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We are so lucky to live in such a
beautiful part of Great Britain aren’t
Just looking out of my office
window I can see beautiful rolling
countryside with the sun beating
down on it – makes you feel so much
I have just undertaken my
constitutional daily walk to exercise
my new knee (sorry for mentioning
the knee again Scall!) and it was a
treat to chat on my way to various
people about this and that – it costs nothing to say hello, how
Bumping into my old mates Norrie ‘Nozzer’ Bradley and
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great Britain really is and how proud we are to live here. And,
of course, the burning question which is coming up in June
of whether we vote to stay in the European Union or come
We are all faced with probably the most important vote in
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but our children and our grandchildren.
I find that most folk I talk to really don’t know how they
are going to vote and that the case for staying in or coming
out has not been clearly defined for us to make that decision.
I am not going to say how I will vote in this article as I
want to remain neutral – all I will say is that I have watched
how this gargantuan EU machine has attempted to deal with
various serious issues over the past few years such as Ukraine,
the Eurozone and now mass migration problems across
Europe – and I am seriously not impressed.....
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ewer folkies and more family fun – that’s the
theme of this year’s Acoustic Festival of
Britain at Uttoxeter racecourse.
The line-up has fewer traditional folk acts and
is heavy on nostalgia, packed with former chart
toppers and veterans of multi-platinum selling
careers with a dose of stadium rockers added for
But if you’re looking for Adele, Mark Ronson
or even Metallica, look elsewhere because the
whole package is offered for a price that would
barely buy you a single ticket for one of their
shows. That’s why the organisers claim it’s the best
value for money of any music festival.
The Blockheads are set to be the main
headliners – playing all the hits of the late Ian
Drury with his full backing band. They are usually
fronted by actor/comedian Phill Jupitus, best
known for the BBC’s long-running Never Mind
Two of the other big names on the main stage
are linked by one of the biggest selling pop songs
of all time, and the one that set the trend for all the
charity singles that followed. Do They Know It’s
Christmas was co-written by Midge Ure, who had
a string of hits in his own name and with bands as
varied as Slik, Ultravox and Thin Lizzy.
The opening voice on that Band Aid
blockbuster was Paul Young who brings his
Americana outfit Los Pacaminos to Uttoxeter. He
won’t leave without performing at least a few of
his 80s hits.
Other names familiar to the current generation
of mums and dads are Judie Tzuke, who found
fame in America after touring baseball stadiums
with Elton John, and Dean Friedman, who had a
string of hits in the 70s.
Some of the most entertaining tribute acts are
also due to appear – among them the Counterfeit
Stones and T- Rextasy.
Promoter Mike Stephens says that he has
reduced the number of pure folk performers:
“They have their own audience and appear at a lot
of folk festivals. That audience tends to follow
them to those festivals rather than here.”
He gets particularly excited when he talks
about the line-up of blues players on the bill. King
King and the Krissy Matthews Band are highly
rated on the blues circuit across Europe with a
particular appeal to those who enjoy hard-driving
“I’m a blues man, that’s my music,” Mr
Stephens says. “These people are phenomenal and
I’m sure our audience will love them.”
Jumping jive, cajun and zydeco and the pseudo-
Victorian sounds of steampunk are also well
represented. There’s a steampunk theme to the
event with scores of aficionados expected to arrive
in their costumes – a bizarre mix of Victoriana and
And the regional Fun House Comedy club will
be housed in the new Live lounge for more
intimate musical performances, circus acts and face
painting promise to deliver something for all the
family and justify the claim of being “the family
friendly festival”. There are workshops in guitar,
ukulele and mandolin playing and a performer
who builds and plays his own cigar box and
hubcap guitars while you watch.
The Mad Professor Pumpernickel will be doing
science experiments with lots of free workshops.
story telling yurt and a tipi housing the wacky
masks and story image heads, as they walk around
The Acoustic Festival is now in its seventh year
in Uttoxeter and local support is vital to its
There’s been a radical rethink to the music line-
up as a result, and a pricing policy that reflects the
desire to attract a family audience. It’s a pound for
the whole weekend for infants aged four and under
and 5 to 9 year-olds get in for four pounds.
Children, defined as those under 16, are charged
Camping facilities are offered on site for out-
of-towners, and Mr Stephens points out that it’s
one of the few festivals where you can park next
to your tent.
The dates for this year’s event on June 3rd-5th
avoid bank holiday weekends, the summer solstice
and the Uttoxeter Beer Festival, which is a week
later. For local music fans, there’s really no excuse
for not supporting it.
fun at the racecourse
By Gary Hudson
to book weekend tickets now
Top: Paul Young and Los Pacaminos, the Friday
Above left: Dexeter, the country rock Sunday
Above right: The mad cap folksters Demon
Barbers XL, all 13 of them... dancers and musos
all providing a folk feast on the main stage on
Saturday late afternoon. This elite bunch, were
British award winners in 2012 and 13 as best live
band at the BBC Folk awards.
Right: Clerical Error morris team of musicians
and dancers appear for the second year
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alling all pupils who
were in the 1967
intake at Thomas
Alleyne’s School, Uttoxeter.
Following the success of
the last reunion, former
pupils and staff are invited
to an informal get-together
at the Bank House on
Saturday 4th June, starting
at 7:30 pm onwards.
Light refreshments are
available and in order to
gauge numbers, it would be
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interested would contact
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It will be a relaxed
occasion to renew old
friendships and share
memories, and it is hoped
that many will wish to take
this opportunity to meet
Education may have
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years, but old friendships
will never die! Times have
moved on at Alleyne’s and
things have changed, but we
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Cheadle Flower Club
he first meeting of 2016 for
Cheadle Flower Club was well
attended and saw club member
Cynthia Brassington leading a ‘hands
on’workshop entitled ‘Flowers &
Members and visitors were asked to
bring along scissors and five flowers of
Chairman Sheila Jones had cut out
large flower shapes from polystyrene
and everyone was intrigued to see what
we would be doing with them.
Cynthia then demonstrated how to
cover these ‘flowers’ with sisal and
decorate them with an assortment of
wire, wool, raffia and ribbon.
