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Stafford Directory



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We are branching out! Here at Devils Haircut we are branching out! As well as our normal range of services, we are very pleased to now offer a range of anti-wrinkle treatments in conjunction with Assured Aesthetics. Using NHS trained doctors, Assured Aesthetics will use their extensive knowledge and experience to smooth away wrinkle, laughter lines, frown lines and more! They provide discreet and subtle treatments, using anti-wrinkle injections and fillers to smooth out existing lines and help prevent the appearance of new ones. Using only surgically trained doctors, they pride themselves on quality and attention to detail, never recommending a treatment if it is not needed and Ladies Cut & Blow Dry £25

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never giving false hopes or expectations. It is their high standards and honesty that set them apart from others on the market, providing a high level of care and client satisfaction. We will be offering these service twice each month in the quality, comfortable environment our clients have come to expect, so book now to avoid disappointment! Consultations are free. For all other pricing and information you can call in to the salon or visit Devils Haircut will of course continue to provide our usual high standard of hairdressing services and look forward to seeing clients both old and new over the coming months. Thank you for the continued support! Senior Citizen Wednesdays

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Managing Director Adam Cunningham says “We aim to offer the local communities an affordable solution for their computing requirements. We are continuing to invest in our technologies & supply chain, to offer the best quality service & products for the best prices”. o Area’s we service: Stafford, Brocton, Penkridge, Gnosall, Stone, Eccleshall & Hixon.

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Hello Readers, Welcome to the March edition of The Stafford Directory. We hope you enjoyed our February edition and took advantage of some of the great offers that were available in the local area last month. A big thank you to those who have sent us lots of local stories this month. As always, we love to hear what has been happening within the local area and will always to our best to share news with readers. If you have a local story or event that you would like to include in our April edition, get in touch via the contact details listed below before the 15th March. We would love to hear from you! Don’t miss out on the ‘Man vs Pancake’ event being held at La Creperie, Stafford on Tuesday 4th March in aid of the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. For more information on this event see page 10.

Contents Devils Haircut are branching out!


Computer Ward Stafford


Dixon & Co


Stafford Grammar School


Donna Louise Children’s Hospice fundraiser’s give thanks


La Creperie presents Man vs Pancake!


MAG Group Home Services


Bowman Antiques Fair at Stafford Bingley Hall


Spencer the Jeweller celebrate their 10th anniversary


Direct Specs: A quick guide to tinted lenses


Stafford BHF store ramped up the red to fight heart disease


Puzzle Page


Awesome Handyman Services


What’s On this month


Blessed William Howard competition winner makes virtual profit


Recipe of the month


Stafford and Stone school sport Partnership futsal competition


To find out what other events are taking place locally this month, see our What’s On section on pages 26 and 27.

Red Box: The Web Page


Charity cycle in aid of the Pilgrim Bandits


Useful numbers


Have a great month!

Puzzle solutions


Index of Advertisers


Advertising enquiries

Lisa Cuthbert - Sales Manager Tel: 01785 318704 Email:

Editorial enquiries

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The Stafford Directory welcomes contributions from local voluntary groups, charities and sports teams. So if you have news of an event, or other information that you want to share, we’ll help spread the word by promoting the great work that you do. To find out more about our FREE support to good causes then call us now on 01785 318704 or email us at We gratefully acknowledge the support of businesses whose adverts appear in The Stafford Directory magazine, and whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibilty for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of an advert. All artwork is accepted on strict condition that permission has been given for use in this publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. Any reproduction of any material is forbidden without the written consent of the publishers. The publishers cannot accept responsibilty for views expressed by contributors, or the accuracy of claims made by advertisers. Don’t forget to recycle this magazine! The Stafford Directory | 01785 318704

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Stafford Grammar School Our students excel at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, each year achieving more Silver and Gold Awards than all the other schools in the area.

Stafford Grammar School offers an exceptional education with an outstanding level of pastoral care, providing the encouragement and support necessary to enable every individual to fulfil his or her potential. We believe that everyone can be successful. Our ethos of traditional values aims to teach our pupils the value of hard work and discipline whilst providing a happy environment for all. The School has built a formidable academic reputation and is now an established centre of excellence at all levels including admission to top universities. In summer 2013, 56% of GCSE results were A*/A; 67% of A level results were A*/B grades.

