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Kidsgrove hosts Borough’s Britain in Bloom launch

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The Kidsgrove foodbank located at St Thomas’ Church, The Avenue has recently opened to provide for those in need in our community.

Kidsgrove town centre was chosen to host Newcastleunder-Lyme’s bid for glory in Britain’s most popular horticultural campaign ‘Britain in Bloom’ on Wednesday 20 March. The town centre hosted the event to mark the start of this year’s Britain in Bloom activities following the success of the first launch in Newcastle last year. Officers from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council were on hand by the shops in King Street to promote the variNewcastle’s latest bid for Britain in ous elements of the initiative such as loBloom success was launched in Kidsgrove town centre cal competitions, regional judging, the children’s painting competition, ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ and the council’s planting assistance scheme. Balloons and bookmarks were also handed out in a bid to encourage more young people to get involved. Now residents, children, businesses and other groups are being encouraged to improve their neighbourhoods as part of Newcastle in Bloom’s annual entry in the regional competition’s small city category. The borough won gold – the highest honour – for the eleventh consecutive year in 2012.


This initiative is part of the Trussell Trust, a Christian charity that does not affiliate itself with any political party and receives no government funding. They are non-judgemental and inclusive, providing assistance to people of all backgrounds and all faiths or none who are found to be in genuine need. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help. Foodbanks help prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems. A simple box of food makes a big difference. All food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. If you or someone you know is in crisis, then you may be able to get a voucher. You can do this through Aspire Housing, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, a Children’s Centre or Jobcentre Plus. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, nonperishable food in exchange for their food voucher. Foodbanks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services. In addition, many doctor’s surgeries, social workers and family support workers, schools and church ministers can also issue vouchers. The distribution centre at St Thomas’ is open on Friday afternoons from 1pm until 3pm. There are a number of ways that you could get involved; by donating food; by giving funds; organising a fundraising event; or by volunteering. For further information visit our website:


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Friends of Clough Hall Park will be holding a sec- The Kidsgrove Carnival Associations first event of ond Easter Egg hunt on Easter Saturday 30th March the year is the ‘Wild West Funday’ in the town centre. 10.00am to 1.00pm. Everyone is invited to come along on Saturday 20th April be-

Thanks to the generosity of Kidsgrove residents just over £14,000 was raised for Cancer Research. Tesco Kidsgrove would like to thank everyone who helped, particularly George Bunn who has for many years volunteered to do their collections, and also to you, members of the Kidsgrove community who have donated change instore. Your fantastic generosity has made Kidsgrove Tesco top of their group for charitable collections.

Last years event was a tremendous success and all children of primary school age are invited to come along for another great day in the park. It will cost £1.00 per child or £2.50 for a family with a maximum of 3 children.

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Tesco Kidsgrove are continuing with the voluntered to do Tesco collections fund raising for the coming year by helping to raise £10,000 for the Douglas Macmillan. They will be making collections and bagpacking and organising sponsored walks. To find out what they are doing or if you would like to support them call Richard, Community Liason, on 01782 585465 for more details.

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Young people are being given a free opportunity to test their climbing skills at Kidsgrove Sports Centre. Kidsgrove Sports Centre is offering taster climbing wall sessions for people aged between 14 and 25 for a limited period. The hour-long sessions will take place from 4.30pm - 5.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 5-6pm on Fridays. Please note this does not include Good Friday or Easter Monday. It is hoped that those who find that they have a hidden talent for this particular skill will go on to take up formal climbing courses run at the centre. Places on the free taster sessions are limited so booking is essential, if you are interested please contact Jessica Woolgar 01782 786162 or

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Friends of Clough Hall would like to thank Tesco Kidsgrove for their generous donation of 36 Easter Eggs and their contributions towards the refreshments.

