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YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY MAGAZINE

MARCH/APRIL 2019 ISSUE 58

HELPING SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

10,000 Copies distributed FREE every 6 weeks to Households and Businesses in: Blythe Bridge – Forsbrook – Meir Park – Meir Heath – Caverswall – trentham Barlaston – Rough Close – Lightwood – Hilderstone – Fulford – Saverley green Cresswell – draycott – tean – Checkley – dilhorne – Weston Coyney

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 Small Businesses are an integral part of the Local Community Generating Local Wealth, Employment & Opportunity

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 Local Independent Businesses put up to 50% of Turnover back into the Local Economy compared to as low as 5% from the Supermarkets

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 Buying Locally minimises travel thus reducing Carbon Footprint.

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Local Business Classified Accountant Francesca Thorley SOT 07825713308 11 Thursfield Accountants SOT 01782 594958 52 Alarms, Aerials, Sat,CCTV& Security Cam-Tec Blythe Bridge 01782 396619 45 Clear Comms - Cctv/Security SOT 01782 964235 47 Deks Aerials Blythe Bridge 01782 396511 45 Homeguard Intruder Alarms SOT 01782 397589 14 Unicorn Security Systems SOT 01782 971571 9 Airport Transfers & Private Hire (UK) Trade Locally Business Services Blythe Bridge Tel: 01782 392355 14 & 29 Attractions & Events Trentham Gardens Trentham 01782 646646 World of Wedgwood Barlaston 01782 282986 Blythe Bridge Historical Society Blythe Bridge 40 & 41 Building Trades & Allied Services Dan Power - Electrical SOT 01782 398833 46 DJZ -Drives, Fencing, Builders Blythe Bridge 01782 393848 29 DRT Home Improvements SOT 07840850580 49 DTLH - Home Improvements SOT 07837 987023 54 GS Home Services - Home Maintenance SOT 07565507496 24 Hartley Skip Hire Cheadle 01782 393787 25

Hildens Brickwork & Landscaping SOT 07834233356 25 Holdcroft Home Improvements SOT 01782 478543 59 Ian Lovatt& Son Ltd - Building SOT 01782 392265 8 Kingsley Leigh Odd Jobs Fixed SOT 07779746049 51 LH Home Improvements SOT 01782 692370 30 & 31 Meir Park Electrical Ltd Electrician SOT 01782 388557 51 Millenium Driveways SOT 01782 660558 55 PM Driveways Ltd Drives & Patios SOT 01782 478354 10 PW Joinery SOT 01782 335429 22 SW Clarke Ltd - Electrician Blythe Bridge: 07725 415934 49 Staffordshire Chinmeys Tean 01538 723008 54 Wattons Home Improvements SOT 01785 296654 60 Bus Tours & Holidays Copelands Tours SOT 01782 334466 13 Butchers Andys Butchers Meir Heath 01782 392521 43 Bickerton Bros Caverswall 01782 393151 44 Car Sales & Servicing B&R Motors Blythe Bridge 01782 399217 63 Chipsaway SOT 01782 657777 DC Vehicle Repairs Caverswall 07739 570094 63

Smart Auto Fix SOT 07973313057 62 Carpets & Soft Furnishings Carlton Upholstery Cheadle 01538 756274 22 Tailored Floors - Carpets Normacot 01782 395950 48 Charities Donna Louise 01782 654440 42 Douglas Macmillan Hospice Blurton 01782 344300 38 Cleaning Services Brushvac Chimney Sweep Caverswall 01782 393266 22 Nigels Carpet Cleaning SOT 01782 535234 45 Stainbusters Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning 07961 488893 21 Zero Dry Time - Carpet Cleaning SOT 08001804901 61 Computer Repairs & Services The Computer Repair Centre Cheadle 01538 750400 44 Curtains & Blinds Chantelle Blinds Longton 01782 599529 15 Domestic Appliances/ Repairs Fenton Domestics SOT 01782 594614 49 Merv Bennett - Domestic Appliance Service Blythe Bridge: 01782 394887 62 Drives/Patios/Paving DJZ - Drives, Fencing & Builders Blythe Bridge 01782 393848 29 Hildens - Brickwork & Landscaping SOT 07834233356 25

