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Staffordshire’s spookiest cycling routes revealed

spooky cyclist

Staffordshire’s cyclists can put some spooks in their spokes this Halloween by exploring some of the county’s eeriest cycle routes. Criss-crossing Staffordshire are miles of cycle lanes and national cycleways all of which are used every day by the county’s cycling community. But some routes are shrouded in legend and ghostly encounters and can add a new thrill to an ...

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Call for budding Staffordshire poets to celebrate where they live

Bert Flitcroft in library

Undiscovered writers are being encouraged to bring out their inner bard and write a poem about where they live. The call comes as part of a new series of workshops organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Library Service being presented by Staffordshire’s Poet Laureate, Bert Flitcroft. Called ‘So this is where we live,’ the workshops will show people how much fun ...

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£1 billion tourism boom continues to draw visitors to Staffordshire

heathland

Latest figures on Staffordshire’s tourism economy published today prove that the county remains a popular destination amongst visitors. 2015 saw the county’s busiest year with over 24 million people, from home and abroad, enjoyed day or overnight trips to Staffordshire. This helped generate over £1.2 billion in direct spend on accommodation, entertainment, travel, shopping and food & drink. In addition to ...

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Forgotten history uncovered on Cannock Chase

Stephen Dean on Cannock Chase

Great War practice trenches, evidence of prehistoric enclosures and medieval mining pits are amongst the exciting archaeological remains revealed on Cannock Chase in a new project. Staffordshire County Council, in partnership with Historic England, is exploring this fascinating archaeological landscape as part of the ‘Chase Through Time project.’ During the summer, a detailed ground surface model of the area was ...

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Blythe Bridge library open day to showcase services and reveal new name

Gill Heath

People are being invited to a celebration event to showcase the services and activities available at Blythe Bridge library on Saturday 8 October. The library, which is run by a dedicated team of volunteers from The Care and Fun Club charity, are also celebrating their 10th anniversary. As well as the chance to meet volunteers at the library and find ...

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Stafford Library celebrates its first birthday

Stafford Library is celebrating its first year at its new home in Staffordshire Place in the heart of the town. The £1million library in Tipping Street opened its doors to the public last September, bringing with it state-of-the-art services and modern facilities. Since opening, the library has enjoyed around 170,000 visits, issued 113,000 books, and seen over 3,000 new members ...

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New young poet laureate crowned for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Isobel Horsley, aged 16 from Lichfield, has been chosen as the new young poet laureate for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Isobel performed her powerful poems alongside her fellow shortlisted poets, at a special poetry event at the Shire Hall Gallery on Saturday 3 September. The prestigious competition is a joint initiative between the city and county councils to promote a love ...

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Open days to discuss how groups could manage Staffordshire’s countryside estate

Cllr Winnington by reservoir

Groups and organisations interested in managing the county’s countryside estate are being invited to a series of information days. The events will provide an opportunity for groups  to find out how they can be involved in the management of sites and the tendering process. The two events will take place at: Chasewater Innovation Centre, Thursday 6 October, between 9:30am and ...

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Find out chapter and verse about community libraries

A four hour event promoting community running of Staffordshire’s libraries will be held this week at one of the four still needing a management group. The informal session at Great Wyrley library between 11am and 3pm on Friday, September 30th, is open to both individuals and representatives of groups who may be interested, or simply want to find out more ...

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Exhibition celebrates Tolkien’s link with Staffordshire

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

People from Stafford will get the chance to see a new exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire. 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 40,000 visitors since it launched in March 2016. ...

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