothy for organising the sales table for the evening. Our July meeting is at the Oakley Room, Cheadle Guild Hall and will be a workshop entitled ‘Let’s Get Crafty’ where members will be able to make and take home 2-3 items they create during the evening . It will be on Wednesday 17th July at 7.30 pm. If you wish to join us do not hesitate to contact Sheila on the details above. This is sure to be a fun and creative evening and everyone can be assured of a warm welcome.
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  • 20. 20 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Highwood Leisure Services is a family run business located in Staffordshire. We pride ourselves on being able to offer all services for your leisure vehicle, including security and entertainment upgrades, Habitation checks, fault finding, mechanical service and repairs and paint correction. We offer a mobile service, along with a fully serviced workshop. W www.highwoodmotorhomes.co.uk E info@highwoodleisure.co.uk Flatts Farm, Highwood, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8PR Our Services Habitation Checks Servicing And Repairs Diagnostics Entertainment Upgrades Camera Systems Security Upgrades Mobile Services Offered Fully Serviced Workshop Call Out Resealing Machine Polishing MOTORHOME SERVICE & REPAIRS There has never been a better time to explore the beautiful British countryside and beyond into Europe, for the adventurous camper! Highwood Motorhomes has a fleet of vehicles, providing our customers with space and modern luxury. Whether you are an experienced tourer or an absolute beginner, our fully equipped and stylish motorhomes offer the highest specification interiors and latest design features. Located in Staffordshire, the perfect gateway to your adventure. Whether you are booking a romantic road trip for 2, a family holiday or planning an epic 30 day European tour, we have a motorhome for you. See our website for prices and more information E highwoodmotorhomes@gmail.com W www.highwoodmotorhomes.co.uk E staffordshirevehiclehire@gmail.com W www.staffordshirevehiclehire.com SPECIALISTS IN MOTORHOME RENTALS YOUR LOCAL VAN HIRE WE BUY MOTORHOMES FOR CASH Please contact us for more details We are based in Cheadle, Staffordshire offering you self drive van hire fully insured! Need a van to hire for a day or longer? Look no further than Staffordshire Vehicle Hire! We offer quick and affordable self-drive hire with exceptional customer service! Located in Cheadle, Staffordshire ST10 1UR we’re your go-to choice for van hire in Staffordshire! But wait there’s more… We’ve got you covered with 24hr breakdown cover included as standard on all our vans! Your peace of mind is our top priority. M 07974 999990 T 01889 566456 T 01538 751714 M 07359 640377 T 01889 566456
  • 22. 22 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day A knitted postbox topper - complete with 16 soldiers onboard a landing craft and a tank - decorates a traditional red Royal Mail Postbox in the local village of Denstone. Photo: Rod Kirkpatrick/ RKP Photography A team of JCB cyclists have crossed the finish line of an epic charity fundraising effort to ride around the world in 80 days - four days early. The 42-strong group began the 42,000-kilometre challenge last month to raise money for Hannah’s Hope charity, a fundraiser set up by JCB welding apprentice Hannah Roberts, 20, who was diagnosed with brain cancer just months after joining the company. The aim was to complete the ride on Tuesday, April 30th - Hannah’s 21st birthday - but the team put so much pedal power into the initiative, that they finished four days early, completing the last 500 kilometres today at JCB’s World HQ in Rocester. So far, the challenge has raised around £34,000 for Hannah’s Hope charity. And there to join them in a sprint to the finish was 1500 metre Olympic Gold Medallist Lord Coe, who congratulated the team on their efforts. Lord Coe said: “This has been a tremendous effort by everyone involved and for such a wonderful cause. It just shows what can be achieved through teamwork.” Hannah was given just 15 months to live in September 2022 when she was diagnosed with glioblastoma. Although she has undergone surgery to remove the cancer, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy, a trait of the condition means it keeps re-growing. With the support of JCB, her family has already reached a £250,000 fundraising target for treatment in the USA when she needs it. Now, Hannah is aiming to raise £200,000 to buy and equip a luxury holiday lodge just five minutes from her home at Mercia Marina, in Willington, Derbyshire. The lodge will be offered free of charge to families of teenagers and young adults who are under the care of the Teenage Cancer Trust to spend valuable time together. Hannah and mum Gail Iredale visited the JCB World Headquarters at Rocester on Friday to watch the conclusion of the JCB Around the World in 80 Days cycle challenge. Gail said: “We are so overwhelmed by what the JCB cyclists have done for Hannah’s Hope and their efforts have given the appeal a tremendous shot in the arm. We really are truly grateful.” JCB Principal Engineer Aaron Turner, event organiser and a founding member of the JCB Cycling Club, said: “It’s been a tough challenge and we are delighted to have completed it earlier than anticipated and give Hannah an earlier than expected 21st birthday. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way, and most importantly, to everyone who has donated money to the appeal. It really will make a big difference to the lives of children and young people with cancer.” Over the ten-week challenge the cyclists clocked up the miles with individual road rides and group outings, including a route to Mercia Marina, where Hannah’s lodge will be sited. The total was also topped during spinning classes at the JCB World Headquarters each Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Anyone wishing to sponsor the JCB cyclists can donate through the JCB Around the World in 80 Days JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ JCBaroundworld80days Sprint finish for JCB cyclists’around the world in 80 days bid Hannah Roberts pictured with Lord Coe and members of the JCB Around The World in 80 Days cycling team.
