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Join the Animal Agents for the Library Summer Reading Challenge

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge invites children from Stone to join the Animal Agents. The Stone’s 4-11 year-olds are being challenged by Staffordshire’s library Service to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays. This year’s theme is Animal Agents, based on a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery ...

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Council’s Preferred Bidder for Leisure Services Identified

The company earmarked to run leisure and cultural facilities across Stafford Borough has been identified. Venues including Stafford Leisure Centre, the Gatehouse Theatre and Stafford Castle, as well as the new multi-million pound leisure centre in Stone, will be run by Freedom Leisure as the borough council’s ‘preferred bidder’. Popular events such as Shakespeare at the Castle and the Stafford ...

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Public Meeting to Discuss Stone Railhead

The Stone Railhead Crisis Group (SRCG) is holding a public meeting to discuss their alternative proposal at Aldersey’s Rough, near Keele Services. The meeting will include a presentation that details SRCG’s evaluation of the practical engineering and environmental difficulties that HS2 Ltd will face between Walton and Yarnfield, near Stone, as well as details of an alternative railhead and maintenance ...

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Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Presents National Day of Play

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is encouraging youngsters to ‘get wild’ at its hugely popular Playday events this August, which feature everything from building dens to hunting bugs! Every year the Trust’s Playday events, held to celebrate the National Day of Play at its Wolseley Centre HQ, near Rugeley, and Westport Lake Visitor Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, draw thousands of people. This year’s Playday ...

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Chance to Shine for County’s Best Tourism Businesses

Destination Staffordshire has launched the 2017 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards, so the hunt for Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses is now on!   With 14 categories for the county’s best attractions, accommodation providers, events and most dog-friendly businesses. The fifth iteration of the awards will give businesses the chance to emulate last year’s winners, who included Alton Towers Resort, Drayton Manor Park, ...

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Christchurch Academy Pupil to Represent GB

Ten year old Keelan Hope, who attends Christchurch Academy in year 5, has been chosen to represent Great Britain at the 2017 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship, Lange Motokeskus in Estonia on July 30th. Along with four other riders, Keelan will be riding in the 65cc junior class age 10-12 years. One of only fifteen children in total to make ...

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Funding for Small Road Networks to Ease Congestion

County council leader Philip Atkins has spoken out on how a £1billion allocation of Government funding for building new roads to ease congestion should be spent. Atkins proposed the funding, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, needs to alleviate pressure on smaller rural networks, and should be evenly distributed across the country and not just in larger urban areas. He said: ...

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Eleven School Join Forces for Choir En Masse

A 350-strong choir, including youngsters at a Stone school, were put together by top flight vocalists in one afternoon for a mass sing-along. Singers from St Michael’s First School united with choirs from 10 other schools when they gathered for a community choral day led by four expert tutors. In a series of workshops at Stafford Grammar School, pupils, aged ...

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Yarlet School’s French Adventure

Pupils and staff from Yarlet School had a French adventure last month. 8.30 am on Monday 26th June, 29 Yarlet pupils from Years 5, 6 and 7 set off for the 11 hour journey to Normandy accompanied by 3 staff. Fond memories were made as they travelled across via the Eurotunnel, with the students working together & supporting each other ...

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