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Woman, 76, suffers head injury in canal fall

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A 76-year-old woman suffered a serious head injury after falling into the canal in Stone this morning while operating a lock. West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Limekiln Lock on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Stone at 9am and sent an ambulance, a rapid response paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene. ...

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Meadow plan for disused land at Westbridge Park

Westbridge Park

Disused land at Westbridge Park is being turned into a wild flower meadow. Stafford Borough Council wants to encourage orchids and other wild flowers to blossom on the area and attract butterflies and bees as part of its biodiversity strategy. Work has already got under way to remove the existing grass so that new seeding can take place. It would mean the ...

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Service cuts put community safety at risk, says FBU

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Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Staffordshire say the fire service’s planned cuts – including the loss of Stone’s second fire engine – are leaving them fearing for the safety of their communities. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service yesterday published its recommendations, which will go before a meeting of the Fire Authority on 13th July. They contain £1.1 ...

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New company to provide Stone’s Christmas lights

A new contractor will be responsible for Stone’s Christmas lights this year after a number of problems with last year’s displays. Stone Town Council has secured the services of Christmas Plus to provide lighting over the festive period this year. The company has previously worked with the council, but lost out when the contract was re-tendered in 2014. The town council says it has taken ...

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Memorial for First World War heroes has a new home

  The First World War dedication plaque that was removed from St John’s Church when the congregation moved out in 2012 has a new home – at Walton Priory Middle School. Following the closure of the building as a church, Mrs Gilman – headteacher of Walton Priory Middle School and Manor Hill First School – was approached by Peter Davies from ...

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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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