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Tamworth to Host Events to Mark the first Staffordshire Day 

14 Apr 16

Tamworth will be doing its bit for the first-ever Staffordshire Day, with two side-splitting roadshows from the world’s funniest clown.


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World Cup Winner Jack Charlton says he is Losing his Memory 

14 Apr 16

Jack Charlton on the end of the England lineup prior to the 1966 World Cup Final Leeds United legend and England World Cup winner Jack Charlton has admitted that he is losing his memory, but will never forget his World Cup win at Wembley in 1966.


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Safety and Welfare in Sport to Undergo Independent Review 

12 Apr 16

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson Safety in sport will undergo a comprehensive review to ensure participants at every level are looked after and protected, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson announced today.


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One Week to Go! Register to Have Your Say on 5 May 

11 Apr 16

On Thursday 5 May voters in across Tamworth will go to the polls for the Police the Police and Crime Commissioner and Local Elections.


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UK Government may Co-invest to save Port Talbot Steelworks 

11 Apr 16

The Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, has told the House of Commons the Government would consider co-investing with a private sector partner to help save the Port Talbot steel works.


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FA wants FIFA to Investigate Possible Dementia Link to Ex-Footballers 

11 Apr 16

The Football Association wants world governing body FIFA to investigate whether former players have dementia as a consequence of playing the game.


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Tata Steel Confirmed Deal to Sell Scunthorpe Plant and Safeguard more than 4,000 Jobs 

11 Apr 16

Tata Steel has confirmed a deal to sell its Long Products Europe business, including its Scunthorpe plant, to UK-based investment firm Greybull Capital.


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Tamworth Councillor Launches Petition against the Arkall Farm Proposals 

10 Apr 16

Cllr Robert Pritchard , ward councillor for Spital and Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, has launched a petition allowing local residents to object to the controversial Arkall Farm development.


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Volunteers Needed to Count Rare Flowers at Tamworth Beauty Spot 

9 Apr 16

Nature-loving volunteers are being given the chance to get hands-on with some conservation work by helping to count the number of rare flowers growing on Tamworth’s ‘jewel in the crown’ Local Nature Reserve.


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Tamworth Borough Council gives Cash help to Voluntary Groups 

8 Apr 16

Voluntary groups and organisations across Tamworth have received a cash boost of almost £3,000 from Tamworth Borough Council.


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Spike in Deaths Due to Dementia and Flu 

7 Apr 16

A spike in the number of deaths in England and Wales last year was due to an increase in dementia and respiratory diseases such as flu among older people, according to official figures.


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Cash for Councils to Fill Almost 1 Million Potholes 

7 Apr 16

Motorists and cyclists are set to benefit after the government today announced how £50 million of funding will repair nearly 1 million potholes across the country over the next 12 months.


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Call for the Nation to Remember the Somme 100 years on 

7 Apr 16

With so many people in the UK having a close link to the battle of the Somme, the Government and The Royal British Legion are working together to encourage communities across the country to mark the battle in their own way.


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Meet Your Mercian Ward Councillors This Saturday 

7 Apr 16

Mercian wards three Borough Councillors.


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New Website Launches to Encourage Better and Safer Young Drivers 

6 Apr 16

A new campaign to help reduce the number of road collisions involving newly qualified drivers has been launched by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership.


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Ladybridge Timeline Flagstones Unveiled 

5 Apr 16

The first phase of a major project to enhance the historic Ladybridge and improve links between Tamworth town centre and Ventura Park is about to be completed, with the installation of the six carved flagstones along the bridge due to finish in the …


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Help Build Benches in Wigginton Park Tamworth this Weekend 

5 Apr 16

Wigginton Park is famous for its beautiful scenery and nothing beats sitting on one of the benches in the park admiring the splendid views.


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Government Ready to Help on Port Talbot Deal 

3 Apr 16

The Government says it is ready to offer support to secure a buyer to save Port Talbot steelworks where thousands of jobs are at risk.


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Government Unveils Next Steps for Delivering Landmark Childcare Offer 

3 Apr 16

Proposals to provide hard-working parents with greater choice and flexibility over their childcare as part of the government’s landmark 30-hour free offer have been published today.


