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Claire’s dream now a reality through anonymous donation

Claire Hubbard (left) with London Marathon runner Chris Barlow

St. Michael’s teacher and mum-of-two Claire Hubbard has expressed her gratitude after an unexpected £10,000 donation that has made her dream come true. Claire, 47, from Eccleshall, has been suffering with constant head-pains and seizures for four years, which has resulted in her seeking specialist help in the USA. Her condition may not be ‘life threatening’ but it has been ‘life ...

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Musician’s tribute to The Star of Stone

Spitfire

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, so named after the people of ...

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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 centenary of the start of the ...

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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 spanning the last 60 years. There’s ...

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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. Sutton, Mr. McKenzie and Mrs. Francis. ...

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Brewing heritage day at Lymestone

Bents Brewery delivery truck in Stone, 1930s. Photograph from the Staffordshire Past Track website. Click the photo for details

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. Brad and Viv from Lymestone want ...

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Remember The Picture House cinema?

Picture House programme outside

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 operated from the old town hall ...

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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 –  is being returned to St. ...

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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 should be time for a visit ...

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