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New bids submitted for community libraries

Gill Heath Stafford Library

Bids to take on the day-to-day running of five Staffordshire libraries next year are now being assessed. With the deadline for applications closing yesterday, the submissions for Cheadle, Cheslyn Hay, Clayton, Eccleshall and Penkridge will now be evaluated by an independent panel and a decision on their viability taken in the New Year. Successful applicants will be supported by the ...

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Prestigious event announces Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses

Winners of tourism awards

Drayton Manor Park, The Dorothy Clive Garden, and Swinfen Hall Hotel were among the winners at the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards. Drayton Manor Park won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award, The Dorothy Clive Garden, Newcastle-under-Lyme was Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, and Lichfield’s Swinfen Hall Hotel was Hotel of the Year at the ceremony, which ...

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New project to help people in Cannock Chase live healthier and happier lives

Chase Up! Project

People living in areas across the Cannock Chase District are set to benefit from a new project to help improve their health and wellbeing, fitness and general quality of life, thanks to a £416,000 National Lottery grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The ‘Chase Up’ project will be led by local communities and will work with local residents, schools and ...

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History of Cannock Chase revealed in new exhibition

Display at Cannock Chase

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s history including its role during the Great War can now do so in an exhibition touring the county’s libraries. Using the latest LIDAR and Aerial photography technology, the Chase through Time project has helped unravel over 2000 years of human activity across Cannock Chase. Amongst the discoveries are over 430 new archaeological ...

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‘Staffordshire Remembers’ – Poppy display to commemorate the Armistice

Poppy Display at Staffs Library

A display of over 1,000 hand-made poppies is on display at Staffordshire Place as part of the county’s plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. People from across Staffordshire have been using personal artefacts, archive material, photos, letters and objects to make poppies in remembrance of soldiers that have fought and died as well ...

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How the Great War affected Staffordshire

Horses harrowing a field

Urging women to ‘make’ their men enlist, the rising price of food and teaching children to milk cows to replace farmhands were all concerns in Staffordshire during the Great War. Life on Staffordshire’s Home Front, as detailed by Staffordshire’s County Council’s Archives Service and personal memorabilia belonging to its Leader Philip Atkins, can be seen to be increasingly concerned with ...

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County Council Agrees to Transfer Former Centre

Staffordshire Place

A former leisure centre building owned by Staffordshire County Council will be transferred to Newcastle Borough Council for a nominal fee. At the county council’s Property Sub-Committee meeting yesterday, members unanimously decided to transfer the former Kidsgrove Leisure Centre building to the borough council, together with a contribution of £363,000 towards the cost of demolition. The transfer—which is subject to ...

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Bravest of the brave remembered

Lance Corporal Bill Coltman

Created in 1856 by Queen Victoria and reputed to be cast from bronze cannon captured in the Crimea, the Victoria Cross is Britain’s highest recognition for bravery in the face of the enemy. During the Great War, Staffordshire men and those representing Staffordshire Regiments were in the thick of the fighting and their nation recognised their conspicuous courage. Here are ...

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