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This year Careline will be joining the Rotary Club of Uttoxeter’s Walk for Charity at 10am on Sunday 18th May in the beautiful grounds of the Wootton Lodge Estate, near Ellastone. This is a fantastic opportunity to walk in parkland that is usually closed to the public.

It promises to be a fun event for all the family (including well behaved dogs on leads) and you would be helping a local charity to raise some important funds.

There are 2 walks – 2.5 miles on tarmac roads and 5 miles on tarmac and stoned forest roads. Either come along to join us on the walk or sponsor the Careline Team on our Virgin Money Giving Page & we’ll do the walk for you!

If you would like to join us, you will need to pre-register on  – this will cost £5 per person (under 12s free) if you register before 3rd May. You can register after 3rd or on the day of the walk but the cost will rise to  £10 per person. Please note also that the Rotary Club do reserve the right to close the walk to new registrations after the 3rd of May, so register early to avoid disappointment.

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Wootton Lodge is thought to have been built in the early 17th century by Robert Smythson for Sir Richard Fleetwood. It is a very impressive building (grade 1 listed); with three storeys plus a basement and is topped by a balustraded parapet. The Lodge was damaged during the Civil War, but was restored around 1700 when the imposing entrance steps were added.

During the 19th and 20th centuries the house was occupied by several well known tenants including Sir Oswald Mosley who wanted the seclusion of Wootton Lodge after his secret marriage to Diana Mitford.

Joseph Bamford, the founder of JCB, bought Wootton Lodge in the late 20th century and lived there before moving to Switzerland as a tax exile. The lodge is now owned by JCB and the grounds are well maintained by the JCB Estates Department. The grounds are beautiful, with a lake, rivers, mature trees and plenty of wildlife, including a herd of red deer. They are not normally open to the public, so this sponsored walk will give participants the rare privilege of enjoying these magnificent private grounds.

Please call Marianne, Mary or Jo in the Careline office if you need any additional information. Otherwise we look forward to seeing you there!

We’d like to say a big thank you to our members and  volunteers for your continued support. 2013 was an important year for Careline as we saw our service grow to include Uttoxeter and the surrounding villages. We’re all now looking forward to another successful year, when we hope to reach even more people with our befriending calls.

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year ahead.

Best wishes from all at Careline

Join us on Friday 6th December from 10am – 12.30pm for coffee and mince pies in the main reception of St. Oswalds Hospital.

There will be carols from The Ashbourne Singers, stalls, tombola, cakes and preserves and a luxury hamper raffle.

Free admission.


Join us at Ryecroft Middle School car park (Denstone Road, Rocester Staffordshire ST14 5JR) at 10am on Saturday 12th October 2013 for our annual Sponsored Walk.

Everyone is welcome to join us in this family event – including the four-legged members of your family!

You can either register on the day or contact us in the office and we will send you a sponsorship form. You can also donate to us by following the link to the Virgin Money Giving website.

You have 2 routes to choose from: JCB Lake (1.35miles) or JCB Lake to Alton and back along the historic Saltersford Lane (9.5 miles).

When you arrive on the day, we will provide you with a detailed map and instructions for the longer walk.

The longer route starts around the JCB Lake, then taking a footpath across the sports field, past the tennis courts and along the disused railway line for 3 miles to Alton. The route then takes us to High St/Townhead, across some more fields to an ancient track called Saltersford Lane. At the end of the track we can either turn right to the Tavern pub where they have a selection of meals, drinks and snacks, or turn left towards the Denstone Farm shop and café.

As this is a more challenging walk, we would encourage you to wear sturdy footwear, bring your waterproofs and don’t forget some refreshments!

Saltersford Lane is a former pack-horse road leading eastward from Alton. It is now a part of the Staffordshire Way. Long before the invention of fridges, salt was a valuable food preservative and was carried long distances by pack horse. The line of stone paving, known as a “causey”, would allow horses to use the road in all weather conditions and the lane is also wide enough for ox carts. The River Churnet was originally crossed by the ford but this was later replaced by a bridge, called Salter’s Bridge. This was still in use in the early 1800s, when the Uttoxeter Canal was cut. Hence a Saltersford (or Saltersfield?) Lane Bridge was built to accommodate it. However, when the railway was built in the late 1840s, the canal bridge was removed and only a farm crossing remains.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Careline Team if you have any queries. Otherwise we’ll look forward to seeing you on the day!

Come and meet the Careline team on our stand at this year’s Ashbourne Show on Saturday 17th August. As well as a tombola, we’ll have lots of information about who we are and what we do. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet our staff and some of our volunteers.

The Ashbourne Show is always a popular local event, attracting almost 10,000 visitors last year. This year promises to be just as entertaining and we may even be lucky enough to have glorious weather!

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