Kidsgrove Station grant

Volunteers at Kidsgrove Station have been successful in obtaining a grant to further enhance the station gardens. The grant from Newcastle Borough Council is for a wildlife project and will be used to purchase compost boxes, bird boxes, a hedgehog box, insect houses and plants which are conducive to birds, bees, butterflies and insects. Faye Lambert, Project Officer for the North Staffs Communithy Rail Partnerships said, “This is a great example of the initiative shown by the station volunteers at Kidsgrove to continuously develop new ways of improving the station for passengers - the gardens are a tribute to their hard work and dedication”.




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Well my Mayoral year ends on 16th May but what a year I’ve had, I am going out with a superb Las Vegas Party Nite, so get down to the Town Hall and book your ticket now! I can’t believe how quick it’s gone. The run up to Christmas was hectic to say the least and then came January which was a quiet month, time to reflect and recuperate. Then my first function of the year was a visit to the Mayors parlour in Newcastle. I was shown around and discussed the history of the Borough and I did not realise that the Kidsgrove (Kids in the Grove) formed the top of The Newcastle Mayors Badge how important are we to the loyal and ancient borough of Newcastle.

small reception was laid on to thank Jon for all his hard work over the years to transport and in particularly to Kidsgrove Railway Station. This was attended by family and close friends of Jon a good time was had by everyone. Then came a long awaited invite from Mow Cop Residents Association to the opening of Mow Cop Community Centre at Mow Cop. What a transformation, it was a delight to behold and the ladies who made the cakes deserve a huge thank you, though I’m not sure about my waistline. This was followed by an Aspire Fun Day on Sunday 17th March at Kidsgrove Athletic. There were 2 football matches, under 13’s in the morning and Aspire versus PM Training in the afternoons. A great day was had by all. Coming up: Saturday 30th March Easter bonnet prize giving Clough Hall Park Saturday 20th April Kidsgrove Town council welcome The SYNOD Don’t forget get ready to party on 27th April!

Then on Friday 15th February the Deputy Mayor and I were invited to a BUFFS presentation evening at Kidsgrove working men’s club. At the Town council meeting in February we paid tribute to Jon Honeysett MBE where a


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Housing Benefit changes What’s changing in April 2013? If you rent your home from a social housing landlord such as the council or a housing association and you are of working age, your Housing Benefit may be cut. This could happen if your home is considered too large for you - for example, if your children have grown up and left home and you now have a spare bedroom. It’s important to find out now if you’ll be affected, so that you can work out how you’ll be able to pay your rent when the changes happen. You won’t be affected if you are no longer of working age. This is the age at which you can get Pension Credit. This will be approximately 61 years and 6 months in April 2013. It doesn’t matter whether you actually get Pension Credit, or whether you’re still working or not, it’s about whether you’re counted as being over the working age. When will you hear what’s happening to your Housing Benefit? If you’re likely to lose some of your Housing Benefit because of the new rules about the size of your home, your Housing Benefit department will write to you before April 2013. They will ask you to confirm the details they have about you, including who lives in your home and how many bedrooms you have. It’s important to get back to them. If you’re going to get less Housing Benefit, your council’s Housing Benefit department will send you a ‘change of award’ notice giving your new rate of Housing Benefit. They will also tell your landlord, for example your housing association. You may also get letters from your landlord before April 2013 asking you to confirm who lives in your home and how many bedrooms you have. This is so that your landlord can find out if you’re likely to be affected. They may also send you additional information, for example, where you can get more help and advice in your local area.

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This could be the case if you have a spare bedroom, for example because your children have grown up and left home. Your Housing Benefit department will write to you before April 2013 if you’re likely to lose some of your Housing Benefit because of these new rules. They will ask you to confirm the details they have about you, including who lives in your home and how many bedrooms you have. It’s important to get back to them. It’s also important to find out now if you’ll be affected, so that you can work out how you’ll be able to pay your rent when the changes happen. You may need to think about trying to make up the shortfall from other benefits or savings, or through trying to increase your earnings by working extra hours. Check you’re not missing out on any extra help you may be entitled to, ask any adult family members living with you to contribute more, or think about taking in a lodger. Your council may be able to help through its discretionary housing payment scheme, for example if your home has been adapted or you’re a foster carer. They may also be able to help if you are thinking about moving to a smaller home. For more information about the changes, your options, and contact details of your nearest CAB go to the Citizens Advice website Newcastle & Kidsgrove CAB website contains details of all of our advice and information services throughout the district. Please visit;

