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History of Cannock Chase revealed in new exhibition

Display at Cannock Chase

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s history including its role during the Great War can now do so in an exhibition touring 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 ...

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County freight strategy focuses on community impact and economic growth

Current and planned measures to ensure continued economic growth through road freight movement whilst reducing the impact on local communities in Staffordshire are included in an updated countywide strategy. The ongoing need to balance community concerns with local business needs are the focus of the latest Staffordshire Freight Strategy, which will be discussed by a select committee this week. It ...

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Staffordshire skills boost revealed as near full employment continues

Staffordshire Means Skilled People

The number of people without qualifications in Staffordshire has been reduced by 50 per cent over the last four years as the county continues to see near full employment. Skills leaders say close working between the county council and local enterprise partnership means that the rate of people gaining qualifications in Staffordshire is now growing faster than it is nationally. ...

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Consultation begins on special needs education

Plans to educate more special needs pupils closer to home are at the heart of a new plan under consultation. Parents, carers and schools are taking part in a countywide consultation over the future of Staffordshire’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) strategy for children and young people aged 25 and under. Future plans include improving support and inclusion for ...

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Parents claim millions of hours of childcare

Staffordshire parents are claiming millions of hours of funded childcare for their three and four-year-olds. Latest figures show more than 7.7 million hours a year of pre-school care are being claimed by nearly 6,800 children. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “When we became one of the first authorities nationally to begin delivering ...

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Have your say on community proposals for patrols

People can their say on proposals to encourage more communities to support and fund their local school crossing patrol. Staffordshire County Council is proposing to no longer fund patrols from September 2019 as it needs to close a £35m budget shortfall next year. The authority already has a small number of community funded patrols and wants to support more communities interested ...

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Change of date for road opening

The date earmarked for a road closure to be lifted for a weekend has changed. New Road, Uttoxeter, is currently closed to traffic in both directions from the Shell garage entrance for approximately 400 yards west towards Tunnicliffe Way. It will be completely reopened to all vehicles for one weekend while overnight road closures take place on the nearby A50. ...

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‘Staffordshire Remembers’ – Poppy display to commemorate the Armistice

Poppy Display at Staffs Library

A display of over 1,000 hand-made poppies is on display at Staffordshire Place as part of the county’s plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. People from across Staffordshire have been using personal artefacts, archive material, photos, letters and objects to make poppies in remembrance of soldiers that have fought and died as well ...

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How the Great War affected Staffordshire

Horses harrowing a field

Urging women to ‘make’ their men enlist, the rising price of food and teaching children to milk cows to replace farmhands were all concerns in Staffordshire during the Great War. Life on Staffordshire’s Home Front, as detailed by Staffordshire’s County Council’s Archives Service and personal memorabilia belonging to its Leader Philip Atkins, can be seen to be increasingly concerned with ...

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