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New Staffordshire Day oatcake celebrations to boost local charities

Local charities an groups are being encouraged to join the county’s biggest oatcake morning for this year’s Staffordshire Day celebrations. With the help of Staffordshire County Council and other local authorities, Enjoy Staffordshire is coordinating the World’s Biggest Oatcake Morning, with events expected to take place across the county on Tuesday 1st May. Taking inspiration from Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee ...

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Libraries to offer more arts and cultural events

Library staff

Visitors to Staffordshire libraries are set to experience more arts and performances as part of a new project to bring cultural activities to local communities. The new national Culture Offer developed by the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and Arts Council England will help libraries offer more people the chance to experience performance, arts, exhibitions, music and film. People will ...

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Tolkien exhibition to visit Chasewater Country Park

People interested in celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ and his links with Staffordshire will get the chance at a unique exhibition. This fascinating insight into the early years of JRR Tolkien, one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by over 220,000 visitors since it launched in March ...

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Library consultation continues

Hundreds of people are having their say during a consultation on the best way to manage some of Staffordshire’s libraries. With consultation continuing until April 1, almost 700 responses have already been received by Staffordshire County Council. A series of public events at libraries and mobile and travelling library stops is continuing throughout the 12 week consultation to reach as ...

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Staffordshire’s role in WWI explored at Great War Forum

People interested in Staffordshire’s role during the Great War are invited to find out more at a free event. The Great War conference will explore the county’s role during the war, covering aspects including life on the home front, stories of conscientious objectors, the use of war memorials and the meaning of remembrance. The day will bring together professionals and ...

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Next steps for Shire Hall

Proposals for the future use of a landmark building will be assessed by an independent expert. Staffordshire County Council will appoint an outside group to consider and examine the long term feasibility of ideas for the future use of Shire Hall, Stafford, including those put forward by several interested groups. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Economic Growth, ...

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Families urged to ‘Staycation’ in Staffordshire over half term

Families in Staffordshire are being encouraged to staycation during the February half term holiday and take advantage of the county’s wealth of attractions. Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member who oversees tourism at Staffordshire County Council explained that the county was a fantastic place to explore with lots on offer. Mark said: “We really are a fabulous county and the half term ...

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Staffordshire Day celebrations extended for 2018

This year’s Staffordshire Day extravaganza is set to take place over a week to give as many people as possible chance to get involved. As the official Staffordshire Day (1st May) will fall on a Tuesday, coordinators Destination Staffordshire, who work with Staffordshire County Council and other local authorities on the programme, have extended the celebrations. They will now begin ...

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Libraries consultation begins

Gill Heath Stafford Library

Three months of consultation over the best way forward for Staffordshire’s libraries begins today. Discussions will include potentially using technology to maintain and extend opening hours with an automated service, increasing the number of community managed libraries and reviewing how the mobile and travelling service is used. Although Staffordshire has 43 libraries, this review only applies to the 20 which are ...

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Exhibition celebrates Tolkien’s link with Staffordshire

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

People from Cannock will get the chance to see a new exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire. This fascinating insight into the early years of JRR Tolkien, one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by over 200,000 visitors since it launched in March 2016. ...

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