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Stafford and Stone Canoe Club turns 40!

Family, friends and members of Stafford and Stone Canoe Club were taken on an emotional journey back through time on Friday 8th November when the club celebrated its 40th anniversary. Founder members Jon and Pauline Goodwin, and Ken Langford, set up the club – which is based at Westbridge Park in Stone – in 1973. Forty years later, it’s one ...

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Video: Remembrance in Stone 2013

Here’s a video by Joshua Cope from the Remembrance service in Stone town centre on Sunday 10th November. Hundreds of people came out to remember and pay their respects. Earlier in the day, a service took place at the war memorial in Walton and, on Monday, a short service was held at the Granville Square memorial. Here’s Josh’s video from ...

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Stone’s giant Advent windows are revealed

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The list of shops and businesses taking part in this year’s Advent Windows in Stone has been revealed. Here is the map which show the order in which Stone’s giant Advent calendar will be revealed day by day in December… For the fourth year running a giant community Advent calendar is being unveiled day by day in Stone shop windows ...

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Number of councillors to be reduced by a third

The number of councillors at Stafford Borough Council is to be reduced by nearly a third. The Local Government Boundary Commission has revealed that the council will in future have 40 members – 19 fewer members than it presently has. Now work is being carried out to redraw boundaries for the new wards that councillors will represent following the borough ...

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‘Thank you for helping to find my son’

Brandon Cockburn

A Stone mum has thanked the police and the local community for their help after her five-year-old son went missing last night. Louise Cockburn says she was”overwhelmed” by the police response and the support of the Walton community. Louise’s son Brandon, who turns six later this month, went missing after he had been playing in their front garden in Churchill ...

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Free safety checks after fatal fire in Stone

More than 50 householders in Stone have taken up Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s offer of free home safety checks following a fatal fire in the town in September. Peter Goffe, aged 86, and his 85-year-old wife Beryl died following a bedroom fire in their Lichfield Road home on September 24th. Following the tragedy, firefighters from Stone and local prevention ...

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The car is king in Stone, says campaign group

Drive To Work Day

Stone town centre is one of the worst in the UK for pedestrians and cyclists – so says a national campaign group that is campaigning for urban spaces to be reclaimed from the motorist. David Dansky from London is behind the ‘Drive To Work Day’ campaign, which is this year being held on 11th December in London, Sheffield, Brighton and ...

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Stone pharmacy’s window of Remembrance


Birchill & Watson pharmacy in Stone High Street have created a wonderful Remembrance window display using photographs and artefacts donated by customers and staff members’ families. The display has been put together by pharmacy assistant Linda Blackburn. There’s an interview with Linda below (click HERE if you can’t see the media player): Click HERE for full details on Stone’s services ...

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Stone to become a giant Advent calendar again!

Stone town centre will be transformed into a giant Advent calendar again this December as the Stone Advent Windows project returns for a fourth year. After the success of the last three years – including a special commendation in the Social and Community section of the 2012 Market Towns Awards – this year’s event will see a record 19 schools ...

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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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