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Sixth form open evening at Alleyne’s Academy

Alleyne's Academy

An open evening will take place at Alleyne’s Academy on Thursday 13th November from 6pm to 8pm for students considering a place at Sixth Form for September 2015. The evening is open to prospective students and parents to come along and see what the Academy Sixth Form has to offer. We are keen to meet students who currently attend Alleyne’s ...

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Remember, remember hedgehogs this November

bonfire night

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has urged people in Stone to look out for hedgehogs before lighting their bonfires this Guy Fawkes night. At this time of year many animals, including hedgehogs, go into hibernation, with unlit bonfires providing a perfect refuge.  To ensure hedgehog safety, members of the public are being urged to follow these simple guidelines before building their bonfire: ...

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Stone projects bloom at Green Awards

St Dominic's Priory School

A Stone school and allotment project came up smelling of roses at this year’s Stafford Borough Council Green Awards. St Dominic’s Priory School won the youth and education award for their eco garden, while the committee behind Tilling Drive Allotments in Walton were commended in the community category for their allotments’ new community area. Jill Piggott from the allotments committee ...

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Public inquiry into Moddershall Valley homes plan

Nicholls Lane

A public inquiry into a developer’s plan to build 34 homes on a field in the Moddershall Valley gets under way again on Monday (3rd November). Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee threw out the planning application from Seddon Homes for the field south of Nicholls Lane last year, but after an appeal was lodged by the developer, an inquiry is ...

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A34 lane closure causing rush-hour jams


Make sure you allow extra time for your journey in rush hour, or find alternative routes, if you’re heading into Stone on the northbound A34. A stretch of the dual-carriageway – between the Stone Business Park and Walton roundabouts – has been reduced to one lane while Severn Trent carries out installation work near the new Taylor Wimpey housing development. ...

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96-hour strike by Fire Brigades Union

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer has again called for people to be extra vigilant following the announcement of a 96-hour Fire Brigades Union strike.  The national union has called industrial action running from 6pm on Friday 31st October to 6pm on Tuesday 4th November. Peter Dartford, who is also President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, said: “It is disappointing to ...

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Hats off to Hattie for film role success


A student at Rooftop Studios Performing Arts School in Stone has landed a part in an upcoming fantasy adventure film, set to be released next year. Hattie McLoughlin, aged 10, from Hixon, has been training at Rooftop – a branch of the Pop School and Stage Academy (PSSA) – for the past 20 months. Thanks to the PSSA’s connections within ...

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Cyberbullying offences rise 25% in one year

Chief constable

The Staffordshire branches of two national advocacy groups have pledged their support to a campaign led by Staffordshire Police to stem the tide of cyberbullying in the county. Staffordshire Women’s Aid and Victim Support have joined #urNOTinvisible – a campaign that has been developed in response to police statistics that show a 25% increase in offences reported in the year ...

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