We have a flourishing concert band, big band, choirs, instrumental groups and orchestra. Music concerts are held regularly at school and at various local venues including a recent performance at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. This summer our concert band will be touring in Spain following very successful tours in France and Italy. Our aim is to give our pupils an exciting and challenging education which will give them an enthusiasm for learning and prepare them for further education and employment in the best possible way. Parents and pupils are welcome to visit Stafford Grammar School by prior appointment on any school day. Visit our website, or call 01785 249752.

Academic excellence is not our sole aim: our students excel in sport, music, drama and all other extra-curricular activities. A wide variety of sports is taught at Stafford Grammar School. Pupils play matches against both local maintained schools and schools in the independent sector. 8

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Donna Louise Children’s Hospice fundraisers give thanks! Our recent fundraising event which was held at the Polish Club in Stafford in aid of Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. Thanks goes to Clive Barks & friends and the North Staffs choir who gave a very professional concert and donated their services free of charge. There was a delicious buffet which was supplied and prepared by volunteers from the Stafford Friends Group of Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. A thank you to all the volunteers that helped behind the scenes to make this event such a success. Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy and his wife Dr Janet Lefroy came along to support the evening. A total of £1800 was made on the night from ticket sales and a raffl e. Our next fundraising event will be a raffle. Cosmopolitan evening on the 4th July.

Shrove Tuesday 4TH March 2014 6pm – 8pm Customers are being challenged to see who can eat the most pancakes in 30 minutes to raise cash for the Donna Louise Children's Hospice. There will be three categories: a junior section for those aged 12 and under, senior for 13 to 17 year olds and an adults section for those aged 18 and over. Each contestant will be required to pay an entry fee which will be donated to the children's charity. They will then face a race against time.

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Bowman Antiques Fair at Stafford Bingley Hall Part of the wide appeal of the Stafford Bingley Hall Antiques Fair is the massive number and variety of items for sale provided by dealers from across the UK.

Bowman Antiques Fairs celebrated 40 years of organising antiques fairs last year. Their very popular fair at Stafford started in 1978 in the Bingley Hall at a time when there were very few Antiques fairs and almost all were limited in size. Even today, the Bingley Hall, which is almost the size of three football pitches would be a challenge for any antiques fair organiser to take on. In the 1970s when fairs were few it was a brave decision to start a fair there. Bowman Antiques Fairs was started by Elizabeth Bowman who was originally a dealer. She grew up in the Potteries and acquired a love of ceramics through family connections with the factories of Stoke on Trent. Elizabeth was already organising fairs across the north of England, when it was suggested she try a venue in Staffordshire. On a visit to Staffordshire, Elizabeth and her husband Peter drove past the Staffordshire County Showground and noticed the Bingley Hall. That first event in October 1978 was well supported by visitors and dealers and Bowman Antiques Fairs have been running successful popular events at the Bingley Hall ever since. 12

Stands vary from those selling precious jewellery and other expensive items from cabinets and room set stands displaying furniture and pictures to displays of interesting and affordable items from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Stafford Bingley Hall Fairs are 6 times a year with the best selection of antiques, vintage, curios, retro and collectables in the West Midlands. The next event is on Friday, Saturday, Sunday 7th/8th/9th March. Opening times 10am-5pm each day.



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Spencer Celebrate their 10th Anniversary The Jeweller

customers over the years by designing and making their dream pieces a reality: Customers usually bring along ideas, sketches and images to help us create a unique piece. David has created everything from lavishly flamboyant styles to simple, classic designs. “We can help customers design a piece of jewellery which is perfect for them in any precious metal and source any stone of their choosing. Equally we can transform vintage jewellery into more wearable, modern styles, so that family pieces can be given a new lease-of-life.”

It’s no surprise that Spencer The Jeweller is celebrating its tenth year in business in Eccleshall this April. The family-run business offers a refreshing alternative to the usual names by providing a specialist service in bespoke jewellery design. With every individual piece created on-site by skilled jewellers, customers can be assured of both supreme quality and unique rarity when it comes to every request. With 17 years of experience working at Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, owner David Spencer was keen to set his store apart from the competition: “I started the business back in 2004, with my wife Angela. Our intention was to bring a piece of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter to Eccleshall” “I was determined that my customers would receive excellent service and I wanted to ensure that bespoke jewellery was available to everyone, regardless of their budget.”