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I was a little concerned that readers of last time’s hefty dose of disreputable goings on ‘down the canal’ might get the impression that Victorian Kidsgrove and its surrounding area were riddled with crime and disorder.

rupted by a policeman cheerfully started on him instead. It sounds as if half the village was boozily belligerant. In June the fun moved to Talke where there were ‘disgraceful proceedings on Whit Monday aris-

ing out of drunkenness. Drunken fellows, eight of whom, it was stated had had seventeen pints of rum between them during the day were each fined 14sh. 6d.’ Another case a month later gives

a clearer idea of the sort of behaviour. Charles Well, I do have to admit that, going by the press Chadwick and Peter Hamlet were accused of asreports, it does seem to have been quite lively, saulting and robbing Michael Shufflebotham. It The White Lion at Talke crossroads but then, newspapers always have concentrated turned out all three had been drinking together on telling us the very bad news rather than informing us when most of the day. Shufflebotham had left the White Lion (the pleasant things happen. Having recently been looking again into present Caldwell Tavern at Talke crossroads) between 11 and the C19th newspapers at Hanley and Newcastle libraries, I come 12 o’clock, called at another pub briefly, and then ‘scratted with away with the feeling that much of the bad behaviour recorded Hamlet’ on the way home when, as one of them put it ‘the money there was more often alcohol related misbehaviour rather than went’ and part of Chadwick’s shirt was torn off. This sparring deliberate crime. What is harder to tell is what proportion of the seems to have taken place all over the district – in October a population was involved. James Chadwick assaulted the local bobby, P. C. Shadrach ManIt sometimes seems like a good deal. For example, the same sell, at Goldenhill, and two more men were fined for fighting at paper which recorded the Hardingswood Canal Tavern Rob- Harriseahead. bery in April 1853, also carried news that ‘such a series of fights took place on the 28th and 29th March [the first being the night of the robbery] that Inspector Elijah Scott deemed it proper to order additional officers on duty at Newchapel.’ The following

parties were had up for being drunk and disorderly – Thomas Smallwood,Thomas Rogers, Charles and Joseph Dale, Henry Farrar, Charles Heath, Joseph and Henry Baxter, Levi Turner, Lewis Frost, Thomas Stanier, Henry Birch, William Hancock and David Boulton. At nearby Harriseahead John Alcock and Henry Hanks were also scuffling in the road, and when inter-

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However, the cheeky and pugilistic young miners of Kidsgrove didn’t always have things their own way. Seven years earlier, the Staffordshire Mercury of September 12th 1846 had anounced that the crusade for Temperance had reached out to local workers: ‘The advocacy of the termperance

cause has recently been attended with great success at Kidsgrove.’ the reporter wrote in the florid language of the time, ‘The village has been notorious for drunkenness amongst the miners who live there. Many of them have for years been making themselves and their families miserable by excessive indulgence. Meetings have during the last few weeks been frequently held at Kidsgrove and generally well attended, and the result is that upwards of two hundred persons (principally men) have become members of the Temperance Society.’

Oh, what a telling final sentence. That’s put these fly-by-night reformers in their place! Mind you, he’s failed to mention all the drunken folk who were fined rather than sent to prison, and while the children may be docilely trotting to church on Sunday, he does admit that ‘disolute Sabbath breakers’ are ‘everywhere to be found.’ The Secretary of the North Staffs. Temperance Society replied, “The Voice of Kidsgrove at the time, a week later, informing him that it was better to the Rev. Frederick Tobias Wade” preach Temperance to those not in church on Sundays than not and that ‘only when a drunkard has reformed will Well, you wouldn’t have thought that a very controversial rehe be able to go to Church,’ both reasonable points, it seems to port, would you, but the following Saturday’s paper included me. But I’m afraid that the Rev. Wade was both right and wrong this thunderous denunciation by the Voice of Kidsgrove at the in his indignation. time, the Rev. Frederick Tobias Wade: ‘Will you believe it, Sir,’ he commences, ‘that my parishioners were utterly unconscious of their misery and ruin until they heard of it from your paper?’ He could not deny that ‘in a population of 1500 miners and labourers, we have some men addicted to drink – there are some, but very few.’

