Rugeley’s Great Grandmothers

Rugeley Landmark

Rugeley Landmark by Geoff Pick

Rugeley is situated on the edge of Cannock Chase, and like a lot of other Staffordshire towns is well known for being an ex coal mining area. Visible across the landscape of South Staffordshire stands the landmark Rugeley Power Station and is a town where a lot of the men would have worked down the pits in Brereton and Lea Hall.

The Globe roundabout with it’s miners statues now look out over the town, and celebrate the heritage of the area where thousands would have once worked in the local industry, but this week our blog features a couple of Rugeley women who have also been featured in the news.

Rise To The Top

Great grandmother Carole Gregory is known nationally for being a celebrated cake decorator as she has hit the headlines in the Daily Mail, Express and Star and Birmingham Mail.  Her creations can span from being wildly colourful and intricately designed to the classical white wedding style cake. It is hard to believe but each one is edible, though it may not look like it.  Her latest ones have included detailed and life-like film characters and though she is past pension age she shows no sign of stopping.


What about a great great grandmother?

Rugeley born Gwen Higgins turned 100 this year and to mark the occasion, as well as receiving her card from the Queen, she invited all her 69 descendants to her home to wish her a happy centenary.  Among the invited family members were 25 grand children, 32 great grand children and 3 great great grandchildren.  She puts her good health and longevity down to not frowning and was a keen cyclist into her 70’s.

You can read more about the story here

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