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Blythe Bridge library open day to showcase services and reveal new name

Gill Heath

People are being invited to a celebration event to showcase the services and activities available at Blythe Bridge library on Saturday 8 October. The library, which is run by a dedicated team of volunteers from The Care and Fun Club charity, are also celebrating their 10th anniversary. As well as the chance to meet volunteers at the library and find ...

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Stafford Library celebrates its first birthday

Stafford Library is celebrating its first year at its new home in Staffordshire Place in the heart of the town. The £1million library in Tipping Street opened its doors to the public last September, bringing with it state-of-the-art services and modern facilities. Since opening, the library has enjoyed around 170,000 visits, issued 113,000 books, and seen over 3,000 new members ...

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New young poet laureate crowned for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Isobel Horsley, aged 16 from Lichfield, has been chosen as the new young poet laureate for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Isobel performed her powerful poems alongside her fellow shortlisted poets, at a special poetry event at the Shire Hall Gallery on Saturday 3 September. The prestigious competition is a joint initiative between the city and county councils to promote a love ...

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Open days to discuss how groups could manage Staffordshire’s countryside estate

Cllr Winnington by reservoir

Groups and organisations interested in managing the county’s countryside estate are being invited to a series of information days. The events will provide an opportunity for groups  to find out how they can be involved in the management of sites and the tendering process. The two events will take place at: Chasewater Innovation Centre, Thursday 6 October, between 9:30am and ...

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Find out chapter and verse about community libraries

A four hour event promoting community running of Staffordshire’s libraries will be held this week at one of the four still needing a management group. The informal session at Great Wyrley library between 11am and 3pm on Friday, September 30th, is open to both individuals and representatives of groups who may be interested, or simply want to find out more ...

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Exhibition celebrates Tolkien’s link with Staffordshire

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

People from Stafford 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 40,000 visitors since it launched in March 2016. ...

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Burton Library to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

Burton Library is celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year with a special abridged performance of one of the Bard’s most famous plays Oddsocks Productions will be performing a 90-minute version of Romeo and Juliet on Saturday 22 October at 3pm in Burton Library.  Billed as the ‘Bard’s Best Bits’, the show aims to entertain family audiences with a comedy adaptation of ...

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County’s Paralympic Superstar Makes Staffordshire Proud in Rio

Paralympic logo

The Leader of Staffordshire County Council today paid tribute to Staffordshire’s Paralympic superstar Lee Pearson after the equestrian hero and his horse Zion clinched silver in Rio. The silver medal added to Lee’s tally of 10 gold medals over five Paralympic games and Philip Atkins said he was an inspiration for everyone in the county. Philip said: In Staffordshire we ...

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Bikeability cycle training puts young people safely in the saddle

kids on bikes

School children from across Staffordshire will continue to benefit from free cycling training over the next three years. Bikeability, the National Standard cycling proficiency scheme, run by Staffordshire County Council provides secondary school aged children with free biking lessons to encourage safer cycling. The training enables children to progress from traffic free riding to quiet residential roads, before building confidence ...

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Second phase of Chadsmoor War Memorial set to be unveiled

john henderson

A permanent memorial to more than 40 men from Chadsmoor who gave their lives during the Second World War is set to be unveiled by the Chadsmoor Community Trust. Saturday 17 September will see the names of servicemen who fell during WWII being remembered on the Chadsmoor War Memorial. This follows on from the dedication of the war memorial stone ...

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