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Another donation for Stone Bells Appeal

St. Michael’s Church received another £500 donation for their Stone Bells Appeal last Thursday, July 18. The donation was made by the Freemasons of the St. Michael’s Lodge in Stone. The occasion was marked by a tour of the room where the bells are rung and then the bells themselves, before taking in the sight of the sun setting over ...

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Manor Hill celebrates diamond anniversary

For the past year, pupils, staff and parents have been celebrating Manor Hill Primary School’s diamond anniversary – ending with a special leavers’ assembly last Friday (19th July). Led by the headteacher, Mrs. Gillman, the assembly recognised and celebrated the school’s 60 years of achievements and traditions developed by past heads Miss. Riley, Mr. Sutton, Mr. McKenzie and Mrs. Francis. ...

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Three Crowns wins battle of the pubs!

The Librium Team Challenge players at The Three Crowns

The Three Crowns saw off teams from the Royal Exchange and The Sun in Stafford to lift the trophy in the latest Librium Games Challenge. In the event at the end of June, Ian Hare and Steve Haimes from The Three Crowns came out on top, securing the Team Challenge Trophy after a nailbiting night of ‘balance and chaos’. Both ...

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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

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  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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