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Guest post: Poetry, pints and open mics

For Andy Macdonald, Sundays just wouldn’t be Sundays in Stone without two events – Ben Owen’s open mic at The Star and the once-a-month Poems and Pints at The Swan. Here, Andy explains why you should give them a go… As a regular contributor to both events, I thought I’d provide a general overview of Ben Owen’s weekly open mic ...

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Indoor cycling classes at Stone Tennis Club

Looking to burn some calories and get a bit fitter before the festive season? There are now indoor cycling classes at Stone Tennis Club in Newcastle Road that can help you do just that. The spinning classes are held between 6.30pm and 7.15pm every Friday and cost £3 for club members and £4 for non-members. There is no contract or ...

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Hundreds raised in charity football match

Morrisons came out on top in the battle-of-the-supermarkets charity football match at Westbridge Park. But the real winners were the British Heart Foundation and the Teenage Cancer Trust, who will be sharing more than £700 that was raised from the event. A team from Morrisons beat a Co-op team 6-1 on Sunday in a match in memory of Tim Perry and ...

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History Monthly: Westbridge Park

This month Philip Leason, the chairman of Stone Historical Society, takes a look at the history of Westbridge Park. The park is very much in the news at the moment after it was included in the Stafford Borough Local Plan as a site for mixed-use development. Westbridge Park takes its name from Westbridge House which once stood where the park ...

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Autumn fayre at St Dom’s

St Dominic’s Priory School are holding an autumn fayre on Friday 16th November between 3.30pm and 5.30pm. The event takes place in the school’s Priory Hall on Station Road and will have: Cake stall Bottle tombola Bags and jewellery stall Toiletries and make-up Toy tombola Hair braiding and nail bar Books and DVDs Guess the weight of the cake Pizza ...

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Alleyne’s students get HeartStart training

Over 240 students at Alleyne’s High School learnt how to save a life following a visit from Staffordshire HeartStart. The Year 9 students (aged 13 and 14) and 14 teachers were taught how to save a life by staff and volunteers from West Midlands Ambulance Service. During the day’s events at the school, children were taught how to put someone ...

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Lots going on over October half-term

There’s lots going on in and around Stone over the half-term break to keep the kids entertained. Here’s what’s on offer – if there’s something you know about that’s going on in Stone that we don’t, email news@alittlebitofstone.com and let us know! There’s sporting activities all week in the borough council’s Get Out! holiday scheme, including free swimming for children ...

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Co-op v Morrisons in charity challenge!

Two Stone supermarkets will be going head to head on the football field in a special match to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the British Heart Foundation. The match will take place on Westbridge Park on Sunday 28th October at 4pm and has been organised by Jon Robinson and colleagues in memory of two people from Stone ...

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St Dom’s up for prestigious award

St Dominic’s Priory School has been shortlisted for an award at the Independent School Awards 2012 in the Outstanding Governing Body of the Year category. The Independent Schools Awards celebrate excellence in the strategic and financial management of the 2,500 independent schools across the UK. The awards will be held on November 14th at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham. ...

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Call to scrap Westbridge development plans

Westbridge Park

The chairman of Stone Food and Drink Festival has called for plans which would pave the way for development on Westbridge Park to be scrapped immediately. Richard Stevens was speaking ahead of Stafford Borough Council’s Cabinet meeting on Thursday 4th October, when the latest version of the borough Local Plan will be discussed. The plan – which provides a blueprint ...

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