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  1. 1. Happy Christmas FREE Issue 114 13,000 QUALITY MAGAZINES DISTRIBUTED EACH ISSUE - NOW IN OUR 15thYEAR! Uttoxeter & Cheadle Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Dove Bank, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8DU t: 01889 561820 | e: office@tahs.org.uk | w: www.thomasalleynes.uk From all the students and staff at Uttoxeter Learning Trust
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  3. 3. 3 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. I t’s been a strange 2022 hasn’t it – we have enjoyed a wonderful sunny Summer with record temperatures, our Queen has passed away which was a real shock, our Prime Minister resigned to be replaced by someone whose decision hurtled the country into a financial panic which saw our cost of living soar… Not the normal year I suggest but we are all resilient people in our community and we just get on with it don’t we… But on a serious note, there will be, and indeed are, many local residents who are desperately struggling to make ends meet so please, please, do your bit and help them through this financial quagmire. There are folk who literally have little money to look after their families and themselves so we all need to be there for them in their hour of need. I know our local community very well and I am 100% certain this will be the case and we can all come together with our support… Most of us should be all jabbed up for the next Covid chapter so let’s hope we can all enjoy the forthcoming Christmas and New Year Celebrations in peace. As I always say at this time of the year, we must remember the loved ones who are no longer here with us - perhaps we could stay silent at 12 Noon on Christmas Day, close our eyes and whisper ‘Merry Christmas’ to those who have left us in 2022 and also in previous years… The hurt will never, ever go away, but by acknowledging their memories on Christmas Day, it will make them a very special part of the day… To everyone, everywhere, I wish you A Very Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year. I will speak to you again in the first Voice of 2023 which will be out late February. 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 13,000 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 late February 2023 News Deadline: 12th February Advertising Deadline: 15th February 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 Everyone at Wish all our Readers and Advertisers A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year We will see you in 2023!!!! Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle
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  6. 6. 6 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. THE GROSVENOR RESTAURANT situated in the stunning grounds of HALES HALL Food and Drink 7 Days a Week Open for Breakfast, Lunch/Evening Meals, Afternoon Teas, Cocktails and much more... A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to all our Customers - Many thanks for your support! Hales Hall Caravan & Camping Park Oakamoor Road, Cheadle, Staffordshire ST10 4QR 01538 753333 A Staffordshire Moorlands village church is ringing in the changes with a major restoration project thanks to a donation from digger giant JCB. St Peter’s Church, in High Street, Alton has begun a six-month improvement scheme to renovate all of its eight ornate bronze bells and tower infrastructure, after hitting its £100,000 fundraising target with a £10,000 donation from JCB. Bell Tower Captain at St Peter’s, Alan Walters, said: “The eight bells at St Peter’s were installed in 1959 and are very highly regarded in terms of their sound. They have needed little attention over the last 60 years, but we now need to overhaul the fittings, repaint the bell frame and make improvements to ensure the bells serve the church and village well for the next 60 years. “The restoration is now under way and we are also adding two new smaller bells which will really enhance the sound with a lovely ring of ten and improve the experience for our bellringers and our neighbours. We are immensely grateful for the generous donation from JCB and we hope to have the bells ringing out for all the community to hear by Easter next year.” JCB helps to ring in the changes at historic village church Above: Churchwarden Ian Burgess, Treasurer Chris Mellor and Tower Captain Alan Walters with JCB operator Sam Bryan Left: Ready for renovation: originally cast by Taylor’s of Loughborough, the largest of St Peter’s eight ornate bells – the tenor bell - inscribed with The Lord’s Prayer.
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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. • Local, friendly tradesman with over 20 years experience fitting • Carpets & vinyl flooring • Large choice of samples brought to your home for you to view in comfort • Floor levelling and door trimming service • Personal, hassle-free service where you only deal with myself, the fitter, from start to finish A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to all My Customers Call or message to arrange an appointment 07932 668 745
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  10. 10. 10 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. To reserve a table please call 01889 500181 W ell, since my last article, we’ve been busy, getting ready and promoting a new single album out until I get a little bit more of the following. With strategic advice and engagement with Scarlet River PR, Charlotte Elizabeth Music, Inspire Music and Marc at Creative CI, we set about a marketing campaign for the track. Significant effort went into videography, social posts and spreading the word around online radio. Remarkably we released on November 5th and it went up the iTunes UK Country charts during the day, hitting number one by the early hours of 6th! In addition it achieved the top 130 across all genres. We couldn’t believe it and it stayed there for 3 days! A big thank you to those who supported this and it’s taken over 35 years to gain a bit of traction. More to come, new tunes, new shows and of course the full Album ‘Train Roll On’. For more information visit www.jasoncallear.co.uk Jason on top
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  12. 12. 12 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. C racker night is a fun event in the evening and a great opportunity for people to enjoy a fun evening out in the town centre Its spread along the entire High Street as well as in the Town Hall, and the range of activities that are already confirmed include Craft Stalls that will be selling gifts – just ready for Christmas. Music is provided with a DJ & Disco. The Lions are running a Bottle stall & Hook a duck which are always very popular. The Street entertainment includes an Elf Stilt Walker and Fire performer, a Juggler & a Balloon Modeller as well. Food is also available from Jahmekan Caribbean food, Brinkleys burger van and Soph’s Brownies. To top it off Warwick funfairs are providing the Earth Shaker, Funhouse and various children’s rides and stalls. There is a very high chance that Santa himself may well be making a stop at his Grotto in the town hall and there is a Photo Booth there so that the visit can be recorded for posterity Lions President Terry Adams commented that he hoped that many people would come out to enjoy the exciting event and support the various local community organisations along the way, he added that initial numbers suggest that more people are enjoying life after being locked down for so long. Uttoxeter Lions’Cracker Night is back - bigger and better than before 8th December 2022 Uttoxeter High Street D uring the past year or so, the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club have continued to fund raise for local and international charities and are always thinking of new and different ways to do this, by providing entertainment etc in the area. Some of the ideas came to fruition and were very successful, such as the sale of an Inner Wheel Cookery Book, compiled by our members of favourite tried and tested recipes of our relatives and friends. We held our annual Quiz and Beetle Drive, and in May we held a Fashion Show in Kingstone Village Hall which was well attended and enjoyed by all. In June our President, Sue Davies organised a Music and Magic Evening in Denstone Village Hall. The Stubwood Singers and a clever Magician entertained us whilst canapes and drinks were served. This was a great evening. In July our Club Handover meeting took place at the Uttoxeter Golf Club when Past President, Sue Davies handed over the chain of office and the rose bowl to incoming President Sue Higginbottom. A good meal and an enjoyable evening ensued. Before the summer break, a Theatre Trip to the Dorothy Clive Gardens near t Market Drayton was organised where an excellent outdoor production of Shakespeare’s “Much ado about Nothing” took place. It was a beautiful summer evening and we sat together in the delightful surroundings to enjoy our picnics. We began our new season in October with an invitation from Tettenhall Inner Wheel Club to attend a luncheon event and “An Audience with Jay Blades MBE”. Jay is the presenter of the TV programme “The Repair Shop”. Needless to say, this was most interesting and enjoyable. We are now running a “Virtual Raffle” for family and friends, in the run up to Christmas, with Hampers and other great prizes for the lucky winners. The Mantra of The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs is - Women Together Volunteering with a Purpose, Make Friends and Make a Difference in the Community… Friendship With Service. Charities we have donated to for the year ending 30th June 2022 are:- School in a Bag, Buddy Bags, Aqua Box, Intercare, Water Aid, Mary’s Meals, Hope & Homes for Children, Carol Orme (re Disadvantaged Children), Renew Church (Food Bank), Knitted Knockers (UK), RNIB Christmas Appeal, Hamlin Fistula UK, Cerebra, Honeycomb Charity Group, CAFOD (Afghanistan), Midlands Air Ambulance, Sisters of Charity (Mulanga), The Smile Train, and The Toybox Charity. We love to see you at our fund raising events and thank you for all you do to support us. Pat Wrathman, Club Correspondent. The Inner Wheel Club of Uttoxeter
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  14. 14. 14 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. UCS are back, with deeply reflective and inspiring performance By Matthew Crosse U ttoxeter Choral Society are back with a bang!! It has been over two years since Uttoxeter’s 140- year-old singing group have sung in public, and their concert on 12th November heralded an exciting return to form. Under the skilled baton of David Smith, and organist, Geoffrey Walker, UCS performed 10 polished anthems and motets in the first half, with Vivaldi’s blazing Gloria in the second. The programme given in St. Mary’s Church, was inspired, giving listeners the chance for some deep reflection on the sad impact of covid losses in part one, with short works with mixed in with meaningful poems and readings. From Thomas Alleyne’s 6th form, Josh Hill and Elizabeth Shaw combined two traditional poems with two very recent and highly relevant works, each delivered with feeling. Doveridge’s Malcolm Sykes (himself a legend in the choral society performing for over 20 years as lead tenor), read from Lord of the Rings and impressed everyone with his dulcet, yet commanding tones. Isobel Parrack and Elizabeth Jones also performed poems, including the poet laureate Simon Armitage’s work, Queen Elizabeth II which was written for her late Majesty. The choir concluded the first half with Purcell’s famous Funeral Sentence, Thou Knowest Lord, sung perfectly (almost as good as it was in Westminster at the Queens funeral), leaving the audience finally stunned in respectful silence. As you might have anticipated, an effortless national anthem followed, and it was good to hear it sung in four parts rather than unison. Clever programming also saw gorgeous pieces by Gibbons, Farrant and Mozart, his Ave Verum Corpus, and the sublime Locus Iste by Bruckner. For me, the highlight of the first half was the piece by a little known English composer George Barcrofte, ‘O Almighty God’ where its complex interweaving rhythms and harmonies echoed his prolific contemporary, the great Thomas Tallis. In the second half, the contrast could not have been more stark. Vivaldi’s Gloria always thrills, and the choir cut a precise rendition. The syncopated rhythms of the Domine Fili were delivered at break-neck speed, just like horses on the final straight at the race course (also in action today). With their duets and solos, the two young soloists Eve Abram and Maria Willsher (both of the Birmingham Conservatoire), skilfully threaded a musical line between the eight other choral movements. Ms Willsher is only in her second year of studies and at this rate will make an outstanding mezzo soloist if her Domine Deus is anything to go by. For a singing group that’s been out of action for two years, David’s Smith’s programme was cleverly curated. He had clearly rehearsed the choir hard, and the result this evening, was a rapt performance. Yes, there was the odd stray note, but the performance undoubtedly thrilled a large audience which filled most of the church. As a lover of choral music it is great to see this local society back in action, and so positively and powerfully. For a group that has played such an important cultural role in the history of Uttoxeter, and in an age today when the classical choral repertoire is only popular with a minority, it gladdens hearts to see such singing excellence continuing. Long may it last, and long may it be supported in the way it was on Saturday evening. As the introductory notes from the concert programme say, “Uttoxeter should be proud”.
