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Local Medallists Honour Canoeing Volunteers

Local Olympic and Paralympic medallists have been honouring volunteers at the British Canoeing Volunteer and Athlete recognition awards. British Canoeing’s annual Volunteer & Athlete Recognition Awards on Saturday 19th November saw Olympic champion Joe Clarke and Paralympic bronze medallist Ian Marsden handing out awards at a star studded ceremony. The Volunteer Awards and sets out to recognise the volunteers and paddlers ...

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Stone Bright Spark Apprentice Wins IET Award

A Stone based apprentice has been honoured as the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) has announced the winners of its annual Apprentice and Technician of the Year Awards. The awards, which recognise individuals who have made exceptional engineering contributions to their profession or operational area, have named local company ABB’s apprentice Josh Barber as the winner of the Apprentice of ...

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New deal to deliver integrated care in Staffordshire

Integrated Care

People are being encouraged to find out more and have their say on a new agreement to deliver health and social care side by side across Staffordshire. Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust (SSOTP) have agreed a new contract to run from 2017 to 2020 and a public consultation on the proposals is now open. Alan White, ...

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Sir Bill Cash to hold commons debate on HS2 in Stone

Bill Cash House of Commons

Stone MP, Sir Bill Cash is to hold a debate in the House of Commons on ‘HS2 phase 2 consultation and Stone constituency’ this Thursday afternoon. Further to his letters of objection to the Secretary of State for Transport and sent to HS2 Ltd, he will be putting forward his constituents’ ongoing objections to the project as it impacts upon ...

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MEP calls for brexit focus for farmers

mep dan dalton

West Midlands MEP Daniel Dalton is calling on farmers to be ‘front and centre’ of Brexit negotiations and has launched a consultation with the NFU in the region for ideas on the future of farming. Mr Dalton said, “The West Midlands has a significant rural economy and is an agricultural powerhouse, with some of the most rural counties in England.’ Currently, the rural economy operates under the European ...

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Pedestrian level crossing closed due to misuse

The pedestrian level crossing at Stone railway station has been closed with immediate effect due to “dangerous misuse” incidents. Over a nine day period a Network Rail study recorded 33 incidents that they classed as “misuse”. Incidents ranged from children standing still on the level crossing, not crossing safely and quickly.  There were also people occupied by their mobiles as ...

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In Photos: 2016 Remembrance Sunday

2016 Remembrance Parade

Once again the town saw an outstanding turnout for Stone’s Remembrance parade and service.  The parade started at the bottom of the High Street and finished at the Cenotaph in Granville Square. Following the service, and 2 minutes silence, the parade returned back up the High Street for a service at St. Michael’s church. For the first time ever we ...

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Search for Joshua Smith uncovers body


This morning the Staffordshire Police were called to the vicinity of the Trent and Mersey canal near Stone following the report of a body being found by members of the public engaged in a search for Joshua Smith. Police officers attended and the area is now subject of examination and a body believed to be Joshua has been removed from ...

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Wildlife Trust partners up with John Lewis for enchanting Christmas ad

Buster John Lewis

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is one of the 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK to have been chosen as John Lewis’ Christmas Charity partner.  This year’s John Lewis Christmas advert which launched recently, celebrates the joy of encountering wildlife in a neighbourhood  garden using a cast of wild creatures including a fox, badger, squirrel and hedgehog, aided by just a festive ...

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Staffordshire Police Receives “Good” Efficiency Rating

The independent police watchdog Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has given Staffordshire Police a “good” rating following their annual inspection of police force efficiency. The inspection assesses how ‘efficient’ the force is at keeping people safe and reducing crime. Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker said: “Given the financial pressures that all forces have faced over recent years, it’s imperative that the public ...

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