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New Stone Training Facility Opened by Royalty

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters in Stone has had a new training complex unveiled by The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO. Friday September 8, HRH officially opened the Villa Training Centre after being given a tour of the innovative facility, which will provide improved training opportunities and contribute to the safety of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent residents and firefighters. From the ...

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19th Annual “War in the Valley” Event at Churnet Valley Railway

The weekend of 30th of September and 1st of October will see Churnet Valley Railway once again readying itself for action with another nostalgic journey, as Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland gets transported back to the 1940s for one of the line’s biggest crowd-pullers – the annual war event which takes place for the 19th consecutive year. Following its successful rebranding as “War in ...

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Warm Home Discount Scheme Open for Applications

The government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme, which will see thousands of households in the Stafford Borough eligible for a £140 reduction to their electricity bill, is open for applications. For winter 2017-18, some energy suppliers are closing applications soon and householders are being urged to seek advice and apply now if they think they may be eligible. The discount is ...

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Post Open for Age Well Community Connector Volunteer

Stafford and Surrounds’ Health and Wellbeing Group is looking for a Community Connector to engage isolated older people and ‘connect’ them with services and support available to them. 2011’s Census recorded 7100 older people living alone in Stafford, and significant growth is expected in older people, equating to 5,600 additional residents aged 85 and over by 2024. Almost 24,000 people ...

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Rail Investment Boost for Staffordshire

A multi-million pound investment in the region’s railway network will benefit Staffordshire enormously, says economic leader. Nearly £1 billion will be put into the region by a new franchise to operate trains in the West Midlands will include: A two trains per hour service between Birmingham and Rugeley, via the Chase line from December 2018; A new hourly service from ...

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Local Park Wins Second Green Flag Award

Stonefield Park

Stonefield Park in Stone has won the prestigious Green Flag award for the second time, along with two other Stafford Borough Council venues. The Green Flag awards – given to the best open spaces in the country – were also scooped by Victoria Park in Stafford for the 11th consecutive year, and Stafford Crematorium, on the town’s Tixall Road, has ...

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Council’s Preferred Bidder for Leisure Services Identified

The company earmarked to run leisure and cultural facilities across Stafford Borough has been identified. Venues including Stafford Leisure Centre, the Gatehouse Theatre and Stafford Castle, as well as the new multi-million pound leisure centre in Stone, will be run by Freedom Leisure as the borough council’s ‘preferred bidder’. Popular events such as Shakespeare at the Castle and the Stafford ...

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Funding available to make local roads safer

Speed Camera

Community ideas for making their neighbourhood’s roads safer can win funding to make them happen. The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is organising the trial scheme which is offering up to £5,000 to community groups in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to help improve road safety. Proposals could include speed watch groups and activities with schools such as walking buses, but projects must ...

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Barlaston Open Gardens brings community together

Eighteen gardens opened to the public in Barlaston over the weekend & visitors were rewarded with beautiful sunshine from midday onwards. The event was organised by the Barlaston Community Group & originally designed to bring the community together. This was the second year of opening & with over 200 visitors & a waiting list of gardens, it looks like becoming ...

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World Breastfeeding Week aims to raise local rates

Breastfeeding

World Breastfeeding Week takes place between 1-7 August and aims to increase the rate of breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world Currently a national average of 73% mothers breastfeed at the time the baby is born. Locally the figures are: Cannock Chase CCG                                                           63% Stafford and Surrounds CCG                                             70% SE Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula CCG                    62% ...

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