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Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice Issue 91

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Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice Issue 91

  1. 1. FREE Issue 91 14,000 QUALITY MAGAZINES DISTRIBUTED EACH ISSUE - NOW IN OUR 12thYEAR! Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle
  2. 2. 2 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. 1 Lanehead Road Etruria Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST1 5PT 01782 266 488 www.supercraftwindows.co.uk 01782 266 488 www.supercraftwindows.co.uk Enhance your conservatory with a Solid Warm Roof Visit our showroom in Etruria to see our range of Solid Warm Roofs on display Why A Solid Warm Roof? A Solid Warm roof from Supercraft offers the following benefits: • A comfortable year-round living space • Incredibly striking custom designs and finishes • A great investment on your property • The option to replace the roof only • FREE no obligation quotation • Range of payment options available A Solid Warm Roof from Supercraft will transform your conservatory into a living space usable all year round. It’s thermal qualities will make your conservatory energy efficient and create an ambient temperature which will help you make the most of your space 365 days a year. Our Solid Warm Roof also comes in a variety of styles and finishes to compliment your home. We required a new roof on our conservatory. From our initial inquiry to completion Supercraft were exemplary. Sales team, surveyor and fitting team were polite, efficient and professional. The workmanship removing the old roof and installing the new one was first class. They have provided an excellent improvement to our conservatory, considerably exceeding our original expectations. We are a returning customer and would highly recommend Supercraft. To discover more about what our clients think, visit www.supercraftwindows.co.uk/reviews
  3. 3. 3Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. M y life is so hectic at the moment! There seems to be something happening every day regarding work, family, friends and my rugby club... But I am not complaining – many, many people in our country are on their own, living their lives in a cocoon with no contact with the outside world. Can you imagine being in that scenario? It is soul destroying, living each day within the confines of their own homes with only the TV or radio being their ‘friend.’ Perhaps we should all help and shoulder a little bit of responsibility and look out for those who are not as fortunate as ourselves and help make their lives a much happier place with visits to their homes to check if they are OK... Have you been watching the football on the TV recently! I have never been so excited – it was true ‘Roy of the Rovers’ stuff (younger readers please Google Roy of the Rovers!). Now we have 4 British teams in the two cup finals, Champions League and Europa League. Liverpool’s victory over the great Barcelona was awesome, a true piece of theatre! And Spurs coming back from 3-0 down to defeat Ajax was gobsmacking! Let’s hope they can produce one of the best Champions League Finals ever! Talking of football, I went down to Oldfields Club to watch the final Premier League matches the other Sunday. It was the day after Uttoxeter Rugby Club’s Presentation Night at Bradley House Club (thanks so much for a great meal Pat) so you can imagine that I felt a little delicate... The weather was glorious sunshine and we all sat outside in the beer garden, shooting the breeze, chatting away on this and every topic we could think of – just us ‘boys’ enjoying the sunshine, the chat and a beer... The best club in the country and the best company – this is what I love about Oldfields... 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 HOW TO GET IN TOUCH The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice is wholly independent and is published at 3 Spode Close, Cheadle, Staffs ST10 1DT 14,000 copies are distributed free to homes and businesses in Uttoxeter, Cheadle, Rocester, Denstone, Bramshall, Stramshall, Alton, Oakamoor, Tean, Lower Tean, Checkley, Leigh, Church Leigh, Crakemarsh, Combridge, Kingsley, Draycott, Cresswell, Saverley Green & Fulford, Doveridge and Abbots Bromley, Sudbury, Kingstone, Marchington, Ellastone and Hollington. Clients are welcome to view the printing matrix. ADVERTISEMENT SALES AND EDITORIAL Tel: 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 Email: uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk NEXT ISSUE The next Voice will be out July 4 News Deadline: June 23 Advertising Deadline: June 25 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 Local Housing Market Report by George Brandrick A s we approach the Spring/Summer selling period of the year, residents all around are considering touching up those scuff marks on walls or titivating the garden to bring it to it’s best. Customers every day are asking me what they can do to maximise the interest in their home in order to sell in this current market. With scaremongering everywhere you look in the news and potential increase in mortgage rates, it is easy to think this would be a bad time to sell your property. Locally in the ST14 and ST10 areas, there are statistically less houses on the market in comparison to 2018. In summary, we are currently experiencing there isn’t enough supply to meet the demand. Applying this notion to the housing market, it means you will likely sell your property before you find one to buy. Figures so far this year have resulted in record sales for our local business. House prices are still rising in Uttoxeter and Cheadle, due to a reduced volume of stock and an increased buying demand. With the Bank of England retaining interest rates at 0.75%, I expect the current housing market to remain the same for the coming Q2 and Q3 of the year. Thankfully, Uttoxeter and it’s surrounding villages are stabilised by having major employers within close proximity, and historically, statistics show that high employment rates maintain a buoyant local housing market. And as the impending doom of Brexit closes in, many owners are hesitant to put their property on the market with fear of a housing market meltdown, but as Brexit and all it’s negative connotations bring, they are completely contrary to what is actually happening on the local housing market front. While the demand continues to outweigh the supply and employment rates remain high, I can safely say that our local towns’ house prices are safe from any of the current political and financial melancholy we constantly hear about. If you would like to have a chat about the current market and your property, please feel free to call me on 01889 567777. Uttoxeter 01889 567777 Ashbourne 01335 300600 www.abodemidlands.co.uk A D V E R T I S I N G F E A T U R E
  4. 4. 4 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Places available for three and four year olds, providing a high quality provision, flexibility of nursery hours, offering up to 30 hours funded places. We also offer onsite wrap around care through our on-site governor run facility “The TP” from 7:30am until 6:00pm. At Tynsel Parkes Church Of England Primary Academy our vision is for everyone to feel valued and be all they can be whilst embracing Christian values in our daily lives. Principal: Mrs Rachel Chandler www.tynselparkesacademy.co.uk School Road, Uttoxeter ST14 7HE. Tel: 01889 221920 Email: office@tynselparkesacademy.co.uk NURSERY PLACES AVAILABLE FOR SEPTEMBER 2019 APPLY NOW! Uttoxeter Probus Members Lunch O ur Guest Speaker Jolyon MacLaine in the centre, with Robert Parker our President on the left and Jonathan Marvin our Social Secretary on the right. Around thirty members attended our lunch meeting on the last Friday of the month. We had a splendid meal at Bradley House, where we dined on Roast Beef followed by Apple and Blackberry pie. It was great to get together, to meet up with friends and never to mention Brexit. This month we had a guest speaker, Jolyon MacLaine who gave us an insight into his time as a helicopter pilot for the Sultanate of Oman. He flew Super Pumas that were splendidly kitted out for Royalty and high ranking officials. He spent many years flying around the gulf and territory of Oman. He also talked to us about his time as a police helicopter pilot and how helicopters greatly support and enhance the role of the police.
  5. 5. 5Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Serving Breakfasts and Homemade Scones & Cakes Daily Specials Specialising in Teas, Italian Piacetto Coffee and home baked scones Welcoming families, ramblers, cyclists, dog walkers and canal enthusiasts Open Tuesday-Friday10am-4pm, weekends 10am-4.30pm. Closed Mondays 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. Tel: 01538 266288 You can now stay over at Hetty’s We now have holiday accommodation available above the tea shop. It’s called Tiddlywinks and sleeps 6. Book through Airbnb www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/22725271?s=51 ADVERTISERS!! ENJOY THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS... Superb hard copy A4 colour magazine and the internet! Your advert goes into a massive 14,000 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. Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle FREE Issue 91 14,000 QUALITY MAGAZINES DISTRIBUTED EACH ISSUE - NOW IN OUR 12thYEAR! Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle biggest best The and the Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle With a circulation of 14,000 no other local magazine comes close! PAUL MORTON LTD All Makes of Domestic Appliances Repaired WASHING MACHINES • DISHWASHERS • COOKERS • OVENS ETC Full range of NEW Appliances Available Hotpoint Creda Trained Engineer Prompt Attention and Guaranteed Service ALL AREAS COVERED - FREE CALL OUT 01889 566353 - 01538 756016 01782 388692 - 07970 541 642 www.paulmortonltd.co.uk paulmortonlimited@gmail.com
  6. 6. 6 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. The Marchington Singers in Concert O ur Summer Concert on Saturday 13th July 2019 will be at The Renew Church on High Street in Uttoxeter. You may remember The Renew Church as the Elite Cinema. The facilities are wonderful inside, being bright and modern. There are very few steps and ramps provide good access to the main auditorium and it has a large car park. We will be performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury” as well as a selection of Edwardian Musical Delights! Tickets are: Adults £12 (or £10 if purchased before June 25th) and £5 for under 16s, available from Tim Scott on 01889 563570 or tim@raggedrobin.co.uk or any member of The Marchington Singers. The Singers have delighted many audiences with a  wide repertoire ranging from folk songs and music from other countries and cultures, to sea shanties and light jazz, as well as more challenging choral works. Our regular twice yearly concerts - Summer and Christmas by Candlelight - are always well supported and we have featured many guest musicians, dancers and singers of all ages, several of whom have gone on to achieve international fame. We offer a Student Bursary scheme for two aspiring singers up to the age of twenty five. For more details please contact Paul Wrathman on 01889 569445 or wrathmanp@hotmail.co.uk. The Marchington Singers sing at weddings, concerts, harvest festivals, carol concerts, dinners, fundraising events, receptions and celebrations. To book us please contact our Conductor Wendy Scott on 01889 563570 or wendy@raggedrobin.co.uk. We are always recruiting new members – sopranos, altos, tenors and basses – subject to an informal voice test. You would be very welcome to join us! Our weekly rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in Marchington Village Hall. If you would like to join us please contact Wendy Scott.
