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New library based on success of another

The newest library to open its doors in Staffordshire will be inspired by the success of a similar project. Newcastle’s new library will based in the £15.4m Castle House in the centre of town and the design, content and layout will be inspired by Stafford library, which has seen a surge in membership and use since it opened two years ...

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Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent chosen for 2018 UK Corporate Games

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Businesses in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are set to benefit as Europe’s largest multisport festival for business returns to the region for a second year. The UK Corporate games, which will take place from 21 to 24 June 2018 is expected to attract thousands of amateur athletes from top UK companies and boost the local economy while showcasing the area’s growing ...

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War widow fears pilgrimage to husband’s grave may be her last

War widow Wiltrud Kraft has made what she says could be her last trip to her husband’s grave at the German Military Cemetery on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. Wiltrud’s husband Ignaz was a German pilot who died along with his crew when they were shot down over Kent in 1941 and is buried in the cemetery. Mrs Kraft, aged 97, ...

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Staffordshire record-breaker Adam Peaty is “inspirational” and a role model for young people

Olympic champion Adam Peaty’s record-breaking defence of his World Championship titles is being celebrated in his home county of Staffordshire. Less than 24 hours after retaining the 100m breaststroke title in Budapest, the 22-year-old broke his own world record time in today’s heats of the 50m breaststroke, clocking 26.1 seconds. Staffordshire County Council’s Leader Philip Atkins said: Congratulations to Adam, ...

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Volunteers help secure special status for County’s Archives Service

People who use Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archives Service are getting a great service and historic records are being well looked after. This is according to a recent inspection by The National Archives (TNA) who awarded the team Accredited Archive Service status.  The contributions of volunteers and their development was also praised in the report. The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive service ...

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Discover Cannock Chase’s military history at family fun weekend

Families and historians will get the chance to explore hundreds of years of war tales at the Cannock Chase annual Military History Weekend on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August. The free event, organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Rangers Service will include infantry and cavalry displays and re-enactments of military life from the Anglo-Saxon period through to the present day. ...

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Plans for new memorial to remember New Zealand Rifle Brigade on Cannock Chase

People could be paying tribute to the New Zealand Rifle Brigade (NZRB) and their role in the Great War at a new memorial on Cannock Chase if a crowd funding project is successful. The project is being led by the Friends of Cannock Chase in partnership with Staffordshire County Council and is offering organisations and individuals the chance to be ...

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Man Booker Prize nominated author Stephen Kelman to visit Wombourne Library

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 People are invited to join Man Booker Prize nominated author Stephen Kelman when he visits Wombourne Library on Thursday 13th July between 12:30pm and 2:00pm.   Stephen’s book Pigeon English was shortlisted for the prestigious Man Book Prize in 2011 as well as the Guardian First Book Award, a Galaxy National Book Award, and seven other prizes.   His most ...

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Great Jane Austen Bake-off at Perton Library

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Budding bakers are being invited to show off their baking skills at Perton library in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen. Choosing one of three provided Georgian recipes, contestants are invited to enter their creations on Thursday 20th July, with all entries to be submitted by 10.30am. Winners and prizes will be announced and awarded at around 11am. ...

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Excitement builds as planning for new Staffordshire History Centre moves ahead

Plans for a new multi-million pound Staffordshire History Centre are moving at pace with key partners and design team now on-board. The new £4m Staffordshire History centre to be located in the heart of Stafford will hold historical records and collections up to 1,000 years old.  Along with a new community exhibition space, modern reading and search rooms and a packed ...

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