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Review of the Year July - December

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves and Abbey Buxton

  • Thousands turned out for Club Day in July.

  • Alan Salt, Garry Millner, Adrian Cartlidge, Dave Brough, Claire Millner and Simon Davidson, of Hartington Creamery, celebrated gaining numerous awards at the Bakewell Show in August.

  • Fund-raising stalwart Catherine Bennett hit the £11,000 mark in September.

  • Saffron Critchlow had her long locks cut off for the Little Princess Charity in October.

  • Thousands turned out for the 2013 Remembrance Sunday Service at the foot of the Nicholson War Memorial in November.

  • Divers and engineers began work on a £600,000 repair scheme at Rudyard Lake, near Leek in December.

  • John and Margaret Jones, of Cheadle Post Office, with pupils from St Giles' Catholic Primary School in Cheadle.

  • Members of Cheadle MDA and town council at Tean Road Recreation Ground in Cheadle councillors Peter Elkin, Ron Locker, Ray Wood, Dave Sargeant, Neil Plant.

  • Threapwood resident Stan Eyre and councillor Mark Deaville, with other residents, meeting about the 'dangerous' road through Threapwood, near Cheadle. See September

  • The former Cheadle to Cresswell railway line. See July.

  • The former Lightwood care home site in Well Street.

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THE former Swan Hotel in St Edward Street opened it's doors as a Wetherspoon pub called The Green Dragon.

Ben Lichfield, who hails from Leek originally, took on the management of the historic pub which had a £1.48million transformation. THE sun shone for the 2013 Club Day which saw hundreds of people taking part and further hundreds looking on for the 200-year-old tradition.

This year's event, also known as 'Walking Round Day' was led by St Matthew's Church of Meerbrook with the theme of 'Water of Life' for the outdoor service which took place in the Market Place. THE Former Lightwood Care Home site in well Street, Cheadle, which has been closed and boarded up for five years was sold to make way for a residential development of the site. RESIDENTS were divided after a fresh row erupted involving a fence which has been erected on the former Cheadle to Cresswell railway line, which is now used as a public footpath, following anti-social behaviour issues. This situation is still ongoing. IT WAS revealed that hundreds of new jobs could be created across the Staffordshire Moorlands amid major plans to boost investment and tourism.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council produced its final draft document for the the regeneration of the Churnet Valley.

The valley, which runs from Tittesworth in the North to Alton in the South, proposes schemes including the development of the former Anzio Army Camp at Blackshaw Moor and the Cornhill area of Leek - where a marina could be built. A TOTAL of three people came forward to say that they had road surface related accidents due to excess grit.

The incidents occurred in the area of Thorncliffe, near Leek, after the roads had been resurfaced by Staffordshire County Council. A NEW cheese factory won numerous awards at an agricultural show. Hartington Creamery, which opened last year in Pike Hall, gained two golds, two silvers, a bronze, and an overall winning trophy at the Bakewell Show. CONCERNS over the future of Cheadle Day Centre in Charles Street were raised as Staffordshire County Council held a consultation with users, staff, relatives and carers amid claims that attendance had fallen by a third in three years.

The authority later took the decision to close the facility. DRIVERS using Tape Street car park in Cheadle were found to have contributed more money to the district council than other motorists across the Staffordshire Moorlands. A CALL was made for the number of councillors serving on Staffordshire Moorlands District Council should be cut.

Henry Jebb, the Liberal Democrat group leader on the authority who represents Brown Edge and Endon, said cutting its 56 members would deliver savings in the long term.

However, the council's leader Sybil Ralphs claimed that reducing that number by 10 would save up to just £29,000 a year, while the overall cost of altering ward boundaries would come in at £130,000. FEARS were raised for the future of jobs and the Leek Britannia premises after the Co-op Bank announced a £709million loss for the first half of the year.

Leek Town Mayor John Fisher said assets of the company could now have to close, while Moorlands MP Karen Bradley said the bank faces 'huge challenges'. FUND-RAISING stalwart Catherine Bennett hit the £11,000 mark in the money she is continuously raising for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The mum-of-four has made the majority of the money through the sale of the up-cycled jewellery and accessories she makes from recycled items such as ring pulls from tin cans. FURTHER calls were made to put speed restrictions along the B5032 Cheadle to Alton Road at Threapwood after another traffic collision RESIDENTS and town leaders were concerned after proposals to build 160 new homes on land south of Thorley Drive in Cheadle were unveiled. No plans have been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council yet. HUNDREDS of parents across the Staffordshire Moorlands were forced to find alternative arrangements for their children as teachers prepared to go on strike.

The NASUWT and NUT unions confirmed there would be action on October 1 as part of a campaign to 'Protect Teachers and Defend Education'.

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