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Pupils’ art takes centre stage at festival

Art exhibition at Tylman of Stone (3)

It wasn’t just music at the Stone Music and Arts Festival earlier this month. Pupils from Christchurch Academy held an exhibition of their work at Tylman of Stone in Granville Square. And two master craftsmen from the Wedgwood Visitor Centre – the main festival sponsors – demonstrated their skills at Tylman over the festival weekend. Jon French – master potter ...

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Rotary Club puts young achievers in spotlight

The Rotary Club presentation at Christchurch Academy

Once again this year the Rotary Club of Stone & District has presented certificates and gift vouchers to students at the town’s middle schools who have been recognised by their teachers as being ‘young achievers’. It is not necessarily academic achievement or sporting achievement – the aim is to recognise those who have put in extra effort and have really ...

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Shock closure of the Crown Hotel

Crown Hotel (5) (500x335)

After more than four centuries of continuous service as a rest house and hotel for the town, The Crown Hotel today closed its doors. Staff had the news broken to them this morning before the front doors were locked and chained. Around 30 people are thought to have lost their jobs. The hotel is at the heart of the town ...

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Pupil lifesavers mark HeartStart milestone


  Five-hundred children at Walton Priory Middle School learned some lifesaving first aid skills last week – and helped West Midlands Ambulance Service reach a major milestone for their HeartStart project. The service has now trained 10,000 people in Staffordshire in the HeartStart course, including students at Alleyne’s High School last October. More on that HERE. On 1st April 2012 ...

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Mayor’s monthly blog

Jill Piggott

Another busy month for Stone mayor Jill Piggott! Here’s her latest monthly blog post for A Little Bit of Stone… Saturday 22nd June We attended Lichfield Guildhall for the Mayors and High Sheriffs charity event. The Great Wyrley Community Band entertained us, it was an amazing evening. The band were excellent giving a great performance. Sunday 23rd June I was ...

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Referendum campaign hits Stone

A West Midlands MEP who started a new political party to force a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU will be sending her battle bus to Stone on Wednesday (24th July). MEP Nikki Sinclaire – who quit UKIP to serve as an independent in 2010 – formed the We Demand A Referendum Party in June last year. The ...

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Busking champ Dylan strums to success!


Thirteen-year-old Dylan Kennerell-Walters won this year’s Stone Music Festival busking competition, beating many more seasoned performers to take the crown. And his seniors should beware – Dylan intends to defend his title in 2014! The busking competition took place on Festival Saturday (13th July) – and the judges were impressed by Dylan’s ukulele playing and vocal talents! Dylan, who has ...

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HeathenBABY premiere success at The Swan!


  Before the Music Festival week, around 100 family and friends attended the film premiere of heathenBABY at The Swan Inn, in Stone. HeathenBABY’s music has been influenced by the singer’s personal life from early childhood and leaving school with no qualifications through to fatherhood and achieving a university degree in fine art. And film and video has always played a major ...

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Special church service to mark matrix return

A commemorative service is being held at St Michael’s Church to celebrate the return of the 12th century seal matrix of Stone Priory that was found in a Surrey field in 2011. The service takes place on Wednesday 24th July (St Wulfad’s Day) at St Michael and St Wulfad’s Church at 7.30pm. During the service the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, ...

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