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Local Business Classified Ian Lovatt - Drives & Patios SOT 01782 392265 8 Millenium Driveways SOT 01782 660558 55 PM Driveways Ltd SOT: 01782 478354 10 Electrical Goods & Services Hylands Stone, 01785 812019 HylandsLongton, 01782 342609 68 Estate Agents Keys Estate Agents Blythe Bridge 01782 399911 18 & 19 Platinum Property Meir Heath 01782 392211 16 & 17 Food & Drink Denstone Hall Denstone 01889 590050 Funeral Directors Harry Dawson Longton 01782 313428 Gardening All Seasons Landscapes SOT 07393517343 29 C & D Tree Services SOT 07970241085 25 Greenthumb - Lawns SOT 01782 824549 23 Lee`s Tree Service SOT 01782 393317 27 Mount Nurseries, Spot Gate 01889 505627 28 Straightline Fencing SOT 01782 312679 27 Tailored Floors Artificial Grass Normacot 01782 395950 Gas Appliances & Services Milward Heating SOT 07799046839 54 S.Gas Services Blythe Bridge 01782 396297 53 Ultra Gas SOT 01782 205260 9

Gift Shops Denstone Hall Denstone 01889 590050 Golf Clubs Barlaston Golf Club Barlaston SOT 01782 372867 33 Hair & Beauty L. Nails & Beauty Trentham Lakes 07533 899524 57 Sizzatrix Blythe Bridge 01782 395888 57 Health & Fitness Total Footcare Blythe Bridge 01782 398910 65 Lawnmower Services Shinglers Mowers SOT 01782 393412 24 Leaflet Distribution Leaflets Ltd - Blythe Bridge 01782 392355 67 Locksmiths Arthur Walker Locksmiths SOT 07714290186 22 Memorials Garden of Rememberance Longton 01782 326083 39 Painters & Decorators DTLH - Home Improvements SOT 07837987023 54 MG Painting & Decorating Barlaston 01782 373761 15 Paul Woolridge - Decorator SOT 01782 331733 22 Pets & Accessories Pawsome Holidays - Kennels Blythe Bridge 07970712682 14 Petstay SOT 07816865410 32 Shingler Dunn - Pet Food SOT 01782 393412 32 Plumbing & Heating Milward Heating SOT 07799046839 54 Plumbing Plus SOT 07749883998 51

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4 things to do on the North Yorkshire Coast We are lucky in the UK to have some fantastic coastline, and no more so than the wild and wonderful coastline of North Yorkshire. With over 50 miles of coast taking in seaside towns, quaint fishing villages and dramatic clifftop headlands, the area has something to offer everyone young and old. From Saltburn-by-the-Sea in the north to Flamborough Head in the south, we’ll take a look at 11 things to do on the North Yorkshire Coast. Saltburn Cliff Lift and Pier A traditional Victorian seaside resort, Saltburn-by-the-Sea is a very popular destination with tourists due to it’s large expanse of beach and dramatic headland views. The main town centre sits at the cliff top, with a steep bank leading down to the promenade and pier. Rather than walk down, why not opt for taking a ride on the oldest water balanced funicular cliff lift still in operation. Opened in 1884 the lift still carries passengers the 120 feet down to the pier below. The two cars carry 10-12 passengers each and feature beautiful stained glass windows, which add to the Victorian charm. Once down at beach level, take a stroll down the town’s Victorian Pier which has been restored to it’s former glory, and is now Grade II listed. From the end of the pier, the views out across the coast and back towards the town are spectacular. The pier is also a popular fishing spot and features an amusement arcade. Lower Promenade, Saltburnby-the-Sea TS12 1HQ, United

