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Staffordshire Newsletter from Stafford, Staffordshire, England • 3

Stafford, Staffordshire, England
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Staffordshire Newsletter Friday December 3 1993 Page 3 Newsnotes Newsdesk (0785) 57700 £600m rail revamp on the right lines for jobs GEC Alsthom profits up £4m PRE-TAX profits of electrical and electronics giant GEC Alsthom rose £4 million during the first half of this financial year to £360 million Orders were up to a record £13 billion and sales rose by 29 per cent to £439 billion Announcing an interim dividend of 281 pence per share payable on March 1 1994 GEC Alsthom chairman Lord Prior said the efforts to win exports for British industry and to open new markets have continued to be successful All change at Victorian pub THE STAFFORD Arms pub in Railway Street Stafford is to change hands today when landlord Hayden Roberts leaves after five years The freehouse which spcialises in real ales is to be run by Keith and David Bott of Titanic Brewery which runs the Head in Burslem Stoke-on-Trent Mr Roberts will lease the Victorian building to them Before handing over Mr Roberts banked more than £200 in donations from customers to the Katherine House hospice appeal He is to continue to run the Lord Nelson in Eastgate Street Lord Taylor arrives LORD Taylor of Gosforth the Lord Chief Justice will today open the new probation centre in Common Road Stafford The most senior professional judge in England and Wales will tour the centre and meet staff and civic dignitaries Blaze POLICE are treating a fire which gutted a Stafford home this week as Firefighters were called to a blaze at Merrivale Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning The semi-detached council house was severely damaged by smoke and the stair-well was completely burned out Mother-of-two Jacqueline Gwyther was out when the fire began at around 1 20am and is now staying with friends while the council rehouse her Crossword winner THE winner of last Crossword was Jones of Sunningdale Stone The solution is printed alongside this puzzle in the Staffordshire Advertiser TRANSPORT Secretary John announcement that the West Coast Main Line is to be upgraded could help secure jobs at Stafford firms Mr MacGregor announced on Wednesday the 408-mile line from Euston to Glasgow would be revamped with £600 million of private sector money A competition will be staged next year to select the contractor to carry out the project One of the front runners is Eurorail a consortium made up of GEC Alsthom Trafalgar House and a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty Important GEC Alsthom chairman Douglas Gadd said the firm could be an important supplier of modern signalling power systems and associated control equipment of which GEC Alsthom is a partner has provisionally submitted outline proposals to British Rail and the Department of Transport and will undoubtedly be following up the Stafford borough council deputy director of development David Pinnock said Mr announcement was good news is an issue of national significance which needs res- DREAMING OF A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS ources and good to see we have a clear But Cheryl Hyland chairman of the Stafford Chamber of Commerce business in action committee said the Government should be prepared to match private sector investment pound for pound in order to give firms confidence to pul money in And Robin Thomson Staffordshire county passenger transport officer said the Government should be prepared to shoulder some of the responsibility for what is a nationally important rail link Local businesses welcome Budget of opportunity page 32 on heating bills MAD HATTERS: Dick Whittington alias Rose Pook and Peter Pan Muriel Done tug their forelocks as they get ready for the great Shugborough pantomime STAFFORD Choral Society will be among the festive attractions at Shugborough next week as Christmas begins with a song and a dance A haphazard medley of singers buskers street merchants and dancers will bring to life a Victorian Christmas in the grounds of the mansion on three I nights from Tuesday to Thursday between 5pm and 9pm Seasonal puddings pastries and pies will also be in abundance but the extra sparkle will be added by pantomime characters such as Aladdin Peter Pan Cinderella Buttons and the Fairy Forget-me-nots Prison scalding inquiry A PRISONER at Stafford Prison was scalded with boiling water at the weekend The man who has not been named suffered serious burns in the attack and is now being treated at a specialist unit in Birmingham An internal inquiry has been launched at the prison Assistant governor at the prison Don Johnson said the man was not segregated from other prisoners under the protection scheme He said: initial inquiry shows that the scalding was