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  16. 16. 16 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. P upils at Ryecroft C.E. Middle School in Rocester feel happy and safe and benefit from an ambitious curriculum, according to a new report from the education watchdog Ofsted. Ofsted has praised leaders, staff and pupils at the middle school on Ashbourne Road in Rocester, which has been rated ‘good’. Staff know the pupils well and have high expectations of them. Pupils feel happy and safe and know that they will be listened to and that their opinions matter. The majority of pupils work hard and focus on their lessons. Nearly all pupils meet the high expectations that leaders have for how they should behave and safeguarding is effective. Annie Grattage, Headteacher, Ryecroft C.E. Middle School, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Ofsted has graded us as a good school and the incredible hard work of our staff and pupils has been recognised. “We are grateful for the fantastic support we have received from Uttoxeter Learning Trust, parents and carers, and our wider community.” Inspectors found that the middle school is well supported by Uttoxeter Learning Trust, especially with regards to training and curriculum development. Staff have confidence in leaders, who make every effort to make them feel valued and appreciated, the report also notes. Leaders’ primary aim is that all pupils benefit from an ambitious curriculum. Inspectors found that they have detailed curriculum planning in place for each subject. Leaders understand the importance of teaching pupils to read and to enjoy reading. They have put an effective reading scheme in place across both key stages. If pupils need extra support, leaders make sure they get it. The curriculum goes beyond the classroom and is enhanced by trips, visits and in-school special events. There are 30 very popular lunchtime and after- school activities every week. Careers education at the middle school, which educates pupils aged 9 to 13, is strong and goes beyond national expectations by being extended to all year groups. Sarah Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, added: “I am very proud of our growing family of successful schools. “It’s fantastic to see Ryecroft C.E. Middle School providing an inspiring education for pupils that supports them to reach their full potential.” Annie Grattage, Headteacher, with pupils at Ryecroft C.E. Middle School. Ryecroft C.E. Middle School achieves Ofsted‘good’grade
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  18. 18. 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 Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle biggest best The and the 20 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Call Rob: 07718 652200 Seasoned Logs for Sale Bags & Bulk All locksmith work undertaken from door realignment to new locks and handles. No call out charge. Science Tuition AS/ A level (Chemistry), GCSE (Chemistry, Biology), year 7-9 (Science). Initial consultation is free of charge. Experienced science teacher (Q.T.S, B.Sc, M.Sc Chemistry), Cheadle based. For more information call Jo: 07888 448911 or e-mail: expert-tuition@outlook.com Uttoxeter Lions - Lions’Den Supports local Care Homes U ttoxeter Lions’ Den was recently held to enable local organisations to get funding for various projects and worthy causes. One of the applications came from the Activity Hub at Highfield Hall and Court Village Complex who were making a request through the Lion’s Den event, the aim was to be able to buy several digital cameras, that residents could make use of when they go out on walking trips or just around the grounds , having a purpose (taking pictures) would encourage them to walk more and so enhance their well-being and general health . The pictures could then be incorporated into the monthly newsletter that they produce themselves. All these activities go would go a great deal towards supporting independence , self-esteem and community interaction . The Lions reviewed the Application made by 2 of the residents and thought it was a super idea, and were happy to provide 4 digital Cameras and memory cards to enable the project to happen. Lion Dave Watts , who was part of the panel that reviewed the applications, said it was lovely to be able to support such a worthy cause and he looked forward to seeing the finished newsletters and photo’s the residents take. Any charity organisation who is looking for help or support can reach the Lions via their website or Facebook pages. YESS (Your Emotional Support Service) FREE emotional support drop-in session – Every Thursday 10am-12noon – 23 Carter St, Uttoxeter ST14 8EY – Please call ahead to register your place 01889 567756 YESS (Your Emotional Support Service) FREE parent support group – Last Thursday of every month 6-7.30pm – 23 Carter St, Uttoxeter ST14 8EY – Please call ahead to register your place 01889 567756 Everyone lovesTheVoice Dan Knight - Tree Surgeon All aspects of tree and hedge work covered Call, text or email for a free quote 07857 486906 / danknightarb@gmail.com DK Arb
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  20. 20. 22 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Painsley Catholic College, Station Road, Cheadle, Staffordshire ST10 1LH Telephone: 01538 493777 Visit: www.painsley.co.uk Email: office@painsley.staffs.sch.uk From all the directors, governors, staff and students at Painsley Catholic College, Cheadle Happy Christmas
  21. 21. 30 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. ESTATE AGENCY INSURANCE Donald Cope & Company would like to wish all past, present and future customers A Very Mey Christmas and a Psperous New Year Partners: P.A. Cope BSc MRICS FNAEA and A.W. Stevenson FNAEA, Cert PFS, Cert CII Donald Cope & Company 1, Cheadle Shopping Centre, Cheadle, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST10 1UY T: 01538 755646 E: enquire@donaldcope.com W: www.donaldcope.com 01538 752232 / 07866 558376 www.djclettings.co.uk WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW The Perfect Choice for Landlords and Tenants WWWWW WWWW WWW WWW WWWWWWWWWW W Mey Christmas and A very Hay New Year Merry Christmas to all our customers, from all staff at Ashbourne Road Post office. We offer a wide range of gifts, greetings cards, and balloons, and we are here to help with all your Christmas posting needs. 50 Ashbourne Rd, Cheadle, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire ST10 1HQ Council invests in Pothole Pro to speed up road repairs A council has invested in a JCB Pothole Pro to help keep its roads running smoothly. Northumberland County Council has bought the machine – manufactured at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter - following a successful trial of the rapid road repairer. The Pothole Pro was put through its paces by the council last summer and will now help maintain some of the county’s 3,000+ miles of road. Its initial focus will be in the more urban south-east of the county, where the machine’s manoeuvrability and mobility mean it can be deployed quickly in town centres and on housing estates to complete repairs at multiple locations each day. Tests with other local authorities and contractors show the JCB Pothole Pro can increase the rate of repairs dramatically. The development of the JCB Pothole Pro has been personally led by JCB Chairman Lord Bamford. He said: “I’m delighted that Northumberland County Council is joining other local authorities across the UK in investing in the JCB Pothole Pro, which is exceeding expectations with its speed and productivity.” Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet Member for Local services, said: “This is a great example of how we are using innovation and the latest technology to improve the services we provide. With a huge 3,000 miles of road to look after, anything that can speed up the process of repair and maintenance and save money is a win-win.” Cllr Riddle added: “We know road defects are one of the issues that cause our residents most concern and we’re determined to do everything we can to keep our roads in the best condition possible.” MUCKY MUTTS Qualified Dog Groomers in Uttoxeter Affordable friendly service for • Full Grooming • De Shedding • Bath Dry & Trim • Nail Clipping • Ears Cleaned • Puppy cuts For more information please call 07785 374690 07960 486033
  22. 22. 31 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. T he Countess of Wessex, Patron of the NSPCC, was warmly welcomed to JCB recently for a double engagement - to officially open a new £100 million factory and to receive a £300,000 cheque for the children’s charity. The Countess visited JCB Cab Systems, Uttoxeter, and during a tour, Her Royal Highness was given an insight into the hi-tech manufacturing plant complete with its computer-controlled production line and rainwater harvesting and heat capture systems. Her Royal Highness later received a cheque for £300,000 for the NSPCC after a successful employee fundraising campaign. JCB Chairman Anthony Bamford and his wife Carole welcomed The Countess to the plant and during the visit Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque on the shop floor to the applause of hundreds of employees who had gathered to watch the occasion. Lord Bamford said: “Britain, and Staffordshire, is a great place to manufacture and investing in Britain is something we will continue to do. Investing in this plant has, quite literally transformed our cab production business, bringing new levels of efficiency to our operations.” The Countess of Wessex met employees on the shop floor including Ben Emery, who joined JCB in 2006 as a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice. He now works as a Manufacturing Engineering Manager at the factory and led the team that bought all the key equipment for the new plant. He gave Her Royal Highness an insight into the manufacturing processes at the site. Ben, 32, of Burton-on-Trent, said: “It was fantastic to meet The Countess of Wessex and the whole team is very proud to have been able to show off our hi-tech workplace to a member of the Royal Family. She was very interested in everything we have done to make this a world class, efficient manufacturing facility which competes with the best in the world.” Following the official opening, The Countess, attended a celebration to mark the culmination of JCB’s latest appeal for the children’s charity, which the Bamford Charitable Trust has supported for almost 40 