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Alex privileged to be a Games Maker

Paralympics

Stone student Alex Steer says he’s privileged to be a Games Maker at the Paralympic Games in London. Alex, who’s 19, and studying business and management sciences at Aberystwyth University, has been playing his part in making the 2012 Paralympics the best ever by joining an army of Games Maker volunteers. Alex said: “It’s a truly amazing experience. I feel ...

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Mont Blanc charity climb for Chris’s 40th

A local landscape gardener will be celebrating his 40th birthday in style this weekend – by climbing Mont Blanc to raise money for Stone charity SAMS. Chris Cope begins the climb on Sunday 2nd September and hopes to reach the summit by Wednesday. Chris is hoping to raise £2,000 for SAMS, a peer-to-peer support group for people with life-limiting conditions ...

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Sad death of Scout leader and carpenter George

Stone carpenter and Scout leader George Shufflebotham has died while on a camping trip in Wales. George, who was 66, was camping with 1st Stone Scouts near Abergele and died of natural causes on 9th August. George, as well as working from his workshop in Victor Street, was involved with 1st Stone Scouts for over 30 years. He was married ...

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History Monthly: St John’s Church

Old painting

This month, to coincide with the final service being held on Sunday before the congregation move out to make way for its sale, Stone Historical Society chairman Philip Leason takes a look at the history of St John’s Church. He describes how the church was gutted by fire in 1886 – and how a time capsule was buried beneath it ...

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A-level delight for students

A-level students from St Dominic’s Priory School are celebrating tonight after they all secured their first choice of university following another great set of results at the Station Road school. This year the school achieved a 97% A-level pass rate, with 64% achieved at grades A*, A and B. Eighty per cent of students achieved four A-levels. Highlights include Keely Banks (five A-levels ...

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Family Day fun at fire service HQ

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is holding the biggest event in its calendar, its bi-annual Family Day on Saturday 15th September in Stone. The Family Day will be held at the service’s headquarters, off the A34 at Pirehill from noon to 4pm. Entry is free and members of the public are invited for a fun-filled day. Families will be able ...

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Lizzie slaloms into the semi-finals

Stone’s Lizzie Neave stormed into the semi-finals of the London 2012 canoe slalom with a brilliant performance in the qualifiers today. Lizzie recorded the second fastest time at the Lee Valley White Water Centre heats in her second run, improving on her first by three seconds. You can see the full results on the BBC Olympics site here and a video ...

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What a shower! Burst water main in Walton

This isn’t an impromptu fountain to cool everyone down in this lovely hot weather. It’s a burst water main in Tilling Drive, Walton, this morning. Thanks to Tanja Barwell for sharing the photo on Twitter today. The fountain of water was about 18 feet high – quite a sight for drivers passing by – thanks also to Tom Williams for ...

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St Michael’s to ring in the Olympics!

The bells of St Michael’s will be chiming out on Friday morning as the church joins thousands across the country to ring in the first day of the London 2012 Olympics. At 8:12am on Friday 27th July, thousands of churches, community groups and others across the UK will be joining together to ring in the first day of the London ...

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