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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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Competitors Under Starter’s Orders for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire 2017

Ironman crowds at finish line

The race to get a place in IRONMAN® 70.3 Staffordshire has started as registration for the event is now open. In the first two years the event has proved a sell-out success and organisers say people will  need to be quick off their marks to be part of the line-up for the event on Sunday, June 18. Once again, the event will ...

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Second round of community library transfers announced

Staffordshire County Council has named the applicants set to take over the management and delivery of its community libraries. Eight contracts have been offered to community bodies, schools and a business enterprise group in the second phase of transfers, bringing the total number of libraries transferred, or in the process of transferring, to 19. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet ...

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Still time to join in Staffordshire’s Summer Reading Challenge

Gill Heath with medal

Staffordshire’s young people still have time to join in and finish their local library’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Big Friendly Read is this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, and young people are invited to join their local libraries in celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl. More than 10,000 children and young people have already signed up to ...

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Staffordshire commemorates Battle of the Somme


Staffordshire will be commemorating the historic Battle of the Somme with a free screening of the film made in its honour. The Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford will be showing ‘The Battle of the Somme’ to mark the day of one of the Great War’s most decisive and bloody battles. The film was seen by 20 million people in Britain ...

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Exhibitions to take Staffordshire’s heritage into local communities

snow white and the seven dwarves puppet

People across Staffordshire will get a taste of the county’s fascinating history in two new exhibitions set to tour the county. The ‘Moving On’ project will include two themed touring exhibitions in 2017 and 2018, bringing to life the Staffordshire County Museum collections. The first exhibition will use toys, games, clothes, textiles and domestic items to explore and tell the ...

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Tolkien journey expected at Penkridge Library

Penkridge Library Tolkien Collection

An exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire continues its year-long tour across the region. “J.R.R. Tolkien – Soldier and Myth Maker” organised by The Haywood Society, supported by Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries and Arts Service and the Museum of Cannock Chase, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, is to close at Codsall Library ...

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Staffordshire cyclists spurred on by Team GB’s Olympic success

Cyclists from Staffordshire are expected to be spurred on this summer following a haul of Olympic medals for Team GB cyclists. Gold for Jason Kenny and Laura Trott, Silver for Mark Cavendish and 11 medals in total for Great Britain’s cyclists at this year’s Games is expected to boost the county’s love of pedal power. So, whether it’s the rolling ...

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