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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Tolkien exhibition to visit Chasewater Country Park

People interested in celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ and his links with Staffordshire will get the chance at a unique exhibition. This fascinating insight into the early years of JRR Tolkien, one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by over 220,000 visitors since it launched in March ...

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Staffordshire joins National Apprenticeship Week celebrations

Staffordshire apprentices are joining in the celebrations for National Apprenticeship Week from 5 to 11 March 2018. Tom Hassall, Beth Blake, Nick Vaughan and Liam Archer are four Staffordshire apprentices sharing their experiences as part of the annual celebrations now in their 11th year. Beth Blake from Stafford is 22 years old and works in the County Council’s Legal Services ...

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Responsible knife sales vital to communities, says county trading standards leader

Gill Heath

Responsible knife sales are vital for community safety, Staffordshire’s cabinet member for trading standards has said following a test purchase operation. During a week-long operation in Stafford, underage volunteers working with the trading standards team were able to buy knives from six shops out of a total of 14 visited. In the coming weeks, trading standards officers will be visiting ...

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Stay well and look after your neighbours during cold weather

People in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take a few simple steps to help keep well during cold weather, with freezing and snow set to continue over the next few days. The county council is also urging people to check on older family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are safe and well, particularly if they have any health ...

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Staffordshire’s 30 hour childcare success praised

Staffordshire’s excellent pre-school childcare network has been praised by the Families and Children’s Minister. Nadhim Zahawi MP visited Staffordshire to see for himself the positive impact of the 30 hours’ childcare scheme. The Families and Children’s Minister said: Staffordshire was one of the first implementers of our 30 hours childcare offer, and reached its initial targets well in advance, offering ...

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Highways teams continue work to clear blocked roads across county

Snow car

Staffordshire’s gritting teams, aided by snow ploughs and snow blowers, will be working throughout the day to clear blocked roads. The teams have been on continual gritting runs throughout the week, though yesterday and overnight increasingly strong winds have caused snow to drift causing major problems on the roads. They are working at the moment to clear roads which in ...

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Strong winds and drifting snow cause hazardous conditions countywide

A34 Stafford

Staffordshire’s gritting teams have been battling with strong winds and drifting snow throughout the night and into this morning as they continue their round-the-clock work to clear roads. The advice to motorists this morning is to only travel if absolutely necessary and to continue to check local weather forecasts. Snow ploughs, tractor ploughs and snow blowers are in operation and ...

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More snow showers forecast as gritting teams head out again

A34 Stafford

Staffordshire’s gritting teams will head out again into the night as they continue their efforts to keep the county’s roads clear. The teams have been carrying out continual runs in sub-zero temperatures. Stronger winds are causing snow to drift in some areas. Last night snow ploughs and tractor ploughs were in action in the Staffordshire Moorlands where the snow was ...

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Gritting teams out continuously as schools close due to snow

Gritter

Snow continued to fall last night as the county’s gritting teams continued their constant operations across the road network with increasingly hazardous driving conditions this morning. More than 170 schools are closed so far and the A53 in the Moorlands is closed where conditions are especially bad. All ploughs, tractor ploughs and snow blowers are in operation though drifting snow is ...

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