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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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Ten alternative reasons to staycation in Staffordshire


A house that seemingly defies gravity, strange goings on in an area of outstanding natural beauty and a beautiful Gothic church tucked away in the Moorlands are just some of the different reasons to visit Staffordshire. Almost 25 million people visited the county last year for its major attractions such as the Alton Towers Resort, Drayton Manor Park, and Shugborough ...

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Cannock Chase to host Deer Awareness Day


The wild deer on Cannock Chase are one of the county’s natural treasures and now these majestic animals are set to get a day of their own. Staffordshire County Council’s Ranger Service and the British Deer Society are teaming up to help raise awareness of issues affecting the deer. Deer Awareness Day is on Sunday 21 August from 10.30am to ...

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Secrets of the Staffordshire Hoard revealed seven years on

Stephen and Fred in field

After years of research, conservation, cleaning and reconstruction, secrets from the field of gold where the Staffordshire Hoard was found are still being revealed today. For centuries the largest ever haul of Anglo-Saxon treasures known in Britain lay untouched in a farmer’s field until the summer of 2009, when a metal detectorist quite literally struck gold. In a month long ...

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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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