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Improved canal towpath open to the public

Martin Ridge

The stretch of towpath between Barlaston and Meaford is now open to the public again after improvement works were finished ahead of schedule. 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). The work was scheduled to take until November, but the full ...

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Coast-to-coast challenge for Kim and Sophie

Two friends from Stone are doing a coast-to-coast sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Kim Bott, 28 (on the left in the photo), and Sophie Meir, 29, will be cycling from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Tynemouth near Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Friday 4th October – a journey that’s around 125 miles and will take around 12 hours to complete. ...

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Wardrobe light fitting caused fatal fire

The cause of a fire at an elderly couple’s house in Stone is believed to have been a wardrobe light fitting, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have said. Peter Goffe, aged 86, and his 85-year-old wife Beryl were pronounced dead at the scene on Tuesday night. They were found on the landing of their home in Lichfield Road after a ...

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Fundraising mission for St Michael’s Hall

St Michael’s Hall has a new group of trustees who are working to ensure that the important community facility in Lichfield Street can be used by local people for years to come. They are currently fundraising and applying for grants to carry out repairs to the 102-year-old building. Hall manager Dennis Abbot explains more… St Michael’s Hall has stood on ...

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Help for jobseekers at Stone library

Jobseekers in Stone can get help with finding work at the next free support event at the library in October. The next job support afternoon will be held on Tuesday 1st October at Stone Library in Market Square from noon to 3pm. The event is for anyone who would like to know more about a new career, current vacancies, starting ...

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50th anniversary of Stone youth club

Stone youth centre

Stone Youth and Community Centre celebrates its 50th anniversary in October – and people in the town are being invited to share their photos and memories of the youth club. A celebration event is being held at the centre off Station Road (opposite The Talbot pub) on Sunday 13th October between 1pm and 4pm. There will be lots going on, ...

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RSPCA appeal after dog shot in the head

The RSPCA has appealed for information after the body of a greyhound that had apparently been shot in the head was dumped in Stone. The body of a male, cream-coloured dog was found in Washdale, Old Road, Oulton Heath, Stone, on 10th September. The body was examined and it appears the dog had been shot in the head. RSPCA inspector ...

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A 3,000-mile journey to Russia – by bike!

Gordon in country number nine - Lithuania

A cyclist from Stone pedalled all the way to Kaliningrad in Russia – an epic journey of over 3,000 miles in just six weeks taking in 10 countries. Gordon Taylor, aged 56, rode 3,070 miles to be exact, cycling from Stone to Harwich and then through Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Russia. And most ...

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