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  8. 8. 8 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. B oth Cheadle and Denstone were represented among the large number of Standards which were paraded at the Commonwealth Graves Cemetery on Cannock Chase for an open air service to commemorate ANZAC day on Sunday the 28th of April. Seventy Four New Zealand Servicemen who gave their lives during the Great War of 1914/1918 have their headstones in the cemetery, but why on Cannock Chase? The story behind it is this: The 5th (Reserve) Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade (known as the ‘Dinks’) had been stationed at Brocton Camp on the Chase during the conflict, arriving on the 27th of September 1917, following the battle of Messines Ridge where they had achieved a great triumph. They joined men of the 27th Reinforcements, who had arrived ten days earlier, making Brocton the New Zealand Rifle Brigade Reserve Depot. Local history records that the ‘Dinks’ were much loved by the people of Stafford, and the surrounding towns and villages during their time in Staffordshire, until they finally departed for the last time in 1919, holding a farewell parade in Stafford’s market square, terminating with them presenting their Standard, (which they had used as a flag), to the Mayor and Corporation to remind them of their friendship. It is that bond which is still remembered every year on ANZAC Day. Poignantly the Service is held in the open air among the tombstones, and although overcast the congregation were spared the wet and windy conditions of the previous week, and proceedings were conducted by the Reverend John Davies MBE KStj who is the County Chaplin. During the Service Wreaths were laid at the foot of the Cross Monument to the strains of a lament played by a lone piper. Standards were dipped during the playing of both The Last Post, and The Queen. Readings were by Dr. Bronwyn Evans-Kent of the New Zealand High Commission, and Ian Dudson Esquire CBE KStj, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire. Proceedings were rounded off with the Kohima Epitaph read by the County President: “When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today” Followed by the blessing and March Off. ANZAC initially described soldiers who served in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (1914- 1918), but is now used to describe any member of their armed forces. ANZAC Day is their day of remembrance for their fallen in two World Wars and takes place on the 25th of April. Services are held on the nearest Sunday to that date, like our own Armistice Day in November. The photographs show the parade approaching the Cemetery, marching into position (each standard bearer stands in front of a headstone) at the ‘carry’ and at half dip, performed when the ground is wet. Emotional Anzac Day...
  9. 9. 10 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Anaphylaxis charity walk T he Anaphylaxis Awareness Week was held recently. To support the charity, Anaphylaxis Campaign (anaphylaxis.org.uk) a local group organised a family walk through the heart of the Peak District. Anaphylaxis Campaign support people in the UK with severe and life-threatening allergies. Andrew Haigh, of Uttoxeter, and his wife, have a son who was diagnosed with Anaphylaxis at 2 and a half after suffering from an Anaphylactic shock after eating sesame seeds. Before this moment, Anaphylaxis was something the local family had heard of but not really given much thought to (I suppose like most conditions if it doesn’t directly affect you). Last year the family set up a Support Group in Uttoxeter through Anaphylaxis Campaign for those with severe allergies, not to give medical advice but to share ideas and tips for daily challenges. The next meeting is to be held on 15th June at Waitrose Community Room in Uttoxeter. Would it be something you would be able to include in the Voice to help us raise awareness of severe allergies and anaphylaxis? Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. See how The Voice can publicise your business Give us a call on 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 or Email: uttoxetervoice@ hotmail.co.uk Advert prices start at only £25 and can hit over 14,000 homes Misted units replaced, lock and general repairs to doors, patios and windows Mark Capewell Tel: 01889 578654 Mobile: 07802 277935 Email: mark.capewell@talktalk.net Double Glazing Services 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 Ex Navy, Sailor or Marine? Fancy an evening swinging the lamp? Come and join us, The Royal Naval Association, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Bankhouse, Uttoxeter For details call Dave Emery on 01782 397746 or Mike Bell on 01889 563897
  10. 10. 11Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Special Offer Business Extra Plan Call today to get all this for just £39* a month: • 30GB of data • Unlimited calls to UK landlines and UK mobiles • Unlimited UK texts • 180 mins and texts from UK to EU • included • Free faulty replacement • Use your allowance to call, text and browse in EU Brookend House, Crakemarsh, Uttoxeter ST14 5BL Tel 01889 591209 sales@vitalbusiness.co.uk www.vitalbusiness.co.uk Sim Only Unlimited mins/text 30GB £16pm 4G WiFi 50GB £25pm Samsung S10 in Stock Come and view our fantastic new Lighting and Electrical display Anything electrical or lighting - we can supply it! Delivery Service available covering Staffordshire & Derbyshire Free Deliveries • Competitive Prices Opening Times: 7:00 - 5:00 Monday to Friday • 8:30 - 12:00 Saturday • Sundays - Closed Tel: 01889 565999 • Email: sales@townelectrical.com Unit 2 Matkat Park, Dovefields, Derby Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8GA The recurring price plan charge will be increased by RPI in March of each calendar year. Other prices may also go up during the plan. *All prices & charges quoted are plus VAT
  11. 11. 12 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Cheadle & District Animal Welfare Society Registered Charity 1039350 W henever a Staffy comes into care we know that he/she will be with us for many months before a home is found and it is such a great shame. Many Staffies don’t get on well with other dogs or cats, but they are great lovers of people. Cherry is a good example of this. She came to us having been found as a stray and is now about 5- 6 years old. She has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped so is all ready to go to a new home. Cherry is a playful dog who loves going to Paddocks for Paws at Bradnop where she can run free in the field. She runs after a ball and thoroughly enjoys herself. Her tail never stops wagging. She knows simple commands and is an absolute joy to be with. She regularly visits Dimmingsdale and calls in at the Ramblers Retreat and has many Dog Walking friends who enjoy taking her for walks. She travels well in a car. What she needs more than anything else is a home and a family to call her own so that she can feel loved and cherished. If you would like to meet Cherry please ring 07531 232 542. She will be thrilled to know that someone cares. Perhaps you and your dog(s) would like to join us on Sunday June 9th when we have a Sponsored Dog Walk down at Dimmingsdale. Main booking in time is from 10.30am - 11am outside the Rambler’s Retreat. The entry fee is £5 for your dog. After that you can go for a walk using a route of your choice in the beautiful surroundings of Dimmingsdale. Maybe you could get sponsorship for your dog to help us raise funds to help the dogs who are currently without a permanent home. More information can be found on our website - cheadleanimalwelfare.org.uk or by ringing 07731 616 025 Garfield, the shy ginger Tom, who featured in the previous edition of The Voice, has still not found his forever home. Ring 01335 390369 if you could help him
  12. 12. 13Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970.
  13. 13. 14 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. T he Oakmoor Festival and Hill Climb 2019 planning is underway. The Oakamoor Festival Committee’s plans for 2019 are proceeding rapidly The festival takes place this year on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th July. Now in its eighth, year the Oakamoor Festival offers a weekend of exciting events. On Friday 12th July we open with an evening performance of ‘Song in the key of Death’, a Murder Mystery, by Ian Adams, at the Valley Primary School. A night of excitement and dastardly deeds, with a delicious pie and pea supper. On Saturday 13th The Oakamoor Revival Hill Climb takes place on the park featuring over 100 vintage and period cars and motorbikes, During the day the cars and bikes take part in an exciting hill climb up Carr Bank and a circular route via Cotton. A real treat for petrol heads. During Saturday there will be a Duck Race, Treasure Hunt, guess the name of the Flower Power Bear and plenty of refreshments throughout the day. The evening completes with a session of Bingo in the Village Hall. Sunday features our annual Flower and Produce Show in the Village Hall, the wild and wet Raft Race on the River Churnet and a Fun Dog Show on the Willows. During the day stalls, face painting and refreshments will be available. Across the two days the Free Church Oakamoor, will be hosting its annual flower festival based on the festival theme, which this year is Flower Power. All events and raffles will raise money for a range of local charities A great day out for all the family Should you wish to enter a team for the Raft Race contact Carolyn Walker. (carolynwalker38@gmail. com) To enter the Flower and Produce Show a schedule with all the classes can be obtained from John Brooking. (john@johnbrooking.co.uk) Throughout the weekend there is a full programme of games and raffles. Should you want to join us on Facebook go to the Oakamoor Festival site for more stories and information. The Oakamoor Festival 2019
  14. 14. 15Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970.
