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Village looks ahead to building of GP surgery

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 01, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

President of Ipstones Memorial Hall, Barry Shuttleworth, and secretary John Bates at the rear of the Memorial Hall.

President of Ipstones Memorial Hall, Barry Shuttleworth, and secretary John Bates at the rear of the Memorial Hall.

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AFTER years of waiting a village hall committee has received notification that the proceeds from a legacy are now available to build a doctors' surgery.

The legacy, which is believed to be worth more than £300,000, has been left to the Ipstones Memorial Hall management committee in the joint names of the two donors, John and Joan Blore, formerly of Bottomhouse, to be used for the benefit of people from the Ipstones and district.

The bequest has been made for the establishment of a doctors' surgery.

Presently doctors from Well Street Clinic in Cheadle visit the village for a one hour surgery on Tuesday and Friday each week.

Secretary of the Memorial Hall management committee, John Bates, said: "The origins of this donation go back several years, when the management committee was advised of this bequest, but were not aware of the full details.

"Since then, there have been many legal hurdles to cross and now the money has been confirmed as available for this purpose.

"The design and layout of the surgery will be the subject of discussions between the hall management committee, and representatives of the local doctors and their staff, principally those from the Well Street Medical Practice at Cheadle, who already visit the village twice a week for medical consultation and dispensing. It is anticipated that this bequest will enable the design and construction of a purpose built doctors' surgery as an extension to the Memorial Hall for the benefit of all the villagers and the wider community."

Chris Ramsay, chairman of the Memorial Hall management committee, said members were delighted with the news.

He said: "This is only the start of the process.

"It will be some time before we see tangible signs of any building work commencing.

"We are at the start of an exciting addition to the Memorial Hall and its place within the community of Ipstones village and the surrounding district."

President of the Memorial Hall, Barry Shuttleworth, said it was hoped the doctors could offer more services in the village once the new building was constructed, which would save people from having to travel to Cheadle.

He said: "The hall has received notification that the money is now available. It has to be used to build a surgery for the community and wider area.

"Further negotiations are ongoing as to what the remainder of the money can be used for, as there will be some funding left when the surgery has been built and fitted out.

"We have planning permission for the new premises, which will be an extension to the hall.

Mr Suttleworth added: "The next job will to revisit these plans and then get quotation from builders."

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