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WW1: How the training camp at Cannock Chase helped to win the war 

27 Apr

Cannock Chase may have been hundreds of miles away from the Western Front of the First World War but it came to play a big role in developing Allied tactics, as historians Richard Pursehouse and Lee Dent, of the Chase Project, explain...

Police appeal for help to find 54-year-old man who has gone… 

26 Apr

Police are appealing for help to find a man who was reported missing this morning.

Volunteers urged to lend a hand at 2017 Staffordshire Ironman race 

21 Apr

Volunteers are being urged to help out at the 2017 Staffordshire Ironman race.

Tamworth care home fire was caused by discarded cigarette 

18 Apr

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have called for people to take care disposing of smoking materials.

Staffordshire Police warning after spate of car thefts in… 

18 Apr

Staffordshire Police are urging residents to ramp up security at their homes after a spate of vehicle burglaries over the Easter weekend.

Lorry driver caught driving wrong way down M6 Toll Road 

18 Apr

A lorry driver was pulled over after heading down the motorway in the wrong direction.

Woman died after suffering ‘traumatic’ brain bleed in fall at… 

16 Apr

A 95-year-old woman died from a head injury following a fall at a care home, an inquest heard.

RSPCA investigating after swan is shot TEN times 

13 Apr

An animal welfare charity has launched an investigation after a swan was found severely injured from being shot 10 times.

Swan put to sleep after being shot ten times in Burntwood 

13 Apr

An appeal has been launched after a swan was found peppered with air gun pellets in Burntwood.

Washing up liquid used to free cat stuck between two walls 

12 Apr

A cat who got himself stuck between two walls has made a 'clean' getaway thanks to an RSPCA officer and a bottle of washing up liquid.

VIDEO: New Wrights shop opens up in Wolstanton 

10 Apr

Bosses at pie giant Wrights are hoping their new branch has the right 'design' for success after taking over a former craft shop.

MP backs action group plans to create new “shopping heart” in Burntwood town centre 

9 Apr

A proposal to reinvigorate Burntwood’s shopping heart has been welcomed by the town’s MP.

Presenting the Signal 1 Breakfast Show has been ‘immense’ say duo 

9 Apr

Signal 1 presenters Jennie Longdon and John Fox have described their first month of presenting the breakfast show as 'immense.

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27 Apr

BACK - 2 - HOCKEY at Cannock Hockey Club...

Mental Wellbeing Team launched!! 

27 Apr

The Club is extremely delighted to launch it’s Mental Wellbeing Team, managed by Adam Collins, an NHS professional.

MTBO Camp 17 – Night Sprint 

26 Apr

After a looooong day, getting up at 2.30am, driving, flying, driving, bike building to be honest I just wanted to go to bed but no, 9.15pm was the start for the first race of the mtbo camp cup.

Domination Score Event Results 

26 Apr

Well done to all the runners who braved the unreasonable weather to kick off this summers Domination Series, with Iain defending his title in style.

MTBO Camp 2017 – Preview 

25 Apr

Along with a large contingent of Brits I am off to Denmark at stupid o’clock tomorrow morning to train, race and generally have a good time at MTBO Camp 2017.

Milton Mayhem – Midlands MBO Score 

25 Apr

Sunday brought yet another gorgeous spring morning.

Day 4 – Easter 4 Slovenia 

25 Apr

The sun came back out for the last day of Easter 4.

Whitby Town 1-0 Hednesford Town 

23 Apr

Hednesford Town were unable to end their campaign on a positive note after falling to a narrow defeat against Whitby Town, thanks to a second half thunderbolt of a goal.

Wyrley on top of the World!! 

22 Apr

The Wyrley scarf has made it to Everest Base camp at 5,356 metres! Pictured below.16 year old Ellie Willis, who helps at our Boys Development Centre.

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Big Ideas Need Attention to Detail Too 

24 Apr

I spent a very useful couple of hours in Northfield Village in Stafford with Philip Atkins and Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council.

Learning a work: the recipe for success 

19 Apr

I hope that you have all enjoyed a relaxing break over Easter, even if it was only the long weekend.

The story of a Norton Canes ANZAC 

16 Apr

I take huge pride today in being able to post the following article by noted and very much respected war historian Andrew Thornton, who's done so much to record the life, times and service of som many servicemen, local and not so local.