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£200 Million to Transform Life Chances of Vulnerable Young People 

3 Apr 16

Nicky Morgan MP – Education Secretary Hundreds of millions are being invested in a new programme to revolutionise support for the most vulnerable children and families across the country, backed by brand-new freedoms for town halls to provide life-…


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New Public Sector Boost for UK Steel 

3 Apr 16

The Government has pledged that British steel companies will be able to compete on a level playing field for contracts across the public sector, under new measures announced today.


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Hodge Lane Conservation Group Awarded £10,000 Tesco Grant for Green Works 

2 Apr 16

Volunteers from the Hodge Lane Conservation Group are celebrating after learning that they are to be awarded a £10,000 grant from Tesco to be spent on improving the Local Nature Reserve in Amington.


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Britain’s Businesses Set to Benefit as Tax Breaks Come into Force 

1 Apr 16

Tax changes coming into force today will help Britain’s businesses reinvest more of their money into growing their business and hiring more staff.


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National Living Wage Comes into Force Today 

1 Apr 16

The new mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) has come into force, requiring employers to pay workers aged 25 and over at least £7.20 an hour.


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Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85 

31 Mar 16

Entertainer Ronnie Corbett, best known for BBC comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies, has died aged 85.


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Chancellor Launches One Year Countdown to New £1 coin 

31 Mar 16

The new £1 coins started rolling off the production line at a rate of over 4000 a minute, as the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced that they would enter circulation in March 2017.


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Be Alert to Bogus Workmen in Tamworth 

31 Mar 16

Tamworth residents are urged to be on their guard against cold callers at the door following a bogus incident in the area.


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UK Risks Losing £15m Veronese Drawing 

30 Mar 16

A 400-year-old drawing by Paolo Veronese is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £15,400,000 (plus VAT of £154,000).


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New Government Plans for 1 New Home in 5 to be a Starter Home 

30 Mar 16

Housing sites of 10 homes or more will have to make 1 home in 5 a starter home under government proposals published this week, helping more people realise their ambition of owning their own home.


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Health Matters Promotes Midlife Approaches to Reduce Dementia Risk 

26 Mar 16

Following the recent launch of Public Health England’s One You , a groundbreaking campaign to help adults across the country make simple changes to improve their health today and in the future, PHE has launched the fourth edition of Health matters…


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Public Health England Highlights the Late Flu Season 

25 Mar 16

Public Health England (PHE) is reminding people to be aware of the risk of flu over the Easter period.


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Tamworth Residents Urged to get on their Bike over Easter as County’s Investment in Cycleways Continues 

25 Mar 16

Residents from across Tamworth are being encouraged to get on their bike and take to the county’s cycleways over the Easter Holidays.


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Chance for Staffordshire Artists to Showcase Their Work on Countywide Stage 

25 Mar 16

Artists from across the county are being encouraged to submit their work to the Staffordshire Open Art Exhibition 2016.


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Major Tech Shake-up will Help Prepare Staffordshire Police for Future Threats says PCC 

25 Mar 16

Nearly 400 outdated IT systems used by police in Staffordshire are being replaced with around 100 state-of-the-art ones as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s ongoing investment in a “Tech Revolution”.


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Government and Major Retailers Unite to Tackle Knife Crime 

23 Mar 16

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced an agreement of principles between major retailers and the government to tackle knife crime.


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Developing Mental Health Services for Veterans in England 

23 Mar 16

NHS England has launched a survey on mental health services for ex-members of the armed forces.


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Pub Hours to be Extended for Queen’s 90th Birthday 

23 Mar 16

Pub opening hours will be extended in England and Wales on 10 and 11 June to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, David Cameron has announced.


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Streets to be Named after Wigginton’s Local Heroes 

21 Mar 16

Lichfield District Council is seeking the relatives of ten Wigginton men to ask permission for local roads to be named in their honour.


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Deal Reached to Scrap Tampon Tax 

19 Mar 16

EU leaders have agreed a deal that will allow the UK to scrap the so-called “tampon tax,” British officials have said.