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  • 24. 24 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. 24 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. From the Mash Tun by Graham Shenton of Uttoxeter I n the last edition I failed to note the first anniversary of the passing of Lank Lavin. Now Lank was a great Raconteur who quite often repeated tales he had ‘delivered’ before but always embellished them so that they improved with age. This is not one of Lank’s tales but a tale of Lank. Back in the day (which for me is the 1970’s) the licensing laws were very different and Lank was always one for ‘drinking outside of the box’. On this particular Thursday Lank and his ‘bag man’ Trevor James Mellor decided to visit Uttoxeter Racecourse in search of a session. Were he still with us I am sure he would not be attracted by the beer in plastic glasses at extortionate prices but in those days on a Thursday afternoon there were few if any alternatives. After the races our intrepid explorers adjourned to the Black Swan well on the way to having achieved their objective. Now Danny (for it was he) was always a more successful drinker than Lank and achieved a state of inebriation (you could always tell he went onto Rum and Black) whilst his oppo was barely into his second gallon. After they had been in the Swan for a while the phone rang. Danky, as was his way, looked round to see if any of his punters did not want their presence disclosed. Lank shook his head. Mick picked up the phone ‘on hello Jackie. No I’ve not seen him all day. OK will do’. He put the phone down. ‘I don’t think she believed me. If I see you she says get yourself home’. Lank smiled. Danny looked concerned as though he knew what was to come. Lank carried on drinking. 20 minutes later the phone rang again. Mick looked across the room for any change in the ‘situation’. Lank again shook his head. ‘Oh hello again Jackie. No I’ve still not seen him’. He moved the phone away from his ear. ‘OK Jackie’. He put the phone down. ‘That wasn’t very nice! I think she may be on her way down’. Lank was unmoved. He was on the hook of William Bass. Now in those days there was a serving hatch at the roadside entrance to the bar which was principally for ‘offsales’. When this hatch was open, as it was this day, you could see a few yards onto the street. A few minutes later Mick said ‘here she comes’. Now I have never seen Danny move faster. He leapt to his feet and stood underneath the coat rack knowing that when the front door opened his presence would be concealed from anyone entering the bar by the door. Jackie entered. There were choice words followed by less choice words. At that point Jackie picked up Lank’s pint and tipped it over his head. As she stormed out of the bar she gave Danny (now revealed) a withering look. Lank, with beer running down his face said, ‘that’s one hell of a woman!’. Lank and Jackie are both sadly missed and of course Jackie was a character in her own right. As they say behind every good man there is a better woman. Jackie was certainly that. As for Danny he never fully recovered and eventually emigrated to Thailand. Whilst on the subject of pubs, I have an update on the Vernon Arms. Apparently there is an issue with planning permission which needs to be approved by Derbyshire Dales. By the time you read this the deadline will have passed for emailing in support of their application. I gave it a go. Every village needs its local pub as the ‘beating heart’ of the community. Let’s hope the Vernon’s is open again soon. Thanks to Richard Crutchley for the update. Good news from Uttoxeter Brewing Company at last they have brewed the aforementioned Shed 5f (in reference to the town’s railway heritage). I recently sampled the product and have to say I was well impressed. It is a mighty ale with an ABV of (at least!) 6%. A smooth old fashioned style stout with hints of chocolate and vanilla (not too much vanilla though). The cask version is currently being matured and should be on sale towards the end of June. The bottled version is currently available from UBC at the top of the White Hart yard. Pipedream delivered Andy! Photo of Pump Clip can be seen next to this article. Whilst walking through the town recently I was approached by Tony who was promoting the new ‘Stoke’ air ambulance. This is an ambulance dedicated to our district and will be based at the old Blythe Colours site at Cresswell. Approximately 8 miles away as the chopper flies. I was informed by Tony that at present we are served by one of 3 air ambulances which are dedicated to other areas.. There is one based at East Mids Airport which serves Notts, Leics and Derbys. One at RAF Cosford which serves the West Midlands and one at Manchester Airport which serves Manchester and Cheshire. So basically, we take pot luck and hope that one of the 3 is available when our needs arise. I have subscribed and have included the email address if you want to see further details. Stokeairambulance.org Once again I have to report the loss of a friend. Kevin Collins (Kevlar to his mates) passed away in early May whilst on a cruise around the Mediterranean. I have not known Kev that long but it was a pleasure to have made his acquaintance later in our lives and we shared some great beer drinking experiences in the short time we had. RIP Kevlar. I thought you were getting better but I suspect you knew different Finally, a bit of a Trivia question to finish with. Which person born in Rocester has appeared in the Simpsons? The first person to stop me with the correct Answer gets a free drink. This does not include Smelly who gave me the idea for the question or Philip Atkins who has already given me the answer. Until next time. Shent My love of Life, Camping & Caravanning by John Willmore of Cheadle John continues his series of articles ‘My Love of Life, Camping & Caravanning’ as he begins to get used to a new life… S o 1978 was looming – 1977 had been a busy year for our family. First we had our second child, then we moved house – both stressful – but as we entered 1978 thoughts of a holiday came to mind… So, back to my mate Roy Beardmore, who most will remember came from The Cross Keys in Tean. So I asked him about borrowing his caravan again – his reply was ‘I will sell it to you for a reasonable price!’ After a family discussion we agreed on a price and It was off to see our Bank Manager to borrow the money. This was successful so now we owned the Sprite Alpine Caravan. We felt so blessed. Also, we had room to keep it at home… So where was our first adventure to be? Our mentor was Mr Albert Hulme from Tean who was an experienced caravanner. He suggested Lower Lacon Park at Wem in Shropshire. So, Whit Week’s holiday is where we went, the weather was perfect and we enjoyed a wonderful time. Now the question was where to go for our Summer Holiday. After discussion, it was decided that we would spread our wings and make for beautiful Cornwall… There was a lot of preparation needed, such as taking the engine out of the car for a refurbish which was done – new tyres fitted to the car and caravan, and then my wife Phyllis decided to change the curtains too!! So off we set to this far away place – in those days it took about 8 hours to get there, but very well worth it. We stayed near Padstow which allowed us to have a base to travel to places of interest. So 1978 holidays were taken care of – what adventures lay in stall for us in 1979?? More next time in the next issue of The Voice colour magazine…
  • 25. 25 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 Materials in bulk bag or loose Type 1 stone Recycled concrete Sharp sand Fill sand Ballast Topsoil 2nd grade soil Compost Bark Woodchip Decorative aggregates Cotswold gravel Plum state Golden gravel Black ice gravel Plant hire Diggers from 1-15 tonne Dumpers from 0.5-9 tonne Crushers Tractor and Trailer Hire Woodchippers Pedestrian and ride on rollers Plate wackers Foot wackers Stihl saws Breakers Mixers Post knocker T: 01889 622005 W: www.wngp.co.uk Plant hire and materials supplier WNGP Ltd operate as a fully equipped plant hire and materials company. Supplying machinery and aggregates to building sites and the general public at a great and affordable price. We are uttoxeter based and supply to Staffordshire/Derbyshire areas. Whatever it is you require, we will be happy to help. Please contact us on the details below. Welcome To The Children’s Country House Woodland Theatre A s part of our new and exciting programming work at The Children’s Country House at Sudbury, we are delighted to launch our mini-summer season of theatre especially for children. For two weekends on 27 to 28 July and 1 to 4 August, we will be taking over our den building section in the grounds to create a new magical and intimate woodland theatre space. For our first season we are delighted to welcome two companies from the East Midlands, who have earned an excellent reputation for their work with their children over the past few years. Buxton based Babbling Vagabonds will be presenting “Here Be Dragons” on 27th and 28th July, whilst HandMade Theatre from Nottingham will be “Flying the Nest” from 1st to 4th August, a show, with accompanying workshops, all about nature and birds. A subject very close to our hearts here at the National Trust. Programming and Partnerships Manager for The Children’s Country House at Sudbury, David Longford says, “This theatre programme is all part of our aim for The Children’s Country House to become a vital creative hub for children’s work, utilising the skills and creativity of artists from all across our region, who can transform our spaces and really fire up the imagination of all our visitors, young and old.” Mark Hornsey, Designer for Babbling Vagabonds theatre group also says “since my children were young, we have visited The Children’s Country House at Sudbury, and we have many happy memories there. It’s a treat to be performing there this summer, and our performance ‘Here Be Dragons’ is a fabulous story full of adventure and wonder, as well as entertaining for children of all ages!”. We look forward to welcoming you for the Woodland Theatre shows, and if you are an artist or company, either new or more established, working in the Midlands region then do please get in touch with us. Woodland Theatre tickets are £9.00 per adult and £8.00 per child for performances and £10 per child for workshops. Tickets are available to purchase now via the National Trust website
  • 26. 26 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Teddy Bear Festival at Kingstone Church T he Teddy Bear Takeover Festival at Kingstone was designed to be a light-hearted, community event to bring local organizations and people of all ages together by creating teddy bear scenes, in the church, showing all the great activities that are happening in Kingstone. The tableaux were created with great attention to detail and touches of humour. A teddy bear choir, vicar and organist presided over a full church. Huge thanks must be given to anyone who helped in any way and to St. Mary’s Church, Marsh Gibbon in Oxfordshire, who lent over 150 of the bears; there must have been well over 200 altogether. The whole event far succeeded our expectations, in the ingenuity of those who created the tableaux, the reaction of those who saw them and the generosity of the many visitors.