  15. 15. 16 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. BATHROOMS / WETROOMS / SHOWERS SUPPLIED AND FITTED OPTIONS TO SUIT MOST BUDGETS Complete installation carried out including plastering, tiling, joinery and electrical OILFIRED BOILER INSTALLATIONS Qualified, Experienced and reliable local tradesman, covering most areas around Ashbourne and Uttoxeter PW PROPERTY SERVICES For a free estimate call 07866 297879 Find me on Derbyshire County Council TRUSTED TRADER Office hours 8am - 6pm Monday - Friday
  16. 16. 18 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle WINPremier tickets to The Summer Cup at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Sunday, June 30th 2019 Fantastic racing, plus loads of entertainment for the children 2 sets of 2 tickets to be won To have a chance of winning this terrific prize just answer the following question: What is the name of the former jockey who now is a raceday presenter at Uttoxeter Racecourse? Answers to be emailed to uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk or posted to 3 Spode Close, Cheadle, Staffs ST10 1DT, deadline for entries is June 14th 2019. Tickets are non-transferrable and must be used on 30th June 2019. Over 18s Only. 1 entry per household. Should the race meeting be abandoned, tickets to be transferred to meeting on xxxx 2019.
  17. 17. 20 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Taekwon-do We train at The Parkwood Community Leisure Centre In Cheadle on Tuesday Night 6.00pm to 6.30pm 4yrs to 6yrs 6.30pm to 7.30pm Junior/Beginers Grades 7.30pm to 8.30pm Senior/Advanced Grades Call John on 07854 806581 www.nctkd.co.uk 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 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 Alton village gets set for third summer festival! F or the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June, Alton will once again be the setting for the village’s Beer & Classic Car Festival. This will be the third year following two hugely successful festivals which bring visitors and locals together for a fantastic weekend. Once again, the focus for Saturday will be a street market and entertainment from 2-8pm on the High Street and at the pubs, and on Sunday, the High Street and all the pubs will host an array of classic, vintage and special interest vehicles. All 5 of the village pubs will also be hosting live entertainment from Friday night and all weekend. The event has again been organised by the Alton Community Events Group. The festival organising group comprises both residents and business owners from the village and hopes to capitalize on the success of last year’s Festival. The group would be delighted if you would bring along vintage, classic or special interest vehicles to display on Sunday 24th June between 11.00am and 4.00pm. Participation by clubs or individuals will be welcomed; cars, motorbikes, agricultural, commercial and military vehicles – please contact Liz at altoncommunityevents@gma il.com or via the ACE Facebook for further information.
  18. 18. 21Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Take a drive out to one of the area’s most beautiful ‘olde worlde’ country inns and restaurants - and savour a truly delicious experience! Enjoy wonderful views overlooking Croxden Abbey and the surrounding countryside. Open every day, 12-10pm Pensioners Specials Monday to Saturday 12-2pm Main Meal £5.75, 3 Courses £10.00 Sunday Lunches served all day Take your pick from Beef,Turkey, Lamb or Chicken Traditional Cask Ales - Marston’s Pedigree, Rev. James & Hobgoblin plus guests Heated smoking area Mid-Week Evening Specials Accommodation in superb Log Cabins with Hot Tubs available. B&B and Self Catering. See website for further details. Enjoy a great meal atThe Raddle - The Perfect Country Inn & Restaurant Quarry Bank, Hollington, near Alton Towers Telephone: 01889 507278 www.logcabin.co.uk S hropshire Staffordshire Cheshire Blood Bikes. Did you know that this is a charity that solely relies on donations from the public and volunteer riders. If you’ve been in hospital, chances are your blood tests or urgent blood will have been transported across these counties by one of the blood bikes. Chairman of the charity, Jeremy Cartwright, gave an insightful and passionate talk to Uttoxeter Rotary Club recently about their work. President Anita and the Club were only too happy to make a donation to this very worthwhile charity. If you want to donate please follow the link here: www.ssbbgroup.org.uk/ Uttoxeter Rotary Club supports Blood Bikes Charity
  19. 19. 22 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. See how The Voice can publicise your business Give us a call on 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970 or Email: uttoxetervoice@ hotmail.co.uk Advert prices start at only £25 and can hit over 14,000 homes R ose Barker presided and welcomed everyone to this very colourful meeting, addressing a sea of yellow and black. The speaker for the evening was Simon Ratcliffe who gave a most interesting and informative talk on The World of JCB. The competition for the evening was to come along dressed in the JCB colours of yellow and black and so many members had entered into the spirit of the competition that it was decided to pick a name out of a hat to determine a winner. Details were given on the resolutions which are going forward to the NFWI General meeting i) Call against the Decline in Rural Bus Services, and ii) Don’t Fear the Smear. The General meeting takes place in June. Marg Orme was our delegate at the Staffordshire Federation of WI Spring Council Meeting and she gave an informative and entertaining report of the proceedings. Staffordshire Federation are celebrating their centenary this year and President Rose Barker and Sue Ratcliffe represented Denstone WI at the service in St Mary’s, Stafford. Denstone WI Field Funeral Services Ffs Dedicated to Dignity & PEACE our family to yours t: 01538 722665 Independent Family Funeral Directors Field Funeral Services |37a High Street | Tean Stoke on Trent | Staffordshire | ST10 4DY www.facebook.com/fieldfuneralservices fieldfuneralservice@hotmail.co.uk DO YOU HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SHIP INN? D ear Sir, I collect The Voice for two ladies who now reside in Mickleover but lived in the past in Cheadle and Snelston/Marston Montgomery. One of the ladies, Mrs Jean Abberley nee Pyatt, was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Pyatt who ran The Ship Inn in Cheadle/Tean. She asked me to ask you if you or any of your readers have any details of The Ship Inn past and present and if you did, could you publish this in The Voice? I myself am a former resident of Rocester and a very keen reader of The Voice. Christopher Cope, 122 Station Road, Mickleover, Derby DE3 9FN
  20. 20. 23Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Charles House, 23 High Street, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 7HN Telephone: 01889 568444 Facsimile: 01889 568333 E-mail: rba@sjpp.co.uk Website: www.rbawealthmanagement.com RBAWealth Management Ltd is an Appointed Representative of and represents only St. James’s PlaceWealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the group’s website www.sjp.co.uk/products. The titles‘Partner’ and‘Partner Practice’ are marketing terms used to describe St. James’s Place representatives RBAWealth Management has strengthened its Uttoxeter team with the appointment of aWealth Management and Mortgage Consultant, in a move that Directors say represents a significant coup for the firm. Marnie Bradnick joined RBA in 2017 after graduating from the University of Derby with a degree in Business Management. Whilst gaining day to day experience at RBAWealth Management, Marnie enrolled on the St. James’s Place Next Generation Academy, developing her skills and knowledge, leading on to her achieving a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and a Certificate in Mortgage Advice. RBA’s service capabilities continue to expand to meet demand. She said‘I am thrilled to be part of a prestigious Senior Partner Practice of St. James’s PlaceWealth Management and I am excited to be offering mortgage advice in addition to RBA’s existing comprehensive range of services.’ Angela Fountain – Director at RBAWealth Management said ‘To further meet expanding demand our offices have been re- furbished and as ever our IT enhanced to meet the growing demand and sophistication of our clients.The growing demand for intergenerational financial planning is a continual challenge on which we excel.Whether this is dealing with the complexi- ties of all the different generations or young adults looking to buy their first property and get their feet on the ladder.We are delighted to have Marnie on board, she has already made a very positive impact on the team and clients’ Should you wish to drop in and see our new office which has been designed by a local interior designer‘Glenis Johnson’ we will be delighted to welcome you. Sue on reception will be more than happy to show you around” RBAWEALTH MANAGEMENT ADDTOTEAM A D V E R T I S I N G F E A T U R E
