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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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Festive Cheers for Breeding Barn Owls

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has received some glad tidings as numbers of breeding barn owls in the county showed an increase on the previous two years. Worrying figures over the past few years have suggested that Barn Owls were becoming fewer than ever before, but the Trust’s Staffordshire Barn Owl Action Group (BOAG) has reported 44 breeding pairs in 2016, compared ...

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£1.6m awarded to tackle potholes in Staffordshire

Funding of £1,600,000 has been awarded to help towards tackling the worst potholes on Staffordshire’s roads As part of the national Pothole Action Fund, Staffordshire County Council has been awarded almost  £1.6 million to help towards repairing potholes in the county in 2017/18/.  This £500k increase on this year has been welcomed by the county’s highways chief. Although the core ...

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Local apprenticeships see sharp increase

Tom Hassall

21-year-old Tom Hassall from Stone is a Level 2 Highways Maintenance apprentice with Amey. Tom, who’s one year into his apprenticeship said: “I love my apprenticeship and love the work I do. I enjoy being hands on and working outside so a job in highways maintenance is perfect for me and every day is different. The best thing about my ...

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Shop Local For Your Christmas Tree This Year

real Christmas trees

For the fifth year in a row, Rob and Steph Bailey will be selling real Christmas trees in Stone.   You may well have seen the Christmas tree signs around the town, on the ring road, the Walton roundabout and elsewhere.  If you want a real Christmas tree this year, simply follow them! They’ll lead you to the A34, just ...

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Local Medallists Honour Canoeing Volunteers

Local Olympic and Paralympic medallists have been honouring volunteers at the British Canoeing Volunteer and Athlete recognition awards. British Canoeing’s annual Volunteer & Athlete Recognition Awards on Saturday 19th November saw Olympic champion Joe Clarke and Paralympic bronze medallist Ian Marsden handing out awards at a star studded ceremony. The Volunteer Awards and sets out to recognise the volunteers and paddlers ...

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Festival Marks Staffordshire Economics Success

County Council leaders marked Staffordshire’s ongoing success as part of a two week festival of business. Starting 7th November, the first ever Staffordshire Business Festival features over 60 events across the county, including digital workshops, apprenticeship advice & export guidance. Run by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, the festival is supported by a range of organisations, including the county council. Attending some ...

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Boost to County Services from New Rail Franchise

Staffordshire’s economic growth leader has said that a new rail franchise combining HS2 with the West Coast Main Line would provide a boost to the county’s rail services & the wider economy. The Government announced last week that the franchise is scheduled to start on April 1 2019, and will be called the West Coast Partnership. The chosen operator would be ...

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Aston Marina charity Bake Off winners announced

With the 2016 Great British Bake Off champion having recently been crowned, Stone’s very own star bakers have been recognised following a similarly styled charity event organised by Aston Marina. The event raised over £50 for local children’s hospice charity the Donna Louise Trust, with all proceeds from entries going direct to the cause. The competition was split into two ...

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