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Uttoxeter
& Cheadle
Uttoxeter
& Cheadle
Issue 122
A QUALITY MAGAZINE - NOW IN OUR 17th YEAR!
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W
hen is something going to be done
about the horrendous number of
potholes on our roads both locally
and nationally?
I have never seen so many deep potholes
which invariably damage tyres, wheels and
suspensions on our vehicles, leading to motorists
having to find the cash for repairs when we are
in the midst of a cost of living crisis…
Nothing seems to be done to fill in these
potholes properly because when the council do
repair them, within a few years they are back to
the original condition!
We have a World-leading local company in
JCB where engineers have developed a wonderful
Pothole Machine which can be a game-changer
in getting our roads back to top condition – but
many councils I assume are so cash-strapped that
they struggle to find resources to buy fleets of
these Pothole Machines…
However, I believe the Government are now
providing reallocated HS2 funding to many
councils who have published 2-year plans
detailing exactly which roads will be improved
and potholes fixed. We shall see if our local roads
will now be repaired and resurfaced by
Staffordshire County Council!!!
It has been a very sad time in local circles as
we recently lost two top notch characters in
Uttoxeter’s Barrie Wain and Cheadle’s Kevin
Rogers – both terrific footballers and wonderful
chaps.
Barrie was one of Uttoxeter’s finest centre
backs and Kevin was a brilliant player – both lost
to us during a short period of time…
I knew both men for over 40 years and I
enjoyed wonderful friendships with them and we
always had huge laughs when we met. Barrie had
his own ‘seat’ in Oldfields Club and every time I
went through the door of the club I used to look
across to his seat and there he was. I waved to
him and he waved back at me. I went to watch the
rugby the other Saturday and without thinking I
went through the door and looked across – to see
a vacant seat…RIP Barrie.
I played with and was managed by Kev, one
of the fittest men you could ever meet. He was
probably the only Manager who got me fit!! I can
hear readers say that must have been a very long
time ago!! RIP Kev
I hope you enjoy reading this issue of The
Voice colour magazine…
Nigel Titterton
Editor & Publisher
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p and coming young snowboarder Alfie Sewell from Uttoxeter has received
a donation from the Uttoxeter Knights to help with his training costs. Alfie,
who is just 13, took up the sport when he was only four years old. He has
already enjoyed considerable success in the English and British Championships. His
aim is to represent Great Britain in international events and ultimately compete in
the Winter Olympics.
In presenting a cheque to Alfie, Knights chair Robert Hunt said: “We helped Alfie
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both for his chosen sport and for Uttoxeter. We wish him every success and will be
following his career with great interest.”
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Stan raises more
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I
n May 2020 Stan’s owner, Sue Wardle, undertook a
walking marathon around her garden in Consall,
North Staffordshire, in aid of the NSPCC of which
Sue is the local branch chairman. The 26 mile 385 yard
distance was covered over a period of days and Stan, the
family dog, accompanied Sue all the way. That venture
raised over £2,500 in sponsorship.
Stan came from the City Dog’s Home in
Brookhouse Lane, Stoke on Trent. He was found
wandering the streets of Dudley and has lived with his owners, first in Consall and
now in Cheadle, for 5 years. He’s a proper mongrel, no fancy names and most people
think he is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier / Jack Russell cross with and uncertain mixture
of parenthood. That all changed at the end of last year when Sue and husband
Andrew were bought a dog DNA test as a present.
To make the process more interesting
Andrew organised a prize draw at his
local pub, The Baker’s Arms in the High
Street in Cheadle. For £1 an entry you
could estimate the percentages of
different breeds in Stan’s make up. The
winner would receive half of the money
raised, the balance going to the NSPCC.
A saliva test was sent to Embark
Laboratories in San Diego in the United
States. Around a month later the results
were revealed.
Stan, we now know, is 47% Russell-
type terrier, 35.3% Staffordshire Bull
Terrier, 11.1% American Bull Dog and
6.6% American Pitbull Terrier.
The quiz raised over £63. The winner,
Clare Weaver, works with children
herself and generously donated her
winnings back to the NSPCC so they will
now receive all the entry money.
Thanks Stan, you’ve done it again !!
Sue Wardle with son Joseph and Stan
after finishing the walking marathon.
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ougie Mac's hugely popular Make a Will Month is returning this May.
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generously waive their usual fees to draft or amend a basic will in exchange
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Jill added, “No matter the gift you’re able to leave in your Will, whether it’s a
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J
ames Oakden is a seven year old boy from
Uttoxeter who unfortunately suffers from multiple
caverernomas on the brain.
A cavernoma is a cluster of abnormal blood vessels
within the brain and for James cavernomas have caused
a number of distressing side effects which impact upon
his daily life, including seizures, a speech impediment
and balance issues.
Despite these awful setbacks James is a very
determined young man and strives to give of his best
in everything that he does particularly riding his bike.
During Christmas 2023 James was extremely
fortunate to visit Lapland to meet with Father
Christmas, the elves and all of Fathers Christmases
helpers. It was an absolutely fantastic time for him and
a Christmas never to be forgotten.
James’s visit to Lapland was made possible due to
the generosity and wonderful work of the UK ‘Make-
A-Wish Foundation’ who aims to create life changing
wishes for children with serious illnesses.
Over 60,000 children in the UK have been
diagnosed with critical conditions changing both their
lives and their families’ lives forever.
So blown away by his Lapland experience, James
now wants to challenge himself and to try to raise some
money to hopefully enable another child, or, children
to experience a wish coming true via the wonderful
work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.’
James’s Snowdon Challenge
In the month of April ,James is aiming to walk to
the top of Snowdon in aid of the ‘Make A Wish
Foundation.’
He has set himself a target of trying to raise a total
of between £1 and £1,000. So far so good, with the good
news being in that so far James has received
sponsorship pledges of £265.
When asked about his Snowden challenge James
said he is really looking forward to the hike up
Snowdon so the money he raises from the hike can help
other children have an experience like he did.
James is now sharing his story in the hope that the
readers may possibly like to help him achieve his fund
raising target.
For anyone wishing to help, James does have a ‘Just
Giving’ page at the following link: shorturl.at/acjxT
Can Voice readers help James make
wishes come true?
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CB is inspiring the next
generation of female
engineers as apprentices
celebrate the life of pioneering Cheadle astronomer
Mary Adela Blagg with a special viewing of the
internationally acclaimed ‘Museum of the Moon’.
Female JCB apprentices were invited to ‘Cheadle
Moon’ celebrations at the town’s St Giles the Abbot
Church for a talk on the leading astronomer, whose
groundbreaking work mapping the moon saw her
become one of the first women admitted into the Royal
Astronomical Society. JCB donated £2,000 to help
bring the internationally renowned touring art
installation to Cheadle.
Erin Murphy, who is a fourth year JCB Engineering
Degree Apprentice, was one of 10 female apprentices
who took part in the visit. She said: “When I was
younger, I didn’t think engineering was for me because
I thought it was for ‘boys’. Luckily, I had some great
opportunities at school to see how many amazing
female role models there are. Being able to view the
exhibition and find out more about local lady Mary
Adela Blagg’s achievements was so inspirational.”
Born in 1858 Mary Blagg, who lived her entire life
in Cheadle and is buried in St Giles’ churchyard, is one
of the most pioneering female astronomers. Her work
mapping the moon saw a crater on the moon, Blagg
crater, named after her, and in March 2023, a planet
was named Maryblagg in her honour.
Cheadle Moon was organised by art company
OUTSIDE and at its centrepiece was a six-metre
diameter moon by artist Luke Jerram. Suspended from
the nave of the church the moon was internally lit and
features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface
with surround sound musical compositions created by
award winning composer Dan Jones.
There are currently 80 female apprentices working
across engineering, manufacturing, business, and
future technologies at JCB. For more information visit
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JCB apprentices aim high with
unique visit to Cheadle Moon
Female apprentices from JCB admire the spectacular Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram, part of the Cheadle
Moon exhibition at St Giles the Abbot Church. Rebecca Brooks, Mia Elliot, Georgia Pedley-Mackenzie, Olivia
Bagley, Lexie Pressdee and Erin Murphy. Front: Shaili Patel, Shannon Connell, Kira Patel
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A
fter the year-on-year success of “Party on the
Pitch”, Uttoxeter Lions Club are determined
that this year’s popular two-day beer, cider and
music festival at Oldfields Sports and Social Club on
the 7th and 8th June will be bigger and better than ever.
Party on the Pitch raises money for prostate cancer
tests for local men over 50 years of age and the Prostate
Screening Evening will take place in partnership with
the Graham Fulford Charitable Trust at the same venue
on Thursday 6th June from 6.00pm. Tests are available
to book from 1st May through an online booking
system: ulc.mypsatests.org.uk/
Unfortunately, the club will be unable to
accommodate walk ins so online bookings are
essential. A helpline is provided by the Graham Fulford
Trust on 01926 419959 should individuals have
problems with the booking process.
The testing programme will provide 400 free tests
for local men at a cost of £10,000 to Uttoxeter Lions
Club. It’s a commitment the club are happy to make
because they know it saves lives.
“Party on The Pitch” kicks off on Friday 7th June
with The Nuts, a Midlands-based rock and pop covers
duo that will certainly get the party off to a rousing and
energetic start.
Headliners for the Friday evening are Kings of Indie
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Killers, Blur and Kaiser Chiefs! These lads have
performed Indie classics for years to large crowds,
headlining at some of the biggest cover festivals in the
UK.
There is a great line up of musicians for Saturday
8th June including Trevor baBaJack Steger. Trevor’s
music is influenced by his passion for early rural Blues
and rhythmic African roots. His unique style of slide
guitar, harp playing, and song has earned him UK Blues
Act of the Year 2023 in the UK Blues Awards.
Rounding off the two-day festival will be a
performance from the highly acclaimed Queen tribute
band One Vision. This spectacular show features
amazing Freddie Mercury and Brian May lookalikes
and soundalikes. The band are accomplished musicians
whose attention to detail has given them a well-
deserved reputation on the party and tribute band
circuit.
John Fitchett, President of Uttoxeter Lions Club,
said “the club is delighted to bring this annual festival
to Uttoxeter once again. We are always indebted to our
sponsors, including RBA Wealth Management, who
along with the public help us to generate enough
revenue to fund our vital prostate cancer screening
evening for 400 local men. With test prices increasing
to £25 each the club is always happy to accept cash or
card donations to help fund this important
programme”.
Tickets for “Party on The Pitch” are available from
Eventbrite along with retail outlets around Uttoxeter
and local villages. Please see posters, the Uttoxeter
Lions Facebook Page and website for more details.
Lions ready to roar back in party mood
for Prostate Cancer Screening
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B
y 10th June 2024
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Failure to do so could
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Even if your cat is an
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The microchipping
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families should they get
lost, but it is most
important that the details on their chip is kept up to date. If you change your
phone number, email address or postal address you need to contact the microchip
company. Sometimes cats are brought in as strays and are microchipped but the
owners details are out of date so the cat cannot be reunited and ends up having to
be found a new home.
It is also important to get your cat neutered. Cat rescues up and down the
country are full of unwanted cats who started life as adorable little kittens, but the
people who wanted them as kittens no longer wanted them once they grew into
adult cats. Unneutered cats are also more likely to pick up and pass on some nasty
feline diseases for which there is no cure. If you need help with getting your cat
neutered please get in touch. We may be able to help.
Myrtle, the very shy cat, who was mentioned in the last edition of The Voice,
has been offered a home. We are so grateful to The Voice for its role in finding her
a new home. It is a great relief to have a happy ending. We still have many other
cats waiting for their forever homes. If you are interested in giving a loving home
to an adult cat please look on our website – cheadleanimalwelfare.org.uk or ring
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Cheadle Flower Club
C
headle Flower Club’s March
meeting was a demonstration
by Eleanor Davis from
Oswestry with the title ‘Not just a
bunch of flowers’ based on a low
budget and using mainly
supermarket bought flowers.
Our Club Chairman Sheila Jones
welcomed members and visitors to
our meeting, everyone was thrilled
to see many new faces at our club.
Eleanor’s demonstration began
using a £5 bunch of white roses
placed between two pieces of oasis
covered and pinned with Laurel
leaves, creating a beautiful simple
display.
An Easter arrangement using a
hessian covered wooden base and
sisal covered recycled baked bean
tins containing a variety of spring
coloured tulips. An Easter bunny
centrally placed completed this stunning seasonal arrangement.
A glass candelabra with an attached wicker wreath used just pink Arum lilies in
the next arrangement, showing just how beautiful this can be with simply one type
of flower.
Next a tall black vase held just five Gerberas again demonstrating how stunning
and elegant arrangements can be using just one flower species.
A spring design of two homemade paper mache eggs held pussywillow, yellow
gerbera, lisianthus, hyacinth, daffodils, tulips and hellebores thus resulting in a
gorgeous display.
The grand finale was designed on a bowl covered with pink ribbon holding a
variety of pink flowers including chrysanthemums, lilies, carnations, viburnum and
pink roses giving a vibrant and beautiful array of colour.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful demonstration, Eleanor taught us
there is no need to spend a huge amount on flowers when stunning arrangements
can be created from very few flowers.
If you require information on how to join Cheadle Flower Club, contact
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Kate Kniveton MP
visits school to discuss
local SEND provision
K
ate Kniveton, Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter, visited St
Mary’s Church of England (A) First School in Uttoxeter to meet with staff
and pupils. The local MP met with Head Teacher, Jo Moult, and the School
Governor with specific responsibility for special educational needs and disabilities
(SEND), Jennifer Brassington. Ms Brassington had invited Ms Kniveton to tour the
school and its SEND hub as well as to discuss the provision of SEND services within
Staffordshire.
Since her election, Kate Kniveton has championed parents of children with
SEND, helping them to access the support their child needs and spoken in the House
of Commons for the need for quicker assessments for Education, Health and Care
Plans (EHCPs) to help fund support services.
The local MPs visit to St. Mary’s coincided with World Book Day, for which staff
and pupils had dressed up as their favourite book characters. Ms Kniveton praised
the pupils for their creative costumes.
Commenting, Kate Kniveton MP: “It was lovely to visit St Mary’s Church of
England First School and meet with staff and pupils as they engaged with World
Book Day.
“I am grateful to Ms Brassington for the invite to meet with her and Headteacher,
Jo Moult, to discuss SEND provision locally. The school is a real asset for local
children with SEND needs and the support they provide to both pupils and parents.
I will continue to do all I can to ensure that provision is increased locally and that
SEND children are able to access the assessments and support they need in a timely
manner.”
U
ttoxeter-based glass artist Joy Salt
of JOYSOFGLASS gets an exciting boost for
her business from Theo Paphitis.
Joy was incredibly proud to be personally presented
by Theo with her award, at the SBS Conference at the
ICC in Birmingham recently.
Business and retail entrepreneur and self-confessed
Shopkeeper, Theo re‐tweeted Joy Salt’s message to his
over 500,000 Twitter and Instagram followers and as a
result, joysofglass.co.uk has many more followers and
extra orders for her stained and fused glass products.
Her business is also profiled on the #SBS website
(www.theopaphitissbs.com) that is exclusive to all
Small Business Sunday winners.
Joy said, “I’m a small business, a glass artist,
working from home in my garden studio (aka garage)
doing what I love. Making stained glass suncatchers
and fused glass jewellery and small decorative pieces.
My name is Joy and glass is indeed my Joy ! I’ve been
making my glass since 2008 when I attended a stained
glass course at the WI Oxfordshire based, Denman
Collage as part of an Awards for all scheme from my
Leigh & District WI.
A hobby soon became an absolute passion and I can
be found at my glass work bench most days doing what
I love so much. Fortunately, over the years I have built
up a good online following for my glass and via my own
JOYSOFGLASS website and my online shops I have a
steady flow of lovely customers for my glass work. This
means I can always find the excuse to make more. I
have an extensive range of designs to hopefully ensure
I have something for everyone, every taste and every
occasion. I attend the occasional local event, craft and
Christmas fairs as it is so lovely to meet my customers
face to face but I mainly sell online.
