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David creates puppets for Celebrity Big Brother

Celebrity Big Brother

Stone puppet maker David Leech created special puppets for this week’s Celebrity Big Brother, which saw contestants taking part in a puppet task. David – who runs Pelham Puppets and organised last year’s hugely successful Stone Puppet Festival – crafts and paints each puppet by hand. He was approached by the Channel 5 reality game show’s producers last year to create puppets ...

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Top tips for driving in ice and snow

driving in ice and snow

Highways England has some good advice for driving in ice and snow. As the winter weather has well and truly hit us, it’s a great checklist. Driving in ice and snow: be prepared and be aware Driving through ice and snow Clear any snow off the roof of the vehicle before you drive away Watch out for icy conditions. Look for ...

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Gritters out as winter weather hits


Staffordshire County Council’s gritters were out on Thursday and Friday as snow and freezing temperatures hit the county. Lots of people complained on our Facebook page about the state of major roads in and around Stone, like the A34. But the council reassured residents today that gritting teams were out on the county’s roads – including in Stone – since 5.30pm on Thursday, gritting major routes at once before ...

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The Maltings sold ahead of auction

The Maltings

It was due to go up for auction on Monday but there’s no need now as The Maltings in Stone has been sold. The former Joule’s Brewery malthouse has planning permission to convert it into two ground-floor retail units and three apartments, although the permission expires in February. It was due to go up for auction on Monday 18th January ...

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Canals improvement in the spotlight with new website


A new website has been launched which invites Staffordshire residents, communities and businesses to explore ways they can work together to enhance the county’s canals and other waterways. The website has been developed by the Staffordshire Waterways Group (SWG) to provide a vision for the county’s waterways and suggests an approach for improving each canal, as well as encouraging local councils ...

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Commissioner wants to hear from Stone community groups


Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis says 2016 could be a defining year for policing, and is keen to update community groups in Stone as part of his ongoing engagement activities. The Commissioner wants to visit local groups across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to speak about the progress made so far and plans for the future to make sure the ...

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Eddie Redmayne snapped in Stone!

Eddie Redmayne

He was spotted in Eccleshall a few days ago and now actor Eddie Redmayne has been seen in Stone after filling up his vehicle at Fairway Service Station! Beth Scott and sister Hannah work at the service station in Lichfield Road and met the Oscar winner on Sunday morning (3rd January) when he went into the shop to pay for his petrol. Eddie won a ...

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Fulford resident to win cash for recycling


A resident in Fulford stands to win £120 this month – just for being a good recycler. The normal £60 prize for the doorstep recycling challenge was not won in December, which means a lucky Fulford resident is in with a chance of bagging double the money. Stafford Borough Council will be visiting a house in the village selected at random ...

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