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Plan for new power station at Meaford

An aerial view of the construction of the coal-powered Meaford 'B' station in 1956 - image from Staffordshire Past Track. Click the photo for more details

  Plans are being drawn up for a new gas-fired power station at Meaford. Meaford Energy Ltd wants to build a 30-acre station at Meaford Business Park – the site of the former coal-fired Meaford Power Station that was decommissioned and demolished in the 1990s. The company – which has been formed by business park owner St Modwen and property ...

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Offer accepted for the Crown Hotel

An offer has been accepted for the Crown Hotel in Stone, which has been up for sale since unexpectedly closing its doors at the end of July. The historic, Grade II listed building closed down on 23rd July and was initially on the market with Christie and Co for £1.5 million. That was quickly reduced in early August to £750,000. ...

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Seventh Bloom gold in a row for Stone!

The wildflowers in Stonefield Park

Stone has won gold for the SEVENTH year running in the Heart of England in Bloom awards. The town picked up a gold medal in the Large Town category today after another great year for the Stone In Bloom volunteers, who have been hard at work making sure the town looked its very best for the visit of the judges ...

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Handbag stolen in Morrisons supermarket

A 61-year-old woman had her handbag containing her diabetes kit stolen in Morrisons this afternoon. The bag was stolen while she was shopping in the store at about 2.50pm on Wednesday 11th September. It is described as a brown crocodile-skin carry bag and it contained cash, bank cards, cheque book, a driving licence, a white Blackberry mobile phone, a diabetes ...

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Congratulations to golden couple John and Anne

Golden wedding anniversary

Congratulations to John and Anne Shuttleworth from Stone, who have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. The couple live at Summer Field Court off Lichfield Road after John’s retirement a few years ago. For the last 18 months they have been helping to run the “Faith Matters” group that meets on a Monday morning there (under the aegis of St Michael ...

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Free parking on two Saturdays before Christmas

Motorists will be able to park for free in Stone town centre over two weekends in the run-up to Christmas. Stafford Borough Council has waived parking charges for motorists on its car parks in Stone and Stafford on the two Saturday afternoons before Christmas Day. People won’t be charged for parking after 1pm on Saturday 14th and 21st December. The ...

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Gill’s appeal on items for Backpack Project

Mary's Meals

Cub Scout assistant leader Gill Knight has urged people in Stone to donate backpacks, stationery and other basic educational materials that will be sent to some of the poorest communities in the world. Aston and Little Stoke cub group is collecting items for the Mary’s Meals charity, which sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities ...

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M-viron’s Sarah up for a Mumpreneur Award


The managing director of Stone mobile phone business m-viron has been nominated for the nationally acclaimed Mumpreneur Awards 2013. Sarah White juggles running two businesses – Mviron (in the High Street Arcade) and the BforB Staffordshire Ladies – alongside raising a young family. Her dedication to supporting women in business across Staffordshire with BforB has proven to be extremely rewarding ...

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CCTV appeal over Stone corner shop robbery

Stone CCTV 1

Detectives investigating a robbery in Stone have released CCTV images of the suspect in a bid to identify him. The incident happened at around 9.50pm on Sunday 8th September when a man entered The Wine Cellar in Oulton Road. He assaulted a member of staff with a bladed weapon and stole cash from the till. The staff member, a 66-year-old ...

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Alleyne’s starts new life as an academy

Alleyne’s High School in Stone became an academy at the start of the new school year. The school in Oulton Road is now a publicly funded one independent of local authority control and is now known as Alleyne’s Academy. The move to academy status comes after the school achieved its best GCSE results ever, with 71% of students achieving five ...

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