On the British Crafthouse platform, which is
curated / handmade in Britain so restricted to the very
best of British, I have two shops:
thebritishcrafthouse.co.uk/shop/joysofglass/ for
stained glass and /thebritishcrafthouse.co.uk/
shop/joysofglass-FUSED/ for all my fused glass work.
It was Susan Bonnar, the founder of the British
Crafthouse who encouraged me to apply
for the SBS award and I am absolutely
delighted that she did and so very proud
to have won it.
I also have shops on Folksy and on
Buy Indie.
It is so wonderful to have support
from Theo and the SBS community to
raise my business profile and Theo has
recognised my passion for my work and
helped spread the word about what I do
to his following.”
Small business champion and Ryman
Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux
Avenue Chairman, Theo Paphitis, said:
“We are thrilled to welcome new #SBS
members every week and highlight just
how important it is to support our small
businesses here in the UK. My vision is
that everyone who has ever won an #SBS
re-tweet from me becomes part of a
friendly club; like-minded individuals
who can share successes and learnings.
The website will also give a valuable
profile to the winners chosen and I
wish JOYSOFGLASS every success.”
Anyone looking for a re‐tweet from Theo should
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their business on Sunday between 5 PM and 7.30 PM
and include the hashtag #SBS. Six lucky businesses are
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enter their profile on the new website, attend the
annual #SBS networking event and take advantage of
the networking opportunities.
Former TV Dragons Den Star Theo
brings sheer‘Joy’for glass artist
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Kingstone WI’s
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C
hris Copp, Collections Manager at Staffordshire Archives & Heritage, was
warmly welcomed as the speaker at Kingstone WI’s March meeting. His talk
was to be on Rural Trades and Crafts very appropriate for a group of practical
ladies, many of whom had a farming background. The interest of the members of
his audience was sparked immediately as Chris set out a fascinating array of tools
and gadgets, most of which were completely strange and unrecognisable to them.
After introducing himself, the speaker described how the Collection would be
finding a new home in the exciting Staffordshire History Centre to be opened later
this year. This project would bring together three incredible collections, from the
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service, the County Museum and the
William Salt Library, creating imaginative ways to connect Staffordshire people and
their stories.
And so, on to the display of the twenty weird and wonderful objects set out at
the front of the hall. Rather than sit and be talked at, the audience was involved from
the beginning in examining, handling and exploring each contraption. This took the
form of a light-hearted quiz, where individually or working in groups, the conclusion
for each implement’s use was recorded. Most people were familiar with the stone
hot-water bottle, a couple of farmer’s wives recognized the wooden carcass hanger,
used as a yoke to hang a pig on after it had been killed, but the complicated metal
thingamajig, which was revealed to be a pigeon ringer, defeated everyone! (I probably
shouldn’t have divulged all that in case anyone reading this is fortunate enough to
hear Chris’s talk at a later date!)
After appreciation was shown to Chris for such an entertaining and informative
part of the meeting, light refreshments were served as usual and members had the
opportunity to book for several excellent events coming up in the next couple of
months. These including SFWI’s Spring Event at the County Showground, with three
very appealing speakers, a members’ lunch in the Community Room, cooked by
Team Presidents Jean Gallimore and Val Laflin, and a Birthday Lunch at Marsh Farm
in May to celebrate Kingstone WI’s 106th birthday. A Members’ Afternoon Tea, with
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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…
So, having our first touring caravanning holiday
under our belt, it had been a little stressful but we
survived the tow back from Rhyl in 1976…
So, 1977 was looming, so what would we do for that
year for a holiday?
Once again, Roy Beardmore came to our rescue by
letting us borrow his caravan again, but this time he
said pick it up and go where you want!
Barmouth was recommended to us and one at Taly-
Bont which was Mr Evans’ site. So we set off for there
– the journey was very pleasant but on arriving, the Site
Manager said they were full up!!
Oh dear what now! But the conversation had been
overheard by the site owner Mr Evans and he asked
where we had travelled from.
We explained we had travelled from Cheadle,
Stoke-on-Trent, and he instructed the Manager to find
us a pitch somewhere, which he did, in a very nice spot.
It was a lovely, sunny day but that night we had a
very bad storm, so bad that tents that were set up in a
field close-by blew away!! As it was, no-one was hurt
but it would spoil those folks’ holidays, very sad.
We were grateful for being in Roy’s caravan and we
were safe thank goodness…
But it continued to rain for the next three days, not
good for a beach holiday! So on the Wednesday we
decided to make our way back home, but on the
journey we stopped off at Bala Lake.
The sun came out again and we were sitting by the
water’s edge when a gentleman asked us how we were
doing. We replied ‘better now the sun is out.’ We
relayed to him what we had experienced at Taly Bont
and he invited us to go with him to a site he was
stopping at up the road.
So that’s what we did, being made very welcome by
all there. This was when we realised there is a real
community spirit amongst campers and caravanners.
We spent the rest of the holiday there and the sun
shone all week.
So that was our holiday taken care of in 1977, what
will 1978 bring forth?
More next time in the next issue of The Voice
colour magazine…
From the Mash Tun
by Graham Shenton
I
n my last piece I talked about the closure of the
Shrewsbury and Talbot in Uttoxeter. This got me
thinking about the closure of pubs in villages and
the impact that that can have on a rural community.
Just recently Marchington had a spell with none of it’s
pubs open. Thankfully the Dog and Partridge is open
again and serving decent ale and food. There’s also talk
of progress in re-opening the Bull’s Head. It’s not that
long ago that Marchington had 3 excellent boozers
including the Blacksmiths under the stewardship of one
Kenny Burns. With Mac at the Bull serving some of the
best Pedigree on the planet who would have thought
that within a generation there would be nowhere to buy
a pint albeit for a short time
Elsewhere in our rural communities’ things are not
so good. The Hare and Hounds in Stramshall looks as
though it has definitely served its last pint. For some
time it has been a curious mix of guest house, Tea
Rooms and ‘pop-up’ pub but now it’s up for sale as a
residential property. Gone for good then unless you
have three quarters of a million and a great deal of
courage. Similarly, the Blythe is also closed and up for
sale. Another pub famed for it’s ‘Lock-ins’ and more
latterly excellent carveries. Unlike the pubs in
Marchington the Hare and Hounds and Blythe were the
only pubs in their village and now the villagers will
have to travel further afield. Just imagine being
influenced to buy a property in a village by the
availability of a village pub only to find that a few years
down the line it closes. It’s already happened in
Scropton and there is currently not much sign of the
Vernon Arms re-opening in Sudbury. Let’s hope the
Vernon’s and Bull are open again ASAP!
The residents of Kingstone stood by and re-
financed their local and look what a huge success
community funding proved to be in that case. The
Shrew is a massive success story and deserves
continued support from the wider community and not
just the ‘locals’. Well-done the folk of Kingstone.
On a truly sad note we have heard of the passing of
Birdy, one half of the team that resurrected the Red
Lion at Checkley and reinstated it as the beating heart
of that village. Birdy and Sue have re-established the
Lion as a great boozer with great food and beer and lots
of ‘events’. As I understand it Birdy’s son and Sue will
continue to run the pub and they are certainly
deserving of everyone’s support. I have inserted into
this article a photo of Birdy and Sue being awarded the
CAMRA pub of the season award in 2022.
I noted last time that I had finished reading Peter
Vaughan’s autobiography and that I had deposited it in
the library/phone box at the top of Westlands road. I
was curious to see if anyone had ‘borrowed’ it and to
my great delight I went back up there a couple of weeks
ago and it was no longer there. Brilliant! In the
meantime, Jim Phillips has found Peter Vaughan’s
autograph and former Mayor Alan Chapman has
contacted me with some interesting gossip about the
Ohm (Vaughan’s original name) family’s time in
Uttoxeter. Now Alan was a fine Mayor of Uttoxeter, but
I think Jim Phillips would have made a better one!
The CAMRA away day in Bakewell on Saturday
March 16th was a huge success the highlight being a
long stay at the Thornbridge Brewery. Their most
famous beer is Jaipur which was Camra’s Champion
beer of Britain in the strong bitter category in 2008 and
2010. Their expansion on the back of the success of
Jaipur has been dramatic and their tap house in
Bakewell is well worth a visit. Larger groups need to
book in advance. Our next CAMRA trip is back to Leek
on 8th June. Anyone interested pop into the Night Inn
or the UBC. This is open to all and not just to CAMRA
members.
A few of us also revisited Tamworth recently and
spent a couple of hours in the Tamworth Tap. CAMRA
recently announced that the Tap was their National Pub
of the Year for the 2nd year running. That is a fantastic
accolade as only once before has a pub achieved this
honour, that pub being the Kelham Island Tavern in
Sheffield. So well done to George and his team. As the
weather improves (cannot remember where I read
that?) it’s a good time to visit the Tap which has a huge.
attractive beer garden overlooking Tamworth Castle
Finally, we have lost another old friend since the last
issue. Barrie Wain was without a doubt one of the finest
footballers produced by the town in the last century.
He actually passed away during the Cheltenham
Festival and it might have even been on a crib night.
Barrie had been in our party that visited Cheltenham
on the Wednesday of each year until recently. Like Bill
Shaw who passed last year he loved his football, horse
racing and Crib, a true all-rounder. RIP Barrie.
PS apologies to Philip Atkins OBE as I spelt his
name incorrectly in the last instalment. Feedback this
month from Mayors and County Councillors. Eat your
heart out Judith Chalmers.
Shent
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T
he Uttoxeter Walking Club was formed in 1978 with an initial membership
of 12. Since then it has enjoyed a steady growth and today we have over 40
members. Initially the club organized walks in the local area including the
Derbyshire Peaks but it did not take long for a more adventurous programme to be
developed, including longer day trips and weekends.
There are a variety of walks on the programme Saturdays, Sundays and
occasionally weekdays. The walks vary from short 4- 6 miles over easy terrain,
moderate walks of about 8 – 10 miles or more strenuous high- level walks. Shorter
walks tend to be within a fifteen mile radius of Uttoxeter travelling further in to the
Peak district for the longer walks.
In 2022 we completed the Derwent Valley Heritage trail and are now about one
third of the way round the Peak District Boundary Walk.
The club operates a car share policy to reduce the number of vehicles on the road
and taking up valuable car park spaces. This also reduces costs to drivers and non-
drivers can access new areas.
The programme is flexible so all details of walks, meeting points, and start times
are published monthly on the website, and on posters in Uttoxeter library and
Waitrose.
A coach away day is organised each year.. In previous years coach trips have been
toStamford, the Lake District, North Wales, Malvern. Ludlow, Llangollen Haworth
and Ironbridge. In 2019 members enjoyed a day out to The Wrekin and Iron bridge
Gorge World Heritage Site. Occasionally we organise a weekend away, these have
included, Wales, Scotland (Ben Nevis) Yorkshire, Shropshire, Isle of Wight and the
Lake District.
2018 was the 40th anniversary of the Club – a social evening was organised so
members could bring memorabilia and reminisce and the inaugural walk was
repeated with some founder members joining in.
The club has an A.G.M for members to put forward their suggestions for how
the club should be managed and what activities they would like to organise.
Uttoxeter Walking Club are associate members of National Ramblers with all the
support that goes with that particularly insurance and including guidance for safety
on walks and keeping footpaths open by reporting damaged or closed footpaths.
Non members are welcome to attend one walk free to try us, before paying the
subscription, currently £10 per year. This is a great way of exploring the countryside,
appreciating everything in nature, sharing experiences with friends old and new and
walking in areas you may not visit individually, all age groups are welcome.
www.uttoxeterwalkingclub.co.uk
Uttoxeter Walking Club News…
Beaston Tor
Along the River Dove
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T
hroughout April and May, No 42 Interiors, 9 Market Place, Uttoxeter will be
hosting an exhibition of works by Staffordshire based wildlife sculptor Elliot
Channer. The Uttoxeter interior design showroom will be displaying around
ten of Elliot’s works as they return from being exhibited at the World Garden Expo
in Dubai.
Having studied at the City & Guilds of London Art School, Elliot has been a
professional wildlife sculptor since 2013, the main focus of his art being birds,
sculpted in clay and cast in bronze.
Focussing on capturing the elegance and movement of the subject with
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New Corporate Plan
Adopted for the Year Ahead
F
ollowing a full Council meeting on Monday 18th March 2024, East
Staffordshire Borough Council has adopted a refreshed Corporate Plan, which
outlines how the Council will deliver and build upon its many services and
how it will support residents over the next 12 months.
The refreshed Corporate Plan illustrates the achievements from the past 12
months, and details how East Staffordshire Borough Council will continue to deliver
its corporate priorities over the forthcoming year.
The 2024/25 Corporate Plan outlines East Staffordshire Borough Council’s five
overarching corporate priorities:
• Improving Local Democracy
• Creating a Prosperous East Staffordshire
• Developing a Green New Deal for East Staffordshire
• Protecting Our Heritage
• Standing up for our Communities
A number of other objectives for 2024/25 are also set out, including the
regeneration of Uttoxeter, including both the former Co-op site and the Maltings
site, the Council’s commitment to tackling envirocrime, and many more. All of these
objectives can be found in detail in the Corporate Plan found on the Council’s
website.
Cllr Michael Fitzpatrick, Leader of the Council, said: “I am glad to see the
refreshed Corporate Plan be approved for the year ahead. This updated plan aims
to show our residents, partners and staff, the Council’s intentions during 2024/25.”
“The last year has seen the Council deliver a number of services with aims of
creating a prosperous East Staffordshire. This past year saw the Council commission
a ‘Cost of Living Advisor Service’ from the third sector to provide budgeting support
to struggling households, helping connect them to other existing community
services.”
“The Council has also undertaken a range of work towards ensuring the right to
food, including the provision of funding for free food providers and community
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The newly adopted Corporate Plan can be viewed in full on the Council’s website.
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C
hurnet Valley Voices is a brand-new
community choir for adults in the Staffordshire
Moorlands. The choir meets on Thursday
evenings from 7pm till 9pm at the Kingsley Holt
Centre, Churnet Valley Road, Kingsley Holt, ST10
2BQ.
The songs that are sung are extremely varied,
ranging from hits from the 1950s up to the present day.
Sessions are fun and informal, with no commitment,
no requirement to attend every week, no pressure, no
music to read or words to memorise. It is for adults of
all generations. Just bring yourself and your
enthusiasm. You don’t even have to be able to sing, as
our emphasis is on community, companionship and
fun.
Sessions cost £5 per person, which includes
refreshments, before and during the session.
The choir is led by Nick Jones, Nick is a Grade 8-
standard pianist and a qualified teacher (with over 26
years’ experience of teaching all subjects in mainstream
and special needs settings), he also has a qualification
in community mental health.
He explained ‘I have loved singing since the age of
3. Music, art and craft have always been a real passion
of mine and I have used these to work
with people of all ages, nationalities and
walks of life, as a form of therapy and
relaxation. I practice meditation and
mindfulness-thinking and use these to
promote positive mental health, not
only for myself, but also for those with
whom I work.’
Nick has sang in and led various
choirs for over 26 years in school,
college, cafe, community and church
settings and knows what a powerful
medium singing is for improving self
esteem and mental health.
Nick continued ‘I created ‘Churnet Valley Voices’
to promote enthusiasm, positive mental health and a
sense of community for people who can sing or lack
confidence in having an ability to sing. Although
winter isn’t the ideal time to begin a new venture, we
have been keen to get going and very much look
forward to welcoming new members as spring grows
ever closer and the warmer weather and lighter
evenings gradually arrive. Many new friendships have
already developed and flourish each week.’
Kingsley Holt Centre (ST10 2BQ) is ideally situated
for members from the local towns and villages and
beyond, with fantastic facilities and ample parking,
where a toasty-warm and very informal singing session
awaits anyone interested in joining us.
Still ‘Making your mind up?’ If you’re ‘In the mood
for dancing’, fancy coming ‘Downtown’ and think ‘I
believe’ I’d like to go to that, why not give it a try?
