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Christmas in Victorian Stone

This month’s History Monthly by Philip Leason, the chairman of Stone Historical Society, looks at Christmas in Victorian Stone, and a traditional festive play that was last staged in the town in 1897 – unless you count a re-enactment in 1988! One of the traditional entertainments at Christmas over the centuries was the performance of a “mummers” or “Guiser’s” play, ...

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Help at hand at new Signpost Centre

A new drop-in centre to help jobseekers has opened in Stone. The Signpost Centre is based in the Frank Jordan Centre in Lichfield Street and gives people the chance to get help on a range of topics such as finding employment or debt advice. The facility also includes an internet cafe with free refreshments. It’s the fourth Signpost centre to have ...

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Success again for Versaleaf

A group of young entrepreneurs from Alleynes High School represented the West Midlands at the national finals of this year’s Young Enterprise competition. The Alleyne’s team, Versaleaf, represented the West Midlands at the HSBC National Innovation Award at The Savoy in London last week. Versaleaf were one of 12 student companies competing at the event. They took part in an ...

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Candidates speak out: St Michael’s ward

Here are the candidates’ appeals for your votes in the St Michael’s ward. These six candidates all want to represent the St Michael’s ward on Stafford Borough Council and they have written these messages specially for A Little Bit of Stone. Two of them will be elected represent the St Michael’s ward. Please feel free to comment and ask questions ...

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Candidates speak out: Walton ward

Here are the candidates’ appeals for your votes in the Walton ward. These eight candidates all want to represent the Walton ward on Stafford Borough Council and they have written these messages specially for A Little Bit of Stone. THREE of them will be elected to represent the Walton ward. Please feel free to comment and ask questions of the ...

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Stone police station WILL be closed

Staffordshire Police confirmed today that Stone police station WILL be closed down – but promised that it would only happen when alternative accommodation in the town can be found. Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said possible new sites could include sharing buildings or moving into schools, church halls, libraries and shops. He said: “Every pound I spend on buildings means that ...

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Stone firms urged to back Made In Staffordshire

Businesses in Stone are being asked to back a ‘Made In Staffordshire’ brand to support products made or grown in the county. The concept was launched on Friday by county council leader Philip Atkins at the Great British Farmhouse Breakfast event at Amerton Farm at Stowe-by-Chartley near Stone. The event was supported by Taste of Staffordshire, a campaign dedicated to promoting ...

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New look inside and out for The Three Crowns

The Three Crowns has a brand new look both inside and out following a major £130,000 refurbishment. The revamp has seen fitted seating installed, along with soft furnishings, track lighting and a new colour scheme – and it looks great. Five new jobs have also been created as a result of the facelift. Landlady Hazel Hodgkinson is thrilled with the new ...

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Roses of Swynnerton remembered

A special Armistice Day service was held in Swynnerton on Thursday 11th November for the women who helped to keep Britain fighting during the Second World War. Dubbed the Roses of Swynnerton, they worked at the old Royal Ordnance munitions factory, which was based in the village near Stone. Construction of the factory (officially Filling Station No 5) got under way ...

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