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“This week-long event is a great celebration of the town and its people” Many people in the Town know that I’m not a native of Stone and that, after 27 years of global wanderings in the RAF, Lin and I settled here in 1992. I appreciate that’s only 25 years ago but we’ve been able to compare Stone to many places in England and, indeed, in the world, which is why we’ve chosen to settle here. Yes, there are other towns with a splendid canal-side setting; there are other towns with a resonant Christian heritage (ours dating back to the days of St Chad); other towns have famous citizens (ours range from the Earl of St Vincent to Joe Clarke); other towns have also rediscovered their brewing heritage; have an array of specialist shops; can boast a lively community spirit – and so on. But I don’t know of a town of comparable size that has all these good things, and more. One of these ‘good things’ is, of course, the Stone Festival. This week-long event is a great celebration of the town and its people, and gives the town a splendid opportunity to invite the wider community – from the surrounding parishes and from further afield – to join us in the fun. Stone is a place that looks outward, not just to Staffordshire but to the UK and overseas too. It is a huge honour to be the current Town Mayor and it is an immense privilege and pleasure, along with Lin my Mayoress, to be able to represent the Town. We’re both looking forward with excitement to all the events that are described in this programme and we hope you’ll be enjoying them at least as much as we shall be.

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“In 2016, thanks to the support of the people in Stone and the surrounding area we were able to distribute £5,400 to 22 different groups – and given your support, we hope to do even better this year”

Chairman’s Message

Cllr Jim Davies Stone Town Mayor 2017 - 2018

In 2016 your support helped the following organisations in the Stone area - THANK YOU! 2352 (Stone) Sqn Air Training Corp - 5th Stone Scouts Age Concern, Stone & District - Alzheimers Drop In Club Animal Lifeline - Elverra Pony Rescue Midlands Air Ambulance Charity - Oak Tree Farm Rural Project Pirehill First School – Defibrillator Appeal RBL Poppy Appeal - Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes St Michael's Community Hall - Stafford and Stone Canoe Club STING - Staffordshire Therapeutic Independent Neurological Group Stone & District Stroke Club - Stone and Eccleshall Division Guides Stone Army Cadet Force - Stone Community First Responders Stone Community Hub - Stone in Bloom Stone Lions ( Prostate Screening) - Stone Scout & Guide Band

Front Cover / Thanks to Emma Joustra In a break with tradition, for the first time in ten years we do not have an Emma Joustra cover for our programme. Emma has supported the Festival since 2008 with her original interpretations of Stone and its festival. All of us connected with the Festival would like to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to Emma for her years of support, and to remind you that you can find out more about her

at This year’s cover is a collage of images from the 2016 Festival taken by long time Festival Photographer Martin Robinson, which were then given a ‘cartoon twist’ as a nod to Emma’s previous covers. And for next year, watch out for details of a competition we will be launching, to find a new young artist in Stone to produce the 2018 Programme Cover.

Regular updates are available at

Hello everybody and welcome back to Stone Festival. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make 2016 such a good year for the Festival, and all of us on the Festival Committee are looking forward to another great week this year. We promised last year to continue to grow the scope of the Festival while holding on to all the much loved traditional elements that have been taking place for so many years. I hope that we succeeded, and that we can continue to develop – but please let us know what you think so that we can give you the Festival that works best for everyone in and around Stone. So some things have fallen by the wayside – croquet came and went, the Spring Car Boot Sale was a very quiet affair! But some new ideas did take off – the Christmas Jazz Concert at Christ Church was so good that we have the same group (Fret and Fiddle) coming back in June and we have another Winter Concert planned for November 17th this year. And we are looking for a big turnout at an expanded Two Wheel Tuesday which now includes a family friendly Cyclo-Cross, the Bike Bus as well as a barbecue for everyone. The second running of the Soapbox Derby looks set to be a busy day – which is why we have moved it ahead of the main Festival Week and it’s now on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May – when we’ll again be taking over the High Street to see even more intrepid competitors battle for the trophies. Carnival Day this year will include many of the stalls and activities that went down so well last time, but it’s not too late to get even more – so if you are a local community based group who would like to be involved and have a (free!) stall of your own to promote what you do then please get in touch. We are even in discussion with a local Quidditch Club to come along – but we haven’t quite got that off the ground yet! And it’s not too late to enter the parade – if you are part of a group that wants to enter a float, walking group or an interesting car/bike/other vehicle/wheelbarrow formation dancing group then contact info@ We aim to raise ‘funds’ as well as ‘fun’. In 2016, thanks to the support of the people in Stone and the surrounding area we were able to distribute £5,400 to 22 different groups – and given your support, we hope to do even better this year. So - looking forward to seeing you and here’s to another great Festival!

