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Madchester legend Bez pops in to Granvilles

Sophie Johnson with Bez in Granvilles on Saturday night

We’re not twisting your melons, man! Look who was in Granvilles in Stone on Saturday night – it’s only Bez from top Manchester band Happy Mondays. Bez, who won Celebrity Big Brother in 2005 and stood for Parliament in Salford in this year’s General Election on an anti-fracking platform with his Reality Party, is best known for his elastic-limbed, maraca-shaking dancing ...

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Aston Marina and Lymestone Brewery have ‘Great Taste’!

Aston Marina's award-winning chefs: Earnie Totton, Andy Stewart, Tom Harrison, Jack Newport and Andy Pickstock

Dishes created by the chefs behind Aston Marina’s renowned bistro, and five bottled beers from Lymestone Brewery, have been awarded stars in the 2015 Guild of Fine Foods’ Great Taste Awards – the benchmark for the finest food and drink in the land. The Marina’s salmon, prawn and dill fishcake and chocolate tiffin both underwent blind taste testing under a judging ...

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25 years at The Brushmakers for landlord Mark

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The landlord at The Brushmakers has celebrated his silver anniversary of pulling pints at the popular pub in Oulton. Mark Byrne reached the amazing milestone on 10th August and was presented with a Silver Service certificate by the Heart of Staffordshire Camra group on Monday night. He also celebrated with a barbecue at the Kibblestone Road pub last weekend – ...

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Alleyne’s Academy students make the grade!

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Students and staff at Alleyne’s Academy are celebrating today following the publication of the 2015 A Level results. Performance at the higher grades was particularly impressive, with over 50% of students achieving at least one A*- B grade (or equivalent). The overall pass rate was a very pleasing 99%. Twenty-eight students achieved two or more grade A*-B (or equivalent) and ...

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Sue hands over Zeta to new owner Tracy

Zeta new owner

Zeta ladies’ clothes shop in the High Street will have a new owner from September as long-standing owner Sue Greason retires after 11 years. Tracy Stant from Stone will be stepping in to make sure the shop remains open for its loyal customers – there had been fears that the business would be closing with Sue’s retirement – and will ...

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Christchurch Way car park to become all-day

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Motorists will soon be able to stay all day on the Christchurch Way car park in Stone in a move designed to encourage shoppers to stay in the town for longer, and to provide more all-day parking for workers. The borough council has previously only allowed motorists to stay for up to four hours – but from September the time limits ...

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St Dominic’s students celebrate superb A-level results

A Level results St. Dominic's Priory School P2

Students at St Dominic’s Priory School in Stone were celebrating today as their superb A-level results were announced. The pass rate across all subjects at the school in Station Road was 100%, with 61% of entries achieving A*-B and 28% A*/A. Additionally, 100% grade As were achieved in Art, Chemistry and Sociology and, as well as their A-levels, 83% of students achieved ...

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Food festival’s economic boost for Stone revealed

Photo by Phil Mitchell

Stone Food and Drink Festival generated over half-a-million pounds of economic activity in the town at last year’s event. A survey of visitors to the 2014 festival by Staffordshire University estimates that it generated a total net spend of around £567,000. This was money spent directly at the festival – at the farmers’ market and at Westbridge Park – but also in Stone ...

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Snowdon trek for Becky’s memorial bench

Becky Tait

Friends and family of Becky Tait – the young woman who died on the railway line in Stone last year – are climbing Snowdon to raise money for a memorial bench in the town’s cemetery. Becky’s sister Laura Damant and other family members and friends will be doing the challenge on 22nd August and hope to raise £1,000. Laura said: “Becky’s ...

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