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Shop Local For Your Christmas Tree This Year

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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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Family Fun for October Half Term

9 GREAT HALF-TERM HAPPENINGS IN STAFFORDSHIRE Zombies, ghouls and witches are descending on Staffordshire for a half-term you’ll never forget this October. For the over-15s, Scarefest returns to the Alton Towers Resort from 21st-31st October (also 8th-9th and 15th-16th October), with terrifying mazes like the new Altonville Mine Tours, where a spine-chilling secret hides in the depths of a damp ...

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Stafford County Hospital Opens Children’s Minor Injuries Unit

Accident and Emergency services continue to be temporarily suspended for under-18s at the County Hospital in Stafford however a minor injuries unit for under-16s will open from Monday, October 10th.  Children aged sixteen and seventeen can be seen in the main Accident & Emergency Department at the hospital. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “While we appreciate that ...

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Tributes paid to ‘Mustang Keith’

Tributes have been paid to Stone musician ‘Mustang Keith’, who has sadly passed away. Keith was a familiar face at both Ben Owen and Paul Walker’s open mic nights, and an accomplished harmonica player.  One of his favourite numbers to perform was the classic Mustang Sally, which earned him the nickname ‘Mustang Keith’. Former Stone resident Phil Mitchell, who often ...

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Staffordshire libraries get Great War puppy book exclusive

Staffordshire Libraries are telling the tale of “Freda – The Anzac Puppy” this September and October as part of the Staffordshire History Festival.  ‘Freda – The Anzac Puppy’ by author Peter Millett is the story of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade’s mascot, an adopted Harlequin Great Dane, who trained with the unit on Cannock Chase during WW1. Now, following a ...

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