not an Staffordshire a Newsletter A ROADWORKS report issued by the Highways Department of Staffordshire County Council for ELDERLY people in Stafford are turning their heating off and shivering in freezing temperatures because they are frightened of receiving large bills Disgusted local councillor Chris Baron says she has discovered a whole group of worried older people in the town who cannot afford to heat their homes properly because they are barred from claiming extra state benefits lot do not qualify because they may have a bit of a private pension or some Now she is concerned plans by Chancellor Kenneth Clarke to go ahead with the imposition of VAT on fuel and power will mean the cases she has come across will just be the tip of the iceberg should not be living like this What has happened to the caring Mrs Baron has written to Stafford MP Bill Cash appealing for him to raise the matter with the Government and make sure they stick to their election promise i not to put VAT on fuel budget will not help They are only going i to get an extra 70 pence a week which is not going to cover when VAT comes she added Borough council as- i sistant director of housing Steve Cripps said they can do little except give advice Our shops are packed with qiit IDEAS FOR AEE THE FAMILY Choose from our collection of boots shoes slippers from Bally Gabor Ecco Lotus Clarks Morlands etc Also a great range of dressy evening shoes and handbags to see you through the festive week commencing November 29: Delays can be expected at the following sites: M6 between junctions 12 and 13 Roadworks are in progress A contraflow is in operation on the northbound carriageway and lane 3 on the southbound carriageway with lanes 1 2 and hardshoulder on the southbound carriageway being closed between the River Penk under-bridge to a point immediately north of junction 13 The southbound entry sliproad at junction 13 will be closed for the duration of the works M6 at junction 15 Roadworks are in progress until December 8 A dual two lane contraflow is in operation on the southbound carriageway a third northbound crawler lane will LOOK season Our new wide fitting department has proved hugely popular and now has an even larger selection of fashionable to EEE fittings from Van Dal Elmdale Equity etc Don't forget our choice of handbags scarves belts gloves cocktail evening itockings socks tights and leggings jewellery and hair accessories from Forget-me-Nots THEY ALL MAKE SUPER GIFTS! Report be available through the works area on the northbound carriageway during this contraflow phase Wide loads are excluded from this section of the motorway Diversion routes are signed for wide loads Some delays are expected A34 between Stone and Stafford Offside lane closures on both carriageways until December 3 Contraflow commencing December 3 on northbound carriageway Weston Road Stafford one way between The Gate public house and Cull Avenue two way at the junction with Tixall Road and Weston Road until December 5 Roadworks in Stone TmScSm DISCOUNT CAD DIETS ft GENUINE WINTER Washable bathroom carpet available Various colours available Patterned carpet was £499 now £299 sq yd Berber was £575 now £299 sq yd Various bedroom was £499 now £299 sq yd Twist various colours was £699 now £499 sq yd Kitchen carpet was £450 now £275 sq yd Belgium Wilton was £799 now £475 sq yd 80 wool three colour ways was £899 now £699 sq yd Free underlay on shadows from £475 sq yd Heavy cushion floor was £799 now £599 sq yd Vinyl was £600 now £475 sq yd AMAZING OFFER Top quality carpets 2m wide all lengths ideal for bedrooms and bathrooms was £899 now £499 sq yd Large selection of heavy duty Wiltons was £1099 now £799 sq yd 10 Discount with this advert except on Wiltons ALSO 48 Hours Guaranteed Fitting All Local Deliveries Free Late Night Thursday till 7pm Unit 1 Greyfriars Business Park Stafford Tel: 0785 228758 (behind Do-lt-AII and MFI) and Unit 7 Martindale Hawks Green Lane Cannock Tel: 0543 572252 EXPERT FITTING AVAILABLE REPORT for week ending December 12 High Street (bottom end) restricted to single-lane traffic for scaffolding works Eccleshall Road Walton restricted in width or traffic lights for water main laying Station RoadThe Avenue front and rearKings Avenue front and rearfootpath off Forrester Road and Stafford Road Walton (access only section) water main work Stafford StreetAbbey Street junction reduced to single lane for cable laying Sunday December 5 only A34 Darlaston to Tittensor road closed 730am to 8am Sunday December 5 only for overhead cable work Church Street road closed for water main laying: from Lichfield Road (300m from High Street) to Redhill Road Diversion via Church Street from junction with Stafford Street Forget-me-nots City Arcade Lichfield Staffs Tel: 0543 26344 Branches also at Rugeley Uttoxeter.

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