The Kingsley Holt Centre is a community owned
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John’s Jottings
by John Smith of Tean
Arriving at Normy
N
ormy – formally known as Normanton
Grammar School – was based in a small town
in West Yorkshire. The establishment, along
with the adjoining Girls High School, was the
predominant building in the town. Established in 1592
under the motto ‘Learn to be free’, it was an imposing
long dark building – some modern additions but
retaining much of its earlier development.
Despite living in a village, equidistant between
Barnsley and Wakefield, Normanton was the only
available Grammar School to our locality – obscure but
so be it…
Now to the dreaded 11+…
I was a member of the junior school ‘top class’ but
frankly a moderate performer at that level. There was
a family expectation that Normy was my destiny – no
pressure then…! Additionally, as the son of the village
police sergeant, moving to the local Secondary Modern
in the village would have proved a nightmare with a
number of older ‘local lads’ presenting a threat…
I failed miserably in the ‘mock’ exams, only
completing 26 of the arithmetic questions, albeit
performing well in the other two elements.
Dad was an acquaintance of my teacher and her
husband and arranged that I would be provided with a
series of test papers to improve my arithmetical speed
and capability. I later found that this facility was
provided to a small number of my school friends…
mmm… perhaps selectivity was not necessarily
unbiased?
It was sometime in July or August that the letter
arrived announcing that I had acquired a place at
Normanton GS. This was accompanied by an extensive
list of required uniform, sports kit and a series of strict
rules pertaining to expected discipline and behaviour.
Alongside an invite to attend an induction meeting
some weeks later.
I recall my father looking at said list and drawing a
sharp breath. Blazer, shirts, trousers, socks, school cap
and an equally long requirement for two sports shirts,
shorts and a ‘jock strap’. A naïve 11 year-old asked him
was that was for. ‘Protection’ was all he replied.
Mum, Dad and I attended the presentation and
were confronted with the Headmaster – John
Hamilton. My God, he was a fearsome beast, dressed
in cap and gown and explaining in no uncertain terms
his expectations of the incoming students. I later learnt
that he had been a war hero, leading a group of colonial
soldiers in Africa. I also began to understand that
Normy was still embracing many ‘old school’
approaches – all teachers in gowns and adhering to a
strong and unforgiving approach to discipline – not my
best approach to life at that time…
So we arrived at Day 1 equipped in new clothes and
cap carrying a shiny satchel on a long lead – soon to
learn that this needed to be shortened to fit the ‘pupil
code’.
At that time we travelled by train to the school (later
on coaches) and followed a stream of older boys for the
short walk through estates and alleyways.
Assembly followed and once again a tirade by
Hamilton on his expectations! We were sub-divided
into classes – I was in class 1A which initially impressed
my Dad until I explained that the allocation was
random and not capability.
And so commenced my first year… more of
‘Normy’ later…
Ginny’s Community Corner
by Ginny Gibson of Uttoxeter
A
n Art group and Bramshall Village Hall have
been linked together since 2001. Every
Wednesday between 9.30am – 12 noon a group
of like-minded people get together in the Village Hall
to create artistic projects and share tips and techniques
with each other.
Arthur Tindle, representing the Art Group, greeted
me with a warm welcome and told me about how it all
started and what the Group hopes to bring to its
members. “The Art Group was set up in 2001 by two
ladies – one of them is still a member. Other interested
ladies were found and eventually there were enough to
start the Group. Initially, it was purely for watercolour
painting, but now encompasses many other mediums.
The number of members gradually increased and there
are currently 25 members”. He added, “We are able to
share our varied techniques with each other, but not in
a class format, so there is no teacher. Instead, it all
happens in a friendly supportive atmosphere”.
However, Arthur mentioned that the Group do also,
occasionally, organise Workshops, when a professional
artist is invited to come and demonstrate their
techniques and guide members through an art project.
Looking around the room at the ladies and
gentlemen, all with their individual creative projects in
front of them, happily chatting away to each other and
exchanging ideas was an absolute joy. There is
something very special about being in a room where
artists are enjoying themselves and supporting each
other, Arthur encouraged me to talk to other members
about their experience of the group and they kindly
gave me the following comments:
“I joined because I was ill and painting helped me
recover, the group is brilliant”
“Lovely social group with a great deal of
encouragement for each other”
“Motivates me to keep doing art by being in the
group”
“Painted all my life from O Level, I’m now 86yrs old
and not going to stop
now, I joined in 2007 and
have enjoyed every
minute”
“Painting with like-
minded people each week
is inspiring”
“I’ve been coming
since 2004 as I live in the
village and they are a nice
group to belong too”
“It’s my dedicated
time to be creative, it’s the
only place I paint”
Walking around the
room I noticed the wide
range of projects that
were being tackled. It
was evident that
Members were using lots of different art styles and
techniques, so the skills that they could share with each
other was immense. They were using a vast array of art
materials including, watercolour, pastels, oils, acrylics,
graphite pencils and coloured pencils.
Each year The Group hold two art exhibitions, the
first is in Bramshall Village Hall and, this year, that will
take place on 29th – 30th June. The second exhibition
is in Lichfield’s Guildhall, on Bore Street, Lichfield on
26th October. Both exhibitions are advertised widely
to encourage visitors to come along and see the work
of the Art Group and, maybe, buy some of the artwork
on display.
On leaving the Parish Hall, I felt very grateful that
the original two ladies had set up such an inspiring Art
Group - it clearly brings boundless joy to its members.
To get in touch with the Group send an email to:
bramshallartgroup@btinternet.com or go to the
Bramshall Art Group’s Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/bramshall.artgroup/
Apology
T
he Voice failed to insert the correct
telephone number for The Repair Room in
Ginny’s Community Corner article in
Issue 121.
The Voice wholeheartedly apologies to Ginny,
The Repair Room and our readers for this error.
Here is the correct contact information:
The Repair Room is located in the Globe Eco
Centre, Old Mill, Church Street, Uttoxeter, ST14
8AG and their aim is “to reduce waste and
promote sustainability by extending the life of
items that might otherwise be thrown away.”
The contact details are: T: 01889 560 986
E: info@globefoundation.org.uk and they are
open for drop offs on Tues – Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm
or Sat 9:00am – 4:00pm, more details on their
website globefoundation.org.uk/repair-room/
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O
n the 21st February we ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of
Uttoxeter held our Fellowship which was a Celebration of
our 79th Charter Anniversary. This was held this year, in
Denstone Village Hall, Nr Uttoxeter.
We invited all clubs in our District, our District Officers and
had a very good response, which resulted in us catering for
approximately 75 people.
Our guests included the Mayor of Uttoxeter, Helen Headech,
President Rotarian, David Rushton and Inner Wheel District
Chairman Wendy Barnard. Other members of Rotary and some of
our spouses also joined us. We served an afternoon tea of various
filled sandwiches and.delicious cakes while lots of chatter and
laughter ensued. It was a very joyous occasion.
A really interesting talk and Power Point presentation was given
by Mandy Ellis, titled “The Loyalist Royalists”. She and her family
and friends have travelled to London over many, many years to
attend almost every Royal Occasion, such as Weddings, funerals,
Trooping the Colour, our late Queen’s special Anniversaries and
her funeral,
They have camped on the pavements of The Mall, and
Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and anywhere they could
to get as close as possible to the Royal processions. Mandy
explained in detail with demonstrations by Dot and Margaret, as
to how the trips were planned and organised, because everything
they needed for the few days in London, living on the streets ,had
to be packed and carried and taken with them. It really was a work
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We are now looking forward to next year when, amazingly,the
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those in need, both at home and abroad for 80 years.
The Inner Wheel
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Fellowship
By Pat Wrathman
T
he crème-de-la-crème of Staffordshire tourism
and hospitality were crowned at this year’s Enjoy
Staffordshire Tourism and Good Food Awards,
held at The National Memorial Arboretum recently.
Over 300 guests saw a whole host of local
businesses collect awards, which included 3 titles for
East Staffordshire, with Hoar Cross Hall collecting
Hotel of the Year, The Duncombe Arms claiming Pub
of the Year and Nelson’s Distillery and Gin School
winning Experience of the Year.
There was also a special award for Outstanding
Contribution to Tourism in Staffordshire presented to
The Evans Family, owners of Denstone Hall Café 
Farm Shop, near Uttoxeter, in recognition of their
unwavering commitment to protecting the
environment and supporting local food  drink
producers.
Cllr Paul Walker, Cabinet Member for Tourism and
Cultural Development, said: “I was blown away by the
excellent quality of tourism and hospitality that was on
display at this year’s Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism and
Good Food Awards. All three of East Staffordshire’s
winners should be extremely proud of themselves and
this incredible achievement.”
Here’s the complete list of East Staffordshire
winners:
Ethical, Responsible  Sustainable Tourism Award,
sponsored by Staffordshire University
• Hoar Cross Hall – Joint BRONZE
Experience of the Year, sponsored by Staffordshire
University
• Gin Still Experience, Nelson’s Distillery  School
– GOLD
• Photography Workshop, Chappers Photography,
near Abbots Bromley – HIGHLY COMMENDED
Food  Drink Retailer or Farm Shop of the Year
• Denstone Hall Farm Shop, near Uttoxeter –
SILVER
• Independent Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by
Stephensons Catering Supplies
• Hoar Cross Hall – Joint BRONZE
• Dovecliff Hall Hotel, near Burton upon Trent –
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Large Hotel of the Year, sponsored by Service Science
• Hoar Cross Hall – GOLD
New Tourism Business of the Year, sponsored by
Staffordshire County Council
• The Boat House Kitchen  Bakery by Pom’s,
Barton Marina – SILVER
Pub of the Year
• The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone – GOLD
Small Hotel of the Year, sponsored by Stephensons
Catering Supplies
• Walnut House, The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone –
GOLD
• Dovecliff Hall Hotel, near Burton upon Trent –
SILVER
Tea Room  Coffee Shop of the Year
• Denstone Hall Café, near Uttoxeter – Joint
BRONZE
Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by Newcastle 
Stafford Colleges Group
• Lea Sherratt, Dovecliff Hall Hotel, near Burton
upon Trent – BRONZE
For a complete guide to all the winners, visit:
discovereaststaffordshire.com/tourism-award-
winners-announced-at-glittering-event/
East Staffordshire Businesses Celebrate Success
at County Tourism  Good Food Awards
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The funeral service of James ‘Barrie’ Wain took place on Tuesday, 9th
April 2024, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Uttoxeter at 11am, followed by a
committal at Stafford Crematorium.
B
arrie was one of Uttoxeter’s finest footballers back in the day and loved
most sports including crib and horse racing. He was also a wonderful
person, a tremendous family man and friend to so many people. He
served JCB for a magnificent 49 years where he was a dear colleague to many
of the workforce.
Father Michael led a service of thanksgiving and a celebration of Barrie’s
life. Hymns sung were “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and “Jerusalem”.
Music included “Visiting Hours” by Ed Sheeran and “Simply the Best” by
Tina Turner. Donations collected in Barrie’s memory will be forwarded to
Dove Valley, Uttoxeter First Responder. Donations can still be made as it is
hoped funds could be raised for a de-fib to be fitted at Davies Drive Shop via
Dove Valley, Uttoxeter Community Responder.
Family mourners
Lee Wain (son); Sarah Wain ( Daughter in Law) Calum and Millie Wain
(Grandchildren). Dean Wain (Son) Sally Wain (Daughter in Law) Jessica and
Ben Wain (Grandchildren). Dale Village rep Eliza Village (Great
Grandaughter). Rachel Hope (Daughter) Scott and George Hope
(Grandchildren). Louise Wain (Daughter) Jessica Bailey.
Bearers
Martin Wain (Nephew), Alan Wain (Nephew), Neil Wain (Nephew)
Ben Wain (Grandson), Dale Village
Attendees
Bob Barlow; Raymond and Marjorie Bloor; Darren Beech; Steven Beech
representing Sharon, Emily and George Beech; Lee Bagley; Billy Hayes;
Martin Buckingham representing Marian and Jake Nutt; Robin Allen
representing the family; Gordon and Ann Podmore; David and Jane Riley;
Samantha Williams representing Caroline and Michaela; Georgia Williams;
Barry and Mary Fenton; Neil Weatherer; Graham and Angela Burton; Robert
Matzner; David Tideswell; George and Jullian Line; David Dyche
representing Derek; Stephen Barber representing Kevin Evans; Laura and
Lucy Chell; Malcolm Barrett; Tony Elliott; Siome Baldwin; Robert and Sylvia
Harris; Rose West; Nick and Nicky Brough; John Charlesworth representing
Pat; Dave Lawless representing Karen; Karen and David Biddlecome; Paul
Biddlecome representing Samantha and family; Sue and Andrew Arrowsmith
representing Hannah and Isla; Ann and Tom Davies; Anthony Davies;
Malcolm and Marie Ball; Alan Collins; John Austin and family; Margaret and
Jim Godsafe representing the family; Mac and Ruth Avery representing
Charlie and Lynn Bloor; Paul Croft representing Tony Croft, Jim Hume and
Steve Mould; David Beech; Ian Kirk; David Davies representing Margaret;
Michael Johnson; Rob Elkes representing Roger Mellor; Phil and Ann Stubbs;
Peter Douglas representing The family; Ian Ash; Kevin and Christine
Colclough representing David; John Jackson; Scott Hope; Aidan Wain; Nigel
Titterton representing The Voice and Mick Harper; Dave and Lisa Wain
representing Sam and Natalie; Sylvia and Ramsay Colman; Shaun Coates;
Mark Cantlin; Katie Oakden; Graham Shelton representing Angela and Karl;
Carol and Paul Esplin representing Scott, Kyle and families; Lesley Tavernor;
Butch representing Peter Clewer; Gus; Stephen Talbot; Tom Chadfield
representing Susan; Trevor Hopkins representing Carol; Vin Bradley; Higgy
representing Sandra; Alan Wain representing Julia; Neil Wain; Eddie Gregory
representing Jan; Ann Hulme; Alan Short; Steve Hudson; Chris Bone; Ken
Coates; Bob Borsley; David Bostock; Louise Brown; Jim and Mandy Farrelly;
Ginny and Paul Gibson; Gordon Richardson representing GMB and
Oldfields Club; Eddie Finney; Stuart Macfarlane; David Hollins; Terry
Moore; Richard Alexander; Ray Woolley representing Mick Donnelley and
Brian Dodd; Martin and Polly Wain; Arthur and Margaret Heath; Mick Ede;
Barry Durose; Trish O’Connor; Dave Thompson-Smith; Linda Whieldon;
Clifford Oakden; Dianne Shaw; Simon Moseley; Tracey Macnamara; Sharon
Wain; Wayne Robert; Lewis and Kath Walker; Dave Foster; Mark Deaville
representing The Anchor.
All enquiries to Field Funeral Services (01538 722 665).
The Voice sincerely thank Field Funeral Services for this Funeral Report.
James‘Barrie’Wain
J
CB’s
Chairman
Anthony
Bamford has issued a rallying cry to
Staffordshire companies to do more
business with the digger maker.
He was speaking after meeting
former window cleaner turned
entrepreneur Andrew Simmill who set
up in business 34 years ago. Andrew
knocked on JCB’s door in 1990 seeking
to supply machined components. His
initiative paid off and his company,
Rayne Precision Engineering, has been
a supplier ever since, growing from a
one-man band to a company turning
over £14.5 million a year and employing
115 people.
Lord Bamford said today: “JCB is a
Staffordshire company and I would like
nothing more than to be doing business
with more firms in our home county.
There are many engineering firms out
there, big, and small, which could be
potential suppliers and we’d like them to
knock on our door.
“Rayne Precision Engineering
started out in a very small way, but
thanks to an ability to adapt to changing
needs and continual investment, they
have grown into a well-respected
company and a valued JCB supplier.”
Andrew, 63, whose business is based
in King Street, Fenton, said: “In JCB,
Staffordshire has a global company right
on its doorstep and my advice to any
business out there wanting to be a
supplier, is to give it a go. JCB will always
help you, like they helped Rayne, giving
us the opportunity to diversify into
different manufacturing processes and
helping the business grow.