Kingdom Phone: +44 1287 622528 Visit Whitby Abbey High above the town of Whitby stands the ruin of Whitby Abbey, a former monastery that dates back to year 657 when the first building was founded on this site. The ruins we see today are that of a 13th century Benedictine Abbey. Located on East Cliff, the ruins have spectacular views across the town of Whitby and the surrounding coastline. The Abbey can be accessed from the town by climbing up the famed 199 steps which are located in Church Lane. The site also features a visitor centre which is managed by English Heritage, containing items from the Abbey’s history as well as interactive learning elements. There is also an audio tour available that you can listen to while exploring the ancient ruins. The gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey became the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel when he stayed in the town in 1890. Parts of the novel are set in the town and the Abbey is featured. The gothic influence is still maintained in the town to this day, with Whitby renowned as the ‘Goth Capital of the UK’ and holding the twice yearly Whitby Goth Weekend, where thousands of goths from around the world visit the town for a festival of music, shows and quirky costumes. It’s quite the spectacle. Abbey Ln, Whitby YO22 4JT, UK Phone: +0370 333 1181 Walk the clifftop pathways of the Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way, maintained by National Trails, is a 109 mile trail that begins in Helmsley on the North York Moors and also takes in the dramatic coastline from Saltburn-by-the-Sea to Filey. This section takes the path along some of the highest cliffs in the country, as well as dropping down into hidden coves, beautiful fishing villages and through some of the larger towns along the coast such as Whitby and Scarborough. Whether you want to take in a small section of the trail, or plan to walk the whole coastline, which is just over 50 miles, the choice is yours. Explore the alleyways of Robin Hood’s Bay With such a charming name, this quaint fishing village a few miles south of Whitby conjures up images of smugglers and sea shanties. A small village packed full of gift shops, cafes and pubs with names such as Smugglers, this place is steeped in maritime history. Visit the Old Coastguard Station at the foot of the causeway to the beach which has an interactive exhibition, or head up the steep hills and narrow alleyways to find the Robin Hood’s Bay Museum with it’s collection of local artefacts and history. There is a wide range of accommodation options in Robin Hood’s Bay, from large hotels with stunning views overlooking the coast to tiny and cosy picturesque cottages dotted around the village. Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, UK

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Day Excursions

Holidays 2019

Saturday 30th March Adult Child Llangollen Railway with Cream Tea £39.00 £30.00

Tenby

Llandudno

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Hydro Hotel

Cliffe Norton Hotel

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£260.00

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Ashley Court Hotel April 22nd - 26th

Weymouth

Berkeley Hotel

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Llandudno Gloucester Quays

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Blackpool Mystery Tour

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FOR SALE Greenwood Road, Forsbrook, ST11 9DB

£239,950

**BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED FAMILY HOME** Located in the sought-after Village of Forsbrook. This spacious Link DETACHED Property comprises of a Large Lounge, Dining Room, Kitchen, Utility Room, Large Conservatory, Three Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Integral Garage, well presented Enclosed Rear Garden. Close to Local Amenities, Schools and Transport Links.

Lindale Grove, Meir Park, ST3 7TS

£229,950

**STUNNINGLY PRESENTED EXTENDED DETACHED HOUSE** LOCATED ON MEIR PARK Occupying a CORNER PLOT, the Property comprises of, Entrance Hall, Guest WC, Lounge/Dining Room, Kitchen, Sun Room, Three Bedrooms, Bathroom, Driveway providing Parking, DOUBLE DETACHED Garage. UPVC including Fascia’s & Soffit’s.

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UPdAtE WItH ACCESSoRIES Have you ever been to a Home Décor shop and bought a gorgeous candle or cushion, and brought it home only to feel slightly disappointed that it hasn’t totally transformed your room? I know this is something I’ve been guilty of in the past. Beautiful stores like Laura Ashley, John Lewis and the like, display their wares in such a fashion that it’s easy to get drawn into purchasing that ‘perfect’ thing. But the reality is you will probably need to buy more than one in order to create the ultimate impact. To illustrate this, next time you look at a beautifully styled room or showroom, take a good look at how the space has been set out. Notice if the design is simplistic or ‘busier’ and consider how these looks would place themselves in your home. It’s no good going for a minimalistic or monochromatic feel if you live in a gorgeous country cottage full of velvets and gilted frames (unless you like the eclectic look of course!). Consider the vibe you want to create and look at your existing pieces before you commit to adding to them. Notice how pieces are cleverly grouped together - oftentimes a pair of objects placed symmetrically on a table can look far better than one sitting on its own. Equally a row of three things are visually appealing, particularly on a mantelpiece or windowsill. Popular at the moment are

