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Getting fired up about apprenticeships


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be spreading the word about fire service apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week which starts on Monday 3rd March. Eight fire service apprentices will be going into schools and colleges to promote the range of fire service apprenticeships to youngsters across Staffordshire – and they’ll be kicking things off by being at Stone farmers’ market ...

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Stone MS-UK centre to close in March

Staffordshire centre

The Stone-based MS-UK Staffordshire centre will be closing in March after the national MS-UK charity withdrew funding. The volunteers who run the centre, however, want to continue providing their vital services for people with MS and are looking for a new venue. MS-UK Staffordshire, which was previously called SAMS, celebrated its 10th anniversary last year – more on that HERE. ...

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Gas cylinders explode in Oulton Heath blaze

Fire engine

Butane cylinders and oil drums exploded in a fire at an outbuilding in Oulton Heath in the early hours of Saturday morning. The fire service says it was “incredible” that no-one was seriously hurt. Two crews from Stone, two from Longton and the water carrier from Cheadle tackled the fire that broke out at 4.30am on Saturday, February 22. A ...

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Healthy eating award for Giggles & Wiggles


Giggles and Wiggles nursery in Stone has achieved top marks in a scheme to improve the health of youngsters. Children and staff from the Mount Road nursery were presented with their platinum certificate recently from Stafford Borough mayor Councillor Angela Loughran. The nursery has been working with the council to reach the awards, which recognise their work in promoting a ...

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Free debt help on your doorstep in Stone


When financial trouble hits, it’s easy to feel alone. It can seem like no-one can help or that no-one wants to. Debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) – which has had a centre in Stone for five years – really can help. Experience has shown that there is always a way out and no debt is too big or ...

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Volunteers needed at Downs Banks beauty spot


The National Trust is looking for volunteers to help install fencing at Downs Banks. Meeting one Sunday every month for a range of tasks, the next work party is on Sunday 2nd March at 10am. The fencing will extend the grazing area to further benefit the landscape, local flora and fauna and revert more of the site to acidic grassland, ...

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Stone Town Council freezes Council Tax

Stone Town Council

Stone Town Council voted to freeze its share of our Council Tax bill at a meeting on 13th February. The budget that was approved sees a Band D precept of £40.09. Our Council Tax bill is made up of charges, or precepts, from the town council, Stafford Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council, fire authority and police authority. The county council ...

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Valentine’s baby for Sarah and Alex!


Huge congratulations to Sarah Nadin and Alex Preston, whose first child Luna Bella was born at their Oulton home on Valentine’s Day. Alex mailed his Valentine’s message to Sarah to us on the 14th. We were going to add it to the list of messages (you can see them HERE, by the way) but thought a separate article would be ...

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Campaigners: Don’t cut Stone bus services


Almost 2,000 people in Stone have signed a petition calling for bus services in the town to be protected. Staffordshire County Council is reviewing its subsidies for bus services that cover Stone. A consultation to gather views before decisions are made closed last month – more on that HERE. Two Stone campaigners, angry at the short period of consultation that ...

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Landlady Rita to leave Langtrys in July


The landlady of Langtrys will be leaving the pub in July. Rita Durkin shocked locals when she posted this update on the pub’s Facebook page earlier tonight… Dear friends of Langtrys, It is with deep regret that I announce today that I will be leaving Langtrys as of the 27th July 2014. To quash any rumours that I’m sure will ...

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