Everything is made and attended to in-house, whether it be for repairs, sizing or maintenance. And there is also plenty to browse in store, including a range of watches from leading brands - Citizen and Rotary - as well as a vast choice of engagement and dress rings, bracelets and necklaces - all of which are predominantly British-made. There’s also a large selection of pearls and a collection of Hot Diamonds Jewellery. Thanks to a small and personable environment, exceptional customer service is guaranteed: “There’s always a jeweller on-site, so no matter what time you call in you can be assured you’ll get the service and advice you need.” Special offers and discounts will be running in-store as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations.

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Through A Glass Darkly A Quick Guide To Tinted Lenses Everyone knows (or should know!) that not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone while driving is against the law, but how about driving when wearing certain spectacles lenses? Fortunately, like all of the regulations that govern a driver’s eyesight, the law is based on common sense principles intended to minimise the risk of accidents. So, driving in anything other than lightly-tinted lenses at night is illegal and driving in extremely dark tinted lenses is prohibited at any time. That doesn’t mean you need to abandon your sunglasses, as most ordinary types have an absorption factor of around 75% (or 25% transmission) and this rule only applies to tints of 92% or more. The other restriction on lenses applies to the lens ‘type’ – i.e. whether they actually have a distance vision component. If you drive in your reading glasses you are asking for trouble and probably invalidating your insurance! There are a few reasons for tinting spectacle lenses: • As a cosmetic enhancement for personal preference or clinical requirement. • To assist in cases of ‘photophobia’ (light-sensitivity) caused by injury, eye infection or an operation. • To provide more comfortable vision in bright conditions. • For specific sports or occupations.

ideal. These days almost all lenses are made in plastic, which can be dyed to the colour and depth of your choice. Sunglasses are usually supplied with neutral grey, brown or green lenses to avoid colour-distortion and, whether off-the-shelf or made to prescription, are legally required to block 100% of ultraviolet radiation (UV-A and UV-B). Photochromic lenses, those that darken in sunlight, have been around since the 1960’s when Pilkington’s ‘Reactolite’ brand came to the market. As with ordinary tints, today’s photochromics are almost exclusively plastic rather than glass, are available in grey or brown and will change from almost clear indoors to about 80% tint in full sun. Polarised lenses are useful where reflected light is ‘scattered’, such as from the surface of water or on snow. In these conditions it can be extremely difficult to see clearly and a polarizing lens will filter out some of the ‘scatter’. They are of most benefit to skiers, watersports enthusiasts and anglers. They can be made in prescription form but are more expensive than most types of tinted lens as the polarizing sheet has to be laminated between two clear prescription layers. For free, no obligation advise about any type of tinted lens, pop in to your local Direct Specs or give us a call.

Cosmetic tints tend to be around 10% - 20% absorption and can be applied in almost any colour. When glass lenses were prevalent, the tint had to be added when the glass was made or applied as a coating afterwards, neither of which were 16

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Stafford BHF Furniture & Electrical Store ramped up the red to fight heart disease BHF Area Manager, Julie Currie, said, “It was great to see the whole team joining in Ramp up the Red. Everyone got involved and we all had a great time taking part in BHF’s flagship fundraising campaign.”

Stafford British Heart Foundation (BHF) Furniture & Electrical store supported the annual Ramp up the Red campaign on 7th February by ramping up the red. The team from the Stafford BHF Furniture & Electrical store dressed up in red and ran some great offers in-store. They also partnered with Asda by setting up a stand in-store to raise awareness of the BHF and Ramp up the Red, raising a total of £472.

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and is responsible for almost 74,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 200 people each day. There are currently 2.3 million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease. The store is always in need of more stock donations and residents can help by having a clear out and donating any unwanted household goods such as sofas, beds, dining tables, wardrobes and TVs. 100% of the profits raised from donations will go into the fight against heart disease and fund the BHF’s life-saving research. The Stafford BHF Furniture & Electrical store is located at 12 Princes Street, Stafford, ST16 2BN. To book a free collection for your unwanted things please call 0844 848 9618 or visit For more information about Ramp up the Red or to donate please visit

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What’s On Mondays Boys Street Dance Classes Every Monday at Dunston Village Hall Ages 7-10, 4.45pm-5.15pm. £3.50.Ages 11+, 5.15pm-6pm. £4 each. Various styles covered such as Hip Hop, Street Dance and Break Dance. Teachers are UKA GTPD qualified and fully CRB checked & first aid trained. For more info call Katy on 07584 030520.