“We have been challenged by JCB
over the years to do many different
things and supply different machined
parts and fabrications. At first, it’s
daunting, but we have always risen to
the challenge with JCB’s guidance, and
as a result, our business has expanded.
“When I was at school, the teachers
gave me no encouragement. I didn’t let
that put me off in life and as long as you
have a degree of common sense, that is
all you need. JCB has put its faith in me
and I always strive to give the best
service possible.
“If you look ahead to the next four or
five years there is an increasing need for
new infrastructure and JCB machines
will be required to deliver that growth.
There is a great opportunity for other
suppliers in Staffordshire to be part of
that growth. We are a local firm which
supplies a global company like JCB and
I am very proud of that.”
JCB boss’s
rallying cry to
Staffordshire
firms:“Let’s do
business”
Lord Bamford is congratulated on his 60 years’ service with JCB by Andrew Simmill,
founder of Fenton-based Rayne Precision Engineering.
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Smelly’s Scrapbook…
by Gordon Richardson of Uttoxeter
T
he first time I ventured abroad was the glorious
summer of ‘76 which if you were of a similar age
was the most memorable ever. It’s so strange to
think that it’s getting on for 48 years ago.
I was working at the biscuit factory on nights which
was an education in itself. “Come and be a Night Owl
at Elkes,” the advert said, so we went - four mates for a
job with not a clue what lay in store for us. “When can
you start!!” And that was that. We rocked up, donned
our white overalls and started 7pm for a 12 hour shift.
That year it snowed on June 1st and the headlines
were snow stopped play for Derbyshires game at
Buxton. It then roasted us non stop until the first rain
in October. Brilliant.
When it’s too hot to go to bed during the day and
only so much Cat Steven’s and Pink Floyd you can
listen to we decided, Dunc Edwards and I, to see some
of the world.
We booked through the Youth Club system to
volunteer, working on the War Graves for three weeks
in Germany and believe it or not we were petrified and
even discussed camping somewhere and pretending
we’d been away.
The paperwork came and said they were looking
for hardworking, enthusiastic and interesting
youngsters to graft in Berlin, Hamelin, or in our case
Hamburg, Schleswig Holstein on an Italian site.
We knew absolutely nothing about the scheme or
where we were going to or letting ourselves into.
Oh, bring a musical instrument if you feel like it.
What-was that about!
We met at Stafford council offices like fish out of
water and guess what, some had instruments - we kept
well away from them!
Instead we migrated to another group who were
quite drunk already, wanting the toilet before the
journey to Harwich began.On the ferry we were told
who our fellow travellers were and sure enough we
latched onto the nutters from Biddulph and Kidsgrove
who worked mainly at pits like Chatterley Whitfield in
Stoke on their apprenticeship, to enhance their work
experience. How right they were.
We still loosely keep in contact after all these years
and actually played football together for a few seasons
at Elkes F C. after the holiday.
So off to Hamburg via the Hook of Holland and we
were on our own, clueless.But bizarrely showing the
name of our destination eventually got us to our camp,
for the next three weeks.
A very officious German airforce man said “You are
all late” and the others are all in town. “Town? It was
only a touch bigger than Uttoxeter.”
So don’t be late for the introduction campfire
tonight at Six.The Norwegians Germans Italians and
Belgiums are already here and have gone to relax in
such a such a zone, which we didn't know or where it
was.
You soon learn, and after a few days knew the city
like the back of our hands jumping on the local
transport not paying for any journey whatsoever.
We wandered down the Reeperbahn, dodging dog
poo, with our mouths wide open, where we saw
thingswe shouldn’t have, but that was how it was back
in the day in Red Light streets.
Still the holiday changed my life in more ways than
one and gave me a thirst for travel. Life with the
German Armed Forces was eventful and organised like
clock work, apart from one thing - which was they
couldn’t handle spontaneous actions of any kind or us
lads being helpful. It spooked them altogether. The
work parties on this massive Italian grave site
supposedly every morning was interspersed by days
out or football or swimming or travelling around the
north of Germany. We even stayed with a Bohemian
family on board a ship in the harbour which was
disastrous to say the least especially as our young fellow
camp mate spoke fluent German and translated back
to us some not so kind words about our drunkenness.
It’s the first time I’d ever seen porcelain pictures on
the graves; young soldiers with film star looks. They
had died as German allies ,German foes and prisoners
akin to the site at Cannock Chase.
These sites were manicured but wanted gimping up
which we smashed in record time leaving the
remaining time free.
One excursion was a visit to Bergen Belsen, the
notorious death camp where thousands met their
end.We were told to put on shirts and be reverent with
not a dry eye amongst us.
Life is oh so precious.
Much more recently Duncan and his flame from
Norway Merete married and live in Bergen in the
Scandinavian dream.
It may seem macabre but since this pilgrimage its
led me to visit Dachau and Auschwitz.
So from my initial dread I’ve become hooked on
travel and Albania beckons next month and it looks
beautiful.
Through football and latterly cards my friendship
with Barrie Wain blossomed and as a player he was
second to none and believe you me boney when
tackled. Barrie’s reply to that was that he wasn’t even
the best in his house with Tony taking that accolade.
At cards he frustrated the hell out of me with his
obtuse play but it worked for him and our team at
Oldfields and under his captaincy we proved very
successful.
He was quirky, cantankerous at times, but we loved
him dearly and it will be sad to see him join the other
dearly departed ex players on the photo display in the
corner.
See ya next edition.
Down on the Farm
by Angela Sargent
S
ummer is here, thank heaven. The situation with
farming is still up in the air. Since last October it
didn’t stop raining until last month. There were
times briefly when it looked like the weather was
drying up but then there would come another storm,
another couple of inches of rain and the fields were
sodden.
Farmers grabbed what chance they could to get
manure out, to get fertiliser on crops that were
surviving, or to re sow where the crops hadn’t survived.
And this hasn’t just been in this country. Drier weather
hopefully is on the forecast and maybe there will be a
harvest this year after all.
Sheep farmers have had to cope with schmallenberg
virus, which caused deformed And dead lambs- some
areas have been hit harder than others, depending on
where the wind swept the insects which carried the
virus.
But lambs are growing and cattle are out in the field,
silage is being made.
This season’s lambs will be checked regularly to
make sure that all is well and to Worm them for any
parasites they may pick up in the grass. As soon as they
are heavy enough and fit enough they will be sent to
market, having been tagged with the farm
identification number.
It’s not an easy process to bring in your sheep flock
with young lambs, to bunch them up in the pen and
then to sort the young lambs from the mothers and it’s
also very noisy. Enough wormer has to be purchased ,
but not too much as you don’t want any left standing
for too long, it needs all to be finished by the use by
date on the pack, otherwise the efficiency may be
diminished. It’s administered either by injection or by
drench [ this is like a gun that shoots A measured
amount down the throat and must be administered
carefully so as not cause injury.
Dairy cattle will be outside now grazing on the
rapidly growing grass. The dove valley was well known
for being an excellent milk producing area, but just
lately we’ve been losing, nationally, 3 dairy farms a
week- this is a result of high input costs, high energy
costs and high labour costs among other things. A
dairy farm or a livestock farm or an arable farm needs
to make profit like any other business does in order to
survive.
And of course it’s calving time. Farmers will be
busy checking the health and welfare of their cows due
to give birth and spending long hours maybe helping
to calve if a problem presents. If you’re out walking with
your dog and you come across a field of cows and
calves, please give them a wide berth, keeping your dog
on a lead, but if you feel threatened let the dog loose as
it can surely run faster than you can, for a cow’s instinct
is to protect its calf in the face of what she thinks is a
predator.
We will certainly be hearing songbirds as the dawn
chorus increases. From the tiny wren to the throaty
Blackbird, the cooing of the wood pigeon to the 2 tone
notes of a great tit, all will be looking for a mate.
Celandines, butter cups, daisies, eyebright and self
heal will be showing their colourful faces in pasture
fields and turning towards the sun.
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ttoxeter Choral
Society’s next concert
in May is going to be
Mozart’s Requiem. What’s
unusual about that? For those
who have never heard this
choral work, it is probably one
of the very finest requiems ever
written. Mozart composed it in
the last few months of his life
and throughout time, scholars
and performers have been
astonished by the profound
beauty of the work. The
perfection and complexity of his
choral writing in the work is
extraordinary; it is ethereal and
magical, yet also breathtaking
and exhilarating. And such is
the excellence of the Lacrimosa
section that Verdi and Britten
both drew obvious, direct
parallels from it when they
composed their own requiems.
Uttoxeter’s own classical
choral group (of some 144
years!) will perform the
Requiem as a guest of the Priory
Church of St Mary’s in Tutbury.
The group was originally called
the Uttoxeter and Tutbury
Choral Union, so they see it as
is a welcome return, as always.
And this magnificent Norman
church has outstanding acoustic
qualities. It is also the first time
since 2017 the Choir will
perform with an orchestra.
Malcolm Partridge, a bass
with UCS described his
thoughts about singing the
piece: “…as the Requiem
begins, imagine walking into
the room where lying in front of
you, taking their last few breaths
is the person you love. As you
approach, the opening bars of
this wonderful music are heard
as their heart beat fades away and within a few
short seconds, the emerging sad but intensely
beautiful and privileged moment of witnessing
life's end emerges…” He considers that …“such
is the brilliance of this short orchestral opening,
it seems to offers us all in a single glorious
proclamation, not only the finality of physical
death but in the same moment, the revelation and
hope of passing from an earthly material being to
one of hope and spiritual comfort, and an
everlasting peace, ‘Requiem aeternum dona eis -
grant them eternal rest.’ ”
This is a ‘must-see’ event not just because of
this immensely profound (and
popular) work, but also because
UCS have partnered with the
excellent Orchestra of St John of
Bromsgrove and with four
brilliant singers from the Royal
Birmingham Conservatoire.
Polly Clarke (Soprano),
Charlotte Browne (Alto), Joe
Yates (Tenor) and Oliver Barker
(Bass). In an all Mozart
programme, there will also be a
movement from his Flute
Concerto No.1 performed by local virtuoso
flautist Eve Abram (also Conservatoire trained).
There will be the Alleluia from Exultate Jubilate,
his sublime Ave Verum Corpus and other
devotional pieces.
Conductor David Smith is both optimistic
and excited, he thinks it could be UCS’ best
concert in recent years, and expects a sell-out
performance given the programme, venue,
orchestra and soloists. Tickets are £15 (students
free) from UCS website.
www.uttoxeterchoralsociety.co.uk/concerts-
events/
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  • 1. FREE Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle Issue 122 A QUALITY MAGAZINE - NOW IN OUR 17th YEAR!
  • 2. 2 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support.
  • 3. 3 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 W hen is something going to be done about the horrendous number of potholes on our roads both locally and nationally? I have never seen so many deep potholes which invariably damage tyres, wheels and suspensions on our vehicles, leading to motorists having to find the cash for repairs when we are in the midst of a cost of living crisis… Nothing seems to be done to fill in these potholes properly because when the council do repair them, within a few years they are back to the original condition! We have a World-leading local company in JCB where engineers have developed a wonderful Pothole Machine which can be a game-changer in getting our roads back to top condition – but many councils I assume are so cash-strapped that they struggle to find resources to buy fleets of these Pothole Machines… However, I believe the Government are now providing reallocated HS2 funding to many councils who have published 2-year plans detailing exactly which roads will be improved and potholes fixed. We shall see if our local roads will now be repaired and resurfaced by Staffordshire County Council!!! It has been a very sad time in local circles as we recently lost two top notch characters in Uttoxeter’s Barrie Wain and Cheadle’s Kevin Rogers – both terrific footballers and wonderful chaps. Barrie was one of Uttoxeter’s finest centre backs and Kevin was a brilliant player – both lost to us during a short period of time… I knew both men for over 40 years and I enjoyed wonderful friendships with them and we always had huge laughs when we met. Barrie had his own ‘seat’ in Oldfields Club and every time I went through the door of the club I used to look across to his seat and there he was. I waved to him and he waved back at me. I went to watch the rugby the other Saturday and without thinking I went through the door and looked across – to see a vacant seat…RIP Barrie. I played with and was managed by Kev, one of the fittest men you could ever meet. He was probably the only Manager who got me fit!! I can hear readers say that must have been a very long time ago!! RIP Kev 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 26th June News Deadline: 7th June Advertising Deadline: 14th June
  • 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! ALL WELCOME, DOORS OPEN FROM 7PM EVERY LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH FREE DRINK FOR PERFORMERS The Coach House, Hales Hall, Oakamoor Road, Cheadle ST10 4QR U p and coming young snowboarder Alfie Sewell from Uttoxeter has received a donation from the Uttoxeter Knights to help with his training costs. Alfie, who is just 13, took up the sport when he was only four years old. He has already enjoyed considerable success in the English and British Championships. His aim is to represent Great Britain in international events and ultimately compete in the Winter Olympics. In presenting a cheque to Alfie, Knights chair Robert Hunt said: “We helped Alfie previously and we are pleased to contribute once again. He is a great ambassador – both for his chosen sport and for Uttoxeter. We wish him every success and will be following his career with great interest.” Uttoxeter Knights continue to support Alfie
  • 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 122 A QUALITY MAGAZINE - NOW IN OUR 17th YEAR! Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle Book your advert now for the next Voice colour magazine!! Out 26th June 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. Anytime Lounge, 9 High Street, Uttoxeter ST14 7HN Call 01889 592720 •Visit anytimeuttoxeter.com Email hello@anytimeuttoxeter.com ANYTIME lounge ANYTIME lounge Voucher: 20% off your total bill QuoteVoice 20. Use as often as you want. T&C’s apply E A T D R I N K R E L A X New Head Chef Delicious New Menu Stan raises more money for the NSPCC I n May 2020 Stan’s owner, Sue Wardle, undertook a walking marathon around her garden in Consall, North Staffordshire, in aid of the NSPCC of which Sue is the local branch chairman. The 26 mile 385 yard distance was covered over a period of days and Stan, the family dog, accompanied Sue all the way. That venture raised over £2,500 in sponsorship. Stan came from the City Dog’s Home in Brookhouse Lane, Stoke on Trent. He was found wandering the streets of Dudley and has lived with his owners, first in Consall and now in Cheadle, for 5 years. He’s a proper mongrel, no fancy names and most people think he is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier / Jack Russell cross with and uncertain mixture of parenthood. That all changed at the end of last year when Sue and husband Andrew were bought a dog DNA test as a present. To make the process more interesting Andrew organised a prize draw at his local pub, The Baker’s Arms in the High Street in Cheadle. For £1 an entry you could estimate the percentages of different breeds in Stan’s make up. The winner would receive half of the money raised, the balance going to the NSPCC. A saliva test was sent to Embark Laboratories in San Diego in the United States. Around a month later the results were revealed. Stan, we now know, is 47% Russell- type terrier, 35.3% Staffordshire Bull Terrier, 11.1% American Bull Dog and 6.6% American Pitbull Terrier. The quiz raised over £63. The winner, Clare Weaver, works with children herself and generously donated her winnings back to the NSPCC so they will now receive all the entry money. Thanks Stan, you’ve done it again !! Sue Wardle with son Joseph and Stan after finishing the walking marathon.
