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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!

Discovery Network’s longest running series is coming to Staffordshire!

Salvage Hunters

Salvage Hunters, the popular Quest TV and Discovery Channel show, is looking for fantastic locations in Staffordshire to be part of the 11th series The show follows architectural salvage and antiques expert Drew Pritchard as he travels around the UK to prestigious, interesting, and historic places hunting out and buying quirky and unusual objects no longer wanted by their present ...

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Academics celebrates 6 years in Staffordshire

Academics, the national education recruitment agency, are celebrating 6 years in the area! Working with Primary and Secondary schools they have helped to recruit Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Cover Supervisors for short term, long term and permanent roles. The local office, based in Stoke, has grown organically in the last 6 years. Branch Manager, Emily Faragher, who has been with ...

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George comes to slay the dragon

George and Dragon

Experienced publican and restaurateur George Gannon comes roaring back to slay the dragon! Having had tenures at the Crown Hotel, The Star and most recently The Blue Rooms, George and his wife Gill will soon be taking on the George and Dragon at Meaford. George said about his return “We are both looking forward to meeting old, present and new customers and ...

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New fishing tackle shop opening this week!

Alan Povey, ex owner of Toddy Woodgates in Granville Square, is excited to be opening a new fishing tackle shop this Friday. Opening on 16th June the new shop will be based within Autocare in Crown Courtyard, behind Stone Library.  Operating under the name Toddy’s Tackle the new shop will allow local fisherman to buy maggots and any other kind ...

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Stall holders wanted for late night shopping event

Late Night Shopping in Stone

Would you like to be part of Stone’s Late Night Shopping Extravaganzas? Stone Town Council are organising two exciting evening events to be held on the 20th July and 17th August, 2017. Taking advantage of the longer summer evenings, these 2 events focus attention on the High Street and will see a range of market stalls and Stone retailers stay ...

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Temporary traffic lights cause traffic misery

Temporary Traffic Lights

Motorists this mornings suffered misery from a set of temporary traffic lights that were deployed on the Lichfield Road / Uttoxeter Road junction in St0ne Following the failure of the lights on Thursday 8th June 2017, Staffordshire County Council tried throughout the weekend to fix an issue which had left the lights unusable.  With the lights off in all 4 ...

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Man charged following hospital arson incident

Royal Stoke Hospital Fire

Staffordshire Police have charged a 39-year-old man with arson following deliberately started fires at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and Staffordshire University on the evening of Wednesday 7th June 2017. The charged man has been named as Thomas Ashcroft, of Musgrave Crescent, Sheffield, and he has been charged with two counts of committing arson with intent to endanger life. As ...

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Group look to challenge Aston Lodge development plan

blackies lane

A group will be meeting at the Frank Jordan Centre (Christchurch Room) at 7:30pm on Monday 12th June to discuss the recently passed “affordable homes” application for land on Aston Lodge The planning application was put forward by landowners Fradley Estates. The planning application was passed at the end of May by Stafford Borough Council following the initial rejection of ...

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Bill Cash re-elected as MP for Stone

Bill Cash

Bill Cash has retained his Stone constituency seat for the Conservative Party Despite a hung parliament being declared, Stone’s incumbent MP, Sir Bill Cash, increased his majority from 16,250 to 17,495 with 63.2% of the vote, up from 54.7%. Labour candidate Sam Hale built on his 2015 support and gained an additional 4,636 votes (14,119 in 2017 vs 9,483 in ...

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