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Stone library will still be managed by county council

Stone library

Staffordshire County Council will continue to manage and staff Stone library under new proposals backed by its Cabinet today that will see almost half of its libraries around the county run by volunteers. Proposals guided by three rounds of public and staff consultation over the last 12 months were approved by Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet on 18th February. Stone is not ...

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STING backed by leading rehab consultant


A leading rehabilitation consultant has backed a Stone charity’s valuable work with people living with MS after a visit to their base on the Whitebridge business park. Professor Anthony Ward from the North Staffordshire Rehabilitation Centre, based at Haywood Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, visited STING (Staffordshire’s Therapeutic Independent Neurological Group) recently to find out more about the charity – and gave ...

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Safety appeal as new firefighter strike is called

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Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer has urged people to take extra care following the announcement of a 24-hour strike by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). The industrial action will take place from 7am on Wednesday 25th February to 7am on Thursday 26th. Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford, also President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, said: “We would once again urge ...

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Table talker tackles salt concerns in Stone

Table talker tackles salt concerns

An initiative to urge people to reduce the amount of salt they put on their meals is being rolled out in Stone. Condiments in a number of independent eating out places in the town will now be surrounded by a ‘table talker’ which gives information about the effects of too much salt in your diet. Salt is a major contributor to ...

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Simba finds a loving home


The puppy who was abandoned at Downs Banks recently before being nursed back to health by staff at Shires Vets in Stone has found a new home. The five-week-old pup – named Simba by Shires staff and thought to be a German Shepherd-Rottweiler cross – was found under a hedge by a family out for a walk at the beauty ...

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Another cabbie prosecuted for illegal fare in Stone


A cabbie from Stoke-on-Trent will have to fork out more than £400 after plying for trade illegally in Stone. Majid Akram, aged 34, was stopped after a joint operation between police and Stafford Borough Council to crack down on rogue minicabs. This is the third successful prosecution over the last few weeks following the joint operation by the police and council. ...

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Work under way on new A34 roundabout at Meaford


Preliminary work on a £6 million highway improvement scheme to serve a major new business park in Meaford is now under way. The scheme, which is the county’s second Government Growth Deal funded project to get off the ground, will see the construction of new roundabouts on Meaford Road at its junctions with the A34, near the George and Dragon ...

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Co-operative Bank to close Stone branch

Co-op Bank downgraded by Moody's

The Co-operative Bank is to close its branch in Stone High Street. Co-op banks in Stone – as well as in Stoke, Blythe Bridge, Baddeley Green, Biddulph, Cheadle and Congleton – will close between April and July this year as part of a national closure programme that is seeing 57 branches shut down across the country. The Co-operative Bank in Stone was originally ...

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Stone to fly a flag for the Commonwealth

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Stone Town Council will be raising the Commonwealth Flag in Stone High Street on Monday 9th March. This will be part of an event which will see over 650 other Commonwealth Flags raised in 38 Commonwealth countries. A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out by the town mayor, Cllr Cathy Collier, at 10am before the raising of the Commonwealth ...

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