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Garden Party at Oulton Abbey Care Home

Spring has definitely sprung, and it’s nearly time for the annual garden party at Oulton Abbey Care Home, where all proceeds go towards providing much needed days out and entertainment for their elderly residents. Last year’s event proved very popular and the delicious home-made lunches were a particular success.  Admission is just a pound, and attractions include several stalls, plus ...

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Funding helps local communities to thrive

Hundreds of community projects are having a real impact on Staffordshire people with funding and backing from county councillors, could your Stone community group benefit from extra funding? Computer coding classes for children in care, a community garden for children with sensory disabilities, a new mini-bus for disabled people in Newcastle, and schemes to prevent older people from being isolated ...

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Locals take on charity Tuk Tuk challenge

(wibbly wobbly no expense spared back in time special effect!) If you’re as old as me, chances are your childhood Saturday mornings and post-school afternoons were spent glued to the box, watching the antics of Penelope Pitstop (careful how you say that!) and the rest of the Wacky Races mob. Seems Hanna-Barbera have a lot to answer for, but it’s ...

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Local Plan Part 2 submitted to Secretary of State

Local Plan

A plan that will help shape the future of Stafford Borough over the next 15 years has been submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination. The Plan for Stafford Borough was adopted in June 2014 and includes housing targets and policies to guide new development. Now Part 2 sets the settlement boundaries for Stafford, Stone and major villages, ...

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Alleyne’s Academy celebrates glowing Ofsted report

Alleyne's Academy

Alleyne’s Academy has been praised by Ofsted for all aspects of the education it provides to the pupils of Stone and the surrounding areas. Headteacher Karen Lockett has commended pupils, staff and governors for the excellent report following the Ofsted inspection in April 2016. The Ofsted report – which rates the school as ‘good’ – refers to the strong academic ...

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2016 Stone Puppet Festival cancelled

Stone Puppet Festival cancelled

The organisers of Stone Puppet Festival have cancelled this year’s event, which they had hoped to stage in the town centre in August. Despite a hugely successful first festival last year, the organisers say their crowdfunding campaign to raise half of the funds needed hasn’t received enough support. PRESS RELEASE: STONE PUPPET FESTIVAL As you know, our bid for funding ...

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Man charged with causing deaths on A500


A man has been charged with causing the deaths of two people on the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent last year. James Tatton, aged 24, from Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and will appear before magistrates in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 7th June. The charges relate to the deaths of Marcus Smith, who was 22, from ...

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Teaching jobs at Walton Priory Middle School

teaching jobs

Due to rising numbers of pupils who’ll be attending Walton Priory Middle School in September 2016, the popular school is looking for two new class teachers for Year 5 or Year 6. Walton Priory is a happy school set in 10 acres of attractive grounds, with specialist facilities for science, ICT, PE and technology. Visits to the school are welcome, as are applications from ...

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