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Our guide to the 2015 Stone Food and Drink Festival

Stone Food and Drink Festival site plan 2015

It’s the big Stone Food and Drink Festival weekend, the biggest gastronomic gathering in Staffordshire. Events have been taking place in pubs and restaurants all week, and local shops have been getting involved too, but on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October, it’s the big weekend itself, with Westbridge Park transformed into a culinary heaven. Here’s our guide ...

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Takeaway plan for the back of Baileys DIY

Baileys DIY Stone High Street

A planning application has been submitted to convert the rear of the empty Baileys DIY unit on Stone High Street into a takeaway. The plans – submitted by national planning consultants DPP – seek permission to sub-divide the building, creating a takeaway at the back. The area had previously been used by Baileys DIY, which closed earlier this year, as a storage ...

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Call for opinions on plans to revamp county archives

Visitors to Stone farmers’ market on Saturday 1st August will be able to to have their say on plans to deliver a new vision for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Heritage Service. The new vision for the service sets out how the 10 million historical records, 27,000 objects, 43,000 photographs and 1,800 works of art documenting the county’s past will be preserved ...

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Historic Stone water mill opens up to the public

One of Stone’s most historic buildings has started its summer programme of monthly open days. Mosty Lea Water Mill is the last surviving intact bone/flint water mill of the 11 mills which used to be in the Moddershall Valley. Its origins as a mill date back to 1716 (and perhaps even earlier) when it was a cloth mill. Later in the century ...

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Volunteer lock keepers needed in Stone


The charity that looks after Staffordshire’s canals is searching for a new generation in Stone to take on perhaps the most iconic waterway role of all – the lock keeper. Lock keepers have been part of canal life for hundreds of years and today volunteers play a crucial role in keeping the age-old tradition alive. Now the Trust is calling ...

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