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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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Electrical problems force Barlaston Health Centre temporary closure

Barlaston Health Centre

Electrical problems have forced the temporary closure of Barlaston Health Centre. GPs from the practice stress that the closure is temporary. But while the Barlaston centre is closed, all medical services and appointments for the Dr Griffiths and Partners practice have been moved to the main site at Cumberland House Surgery in Stone High Street. Barlaston Parish Council posted on ...

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Closure of M6 bridge delayed until September

M6 bridge

The closure of a main road across the M6 near Stone will be delayed until September following talks by the county council and Highways England. This will allow essential maintenance of nearby Meece Road to go ahead over the coming weeks and enable people and businesses to travel with less disruption. We’d reported on Monday how some residents were facing ...

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M6 bridge to be closed for five months

M6 bridge

UPDATE: 8TH JUNE The closure of the M6 bridge has been delayed until September. Full story HERE   Work on the M6 bridge on Eccleshall Road will see a total closure to traffic for five months. Kier will be carrying out the ‘parapet replacement scheme’ on behalf of Highways England. Work is planned to start on Monday 13th June until ...

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Half-marathon man Chris completes amazing charity challenge!

Chris Salmon, a Stock & Systems Analyst at Wincanton’s National Distribution Centre for Screwfix, recently completed an incredible challenge by running 13 half-marathons in 13 weeks for their Charity of the Year STING – Staffordshire’s Therapeutic Independent Neurological Group, based at the Whitebridge Industrial Park in Stone. Chris is hoping to raise £5000 for the charity. After already having completed a ...

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