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• Shopping is fantastic in Uttoxeter - it’s official!


• 70 Not Out for well respected local haulier • Uttoxeter family celebrate in style at the races!

Uttoxeter Beer Festival a fantastic success!

• Make your own floral arrangements with Changing Blooms Wonderful costumes for Uttoxeter School’s Sponsored Run

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Shopping is fantastic in Uttoxeter it’s official! T

he shopping experience in Uttoxeter is fantastic – and that’s official! London-based Skillsmart Retail have announced that Uttoxeter has produced outstanding results in a survey they carried out earlier this year. Mystery shoppers were the main thrust of the survey which concluded that Uttoxeter finished second in their category, less than 1% behind Stratford-upon-Avon and beating Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester and Dorchester! The survey’s Uttoxeter Town Centre Assessor commented ‘This was a nice town. The people were friendly, as were the shop owners. The toilets were the best I’ve ever seen in a town centre; they had won Loo of the Year award from 2005-2008. The market was good, there was a good choice of local produce, pies and cakes, which were all homemade. This was a really nice place to look around.’ Shops in Uttoxeter received huge praise in the survey with the Mystery Shop top three being: 1st C&M Computers, 2nd JP Designs and 3rd Emilie Duclos Florist. All the other shops were awarded excellent marks with the standard of service in the town very high. This survey is one of the best accolades Uttoxeter has ever received and it reflects the dedication and hard work of business owners in the town. Come to Uttoxeter for a fantastic shopping experience - it’s official!


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Local children are going to the wall homas Alleyne’s High School climbing wall has been joint funded by the Uttoxeter C&LP, Thomas Alleyne’s and East Staffordshire School Sports Partnership. The wall has been created to offer additional activities for semi-sporty pupils at the school as part of the Sport Unlimited programme. The wall will also be introduced to curriculum PE and will support courses such as Duke of Edinburgh and ASDAN. The wall will also be available to Uttoxeter feeder school pupils, the East Staffordshire Schools Partnership and EBD School Loxley Hall.



The first use of the wall has been an after school club on Tuesdays from 3.25-5pm run by SPA climber Keith Clark. This has also enabled staff to receive training on how to use the wall and deliver climbing activities. The wall has been built by Pinnacle challenge who will provide ongoing support. The wall is the only indoor climbing venue in the Uttoxeter area and will enable experienced climbers to train, beginners to learn new skills and for groups and individuals to challenge themselves. For more information on the climbing wall please contact the school on 01889 561820.

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The Mayor and Mayoress of Uttoxeter, Councillor Richard and Margaret Jones are proud to present

Summer Concert to be held within the beautiful grounds of Doveleys Garden Centre on Saturday, 22 August 2009 at 5.30 pm (carpark opens at 4.30 pm) The Uttoxeter Town Band and Uttoxeter Junior Brass Band will be performing together with Soloist, Linda Hammond and many more! BRING YOUR OWN PICNIC, TABLES & CHAIRS (STRICTLY, NO BBQ’s OR NAKED FLAMES) Bar available Tickets are on sale now at the Town Hall and Doveleys 16’s and over - £10.00 • Under 16’s - £5.00 • Family of 4 - £25.00 In Aid of the Mayor’s Charities THE COUNTY AIR AMBULANCE, DOVE VALLEY FIRST RESPONDERS AND THE SAMARITANS For further information, please contact:Richard Jones (Mayor) 01889 567262 Tina Jeffery (Mayors Secretary) 01889 564085

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he Dance department at Abbots Bromley School for Girls recently presented an outstanding performance with a collection of contemporary and traditional work and a magical interpretation of the romantic ballet Les Sylphides. The schoolgirls were aged between 11 and 19 years and included a combination of recreational and vocational dance students. The captivating performances highlighted many personal achievements and showcased range of dance styles including classical ballet, modern, jazz and tap. The performance was choreographed by dance staff; Marianne Alkins, Rebecca Pretty and Margaret Bull and the accompanying Chopin score for Les Sylphides was played by Abbots Bromley School for Girl’s music director Colin Walker. The Alkins School of Dance has an international reputation for excellence and places on the vocational dance course are highly sought after. Marianne Alkins commented: “The vocational dance course is a unique opportunity for girls to study dance to a professional level while maintaining high standards of academic learning. Our dance performances provide showcase of the girl’s work and we were delighted with the standards achieved. Although this latest performance coincided with the girls sitting academic examinations they rose to the occasion and performed to an exceptionally high level.”

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Fantastic Flourish! o, farewell to a terrific Uttoxeter Flourish Festival Week! In spite of some difficulties, (always to be expected..), the festival proved to be even more successful than the team had dared to hope. All the staged events were a credit to the performers and their organizers, tutors, directors and workshop leaders: The children’s drama and music shows were all sell-outs, with hugely appreciative audiences – thanks to the children from local First, Middle and High schools as well as the Young Denstone Players and local youth dancers. The Choral Society and Town Band concert provided the audience with an eclectic mix of good music, and the Whodunit Players went down a storm with their murder mystery frolic, as did Carol Bradbury’s special Flourish Tea Dance. The Soul Café provided a really lovely evening out, and the music sessions at The Old Star were all enthusiastically supported, with people digging deep in their pockets, donating to both the Flourish Festival Fund and the Donna Louise Trust. The Art Shows all platformed the hugely diverse and prolific talent of our community, with a terrific display of photography at the Heritage Centre, and some delightful butterflies at Uttoxeter Mind. The display of well over 80 pieces of artwork at the Open Art Show in The Gallery in The Maltings, (courtesy of Malcolm Barrett), brought in hundreds of appreciative visitors, with Chris Morgan winning the prize for the town’s favourite picture with his incredible drawing of The Roaches. And as an exciting extra we were able to see some of the more abstract and conceptual work of the young people from Thomas Alleyne’s. The craftwork of the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) was another popular contribution as was the gorgeous Flower Festival at St Mary’s Church. Thanks is also due to the shops who decorated their windows for the festival: Nanna B’s was the winning window, and Betta Living in the High Street also had a brilliant spoon decorating session for the children. Wonderful! Saturday saw the festival drawing to a close with some live music and performance at the Farmers’ Market, all rounding off with an sell-out rip-roaring knees-up at the final Barn Dance, to the unbeatable beat of the Vice Bishops Ceilidh Band. Thank you Uttoxeter for participating in our cultural extravaganza, and see you all next year!


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Summer Soirée indsor Park Middle School, Uttoxeter, held their summer concert recently. Two beautiful summer evenings, perfect for a collection of musical talent! There was a huge variety of acts ranging from The Funeral March to Blink 182! Both evenings, were a complete sell out! Miss Kennedy (Head of Music) who joined Windsor Park last year, said “I am overwhelmed by the dedication and commitment of all the pupils who took part. The rehearsals were hot and the pupils were superb behind the scenes.” She wanted to give a special mention to:• Peter Walker - who had to overcome huge nerves to perform ‘Hey Jude’. • The y8s were a credit and supported him throughout. • Myles and Nina - brother and sister act who worked extremely well together. • Not forgetting our Special Guests - Stavros Flatley who were hilarious.


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Weddings A Cheadle couple flew off to sunny climes of Mexico after their recent wedding at St Giles Parish Church. Philip Barker and Gemma Herriott tied the knot at the Cheadle church before a reception at the superb Keele Hall. Gemma, a savings advisor with Leek United Building Society, is the daughter of Steve Williams of Bala Grove, Cheadle. Philip, an insurance consultant, is the son of Mick and Mary Barker of Rakeway Road, Cheadle.

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headle couple Donna Fowell and Alan Smith married at Leek Registry Office recently. The happy couple enjoyed a wonderful day which included a reception at The Queens Arms, Freehay, and an evening celebration for 180 guests at Checkley Community Centre. Alan, a hugely popular columnist in The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, and Donna run Ainsley’s Chariot Snack Bar in Cheadle which is one of the best in the county. Alan chose Bill Pritchard as his best man and Clive Hodgkinson his groomsman. Bridesmaids were Chloe, Donna’s daughter, and Daisy, Alan’s granddaughter. Donna was given away by her son Ryan and she chose Jan Jones as her Matron of Honour. A fabulous honeymoon in America included Alan’s quest to find his father which he regularly provides updates in his Voice column. The wedding day proved to be a marvellous occasion with the culmination being a wonderful evening reception.


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New CAB opens in Uttoxeter in response to the economic downturn ast Staffordshire Citizens Advice Bureau has seen an increase in demand for advice and support in Uttoxeter and surrounding areas. With the economic situation likely to remain as it is for the foreseeable future the CAB in partnership with Staffordshire County Council and East Staffordshire Borough Council has developed a new service to help local people in need. The new service will be based in the Uttoxeter Business Centre on Town Meadow Way and opened on the 1st June 2009. CAB Chief Executive Dawn Trigg said “we are particularly pleased to be returning to Uttoxeter. The people living in Uttoxeter and surrounding areas have been badly hit following redundancies at JCB, Toyota and the Fole Dairy.” She continued “we have seen a change to the nature of enquiry from our clients, many presenting with multiple complex problems including employment, debt, housing status and benefit entitlement. Access to reliable, high quality, free, independent advice has never been more vital.” The face to face advice sessions held on a Tuesday between 10.00am and 4.00pm at the Library will continue. People can drop in at anytime during the session for advice. People who want advice can also call 01889 569377 on a Monday or Wednesday between 10am and 12 noon or between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. An experienced adviser will be at the end of the phone to discuss callers’ problems. Callers who need further advice will be offered a face to face appointment at the new site. Anybody who is interested in volunteering at the new service should contact Becky Martin on 01283 527987 for an informal chat. Becky is interested to hear from anybody who would like to train as an adviser and also from people who can offer a few hours a week as clerical support or for data inputting. East Staffordshire CAB Chief Executive Dawn Trigg said: “Advice really does change lives, not just for the people who get help from us but also for those who work in the bureau. You may give advice to someone in your community which changes their life, and by volunteering you in turn could gain valuable life skills which could change your life too.”

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Young Teen Fiction 2009 ive teams from Uttoxeter’s Oldfields Hall Middle School went to Thomas Alleyne’s High School to compete in a quiz organised as part of the Young Teen Fiction shortlisting event. Each team had to answer questions about the six books on the Young Teen Fiction 2009 shortlist. Students from Thomas Alleyne’s, Windsor Park, Ryecroft and Abbot Beyne in Burton also took part. After a close and hard fought competition, Team 3 from Oldfields Hall came out on top. Their prize was a book voucher and the chance to compete against a team from Queen Elizabeth’s Mercian School, Tamworth for the title of County Champions. Well done to the winners: Elizabeth Pickett, Gemma Chapman, Catherine Easdon and Freya Wainwright and to all the teams who took part.