Well, this really floats our boat! 

15 Apr

Yesterday, I pointed out that Brownhills was hosting the Historic Narrow Boat Club who have their Wyrley Cruise event on this weekend, and the tour will be spending a couple of days at Silver Street in Brownhills (15-16th April 2017) before moving to...

Historic canal boat tour comes to Brownhills this weekend 

14 Apr

The sharp eyed amongst you will have no doubt noticed that Brownhills has some rather special guests staying with us over Easter - the Historic Narrow Boat Club have their Wyrley Cruise event on now, and the tour has hit town! Continue reading...

The Care Brokerage Team, SMART working and creating the conditions for more and better jobs 

10 Apr

I spent a very useful and enjoyable hour with the Brokerage Team this week, learning more about how we commission care for the frail elderly.

Friends like these are friends indeed! 

8 Apr

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered and a host of other historical and community based projects is appealing for people to join her and other volunteers in the new Friends of Chasewater Group.

Get the Community Doodle bug! 

7 Apr

That there Lucy Wood from the Saxon Hill Craft Barn shop at Chasewater Innovation Centre has written to let me know that they're holding a free Community Doodle Workshop this Saturday, 8th April 2017 from 10am until 2pm, and all are welcome! Continue...

Working in a flexible organisation 

4 Apr

The office moves in Stafford have been running on rails – I’m very grateful to all involved for the effort and can-do attitude that everybody has displayed.

In the soup at Chasewater – this Saturday! 

24 Mar

Two events in one: Kate Cardigan Gomez from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered etc.

Backing Stoke-on-Trent‘s bid for City of Culture 2021 

24 Mar

I’ve often spoken about how Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have always been closely linked and are steeped in history with a proud and rich heritage going back many years.

Stationary travellers 

23 Mar

There is a good deal of concern at the moment in Brownhills West about a planning consultation currently being undertaken by Cannock Chase District Council, regarding many aspects of local development, but in this case about future provision for ...

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How to Boldly Add Colour to Your Wardrobe 

26 Apr

Let’s face it, black is always the new black.

Can you Guess the Flowers? 

26 Apr

There is nothing like the look and scent of fresh flowers in your home.

The Power Of Gifts In A Relationship 

26 Apr

Image Credit: Pixabay Gift giving is never done like a chore, it is something initiated from the heart.

Reviewed – Laurige Leather Travel Wallet From Pen Heaven 

25 Apr

With holiday season almost upon us, now is the time to get travel organised.

Introducing Celuu Clothing and a very special competition 

25 Apr

Born from 50 years’ experience of British design, we are a womenswear brand with a fresh approach to style.

The Perfect Use of Your Loft Space 

24 Apr

You’ve made the decision to convert your loft space into a room and have decided to go ahead with a loft conversion.

April 16th – At Chasewater, someone has designed and implemented… 

17 Apr

April 16th - At Chasewater, someone has designed and implemented a cunning Bob-trap, by planting the dam with my all time favourite flowers: Cowslips.

Top 5 Freakiest Coincidences of All Time 

16 Apr

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April 14th – Unexpectedly, I came upon a beautiful sight in… 

15 Apr

April 14th - Unexpectedly, I came upon a beautiful sight in Brownhills - over thirty moored narrowboats from the Historic Narrow Boat Club who’re on their Wyrley Wander tour and stopping here until Monday when they move on to Town Arm in Walsall.

Top 5 Weirdest Things That Fell From The Sky 

13 Apr

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Top 5 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True 

13 Apr

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Top 5 Cases of Spontaneous Human Combustion 

13 Apr

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Classic French Interiors style with Dandelion Interiors 

12 Apr

When it comes to interior style, my tastes definitely move towards vintage and classic looks.

Are Your Kids Safe Online? 

12 Apr

Online is where everyone’s at! We live in a world where information travels fast and we can get all that we want just with the click of a button.

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Riding school saddles up for growth after new funding deal 

9 Mar

A Staffordshire riding school is set for expansion after securing a new funding deal.