Neil Gater

Chairman, Stone Festival Committee


Prestige Performance Academy

Soapbox Derby We are proud to announce, following the huge success of last year’s event, our second SoapBox Derby in Stone on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29, and again being run from the top of the High Street to the bottom with a real carnival atmosphere throughout the afternoon and evening. We have this year increased the opportunity to 50 teams of three individuals, each pitting themselves in a race of speed, dexterity, engineering capability, skill and, of course, the much heralded ability to make the judges and audience whoop with delight at their imaginative introduction prior to the ‘Off’. Having the quickest cart doesn’t guarantee the winner’s podium awaits you later in the evening! This year each team has two opportunities to race as we are having a Run 1 and a Run 2 with the combined times plus the scores from the initial introduction being added, together to find our winners in each category. There are four categories for entries – All Male, All Female, Junior (all under 18) and ‘The 150+’ (where

From 3pm, First Race at 4pm! the combined ages of the team are in excess of 150 years). Although the event starts at 4pm with the first team entrant, we have much more going on down the length of the High Street and the Market Square from 3pm. The results area and the podium will be located there and the plucky competitors will be displaying their soapboxes (or what might be left of them after the run!) for you all to see. Late night shopping and cafes and bars will make it a truly

Pig Race After the great success of last year’s Pig Race, our friends at Stone Lawn Tennis and Squash Club are again hosting a Pig Race Night. If you came last year then you’ll know what a good evening it was. If this is your first year then you are in for a real treat for all the family – young or old. The event takes place at Stone Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Newcastle Road, with doors open from 6.30pm and the first race at 7pm. Griffins Butchers of Stone will also be on hand with a Hog Roast, so you can make a real night of it. Tickets available from Home & Colour, Stone High Street, Fairway Service Station, Lichfield Road, Walton Stores, Eccleshall Road, or by sending an email to:

spectacular summer night’s entertainment and best of all, it’s FREE! Whether you are young or old, male or female, come and join in the wonder that is The Stone Festival Soapbox Derby. If you would like an entry form to participate, then simply email or phone Grahame on 01785 814582 or grahame@octavarium. as soon as possible in order to reserve your spot and commence building that speed machine dressed to thrill!

Prestige Performance Academy are delighted to be able to perform some of their work with the local community on Soap Box Derby Race Day, Monday, May 29. Performances will take place in the Market Square, Stone High Street. Prestige Performance Academy offer a variety of Performing Arts classes in Stone for tots, children and adults including Ballet, Disco, Drama, Tap, Musical Theatre, Street Dance and GCSE/BTEC Performing Arts courses. Students at the academy are given the opportunity to participate in workshops, learn exam specifications and syllabuses as well as taking part in shows and exam performances throughout the year.


Oulton Water Colour Society Oulton Village Hall from 10am Come along to the Exhibition of Watercolour paintings at Oulton Village Hall from 10am, and be impressed at the range and quality of the work produced by our local artists. Free admission and you will have the opportunity to purchase some top quality pieces of art.

Jack and the Real Deals Lymestone Brewery 7:30pm

From 6:30pm First Race at 7pm

We have had some great Music Acts at the Festival over the years, but this is our first Rockabilly Night, and it’ a cracker. As well as Jack and the Real Deals, we also have the Ten Bob Millionaires and DJ Ace High - so it's going to be a full night of Rockin at the Brewery! We are expecting J&TRDs to draw many of their regular supporters but if you haven’t seen Rockabilly before then this is a great opportunity for you to come along, get in the swing and start the Festival Week off in style. Tickets available from: Home & Colour, Stone High Street - Fairway Service Station, Lichfield Road - Walton Stores, Eccleshall Road

SUNDAY JUNE 4TH Car Boot Sale - starts at 9am Sunday’s first event is our traditional Car Boot Sale which is always very well attended by both sellers and purchasers. ‘Booters’ can come along from 8am (not before!) to set up for the bargain price of £5 per car. No trade sellers please. If you have not tried this before, please come along with your unwanted items to sell – you are more than welcome and it is a great opportunity for a declutter at home – as long as you don’t buy as well as sell! Open to the public from 9am so come along to spot a bargain before going on to watch the Raft Race, Westbridge 5 Race and the Dog Show.

Westbridge 5 Race - starts at 9.30am The annual five mile multi-terrain race starts from Westbridge Park on Sunday 4th at 9.30am and takes in the park, towpaths and lanes on a fast, flat course. This event is organised by Stone Master Marathoners – further details and entry form are available on their website Entries are limited to 250 and there are no entries on the day so get your application in early!