A round of oasis was inserted into
the centre of the flower base and a
choice of coloured candles was fixed
into the oasis.
Everyone then completed their
creations by covering the oasis with
various foliage and arranging their
flowers around the base of the candles
and decorating with various
embellishments such as chickens and
eggs for an Easter arrangement or pretty
jewels and fabric bows and flowers for
a Mothers Day masterpiece.
Everyone appeared to enjoy doing
something a little different and it was
amazing to see how different all the
The next meeting is a demonstration
by Peggy Leslie entitled ‘All Kinds of
Everything’ on Wed Mar 16th at
7.30pm at the Guild Hall. Visitors £5.
You will be very welcome.
Also, as part of Arts Week, Cheadle
Flower Club will be presenting an
Afternoon Vintage Tea Dance as the
finale to Arts Week on 20th March,
2.30 – 5pm.
This will also include a Flower
Demonstration and the sequence
dancing will be led by Brian Stoddard
and his group.
Tickets are £5 and are available
from Flower Club members. Not to be
For tickets or further information
please ring Sheila Jones 07974 577572;
Diane Lucas 01538754770 or Stella
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Time for a good old moan this month, I know
you all like it really!
What is happening to our financial institutions?
What a total calamity they appear to be in. I saw
on the news the other week that RBS have only lost
2 Billion Pounds in the last financial year although
that is a brilliant result compared with 4 billion the
year before, thrillsville!
Lloyds are laying off 700 staff and closing
branches all over the place due to more of Joe
Public using internet banking, great. It was their
idea in the first place. They are not bothered about
the personal service they used to give you now it is
all to do with profit, profit, profit or trying to make
How the hell they got into the situation where
the taxpayer at the end of the day had to bail them
out is beyond me. You are lucky to get a measly
0.5% interest on your hard earned cash to save for
your retirement or the luxuries that you have hard
earned, but go to borrow a few quid and they want
10 times more than that in interest payments and
threaten to pull the umbrella from above you
regardless whether or not you pay it back or not,
I have noticed recently that the modern trend
now with banks is that the age of the personal
service from the very amicable and friendly counter
staff which we all have been used to in the past is
coming to an abrupt end. I have been informed
that the Nat West bank in the town has recently
had a major refurbishment and the counter has
disappeared altogether and replaced with a single
employee sitting at a desk to assist you in your
transactions. The rest of the area has been replaced
with various machines for you to fathom out what
to do with them. Lloyds Bank looks like it is going
the same way it still has a counter but 3 out of the
4 traps are closed and a machine put in place to do
what the staff did prior.
I was in my local bank the other week and the
queue was about 15 deep waiting to be served by
a lone bank clerk when the bank manager himself
came down to queue asking people what they
wanted to do and suggesting they use, if was
appropriate, the new fancy machine they had
installed. Fair comment some transactions can be
done by machines the cashpoint is a typical
example. But a machine cannot give you advice on
a lot of inquiries. or pass a few pleasantries or have
a banter with, human contact is needed in most
Anyway, why should we have to handle all this
modern technology we pay enough in bank charges
to deserve the personal touch now and again, apart
from creating good customer relations which are
very rapidly going out of the window.
I had to laugh the other week when a friend of
mine related a story to me about when he was in a
bank queue recently and a fellow customer behind
him was approached by a member of the bank staff
who politely asked him if there was anything that
he could help him with and he replied, “Yes there
is actually, you could get your backside behind that
counter and accommodate some of your customers
that have been waiting for nearly half an hour to
be served”. Good of him!!
Another incident I came across as well a few
weeks ago when I was walking up the High Street
approaching Barclays Bank. The bank was lit up
like a Christmas Tree as usual, this was at 3 o’clock
in the afternoon and a very irate customer was
head butting the window and trying to get in the
premises but they were locked up tight and there
was no one present. “What’s happened to this
place, why are they shut, I have travelled in to town
especially today to do a very important transaction
that is a life or death situation for me, or so my
wife has informed me, and the blinking place is
shut”, he blurted out to me. I thought that it was
very odd myself actually as it was a Wednesday
afternoon and there was quite a number of people
about the town at the time, until I espied a sign on
the wall outside, which I add, did not actually hit
you in the face, Opening Times Etc. with an
additional line CLOSED ON WEDNESDAYS. This
answered all of his queries. I can understand
closing on days when there is not a lot of trade
about but on a Wednesday one of the major
trading days of the week, it is totally mind boggling
as to who thinks these ideas up, certainly someone
without a brain I’m thinking, unless they know
something I don’t!
I can remember at one time Uttoxeter could
brag of having a branch of all the major Banks &
Building Societies in town but now they are
dwindling very fast, I have been informed that the
Britannia Building Society is closing in June
following the already closure of most of the others
that were here at one time, The Staffordshire, The
Derbyshire and Nationwide being typical
Modern trends are forcing more and more of
us to utilise the banks electronic systems to handle
our transactions, fair enough, I suppose we have to
move with the times, but they are not coming up
with the facilities to handle these. High Street
Banks and Building Societies are gradually coming
to a very abrupt halt with branches closing all
They shut the one that you have used all your
life after being a very loyal customer and then tell
you that you now have got to travel 15 or 20 miles
away to do your business or go elsewhere, they
want locking up!!
This is apart from the security aspect. Uttoxeter
is not exactly the crime capital of the country but
even here incidents of people being robbed of their
cash or pin numbers stolen with false fronts on the
cash machine have occurred regularly along with
their internet banking accounts being hacked by
highly educated thieves, the banks don’t emphasise
these problems as much as they do their TV
advertising and junk mail campaigns to get you to
change the way in which you bank.
I suppose though on the bright side because of
this so called electronic age and the lack of
personal service that the past scandals of selling
dodgy insurance deals and the likes (PPI being one
example) will be curtailed somewhat!
I hope most of you agree with me because I
would not like to think that I am the town’s
solitary old moaning person.
Til’ next time
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by Shoshannah McCarthy BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS
Shosh qualified from the Royal Veterinary
College in London, and has been working as a
small animal vet at Blue House Veterinary Centre
in Biddulph since 2009. She has a rescue cat
Chocolate is delicious, but it’s not for
t’s that time of year again when the chocolate
content of the average home shoots up
(especially if you pace yourself better than I do).
