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School recognised in Green Awards

Pirehill First School has been commended in Stafford Borough Council’s Green Awards for its environmental work with pupils. The awards recognise the work undertaken by local organisations – such as schools and businesses – in creating a more sustainable and healthy community. The school – in Tilling Drive, Walton – was commended for its efforts to recycle and its outdoor ...

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National award for Stone Right Stuff club

Stone’s Right Stuff boxing club won a prestigious Children and Young People Now award at a ceremony in London earlier this month. The club was shortlisted in the Third Sector category. Set up in 2008 by PC Andy Whitehall, the Right Stuff club aims to connect with young people in the Stone area who have been involved in anti-social behaviour and ...

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Bibby housing development set for green light

Stafford Borough Council’s development control committee looks set to grant outline planning permission for a housing development on the Bibby Scientific site in Walton. Applicant Boxer Propco wants to demolish half the existing manufacturing building at the site on the A34, next door to the new Aldi supermarket, and sell to developers for housing. The development would have between 100 ...

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Cabbie donates day’s fares to charity

A Stone cabbie whose wife is making a recovery from breast cancer has boosted a national charity by donating a day’s fares to Breast Cancer Care. Taxi driver Bill Hilton, who works for K Cabs taxis, raised £116 for the breast cancer charity by donating all of his fares, plus a further donation, as part of a Pink Friday fundraiser. ...

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Police winter safety checks for vehicles

Motorists visiting Morrisons in Stone on Thursday 18th November were given guidance by officers from Stone Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU) and the Roads Policing Team as part of free vehicle winter safety checks. Officers also gave shoppers and motorists advice about keeping their property safe and secure, both in their vehicles and at home. Police spoke with drivers and carried ...

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Come Dine With Me at Aston Marina

Aston Marina’s farm shop starred in popular Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me this week. The hit show – where amateur chefs compete against each other in a series of dinner parties – came from Stoke-on-Trent all this week. And on Wednesday, when contestant Rob McNamara needed some lamb for his ‘lamb cutlets with redcurrant sauce’ main course, he ...

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Petrol station alcohol bid approved

Fillybrooks Service Station in Newcastle Road can now sell alcohol between 6am and midnight after Stafford Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee approved an application. The original application from owner Motor Fuel Ltd was to sell alcohol 24 hours a day. But an objection to this original application was received from Staffordshire Police, who argued that the potential 24-hour sale of alcohol ...

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Rotary Club collection for Children In Need

Members of Stone Rotary Club raised money for Children In Need this morning by asking motorists for money at traffic lights in Lichfield Street and Christ Church Way! Special signs were up warning drivers to take extra care and Rotary Club members took donations from drivers’ windows in big Children In Need buckets. Have you been fundraising for Children In ...

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Shops and surgeries hit by power cut

Stone town centre was hit by a power cut today, forcing many businesses to close early and badly affecting Cumberland House GP surgery on the High Street. Power was lost at about 9.45am this morning (Wednesday 17th November) and affected around 170 homes and businesses according to energy company e.on in the ST15 8 and ST15 5 postcodes. Much of ...

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Stone shops pass firework test

Shop owners in Stone who sell fireworks all ensured that proper age checks were carried out during a county council test purchase operation. Trading standards officers visited 60 shops before Bonfire Night across Staffordshire, including some in Stone, with volunteers under the age of 18 – the legal age to buy fireworks. Every shop tested ensured age checks were made ...

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