years. Her Royal Highness met more than 50 employees from all over JCB who have played key roles in the JCB NSPCC Platinum Jubilee Appeal, which was launched in 2021 with a target of £70,000. Employees smashed through the goal - raising £150,000. The Countess was presented with a cheque for £300,000 by Lady Bamford - after The Bamford Charitable Trust doubled the amount raised by employees. As she handed over the cheque Lady Bamford paid tribute to everyone involved in the Appeal. She said: “JCB is a family business with family values, and it is those family values which have seen so many successful NSPCC appeals staged over the years. JCB’s roots in Staffordshire are very deep, just like those of the many thousands of families who work here. There is so much more work to do to end child cruelty, which is why it is so important to us to support the work of the NSPCC in a way which directly benefits the children of this county.” An NSPCC spokesperson said: “We would like to thank JCB for their fantastic efforts during the Platinum Jubilee campaign. We are extremely grateful that JCB has chosen to donate the funds raised to the NSPCC and support our vital work with children and families in Staffordshire.” A group of 10 JCB employees started the appeal ball rolling with a 129-mile coast-to-coast cycle ride from Barrow-in-Furness to Tynemouth. A team of 36 apprentices also built a one-off electric Loadall telescopic handler from scratch and gave it a distinctive vinyl wrap using the handprints of children from two Stoke-on-Trent schools: The Ormiston Horizon Academy and St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy. The machine has now been bought by UK plant hire company VP Plc. Other fundraising events included the ‘JCB Sportive’, a bike ride organised by the JCB Cycling Club which saw 250 cyclists ride either 70 miles or 70 kilometres for the appeal in the summer – a mile or kilometre for every year of Her Majesty’s reign. George Bamford, who is Honorary President of the JCB Cycling Club, also took part in the ride which raised £10,000. JCB has a proud history of raising money for the NSPCC and a highlight came in the summer of 2000 when employees raised a staggering £1 million for the charity – a sum which was doubled to £2 million by the Bamford Charitable Trust. The amazing feat was repeated in 2014 when employees again raised £1 million, which was again doubled to £2 million by the Bamford Charitable Trust. The proceeds of that campaign were used to purchase a service centre for the NSPCC in Newcastle-under-Lyme – named Carole House in honour of Lady Bamford and JCB’s long- standing support of the NSPCC. Joy as Countess marks double milestone at new British JCB plant Lady Bamford (right) presents a cheque for £300,000 to HRH The Countess of Wessex following the success of the JCB NSPCC Platinum Jubilee Appeal spearheaded by employees. Have you been married recently or are you getting married soon? Would you like to be part of our Wedding feature? Contact Nigel Email: uttoxetervoice@ hotmail.co.uk or Tel: 01538 751629 Just the perfectday... Cheadle & District Animal Welfare Society • Reg Charity 1039350 Neutering of cats is so important C urrently we are receiving more calls from people who are no longer able to keep their cats than we are from people who want to give a cat a home. The same is true for other cat rescues who I have spoken to. I worry what will happen to the cats whose owners are so desperate. I have had people in tears on the phone because no one is able to take their cat and I’ve had calls from people in other parts of Staffordshire wanting help to rehome their cats. The reasons people give are diverse – a member of the family is allergic, they are moving to a property where the landlord won’t allow cats, their marriage has broken down and neither partner is able to take the cat, the cat has a health problem and they can’t afford the veterinary fees. I also had a person ring to say she couldn’t get rid of the cat fleas, so had decided to get rid of the cats instead. There are just too many cats, so if you have an unneutered cat, a male or a female, I urge you to get them neutered NOW. As soon as kittens are 6 – 8 weeks old the Mum cat will come into season and the drama starts all over again. Kittens as young as 4 months old can come into season. The cat population can very soon get out of hand. The other thing to bear in mind is that cats can pass on some nasty diseases to one another if they are unneutered eg Feline Aids and Feline Leukaemia. Unneutered Tom cats display some very antisocial behaviour and will become very unpopular with your neighbours. All the more reason to get them neutered. There are cat rescues who can help with the cost of neutering as will Cheadle Animal Welfare Society. Please help control the cat population in your community by taking responsibility for your cat. For further advice or help please ring 01335 390369 or 01889 564045.
  23. 23. 32 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. H undreds of people flocked to Cheadle’s High Street on Saturday November 19th, for the annual Christmas lights switch-on event organised by Team Cheadle. There was live entertainment on the main stage throughout the day, including Cheadle Community Choir, Jo Safina and CATS sing Christmas. Street entertainment included Punch and Judy, a stilt walker, balloon artist and a small brass band – all popular staples of the event and enjoyed by people of all ages. The Christmas Lights were switched on this year by the Mayor Sue Walley and Cheadle’s Master Craftsman Jim Plant. Mr Plant was asked if he would like to switch on the lights, as a sign of gratitude for his work in the community over many years. He was assisted by Frankie the Donkey, much to the delight of the crowd. Santa’s Grotto at the Tudor House was very popular throughout the event, with Santa seeing well over a hundred children. Near the Tudor House entertaining the queue, were dressed up characters courtesy of Precious Little Princess Parties. Chair of Team Cheadle, Paulette Upton spoke to us saying: “The event was a huge success once again. We rely on the support of amazing local businesses, voluntary groups and stall holders and each year they don’t disappoint. So thank you to all involved and I wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas”. If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the event, Team Cheadle invite you to put your views forward, either via e-mail (teamcheadlestaffs@gmail.com) or through the Facebook page (www.fb.com/TeamCheadle). Team Cheadle would like to thank the following organisations for their help with the event: Mayor Sue Walley, Jim Plant and Frankie, Cheadle Town Council volunteers, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Creative Cheadle, Full Fibre, Funfair Ride Hire, Cheadle Community Library volunteers and Rowlinson Signs. Cheadle Christmas Lights Switch On
  24. 24. 33 Let The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Gillian 07928 556552 Tuesday 9.30am, 11am, 5pm and 6.30pm Renew Church, High Street, Uttoxeter ST14 7JQ Jackie 07896 214458 Wednesday 5pm and 6.30pm Greatwood Hall, Hollington Road Tean ST10 4JY Thursday 9.30am Cheadle New Life Church 37 Tape Street, Cheadle ST10 1BG Jayne 07939 987829 Saturday 8am and 9.30am Wilfred House Centre, Carter Street, Uttoxeter ST14 8EY
  25. 25. 34 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Old Coins 4 Cash Release cash in your old coins • Pre-Decimal Coins • Proof Sets • Silver and Gold Coins • World Coins • Banknotes • Hammered Coins • Early Milled Coins The easiest and fastest way to sell your coins or banknotes - from single coins to whole collections! Tel: 07999 869897 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 Taps n Toilets est. 2007 Popular Deal Sagittarius Forme Kitchen Tap. RRP £130. Supplied and fitted for £150. SPECIALISTS IN TAP SUPPLY, FITTING AND REPAIR. TOILET REPAIRS AND MORE. Contact Andy on 07971 077283 Email: aslkpumbing@gmail.com 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 All Welcome Christmas Get Together Coffee Morning Hollington Village Hall Saturday 3rd December 10.00am to 1.00pm Proceeds to Moorlands Home Link Cost of living - help available on Council hub W ith winter approaching, and as the cost of living and energy price hikes continue, households across the Moorlands will be thinking about how to manage their budgets over the coming months. Advice and support is available to help people with rising costs, managing debt, energy efficiency and schemes to help keep homes warm. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has published a cost of living hub to bring together information about these schemes to make it easy for residents to find what they’re looking for - www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/ CostOfLivingHub Councillor Ross Ward, Cabinet member for Communities, said: “Increasing food and other living costs means balancing budgets will be concerning for many of us as we enter the colder months of the year. “Support is on offer to help households, and we want to ensure people are aware of what they can access, so we’ve created this hub on our website to assist by bringing together information about several schemes in a single place. “The hub includes links to local support, including help with rent and council tax, alongside national initiatives, such as the cost of living payment and other help for households, and tips on how to look after your mental health. “If you’re worried about managing your finances, please take a look at all this information and make sure you’re getting all the help that you’re entitled to.” Field Funeral Services Ff s Dedicated to Dignity & PEACE our family to yours t: 01538 722665 Independent Family Funeral Directors Field Funeral Services |37a High Street | Tean Stoke on Trent | Staffordshire | ST10 4DY www.facebook.com/fieldfuneralservices fieldfuneralservice@hotmail.co.uk Uttoxeter & Cheadle Uttoxeter & Cheadle We have small distribution routes available, just email your name and which route you are interested in. Do you live in: Draycott, Cresswell, Saverley Green, Fulford - 1 route covers 4 villages - 6 Boxes Uttoxeter (Bramshall Park New Estate, Bramshall Meadows St Modwen New Estate) - 4 Boxes Oakamoor 2 Boxes and Alton 4 Boxes Applicants must be reliable, honest & trustworthy email uttoxeterandcheadlevoice.co.uk NOW!!! or Phone Nigel on 07733 466 970 Do you want to earn extra money in 2023? Why not be a Voice Magazine Distributor?