  21. 21. 24 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. • We collect and deliver - free of charge • Fast and reliable sales, service and emergency repairs • Fast turnaround • We always use genuine parts - but can also supply non genuine parts • Competitive rates • Reliable and friendly service Expert Garden Machinery Servicing and Repairs 01889 591241 Unit 5, North View Farm, Alton Road, Denstone, Nr Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 5DH www.taylormadelandscapingmachinery.com parts@taylormadelandscape.co.uk Each and every day Each and everyday I fall more in love with you, each and everyday that fact still stays so true. Each and everyday I’m thankful for what we have, each and everyday is another day I’m glad. Each and everyday I look in to your eyes, each and everyday they shine brighter than the sky. Each and everyday I feel as though I’m blessed, each and everyday we conquer all life’s tests. So each and everyday our love will remain strong and each and everyday together is where we belong. (c) Mathew Chapman 2019 Alton pub crowned Pub of the Year T he Uttoxeter & District CAMRA have selected The Bulls Head in Alton as the 2019 Pub of the Year. CAMRA Chairman Simon Ardron presented the award to James Miller who runs the business. A quality start to a perfect finish We provide an efficient, effective, regular environmentally friendly window cleaning service Regular & Reliable Window Cleaning Friendly & Trustworthy • Text Night Before to Remind You Free Quotes, No Job Too Big or Small Public Liability Insured • Regular Bookings 4, 8 Weekly Cleans Cleaning includes Washing Frames, Glass, Window Sills and Doors Payment via Cash, Cheques or Bacs Covering Uttoxeter, Cheadle and surrounding areas Call Adam today on 07849 634 582 Email: ahwindowcleaning@yahoo.co.uk Visit: www.ahwindowcleaning.co.uk A.H. WINDOW CLEANING RESIDENTIAL INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL
  22. 22. 25Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. T R E E S & L A N D S C A P E S ALL ASPECTS OF TREEWORK UNDERTAKEN Fully NPTC Qualified RFS cert arb Reductions Thins Crown Raising Inspections Surveys All aspects of gardening & landscaping also undertaken: Lawns Garden Paths Ponds Fencing Patios Borders Decking Stonework Aftercare & Maintenance Pest Diagnosis & Control Fells Conifers Top Soil Landscaping Services Logs Available From the smallest hedge to the largest tree, tree surgery that doesn’t cost the Earth! Fully Licensed Sprayer | Fully Insured EXPERT ADVICE FROM PASSIONATE PROFESSIONALS Call Rob: 01538 361 432 or 07900 995 139 Printed by SO Marketing - 01538 750 538 - www.somarketing.comAll work to BS3998 standard EXPERT ADVICE FROM PASSIONATE PROFESSIONALS All work to BS3998 standard Call Rob on 01538 421672 or 07900 995139 Email: newlifetreesandlandscapes@gmail.com EMERGENCY CALL-OUTS ALSO AVAILABLE C O N S T R U C T I O N S Serving the community since 1976 MJ Barrett Constructions,Brookside Business Park,Brookside Road, Uttoxeter,Staffordshire,ST14 8AT www.mjbarrettconstructions.co.uk Tel:01889 564 253 • Fax:01889 564 210 F M J Barrett Constructions supply and erect all types of agricultural and industrial buildings,including grain stores, equestrian centres,storage buildings,milking parlours,and cattle housing along with a variety of industrial warehousing, office accommodation,retail outlets and entertainment complexes all built to the highest standards. T he Kingsley Holt Community Fund was recently awarded a grant of £23,716.58 from the Kingsley Community Fund through the Community Foundation of Staffordshire to add some much needed new play equipment to the recreation ground on Holt Lane in Kingsley Holt. The equipment is now installed, and has been very well received by the village children. The new equipment supplied by Kompan, consists of a multi activity climbing tower, toddler swing, team swing, spica and spinning bowl. There was an official opening event recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by trustees of the Kingsley Community Fund, Mr Ivor Lucas and Mrs Ann Evans. Zachary enjoying the team swing Kingsley Holt Recreation Ground Official Opening
  23. 23. Painsley Catholic College, Cheadle, has received two prestigious accolades this spring. The College has become the first secondary school in Staffordshire to be accredited as ‘Gold’ by UNICEF UK because of its continued commitment to the Rights Respecting School (RRS) programme. Painsley has also received a letter of congratulations celebrating its high academic standards from Rt. Hon. Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for schools. Gold Award UNICEF UK is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respects the rights of others. Gold is the highest accolade given by UNICEF and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. Painsley is not only the first secondary school in Staffordshire to be awarded Gold, but it is also the first RRSA Gold Catholic secondary school in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, an area which extends from Stoke-on- Trent in the North to the Thames in the South and includes seven cities and five counties. Letter of recognition In the letter, The College is praised by Rt. Hon. Nick Gibb MP for its students’ success in terms of academic progress from joining at age 11, to the completion of their GCSEs. The excellent rate of progression is well above the national average and places Painsley in the top 12% of state-funded mainstream high schools in England. Another success measure commended is the high number of students entering the ‘EBacc’ (The English Baccalaureate) at Painsley Catholic College. The ‘EBacc’ is a set of subjects at GCSE that is designed to keep young people’s options open for further study and future careers. It includes English language and literature, maths, the sciences, geography or history and a language. This broad mix of subjects gives students a rounded education that enables them to have access to a wider range of opportunities on leaving school. In 2018,82% of Painsley students were entered for the EBacc which places the College in the top 7% of all state-funded mainstream schools. Mrs Rachel Waugh, Acting Principal at Painsley Catholic College said, “We are delighted to have received this letter in recognition of the hard work and high standards maintained by our staff and students.” In his letter to Mrs Waugh, Nick Gibb states, “Thank you for your work in continuing the drive towards higher academic standards, and congratulations again to you and your staff for your hard work and professionalism.” Painsley Catholic College Receives Two Prestigious Accolades
  24. 24. I wanted the twins to see Disneyland while it’s all magical for them as they will be 7 in the summer. The boys did great with the 11 hour flight and our first 2 days were spent at Disney... the weather was amazing and our favourite ride was the new spring valley car ride where we did 60mph around Disney’s version of the Grand Canyon... wow they know how to make rides! Our 3rd day took us to the Hollywood Universal Studios where we upgraded to VIP passes and Ethan & Preston got to meet Dracula. We highly recommend the Harry Potter ride which isn’t for the faint hearted. A rollercoaster with steam... fire... and dragons. A memory the boys won’t forget!! We visited the Griffith Observatory which is the number 1 thing to do in California. We looked over the whole of LA from here and Ethan had a space suit! It’s a free experience and well worth a visit in the Hollywood Hills. We visited Santa Monica Pier where you can look out for famous faces.. we saw a real police chase and had dinner in the famous Cheesecake Factory. Our journey then took us along the coast calling at San Simeon a really beautiful retreat right on the ocean where we saw real seals basking on the beach.. we also visited Hearst Castle a real history piece in California. How they built it I will never know its mesmerising. We made our way to Monterey where we had cakes bigger than Hettys! Rosines restaurant is so worth finding! Carmel was a favourite where Clint Eastwood was once mayor.. we paddled in the Pacific there.. Highway 1 was a stretch of 70 miles which you could compare to the Amalfi Coast. A lot of rainfall had caused several land slides during the winter season but we were lucky it had re opened. One of our favourite coffee shops along highway 1 was a place called Coast and it was a really quirky experience with coffee as good as Hettys with waterfalls at the back. The views were stunning. The drive then took us on some scary terrain ending up on our last leg in San Francisco where we stayed 3 nights right in the hub of Fisherman’s Wharf in the arganaut hotel which we can highly recommend for anyone to stay visiting one of our favourite places. Pier 39 was a real hive of activity and we had cocktails in a sushi bar where the boys learned to use chopsticks! Seeing the Golden Gate and Alcatraz will be something we will always remember. The boys had 2 giant balloons in Disneyland and they had travelled with us the whole holiday and they let them go by the Golden Gate making a wish! We had an amazing 2 week trip to California and experienced such a lot.. the boys had an education along the way and we made some fantastic memories that we can cherish forever... 28 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Our holiday to California... a trip of a lifetime By Emma, Ethan and Preston Atkinson, of Hetty’s Tea Shop, Froghall Wharf
  25. 25. 29Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. A complete professional service designed to your requirements Free Quotations Showroom at Nettlebank, Sandbach Road, Burslem, Stoke on Trent ST6 2DR Telephone 01782 827313 www.graniteworktopsstokeontrent.co.uk GRANITE & QUARTZ WORKTOPS N E T T L E BA N K Cheadle Flower Club April meeting C headle Flower Club welcomed not one but two demonstrators, Helen and Pam. These two lovely ladies took us through Spring with their beautiful arrangements. We had a “nest” with pink roses and foliage, red tulips and viburnam – plus coloured eggs of kebab sticks ! A chicken, with flowers and foliage, made earlier in Blue Peter style, was added. An interesting collapsed bucket was used to symbolise ‘Spring Cleaning’. With white chrysanths and lizzianthus. Three ‘tickling sticks’ were added and a dinky dustpan and brush. A cast iron vase and a garden trug reminded us of work to be done in the garden. Pink roses and white carnations completed these delightful arrangements and the final one used a magnificent heavy carved wooden bowl, with tulips and carnations. Two cut out rabbits completed this one. Heather gave a vote of thanks and several members went home clutching their prizes in the draw.
