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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

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

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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Staffordshire sizzles for third IRONMAN 70.3 competition

Giulio Molinari

Staffordshire sizzled as athletes took part in the county’s third IRONMAN 70.3 competition. Hundreds of spectators took advantage of the sun as they came out to cheer on competitors along the route, which saw over 2000 people complete a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run through stunning Staffordshire countryside. And, scores of volunteers were on ...

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Carter leads the way as hundreds of children run in the sun at Ironkids Staffordshire


Hundreds of children raced through the grounds of Shugborough Hall in today’s sunshine as part of the third Ironkids Staffordshire event. On the day before the main IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire event, a series of races saw children between the ages of three and 14 cover distances from 500 metres to 2.5km. The fun started at 3pm. Competitors included five-year-old Carter ...

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Call for new Poets Laureate for Staffordshire

Staffordshire poets are invited to put themselves forward for the roles of Staffordshire Poet Laureate and Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate. The Staffordshire Poet Laureate is a two year position open to adults aged 18 plus, while the Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate is open to teens aged 14 to 18 and is a one year position. Staffordshire County Council Libraries and ...

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Sites Protected To Commemorate New Zealand Lives Lost In the Battle of Messines

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines, two sites have been protected as a scheduled monument by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England. The Terrain Model of Messines in Cannock Chase in Staffordshire which survives as archaeological remains has been granted protection. It was an accurate scale model of the battlefield ...

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On your marks for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire June 18 2017


IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire will take place in Staffordshire on Sunday 18th June 2017 Over 2,000 triathletes will embark on a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run across Staffordshire. Also the day before, hundreds of children will be taking part in IRONKIDS on Saturday June 17 2017 How to get involved and enjoy IRONMAN IRONMAN 70.3 ...

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On your bike as county gears up for National Bike Week

spooky cyclist

People from across Staffordshire are being encouraged to get on their bike as the biggest nationwide cycling campaign in the UK gets underway. National Bike Week, starting on Saturday 10 June, aims to promote cycling and health bosses at Staffordshire County Council want to see more people on their bikes in a bid to promote a more active Staffordshire. The ...

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