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Spring Diamond Jubilee concert

Stone Choral Society are making an early start in celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with their next concert, ‘Coronation Anthems’. The society will celebrate the lead-up to the Diamond Jubilee with an evening of music composed for the royal family, including Handel’s four Coronation Anthems and Purcell’s birthday ode for Queen Mary, Come Ye Sons of Art. Conductor is Charlie Penn ...

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Stone set for Jubilee celebrations!

  There will be a street party in Stone to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as well as the lighting of a beacon as part of national celebrations. Stone Town Council’s tourism and town promotion committee meets on Tuesday 20th Marchto finalise arrangements but committee chair Cllr Charlie Hearing confirmed today that a street party and lots of other celebrations ...

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Origins of town to be recreated

The moment in Middle Age history that gave Stone its name will be recreated as part of the first official pilgirimage along the Two Saints Way, a new walking route that links Chester and Lichfield. Stone owes its origins to the actions of Wulfhere, king of the ancient kingdom of Mercia in the seventh century. He killed his sons – ...

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History Monthly: The old Joule’s clock

The clock that was once over the entrance to Joule’s Brewery in Stone has returned to the High Street after restoration. In February’s History Monthly, Philip Leason – the chairman of Stone Historical Society – looks back at the history of the clock and of the brewery itself… It was in 1780 that Francis Joule took over a brewery in Stone ...

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Share your Jubilee events!

Stafford Borough Council has urged people in Stone to let the whole borough know what they are doing for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics. The council is putting together a dedicated calendar to list events organised by residents, community groups and charities throughout a year marking the two major showpieces. The authority has already waived £100 road closure ...

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Historic brewery items to go up for auction

Items relating to famous Stone brewery Joule’s are set to go under the hammer at West Midlands auction house Cuttlestones on Friday, 24th February. Split into 10 lots, the collection contains some unique items that chart the latter years of this Staffordshire brewing institution, which was based in the town for two centuries. Among items as diverse as Joules-branded ashtrays, ...

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Christmas in Victorian Stone

This month’s History Monthly by Philip Leason, the chairman of Stone Historical Society, looks at Christmas in Victorian Stone, and a traditional festive play that was last staged in the town in 1897 – unless you count a re-enactment in 1988! One of the traditional entertainments at Christmas over the centuries was the performance of a “mummers” or “Guiser’s” play, ...

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Hundreds take a look at Medieval seal

The Medieval seal from Stone Priory that was found in a Surrey field is now back in the town, and hundreds of people have so far visited St Michael’s Church to have a look at the object for themselves. The seal was delivered to the church on Thursday and will be on display for the next six months. Talks are ...

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Medieval seal is coming home

The recently discovered Medieval seal from Stone Priory that was found in a field in Surrey will be on show at St Michael’s Church in Stone for three months. The joint owners and a local historian from the area where it was found will be visiting Stone on Thursday 1st December to hand over the seal for the loan period. The ...

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Stone in the First World War

To mark Remembrance Day, this month’s History Monthly by Philip Leason, the chairman of Stone Historical Society, looks at the role that the people of Stone played in the First World War and recalls the “blackest day in the town’s history”. Readers who have been following the popular TV programme Downton Abbey will have seen how people responded to the ...

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