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Book festival makes £8,000 loss

September’s Stone Book Festival lost the town council almost £8,000 after disappointing ticket sales for some of the events. Despite attracting big names like Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Labour peer Lord Hattersley, the festival failed to break even, as the town council had hoped. The council spent £13,000 on the event but made a net loss of £7,908. ...

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Morrisons applies for extended opening hours

Morrisons wants to extend the opening hours at its Stone store. The supermarket would be able to open from 6am to 11pm – and sell alcohol during that time – if the licensing application is granted by Stafford Borough Council. Current opening hours are 8am to 8pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays; 8am to 9pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; ...

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A34 roadworks start on 1st November

Roadworks on the A34 in Stone that are required ahead of the building of the new Aldi supermarket start on Monday 1st November. Motorists have been warned to expect delays at peak times between the Walton roundabout and the cemetery roundabout near Aston as a 40mph speed limit is introduced both ways. The works on Stafford Road are expected to ...

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We’re committed to Crown Wharf says county councillor

Stone’s county councillor today said the county is still committed to the Crown Wharf project in the town, after town councillors voted to return money raised for the project if plans don’t move forward by the end of the year. Local county councillor Philip Jones, along with Mark Winnington, the county council’s Cabinet member for assets and performance, reiterated their ...

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Wind turbine protesters win temporary reprieve

Protesters fighting plans for wind turbines on the outskirts of Stone have won a temporary reprieve. Severn Trent Water says that because of the strength of opposition from local residents it will delay its plans for a mast at Aston Hall Farm in Aston-by-Stone until 2012. It aims to use the time to find another site in the Midlands. Severn ...

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Stone depot at the heart of winter gritting operation

Workers at the county council’s highways depot in Stone are busy preparing for the winter road gritting operation. More than 1,200 grit bins are currently being filled across the county as the winter chill begins. And the county says it has doubled its salt stocks to 30,000 tonnes for this winter following last year’s extreme weather conditions. The Stone depot ...

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Trick-or-treat posters help elderly residents feel safe

A special poster has been produced to help elderly and vulnerable members of the Stone community stop trick-or-treaters knocking at their doors over Halloween. For many youngsters, trick or treating has become an annual ritual. Every Halloween, children can be seen around the town knocking on doors, asking for sweets and treats. While some people don’t mind it, others – particularly ...

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Date set for Christmas lights switch-on

Stone’s Christmas lights will be switched on during a special festive night in the town centre on Thursday 18th November. Between 5.30pm and 8.30pm, shops will be open late, there will be live music and other entertainment, a children’s fairground and lots of festive foods and treats in the High Street. Click here to see the full line-up for the ...

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Site now on Facebook

A Little Bit of Stone is now on Facebook – click here to connect! We’re also on Twitter here – they’re both great ways to keep in touch with the latest Stone news and to let us know about what’s going on in your little bit of Stone. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Advent Window shops revealed

The 23 shops and businesses that are taking part in Christ Church’s Advent Window project in December have been revealed. The giant community Advent calendar will be revealed day by day in and around the High Street in the build-up to Christmas. Twenty-three shops and businesses will decorate their windows as different Christmas carols and open their windows on a ...

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