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Would you like to adopt Uttoxeter station? orth Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership has successfully worked with communities to create ‘station adoption’ projects at local stations on the Crewe-Derby service, which serves Uttoxeter station. Station adoption works with the invaluable Here’s how volunteers have made Alsager Station look great! support of community volunteers who help maintain their station towards the general enhancement of their local area. Adopters carry out tasks such as weekly station checks and report issues like track litter or graffiti to the train operator; or they get involved in larger projects like maintaining station gardens, all of which help to keep the station looking it’s best for passengers. That’s just what station adoption volunteers are doing at Alsager, Blythe Bridge and Kidsgrove stations on the Crewe-Derby route. Now the Partnership would Can anyone help to make Uttoxeter Station look impressive like to encourage people in the Uttoxeter community who would like to support their local station to get involved. Partnership Project Officer Faye Lambert says: “Anyone can volunteer to adopt a station, whether as an individual or in a group, as long as they are committed to giving a little of their time and lots of their enthusiasm.” East Midlands Trains, train operator for the hourly Crewe-Derby service, has recently launched a new station adoption scheme. If you would like to find out more and apply, you can request a copy of the scheme booklet by calling East Midlands Trains Customer Relations on 08457 125 678 e-mail or contact Faye Lambert at North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership on 01782 232 272.


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Let The Voice Be With You By Les Humphries ell readers, following the bankers debacle that dropped us all in the mire, but didn’t stop their own fat bonuses, now, since the last issue of the Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, the politicians have been finally found out to be a bunch of crooks as well (but within the rules of course!). While the rest of us have been tightening our belts during the credit crunch, they have been getting their moats cleaned, claiming for mortgages on properties they don’t even live in, and even claiming back donations to charities. Boris Johnson claimed back money for a poppy wreath, and if you read my column every month you know my feelings on old soldiers, so I am obviously disgusted!Of course they are all very sorry, but only because they were found out. I have been a Labour supporter all my life as they have always been the champions of the working man, for instance giving us the National Health, and more latterly the bus pass for pensioners. Whilst the Tories closed down the coal mines, sold off the family silver, and gave us the Poll Tax, and if they get back into power they are talking of taking the bus passes off us again. Although the current world wide recession is not the fault of the Government, unfortunately Gordon Brown had a charisma bypass somewhere along the way. So when the next election comes along, although I won’t be voting Conservative, you would have more chance of seeing Ian Paisley going into a catholic church than that! I may well be looking further afield this time for inspiration. Sadly it’s not just politicians who have had the bad headlines either. We’ve all heard or read about nuns who were alleged to have subjected children in their care to abject cruelty and allegations made against Catholic Priests in Ireland who did terrible things to young boys, and so it goes on, kind of kills your faith in humanity doesn’t it ? But on the good side at least the Ghurkas got what they deserved, thanks to the lovely Joanna Lumley. Didn’t she just make immigration minister Phil Woolas squirm? Maybe she ought to stand for Prime Minister! Back to reality - along with a number of other Standard Bearers, I was in attendance at a Military funeral at Burton on Trent crematorium recently, for


S/Sgt. Simon Peter Chell, Royal Corps of Signals . A large contingent of soldiers from his regiment also paraded, and a volley of shots were fired over the coffin as it was slow marched on the shoulders of his comrades into the crematorium. It was a very moving occasion. The following Sunday (17th May) a big parade was held in Uttoxeter for the Mayors Civic Service. A large number of Standards and local uniformed organisations, marched behind the RAF Cosford band from the Maltings Car Park, through the town to St. Mary’s Parish Church where the Service took place. Following this the parade re-formed and proudly marched back through the town where the salute was taken opposite the town hall by the Mayor of East Staffordshire Borough Council, Geoff Morrison. Refreshments were then provided in Wilfred House to round off the day. Saturday June 29th was Armed Forces Day, which was celebrated around the Country. Locally a six hour event took place in the War Memorial Grounds in Burton, organised by Anne Crompton Staffordshire Recruiting Officer and Burton Branch Secretary of the Royal British Legion. I was one of a number of branch standard bearers on parade, and along with local Cadet Units we took part in a march past , led by Ken Compton,chairman of RBL’s North Staffordshire Group. The music was provided by the Newhall Brass Band. Janet Dean MP, and Uttoxeter’s Geoff and Pauline Morrison all stood to pay their respects. SSAFA and number of other organisations also had stalls on the day, which was great tribute to the sacrifices made by both current and former servicemen on behalf of their Country. There was even a bikers section present, with the Legion motif proudly displayed on a couple of Harley Davidsons and a Triumph, all in pristine condition. Uttoxeter Rugby Football Club elected their Committee for next season at their recent Annual General Meeting held in the Heath Community Centre. Club members unlike the Government, showed great support for their elected members with Andy ‘Spike’ Moult retaining the helm as Club Captain for their new challenge after being promoted next season. Julian Beattie was re-elected President, although a change at

treasurer sees Dave Moult take over the purse strings. General Secretary and Fixtures was again put in the hands of Glynn Wilson, who was given Life Membership along with long time servant George Harper. Steve Woolley will continue as Junior Chairman. The new Head Coach Robert Scragg was introduced to those present. Uttoxeter are fortunate to welcome back Robert, a former Club Captain at Uttoxeter before going on to Captain Burton and the County. He will work alongside Donald Hayes who did such a great job last season and between them they hope to take Uttoxeter on to greater glory next season when the the club will travel to such exotic places as Skegness and Cleethorpes - more on that next time! Training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Jason Cabrera was re-elected as Chairman, but sadly has been forced to stand down due to his wife Mel having suffered a brain haemorrhage. Although she is making good progress and has returned home, she needs constant care, and as I was in the same position last year with my wife Sandra I know exactly how it is. Jason has certainly not walked out on the club as was intimated by a local newspaper, and he would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Oldfields and indeed all his friends and neighbours for their kind wishes and cards etc. Also JCB for alllowing him compassionate leave in this difficult time. I know we all wish them both well, and although Jasons drive and enthusiasm will be sadly missed at the club I am sure he will return in the future to take on further challenges. In the meantime Glynn Wilson will take over the Chairmanship, with his wife Lesley looking after the Secretarial side. We have yet to find a Development XV Captain as Jason was going to take on that chore also, so watch this space. The Churnet Valley Male Voice Choir are into their Summer Solstice with their next concert not being until the 8th of September at St. Michaels Church Rocester in aid of the Rise and Shiners Sunday School. Please watch local press for details and prices. The following week sees our Annual Concert in Cheadle Methodist Church - More on that in the next issue. TTFN, Les

Magisterial Memories By John Glandfield Uttoxeter’s Most Charismatic Solicitor hose of you who, like me became engrossed in the recent T.V.Series “Ashes to Ashes” may, unlike me, have seen it as mere, but entertaining, fantasy. Granted D.I. Alex Drake’s reason for her being there in the first place and her aspirations as to her future were pure fiction but back when I started in the Law, the likes of D.C.I Gene Hunt really did exist, and in abundance. In the 70’s and 80’s I was privileged - yes, I do think that is the right word - to witness many events to equal D.C.I Hunt’s worst excesses and total disregard of namby-pamby principles of “risk assessment “and other like present day encumbrances which in truth, in my view at least, seem only serve to ensure that nothing ever gets done without a great deal of fuss and countless people and agencies, all at enormous expense, sticking their oar in. “Oy, we’ve got one of yours in the Cells” – the dulcet tones of the Sergeant wafted across the wide expanse of Balance Street, Uttoxeter in my direction one Saturday afternoon in about 1975 and continued, “You had better come in and look at him as we have taken steps for his own protection”. As I walked across to the Police Station I was intrigued as to what sight might greet me once inside “The Nick”. The aforementioned “steps” manifest themselves in the Client, reeking of alcohol, stripped right down to nothing but his



underpants with both hands and feet firmly tied with rope to a chair bouncing frantically around the cell uttering various expletives. Would all this have led to the Sergeant and other Officers concerned being suspended pending a Disciplinary Hearing? Hell no. Likewise as to the Client, would he really have benefited from trauma counselling? No, in those days it would have been said that he was found drunk, gave the Police a hard time when they tried to arrest him and, “Damn well asked for all that he got”. Some time later, and possibly as an act of vengeance, that self same Client did return to the Police Station, knocked on the Enquiry Office window (when they still had one which operated for the benefit of both Police and Public as against at the dictate of some faceless accounts manager miles away) and, without further ado the minute it was opened, hurled in a live ferret. Chaos ensued and for several minutes Uttoxeter Control Room was, as they would say nowadays, most definitely, “Off Line!” I was later told that before it was summarily evicted from the premises the unfortunate, and doubtless terrified, animal ventured up the trousers of several Police Officers where it sought to commit various acts of ‘gross indecency’ which only added to the general pandemonium. “What is he being arrested for?” I would sometimes

ask. “Dunno,” came the curt reply, “We’ll think of something by the time we get to the Station”. “On suspicion”, was another stock answer. “On suspicion of what?” I would retort. I never ever got a reply to that question. In another matter the female Arresting Officer went to the house on her own – may heaven forbid such unilateral action nowadays – and greeted the first Client I ever acted for in a Rape case with the words, “And who has got a naughty willy then?” In yet another matter involving alleged homo sexual acts in the course of one of the preliminary interviews my Client was asked whether, “Anything has ever entered your anus?” and before he could answer the Officer went on,” And we’re not talking planets here”. Finally, and in truth I could go on for pages about those days when political and other forms of “correctness” were just a twinkle in some well-meaning innovators eye, there was a very experienced Officer who would start every interview, in the days before tape recording, with the disarming statement, “Now my job is to show that you are a rogue. It is just a question of how long that takes” Are the antics of D.C.I. Hunt and the plots of “Ashes to Ashes” really products of pure fiction? More next time but, for the moment See you in Court John E. Glandfield

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The Voice’s Bronwyn Mead visits the Roebuck Inn warm and traditional welcome awaits at The Roebuck Inn, a delightful 16th century pub on the A515 on the outskirts of the village of Draycott in the Clay. Partners Amy McAllister, previously with the Riverside Hotel and Steve Wild of Wilds Butchers Ltd, Sudbury a well known and popular local family butchers took over in January 2008. They supply all the meat for the restaurant and Steve’s wife, Suzanne, makes and supplies the ever popular homemade meat pies. The Roebuck Inn was our choice recently for a family birthday celebration. Now for us, like many families, eating out can pose a bit of problem when trying to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Myself, I’m easily pleased, as long as we go OUT and I don’t have to cook. My husband dislikes spicy food and a restaurant must have a decent wine list. Likes to think of himself as a bit of a wine buff, well he’s getting in plenty of training! My sister, Heather, an Equestrian Teacher, an annoying size 6, despite having the appetite of a horse, no pun intended, her idea of a perfect meal is a good fillet steak and home made chips. My brother in law, an Agricultural Contractor, likes his food but is not a pasta or a pizza type of guy. My son, born with his head in the fridge, most spoken words, “I’m starving” The Stig or should that be Stigess – My son’s new girlfriend, identity unknown until the evening of this gathering, I’m informed she likes anything, mmm, I’ve heard that one before! So to The Roebuck it was, and we enjoyed a drink in the newly opened beer garden whilst making our choice from a menu that prides itself on using local and seasonal produce with complete traceability, all meals are freshly prepared and the menu is changed regularly. There is something for everyone’s palate and a lot of thought has gone into putting this menu together. I watched the faces of our group, eye brows went up, lips were licked and after some conferring, decisions were finally reached. We were shown through to the very pleasant restaurant which has kept its tasteful rustic appeal without going over the top. There are white table cloths and flowers on every table and the atmosphere is very relaxed, dress up or down, anything is acceptable.


