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Tolkien journey expected at Penkridge Library

Penkridge Library Tolkien Collection

An exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire continues its year-long tour across the region. “J.R.R. Tolkien – Soldier and Myth Maker” organised by The Haywood Society, supported by Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries and Arts Service and the Museum of Cannock Chase, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, is to close at Codsall Library ...

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A – Levels: choosing the right Post-16 education is key to success

School exam - older children

Choosing the right Post-16 education is key to future success, Staffordshire County Council’s education chief has said today. As young people up and down the country receive their A-Level results, County Councillor Ben Adams has stressed the importance of young people being given the tools to make informed choices about their future. Congratulating every young person who has received their ...

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Staffordshire cyclists spurred on by Team GB’s Olympic success

Cyclists from Staffordshire are expected to be spurred on this summer following a haul of Olympic medals for Team GB cyclists. Gold for Jason Kenny and Laura Trott, Silver for Mark Cavendish and 11 medals in total for Great Britain’s cyclists at this year’s Games is expected to boost the county’s love of pedal power. So, whether it’s the rolling ...

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Unemployment claimant figure one per cent since spring last year

Redhill Business Park

Staffordshire’s unemployment claimant figure has been one per cent or less since March last year, latest statistics have confirmed today. The county has consistently been well below national and regional figures. July’s statistics released today show Staffordshire with a figure of 0.9 per cent, the same as the previous month. Staffordshire currently has the lowest figure of any of the ...

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Ten alternative reasons to staycation in Staffordshire


A house that seemingly defies gravity, strange goings on in an area of outstanding natural beauty and a beautiful Gothic church tucked away in the Moorlands are just some of the different reasons to visit Staffordshire. Almost 25 million people visited the county last year for its major attractions such as the Alton Towers Resort, Drayton Manor Park, and Shugborough ...

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Cannock Chase to host Deer Awareness Day


The wild deer on Cannock Chase are one of the county’s natural treasures and now these majestic animals are set to get a day of their own. Staffordshire County Council’s Ranger Service and the British Deer Society are teaming up to help raise awareness of issues affecting the deer. Deer Awareness Day is on Sunday 21 August from 10.30am to ...

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Sexual health clinic to open its doors in Stafford

Sexual Health Clinic

  A new dedicated sexual health clinic will be opening its doors in Stafford from Monday September 5, following relocation from the town’s County Hospital. The new dedicated service, to be delivered by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) on behalf of Staffordshire County Council, will open on September 5 at its new home in the Civic ...

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Secrets of the Staffordshire Hoard revealed seven years on

Stephen and Fred in field

After years of research, conservation, cleaning and reconstruction, secrets from the field of gold where the Staffordshire Hoard was found are still being revealed today. For centuries the largest ever haul of Anglo-Saxon treasures known in Britain lay untouched in a farmer’s field until the summer of 2009, when a metal detectorist quite literally struck gold. In a month long ...

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Small business growth speeds up thanks to faster broadband in Staffordshire

Small businesses growth in Staffordshire is being sped up with faster broadband thanks to a joint multi-million pound project by the county council and BT. Today’s national internet access statistics show that more and more people and businesses in the county are getting connected through the Superfast Staffordshire programme. In May, the programme connected the county council’s Lymedale Business Centre ...

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Staffordshire Leads Rio Charge as Joe Clarke Takes Gold

Joe Clarke

Staffordshire is leading the GB Team charge for gold in Rio after Stone Slalom canoeist Joe Clarke clinched the second Olympic victory for the county and the country. Joe’s victory follows Uttoxeter’s Adam Peaty’s world record breaking gold in the pool and means Staffordshire athletes have now won two out of Team GB’s three gold medals. Staffordshire County Council Leader ...

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