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succulents in copper or rose gold containers and miniature ones look super grouped together on a shelf or glass tray. If you want to buy a cushion, consider buying them in a set group them together by colour tone or pattern and set smaller ones in front of larger ones for a sumptuous and elegant look on a bed or sofa. Candles are particularly good pieces to freshen up your home décor but be careful to choose ones that are made from soy, beeswax or other materials that don’t contain parrafin as this can release toxins into your home that can be harmful. Fresh flowers in simple glass vases are great for an instant room refresh. As well as vibrant colours and the touch of nature that they inject, the scent may be good enough to brighten the mood and make your room feel luxurious. Picture frames are reasonably priced nowadays so take a look at the ones you currently have and consider if they need an update. Again rose gold or plain white are good options for a fashionable choice and don’t detract much from the pictures enclosed. Hanging pictures can be a bit of an art too - get inspiration from Pinterest and see how best to group them on the wall. Consider what you put on your coffee table. Whilst it has practical uses of course, it is also a great place to display beautiful books. There are many

hardbacks on sale now that cover a multitude of interesting topics - fashion, architecture, nature and cooking are all great ones to dip into when you’re relaxing with a drink and once replaced onto the table will look beautiful too. Just make sure you place them considerately by size or colour and keep the table free of clutter and dust to display them at their best. Try not to clutter your room with accessories. A few well chosen pieces will look far better than adding more and more - then your one little cushion that you bring back won’t be sitting there looking lost in a sea of confusion!

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A (Modern) Passage to India As an oldie with a passion for travel and new experiences, a generous pension and a dislike of the British winter, this seemed like the perfect Christmas cruise to me. Embarking at Athens, we would sail through the Suez Canal, down the red sea, around the coast of Oman and across the Arabian Sea to Mumbai, taking in some of the highlights of the Middle East along the way. Our home for this 21-day voyage was the Viking Orion, one of the smaller ships in the Viking fleet, although it still carries 900 passengers. The Orion was very comfortable with excellent service and plenty of restaurants and bars, several of them al fresco. Travelling alone, I was hopeful of meeting likeminded people and was not disappointed; I even managed to drum up a regular foursome for bridge, my other great passion. We spent the first two days at sea crossing the Eastern Mediterranean, before calling in at Haifa, a lovely city that climbs up from the shore in a series of tiers with wonderful terraced gardens; the German Colony is well worth a visit. A short hop down to Port Said, the port of Cairo, left just enough time for a whistle stop tour of the Pyramids of Giza – breathtakingly spectacular! Our passage through the Suez Canal was a surreal experience, like sailing through the desert on a huge ship while camels roam alongside - add it to your list of things to do before you die. When we emerged from the canal, I avoided the proffered visit to the Valley of the Kings, a long, hot, dusty and uncomfortable drive into the desert. We called in to Sharm el Sheik for a day, Egypt’s answer to Benidorm – not one of the highlights of the cruise for me, but it was nice to stretch our legs and have lunch in a different restaurant. Our next port of call was much more my thing, the ancient city of Aqaba just up the coast in Jordan. Aqaba is the gateway to Petra, the city carved out of the living rock that has featured in so many films. It is somewhere that I’ve wanted to visit since I was a girl and, despite the burden of expectation, it didn’t disappoint; fascinating, awe inspiring and miraculous, I only wished I could have had longer to explore it. After the delights of Petra, we settled down

to several days on board ship as we cruised down the Red Sea and past the Horn of Africa, thankfully untroubled by any of the pirates who lurk there. I passed the time enjoying the balmy weather, playing bridge, making new friends and eating some delicious meals. After five days at sea we put in at Salalah in Oman, known as the perfume capital of Arabia because of the abundant Frankincense trees – naturally, I bought some. We cruised on up the Omani coast to Muscat, a fascinating city that is as westernised as Dubai but far more restrained, with centuries of history on display providing a unique insight into old Arabia. My cruise concluded with a two-day crossing of the Arabian Sea, flat calm and fiercely hot despite the fact that it was early January. We docked in Mumbai, formerly Bombay, finishing a voyage that would have been taken by countless administrators and their families back in the days of the Raj. Mumbai was everything you’d expect it to be, a huge, crowded, vibrant metropolis where, strangely, I felt as safe as I have ever felt in any large city. I also sampled some of the best Indian food I’ve ever tasted, and I love curry. It was the perfect end to my voyage of discovery. I’ve been on several cruises before but this was truly the trip of a lifetime, with wonderful sights and experiences and the perfect degree of variety. The crew looked after me extremely well and my fellow travellers provided me with wonderful company. Caroline Lester

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THE PRICE OF LOYALTY

CONSUMER CHAMPION Did you know that you pay a hefty financial price for staying loyal to business? From insurance to broadband, chances are you’re being hit with a loyalty tax for staying with the same provider of the service.

broadband service providers and found that an astonishing £4 billion extra a year was being paid out by loyal customers, with more vulnerable people or those struggling financially likely to be stuck paying more.