Tuesdays Dene Dance School’s Ladies Street Dance Classes Every Tuesday, 6.15pm-7.00pm at Dunston Village Hall Go back to basics and learn one of the most popular styles of dance. Have fun with your friends whilst getting fit. New members welcome. £4 each. Contact Katy for more information on 07584 030 520. Baby Massage Drop In Course Tuesdays, 9.30am-10.30am/10.45am-11.45am at Holmcroft North End Community Centre, Stafford A session of baby massage & multi sensory experience. £2 per child, fee payable per session. No need to book just drop into any session. Little Stars Stay & Play Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm at Holmcroft North End Community Centre Lots of stories, ryhmes & singing activites. After seeing your health visitor why not stay and join in the fun. Clinic starts at 1.30pm Peter’s Pals Toddler Group Tuesdays 10am-12pm at Stafford Sports College, Rising Brook For more info please call 01785 240 641.

Thursdays Pilates Class with Mel Thursdays, 10am-11am at Walton Village Hall. Pilates class to improve core stability, flexibility and relieve aches/pains. A workout for the mind & body that incorporates relaxation and meditation techniques. For more info contact Mel: 07968 755609. Please bring your own mat. £4.00 per class. 16 & under £2.00. Stafford Folk Dance Club Thursday evenings, 8pm-10.15pm at Walton Village Hall, Stafford. We are a friendly club & always welcome new people. Classes are run throughout July however are not on during August. Come along! For further information call 01785 661076. Peter’s Pals Toddler Group Tuesdays 1pm-3pm at Stafford Sports College, Rising Brook. For more info please call 01785 240 641.


Yoga Classes Tuesdays 6:30pm-8pm at Arthur Findley Centre (96a Stone Rad, Stafford). For more information contact Brian Horne on 07891191481 or on facebooke,

Snack and Chat Friday mornings, 10am-11.30am at Holmcroft North End Community Centre, Stafford Mums, Dads, Nans, Grandads and carers welcome! Come along & play, there is always an exciting range of activities for children 0-7 years. Free refreshments.

Stafford Town WI First Tuesday of the month 1:45pm at Evangelical Church, Church Lane, Stafford. We are a very friendly group, with interesting speakers and share enjoyable and sociable afternoons, so come and join us. For more information please phone Barbara Williams 01785 749745.

Pilates & Yoga Class with Mel Fridays, 6pm-7pm at Berkswich Parish Hall Combined Yoga and Pilates to improve core stability, flexibility and relieve aches/pains. A workout for the mind & body that incorporates relaxation and meditation techniques. For more info contact Mel: 07968 755609 Please bring your own mat. £4.00 per class. 16 & under £2.00.

Wednesdays Konnektiv Drama Group Every Wednesday, 6.30pm-9pm at Staffordshire Performing Arts, Stafford. A theatre & arts for health group. Information on the group can be found on the website or its blog . For more information contact Nicky Barron on 07832 133844 or Mervyn Price on 01785 604917. Brocton Toddlers Wednesdays 10am-11.30am at Brocton Village Hall. A chance for the ‘under fives’ and their carers to meet for friendship, toys, snacks and songs. No need to book, just turn up. £2.50pp - extra children 50p each. For more info email:


BERKSWICH WI. Meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.15.p.m at The Village Hall, Walton on the Hill. Interesting speakers & activities. A thriving craft group who meet fortnightly. Why not come along to one of our meetings and see if it is for you. Visitors will be made very welcome. Please ring Secretary Shirley Benn on 01785 603646 for more details or try the website

Stafford and Mid-Staffs Archaeological Society Meetings Fridays (Once a montt) 7:30pm-9:30pm from Sept-April at St Bertelin’s Church, Holmcroft Road, Stafford Currently roughly 50 members that meet once a month on a Friday evening. See website for current programme dates. New members welcome. Annual subscription fees apply and visitors are also welcome at a charge of £2 per meeting. Programme consists chiefly of lectures on local archaeological topics. Members may also take part in archaeological digs when available, such as the recent dig at the Messines Ridge model, Cannock Chase. For further information please see or contact Anne Mooney, 41 Fernwood, Nursery Gardens, Stafford, ST16 1NN.

