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Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at St Michael’s First School

Julie Silvester, a teacher at St Michael’s First School in Stone, sent us these pictures of the school’s celebrations to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s recent 90th birthday. The children and staff all came dressed in red, white and blue attire – very patriotic.  A tea party was held in the afternoon, which began with everyone singing the National Anthem. Money ...

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Bogus tradesman targets older resident in Stone


Staffordshire Police has urged people to remain vigilant after an older resident in Stone was targeted by a bogus tradesman. The woman – whose age has not been revealed by police – was asked to pay £85 to clear the guttering of her house and her neighbour’s. She was informed by the male that her neighbour had agreed this work. The neighbour was ...

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Top cycling action at Shugborough for RideStaffs festival


Staffordshire cycling fans are in for a great weekend of sport on their doorstep, with the 2016 RideStaffs festival taking place in Shugbourough Park from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July. All the action of this year’s RideStaffs festival will take place in the estate’s idyllic grounds, marking a change from the Stafford town centre location of previous years. RideStaffs pro races ...

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Motorcyle funeral escort for Harry Hall

Harry Hall

Motorcyclists will be turning out in force to pay their respects to a leading light of their community who passed away recently. Harry Hall – known as ‘H’ – is taking his final journey on Wednesday 22nd June. He was well known in Stone and in particular amongst the motorcycle community where his knowledge was legendary. His widow Helen has ...

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Peace pole in place at Crown Meadow

In May, representatives from local schools, churches and societies joined with Stone Quakers on Crown Meadow to unveil a Peace Pole and plaque. These symbols of global peace were gifts from Stone Quakers to the town. From earliest times people have erected vertical stones to make a statement. Japan has a tradition of engraving these with text. In 1955 Masahisa ...

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Pet blood bank session in Stone on 29th June

Blood bank

There’s a blood donation session with a difference in Stone on Wednesday 29th June – it’ll be pets instead of people giving their armful (or legful)! On Wednesday 29th June Shires Vets in Eccleshall Road is holding a Pet Blood Bank donation session. This is a great way to help the lives of dogs, with a single donation helping as many ...

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Electrical problems force Barlaston Health Centre temporary closure

Barlaston Health Centre

Electrical problems have forced the temporary closure of Barlaston Health Centre. GPs from the practice stress that the closure is temporary. But while the Barlaston centre is closed, all medical services and appointments for the Dr Griffiths and Partners practice have been moved to the main site at Cumberland House Surgery in Stone High Street. Barlaston Parish Council posted on ...

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Closure of M6 bridge delayed until September

M6 bridge

The closure of a main road across the M6 near Stone will be delayed until September following talks by the county council and Highways England. This will allow essential maintenance of nearby Meece Road to go ahead over the coming weeks and enable people and businesses to travel with less disruption. We’d reported on Monday how some residents were facing ...

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