  • 7. 7 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970
  • 8. 8 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. TOP 3 ROOFING CONTRACTORS 2024 8 Bamford Grove, Uttoxeter ST14 5NS Dougie Mac’s‘Make a Will Month’ returns for 2024 D ougie Mac's hugely popular Make a Will Month is returning this May. During this campaign, which occurs in May and October, local solicitors generously waive their usual fees to draft or amend a basic will in exchange for a donation to the hospice. Jill Bowler, Head of Individual Giving and Trusts, emphasises the significance of legacy donations to Dougie Mac, “Numerous people in the community have already selected us to be remembered in their wills. Leaving a legacy donation ensures we have income we can rely on in the future, enabling the hospice to plan ahead, helping to make sure our specialist care is available in the years to come. "Though it may not be easy to think about, creating a Will gives you the opportunity to decide what will happen to your property, finances, and possessions after your passing. Whether you own a home, have experienced loss, or gone through a recent separation, reviewing your exiting Will is also important. Without a Will, the law dictates what happens to your assets. At Dougie Mac we understand that taking care of your loved ones is a priority, which is why we are so grateful for every gift we receive when someone has passed away.” If you're considering leaving a gift to Dougie Mac in your Will, you can have your basic Will drafted for free by a participating local solicitor. If you're uncertain about what gift to include for Dougie Mac in the future but wish to support the hospice now, you can make a donation to receive a Make a Will voucher and still take part in the campaign. Jill added, “No matter the gift you’re able to leave in your Will, whether it’s a percentage of your estate or a financial donation, we are hugely grateful. This support allows us to continue our work caring for adults, young adults and children in our local community who need us. We’d also thank all local solicitors who support this campaign, we couldn’t provide this service without them” Full details of Dougie Mac’s Make a Will Month and how to take part are available at: www.dougiemac.org.uk/gifts-in-wills Supporters can also contact Dougie Mac’s Legacy Team on 01782 344308.
  • 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. For no obligation, friendly, local advice call our team today Leek: 01538 399199 Hanley: 01782 200000 Uttoxeter: 01889 598888 Eccleshall: 01785 339514 J ames Oakden is a seven year old boy from Uttoxeter who unfortunately suffers from multiple caverernomas on the brain. A cavernoma is a cluster of abnormal blood vessels within the brain and for James cavernomas have caused a number of distressing side effects which impact upon his daily life, including seizures, a speech impediment and balance issues. Despite these awful setbacks James is a very determined young man and strives to give of his best in everything that he does particularly riding his bike. During Christmas 2023 James was extremely fortunate to visit Lapland to meet with Father Christmas, the elves and all of Fathers Christmases helpers. It was an absolutely fantastic time for him and a Christmas never to be forgotten. James’s visit to Lapland was made possible due to the generosity and wonderful work of the UK ‘Make- A-Wish Foundation’ who aims to create life changing wishes for children with serious illnesses. Over 60,000 children in the UK have been diagnosed with critical conditions changing both their lives and their families’ lives forever. So blown away by his Lapland experience, James now wants to challenge himself and to try to raise some money to hopefully enable another child, or, children to experience a wish coming true via the wonderful work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.’ James’s Snowdon Challenge In the month of April ,James is aiming to walk to the top of Snowdon in aid of the ‘Make A Wish Foundation.’ He has set himself a target of trying to raise a total of between £1 and £1,000. So far so good, with the good news being in that so far James has received sponsorship pledges of £265. When asked about his Snowden challenge James said he is really looking forward to the hike up Snowdon so the money he raises from the hike can help other children have an experience like he did. James is now sharing his story in the hope that the readers may possibly like to help him achieve his fund raising target. For anyone wishing to help, James does have a ‘Just Giving’ page at the following link: shorturl.at/acjxT Can Voice readers help James make wishes come true?
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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
  • 13. 13 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
  • 14. 14 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. • Specialist in carpet and vinyl flooring • Large choice of samples brought to your home for you to view in comfort • Professional fitting service with 25 years of experience • Floor levelling and door trimming service • Friendly, hassle- free service where you only deal with myself, the fitter, start to finish Call or message to arrange an appointment 07932 668 745 Email: iansund@googlemail.com Clowes C O A C H H O L I D A Y S 26 - 30 May Tiverton (5 Days) £499 24 - 28 June Bournemouth (5 Days) £495 7 - 11 July Chatham (5 Days) £498 15 - 19 July Torquay (5 Days) £412 29 July - 2 August Ilfracombe (5 Days) £510 18 - 22 August South Shields (5 Days) £480 26 - 30 August Llandudno (5 Days) £425 8 - 14 September Clonakilty (Southern Ireland) (7 Days) £845 16 - 20 September Eastbourne (5 Days) £469 23 - 27 September Bournemouth (5 Days) £490 2 - 6 October Weymouth (5 Days) £399 7 - 11 October Morecambe (5 Days) £440 21 - 25 October Great Yarmouth (5 Days) £399 Door To Door Service At No Extra Cost Emerson Cottage, Barrowmoor, Blackshaw Moor Longnor 01538 300730 01298 83292 www.clowescoaches.co.uk J CB is inspiring the next generation of female engineers as apprentices celebrate the life of pioneering Cheadle astronomer Mary Adela Blagg with a special viewing of the internationally acclaimed ‘Museum of the Moon’. Female JCB apprentices were invited to ‘Cheadle Moon’ celebrations at the town’s St Giles the Abbot Church for a talk on the leading astronomer, whose groundbreaking work mapping the moon saw her become one of the first women admitted into the Royal Astronomical Society. JCB donated £2,000 to help bring the internationally renowned touring art installation to Cheadle. Erin Murphy, who is a fourth year JCB Engineering Degree Apprentice, was one of 10 female apprentices who took part in the visit. She said: “When I was younger, I didn’t think engineering was for me because I thought it was for ‘boys’. Luckily, I had some great opportunities at school to see how many amazing female role models there are. Being able to view the exhibition and find out more about local lady Mary Adela Blagg’s achievements was so inspirational.” Born in 1858 Mary Blagg, who lived her entire life in Cheadle and is buried in St Giles’ churchyard, is one of the most pioneering female astronomers. Her work mapping the moon saw a crater on the moon, Blagg crater, named after her, and in March 2023, a planet was named Maryblagg in her honour. Cheadle Moon was organised by art company OUTSIDE and at its centrepiece was a six-metre diameter moon by artist Luke Jerram. Suspended from the nave of the church the moon was internally lit and features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface with surround sound musical compositions created by award winning composer Dan Jones. There are currently 80 female apprentices working across engineering, manufacturing, business, and future technologies at JCB. For more information visit www.outsidearts.org. JCB apprentices aim high with unique visit to Cheadle Moon Female apprentices from JCB admire the spectacular Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram, part of the Cheadle Moon exhibition at St Giles the Abbot Church. Rebecca Brooks, Mia Elliot, Georgia Pedley-Mackenzie, Olivia Bagley, Lexie Pressdee and Erin Murphy. Front: Shaili Patel, Shannon Connell, Kira Patel
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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. A fter the year-on-year success of “Party on the Pitch”, Uttoxeter Lions Club are determined that this year’s popular two-day beer, cider and music festival at Oldfields Sports and Social Club on the 7th and 8th June will be bigger and better than ever. Party on the Pitch raises money for prostate cancer tests for local men over 50 years of age and the Prostate Screening Evening will take place in partnership with the Graham Fulford Charitable Trust at the same venue on Thursday 6th June from 6.00pm. Tests are available to book from 1st May through an online booking system: ulc.mypsatests.org.uk/ Unfortunately, the club will be unable to accommodate walk ins so online bookings are essential. A helpline is provided by the Graham Fulford Trust on 01926 419959 should individuals have problems with the booking process. The testing programme will provide 400 free tests for local men at a cost of £10,000 to Uttoxeter Lions Club. It’s a commitment the club are happy to make because they know it saves lives. “Party on The Pitch” kicks off on Friday 7th June with The Nuts, a Midlands-based rock and pop covers duo that will certainly get the party off to a rousing and energetic start. Headliners for the Friday evening are Kings of Indie Rock. Think Arctics, Foos, Oasis, Kings of Leon, Killers, Blur and Kaiser Chiefs! These lads have performed Indie classics for years to large crowds, headlining at some of the biggest cover festivals in the UK. There is a great line up of musicians for Saturday 8th June including Trevor baBaJack Steger. Trevor’s music is influenced by his passion for early rural Blues and rhythmic African roots. His unique style of slide guitar, harp playing, and song has earned him UK Blues Act of the Year 2023 in the UK Blues Awards. Rounding off the two-day festival will be a performance from the highly acclaimed Queen tribute band One Vision. This spectacular show features amazing Freddie Mercury and Brian May lookalikes and soundalikes. The band are accomplished musicians whose attention to detail has given them a well- deserved reputation on the party and tribute band circuit. John Fitchett, President of Uttoxeter Lions Club, said “the club is delighted to bring this annual festival to Uttoxeter once again. We are always indebted to our sponsors, including RBA Wealth Management, who along with the public help us to generate enough revenue to fund our vital prostate cancer screening evening for 400 local men. With test prices increasing to £25 each the club is always happy to accept cash or card donations to help fund this important programme”. Tickets for “Party on The Pitch” are available from Eventbrite along with retail outlets around Uttoxeter and local villages. Please see posters, the Uttoxeter Lions Facebook Page and website for more details. Lions ready to roar back in party mood for Prostate Cancer Screening
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  • 18. 18 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
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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. 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 Dedicating over 100 years service to providing exceptional care for our families Cheadle & District Animal Welfare Society • Reg Charity 1039350 New laws on microchipping come into effect B y 10th June 2024 it will be a legal requirement for all cats from the age of 20 weeks to be microchipped and registered on a database. Failure to do so could result in a fine of £500. Even if your cat is an indoor cat it must be microchipped. The microchipping of cats will help them to be reunited with their families should they get lost, but it is most important that the details on their chip is kept up to date. If you change your phone number, email address or postal address you need to contact the microchip company. Sometimes cats are brought in as strays and are microchipped but the owners details are out of date so the cat cannot be reunited and ends up having to be found a new home. It is also important to get your cat neutered. Cat rescues up and down the country are full of unwanted cats who started life as adorable little kittens, but the people who wanted them as kittens no longer wanted them once they grew into adult cats. Unneutered cats are also more likely to pick up and pass on some nasty feline diseases for which there is no cure. If you need help with getting your cat neutered please get in touch. We may be able to help. Myrtle, the very shy cat, who was mentioned in the last edition of The Voice, has been offered a home. We are so grateful to The Voice for its role in finding her a new home. It is a great relief to have a happy ending. We still have many other cats waiting for their forever homes. If you are interested in giving a loving home to an adult cat please look on our website – cheadleanimalwelfare.org.uk or ring 01335 390369 or 01889 564045. Daisy Diana
  • 21. 21 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
  • 22. 22 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Cheadle Flower Club C headle Flower Club’s March meeting was a demonstration by Eleanor Davis from Oswestry with the title ‘Not just a bunch of flowers’ based on a low budget and using mainly supermarket bought flowers. Our Club Chairman Sheila Jones welcomed members and visitors to our meeting, everyone was thrilled to see many new faces at our club. Eleanor’s demonstration began using a £5 bunch of white roses placed between two pieces of oasis covered and pinned with Laurel leaves, creating a beautiful simple display. An Easter arrangement using a hessian covered wooden base and sisal covered recycled baked bean tins containing a variety of spring coloured tulips. An Easter bunny centrally placed completed this stunning seasonal arrangement. A glass candelabra with an attached wicker wreath used just pink Arum lilies in the next arrangement, showing just how beautiful this can be with simply one type of flower. Next a tall black vase held just five Gerberas again demonstrating how stunning and elegant arrangements can be using just one flower species. A spring design of two homemade paper mache eggs held pussywillow, yellow gerbera, lisianthus, hyacinth, daffodils, tulips and hellebores thus resulting in a gorgeous display. The grand finale was designed on a bowl covered with pink ribbon holding a variety of pink flowers including chrysanthemums, lilies, carnations, viburnum and pink roses giving a vibrant and beautiful array of colour. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful demonstration, Eleanor taught us there is no need to spend a huge amount on flowers when stunning arrangements can be created from very few flowers. If you require information on how to join Cheadle Flower Club, contact Chairman Sheila on 07974577572 or email sheilajones53@hotmail.com Kate Kniveton MP visits school to discuss local SEND provision K ate Kniveton, Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter, visited St Mary’s Church of England (A) First School in Uttoxeter to meet with staff and pupils. The local MP met with Head Teacher, Jo Moult, and the School Governor with specific responsibility for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), Jennifer Brassington. Ms Brassington had invited Ms Kniveton to tour the school and its SEND hub as well as to discuss the provision of SEND services within Staffordshire. Since her election, Kate Kniveton has championed parents of children with SEND, helping them to access the support their child needs and spoken in the House of Commons for the need for quicker assessments for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) to help fund support services. The local MPs visit to St. Mary’s coincided with World Book Day, for which staff and pupils had dressed up as their favourite book characters. Ms Kniveton praised the pupils for their creative costumes. Commenting, Kate Kniveton MP: “It was lovely to visit St Mary’s Church of England First School and meet with staff and pupils as they engaged with World Book Day. “I am grateful to Ms Brassington for the invite to meet with her and Headteacher, Jo Moult, to discuss SEND provision locally. The school is a real asset for local children with SEND needs and the support they provide to both pupils and parents. I will continue to do all I can to ensure that provision is increased locally and that SEND children are able to access the assessments and support they need in a timely manner.” U ttoxeter-based glass artist Joy Salt of JOYSOFGLASS gets an exciting boost for her business from Theo Paphitis. Joy was incredibly proud to be personally presented by Theo with her award, at the SBS Conference at the ICC in Birmingham recently. Business and retail entrepreneur and self-confessed Shopkeeper, Theo re‐tweeted Joy Salt’s message to his over 500,000 Twitter and Instagram followers and as a result, joysofglass.co.uk has many more followers and extra orders for her stained and fused glass products. Her business is also profiled on the #SBS website (www.theopaphitissbs.com) that is exclusive to all Small Business Sunday winners. Joy said, “I’m a small business, a glass artist, working from home in my garden studio (aka garage) doing what I love. Making stained glass suncatchers and fused glass jewellery and small decorative pieces. My name is Joy and glass is indeed my Joy ! I’ve been making my glass since 2008 when I attended a stained glass course at the WI Oxfordshire based, Denman Collage as part of an Awards for all scheme from my Leigh & District WI. A hobby soon became an absolute passion and I can be found at my glass work bench most days doing what I love so much. Fortunately, over the years I have built up a good online following for my glass and via my own JOYSOFGLASS website and my online shops I have a steady flow of lovely customers for my glass work. This means I can always find the excuse to make more. I have an extensive range of designs to hopefully ensure I have something for everyone, every taste and every occasion. I attend the occasional local event, craft and Christmas fairs as it is so lovely to meet my customers face to face but I mainly sell online. On the British Crafthouse platform, which is curated / handmade in Britain so restricted to the very best of British, I have two shops: thebritishcrafthouse.co.uk/shop/joysofglass/ for stained glass and /thebritishcrafthouse.co.uk/ shop/joysofglass-FUSED/ for all my fused glass work. It was Susan Bonnar, the founder of the British Crafthouse who encouraged me to apply for the SBS award and I am absolutely delighted that she did and so very proud to have won it. I also have shops on Folksy and on Buy Indie. It is so wonderful to have support from Theo and the SBS community to raise my business profile and Theo has recognised my passion for my work and helped spread the word about what I do to his following.” Small business champion and Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue Chairman, Theo Paphitis, said: “We are thrilled to welcome new #SBS members every week and highlight just how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK. My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club; like-minded individuals who can share successes and learnings. The website will also give a valuable profile to the winners chosen and I wish JOYSOFGLASS every success.” Anyone looking for a re‐tweet from Theo should tweet on Twitter or do an Instagram post to him about their business on Sunday between 5 PM and 7.30 PM and include the hashtag #SBS. Six lucky businesses are re‐tweeted every Monday at 8 PM and then invited to enter their profile on the new website, attend the annual #SBS networking event and take advantage of the networking opportunities. Former TV Dragons Den Star Theo brings sheer‘Joy’for glass artist
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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. 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. Kingstone WI’s March Meeting C hris Copp, Collections Manager at Staffordshire Archives & Heritage, was warmly welcomed as the speaker at Kingstone WI’s March meeting. His talk was to be on Rural Trades and Crafts very appropriate for a group of practical ladies, many of whom had a farming background. The interest of the members of his audience was sparked immediately as Chris set out a fascinating array of tools and gadgets, most of which were completely strange and unrecognisable to them. After introducing himself, the speaker described how the Collection would be finding a new home in the exciting Staffordshire History Centre to be opened later this year. This project would bring together three incredible collections, from the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service, the County Museum and the William Salt Library, creating imaginative ways to connect Staffordshire people and their stories. And so, on to the display of the twenty weird and wonderful objects set out at the front of the hall. Rather than sit and be talked at, the audience was involved from the beginning in examining, handling and exploring each contraption. This took the form of a light-hearted quiz, where individually or working in groups, the conclusion for each implement’s use was recorded. Most people were familiar with the stone hot-water bottle, a couple of farmer’s wives recognized the wooden carcass hanger, used as a yoke to hang a pig on after it had been killed, but the complicated metal thingamajig, which was revealed to be a pigeon ringer, defeated everyone! (I probably shouldn’t have divulged all that in case anyone reading this is fortunate enough to hear Chris’s talk at a later date!) After appreciation was shown to Chris for such an entertaining and informative part of the meeting, light refreshments were served as usual and members had the opportunity to book for several excellent events coming up in the next couple of months. These including SFWI’s Spring Event at the County Showground, with three very appealing speakers, a members’ lunch in the Community Room, cooked by Team Presidents Jean Gallimore and Val Laflin, and a Birthday Lunch at Marsh Farm in May to celebrate Kingstone WI’s 106th birthday. A Members’ Afternoon Tea, with a film, was a format that had proved to be extremely popular last year and members were asked to suggest films they would like to see in the future. For more information on Kingstone WI, please contact: secretarykingstonewi@gmail.com. Visitors are always welcome www.vestryuttoxeter.com info@vestryuttoxeter.com • 01889 44 11 44 Springfield Road, Uttoxeter ST14 8JZ £10GIFT VOUCHER With your first visit! T&Cs apply. See website for details.