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What’s On March Pancake Race 4th March 2014 in Market Square, Stafford Entries are now open for the 2014 Stafford Pancake Race!! Who will be the “Fastest Flippers” in town? Teams of 4 are invited to come along to Market Square, Stafford to take part in the exciting relay race and compete for the ‘Best Flipper In Town’ award. Spectators usually turn out in numbers to cheer on the teams. A record 78 people entered the race in 2013 making up eighteen teams in the event. Last years winners were The Swan. You can sign your team up now at

Katherine House Hospice Support Group hold Race Night Katharine House Hospice Stafford Support Group will be holding a Race Night on 25th April at Stafford Rangers FC with all proceeds going to the Hospice. The Race Night held in 2013 raised over £1,400 and they hope to exceed this amount this year.

Sportsman Night

Friday 14th March at Stafford Rangers Social Club Start 7pm prompt. Presented by Stripes with the following European Cup Winner, Alan Kennedy. MC for the night, comedian Lea Roberts. Tickets only £20 or a table of 10 for £200. On the night, fish & chip supper, raffles, quizzes & a memorabilia auction. Contact Phil Bennett 01785 602014.

These success of the events are due to the support of Stafford Rangers for the venue and the Stafford Lions for help in running the race night. Anyone who wants to support the the Hospice and have a great


night out at the same time is welcome. Tickets are £5

Dene Dance School’s Easter Dance Workshop

which includes a supper. It is a fun night out with the

Monday 14th April-Thursday 17th April at Dunston Village Hall. 10am-4pm daily. Come and join us for 4 days of fun, learning various new dance styles with all your friends including Hip Hop, Stage & Screen, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jazz, Breakdancing & Cheerleading. The week will end with a showcase to friends and family on the Thursday afternoon. £45 per child or £12 per day. Book 2 siblings in for £80. GPTD Qualified dance teachers, CRB checked & first aid trained. Call to book a place for your child/children on 07584 030520.

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some excellent items in the auction. Tickets are available through either Nick Oldfield on 07976 342530 or Richard Davis on 07740 594036.

Stafford Sinfonia’s first concert of 2014! Stafford Sinfonia are performing on Saturday, March 22nd at Rising Brook Baptist Church. Our Director of Music always strives to include much variety in our programmes, and, I think you will agree, this March concert is no exception. The overture La Cenerentola (Cinderella) is one of the most tuneful of all Rossini overtures. The leader of the orchestra, Mandy Hallam, is the soloist in the violin Romance by Beethoven, and the programme also includes a fine concerto by Gustav Holst for flute and oboe. This work gets few performances nowadays but it is a testament to the fact that Holst wrote music equally as good as his famous “Planets” suite. This double concerto was composed simply because he wanted to write something “with fewer notes” ! Schubert`s Symphony No.3 gets performed a great deal and is recognised as his most melodic of all. Admission £9.00 on the door includes refreshments. The concert starts at 7.30pm. May we look forward to seeing you there.


Blessed William Howard Catholic High School

Stock trading competition winner makes over £34k virtual profit

James Millington (14) has won an in-school stock trading competition by making more than £34,300 virtual profit over a 14 week period. Forty-three Year 9 students from Blessed William Howard Catholic High School took part in the competition as part of their Economics and Business Studies GCSE course. The share price contest ran alongside lessons on investing in businesses through trading shares. Each student was given £100,000 in virtual money and asked to invest in five companies of their choice. Every week the competition was updated with real stock trends being added to the results and students had the opportunity to trade shares in their businesses dependant on their performance.


“The students really found this exercise engaging. It captured their imagination whilst also teaching them some very useful numeric and analysis skills.” commented Mr Nolan, Curriculum Leader for Business and Economics. James was awarded first prize which was a Tesco Hudl. Second prize, an Ipod shuffle, went to Billy Ravenscroft who managed to make £34, 241 profit with Daniel Pearce close behind in third place with £34,208 profit and a prize a £20 Amazon gift voucher. This exercise was also used as a progress tool for the students’ course as assessment marks were used to give bonuses to those who performed at or above their target. The Stafford Directory | 01785 318704

