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Flash Ley School remedial works update

School boy

Remedial work at Flash Ley School in Stafford is working but taking longer than expected, says Staffordshire County Council, meaning pupils and staff will be unable to return for the start of the new school year. Alternative teaching arrangements at the Chetwynd Centre, Tillington Manor and Stafford Manor will continue from September, education heads have told parents this week, as ...

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Latest job boosting development gets under way at top county business park

Redhill Business Park

The latest development at a new Staffordshire business park has started as the site nears full occupancy with further expansion plans. Redhill Business Park in Stafford has been created by Staffordshire County Council following a £10million investment. General Electric is already building a facility on the first of three plots it has taken. Stafford’s largest employer is moving its operations ...

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Villages lead technology charge across Staffordshire


More than twice as many households and businesses are reaping the benefits of the Superfast Staffordshire fibre broadband roll-out as this time last year, lead partners Staffordshire County Council and BT announced today. As the project roll-out continues at pace, the percentage of customers opting for an upgrade has doubled from 12 per cent to more than 24 per cent ...

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Campaign launches to keep young bikers safe

learner biker

A high-profile road safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of young bikers injured on Staffordshire’s roads has launched this month. The campaign, being run by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is reminding young bikers and their parents about the importance of safe riding, bike maintenance and wearing appropriate clothing. A new website and app named ‘Biker Jack’, available free for ...

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Tolkien Exhibition reveals how horrors of the Somme shaped Middle-Earth

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

Second Lieutenant J.R.R Tolkien trained for the Great War on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire before he was sent to France to fight in the Battle of the Somme. During his time in the trenches, where he served as a signals officer, Tolkien witnessed the use of machine-guns, flamethrowers and tanks for the first time in warfare. He saw the effects ...

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Charity launches to protect region’s rich past

Preserving the region’s heritage and helping people access their family history online is the role of a new organisation launched this month. Archives West Midlands has been formed to protect historical records for future generations to enjoy and is made up of universities, local authorities, cathedrals, businesses and over a dozen archive services. Providing increasing online access to rare collections, ...

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Rare Great War Somme diary uncovered

military group photo

A rare war diary detailing the first day of one of history’s bloodiest battles is to be published for the first time. 100 years ago on 1 July, a huge British offensive was launched in Northern France with the aim of breaking the deadlock of the trenches and setting in motion the end of World War I. For many, the ...

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Business and wildlife thrive at Redhill Business Park

A Stafford-based business park is up for a prestigious international environmental award. Staffordshire County Council’s Redhill Business Park is a major economy boosting initiative delivering opportunities for up to 2,500 jobs. The 80 acre site was made up of fields grazed by cattle with small woods and several ponds. Knowing that these supported a range of wildlife such as bats, ...

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Staffordshire flies the flag to support Armed Forces Day

Janet Eagland flag

Staffordshire County Council will once again be flying the flag in honour of troops past and present on Armed Forces Day. The Armed Forces Day flag will be flying above the Shire Hall in Stafford this weekend to celebrate Armed Forces Day on June 25, and reaffirm Staffordshire’s strong links to the armed forces. Last year marked a new chapter ...

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Staffordshire to welcome ‘RideStaffs Festival 2016’

cyclists on grassland

People are being encouraged to get on their bike as the county gears up for this year’s RideStaffs Festival. Now in its 6th year, the event is the county’s biggest celebration of cycling and it returns to the Shugborough Estate for Friday 1 – Sunday 3 July. From kids and amateurs to some of the country’s top cyclists, it offers ...

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