  26. 26. A s I begin to write on this glorious day, I know that I shall upset some of you by stating that I am not a fan of the music of Phil Collins. I much preferred him when he was the drummer and then the lead singer of Genesis, a band comprising a group of musicians who I always thought were innovative and before their time. However, there is one of Mr. Collins’ many hits that I do like. It is called ‘Against all odds…’ and it has a particular resonance with recent events. So many things have happened that could not have been predicted. Liverpool is facing Tottenham Hotspur in the Final of the Champions League in Madrid. What a week of football that was! Liverpool beating the mighty Barcelona and Spurs beating the questionably mightier Ajax. In Amsterdam! I went to watch Leek Town play in the Semi Final against Colne. It was a great game and Leek went on to win but sadly were later beaten in the Final. There were two noticeable aspects to the game. Both teams were full of determination to win and members of both sides showed considerable acting ability as players fell to the floor, writhed in agony…and then got up to play on. These antics were worthy of their Premier Division colleagues. And worthy maybe not of an Oscar but certainly of a BAFTA. Talking of which... what were the odds of a drama featuring a young, female, psychopathic assassin winning Best Drama and Best Actress? Did you watch ‘Killing Eve’? It was violent but it was also funny, intriguing and very stylish. And who amongst my readers (I hope that the use of the plural isn’t too optimistic on my part) predicted that the newest member of the Royal Family would have a very modern name and a second name in honour of his father and not his paternal grandfather or great-grandfather. What is facing us in the future that may be against all odds? A successful Brexit? A newly fit Andy Murray to win Wimbledon? Wales to win the Rugby World Cup? Stoke to return to (and remain in) the Premier Division? William and Kate to pip Harry and Meghan to the post and have a daughter named Diana? In the words of a song from the late Doris Day, a singer who I have always liked… Que sera, sera! 30 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Uttoxeter Town Hall THE PERFECT VENUE FOR ALL YOUR SPECIAL OCCASIONS A stunning Grade II Listed Building providing a blank canvas to create the wedding of your dreams. Contact our Bookings Clerk on 01889 564085 or email info@uttoxetertowncouncil.org.uk who will be more than happy to assist you in arranging a viewing, providing you with a wedding pack and advising you of what we can offer to make your special day extra special. Uttoxeter Town Council, Town Hall, High Street, Uttoxeter ST14 7HN Tel: 01889 564085Email: info@uttoxetertowncouncil.org.uk Visit: www.uttoxetertowncouncil.org.uk Denstone Art Group hold successful Exhibition My Monthly Musings by Cecily Cowans of Cheadle
  27. 27. 31Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. DRESSAGE • EVENTING REHABILITATION • LIVERY Contact 07796 175 128 • email mcfequestrian@outlook.com • visit www.mcfequestrian.co.uk Jo Titterton Dressage / MCF equestrian • @mcfequestrian Marsh Cottage Farm, Uttoxeter Road, Draycott, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST11 9NR • MCF Equestrian is set in the heart of Staffordshire Moorlands offering a range of bespoke services to suit every need • Part, Full, Competition, Training, Holiday and Rehabilitation Livery • Experienced friendly staff • First class facilities with large stables, excellent arena surface, hot wash box, solarium, equissage & full range of magnetic therapy, extra large horse walker • Fantastic team of professionals, including ACPAT physio, remedial farrier & SMS saddle fitter • All aspects of rehabilitation from box rest, ground work to full ridden training • PSG dressage rider & instructor, event rider & retrainer of racehorses • Competitive prices to suit the rehabilitation programme • Rider alignment biochemics programme to ensure a straight rider to help horses training CONTACT US NOW TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS M y Name is Claire. I’m a Wife and Mum of two who has a passion for animals, especially dogs. I run a dog walking and pet sitting service. I offer a flexible, tailored service to suit you and your pets needs. I spent many years working in a busy office environment until recently when I realised that my career was taking over and the most important things in life to me were being forgotten. At this point I took the decision to leave my career behind, focus on my family and set up a small business that allowed me to balance family and my love of dogs. And so Gotta Go! was born. From day one I set out to build my business around the principle of delivering exceptional customer service to owners and their pets through a personal, professional and trustworthy approach. I pride myself on being friendly, flexible and dependable so that you and your pets know I’m here when you need me. Like any venture, it’s taken dedication and hard work to launch and grow my business but it has been the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve been fortunate to build up a loyal customer base and each week I now have the pleasure of caring for a wide range of delightful pets. Each very different, but full of personality, fun and character with the added bonus that as we spend time together we form a bond built on trust and friendship that means they’re happy and fulfilled. I currently employ 3 staff members who are all fully trained in all aspects of the business, this enables me to cover a wider area in Staffordshire. If you are looking for this type of service and would like to find out more then I usually suggest we meet up prior to any walk with your pet so we can all get to know each other and for me to ensure I can tailor my service to your every need. This initial chat is of course, free of charge and without obligation so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND Gotta Go is a business founded on a passion for animals but we do take our job seriously. We prioritise, clear communication, reliability and positive reinforcement, and are constantly researching, studying and taking the time to educate ourselves so we can provide you with a professional, impeccable service. For your security we hold a full certificate of insurance for every aspect of our business and we are DBS checked and trained in Pet First Aid. We are also proud members of the National Association for Registered Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers NARPS. SERVICES • Group & Individual Dog Walking • Pet Pop-in Visits • Pet Sitting AREAS COVERED Tean, Checkley, Hollington, Cheadle, Forsbrook, Blythe Bridge & Caverswall, Abbots Bromley and surrounding areas. Coming soon – Uttoxeter, Bramshall, Stramshall & Rocester. CONTACT Claire: 07590 036320 (7pm-8pm) claire.gottago@gmail.com Walkies!
  28. 28. 32 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Spanish Churros with Hot Chocolate Dipping Sauce M y son came to stay and brought with him his deep fat fryer with the intention of making fresh donuts. We started off making some Churros, which I had not made for ages. We are all totally hooked again, so delicious and remind us all of our family holidays in Spain and Gibraltar. You will need:- 100g unsalted butter, diced 175g plain flour 1/4 tsp baking powder 3 large free range eggs sunflower oil for frying Cinnamon sugar for coating 100g caster sugar 2 tsp cinnamon Dipping sauce 150g dark chocolate 150ml double cream 1 tsp softened unsalted butter 1 tsp vanilla extract To make the churros, place the diced butter into a pan with 200ml water and a pinch of salt, and bring to the boil. In a large mixing bowl, sieve the flour and baking powder together and as soon as the water boils stir into the flour and beat until you have a smooth batter. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then gradually add the beaten eggs one at a time, beating well until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Leave to rest for approx. 15 mins while you make your sauce. Finely chop the dark chocolate and tip into a bowl. Heat the cream in a small pan along with the butter and vanilla extract and slowly bring to a simmer. Pour over the chocolate and stir until all combined. Fill your deep fat fryer or large saucepan with sunflower oil one third full. Heat until it reaches 180ºC, testing with a piece of bread. Fit a large piping bag with a large star shaped nozzle and fill with your batter. Pipe 2 or 3 finger length strips of batter directly into the pan cutting off each strip with a pair of scissors. Do not cook more than this in one go or the oil will cool down and your churros will not be crisp and golden. Cook the churros for about 45 seconds to one minute on each side until golden and crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, and place on kitchen paper. Sprinkle the churros with your cinnamon and caster sugar mix. Serve hot with the thick chocolate dipping sauce. These are absolutely delicious and so easy to make. The chocolate sauce is also delicious with ice cream. Karen’s Cake Corner by Karen Hill Ginny’s Community Corner by Ginny Gibson of Uttoxeter Firstcall H ow can wearing a button (Pendant) help the community? That is the question for this month’s column. Recently I read a piece in the Burton newspaper about a lady who had fallen in her home and her life had been saved by a button that she wears around her neck. Being inquisitive I wanted to know more and did some research because I like anything that saves lives and helps people in need, Defibrillators are another one of my pet campaigns’, but that’s another story. Anyway, back to the button. Apparently, it’s a button, that you wear day and night, that connects to a contact centre in Burton that is staffed 24 hrs a day – 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Service is called Firstcall and if you fall, you press the button, someone speaks to you, via a Lifelife in your home, that’s connected to your landline (other options via a sim card) and the control operator asks if you are OK? If you have managed to get up and are fine, then all is well. However, if you have fallen and you need helps, the control operator will ensure that a member of their team is dispatched to your home, Their average response time is 14 mins, On arrival the trained mobile responder will assess you and either lift you with their lifting equipment which is called a Mangar and make sure you are safe and well or if need be, will call an ambulance if further treatment is required and you are taken to the nearest hospital, they will also contact your loved ones to inform them of the incident. It struck me that this button ensures that people can live independently, safe in the knowledge, that someone will be there if they need help. If you fall in the garden or outside and the control operator cannot hear you, they will send a mobile responder they call this a No response call. I am aware that most people have family living close by, so they would be able to call a family member, but what happens if you can’t get to the phone or like me your family lives miles away? I suppose this is why the service was developed. Upon further investigation I found out that the service, Firstcall 24/7, is provided by Trent and Dove Housing Association. However, this is not just for their tenants. So, I called and spoke to Phillip McComish, the Marketing Manager and asked him to explain the scheme further. If like me your first question to everything is how much, then you will be glad to hear that the service starts from only £3.85 per week and its arranged on a month by month basis, so no long contract to sign up too. My second question was is it available in Uttoxeter and surrounding areas and he explained that the team at Firstcall are located in Burton, but have outreach staff in Uttoxeter and the surrounding areas, that is why they can get to people so quickly. My third question was how do you lift people up, its not an easy task and he told me about the lifting equipment, called Mangar and Raizer, that each team member carries with them and how easy it is to use. The team also carries a defribulator which is fantastic, After that I stopped asking questions, not easy for me, as you know and we just had a lovely conversation about the service, apparently, they not only offer the button, but also a number of other great devices for your home, temperature control sensors, door sensors, smoke detectors and bed sensors this is known as Telecare. I didn’t understand what the temperature control sensors do, apparently, this sensor detects low and high temperature within your home and the staff can prompt or contact family if there is a concern, if the temperature is too cold or hot in your home, it might be that your central heating has broken or an outside door has been left open in cold weather. They also offer Pill dispensers and are Dementia champions and are used to providing solutions to support people to live in the homes safely for longer with innovative technology. Because Trent & Dove Housing are a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. (Registered No. 30668R), there is no hard sell from them, instead they offer a free home demonstration and a month by month contract. To find out how you can get a button in your life, call 01283 528529 or email Firstcall.Referrals @trentanddove.org So, to conclude, it seems to me that wearing the button helps the community immeasurably.
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  30. 30. 34 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Open 7 days a week: Mon-Fri 8.00-17.30, Sat/Sun: 8.00-12.00 Telephone 01538 750 737 or book online www.cheadletestcentre.co.uk We want your car to PASS!! Cheadle Test Centre, Brookhouse Way, Brookhouse Ind. Est., Cheadle ST10 1SR Independent M.O.T. Testing in Cheadle No associated workshop relying on the failure work to fill it’s ramps FACT! • No appointment necessary, or if you prefer, book online • Free courtesy cars • 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.
