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Keighley’s poster on recycling lorries

Keighley’s poster on recycling lorries

Eight-year-old Keighley Davies from Stone has done her bit to get people across Stafford borough recycling more. Keighley, a pupil at Pirehill First School, won a borough council poster competition and her design will be seen across the borough on the side of the 13 lorries which carry out the kerbside recycling and waste...

Moddershall Valley homes plan thrown out

Moddershall Valley homes plan thrown out

Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee has rejected Seddon Homes’ application to develop 34 homes on a greenfield site south of Nicholls Lane and east of Airdale Spinney. More than 80 residents had objected to the planned development, saying that it would encroach into the Moddershall Valley Conservation Area and have a negative impact on the...

Fashion show raises money for NSPCC

Fashion show raises money for NSPCC

Lots of money was raised for the NSPCC at a fundraising fashion show at Moddershall Oaks on Thursday 14th March. The event was organised by Ceri Archer, who runs Hilderstone-based fashion boutique Snooty Madam, and all the dresses that were on show were provided by Ceri. Moddershall Oaks provided The Venue free of charge...

‘Thank you for saving my life’

‘Thank you for saving my life’

The Stone man who suffered a cardiac arrest at Westbridge Park Fitness Centre made an emotional return to thank the fitness instructor who saved his life. Russell Follows said if it hadn’t been for the actions of Lee Nicklin, he wouldn’t be alive today. Russell suffered a cardiac arrest in the changing rooms of...

Special award for Mr Finlay from Alleyne’s

Special award for Mr Finlay from Alleyne’s

Congratulations to Graham Finlay, head of history at Alleyne’s High School, who has been recognised for his “outstanding leadership and dedication” to the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme at the school. Mr Finlay received his ‘Celebration of people who volunteer’ award at a ceremony hosted by Staffordshire County Council at St George’s Park in...

Exam success for stage school youngsters

Exam success for stage school youngsters

Stagecraft Dance & Performing Arts School, which is based at the purpose-built Rooftop Studios in Stone, is celebrating yet another year of exam success, with both its ballet and drama pupils having performed exceptionally well in recent RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) and LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) exams. Stagecraft has an...

Video: Stone In Bloom graffiti clean-up

Video: Stone In Bloom graffiti clean-up

Well done to everyone who braved the snowy conditions on Sunday (10th March) to take part in Stone In Bloom’s graffiti clean-up. Around 15 helpers took along buckets, brushes and a jet washer to tackle some of the graffiti that had been sprayed down the canal recently. A litter pick was also carried out....

Katie’s education mission to Thailand

Katie’s education mission to Thailand

A Stone student is off to Thailand for six weeks this summer to teach English and work as a language assistant in rural primary and secondary schools. Katie Farley, aged 18, who lives on Aston Lodge and is studying primary education at Edge Hill University, will be volunteering for VESL, a charity that runs...

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Staffordshire Police launch cadet scheme

Staffordshire Police launch cadet scheme

A new police cadet scheme has been launched by Staffordshire’s police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis – and 14 and 15-year-olds in Stone can be the first to sign up. Applications for a pilot scheme for up to 30 cadets aged 14 and 15 covering Stafford Borough are now being accepted. It is anticipated...

Man charged in connection with burglary

Man charged in connection with burglary

A 35-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been charged with handling stolen goods in connection with the burglary at Cancer Research UK last month. He has been released on bail to appear before magistrates at Newcastle on Friday 22nd March. A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said a 28-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent remains on bail pending further...

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