Junior Cricket Competition A full day of action where local junior teams will battle to become the Festival Champions and to take home the Stone Festival Shield. The competition will be hosted by Little Stoke Cricket Club on Sunday, June 4 from 10am, at their ground on Uttoxeter Road, Stone – so if you run a junior cricket team then send an email to to ensure you can book your place. If you are new to cricket and want to get involved then Little Stoke Cricket Club will also be with us on Carnival Day, Saturday, June 10, on Westbridge Park so come along then and see them.

Raft Race - starts 10am The traditional Raft Race on the River Trent, organised by the Rotary Club of Stone & District on behalf of Stone Festival, takes place on Sunday 4th. The entry fee is £5 per person maximum four per raft - entry form and full details can be found on the festival

website. All rafts have to be driven by human power – no mechanical pumps, jetfoils, hovercraft or outboard motors please! Watch the start at Darlaston Inn and/or go along to Westbridge Park to welcome the rafts in.


SUNDAY JUNE 4TH Dog Show - 10.30am Westbridge Park

Bowls Sub Final Following preliminary rounds through May, the final rounds of the well contested Stone Festival Annual Doubles Competition will take place on Sunday 4th and Sunday 11th June at Stonefield Park at 2pm. Why not go along and watch them balls fly or roll along the grass and enjoy a lovely afternoon of bowls. Or if you want to enter, see the festival website for an entry form, or contact Lynne Stones at

What a great way to start Festival Week with our four-legged friends. Our annual dog show goes from strength to strength and is a great day for all the family. We have classes suitable for everyone and you do not need to regularly show your dog, and it does not need to be pedigree. The show starts with the pedigree classes, and then we have lots of novelty classes such as ‘Best Biscuit Catcher’, ‘Waggiest Tail’ and ‘Dog most like its owner’. The audience is usually delighted by the effort put into best fancy dress dog and handler, and the fantastic themes that people come up with. Once again we will have stalls from some of

our rescue clubs and of course a cake stall to tempt you all. Not to leave out our other pets – we are running the popular Pet Photograph Competition in conjunction with the dog show, so all you budding photographers, why not start collecting some good photos of your beloved pets? We give back half the entry fees in prize money so the more entries we have, the bigger the prizes. We are fortunate to have some great space on Westbridge Park so parking is near to the show ring. Entry forms and full details can be found on the festival website.

Footgolf June 4th - 11th This year Stone Festival introduces its first Footgolf event, hosted by Norton Bridge Golf Club. What is footgolf? Footgolf is played on a golf course using a size 5 football. The object of the game is to get the ball into the hole using only your feet in the fewest number of shots possible. Footgolf is a very ‘addictive’ sport - it combines the best of football and golf, two of the most popular sports in the world. The beauty of the game lies in your being able to strategically combine skill and precision every time you play footgolf. And, of course, it is open to everyone. You can play footgolf at Norton Bridge Golf Club, Eccleshall Road, Stone, ST15 0NS. To book a tee time call 01785 761117 and quote ‘Stone Festival’ to get a discounted rate of £4.50 per person. Footgolf is available anytime from 4pm on any day during the festival period of Sunday 4th and Sunday 11th June. Come along, keep score and see how you compare with your friends and family. And pop into the bar afterwards to celebrate/commiserate as applicable! Contact Norton Bridge Golf Club on 01785 761117, email, visit the website at or see Facebook and Twitter.

MONDAY JUNE 5TH Steeplechase & Dog Derby

The annual Steeplechase and Dog Derby take place at Westbridge Park – the registration will be at 6.30pm with the Steeplechase starting at 7pm and the Dog Derby following at 7.30pm. For the Steeplechase there are six classes: Male Under 16, Male 16 - 40, Male Veterans over 40, Female Under 16, Female 16 - 40, Female Veterans over 40. For the Dog Derby there are four classes: Male under 16, Male 16 and over, Female

under 16, Female 16 and over. These are two fun events for humans, dogs and spectators alike. Both races follow the same course leaving Westbridge Park via the canal towpath into Stone and returning through Crown Meadows - a distance of about 1.5 miles and if conditions are suitable the course will include a short river crossing which for all those with cameras ready is one of the slapstick highlights of the festival.

TUESDAY JUNE 6TH Sponsored Dog Walk The annual Sponsored Dog Walk will follow the usual format, setting off from Westbridge Park at 6pm on a dog (and hopefully human) friendly route to raise funds for this year’s nominated animal charity. This year we are raising money to help Assistance Dogs UK which is a coalition of seven assistance dog charities. Over 7,000 disabled people in the UK rely on an assistance dog to help with practical tasks - offering emotional support and independence.