  31. 31. 35Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Former Royal Marines Commando goes from rolling in the muck to driving out the muck A former Royal Marines Commando has changed his uniform and now drives out dirt and grime as opposed to rolling in it. Ian North, 55 years old, a local lad from Barlaston, has seen a niche in the market and is plugging it with Zero DryTime Ltd, a carpet and upholstery cleaning system that leaves no residue, does not need water and no soggy‘dog’smell. “The lessons I learnt whilst serving in the Royal Marines have stood me in good stead”said Ian.“Never leaving an area until the job is done and done right has proved invaluable in completing a task. If there is a stain on your sofa or carpet that can be removed, I’ll continue to remove it until it’s been completely eliminated, something I learnt years ago in training. I can remove stains that no one else can.” Cheques for £200 were presented to each of these local charities from monies raised at the previous Alton Challenge and Fun Runs. The Alton Challenge and Fun Run was resurrected six years ago and over the years due to local sponsorship from businesses they are happy to have sufficient funds to donate to these two very important local charities. Sharon Ball, from Moorlands Home Link, and Caroline Scol, from North Staffs MIND, attended the presentation to receive the cheques and give information on the invaluable work they do for our local communities of the elderly and the young. The organising committee of the Alton Challenge and Fun Run are busy now making final arrangements for this year’s run, which will take place on Saturday October 5th. Further details will follow, and the group will again be happy to donate any surplus from the runs to these two charities for 2019. Above: Alton Challenge Fun Run organisers presented a cheque to Moorlands Home Link and North Staffs MIND at The White Hart, Alton. Alton Challenge and Fun Run Here at James Marfleet Roofing we offer a number of service’s including: Call us today for a free no obligation quotation Telephone: 07703529345 Email: info@jamesmarfleet.co.uk Re-felt & Batten Soffit & Fascia Re-Roof New Builds
  32. 32. 36 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Lank’s Lore By Steve ‘Lank’ Lavin Golden Memories from one of Uttoxeter’s Favourite Characters D o you know, it amazes me sometimes what I think is worthless old tat is absolutely worth a small fortune. Like a lot of people I am an ardent fan of The Antiques Roadshow and love watching the faces of the people who take along their family heirlooms to be valued by their team of experts. Not only do they receive a valuation of their items some people also our astounded by what their item is actually worth and in some cases is a life changing amount. On the other hand some items which have been handed down to them for generations they think will assist them in their financial difficulties in old age due to them not preparing for retirement are worth next to nothing, and they leave the show with a face like a smacked bottom!! This brings to me a story I must relate to you of a past experience I encountered. Quite a few years I was visiting my late wife’s step father. It was summer time and I was sitting in his magnificently tended and laid out garden relaxing in the summer sun when I espied what I thought at first was a garden gnome ornament. On further inspection I discovered that it was not a garden gnome but actualy a cast iron figure of John Bull. For the uneducated John Bull is a national personification of the United Kingdom in general and England in particular and first appeared in 1712. A lot of products when I was a lad were endorsed with the John Bull figure depicting a true British manufactured product. One of these was a John Bull printing outfit which I received as a birthday present one year which probably got me interested in the printing industry which was eventually to be my lifetime career. With all this in mind I said to my wife’s step father “I must have this, and renovate it up and place it in a prime position in the reception area of my print shop, would you consider selling it to me and name your price”. My wife’s step father replied, “Son you can have it for nothing as I know you will put it to good use and it is not really doing a lot of good having it here lying in my garden. I enquired to him about the history of the object and he informed me that it belonged to his father who had kept the Wheatsheaf pub in Uttoxeter and when it ticked he remembers its eyes blinking from side to side and it was in pride of place over the mantlepiece over one of the pub’s fireplaces and it was most certainly Victorian. Anyway I was delighted to own such a delightful object and duly took it to my workshop to start the renovation process. Unfortunately the clock had being lying in the garden for a number of years which had peeled the majority of the paintwork off, the clock itself housed in its stomach was missing and its blinking eyes and mechanism that controlled it were well rusted beyond any repair. This did not deter me from trying to bring it back to some sort of acceptable presentation to show off in my print works reception area, thinking that it would if nothing else make a wonderful conversation piece After many hours of painstaking work, stripping it down, repainting in its original colours of red, white and blue, obtaining a brand new clock face with the help of a friend of mine whom was a keen holorogist I managed to get it back in working order and with the exception of the blinking eye mechanism which would have cost too much money to replace it really did look the bees knees and even though I say it myself I was immensely proud of my achievements. Shortly after displaying my renovated clock I read an article in the local newspaper that The Antique Roadshow was coming to the grounds of Alton Towers and anyone with any items that they thought would be of interest to the viewers were invited along to participate in the show. That was it, John Boy my lad, I said, we are going up to Alton Towers to see what you are worth. I remember it being a lovely hot summers day and as I drove into the extensive and well kept gardens of Alton Towers I noticed a huge crowd of people who had been split into various lines. I parked my car up, picked John Bull up and headed for the queues of people. On approaching I was stopped by an officious looking person who enquired as to what object I had brought along to the show. On seeing my John Bull figure he directed me to the queue for that particular object. There were people flying about everywhere, I think half of Staffordshire had come along with all sorts of objects to be valued. Grandfather Clocks, Objet d’art Jewellery, China & Glass, Paintings and items of furniture that needed 4 men to carry them in, unbelievable. I waited patiently in the queue to have a conversation with the valuer which saying there were virtually dozens of people in front of me didn’t take that long and during this time I got into conversation during my wait with other like minded people who thought that today was the day that their heirloom would change their lives. I finally got to meet the valuer and proudly thrust upon him the fruits of my labour the man himself ‘John Bull’. I was expecting the valuer to be one of the Antiques Roadshow celebrities but alas he was just an expert in one particular field which in my case was antique clocks and the likes of. Nevertheless the gentleman was a true professional and espying my John Bull figure he immediately recognised it and gave me a brief history of its origination. He informed me that it was manufactured by an American Company called Bradley & Hubbard in c. 1870. The value of my clock though because it was not original with the exception of the carcass, the actual clock was a new replacement and I had repainted it and there were parts missing was worth only what people were prepared to pay for the object as an item of interest to them which he said would not amount to a small fortune. If the clock had been intact and in good condition it could fetch at auction anything up to £1,000. Had my clock been in this category he informed that there was every chance that I would have been selected to meet an actual Antiques Road show celebrity and appear on the show! Not to worry though I had found out about the history of my clock, its value and had met a load of very interesting people and overall had a marvellous afternoon out. If you have any family heirlooms whether or not they are valuable or not I would heartily recommend you attend an Antiques Roadshow event if it comes near you, you like me, will thoroughly enjoy the experience of it. Till next time, keep searching the attic!! Lank The man himself the John Bull Clock with blinking eyes
  33. 33. QUALITY LOCAL MEAT, BEEF, LAMB, PORK & POULTRY All meat home killed with complete farm to fork assurance. Personal & Friendly Service Guaranteed YOU CAN TRUST 100% BRITISH MEAT 2 Market Street, Uttoxeter Tel (01889) 565870 Roycroft Farm, Bramshall Tel (01889) 563353 37Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. The Shrewsbury Arms in Kingstone is set to celebrate becoming community-owned following support from More than a Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme W ith help from the More than a Pub Programme worth £3.85m, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Power to Change, a much-loved pub in the heart of Kingstone in Staffordshire is now under community ownership following a 6 month campaign by locals to save it. The Shrewsbury Arms was put up for auction by the owners in September 2018. As the only pub in the heart of the village, this news hit the local community hard. A number of locals soon rallied together and set up the Kingstone Community Society with the objective of re- opening The Shrew as a community-owned pub. At the very first public meeting in October, the local community had pledged £70,000 to create a community-owned pub. Shares were available at £1 each, but a minimum of holding of £250 was set. Jonny Grey from the Community Group said: “This is a brilliant day for the local community and will be a breath of fresh air for the entire village – providing new facilities and local employment. We have had fantastic support from 189 investors from the village and beyond, including some investors from Belgium, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, USA and even Rwanda. After submitting several offers we were unfortunately unable to agree a price for the property with the vendors and on Wednesday 3rd April, 2019 at 3pm Kingstone Community Society went to auction with the aim of purchasing the Shrewsbury Arms.” The room was packed with committee members and shareholders who had come to support and witness this amazing event in the history of Kingstone but as the hammer went down the lot was announced as unsold as the reserve of £300,000 had not been made. Jonny Grey and Bill Pearson from the Community Group approached the Auctioneer and negotiations commenced. The auction finished at 4pm and by 4.50pm Kingstone Community Society received the call they had been waiting for - they were now the owners of the Shrewsbury Arms. The Society has purchased the Shrewsbury Arms, and will run this as a Community Hub through community ownership and involvement. The pub will be run on a commercial basis, ideally via a tenant. Prospective