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Celebrate the New Year with Traditional Wassailing Ceremony

People of all ages are invited to join the county’s largest nature conservation charity to encourage a good fruit harvest for the New Year. Sunday 15th January sees the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust stage it’s popular annual wassailing ceremony at its Wolseley Centre HQ, near Rugeley. The ancient custom involves driving evil spirits out of trees and encouraging good spirits in the hopes ...

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Marvellous Award for Stafford Nurse

Nurse Vicky Baines from Stafford has been awarded the prestigious “You’re Marvellous” Award, for her work above & beyond the norm with heart failure patients. Vicky, who is based at County Hospital, Stafford, but also works at University Hospital of North Midlands in Newcastle Under Lyme, was nominated for the award by ALBOS writer Lauren Walker, who was nursed at ...

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Check your Bin Collection Dates for the Festive Period

Stone residents are being urged to put their bins out for collection on the right days over the holidays. Across Stafford borough there are revised collection dates for green, brown & blue bins from Christmas Eve through to Saturday 7 January. Changes to the collection dates are clearly marked on the calendars and residents can also check online by entering their ...

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Tapas Trail Winners Announced

  The newest addition to the Stone Food & Drink Festival, the “Tapas Trail” was a huge success, and the winners of the event’s two competitive elements have now been announced. Stafford Borough’s twin town Tarragona provided local accountant Bob Knight with the inspiration for the event. He has enjoyed it’s counterpart in Spain numerous times, and believed the trail would be ...

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Mansion House Surgery £1.1 million Expansion Opens

An opening ceremony for the new extension at the Mansion House Surgery was held on Thursday 1st December. The six additional consulting rooms and a new treatment room as well as improved parking facilities will benefit the 13,500 registered patients, allowing the practice to expand the mix of skills within the clinical team In addition to GP’s, practice nurses and healthcare assistants, ...

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Chuckle Children’s Project Receives Second Year Funding

Chuckle Productions, a not for profit organisation based in Stone, has received funding from Youth Music for a further year to support its music and movement project for children with profound and multiple additional needs. The project, which incorporates specialist sound technology and connective movement therapy, encourages the children and young people who attend to create music and communicate with those around ...

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Santa Comes to Amerton Railway

Santa Claus is coming to town! Saturday’s & Sundays in December will see Santa Specials running at Amerton Railway! For £6.50 children can ride Amerton Railway, see Santa, and get a gift from the man himself, while adults get seasonal refreshments instead of a gift for £4.50. Trains run on a Saturday from 11:45 – 5pm and a Sunday from 11am ...

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Rooftop Dancers Tap Their Way to Fundraising Success

Last month thousands of tap enthusiasts across the country joined together for the Performers’ Project ‘Tapathon’ to raise funds for Children in Need, and Stone’s Rooftop Studio dancers proudly played their part!   Sunday 20th November saw 23 keen tap dancers – aged from teens to adults – in Rooftops Stone town centre join the nationwide attempt to smash a world ...

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Police Warn Stone Residents of Cold Caller Danger

This Festive season, residents are being reminded to be more aware of callers to the door with visitors being more frequent. Detective Sergeant James Byrne said: “Never trust anyone calling at the door without a prior appointment. Should you receive such a call, leave the door locked. The caller will hear you through the door when you ask them who ...

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Stone Rotary Club Smashes Target!

Stone Rotary Club’s 20th Annual street collection was a roaring success, bringing the total collected over the years past the £50,000 target they hoped for! A couple of weeks ago, ALBOS kindly announced Stone Rotary Club’s 20th annual street collection for Children in Need – and their hope that they could bring the total collected past the £50,000 mark. The ...

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