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County teens to celebrate top reads at museum

SChoolchildren holding book

Young readers from across Staffordshire will gather in force at a top Midlands venue for the grand finale of their annual book award. The Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford will once again play host to Staffordshire’s Young Teen Fiction Award Celebration Day. The Young Teen Fiction Award, now in its twelfth year, is designed to encourage the county’s young people ...

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Tolkien in Staffordshire exhibition on the move

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

An exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire begins a year-long tour across the region. This fascinating insight into the early years of one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by almost 4,000 visitors during its stay at the Museum of Cannock Chase. “J.R.R. Tolkien ...

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Crowds brave weather to cheer on IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire competitors

IRONMAN 2016

Wet weather didn’t dampen spirits as hundreds of spectators cheered on competitors in Staffordshire’s second ever IRONMAN competition.   Communities across Staffordshire came out to offer their support along the route, which saw over 2000 people complete a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run through stunning Staffordshire countryside. The day started off at Chasewater, where ...

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Parish maps to lift the lid on life in Staffordshire in the 1840s

Tixall Hall gate engraving

Selection of Tithe maps and associated images are available here. People interested in their local family and parish history will soon be able to access digitised images of a unique collection of historic parish maps. Tithe maps of the 1840s are often the earliest detailed maps of parishes, showing houses, roads, footpaths, fields and woods etc. providing a snapshot of ...

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Staffordshire to celebrate Queen’s 90th birthday

The Queen signing visitors' book

Thousands of people in Staffordshire turned out to wish the Queen well in April when she celebrated her 90th birthday. Now, the county is set for further celebrations this weekend for her official birthday. The Queen celebrates two birthdays. Her actual birthday is on April 21 and her official birthday is on a Saturday in June. This year, her official ...

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Football fans urged to nominate their designated driver as Euro’s reach fever pitch

Councillor Mark Deaville

As football fans across the county prepare for the UEFA European Championship kick-off, people are being reminded to make sure they have a designated driver for their nights out. Designated drivers will be rewarded with discounted or even free soft drinks in more than 100 Staffordshire pubs during the tournament as part of the ‘I’ll be DES’ campaign. The tournament ...

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Search for Cannock Chase’s Hidden History

Stephen Dean canock chase

  Thousands of years of history could be uncovered in a new project at one of Staffordshire’s natural treasures. Cannock Chase has one of the best preserved Great War training landscapes in the country and is the largest remaining area of heathland in the West Midlands, but lost beneath the vegetation are prehistoric burial mounds, early industrial sites, remnants of ...

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Communities Gearing up to Welcome Ironman 70.3 to Staffordshire

Ironman crowds at finish line

Communities across Staffordshire are counting down to IRONMAN 70.3 in the county on June 12. With more than 70 miles of spectating opportunity, Staffordshire is set to come alive on race day as athletes and visitors flock to the county. To give people the best views of the event, key spectator hotspots have been set up for people to see ...

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Call for budding Staffordshire poets to celebrate where they live

Bert Flitcroft and Matilda Houston-Brown

Bert Flitcroft, Staffordshire’s Poet Laureate, is inviting the county’s residents to create a ‘picture in words’ about their own locality. Bert is planning to tour the county with a series of workshops, entitled ‘So this is where we live…’ aimed at creating a collection of new poems, written by local people, about their own special part of Staffordshire. The Staffordshire ...

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New £4m History Centre set for Staffordshire

Staffordshire History Centre

Plans for a new multi-million pound modern history centre in Staffordshire have been given the green light after securing initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The proposed new centre has received earmarked funding of nearly £4million from HLF to create a two-storey link between the Staffordshire Record Office and the William Salt Library in Stafford. Initial funding of ...

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