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  27. 27. 36 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. 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 T R E E S & L A N D S C A P E S ALL ASPECTS OF TREEWORK UNDERTAKEN tFully NPTC Qualified tRFS cert arb tReductions tThins tCrown Raising tInspections tSurveys All aspects of gardening landscaping also undertaken: tLawns tGarden Paths tPonds tFencing tPatios tBorders tDecking tStonework tAftercare Maintenance tPest Diagnosis Control tFells tConifers tTop Soil tLandscaping Services tLogs Available From the smallest hedge to the largest tree, tree surgery that doesn’t cost the Earth! Fully Licensed Sprayer | Fully Insured EXPERT ADVICE FROM PASSIONATE PROFESSIONALS Call Rob: 01538 361 432 or 07900 995 139 Printed by SO Marketing - 01538 750 538 - www.somarketing.com All work to BS3998 standard EXPERT ADVICE FROM PASSIONATE PROFESSIONALS All work to BS3998 standard Call Rob on 01538 421672 or 07900 995139 Email: newlifetreesandlandscapes@gmail.com EMERGENCY CALL-OUTS ALSO AVAILABLE Pensioners Menu Available 12-2pm, Monday To Saturday 3 Courses For £12.00 or available separately Starter £3.25, Main Meal £6.50, Dessert £3.25 Quarry Bank, Hollington, near Alton Towers Telephone: 01889 507278 raddleinn.com Welcome to Christmas Fayre Menu Available throughout November and December (Exc. Christmas Day and Boxing Day) 4 Courses:Adults £29.95, Child £15.95 3 Courses:Adults £21.95, Child £13.95 (Children under 10 years of age) Pensioners Christmas Fayre £15.95 4 Courses served Mon-Sat 12-2pm throughout November and December Book a table now to celebrate the festivities Watercolour Classes for Beginners in Uttoxeter and Checkley R egistrations are now being taken for two ‘New’ weekly Watercolour Classes for Beginners that are to be held locally in Uttoxeter and Checkley starting in January 2023. The courses are being led by award winning artist and tutor Ann Stringer- Paget FRSA. Ann’s structured courses are designed so that even the most nervous beginner will feel at ease from the very first lesson. Ann has been painting and teaching art for over 30 years and has work in private collections in the UK and countries around the world including France, USA, Germany, Scandinavia and South Africa. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society and an associate of the American Watercolour Society. She is a very committed and patient tutor who sympathises with the needs of the beginner, her classes are fully structured and taught using traditional methods and techniques with lots of demonstrations which enables people to feel comfortable and at ease very quickly. The evening class takes place each Monday at Thomas Alleyne’s High School in Uttoxeter and starts on January 9th (6.30pm-8.30pm) for 10 weeks. The daytime class takes place each Tuesday afternoon at Checkley Community Centre and starts on January 10th (2pm-4pm) for 10 weeks. Why not go ahead and give yourself the gift of a little more ‘me time’ and discover your hidden creative talents. Call Ann on 07816 118776 to register for her January classes Admission is by prior registration only.
  28. 28. 37 Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. My love of Life, Lorries and Coaches by John Willmore, of Cheadle His series continues from previous Voice magazines... D uring the time I was working for Mr Harrison, I soon realised the Commer he had bought had already led a hard life and things started to go wrong! One Saturday morning I was making my way towards Manchester on the M6 just past the junction for the airport. There is a slight curve to the left before the overhead roundabout bridge. There was a loud bank and all hell was let loose as my wagon lurched to the right, dropping down! Not realising what had happened, I went for the brake whilst I was still travelling at around 50 mph. This made matters worse as I now had entered the second lane on the motorway and proceeded rapidly into the third lane. This was before crash barriers had been installed on the M6 so I had visions of going across into the oncoming traffic. After releasing the footbrake, I went for the Deadmans Brake that locked all back wheels!! Remember, it had got to stop all 22 tons of my lorry and by this time I had entered the central reservation… The Deadmans Brake worked and the Commer shuddered to a halt, only yards from the bridge support! I still did not know what had happened and looking into my mirror it was clear - I got out of the cab and proceeded to collapse to the floor with shock!! Yes, you have guessed it – a right front tyre had blown out, shedding bits all over the road which could have resulted in a very nasty incident if the lorry had gone any further!! Thanks for the Deadman, it stopped in time. And after investigation it turned out the tyres fitted to the lorry were stamped as remould quality. After this, I would not drive any lorry with any tyres which had this stamp on them as they could cost lives. Not long after this incident, the lorry had a habit of getting airlocked in the fuel system which caused much hassle as we had to rebleed the system. Much investigation was done and parts replaced but still no cure. But finally, the engine decided to pack up all together again on the M6… See my next article in The Voice to see how my life continues to change…
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  30. 30. 39 Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Your Local MOT Testing Centres Independent Testing in Cheadle and Uttoxeter Book your slot online • Free Re-Test 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 CheadleTest Centre, Brookhouse Way, Brookhouse Ind. Est., Cheadle ST10 1SR Open 6 days a week: Mon-Fri 8.00-17.30, Sat: 8.00-12.00 Telephone 01889 563 838 or book online www.uttoxetertestcentre.co.uk UttoxeterTest Centre, Smithfield Rd, Uttoxeter ST14 7JB • We’re now operating a booking system, please visit our website or give us a call • Free re-tests - free annual reminders • Friendly staff - waiting/ viewing area • If unfortunately your vehicle fails, take it away to a repairer of your choice.
  31. 31. B onfire Night fell on a Saturday which gave a superb opportunity for the Townsfolk of Uttoxeter and the wider Community to come and see the Uttoxeter Lions 47th Annual Bonfire Display.In an event that threatened to be overshadowed by rain, but which mercifully held off, the public came out in record numbers to watch over £8000 worth of Fireworks be let of in another superb event, to music of a Kings and Queens theme. As in previous years there were 2 firework displays - one slightly earlier in the evening for the younger audience, which, as always, went down well with those needing an earlier bedtime. This year there were a wider range of food outlets, spread out across the site to avoid any one point being over congested with people watching the display whilst queueing. The Uttoxeter Lions had started building the bonfire at 7 am on Saturday morning, whilst also getting the site ready for the display with the safety netting and other measures being set up ahead of the event. They were back out in force on the Sunday morning cleaning and tidying up the site and Rugby pitch making it safe for the public to use again. When asked, Lions President Terry Adams commented that ‘he was glad that so many members of the community had come out to see the display and enjoy themselves on what could have been a very wet night.’ He went on to say ‘how much The Lions appreciated the support of the local shops in selling the tickets in advance of the event’. There were a number of local businesses who help fund the event through Sponsorship and he expressed his thanks to them as well. One of the Other Uttoxeter Lions, Dave Watts, mentioned when asked, how far people had travelled to see the display, citing that he had spoken to travellers from as far afield as Harrogate inYorkshire and Birmingham.When asked about this, Uttoxeter Lion Dave Allen, one of the events organisers, said that ‘if you build a reputation for putting on a good display then people will travel to see it, that’s what we do here’. The next event that the Lions are putting on for the Community is Cracker Night on the 8th December which is held in the Uttoxeter town centre and Town Hall and incudes many different types of stalls as well as a Visit from Santa himself. Lion President Terry said that‘he hoped to see as many members of the community come out to see that event as well.’ Uttoxeter Lions stage a Spectacular Fireworks and Bonfire Display!!
