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Musician’s tribute to The Star of Stone

Musician’s tribute to The Star of Stone

A musician from Stone has recorded a song about the town’s purchase of a Spitfire during the Second World War. Paul Rickett – who used to be in the RAF – was inspired by the amazing wartime story to write a song about it. The Star of Stone was a Supermarine Spitfire mark vb,...

Appeal over Stone’s First World War soldiers

Appeal over Stone’s First World War soldiers

Stone Historical and Civic Society need your help to tell the stories of men from Stone who lost their lives in the First World War. Their aim it to write a short account of all those men from Stone who were killed during the war or shortly afterwards as a result of injuries sustained...

Stone Historical Society’s 2013/14 programme

Stone Historical Society’s 2013/14 programme

Stone Historical and Civic Society’s 2013/14 programme gets under way this week after their summer break. Meetings are held monthly at St Michael’s Church Hall in Lichfield Street at 7.30pm. Admission to non-members is £2. There’s a varied programme of talks planned, including some on Stone during the First World War to mark the...

Manor Hill First School – from the archives

Manor Hill First School – from the archives

Manor Hill First School celebrated their diamond anniversary at the end of the summer term with an extra special leavers’ service. You can see Joshua Cope’s report and photographs HERE if you missed it. A Little Bit of Stone was given access to the school’s archives – an amazing collections of photos and documents...

Manor Hill celebrates diamond anniversary

Manor Hill celebrates diamond anniversary

For the past year, pupils, staff and parents have been celebrating Manor Hill Primary School’s diamond anniversary – ending with a special leavers’ assembly last Friday (19th July). Led by the headteacher, Mrs. Gillman, the assembly recognised and celebrated the school’s 60 years of achievements and traditions developed by past heads Miss. Riley, Mr....

Brewing heritage day at Lymestone

Brewing heritage day at Lymestone

Lymestone Brewery are holding a Brewing Heritage Day at their Mount Road base to celebrate their fifth birthday in the town. The free event is being held on 31st August from 12.30pm to 4pm – the brewery’s fifth birthday – at their base on the Mount Road industrial estate, which used to house Bents Brewery....

Remember The Picture House cinema?

Remember The Picture House cinema?

Huge thanks to Keith Hanmer for this brilliant slice of Stone’s history. It’s a programme from December 1938 for the Picture House cinema in Stone. Keith found it in his house and shared via the Little Bit of Stone Facebook page. According to the Cinema Treasures website, the Picture House opened in 1934 and...

Medieval seal returns for good

Medieval seal returns for good

The 12th Century Seal Matrix of Stone Priory, which was bought for the town following an appeal last year, has been away in Wiltshire since January undergoing conservation work. And there’s a special talk later this month to mark its return. The matrix – which was found in a field in Surrey in 2011...

Heritage walk around Stone

Heritage walk around Stone

A heritage walk takes place in Stone on Thursday 9th May as part of the 2013 Stafford Borough Walking Festival. Dr John Wilcock, a well-known lecturer in local history and archaeology, will lead a four-mile walk around the canal, railway, streets and buildings of Stone. The walk should take about two hours and there...

History Monthly: Stone’s lost boozers

History Monthly: Stone’s lost boozers

The Unicorn, The Blue Bell, The Castle, The Union… just some of Stone’s boozers that are no longer with us. Some are long gone while others, like The Vine and The Robin Hood, are more recent casualties. In this month’s History Monthly, Stone Historical Society chairman Philip Leason looks at the huge number of...

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