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Unique music project for children with additional needs

Chuckle Productions, a non-profit arts organisation based in Stone, has received funding from the National Foundation for Youth Music to launch a unique music-making project for children with profound additional needs.   Using specialist sound technology and connective movement therapy, this unique project will allow most children, even the most physically or mentally isolated, to take part and discover music-making ...

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Stone students celebrate GCSE results

Students in Stone got their GCSE results on Thursday – and their hard work paid off, with some excellent results at both Alleyne’s Academy and St Dominic’s Priory School. Once again, many students excelled at Alleyne’s Academy and seven achieved 10 or more A*/A grades. 70% have achieved 5 A*-C including English and Mathematics 77% have achieved Mathematics A*-C 70% ...

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Foodie fun for the whole family at Stone Food & Drink Festival!

The 2015 Stone Food & Drink Festival is set to offer even more for families this year with some great new attractions at Westbridge Park, including a circus big top with puppet shows, workshops and more. Alongside old favourites like the demonstration kitchen, the Talks & Tastings Tent and stalls from 100 artisan producers, there are some exciting new additions to the ...

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Madchester legend Bez pops in to Granvilles

We’re not twisting your melons, man! Look who was in Granvilles in Stone on Saturday night – it’s only Bez from top Manchester band Happy Mondays. Bez, who won Celebrity Big Brother in 2005 and stood for Parliament in Salford in this year’s General Election on an anti-fracking platform with his Reality Party, is best known for his elastic-limbed, maraca-shaking dancing ...

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Aston Marina and Lymestone Brewery have ‘Great Taste’!

Dishes created by the chefs behind Aston Marina’s renowned bistro, and five bottled beers from Lymestone Brewery, have been awarded stars in the 2015 Guild of Fine Foods’ Great Taste Awards – the benchmark for the finest food and drink in the land. The Marina’s salmon, prawn and dill fishcake and chocolate tiffin both underwent blind taste testing under a judging ...

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25 years at The Brushmakers for landlord Mark

The landlord at The Brushmakers has celebrated his silver anniversary of pulling pints at the popular pub in Oulton. Mark Byrne reached the amazing milestone on 10th August and was presented with a Silver Service certificate by the Heart of Staffordshire Camra group on Monday night. He also celebrated with a barbecue at the Kibblestone Road pub last weekend – ...

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Alleyne’s Academy students make the grade!

Students and staff at Alleyne’s Academy are celebrating today following the publication of the 2015 A Level results. Performance at the higher grades was particularly impressive, with over 50% of students achieving at least one A*- B grade (or equivalent). The overall pass rate was a very pleasing 99%. Twenty-eight students achieved two or more grade A*-B (or equivalent) and ...

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Sue hands over Zeta to new owner Tracy

Zeta ladies’ clothes shop in the High Street will have a new owner from September as long-standing owner Sue Greason retires after 11 years. Tracy Stant from Stone will be stepping in to make sure the shop remains open for its loyal customers – there had been fears that the business would be closing with Sue’s retirement – and will ...

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Christchurch Way car park to become all-day

Motorists will soon be able to stay all day on the Christchurch Way car park in Stone in a move designed to encourage shoppers to stay in the town for longer, and to provide more all-day parking for workers. The borough council has previously only allowed motorists to stay for up to four hours – but from September the time limits ...

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