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Sponsored water carry for Water Aid

Women and children collect unsafe water at the swamp, Mugorore village, Juru sector, Rwanda. Photographer credit: WaterAid/Zute Lightfoot

Keep an eye out when you’re out and about this Sunday morning (May 3rd) for the unusual sight of dozens of youngsters carrying buckets of water along the canal towpath! There is a logical explanation – the youngsters are taking part in a sponsored water carry, the brainchild of Rotary in Stone, in support of Water Aid. The charity works with the ...

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BBC One’s Flog It comes to Sandon Hall

Paul Martin delivers a piece to camera

The popular BBC One antiques programme Flog It, presented by Paul Martin, is set to visit Sandon Hall on Friday 1st May. Flog It is now on its fourteenth series and regularly achieves an audience of over two million viewers in its weekday afternoon slot. Sandon Hall will be hosting the Flog It valuation day. Rather like a treasure hunt, members ...

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Top award for Rotarian Philip Leason

Philip Leason Stone Rotary

A Stone Rotarian has received the Paul Harris Fellowship for his work to help eradicate polio from India. Philip Leason had been telling members and friends all about his recent trip to India to help out with polio vaccinations at the club meeting on 20th April – when President Len Bassett presented him with a Paul Harris Fellowship. In this country the Fellowship ...

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National award for marketing apprentice Jess

Jess with the other award winners on the night

Jess Smith, aged 18, from Barlaston, an apprentice with Stone’s Smart Marketing Works, won the ‘Trainee of the Year’ award at the 2015 Tile Association Awards that were held in Birmingham on Saturday 18th April. Jess – a former student at Alleyne’s Academy in the town – started her apprenticeship with tiling industry marketing experts Smart Marketing Works in July last ...

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Motorcyclist dies in A34 collision

bogus caller

A motorcyclist died in a collision on the A34 in Stone on Tuesday (21st April). Emergency services were called to the serious road traffic collision on the northbound carriageway of the A34 at Pirehill at around 4.30pm. Sadly, despite the best efforts of paramedics, the motorcyclist – Kevin Hall, who was 55 and from Newcastle – died at the scene. His family have been ...

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Prehistoric butter churn unearthed at Norton Bridge rail development

The butter churn lid unearthed at Norton Bridge

Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of a prehistoric settlement, including woodlands and part of a butter churn, at the major railway development at Norton Bridge. Network Rail is delivering new signalling equipment, line speed improvements and building a new flyover at Norton Bridge which will remove the last major bottleneck on the West Coast main line.  Hundreds of thousands of tonnes ...

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Dog poo appeal from 5th Stone Beavers

5th Stone Beavers dog poo appeal

Young Beavers from Stone have spelled out an appeal to dog walkers who exercise their dogs on Walton common – please clean up your dog poo. The 5th Stone Beavers use the scout hut on the common for their meetings – but find that playing outside is often a problem because of the amount of dog poo. Anna Walker, one ...

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UPDATE: Stuart Frazer found safe and well


*** STUART WAS FOUND SAFE AND WELL ON THURSDAY NIGHT *** Staffordshire Police is appealing for the public to report any sightings of a man missing from Stone. Stuart Frazer, aged 64, was reported missing from the Stone area at around 1pm today (Thursday 16th April). He is described as white, 5ft 5in tall with a stocky build and greying hair. ...

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Meaford power station could be operational in 2020


Work on the planned gas turbine power station at Meaford could get under way in 2017, with the centre in full operation by 2020. Meaford Energy Limited (MEL) – a joint venture between Glenfinnan and St Modwen, has now submitted its Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate for the Meaford Energy Centre power station at the Meaford Business ...

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