Unfortunately, there is a predictable spike in the
number of chocolate poisonings in dogs around
Most of us know that chocolate is toxic to
dogs, but I expect we all know someone who feeds
it to their dog without any apparent ill effects. Are
they asking for trouble?
Why is chocolate poisonous to dogs?
Chocolate contains two chemicals that are
harmful to dogs: caffeine, and a compound called
theobromine. The amount of theobromine in
chocolate depends on the cocoa content. Standard
milk chocolate contains less theobromine than
dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, which
may contain ten times more theobromine. Cooking
chocolate (and therefore chocolate cake and
desserts) contains a high amount too.
At low levels, theobromine can cause digestive
issues such as vomiting and diarrhoea. Next come
the toxic effects on the heart - theobromine results
in a fast, irregular heart rhythm which can result
in collapse in severe cases - and at high levels of
ingestion dogs can suffer with seizures and death.
How much chocolate is poisonous?
This depends on the size of the dog, the amount
of chocolate eaten and the type of chocolate it was.
As stated above, we know that tucking into a bar
of dark chocolate will cause more problems than
scoffing white chocolate or something like
Maltesers, which are essentially biscuit with a
chocolate coating. But it’s crucial to take into
account the dog’s size as well: an Irish Wolfhound
will tolerate larger amounts of chocolate than a
Yorkshire Terrier before becoming unwell.
One mouthful of regular milk chocolate is
unlikely to harm most dogs, but even a small
amount of dark chocolate can - so it’s always
advisable to phone your vet if your dog has got
into the Easter eggs or even stolen a piece of
chocolate when you weren’t looking. If you know
the approximate weight of your dog and the type
of chocolate it was, your vet will usually be able to
calculate the risk and advise you over the phone
whether you need to take your dog in for treatment
or whether you can safely monitor them at home.
ALWAYS speak to your vet promptly in these
circumstances, and don’t be tempted to ‘wait and
see’. It can take up to twelve hours for symptoms
to occur, so it’s best to find out straight away if
you’re likely to see problems. If your dog has eaten
a potentially toxic dose, it’s important that they are
seen as soon as possible so the vet has a chance of
making them sick to bring up the chocolate (see
What if my dog has eaten a toxic amount?
If your vet has advised that your dog has eaten
a potentially dangerous amount of chocolate, you
must visit them as soon as
possible so they can induce
vomiting. Please never be
tempted to try this at home
without speaking to your vet
first, as inducing vomiting
can be dangerous if done
Vets will often use
activated charcoal as well,
given by mouth to bind up
the chocolate in the stomach
and stop theobromine being
absorbed. This usually needs
to be given repeatedly for up
to 24 hours.
If your dog has been
unlucky enough to develop
severe diarrhoea, an irregular
heart rate or seizures, these
will be treated specifically.
Unfortunately, due to the
serious nature of chocolate
poisoning, some dogs don’t
make it despite the best
efforts of the veterinary
• Keep all chocolate safely
out of reach of dogs.
• If your dog does get hold
of some chocolate, speak to
your vet for advice
immediately - don’t be
tempted to wait and see!
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Painsley in Top 100
Schools in the Country
Painsley Catholic College is delighted to announce that
the college has been placed amongst the 100 top
performing non-selective schools in the Country.
In a letter to Mr Bell, Principal, the Rt Hon Nick Gibb
MP, Minister of State for Schools, wrote: “I am writing to
convey my warmest congratulations to you, your staff
and your pupils for your school’s very high standard of
achievement in the GCSE exams in 2015.
The percentage of
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In addition, your school
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Ensuring your pupils are
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Thank you for your work in these important areas of a
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Mr Bell commented, “It was a wonderful surprise to
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The Lion, The Witch
and The Wardrobe
24th and 25th February 2016
The theatrical version of The Lion, The Witch and the
Wardrobe, jointly produced by Painsley Catholic College
and Moorlands Sixth Form College on 24th and 25th
February was a resounding success. The production
fused elements of physical theatre, verbatim theatre and
Brechtian elements to create a very impacting and fresh
take on this classic story. Lovely details, such as the use of
live ‘foley’ sound effects performed in view of the
audience and a beautiful original sound score devised
and performed by music director Zach Birch added an
atmospheric, inclusive quality to the experience, causing
audience members to gush with enthusiasm and praise
Creative director and head of Drama Ms K Phillips
took pains to emphasise the World War Two evacuation
context of the story, with evacuee letters being performed
by talented young actresses in the way into the theatre,
framed by beautiful display work by Year 8
history students. Masks and costume were
spectacular, with masks inspired by such West
End classics as The Lion King and costumes
that played on the fur coat references in the
text to create a sense of children’s fantasy, and
an innovative and novel approach to the
The acting standard was magnificent and
widely commented on by the audience.
Several of the cast were also student directors,
who took on much of the creative work for the
production themselves. Lighting and stage
management were flawless, managed expertly
by Samuel Clowes, who will be studying stage
management at LIPA in September.
The production is best described by the
audience, whose universally positive
comments have been flowing in to Principal,
Mr Bell, since Wednesday. Some of these are
‘The production was so professional I
forgot I was sitting in a school hall!’
‘My son has done lots of extracurricular theatre, but
this is the best production I have ever seen him in.’
‘I really enjoyed the ‘build up’ on the journey to the
auditorium with the period music, the letter writers and
solo pieces. They really set the scene.’
‘Your costume was stunning and the portrayal of the
White Queen was suitably evil!
The simplicity of the setting was very effective and
‘I have to say that I think that it was the best
performance I have seen in all my years as a parent at
Painsley! Everything about the performance was
‘The set was inspired, the use of smoke and also of the
moveable set really did make us feel that we were
watching a professional performance.’
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Ginny’s Community Corner
by Ginny Gibson of Uttoxeter
ecently when walking
around Uttoxeter, I saw
a great cushion in a
shop window, it said, “Cats
leave paw prints on your
heart”. It got me thinking
about my two cats, Frankie and
Johnnie. They were a pair of
ginger tom cats, which lived
with me in Bristol. They were
both rescue cats, Frankie came
along first from the Cats
Protection League and then
Johnnie joined him about six
months later. They had their
own stories; Frankie was
rehomed because his owner
couldn’t look after him anymore, while Johnnie
had been found in a bag along with two other
kittens in an alley.