  • 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 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… So, having our first touring caravanning holiday under our belt, it had been a little stressful but we survived the tow back from Rhyl in 1976… So, 1977 was looming, so what would we do for that year for a holiday? Once again, Roy Beardmore came to our rescue by letting us borrow his caravan again, but this time he said pick it up and go where you want! Barmouth was recommended to us and one at Taly- Bont which was Mr Evans’ site. So we set off for there – the journey was very pleasant but on arriving, the Site Manager said they were full up!! Oh dear what now! But the conversation had been overheard by the site owner Mr Evans and he asked where we had travelled from. We explained we had travelled from Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent, and he instructed the Manager to find us a pitch somewhere, which he did, in a very nice spot. It was a lovely, sunny day but that night we had a very bad storm, so bad that tents that were set up in a field close-by blew away!! As it was, no-one was hurt but it would spoil those folks’ holidays, very sad. We were grateful for being in Roy’s caravan and we were safe thank goodness… But it continued to rain for the next three days, not good for a beach holiday! So on the Wednesday we decided to make our way back home, but on the journey we stopped off at Bala Lake. The sun came out again and we were sitting by the water’s edge when a gentleman asked us how we were doing. We replied ‘better now the sun is out.’ We relayed to him what we had experienced at Taly Bont and he invited us to go with him to a site he was stopping at up the road. So that’s what we did, being made very welcome by all there. This was when we realised there is a real community spirit amongst campers and caravanners. We spent the rest of the holiday there and the sun shone all week. So that was our holiday taken care of in 1977, what will 1978 bring forth? More next time in the next issue of The Voice colour magazine… From the Mash Tun by Graham Shenton I n my last piece I talked about the closure of the Shrewsbury and Talbot in Uttoxeter. This got me thinking about the closure of pubs in villages and the impact that that can have on a rural community. Just recently Marchington had a spell with none of it’s pubs open. Thankfully the Dog and Partridge is open again and serving decent ale and food. There’s also talk of progress in re-opening the Bull’s Head. It’s not that long ago that Marchington had 3 excellent boozers including the Blacksmiths under the stewardship of one Kenny Burns. With Mac at the Bull serving some of the best Pedigree on the planet who would have thought that within a generation there would be nowhere to buy a pint albeit for a short time Elsewhere in our rural communities’ things are not so good. The Hare and Hounds in Stramshall looks as though it has definitely served its last pint. For some time it has been a curious mix of guest house, Tea Rooms and ‘pop-up’ pub but now it’s up for sale as a residential property. Gone for good then unless you have three quarters of a million and a great deal of courage. Similarly, the Blythe is also closed and up for sale. Another pub famed for it’s ‘Lock-ins’ and more latterly excellent carveries. Unlike the pubs in Marchington the Hare and Hounds and Blythe were the only pubs in their village and now the villagers will have to travel further afield. Just imagine being influenced to buy a property in a village by the availability of a village pub only to find that a few years down the line it closes. It’s already happened in Scropton and there is currently not much sign of the Vernon Arms re-opening in Sudbury. Let’s hope the Vernon’s and Bull are open again ASAP! The residents of Kingstone stood by and re- financed their local and look what a huge success community funding proved to be in that case. The Shrew is a massive success story and deserves continued support from the wider community and not just the ‘locals’. Well-done the folk of Kingstone. On a truly sad note we have heard of the passing of Birdy, one half of the team that resurrected the Red Lion at Checkley and reinstated it as the beating heart of that village. Birdy and Sue have re-established the Lion as a great boozer with great food and beer and lots of ‘events’. As I understand it Birdy’s son and Sue will continue to run the pub and they are certainly deserving of everyone’s support. I have inserted into this article a photo of Birdy and Sue being awarded the CAMRA pub of the season award in 2022. I noted last time that I had finished reading Peter Vaughan’s autobiography and that I had deposited it in the library/phone box at the top of Westlands road. I was curious to see if anyone had ‘borrowed’ it and to my great delight I went back up there a couple of weeks ago and it was no longer there. Brilliant! In the meantime, Jim Phillips has found Peter Vaughan’s autograph and former Mayor Alan Chapman has contacted me with some interesting gossip about the Ohm (Vaughan’s original name) family’s time in Uttoxeter. Now Alan was a fine Mayor of Uttoxeter, but I think Jim Phillips would have made a better one! The CAMRA away day in Bakewell on Saturday March 16th was a huge success the highlight being a long stay at the Thornbridge Brewery. Their most famous beer is Jaipur which was Camra’s Champion beer of Britain in the strong bitter category in 2008 and 2010. Their expansion on the back of the success of Jaipur has been dramatic and their tap house in Bakewell is well worth a visit. Larger groups need to book in advance. Our next CAMRA trip is back to Leek on 8th June. Anyone interested pop into the Night Inn or the UBC. This is open to all and not just to CAMRA members. A few of us also revisited Tamworth recently and spent a couple of hours in the Tamworth Tap. CAMRA recently announced that the Tap was their National Pub of the Year for the 2nd year running. That is a fantastic accolade as only once before has a pub achieved this honour, that pub being the Kelham Island Tavern in Sheffield. So well done to George and his team. As the weather improves (cannot remember where I read that?) it’s a good time to visit the Tap which has a huge. attractive beer garden overlooking Tamworth Castle Finally, we have lost another old friend since the last issue. Barrie Wain was without a doubt one of the finest footballers produced by the town in the last century. He actually passed away during the Cheltenham Festival and it might have even been on a crib night. Barrie had been in our party that visited Cheltenham on the Wednesday of each year until recently. Like Bill Shaw who passed last year he loved his football, horse racing and Crib, a true all-rounder. RIP Barrie. PS apologies to Philip Atkins OBE as I spelt his name incorrectly in the last instalment. Feedback this month from Mayors and County Councillors. Eat your heart out Judith Chalmers. Shent
  • 26. 26 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. T he Uttoxeter Walking Club was formed in 1978 with an initial membership of 12. Since then it has enjoyed a steady growth and today we have over 40 members. Initially the club organized walks in the local area including the Derbyshire Peaks but it did not take long for a more adventurous programme to be developed, including longer day trips and weekends. There are a variety of walks on the programme Saturdays, Sundays and occasionally weekdays. The walks vary from short 4- 6 miles over easy terrain, moderate walks of about 8 – 10 miles or more strenuous high- level walks. Shorter walks tend to be within a fifteen mile radius of Uttoxeter travelling further in to the Peak district for the longer walks. In 2022 we completed the Derwent Valley Heritage trail and are now about one third of the way round the Peak District Boundary Walk. The club operates a car share policy to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and taking up valuable car park spaces. This also reduces costs to drivers and non- drivers can access new areas. The programme is flexible so all details of walks, meeting points, and start times are published monthly on the website, and on posters in Uttoxeter library and Waitrose. A coach away day is organised each year.. In previous years coach trips have been toStamford, the Lake District, North Wales, Malvern. Ludlow, Llangollen Haworth and Ironbridge. In 2019 members enjoyed a day out to The Wrekin and Iron bridge Gorge World Heritage Site. Occasionally we organise a weekend away, these have included, Wales, Scotland (Ben Nevis) Yorkshire, Shropshire, Isle of Wight and the Lake District. 2018 was the 40th anniversary of the Club – a social evening was organised so members could bring memorabilia and reminisce and the inaugural walk was repeated with some founder members joining in. The club has an A.G.M for members to put forward their suggestions for how the club should be managed and what activities they would like to organise. Uttoxeter Walking Club are associate members of National Ramblers with all the support that goes with that particularly insurance and including guidance for safety on walks and keeping footpaths open by reporting damaged or closed footpaths. Non members are welcome to attend one walk free to try us, before paying the subscription, currently £10 per year. This is a great way of exploring the countryside, appreciating everything in nature, sharing experiences with friends old and new and walking in areas you may not visit individually, all age groups are welcome. www.uttoxeterwalkingclub.co.uk Uttoxeter Walking Club News… Beaston Tor Along the River Dove
  • 27. 27 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
  • 28. 28 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Field Funeral Services Ff s Dedicated to Dignity & PEACE our family to yours t: 01538 722665 Independent Family Funeral Directors Field Funeral Services |37a High Street | Tean Stoke on Trent | Staffordshire | ST10 4DY www.facebook.com/fieldfuneralservices fieldfuneralservice@hotmail.co.uk Church Street, Uttoxeter ST14 8AA Tel 01889 564216 tyreways@uttoxeter.ndo.co.uk Uttoxeter’s Premier Tyre Centre Right service Right advice Right choice Right price • Tyres • Exhausts • Batteries • Brakes and Shock Service • Agricultural Tyres • Wheel Alignment Taps n Toilets est. 2007 Popular Deal Sagittarius Forme Kitchen Tap. RRP £130. Supplied and fitted for £150. SPECIALISTS IN TAP SUPPLY, FITTING AND REPAIR. TOILET REPAIRS AND MORE. Contact Andy on 07971 077283 Email: aslkpumbing@gmail.com Ear wax removal service Tracy Slack Ear Wax Removal Specialist Home Visits Available Call 07969 186504 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 Old Coins 4 Cash Release cash in your old coins • Pre-Decimal Coins • Proof Sets • Silver and Gold Coins • World Coins • Banknotes • Hammered Coins • Early Milled Coins The easiest and fastest way to sell your coins or banknotes - from single coins to whole collections! Tel: 07999 869897 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!!! Dry Lining • Boarding • Skimming Patching • Damp Proofing Insurance Work Specialist • No job too small Professional and reliable service Contact Mark today for a free quotation 07583 879185 mwplastering92@hotmail.com MW PLASTERING SMOOTHLY DOES IT
  • 29. 29 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to local homes. To Advertise email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk, phone 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 T hroughout April and May, No 42 Interiors, 9 Market Place, Uttoxeter will be hosting an exhibition of works by Staffordshire based wildlife sculptor Elliot Channer. The Uttoxeter interior design showroom will be displaying around ten of Elliot’s works as they return from being exhibited at the World Garden Expo in Dubai. Having studied at the City & Guilds of London Art School, Elliot has been a professional wildlife sculptor since 2013, the main focus of his art being birds, sculpted in clay and cast in bronze. Focussing on capturing the elegance and movement of the subject with instinctive mark making, Elliot’s work has been exhibited at numerous prestigious venues, including The Chelsea Flower Show, Affordable Art Fairs and Berkshire Polo Club. As well as galleries across the UK. At No 42 Interiors 18th century showroom, Elliot’s work will sit alongside the array of luxury furniture, lighting and soft furnishings that form the bespoke design service offered by owner Catherine. www.elliotchanner.co.uk www.no42interiors.co.uk Exhibition of sculpture by Elliot Channer at No. 42 Interiors in Uttoxeter
  • 30. 30 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. New Corporate Plan Adopted for the Year Ahead F ollowing a full Council meeting on Monday 18th March 2024, East Staffordshire Borough Council has adopted a refreshed Corporate Plan, which outlines how the Council will deliver and build upon its many services and how it will support residents over the next 12 months. The refreshed Corporate Plan illustrates the achievements from the past 12 months, and details how East Staffordshire Borough Council will continue to deliver its corporate priorities over the forthcoming year. The 2024/25 Corporate Plan outlines East Staffordshire Borough Council’s five overarching corporate priorities: • Improving Local Democracy • Creating a Prosperous East Staffordshire • Developing a Green New Deal for East Staffordshire • Protecting Our Heritage • Standing up for our Communities A number of other objectives for 2024/25 are also set out, including the regeneration of Uttoxeter, including both the former Co-op site and the Maltings site, the Council’s commitment to tackling envirocrime, and many more. All of these objectives can be found in detail in the Corporate Plan found on the Council’s website. Cllr Michael Fitzpatrick, Leader of the Council, said: “I am glad to see the refreshed Corporate Plan be approved for the year ahead. This updated plan aims to show our residents, partners and staff, the Council’s intentions during 2024/25.” “The last year has seen the Council deliver a number of services with aims of creating a prosperous East Staffordshire. This past year saw the Council commission a ‘Cost of Living Advisor Service’ from the third sector to provide budgeting support to struggling households, helping connect them to other existing community services.” “The Council has also undertaken a range of work towards ensuring the right to food, including the provision of funding for free food providers and community centres for the development of Community Kitchens. This initiative intends to find a community led solution which helps to address nutrition and food poverty in local areas.” The newly adopted Corporate Plan can be viewed in full on the Council’s website.
  • 31. 31 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 Shutters and Blinds, manufactured and installed in the UK, 3 weeks lead time. Call 01889 226287 to arrange your free survey and quotation. www.blindsandshutters2u.com 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 St Giles’Catholic Primary School ranks among the top 200 schools in the country for multiplication S t Giles’ Catholic Primary School, in Cheadle, has received a letter of congratulations from the Minister for Schools for it’s outstanding results with students learning and understanding their times tables. The school averaged a score of 24.1 out of 25, placing it in the top 200 schools for it’s results. The letter, from Rt Hon Damian Hinds, MP, states, “Knowing times tables is vital for school and day-to-day life. Recalling multiplication and division facts up to 12x12 is important for progression in Maths… I would like both to congratulate your staff and pupils for their hard work and to thank you for your leadership in continuing to promote the important subject of mathematics.” Mrs Gill Wretham, Executive Principal at St Giles’ said, “We are delighted to have received this letter as recognition of our outstanding results. At St Giles’, we always aim to make learning as engaging as possible and really try to bring all elements of the curriculum to life. To be in the top 200 schools with our multiplication checks is a wonderful achievement. With approximately 16,780 primary schools in the country, this places us firmly in the top 2%.”