Drunkenness, when prevalent to the extent it is represented [by your newspaper] at Kidsgrove is invariably accompanied by crime. What will your correspondant say when he learns that for several years there has not been a single person from Kidsgrove committed to prison?’ He points out that some 500 children, nearly a third of the entire population, attend Sunday School, and 250 of those the day school. How respectable is that, eh? And then advises ‘to learn about the state of the population, listen to

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He was right in that the mention of 200 reformed drinkers is about the last reference I can find to the movement in Kidsgrove, so probably the effect of the pledge was temporary. But, judging by the widespread drinking going on seven years later, sobriety had not made a notable advance among Kidsgrove folk either. Things hadn’t gone completely to the dogs though. In June 1853, just along the Avenue ‘a numerous and respectable audience’ was gathering in the Schoolroom to hear ‘Mr. Abingdon deliver an


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Neighbourhood Policing Team report by PC Dave Woodward You will know from previous articles that the response officers who attend the immediate and priority incidents moved from Kidsgrove to the central base at Newcastle, with just the neighbourhood officers and PCSO’s working from Kidsgrove. By April the force’s Policing Model Project will be implemented which will see a change to how the two departments operate. As well as the local neighbourhood officers allocated to each area there will now be officers nominated on each of the five shifts at Newcastle, those officers will have a particular area of responsibility and as well as responding to incidents as before, they will engage with the local officers and provide greater cover on their allocated area and also be involved with problem solving issues on those areas.

Unity Way Those of you who are familiar with Unity Way, Talke will know that it is an access only road which unfortunately is misused by people trying to bypass Talke traffic lights. Due to the number of complaints in this area we have carried out numerous operations to try and deal with this

problem, one previous operation resulted in over 60 £30 fixed penalty tickets being issued in just over an hour. This problem has never really gone away and PCSO Colin Stepney is currently liaising with residents and Highways to carry out further operations and possibly longer term solutions to this road safety issue. If you do not live in Unity Way, you are not visiting a friend or relative or using one of the businesses on Unity Way then you DO NOT have ACCESS and should not be going through, if you live on Harecastle Avenue or the Clough Hall estate, that does not give you access. If you do use this road as a short cut I would urge you to stop doing it, you have been warned, the next time you cut through might be when we are there and it will cost you £30.

Shed and Garage Burglaries The first two weeks of March has seen a spate of shed and garage burglaries just off Kidsgrove town centre (King St, Bourne Rd areas) this is a reminder to please ensure you lock sheds and garages, where possible secure items inside by chaining together items or attaching them to walls or floors to make it more difficult for the thieves. Where possible ensure gates are secure. Consider fitting alarms in sheds and garages, if you are woken in the night by noises and believe that you have people trying to steal from your shed or garage please let us know at the time, to increase the chances of the

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Community Speed-Watch Scheme Following requests from the public and several residents volunteering their time a “Community Speed-Watch Scheme” is due to commence in the Butt Lane and Talke area, a selection of locations have been approved for the speed watch scheme to operate from. Residents will be using equipment provided by the Safety Camera Partnership and obtained through funding, to monitor speed at the locations, where cars are identified as speeding the details will be taken and the speed watch provide them to the Police who will then write to the registered keeper providing advice on the offence. Data from speed watch groups can be used to determine where enforcement vans are placed or where Police officers will target with evidential equipment and issue fixed penalties. So “Watch your speed”

