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Busking champ Dylan strums to success!

Busking champ Dylan strums to success!

Thirteen-year-old Dylan Kennerell-Walters won this year’s Stone Music Festival busking competition, beating many more seasoned performers to take the crown. And his seniors should beware – Dylan intends to defend his title in 2014! The busking competition took place on Festival Saturday (13th July) – and the judges were impressed by Dylan’s ukulele playing...

Another fatality on railway at Barlaston

Another fatality on railway at Barlaston

A man died on Saturday evening after being hit by a train on the West Coast Main Line between Wedgwood and Barlaston – the eighth person to be killed on the same stretch of railway line in 19 months. The man- who has not been identified by the police yet – was hit by a...

HeathenBABY premiere success at The Swan!

HeathenBABY premiere success at The Swan!

  Before the Music Festival week, around 100 family and friends attended the film premiere of heathenBABY at The Swan Inn, in Stone. HeathenBABY’s music has been influenced by the singer’s personal life from early childhood and leaving school with no qualifications through to fatherhood and achieving a university degree in fine art. And film and...

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Special church service to mark matrix return

Special church service to mark matrix return

A commemorative service is being held at St Michael’s Church to celebrate the return of the 12th century seal matrix of Stone Priory that was found in a Surrey field in 2011. The service takes place on Wednesday 24th July (St Wulfad’s Day) at St Michael and St Wulfad’s Church at 7.30pm. During the...

Online question time for police commissioner

Online question time for police commissioner

Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Matthew Ellis will be answering people’s questions in a one-hour online chat on Monday 22nd July. ‘Let’s Talk Online’ allows those who take part to ask the Commissioner about a wide range of policing issues. The chat is on Monday between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Come back to this...

Bloom volunteers battle scorching summer

Bloom volunteers battle scorching summer

Stone In Bloom volunteers have been extra busy making sure that displays around the town are not lost during the heatwave. Volunteers have been watering the wildflower beds in Stonefield Park and around Stone, as well as the vegetable patches that played a big part in this year’s Heart of England in Bloom campaign,...

Fire service: Don’t set off sky lanterns

Fire service: Don’t set off sky lanterns

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has urged residents and event organisers in Stone not to set off sky lanterns following the huge fire at a plastics recycling plant at Smethwick recently. The Smethwick fire – believed to have been caused by a sky lantern – caused millions of pounds worth of damage and was...

Red Lion will be open again on Friday

Red Lion will be open again on Friday

The Red Lion will be re-opening at 6pm on Friday. The popular pub, which has been on the High Street for over 200 years, has been closed since Sunday 7th July but last week Punch Taverns said getting it open again was a priority. Tanya Moran has taken the licence on, although former licensee...

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Towpath improvement work on schedule

Towpath improvement work on schedule

  Work on towpath improvements on the Trent and Mersey Canal between Meaford and Barlaston are progressing well, although the stretch will be closed to walkers until November as planned. Work on the notoriously muddy stretch got under way in February between Meaford Lock Bridge and the Plume of Feathers in Barlaston (bridges 98 to 103)....

Alleyne’s Sports Centre loses its bounce

Alleyne’s Sports Centre loses its bounce

The future of trampolining at Alleyne’s Sports Centre is hanging in the balance after it emerged that the centre’s two trampolines have been out of action since April – and there is no money to buy new ones. The centre’s two trampolines were deemed unfit for use – but they haven’t been repaired or...

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