  • 32. 32 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 warm welcome awaits you at Church Leigh Post Office Park Hall Lane, Church Leigh ST10 4PT 01889 502655 Serving the local village community A loving tribute GP GRAVESTONES & MEMORIALS 07790 957346 www.gpgravestones.com 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 Uttoxeter Lions Den roars back into action U ttoxeter Lions’ Den is a fun event and provides a great opportunity for people to promote their scheme or share their project with others. Following last year’s successful event, and the subsequent awards to local worthy causes, The Den is back to help a bigger and wider audience. It provides funds to support local good causes and people most in need. It is open to local charities, groups and individuals. All we ask is that bids have a strong civic or welfare component. The Den has so far supported a wide range or organisations including:- Schools, mental health teams, The Town band, Care homes, Scouts and many many more. There are no specific application criteria. Those wishing to bid, please make the application before 30th July 2024. The Support Request form is available to download at the website www.uttoxeterlions.co.uk Successful applicants will be invited to attend the Lions’ Den. Send any requests for further information or completed forms to email lionsden@uttoxeterlions. co.uk LOOKING FOR A VENUE FOR YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION? Choose The Fully Refurbished Cheadle Cricket Club Function Room! • Located in a beautiful setting • Very Competitive Rates • Fully Licensed PERFECT FOR • Christenings • Birthday Parties • Funerals • Retirements • Group Meetings • Anniversaries • Sports Presentation Evenings • Wedding Receptions • Corporate Functions BOOK YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION EVENT NOW! For Enquiries and Bookings Telephone Lisa on 07974183285 Choose The Fully Refurbished CHEADLE CRICKET CLUB FUNCTION ROOM
  • 33. Everyone lovesTheVoice 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 C hurnet Valley Voices is a brand-new community choir for adults in the Staffordshire Moorlands. The choir meets on Thursday evenings from 7pm till 9pm at the Kingsley Holt Centre, Churnet Valley Road, Kingsley Holt, ST10 2BQ. The songs that are sung are extremely varied, ranging from hits from the 1950s up to the present day. Sessions are fun and informal, with no commitment, no requirement to attend every week, no pressure, no music to read or words to memorise. It is for adults of all generations. Just bring yourself and your enthusiasm. You don’t even have to be able to sing, as our emphasis is on community, companionship and fun. Sessions cost £5 per person, which includes refreshments, before and during the session. The choir is led by Nick Jones, Nick is a Grade 8- standard pianist and a qualified teacher (with over 26 years’ experience of teaching all subjects in mainstream and special needs settings), he also has a qualification in community mental health. He explained ‘I have loved singing since the age of 3. Music, art and craft have always been a real passion of mine and I have used these to work with people of all ages, nationalities and walks of life, as a form of therapy and relaxation. I practice meditation and mindfulness-thinking and use these to promote positive mental health, not only for myself, but also for those with whom I work.’ Nick has sang in and led various choirs for over 26 years in school, college, cafe, community and church settings and knows what a powerful medium singing is for improving self esteem and mental health. Nick continued ‘I created ‘Churnet Valley Voices’ to promote enthusiasm, positive mental health and a sense of community for people who can sing or lack confidence in having an ability to sing. Although winter isn’t the ideal time to begin a new venture, we have been keen to get going and very much look forward to welcoming new members as spring grows ever closer and the warmer weather and lighter evenings gradually arrive. Many new friendships have already developed and flourish each week.’ Kingsley Holt Centre (ST10 2BQ) is ideally situated for members from the local towns and villages and beyond, with fantastic facilities and ample parking, where a toasty-warm and very informal singing session awaits anyone interested in joining us. Still ‘Making your mind up?’ If you’re ‘In the mood for dancing’, fancy coming ‘Downtown’ and think ‘I believe’ I’d like to go to that, why not give it a try? The Kingsley Holt Centre is a community owned Centre in the village of Kingsley Holt providing a range of activities and events for the local community. Visit their website www.kingsleyholtcentre.co.uk or Facebook page for more information on events and activities at the Centre. Churnet Valley Voices The Bungalow, Wood Farm Great Gate, Nr Tean, Stoke on Trent ST10 4HF Sunday 9 June 11.30am - 5pm Adults £5 Children free Tea, coffee and cakes for sale inc gluten and dairy free options. More information at ngs.org.uk
  • 34. 34 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. John’s Jottings by John Smith of Tean Arriving at Normy N ormy – formally known as Normanton Grammar School – was based in a small town in West Yorkshire. The establishment, along with the adjoining Girls High School, was the predominant building in the town. Established in 1592 under the motto ‘Learn to be free’, it was an imposing long dark building – some modern additions but retaining much of its earlier development. Despite living in a village, equidistant between Barnsley and Wakefield, Normanton was the only available Grammar School to our locality – obscure but so be it… Now to the dreaded 11+… I was a member of the junior school ‘top class’ but frankly a moderate performer at that level. There was a family expectation that Normy was my destiny – no pressure then…! Additionally, as the son of the village police sergeant, moving to the local Secondary Modern in the village would have proved a nightmare with a number of older ‘local lads’ presenting a threat… I failed miserably in the ‘mock’ exams, only completing 26 of the arithmetic questions, albeit performing well in the other two elements. Dad was an acquaintance of my teacher and her husband and arranged that I would be provided with a series of test papers to improve my arithmetical speed and capability. I later found that this facility was provided to a small number of my school friends… mmm… perhaps selectivity was not necessarily unbiased? It was sometime in July or August that the letter arrived announcing that I had acquired a place at Normanton GS. This was accompanied by an extensive list of required uniform, sports kit and a series of strict rules pertaining to expected discipline and behaviour. Alongside an invite to attend an induction meeting some weeks later. I recall my father looking at said list and drawing a sharp breath. Blazer, shirts, trousers, socks, school cap and an equally long requirement for two sports shirts, shorts and a ‘jock strap’. A naïve 11 year-old asked him was that was for. ‘Protection’ was all he replied. Mum, Dad and I attended the presentation and were confronted with the Headmaster – John Hamilton. My God, he was a fearsome beast, dressed in cap and gown and explaining in no uncertain terms his expectations of the incoming students. I later learnt that he had been a war hero, leading a group of colonial soldiers in Africa. I also began to understand that Normy was still embracing many ‘old school’ approaches – all teachers in gowns and adhering to a strong and unforgiving approach to discipline – not my best approach to life at that time… So we arrived at Day 1 equipped in new clothes and cap carrying a shiny satchel on a long lead – soon to learn that this needed to be shortened to fit the ‘pupil code’. At that time we travelled by train to the school (later on coaches) and followed a stream of older boys for the short walk through estates and alleyways. Assembly followed and once again a tirade by Hamilton on his expectations! We were sub-divided into classes – I was in class 1A which initially impressed my Dad until I explained that the allocation was random and not capability. And so commenced my first year… more of ‘Normy’ later… Ginny’s Community Corner by Ginny Gibson of Uttoxeter A n Art group and Bramshall Village Hall have been linked together since 2001. Every Wednesday between 9.30am – 12 noon a group of like-minded people get together in the Village Hall to create artistic projects and share tips and techniques with each other. Arthur Tindle, representing the Art Group, greeted me with a warm welcome and told me about how it all started and what the Group hopes to bring to its members. “The Art Group was set up in 2001 by two ladies – one of them is still a member. Other interested ladies were found and eventually there were enough to start the Group. Initially, it was purely for watercolour painting, but now encompasses many other mediums. The number of members gradually increased and there are currently 25 members”. He added, “We are able to share our varied techniques with each other, but not in a class format, so there is no teacher. Instead, it all happens in a friendly supportive atmosphere”. However, Arthur mentioned that the Group do also, occasionally, organise Workshops, when a professional artist is invited to come and demonstrate their techniques and guide members through an art project. Looking around the room at the ladies and gentlemen, all with their individual creative projects in front of them, happily chatting away to each other and exchanging ideas was an absolute joy. There is something very special about being in a room where artists are enjoying themselves and supporting each other, Arthur encouraged me to talk to other members about their experience of the group and they kindly gave me the following comments: “I joined because I was ill and painting helped me recover, the group is brilliant” “Lovely social group with a great deal of encouragement for each other” “Motivates me to keep doing art by being in the group” “Painted all my life from O Level, I’m now 86yrs old and not going to stop now, I joined in 2007 and have enjoyed every minute” “Painting with like- minded people each week is inspiring” “I’ve been coming since 2004 as I live in the village and they are a nice group to belong too” “It’s my dedicated time to be creative, it’s the only place I paint” Walking around the room I noticed the wide range of projects that were being tackled. It was evident that Members were using lots of different art styles and techniques, so the skills that they could share with each other was immense. They were using a vast array of art materials including, watercolour, pastels, oils, acrylics, graphite pencils and coloured pencils. Each year The Group hold two art exhibitions, the first is in Bramshall Village Hall and, this year, that will take place on 29th – 30th June. The second exhibition is in Lichfield’s Guildhall, on Bore Street, Lichfield on 26th October. Both exhibitions are advertised widely to encourage visitors to come along and see the work of the Art Group and, maybe, buy some of the artwork on display. On leaving the Parish Hall, I felt very grateful that the original two ladies had set up such an inspiring Art Group - it clearly brings boundless joy to its members. To get in touch with the Group send an email to: bramshallartgroup@btinternet.com or go to the Bramshall Art Group’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bramshall.artgroup/ Apology T he Voice failed to insert the correct telephone number for The Repair Room in Ginny’s Community Corner article in Issue 121. The Voice wholeheartedly apologies to Ginny, The Repair Room and our readers for this error. Here is the correct contact information: The Repair Room is located in the Globe Eco Centre, Old Mill, Church Street, Uttoxeter, ST14 8AG and their aim is “to reduce waste and promote sustainability by extending the life of items that might otherwise be thrown away.” The contact details are: T: 01889 560 986 E: info@globefoundation.org.uk and they are open for drop offs on Tues – Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm or Sat 9:00am – 4:00pm, more details on their website globefoundation.org.uk/repair-room/
  • 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 All locksmith work undertaken from door realignment to new locks and handles. No call out charge. MUCKY MUTTS Qualified Dog Groomers in Uttoxeter Affordable friendly service for • Full Grooming • De Shedding • Bath Dry & Trim • Nail Clipping • Ears Cleaned • Puppy cuts For more information please call 07785 374690 07960 486033 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 Are you an ex Matelot, Bootneck, Jenny, an Admiral, Jimmy, Tankey, Bandy, Jack Dusty, WAFU? Fancy an evening ‘Swinging the lamp’ and ‘Swopping dits’ Join us at the Bankhouse Hotel in Uttoxeter every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1930hrs For details call Dave Emery on 01782 331730 or Mike Bell on 01889 563897 See how The Voice can publicise your business BookYour Advert Now for the June 26th issue Give us a call on 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 or Email: uttoxetervoice@ hotmail.co.uk Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle biggest best The and the
  • 36. 36 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. T R E E S & L A N D S C A P E S ALL ASPECTS OF TREEWORK UNDERTAKEN tFully NPTC Qualified tRFS cert arb tReductions tThins tCrown Raising tInspections tSurveys All aspects of gardening landscaping also undertaken: tLawns tGarden Paths tPonds tFencing tPatios tBorders tDecking tStonework tAftercare Maintenance tPest Diagnosis Control tFells tConifers tTop Soil tLandscaping Services tLogs Available From the smallest hedge to the largest tree, tree surgery that doesn’t cost the Earth! Fully Licensed Sprayer | Fully Insured EXPERT ADVICE FROM PASSIONATE PROFESSIONALS Call Rob: 01538 361 432 or 07900 995 139 Printed by SO Marketing - 01538 750 538 - www.somarketing.com All work to BS3998 standard EXPERT ADVICE FROM PASSIONATE PROFESSIONALS All work to BS3998 standard Call Rob on 01538 421672 or 07900 995139 Email: newlifetreesandlandscapes@gmail.com EMERGENCY CALL-OUTS ALSO AVAILABLE If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy a drink and meal and also admire the views, then The Raddle Inn is the place for you! If it’s a hearty meal our homemade cooking can either be enjoyed in the bar area, conservatory or our new Pods in the Beer Garden area. Specials board changes daily Quarry Bank, Hollington, near Alton Towers, ST10 4HQ Telephone: 01889 507278 www.raddleinn.com www.logcabin.co.uk Pensioners Menu Available 12-2pm Monday To Saturday 3 Courses For £14.00 Or available separately Starter £3.75, Main Meal £7.50, Dessert £3.75 Plant Hunters Late middle aged and wrapped in purple, green and beige They’ve parked and parted with their three pounds entrance fee Reluctantly they join the queue and wait their turn to poke around for plants that take their fancy Now, shuffling along the line of stalls Their noses blotched their rheumy eyes Two swollen fingers point at plants they’ve never heard of and how they love the artefacts and plastic garden ornaments Cranesbills catch them unawares How much are these? … What, each? Return them to the stand And wander on past penstemons and pointy purple plants To where the hostas hunker down and peep out of their pots Ah here we are they chunter nudging through entanglements Of withered men of certain age and women arm in arm with their best friends or new home-owner newlyweds envisaging their back yard gravel garden bordered out with bark chips They stand there misty eyed momentarily unmoving And salivating at the thought of steaming Sunday dinners rush forward reaching for it drooling at the thought of lamb bones, slathered up in great green jellied gobs of it Mint Contact Dean: deanbrindley@me.com Sotto Voce by Dean Brindley
  • 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 O n the 21st February we ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Uttoxeter held our Fellowship which was a Celebration of our 79th Charter Anniversary. This was held this year, in Denstone Village Hall, Nr Uttoxeter. We invited all clubs in our District, our District Officers and had a very good response, which resulted in us catering for approximately 75 people. Our guests included the Mayor of Uttoxeter, Helen Headech, President Rotarian, David Rushton and Inner Wheel District Chairman Wendy Barnard. Other members of Rotary and some of our spouses also joined us. We served an afternoon tea of various filled sandwiches and.delicious cakes while lots of chatter and laughter ensued. It was a very joyous occasion. A really interesting talk and Power Point presentation was given by Mandy Ellis, titled “The Loyalist Royalists”. She and her family and friends have travelled to London over many, many years to attend almost every Royal Occasion, such as Weddings, funerals, Trooping the Colour, our late Queen’s special Anniversaries and her funeral, They have camped on the pavements of The Mall, and Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and anywhere they could to get as close as possible to the Royal processions. Mandy explained in detail with demonstrations by Dot and Margaret, as to how the trips were planned and organised, because everything they needed for the few days in London, living on the streets ,had to be packed and carried and taken with them. It really was a work of art. They are now planning for the next royal event. We are now looking forward to next year when, amazingly,the Inner Wheel Club of Uttoxeter will have been working to help those in need, both at home and abroad for 80 years. The Inner Wheel Club of Uttoxeter Fellowship By Pat Wrathman T he crème-de-la-crème of Staffordshire tourism and hospitality were crowned at this year’s Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism and Good Food Awards, held at The National Memorial Arboretum recently. Over 300 guests saw a whole host of local businesses collect awards, which included 3 titles for East Staffordshire, with Hoar Cross Hall collecting Hotel of the Year, The Duncombe Arms claiming Pub of the Year and Nelson’s Distillery and Gin School winning Experience of the Year. There was also a special award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in Staffordshire presented to The Evans Family, owners of Denstone Hall Café Farm Shop, near Uttoxeter, in recognition of their unwavering commitment to protecting the environment and supporting local food drink producers. Cllr Paul Walker, Cabinet Member for Tourism and Cultural Development, said: “I was blown away by the excellent quality of tourism and hospitality that was on display at this year’s Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism and Good Food Awards. All three of East Staffordshire’s winners should be extremely proud of themselves and this incredible achievement.” Here’s the complete list of East Staffordshire winners: Ethical, Responsible Sustainable Tourism Award, sponsored by Staffordshire University • Hoar Cross Hall – Joint BRONZE Experience of the Year, sponsored by Staffordshire University • Gin Still Experience, Nelson’s Distillery School – GOLD • Photography Workshop, Chappers Photography, near Abbots Bromley – HIGHLY COMMENDED Food Drink Retailer or Farm Shop of the Year • Denstone Hall Farm Shop, near Uttoxeter – SILVER • Independent Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Stephensons Catering Supplies • Hoar Cross Hall – Joint BRONZE • Dovecliff Hall Hotel, near Burton upon Trent – HIGHLY COMMENDED Large Hotel of the Year, sponsored by Service Science • Hoar Cross Hall – GOLD New Tourism Business of the Year, sponsored by Staffordshire County Council • The Boat House Kitchen Bakery by Pom’s, Barton Marina – SILVER Pub of the Year • The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone – GOLD Small Hotel of the Year, sponsored by Stephensons Catering Supplies • Walnut House, The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone – GOLD • Dovecliff Hall Hotel, near Burton upon Trent – SILVER Tea Room Coffee Shop of the Year • Denstone Hall Café, near Uttoxeter – Joint BRONZE Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by Newcastle Stafford Colleges Group • Lea Sherratt, Dovecliff Hall Hotel, near Burton upon Trent – BRONZE For a complete guide to all the winners, visit: discovereaststaffordshire.com/tourism-award- winners-announced-at-glittering-event/ East Staffordshire Businesses Celebrate Success at County Tourism Good Food Awards
