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Artist shows how it’s done at Radford Gallery

Staffordshire ceramic artist Philip Hardaker was at The Radford Gallery last weekend to demonstrate how he creates his amazing mosaic artworks. An exhibition of his work – titled ‘Intent And Irony – The Art Of Philip Hardaker’ – is on show at the gallery in Radford Street until 24th October. Philip – a graduate of the Royal College of Art ...

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In pictures: Stone Scouts’ Big Adventure

A celebration of Scouting in Stone was held at Crown Meadow in September, with dozens of activities to try, music and a barbecue. These great pictures from Andy Evans, the leader of 5th Stone (St Michael’s) Scout group, show what a good time was had by all at The Big Adventure event! Organiser Gill Knight writes: The first ever Scouting ...

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Record-breaker for Food and Drink Festival

Westbridge Park on Saturday – picture by Phil Mitchell This year’s Stone Food and Drink Festival attracted around 17,000 people, making it the biggest event in the festival’s seven-year history. The glorious weather saw people flocking into the town over the weekend to enjoy the farmers’ markets, the Gourmet Food Marquees at Westbridge Park and the many events staged by ...

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My Staffordshire Recipe winner revealed

The winner of a competition to find the best Staffordshire recipe received her prize at the Stone Food and Drink Festival. Trentham Estate deli Brown and Green ran the My Staffordshire Recipe competition aimed to unearth the very best family recipes that use Staffordshire produce and ingredients to the max! The winner was Vera Bloor from Newcastle, whose Honey Ale ...

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Marquees going up for big weekend

The first marquee went up at Westbridge Park on Monday ahead of the big Food & Drink Festival weekend that kicks off on Friday. More will be put up over the next few days as Westbridge Park becomes the base for the Gourmet Food Marquees that thousands of people will enjoy on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This year, new plastic ...

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Star FC want Food and Drink Festival moved

A Sunday league football team from Stone has hit out at the siting of the Food and Drink Festival on Westbridge Park and has called for it to be held somewhere else in the town. Simon Marson, the player-manager of Star FC, says his club was left out of pocket after the Westbridge Park football pitch was left unplayable for ...

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Treasure Trail fun for food festival

This year’s Food and Drink Festival features a fun Treasure Trail for the whole family to enjoy. The Trail will be organised by Treasure Trails Staffordshire, which works closely with Destination Staffordshire to promote the county. As part of the Trail, visitors will be able to explore the stalls and discover a world of delights for their tastebuds while, at ...

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In pictures: Tour of Britain cycle race

The world’s best cyclists zipped through Stone on Tuesday as the Tour of Britain race passed through the town. Huge thanks to Clare Barber, Richard Stevens, Josh Cope and Nick Gumbley for sending these great pictures!   If you take photos at events around the town, please send them to pictures@alittlebitofstone.com and they’ll appear on the site.

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Composting tour with Stone in Bloom

Green-fingered residents have been invited on a free guided tour of a composting centre near Stone. Stone in Bloom has organised the tour of Ainsworth Composting & Recycling at Mill Farm in Chebsey. Meet at 6pm on Wednesday 8th September at Westbridge Park car park – lifts are available for those without transport. Ainsworth’s is one of the largest wood ...

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Stone Festival gives £6k to local groups

Community groups and charities will be sharing the success of this year’s Stone Festival as organisers distribute £6,000. The Stone Festival team has been able to distribute £6,000 again this year, despite the rain on Carnival Day. The following organisations are benefitting from Stone Festival this year: Age Concern Stone Alleynes High School Alzheimers Drop in Club Christchurch First School ...

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