Two Wheel Tuesday Two Wheel Tuesday has grown into one of the highlights of the festival, with more activities being added every year. 2016 was our biggest event to date, with enthusiastic support from Stone & District Motorcycle Club and Stone Scooter Club. For 2017 we’d like to extend an invitation to any individual or group who is interested in motorbikes, scooters or cycling to join us on Westbridge Park in Stone on the evening of Tuesday, June 6, from 6.30pm onwards. New to this event this year is the running of a safe Round Westbridge Park cycling course – a great reason for all the family to get their bikes out and let Mum and Dad join the kids in a mini “cyclo cross” around the park. We will also have Staffordshire County Council’s Bike Bus with us for the evening, along with musical entertainment and food and drinks – non alcoholic only, given the number of people who will be riding home afterwards!

Angling Contest Stone Festival welcomes back the Angling Contest which unfortunately “got away” last year! Bibby’s Angling Club & Stone & District Angling Society have pooled their resources to put fishing back on the Stone Festival events list. On Tuesday, June 6, there will be the relaunch of the popular Stone Festival Fishing Open competition. This is open to everyone and will be fished on the Trent & Mersey canal at Westbridge Park courtesy of Stone & District Angling Society. The draw will be made at Scout Hut at 5.30pm. There will be a nominal charge of £1, with an optional pool of £3. There will be a Junior section for under 16s – all under 16s will receive a free membership to fish the canal on entry. For further information please contact Alex Dawson 07478 727640.


Stone Festival has been invited to join the SBC Health Walk led by members of Stone Ramblers. This will be a short local walk lasting between 60 to 90 mins. To take part, be at the Canoe Club car park by 10.45am on Tuesday, June 6, or for more information contact Pam Bradley 01785 811227. The Ramblers are already involved with the festival and will be having a stall on Westbridge Park where you can talk to them about their full range of activities, but in advance of that – why not come along and try a walk?


Cycling Sportive

Alongside Two Wheel Tuesday on June 6th, Stone Festival welcomes “Lymestone, Beech and then your pie" a mini-Sportive of 25 miles starting and finishing at the Lymestone Brewery on the same night. This will run (or is that cycle?) from 7:00pm to 9:00pm with participants rewarded with a locally made pie and a half of beer at the Brewery at the end. This event is being organised by RideStaffs and Lymestone Brewery and if you have been on any of their previous outings you will know that their riders are always well cared for. And if you’re fairly fit but haven’t tried a Sportive before then this would be a great introduction. With the event being much shorter than a weekend sportive, the organisers have a packed some tough climbs into the distance with the route taking in Oulton Heath, Moddershall and Rough Close in the first half then descending to Barlaston before climbing up to Beech, the high point of the route. The route will be signed on the day and riders entering will be able to download the route to GPS devices too. Riders thinking of entering should be certain they’re capable of riding at an average speed of 12-13mph over hilly terrain. Keep an eye on and their Facebook and Twitter pages for more details as they’re announced and to find out how to book up in advance (please note that you must pre-book, it won’t be possible to enter on the day). DID YOU KNOW? : A cyclosportive, or often simply sportive, is a short to long distance, organised, mass-participation cycling event. The Italian term Gran Fondo is commonly used for these events in the United States, Australia and some other English-speaking countries.

Stone Civic & Historical Society Walk The Society has been given permission to visit Coppice Mill again and so this year’s walk will start at the bottom of Church Street at 7.30pm. We will learn about the Town Mill, walk up Church Street to learn about the railway and continue up Redhill Road to learn about Bills/Weavers Mill. Then we will walk through the Coppice and see how the walk was diverted to feed the latter mill and then on to Coppice Mill to view the mill and the leat. We then return to Stone via the Longton Road learning about the shoe industry and the churches en route. Great value at just £2.

JUNE 7TH - 10TH Warwicks’ Funfair at Westbridge Park We can’t guarantee wing walking and rollercoasters - but we will have the fabulous Warwick’s Funfair from Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th June on Westbridge Park. With rides for all ages, the festival would not be complete without a visit, so come along and join in.

THURSDAY JUNE 8TH Lions Walking Treasure Hunt A Thursday night regular feature of the Festival - follow the route and clues to see Stone from a different perspective and to find the ‘treasure’. (Spoiler alert - no metal detectors or shovels please - it’s not real treasure!) Organised by Stone Lions on behalf of Stone Festival, the treasure hunt starts from the Crown & Anchor at 6pm and costs £2.50 for adults with accompanied children under 18 free.

Demonstration of Mediumship Crown Hotel at 7:30pm Stone Festival presents a special demonstration of mediumship with Kath and Mitch Shirley. Come along to an uplifting evening of evidential communication from loved ones. This event in 2016 was hugely popular and we look forward to another wonderful evening this year.