For decades, a huge range of industries have made billions through a sneaky ‘open’ secret - the ‘loyalty charge’. This is where people who stick with the same service provider out of loyalty or convenience face increases in monthly or annual payments every time their agreement comes up for renewal.

Though this practice is finally being clamped down on, don’t expect changes overnight. Here are a few tips to help you tackle overcharging by businesses you’ve stayed loyal to.

In one of the most shocking examples I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen TONS of them), I spoke to a man whose elderly mother was paying just shy of £2,000 for home insurance. He found out and spoke to some of her neighbours and found one with the same company who was paying just £300 for the same policy. For years, businesses have acknowledged that this behaviour is unfair and promised to change their ways - but never have. However, in the last year, thanks to publicity in the media, we reached a tipping point where the practice became so well known that people began to look at their own policies and get angry. The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) investigated five industries; savings, mortgages, insurance, mobile and

· When you sign a contract, put a note into your calendar for when the contract runs out. Then go back a month and put a reminder in so you’re prepared in advance. · Shop around ahead of the contract renewal. Keep an eye on the news for bad/ good deals and businesses that have been warned or fined. · Never assume your loyalty means you’ll be treated better. You won’t and you’ll be overcharged. · Be wary of contracts that run over a year if you’re likely to change your lifestyle – you may have to pay fees to get out of them. If you think you’ve been overcharged, here’s what you do: · Start by turning detective. Find out when you signed up to the contract and when the original one was supposed to expire. If you’re paying for

a phone or other goods as part of the contract, look for the date the item is paid off (it will be on your bill or online account). · Go on to the website for the business and see what you would be charged if you were a new customer for the same package. It’s worthwhile checking on comparison sites too, in case there are even cheaper deals around. · Contact the business and ask them to explain why you’re paying a higher price than a new customer and ask them to reduce your bill or match the price. Be prepared to vote with your feet. · The rules don’t say that the business has to refund you for what it’s overcharged you. But you can make a complaint and ask for the money back – and there are ombudsmen you can go to for free for all the industries that have been investigated so far. Most importantly, spread the word. Chances are you have a relative or friend who isn’t aware of the savings they could be making by shopping around. Have a chat and help them find a better deal or make a complaint. Having more cash in the bank is a good way to go on!

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gardening Your garden in March It usually warms up as the month progresses. In the veg garden you can now plant out onion sets, these don`t mind frosty weather and will develop a strong root system to grow away strongly when the weather warms up. You can also sow broad beans outdoors prepare early varieties of seed potatoes by chitting them, this means standing them in a seed trays or egg boxes in a light but frost free position such as a windowsill for a few weeks, you can then plant them outdoors in April when the

soil warms up. Mulch fruit trees and soft fruit bushes to conserve moisture later in spring and to reduce weed growth, make sure all bare rooted plants are planted before the end of March. If you left the old top growth on your Herbaceous Perennials in the autumn then now is the time to prune back to encourage new growth to emerge. If any gaps are apparent in the rock garden then fill these up now as flowering will soon be underway.

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community pages Artisan Market | Fine Food and Artisan Crafts at World of Wedgwood Sunday 14 April 2019 | 10am to 4pm Join us for our monthly market on

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• Free entry to the Wedgwood Museum, collect your ticket and map from Reception.

February to December. With over 50 stalls, inside and out, full of fine foods from local producers and hand crafted products. • Free parking all day.

• Free children’s Pottery Spotter's Museum Trail with a prize for every completed activity sheet.

Farmers Markets - for Fresh Food And Local Produce Cheadle - 1st Saturday of each month in the market 9.00am - 4.00pm Eccleshall - 4th Saturday of each month, under the Royal Oak arches, 10.00am - 2.00pm Leek - 3rd Saturday of each month in the market place, 9.00am - 3.00pm Newcastle-under-Lyme - 3rd Friday of each month, around the Guildhall, High Street Stone - 1st Saturday of each month in the market square, 9.30am - 4.00pm Sugnall Walled Kitchen Garden - 2nd Sunday of each month 10.00am - 2.00pm Uttoxeter Town Hall - 4th Saturday of each month, in the town hall 9.30am - 3.00pm

Indoor Games Club - St Francis Church Meir Heath Every 2nd and 4th Thursdays 1.30-3.30pm at St Francis' (keep an eye on the Bulletin for any changes). Indoor bowls, board games, card games, jigsaws, dominoes and more. Or just come for the company and a cuppa. For more information please call 01782 393189. To advertise in Trade Locally please call 01782 392355

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what’s on Antique and Collectors Fair at Uttoxeter Racecourse This is a weekend fair open to the public Saturday 27th April 2019 and Sunday 28th April 2019 10am - 4pm. Entry only £2.00 per person.

