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Awards set to crown Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses

Staffordshire Tourism Awards 2017 winners

Some of the best tourism businesses in Staffordshire are set to discover whether they have won prestigious awards at a glittering ceremony. More than 40 attractions, activities, and accommodation businesses have applied for the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards, and will find out if they have been successful at the National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 22nd November (12noon-4.30pm). In the ...

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Know your consumer rights this Black Friday

Gill Heath

People looking for bargains online on Black Friday and throughout the Christmas and New Year sales period are being urged to get to know their rights and avoid scams. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team is advising people to get familiar with their consumer rights before they shop, particularly online. This year National Consumer Week follows Black Friday and the ...

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Drivers reminded to be ‘Bike Smart’ in latest road safety campaign

Biker, Cyclist & Driver shaking hands

Drivers in Staffordshire are being reminded to be more aware of and watch out for those on two wheels in a new road safety campaign. The ‘Bike Smart’ campaign is part of Road Safety Week starting today (19 November).  The initiative is being organised by national road safety charity Brake and supported by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership. This year’s ...

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People reminded to be ‘scams aware’ as part of national campaign

Say no to scams

People across Staffordshire are being urged to spot the signs of scams, report them and look out for those who may become victims themselves during a national awareness week. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team is part of the Friends Against Scams campaign which is holding a national awareness week from today, November 19, to mark its second anniversary. The ...

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New project to help people in Cannock Chase live healthier and happier lives

Chase Up! Project

People living in areas across the Cannock Chase District are set to benefit from a new project to help improve their health and wellbeing, fitness and general quality of life, thanks to a £416,000 National Lottery grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The ‘Chase Up’ project will be led by local communities and will work with local residents, schools and ...

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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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Bravest of the brave remembered

Lance Corporal Bill Coltman

Created in 1856 by Queen Victoria and reputed to be cast from bronze cannon captured in the Crimea, the Victoria Cross is Britain’s highest recognition for bravery in the face of the enemy. During the Great War, Staffordshire men and those representing Staffordshire Regiments were in the thick of the fighting and their nation recognised their conspicuous courage. Here are ...

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How Cannock Chase shaped the soldiers of the Great War

Cannock Chase under construction

They may not have recreated the horrors experienced by men in the trenches of the Western Front, but the WWI training camps on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire helped prepare the soldiers who would eventually win the war. Amongst the most impressive and extensive remains are the two training camps of Brocton and Rugeley, where more than 500,000 men from the ...

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People reminded to take up their free flu vaccination

People at increased risk from the effects of the flu are being reminded to take up their free vaccination ahead of the winter months. The vaccination is being offered to people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions, carers  and children aged two to nine. Those who are eligible are being urged to take up the ...

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