New Brexit study centre proposes radical transport solutions for the West Midlands 

26 Jan

Making the M6 Toll free to use, expanding superfast broadband, expanding the Midland Metro beyond existing proposals, bringing forward shelved railway investment and providing fast links from the Blac...

Power provider Aggreko set to turn up the heat on Winter Olympics 

4 Jan

PORTABLE power and air conditioning group, Aggreko has been awarded a major supply contract for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Wolverhampton pub creates 65 new jobs after £1m revamp 

22 Dec

A WOLVERHAMPTON pub has undergone a million pound plus investment, creating 65 new jobs in the process.

Wheels firm on a roll after new acquisition 

19 Dec

A STAFFORDSHIRE firm supplying wheels and tyres to the caravan, trailer and commercial markets has grown with the acquisition of a firm in Yorkshire.

Former Cannock colliery site ready for £21 million industrial development 

4 Dec

The Kingswood Lakeside scheme, set to created 425 jobs, is first to secure grant funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority...

Vitally needed warehousing pledged for Staffordshire business park after multi-million funding injection 

2 Dec

A £21.6m development along the corridor of the M6 Toll is the first project to receive backing from a new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) investment fund.

As route becomes political punchbag, M6 Toll prepares for major user landmark 

2 Dec

THE 200 millionth customer to use the M6 Toll could use the pay-to-drive motorway today.

Police investigate fire at Amazon warehouse 

14 Nov

STAFFORDSHIRE POLICE are investigating a fire that started in the early hours of Sunday morning at Amazon\'s warehouse in Rugeley.

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Latest Contract Register request 

25 Apr

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to sue on 25 April 2017 .

Latest Contract Register request 

25 Apr

Follow up sent to Cannock Chase District Council by sue on 25 April 2017 .

Latest Contract Register request 

25 Apr

Follow up sent to Cannock Chase District Council by sue on 25 April 2017 .

Latest Contract Register request 

24 Apr

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to sue on 24 April 2017 .

Vehicle Fleet 

24 Apr

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to Tony Brown on 24 April 2017 .

Latest Contract Register request 

24 Apr

Clarification sent to Cannock Chase District Council by sue on 24 April 2017 .

Latest Contract Register request 

21 Apr

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to sue on 21 April 2017 .

Latest Contract Register request 

21 Apr

Follow up sent to Cannock Chase District Council by sue on 21 April 2017 .

Latest Contract Register request 

21 Apr

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to sue on 21 April 2017 .

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Cannock firefighter speaks out about the impact of fatal incidents 

11 Apr

A Cannock firefighter has spoke of the traumatic impact attending a fire death can have on the crew and how the images they see will never leave them.

Rugeley fire station is officially opened 

11 Apr

Firefighters, public figures and residents celebrated the official opening of the new Rugeley Community Fire Station last night (Monday).

Sprinkler system minimises damage at Amazon 

14 Nov

Firefighters have praised Amazon for installing a potentially life-saving sprinkler system which helped to supress a blaze at its Rugeley site.

Brownies present crews with potentially life-saving O2 masks for pets 

26 Oct

Kind-hearted Brownies have presented firefighters in Cannock with specially designed oxygen masks to treat pets suffering smoke inhalation.

Latest update on Oak Farm fire 

21 Sep

Following the Tactical Assessment Meeting (TAM) this morning, the burning stack at Oak Farm in Slitting Mill will now be capped with soil as agreed by the multi-agency partnership.

Public meeting held with residents regarding Oak Farm fire 

21 Sep

A public meeting took place at Rugeley Fire Station last night to reassure residents about the fire at Oak Farm.

Air quality monitoring equipment to be deployed 

21 Sep

Cannock Chase Council’s Environmental Health Team are to deploy equipment to monitor the air quality in the immediate area of the fire at Oak Farm, Slitting Mill.

Update on the fire at Oak Farm, Slitting Mill 

19 Sep

Staffordshire Fire Rescue Service (SFRS) have engaged a national expert in waste fires to support the ongoing situation at Oak Tree Farm.

Fire at Oak Tree Farm Slitting Mill Rugeley 

15 Sep

Staffordshire Fire Rescue Service is endeavouring to deal with the ongoing situation at Oak Tree Farm in Slitting Mill, by constant monitoring in conjunction with the Environment Agency and working closely with Cannock Chase Council.

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