Our starters arrived and there were no complaints on the first round, as it is known in our family. My sister and I went for prawn cocktail, my son & brother in law smoked bacon and black pudding salad which received a resounding 10/10. My husband had mussels in white wine sauce, which he declared excellent, I told you he likes wine! The Stig, actually her name is Tina, chose melon & berries. We had a bottle or was that two (well there was 6 of us!) of Chilean Conchay Toro Sauvignon blanc at a reasonable £11.95. My husband thoroughly approved of the wine list, good varied choice at realistic prices and it’s great to see Champagne on there at an affordable price if you are celebrating or trying to impress! The Mains: one gammon steak, two fillet steaks, 1 tuna steak, two confit of duck leg. All beautifully cooked, tasty and well presented. Plenty of home made chips for Heather and seasonal vegetables served on the side. On to desserts, and yes there were still 4 players left, Tina and I retired but out came specialist ice creams and the strawberry cheese cake of which I could not help myself but swipe two spoonfuls, it was delicious., I would have gone for more but my son was far quicker with his spoon than I. All in all the Roebuck Inn is as it should be a locally well run friendly traditional country pub, the bar frequented by locals and passing trade. The food is prepared with care and most dietary requirements can be catered for. Also on offer is an extensive lunch menu from sandwiches and baguettes to traditional pub main courses, salads and of course “Ploughmans. Cream Teas are available from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. The team at The Roebuck are pleased to offer readers a voucher for £5 off a meal for two, (telephone bookings only). The pub has maintained that much lost quintessential English country pub feelgood factor that is so lacking in todays interior designed olde worlde modern pubs. So if it’s good home cooked food with complete traceability then visit The Roebuck, where you are assured of a good old fashioned welcome and fine country dining.



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Beer festival supporters wet their whistles eavy rain threatened to wash out the fourth annual Uttoxeter Beer Festival, but the organisers were able to defy the weather to put on what they consider to have been the best event yet. After an overnight downpour lasting twenty-four hours, the marquee at Oldfields Sports and Social Club was flooded. Rainwater from the sports club’s car park flowed through the door and under the sides of the tent and left the members of the Oldfields Club and Uttoxeter Lions with a major mopping-up operation just as customers were arriving. A combination of sandbags, an electric pump, mops, buckets and elbow grease saved the day. Lions Club President Simon Smith, who was one of the organisers, said: ‘It rained torrentially for 24 hours, and it was very cold as well, so we thought it was going to be a disappointing day. But at the end everybody seemed to agree it was the best beer festival so far.’ All 550 tickets sold out a week before the festival. There were 30 real ales, and a selection of wines and ciders. Musical entertainment was provided by local band Picture This and the Brian Collins Band, who play rhythm’n’blues and Van Morrison covers. Mr Smith said: ‘The music worked really well because it appealed to all ages. Picture This had a younger, local following and the older drinkers appreciated Brian Collins.’ The beer festival, run by Oldfields and the Lions Club, raised more than £2,000 for the Donna Louise Trust. The next Lions event in Uttoxeter is the Lark in the Park on August Bank Holiday Saturday.



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CB’S Groundhog utility vehicle has scored a hit with Premier League team Stoke City’s grounds staff after the Club invested in the machine for use at its training facility. The 6x4 vehicle, made by JCB Utility Products in Cheadle, has been signed up by the Club’s training ground in Stoke-on-Trent to help staff operate even more efficiently. And like City’s strikers Ricardo Fuller and James Beattie, the Groundhog is already proving to be a force to be reckoned with. With a top speed of 18mph and turf tyres which protect the playing surface, the nippy Groundhog ensures all training equipment is in place in double quick time ready for the players’ arrival at the 27-acre facility in Trent Vale. And it’s also helping ensure the pitches are protected from harsh frosts during the winter months. Stoke City’s Head of Development Richard Smith, said: “We use it as a general utility vehicle and everyone is really pleased with it. We are almost in the position where the staff are fighting to have it during certain periods of the day where duties overlap! “We did evaluate a competitive product but I just felt that the build quality was not as good as the JCB Groundhog. It’s a machine that is going to take a battering over time and if you have got a robust product it is going to last you longer which is why we chose the JCB. We also like to support local companies and with JCB and the dealer Gunn JCB being in Staffordshire, it cemented our decision.” The Groundhog has been supplied with a rear winch and a TFM trailer, manufactured by Cumbria-based TFM Engineering. The vehicle is used for distributing and collecting an array of gear including mannequins, cones, footballs and poles used by Stoke City stars during their daily training sessions. Staff also use the machine for transporting grounds maintenance equipment and supplies around the huge site. The Club has also invested in frost covers for the training pitches to ensure playing conditions remain at the highest possible standard and remain safe for the players during the winter months. The Groundhog and its rear winch will take the strain of unfurling the bulky 280kg covers in the afternoon and hauling them back in before players arrive for training the following day. The Groundhog 6x4 is ideal for transporting people and loads across delicate ground – making it perfect for football training grounds. Allied with a choice of turf or rough terrain tyres dependent on the application, the machine imparts minimum ground damage on delicate surfaces and as well as delivering great traction in heavy ground. The permanent 4-wheel drive utility vehicle is powered by a 768cc, liquidcooled, 20 hp (14.9kW) diesel engine. It features CVT transmission including manual differential lock with a Kevlar drive belt for enhanced durability. In response to customer feedback it is now available with three new cab options for added weather protection, the incorporation of an electric winch and a new kit to enable legal road travel between job sites. The machine has a maximum payload of 500kg and a towing capacity of 500kg.

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ohn Plant, Managing Director of local haulage company Wm. Plant & Sons (Haulage) Ltd, Tean celebrated his 70th birthday with a party in the familiar surroundings of Heath House, Tean.


John, who is married to Joyce knows Heath House well as it was also home to Joyce who was born on the estate. It was John’s son Mark who suggested the venue and Mr. John Philips, owner of the Heath House, was only too willing to oblige and pulled out all the stops to make it a most memorable day for John, his family and fifty guests. John has worked for the family firm, which was founded by the Grandfather William Plant in 1922; since he left school where he received his qualifications as a motor mechanic. Most people know him as a quiet and unassuming

person who would rather be mending lorries than sitting at a desk and even at 70 he can still be seen clambering on top of wagons or crawling underneath them. John is the son of the late Fred Plant. His mother, May, is still fit and active at 94 and he also has a sister Margaret and brother Tony. John has two children, Julie and Mark and two grandchildren Rebecca and Leanne. Commenting his wife Joyce said “It was a wonderful occasion and everyone relaxed in the surroundings and enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. It was something that can never be repeated”.

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A Jubilee jewel! archington Singers staged a memorable evening to mark twenty five years of singing together. A Gala event at Thomas Alleyne’s High School in Uttoxeter, was thoroughly enjoyed by an audience of some one hundred and seventy concertgoers. Preceded by a convivial Reception , when canapés and wine served by The Singers helped to create a marvellous pre-concert atmosphere, the Concert was sung by some forty six choristers, accompanied by the excellent Rhoda Castle and led by their much respected conductor, Wendy Scott. Achieving immediate audience rave reviews, subsequent emails described the performance as “terrific”, “one of the best (of The Singers) that I have attended” and “terrific”. The first half of the programme consisted of items evoking memories of well remembered past events. Apart from the beautifully rendered Clare Benediction by John Rutter and often sung by the Choir at weddings, most pieces related to past concerts such as Summer Song, Grun’s arrangement based on Dvorak’s New World Symphony (used in the Moscow to Manhattan Summer Concert) and Jerome Kern’s Showboat from That’s Entertainment. Others, like Britten’s Old Abram Brown, Norman Barlow’s addition to the repertoire, brought back memories of past conductors. Indeed the founder conductor of The Marchington Singers, Barbara Brandom, had travelled from the south of England to be present , and she recalled these beginnings as a prelude to the Group’s gratitude, recognised in Abba’s Thank You for the Music. Part 2 was a rendering of a single piece of music – Gounod’s Mass for St Cecilia, appropriately honouring the patron saint of music and musicians. To this solemn, expansive, delicate yet robust work , The Singers really did justice as they did to the hard work put in during rehearsals.They were memorably supported by professional soloists Margaret Langford (a soprano internationally renowned and based in The Midlands), Iain Sloan (tenor and conductor of the Malvern Festival Chorus) and John Evanson (a bass of much experience and for two years principal with DIVA Opera). The services of Organist Simon Collins, Harpist Tanya Houghton and Percussionists Sarah Balls, Jaysie Maynard and Victoria Lee were also secured to provide marvellously skilled, tuneful and enhancing accompaniment.. The Marchington Singers now eagerly anticipate the continuation of their celebrations with their Past and Present Singers Dinner in September and their singing tour of Belgium next Spring – providing latent material for the sequel to the recently published “Twenty Five Years in Harmony - The story of Marchington Singers?

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Dear Editor, I would like to congratulate you on a great magazine. It is full of interesting articles including regular columns by well known local characters. One particular article ‘Portrait of an Artist’ (Issue 10) was of great interest to my daughter in law since the artist in question is her uncle. I have to say, however, that I am disappointed that the magazine does not appear to reach as far as Tean. At least it doesn’t come through my letterbox. Perhaps you have a plan to address this deficiency in the future. Nevertheless, my congratulations once again on a fine and outstanding enterprise. Best regards Cyril Hudson, Tean Editor’s Note: Many thanks Cyril on your wonderful positive comments on The Voice. The magazine is not distributed door to door in Tean at the moment but you can get a copy from Tean Post Office, Tean Petrol Station, The White Hart, The Anchor or Shades Hairdressers.