Tickets available from Home & Colour, Stone High Street, Fairway Service Station, Lichfield Road, Walton Stores, Eccleshall Road, or by sending an email to:

FRIDAY JUNE 9TH Festival Darts at Lymestone Brewery

The Stephane Grappelli Story - Fret & Fiddle

Lymestone Brewery hosts the inaugural Stone Festival Darts Challenge. Open to individual players of all ability (and none!). Battle to win the Festival Cup or – if you are unlucky and lose in the first round – go on to fight for the Festival Plate. All matches will be a single game of 501 played on the evening of Friday, June 9, at the Lymestone Brewery – with first round matches starting at 7.30pm Free to spectators, small entrance fee for competitors.

Award-winning musicians Fret & Fiddle present a musical journey of the legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli’s life. Join them at St Dominic’s School Hall at 7.30pm for a celebratory concert that embraces the spirit of this phenomenally talented musical hero who brought such

emotion, passion and joy to his audiences. Tickets cost £10 including refreshments, available from Home & Colour, Stone High Street, Fairway Service Station, Lichfield Road, Walton Stores, Eccleshall Road, or by sending an email to: ticketsales@

SATURDAY JUNE 10TH Carnival Day Come to Westbridge Park from noon or follow the parade down to our traditional carnival and enjoy everything from: • Hovercraft to Archery • Kid’s Rugby to Hypnotists • Rescue Ponies to Quidditch • The Smiley Train to Punch & Judy • Splat the Rat to Canoe Paddling on Land Wander round the stalls and attractions, visit the funfair, or just refresh yourself with food and drink or the beer tent, and listen to the music. Admission is £1 for children, £2 for adults or £5 for families.

Carnival Parade Stone Carnival Parade is the highlight of the Festival Week. It captures everything that is great about Stone, with many schools, charities and organisations taking hours of their time to make their float the best. The parade sets off from ABB at 1.30pm, arriving at Westbridge Park around 2pm. If you want to take part in the parade, please contact

SATURDAY JUNE 10TH Clay Pigeon Shoot

Staffordshire Simulated Game are pleased to announce that they will be holding a Clay Pigeon Shoot at Beech Cliffe Farm, ST4 8SF, from 9.30am onwards. The day will consist of three categories: Pre-booked four man Duck Flush Team Competition; Turn up and shoot Down The Line; Have A Go. This event is open to everyone, experienced shooters and novices. Please keep a look out on the Stone Festival website and the Staffordshire Simulated Game group on Facebook for more information on booking your place.

Battle of the Bands Stone Festival showcases local young talent in a Battle Of the Bands at St Dominic’s Priory School Hall on Saturday, June 10, from 7pm Groups of all styles and ages have been invited to compete, with prizes for the top two bands. First prize is an album recording (up to 12 songs) worth £300. Second prize is an EP recording (up to five songs). Both are kindly provided by Phoenix Music Studio, Stafford. Come along, support your favourites and bring Carnival Day to a musical crescendo! For regular updates, like ‘Battle of the Bands at Stone Festival 2017’ on Facebook. Tickets are available from Home & Colour, Stone High Street, Fairway Service Station, Lichfield Road, Walton Stores, Eccleshall Road, or by sending an email to: There is also an opportunity for voluntary experience in running this event or any other event throughout the Stone Festival. Anyone interested can email sophrogerson@ with a little bit of information about themselves and what role they would like. This is great experience for a CV or a look into the events industry. Tickets available from Home & Colour, Stone High Street, Fairway Service Station, Lichfield Road, Walton Stores, Eccleshall Road, or by sending an email to:



SUNDAY JUNE 11TH Family Fishing Day from 10.00am to 4:00pm

A family fishing day is being offered on Sunday, June 11, courtesy of Bibby’s Angling Club at The Willows Pools, Rough Close. The aim of the day is to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing. It does not matter what age you are or your experience and ability, fishing is for everyone and this day is intended to be an enjoyable fun day at a venue that is full of fish of varying sizes and species. Qualified fishing coaches will be on hand together with members of both angling clubs. There will be some tackle and bait available to newcomers; it is important that you book in advance by contacting Kim Jones or 07982 162816 after May 27. All children will receive a free fishing starter kit. Further information regarding waters can be found at

St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church Service 6.30pm

The traditional ‘End of Festival Week’ Service takes place at 6.30pm on Sunday, June 11. If you would like to choose a hymn to be included within the service – please let the Rector, the Reverend Ian Cardinal, have the information at Stone Rectory on 01785 812747, by no later than Monday, June 5th.


Bowls Final Stonefield Park at 2pm

Please join us for the final of the 2017 Stone Festival Bowls competition at Stonefield Park at 2pm. Come and enjoy the last day of Festival Week with an afternoon of intense bowls. Competitors are ÂŁ5 per pair with all proceeds going to charity. Spectators are welcome free of charge.