Street Meetings The Community Officers at Kidsgrove regularly hold informal street meetings at various locations to give you the opportunity to come and talk to us about any issues you have in your area. These meetings are advertised in local media, by posters in the area where the

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Tree Planting @ St John the Evangelist Primary School On Tuesday February 26th five Rotarians planted the first phase of an orchard at St John the Evangelist Primary School in Gloucester Road. The Rotary Club donated three trees, apple, pear and plum, plus all the necessary posts, From l to r President Howard Turner with Rotarians Michael Eptlett, Ralph Rhodes, Fred Higginties etc. to the gardening bottom and former President Dave Parkinson club at the school which is run by volunteer and grandmother Brenda McGough. Community Day: On Saturday 23rd March Kidsgrove’s Senior Citizens were welcomed to our annual Community Day in the Town Hall (Victoria Hall). There was an exciting and entertaining programme including a ‘The Blackpool Lites’ (our Blackpool Holiday hoteliers with their revue), a magician Pete Turner’s ‘Amazing Magic Show’, local singer/entertainer Tommy Lee King with his Fabulous 60’s show and of course free Prize Bingo and tea, sandwiches & cakes! This event was open to all senior citizens in Kidsgrove and the surrounding villages. If you haven’t been previously and you would like an invitation please contact the Community Services Chairman Fred Higginbottom on 07947432227 or club Secretary Ted Butler on 01782785272 or email at

Kidsgrove Cricket Club Kidsgrove Rotary Club has provided funding to Kidsgrove Cricket Club for the purchase of catching cradles, rollout matting, a mobile training net and match balls for the cricket club’s junior section. This equipment will benefit boys and girls, who belong to the cricket club’s junior section, helping them to develop their talents, hone their skills and keep off the streets. Stroke Awareness: Readers might remember the Stroke Awareness Day that we held at Tesco last April with the help of St John Ambulance and the First Responders Team. We will be holding another Stroke Awareness Day this year on Saturday April 13. Come along and get checked over, it’s free and it’s painless! The Senior Citizen Blackpool Holiday These are still places available on our annual Blackpool Holiday. This is not a Rotary Club jolly but an opportunity that we offer to the pensioners of the area (60s and over) for a great value holiday in Blackpool. For £163 per person, from Thursday 30th May to Thursday 6th June 2013, you can have a 7-night, half board holiday with return transport from your home to Blackpool included. Please note that there is a £40 single room supplement.

The Rotary Club of Kidsgrove Anyone wishing to book a place on this holiday should contact the club secretary Ted Butler on 01782 785272 or email Ted at Wild West Fun Day Kidsgrove Rotary will be actively involved with the Kidsgrove Carnival’s Wild West Fun Day on Saturday 20th April 2013. The committee plan on having a Bucking Bronco, Bouncy Castle and children’s Fun Fair as well as western apparel at the Wild West themed event. The event will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, in and around the King Street car parking area.


Easter Egg Campaign As Easter is just around the corner various venues around Kidsgrove, Talke, Scholar Green and Mow Cop are helping us to raise funds for The Douglas Macmillan Hospice and St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice by raffling off these monster Easter Eggs. If you see one of these being raffled while you’re out visiting one of these venues please have a go for £1, it’s a great prize and they’re very worthy causes. Gritstone Charity Walk This year’s Gritstone Charity Walk will take place on Saturday August 31st. This increasingly popular event consists of a series of walks starting and finishing at the Rotary Club’s meeting place the Bleeding Wolf in Scholar Green and varying in length from 4.5 miles to 22 miles. The longer walks utilise parts of the route of the Gritstone Trail which runs

from Kidsgrove Railway Station to Lyme Park in North Cheshire. If you’re looking for a means of raising money for your favourite cause then register for our walk and we will provide the routes, way markers, marshalling and a certificate proving that you have completed your chosen distance. You’ll also have a great day out in beautiful countryside with awesome views and great company. Social Media:


