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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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Businesses invited to sign up for 2018 UK Corporate Games


With some of the UK’s top firms already signed up for the 2018 UK Corporate Games, local companies are being encouraged to follow suit. The Games, which will return to Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent next year, are expected to attract thousands of amateur athletes from top companies and boost the local economy to the tune of around £3m. Now, businesses interested ...

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Opportunity to attend launch of Staffordshire poetry collection

Bert Flitcroft in library

People are being invited to the launch of the county’s first poetry collection as part of celebrations for National Poetry Day. The event, on Thursday 28 September at Stafford library in Staffordshire Place, will showcase the best of modern and contemporary Staffordshire poetry, including readings of some of the poems.  During the evening people will also get to welcome the ...

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New young poet laureate crowned for Staffordshire

Rebecca Lockwood, aged 17 from Cannock has been chosen as the new young poet laureate for Staffordshire. Rebecca is the fifth person to hold the prestigious role which promotes a love of poetry and showcases the creative writing skills of young people across the county.  She performed her powerful poems alongside her fellow shortlisted poets, impressing the judges at a ...

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