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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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Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 set to benefit Midlands and Staffordshire

The whole of the Midlands including Staffordshire will benefit from the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the county council leader said today. Staffordshire could host one of the events, with Cannock Chase being lined up to potentially stage the mountain biking competition if it is selected as one of the optional sports. Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: It is great ...

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Volunteers helping to make Cannock Chase parkrun a real success

Catherynne Henderson and Angela Pritchard are part of the army of volunteers helping to make Cannock Chase parkrun a huge success. The duo are part of a 350 strong team of volunteers who take turns, giving up their time each week, wind, rain or shine to ensure that the event runs smoothly. The event which started in November 2016 now ...

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Multi-million pound Superfast Staffordshire celebrates passing key Government milestone

Openreach engineer

Ninety-five per cent of Staffordshire households and businesses can now get superfast fibre broadband. The major milestone was confirmed today by Staffordshire County Council and BT Group, which spearhead the Superfast Staffordshire partnership. Superfast Staffordshire is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, which aims to make superfast broadband available to 95 per cent of the country by ...

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Pledge to support Burton traders this Small Business Saturday

Get Vocal About Local

Burton shoppers are being urged to pledge their support for town centre traders in the run-up to a national campaign day to support small businesses. To mark Small Business Saturday, people can pledge to shop locally through social media as part of the Get Vocal About Local Burton promotion. Get Vocal About Local Burton was launched by the county council ...

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