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See Chase & Marshall from PAW Patrol at our Family Fun Raceday! at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Sunday 26th May 2019. The heroic pups will be appearing during Story Time sessions, led by a narrator, at intervals throughout the day! There will also be lots of other family entertainment on the day.

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Indoor Games Club - St Francis Church Meir Heath Every 2nd and 4th Thursdays 1.303.30pm at St Francis’ (keep an eye on the Bulletin for any changes). Indoor

bowls, board games, card games, jigsaws, dominoes and more. Or just come for the company and a cuppa.

Tiddlers - St Francis Church Meir Heath Our Tiddlers group at St Francis, it’s a Parent & Toddler group for children under four and is held on Tuesdays 9.30 am to 11.00am during term time.

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what’s on Jo`s Dance Fitness Classes in Meir Heath and Blythe Bridge Why not come and join us and get fit and make new friends. Classes at: St Francis Church Hall, Sandon Road, Meir Heath Dance Fitness Mon 7pm – 8pm or Tue 7.45pm – 8.45pm Zumba Classes Tue 6.30pm – 7.30pm Blythe Bridge Methodist Chapel, Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge. Zumba Classes Thurs 10.30am – 11.30am Blythe Bridge Village Hall, Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge (Next to John Rice Motors) Zumba Classes Tue 10.30am NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, ALL AGES & ABILITIES WELCOME Qualified, Experienced L3 Teacher REPS. For further details of any classes call Jo on 07713 308667

Shire Horse Society National Show 2019 Staffordshire Showground Organisers of the world’s largest gathering of Shire horses have announced the date for the 2019 National Shire Horse Show. The Shire Horse Society will return to Staffordshire Showground for the fourth time next year – staging its annual show from 22nd to 24th March 2019. Expected to attract around 250 pedigree Shire horses from across Europe, the show is the flagship event for the organisation which is the only charity dedicated to the protection, promotion and improvement of the Shire horse. Visitors can watch the iconic breed in all its finery, with horses put through their paces in-hand, ridden and in-harness. There’s the chance to find out more about Shire horses and their role throughout history. Plus, the popular stable tours introduced for the first time in 2018 will return in 2019.

classes, and to qualify for the Horse of the Year Show, it’s also the chance for us to raise the profile of the Shire horse, which is currently regarded as an ‘at risk’ breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The Shire horse has played a huge role in the history of Great Britain, but as a breed it is still regarded as an endangered species, with fewer than 300 pedigree Shire horse foals registered every year.

Dedicated Food Hall – selling artisan and speciality foods – which will complement the wide range of trade stands that provide browsing and shopping opportunities for visitors.

The Shire Horse Society’s National Show gives visitors the chance to get up close to the gentle giants of the horse world and help secure the breed’s future, added Victoria.

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1066 Aftermath…Forsbrook Destroyed (part 8) During the late summer of the year 1066, three major battles and several minor skirmishes were fought to determine the right to rule and determine the destiny of England. Two kings lay dead on the battlefield, king Harald of Norway, the victor of Fulford described in our previous story of Ædwulf from Fotesbrok, he was killed by an arrow at Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire. This was followed just days later by a similar fate to the king of England, Harold Godwinson upon Senlac Hill close to Hastings on the south coast. The ultimate victor from all this death and destruction was William Duke of Normandy, who was crowned king of England in Westminster Abbey on Christmas day two months later. Evan at his coronation he demonstrated his intent when the shouts of the congregation outside the church were interpreted as a demonstration against his ceremony resulting in William ordering his followers to quell the disturbance by burning down a large section of London and scatter the people. Although he was illegitimate by birth, as was his full blood brother Odo, together they forged a terrible alliance that was to change the face of England forever in both culture and social structure. Almost overnight the old Anglo Saxon order was swept away and replaced by a feudal system that would impact upon the highest in the land to the lowest born serf who laboured in the fields.