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Tamworth Takes First Steps towards Dementia Friendly Status 

19 Mar 16

Tamworth has moved a step closer to becoming a dementia friendly community after the Borough Council’s Cabinet backed the drive to achieve dementia friendly status.


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Dog Microchipping Events on Offer as New Law Comes into Force 

19 Mar 16

Dog owners across Tamworth are being given the opportunity to have their dogs microchipped as new legislation comes into force in April.


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Boy Racers and Car Cruisers to be banned if New Powers are implemented 

19 Mar 16

Anti-social drivers who use Tamworth’s roads, car parks and open spaces as racetracks could be banned after Tamworth Borough Council took the first step towards bringing in tough new powers to tackle the problem.


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Burton Hospitals Trust Appoints New Chief Executive 

16 Mar 16

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced the appointment of Helen Scott-South as its new Chief Executive.


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Fuel Duty Frozen for Sixth Year in a Row 

16 Mar 16

Fuel duty will be frozen for the sixth year in a row, Chancellor George Osborne has said.


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Tamworth Castle Grounds Toilets Damaged in Vandal Attack 

16 Mar 16

Members of the public are being asked for their help in tracking down vandals who caused damage to the gents’ toilets in Tamworth’s Castle Grounds on Saturday afternoon.


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Tamworth’s MP Welcomes Budget for Small Business 

16 Mar 16

Christopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, has welcomed George Osborne’s 8th Budget delivered this week as “a budget for small business and savers.


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Council Remains Committed to Tourist Information in Tamworth 

15 Mar 16

The future of tourist information in Tamworth is safe, with Tamworth Borough Council underlining its commitment to expanding and developing the service for the future.


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Have Your Say on Improvements to Tamworth’s Rail Station Gateway 

8 Mar 16

People in Tamworth can have their say on improvements on the gateway between the rail station and the town centre.


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Middle-Aged Risk Unhealthy Retirement 

7 Mar 16

Unhealthy middle-aged people must improve their lifestyles if they want to enjoy a healthy retirement, a new government campaign is warning.


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Dementia Awareness Boost Planned for Over-40s 

6 Mar 16

People over 40 in England are to be given more information about dementia to help improve early diagnosis of the condition, the health secretary said.


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People Urged to Check Salt Levels after Staffordshire Food Survey 

4 Mar 16

Staffordshire people are being urged to consider their salt intake and check food packaging after a countywide sample of ready meals found high levels in two-thirds of samples.


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Staffordshire’s Teenagers to Continue to Benefit from Discounted Bus Travel 

4 Mar 16

Young people from across Staffordshire will continue to benefit from discounted bus travel following plans to extend a unique travel scheme.


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Drop-in Event to Highlight Signs of Child Sexual Exploitation 

3 Mar 16

A powerful national campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and help parents, guardians and carers to spot the signs of abuse is being supported by the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership with a drop-in event at Ankerside Shopping …


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Spot the Sticker for Food Hygiene Reassurance 

3 Mar 16

Tamworth residents and visitors looking for a place to eat out are being encouraged to look out for stickers, which show that premises meet the highest standards of food hygiene.


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Rule Change Means British Jobs Need Not be Advertised Aboard 

26 Feb 16

Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre has secured key amendments to rules governing a Europe-wide job website used by EU migrants seeking work in Britain.


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Communities Urged to Celebrate First Ever Staffordshire Day 

26 Feb 16

Community groups from across the county are being invited to join in the celebrations for the county’s first ever Staffordshire Day.


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Staffordshire Police Signs £100m IT Deal with Boeing 

26 Feb 16

A £100m IT contract with defence firm Boeing will put Staffordshire Police at the “forefront of policing in the UK”, the force said.


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New Guides Launched to Help Improve Health at Home for Older People 

24 Feb 16

Free resources aimed at the housing sector and improving end of life care have been published.


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Tamworth’s Local Plan is Adopted 

24 Feb 16

Tamworth’s Local Plan, the framework for future growth and development in the borough up until 2031, has been formally adopted.


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Armed Forces to Pay Tribute on 25th Anniversary of First Gulf War 

23 Feb 16

The Armed Forces will this week pay tribute to the thousands of servicemen and women who fought in the First Gulf War with a series of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the conflict.