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Uttoxeter family decided to hold a celebration party with a difference – by sponsoring every horse race at their beloved local course! Peter and Linda Douglas wanted to create the ultimate family get-together and the local racehorse owners realised there could be no better location than The Staffordshire Suite at Uttoxeter Racecourse. The Douglas Family also sponsored the entire racecard at the Spring Bank Holiday Meeting, much to the delight of the racecourse management. Peter told The Voice: ‘We had some fantastic news recently concerning the current state of health of a member of our family so we wanted to organise a celebration party. ‘We wanted to put on something special and what better place to enjoy a fantastic occasion than at my favourite local racecourse. So we got down to inviting all our family and friends to our celebration event and we were amazed by the superb turnout we had. It was absolutely tremendous. ‘Myself and Linda really love horse racing and we also decided to support Uttoxeter Racecourse as part of our celebration party and that’s why we sponsored every race on the card. We are putting a little back into a sport which has given us so much pleasure,’ added Peter. The sponsorship proved to be much appreciated by Uttoxeter Racecourse General Manager David MacDonald who commented ‘Peter and Linda have been tremendous supporters of Uttoxeter Racecourse for many years and I am particularly grateful that they decided to sponsor a whole racecard on 24th May. ‘They are passionate about racing and proud of their local track. They have been very supportive of me since I arrived here three years ago and I always enjoy their company on racedays. ‘They are as much a part of this racecourse as the topiary horse in the parade ring!’ The Douglas Family thoroughly enjoyed their Celebration Party and Sponsorship of the Raceday – just take a look at the photographs in this Voice special feature!


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From Pingu to Austin Powers - school girl skates her way to success! orne from a love of Pingu the Penguin and an intrigue into what it felt like sliding on ice Georgina Lax’s enthusiasm for skating developed from a curiosity in a cartoon character into a competition-winning passion. The Abbots Bromley school girl began skating at 6 years old and now aged 12 (Year 7) has many significant competitive achievements under her belt including her current medal-winning free skating programme which is set to the theme from the movie ‘Austin Powers’. Georgina’s hard work and determination took her through the ten levels of the UK ‘Learn to Skate’ programme and also her bronze, silver and gold UK Skate Tests. From this point she competed and won in Open competitions at Beginner level, then went on to National level and recent achievements have included 3rd, 4th, 1st and 2nd placings in regional competitions and also completion of her National level 2 tests which she passed with flying colours. In July Georgina will be skating at two competitions and is currently perfecting her axle and double salchow jump techniques. While many other skaters at this level practice every day Georgina combines her training with an enthusiasm for dance, drama and competing in the School’s hockey, netball and rounders teams and in comparison to her skating peers, her achievements on the ice rink are even more admirable as she has achieved this in only two practice sessions a week. Mrs Angela Lax, Georgina’s mother said: “It’s wonderful that Abbots Bromley School support her skating and she does not miss out taking part in any school sport. Georgina hopes that if she keeps on skating she will be able to fulfil her dream of joining an ice show and travelling the world for a year when she is older.”


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No 4 Alton

This is a walk with some splendid views and plenty of interest. From the car park return to the road. Turn left and follow it steeply up the hill to reach the Pub on the left (it is set back from the road). To the left of the pub as you face it, take a narrow track to reach a small road by the old school. Continue ahead to a farm. Take the lane on the right (Back lane) and then Hurston lane and just before the road junction and opposite Village hall take the fenced, but

concealed path, on your left . Follow over two stiles to reach a surfaced track. Turn left. At the buildings the lane becomes grassed and partially flagged. Continue ahead , through gate at farm and ahead once more, still on wide lane. This later becomes overgrown but passable. Eventually reach a stile (and Staffs Way waymark). Cross keeping to field edge and hedge on right, over another stile. Again, keeping hedge on right swing right until a signpost where the hedge breaks away at a right angle. Ahead towards the trees. Soon you will see another footpath post and then on reaching the trees, follow round the right hand edge to swing left and descend to valley and a stile. Cross stile and immediately before next stile, take the rough track for a few yards to reach the disused railway line. Turn left and follow the line all the way back to the start. You may see traces of the old Uttoxeter Canal on your right. Contributed by Peter Matthews, Publicity Officer for Staffordshire Area Ramblers’ Association. For further information, visit our website or phone 01782 336556 Difficulty

There is a steep climb up a road at the start but when this levels out it is across fields and finally a good, level path to finish. Route is anticlockwise on the map.


5 miles


2 – 3 hours


Car park at Alton, Through the village towards Farley, where the road meets the Churnet Valley there is a small car park on the right. GR SK 071 426


Pubs in Alton

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First high-profile honour for strategic alliance of two councils pioneering partnership of two councils has earned a coveted award for its topnotch commitment to the health and safety of its employees, businesses and partners. The pat on the back from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is the first national honour for the strategic alliance of High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. The success came in RoSPA’s annual Occupational Health and Safety Awards in the form of a Silver medal presented at Birmingham’s Hilton Metropole Hotel. And at Saturday’s (July 11) full meeting of the Staffordshire Moorlands authority, council leader Sybil Ralphs officially presented a framed certificate of the award to council chairman Michael Worthington. The award recognises the alliance’s commitment to first-class health and safety practices: not only for its own staff but also for the businesses and partner organisations that it advises. RoSPA was impressed by initiatives including the alliance’s efforts to promote first-rate health and safety practices in its waste collection and kerbside recycling service by producing a DVD, publishing a health and safety handbook and writing transport safety plans. Said RoSPA awards manager David Rawlins: “The High Peak and Staffordshire Moorlands Alliance has shown a commitment to protecting the health and well being of its employees and others. Entering the RoSPA awards reinforces the message that good health and safety is good for business, and clearly demonstrates an organisation’s dedication to improving performance in this crucial area”.


His words were echoed by Cllr Ralphs, who said she was delighted by the award. “This honour recognises the hard work of our alliance health and safety team and our managers across the two councils. A huge amount of effort is being devoted to standardising our health and safety procedures to help us work as efficiently as possible as an alliance”, she explained. The alliance between the two councils was forged in June last year to provide even better and more cost-effective services than the authorities had delivered while working alone. Fruits of the alliance so far include combined environmental health and grounds maintenance services, and a Clean Team responsible for removing litter and fly tipping. The two councils also have a single senior management team. By the end of the third year of the alliance, annual savings of around £1.1m are expected.

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Povey’s People By Radio Stoke’s Owd Grandad Piggott 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: CYRIL SWETTENHAM I had known Cyril Swettenham all my life. We had grown up together, born in the same street and went through school together, at the age of six, my dad had died with polio and a month later, his father had been killed down the pit – and we both had a speech impediment! I stammered and he couldn’t sound his ‘s’ s. He ‘shpoke like thish’, so we both came in for a bit of ribbing at school but the wonderful spin off was that every Friday morning, we used to have to attend speech therapy at the local clinic which meant that at ten oclock, we could swan off across the road and Mr Green could stick his two hours of intensive arithmetic where a monkey puts its nuts. Miss Leese’s kind advice not to rush back to school was also heeded to the letter and we could usually take in a half hour detour to The Dell and Jackson’s Pond and put in a quick visit to the chip shop to beg some fish bits while the nearest the rest of the class got to freedom on a Friday was an open window in the classroom. Me and Cyril were privileged kids!, but the cream on the cake was that every Thursday evening, Cyril used to hide a fag and a couple of matches under Lizzie Lockett’s dustbin for us to smoke after the fish bits but often, after a couple of drags on a Capstan Full Strength on top of a quantity of greasy fish bits, one or both of us invariably threw up – but it didn’t matter. Cyril and I made a pact to hold on to our respective speech impediments for as long as possible and we developed a close camaraderie as a couple of raggedy kids who were successfully cheating the system.

We lost touch for twelve or so years when we went to different schools and my mother remarried and we moved house. I caught up with Cyril again one night in The White Cock in Blythe Bridge. I had managed to grow out of my stammer, but his impediment was still there, big style. He was glad to see me, but he hadn’t done very well for himself of late…or of early for that matter. ‘Everybody thinksh arm bloody daft’, he told me miserably. It turned out that he hadn’t worked for several years and had been under the doctor for some time suffering from depression. He looked ten years older than I knew him to be. I went home that night feeling inadequate and wishing I could do something to help him. Two nights later, in the same pub, I bumped into Nostrils Moffitt… Nost was doing okay for himself. He was a brickie on the new estate being built in Tean and he told me that they were desperate for a driver for the site gopher truck. If they could find the right bloke, he could start immediately. At nine oclock the following morning, Cyril got pushed into the site foreman’s office and half an hour later, he was on the books. He was immediately placed with the electricians who wanted him to go to Rists Wires and Cables to pick up some stuff as a matter of urgency. ‘Weersh Rishtsh?’ was Cyrils only question as he sprayed the foreman electrician with saliva. The foreman electrician was a patient man. ‘Right! ‘ he said. ‘You go through Newcastle. Stay on the main road until you come to Milehouse which is about a mile the other side of Newcastle. You come to a roundabout with a big pub on the left

“ ...we used to

have to attend speech therapy at the local clinic which meant that at ten oclock, we could swan off across the road...

hand side... turn left – go down the road and Rists is on the right at the bottom of the bank... You can’t miss it.’ It was ten of the clock when Cyril ground out of the site bound for Rists Wires and Cables with the future of Tean in his hands. It was estimated that he would be back by lunchtime. At two pm, Cyril hadn’t returned. And two hours later, he was still conspicuous by his absence. At five thirty, the men knocked off and the foreman electrician phoned Rists Wires and Cables. No – no one had been to collect the goods that had been ordered. He then rang the police who told him that there had been no reports of any road accidents. He then rang the contact number that Cyril had given him and his distraught mother confirmed that Cyril had not been home. The police were contacted again and Cyril and the truck were reported missing. At eight oclock, the following morning, Cyril pulled onto the site with a face like thunder. The foreman electrician approached the truck stiff legged and Cyril eyed him malevolently. ‘Just before you bugger off into the distance… for ever!!’ ground out the foreman electrician, ‘Would you like to tell me where you have been for the last twenty two hours?’ ‘Weer disht they shay as Rishtsh wash?’ snarled Cyril acidly. With a titanic attempt at patience, the foreman electrician repeated the directions to Rists and Cyril threw his arms up in the air. ‘Ar went mower that ten marlesh t’other shard o’ bloody Newcashel, an’ the wash nowt lark what yow shed’, he spat. ‘Ar went ite ter a playsh cowed Kenshington bloody Bonkrot er shummatt weer nobody con towk a word o’ English an’ thee wash nowt!... Theyt lark ev’rybody elsh they at… they thinksht arm bloody daft!!’ ‘Eh?’ The foreman regarded him blankly, then suddenly the penny dropped. Cyril had been to Newcastle on Tyne. Cyril didn’t lose his job. To this day, twenty years later, he works for the same firm doing the same job, but these days, he’s got a satnav. They programme him in, light the blue touch paper and he’s gone. They call him ‘Boomerang’. He always comes back! Anyone who can enlighten me on the location of ‘Kensington Bloody Bonkrot – where, incidentally everyone, in common with the rest of the people on this planet thinks that Cyril’s ‘bloody daft’ answers on a postcard please!

