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Stone COVID-19 Outbreak

Walk In Covid-19 Testing Available For Stone Pub Patrons 


People who were drinking or working in the Crown and Anchor Pub in Stone on the 16, 17 and 18 of July are being urged to get tested for Covid-19.

Staffordshire County Council has been made aware of a number of positive cases of coronavirus that have been confirmed amongst visitors to the pub on these dates.

We are now keen to inform anyone else who may have been drinking in the Crown and Anchor on the 16,17 and 18 July, along with anyone who may have been in close contact with someone who went to the pub on that weekend.

People who may have been drinking in Stone on that weekend and are currently experiencing Covid-19 systems are also being urged to get a test.

A walk-in testing centre will be available on the Crown Street car park in Stone today (Wednesday 29 July) and Friday (July 31) from 10am to 5pm. The tests are free, and no appointment is needed. 

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health said: “As part of our outbreak control duties, we are dealing with an outbreak at the Crown and Anchor pub in Stone. It is important that anyone drinking or working in the pub on that weekend gets tested as soon as possible, which is why we’ve organised for a mobile testing unit to be in the town on Wednesday and Friday.

“We also want people who have been in close contact with anyone drinking in the pub on that weekend to get themselves tested, as well as people who were out and about in the town and are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms—namely a high temperature, new persistent cough or loss of taste and smell. It is also crucial that people self-isolate if they are told to do so.

“By getting tested, this gives us important information on the full extent of any outbreak, and allows us to put measures in place if needed to help prevent the spread of infection.

“We’re doing everything we can to prevent outbreaks and stop the virus from spreading. Residents can help by continuing to follow the rules to stop the spread of Covid-19—washing hands regularly, keeping your distance, and wearing face coverings in shops and on public transport.”

For general coronavirus advice including how to book a test, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Message Sent By
Emma Ray (Staffordshire Police, Community Engagement Assistant, Staffordshire)

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Update regarding Church Services

All Saints Church Milwich is now open on a Wednesday for Private Prayer 10am until 4pm., and you will see from the rota attached there are two morning services at the Church but numbers are limited to circa 20 due to social distancing, so please book with me early. 01889505414 or email above.

Rev’d Lesley Bentley leaves us at the end of August and we are hoping to collect donations to be given to them to use to buy something for their new home in Cheshire

If you wish to make a donation is best done as follows;

If you do online banking send direct to Mid Trent Churches sort code 010847 account number 55072615 and please ref Bentley.

Alternatively, please send a cheque to the Team Treasurer, Ian Starkie at 3, Old School Close Weston Stafford ST18 0HF made payable to “Mid Trent Churches” and put a note in with “Bentley” on it please.

If anyone in the Village would like us to make a prayer for them or a member of their family, do send a confidential email to myself or Derek.

Update on Gordon Broomfield, he is feeling more settled as the Doctors sort him out, yesterday he was waiting to break the four minute mile on the treadmill. 

Gordon we are all thinking and praying for you.

Martin & Helen Hocknell celebrate 50 years of marriage tomorrow, being friends of both, I dare not say who deserves the medal?

Have a great day.

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COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Staffordshire County Council have made additional funds available to Community Groups across the County in the wake of COVID-19.


We’re all in the fight against Coronavirus together, and brilliant work has been happening right across Staffordshire to help people stay safe and well.
A huge, co-ordinated effort across community and voluntary groups across our county is still making a huge difference to isolated and vulnerable people, and those in most need of help. Local people are also stepping up to put projects together make a difference.


Now, as lockdown starts to lift and we all adapt to the ‘new normal’, the new Covid- 19 Recovery Fund has been set up to help get community organisations back on their feet. It’s rapid, flexible funding to support communities to do their bit and to make sure that the voluntary sector continues to thrive now and as we emerge from the crisis.


Each county councillor has another £2,000 to support community groups in their area to be resilient, safe and connected. No match funding is required.

Funding is available for:
• Projects about community recovery, to help get activity going again or adapt to the ‘new normal’
• Existing volunteer/community groups who need support to keep going
• Support to keep helping people get through the crisis

More information can be found here

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TV Licences for over 75’s

Yesterday the BBC announced that the over 75’s will have to pay for their TV Licence from 1st August. Beware of scams!

“The BBC have said no one will be expected to pay for a new licence until they have been contacted by a letter from TV Licensing and either claimed a free licence or agreed a payment plan. We will let you know when the BBC send out their official letters and tell you what they look like. For now, if you are over 75 please ignore any emails or letters you receive asking you to pay your TV licence as they may be a scam. You can find more information here.”

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