tenants should apply in the first instance via our website. Rental income together with community involvement and volunteering will deliver community activities, which could include a coffee shop, essentials shop, place for selling local farm produce, parcel drop off and a possible post office counter. The overreaching aims of the Society are for broader involvement and engagement across all members and age groups, reducing isolation and encouraging more inclusivity for all. Crucially the Society will be able to provide local employment opportunities for several persons. This project will benefit the village of Kingstone and the wider community, by allowing access to services, and becoming a focal point for the community hub. Rural isolation, community involvement and creating rural employment are key benefits to this project. James Alcock, Executive Director at Plunkett Foundation, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to support the Kingstone Community Society who are working hard to make sure their community can benefit from everything that having a thriving local pub brings. According to CAMRA, 14 pubs are closing a week. In comparison, community pubs have a 100% survival rate showing that they are so much more than a place to buy a drink; they provide important social spaces and services for local people, and are central to their community’s sense of place and identity.” Jenny Sansom from Power to Change said: “There is amazing community spirit on display here. We have already supported over 20 community owned pubs to open through the More than a Pub programme, and it is great to see The Shrewsbury Arms stay in the community, in the hands of the people who value it most. Crucially, the pub will now offer more than just pints providing a range of services to help local people.” Community Pubs Minister Jake Berry said: “Our Great British Pubs are the heart of many communities, providing thousands of jobs and boosting our economy by £21billion per year. I hope the residents of Kingstone will celebrate their success with a pint at The Shrewsbury Arms after securing its future through the More than a Pub programme.” A pub for the whole community and for future generations. Somewhere for everyone. The society are planning a refurbishment and giving the pub a ‘facelift’ with plans in place to repair, replace and update the current structure. Many shareholders have put their names forward to help and would love to hear from any trades person or retailers who would like to help in anyway with the refurbishment of The Shrewsbury Arms. We would fully advertise their contribution to this Community funded and run project. Please contact kingstonecommunitysociety@gmail.com if you would like to be involved in what we believe to be the first community Pub Hub in East Staff. The Society intend to open as soon as possible and then relaunch the new look pub in about 3 months’ time. The Shrewsbury Arms
  34. 34. 38 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. W ell Readers, with both our Editor Nigel and myself on the Brexit trail, most of my stuff ends up on the cutting room floor, so you may not even be reading this at all, but to hell with it, I’m going to write it anyway, and if you ARE reading it - hello!!!!!! With the Tories making such a hash of the proceedings, heaven forbid the possible alternative of Jeremy Corbyn in No.10, even though he says he would not move from his present house if the unthinkable did happen, as he has become attached to his home. Probably attached by the glue the protesters outside his house have been using!!! Nigel Farage is the only one who seems determined enough to push through Brexit now. People have already shown their displeasure with the main parties in the local elections, Sandra and I made our protest by not voting at all! Meanwhile fair play to Anne Widdecombe for defecting from the Tory Party out of loyalty to the majority of the public who voted to leave, and now feel cheated after the once in a lifetime vote has failed to deliver. Surely it was not too much to expect for the government just to get on with it and kill off the spectre of armageddon which the Remainers would have us believe will happen when we finally break away. It’s no wonder that the Conservatives are in disarray with such double standards within their own party. They excommunicated Ms. Widdicombe from the party for switching allegiances to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. Theresa May then sacked her Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, one of her supporters, without a trial, for allegedly leaking stuff to the press. Yet her main protagonist in the party Anna Soubry continues to spout her views in Parliament, despite defecting to ‘Change UK’, a party for which her constituents did NOT elect her, or any of the other rats which left the sinking ship, (her Constituency voted to leave incidentally), what a sorry bunch we have sitting on those benches! When I am not slagging off politicians, I enjoy standing at a rugby match shouting at the referee (all in good taste of course), gyrating around the stage with the Denstone Players, or marching proudly with my British Legion Standard (take note Mr. Corbyn I’m proud to have served MY Country), I do like a bit of tele. In particular I love to immerse myself in mysteries and cop shows, particularly the excellent ‘Line of Duty’, which has just completed it’s fifth series, written by Jed Mercurio, a Cannock lad, who’s story lines keep you on the edge of your seat, like last years ‘Bodyguard’ which he also wrote. Jed’s stories start at the beginning and finish at the end with just a hint that there might be more to come in the last episode, leaving us hope there will be another series to follow. Sadly that is not the case with a lot of television serials today, when so many have become too complicated for thicko’s like me to comprehend. Take ‘The Widow’ which was shown over the same weeks as ‘Line of Duty’ on another channel. It went down the path of so many other shows these days which start off with an opening scene to give you a story line. Then suddenly a sub title flashes up saying ‘three years earlier’ so you go into flashback mode. ‘The Widow’ did this throughout, with yet another storyline running parallel with the first, but likewise going into complicated movements backwards and forwards in time. Someone who had just been left in a pool of blood, was opening a door to her flat in the next scene. Had she been made better? No it was another flashback but with no explanation. In the main story, the widow of the title, had gone to Africa to find her husband, who she thought was dead, but was really alive. This was the main theme of the story, plus a lot of sub plots, all as confusing as the main one. But the final episode (yes I sat through six of them) was the most confusing of all. The widow was driving around Africa with Charles Dance, then suddenly we were whisked away to snowy Wales where a chap was looking for a dog called Nigel? which had no relevance to the story whatsoever. Then back to Africa, more driving around, then whisked back to Wales (was it a flas back or forward?) where our heroine after trudging around in the snow with the Welsh chap both out calling for ‘Nigel’ which at this stage was never seen, the widow then suddenly took a dislike to the Welsh chap and told him to go away! Then back to Africa no doubt by Tardis before finishing in Wales for the finale, from where she drove off into the sunset with Charles Dance and a little orphan girl whom she had met in Africa, but had suddenly appeared in Wales. Oh and they passed the missing dog of ten minutes before, running in the snow as the end credits rolled? Confused - not as much as I was. Sandra as usual simply said “You do watch some rubbish!” and do you know what ? She’s right. Staying with TV, we both enjoy quiz shows and have noticed a new trend following on from the ‘likes’ and basically’s’ . The ‘in word’ now is ‘So’ . Example - quiz master “You are a student at Stoke University, what are you studying?” Answer “So - I am studying drama, I would like to go into television eventually” Question Master “How long do you have left to study? Answer “ So - I am in my third year, I hope to one day be a director” . From then on almost every answer starts with ‘So’. It gets really annoying when a group of them all use it, for some it’s the new ‘like’. Rehearsals are now underway for The Denstone Players Variety Show ‘For Two Nights Only’ on the 15th and 16th of June, always good fun for the family. As always you can keep up to date with all the latest news on www.denstoneplayers or www.facebook.com or twitter@ denstoneplayers. There will be more to follow in October with a comedy play by yours truly (first attempt) followed by the annual Pantomime, in the New Year, which will also be something completely new as it is being co- written by our choreographer Gill Brown and her husband Dave. it is sure to be a great extravaganza. My beloved Uttoxeter Rugby Football Club’s excellent achievements are being covered in detail elsewhere in this publication, but congratulations to the 1st XV on their 5th place finish in Midlands 3 West North. Coach Nigel Hall is aiming for a top two place next Season, and with a bit more consistency there is no reason why they can’t do it. The 2nd Development XV, showing tremendous spirit, have had some amazing results which has won them promotion to a higher league. Whilst the junior section is also showing great promise, but as always could do with more volunteers to help with training on a Sunday morning. My grandson Owen is looking forward to putting in a full season with the senior squad when he returns from the antipodes later in the year. Although he is playing rugby in New Zealand I know he is missing his mates at Uttoxeter. Loving Bill Woodier’s interesting stories of local interest in The Voice, also Matthew’s Chapman’s heartfelt poems. Sorry he missed the last issue but he is back in form in this edition. That’s all from me TTFN Les Let The Voice Be With You by Les Humphries of Rocester Rhapsody comes to town D o you love to sing? Do you want to meet new people? Are you looking to try something new? Then Rhapsody is for you! Rhapsody is a brand new mixed adult singing group, new to Uttoxeter. Open to all ages 18 and over, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve been more used to singing in the shower or you’ve been singing in choirs for years. What matters is simply that you enjoy singing! Rhapsody doesn’t require an audition to join - just come along to rehearsals and take part. The repertoire will be suitable for all with a mixture of songs from the musicals, films and pop songs along with some more traditional choral music thrown in along the way. Rhapsody is the brainchild of musical director, Gina Baxter. Gina was born and raised in Uttoxeter and studied Music at the University of Nottingham. She is currently a piano, vocal and woodwind teacher, running her own business, as well as being the musical director of all female Newcastle Ladies Choir. A need for a new mixed community singing group in Uttoxeter was seen and so Rhapsody was created! So what are you waiting for? Come along to Rhapsody and enjoy what it has to offer. Running on Mondays in school term-time, Rhapsody will take place at Picknalls First School in the Treetops Room from 7.30pm-9pm. Rehearsals started on Monday 13th May.
