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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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Free Family Fun Day at Cannock Chase Children’s Centre

Early years

Families are invited to bring their bucket and spades and join in at the Summer Seaside Fun Day at Cannock Chase Children’s Centre on Tuesday 16 August from 1 – 3pm. The event, open to families and children up to the age of 11, promises a wide range of activities including arts and craft, foody fun, baby play, sand and ...

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Unique exhibition now at Codsall Library

Tolkien Exhibition at Codsall Library

An exhibition celebrating Staffordshire’s links with the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings has arrived at Codsall Library as part of a year-long tour. Visitors to the “J.R.R. Tolkien – Soldier and Myth Maker” exhibition, will be able to explore the personal story of a young, newly-married army officer and also the continuation of a literary ...

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Staffordshire Hoard Exhibition to visit Stafford’s Ancient High House

saxon with gold display

People interested in the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard can now relive the story at a unique exhibition at the Ancient High House in Stafford ‘Treasure – Discovering the Staffordshire Hoard’ was developed by Staffordshire County Council’s museums team and will be at the museum from 5 July to 10 September 2016. Featuring high quality replicas of some of the ...

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Villages lead technology charge across Staffordshire


More than twice as many households and businesses are reaping the benefits of the Superfast Staffordshire fibre broadband roll-out as this time last year, lead partners Staffordshire County Council and BT announced today. As the project roll-out continues at pace, the percentage of customers opting for an upgrade has doubled from 12 per cent to more than 24 per cent ...

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Tolkien Exhibition reveals how horrors of the Somme shaped Middle-Earth

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

Second Lieutenant J.R.R Tolkien trained for the Great War on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire before he was sent to France to fight in the Battle of the Somme. During his time in the trenches, where he served as a signals officer, Tolkien witnessed the use of machine-guns, flamethrowers and tanks for the first time in warfare. He saw the effects ...

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Charity launches to protect region’s rich past

Preserving the region’s heritage and helping people access their family history online is the role of a new organisation launched this month. Archives West Midlands has been formed to protect historical records for future generations to enjoy and is made up of universities, local authorities, cathedrals, businesses and over a dozen archive services. Providing increasing online access to rare collections, ...

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Rare Great War Somme diary uncovered

military group photo

A rare war diary detailing the first day of one of history’s bloodiest battles is to be published for the first time. 100 years ago on 1 July, a huge British offensive was launched in Northern France with the aim of breaking the deadlock of the trenches and setting in motion the end of World War I. For many, the ...

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