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Census jobs up for grabs

The Office for National Statistics has launched its recruitment campaign to fill 35,000 temporary jobs across England and Wales for next year’s census. The next census takes place on March 27th 2011 and there are 240 jobs available in Stafford borough and south Staffordshire. Available jobs include census co-ordinators, who will help to manage local teams; census collectors, who will ...

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Fire crews battle High Street blaze

Firefighters battled a blaze in a Stone High Street building for more than two hours over the weekend. Two crews from Stone, the aerial ladder platform from Longton and a crew from Leek attended the fire at Hilton House in the High Street at around 2.15pm on Saturday. In Market Square near the library, Hilton House is home to businesses including ...

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Public drinking ban set to be extended

Stafford Borough Council’s Cabinet last night agreed to extend Stone town centre’s alcohol restriction zone to stop people drinking on Morrisons’ car park. Staffordshire Police asked the borough council to amend an existing order in the town centre following problems with people drinking on Morrisons car park. Cabinet members agreed in principle to the request and a public consultation will ...

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Views sought on car parking

Residents and businesses in Stone are being asked for their views about car parking. Stafford Borough Council is looking to put plans in place for car parking in the future. A draft strategy has already been drawn up and now the council wants local people, businesses and organisations in Stone and the wider borough to have their say. Comments will ...

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Thousands enjoy fire service family fun day in Stone

Thousands of people turned up to Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Family Day on Saturday 18th September at the service’s HQ in Stone. Service mascot Welephant entertained the crowds while firefighters gave rope rescue and car crash demonstrations throughout the day. Visitors also got to tour the service’s control room and climb aboard the fire engines. The event also saw ...

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REVIEW: Carol Ann Duffy, Stone Book Festival

Many thanks to Rebecca Toney for sending this brilliant review of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s Stone Book Festival poetry reading at St Dominic’s Priory School on Sunday 19th September. I thought that we were in the wrong place. At 6.20pm around 20 people had barely made a dent in the plate of biscuits (and coffee) on arrival. I wondered ...

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Electric blanket safety tests

Age Concern in Stone is offering a drop-off and collection service for electric blankets for people in the town who can’t make Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service’s test days in October. You can go along and get your electric blanket tested free of charge at Rising Brook fire station on Wednesday 27th October and at Stafford fire station on Thursday ...

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Canoe club HQ is demolished

Stafford and Stone Canoe Club’s wooden clubhouse has now been demolished to make way for a brand new £500,000 building – and as the picture shows, you’d never know it had been there! The old timber building has been built in the 1970s and just wasn’t suitable any longer for the club. The new building at the site in Westbridge ...

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