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Volunteers helping to make Cannock Chase parkrun a real success

Catherynne Henderson and Angela Pritchard are part of the army of volunteers helping to make Cannock Chase parkrun a huge success. The duo are part of a 350 strong team of volunteers who take turns, giving up their time each week, wind, rain or shine to ensure that the event runs smoothly. The event which started in November 2016 now ...

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Multi-million pound Superfast Staffordshire celebrates passing key Government milestone

Openreach engineer

Ninety-five per cent of Staffordshire households and businesses can now get superfast fibre broadband. The major milestone was confirmed today by Staffordshire County Council and BT Group, which spearhead the Superfast Staffordshire partnership. Superfast Staffordshire is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, which aims to make superfast broadband available to 95 per cent of the country by ...

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Pledge to support Burton traders this Small Business Saturday

Get Vocal About Local

Burton shoppers are being urged to pledge their support for town centre traders in the run-up to a national campaign day to support small businesses. To mark Small Business Saturday, people can pledge to shop locally through social media as part of the Get Vocal About Local Burton promotion. Get Vocal About Local Burton was launched by the county council ...

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Staffordshire backs Adam Peaty in BBC Sports Personality of the Year

People from across Staffordshire are being urged to vote for record-breaking Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty in this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Boasting the 10 fastest times in history in the 100m breaststroke, the Staffordshire swimmer beat his own 50m world record once in the world heats and again in the semi-final – clocking 25.95 seconds to become ...

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Get Vocal About Local for Burton’s Black Friday bargains

Get Vocal About Local

Shoppers in and around Burton are being urged to make the most of local deals this Black Friday, share the news and help boost town businesses. The Get Vocal About Local Burton campaign was launched by the county council last week to promote all that’s great about the town and encourage people to shop, eat and spend leisure time there. ...

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Exhibition celebrates Tolkien’s link with Staffordshire

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

People from Leek will get the chance to see a new exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire. 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 160,000 visitors since it launched in March 2016. ...

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Shire Hall planning moves forward

Pop-up businesses could be a good use of the historic Shire Hall until a long-term, sustainable use of the building can be found, according to heritage experts. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) said that while it could take some time to identify a permanent use for the Grade II* listed building, short-term ‘pop-up ventures’ for businesses and not-for-profit groups in ...

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Families urged to explore Staffordshire over half term

Families looking for something to do over the half term and Halloween break are being encouraged to take a ‘staycation’ and explore what the county has to offer. Staffordshire has hundreds of great attractions, including many leading national sites just waiting to be discovered over the half term holidays. For adrenalin seekers and families the county has two world-class theme ...

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Celebrating launch of county’s first poetry collection

Poetry fans from across Staffordshire gathered for a celebration event for the launch of the county’s first poetry collection The Staffordshire Poetry Collection includes 50 unique poems written by local people and was officially launched at Stafford library as part of National Poetry Day on 28 September. During the evening people got to hear readings of the poems, welcome the ...

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Staffordshire libraries to celebrate Get Online Week

People are being encouraged to join the digital world and get online for the first time at their local library. National Get Online Week starts on 2 October and this year’s campaign  is asking people to use the internet to do just one thing they would normally do in a shop or bank, in a doctor’s or chemist, or even ...

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