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Vital improvements to Burton Bridge could finish in days rather than weeks

Burton Bridge

Improvement work to safeguard the iconic Burton Bridge could now finish in days rather than weeks – as crews pull out all the stops to finish the scheme as quickly as possible. The scheme was expected to be completed in time for the schools returning in September, but engineers continue to shave days off the programme to finish well ahead ...

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Plumbers ordered to pay back thousands to their victims

Trading Standards

Two plumbers who were jailed for fraud have been ordered to pay back a total of £77,000 to their victims. Peter Hawketts, aged 57, of Vardon Way, Kings Norton, Birmingham; and Patrick Thawe, aged 47, of Little Park, Quinton, Birmingham were originally jailed in August 2016 along with others after charging mostly elderly residents hundreds of pounds for simple plumbing jobs. In ...

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Civic society members view major improvement project to town bridge

Burton Civic Scoiety bridge visit.

Members of Burton Civic Society visited the project team carrying out a major maintenance project on one of the town’s main bridges this week. The Burton Bridge project is progressing well and the last sections of historic tram track are now being removed. Original kerbing is also being reinstated to maintain the bridge’s heritage. The bridge’s plaques will be restored ...

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Vital improvements to Burton Bridge look set to finish ahead of schedule

Burton Bridge

Improvement work to safeguard the iconic Burton Bridge for future use are on track to finish ahead of schedule this summer. The scheme was expected to be completed in time for the schools returning in September, but now engineers are hopeful it could be completed with at least several days in hand before the August Bank Holiday weekend. Helen Fisher, ...

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Centuries of life on Cannock Chase Retold in new exhibition

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s fascinating history can now do so in a new pop-up exhibition set to tour the county’s libraries. Using the latest LIDAR and Aerial photography technology, the Chase through Time project has helped unravel over 2000 years of human activity across Cannock Chase. Amongst the discoveries are over 430 new archaeological sites, many ...

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Staffordshire celebrates 15 years of Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Voluntary and community groups from across Staffordshire are celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The honour was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002 and recognises outstanding voluntary contributions in local communities. To date, 88 groups from Staffordshire have received this annual award with 16 scooping the award ...

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Tolkien exhibition moves to Hednesford Library

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 250,000 visitors since it launched in March ...

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Explore Cannock Chase’s military history at free weekend event

Families are being invited to explore Cannock Chase’s fascinating past at the annual Military History Weekend on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August. The free event, organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Rangers Service will include displays and re-enactments of military life from the Anglo-Saxon period through to the present day. Visitors will get the chance to see inside a Great ...

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Major bridge repair scheme on schedule for late summer finish

Burton Bridge

Footpaths on Burton Bridge are being surfaced this week with kerbs and drains also being installed as a major improvement project reaches its sixth week. This week the last sections of the old trams track have been removed, with some sections being stored by East Staffordshire Borough Council. Sections of track have also gone to Statfold Barn Railway near Tamworth. ...

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Superfast Staffordshire celebrates four year anniversary by extending reach to more rural communities

Mark Winnington

The number of Staffordshire households and businesses using superfast broadband has doubled in the past two years thanks to the Superfast Staffordshire roll-out – with many of the county’s smallest rural communities getting access to the technology for the first time. It’s four years since Kings Bromley and Yoxall became the first villages in the county to ‘go live’ as ...

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