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People urged to Staycation and explore Staffordshire’s magnificent canal network

With the summer holidays in full swing, families are being encouraged to explore Staffordshire’s extensive canal network and miles of towpaths. Boasting the most miles of canals amongst shire counties, waterways have been at the heart of Staffordshire ever since the great age of canal building. Today, it’s one of the prettiest ways to explore the county, providing a beautiful ...

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Centuries of life on Cannock Chase Retold in new exhibition at Stafford library

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s fascinating history can now do so in a new pop-up exhibition touring the county’s libraries. Using the latest LIDAR and Aerial photography technology, the Chase through Time project has helped unravel over 2000 years of human activity across Cannock Chase. Amongst the discoveries are over 430 new archaeological sites, many of which ...

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Over 4,000 children sign up for Summer Reading Challenge

Over 4,000 children from across the county have signed up for Staffordshire libraries Summer Reading Challenge in the first three weeks. Activities have been running across the county’s libraries with this year’s theme ‘Mischief Makers’, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The scheme is asking 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any ...

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Plumbers ordered to pay back thousands to their victims

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Two plumbers who were jailed for fraud have been ordered to pay back a total of £77,000 to their victims. Peter Hawketts, aged 57, of Vardon Way, Kings Norton, Birmingham; and Patrick Thawe, aged 47, of Little Park, Quinton, Birmingham were originally jailed in August 2016 along with others after charging mostly elderly residents hundreds of pounds for simple plumbing jobs. In ...

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Centuries of life on Cannock Chase Retold in new exhibition

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s fascinating history can now do so in a new pop-up exhibition set to tour the county’s libraries. Using the latest LIDAR and Aerial photography technology, the Chase through Time project has helped unravel over 2000 years of human activity across Cannock Chase. Amongst the discoveries are over 430 new archaeological sites, many ...

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Tolkien exhibition moves to Hednesford Library

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 250,000 visitors since it launched in March ...

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Explore Cannock Chase’s military history at free weekend event

Families are being invited to explore Cannock Chase’s fascinating past at the annual Military History Weekend on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August. The free event, organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Rangers Service will include displays and re-enactments of military life from the Anglo-Saxon period through to the present day. Visitors will get the chance to see inside a Great ...

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Stay safe in the countryside this summer

Families enjoying day trips and outings to the countryside during the summer holidays are urged to stay safe. With the school holidays beginning and parents taking advantage of the sustained dry spell to enjoy Staffordshire’s beautiful countryside, the need to take care is greater than ever. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: We live amid the ...

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Libraries plan approved

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Proposals to use more volunteers in Staffordshire’s library system have been approved. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet has passed plans for four more libraries to be offered for community management and to pilot the introduction of self-service technology to extend opening hours. Cabinet members heard that following a three month public consultation earlier this year, 16 groups have expressed an interest ...

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