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Deadline Approaches for Staffordshire Youth Commission Applications

In an exciting initiative partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis. the Staffordshire Youth Commission currently recruiting young people to join them on their work, the deadline for applications is Wednesday 22nd November. Over the coming year, Staffordshire Youth Commission will be developed and expanded following a successful pilot project. The initiative hopes to allow young people across the communities ...

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Top Foody Awards for Stone Businesses

Stone Businesses scooped some of the top awards at two prestigious awards ceremonies last month. Friday, 20th October saw movers and shakers of the Staffordshire culinary scene attend a glittering ceremony at Lichfield Cathedral to mark the NFU Mutual Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards 2017. Stone Food & Drink Festival Chairman Richard Stevens was awarded a special Recognition within ...

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“Bake Off” Star Comes to Sandon Hall

“Great British Bake Off”‘ star Prue Leith is coming to Sandon Hall with the Countess of Harrowby for ‘meet the author’ event. Caroline Sandon, the Countess of Harrowby, will be joined at her Staffordshire home Sandon Hall by great friend – the broadcaster and cookery expert Prue Leith – on Sunday, 19th November for an exclusive literary event. Guests will spend an ...

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Boost for Staffordshire From Record Overseas Visitors

Stone Food & Drink Festival crowds on Westbridge Park in 2016

This year the UK is enjoying a record 40 million overseas visitors, and Staffordshire’s tourism sector is also set to benefit from the boost. Overseas trips to the UK will increase 6% to 39.7 million with spending up 14% to £25.7bn this year, tourist promotion agency VisitBritain forecasts. The sector is already worth over £1 billion annually in Staffordshire, with around ...

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Wool @J13 2018 Opens Exhibitor Applications

The second annual Wool @ J13 wool and yarn festival at Lower Drayton Farm in May 2018 has now opened up their spots for exhibitors. Taking place just 1 mile from J13 of the M6 in Staffordshire, the highly successful inaugural event in May this year attracted some 1,400 visitors and the organisers are aiming to double that figure in ...

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Stone Childminder Wins National Award

Local Childminder Stephanie Brown has won the Exceptional Service Award at the 4th BizMums Awards. Stephanie started her own childminding business due to changes in her personal circumstances with 10 years worth of knowledge of working in nursery’s, and different childcare settings. Research showed there was a need for top quality childcare very early morning, school run, late evenings and over ...

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Autumn Flavours for No 26 at Aston Marina

The inspiration behind the dishes of Aston Marina’s new No.26 bar and eatery is the use of the finest seasonal ingredients, all sourced as locally as possible. This is highlighted by the restaurant’s new seasonal menu which launched at the beginning of October. Seasonal fruit, veg, meat and fish is celebrated from starters through to main courses, with wholesome, comfort-inducing dishes ...

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Prestigious Award Nomination for Local Indie Games Studio

Staffordshire-based Indie games studio Centrifuge have announced that they are finalists at the prestigious TIGA Awards – for their latest mobile game – Virome. From the makers of the popular drawing game Interference, Virome is an infectiously addictive colour-matching puzzle game. Nathan Beardmore, lead developer, and former long-time Stone resident said “We took part in a game jam a few ...

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Staffs Police Urge Caution Against Bogus Officials

Following a number of recent distraction burglaries involving bogus Water Board officials across Staffordshire, Staffordshire Police are reminding people to be wary when answering the door to unexpected callers. There have been four distraction burglaries in the area since 1 September – two in Newcastle and one each in Burton and Lichfield. In each case the offenders claimed to be from ...

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Staffordshire Social Care Funding Plans Escalated

After NHS England indicated money for the county council and the NHS could be withheld, plans to safeguard funding for health and social care services for some of Staffordshire’s most frail and vulnerable residents are to be escalated. As part of the national Better Care Fund (BCF), which aims to support more people in their homes and in their communities, ...

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