  32. 32. 41 Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Council to Offer Residents Warm Spaces this Winter E ast Staffordshire Borough Council is working closely with several local public organisations to provide residents with a number of warm spaces this winter, in an effort to combat the increasing cost of living. These community based locations are completely FREE of charge and offer residents a warm space to enjoy a hot drink. Current warm spaces include: • Uttoxeter Heath Community Centre - weekdays 9:30am to 3:30pm • Winshill Neighbourhood Resource Centre - every Wednesday 12 to 2:30pm and every Friday 9am to 11am • Burton Caribbean Association - every Monday and Tuesday 9am to 11am (starting 14th November) • Queen Street Community Centre - every Wednesday 9am to 12pm • Horninglow Community Learning Centre, Burton Boxing Club - every Monday 9am to 3pm and every Tuesday 9am to 1pm The Council is in the process of identifying other potential warm spaces across the borough and is seeking residents’ thoughts on local public organisations that could open their doors to the public this winter. To put forward a suggestion regarding public buildings that could be used as local warm spaces, please contact sara.botham@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk Cllr Bernard Peters, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing Standards, said: “As the cost of living continues to rise, the Council are able to offer residents a warm place to spend their time this winter. I would like to encourage all residents to put forward suggestions on possible warm spaces, as in such uncertain times communities must come together and support one and other.” For more information on warm spaces across East Staffordshire, please visit: www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/cost-of-living-support/warmer-spaces What’s happening with Pensions? We Wish Old and New Clients Season’s Greetings Angela and Anthea’s Marathon Success W e would like to congratulate our colleagues Angela Luznyj and Anthea Kenyon on completing the London Chester Marathon early in October. This was the first marathon they had both attempted. During the weeks leading up to the event, they both endured very strenuous training programmes in order to help them complete the race. Read about their stories below. Angela Luznyj who started to run during Lockdown in 2020, has recently taken on the following challenges. Firstly, the UK’s Greatest ½ Marathon, The Great North Run in September and early this month she completed her very first Marathon in Chester. At the same time of doing the challenges she has raised money for a charity close to her heart, Blood Cancer UK, following her Mum’s diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in October 2021. Since 1960 millions have been invested in blood cancer research, transforming treatments and saving lives. The donations raised will help towards the fight to beat blood cancer and make the journey that bit better for people diagnosed to continue to live a good quality of life. Angela said taking part in both of the events was an experience she will never forget, the crowd support in both Newcastle, Chester the surrounding areas was just amazing! She has thoroughly enjoyed her training through the beautiful local countryside over the summer months and wishes to thank her family friends for their support and generous donations. Angela has raised over £2,600 for her chosen charity! Anthea had wanted to set herself a challenge and decided on the London Marathon as she had never done one before. She is also a supporter of local charity The Rossendale Trust and decided to raise vital funds for this amazing charity and combine the two together. The Rossendale Trust provides care and support to adults with learning disabilities in Macclesfield, Sutton and Buxton. Through supported living they empower people with learning disabilities to live with choice and ownership. They support over 70 people to live independently. Running and training for the Marathon has been one of hardest but also best things she has ever done and the support from family and friends has been incredible. Anthea has raised over £3,300 for her chosen charity! The sponsorship pages are now coming to a close but you can still donate to the charities at Blood Cancer UK – www.justgiving.com/bloodcanceruk The Rossendale Trust – www.justgiving.com/rossendale-trust W e understand that as a result of global events and more recent developments closer to home affecting markets and the economy, this is a worrying time for investors. You may have seen in news reports this week that some pensions have faced instability, with the Bank of England having to intervene, to reduce the risk of some pension schemes potentially collapsing. We know it can be alarming to hear this and we want to reassure you that the news reports only relate to work- place pension schemes, also known as ‘defined-benefit’ or ‘final-salary’ schemes, and the risk is to the pension scheme providers themselves, not pension savers. In the unlikely event that a defined-benefit pension scheme is at risk of collapse, there are protections in place for scheme members. So, whilst the news reports are not specifically related to the types of pensions we look after on behalf of our clients, it is likely that all pensions and investments will have experienced some volatility over recent months and in the short-term we expect this to continue. We want to reassure you that we are closely monitoring our clients’ investments and pensions. As in the 2020 pandemic and 2008 financial crisis, our advice remains the same, to sit tight and remain invested. History and experience show us that investors who try to ‘time the market’ and cash-in their investments to avoid investment falls, tend to fail and lose the prospects for future investment returns. Usually, periods of sharp falls and sharp rises, (the best and worst days in markets) occur closely together. As long-term investors, ‘time in the market’ as opposed to ‘timing the market’ is key. Whilst it can seem counter-intuitive, very often doing nothing is the best thing to do. Having said that, please be rest assured that in the event we believe specific action needs to be taken, in respect of our clients’ individual circumstances we will contact them directly. In times of uncertainty, we intend to keep you updated through regular email communications such as this, but if you have any specific concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact your Financial Planner here at Brian Mellor Financial Services, we are always here for you.
  33. 33. 42 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Panettone Christmas Pudding Cake E very Christmas I make at least three cakes. My Traditional Christmas Cake, an alternative sponge layer cake, and my Panettone Christmas Pudding Cake. I always buy a large Panettone and use the left overs for a lighter version of christmas pudding and a Panettone version of bread and butter pudding. I have a large family and spend a great deal of Christmas cooking, so this cake is fantastic as no cooking is required! You will need - 1 Panettone Cake 6 tbsp Brandy 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 large free range eggs 75g caster sugar 500g mascarpone 250 ml double cream 125 ml Marsala 75g glaces cherries 125g dark chocolate chips 100g pistachios, chopped 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds To begin with you will need a 23cm springform cake tin. Cut your panettone, about 625g, into 1 cm slices. Use about a third of these to line the bottom of your tin, tearing off pieces to fit and making sure there are no gaps. Mix your brandy with the vanilla essence and drizzle 2 tbsp over the panettone layer. Next you will need to make the filling. Whisk together the eggs and sugar until pale and frothy. Gently whisk in the mascarpone and double cream, then gradually whisk in the Marsala. Keep whisking until the mixture is thick. Remove 250 ml, cover and put in the fridge - this is for the topping and is not needed until the cake is served. Into the remainder of the cream mixture, add the glace cherries, 100g of chocolate chips and 75g of the chopped pistachios and fold in. Use half of the cream to cover the panettone layer in your cake tin. Use another third of the panettone slices to cover the cream, once again making sure there are no gaps. Drizzle over another 2 tbsp of your brandy and vanilla. Spoon over the remainder of your cream and spread evenly. Top with your final layer of panettone and drizzle the remaining brandy mixture. Cover tightly with cling film and place in your fridge overnight. When you are ready to serve, unmould your cake and place on a serving plate or cake stand. Spread over your reserved cream mixture. Then finally, scatter the remaining chocolate chips and pistachios all over the cake, along with the pomegranate seeds. This cake is rich, but still quite light. It will last a couple of days in the fridge, but we rarely get any leftovers! Happy Christmas. Karen’s Cake Corner by Karen Hill John’s Jottings by John Smith of Tean What do you want from Santa Claus? You know what I’d like from Santa Claus? I’d love a real nice bike Well sorry lad, you’ll have to wait No money since the strike Frankie sat and thought a while As his father shook his head I need you and Mum to have a smile Come on – it’s time for bed He frowned and when she’d gone to upstairs to settle Frankie down He sobbed and struggled with his thoughts And wandered into town. He walked down to the river – the ebbing flowing weir He stood and then he spread his arms – perhaps his time was near He heard a man approach him and settle by his side. He first sought to ignore him as he broke down and then cried You seem to be upset my lad so tell me what’s your pain He sat and stuttered with his words He struggled to explain No money and no future…no way to keep them well God knows how much I’ve tried….no future I can tell We used to be so good this far We’ve fallen out of love I think I’ve had all I can bear I know I’ve had enough The man reached out and pulled him close And held his shoulder tight I think you should reflect a while And then you’ll do what’s right You can succeed and live your life Consider all that’s true Enjoy the things you love and then You’ll see your time anew I once was in a similar state - I lost my lifetime love She wanted me to live my life She watches from above So get up off your backside and enjoy the things you had You have the positives in life That shouldn’t make you sad I learnt that all my future was not about my past I learnt that all my love in life was never meant to last I sat and mused and understood A time to move and thrive A future that was full and clear Be glad to be alive My time ahead – if short – I needed to enjoy You have been so lucky lad – the pleasure of your boy You have the opportunities – I never was a dad We never had our children – although we wished we had. We got on with our day-to-day through all the twists and shifts But we took time to understand the things that we both missed But now I’m here to tell you You’re life will turn around Look at your boy – look at your wife and watch without a sound Then take your chair and think once more And then you’ll start to care The things you think so difficult now You’ll find you’ll come to bear The man stood up and left him To dwell upon his mood He realised that – despite his pain – this was no time to brood As he walked home he thought that there would be a better day There may not be a bike this year but there were other ways To show his true commitment And demonstrate his love To stand up on own hind legs and show that he was tough He realised he had viewed his life How things were hard just now And that he had to come to terms To change his view somehow He wandered to the bedroom - gazed on his wife and son He nodded and then smiled at them – his life was far from done. He sat down on the sofa and thought about ‘what now’ How could their life be better Then he made a personal vow It came to him at last how the future could be good He looked into the mirror And at last he understood Some weeks before Christmas – he found a chance to shine He took a role and dressed in red and took it as a sign He found a pleasure - found a smile The children on his knee The promises he made to them Beneath the holly tree He winked and nodded to their mum And laughed besides their dad He walked away on Christmas Eve He knew of all he had On Christmas morning when he woke He gazed at his young tyke Not all his wishes met this year Next year he’d have his bike He heard a knock upon the door He wiped his dreary eyes Who’s there he shouted loudly But there was no reply Young Frankie opened up the door And turned in shock to him A bicycle with my name on Young eyes filled to the brim His father stood back and gazed As he read the written card This is for the little lad When times are really hard You’ll listen to me one more time Reflect on what I say Perhaps when you are old like me You’ll do the same someday…….
