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County Hospital Suspends Children’s A & E Services

Due to a temporary suspension of walk in treatment, Staffordshire families are being advised not to take their children to the emergency centre. While adult Accident & Emergency is unaffected and will continue with its normal 8am – 10pm opening hours, staffing issues have forced services for under 18’s to be suspended with immediate effect. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire ...

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Roadmaster takes to the highways to tackle Stone potholes

Roadmaster Pothole

Three new pothole ‘zapping’ machines are being rolled out on Staffordshire roads as part of a package of measures to help speed up repairs on the county’s highway network. Earlier this year, Staffordshire County Council was awarded just over £1 million from the Department for Transport to help manage the challenge of repairing potholes and defects in the roads. As ...

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Happy 6th birthday to us!

Happy Birthday

A Little Bit of Stone marks it’s 6th year birthday today*! From its birth in August 2010 the story of A Little Bit of Stone (ALBOS) has gone from strength to strength thanks to the hard and dedicated work of all those involved in the site and equally important our fantastic readers. (*Our actual birthday has moved around over the ...

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Toddler and Teen classes come to Flip Out

flip out classes

Stone favourite, Flip Out Trampoline arena, has exciting news for toddlers through to teens. From the 15th August Little Ninja classes will run every Monday & Wednesday, with them moving in term time to 4pm to 5pm, and 5pm to 6pm. All abilities will be catered for, with classes being split into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. An experienced instructor ...

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Local retailers selling e-cigarettes to under-18s


An investigation by Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team has found that some retailers are selling electronic cigarettes and vaping products to people under the age of 18. As part of a countywide investigation, over 17 visits were made by young people under 18 to retail outlets with four visits resulting in a successful purchase.  Business owners in Staffordshire Moorlands, ...

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Staffordshire Hoard secrets revealed 7 years on

After years of research, conservation, cleaning and reconstruction, secrets from the field of gold, where the Staffordshire Hoard was found, are still being revealed today. For centuries the largest ever haul of Anglo-Saxon treasures known in Britain lay untouched in a farmer’s field until the summer of 2009, when a metal detector enthusiast quite literally struck gold. In a month ...

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New term time holiday guideline issued

School Holidays

Following a recent court ruling Staffordshire County Council have issued temporary new guidance to schools and families around term time holidays Influenced by the case of an Isle of Wight father who took his daughter out of school for a family holiday, from September Staffordshire parents will now be fined if their child is out of school for 10 days ...

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Cooking on gas! LEP funding helps Stone firm’s £3m expansion

A Stone firm providing specialist equipment for the gas industry is making its mark in global markets after gaining £300,000 in funding from Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s Jobs and Growth Fund to support its growth plans. As a result, Orbital has been able to make a £3 million investment in state-of-the-art new premises at its UK headquarters at Cold Meece, including ...

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Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at St Michael’s First School

Julie Silvester, a teacher at St Michael’s First School in Stone, sent us these pictures of the school’s celebrations to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s recent 90th birthday. The children and staff all came dressed in red, white and blue attire – very patriotic.  A tea party was held in the afternoon, which began with everyone singing the National Anthem. Money ...

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