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Proposals to use more volunteers in Staffordshire’s library system have been approved. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet has passed plans for four more libraries to be offered for community management and to pilot the introduction of self-service technology to extend opening hours. Cabinet members heard that following a three month public consultation earlier this year, 16 groups have expressed an interest ...

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Children invited to join Mischief Makers at Staffordshire’s libraries

Children from across Staffordshire are invited to sign up to read six books this summer as part of the county’s Summer Reading Challenge. The scheme asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer holidays. The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which ...

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Calls for new Young Poet Laureate for Staffordshire

Young people from Staffordshire with an interest in poetry are being invited to put themselves forward for the role of Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate. The role is open to teens aged 14 to 18 and is a one year position.  Applicants must either live or study in Staffordshire, share a love of poetry and a desire to promote it.  The ...

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Staffordshire backs England for semi-final success

Staffordshire’s leader is backing England for semi-final success tomorrow as the side take on Croatia in Moscow. County council leader Philip Atkins said the England team have had the best preparation for the tournament using the state-of-the-art training facilities at St George’s Park in Staffordshire. Philip added: England have every chance of reaching the final and then going all the ...

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New library prepares for opening

Final preparations are underway for the opening of a new town centre library, which is part of a £15.4 million development. Newcastle library is moving a few hundred yards from its current base on Ironmarket to the new Castle House civic hub next to Queens Gardens. The current building, originally designed as a department store, will close at 6pm on ...

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‘No-barbecue’ appeal to countryside visitors

Visitors to Staffordshire’s countryside are being urged not to light barbecues during the hot spell. And they’re also being asked to avoid lighting camp fires and take great care with smouldering cigarettes and discarded glass, which could magnify sunlight. With weeks of hot weather and little rain, grass and undergrowth are extremely dry across the county. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County ...

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Planning permission for Staffordshire History Centre given green light

Planning approval for a new history centre for the county has been given the go ahead. The new £2.8m Staffordshire History centre to be located in the heart of Stafford, will hold the county’s historical records and collections going back 1,000 years. The centre, located between Eastgate Street and North Walls in the town, will incorporate the existing Records Office ...

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Fuse Festival raises £4,200 with help from Crowdfund Staffordshire

A successful fundraising campaign for a popular Staffordshire music festival means that everything planned for the event will go ahead. The £4,200 for the Fuse Festival, in Lichfield, now in its seventeenth year, was raised through the Crowdfund Staffordshire platform.  The fundraising success will also help to reduce the financial risk faced by its parent organisation the charity Lichfield Arts. ...

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Next steps for Staffordshire libraries

More than a dozen groups have expressed interest in taking on one of the next four Staffordshire libraries to be recommended for community management. At the same time county wide consultation has revealed 445 more people willing to volunteer at their local library, to add to the 830 who already do so regularly. The news is in a report on ...

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Tolkien exhibition now at Norton Canes Community Library

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

People interested in celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ and his links with Staffordshire will get the chance at a unique exhibition. This fascinating insight into the early years of JRR Tolkien, one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by over 250,000 visitors since it launched in March ...

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