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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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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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‘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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County Council Agrees to Transfer Former Centre

Staffordshire Place

A former leisure centre building owned by Staffordshire County Council will be transferred to Newcastle Borough Council for a nominal fee. At the county council’s Property Sub-Committee meeting yesterday, members unanimously decided to transfer the former Kidsgrove Leisure Centre building to the borough council, together with a contribution of £363,000 towards the cost of demolition. The transfer—which is subject to ...

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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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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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New library, heritage and arts centre prepares for opening

A new £1.4m library and arts and heritage space in the centre of Lichfield will open in December. The investment in the former St Mary’s Church has opened up the ground floor to accommodate the library and tourist information centre, while the first floor will include a versatile gallery, heritage and performance space, as well as an access point for ...

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