Our club is trying hard to spread its message to as many people in Kidsgrove and the surrounding villages as possible. We want everyone in the community to know what we do, who we are and where we spend the money that is so generously donated to us every year. If you would like to keep up to date with our news you will find frequent postings on Facebook at:, on Twitter we are @RotaryKidsgrove, on Pinterest we are: kidsgroverotary/ We also have a YouTube Channel and a LinkedIn Group. You can find links to all of these, as well as general information on the club, on our website . Please “like” our pages and follow us on Twitter so that you and your friends & followers can help to spread the news. Membership If you are interested in helping your local community and global projects such as Shelter Box and End Polio Now why not join us too. You can contact our Membership Secretary Howard Turner via our website or by emailing or secretary@

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Steps in the right direction

What’s on @ KIDSGROVE Library

Please support YOUR library and take books out today! April/May 2013 Regular Events:-

Kidsgrove Writers’ Group meets once a month for a friendly, inspiring and enjoyable session.

SYPS - Careers advice for Young People – every Tuesday 1.00 – 2.00pm.

Next meetings are Monday 8 April and Monday 13th May. For information contact the library, or th

Work Club - Every Monday from 9am-11am. Drop in for help with job applications and CVs. No appointment necessary. Kidsgrove Library Reading Groups – Meet on first Tuesday of the month for lively discussions at 2.00pm, and 7.15 pm. Next meetings are on Tuesday 2nd April - discussing ‘The Reader’by Schlink and ‘The Impossible Dead’ by Ian Rankin; and Tuesday 7th May - books to be announced. Please ask at the library for details. New members are always welcome. Pear Tree Café opens every Wednesday morning from 10.00 – 12 noon, serving drinks and light refreshments.


Computers for Beginners with free sessions for Job Seekers. Other computer courses may also be available. Please contact the library for details.

Baby Bounce and Rhyme – Music and fun for babies and small children. Every Friday morning there are two ½ hour sessions, at 9.45, and 10.30. FREE.

For information please contact Kidsgrove Library 01782 - 782445

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Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 am-5pm Tuesday 9am - 7pm. Friday 9.30am - 7pm Saturday 9.30am - 4pm

Maths and English and Local History classes run throughout the year. Please contact the library for details.

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The inaugral meeting will be on Tuesday 30th April at St Thomas’s Church Hall, The Avenue, Kidsgrove at 2.00pm. All retired and semi retired are welcome to join the U3A please come along and see what is on offer. The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for the Universities of Third Age (U3As) in the UK. U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.



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Get pence off your pills

Don’t miss out on vital medicines because of cost doctors urge. Patients are being urged to make sure they don’t miss out on vital medicines because they are worried about cost. The call comes with the national price of NHS prescriptions due to rise to £7.85 (up 20p) on April 1.

 However the majority of people who need regular medication can get it for far less or will qualify for free prescriptions. Dr Manir Hussain is a Pharmacist and Head of Medicines Management for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups, he said: “The last thing local doctors want is for anyone to go without the medicines they need because of cost.
Most people are still entitled to free prescriptions. However, for those that do need to pay, there are a number of ways of keeping the prescriptions costs down.”

Volunteering as a Beanstalk reading helper is extremely rewarding, makes a lasting difference to children’s lives and is a great way to give something back to your local community.

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The PPC will cover the cost of all prescription medicines needed during the period covered, so anyone needing more than three medicines over three months or thirteen medicines in a year will save.

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Dr Hussain said: “It is important people realise they can benefit from these NHS schemes. If any patients have doubts about the most cost-effective way of paying for medicines they should talk to their GP or local community pharmacist. They may also qualify for free prescriptions.”

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Butt Lane Petanque Club AGM

An old Kidsgrovian, now living in Australia, has come The Butt Lane Petanque Club will hold their Annual across an old photograph that he thinks will be of in- General Meeting 2013 on Wednesday 3rd April 7.00pm at Congleterest to Kidsgrove News readers. ton Road Community Centre, Butt Lane.