In this area, if you are thinking about a pet, why
not contact Cheadle & District Animal Welfare
Society (Registered Charity No 1039350), which
is an organisation run entirely by a small group of
dedicated volunteers and their website shows you
the cats and dogs that need someone to love them.
They do not have a cattery or kennel facility, so
all the animals are boarded at private
establishments by volunteers, waiting for someone
to come along and give them a new life in a new
All the animals are checked over by Lime Trees
Veterinary Clinic, Tean Road, Cheadle and get
vaccinated, microchipped, wormed, de-fleaded and
fully looked over by a vet before any rehoming
takes place, so you can be sure that your new
friend is healthy before you take them on.
Clearly there are procedures to go through
before taking on a new pet and the website has a
lovely page that is called Points to Consider. It gives
you some great questions to ask yourself before
thinking about taking on a pet. Do you have
enough time to play with them, will you be able to
afford the food and vets bills, do you know how
to insure them and are you at home enough to
make them feel welcome and part of your family?
Dogs need walking in the rain as well as fine
weather. If you live near to me, then you will have
seen me out in all weathers and I have a towel rail
by the back door just for them, so when the rain
comes they get dried before me! Cats are cleverer
and don’t seem to go out in the rain!
Cheadle & District Animal Welfare suggest
that you visit your prospective pet a few times
before making the final decision, that way you
have lots of time to get to know them before you
take them home and don’t rush into a decision.
When I got Frankie and Johnnie, the lady from
the Bristol Charity came to my home, looked at the
fact I only had a flat with no access to a garden
and gave me great suggestions about where the
litter tray would go and places for them to sleep
that would make them feel secure. Both of them
loved sleeping on top of the wardrobes, so I had to
move a chest to enable them to get up there. Trust
me, your life will revolve around them, not the
other way around! I was worried that they
wouldn’t be able to go out, but both my Vet and
the Charity lady assured me that “Flat Cats” were
perfectly normal and Frankie would adjust and as
Johnnie was a kitten, he wouldn’t know any
Dogs of course are different and my husband
and I have found that they need a routine, so ours
get fed at the same time every day, get walked at
the same time every day and they have the radio
on when we go out and in fact are rarely left for
longer than 3 hours. When we lived in
Northampton and worked in Leicester and
London, we had a dog walker to come in at lunch
time to walk them. These are the things that need
to be considered before you take the plunge.
But when you do and either your cat or dog
arrives at your home, then the fun begins. A pet is
such great company and gives you unconditional
love and affection that is beyond wonderful. I
wouldn’t be without a pet now.
On the Charity website you will see pictures of
Cats and Dogs that need new homes. For instance,
on the Cat page you will find Topsy a pretty black
and white cat. Topsy has been in the care of
Cheadle Animal Welfare since December 2014
when sadly the elderly lady who used to put food
out for Topsy was no longer able to look after her.
Unfortunately Topsy hasn’t had much comfort in
her life as she has mainly been an outdoor cat, but
she is now enjoying being pampered and having a
warm, cosy bed to sleep in. She hasn’t got a nasty
bone in her body and loves a good fuss. Her ideal
home would be a quiet one with people who will
enjoy her company; she would enjoy going
outdoors to explore knowing that she had food
and a warm knee waiting for her back home.
Tiny Tim, is a lovely Jack Russell aged 9yrs, he
is male and neutered, mainly white with brown
patches. He enjoyed lots of attention from his
elderly owners, but sadly a change in circumstances
means he needs to be rehomed. He needs to be the
only dog in the house hold, but has lived fine with
a cat for companion.
To look at all the animals available then visit
the website site links below:
As with any Charity, Cheadle & District
Animal Welfare needs your help too. They do not
get any government funding and so if you want to
volunteer to be a foster person for pets waiting for
homes or perhaps volunteer to walk the dogs or
give out leaflets to make the charity better known,
then call them for opportunities to help.
If you can donate some money to ensure that
this service continues to provide a loving place for
Cats and Dogs to go to while they wait for their
permanent home then there are lots of ways, you
can do it via PayPal or at no cost to you go via the
EASYFUNDRAISING website to do your online
shopping, raise money for Cheadle Animal
Welfare Society every time you shop online, they
get funds at no cost to you:
Or they are also registered on the Give as You
Live Website, so if you use that website to access
your retailers you can also help via that too - and
like easyfundraising.org.uk this is also at no cost
to you. www.giveasyoulive.com/join/cheadle-and-
So, if like me, you have time and love enough
to give a pet a new home then call Cheadle &
District Animal Welfare and change your life and
the life of a Cat or Dog. Your life will be enriched
as a result.
• email email@example.com
with your contact details and the name of the
animal you are interested in and someone will
be in touch
• telephone 07531 232 542 for dog enquiries
• telephone 01335 390369 or 01889 564045 for
Finally, I have a correction to make from a
previous article. I mentioned that Spar was the
shop at 5 Shops in Uttoxeter, but in fact they are
the Premier Shop, S&A Superstores. Spike Millican
and his wife accepted my apology personally, but I
wanted it in print too.
Tiny Tim Topsy
On behalf of Stramshall Bowls Club we
would like to offer our vote of thanks for a
fantastic article written by Ginny in Issue 61.
As you know we were in danger of closing
the club that had been running for some 20 plus
years. Through your article and word of mouth
we are now back to a very healthy membership
so once again thank you to you, to Ginny, and
to the Voice.
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Have I got news for you
by Uttoxeter’s Gary Hudson, Former BBC Chief News Reporter
Gary Hudson is a member of Uttoxeter Lions
Club, a former BBC Chief News Reporter and a
senior lecturer in Broadcast Journalism at
Free prostate tests – two dates for your
Gentlemen - and ladies if you’re interested in
these things - here are two dates for your diary. As
Frank Sinatra said about love and marriage, you
can’t have one without the other.