  • 28. 28 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Uttoxeter Lions issue Certificates of Appreciation to Local Opticians U ttoxeter Lions collect Glasses, Mobile Phones and Hearing Aids at local collection points in and around Uttoxeter and Ashbourne, which are consolidated with those collected by other Lions clubs around the UK and are sorted, checked, repaired and graded before being sent out to Africa for reuse by the Opticians there. It’s a long running and very effective programme that supports many who would otherwise not be able to see. It’s funded end to end by the Lions Clubs International, and in the last full year the UK Lions collectively sent over 300,000 pairs of glasses along the journey. Locally, the Uttoxeter Lions are supported by many local businesses and have many collection points who help make this whole system work. Specsavers of Ashbourne and Vision Express of Ashbourne, both of which are in the pictures, have between them collected a staggering 10,000 pairs of glasses in just 3 years, as well as a lot of hearing aids and mobile phones. As a public acknowledgement of this superb activity, the Uttoxeter Lions have presented them both with Certificates of Appreciation. Uttoxeter Lion Dave Watts (pictured making the presentation ) commented that ‘This really is a superb thing that these opticians are doing, It’s really good to know that these glasses will be used again, helping let someone see who would otherwise not be able to’ makes it all worthwhile - Thank you Specsavers and Vision Express and thank you to the local people of Ashbourne who have donated them to make it all possible’ There are 34 Local collection points for glasses, mobile phones and hearing aids, for a full list of locations, please go to the Uttoxeter Lions website
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  • 32. 32 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Dedicating over 100 years service to providing exceptional care for our families 66a High Street, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 7JD 37-39 Compton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1BX For 24 hour attention call 01889 564086 / 01335 345120 www.aslaterandsons.co.uk www.facebook.com/a.slater&sons W ork began recently on a new $500 million JCB factory in North America – the biggest-ever investment in the company’s history. The start of construction was signalled at an official ground-breaking ceremony at the site in San Antonio, Texas, where Alice Bamford, daughter of company Chairman Anthony Bamford, cut the first sod of earth. Work on the 720,000 sq. ft (67,000m²) factory is under way on a 400-acre site and will create 1,500 new jobs over five years. It will be the company’s second largest plant, rivalled only by the manufacturer’s World HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire, UK. The factory will make Loadall telescopic handlers and aerial access equipment, with production scheduled to start in 2026. The factory will also have the capacity to expand into the manufacture of other products in the future. Chairman Lord Bamford said: “Construction equipment manufacturers sell more than 300,000 machines every year in North America, making it the single largest market in the world. JCB has been growing its share of this important market steadily over the past few years and the time is now right to invest in our manufacturing capacity in North America, where we already have one factory. JCB really has come a considerable way since we sold our first machine here 60 years ago and it gives me immense pleasure to see how our business has grown in North America. Today really is a milestone day in the history of our family company.” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said: “Texas was this year named as The Best State for Business for a record- breaking 20th year, and I am proud to welcome JCB as the newest business to call our great state home. Today’s groundbreaking marks a major milestone in JCB’s journey that will create 1,500 good-paying jobs for hardworking Texans in Bexar County and bring hundreds of millions of new capital investment to San Antonio and beyond. ‘Made in Texas’ is truly a powerful global brand, and I look forward to celebrating JCB’s continuing success as we work together to build a bigger, better Texas for decades to come.” JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “JCB’s business in North America has made tremendous progress in the past few years and the opportunity for growth here is vast. This record investment gives us a fantastic opportunity to build on our success and we look forward to the completion of this great new facility.” Richard Fox-Marrs, President & CEO of JCB North America, said: “The Loadall telescopic handler is JCB’s biggest selling product in North America and it is also the single largest market for aerial access equipment worldwide, and therefore, it makes great sense to build these two ranges here. Texas is an obvious choice for our new North American manufacturing facility, not least because the State is the largest consumer of construction equipment in the USA. San Antonio is also the logical choice as a location for our new factory because of its central location, proximity to the supply chain and great local labour force. We are really excited about JCB’s new San Antonio factory and for the future of our business in North America.” JCB sold its first machine in North America in 1964 and opened its first manufacturing plant there in 2001 in Savannah, Georgia, which employs 1,000 people. The new facility will manufacture machines for customers specifically in North America. JCB employs 19,000 people and has 22 factories around the world, including 11 in the UK, seven in India, and others in Brazil and China. The company will mark its 80th anniversary in 2025. JCB breaks ground at new $500 million North American factory Lord Bamford pictured with his daughter Alice Bamford at the ground-breaking ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, site of JCB’s new $500 million factory.
