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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Ten great reasons to staycation in Staffordshire this summer

Families are being urged to get out and about and explore the county’s many attractions over the summer school holidays. Whether it’s thrilling rollercoasters, an arts festival, family cycle rides in beautiful countryside, or a virtual trip to the moon, the county promises something for all the family over the holidays. At Drayton Manor Park in Tamworth there’s a Summer ...

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Fight against Tobacco crime continues

Sniffer dog Yo-Yo

More than 6 million illegal cigarettes and 350kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized last year by local authority Trading Standards services across the West Midlands region despite ingenious efforts to hide them. Sophisticated concealments using electronic magnets controlled by a switch, hydraulic compartments in floors and cavity wall compartments were all used by traders acting illegally in an effort ...

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County’s top carers recognised at special awards

Fiona Pattyson-Johnson from Stafford is celebrating after being crowned as Dignity Champion at the Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards. Fiona was one of over twenty carers and care organisations from across the county who received an award at the event held at Newcastle College of Performing Arts. Winners were joined by family members, community groups and care organisations. The Staffordshire ...

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Children invited to blast off in Summer Reading Challenge

Children from across Staffordshire are invited to join in the Space Chase as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries Service are backing the campaign and are asking 4-11 year-olds to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays. The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the ...

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£15million road improvement works for major retail development progresses

MacArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock

The latest phase of a major road scheme to provide access to a £160 million retail development and improve traffic flow on the roads around will begin next week. The works being carried out by the county council will pave the way for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in Cannock, which is set to be completed in 2020. McArthurGlen ...

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Town’s long-term regeneration plans set for cabinet backing

A strategy setting out how Burton can remain vibrant and be further regenerated in the long-term looks set to receive county council backing. It maps out the town’s strongest assets and how these can be developed to make it an even more attractive place to live, work and visit. The strategy also looks at potential future issues which could affect ...

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Improvement ideas backed by national bodies

A development plan to improve services for children with special needs has been approved by Ofsted and the CQC. Now Staffordshire County Council will work with head teachers, the health service and parents in each of the county’s eight boroughs and districts to deliver the improvements. Mark Sutton, the county council’s cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: The ...

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From community pub to community hub

People in Horninglow are set to benefit from a new community hub with funding from a new local county council scheme. The project being organised by the Red Lion House Charity will see former pub, the Red Lion, converted into a new community and church centre for the local area. Once open, the new community hub will provide access to ...

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Apprentices to be recognised at graduation

Apprentices from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are invited to attend a special graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievements. Apprentices from over 15 sectors, from Accounting to Mechanical Engineering will come together with their family and friends for the celebration at the County Showground in Stafford on Wednesday 17 July. Now in their fifth year, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Graduation ...

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A decade since the ‘field of gold’ was celebrated around the world

Fred Johnson shakes his head in wonderment as he remembers the moment he realised there was an Anglo-Saxon field of gold on his Staffordshire farm. Speaking at a Staffordshire County Council reunion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard on July 5th, the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure found anywhere in the world, Fred said: “I ...

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