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Emma’s in pieces with her latest work!

Emma’s in pieces with her latest work!

One of Stone artist Emma Joustra’s works has been broken into a thousand pieces – and is now on sale in WHSmiths across the country as a jigsaw! Emma’s artwork – you may have seen her Stone Festival programme front covers, or some of her work in Bags Of Beautiful Gifts or in lots...

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Arrests made in police drugs operation

Arrests made in police drugs operation

Police made a number of arrests in Stone town centre during a drugs and licensing operation earlier this month. Thirteen licensed premises in Stone and Stafford were visited on Saturday 9th March in Stone and Saturday 16th March in Stafford to target suspected drugs misuse at licensed premises and crack down on night-time violence....

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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