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Police forced retirement to be scrapped

Staffordshire’s newly elected Police Commissioner announced plans tonight to scrap the regulation that forces police officer with 30 years’ service to retire. Matthew Ellis said the force has “lost a lot of valuable experience” since the A19 regulation – which requires police officers with more than 30 years’ pensionable service (up to and including chief superintendent) to retire – was put ...

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Be a Totally Locally hero on June 23rd!

Totally Locally – a campaign that encourages local people to shop in their local towns – launches in Stone on Saturday 23rd June with a great Totally Locally Day in the town centre. Stone’s Totally Locally team will be in the Market Square on the day with information of the many special offers and discounts available from the independent shops ...

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Ducklings rescued from Oulton drain

This family of newborn ducklings that fell and became trapped in a drain were rescued in Oulton yesterday by a trio of county council highways workers. The five ducklings, thought to be just three days’ old, became trapped in the gulley on Kibblestone Road in Oulton, near Stone, at 8am yesterday. The team were alerted to the incident by concerned ...

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Brewer Brad calls for beer duty freeze

The owner of Lymestone Brewery has urged people in Stone to back calls for Chancellor George Osborne to freeze beer duty. Ian ‘Brad’ Bradford has backed calls for the Chancellor to ditch the controversial beer duty escalator. A rise in duty in the Budget on March 21st would mean duty on beer will have risen by 42 per cent in ...

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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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