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the tunnel and it is then collected by the JS460, which is positioned above, at ground level. The JS460 uses its telescopic dipper to reach vertically down to depths of up to 20m and gather the excavated material in its bucket and then raises and empties it into dump trucks to be taken away from the site. Wallsend-based Holystone Ltd has been awarded the earthmoving contract by the project’s main construction firm, Bouygues UK. Holystone Ltd’s Managing Director Kieron Geoghegan said: “Without these two tailormade products, we could simply not meet the main contractor’s timelines for the project. Given the depth and space constraints of the working area the only alternative would be to lower skips into the open cut area using a crane. Working in tandem, the two JCB’s are managing to remove an impressive 600m³ of earth per day.

The specially adapted JCB JZ235 tracked excavator, made by JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter, at work on the prestigious Tyne Tunnel project.

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Changing Blooms Make your own floral arrangements with the help of some of our top local florists’ step by step guides Sponsored by 28, The Maltings, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 7LN Tel/Fax: 01889 568 286

Margaret of Emilie Duclos Florist in Uttoxeter’s shows how to create two modern low cost designs for the home. Design 1 (Top photos) Fill a 50cm Lily vase (available from Emilie Duclos’ at £12.95) with water and add flower food Place two stems of Eucalyptus in the vase. Add two stems of White Lilies, finish the design with a small bunch of bear’s grass.

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Ginny’s Gardening Guide By Uttoxeter’s Ginny Gibson talking/supporting, not perhaps the most exciting topic for a gardening article, but if you don’t do it in your garden, you will find lots of wonderful plants all lying down on the ground or snapped off, and neither you or the plant will be very happy. Peonias are a classic and need loads of support. In my naivety, when given a mature plant, I put it into the ground, watched its wonderful flowers open, then we had a rain storm and the flowers were down on the ground. So I did what I thought was best and tied string round the flower heads and tied it hard to the fence post - and yes, you guessed it, next rainfall I had headless Peonias!!!!! In fact there are two stages for supporting; when they are young you can use the plastic supporting rings that give the leaves support; but for mature plants it is best to use the half circle (long legged) supports. The half circle needs to be at least 6 inches wider on each side of the plant. Place the half circle parallel to the plant and then bang it into the ground; the plant will then lean against it for support. To ensure that the wind doesn’t catch it off guard, use twine to close the circle around the back of the plant. You need the legs of the half circle to be long to ensure that it can take the weight of the plant after a rainstorm! Delphiniums need support in a different way. They can get to 7ft tall and the flower heads are huge. This year I used a cane that unfortunately was only 5ft tall and, you guessed it again, I found myself standing in



the flower bed in the pouring rain desperately swapping canes to ensure it didn’t snap off. But if it does snap, make a clean cut and I have been assured they give you another flower in September. But how do you tie things to the support? The best way is by using a figure of 8, first knot your twine to the cane, then cross over the twine and bring it round the plant, take the twine back to the cane and tie the end back to the original knot on the cane. So what you have at the end is a figure of 8 with the cane inside the top of the 8 and the plant in the bottom of the 8, with the knot attached to the cane; this way the plant is attached to the cane, not the cane to the plant. Mr Paul Walker and Mr John Hickton were using this technique when I arrived at The Alexandra Crescent allotments for my tip of the month for July. They are both very kind and knowledgeable gardeners, and their tip for July is very, very simple: harvest!!!! All their broad beans, kidney beans, peas and potatoes are ready now to come into the kitchen, but to make sure they still have fresh vegetables later in the year, they have been growing winter cabbage, winter lettuce and winter cauliflower in their greenhouses to transplant into the ground after the summer harvest. You can also plant out some more peas for picking in August/September. But make sure you have a deterrent for wood pigeons and sparrows as they will quite happily take all your winter cabbage and peas away if you don’t. CD’s on string, plastic bottles and wind chimes all work well, but remember to vary

the deterrent as the pigeons soon get used to them and will then ignore them and take your crop. If you want to encourage butterflies into your garden, then Buddleja is the plant for you. Tim Fowler, from Doveleys Garden Centre, near Rocester, and I talked about the Pixie variety, which are small but prolific flowerers. However the Davidii range can grow to 10ft tall, so depending on the size of your garden you have a choice. Doveleys has varieties that have won the Award of Garden Merit so you know that they will be strong plants. Most people think of Buddleja and think purple or white long flowing flowers, but there is also a variety called Globosa, which has orange balls and is very attractive. Unlike the common Buddleja it flowers once and then is gone, but it’s worth it. Tim kindly gave me a tip to pass on to our readers: he advised that if you want to gain more flowers from the Pixie or Davidii, then, once the first flowers have died, cut the flowers off and in their place in about 10 days you will have two more! Finally, can someone give me tips from Uttoxeter’s Westlands Road allotments as I never seem to see anyone - give The Voice a ring on 01538 751629 please. Happy Gardening

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Uttoxeter & Windsor Park School District U3A Sponsored Run he 6th Annual General Meeting of the Uttoxeter U3a was held at The Cinebowl in Uttoxeter. The meeting was attended by a total of 72 members with 2 visitors from our neighbouring Cheadle U3A. There were apologies from a further 30 members who were unable to attend at that time. We also received good wishes from two other nearby U3A’s, Leek and Stone. The Chairman, Mr Philip Greenwood, opened the meeting with a general report on the successes of the last 12 months. Of particular note were the number of new members joining during that time. Our current membership now exceeds 320 and it is rare that a week goes by without additions to that number. It was agreed that part of that success has been the coverage provided for us by the magazine “The Uttoxeter Voice”. Group activities have also benefited and we are planning to introduce more activities later this year. On this theme the Chairman gave particular thanks to the group leaders who are all volunteers, working hard to make their particular groups successful. He observed that without the voluntary work of the committee and group leaders it would not be possible to run such a successful organisation. The remaining business of the AGM proceeded smoothly with the accounts being approved, with thanks to the Treasurer Colin Temple. Nominated committee members were approved and the meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to the Cinebowl for the use of their premises. We continue to build on our success with future plans to include a visit to the Anderton Boat Lift and Arley Gardens planned for July. Further trips to include Southport, London and another visit to the Pipes in The Peak are also in the pipeline. The History group are to take a guided tour of Sandon Hall in July, followed by homemade sandwiches and cakes in the Conservatory. There will be additional visits to gardens during the season and further occasional theatre trips. All these activities are in addition to regular group meetings. For anyone interested in learning more about the Uttoxeter & District U3A there are 3 options. Ring our Membership Secretary on 01889 569608. Email us at Or visit the Old Swan Inn (Wetherspoons), any Wednesday morning between 10-11am where you will be made welcome. More information can also be obtained at Derek Green


ver the last 20 years Windsor Park School, Uttoxeter, has raised nearly £60,000 through their annual sponsored run. Money going to school is used to subsidise travel costs for school teams, subsidising visits and trips, to finance extra school equipment and re-supply departments with essential materials and resources. In December 2009, many of Year 8 pupils (present Year 7), who wish to go (usually over 100), can attend Standon Bowers Outdoor Education Centre for a week long residential outdoor pursuits course and some of the money raised this year will again help subsidise the course. Almost everyone took part in the run and enjoyed taking part. Special thanks to all of the staff and parents for supplying/supporting the event and supplying the costumes that made the fun run a success, not forgetting all of our sponsors! Costumes were as usual excellent, ranging from Dracula’s, Zombies, Fish, Singers, Footballers, Boys as Girls, Girls as Boys, Shrek, Celebrities, in Pyjamas and even Santa Claus.


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ur 20 strong group of intrepid travellers set out on Wednesday 1st April 2009 headed on a trip of a lifetime to China – over the next 8 days, we were bound for Beijing, Qingdao and Shanghai! Departing from London Heathrow, we took our first flight to Amsterdam before connecting with our KLM transfer to Beijing – excited and in party mood (thanks to it being Briony’s birthday), we couldn’t wait to get there! On arrival in Beijing, we couldn’t believe how ‘foggy’ things looked, met by our guide Laura, we soon appreciated just how busy and hectic the next few days were going to be – the traffic was crazy, it made us grateful to drive in the UK, seriously, traffic lights meant absolutely nothing there! After checking into our hotel, our first evening gave us an opportunity to explore the local neighbourhood and we soon found we had our own bowling alley in our hotel!! Good times! An early start the next morning,


took us to Tiananmen Square, where whilst we were learning about what this famous square meant and experienced, people wanted to learn about us! They kept taking photos of us! We couldn’t quite understand why, but Chinese people were

thrusting children to Briony, men with blue hats found Crosby particularly interesting and we were quite the attraction!

We then took our first business visit of the trip to the Yanjing Brewery, the 3rd largest brewery in China and also sponsors of the Olympic games! We couldn’t believe how massive the production plant was – it was a city within itself! After lunch and a coach drive back to Beijing centre, we moved on to our rickshaw tour of the hutongs; traditional alleys and homes that have been in some families for generations. We visited one home, where the owners made us welcome, we were offered some tea and told the history of their home and the meaning of each room surrounding where we sat. Whilst to us the living space looked small and a little run down, we were told that the family had been offered 4 million dollars to buy their home, but they had turned it down. Some of us couldn’t understand why, but were told by our guide that family honour and history meant much more than money. After being chased by what appeared local paparazzi (we were feeling quite the celebrities by now) we then went to experience a traditional tea ceremony where we got to try lots of different traditional

teas and even buy some to bring home. On our fourth day in Beijing, we were fortunate enough to get an extra visit the ‘Bird’s Nest’, which played host to the Olympic Games in 2008. We had hoped to go to see the water display at night, but this hadn’t worked out as planned, it was miles out of the city! Saturday 4th April was one of our favourite days – we got to visit and climb the Great Wall of China at Badaling – what an experience! We

couldn’t believe just how steep the climb was and how busy just this small section of the wall would be – you could see for miles! It truly is one of the great wonders of our world. We also enjoyed a little bargaining with the locals to purchase pandas for our ‘Panda Challenge’ set by the teachers – to come up with the most creative image of a panda whilst on our trip to China. To be continued in the next issue of The Voice

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The good old days Photo right: Can anyone recognise any of the players on this very old Roycroft Rangers photograph? And where are they from and what happened to them? Give us a ring on 01538 751629.