  • 33. 33 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 Monday 1st April I have been awake for a few days, but after such a long sleep it takes a while to get going. It has been a long winter with far too many interruptions to my usual winter’s sleep. I have been woken up by too many different things, wind, rain and it being far too warm and then freezing cold within a few hours. It is not good for me, all these sudden changes in the weather. You may remember that last summer I had found a garden with two lovely houses specially designed for me to live in over the winter months. I choose the one that I thought would provide the best shelter and most of the time it was fine, but on a few occasions, I was woken by the howling wind. Then on other occasion by the rain as it was so hard that I thought I was going to float away. Here is a picture of where I have slept most of the winter. As you can see, I pushed some straw up against the door to try and keep the wind out. Tuesday 2nd April My priority now that I am fully awake is to find some food, lots and lots of it, as I am quite thin having not eaten for so long. I therefore plan to start looking for plentiful supplies of juicy food that I can tuck into and gorge myself on. It is good that at the same time as I wake up, I find lots of freshly dug earth where things are being planted, so there are loads of worms and other grubs for me to tuck into. What I must look out for are those horrid blue pellets that I sometimes come across, that have been scattered around new plants. I think those blue pellets are to deter those slimy things that slither across the ground, leaving a line of slime behind them. The blue pellets give me terrible tummy ache and the slimy things that eat them all die. There must be better deterrents than those blue pellets which can be used, I think herbs would work well. Wednesday 3rd April Fortunately for me, the nice owners of the house where I have spent the winter have already put a big bowl of my favourite food in one of my shelters; so as long as no cheeky creature that goes squeak squeak and has a long tail, or one of those silly black coloured birds find it, I should be able to fatten myself up on that quite quickly. I always like to wash my meals down with a good slurp of fresh water, so it is great that there is a conveniently placed saucer of water nearby. What I do not like is that white liquid some people leave out for me, although it tastes good at the time, it is far too rich for my little tummy and makes me poorly. I have seen those creatures that make a silly meowing noise drink that white stuff and my view is, let them have it, as they obviously think it is good for them. Thursday 4th April You will not believe what I came across this evening. There I was going through the undergrowth on my way to get my next meal and I came across a sign, with the one word I recognise on it, ‘Hedgehog,’ that’s me. So, whatever this sign says it must be something to do with me. I am going to hang around it over the coming weeks. Friday 5th April Saturday 6th April Sunday 7th April Guess what, I am famous, as I heard my name being talked about. Last night as I was going about my usual business I heard noises, so I went to investigate. There was this thing, with an engine running, lights all turned on and smoke coming through an opening. As I got closer, I could hear a voice and it said, ‘Hello I’m Harry the Hedgehog and I’m here to ask you a favour.’ That’s me, I am Harry and I am being talked about. I went a little closer to hear what was being said. It went on to say that many of my friends and other creature that live in the wild do not like rubbish being thrown into the countryside. As when we go to investigate it, we get injured or ill from poking our noses into the rubbish and eating things that are not good for us or cutting ourselves on the sharp edges of bits of metal. Well, I could hardly contain my excitement of hearing my name, but then it all ended abruptly, when a red-hot stub was thrown out of the window followed by a something a bit heavier, onto the verge. With a roar of an engine this thing moved off at great speed. I went to see what had been thrown out, only to find a round piece of paper that was soggy at one end and burning hot at the other. The other thing was an empty can. Why do these things get thrown into the grass, surely there are better places to leave them? While on the subject, why do I come across pieces of cardboard with bits of leftover food or drink in them. I wish there was more consideration shown and less rubbish left in my world. Monday 8th April Just when I thought things were looking up, it has been soaking wet again and cold. I do not mind the rain, but I find it hard to walk across muddy places, as it sticks to my bristles and makes me look untidy. I want to start looking for a mate soon and need to look my best, which is hard to do when you have bits of mud stuck to you. I am sure the weather never used to be this changeable when I was younger, it used to be more predictable. Tuesday 9th April Although I am asleep all day and only wake up and come out at night, a funny thing happened yesterday. I was having a nap in a hedge when I got woken by a strange noise. I poked my head out to see what was going on to find a pile of tins just in front of me. I can only guess that some sort of creature must have been going along the side of the road picking up all the rubbish that gets left behind. What would others think if I left rubbish behind me, they would not be too happy, so why do they have to litter my home, they should take their rubbish back to their homes! Wednesday 10th April Now you may remember that I said I had had some funny dreams over the long-wet winter. One of them went like this. I was out for my usual evening walk and I had come across this building that had a good smell coming from it. I walked around and found a door open, so feeling a bit adventurous I went in. Well, you will not believe what I was confronted with. There were bags and bags of food that were all open and all full of lovely hedgehog food, I ate and ate and ate. I then had to find my way out of the building which was difficult as I had forgotten which way I had come in. Anyway, just as I was squeezing myself through the door, there was a sudden flash followed by a loud bang. I was suddenly wide awake only to find myself still in my straw bed and feeling a bit hungry, as I realised it had all been a dream. Back to reality now, I need to go out and start my usual nightly rounds. Bye for now, I am going to take a break from writing my diary now and will come back with more in the summer months. Uttoxeter Nature Recovery Network News Harry the Hedgehog’s Diary for 2024 By Rodney Paul
  • 34. 34 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Cheadle Carpets & Beds Carpets - Vinyls - Roll Ends Beds/Mattresses Headboards - Rugs Free measures & estimates - no obligation We offer over 30 years experience in the trade and a very Friendly, Professional Service Choose Cheadle Carpets & Beds - call in to see us on Cheadle’s main car park (Next to Cheadle Post Office) 2 Shopping Centre, Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10 1UT Tel 01538 750555 Open Monday to Saturday Gillian 07928 556552 Tuesday 9.30am and 11am - St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, Balance Street, Uttoxeter ST14 8JB Tuesday 5pm and 6.30pm - Windsor Park CE Middle School, Springfield Road, Uttoxeter ST14 7JX Jackie 07896 214458 Wednesday 5pm and 6.30pm - Greatwood Hall, Hollington Road Tean ST10 4JY Thursday 9.30am - Cheadle New Life Church 37 Tape Street, Cheadle ST10 1BG Jayne 07939 987829 Saturday 8am and 9.30am - St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, Balance Street, Uttoxeter ST14 8JB
