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Train drivers’ strike is suspended

A 24-hour strike by drivers on London Midland train routes planned for Thursday that would have hit trains through Stone has been suspended following an injunction by the High Court. The court upheld the service operator’s claims of irregularities in the strike ballot held by members of Aslef union. The union called the 23rd December strike over a pay and conditions ...

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Woman dies in Hilderstone crash

A woman has died after a car and a van collided in a village just outside Stone. The collision happened on the B5066 just outside Hilderstone on the road to Sandon. Two ambulances, an incident support officer and an emergency doctor were sent to the scene after a number of 999 calls at 6.15pm on Monday. The woman has been named ...

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Stone pupils help to force Government U-turn

Pressure from pupils in Stone has helped to force a U-turn from the Government on plans to scrap school sport partnerships (SSPs). Education Secretary Michael Gove revealed proposals last month to axe the £162 million-a-year project as part of wider plans to reduce public spending. But his announcement sparked a campaign to fight the cuts, which was taken up by school ...

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New parking system for Morrisons car park

Beware! Anyone who stays at the Morrisons car park in Mill Street for more than two hours from Wednesday 22nd December will be hit by an £80 charge. From tomorrow, anyone who has stayed on the car park for more than two hours will receive a Parking Charge Notice directly from Parking Eye, a Chorley-based company that operates parking schemes ...

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Level crossing forum cancelled

A public forum on Network Rail’s proposals to improve safety at the Whitebridge Lane level crossing has been cancelled because of the winter weather. The forum was due to be held at Stone station community building on Wednesday 22nd December between 3pm and 7pm. It will now be held on Tuesday 11th January between 3pm and 7pm. The crossing is ...

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Co-op stores’ Christmas opening times

Stone’s two Co-operative supermarkets will be open on the following days and times over Christmas and New Year. High Street Friday 24th: 7am to 6pm Christmas Day: closed Sunday 26th: 10am to 4pm Monday 27th: 9am to 6pm Tuesday 28th: 8am to 8pm Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th: normal opening hours Friday 31st: 7am to 6pm Saturday 1st: closed Sunday ...

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Santa raises hundreds for Rotary charities

Stone Rotary’s Santa Sleigh was in the High Street on Saturday 18th December helping Rotarians to collect donations for the many good causes supported by the club. On a very cold day, with a morning snow storm, the club collected £493 from passers by, and helped with the magic of Christmas for the many children who met Santa and told ...

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Level crossing safety improvement work

Network Rail wants people’s views on a proposal to enhance safety at the level crossing in Whitebridge Lane which could see the closure of the crossing to pedestrians. There will be an open forum and presentation at Stone station community building on Wednesday 22nd December between 3pm and 7pm into the proposal. View Level crossing in a larger map The ...

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Royal wedding High Street party?

Stone mayor Rob Kenney has called on the town council  to hold a street party in the High Street on Friday 29th April when Prince William marries Kate Middleton. The mayor also asked at the recent council meeting that the town take part in the National Chain of Beacons that is due to be held on the Friday evening. Stone ...

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Pharmacy Christmas opening times

Birchill & Watson pharmacy in the High Street will be opening all over the festive period, including on Christmas Day. Here are the times: Friday 24th: 9am to 5.30pm Saturday 25th to Tuesday 28th: 12pm to 1pm Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st: 8.45am to 6.30pm Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd: 12pm to 1pm Tuesday 4th: 8.45am to 6.30pm Boots, meanwhile, ...

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