The first is Tuesday, April 19th. The second is
Saturday June the 10th. The first is the chance to
quite possibly save your life at Uttoxeter
Racecourse when the town’s Lions Club has again
organised free prostate cancer blood tests for any
man who turns up.
The second is the date of this year’s Uttoxeter
Beer and Cider Festival at Oldfields Sports and
Social Club. It’s a chance to sample around 30
different beers and ciders and enjoy live music. It’s
always tremendously popular – so popular that the
proceeds pay for the prostate cancer screening.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men
in the UK. More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with
prostate cancer every year, and a quarter of a million
are living with it right now. Annual blood tests are
recommended for men over 50.
To find out if you are at serious risk, all you
have to do is turn up any time after six o’clock in
the evening at the racecourse and wait for a few
minutes for a test.
The blood is taken from your arm by a
specialist nurse and sent away for testing. The tests
cost £15 or so each, but that cost is paid by the
Lions, or rather by people like you from the money
you spent at the beer festival.
Fifteen lives saved - probably
Hundreds of men have had the tests at our two
previous events, and according to expert opinion
around 15 of them are probably alive today
because of that. That’s 15 lives saved because of an
event paid for by a beer festival. Makes you think.
It’s a good reason for coming to the beer festival.
But so is the entertainment on offer. I mentioned June
11th but in reality it’s a two-day event.
On the evening before the main beer festival
there is an open mic night in the beer tent. It is
quite simply the biggest open mic event in the area.
If any of the dozens of pub open mics in North and
East Staffordshire and across the border into South
Derbyshire were to attract as many performers as
we had last year, you wouldn’t be able to get into
The giant marquee wasn’t as full on the Friday
evening as it was on the Saturday, and it became a
bit chilly later on even though it was the beginning
of June. This year we are going to hire some
Now we’ve sorted the heat in the room
(hopefully), it’s going to be a great way to kick off
the festival. We’ve got some of the most talented,
funniest and energetic performers gleaned from the
local pub scene.
Let the fun begin – it’s win-win
I’m confident we’ll be seeing Delta Echoes,
Moore and Moore Beer and I dare say Temple
Hudson, whose album Hope Street is available on
eBay for just a fiver (all for charity), but I told you
about that last month (don’t tell me you haven’t
bought a copy yet!).
It’s only £2.50 admission to the open mic night
as a spectator, or free if you are a performer or
have a ticket for the beer festival. All the beers will
Beer Festival tickets are £7.50, covering both
days, and for that you get a souvenir glass and
tasting notes, and more tremendous live music.
Once again local singer-songwriter Jason Callear
will be performing with Sean Prior on bass.
They usually do a great selection of classic rock
and pop covers, perfect for the Saturday afternoon,
and this year they’ve promised to include even
more modern material to appeal to the younger
sections of the audience. Jason is also hoping to
have his new album ready in time for the festival
and that will definitely be worth checking out.
As things get a little more lively later into the
evening, we have been promised a marathon set
from covers band Upfront, who are always a treat
whenever they play. You don’t really need a good
cause to enjoy that lot.
But remember, it all helps pay for the prostate
tests. Consultant David Baxter-Smith and a team
of specialist phlebotomists will be on hand at the
racecourse from 6pm till 8pm on Tuesday, April
19th to help save more lives. It really is a win-win
The Open Mic night kicks off the Beer and Cider Festival, and the whole thing pays for prostate
cancer tests – win-win!
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new book,“Kitchen Cupboard Cures:
Traditional Remedies from the Days
Before You Could Afford the Doctor”,
has just been published which collects
together for the first time stories of home
remedies and cures practised throughout the
UK from the 1920’s onwards.
Local Author Kath Reynolds has been
gathering stories and memories for more than
twenty years as part of her of her popular
interactive reminiscence talk entitled “Goose
Grease and Brown Paper”. The talk
encourages people to share memories of some
of the more creative remedies ‘inflicted’ upon
them in the days before the NHS when you
simply could not afford the doctor…or
dentist. These stories are presented in her new
book “Kitchen Cupboard Cures”.
Kath, 54, who lives in Tean, said “I have
had so much fun listening to and sharing
these tales, I am sure lots of people will wince
and groan as they read and recall the
gruesome details of how ailments were cured
using the simplest but often most torturous
The book is a ‘light’, informative and
often humorous collection of reminiscences
covering cures for common ailments such as
sore throats, warts, boils, chilblains,
toothache and styes (powks) – many of which
were administered by well-meaning
grandmas! Reminiscing on the bowels
produces much mirth; everyone was dosed up
on a Friday night but with a variety of
potions…some were even aided by a bit of
soap…Fast and effective apparently!
The medicine cabinet may well have
contained tonics and toddies such as Virol,
Scott’s Emulsion and Fennings’ Fever Cure
which are also recalled with dubious
Kath is available to give talks to groups,
and to run reminiscence sessions in care
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Jack’s nostalgic thoughts...
by Jack Hayhurst, of Alton
Former Painsley High School Woodwork Teacher
Golden Wedding - A 95% true story from
“Hello Jack.” said the voice on the phone... “It’s
Mavis at the WRVS in Leek”.
“Oh. Hello “ I replied, “ nice to hear from you
again “ ... trying to think who she was.
She followed-up with the pleasantries... “How’s
your lovely wife ?” ... and all that stuff.
Then... “Reason for my call ... we are wondering
whether we could ask you to organise a little event
for the WRVS. The service is trying to connect more
with the community. We have a bit of spare cash and
have decided to remember some Golden Wedding
anniversaries. For example.... Mr and Mrs Keates in
Cheadle have their anniversary on 25th August; we
want them to be presented with a bouquet, on the
day, and have their photo in the local paper with a
member of the WRVS. Bit of publicity.”
“Well”, I said, “I haven’t had a sex-change;
doesn’t the WRVS need a lady ? “
“Oh no! Anyone with two legs is fine... perhaps
get a lady to present the bouquet though”
I said, “Have you rung me because you’ve heard
I was the brains behind the Normandy landings?”
Forced laughter! “Something like that. Thanks so
much for offering to do it”.
Click! The phone goes dead. End of conversation.
I had no memory of offering to do it.