  • 35. 35 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 CARLTON UPHOLSTERY RE-UPHOLSTERY & REPAIRS • EST 1979 Three-Piece Suites • Odd Chairs & Sofas Headboards • Bedroom Furniture • Re-Springing Replacement Seat • Foam Cushions/Fibre Repairs to Upholstery Antique Restoration also Undertaken For a FREE Estimate call Carlton Upholstery on 01538 756274 or 07976 794811 Carlton Upholstery, 1 Rawle Close, Rectory Fields, Cheadle, Staffs ST10 1UX All locksmith work undertaken from door realignment to new locks and handles. No call out charge. Book online: minime-mindfulness-staffs.classforkids.io St.Mary’s First School, Uttoxeter and St.Giles the Abbot Church, Cheadle Why you should book a MiniMe Mindfulness Summer Camp for your kids? M iniMe Mindfulness® teaches children life changing mindfulness and mindset superpowers in a fun and innovative way. This class will help your child to build confidence, recognise and understand emotions, reduce stress as well as having fun! We are really excited to be bringing our camps to two locations this summer. St. Mary’s CofE First School, Uttoxeter and St. Giles’ the Abbot Church hall in Cheadle. All camps will run for four weeks: Monday 29th July until Friday 23rd August 9-4. What is HAF? We’re thrilled to partner with Staffordshire County Council and the Department for Education to bring the Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF) to Uttoxeter during school summer holidays 2024. Following the success of our Easter camps in Uttoxeter, we have been awarded HAF funding again for this location only. At our camps, children engage in a variety of positive mindfulness and mindset activities led by our experienced Mindset Mentor team. Why Choose MiniMe Mindfulness Camps? • Positive Mindset and Mindfulness: Our activities promote mental well-being and positive thinking. • Expert Guidance: Our Mindset Mentors provide valuable skills and support. • Social Interaction: Children make new friends and develop social skills. How to Book? We are running in two ways over the summer with Uttoxeter camps offering both HAF funded and paid for places and Cheadle offering paid for places only. If your child is eligible for free school meals, you will receive a code to book your child’s place through the Staffordshire booking portal if you haven’t received your code, please speak to your school to get access. Note that spaces are limited and awarded on a first- come, first-served basis. Parent Testimonials “My child is really enjoying this club, she talks about what you do during the session, I would recommend this club.” Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for your children to learn, grow, and have fun this summer! Visit minime- mindfulness-staffs.classforkids.io for more information and to book your child’s spot today. Up to everyone to help keep public toilets open P ublic toilets are valued facilities in our towns and communities but the thoughtless actions of a small number of people can result in temporary closures following deliberate damage and mis-use. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is receiving an increasing number of complaints about the cleanliness and state of repair of these public amenities. A regular schedule of cleaning is in place but this relies on the people using the toilets helping to maintain their cleanliness. Vandalism and people leaving the toilets in a mess often results in closure whilst the Council carries out expensive repairs leaving the public with no facilities in the meantime. The Council is now appealing to everyone who uses public toilets to do so responsibly and with other users in mind. Councillor Charlotte Atkins, Cabinet member for Services, said: “The Council provides public toilets for the benefit of residents and visitors as we know people value these facilities. “The toilets are cleaned regularly but our team can’t be everywhere at the same time and keeping toilets clean relies on everyone using them to do so responsibly and with other users in mind. “Most people respect this and don’t deliberately damage or deface them but we are increasingly receiving reports of toilets in unkempt states or being deliberately vandalised. “This is entirely avoidable and we don’t want to waste money on costly repairs only for them to be vandalised again. “Everyone has a responsibility to ensure the public amenities they use are left in a clean and serviceable condition for other people so we’re urging the minority of people who abuse these facilities to treat them properly and use them appropriately.” Everyone lovesTheVoice
  • 36. 36 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Susan Higginbottom The funeral service of Susan Higginbottom took place on Tuesday 7th May 2024 at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Uttoxeter at 1pm. Entrance music included Neil Diamond’s ‘Play Me’. Hymns sung were Morning Has Broken, Lord of all Hopefulness and The Lord’s My Shepherd. Family and friends left the church listening to ABBA’s ‘I Have a Dream’. Donations totalling £846 collected in memory of Sue has been forwarded to The Book Bus Foundation and St Gile’s Hospice. Family and friends shared memories and enjoyed refreshments at The Shrewsbury Arms, following the service. Family mourners Gerald Higginbottom; Frances Gordon; Jonny Gordon; Jamie Gordon; Lucie Gordon; Nick Higginbottom; Kelly Higginbottom; Hannah Higginbottom; Thomas Higginbottom; Margaret Deane; Michael Deane; Robert Peters; Melissa Peters. Congregation… Stella Simpson; Veronica Gillet; Sue Davies; Marsha Smith; Reg Archer; Paul Archer; Graham and Fiona Kirby representing David and Pearl Platt and Norman and Ann Tweddle; Mr P Curley; Margaret Thompson representing Gill Sandbrook, Mandy Ellis and Sue Maiden Dalton; Dorothy Sneyd; Neil and Sheila Allen; Elsa and Gregory Ford representing The Ford Family and Marisa Bavaresco; Mrs Fiona Coffin; Anne McKinnon; Charles and Bronwen Dodd; Jeff and Heather Smith; Roy Smith representing Rotary Club; John Deane; Ted and Lesley Preston; Pat and Paul Wrathman; Lesley Tetley representing Pamela Styles and Family; Alan and Georgina Proctor; Bill and Lynn Pearson; Claire Marjoram; Sue Grimley; Jamila Barker; Joyce Halcrow; Brenda Hammersley; Jane Kenyan-Smith; Carol Bavaresco; Rita Hooley; David Rushton representing Debbie Langridge and The Rotary Club, Uttoxeter; Stephen Herbert representing Mrs S Herbert; Jo and Martha Gilbert; Joanne Curtis; Dawn Thompson representing Rose Barlow; Jill Roberts; Len and Margaret Woodward; Keith and Annette Bastock representing Ken Ryder; Cylla Bowers; Sue Lynch; Linda Green (Fuller); Ray White; Alicia Waghorn; Carolyn Green; Alfred Hawksworth; Maureen Allen; Duncan Naylor; Ann Honeth; Jean Naylor; Kathy Timmis; Sharon Daly representing The Marjorie Centre and Fiona Durling; Rosemary and Katie Whitehead; Mr and Mrs Pierzchalla; Peter Coffin; Phillip and Elspeth Knight; Pat Rowley; Graeme and Mary Perry; Sally and Rob Cook; Elaine Bennett; Sheila Barnacle; Jean Edmonds; Beryl Caswell; Cliff Cotterill representing Dorothy; Karen and Martin Reynolds; Abbie Long; Pamela Merritt; Janet Manton; Sandra Morris; Philip Davis representing Davis Family and Alison Evans; John Lancaster; Ruth and Ken Hardingham; David Laws; James Wilkes representing family; Sue Brown; Jacqueline Furniss; Virginia Evans representing Margaret and Joe Lewis and The Lee Family; Barbara Hamill; Clare Reeves representing Sue and Peter Goodwin and Anita and Dave Thomas; Alison Curley representing Family; Mick Chilton; Matthew Chilton; Andrew and Christina Mann; Liza Goodman; Rachel Chatterway; Neil and Jo Burham. All Enquiries to Field Funeral Services (01538 722 665) The Voice sincerely thank Field Funeral Services for this Funeral Report. Pauline Hudson The funeral service of Pauline Hudson took place on Monday 20th May 2024 at St Mary’s Church, Uttoxeter followed by a committal at Carmountside Crematorium. Reverend Chris Brown led a service of thanksgiving and a celebration of Pauline’s life. Hymns sung were “Amazing Grace” and “Old Rugged Cross”. Family and friends shared memories and refreshments at Bradley House following the service. Donations collected in memory of Pauline have been forwarded on to ICU at Derby Hospital. Family mourners included Dave Hudson; Kelly Oakes; Melanie