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Memories rediscovered in new exhibition

People in Cannock are being invited to explore the area’s rich history in a new touring exhibition at the town’s library. Using objects, documents and photographs from Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service collections, the ‘On Your Doorstep’ exhibition will help shine a light on local stories and memories from the past. Amongst the objects on display is a camera used ...

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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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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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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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Hundreds turn out for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire competitors

Hundreds of spectators came out in force to cheer on competitors in the fifth IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire. The wet weather held off as communities across Staffordshire came out to offer their support along the route, which saw more than 2400 people complete a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run through stunning Staffordshire countryside. The sold-out ...

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Competitors gearing up for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire

Competitors are gearing up for the 5th IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, which is less than a month away. Under starter’s orders on 9 June will be more than 2400 competitors, all hoping to complete a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile half marathon. The event will start at Chasewater, and for the first time ever, will take ...

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Songs of praise for revitalising former church

A landmark restoration project which delivered a new library and arts and culture hub has won a major architectural award. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) selected the St Mary’s project in the heart of Lichfield as the best building conservation in the West Midlands for 2019. Staffordshire County Council worked with the Trustees of St Mary’s and invested ...

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Potential uses for Shire Hall identified

Plans to develop a Staffordshire landmark as a multi-use venue serving different parts of the community have been put forward by architectural regeneration specialists. The proposals for the Grade II* listed Shire Hall in the centre of Stafford would see: the Assembly Hall used as a high-quality flexible event and exhibition space; the former library used for a small business ...

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#staffordshireday celebrations a huge success

Thousands of people from across Staffordshire joined in the fun for the county’s fourth Staffordshire Day celebrations today (Wednesday 1 May). Over 60 events will mark the day with attractions, businesses and organisations coming together to show their pride in the county. The celebrations also saw #staffordshireday trending nationally on Twitter throughout the day This year’s theme was ‘Made in Staffordshire’, ...

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People urged to share their mug shot on Staffordshire Day

Back again for this year’s Staffordshire Day extravaganza on Wednesday 1 May, is the ‘Share your mug shot’ campaign to celebrate the county’s industrial heritage Organisers Destination Staffordshire want people to share images of themselves on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook holding Staffordshire-made mugs, alongside the #StaffordshireDay hashtag. Last year hundreds of people joined in sharing their photos, creating a real ...

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