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Staffordshire Leads Rio Charge as Joe Clarke Takes Gold

Joe Clarke

Staffordshire is leading the GB Team charge for gold in Rio after Stone Slalom canoeist Joe Clarke clinched the second Olympic victory for the county and the country. Joe’s victory follows Uttoxeter’s Adam Peaty’s world record breaking gold in the pool and means Staffordshire athletes have now won two out of Team GB’s three gold medals. Staffordshire County Council Leader ...

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Lighten your luggage with Staffordshire Libraries’ e-loans

Staffordshire Libraries e-loans

Staffordshire County Council’s libraries service has the answer to lightening your holiday luggage. Whether going abroad or staying closer to home, Staffordshire Libraries’ large range of e-books, e-audio and e-magazines means no-one has to worry about cramming heavy books into their case or carry on. It’s easy to sign up for this FREE service and, using the new for 2016 ...

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Great War and more explored at Cannock Chase Military Weekend

Great War Hut - Cannock Chase

People will get the chance to experience centuries of war tales and activities at this year’s Cannock Chase Military History Weekend. The free event will take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August at Marquis Drive Visitor Centre and is being organised by Staffordshire County Council. The event will include recreations of military life from the Anglo-Saxon period, right ...

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Uttoxeter’s Adam Peaty strikes gold in Rio

Adam Peaty

Swimming superstar Adam Peaty was cheered on to gold and a place in sporting history by his home county of Staffordshire. Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins led the tributes to Adam saying he has made his community, his county and his country immensely proud in striking gold and smashing his own 100m breaststroke world record in Rio. Philip said: ...

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Rare archives shed light on conscription during WWI

bakers group photo

Stories of conscientious objectors and how bakers, butchers and farmworkers fought conscription are amongst a rare collection of Military Appeal Tribunal records being published for the first time. Conscription was first used by the armed forces in 1916 and those who sought exemption were brought in front of Military tribunals to make their case. After the war, the Ministry of ...

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£1m library investment approved

Proposals to move Lichfield library to St Mary’s for at least the next 30 years have been approved. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: The £1 million investment will ensure a first class library in the heart of Lichfield, safeguard the future of two landmark buildings and support shops and businesses around St Mary’s.” Preparatory ...

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Libraries can help ‘take the pulse of nature’ with the Big Butterfly Count

Big Butterfly Count image

Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries Service can help residents take part in a nationwide survey aimed at assessing the health of our environment. The annual Big Butterfly Count was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 52,000 people took part in 2015, counting over 580,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK. It’s ...

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Libraries all set for ‘Big Friendly’ challenge

Summer Reading Challenge volunteer

Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries & Arts service is setting a ‘Big Friendly’ challenge for younger readers 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. The annual Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read at least six books ...

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Teenagers unite to commemorate the Great War

group photo on cannock chase

Teenagers from across Staffordshire and Bremen in Germany have come together as part of an exchange programme to help commemorate the Great War. Focusing on the theme of building friendships, commemorations, peace and reconciliation the young people will take part in a range of activities during their two-week exchange. As part of the visit the young people have been cleaning and tending ...

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Community library bid deadline looms

Groups interested in taking over the running of Staffordshire’s remaining community libraries must act within days. With 11 libraries having completed the process of transferring to the community, applications for the remaining dozen can be made until July 29th. Successful applicants will be supported by the county council to take over the day-to-day running and management of the library. Gill ...

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