With so many of his invading army to reward, he began by totally redistributing the age-old Saxon estates to his loyal retinue that had crossed the Channel with him Of the 357 estates In Staffordshire he alone personally took a quarter of all the land to hold for himself, most of which were in the possession of the previous Earl Edwin, he being the beneficiary from his late father AEflgar, the Earl of Mercia. For example locally this included Trentham, Cheadle, Fulford, Hilderstone and Milwich plus some that were not so, such as Forsbrook. We shall read why later in this passage. The rest he sub divided into tenancies and rented them out exacting an annual payment or an ‘in kind’ fee from the Bishop of Chester (Lichfield), various church benefactors and several subject Earls such as Roger and Hugh de Montgomery (Warslow, Cheddleton) and Robert de Toeni of Stafford who held a total

of 81 manors spread throughout the county, two of which included our own Caverswall and Dilhorne. The result of this redistribution of wealth meant that many orginal landowners were disenfranchised causing them to lack no future financial means of support and a total loss of their former aristocratic status. Immediately after the battle of Hastings the Saxon Earl of Mercia, Edwin and his younger brother Morcar, Earl of Northumbria pledged their allegiance and submission to William, now known as ‘the Conqueror, at Berkhamsted Castle even before the new king’s coronation. This situation changed dramatically however once they discovered their landholdings were to be taken away from them making them subjects of a Norman overlord. In the years that followed, a series of local disturbances caused by this subjugation of local power and the enforcement

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and his brother Edwin was gathering yet another combined army of Welshmen and men from Cheshire and Staffordshire, the time was at hand to put a final end to this annoying rebellion. To make matters even worse in 1070 a new Danish army had landed in the north of England and were joined by yet another army from Scotland and together threatened to head south to link with Hereward. Thus in the spring of that year William at the head of a great force marched north in yet another ‘Game of Thrones’ expedition. This time there would be no compromise and certainly no mercy.

Although these insurrections were initially quite small by comparison, William had no choice but to put an end to this constant challenge to his authority.

As he moved from county to county he built a series of motte and bailey castles to defend his line of communication and beyond the Humber River he gave his men license to kill, maim, murder and destroy wholescale villages including all the population and any animals that were contained therein. Forever afterwards this came to be known as the ‘Harrying of the north’ which extended late into the year and even through the winter. His forces forged a trail of total mass destruction creating an enormous loss of life estimated at over 100,000 and a widespread famine that followed. William even ventured into a short but decisive invasion of Scotland to deter the Scots from returning into England and forcing King Malcolm III to swear fealty to him, for wherever they went, death inevitably followed.

When it came to his attention that former Earl Morcar had joined Hereward in East Anglia

Crossing the Pennines William and his vengeful troops entered into Cheshire, resting for a while

This was a mistake, for in the following year a similar revolt in the north of England saw the newly installed Norman Earl of Northumbria, Robert de Commines and up to 900 of his men were brutally massacred in the streets of Durham. Emboldened by this success, similar instances of revolt broke out once again across various parts of England from Herefordshire in the west, to raids on Norman lands led by Hereward the Wake in the Fenlands of Norfolk.

in Chester before marching south into Staffordshire in the early part of 1071. The same trail of destruction followed and his path can be matched to a line of villages which were still recorded as ‘waste’ some fourteen years later at the time of the Domesday Book survey. Rudyard, Biddulph, Endon, Bucknall, Consall, Cheadle, Forsbrook, Newton, Lufamesles (Draycott in the Moors) Paynsley all fell foul to William exacting his revenge and were burnt to the ground by the marauding Norman horsemen before they finally reached Stafford to face Edwin. In the face of immediate defeat once again Earl Edwin slipped away before battle could commence and during his escape was betrayed by his own retinue, being killed to appease William’s wrath for their folly. In similar vein Morcar too was abandoned to the king and spent the rest of his life as a guest prisoner in Normandy before returning to England after William’s death in 1085, dying himself whilst still locked safely in prison by William’s son, Rufus. Thus after standing for over 400 years Fotesbrok was now but a pile of ashes and her inhabitants were scattered to the winds. The fields lay untended for a generation and the bones of her dead, the likes of Cenric, Wigheard and Ædwulf lie somewhere to this day in the back gardens of our village… …..but the story does not end here because like a phoenix she rose again.