Photo below: Wheatsheaf Athletic at Uttoxeter Recreation Ground - 29th June 1972 Back Row: Mick Harper (Manager), Dave Carroll, John Charlesworth, Alan Bostock, Max Stubbs, Mick Ring, Tony Dronzek, Mrs Joyce McDermott (Club President). Front Row: Dave Fearn, Kevin Colclough, Les Tavernor (Captain), Frank Dronzek, Paul Hollins, Dave Waldron. Les is holding the Summer League Championship Shield and Cup won by the club in 1971.

Andrew Pegg, Andrew Stubbs and Julie Harrison on the putting green at Cheadle Rec in Tean Road. In the background is the magnificent Mansion House which was so sadly demolished many decades ago to make way for a council housing development. How much would the Mansion House be worth now?

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Lots and lots of readers spotted our ‘deliberate mistake’ in the last issue of The Voice!!! Many thanks for all those people who e mailed, telephoned and sent by post the correct details. The photo was indeed Bamfords CC 1st XI Knockout Team in the 1960’s and not Bramshall CC. The players were, back row left to right: Jack Harvey, Mick Walker, Dick Blackhurst, Graham Johnson, Robin Bamford, Derek Dyche. Front row: Brian Harvey, Stan Eden, Derek Brown, Peter Jackson and Tony Squires.

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Uttoxeter CC’s Annual Club Day

Uttoxeter Cricket club hosted their 2nd annual club day recently. The day was a great success with the morning allowing the junior teams to play against their parents. The match allowed some very promising junior crickets to showcase their undoubted talent not only to their parents but the on looking senior cricketers. The afternoon followed in much the same way 2 mixed sides made up of all the club members including juniors, seniors and parents. 1st team captain Jon Walmsley leading one side against 2nd team skipper Luke Bull. A challenge Walmsley was not too keen to lose to his understudy and his wily manner proved a little too much for Bull who was a little out foxed. With Bulls team in charge some power hitting by Bailey and Walmsley towards the end swung the game back to the 1st team skipper’s way, he even hit the winning runs! Both games were played in great spirits, in keeping with the current fantastic atmosphere at the club. Once the BBQ was fired up the racecourse ground seemed to be a perfect place to spend a sunny Sunday. The day allowed the club to really come together, with over 50 people attending and it allowed the juniors to meet the seniors and even give them a run for their money out on the field.

sponsor Cheadle Cricket Club and Checkley Cricket Club matches he Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice continued its policy of supporting the community when it sponsored matches for Cheadle CC and Checkley CC. Photo Right sees Voice Editor Nigel Titterton with Cheadle CC skipper Simon Plant and Meir Heath captain Richard Stonier before their encounter. Below Nigel is with Longton CC captain Peter Wilshaw and Checkley CC skipper Andy Carr before their Talbot Cup tie which sensationally went the way of the local team against the Premier League leaders at the time.



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On and off the field By Alan Smith Alan Smith has enjoyed a lifetime of sport in the Cheadle and Uttoxeter areas. Here Alan delves into his memory bank to write his unique brand of humour on colourful sports and life comments with memories of past and present which we hope readers will enjoy... ell the cricket season is now well upon us and what an exciting season it should be with the visit of our old enemies the


Aussie’s. I’m not quite sure how we will fare because I haven’t got that much faith in the powers that be which run our cricket but at least they have started right by not playing the first test at Lords, a graveyard for us in test matches. But my first test match selection ground would have been Headingley, the Aussie’s don’t like it there. As I write this column I hope that the Welsh hospitality will help us as it will be played in Cardiff but obviously when The Voice is delivered to you guys the result will be known. If we have a fit and firing Flintoff and a switched on Pieterson who can accept it’s not all about him and be a team man on and off the pitch we have a great chance because we have some good young talent with the likes of Broad, Bopara, Onions to go with the seasoned campaigners of Collingwood, Strauss, Cook, Sidebottom etc. But you can see, if you have been lucky enough to go to Australia as I have, how they produce winning teams, their attitude is play hard, really hard, and win and then play even harder to maintain that winning attitude. But whilst I was out there I did notice that it is very much a chauvinistic country, I’ve been labelled a chauvinist but I’m only a beginner – the men are the really dominant sex over there! I suppose that’s why my old mate Leon Carney decided to emigrate over there about 20 years or so ago! I visited him 15 years ago and he very kindly showed me as much of that vast country as he could and we even had the opportunity to get a game of golf and take in some of the spectacular bird life, one of which was a Lesser Spotted Sprinkler Bird! Well, I’d never heard of such a bird but on about the third hole during the game of golf I heard this very high pitched whistling sound and scanned the bushes and trees for sight of this very unusual sounding bird!!

Leon noticed my curiosity and came over and said ‘You won’t see it Smithy, no-one ever has.’ Well this amazed me but I just carried on playing and a few holes later it was there again but a little louder. Well, I just couldn’t concentrate on putting it was so loud. ‘Carney they must be really close now,’ I said, they are really loud.’ Well, he rolled over laughing and pointed to the sprinkler system which was operating running down the side of the course on the practice facilities and whilst rotating it was making this high pitched whistling sound! Well, I could have died of embarrassment but if you ever met Carney that was just his style……. One thing which never ceases to amaze me though is that the world is getting a smaller place because on my visit over there we took in a Melbourne one-dayer and also a Sydney one-dayer. What a ground the MCG is, it’s huge with a ground capacity of nearly 100,000, and don’t they know how to run it, brilliant, all those spectators and little queuing anywhere, food, beer etc and the same can be said about Sydney, a much smaller ground but equally as well run and it was at this venue whilst I stood on the balcony overlooking the playing area I heard this voice shout: ‘We’re not that short are we Smithy?’ and low and behold it was the chairman of the league my club Bramshall played in at that time, John Whitfield. He was with a party organised by Fred Rumsey’s son and their guide was the late great Godfrey Evans. What a ladies man he was a real charmer, and we had quite a time together over the couple of days we spent in Sydney – what a city, the most bustling, exciting city I have ever been to. And whilst I’m on the subject of meeting people, thousands of miles away whilst on honeymoon a few weeks ago in Florida, we were to meet a couple of friends who were over in Florida for their winter extended break and we contacted them at their place over there and arranged to meet the following day for Sunday brunch as they called it at a very American new town built by Disney around 15 years ago called Celebration. Well we arrived at this small but very nice tavern and Mike and his wife introduced us to two other English people, man and wife, who also had a beautiful bungalow home over there, Frank and Marie, and we sat down the six of us with a cool drink and a light lunch, sorry brunch. Well, I felt Frank’s eyes piercing me and I must say I felt very uncomfortable but just before my unease needed me to ask why he was staring at me he said ‘Tean that’s where!’

“ But you can see,

if you have been lucky enough to go to Australia as I have, how they produce winning teams, their attitude is play hard, really hard, and win and then play even harder to maintain that winning attitude.

Well, I was stunned, ‘Yes, Tean Cricket Club 40 years plus ago,’ he said, ‘a friendly at Bagnall CC’ and that’s where he knew me from and we went on that lunchtime to talk about players who played in that game all those years ago and later that evening we were to watch from Mike’s front garden the launch of a shuttle from Cape Canaveral which was an awesome moment. But back to reality. I am asked on many occasions for the team I would pick old and new of cricketers from the locality. Well here goes like it or lump it! My Skipper would be Derek Dyche, the most knowledgeable cricketer I’ve ever played with or against and to open the batting I would have John Shaw from Uttoxeter CC, a fine batsman with a terrific record and David Croft of Cheadle CC, a stylish bat with terrific grace. At number three I would put in my old mate Johnny Lockett who was a fantastic bat and superb cover fielder and fabulous dressing room character. At 4 Herbert Capewell, what more can I say than I have actually played with bowlers who were scared to bowl at him because he hit the ball fiercely and a hell of a long way. No 5 position would go to Gavin Carr of Checkley CC, a really talented lad who can either bat or bowl but both disciplines he did very well and he is a must in my team. No 6 well that’s Derek’s place, at 7 I would have Andy Carr of Checkley CC, a really first class wicketkeeper and more than useful bat although I notice he’s making the classic mistake as captain of Checkley CC at present in not batting as high I think he should. I did the same for a while and I also remember Mick Salt of Cheadle CC doing the same in recent years. At 8 my old team mate and close friend Kev Barry, a very, very good cricketer who was a superb opening bowler and no fool with the bat and at 9 Tony Brindley from Cheadle CC, Bing as he was known was a real tough cookie at all sports as I found on the football pitch but a real in your face fast bowler. No 10 is one of my most reliable bowlers and for years I just threw him the ball and say you have that end today Juff and on he would go, Alan Hudson from Bramshall I’m on about, what a stalwart to any side. No 11 goes to Mick Goodwin, he made bowling look dead easy with his gentle smooth run-in but he was quite quick with a quick arm action – another great dressing room man. That would be my eleven and I would have a couple of reserves to call on, the bowler would be Alec Woodcock from the old Tean CC, what a crafty bowler he was and a man early in my days was one of my heroes. Batsman would be Archie Gilbert, you’d never be short of a tale if it was a raininterrupted match with Archie. Well friends I hope you have enjoyed reading my article, I was tempted to comment on politics and expenses but much much too serious so I’ll end with a bit of humour. My great friend Curly Johnson of Cheadle always maintains we are like brothers but I didn’t realise to what lengths he went to to pursue this relationship! But the other night I know for a fact that his wife caught him putting fake tan on! Well Curl what will you be called then Leroy, Jermaine but I don’t mind what colour you are brother Peter! Take care all of you Smithy

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The Cream of the Crop By Mick Harper nfortunately as I live in Ashbourne I am outside the circulation area of the Uttoxeter and Cheadle Voice. However I occasionally manage to get hold of a copy and I never cease to be amazed and impressed by the content. Surely there is not a better free magazine of this type anywhere in the country. There are some superb articles and I especially like my old friend Alan Smith’s entertaining stroll down Memory Lane. ‘Smithy’ certainly has a talent for this type of thing and if he ever gets around to writing a book it would be a best seller! Anyway, the point of me writing to the Voice is that Nigel contacted me and asked if I had any old photos of Wheatsheaf Athletic, the side I was privileged to be the Manager of for 15 years. Nigel also mentioned the fact that there had been very little recognition given to Wheatsheaf Athletic players in the Hall of Fame feature. This was something I already knew as a number of my former players had commented to this effect as they were mildly irritated in consequence. Quite a number had been ‘selected’ but usually for their roles with other clubs, some of whom were not anywhere near as successful as the ‘Sheaf were in their peak seasons. I was pleased to see that Nigel went a long way towards appeasing my old charges with his selection in issue 9 of four Wheatsheaf players in his Hall of Fame team plus another on the bench. Also four more included in Nigel’s line up wore the ‘Sheaf colours at some time or other. I have often been asked what would be my all time best Wheatsheaf side based on each selection’s performances during their time at the club. It is almost an impossible task as so many superb footballers represented the ‘Sheaf but I will give it a shot and hope that I don’t upset anyone who thinks they may be better than the person I have put in their position. I had some excellent goalkeepers including the evergreen Bill Shaw, the exceptionally brave Frank Rowe and the highly efficient Tom Davies but George Line, who gave the ‘Sheaf outstanding service over a total of 7 seasons, gets my verdict. At his peak around 1978-79 he was acknowledged to be the finest keeper in the Burton Premier League and he won the Wheatsheaf Player of the Year