Harecastle rail tunnel for sale

The Harecastle rail tunnel that runs from the Bathpool Ex Town Mayor John Parsons is as usual fundentrance in Boathorse Road to Peacocks Hay has been raising for worthy causes in the area. offered for sale on a government website. From the 1st of June to the 27th of July you will see The mile long disused Victorian railway tunnel was built in 1848 and has been disused since the 1960s because it was too small to allow the line to be electrified and was replaced with the overland line that runs through Bathpool Park

Their fifth AGM follows five very successful years where they have played two sessions a week throughout the year, clearing snow off the pitch on several occasions to allow play. Summer conditions are much more favourable and a pitch extension allows the capacity for a few more members. Any interested players are invited to come along and find out more about the club, you will be made very welcome. Free refreshments will be served at the AGM, for further information, ring Cliff Poole on 782814 or Linda Stubbs on 786936.

Kinnersley School around 1938/39, do you recognise anyone?

Glyn Jones has lived in Australia for the last 40 years but went to what he believes was called the Junior School in Kidsgove where the photograph was taken around 1938/39. He informs us that the school was alomost opposite the old Cinema in Liverpool Road, which means the school would be more well known as Kinnersely School which was burnt down in the late1990’s and has seen new houses built on the site, though the old school house still remains. Glyn himself is in the picture second from the left on the second row from the bottom and would like to know if any readers can recognise any others in the photograph. If you do you can send us an email at

Congleton Road Community Centre AGM

Congleton Road Community Centre will hold their annual general meeting on Wednesday 10th of April 2013 at 7.00 pm Please come along and find out what goes on at “your”community centre Agenda 1. welcome, tea/coffee/ biscuits. 2. annual report 3. financial report 4. any other business For further information, ring Cliff Poole on 782814.

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The Department of Transport said a sale will only For Sale - the disused Harecastle tunnel be made to “a public body” able to take on the maintenance of the mile-long tunnel. A Department of Transport spokesman said: “As a piece of railway infrastructure the Harecastle railway tunnel is subject to strict maintenance obligations and as such is not for sale generally.” The tunnel sale on the find me some government space website is described as almost 14 hectares (36 acres) of surplus land. It said that the department has not sold any disused railway tunnels in the past. It is unclear what the tunnel could be used for. The charity Sustrans said it owns around 20 Victorian tunnels across the UK and has converted many of these into walking and cycling routes as part of its National Cycle Network. Martyn Brunt from Sustrans, said: “It’s fantastic to bring these robust old structures back to life to provide popular routes for walking and cycling. They link people up with their local towns, shops and workplaces helping us provide people with a healthy and green alternative to car travel.”


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John walking around Kidsgrove sporting an unusual form of facial hair!

John, now co-opted back onto Kidsgrove Town Council, said he is happy to be back and do his usual job of helping local residents with their problems. He says that after almost eighteen months away he was on average getting twelve telephone calls a week asking for help and advice. Coming back to John’s fundraising, this year he will be raising money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital North Staffs. John has nominated this as his charity as his new grandson Joseph James was born premature at just 29 weeks and spent many weeks in the unit. Whilst on his stay there John was overcome and impressed at the care, love and attention all the seriously ill babies received, he said “these nurses and doctors are true angels”. So John decided to fundraise for the unit in his usual eccentric way - he is having his mustache and beard dyed Royal blue and yellow from the 1st of June to the 27th of July. Some readers may know that John is the Town Crier to Sir Richard Baker-Wilbraham the Lord of the Manor of Rode Hall, and also the official Town Crier to the ancient market town of Nantwich. When John holds his Town Crier Competition in Nantwich he intends to have his colouful facial hair shaved off in public at the gala dinner dance awards ceremony at the Civic Hall Nantwich. John also plans to dye his facial at every competition he enters this year in the UK. If you wish to support his appeal and either donate or sponsor please contact John on 01782 774654 or email on ...nantwichtowncrier@ John says pennies are great but pounds are better!

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