Never mind! The Flower Shop on Cheadle High
Street agreed to have a nice bouquet ready at 10.0
am on the 25th, the paper agreed to provide a
photographer at the house at 11.0 and I just needed
a nice lady (who had worked for the WRVS ) to
present the bouquet. Inspiration... Mrs Cath Lucas!
Would she do it ? Was she free on the day?... Yes!
On the day before the event I get a very sad phone
call from Cath, to say that her husband Ron had died
the day before. Awful! Obviously we expressed our
sympathy and told her to forget the 25th.
Another inspiration: Mrs Margaret Stoddard !
Now there was a lovely happy lady who would
brighten the day for Mr & Mrs Keates. (NB..
Margaret was in my form at school in Ashbourne).
OK, we are back on track. I just phoned the paper
to make sure they remembered.
“The Keates on the 25th ? “ they asked.
“That’s right.” I replied. “We said 11.0 am”.
“No mate. That’s not how we do it. We take the
picture a few days before so it goes in the paper same
“Could you go again? “...I explained why.
“Sorry. We’d like to help but the diary is full”.
I tried another paper though. Success!!
It all worked.
The flowers were splendid; Margaret and the
photographer did the job really nicely ... all happy.
But Mrs Keates was a bit baffled. She said, “ It’s
strange. We had another photographer here on
Monday last. D’you know... we’d forgotten it was
our anniversary, but we did remember it snowing on
our wedding day. When he’d gone Mr Keates looked
it up and it’s actually next February”.
Oops... So as not to waste the occasion it was
agreed that the paper would hold on to the photo and
it could be used in February. Fair enough !
Then... oh dear... Mr Keates died just before
I phoned the WRVS in Leek and explained that
some of my D-Day landing craft had gone off course,
landed at Clacton and trashed the Sea View Hotel.
Down on the Farm
by Angela Sargent
pring beckons and is, hopefully, just around the
corner- the days get noticeably longer and the
clocks go forward and we see more of the sun
“A speck of March dust is worth a King’s
ransom” to us and every farmer, as it denotes the
warming of the ground, from a February average of
4.47 degrees to the annual average of 10.55 and this
means seeds will start to grow and the plants already
in the ground can really take off.
Here, our farm is on Gunthorpe mudstone
bedrock, formed in the Triassic period (300 million
years ago), when it was a hot desert and on top of
that is slightly acidic loam/clay.
Any soil that has been affected by flooding this
year will have lower levels of oxygen and also lower
levels of micronutrients, so soil testing will be
necessary to check for things such as low nitrogen
and the crops nutritional needs will need to be
monitored throughout the growing season.
One hectare of soil contains roughly 25 tonnes of
micro-organisms too- 10 of fungus,4 of worms and
1 of beetles, amongst others (mind you, who counted
and weighed this, I have no idea!) and you can see
that it is in Farming’s interest to look after our soils
and encourage worms and beetles by incorporating
organic matter (manure).
Our first lot of lambs have gone out to enjoy the
first flush of spring grass and we are having a lull
before we start to lamb the main flock. This means
cleaning out the lambing shed and sheep pens and
checking we’ve got enough of everything, such as
wormer- we worm the ewes when they leave the
mothering pen and this means the worm burden is
less in the fields.
We will be Tb testing our cattle herd,
unfortunately, not until just after they’ve gone out at
the end of this month- they really will not want to
come back in!
Buttercups and Daffodils, Wood anemone and
Dog violets will all be poking their heads up now and
providing food for the insects and Bees that are
starting to get out and about, along with the tree
flowers that can sometimes cause allergic reaction in
If March comes in like a Lion, it will go out like
a lamb, according to the old saying and the winds
help dry the ground, but leave many branches,
usually lying across a fence, to dispose of and it
certainly gives our weather vane some work!
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Remembering Days gone by...
by Owd Ern
The Busy Owd Utch!
long while ago, when I was a lad, and dear
Owd Utch was a proper town. Most of the
people who lived there, worked there.
Instead of traveling miles to work. Now it is as in
a marriage lingo ‘for better or worse’ just a
dormitory and hollow in the middle. But by gum
them’s adays it was a busy and bustling town,
surrounded by mainly dairy farms. So a lot of
cheese and butter made on the farms were to be
sold in Uttoxeter. Eventually a milk processing
factory being built down by the railway, now long
gone and derelict. Butter and milk have
unfortunately become of very little importance.
Along with butter, milk and cheese, meat from
cattle in the area was considered superior and
Uttoxeter mutton was described as the sweetest in
England, even better than the Welsh and so a
premier market for livestock developed, now
unfortunately gone forever too! Sad for me to go
One of the off shoots of the early connection
with animals was the amount of tanneries in and
around Owd Uttch.
I am not a historian, more of a hysterical, so I
don’t expect a great and correct list of places.
Pinfold Street or anywhere near a brook to help get
rid of the stinking waste. Bradley Street was
another site High Street has also been mentioned.
But I suppose the smell there could not be any
worse than the old Gents toilets at the entrance to
the cattle market. There is also mention of a
tannery at Scounslow Green (all I know is the
farmers at Scounslow Green had some lovely
daughters) apparently a smelly lot (the tanners
NOT the daughters) but a business to make a lot
of money at. Whilst we are up at Scounslow Green.
Glass must have been made up there, as records say
a Glass House Farm there. Nearby there is still a
Glass House Farm at Marchington Woodlands.
Abbots Bromley was very involved with the
making of glass - so the glass making either side of
Bagotts Woods make sense!
But does it really matter?
Uttch also had a thriving Jewellery industry,
namely in Silver street area. Some noted clock
makers, several water mills and even a Windmill.
Grinding corn for flour and cattle feed.
Brewery seems to have been a big business Chas
Bunting Brewery taking up a large area in the
middle of the town. It must have employed a lot of
people. Their elegant office on the High Street
being demolished along with the rest of the
brewery to make way for the car park and now
semi derelict Maltings (Not a pretty sight)
But then we come to the big daddy of them all,
Bamfords all started in Uttoxeter as the
ironmongery shop on the corner of the market
place bought by Henrys father in law and passed
to his daughter for her lifetime, and after to her
children, of which she had 13 above the shop!!! I
remember going in to the lovely old shop. They
sold everything ironmongers should. One of the
assistants was a chap named Tom Arnold; he was
a champion hedge layer. He was a big friend of my
Dads. When my dad said how are you Thomas? He
used to reply, Not bad Jimma’s (Jim) Anyway
enough of that nonsense, let’s get on we it.
