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Stone set to lose second fire engine

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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is recommending that the second fire engine is removed from Stone community fire station. A report has been prepared for the Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) following the 12-week Community Safety Options consultation which was carried out in the spring. The Authority has a savings target of £1.7 million for the financial year of 2015/2016. FRA members ...

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Proclaimers fan Tom walking 500 miles for charity

A 12-year-old Proclaimers fan from Stone has been inspired by his grandfather’s diagnosis with prostate cancer – and the lyrics of his favourite band’s most famous song – to walk 500 miles for Cancer Research UK. Tom Walker, a Year 7 pupil at Christ Church Academy, has taken his inspiration from the famous Proclaimers hit ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ – ...

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Twelve sentenced for drugs offences after police raids

Twelve people – including two from Stone – have been sentenced for drugs offences following raids by Staffordshire Police. The charges include conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to supply Class B drugs. The defendants were arrested following raids carried out as part of Operation Nemesis, the force’s ongoing operation to crack down ...

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Homes plan for St John’s Church is refused

Amended plans for a residential conversion of St John’s Church in Stone have been refused by planners at Stafford Borough Council. BHG (Stone) Limited wanted to convert the church itself into four homes, and to build eight apartments on the car park / annexe land. More information HERE. The application was refused on 18th June. A report from the council’s head of planning, ...

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Could your business go to SPACE?

Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, is urging businesses in Stone to support the relaunched SPACE programme which will provide fun activities for young people over the school summer holiday. Businesses who provide activities for young people aged between 11 and 17 will receive free publicity for their project and will be able to use the respected SPACE brand. Activities ...

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Call for action to halt High Street ‘chuggers’

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Town councillor Jill Hood is calling for action on charity collectors operating in Stone High Street. She has submitted a member’s motion to the town council’s General Purposes Committee, which meets on Thursday evening (2nd July). It reads: “It is becoming an increasingly alarming problem in Stone High Street with what are commonly known as “Chuggers” their slang title comes from ...

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Get involved as a Stone Community Hub volunteer

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Following the establishment of Stone Community Hub, a training evening for new and current volunteers is being held at the Frank Jordan Centre on Tuesday July 7th, from 7pm until 9pm. The Hub is an amalgamation of Signposts and The Den, thus providing volunteering opportunities to work with adults and young people. This evening provides an occasion for everyone to ...

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People urged to nominate voluntary groups for MBE

The Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire has called on people in Stone to nominate local voluntary groups for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups and the highest award given to volunteer groups in the UK. Ian Dudson said: “Voluntary groups in Staffordshire continue to play a pivotal role in the community, and many individuals’ lives. Recognising their influence ...

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