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Have your say on level crossing plans

A rescheduled public forum on Network Rail’s proposals to improve safety at the Whitebridge Lane level crossing – which could see its closure – will be held on Tuesday 11th January. The forum takes place at Stone station community building between 3pm and 7pm after the original meeting was cancelled in December due to the weather. The crossing is accessed ...

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Let us know about potholes says highways chief

Staffordshire’s highways chief has asked Stone residents to report potholes caused by the extreme winter weather to the county council. Highways inspectors found just under 600 new defects between December 1st and January 4th across the county. Around half have already been repaired but an increase in the number of potholes is expected as the winter weather continues to affect ...

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Twins play a part in big Oscar contender

Eleven-year-old twin brothers who go to Walton Priory Middle School have played their part in this year’s big Oscar contender. Paul and Stephen Stanley are among the youngest background artists, or extras, to appear in the film The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter. Stafford-based Seven Casting – which used to be called the Janet Howe Casting ...

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Funeral of Oulton & Barlaston councillor

The funeral of Peter Proctor, the borough councillor for Oulton and Barlaston who died over the Christmas period, will take place on Thursday 6th January. Councillor Proctor passed away on Boxing Day following a long illness. He was 73. The father of two had represented the Barlaston and Oulton ward on Stafford Borough Council since 2007. Council chief executive Ian ...

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Food and Drink Festival 2011 dates revealed

The dates for the 2011 Stone Food and Drink Festival were revealed today. This year’s festival weekend will be from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October, with lots of events taking place in the town in the week leading up to the big weekend. Last year’s festival, despite the rain, was another huge success, with tens of thousands of ...

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Wildlife Watch leader needed in Stone

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is looking for a new leader for its Wildlife Watch group in Stone. The group for eight to 13-year-olds meets every Saturday at the Frank Jordan Centre in Lichfield Street and has been running for 10 years. The current leader is to finish soon and a new leader is required to make sure the popular group can ...

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Moddershall Oaks makes national Top 50

Moddershall Oaks has made The Independent’s list of the top 50 spas in the country. The list was compiled by the editor of Spa Secrets Magazine, the director of The Good Spa Guide and other leading industry names, and saw Moddershall Oaks come in at number 36. Moddershall was described by Kathryn Colligon, the founder of spa travel agency Spa ...

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Christmas tree recycling sites

Christmas trees can be taken to the following sites between Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 12th January to be recycled by Stafford Borough Council: Westbridge Park, Stafford Road, Stone Fletcher’s Garden Centre, Eccleshall The Green Recycling Centre, Barlaston Wyevale Garden Centre, Wolseley Bridge Bradley Garden Centre, Bradley Jubilee Playing Fields Recycling Centre, Little Haywood The Allotments Car Park, Gnosall Trees can ...

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Merry Christmas from A Little Bit of Stone!

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Little Bit of Stone visitors! Thank you so much for all of your support and feedback over the last few months. I can’t believe that it’s been four months since the site went live with a post about Stonefield Park’s new tennis court. There have been over 250 posts since ...

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Council pledge on Christmas gritting

The county council says that gritting crews will be on call around the clock to fight the festive freeze which is expected to continue over Christmas – with the Stone depot at the heart of the operation. Temperatures are predicted to plummet to -14 degrees during the holiday and the team is on high alert to keep motorists on the ...

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