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Alton Towers Fireworks Event Traffic

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order for 5th, 6th and 7th November 2021

Notice: Click here for pdf

TTRO Plan details: Click here for One.network link with map

Denstone Art Group Restarts

The Denstone Art Group is running its Art sessions again from September 7th for 12 weeks. It will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. The aim of the group is to promote an environment where people can share, create and explore thoughts and ideas in a friendly, informal manner. An experienced Art teacher will be on hand to give advice if needed. The total price to attend the sessions for 12 weeks is £30. Please contact 07388025075 if you are interested.

Still one or two places left if anyone would like to join in!

No Garden Waste Collection 23rd – 27th August

The national shortage of qualified HGV drivers is continuing to create problems in many sectors, including the waste industry. The Council has been reallocating resources to help maintain services but, unfortunately, the on-going pressures will lead to a suspension in garden waste collections from Monday 23rd August through to Friday 27th August.

Read more here

Community Foundation For Staffordshire

Jeremy Lefroy and Jeremy Pert are walking the 92-mile route of the Staffordshire Way across the summer of 2021 to raise funds for the Stafford Together Fund. This is a place-based community fund that supports charities, community and voluntary groups in the borough of Stafford, who are working on a grassroots level to support disadvantaged people in their local area.

Please find out more and support this here. (opens in new tab)

The European Social Fund

European Social Fund (ESF) Community Grants are financed through the European Union and are designed to develop the capacity of the community and to meet local needs. Part of this strategy is to help people increase their chances of finding work. Applications are open to organisations based or working within the county of Staffordshire. Full criteria can be found at this link along with a breakdown of the grants application process, which must be read and fully understood before making your application.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available.

Parish Council Meeting Dates

From now on, the council will normally meet monthly on the first Thursday of every month at 7.00pm in the main room of the Village Hall.

Staffordshire 2021 Community Fund

Each county councillor has up to £2,500 to allocate for:

• Projects to get Staffordshire’s voluntary and community sector back to thriving, including initiatives that will help groups to develop or restart their own fundraising

• Projects to help paused community activities get going again in a safe way


• Projects looking to build on the community energy of the past year and keep it going, e.g. by transitioning new community networks into more formal community groups or Good Neighbour schemes


To find out more and apply, visit this link (opens in new tab)


Let’s Beat Loneliness Together

Loneliness can affect anyone at any point in their lives and can have an impact on our health, wellbeing, productivity and self-esteem. In a recent survey 35% of Staffordshire residents reported that loneliness and isolation was a concern to them and 80% were worried about not seeing family and friends – due to the impact of Coronavirus.

To see more, visit this link at Staffordshire.gov.uk (opens in new tab):


New, Accessible Website

As you see, we have a new website! This should be easier to use on small tablet and phone screens and should also be easier for people with limited vision or other disabilities. Please tell us if you find any problems that we should know about! There’s a lot still to do, and we’ll be developing and changing it, so if there’s anything you’d like to see added, please let us know.


Introducing ‘Happy at Home’

A brand new campaign from Staffordshire County Council, designed to help our residents across the county lead healthier, independent and happier lives and to support them to be able to live well at home for longer.

From today (Monday 16th November) a new interactive online tool has launched as part of a countywide campaign to raise awareness about the massive range of simple and low-cost assistive technology equipment available to people who may be struggling with everyday tasks around the home.

The interactive ‘Happy at Home’ house allows users to visually identify rooms and locations around the home where they may need some help with day to day tasks, and then be presented with a range of ideas and solutions that they can then easily compare and acquire.

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Community Foundation – Surviving Winter

Surviving Winter is a campaign run by several community foundations across the UK to combat Holiday Hunger and fuel poverty. The programme raises money to help children and older vulnerable people to stay warm and well over winter. With the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns affecting our communities there is more need for it this year than ever. For the first time Surviving Winter will also be available to communities across Shropshire, and Telford & the Wrekin.

We need your support to help those who are most at risk this winter.

Click here for more information about the grants and to find out how to apply. (this link opens in a new tab.)


Stafford Borough Sports Grants

The Stafford Borough Sports Grants scheme allocates funds to talented sports performers, local sports clubs and local sports coaches. They have three different pots available for people to apply to, depending on their requirements. This fund will award grants to organisations who provide facilities or services for people in the geographical area covered by Stafford Borough Council.

Click here for more information about the grants and to find out how to apply. (this link opens in a new tab.)


Co-op Community Foundation Grants

Grants are available to organisations across Staffordshire & Shropshire who are supporting people facing food poverty.

The Co-operative have launched their new Co-op Food Fund initiative to help support people across the UK who may be facing food poverty. Grants are now available to Community Organisations who are helping local communities with food distribution wherever it is needed.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available. This is restricted funding that can only go towards sustainable food poverty programmes which tackle Co-op’s funding priorities.

Click here for more information about the grants and to find out how to apply. (this link opens in a new tab.)


An update on the restarting of NHS dental services in the Midlands

Almost all dental practices are now open to provide face to face care and 90% are able also to offer aerosol-generating (AGP) procedures (anything involving the use of powered instruments like drills or scalers). There are also currently 93 Urgent Dental Care Centres across the Midlands providing urgent care for those patients who do not have access to a regular dentist or whose dentist is not yet offering the full range of services.

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New Volunteering Roles in Staffordshire

Volunteering in Staffordshire has never been so easy!

Do It – Staffordshire enables you to sign up to be a Staffordshire Volunteer and find local volunteering roles that match your interests. (Links open in a new tab.)

Here are some volunteer roles you could register your interest in today:

  • Local Litter Picker- Join a small group of volunteers for organised litter picks to help keep your local area clean.
  • ICT Buddy – Help improve peoples computer skills so they have the skills they need to get ready for employment.
  • Reading Helper – Work on a 1-1 basis with children. Talking, reading and playing games to improve their confidence and self esteem.
  • Volunteer Mentor – This role is for anyone who would like to support children and young people at a difficult point in their lives, to offer support, advice and guidance.

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