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  37. 37. 46 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. A s we head towards Christmas the unseasonal brightness of October has been overtaken by the all too seasonal gloom of November. I read recently that a lack of vitamin D is partially responsible for the low spirits of many during these early days of Winter. The medical expert writing the article advised that even a short time spent in the open air can provide enough vitamin D to lift one’s mood. If you are not sufficiently mobile to take a stroll around the block, opening a door or a window (please wrap up warmly) for a short time will help to see you through the winter blues. At the moment I am having a lot of vitamin D as I walk our puppy and our older dog. As I am not able to walk them both at the same time yet, I am getting a lot of exercise! I mentioned last month that having a puppy is like having a baby. Well, at the moment it is similar to taking a small child for a walk, as he trots through the fallen leaves. Last weekend I was privileged to be part of a different sort of walk. Due to my two legged best friend’s involvement with Cheadle Rotary, we both attended the Remembrance Day service followed by the procession to Cheadle Rec. I was moved to see so many people in the church and walking respectfully to lay wreaths or simply be part of the occasion. I was particularly moved when the names of local men who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars and since 1945 were read aloud. There were three men who shared the same surname and, as it wasn’t a particularly common surname, I can only surmise that these were three brothers. This was a chilling moment, having two brothers myself. This weekend will see the switching on of Cheadle’s Christmas Lights, I have expressed this opinion before, but there are few places as festive as our town once the high street is illuminated. My mother always said that everyone needs a book at Christmas, so I have started my shopping by buying books for my nearest and dearest. If you need some ideas (to paraphrase ‘My Way’) I have a few. I would like to urge you all to buy and indeed read a book called ‘How to Kill your Family’ by Bella Mackie. Don’t worry! It’s not a manual. I first listened to it on Radio 4 (It is still available on BBC Sounds) and recently a lovely friend of mine lent it to me. It’s a brilliant book! It’s funny, sad, perceptive, outrageous, (it made me wince several times) and is beautifully written. It is my book of 2022. You may remember my favourite books of recent years are ‘Queenie’ and ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ from 2020 and 2021 respectively. I hold out hope for my book for 2023. It will be ‘Takeaway’ by Angela Hui. It sounds a fascinating story of a girl growing up in the Rhondda Valley, whose parents own a Chinese takeaway and the experiences that she has and the issues that she faces as she contends with life at home and a very different life outside. She is now a very successful food and drink writer. I wasn’t born in the Rhonda Valley but it’s not too far from my home town and I am familiar with that small town mentality. So, I am hoping that this book will be as good as I’m anticipating and also that someone will buy it for me for Christmas! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy 2023, full of books and vitamin D! My Monthly Musings by Cecily Cowans of Cheadle 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 Longton in 1977 and sold over 6,000 copies in North Staffordshire inside 6 months. Povey’s People by Radio Stoke’s Owd Grandad Piggott I t was Gummy Webster who started it. Gummy Webster was an unpleasant character with an absence of teeth and a sour personality who lived in the next street to us. He radiated malevolent vibes and people would cross the road rather than walk past him. He was often drunk, smoked like a chimney and was violently argumentative so it was little wonder that people gave him a wide berth. In the chip queue, Nostrils Moffitt had referred to him as ‘Lurch’, Gummy Webster had taken exception to it, nutted Nostrils Moffitt and all hell had broken loose. No real damage had been done but Fat Norman the shop owner didn’t want trouble kicking off on a Friday night and decided to do something about it. He had heard through the grapevine that Big Alice Turpin was looking for a job and Big Alice had exactly the right credentials for the post. She was eighteen stone, drank pints, took snuff, had a very short temper and it was rumoured that she could kickstart a Boeing 747. Fat Norman contacted her, invited her for an interview and the next day Big Alice Turpin started work in the chipshop. Fat Norman had a variety of customers which included a smattering of undesirables. Two of these were Owd Grandad Piggott and Club Paper Jack. These two were extremely wary of Big Alice Turpin, Big Alice had knocked seven bells out of owd grandad Piggott one night in Tummy Dawkins’s pub when he had knocked her pint of beer off the table so caution was needed when she was around. So one night, after the pub, Owd Grandad Piggott and Club Paper Jack went for some chips and Big Alice was on duty. ‘Giz a steak an’ kidney pie an’ some chips!’ growled Owd Grandad Piggott. ‘Try saying please!’ snapped Big Alice glaring at him aggressively. ‘Just gizzit!’, snarled owd grandad venomously. Big Alice withdrew a steak and kidney pie, drew her arm back and swung it in the side of his head, hitting him fully in the ear and she ground it in generating a wild yell of pain as gravy exploded out and down the side of his face. ‘AHHHHHGH… that’s ‘OT!’ he bellowed clawing at his face Big Alice turned to club paper Jack. ‘What’s they want??’ she ground out. ‘Nowt. Arm with ‘im’, he gabbled. Big Alice glared at him. ‘You are are you?’… she came round the counter and grabbed club paper Jack by his left ear and top lip, half turned and threw him over her shoulder into the wall which he hit with a sickening ‘splutch’. By this time, everybody in the shop had quickly vacated it. The word went round like wildfire! Accounts of what had happened varied between Club Paper Jack having been thrown into the fish fryer and owd grandad Piggott having a hundredweight of chips along with a steak and kidney pie rammed down his shirt neck with salt and vinegar then added. But it worked! Gummy Webster stayed well away, so did Nostrils Moffitt. The chip shop slowly began to experience a better class of clients and Big Alice Turpin was given a rise which pleased her no end. Fat Norman had a badge made for her which read, ‘Alice Turpin employee of the month’. 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: Fight in the chipshop Fat Norman had a variety of customers which included a smattering of undesirables.
