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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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Borough chief: we can weather the storm when the cuts hit

The chief executive of Stafford Borough Council said today that the borough is equipped to cope with the cuts announced by the coalition Government. Ian Thompson said: “We won’t know the details of how these cuts affect individual councils for several weeks. However, we have planned for a worst case scenario and from the Chancellor’s announcement we feel confident we ...

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Chief Constable says force is prepared for big budget cuts

The Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police has admitted that the Government’s spending review will pose “major challenges” – but he says the force is prepared. Mike Cunningham made his comments after Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement yesterday that budgets for departments – including the police – are to be cut. And with forces across the country warned that the overall budget ...

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World Sight Day walk raises awareness of blindness

Children from Christ Church Middle School joined Guide Dogs for the Blind, town mayor Rob Kenney and Stone Lions for a special walk in the town centre on Thursday 14th October for World Sight Day. The walk, which saw all sighted people taking part being blindfolded, aimed to recreate the difficulties that visually-impaired people face in their day-to-day lives. Many of ...

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