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Trust’s wildlife appeal over HS2

Trust’s wildlife appeal over HS2

People living along the proposed route of HS2 are being encouraged to respond to an appeal by a leading nature conservation charity. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has delivered leaflets to 57,000 households along a 73-mile area close to the proposed route, including in Stone, Walton and Swynnerton, detailing the impact the high speed rail link...

Food festival helps to bake up new partnership

Food festival helps to bake up new partnership

Stone Baked will be supplying the Lewis Partnership’s restaurants with their quality bread from this month – after owner Tina Clare was recommended to the group’s executive chef at last year’s Food and Drink Festival. The Stone Food & Drink Festival, which takes place over the first weekend in October every year, has been...

Swinton Insurance and Footsteps to close down

Swinton Insurance and Footsteps to close down

Two Stone town centre businesses will be closing down in March. Swinton Insurance at the bottom of the High Street will close its doors for the final time on Friday 7th March. The Stone store has been numerous insurance companies such as Insure Shop, Equity and finally Swinton Insurance and has been at the...

Signposts call for support in funding fight

Signposts call for support in funding fight

A petition has been set up to make sure that Signposts centres in Stone, Barlaston and Stafford can continue to provide their important community services. There are Signposts centres in Stone (at the Frank Jordan Centre) and Stafford, with an outreach service operating in Barlaston. A wide range of services are provided, including job...

Getting fired up about apprenticeships

Getting fired up about apprenticeships

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be spreading the word about fire service apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week which starts on Monday 3rd March. Eight fire service apprentices will be going into schools and colleges to promote the range of fire service apprenticeships to youngsters across Staffordshire – and they’ll be kicking things off...

Stone MS-UK centre to close in March

Stone MS-UK centre to close in March

The Stone-based MS-UK Staffordshire centre will be closing in March after the national MS-UK charity withdrew funding. The volunteers who run the centre, however, want to continue providing their vital services for people with MS and are looking for a new venue. MS-UK Staffordshire, which was previously called SAMS, celebrated its 10th anniversary last...

Gas cylinders explode in Oulton Heath blaze

Gas cylinders explode in Oulton Heath blaze

Butane cylinders and oil drums exploded in a fire at an outbuilding in Oulton Heath in the early hours of Saturday morning. The fire service says it was “incredible” that no-one was seriously hurt. Two crews from Stone, two from Longton and the water carrier from Cheadle tackled the fire that broke out at...

Healthy eating award for Giggles & Wiggles

Healthy eating award for Giggles & Wiggles

Giggles and Wiggles nursery in Stone has achieved top marks in a scheme to improve the health of youngsters. Children and staff from the Mount Road nursery were presented with their platinum certificate recently from Stafford Borough mayor Councillor Angela Loughran. The nursery has been working with the council to reach the awards, which...

Free debt help on your doorstep in Stone

Free debt help on your doorstep in Stone

When financial trouble hits, it’s easy to feel alone. It can seem like no-one can help or that no-one wants to. Debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) – which has had a centre in Stone for five years – really can help. Experience has shown that there is always a way out and...

Volunteers needed at Downs Banks beauty spot

Volunteers needed at Downs Banks beauty spot

The National Trust is looking for volunteers to help install fencing at Downs Banks. Meeting one Sunday every month for a range of tasks, the next work party is on Sunday 2nd March at 10am. The fencing will extend the grazing area to further benefit the landscape, local flora and fauna and revert more...

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