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Stafford Hospital consultation meeting in Stone

People marched in Stafford in April to protest at any move to downgrade services at the hospital. Picture by Joshua Cope

  A public meeting will be held in Stone by the administrators of Stafford Hospital as they look to gather public opinion on their draft proposals for its future. The Trust Special Administrator’s draft report on the future of hospital services in Mid Staffordshire was published today (31st July) and it will now go out to consultation. The consultation period ...

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Interim provider for NHS 111 service

The chief executive of the new body responsible for GP practices in Stone says that an interim arrangement is being put in place for the new NHS 111 non-emergency advice line. Andrew Donald, chief officer of Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) issued a statement following the decision of NHS Direct yesterday to pull out of providing the service in ...

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Consultation on plan to cut borough councillors

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people in Stone for their views on a proposal to reduce the number of councillors who represent Stafford Borough Council, from 59 members down to 40. The six-week public consultation – which ends on 2nd September – is the first part of an electoral review which will also consider changes ...

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Glowing report for St Michael’s

Mary Gale - retiring after 17 years in charge and going out on a high!

The retiring headteacher of St Michael’s First School went out on a high at the end of the summer term – with a glowing report from Ofsted. Mary Gale officially retires as headteacher of the Stone school on 31st August, but she certainly didn’t wind down at the end of her final term at the school – and the Ofsted ...

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Couple’s Crown Hotel wedding nightmare

Crown Hotel

A Stone couple who were due to celebrate their wedding at the Crown Hotel on 10th August have spoken of their shock at the historic venue’s closure this week.  Teachers Hannah Mclean and Lee Hawthorn were due to hold their wedding reception at the Crown on Saturday 10th August after tying the knot at St Michael’s Church – but the ...

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Fire service needs your input on future plans

People in Stone are being urged to help Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service plan its future. The service is currently developing its new Corporate Safety Plan (CSP), which sets out what it aims to accomplish from 2014 to 2017. And it will be looking to build on its current success after a record-breaking year of preventing fires. More on that HERE. ...

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Another donation for Stone Bells Appeal

St. Michael’s Church received another £500 donation for their Stone Bells Appeal last Thursday, July 18. The donation was made by the Freemasons of the St. Michael’s Lodge in Stone. The occasion was marked by a tour of the room where the bells are rung and then the bells themselves, before taking in the sight of the sun setting over ...

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Manor Hill celebrates diamond anniversary

For the past year, pupils, staff and parents have been celebrating Manor Hill Primary School’s diamond anniversary – ending with a special leavers’ assembly last Friday (19th July). Led by the headteacher, Mrs. Gillman, the assembly recognised and celebrated the school’s 60 years of achievements and traditions developed by past heads Miss. Riley, Mr. Sutton, Mr. McKenzie and Mrs. Francis. ...

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Three Crowns wins battle of the pubs!

The Librium Team Challenge players at The Three Crowns

The Three Crowns saw off teams from the Royal Exchange and The Sun in Stafford to lift the trophy in the latest Librium Games Challenge. In the event at the end of June, Ian Hare and Steve Haimes from The Three Crowns came out on top, securing the Team Challenge Trophy after a nailbiting night of ‘balance and chaos’. Both ...

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