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Tourism pub of the year for Lymestone Vaults

Lymestone Brewery’s pub in Newcastle, Lymestone Vaults, was named Tourism Pub of the Year at the 2013 Enjoy Staffordshire awards on Monday 4th November. The Stone brewery’s pub won a public vote to take gold, with Sandon’s The Dog and Doublet taking silver. The Lymestone Vaults opened in November 2012 – there are photos from the launch night HERE – ...

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Safety appeal ahead of firefighter walkouts

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has urged people in Stone to take extra care during the two periods of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union. The first of two strikes will be held between 6.30pm and 11pm on Friday night (1st November) and the second will take place from 6am-8am on Monday 4th November. Firefighters and volunteers are promoting ...

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Plan for wind turbines in Stone rejected

Aston Lodge

The plan for wind turbines on farmland in Stone was thrown out by Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee on Thursday evening. Residents of Aston Lodge had launched a campaign to get the application refused, gathering over 500 signatures and holding public meetings to rally support. They had also drawn up their own impression of what the wind turbines would look ...

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Remembrance 2013 in Stone

The annual parade and services of Remembrance at the war memorial in Granville Square, St Michael’s Church and in Walton will take place on Sunday 10th November. The Service of Remembrance will be held at the Walton War Memorial in Whitemill Lane, starting at 9.50am. Here are the timings for the services of Remembrance at the war memorial in Granville ...

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Alleyne’s pool closed until mid-November

The swimming pool at Alleyne’s Sports Centre in Stone will be closed for at least a fortnight as the broken circulation pipe has caused damage to a filter pump and electrical circuit board. The pool has been out of action since last Friday¬†when the circulation pump broke down. The borough council says the additional problems will see the pool closed ...

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Changes to retail plan for Stone under fire

Westbridge Park

Last-minute changes to plans for retail development in Stone came in for fierce criticism at the public examination of the borough Local Plan. Stafford Borough Council’s Local Plan – the documents that sets out where new housing, retail and employment space should be sited over the next couple of decades – was submitted to the Secretary of State in the ...

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Six years in prison for Wine Cellar knifeman

  The man who robbed The Wine Cellar in Stone in September has been jailed for six years. Nicholas Overton, aged 35, was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Monday 28th October for a total of nine knifepoint robberies in North Staffordshire and Cheshire, including the Stone corner shop in Oulton Road on Sunday 8th September. Overton had absconded on ...

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Moddershall Oaks expansion to create 18 jobs

Moddershall Oaks is expanding its facilities and creating an extra 18 jobs as it aims to double the number of day visitors and further cement its position as one of the UK’s leading destination spas. The expansion – which has been given planning consent – is being part funded through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded ...

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Photo competition: ‘Autumn in Stone’

Stonefield Park

  Autumn is here and it’s one of the most beautiful times of the year. Stone looks amazing as the bursts of autumnal colour take hold – and it’s a photographer’s dream! We’re holding a photography competition with an ‘Autumn in Stone’ theme. There are two categories – under-18s and over-18s. And we have prizes… The winning under-18 will win ...

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Alleyne’s pool closed until further notice

The swimming pool at Alleyne’s Sports Centre is closed until further notice because of a broken circulation pipe. Swimmers arriving at the centre off Oulton Road on Friday night were informed of the closure and there were repair teams at the scene. But it’s not known yet when the pool will be open – disappointing news with the half-term break ...

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