  • 38. 38 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. The funeral service of James ‘Barrie’ Wain took place on Tuesday, 9th April 2024, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Uttoxeter at 11am, followed by a committal at Stafford Crematorium. B arrie was one of Uttoxeter’s finest footballers back in the day and loved most sports including crib and horse racing. He was also a wonderful person, a tremendous family man and friend to so many people. He served JCB for a magnificent 49 years where he was a dear colleague to many of the workforce. Father Michael led a service of thanksgiving and a celebration of Barrie’s life. Hymns sung were “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and “Jerusalem”. Music included “Visiting Hours” by Ed Sheeran and “Simply the Best” by Tina Turner. Donations collected in Barrie’s memory will be forwarded to Dove Valley, Uttoxeter First Responder. Donations can still be made as it is hoped funds could be raised for a de-fib to be fitted at Davies Drive Shop via Dove Valley, Uttoxeter Community Responder. Family mourners Lee Wain (son); Sarah Wain ( Daughter in Law) Calum and Millie Wain (Grandchildren). Dean Wain (Son) Sally Wain (Daughter in Law) Jessica and Ben Wain (Grandchildren). Dale Village rep Eliza Village (Great Grandaughter). Rachel Hope (Daughter) Scott and George Hope (Grandchildren). Louise Wain (Daughter) Jessica Bailey. Bearers Martin Wain (Nephew), Alan Wain (Nephew), Neil Wain (Nephew) Ben Wain (Grandson), Dale Village Attendees Bob Barlow; Raymond and Marjorie Bloor; Darren Beech; Steven Beech representing Sharon, Emily and George Beech; Lee Bagley; Billy Hayes; Martin Buckingham representing Marian and Jake Nutt; Robin Allen representing the family; Gordon and Ann Podmore; David and Jane Riley; Samantha Williams representing Caroline and Michaela; Georgia Williams; Barry and Mary Fenton; Neil Weatherer; Graham and Angela Burton; Robert Matzner; David Tideswell; George and Jullian Line; David Dyche representing Derek; Stephen Barber representing Kevin Evans; Laura and Lucy Chell; Malcolm Barrett; Tony Elliott; Siome Baldwin; Robert and Sylvia Harris; Rose West; Nick and Nicky Brough; John Charlesworth representing Pat; Dave Lawless representing Karen; Karen and David Biddlecome; Paul Biddlecome representing Samantha and family; Sue and Andrew Arrowsmith representing Hannah and Isla; Ann and Tom Davies; Anthony Davies; Malcolm and Marie Ball; Alan Collins; John Austin and family; Margaret and Jim Godsafe representing the family; Mac and Ruth Avery representing Charlie and Lynn Bloor; Paul Croft representing Tony Croft, Jim Hume and Steve Mould; David Beech; Ian Kirk; David Davies representing Margaret; Michael Johnson; Rob Elkes representing Roger Mellor; Phil and Ann Stubbs; Peter Douglas representing The family; Ian Ash; Kevin and Christine Colclough representing David; John Jackson; Scott Hope; Aidan Wain; Nigel Titterton representing The Voice and Mick Harper; Dave and Lisa Wain representing Sam and Natalie; Sylvia and Ramsay Colman; Shaun Coates; Mark Cantlin; Katie Oakden; Graham Shelton representing Angela and Karl; Carol and Paul Esplin representing Scott, Kyle and families; Lesley Tavernor; Butch representing Peter Clewer; Gus; Stephen Talbot; Tom Chadfield representing Susan; Trevor Hopkins representing Carol; Vin Bradley; Higgy representing Sandra; Alan Wain representing Julia; Neil Wain; Eddie Gregory representing Jan; Ann Hulme; Alan Short; Steve Hudson; Chris Bone; Ken Coates; Bob Borsley; David Bostock; Louise Brown; Jim and Mandy Farrelly; Ginny and Paul Gibson; Gordon Richardson representing GMB and Oldfields Club; Eddie Finney; Stuart Macfarlane; David Hollins; Terry Moore; Richard Alexander; Ray Woolley representing Mick Donnelley and Brian Dodd; Martin and Polly Wain; Arthur and Margaret Heath; Mick Ede; Barry Durose; Trish O’Connor; Dave Thompson-Smith; Linda Whieldon; Clifford Oakden; Dianne Shaw; Simon Moseley; Tracey Macnamara; Sharon Wain; Wayne Robert; Lewis and Kath Walker; Dave Foster; Mark Deaville representing The Anchor. All enquiries to Field Funeral Services (01538 722 665). The Voice sincerely thank Field Funeral Services for this Funeral Report. James‘Barrie’Wain J CB’s Chairman Anthony Bamford has issued a rallying cry to Staffordshire companies to do more business with the digger maker. He was speaking after meeting former window cleaner turned entrepreneur Andrew Simmill who set up in business 34 years ago. Andrew knocked on JCB’s door in 1990 seeking to supply machined components. His initiative paid off and his company, Rayne Precision Engineering, has been a supplier ever since, growing from a one-man band to a company turning over £14.5 million a year and employing 115 people. Lord Bamford said today: “JCB is a Staffordshire company and I would like nothing more than to be doing business with more firms in our home county. There are many engineering firms out there, big, and small, which could be potential suppliers and we’d like them to knock on our door. “Rayne Precision Engineering started out in a very small way, but thanks to an ability to adapt to changing needs and continual investment, they have grown into a well-respected company and a valued JCB supplier.” Andrew, 63, whose business is based in King Street, Fenton, said: “In JCB, Staffordshire has a global company right on its doorstep and my advice to any business out there wanting to be a supplier, is to give it a go. JCB will always help you, like they helped Rayne, giving us the opportunity to diversify into different manufacturing processes and helping the business grow. “We have been challenged by JCB over the years to do many different things and supply different machined parts and fabrications. At first, it’s daunting, but we have always risen to the challenge with JCB’s guidance, and as a result, our business has expanded. “When I was at school, the teachers gave me no encouragement. I didn’t let that put me off in life and as long as you have a degree of common sense, that is all you need. JCB has put its faith in me and I always strive to give the best service possible. “If you look ahead to the next four or five years there is an increasing need for new infrastructure and JCB machines will be required to deliver that growth. There is a great opportunity for other suppliers in Staffordshire to be part of that growth. We are a local firm which supplies a global company like JCB and I am very proud of that.” JCB boss’s rallying cry to Staffordshire firms:“Let’s do business” Lord Bamford is congratulated on his 60 years’ service with JCB by Andrew Simmill, founder of Fenton-based Rayne Precision Engineering.
  • 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 Smelly’s Scrapbook… by Gordon Richardson of Uttoxeter T he first time I ventured abroad was the glorious summer of ‘76 which if you were of a similar age was the most memorable ever. It’s so strange to think that it’s getting on for 48 years ago. I was working at the biscuit factory on nights which was an education in itself. “Come and be a Night Owl at Elkes,” the advert said, so we went - four mates for a job with not a clue what lay in store for us. “When can you start!!” And that was that. We rocked up, donned our white overalls and started 7pm for a 12 hour shift. That year it snowed on June 1st and the headlines were snow stopped play for Derbyshires game at Buxton. It then roasted us non stop until the first rain in October. Brilliant. When it’s too hot to go to bed during the day and only so much Cat Steven’s and Pink Floyd you can listen to we decided, Dunc Edwards and I, to see some of the world. We booked through the Youth Club system to volunteer, working on the War Graves for three weeks in Germany and believe it or not we were petrified and even discussed camping somewhere and pretending we’d been away. The paperwork came and said they were looking for hardworking, enthusiastic and interesting youngsters to graft in Berlin, Hamelin, or in our case Hamburg, Schleswig Holstein on an Italian site. We knew absolutely nothing about the scheme or where we were going to or letting ourselves into. Oh, bring a musical instrument if you feel like it. What-was that about! We met at Stafford council offices like fish out of water and guess what, some had instruments - we kept well away from them! Instead we migrated to another group who were quite drunk already, wanting the toilet before the journey to Harwich began.On the ferry we were told who our fellow travellers were and sure enough we latched onto the nutters from Biddulph and Kidsgrove who worked mainly at pits like Chatterley Whitfield in Stoke on their apprenticeship, to enhance their work experience. How right they were. We still loosely keep in contact after all these years and actually played football together for a few seasons at Elkes F C. after the holiday. So off to Hamburg via the Hook of Holland and we were on our own, clueless.But bizarrely showing the name of our destination eventually got us to our camp, for the next three weeks. A very officious German airforce man said “You are all late” and the others are all in town. “Town? It was only a touch bigger than Uttoxeter.” So don’t be late for the introduction campfire tonight at Six.The Norwegians Germans Italians and Belgiums are already here and have gone to relax in such a such a zone, which we didn't know or where it was. You soon learn, and after a few days knew the city like the back of our hands jumping on the local transport not paying for any journey whatsoever. We wandered down the Reeperbahn, dodging dog poo, with our mouths wide open, where we saw thingswe shouldn’t have, but that was how it was back in the day in Red Light streets. Still the holiday changed my life in more ways than one and gave me a thirst for travel. Life with the German Armed Forces was eventful and organised like clock work, apart from one thing - which was they couldn’t handle spontaneous actions of any kind or us lads being helpful. It spooked them altogether. The work parties on this massive Italian grave site supposedly every morning was interspersed by days out or football or swimming or travelling around the north of Germany. We even stayed with a Bohemian family on board a ship in the harbour which was disastrous to say the least especially as our young fellow camp mate spoke fluent German and translated back to us some not so kind words about our drunkenness. It’s the first time I’d ever seen porcelain pictures on the graves; young soldiers with film star looks. They had died as German allies ,German foes and prisoners akin to the site at Cannock Chase. These sites were manicured but wanted gimping up which we smashed in record time leaving the remaining time free. One excursion was a visit to Bergen Belsen, the notorious death camp where thousands met their end.We were told to put on shirts and be reverent with not a dry eye amongst us. Life is oh so precious. Much more recently Duncan and his flame from Norway Merete married and live in Bergen in the Scandinavian dream. It may seem macabre but since this pilgrimage its led me to visit Dachau and Auschwitz. So from my initial dread I’ve become hooked on travel and Albania beckons next month and it looks beautiful. Through football and latterly cards my friendship with Barrie Wain blossomed and as a player he was second to none and believe you me boney when tackled. Barrie’s reply to that was that he wasn’t even the best in his house with Tony taking that accolade. At cards he frustrated the hell out of me with his obtuse play but it worked for him and our team at Oldfields and under his captaincy we proved very successful. He was quirky, cantankerous at times, but we loved him dearly and it will be sad to see him join the other dearly departed ex players on the photo display in the corner. See ya next edition. Down on the Farm by Angela Sargent S ummer is here, thank heaven. The situation with farming is still up in the air. Since last October it didn’t stop raining until last month. There were times briefly when it looked like the weather was drying up but then there would come another storm, another couple of inches of rain and the fields were sodden. Farmers grabbed what chance they could to get manure out, to get fertiliser on crops that were surviving, or to re sow where the crops hadn’t survived. And this hasn’t just been in this country. Drier weather hopefully is on the forecast and maybe there will be a harvest this year after all. Sheep farmers have had to cope with schmallenberg virus, which caused deformed And dead lambs- some areas have been hit harder than others, depending on where the wind swept the insects which carried the virus. But lambs are growing and cattle are out in the field, silage is being made. This season’s lambs will be checked regularly to make sure that all is well and to Worm them for any parasites they may pick up in the grass. As soon as they are heavy enough and fit enough they will be sent to market, having been tagged with the farm identification number. It’s not an easy process to bring in your sheep flock with young lambs, to bunch them up in the pen and then to sort the young lambs from the mothers and it’s also very noisy. Enough wormer has to be purchased , but not too much as you don’t want any left standing for too long, it needs all to be finished by the use by date on the pack, otherwise the efficiency may be diminished. It’s administered either by injection or by drench [ this is like a gun that shoots A measured amount down the throat and must be administered carefully so as not cause injury. Dairy cattle will be outside now grazing on the rapidly growing grass. The dove valley was well known for being an excellent milk producing area, but just lately we’ve been losing, nationally, 3 dairy farms a week- this is a result of high input costs, high energy costs and high labour costs among other things. A dairy farm or a livestock farm or an arable farm needs to make profit like any other business does in order to survive. And of course it’s calving time. Farmers will be busy checking the health and welfare of their cows due to give birth and spending long hours maybe helping to calve if a problem presents. If you’re out walking with your dog and you come across a field of cows and calves, please give them a wide berth, keeping your dog on a lead, but if you feel threatened let the dog loose as it can surely run faster than you can, for a cow’s instinct is to protect its calf in the face of what she thinks is a predator. We will certainly be hearing songbirds as the dawn chorus increases. From the tiny wren to the throaty Blackbird, the cooing of the wood pigeon to the 2 tone notes of a great tit, all will be looking for a mate. Celandines, butter cups, daisies, eyebright and self heal will be showing their colourful faces in pasture fields and turning towards the sun.
  • 40. 40 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. If there is any‘must- see’event this year, it is this one @uttoxeter_voice search for Uttoxeter Voice Send your articles, photographs, features, sports reports etc into The Voice for insertion into our next issue. The Voice is here to publicise what’s happening in our community Get in touch now via email uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk or by social media Uttoxeter Cheadle Uttoxeter Cheadle U ttoxeter Choral Society’s next concert in May is going to be Mozart’s Requiem. What’s unusual about that? For those who have never heard this choral work, it is probably one of the very finest requiems ever written. Mozart composed it in the last few months of his life and throughout time, scholars and performers have been astonished by the profound beauty of the work. The perfection and complexity of his choral writing in the work is extraordinary; it is ethereal and magical, yet also breathtaking and exhilarating. And such is the excellence of the Lacrimosa section that Verdi and Britten both drew obvious, direct parallels from it when they composed their own requiems. Uttoxeter’s own classical choral group (of some 144 years!) will perform the Requiem as a guest of the Priory Church of St Mary’s in Tutbury. The group was originally called the Uttoxeter and Tutbury Choral Union, so they see it as is a welcome return, as always. And this magnificent Norman church has outstanding acoustic qualities. It is also the first time since 2017 the Choir will perform with an orchestra. Malcolm Partridge, a bass with UCS described his thoughts about singing the piece: “…as the Requiem begins, imagine walking into the room where lying in front of you, taking their last few breaths is the person you love. As you approach, the opening bars of this wonderful music are heard as their heart beat fades away and within a few short seconds, the emerging sad but intensely beautiful and privileged moment of witnessing life's end emerges…” He considers that …“such is the brilliance of this short orchestral opening, it seems to offers us all in a single glorious proclamation, not only the finality of physical death but in the same moment, the revelation and hope of passing from an earthly material being to one of hope and spiritual comfort, and an everlasting peace, ‘Requiem aeternum dona eis - grant them eternal rest.’ ” This is a ‘must-see’ event not just because of this immensely profound (and popular) work, but also because UCS have partnered with the excellent Orchestra of St John of Bromsgrove and with four brilliant singers from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Polly Clarke (Soprano), Charlotte Browne (Alto), Joe Yates (Tenor) and Oliver Barker (Bass). In an all Mozart programme, there will also be a movement from his Flute Concerto No.1 performed by local virtuoso flautist Eve Abram (also Conservatoire trained). There will be the Alleluia from Exultate Jubilate, his sublime Ave Verum Corpus and other devotional pieces. Conductor David Smith is both optimistic and excited, he thinks it could be UCS’ best concert in recent years, and expects a sell-out performance given the programme, venue, orchestra and soloists. Tickets are £15 (students free) from UCS website. www.uttoxeterchoralsociety.co.uk/concerts- events/