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Community & Living

Staffordshire communities are the heart of our county and we want to make sure they are safe prosperous places to live and work.

We work with our partners across the county, including the police, fire authority, district and borough councils to get to the heart of what matters to local people

From barren field to national memorial

Remembrance Sunday at NMA

Twenty one years after the first trees were planted at a reclaimed quarry, Staffordshire’s National Memorial Arboretum will take centre stage for this year’s 100th anniversary commemorations to mark the end of the Great War. Founded on 150 acres of former quarried land in Alrewas, the national centre for remembrance now has 30,000 trees and more than 330 civilian and ...

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Staffordshire’s spookiest cycling routes revealed

Staffordshire’s spookiest cycling routes revealed Staffordshire’s cyclists can mix spooks with spokes this Halloween by exploring some of the county’s eeriest cycle routes. Criss-crossing Staffordshire are miles of cycle lanes and national cycleways all of which are used every day by the county’s cycling community. But some routes are shrouded in legend and ghostly encounters and can add a new ...

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Company and directors handed £50,000 fines for carrying out aggressive sales

Trading Standards

Three company directors whose company used aggressive trading practices and overcharged vulnerable residents for work carried out have been handed fines totalling £50,000. Jason Walchester, of Franklin Drive, Stoke-on-Trent, Paul Birks of Crackley Bank, Newcastle and Christopher Davies of The Crossway, Newcastle, traded as Ecoseal Home Improvements Ltd. They pleaded guilty to 15 consumer protection offences at an earlier court ...

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Fostering film shortlisted for prestigious award

A short film to highlight the urgent need for foster carers in Staffordshire has been nominated for a prestigious television award. Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service worked with 15 other local authorities and film production company ReelTwentyFive, to produce the film showing the story of a teenage boy and how the crucial addition of a foster carer shaped his life ...

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People and businesses reminded of firework sales safety

Fireworks

Staffordshire traders selling fireworks have been reminded of legal responsibilities in terms of the safe storage and sales by the county council’s trading standards team in the run-up to bonfire night celebrations. Trading standards officers have been visiting premises across the county selling fireworks to ensure they are being stored safely and only being sold to adults. All firework traders ...

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Get Online and make the most of digital technology

Get Online Week

People are being urged to find out how they can improve their day-to-day living through digital technology and getting connected during national Get Online Week. The awareness week, which runs from Monday October 15 to Sunday October 21, aims to improve social inclusion for all ages through greater use of technology. Run by the Good Things Foundation charity, the campaign ...

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Adoption campaign launches to find loving homes for county’s sibling groups

Bedtime stories, singing and dancing together and outdoor adventures are high on the wish list for a brother and sister duo looking for a forever family home together. The youngsters aged two and three are part of a number of groups of siblings being highlighted by Staffordshire County Council in a bid to recruit more people willing to adopt sibling ...

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Staffordshire Poppy display to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War

People from across Staffordshire are being invited to take part in a project to create their own poppy to be part of a display at Staffordshire Place, in Stafford. The ‘Staffordshire Remembers’ project is all part of the county’s plans to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War. Staffordshire County Council’s libraries and arts service is behind ...

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EnviroGrant Scheme set to make a difference to local community groups

Gill Heath

The latest round of a grants scheme for projects which can improve the environment and quality of life in local communities has been launched. Resource management firm Veolia has opened this year’s Staffordshire EnviroGrant Scheme. It offers amounts of funding (up to £1,000) to local groups as part of the company’s partnership with Staffordshire County Council. The EnviroGrant Scheme is ...

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