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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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Staffordshire volunteer pitches in at Rio Paralympic Games

A Staffordshire County Council worker is jetting off to Rio this week to volunteer at the Paralympic games. Marie Johnson, 56, from Stafford, completed a four year selection process to earn her spot helping spectators in the Olympic Stadium for the para-athletic events. Now she’s taken time out from her job as a payroll co-ordinator at the County Council to ...

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Bestselling author to visit Staffordshire libraries

sarah beeson author

Book worms and library-goers can spend an afternoon with best-selling author Sarah Beeson MBE at a talk hosted by Staffordshire Library Service. ‘Our Country Nurse’ is Sarah’s second memoir from her 35 year career as a nurse, some of which she spent in Staffordshire, and tells the story of a newly qualified health visitor working her patch in 1975. Sarah ...

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Staffordshire gears up for ‘Cycle to Work Day’

man on bike

Commuters in Staffordshire are being encouraged to leave the car at home and get in the saddle as part of national ‘Cycle to Work Day.’ The annual push on Wednesday 14 September is the national campaign that aims to promote the benefits of cycling to and from work. Staffordshire County Council’s mobile bike workshop is supporting the campaign and will ...

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Staffordshire libraries get Great War puppy book exclusive

Harlequin Great Dane

Staffordshire Libraries are telling the tale of “Freda – The Anzac Puppy” this September and October as part of the Staffordshire History Festival. ‘Freda – The Anzac Puppy’ by author Peter Millett is the story of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade’s mascot, an adopted Harlequin Great Dane, who trained with the unit on Cannock Chase during WW1. Now, following a ...

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