Bamfords history as manufacturers of Agricultural
machinery is too large for me to embark on. But
most, if not all their early farm machines, mowers,
Tedders, Side Rakes, Swath turners, even Muck
spreaders. They were powered by the ground that
they were pulled on by horses. No P.T.O’s then
adays. Very few tractors even.
But one thing I remember was that we referred
to as Bamfords Buzzer when the wind was right,
we could hear it 4 miles away and before going to
school, I had to milk a cow or 5 and the first
Buzzer would go at 10 to 8, warning before the 8
o’clock start. So my old Pa would say hurry up lad,
or you’ll miss the school bus. Looking back I
realise why I had a seat to myself, but I was usually
joined by Freda Bull who had to feed her dads pigs
before coming to school. One or two clever kids
put on their gas masks (improving their
appearance in my eye) going back to Bamfords at
their peak, they employed about 800 at Uttoxeter
plus 300 at a factory in wales. Most would rush
home after the 12.30 buzzer to get their dinner. The
stream of blackened men coming up Market Street
(Now named Sargy’s Street) were like ants or a
bottle of black ink pouring into the market place.
It was impossible to cross the road until they had
At the other end of town was Elkes Biscuit
factory employing a large number of ladies, no
longer Elkes but now part of the Northern Food
Group, but still employing I would imagine a large
number of ladies.
No doubt there are many old trades that I am
too idle to research and anyway probably you are
all aslaype by now.
So just bay good and luk after thee sens
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nner Wheel was formed in Manchester in 1934
for the wives of Rotarians. The Aims and
Objectives of the organisation are to promote
true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal
service and foster international understanding.
The membership rules have been extended in
recent years to include ladies without Rotary
connections who are interested in our ideals. Club
members meet once a month as they have done for
71 years for friendship and fellowship and to plan
future fund raising events.
Today the Club has a membership of 20 and
continues to serve the community as well as
helping national and international projects.
Hampers for the elderly and needy of Uttoxeter are
delivered at Christmas and special equipment has
been donated for District Nurses. Supermarket
collections have been held to raise money for Air
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Rotary events throughout the year, especially
catering for the five-a-side football.
Internationally the Club has always responded
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food etc. Donations are also sent to numerous
overseas organisation including Water Aid,
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Since the Inner Wheel year commenced in July
2015 the Club has supported Air Ambulance,
Burton Breast Cancer Clinic, Uttoxeter Womens’
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to the Cumbrian Flood Appeal and Parkinsons UK.
Internationally, with much help from local schools,
we sent 54 back packs containing items to help
children in Malawi attend school through the
charity Mary’s Meals.
We celebrated our 71st birthday with a
Fellowship tea. Sixty members from the Inner
Wheel District joined us at Bramshall Village Hall
for the occasion. The guest speaker was Mrs
Robyn Davies who gave an interesting talk about
her grandparents who were missionaries in China
from 1904 to 1945. She has some amazing slides
taken at the time and also displayed many articles
that had been brought back to England.
The Club is hosting a Quiz in March and the
final fund raising event of the year is to be a tea
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Denstone WI Clean
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enstone WI organised a Grand Litter Pick as part of the ‘Clean for the
Queen’ campaign. The sun shone as the twenty volunteers arrived at
the Village Hall to collect equipment and hi-viz gear before they
dispersed around the village and its environs to pick up any litter that they
could find. The worst areas were on the roads leading in and out of the village
and a call went out for transport to collect the many bags being filled. All the
rubbish – including a door that had been dumped by the side of the road –
was then brought back to the village car park. The final count was twenty six
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Karen’s Cake Corner
by Karen Hill
I recently cooked a special meal for my
husband, so wanted to bake him his favourite
dessert. I don’t often make pastry, but these are my
husband’s favourite so I made an exception. With
the combination of pastry, vanilla crème patisserie
and strawberries, they are delicious and easy to
For the Sweet Pastry
225g plain flour
110g unsalted butter
1 free range egg, beaten
For the Creme Patisserie
2 free range eggs
30g caster sugar
1 tsps corn flour
15g plain flour
140 ml milk
Small amount of strawberry jam to glaze
Icing sugar to dust and edible glitter if required!
This recipe will make four tartlets. Firstly make
your pastry. Rub the butter and flour together
using your fingertips until it resembles bread
crumbs. Add the beaten egg and sugar and bring
together to form a ball of pastry. Wrap in cling
film and chill for at least 15 mins.
Next make your Creme Patisserie. Whisk the egg
yolks together with the sugar in a bowl until light
and pale. Fold in the corn flour and plain flour.
Bring the milk to the boil and then gradually whisk
into the egg mixture. Pour the mixture into a clean
pan and slowly bring it to the boil stirring until it
thickens. Simmer for a minute and then take the pan
off the heat. Split the vanilla pod in half lengthways
and scrape out the seeds, adding them to the mixture.
Cover with cling film and allow to cool.
Preheat the oven to 170˚C. Now it is time to roll
out the pastry to approximately 4mm thick.
Carefully line the four tartlet tins, leaving an over
hang of pastry. Place on a baking tray and chill for
about 15 minutes. Blind bake the pastry cases for
ten minutes and then turn down your oven to
160˚C. Remove the baking beans and prick the
pastry with a fork and cook for a further 10
minutes. Then egg wash the tarts and cook for a
further 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and
allow the pastry to cool.
With a small serrated knife, trim the excess
pastry from the tins, being very careful. Now you
can fill your tartlets with your cooled crème
patisserie. This can be piped into your tartlets. Slice
your strawberries in half and arrange on top of the
crème patisserie. To get that lovely shiny glaze,
simply melt a little strawberry jam with a splash of
water and then brush the top of your tartlet. Dust
with icing sugar and a little edible glitter if required.