  38. 38. 47 Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Ginny’s Community Corner by Ginny Gibson of Uttoxeter W hat do you do on Wednesday morning at 10am? Do your Wednesday mornings come and go and you don’t remember what you did from one week to the other? Well, I might have the solution to make your Wednesday memorable, fun and productive too. Rocester and District Men’s Shed is based in Rocester (currently at St Michaels church but soon to be at the Village Hall), they are a group of men who get together to make things in a shed (actually a Portakabin, but let’s not split hairs) and they share skills to make all sorts of things. Ian Roberts said that we researched the national organisation and then set up the project because we find men like to be together and work shoulder to shoulder to chat and have some banter with each other. I decided at this point in the interview not to talk about football, as I knew what banter would come my way if I said I was a Tottenham supporter! (Yes readers, I know, but someone has to support them.) But, back to Men’s Shed, they started in Rocester 5 months ago and they already have a clear idea what they want to achieve and have set that out in their Purpose statement: 1. To provide a place for making, mending, crafts, and hobbies where men feel at home and pursue practical individual or group projects. 2. To create a space where members can come together to share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace – or be part of a larger joint community project if they so wish - in a safe, friendly venue. 3. To provide opportunities for friendship and socialising, skill sharing and informal learning in an inclusive, informal, and welcoming environment. 4. To undertake projects, acceptable to the group, which are of benefit to individuals, groups the community. Steve Sankey added, “The purpose statement shows that we like to be part of something that helps the community as well as gaining new skills for our own projects” Recently St Michaels Church, Rocester asked if the Men’s Shed could repair a bench that was in desperate need of help. You will see from the photographs the transformation that took place. Karl and Peter both agreed that it’s great to get out of the house on a Wednesday morning, especially after retirement, to have a chat and the results of which with a few mornings work we can transform something for the community to enjoy again. As I arrived at the group, Ian Roberts was just discussing the flower planter he had made out of pallet wood salvaged from a local source. As you know readers, gardening is my love, so my eyes lit up and the workmanship was unbelievable. They were all discussing should it be painted or stained and how heavy it would be once the soil was added. Then Peter showed everyone the plane and engine he had made from both match sticks and balsa wood. Tony had brought along samples of wood to repair a hole in the Portakabin floor. The group collectively decide on projects for the community, and I am hoping they will collectively decide that I can buy one of those flower planters! They are supporting Uttoxeter Gateway Club who are planning a Tea Party Event on 18th March 2023 in Uttoxeter, plus St Michael’s Little Angel Group, are organising a fund raiser for Men’s Shed on 4th February 2023 at St Michael’s Church, Rocester. Clearly, as with any new group, they need things and if you have working tools that you would like to donate to the project, please get in touch. If you have a spare generator you want to donate, all the better! More importantly, if you want to join them on a Wednesday morning then please do contact Ian Roberts on 0786 831 9502 or email the Men’s Shed email Rocester.shed@gmail.com You can find out more about Men’s Shed in general by visiting the national website on www.mensshed.org.uk As I left, the group were discussing how to tackle their latest project, the repairing of the gate next to the Church’s Lychgate. I drove away realising that my Wednesday morning had been enlightening and memorable, why not go along and make yours memorable too? Down on the Farm by Angela Sargent “Tinily, fraily, insculped and embossed, With his hammer of wind, and his graver of frost.” From ‘to a snowflake’, Thompson A s winter sets in and the short daylight hours make for increased use of lighting, many farmers are having to think carefully how they can reduce energy use or obtain it from different sources. The last few years have seen increased numbers of wind turbines and solar panels on farmland and, with increased electricity costs, the use of fuel filled generators. Farming uses lots of energy, from the care and production of dairy through to the heating/ cooling of poultry units to the refrigeration of grown products to keep them suitable for consumption. One method of energy production is the Anaerobic Digester, found on a few farms. This is where microorganisms break down bio- degradable material, in the absence of oxygen. One of the end products is biogas, which can be used to generate electricity and heat or can be processed into renewable natural gas or transportation fuel. It can convert livestock manure or food waste, amongst other waste products and the separated digestate can be composted, applied to cropland or utilised for bedding, leaving nutrients to be used as fertiliser. Sounds good but, as with everything, there are many issues that need bearing in mind. Hedges are being trimmed or laid now and fallen trees from winter storms are sawn up and removed. Boundaries are maintained, most livestock having moved inside, but ewes can be seen grazing the fields and uplands, hopefully the rams having done their job. Bales of silage, hay and straw will be carted around the farm by telehandler or even in the back of a pick- up if need be, to get it to where it’s needed. Big, round bales weigh approximately 270kg-300kg, depending on how dry and what crop is contained, so you can see they can also be very dangerous if not handled correctly. Glancing out into shadowy paddocks as night falls, sometimes a fox might be glimpsed, looking for food or the white shape of a Barn owl silently hunting. The stark shape of leafless trees provide camouflage for other predator birds too. And the howl of the North wind brings sleet or snow to cover all tracks! Merry Christmas!
  39. 39. 48 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. Each month Uttoxeter’s best known character Roy ‘Razzer’ Astbury will compile his very own ‘All-Time Local Football Team’ which in his opinion is the very best of players past and present. ‘Razzer’ will create a team in each issue of The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice which he believes incorporates all the ingredients of a football outfit which could be unbeatable! He will be delving into his thoughts to remember all the terrific players in years gone by whilst selecting those who are exceptional in our present day. It should be a fantastic talking point in our community and no doubt you all will have your views on ‘Razzer’s Hall of Fame team. DANNY ALCOCK Cheadle Cricket Club FC Top notch goalkeeper who loved to play anyway in the team. Danny possessed lots of talent and class and oozed confidence. Another top man… TAT TANSLEY Uttoxeter St. Mary’s Great character who was a real workhorse in the team. Great passer of the ball and tackler. KEITH HIBBERD Rocester FC What a player Keith was, a superb defender who could win the ball in the air and in the tackle. Keith was a quietly spoken chap off the pitch, but as many forwards will testify, he was not so placid on the pitch with his trademark crunching challenges.What a man! KENNY ELLIOT Cheadle Town FC Still as youthful throughout his long footballing career, Kenny was a wonderful personality on and off the pitch. He could play in any position and still earn Man of the Match. Another top guy. CLIVE JOHNSON Cheadle Primary School FC One of the best young footballers Cheadle has produced. Clive had it all, marvellous talent.Very sadly taken from us in his teenage years… DEREK‘HARRY’ROBERTS Cheadle Town FC Derek had tremendous pace on the wing and a great footballing brain. He had the thickest hair ever seen on a football pitch, brushed back to make him look like a 60 year old - even though he was only 22!!Wonderful guy… JOHN PORTLOCK Elkes FC A Rolls Royce of a player, John was reminiscent of a young Franz Beckenbaur. Stylish and extremely skilful player who oozed class and never panicked under pressure. JACK DYCHE Elkes FC A brilliant player who possessed tremendous vision and passing ability. Jack could pass, tackle and inspire his team-mates week in week out. Great example of a local footballer. MICK CRUMP Cheadle Town FC What a classy player Mick was, he could play centre forward or centre half and he always exuded confidence. A really top bloke too. MARTIN GADSBY Uttoxeter Town FC Brilliant footballer who has become one of Uttoxeter’s finest players over the past few decades. Martin scored goals for fun and his hold- up play was second to none.Wonderful chap… MICHAEL ALLEN Uttoxeter Town Excellent goalkeeper and cricketer, Michael is a terrific all-round sportsman. Great guy too. We have inserted one football club each player has performed for. Obviously, many have played for several clubs in their careers. All-time local soccer Hall of Fame Team by Roy ‘Razzer’ Astbury Stafford Table Tennis T he Stafford Table Tennis League has got underway with a reduced number of teams from pre-pandemic levels. As a consequence they have been consolidated into one league of 10 teams. The league now comprises three teams from Burton Manor, three from County Officers, two from Weston and two from Uttoxeter. In the opening fixtures title favourites Burton Manor Vikings got off to a flying start with a whitewash of Weston Pioneers. In an all Uttoxeter clash the Warriors got the better off the Potters 9-1. Peter Drew and Dave Allen were unbeaten while Dave Clarke dropped one game to Jonathon Briggs. Burton Manor Defenders came out on top against Weston Apollo 7-3. Darren Jones collected a maximum for the Defenders and was assisted by Cyril Merriman and Darren Ball with a pair each. Burton Manor Bandits were involved in a close affair with County Officers Saints. Nigel Cotton scored a treble for the Saints while Dennis Davies and Hazel Waters replied with a pair each and Roy Tinkler got the better of John Short. The all important doubles match was extremely close fought going the full distance. The Saints pairing of Nigel Cotton and John Short eventually overcame the Bandits Dennis Davies and Hazel Waters 12-10,12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8 to give the Saints a share of the points. T itle favourites Burton Manor Vikings continued their winning start to the season with another 10-0 victory but this time against County Officers Saints. The Uttoxeter Warriors side featuring Roger Butler, Peter Drew and Dave Allen are on the same points and also won by the same scoreline against Weston Pioneers. Defending champions Burton Manor Defenders made it a three way tie at the top with an 8-2 success against County Officers A. Darren Jones and Darren Ball both posted maximums. Thomas Morris and Grant Duberry replied for the Officers team. Despite Chris Marshall remaining unbeaten including a win in the doubles with Fernando Elgarrista County Officers B still went down 6-4 to Burton Manor Bandits. Roy Tinkler, Dennis Davies and Hazel Waters all collected a pair each. In the final match this week the Weston Apollo trio of Bob Elliott, Graham Fairhall and Jim Kelly whitewashed Uttoxeter Potters. D M E Hollins Tean’s St Thomas’s School Boys Football Team won the CADSSA A League Football Tournament recently. They showed fantastic sportsmanship and respect to their opposition and played brilliantly! Schools taking part were St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School, St Giles’ Catholic Primary School, St John’s CE Primary School, Springcroft Primary School, Cheadle Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, The Valley/Dilhorne Primary, Bishop Rawle, Greatwood Primary School and St Werburgh’s Primary School. CADSSA A League Football Champions