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Ha av e y ou t th o ug h t ab o ut F ir s t Ai d T r ai n in g? Open courses in the Stafford area, or courses at your premises across Staffordshire: First Aid at Work and Requalification Emergency First Aid at Work AED and Basic Life Support On-site courses will feature discussions and scenarios relevant to your business. All courses will include certification and a manual for each attendee. Open Course dates are on the website, or make contact to discuss your requirements for an OnSite course. We also offer Family First Aid Courses. Please have a look at the website for further details. Liz – 07775 626226

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Stafford and Stone School Sport Partnership Futsal Competition The last few months have been action packed for the Stafford and Stone School Sport Partnership as five futsal tournaments have taken place which have engaged up to 180 young people. The year 7 boy’s tournament consisted of two semi-finals before the final took place at King Edwards VI on Tuesday 28th January. Five teams progressed to the final, before Blessed William Howard Catholic High School were crowned victorious ahead of a tight battle for second, Christ Church Academy, and third place, King Edward VI. The year 7 girl’s tournament saw 6 teams from different schools across the Stafford and Stone area compete for the one place to progress through to the upcoming county final. The 1-0 victory St. Dominic’s, Stone, had over Walton Priory Middle School was in the end the result that enabled them to win the tournament and to pip Walton Priory into second place. As with the year 7 boys’, semi-finals also took place for the year 8 and 9 boy’s. Weston Road, Walton Priory, King Edward VI and Stafford Grammar progressed through to the final. The high scoring final eventually saw Stafford 32

Grammar School piped to first place by Weston Road Academy. A year 8 and 9 girl’s futsal tournament also took place in January over at King Edwards VI School. The highly competitive tournament saw each team take points off each other which ensured a close battle for the top position. The final placing’s saw the hosts King Edwards VI finish 3rd, Walton Priory 2nd and Sir Graham Balfour 1st. In addition to the Sainsbury’s School Games Futsal tournaments, this was the first year that a local tournament was hosted for the Year 10 and 11 age groups. This tournament of six teams was played in a great spirit and showcased the local footballing talent that is currently within the district. The final standings saw Alleyne’s narrowly pushed into 3rd place on goal difference by Blessed William Howard High School, who finished in 2nd place overall. King Edwards VI however, the winners of this tournament, not only won each game that they played, but they didn’t concede a goal in any of their five matches. The competitive nature of each tournament was highly commendable as was the team work shown by all teams. The Stafford Directory | 01785 318704

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THE WEB PAGE Each month, local web design company The Red Box bring you top tips and ideas for you if you or your business has an online presence. Their business writer Jane Bewick Green has 13 years’ experience at running online businesses and engaging online communities. She and the Red Box team will be sharing with you the benefit of their combined expertise. If you open a shop to the public you have to follow certain rules and regulations before you trade. For example, you might need to make alterations to provide access for wheelchair users. Well, when you launch a business website there are laws you must follow as well. Failure to do so could result in a hefty fine.

This month: Your Website and The Law EU Cookie Law - Have you noticed the pop ups on websites you visit asking to agree to their cookie policy? Since May 2011 all websites should have this notification – telling site users how the website uses and stores personal information about the user. It may be to help you navigate the site more quickly, or to remember your login next time you visit. Either way, the EU has decided that you the site owner must have a cookie use policy and must tell site users about it. Failure to comply with the law could result in a fine of up to £500,000. For more information about the policy visit the ICO’s website:

The Equality Act - Is your website accessible to people with a disability, for example the partially sighted? If not, then it could be considered discriminatory. The Act is 'anticipatory', which means you cannot wait until a disabled person wants to use your services. You must think in advance (and on an ongoing basis) about what disabled people with a range of impairments (sight loss, hearing loss, mobility and cognitive impairments) might reasonably need. For more information, visit:

Your business details online - Since 2007, all companies must have their business details, ie: the place of registration, the registered number and the registered office address clearly visible on the website. This includes emails as well. For more information visit: Consumer Laws - If you’re selling goods online then you must make sure you follow consumer rights laws. Failure to do so could be expensive and could even see your business site closed. Random checks by Trading Standards officials on sites in Scotland in 2013 found more than 50% were not compliant. For more information about what you need to do, visit: If you would like expert advice on setting up your e-commerce site, call The Red Box on 01785 248101


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useful numbers Emergency Services Police station (Non-emergencys)