Award following some stunning displays. George commanded his area, organised the defence well and made unbelievable saves that most keepers wouldn’t have got near to, that is if they had gone for the ball in the first place! At right back Les Tavernor, who skippered the side in the early years was a tenacious defender who never gave up and others like the gritty Ken Nutt and especially Mick Grantham and Brendan Phillips were more than efficient in that position. I must, however, go for John Charlesworth who was at home anywhere across the back four and a super goalkeeper for good measure. He didn’t panic under pressure, his passing was good and he always performed to a high standard. After eight years of excellent service he left the club due to me opening my big mouth and saying the wrong thing. This was possibly the biggest mistake and regret of my time in Management. Amongst the candidates for central defence were the talented Mick Richardson, the rugged Steve Blood, and Owen Morris, another who didn’t take prisoners, and a real class player in Andrew Potts. Then there were versatile players like Pete Line and Jim Thompson, the latter whom could play anywhere down the spine of the side including in goal. while Pete had a number of excellent spells at the club culminating in him being awarded the Captaincy for the team’s final season. But one player is simply an automatic choice in this area, the one and only Barrie Wain by common consent the best player to ever wear a Wheatsheaf shirt. His positional sense and reading

of the game was second to none. He was commanding in the air and timed tackles to perfection. His team mates looked up to him and they all appreciated the fact that he had something going for him that none of them would ever match. Four words on the front cover of his testimonial programme in 1991 summed up what people thought of him; the words were ‘Tribute to a Legend’ and were very fitting for the outstanding local defender of his generation. To be continued in the next issue of The Voice...

Wheatsheaf Atheltic FC at Westlands Road are pictured after winning the Uttoxeter League Championship Shield. League Chairman Ken Green presents skipper Peter Douglas with the silverware. Team is, back row, left to right: Mick Harper (Manager), Bill Shaw, George Line, Pete Douglas (Captain), Mick Ring, Ken Green, John Charlesworth, Mick Richardson, John Shaw, Vin Bloor. Front row: Brian Dodd, Leon Hibberd, Brian Ferneyhough, Stuart Macfarlane, Alan Whieldon and John Welsh.

A nostalgic look at cricket in Cheadle from yesteryear... he general opinion is that some form of cricket was played in Cheadle from the early 1800’s and reference can be made to Cheadle matches in the middle of the 19th century. It is safe to assume that the game of cricket in those early days was very much different from the game that we know today with all the technology that the modern game embraces. Cricket would have been played on a meadow field without any preparation. There would have been no covers, rollers, sightscreens, pads or gloves and the bats would possibly have been very heavy indeed. As round arm bowling did not take off in Staffordshire before the middle of the 19th century, under-arm bowling was in place before this time. In 1848 in a match against leek, Cheadle



scored 68 and 22 and Leek made 80 and 87. This match was of special interest because it was the first match where over-arm bowling had been introduced. The original Cheadle Cricket Club ground was on a field off Attlee Road, Cheadle. The club teams played on this ground until 1923 when the club moved to two fields on Tean Road. The centre hedge dividing the two fields was taken out and seeded and the club have played on this ground since then winning many major championships and cups. Although sporting activity continued at the Tean Road ground, club cricket took a back seat during the war years (1939-45) although not playing cricket the clubs membership was preserved. During the war years the ground was used by the Woodhead-based RAF football team. When Cheadle Cricket Club was reformed

again after the war it played its cricket in the old Blythe Bridge and District League and in 1947 the club rejoined the North Staffs & District Cricket League. In the 1940’s two of Cheadle’s most prominent personalities held major positions at the club. Dr E. H. Evison played and supported the club for many years. He was President from 1949 until 1960 and he was a much respected member who always gave good advice and guidance to the club. Joe Keates also did much good work for the club over so many years. He was Captain, Chairman and Trustee of the club. He was later made a life member. Joe was one of the most popular cricketers in North Staffordshire. After his death his family presented a trophy to the club which is still used today and presented to an average winner at the club’s annual dinner.

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See you at the far post! By Mick Cullerton

Football Match Day Summariser for BBC Radio Stoke Ex Professional Footballer with Hibernian, Port Vale and Derby County

was extremely lucky during my playing career to see at close hand two managerial geniuses. I did however come across managers who I would like to forget about! The first two are obviously Jock Stein and Brian Clough. I was a schoolboy attached to Hibernian from when I was 12 and as a Hibs supporter I wanted to following the footsteps of my idols Joe Baker, Laurie Reilly and Gordon smith to war the green and white of Hibs. Jock Stein was a miner and I believe that it was his time in the pits that made him the man he was. Strong on teamwork and fitness, he liked his players to be nonsmokers and drinkers. He was also a real hard case when it came to discipline. He took over an ageing Hibs team desperately in trouble adrift at the bottom of the league and with a group of players who did not want to change. What he did was to attack the older players’ pride, not belittle them but cajole them into his way of thinking. He appeared to them like a benevolent uncle and after winning 7 out of his last 9 games to be safe he calmly told 5 of the ex-internationals over the age of 33 that their services were no longer required and that it was their fault that the club was in the mess that it was in the first place! At that time I was a groundstaff boy in charge of the dressing room area so it was fascinating to see first hand his methods and ideas. He used to say nearly every day ‘just do your best and never ask a plumber to be a joiner!’ All the groundstaff boys were in total awe of him especially when we qualified for Europe and he told us that we would be taking it in turns to travel with the team for experience. Mind you we were 3rd bottom of the table at that time. True to his word when we qualified for the Inter City Fairs Cup the following year I went with the team to Copenhagen and Valencia. He made you feel 10 foot tall and gave every player confidence plus a massive belief that you were part of something special. There was a case when Neil Martin got picked for Scotland and requested a pay rise. Jock Stein’s response was to ring Neil’s old boss and ask him to keep his old job open for him as he was getting too big for his boots! In his former life Neil had been a long distance lorry driver and he was beginning to believe in his own publicity. Jock Stein’s team talks never or rarely mentioned the opposition, one exception was against Real

Madrid in 1964. He spent 20 minutes extolling the virtues of Di Stefano, Puskas, Del Sol and Gento, telling the players that they could make history that night because everyone of them was 2 years too old and well past their best. He said ‘you can tell your grandchildren that you were in a team which beat the greatest club side ever. Nobody will ask you how old they were.’ Hibs won the game 2-0 and the dressing room was as one after winning of a cup final. In walked Jock Stein who said ‘Enjoy the night lads but remember you have only beaten a team of old men!’ – then he walked out to a stoney silence…… The next morning I arrived at the ground at 8.50am at the same time as Jock Stein. He told me to make us both a drink and then asked me what I had learnt about the match. I said that although we won I thought that their technique was superior to ours but that we were the hungrier, younger and fitter team. His response was ‘Once I had taken any fear factor away from our players I knew we would win, fear makes players inhibited and tired.’ When I watched Celtic beat Inter Milan in 1967 in the European Cup Final I remembered his words. Celtic played with no fear and believed they would win the game even after going behind. His ability to motivate and drive players on came not through shouting and barking but similar in a way to Brian Clough who rarely swore or raised his voice. His preparation and team talks were not long however when you were told to do a job you did it – or else! When he was manager at Celtic he was asked to define his managerial philosophies. He said on discipline ‘I rule with an iron fist inside a velvet glove.’ He was then asked which players he had had to discipline since his arrived 6 months ago. He said no-one but he expected Jimmy Johnstone would be the first! I remember one morning arriving at the ground on a day off to find the dressing room light on and thought that someone had forgotten to switch it off the day before. When I opened the dressing room door Jock Stein was pacing across the room diagonally talking to himself. When he saw me he invited me in and asked me what I thought he was doing. I said ‘on the face of it you are cracking up.’ He burst out laughing and totally threw me by asking if I liked going to the cinema. I said yes and he asked me if I could walk like John Wayne, Alan Ladd or Robert Mitchum! He then said that when each of these walks across the

cinema screen you are almost hypnotised by their walk, almost like rabbits in headlights and that he was going to do his team talk walking diagonally across the dressing room so that he had total concentration from the players. On Friday 2 days later before the Hibs-Rangers quarter final before 60,000 spectators you could have heard a pin drop as he did his walk across the dressing room before letting rip into a couple of senior players. He always explained to the individuals what exactly he wanted from them. The response was superb, Hibs won 2-0, the goals coming from the players he had taken to task. After the match the players were waiting for his arrival in the dressing room and one said ‘he will find something to moan about.’ In he walked and said ‘I always like to beat the blue-nosed arrogant b’s!!!’ – then he walked out again to the total surprise of every player! Every day he would try to freshen training up except from Tuesday which was fitness day – if you missed it you did it the next day. He had spies everywhere and I believe he was made an honorary member of the Glasgow License Victuallers because they used to ring him to tell him what his players were up to. Smacks of Alex Ferguson!! It is remarkable that Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, Jock Stein, Alex Ferguson, George Graham and David Moyes were all born in the same area within 20 miles of each other. Each and every one is a winner in their own right. Jock Stein’s record in taking Dunfermline to the Cup winners quarter final, Hibs to the semi finals of the Fairs Cup and winning titles and European cups was remarkable but I remember him more as a man who cared about his players, his staff and nothing was too much trouble for him. I will finish with a story to explain this. In 1969 Celtic played Leeds at Elland Road. I was at Derby at this time. After the match I was in a guest room full of managers and all the top people in football. In walked Jock Stein, saw me and walked straight over. He gave me a big bear hug and stood talking for about 10 minutes – I felt 10 foot tall!! The next morning Brian Clough shouted to me in the corridor ‘Your old gaffer has been on the phone asking how you are doing. I told him you had scored 16 goals from 20 games but that he could have you back if he wanted to!’ I will never forget the day he left Hibs for Celtic. The tea ladies and laundry ladies were in tears. He apologised to every member of staff for not completing the job but he believed that he would never again get the opportunity to manager Celtic. It was a great privilege to have been involved with such a great manager but also such a terrific human being. See you at the far post Mick

