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Call for budding Staffordshire poets to celebrate where they live

Bert Flitcroft in library

Undiscovered writers are being encouraged to bring out their inner bard and write a poem about where they live. The call comes as part of a new series of workshops organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Library Service being presented by Staffordshire’s Poet Laureate, Bert Flitcroft. Called ‘So this is where we live,’ the workshops will show people how much fun ...

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Less than a week to apply for a secondary school place

Education

Parents and carers applying for secondary school places in Staffordshire have less than a week to do so. Applications close on October 31, after which Staffordshire County Council’s admissions team will begin the mammoth task of allocating school places. Last year, nine out of 10 parents were allocated their first choice secondary school, with 98 per cent allocated one of ...

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Stay safe at Halloween

Halloween kids

Young people, parents and guardians can have a safe and enjoyable Halloween by following a few simple tips, the county’s communities leader has said. They include ensuring costumes are safe and flame resistant, making sure adults accompany younger children when out and about and being careful if using candles. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities and the environment Gill ...

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New bus service to help connect villages between Burntwood, Lichfield and Rugeley

pensioners on bus

People living in rural areas between Burntwood, Lichfield and Rugeley will soon benefit from an on-demand bus service that will pick them up right from their doorstep. The new ‘Rugeley and Lichfield Village Connect’ service will provide door to door journeys for people who have no local bus service or are unable to access local bus services. The service will ...

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Historic Listed Staffordshire bridge opens after year-long restoration

Ferry bridge

An historic Grade 2 Listed footbridge in Burton has opened to walkers and cyclists again after a year-long £1.5million restoration. Ferry Bridge, which crosses the River Trent from the town to Stapenhill, opened in 1889, replacing the ferry service. Staffordshire County Council maintains the bridge and strengthened its piers three years ago. A detailed restoration plan was drawn up by ...

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Staffordshire County Council starts flu vaccination drive in schools

Flu child

As part of a national programme children in Staffordshire will have their annual flu vaccinations in preparation for winter, as the county council reminds parents of the importance of protecting their kids from flu. Pupils in years one, two and new for this year, three in primary schools across the county will be given their annual flu vaccination. This is ...

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£1 billion tourism boom continues to draw visitors to Staffordshire

heathland

Latest figures on Staffordshire’s tourism economy published today prove that the county remains a popular destination amongst visitors. 2015 saw the county’s busiest year with over 24 million people, from home and abroad, enjoyed day or overnight trips to Staffordshire. This helped generate over £1.2 billion in direct spend on accommodation, entertainment, travel, shopping and food & drink. In addition to ...

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Record low claimant count in Staffordshire after two decades of JSA

Redhill Business Park

Staffordshire is continuing to see near full employment – two decades to the month after Job Seekers Allowance was introduced and when the number of claimants in the county was three times as many. Figures released today for September show the Staffordshire claimant count at 1 per cent of the local population. Job Seekers Allowance was introduced in October 1996 ...

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Statement from Leader of Staffordshire County Council on Children in Calais Camps

Philip Atkins

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: The Government has announced it is speeding up actions to accept children from the migrant camps in Calais and councils have been put on stand-by to expect their arrival at short notice. Initially these will be children who have relatives living here in the UK Our children’s services will be working with ...

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