I hope you enjoy these as much as my husband
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by Laura Johnson
The Art of Sleep
s a new parent you know that you will get
asked that inevitable question about your
babies sleep patterns. Newborn babies are
well known for burning the midnight oil and this
can be both frustrating and exhausting for any new
Some babies will fall into a sleep pattern from
6 weeks however this does not necessarily mean
their sleep will fall at night. Babies are not born
with any awareness of night and day and their little
bodies are not built to sleep throughout the night.
At around 6 months babies tend to fall into a
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longer periods during the night. As a parent there
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better, and it will only take your baby a week or
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At Baby Sensory we follow a play – rest – play
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class without over stimulating them. This pattern
can be repeated during every day during a babies
life. Resting during the day is essential for a baby,
an overtired baby will sleep less soundly than a
well rested one.
One of our classes this month entitled ‘Sleep
Tight’ contains lots of activities to help your baby
to sleep better. From ‘To and Fro’, a wonderfully
cuddly activity providing all important exercise for
your baby, to calming music such as Braham’s
Lullaby, and a magical experience under the stars,
we are sure to give you lots of ideas to help your
baby have a restful nights sleep.
One of the most important things you can do
to help your baby sleep is to establish a good
daytime and bedtime routine. Babies love routine
and thrive on a consistent and predictable way of
There are lots of different things you add into
your babies bedtime routine, whilst there is no set
routine you should follow, make sure that all of the
activities are calming and relaxing.
A lovely warm bubble bath is not only a
wonderful way to relax but is a beautiful sensory
experience for your baby. Once your baby is
dressed in their pyjamas why not snuggle up with
a favourite book and quietly read a story. It’s never
too early to introduce books to your baby.
The environment surrounding your baby is
really important too. Why not put on some
classical music or a soft lullaby and keep other
noise to a minimum. Soft lighting can really help
too, nightlights are wonderful and can be really
effective, babies love lights and they can really help
to change the atmosphere in any room.
Finally place your baby on their back in her cot
or crib awake if you can. Some experts advise this
so if baby wakes in the night they will be more
familiar with their surroundings.
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breast fed babies will inevitably have different sleep
patterns and what works for one baby will not
necessarily work for another. If you have tried
everything then always seek advise from a
You can find your local Baby Sensory class by
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Let The Voice Be With You
by Les Humphries of Rocester
ell readers, I am currently recovering from
my exertions as part of the Chorus Line in
the Denstone Players Production of
Cinderella. It was a lot of hard work, but also a lot
of fun, rewarded by the audience reaction over four
sell out performances. We men in the chorus had
many laughs as we built up a great back stage
rapport and friendship, along with the ugly sisters!
We seemed to have the memory spans of goldfish
as we fought to remember the words to our songs,
combined with some complicated (for us) dance
routines. The ladies meanwhile were word perfect
every time, and as we changed from costume to
costume, and read the script, the young lads in the
cast sat in the corner playing games on their tablets
without a care in the world, and were perfect every
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In the real world we now look forward to the
forthcoming Referendum on whether we should
remain part of Europe or cast ourselves adrift. I
know what I want, and my personal decision will not
be based on whether I like Boris or Cameron as I
can’t stand either of them. I shall vote for what I feel
is best for us as a Nation, personalities do not enter
into it. It will be a once in a lifetime chance to decide
on our future, and we must get it right for the sake
of our grandchildren
We in Rocester have had a plague of starlings,
roosting in trees opposite my road. They make lovely
patterns in the sky at dusk as they fly round
preparing to roost for the night, but they crap
everywhere and if you happen to be ouside you need
a hood or a brolly, our houses, windows and doors
are splattered in with their droppings next morning,
and my car looks like a ruddy dalmation, it is most
unpleasant to say the least. I am all in favour of
nature, but starlings are just flying rodents as far as
I am concerned.
We had the same problem several years ago, and
the tops were sawn of the trees which drove them
away into the Countryside, but those same trees have
now grown back and they have returned in their
thousands squealing away after they have roosted
when darkness falls.What the answer is I don’t know
short of letting loose with a 12 bore as the Council
don’t give a damn. I know we in Rocester will be
ruddy glad to get rid of the little darlings!
Anyone who reads my monthly masterpieces will
know how much I detest the use of the word ‘like’
being used out of context, so I was really chuffed
when a guest on the BBC ‘s Room 101 had it binned
by Frank Skinner. To make the point they showed a
clip of a young woman in America (which is where
the trend started) talking to a friend in the back of a
cab, which went something like “So I was like, and
they were like, so I went over and like” and so on ,
but you get my drift on the ‘like’ conversation, at
least I’m not the only one it bugs.
Sticking with the BEEB I see they have sacked the
legendary DJ and King of the Jungle Tony Blackburn
over evidence he gave or did not give to the Police in
the Saville investigation. He launched Radio One in
1967 and will always be remembered for that,
Flowers in the rain was the very first record played
on that Saturday morning which we all got up to
At time of writing I am still following the 6
Nations Rugby Tournament which sadly has become
much less of a spectacle than it used to be due to over
refereeing and video refereeing etc, Wayne Barnes the
English referee who officiated in the Wales - France
match made such a meal of refereeing the scrums that
they all took three or four minutes of continual
setting which then quite often resulted in a penalty.
He showed no empathy with the players whatsoever
in what was a match dominated by defences anyway,
and he obviously does not have a clue as to what is
going on in the front row, so we had long stretches
of the fat boys rolling about on the floor.
Unfortunately Mr. Barnes likes to be the centre of
attention, whilst the best referees are the ones you
don’t notice. I’m glad I had the joy of watching the
great Welsh and French sides of the 70’s before they
had the flair coached out of them!
Finally, the Churnet Valley Male Voice Choir are
gearing up for our next Concert to be held in Tean
Church on Friday the 22nd of April. We are still
rehearsing on alternate Tuesdays at 7;30 pm in the
Bishop Rawle School, Cheadle. Two new members
have recently joined us , which is great news, but we
could still do with a few more so feel free to turn up,
have a listen, or join in. X factor it aint, but we have
a lot of fun, and if you feel inclined come to the pub
afterwards, we are a mature Boy Band from all
walks of life who enjoy putting a tune together, you
are more than welcome to join us