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Rooftop Studios keeps it in the family

Elaine Bird and daughter Laura Keeling

It’s the end of an era for Stone’s Rooftop Studios performing arts school as Principal Elaine Bird takes a step back and daughter Laura Keeling takes the helm. Elaine, who originally established the studio as GEMS Youth Theatre with her friend Sara Christie back in 1990, has helped thousands of youngsters to reach their full potential in acting, dance and ...

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‘Owl’s well that ends well!’

Brownie garden

The owl and toadstool that were taken from the Brownies’ Stone in Bloom garden have been returned after being left outside someone’s front door in two carrier bags. The clay owl and wooden toadstool – which were donated to the project by Brownie leader Helen Whetnall – were taken from the garden at the top of Abbey Street on Thursday ...

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Stafford man in court over Priory Road incident

Staffordshire Police

A man appeared in court today (23rd July) charged with wounding with intent following an incident on Priory Road in Stone on Monday. Simon Taylor, aged 35, from Bagots Oak, Stafford, appeared at Cannock Magistrates’ Court, where the case was sent to Stafford Crown Court. Taylor was remanded in custody and will appear at Stafford Crown Court on 15th August.

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Connecting farmers digitally with the public

Sarah Gayton - connecting consumers and farmers through technology

Stone farmers’ market regular Sarah Gayton is holding a special event at the end of July  on how film, social media and smart phones can be used to link the public to the farmer. The ‘Farmers on Film Festival’ will be held at the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich on 29th July and will see leading names from the farming and ...

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Call for ramps at railway footbridge

The footbridge over the railway at Whitebridge Lane. Picture by Paul Rogers

Town councillors in Stone will be writing to Network Rail to see if ramps can be installed at the railway footbridge at Whitebridge Lane. The move comes amid concerns that disabled people and parents with pushchairs can’t access the stepped footbridge. Network Rail’s original plans for the footbridge did include ramped access, but these were rejected by Stafford Borough Council ...

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Man arrested after Priory Road incident

Staffordshire Police

A man was arrested on Monday (21st July) following an incident in Priory Road, Stone, which saw a 46-year-old taken to hospital with “puncture wounds”. A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said this afternoon: “We received a call at around 5.20pm on Monday reporting an injured man. The 46 year-old Stone man was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with ...

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Talks on Westbridge Park town takeover


Talks are under way that could see Stone Town Council take over part of Westbridge Park from the borough council. Stone Town Council’s Development Sub-Committee on 17th July heard from clerk Les Trigg that he had been in discussions with borough council officers about the town council taking on responsibility for the green space of Westbridge Park – basically, the ...

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Stone Food & Drink Festival launches new website

Food Festival website

To mark the 10th anniversary of Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering, Stone Food & Drink Festival has launched a brand new website aimed at making it even easier for visitors to find out what’s going on during festival week. Designed and built by the Stafford Website Company, the new site offers a clean, fresh look and feel that reflects the event’s ...

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