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Firefighter Brian to retire after 40 years

Brian Keay

A firefighter from Stone is set to retire after nearly 40 years of keeping the community safe. Crew manager Brian Keay joined the Service in June 1975 and was initially based at Eccleshall, where he worked for 22 years. He then moved to Stone, where he has spent the past 18 years protecting local residents. Brian, aged 64, said he had witnessed many changes ...

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Lisa climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for the Dougie Mac


Lisa Russell has got her work cut out over the next week or so – she’ll have to conquer her fear of heights pretty quickly as she’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice! Lisa is joining seven other people to raise money for the Dougie Mac, and flies out to Kilimanjaro International Airport tomorrow (19th February). ...

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Stone library will still be managed by county council

Stone library

Staffordshire County Council will continue to manage and staff Stone library under new proposals backed by its Cabinet today that will see almost half of its libraries around the county run by volunteers. Proposals guided by three rounds of public and staff consultation over the last 12 months were approved by Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet on 18th February. Stone is not ...

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STING backed by leading rehab consultant


A leading rehabilitation consultant has backed a Stone charity’s valuable work with people living with MS after a visit to their base on the Whitebridge business park. Professor Anthony Ward from the North Staffordshire Rehabilitation Centre, based at Haywood Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, visited STING (Staffordshire’s Therapeutic Independent Neurological Group) recently to find out more about the charity – and gave ...

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Safety appeal as new firefighter strike is called

Fire engine

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer has urged people to take extra care following the announcement of a 24-hour strike by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). The industrial action will take place from 7am on Wednesday 25th February to 7am on Thursday 26th. Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford, also President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, said: “We would once again urge ...

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Table talker tackles salt concerns in Stone

Table talker tackles salt concerns

An initiative to urge people to reduce the amount of salt they put on their meals is being rolled out in Stone. Condiments in a number of independent eating out places in the town will now be surrounded by a ‘table talker’ which gives information about the effects of too much salt in your diet. Salt is a major contributor to ...

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Simba finds a loving home


The puppy who was abandoned at Downs Banks recently before being nursed back to health by staff at Shires Vets in Stone has found a new home. The five-week-old pup – named Simba by Shires staff and thought to be a German Shepherd-Rottweiler cross – was found under a hedge by a family out for a walk at the beauty ...

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Another cabbie prosecuted for illegal fare in Stone


A cabbie from Stoke-on-Trent will have to fork out more than £400 after plying for trade illegally in Stone. Majid Akram, aged 34, was stopped after a joint operation between police and Stafford Borough Council to crack down on rogue minicabs. This is the third successful prosecution over the last few weeks following the joint operation by the police and council. ...

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Work under way on new A34 roundabout at Meaford


Preliminary work on a £6 million highway improvement scheme to serve a major new business park in Meaford is now under way. The scheme, which is the county’s second Government Growth Deal funded project to get off the ground, will see the construction of new roundabouts on Meaford Road at its junctions with the A34, near the George and Dragon ...

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