A unique feature of cricket in Cheadle in the post war years – probably unmatched anywhere in the country – was an annual fixture between a club XI and a team drawn entirely from the prolific Whitehurst family, long associated with sport in the town. This family was more than a match for most sides and regularly played matches all over the county and in the Birmingham area. Notable names includes Sep, Frank, Eric, Jess, Rol, Bert (2), Joe and Ken and two members from the Birmingham branch of the family. During that period of cricket spanning two decades on either side of the second world war, the foundations were laid for what is now the modern day successful Cheadle Cricket Club. Since 1950 some very well known personalities have held prominent positions at Cheadle Cricket Club. Older supporters of the club

will recall: Presidents: Dr E H Evison, Leslie Orme, Stanley Burgin, Tom Boden and David Boden Jnr. Chairmen: C. E. Goodwin, S. J. Looker, F. Jones, E. Hemmings, T. C. Gallagher, Jack Colclough, Harry Collis, Jack Harris, Ted Lowell, Peter Dolphin and Ian Plant. Secretaries: Richard Wardle, George Bean, Harry Hurst, Eric Shaw and Ian Plant. In 1963 came the very traumatic events within the North Staffs & District Cricket League. The Senior A clubs decided to go it alone and form their own separate league with no promotion or relegation. Cheadle Cricket Club were in the B Division of the North Staffs & District Cricket League and had no say in the formation of the new league and continued to play its cricket in this league where they were a major force winning many

championships and cups. In 1980 more dramatic events at Cheadle Cricket Club occurred. The club made an application to join the North Staffs & South Cheshire Cricket League, who were increasing their number of clubs and reinstating promotion and relegation. Cheadle’s application was accepted and was immediately followed by a large number of other clubs from the North Staffs & District League. Cheadle CC played its first match in the new league in 1981. Since then they have won the Premier League Championship and a number of Talbot Cups and Talbot Shields. Cheadle Cricket Club now has a lovely ground which has given so much pleasure to so many people over a long number of years. Cricket lovers will hope that cricket will always be played there...


“ Jock Stein’s team

talks never or rarely mentioned the opposition, one exception was against Real Madrid in 1964.

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All-time Local Soccer Hall of Fame Team By Roy ‘Razzer’ Astbury 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.

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. If you have your own Hall of Fame team then get involved and just give Nigel a call at The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice on 01538 751629, 0776 784 6937 to tell him or send your team to: The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, 3 Spode Close, Cheadle, Staffordshire, ST10 1DT or email

‘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.

Razzer’s Hall of Fame July Team MARTIN PRICE Bamfords FC What a terrific, brave goalkeeper who commands his penalty box.

BOB BARKER (Captain) Westlands Road FC

DAVE HALL Hollington FC

MICKY WALKER Bamfords FC A classy local player who was always on top of his game.

A solid and reliable defender who could do any job he was asked to do in the back four.


MARK ORME Uttoxeter Amateurs FC Very quick footed, Brian could A real speedy player who read the game beautifully and could weave his way he possessed tremendous through defences like knife vision. through butter. Mark was a wonderful sight when he was in full flow speeding down the wing,

ROB ALLAN Uttoxeter Town FC A great local centre forward who was always poaching inside the penalty box.

Strong and powerful player who could lead this team with a steel rod and determination to win.

BARRY FENTON Springfields FC Barry always gave 100% on the football field and he proved to be a very solid defender.

ANDY GARDENER Bamfords FC What a top player and a really hard man who gave his all in the tackle and in creativity.

BILLY KEATES Cheadle Old Boys A top man in all aspects of the game, Billy possessed superb balance and a tremendous shot.

JOHN McLAUGHLIN Uttoxeter Town FC John was a natural goalscorer who was always in the right place at the right time to get the ball in the back of the net. We have inserted one football club each player has performed for. Obviously, many have played for several clubs in their careers.


Voice Owner Nigel Titterton has met so many fantastic footballers during his own soccer career, but sometimes it is the players who do not hit the headlines that deserve praise at some stage. So for this month’s Hall of Fame soccer team, Nigel selects the players who really deserve to be mentioned because of their wonderful talents and tremendous loyalty to local clubs. For many of the players picked I have been so fortunate to have played with but some of the players have remained in my memory because they are just fantastic guys who have joined with the rest of us in local football in simply enjoying every football encounter. Goalkeeper: Alan Pedder (Cheadle Old Boys). What a tremendous goalie and also a great bloke, Alan was short on stature but massive on talent. Right Back: Gordon Richardson (Rocester FC). Although this position is probably not Gordie’s best, he epitomises what a footballer should be – great determination combined with a wonderful team spirit. Left Back: Peter Dudley (Cheadle Town). The quietest footballer I have ever played with but what a tremendous talent and a superb left foot. Underneath that silence raged a tremendous determination which made him one of the area’s best full backs. Centre Back: Brian Standaloft (Cheadle Town). The oldest player on the block at Cheadle Town when the team won everything before it including the Sentinel Sunday Cup. A true gentleman on and off the field, Brian is a player and person I have always had the utmost respect for. Centre Back: Arthur Taylor (Stallington FC). Playing alongside Brian I would select Arthur who was simply the best guy around at that time. He was a tremendous player on the ball and at times when he had to play ugly he could do so. I remember so clearly when Arthur was tragically taken from us at the age of 38 and I remember several of the boys in the team shed many tears. Right wing: Kenny Coates (Uttoxeter Town). My old mate Alan Smith tells me Ken is now a cabaret singer in Crete, now called Kenny Cortez!! I remember Kenny as the most exciting, fast, impressive winger I have ever seen – and unfortunately played against! Inside Right: John Morris (Ipstones FC). When I was learning the game of football as a teenager I was lucky enough to play with an ageing John at Ipstones and learn so much about the game. I just watched as he spread the ball to the wings from his midfield position. Inside Left: Billy Spooner (Cheadle United). What a little midfield dynamo Billy Spooner was, getting up and down the field and working tirelessly in his pursuit of the very best teamwork. I can see the bearded wonder now, always with a smile on his face – great guy! Left wing: Cliff Randle (Blue Circle). Built like a stick insect, tall with long white legs, how could Cliff be a danger to full backs? But this magician had lots of tricks up his sleeve and the way he weaved his way down the left and delivered perfect crosses was an absolute pleasure to see. Centre Forward: John Heaton (Cheadle United). A bull of a man and a tremendous team player, I was fortunate to play with John for many seasons and I appreciated his tremendous work rate and his pinpoint eye for scoring. Centre Forward: Johnny Welsh (Wheatsheaf Athletic). One of Uttoxeter’s all-time best goalscorers, John was simply the best at his time on the local soccer scene. There can be few players who have achieved what this tremendous hotshot has put into the record books.

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Alex wins Cheadle title again lex Derricott of Staffordshire Moorlands A.C. regained the Cheadle 4 title that he won two years ago in emphatic style at the weekend. He finished almost a minute clear of Ben Gamble of Stone MM with a time of 20.28. There was an even bigger gap between Gamble, who stopped the clock on 21.11 and team mate Mark Neeld, who came home third in a time of 22.53. Indeed the real battle was for third place with Neeld just edging out veteran runner Mike Hatton of South Cheshire Harriers, who finished with the same time, and Paul Gibbings of Trentham RC, who was just a second behind. There was success for local runner Kelvin Amos of Cheadle RC, who continued his fine form of late to pick up the prize for 6th place in the open men category, despite now being in the male vet 50 category. The ladies race was won by Jennifer Pereira of Medway and Maidstone who finished well clear of the rest of the field with a time of 24.07. Nicky Lowe of South Cheshire was second in 25.56 and Joanne Donnelly of Trentham RC third a further 20 seconds adrift in 26.16. Cheadle runner Veronica Swinnerton picked up the prize for 1st lady veteran 50-54 with a very creditable time of 29.42, especially considering that she has only recently joined the club.


Last year despite a recent back operation, Rob Mace of Cheadle RC was determined to keep up the remarkable record of being the only runner to compete in all 32 races that had been held. This year another operation meant that he was confined to a wheelchair, but he made it 33 races completed with a little help from Garry Wheawall! Both Rob and Garry were given a rousing cheer by the crowd at the finish. At the presentation after the race Cheadle Running Club Chairman Mick Beardmore thanked the main sponsors of the race Brian Stoddard of Stoddard’s Coaches, Derek Fower of Derek Fower Transport and Skip Hire, Alan Beaman of A.J.Beaman Construction Ltd, Gill Roberts of D.W. Roberts Construction Ltd and Garry Wheawall of Weaver Fencing for their sponsorship of the event. He also thanked the many people who had helped in the running of the event, especially St John Ambulance and also Cheadle Town Council for the use of the recreation ground. Cheadle Running Club times: Kelvin Amos 6th Russell Williams 24th Veronica Swinnerton 98th Alison Wright 136th Rachel Beardmore 146th Darren Bourne 156th

Uttoxeter Road Runners latest results

23.18 25.27 29.42 31.51 32.29 33.17

Steve Lindridge

The Roaches 6M (Thurday 25th June) A glorious evening in the sunshine saw five Uttoxeter runners venture out on to the Roaches for a spot of ‘rock climbing!. Starting from the tea rooms at Upper Hulme, the field wound its way Indian file up the Roaches, along the ridge and down onto the roads to finish back at the start. From the top it was easy to see runners stretching out into the distance for nearly half a mile ahead, but a lot harder to keep up with them! A great venue for a ‘hilly’ run though, and good weather made it all the better. Quite a few fallers, but our guys all made it safely through. Ben Cann Graham Cope Lucy Webb Honor Cann Phil Cooper

50.27 51.13 59.52 61.33 72.12

The Roaches race is part of the Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series.

Worthington 5M (Tuesday 30th June)

Above: Alex Derricott - Male Winner, J Pereira - Female winner Below: Rob Mace is pictured being given fantastic support from Gary Wheawall, D Bourne - Cheadle Running Club, R Beardmore - Cheadle Running Club

This 5th race in the BDSL took place on a very warm and humid summer evening. Our Men’s team was well up to strength with Simon, Ian and Steve L. Unfortunately, our Ladies were one short of the 4 required for a complete team. Nevertheless, we had a good evening and were thankful that the finish was at the pub where we enjoyed a well earned drink and BBQ. Ian Salt Steve Lindridge Simon Danks Brian Mackey Grahame Cope Clive Baggaley Russell Reid Danny Carter Steve Tunstall Lucy Webb Trevor Clay Sandra Durow Elizabeth Goodwin Phil Cooper

30.55 31.21 32.40 35.33 37.45 38.45 41.01 41.05 42.06 42.13 42.20 42.25 55.27 55.29

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