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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

‘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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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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