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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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Staffordshire to commemorate Battle of Messines 100 years on

On 7 June 1917 Allied troops were fighting their way into the village of Messines, near Ypres in Belgium, in one of the most successful offensives of the Great War. Video: Commemorating Staffordshire’s role in the Great War and the Battle of Messines Photos available to download here Now, 100 years on, Staffordshire is set to commemorate the battle and ...

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Cheer on world’s best cyclists this week

Staffordshire sport fans are encouraged to show their support for the world’s top cyclists on Thursday. Around 100 competitors, including Olympic, World and European champions, will be racing through Staffordshire for the second stage of the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour. They include defending OVO Energy Women’s Tour champion Lizzie Deignan and her Boels Dolmans teammate Anna van der Breggen, the ...

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Hundreds of volunteers back libraries

Hundreds of volunteers recruited to help in Staffordshire’s libraries are making a huge difference to their communities. More than 800 members of the public are giving up their time at Staffordshire’s 43 libraries, including more than 500 volunteers at the 23 which are, or are on their way to being, community-managed libraries. Around 600 of those have been recruited in ...

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