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I've been the technical partner at ALBOS since 2010. Outside of ALBOS I'm a dad of 2 amazing little boys and follow the McLaren formula 1 team and Hull Kingston Rovers rugby league teams!

Stone Craft Market Returns for 2018

craft market

If craft and collectables are your “thing” then good news, the market is back for 2018. The market takes place on Stone High Street on the third Saturday of the month.  There are no markets in January so the market runs from February to December.   Open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm there’s a mixture of stalls selling various ...

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Stone Library – Have Your Say!

Stone Library

Consultation meetings over the best way to manage some of Staffordshire’s libraries begin this week For Stone there will be a public event at Stone library on Tuesday 30th January between 3pm and 6pm. Consultation discussions will include potentially using technology to maintain and extend opening hours with an automated service, increasing the number of community managed libraries and reviewing how the ...

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Just So Festival 2018 Programme

Just So Festival – Here are the details of this years programme Earlier we detailed the new festival areas for 2018, but here are details about this years programme.   In the Spellbound Forest there will be tales from storyteller extraordinaire Ian Douglas. Explorers will find a Barefoot Walk as well as nature and bush crafts to take part in. ...

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Stone Town Council Working With Post Office

Post Office Logo

Stone Town Council has been working with the Post Office and other organisations to try to ensure that a Post Office is reinstated in Stone town centre as soon as possible. A meeting in Stone on 9th January 2018 was attended by regional and national representatives of the Post Office, together with Town Councillors Rob Kenney and Ian Fordham, County ...

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Stone Post Office Bus Service Details

Stone Town Council have today released the details of a bus service that they’ll be providing whilst Stone is temporarily without a Post Office. The Post Office in Stone closed on Saturday 13th January as part of the closure of the co-operative store on the High Street. The bus service is intended to be used by customers who would have ...

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Healthy Living Mobile App Needs Volunteers

health app

People in Stone, and the wider county, are being encouraged to help shape and design a healthy living app. The My Kin wellbeing mobile phone application is being developed by technology company Sentimoto, with help from Staffordshire County Council. The app helps people to ‘self-assess’ their health and well-being, using trusted NHS tools, and signpost them to appropriate local activities ...

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We Could be Disappearing off Facebook


“With great power comes great responsibility” and Facebook is about to unleash it Over the next few weeks you may see less and less of our content on your Facebook news feed. This isn’t because of something that A Little Bit of Stone (ALBOS) has done, it’s because of a Facebook algorithm change (the bit that decides what you see). ...

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Blooming Monday, Not Blue Monday

blooming monday

A local mental health charity is helping to dispel the myth that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year. North Staffs Mind is supporting Blooming Monday, organised by the charity Mental Health Research UK, and encouraging people to dress in bright clothes and have some fun this January 15. Whether it’s in the office, at ...

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Learn new skills by signing up to Forest School Training Programme


The county’s largest nature conservation charity is giving people the chance to learn valuable new skills and earn a nationally recognised qualification through its Forest School Training Programme. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is delivering the Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders via the Open College Network West Midlands this spring. The course is ideal for those people who are looking ...

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Children Matter Seeks 50+ Year Old Volunteers

Children Matter

The “Children Matter – Learning Together” project is expanding into Stone and is looking for volunteers Children Matter – Learning Together is a unique project run by Age UK South Staffordshire in partnership with Age UK North Staffordshire and Entrust. The project was launched in September 2016 and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund for three years. The aim ...

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