Rankin; Shaun, Evan, Madison and Mason Oakes; Alan and Kayden Rankin; Richard, Karen and Hannah Baker; Gary and Di Baker; Janice and Neil Oakes; Danni Birks. Congregation included Nicolas and Sharon Hopley; Michael Plant; Debra Clarke representing Keith; Pauline and Terry Murray; Christine Morrell; Kieth Watson; Christine Rankin; Kaci Rankin; Jane and Brian Hudson; Maurice and Ann Smithard; Janet and Edward Woodward; Lee and Rose Hudson; Maureen Hooper representing George; Anna Martin; Ian Shaw; Kerry Payne; David Shaw; Cheryl Byrne; Julie Porter; Carol Blackwell; Michelle Smith; Sarah Spooner; Jade Blurton. All Enquiries to Field Funeral Services (01538 722 665) The Voice sincerely thank Field Funeral Services for this Funeral Report. Cheadle & District Animal Welfare Society • Reg Charity 1039350 Have you got room in your heart and your home for Diana? D iana, a brown tabby has been in care since February 2023. She was originally taken to Lime Trees Veterinary Hospital, Meir Park because she had a broken jaw. She was microchipped so the vets tried to contact the owner, but to no avail, so we accepted her into our care. Her jaw was successfully repaired and after a few days of recovery off she went to the cattery. Once in the cattery she let her feelings about other cats be known – loud and clear. She just didn’t want to have anything to do with them and she chuntered – quite a lot. One lady was very tempted to give her a home, but in the end chose a different cat and since then not one single person has shown any interest in Diana at all. I find that very sad. Diana was born in 2015, so she is getting on a bit, but hopefully still has many years of life in front of her. I just hope that she won’t have to spend too much more time in a cattery. She needs a home where there are no young children to irritate her so possibly a quiet couple or a person living alone would be ideal. She likes to go outside so will enjoy a home with a garden and safe outdoor space. If you would like to meet Diana with a view to giving her a forever home please ring 01335 392369. Diana would be thrilled to know that someone is taking an interest in her. Cheadle & District Animal Welfare Society • Reg Charity 1039350 Please get your cat neutered W e were recently asked to take in a pregnant 2 year old cat who was unable to stay in her home. Something wasn’t right from the moment she arrived. She was very lethargic and we couldn’t get her to eat. Whatever we offered her she just turned away. We continued to try to tempt her all over the weekend, but to no avail, so on Monday she was taken to the vets. A blood test was done which showed that she was severely anaemic. Feline Leukaemia was suspected so a test was carried out and very sadly it came back positive. There is no treatment for Feline Leukaemia and this cat was so ill that we had to make the heartbreaking decision to put her to sleep. Feline Leukaemia (FeLV) is caused by a virus which suppresses the immune system and is passed from one cat to another through body fluids - saliva, nasal secretions, urine and faeces and also through mating. Unneutered cats are more at risk, so it is important to get your cat neutered to prevent them getting infected. It’s a very good idea to get your cat vaccinated against FeLV to protect them from this awful disease. Feline Leukaemia is not transmissible to humans or dogs. If you have an unneutered cat, male or female, then they are at risk of catching Feline Leukaemia and if they already have it then they are probably going to pass it on to other cats. To protect your cat and others please get it neutered. If you need help to get your cat neutered there are organisations who can help, including Cheadle Animal Welfare Society. Ring 01335 390369 for more information. If you would like to offer a home to one of our cats please take a look at our website: cheadleanimalwelfare.org.uk Jeff
  • 37. 37 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 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 Everyone lovesTheVoice Midlands Air Ambulance Charity rated as outstanding once again T he Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England, has rated Midlands Air Ambulance Charity as ‘outstanding’ following an inspection carried out at the organisation’s airbase at Strensham, Worcestershire. The CQC team assessed that the service provided by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity was safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led. The Strensham airbase was rated ‘outstanding’ in all five of these areas. Last year, the lifesaving pre- hospital emergency service delivered by the Charity’s airbase and headquarters in Cosford on the Shropshire / Staffordshire border and Tatenhill airbase in Staffordshire were also rated as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC. The inspection of the Strensham airbase was undertaken by a separate CQC team to those who carried out the inspections at the Charity’s two other airbases. Hanna Sebright, chief executive of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We are extremely proud of the ‘outstanding’ CQC rating awarded to our airbase at Strensham, especially having been awarded the highest rating in all five areas. “To have achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating for our three airbases this year is a significant achievement which highlights our commitment to the patients we treat within the communities we serve, providing the best pre-hospital care to those in critical need.” If you have been treated by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and would like to find out more about your incident or provide feedback, please contact the team via patientliaison@midlandsairambulance.com Read more about the Care Quality Commission here: cqc.org.uk Find out more about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s CQC rating here: www.cqc.org.uk/provider/1-11982780181/services
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  • 39. 39 Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 A Countryside Tale The first instalment from the fictional village of Croxshall, by Natalie Wakefield C larence Wibberley wobbled past on his ancient bicycle. Felicity Flint waved from her garden bench as he bobbed along in front of her house, a squeaky wheel cutting through the hazy quiet of the summer afternoon. Felicity cradled her favourite mug and basked in the sun, luxuriating in the warmth on her skin, the scent of roses on the faint breeze, the gentle drone of bees as they investigated every bloom. It was a Sunday and the village of Croxshall was peaceful. From the small patio in her front garden, Felicity could see most of the lane between St Peter’s – the spire jutting up into the blue sky above the yew hedges – and, in the other direction, the Golden Lion, just far enough away that she had to strain to hear the cheerful chatter from the beer garden. Green hills, sheep-dotted, surrounded the sleepy village, which had changed little over the last ten years. A cluster of new houses had gone up, there were fewer buses now and both the butchers and the post office had closed, but Croxshall still boasted a shop and a village hall, which was more than some places had to offer, Felicity mused. She really ought to think about baking some scones. It was WI tomorrow and she’d been asked to organise the refreshments. She was very much the junior of the group, and keen to impress – although not eager enough to move quite yet. She sat contented in the sunshine, allowing her mind to roam, considering the accusation from Vivienne across the street that she was getting ‘old for her age’ and mulling over the various snippets that had fallen from the village grapevine at church. Carol Sewell from Corner Cottage had been seen getting out of a stranger’s car in the nearby town of Utching. She could simply have been getting a lift, but naturally Iris Thompson, Betty Bollington and Freda McKay had dismissed this idea as entirely implausible. Often referred to – in hushed tones – as ‘the coven,’ Iris, Betty and Freda were in equal parts, respected and feared for their intrinsic knowledge of all the goings- on in Croxshall. The older women had had a field day when young Annie Watson had brought her brood in to Sunday school for the first time. Felicity smiled to herself, recalling Betty’s impressive bosom quivering indignantly as she’d crossed her arms, her strident ‘and still no husband!’ causing the young woman to flush as she’d scurried past. The new vicar – ‘call me Ben’ – had made the mistake of bringing his guitar to the service. Bless him. Felicity had quite enjoyed it. He sang earnestly, if not entirely tunefully, and seemed keen to share his deeply- rooted faith. Personally, she felt it made a nice change from old Rev Mithers, who had worn a rut so deep over the years that several villagers were able to recite his sermons by heart. Felicity sipped her tea, gazing at her small rose garden and making a mental list of the jobs she needed to do tomorrow. Looking up, she smiled and waved as a stressed-looking Anna Watson walked past, two sleeping tots in a humongous pram, the other two trailing behind. Heading for the pub no doubt. A much-deserved half a shandy for her, cola and crisps for the kids. Privately, Felicity felt the ‘scarlet woman’ label that had been attached to Anna was desperately unfair. The poor girl had been treated terribly by her husband, and the father of the younger two had long since disappeared, with neither man, as far as she knew, making much effort to support their children. Dreadful. She really must go in and bake those scones. With a sigh, Felicity stood, her mind occupied with Anna Watson’s predicament, when her reverie was interrupted by a loud ‘Ahem…’ She shrieked, dropping her mug onto the stone flags and clutching her chest. ‘Oh dear, I’m terribly sorry,’ a rich, male voice came from somewhere in the hedge. Squinting against the sunlight, Felicity realised there was a shadowy figure in the arch cut out of the privet, leaning over her garden gate. A man. He was coming up the path towards her. ‘I didn’t mean to startle you,’ he said softly. She stared, frozen, as he quickly gathered the shards of china, then stood looking for somewhere to put them. He was tall and broad, a faint wave in his dark hair, which was streaked with fine threads of silver. A tanned, weathered face, but quite handsome. Soft brown eyes, and a kind smile. ‘Here,’ she said, recovering her equilibrium and passing him a plant pot. ‘They’ll do for crocks.’ ‘My apologies again,’ he smiled, taking it from her. ‘I was actually hoping you could help me. I’m looking for Bramble House, but I’m not sure I’m in the right place.’ ‘You’re not far,’ she felt an odd twist of disappointment in her stomach. Bramble House was the home of Charlotte Randall – a retired actress who managed to exude glamour, yet dress with elegance, and who occasionally appeared in gossip magazines on the arm of an aging Rt Hon. There was only one likely reason this gentleman was calling on Ms Randall. Gamely, Felicity smiled, gave him directions, then sagged as he went on his way. There was heat in her cheeks and she was grateful for the cooler air indoors. Ridiculous to get all of a flutter about a man she’d spoken to for less than a minute. That evening, Felicity went out of her back door and through her vegetable garden, then huffed up the steeply sloping paddock to her summerhouse, which perched on the hillside and offered a sweeping view over Croxshall. Westward facing, it was the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sky streak with colour as the sun sank behind the hills. All in all, she felt incredibly lucky. Although she’d been widowed young, before children had arrived, she had enjoyed her years as a music teacher before a brush with cancer in her early forties. Once recovered she’d moved from the city to Croxshall, installed a piano and made enough from giving lessons to get by. She kept herself busy with various clubs and village activities, her vegetable garden and her roses, baking, crochet, walking. It was a privileged life and she was grateful for it. Content. Had never, until today, thought about a man. A companion. Partner, she supposed. The thought of letting a man into her home, her bed, had always seemed unnecessary. And surely it was too late now? He was probably too young for her anyway. The sky was lilac in the dusk, a sprinkling of stars just peeping through as night crept in. She really ought to get to bed. But… in the distance, a blue light. Flashing. Then, out of the corner of her eye, another coming from a different direction. Felicity’s curiosity turned to horror as more and more blue lights appeared in the darkness, moving ever closer towards the village. What on earth was going on? …to be continued… Down on the Farm by Angela Sargent J uly already, and crops are Ripening in the field. Some crops will be ready earlier than usual due to the weather. But maybe won’t provide much because the growing season has been so restricted because of the wet ground over spring. Straw may well be in short supply as some of the crops haven’t grown as tall as usual. It’s also the time of year that sheep will be sheared. Let’s hope for some dry days as water and electricity don’t particularly mix well. Wool will spoil in the woolsack if it is damp. Shearing helps the sheep keep free from fly problems. And I’m sure they are glad to see the back of the heavy fleeces which weigh them down. Lambs may be sprayed to keep flies away and wormed to keep them free from pests. A good few days of fine weather will be needed to make good hay. And there may be some silage still to be made to top up those winter reserves. But now Midsummer and the harvest will be starting. Hopefully the machinery has been serviced and is working properly. Harvest is also a dusty, grubby job and usually means long hours. It’s so easy for accidents to happen through tiredness and through the desire to get the job done. Please take care. There will also be lots of large heavy machinery on the country lanes, travelling from farm to field and field to field. Soft fruit and salad vegetables are at their peak now and are picked and packed on farm. Hopefully with enough staff to ensure produce doesn’t go to waste. Summer wild flowers will be blooming- selfheal, trefoils and avens flourishing among the grasses. Thistles will be cut, and nettles too, to stop them encroaching on the pasture. There are still plenty about for the butterflies and seed loving birds to feast on. Cow parsley, wild carrot and the poisonous hemlock are all found on wasteland, field boundaries and hedgerows and are probably buzzing with numerous pollinating insects such as hoverflies and orange tip butterflies as they are a good source of pollen And if you’re lucky, you’ll see leverets (young hares) running in the short grass from field to field. See how The Voice can publicise your business Give us a call on 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 or Email: uttoxetervoice@ hotmail.co.uk
