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Two new charity shops for Stone High Street

Inside the former post office on the High Street on Saturday

The former post office building in Stone High Street is going to be a Children’s Society charity shop. And Cats Protection Stafford & District will be moving into a separate empty unit very soon too. Work has been going on in the empty post office for the last couple of weeks and the charity advertised for a manager in January ...

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Towpath closed in Stone for canal repairs

Thanks to Rebekah Fuller for the photograph

A stretch of towpath in Stone has been closed to allow canal repair work to be carried out. The Canal and River Trust has closed the towpath between the Lime Kiln Lock (by Fuller’s boatyard) and Bridge 96 by the Whitebridge estate. The Trust has been repairing the canal washwall on the stretch but the damage is more extensive than ...

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Look out for our Little Boxes of Love!

Louisa Meir

As you know, we’ll be publishing your Valentine’s messages on the morning of 14th February that you’ve been emailing to us. Big thanks to landlady Michelle and her team at The Royal Exchange pub, and to Alex from Rogue Boutique, for helping us to spread the word! As well as emailing messages to love@alittlebitofstone.com, you can pop your message in ...

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Video: Young entrepreneurs go head to head

Young Enterprise

Ten teams of young entrepreneurs from schools in Stone and across the borough took part in the Young Enterprise Trade Fair in Stone town centre on Saturday 1st February. The teams showcased products they had developed and marketed over the past four months, some taking advantage of targeted offers for Valentine’s Day and using the fair as an introductory opportunity ...

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Last chance to have a say on Local Plan

Stone map

The final round of consultation on a plan for how Stone and the wider Stafford Borough will be shaped over the next 17 years is now open. The Stafford Borough Local Plan identifies areas set aside for development in the future – including thousands of extra homes and sites for new businesses. The plan will guide all new development in ...

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Fresh bid for wind turbine in Stone

cotwalton

The company that failed last year to get the green light for its plans for two wind turbines in Stone has submitted a new planning application to build a single turbine on land at Cotwalton.   Hallmark Power Limited’s planning application for two turbines at land close to the Aston Lodge estate in Stone was turned down by Stafford Borough ...

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More details on £6m A34 work in Stone

Meaford

Staffordshire County Council held an information event in Stone last week for local people to find out more about a new scheme that will see £6m invested in improving the A34 as part of wider plans to regenerate the former Meaford power station site. The council says the investment will support the transformation of the largest undeveloped brownfield site in ...

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Youngsters dance to raise funds for Phoebe

Phoebe Moon

Stone’s Rooftop Studios recently hosted a series of ballet events to raise funds for one of its little ballerinas, five-year old Phoebe Moon, who was diagnosed with leukaemia before Christmas. Both pupils at the school and those attending a special festive ballet party had the chance to dress up and dance with everyone’s favourite ballet mouse, Angelina Ballerina, before enjoying ...

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Festive cheques handed over at The Swan

The Swan landlord Geoff Blundell, centre, with Collin Taylor and Helen Blundell

Big hearted festive boozers dug deep at the Swan’s popular annual Christmas auction back in December, and helped raise an impressive £3,500 for the nominated charities via generous bids on the plethora of goodies on offer. There was a veritable selection box of items, including paintings from local artists Hilary Jeffries Bransom and Rita Banks, a holiday comprising a week’s ...

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Farmers’ market flashmob from Grease stars!

Farmers market

  Young performers from Stone took to the farmers’ market on Saturday to spread the word about their next performance. Students from the ‘Pop School and Stage Academy’ based at the town’s Rooftop Studios surprised shoppers by performing songs from Grease: The Musical, which they’re staging at the Mitchell Memorial Theatre in Hanley over the February half-term break. Click HERE ...

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