SUNDAY JUNE 11TH Festival Quiz 2017 The Festival Quiz is back but this year as the last event of 2017’s Stone Festival – what a way to end! Held again at Granvilles, starting at 7.30pm, we will be having a great night so just turn up and enjoy! Teams of up to six members can take part in the general knowledge quiz, with some great prizes. During the evening there will be a raffle and all the proceeds go to festival funds.

FRIDAY JUNE 16TH Lymestone Brewery Tour

This is a great way to sample the Lymestone beers, learn about brewing, check out the brewery and have a fun night out with friends. Each tour takes about two hours to complete, and starts with a beer from the bar. After a chat about the history of the building, the brewing industry and the ingredients, Brad will take you into the brewing room and show you how it all works. After another trip (or two) to the bar! Brad and Viv have invited us to join the Tour planned for Friday June 16th - with a generous donation from the £15 entry fee

going to Stone Festival to fund its good causes. The doors and bar open at 7pm with the tour starting at 7.30pm. The bar closes at 10pm. Food is also included in the cost of the tour - the famous Lymestone Beef and Ale Lobby (or you can have a veggie option, booked in advance) Tickets available from: Home & Colour, Stone High Street - Fairway Service Station, Lichfield Road - Walton Stores, Eccleshall Road or by sending an email to: ticketsales@

Stone Festival 2017 Motoring

New Motability offers on the updated Volkswagen Golf olkswagen’s best seller is enhanced across the range and Volkswagen’s updated Golf has joined the Motability scheme. Customers can now order Volkswagen’s top selling car and benefit from the variety of revisions that make the Golf more appealing than before. New styling cues include LED daytime running lights on all Golfs, and the re-profiled front and rear bumpers bring the design of the Golf Mk VII right up to date. The front wings are re-shaped and a range of vibrant new colours and wheel designs are available. Inside, a new generation of infotainment systems feature larger screens with a higher resolution. From the Golf SE upwards Volkswagen’s App-Connect system is included, which means smartphones can be easily synced to the car’s infotainment touchscreen. And continuing the ease-of-use theme, models with the optional Discover Navigation Pro infotainment system include Gesture Control, allowing certain menus to be navigated with a simple sweep of a hand. The updated Golf is spacious, too. The hatchback, in three - or five-door form, has


380 litres of luggage capacity, which increases to 1,270 litres with the rear seats folded down. The Golf Estate meanwhile has 605 litres with the rear seats upright, increasing to 1,620 litres with them folded. Drivers who opt for the widely praised 1.0-litre TSI 110 PS turbocharged petrol engine can choose a three- or five-door Golf in SE specification with no DLA Advanced Payment. A well-equipped car, the Golf SE includes the Composition Media infotainment system, which now has an eight-inch colour touchscreen along with a DAB digital radio, CD player, USB cable connection and Bluetooth telephone connection. In addition, the SE includes Adaptive Cruise Control, which is a radar-controlled system that monitors the distance to the car ahead and adjusts the vehicle speed accordingly. Traction control and Electronic Stability Control give the driver confidence on the road and the three-year/60,000-mile warranty further ensures peace of mind. The list of standard equipment on the Volkswagen Golf SE continues. Adaptive Cruise Control takes the strain out of motorway driving. Start/Stop technology, in which the engine shuts down when the car comes to a halt to help reduce fuel consumption, features on all engines. Meanwhile, the electronic parking brake is easy to operate and includes a hill hold function. Driving comfort is enhanced by the precise electric power-assisted steering and electrically adjustable door mirrors. The Golf is now available to customers who receive the following Motability allowances: • The Higher Rate Motability Allowance • The Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment • The War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement • The Armed Forces Independence Payment The revised Golf enhances Volkswagen’s strong line-up on the Motability scheme. The new Tiguan SUV was added at the start of this year, and joins the up!, Polo, Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Scirocco models as well as the Golf SV, Touran and Sharan people carriers.

The 5th generation Seat Ibiza is on the Move First sensations at the wheel of the new Ibiza ... ore spacious and greater stability, are the main benefits of the new SEAT Ibiza thanks to the Volkswagen Group's MQB A0 platform This dynamic, versatile car adapts to all kinds of roads and the interior features an 8 inch touchscreen “When you drive the new SEAT Ibiza it feels like you’re at the wheel of a high end model”. This is how SEAT Technical Centre engineer Thomas Schauer sums up his experience of driving this iconic model for the first time. Schauer reveals the keys to the increase in quality that can be found on the fifth generation Ibiza which “the driver can appreciate while at the wheel”. The fifth generation Ibiza is more robust and more spacious. In addition to being 87 millimetres wider, there is also 24 mm more headroom in the front seats as well as 35 mm more legroom in the rear seats. This is a dynamic car, and versatile at the same time - this is a vehicle that performs well driving in the city as well as on the open road. Around curves, for example, it adheres very well to the asphalt and has a great deal of stability. The fifth generation is equipped with a Compressed Natural Gas engine. In fact, SEAT is the first brand to offer CNG in this segment - these models reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 85% compared to diesel powered engines. It also boasts he largest boot of its segment: With a volume of 355 litres, which is 63 litres more than the previous generation and this is the first time that the Ibiza features an 8 inch integrated touchscreen. In addition, as pointes out by the engineer, it is also equipped with the latest technology in terms of connectivity. In the interior a further characteristic is the wireless charger with GSM signal amplifier. The new model features several driver assistance systems commonly found on the Leon or the Ateca, but not usually in this class, such as Front Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and ACC adaptive cruise control, among others.