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Check out the new Kia e-Niro. The Korean automaker has ushered this car into the automotive arena in the hope of putting to rest the reservations of electric-car naysayers. The cynics tend to think that vehicles without combustion engines don’t have the range or the performance of ‘regular’ cars – and they always slam the price. Well, after having a first drive of the e-Niro in South Korea I’m pleased to report that Kia will probably turn these disbelievers into believers. Why? Well, the e-Niro is more credible than any electric car to date, including Hyundai’s mechanically related Kona Electric. While the two vehicles have similar powertrains and platforms, the Kia houses its ingenious technology in a more traditionally-designed and more down-to-earth bundle. The pure-electric e-Niro looks almost the same as its plug-in and hybrid bedfellows, although there are some restrained alterations. Look intently, and you’ll spot the sleeker front bumper, a fared-in grille and 17- inch alloys. The rear of the Kia wears a modified trim to complement the nose, too, helping to provide a more slippery shape. Inside, the car is like other Kia Niros. The dashboard is bland yet functional, there’s an ultramodern infotainment system, and importantly, there’s space for five-up. The most obvious difference, though, is within the centre console. The usual gear selector has been replaced with a rotary dial. This little change in details unfurls some additional storage room, too.

The e-Niro’s 451-litre boot is larger than the ubiquitous Nissan Qashqai’s, but it’s less than the 510-litres in the Seat Ateca. Mind you, it’s still a good size, and you can store the charging cables under the load floor. At the time of writing, there’s just one trim level to select – and it’s called the First Edition. Okay, it’s not very original, but who cares when you get a car as well kitted-out as this? The e-Niro in this guise comes with a reversing camera, heated leather seats, lane keep assist and forward collision warning. The Kia doesn’t possess LED headlights, though – and that’s a shame. So, yes, the e-Niro is all very orthodox; that is until you examine the powertrain. The Kia gets a 204ps motor that propels the front wheels. This, as well as the 64kWh battery pack, is used in Hyundai’s K ona Electric. However, unlike the Kona, a 136ps, 39kWh variant won’t be sold in the UK. The motor’s power output boosts the Kia e- Niro’s athleticism well above the current plug -in and hybrid Niro models. What’s more, once the substantial surge of torque is taken into consideration, the car feels livelier than many ‘warm’ family-hatchbacks. There’s even enough grunt to get a squeal from the front tyres, as I found out when putting my foot down to escape Seoul’s traffic. There are a couple of paddles behind the e- Niro’s steering wheel to regulate the force of brake regeneration. And, while you can’t drive the Kia with one pedal as you can in Nissan’s Leaf, the trio of levels allows you to make the most of the e-Niro’s charge. What about the all-important

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Running and Mental Health There are many barriers as to why people do not exercise and I spend a huge proportion of my job as a running coach trying to break down these barriers. We know that taking up a sport like running has a huge amount of physical and psychological benefits as is widely reportedbut what happens if you just can’t get out of the front door due to anxiety and depression. Starting something new, especially later on in life is a big deal and anxiety levels can go off the scale just at the thought of doing something that you may already think you are not very good at. People can even experience feelings of low self-worth for not trying something that is deemed to make them feel better. I receive a lot of emails from people saying they won’t start running until they’ve lost some weight or can run 5k already. The perception is that we need to be really good at exercise before we even start or we just shouldn’t do it. In my experience there seems to be a message that until you have the body of someone who exercises then you can’t exercise. A common theme in my email communication from prospective clients is “I’ll be the obese one!”I’ve never met that person, they don’t actually exist, only in the head of the nervous would be runner who just wants to give it a go to see if they can run. And these thoughts aren’t gender specific to women, I have the same emails from men as well. A lot of people run to lose weight so that they can start leading

the life that they want to “when I’ve lost that weight, I will be happier, look like someone else, live a different life”. A great deal of time can be wasted comparing ourselves to others, looking sideways for our selfesteem when in fact we should be looking at what we have achieved already. Comparison to others can lead people to experience even more anxiety andit can be a very lonely and destructive road to go down. Learning to run and sticking to running is hard, we live in a world of instant gratification, where we get results quickly, lose weight quickly, smash our 5k time quickly. Sometimes we need to just slow down, breathe and work with the body we’ve got right now. Having even a small shift in attitude towards starting something new like running and learning to appreciate not only the physical benefits but also the impact on our mental health. Looking after our mental health is just as important as our physical health, learning to self-care and be kind to ourselves can only be a good thing. Join a supportive running

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