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New powers for CCG to commission GP services

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Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for buying secondary care – which includes things like the healthcare provided by hospitals – will begin ‘joint commissioning’ GP services in April after their application was approved by NHS England. The new responsibilities mean the CCG will work alongside NHS England to make decisions about which GP services to ...

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Award served up to healthy Stone nurseries

Healthy nurseries

Two nurseries in Stone have received an award for the work they do in helping to improve the health of their youngsters. Five nurseries recently achieved platinum level – with two from Stone striking silver – in the borough council Nurturing Health scheme. The two ‘silver’ nurseries were Meaford Day Nursery and Meaford Fields Day Nursery, both in Stone. Five nurseries from ...

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Pubs in spotlight for Best Bar None awards

The Crown and Anchor won the award in 2011

  Judges are running the rule over more than a dozen bars in Stone and across Stafford borough as part of a competition to find the best run premises in the area. Members of the local councils and the police have been checking standards at pubs and nightclubs in Stafford and Stone town centres for the Best Bar None awards. It ...

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A34 gap by Whitemill Lane to be closed off

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The gap in the central reservation on the A34 by Whitemill Lane is to be closed off. Staffordshire County Council has made the decision  and will be carrying out the work because of the number of accidents there, all involving vehicles turning right out of, or into, Whitemill Lane. In the five years from 1st January 2009 to 31st December 2013, ...

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Another cabbie fined for illegal fare in Stone

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Another cabbie from Stoke-on-Trent has been fined more than £500 after plying for trade illegally in Stone. Abid Mohammed Ali, aged 27, was stopped after a joint operation between police and Stafford Borough Council to crack down on rogue minicabs. Stafford magistrates were told Ali agreed to take a council officer and a plain clothed police officer to a local pub ...

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Have your say on fire service proposals for Stone

Stone community safety options

The fire service has started a major consultation on a new community safety delivery model for the whole county, with specific proposals for individual fire stations, including Stone. A drop-in consultation event takes place at the Stone House Hotel on Tuesday 10th March, between 5pm and 7pm, where you can speak directly with representatives from the fire service. You can also complete ...

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Lisa’s epic Kilimanjaro adventure for charity

She's made it! Lisa at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Lisa Russell is back home after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and Breast Cancer Campaign. We asked Lisa to write something for the site about her epic adventure… Well, I’m sitting here on a rainy Sunday a week after we arrived back the UK after what can only be described as a trip of a ...

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‘Excellent’ rating for St Dom’s in latest inspection

Pupils celebrate with headteacher

St Dominic’s Priory School in Stone has been rated ‘Excellent’ in its latest ISI inspection report (Independent Schools Inspectorate) – the equivalent of an ‘Outstanding’ rating in an Ofsted report. St Dom’s is a highly successful independent school and nursery, educating girls and boys from three months’ old. Inspectors singled out quality of teaching, academic achievement and the excellent relationships that staff foster with ...

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