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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this Easter bank holiday

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s Easter bank holiday markets or car boot sales. The first bank holiday weekend of the year also marks the beginning of the car boot sale and markets season. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, ...

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Snake warning for dog owners

Dog owners are warned to be careful in the next few weeks as they walk their pets on Cannock Chase. Recent warm weather has brought snakes, including adders, out of their winter hibernation, but then cold spells leave them lethargic and more liable to be cornered by exploring dogs. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: Cold ...

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Staffordshire traders demonstrate responsible knife sales during trading standards operation

Gill Heath

Nearly all shops visited as part of a trading standards knife sales test purchase operation refused to sell to underage volunteers. During a week-long operation, underage volunteers working with the trading standards team were refused sales in all but one shop when they tried to buy knives. Twenty-four shops were visited in Newcastle, Stafford and Tamworth, with just one failure ...

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Management plan proposed for Countryside Estates

Plans to share management of Staffordshire’s country parks, picnic areas and greenways are set to move to the next stage. Under the proposals Staffordshire County Council will look to transfer management, but not ownership, of the sites to other organisations. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: Our priority is to ensure that our country parks and ...

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Successful applicant takes over library management

Day-to-day management of a Staffordshire library has been successfully transferred to a local community group. Kidsgrove Care Solutions is taking on the daily management and delivery of services at Talke library. Under the agreement the locally based Community Interest Company, which helps adults and young people with disabilities in Staffordshire and Cheshire, will deliver the statutory library service and have ...

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Bestselling author to cut ribbon at new Library

Author Salley Vickers

Bestseller and award-winning author Salley Vickers will be cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the new £1.4m Lichfield library and St Mary’s first floor space for performing and visual arts. Salley will join guests and customers in the library on Thursday 7 March for the grand opening at 4.00pm followed by speeches and a private reception. People will ...

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Enjoy nostalgic childhood fun in new touring exhibition

Gill Heath at the exhibition

Families in Leek are getting the chance to enjoy old fashioned toys and games in a new interactive exhibition. Hopscotch, spinning tops, hobby horses and dressing up are just some of the fun activities on offer in the new ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’ exhibition. Now at the Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery in Leek until Saturday 27 April, ...

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Staffordshire’s WWI legacy explored at Great War conference

Old photograph of Cannock Chase field bakery

People interested in Staffordshire’s Great War legacy are invited to find out more at a free event. The Great War conference, entitled ‘Reflections’ will explore the county’s role during the war, covering aspects including the role of women, community remembrance, The Public Commemoration of the Great War Centenary, and the latest research on Cannock Chase. The day will bring together ...

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Thousands congregate at new library in former church

Visitors to a new library building more than doubled in the first full month after opening its doors. Lichfield library welcomed 27,021 visitors last month to its new location, compared to 12,977 in January 2018. The 108 per cent year-on-year increase follows the move in December from the previous library to the former St Mary’s Church, after Staffordshire County Council ...

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Successful library applicants announced

Successful applicants have been named to take on the management and day-to-day running of five more Staffordshire libraries. Contracts have been offered to a parish council, local community group, business enterprise organisation and two Rotary Clubs to take on the daily management and delivery of Staffordshire County Council’s libraries at Cheadle, Cheslyn Hay, Clayton, Eccleshall and Penkridge. Gill Heath, Staffordshire ...

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