  35. 35. 40 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. T he first three months of 2019 have not stopped for the busy members of Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC), who have already held nine of their County Competitions, hosted a day of Public Speaking Competitions for the West Midlands Area as well as organising a successful Turnout Ball in February and rounding off the social events with the County Dinner Dance to the theme of “Mad Hatters” in March. Back in January the New Year started with 13 teams competition at Stafford Ten Pin for the Annual Ten Pin Bowling Competition. It was straight into the County Quiz as the second competition of January, and this time 20 teams from across the County were challenged to quiz rounds on general knowledge, travel, famous faces and music. Later that same week Eccleshall and Uttoxeter met to take part in the County Debating Competition, with Eccleshall taking first place and heading to the West Midlands Area round of the competition which Staffordshire YFC were hosting in February. February saw SCFYFC hold a Clay Pigeon Shooting Competition over at Doveridge Clay Sports and then later that month the Darts Competition was held in Leek. The County Ball was held at The Ingestre Suite, County Showground with just over 300 members and guests enjoying DJ Tom Bowers, ex Harper Student and member of Eccleshall YFC keeping the dancefloor filled. Rounding off a very busy February, Staffordshire YFC hosted their fellow West Midlands Area counties with seven competitions including Junior Speaking, Senior Debating and a Show Choir Competition. Eccleshall YFC kept up their winning streak on this day and will be taking part in the NFYFC Finals of the Show Choir Competition which is also held on the County Showground on 6th July. The County round of the Cookery Competition was held in March which this year was kindly supported by Like Nanna Made. From baking to sport, there is nothing that Staffordshire YFC members won’t have a go at. Later in March, clubs took part in the County Volleyball Competition over at Madeley High School, Newcastle. Then rounding off the month, they held a Pool Competition, Silage Judging Competition and in the mix there was an Irish Night held over at Checkley Village Hall where members let their hair down in true YFC style! April has already started with the sound of the hammer and gavel being knocked down, as 11 members had a go at a brand new competition, Auctioneering, held by kind permission of Johnsons of Cheadle, with expert judges, Mark and Meg Elliott of Bagshaws Llp giving some excellent advice and encouragement on the night. Waterhouses member, George Goodwin will go forward to represent Staffordshire in the West Midlands Area round which is held at the Three Counties Show in June. Members also “flinged themselves into spring” with their traditional event, a Spring Fling Disco, held for members across the county over a Lower Loxley by kind permission of the Phillips Family. A great night was had by all those who came. County Chairlady Polly Baines said, “With a fully packed calendar of events and opportunities left in the year, it is the ideal time for a new member to try out Staffordshire YFC to open their social life. There is the County Show week from Wednesday 29th May to Thursday 30th May is always a great way to get involved in YFC. The Show Floats Competition at the County Show is the highlight of the Staffordshire YFC Competitions Calendar, and with the theme of Disney, the main ring is going to be a spectacular sight of classic films and characters. For more information about Staffordshire YFC, their new members opportunities and any of the ten clubs, please contact the County Organiser Julia Taylor on 01785 248645, or head to their website, www.staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk Come join the fun at Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs! 1 County Officers Team 2018-19 2 Eccleshall YFC members enjoying the Annual Dinner Dance 4 Uttoxeter members enjoying the Annual Dinner Dance Ashley YFC having a go at Ballroom Dancing at the West Midlands Area, cheered on by their biggest fan!
  36. 36. 41Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 14,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Owd Grandad Piggott Go to the new website www.owdgrandadpiggott.co.uk and download tracks from the original Owd Grandad Piggott LP record which was recorded live by Alan Povey in The George and Dragon pub in Long- ton in 1977 and sold over 6,000 copies in North Staffordshire inside 6 months. Povey’s People by Radio Stoke’s Owd Grandad Piggott It was Owd Grandad Piggott and his missus’s wedding anniversary and buying them a present was an annual nightmare for Norma, their daughter. The previous year, she had bought them a dinner service which had lasted precisely three weeks until it needed replacement plates, several of the set having been used as missiles in an argument. The year before, an expensive Wedgwood vase had suffered a similar fate, so this year, she had decided to buy them a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker is a heavy item so was less likely to be thrown in a fit of temper so it would stand a chance of staying intact for a while longer than something of a more delicate nature. Norma came round with the pressure cooker on the morning of their wedding anniversary and placed it on the kitchen table. He prowled around it suspiciously. ‘Worrizit?’ he growled. ‘It’s a pressure cooker dad’ Norma told him. ‘Wotsit do?’ It cooks food by pressure’, said Norma with an attempt at patience. ‘It cooks it in a third of the time that it takes a conventional pan.’ ‘Pheu! Chinese muck!’ ‘Listen, I’m going… read the instructions… Miserable old bugger!’ she muttered as she went out of the door, When Norma had gone, Owd Grandad Piggott did another circuit of the box and regarded it with interest. ‘Arm gooin ‘ave a goo at this’ he stated and unpacked the box methodically, setting out the components on the table, then he got a pencil and paper and started to make a shopping list. Potatoes, onions, carrots, a swede, oxo cubes, stewing beef, then he took himself round to Hilda Aspinall’s shop and came back with a sizeable bag of provisions. Having prepared his ingredients, he transferred it all to the various compartments inside the pressure cooker, added a quantity of water, clamped on the lid and put it on full gas. Suddenly, after several minutes, the valve emitted a fierce hiss making him jump and emit a vile epithet. ‘It leaks’, he grunted. He took it off the gas, grabbed a dishcloth tied it around the valve, anchored it under the lid, then back on the gas it went. Less than five minutes later.. came a savage ‘pop’ as the safety device shot out and buried itself in the ceiling causing another tirade of atrocious language from Owd Grandad Piggott and filling the kitchen with steam as it depressurised. ‘Towd thee it was chinese muck!’ flared Owd Grandad. ‘Arll cure it!’ He got the coal hammer, a four inch nail, took the pressure cooker to the table and hammered the nail into the hole where the safety device had been and flung it back onto the gas. Fifteen minutes later, he decided that it was ‘done’, By now, the appliance was dancing wildly on the hob and emitting a stifled scream, so he turned the gas off and tried to open it but the pressure inside the pot was such that the lid wouldn’t budge… so the coal hammer came back into operation. He put it on the floor and started hammering the handle round which began to slowly turn. Then - WHOMP!! The lid left the body of the device at nine miles a second, hit him in the eye with a ‘bang’ and came to rest in the corner of the kitchen with a huge dent in it. A great gout of steam percolated around the room and generated a stentorian bellow from Owd Grandad Piggott. Luckily, Owd Grandad Piggott had a solid skull and what would have done a normal person considerable damage, knocked him across the room and stunned him for about ten minutes. Grandma Piggott screamed and looked up at the ceiling where festoons of white meat dripped from the plaster. The vegetables had disappeared. Then Owd Grandad Piggott began to curse. He cursed and cursed until he ran out of swearwords, then made some of his own up but the tirade lasted for forty minutes turning the milk sour and causing Grandma Piggott to dissolve in a flood of tears and acute stress. Soon after, there came a solid thump as the pressure cooker hit the bottom of the dustbin and that night in Tummy Dawkins’s pub, Owd Grandad Piggott with an eye the colour of a ripe plum professed that it was safer working down the pit than cooking with a pressure cooker. Each month Radio Stoke’s Owd Grandad Piggott (Alan Povey) will write a unique insight into our local life and its many characters. His infectious, humorous slant on people provides a different and unusual mix which hopefully will bring a warm smile to the faces of our readers. This month: Pressure Cooker Down on the Farm by Angela Sargent H alf way through the year already! Lambs and calves are growing fast and crops are thickening and green. Swallows flit in and out of the old stables or soar and sweep through the air, catching insects to take back to feed to ever open mouths. Chiff chaffs noisily sing in the trees, having arrived earlier in the year and Yellowhammers chatter along the hedges filled with delicately pink tinged flowering dog rose. The dawn chorus is at its peak. Another migrant is the pretty Painted Lady- an orangey butterfly, feeding on thistles and nettles, both abundant at this time of year. The field work is building as more cuts of silage are made, crops are fertilised and treated for disease or pest. Tramlines are conspicuous now and are used repetitively to avoid flattening the crop- these are the tractor tyre marks made originally when the crop was first instigated ( and a giveaway in historical films as they are relatively modern ). Livestock farmers are also busier as lambs fatten and are sorted and sent to market, dairy cattle still have to be milked daily and all the day to day jobs still have to be completed. The yellow fields of Oil seed rape flowers ( not so much grown now since the banning of neonicatinoids and as a result, less food for bees) have given way to the formation of the seed pods. These can be attacked by weevils, such as the Cabbage stem flea beetle, which eats its way into the plant to lay its eggs . These hatch and the destruction continues from within. Shearing has begun and the mature sheep have their, by now, thick and heavy fleece removed. Contrary to some social media reports, this is quick, painless and prevents flies from finding a home on sweaty, dirty wool and laying eggs which turn into maggots and cause fly strike ( where the maggots eat into the body of the animal). Another disengenuous claim made against farming is that it takes 15400 litres of water to produce 1kg of beef. But what is not made clear, is that 83% of that water is natural, I.e. Rainfall via grass. The intensity and scale of production and type of feed has an impact on the water footprint of animals and here in the UK it is a totally different system to the feedlots of other countries, a totally low impact and sustainable one. It’s time for an important day in the farming calendar- Open farm Sunday on June 9th A day when normal working farms open their gates to allow people to see exactly how food is grown and answer questions about production. Don’t rely on social media stories from groups with their own agendas, find out for yourself!
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