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Chuckle Productions awarded £2500 grant

Chuckle Productions

Stone children’s company Chuckle Productions has been awarded a £2500 grant from Staffordshire County Council’s local community fund. After visiting the Chuckle House in Stone and meeting the children from Chuckle Stars, Councillor Philip Jones has awarded Chuckle Productions £2500 towards ongoing costs at the company. Director Sara Christie added:  “We are incredibly grateful to Philip Jones for his support. ...

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Why not volunteer for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust?

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is appealing to people from Stone to help with the running of its Wolseley Centre headquarters. The Trust is inviting people to come forward to become a volunteer and carry out a variety of hands-on roles at the centre, based off the A51 between Stone and Rugeley. Roles include performing front-of-house tasks dealing with the public, answering ...

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Funding bid for 2016 Stone Puppet Festival

Stone Puppet Festival

Following an initial meeting on February 6th, Stone Puppet Festival organisers David Leech and Richard Jones will be seeking funding from Arts Council England (ACE) in order to stage the festival again this summer in Stone. But they also need your help… ACE funding is partial so they are actively seeking other sources of funding too. In addition, David and ...

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Stone residents warned of benefits changes


Stone residents are being warned about several changes affecting benefits this year, with Stafford Borough Council urging people to find out how they may be affected. The Government changes taking place include: Limiting backdating in Housing Benefit: Claims for people of working age will be backdated for a maximum of four weeks instead of the current six months. This could ...

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Borough retains gold standard for cemeteries


Stafford Borough’s crematorium and cemeteries – including Stone – have retained their gold standard in a national scheme for the service they provide. The borough council-run crematorium on Tixall Road, Stafford, achieved Gold status from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management for the fourth year in a row, along with the town’s Eccleshall Road Cemetery and Stone Cemetery. The ...

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Free childcare scheme doubled to 30 hours

free childcare

Stone families will be among the first in the country to be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare every week. Three and four-year-olds already receive 15 hours’ free childcare to help prepare them for school, while making it easier for parents to work. Now the Government is funding an expansion to 30 hours a week and has chosen Staffordshire as ...

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Meaford roadworks to be completed in May

Meaford roadworks

Good news – the end of the Meaford roadworks in in sight. Staffordshire County Council says the road scheme is on schedule for a May finish. The 12-month reconstruction of part of the A34 will pave the way for the construction of the new business park and gas-fired power station by developer St Modwen. With over three-quarters of the job done, the ...

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