  • 40. 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 L ast Month in May, you will have seen lots of blue Forget- Me-Not badges in newspapers, on TV and in magazines. The national appeal was launched by the Alzheimer’s Society for us all to buy a Forget- Me-Not badge to support the work that the society does nationally. Their website states, “It’s purpose is to create a special moment each year, when everyone comes together to honour and remember people affected by dementia.” It further explains that “The Forget-Me-Not badge is the emotional centrepiece of the campaign. It serves to recognise this moment of coming together, showing everyone how vital it is that dementia receives the attention it deserves.” In July 2023, in response to The Rotary Organisation’s national initiative to support people with dementia, the Rotary Club of Uttoxeter looked at what the town needed and moved into action. After meetings with NHS staff and support organisations in Uttoxeter, members of Rotary set about fundraising, researching and planning a Café to support people affected by dementia and their invaluable care givers. I am delighted to be able to tell you that the doors of the Forget-Me-Not Café were opened in December last year and now runs in Uttoxeter each week on a Monday morning at Wilfred House, Carter Street, Uttoxeter, ST14 8EY. It is staffed by both members of Uttoxeter Rotary and a large number of community volunteers. When I visited the Café I was struck by the warmth and laughter in the room. The room is set out like any Café you would visit, with forget-me-not flowers in vases and an incredibly pretty banner on the wall. Kate Nash, one of the Rotary Club executive members, who runs the café explained, “we set out the room so that tables are not close together, so that each person affected along with their care-giver, has room and does not get overwhelmed by either the amount of people or the noise level. It also allows space for the support team to move around each table and engage with individuals during the session. Uttoxeter Rotary Club is a thriving organisation and Kate manages a roster of members as well as about 60 community volunteers to ensure each session runs smoothly. All members of the team have received training from the Alzheimer’s Society on how to support both the care givers and the people living with dementia. Each volunteer understands how important it is to engage with Café visitors, while at all times ,being aware of what extra support may be needed. Volunteers know to feedback any concerns and the Rotary team can draw in additional support from specialists where necessary. The Café has a regular schedule of events that are designed to help memory and stimulate brain function. On the week that I attended both Bingo and a Magic Act took place. Both of these activities while being fun, ensure that those present had to concentrate and focus on retaining numbers for the Bingo or making choices on which card did they choose in the magic act. When talking to some of those at the Café it was clear that the activities are highly valued. But for me the magic happened when the volunteers visited the tables, one volunteer taking to the care giver and the other to the person living with dementia. The care givers seemed to blossom from having a discussion that was not focused on the illness, while the person with dementia was able to chat without judgement or correction in their own style and were made the centre of attention. The Forget-Me-Not Café does have a waiting list as the Rotary Club want to ensure that the Café is small enough so that all those who attend are well supported. The Rotary Club is delighted that funding has been received from the Uttoxeter NFU to support the Forget-Me-Not Café and are hoping to start an additional monthly session for members of the local farming community who are experiencing isolation, as a result of dementia. If you would like to be included in the waiting list so that you can benefit from the Forget- Me-Not Café then please contact rotary@uttoxeter.com If you want to know more about dementia, please visit the national website www.alzheimers.org.uk John’s Jottings by John Smith of Tean Normy – The Next Stage I n my earlier story I failed to mention that the Grammar School was a boy’s only institution. Even at 11 we gazed across the High School hockey field adjoining us and innocently wondered about these strange beings… I also did not refer to the fact that due to my limited height at the time (under 5 foot) I was required to wear short trousers – a total embarrassment as most of my friends and fellow pupils achieved the required parameter. Additionally I had skinny legs so not the best option. So, having experienced a somewhat shock to the system confronted by lads who clearly were highly intelligent or great sportsmen – sometimes both, my first year was, to say the least, indifferent. First term 18th in a class of 32, second term bronchitis robbing me of 4 weeks resulted in a plummet to 26th then back to 18th in the final term. I experienced a range of teachers – many who were locked in the 1950’s in their approach to education. A physics teacher who delighted in compelling pupils to hold live wires. A chemistry teacher who looked for any opportunity to administer corporal punishment. There were also good ones – Mr Johnson who (unbelievably) made Latin an interesting and fun subject, Mr Wall – History – who once made me stand with my head in a cupboard for the entire lesson. He simply asked me ‘Where were you yesterday, Smith?’ ‘Not here Sir’ ‘So, where were you?’ ‘Away Sir…’ A further unexpected change in the second year. We were to amalgamate with the High School. We were allocated to classes by capability with the cleverer pupils being joined by girls in their class. I was placed in 2Y – an all-boys class. Clearly not trusted to mix with the vulnerable young ladies… Frogs brought into classes, expelled from class, etc, etc Frankly my academic performance worsened as I began to mix with a group of my rebellious students from my village and elsewhere. Detentions came in abundance. My grades were so poor that my father declined to provide the required signature on my end of year report. Year3 displayed little improvement albeit now in a mixed class. My behaviour was no better. I simply was frankly immature and lacked any appreciation of the opportunity the school presented to me. My first experience of the cane for deprecating remarks to a teacher – fully deserved. Eventually something clicked and I started to grow – both in build and maturity. In Year 4, I was allocated to an ‘A class’ sending a message that I had the capability to do better. Still not fully grasping the moment, I continued to be a source of mischief and my school report for that year read ‘Behaviour – satisfactory generally, but more detentions than the rest of 4A put together.’ Once more a very negative response from the old fella to the point where he threatened to remove me from the school entirely… So to Year 5 and 6 – still retained in ‘A Class’ but something moved me on. Impending ‘GCE O levels’. A poor performance in these meant no progression to ‘A levels’ and consequently no opportunity to progress to further education. I took this to heart – to a degree…Now 15 years old the attraction and pursuit of the opposite sex became an equal priority. As a consequence, my homework was completed as quickly as possible to ensure myself and friends could roam the local estate seeking the company of any attractive young ladies. Having completed my exams with moderate success but sufficient to qualify for the 6th form I chose to study Geography, History and English Literature. Not a clue where this would take me… I toyed with life as a journalist but without any real commitment. I was one of around 10 students not appointed to prefect positions – not a great shock but demeaning given my colleagues and friends nominations. My career future developed weirdly. As a student employee at a local carpet company, I observed the role of the Personnel Manager at a time when trade unions were strong and demanding. The early 70’s where ‘downing tools’ a constant feature. One hour tea breaks to play cards in the morning, overmanning to the point where we were told to go ‘bogging’ – sitting in benches in the toilets to reduce the numbers at particular areas of the process. Despite this I became attracted to this option. My behaviour improved (somewhat) and I completed my A levels with 3 moderate passes but sufficient to move on to my next option – a Business Studies Diploma at Salford College of Technology. I have reflected on my time at Normy and honestly wished I had been more committed and dedicated. A silly lad who probably was unprepared for the demands of a high-quality Grammar School opportunity. Some great teachers who had the capability to project their subject and make this entertaining and retentive. However, also some brutes who seemed to take pleasure in their treatment of younger pupils. Given my time again… My life moved on…