And The Winners Were... Each year Stone Festival supports locally based or locally operating charities and community groups. In 2016, thanks to the support of the people in Stone and the surrounding area we have been able to distribute £5,400 to the 22 diffferent groups shown opposite - and there are also some pictures of the groups receiving their cheques at our AGM, that was held at the Crown & Anchor.

2352 (Stone) Sqn Air Training Corp 5th Stone Scouts Age Concern, Stone & District Alzheimers Drop In Club Animal Lifeline Elverra Pony Rescue Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Oak Tree Farm Rural Project Pirehill First School – Defibrillator Appeal RBL Poppy Appeal Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes St Michael's Community Hall Stafford and Stone Canoe Club STING - Staffordshire Therapeutic Independent Neurological Group Stone & District Stroke Club Stone and Eccleshall Division Guides Stone Army Cadet Force Stone Community First Responders Stone Community Hub Stone in Bloom Stone Lions – Prostate Screening Stone Scout & Guide Band

We’re all proud to be main sponsors of Stone Festival

Walton Stores & Walton Butchers Walton Stores was originally known as the “Bungalow Stores”. The business was originally purchased by Hilda and William Bendow together with their son Michael and his wife Irene in 1971. The business was run by Hilda and William until their son returned from living abroad in 1972. It was then run by them until they retired when the business was taken over by their son James. Eventually James sold the business to his sister Anne and she now runs the stores together with her husband Mark. And now, their youngest son Andrew has joined the business - making it four generations in the family. Andrew, meantimes, has grown his skills base and is also visiting the USA on a regular basis to see a friend whose family, funnily enough, is also involved in retailing! Whilst Andrew is now more or less running Walton Stores on a day to day basis, Walton Butchers is very much the domain of Ashley who

Anne and Mark have not only taken to their hearts, but have helped fuel his natural enthusiam with courses - both here in the UK and abroad - to the point that he and Andrew are making the perfect pair in both outlets. So Walton Stores has been a family business for 46 years, serving the residents of Walton and beyond - unless some readers know better, is this the record for longevity of a family business (still trading) in Stone? Mark’s first experience of Stone Festival was winning a pineapple on the Human Fruit Machine - little did he know one day he would be selling pineapples and now with Anne and the family, being a major sponsor for the Festival itself. Anne added ... “We, like so many other businesses are totally reliant on Stone and Walton customers - it’s a genuine pleasure to be able to help make the Festival the town’s opportunity to let its hair down.”

PURE CF - Contract Furniture... With Pride PURE CF is a Stone-based leading British manufacturer of high quality contract furniture for the hospitality and leisure industry. Executive Chairman and Owner, Paul Gill from Stone, joined the company as a young apprentice back in 1984 as the very first employee, he has since worked his way up through various jobs including loading the delivery vans to upholstering – you name it, he has done every job in the factory. In 2002, he made the brave decision to buy the company before it fell into administration and he’s never looked back. Now employing 121 staff at its factory on the Whitebridge Industrial Estate, the dedicated team of skilled craftsmen produce furniture to the highest standards for well-known chains which now include Holiday Inn, Bella Italia and Harvester as well as many local restaurants. Paul said: ‘’At Pure CF we bring designers’ visions to life to create inspiring, relaxing environments for top restaurants, bars and hotels. We also manufacture bespoke joinery and we’ve worked closely with

designers to make stand out custom pieces to an exacting specification’’. Most recently, they completed the manufacture and installation of furniture at Wagamama's new restaurant in New York, Paul says ‘“We are really proud that our furniture, made in Stone, has taken pride of place in Wagamama's Fifth Avenue restaurant. This latest venture strengthens a long-standing relationship with Wagamama, which sources the furniture for its restaurants exclusively from Pure CF." Paul added the relationship with Wagamama is going from 'strength-to-strength' – and confirmed the company will supply furniture for its next restaurant, in Italy. He added “Now we want to take the business forward and grow at the same rate we have been growing. It's a really exciting time." Over the next 12 months, the company is looking to take on around three additional employees every month. For more information visit our website at

