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Call Out For IRONMAN 70.3 Shugborough Finale

IRONMAN 2016

Competitors, communities and local businesses are set to join in an IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire Shugborough finale next summer  – before the event’s finishing line moves to a new home in 2018. Mark Winnington Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said the good news is that people can still book a place. Mark added: Staffordshire as a county provides ...

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An Audience ‘Without’ Alan Bennett at Stafford library

an empty chair

Theatre-goers across Staffordshire are being invited to an exciting virtual author event about world famous playwright Alan Bennett at Stafford library. Stafford’s new £1m Library is one of 20 libraries selected from across the country to take part in the ‘An Audience Without Alan Bennett’ on Wednesday 30th November. The authorless evening will celebrate the work of the dramatist and ...

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Staffordshire prepares to commemorate Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday

war memorial

People are being invited to take a moment on Friday 11 November for Armistice Day and on Remembrance Sunday to honour those who lost their lives during the nation’s wars. Staffordshire has many poignant war memorials, gardens and attractions dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in its towns and villages.  Many of which will be ...

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People urged to have their say on their local library service

Library users from across the county are being encouraged to take part in a national survey about libraries. The Adult Public Library Users Survey (PLUS) takes place every three years and now Staffordshire County Council wants to hear what people think about their local library. The survey is available in 15 Staffordshire libraries and will be carried out over two ...

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Drop-in events offer glimpse of new Lichfield Library

conecpt sketch of church

People in Lichfield are being given the chance to see early plans for the city’s new library at two special drop-in events. The information events on 10 November will give everyone an early opportunity to see for themselves how plans are progressing to create a vibrant, fully accessible and first-class library and new history access point within a revitalised St. Mary’s ...

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Cyclists and runners urged to be seen at night as clocks set to go back

three people one bike

As the UK’s households prepare to put their clocks back this weekend, cyclists and runners are being reminded to make sure they can be seen when they’re out during the darker evenings. This Sunday the clocks will go back one hour which means sunset on Sunday will be at 4:38pm. With the evenings drawing in and cyclists, runners and walkers ...

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Staffordshire’s spookiest cycling routes revealed

spooky cyclist

Staffordshire’s cyclists can put some spooks in their spokes this Halloween by exploring some of the county’s eeriest cycle routes. Criss-crossing Staffordshire are miles of cycle lanes and national cycleways all of which are used every day by the county’s cycling community. But some routes are shrouded in legend and ghostly encounters and can add a new thrill to an ...

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Call for budding Staffordshire poets to celebrate where they live

Bert Flitcroft in library

Undiscovered writers are being encouraged to bring out their inner bard and write a poem about where they live. The call comes as part of a new series of workshops organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Library Service being presented by Staffordshire’s Poet Laureate, Bert Flitcroft. Called ‘So this is where we live,’ the workshops will show people how much fun ...

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£1 billion tourism boom continues to draw visitors to Staffordshire

heathland

Latest figures on Staffordshire’s tourism economy published today prove that the county remains a popular destination amongst visitors. 2015 saw the county’s busiest year with over 24 million people, from home and abroad, enjoyed day or overnight trips to Staffordshire. This helped generate over £1.2 billion in direct spend on accommodation, entertainment, travel, shopping and food & drink. In addition to ...

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Forgotten history uncovered on Cannock Chase

Stephen Dean on Cannock Chase

Great War practice trenches, evidence of prehistoric enclosures and medieval mining pits are amongst the exciting archaeological remains revealed on Cannock Chase in a new project. Staffordshire County Council, in partnership with Historic England, is exploring this fascinating archaeological landscape as part of the ‘Chase Through Time project.’ During the summer, a detailed ground surface model of the area was ...

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