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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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Ancient Iron Age gold sparks £325,000 fundraising campaign

A fundraising campaign has been launched to save for the nation ancient jewellery believed to be the earliest example of Iron Age gold ever discovered in Britain. The four intricate artefacts that make up the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs have been valued at £325,000 by a panel of independent experts known as the Treasure Valuation Committee, sparking a three-month countdown ...

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Work on new £1m library for Lichfield to start next week

Work on a major £1.2m project to create a brand new library in Lichfield is to start next week (Monday, 18 September). The project will see the opening up of the ground floor at St. Mary’s Church in Market Square to accommodate the library and tourist information service.  The first floor will include a permanent museum, exhibition and performance space, ...

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War Bride production comes to Staffordshire

Young people from across Staffordshire are getting the opportunity to take part in exciting theatre performances exploring local stories about WWI. The War Bride production, designed by costume designer Anna Lewis is both a theatre performance and a piece of moving visual art. Young people will get the chance to take part in costume workshops, learn about the history of ...

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Opportunities to view plans for new Staffordshire History Centre

People are being given the chance to see plans for the new multi-million pound Staffordshire History Centre for the first time. The plans, being revealed at a series of events throughout September, include artist’s impressions and a 3D model of what the new centre could look like. The new £4m centre would be located on Eastgate Street in Stafford and ...

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Forward planning begins for library service

New out-of-hours options for libraries could be part of Staffordshire’s future, under suggestions to be considered this autumn. The idea is one of several to be examined by councillors next week as the county council’s library service plans ahead for the next three years. As well as making greater use of technology, other proposals on the table include increasing the ...

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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


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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