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By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: December 22, 2013

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A MEMBER of the Armed Forces from the Staffordshire Moorlands has been recognised for her bravery during the Afghanistan conflict.

RAF Sergeant Anna Irwin, from Fulford, was part of a medical emergency response team flown by helicopter to rescue eight soldiers after a suicide bomb attack on their base.

The 34 year old former Blythe Bridge High School student, fought off Taliban gunmen while coming under fire during the successful rescue operation.

Sergeant Irwin was presented with the Most Outstanding Airman award by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at the recent sixth annual Military Awards Ceremony.

The ceremony took place at London's National Maritime Museum.

THE county's leading nature conservation charity is celebrating the success of a project which has improved the woodland habitat at a local beauty spot.

Over the past two years, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has been carrying out traditional woodland management techniques at its Cotton Dell nature reserve near Oakamoor.

The work has encouraged a greater range of wildflowers, insects and birds in wooded areas on the 176-acre site.

Results of a recent bird survey on the reserve also showed woodland birds such as wood warbler, tree pipit and willow warbler are continuing to breed at the reserve despite suffering massive declines across the UK in recent years.

The project was supported by Heartwoods, part of the Small Woods Association, who have attained SITA Trust funding to support Staffordshire Wildlife Trust with woodland management contractors and specialised low impact equipment for extracting timber from sites.

For more information contact the Trust on 01889 880100.

CHEADLE Town Councillor Ian Whitehouse will be holding a Charity Golf Day in aid of his charity for Prostate Cancer on Friday 27th December at Whiston Hall Golf Club.

Twenty-two teams are taking part in the competition, which is a Four Ball Better Ball Stableford Team Event with a ¾ handicap allowance Shotgun.

The event will start at 10.30am and draw for Tees is 9.30am.

Two scores to count except on hole eight when three scores count and on the 18th when all four scores count.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, presentation at approximately 3.30pm.

THE inquest into the death of a 23-year-old student found dead on a building site has been adjourned.

The body of 23-year-old Andrew Leeming, whose family live in Kingsley, was found at the bottom of a lift shaft on a building site in Manchester on August 19 – three days after he was seen wandering around the city's Northern Quarter in a 'confused state' wearing nothing but socks and trainers.

Police believe he may have plunged to his death after falling down the 50ft hole just hours after the city centre incident on August 16, which was pictured and filmed by onlookers on mobile phones.

The former Painsley Catholic College pupil, who previously lived in Cheadle, is believed to have climbed over a fence into the nearby One Smithfield Square before falling to his death.

The inquest into his death was scheduled to begin at 11am on December 9 at Manchester Coroner's Court, and has been adjourned for the coroner to obtain more information.

CHEADLE Town Council is hosting a meeting to discuss the possibility of setting up a joint Cheadle Events Committee on Monday, January 27, at 7pm. Venue will be confirmed at a later date. The meeting is open to all interested parties and members of the community are welcome.

A VILLAGE phone box will be adopted with the aim of it being used to help save lives.

Cheadle town councillor Richard Alcock appealed to has fellow councillors during a recent town council meeting for the council to adopt a phone box in Freehay and said that he will fund-raise to get the money to pay for a defibrillator and security box to be placed inside.

He said: "We have got to save what we've got left; it's part of the character of the village."

His motion was supported by councillor Ron Locker, who added: "It's an excellent idea; councillor Alcock looks after the crossroads in Freehay meticulously and there are more lit up signs there than at Blackpool.

"This is a good idea and putting a life saving defibrillator out in the countryside, where access is sometimes restricted, is common sense."

PLANS to build a 50 metre wind turbine in Cheadle have been submitted and are awaiting a decision.

An application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for the proposed installation of a 50kw wind turbine with a hub height of 36.6 metres high and blade tip height of 46.3 metres ( Grid reference (E) 398271 (N) 341732 ) at Fields Farm, Draycott Cross Road, Brookhouses, Cheadle, by Mr David Seabridge.

The application reference number 13/00978/FUL can be viewed online on the district council's website www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk via the public access planning section, or it can be viewed at the Planning Reception at Leek Councils Connect, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek, from 8.45am until 5.15pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.45am until 4.45pm on Fridays.

Alternatively they can be viewed by prior arrangement at Cheadle Councils Connect, call 0345 605 3013 allowing at least three days prior notice.

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