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Dam freeloaders? 

19 Jan 18

It seems all is not rosy between Staffordshire County Council, owners of Chasewater, and the Canal and River Trust, the people who actually use the water it supplies to top up the canal network in Birmingham and the Black Country.


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Highlighting the difference fostering can make 

12 Jan 18

Finding loving homes for our children in care is something that is close to my heart and I hope yours, and remains a priority for the county council.


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Remembering those who lost their lives at the Minnie Pit Disaster 100 years on 

11 Jan 18

On Friday we will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Minnie Pit mining disaster at Halmerend in Newcastle.


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The importance of cyber security 

8 Jan 18

In the coming weeks, all staff will be required to do some mandatory cyber security training.


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Future plans building on past successes 

3 Jan 18

Look around Staffordshire today and you’ll see new business premises and enterprise parks occupied by global companies, inventors, entrepreneurs and local creative companies.


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Happy New Year 

2 Jan 18

Firstly, I would like to wish you, your families and friends a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year in 2018.


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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 31st December 2017 

31 Dec 17

EVENTS Nothing this week but we are starting off the New Year with ‘Rogers New Year’s Party’ on Thursday 11th January beginning at 10.00am.


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Frozen in time 

31 Dec 17

I’m pleased and delighted to have been contacted once more by top local photographer and friend of the blog Peter Booth, who this time has sent me some images of Chasewater – some taken from the ‘lighthouse’ structure on the old pier in what I …


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Living next door to the Grove – what do you know? 

21 Dec 17

Last year I featured a very popular set of images from a place I genuinely didn’t realise still existed: The Grove Colliery, the remnants of which – the house and offices situated just off Lime Lane, between Pelsall, Brownhills, Norton and Great …


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Staffordshire’s War, a window into the home front in Staffordshire 

20 Dec 17

A number of years ago our Archives Service rediscovered some very interesting WWI Military Appeal Tribunal Papers  which should have been destroyed after the war but weren’t.


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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas 

18 Dec 17

It almost feels too early to be wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, but Christmas Day is only a week away.


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Setting out our budget 

14 Dec 17

This week we set out our budget plans for the next five years which will see a record spending of £310 million on care for the elderly, more support for children in care and further work to grow our economy.


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Gritting crews working round the clock 

11 Dec 17

Having been working round the clock since Friday to tackle sub-zero temperatures and snow, our gritting crews are continuing their work to keep the roads clear.


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Senior Managers’ Conference, and a thanks to our highways teams 

11 Dec 17

We had our Senior Managers’ Conference last week.


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Creature feature 

8 Dec 17

Here’s one to check out if you’re up at Chasewater in the week, or maybe this Sunday at the Christmas Fair – a great looking exhibition by local Artist Lesley ‘Will’ Littleton, which runs at the Innovation Centre until December 21st 2017, open from …


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2017 Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade at Chasewater this Sunday! 

7 Dec 17

There’s a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday (10th December 2017) –  there’s the Annual Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre.


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The Digital Revolution 

4 Dec 17

We seem to be making real progress on the Smart Staffordshire work, in which the county council is working with our universities, businesses and the Staffordshire public sector.


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Any road up? 

4 Dec 17

I’ve been busy with real-world work most of this weekend, so apologies for the reduced power in transmission, but here’s the first of two interesting articles I’ve had in from Ian James, both regarding the history and physical geography of Chasewater.


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Reggie Bear needs your help! 

30 Nov 17

Christmas is usually a special time for families and something that children very much look forward to.


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On the shore 

29 Nov 17

While I’m busy, a couple of great postcard images reach me from Dean Rogers in the Norton Canes History Group – these are of Norton Pool around 1910 and seem to have been taken at the same time.


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The Budget and what it means for Staffordshire 

29 Nov 17

Last week we had the Chancellor’s Budget with Pledges to invest more in the NHS this winter, a drive to increase house building and extra investment in education and skills, Alongside this was increases in personal tax allowances for people, and …


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The Woodmen fell Coppice residents 

20 Nov 17

On Saturday afternoon, Walsall Wood FC took the short stroll up the road to Five Ways at Heath Hayes to comfortably beat Heath Hayes, continuing the Woodmen’s somewhat astonishing performance so far this season.


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Walsall Wood away to Heath Hays at the Coppice this afternoon! 

18 Nov 17

Come and watch stellar Walsall Wood play at Heath Hayes this afternoon! Continue reading…


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Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses celebrated at awards 

17 Nov 17

Tourism plays a vital role in our overall economy and on Wednesday over 40 of our top tourism businesses gathered for the 2017 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.


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Pictures and video from Brownhills and Heath Hayes 2017 Remembrance events 

16 Nov 17

Last weekend, Saturday and Sunday 11-12th November 2017 saw the annual Remembrance weekend in the UK and I’m pleased to say Walsall Borough and South Staffordshire did themselves proud and staged a whole range of parades and events that were well …