King Edward VI High School

01785 258546

National Gas Emergency

0800 111999

Sir Graham Balfour School

01785 223490

National Grid Electrical Emergency

0800 404090

Stafford Grammar School

01785 249752

Severn Trent Water Emergency

0800 7834444

Weston Road Academy

01785 356700

Flood line

0845 9881188

Yarlet School

01785 286568

Health/Medical Care

Chase Grammar School

01543 501800

St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School

01785 663128

Barnfields Primary School

01785 356356

Leasowes Primary School

01785 356365

Stafford College

01785 223800

Staffordshire Music Centre

01785 335852

Stafford General Hospital

01785 257731

North Staffordshire Hospital

01782 715444

Cannock Hospital

01543 572757

New Cross Hospital

01902 307999

NHS Direct

0845 4647

Rowley Hall Hospital

01785 223203

Rising Brook Surgery

01785 251134

Mill Bank Surgery

01785 258348

Help Lines

Wolverhampton Road Surgery

01785 258161

Samaritans (UK)


Samaritans (Stafford)

01785 243333

Child Line

0800 1111


0300 1234555

Citizen’s Advice Bureau

01785 258673

Jobseeker Direct

0800 100 900


0808 800 5000

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School 01785 244236

Councils South Staffordshire Council

01902 696000

Staffordshire County Council

0300 1118000

Stafford Borough Council

01785 619000

Village Halls/Libraries Stafford Library

01785 278585

Age UK

0800 169 6565

Baswich Library

01785 663355

Rethink Mental Illness

0300 5000 927

Rising Brook Library

01785 242155

Young Minds

0808 802 5544

Holmcroft Library

01785 253 908

Runaway Helpline

116 000

Walton Village Hall

0845 748 4950

Alcoholics Anonymous

0845 769 7555

Derrington Village Hall

01785 242175

Victim Support

0845 30 30 900


0800 77 66 00


Crimestoppers Charity (Non-Emergency) 0800 555 111

Travel Line

087120022 33

National Rail Enquiries


Places of Worship

National Express

08717 818178

St Anne’s Church, Weeping Cross

01785 661012

Stafford Railway Station

0845 748 4950

St Mary’s Church

01785 258511

The Parish of Berkswich

01785 251057

Stafford Baptist Church

01785 256714

Trinity Church, Stafford

01785 223327

The Evangelical Church

01785 254331

Rising Brook Baptist Church

01785 214750

Berkswich Parish, Walton On The Hill

01785 253111

Schools Walton High School

01785 356300

Stafford Grammar School

01785 249752

Weston Road High School

01785 356700

Rising Brook High School

01785 258383

Puzzle Solutions As seen on page 22

Word Ladder Solution Here is an example solution:

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index of advertisers Antiques Bowman Antiques Steve Bricknell Antique Restorer

12 9

Beauty, Hair & Health Devils Haircut Direct Specs Grass Roots First Aid Sarah Humphreys Footcare The Rectory

2 17 31 14 14

Bridal Wear & Formal Wear The Dressy Dress Shop


Charities British Heart Foundation


Cleaning/Launderers AF Systems


Education Chase Grammar School Kip McGrath Education Centres Stafford Grammar School

40 27 1

Estate Agents Dixons and Co


Home Improvement Awesome Handyman Services ES Windows Direct Drives Intown Interiors J & DP Decorating Joinery Stafford Ltd M.A.G Group Penk Fencing Stafford Blinds I.T Services Computer Ward Jewellers Spencer the Jeweller

25 23 19 7 9 29 11 7 14



Landscaping/Garden Centres Lawnkeeper M.Bissell Mere Park Garden Centre Penkridge Turf Willowbrook

5 37 13 37 37

Motor Services Carbon 7 RK Motors

9 37

Seasonal, Leisure & Occasions Dene Dance School Penkridge Market Tags and Rags Whitegate Fsrm Shop

39 13 27 31

Plumbing D’s Plumbing Mark Bailey Plumbgas

38 9 29

Property Maintenance & Security AJG Property Maintenance Ashcroft Flooring ASJ Security Cress Security Help 2 Hand K Cortin Heating Solutions Matt Gardner Electrician

33 29 37 7 19 23 37

Pet Services Penkridge Cattery


Residential and Nursing Care Disabled Aids


Restaurants/Pubs Spice Island The Bridge House Travel Services Wings Airport Transfers




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