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Stoke-on-Trent students bring community together at Christmas time

Big-hearted students at The Cooperative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent hosted a Christmas lunch for more than 100 guests in a bid to tackle loneliness among the elderly at Christmas time.

According to Age UK, more than two million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, many experiencing extreme isolation and chronic loneliness.

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Five ways you can help out local animal charities this winter

Many of us would love to help dogs and cats living at local shelters this winter, but let’s face it – everyone is very busy at this time of year. There often aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish our own tasks, let alone volunteer, and money can also tight around Christmas time.

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Spending local can bring an extra £1 million to small businesses this Saturday

Independent retailers can earn an extra £1 million between them if people in Longton and Fenton spend £14 or more this Saturday, the MP for Stoke-on-Trent South announced. Jack Brereton MP, whose constituency includes Longton and Fenton, said: “Our town centres are home to an array of independent and small businesses. ‘Small Business Saturday’ is a very good opportunity to get out there and support them.

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Alton Towers reveals new ride ‘Galactica’

Alton Towers has officially launched the world’s first virtual reality roller coaster.

The latest attraction, revealed by the Staffordshire theme park today (January 11),, is called Galactica and will see riders launched into outer space with a 3.5G-force launch.

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Longton Rugby ‘lift weight off their shoulders’ with first victory since March

The Staffordshire club who produced England rugby star Dan Robson have finally got their season up and running, after Longton Rugby Club hammered Moseley Oak 39-14 last Saturday. It has not been the greatest of starts for George Glenn’s men following relegation to the Midlands One West Division, with his side enduring a poor run of ten consecutive defeats in the buildup to the clash with the Oak.