The Stone & Eccleshall Gazette Ask most readers how long the Gazette’s been going and you’ll get anything from 50 to 20 years. In truth, the Gazette has been published in Stone for 14 years this month! There was a previous Stone & Eccleshall Gazette - which published for a year in the late 1980s - and it wasn’t until we started that the original users of the title got in touch - in the nicest possible way, to tell us we weren’t the first. Our original circulation figure was 6,500 - Stone Urban as it was known. Within months readers and advertisers asked us to take in the villages - as you’ll see listed on the Gazette’s front page and by 2005 we were printing and distributing 10,000 copies. Come 2006 - with the addition of Eccleshall and the new developments, that figure had crept up to 13,000 copies. It now stands at 14,000 copies printed, with just under 13,800 hand delivered. And by 2018, we expect that to rise to 14, 300 plus. The Stone & Eccleshall Gazette started as and remains a true family business (based for a brief period in Stafford) but now totally in Stone. Launched by the patriarch Paul Mitchell (who had launched over 30 publications in a period reaching back to the early 1970s - there’s only three extant - a sad reflection of how our industry has fared) and is now under the aegis of Paul’s son Dan and his wife, with Paul now playing a back room role. Paul’s wife Carol, who has had over 40 years in business administration, is keeping her firm grip on the financial rudder. So what you see is what you get, a genuine Stone based family business who are committed to Stone and Eccleshall - we’ve backed Stone Festival (since we were invited) for 10 years and hope to help Stone through what appears to be a difficult period ahead. We can only survive if Stone thrives - please help us make this happen. Shop in Stone & Eccleshall and enjoy Stone Festival.

STONE FESTIVAL SUNDAY JUNE 4TH - 11TH 2017 Please support all businesses displaying this sticker - they have helped Stone Festival to succeed with their kind sponsorship. We deserve their support - and they deserve yours! The Gazette would like to take this opportunity to recognise the contribution of Martin Robinson whose photography always captures the vibrancy and fun of Festival Week.

A big thank you to all of our sponsors - we could not run the Festival without your help and support. MAIN SPONSORS FOR 2017 • Stone & Eccleshall Gazette • Walton Stores • Pure CF EVENT SPONSORS FOR 2017 Soapbox • Bri-Stor Systems • Alpha Manufacturing Two Wheel Tuesday • Shires Vets

Well over 100 Businesses, Groups and Individuals sponsor Stone Festival either financially or by giving us facilities, goods or services, or indeed by supporting this Festival Programme with an advertisement. The list below shows the businesses displaying a sticker, and will be updated as it grows between now and the Festival, but if we have missed anyone out, we apologise unreservedly. 3B Barbers ABB AEDDonate Alison O’Mara All Seasons An Apple a Day Juice Bar Arcadia Autocare Bassetts Transport Belvoir Letting Betfred Bike Shack Birchill and Watson Canal Cruising Company Christ Church, Stone CJ’s Costa Coffee Crown of India Dans Motorbikes Dave Fox Cars Dezign Room Hairdressers Evangeline’s Fairway Service Station Fleur Tea Rooms Francesco Fred Watson & Sons George William Motors

Greyhound Inn Griffins of Stone GUST Swim School Hill & Swift Home and Colour Jeffries Group Jolu Ladbrokes Lymestone Brewery Malibu Hot Tubs Mayfair Cleaners Meaford & Whitebridge Nursery Mountfords Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe Norton Bridge Golf Club Oatcakes and Milkshakes Pattens Peter Bowers Pet Pleasures Phoenix Plants the Jewellers Printdesigns Priory Fish Bar RA Knight & Co Really Good Card Shop Regent Travel

Set in Stone Shabby Chic Simon David Hairdresser Simply Petals SL Servicing Something Different St Michael's Community Hall Stone Baked Cafe Stone Car & Truck Centre Stone Carpets Stone Pharmacy Stone Radio Stone Tennis Club Stone Tyre Repairs Stone Van Hire The Flower Room The Lock Keepers Hair Salon The Lounge The Star The Stone & Eccleshall Gazette Thoughts Tim Toft Violins Tinsley Garner Warburtons Whitebridge Estates Whitebridge Tiles Zeta Fashions

Also special thanks to our Website/Domain sponsor Pure IT. Will and Emma have sponsored our domain for many years and now the website. For more info contact The Stone Festival Committee would like to express their sincere thanks to the businesses, organisations and individuals who have contributed to the success of this year’s Festival. If we have missed anyone out, we apologise unreservedly.

There may well be sponsors who come on board after this programme is printed - you’ll see them display the sticker, shown above top left of the page, as an indication of their commitment. The Official Stone Festival Programme has been produced in Stone by The Stone & Eccleshall Gazette © The Stone Gazette Limited 2017 Please Note - all programme details correct as of April 28th 2017. Events may be cancelled or new events added.

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