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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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Prince Charles’s charity to help with Shire Hall’s future

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National experts in regenerating historic buildings have been appointed to consider the future of Stafford’s Shire Hall. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust has been commissioned by Staffordshire County Council to assess possible future uses of the Grade II* listed building, the benefits and risks of different approaches and how they might be funded. The charity, founded by His Royal Highness the ...

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Exhibition celebrates Tolkien’s link with Staffordshire

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People from Newcastle will get the chance to see a new exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire. VIDEO: Take a sneak peek at the 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 almost ...

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Chasewater visitors advised on blue-green algae


Visitors to Chasewater are being advised not to take a dip or let their pets go in the water as a purely precautionary measure. A small amount of blue-green algae blooms have again appeared on the lake, and ecologists are asking people to follow advice on posters at the site. Blue-green algae is a common form of bacteria that occurs ...

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