  40. 40. 49 Let The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice take your business to 13,000 local homes. To advertise, call 01538 751629 or 07733 466 970. Alan’s Football Autobiography by Alan Beaman, a local sporting legend T he Nation could do with England giving us some quality attacking football, to pick everyone’s spirit up! Constantly listening to the news is depressing to say the least. Qatar has a massive job on its hands to control fans who will be looking to enjoy themselves. Nobody really knows how it will work out, but FIFA only saw the money, and showed a blind eye to human rights of foreign labour, who would be on a fraction of the wages the Arabs would be earning, its slave labour no matter how you look at it. When all the Media are there, will they be brave enough to highlight the many issues that remain in Qatar. The opportunity must not be wasted - Qatar and FIFA have chosen to take the pathway because of money, so the opportunity to scrutinise the human rights of all people must be taken - it can’t be swept under the carpet. They are mega rich leaders who are responsable for all nationalities, we understand the culture differences, but that’s where it stops. People deserve rights and Qatar need to show they are prepared to change. Englands chances revolve around certain players who are the backbone of the team - Trippier, Stones, Kane, Foden, Grealish, Saka, Henderson, Alexander Arnold, Maguire, Bellingham, Rice, Rashford, Gallagher, Mount and Maddison… All these players have to be at their very best to have any chance, temperatures will dictate tactics with pressing unlikely in 30 plus degrees. So possession will be critical and it’s not England’s strength. Southgate will have to be very positive and in control of every decision to quickly alter tactics and player fatigue problems. Stoke will hope this break helps to them to stabilise the club. They have been awful and the players don’t look good enough , confidence is so low and the support has deserted the club. Several managers have failed to improve the situation the supporters deserve better. I met up with John Rudge recently and he was telling me the Vale are having a statue for him - what a fantastic tribute for his work at the club. He is writing a book to help raise money towards his statue. He still goes down training and is involved in many ways. Locally, Rocester remain in big trouble and the board seem to lack the skills required at that level, it is gutting to see the great club in danger of losing its status. Ronaldo spoke a lot of truth about Man Utd in his TV interview, there’s been a major breakdown with Hag and Ronaldo. The manager made a poor decision asking Ronaldo to go on as substitute the last three minutes - an experienced manager wouldn’t do that, we all know the Gaffa is in charge but he needs to be shrewd in is handling of each player. Ronaldo has been through a very tough time in his life, I believe Hag has been out of his depth after Ajax and he could have dealt with all this so much better, You can’t treat everyone the same and Ronaldo is a special player and the Gaffa has to be wise and not involve the Media etc. He could have done so much better and he should have - it’s what you do behind the scenes which makes you a real leader… S ince my last column which was based on the World Cup in Qatar there has been so much coverage regarding the tournament that I felt I had to enlarge my views and opinions. I’m putting this piece together on the first day of the WC so I have no crystal ball, only my own opinions and predictions. First of all, should the WC have been given to Qatar? They say sport and politics isn’t a good mix but this definitely wasn’t a football decision. This decision was made twelve years ago by FIFA. At the time this footballing body was run by Blatter and Platini. Both were to face court charges in future years regarding finance they had gained from being in these positions, both were acquitted after being found not guilty. To that I say they hired very good lawyers! When I say it was not a football decision I meant that the players would not want to travel and play halfway through their national league season in temperatures that can only benefit African and Asian countries. For fans travelling to support their teams it is an experience that not many will take up. Expensive travel, plus extortionate accommodation prices and a £12 pint would put most of us off going. Apparently the stadia are first class with good facilities but at what cost in money and lives. There is so much propaganda put out by the world’s press regarding the migrant workers who have lost their lives getting these stadiums ready in time and the denials by the Qatar ruling body. Human rights have really come to the fore as the competition reaches its first game. All I can say on this is that we don’t have to agree or respect the host’s rules or laws but when in Rome, people have to abide by these laws as we would expect anyone visiting GB, to do the same. Onto the football. Southgate’s plans have been disrupted due to the injuries of James and Chilwell and Walker and Philips not being fit or available for the early games. James and Walker would certainly have been in his starting eleven which is a problem in itself. In their absence I’m expecting a back five of Trippier, Stones, Dier, Maguire and Shaw to start in front of Pickford in our first outing against Iran. Pickford has improved and developed into a capable performer, Trippier is sound, can also play at left back as we have picked no cover to Shaw in that position and his delivery at set plays could be a big help. It’s at centre half we have to play well if we are to progress but it’s a problem area just now. Stones is another who has stepped up but is injury prone when asked to play a number of games in a short space of time. Dier has had a decent season at Spurs but is prone to errors. Maguire is a concern though, rarely selected by his club manager and when he is tense. The big thing in his favour is that he has played well for England and he has the trust of the manager but he needs a good start to the tournament. In midfield the options get better. If playing two in there my preferences would be Rice and Bellingham though Philips, Henderson and Gallagher are all capable. I would go with a midfield three and add Philips. My two strikers would be Kane and Sterling who has come in for criticism from myself and others but his goal record at international level is far better than the other attacking options in the squad. My guess is the manager will go with three forwards, Kane Sterling and Saka or Foden. The inclusion of Maddison was a positive move. Deserved of course but will he figure a great deal. I fear not. How far can we go? Well with a bit of luck a long way. We have to be optimistic as always, the reality is usually different!! So if we don’t win the WC who will or can? Brazil and Argentina are most peoples favourites and so they should be. Both boast great players and as I said earlier will benefit from the conditions. European teams are at a disadvantage but France, despite losing key players, could go far, as could Germany. They’re not the power they were but excel at tournament football. Holland are decent and Belgium have very good players but find it hard to fit them into a great team and underachieve. Spain are a decent shout also. What about Portugal? They have good players and are a more than decent team capable of upsetting most. Their most famous player, Ronaldo, could be their biggest problem. One of the best of all time but his powers are waning and he thinks of only himself. What about his interview with Piers Morgan? Both have massive egos, both have opinions on themselves and others that I find difficult to adhere to. The player has criticised his club, manager and fellow players. He wants away from Man Utd, they also want rid of the player without him getting a pay off. How this has been dragged onto this conclusion doesn’t say a lot for both. They should have let him go in the summer. He’s a distraction. I did say when they re-signed him I wasn’t in agreement. My point at the time was that he was past his best and would hinder the progress of Rashford, Sancho and Mason Greenwood and this has been the case. Yes he’s been a fantastic footballer, one of the best of all time without a doubt, but a good team player and one you’d want to share a dressing room with? I’m not so sure. Next time I’ll tell you my greatest players of all time. All the best. Bake. Bake’s Memoirs by Neil Baker, local sporting legend
  41. 41. 50 If you are responding to an advertisement in The Uttoxeter Cheadle Voice, please let the advertiser know. Thank you for your support. The good old days The Good Old Days photographs on pages 44-45 have been identified as: 1 Uttoxeter Fire Brigade are pictured many decades ago - but what year was it? Can you recognise anyone? 2 Can you recognise this photograph from yesteryear? The gentlemen are all dressed up - but for what occasion? Is it a cricket match? 3-7Cheadle Carnival/Pram Race - what year was it? Uttoxeter Rugby Club Juniors pre-tag, U7 and U8’s train from 09:30 on Sunday mornings, the U9s and above train from 10:30 (Hot drinks and bacon sandwiches available). People should check the facebook page (@URFCJuniors) for any changes due to weather or matches. We’re always looking for new players as well as any volunteers to help out. You can also read The Voice on our newly updated website www.uttoxeterandcheadlevoice.co.uk You can also contact us via social media: @uttoxeter_voice search for Uttoxeter Voice search for Uttoxeter Voice Book your advert now for our next issue email: uttoxetervoice@hotmail.co.uk For all your Plastering and Damp solutions Contact Adam on 07817 199674 Uttoxeter Rugby Club Safeguarding Officer Paul Bain presents James Deaville with the Man of the Match Award against Newcastle RFC on behalf of sponsors TED (Town Electrical Distributors) of Uttoxeter. Stafford Railway Building Society sponsored Uttoxeter Rugby Club’s match against league leaders Luctonians. SRBS Chief Executive Steve Jones selected Lewis Bain as Man of the Match and presented him with his award. Uttoxeter Rugby Club News

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