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HAVE YOUR SAY ON TAXI RULES IN STAFFORD

 

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The Borough Council has responsibility for ensuring taxi drivers are competent and that people can travel in safe, well maintained vehicles. Now the local authority is asking for views on a draft policy which outlines licensing conditions to make sure this happens.

Letters have gone out asking taxi and private hire drivers to have their say as part of the six-week consultation which began on Monday (12 June).  As well as vehicle conditions the document also sets out rules governing drivers ‘dress code’ and the effect criminal convictions can have on holding a taxi licence.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet member for Environment and Health, said: “People rely on taxis especially when they have no other way to travel around Stafford Borough so we appreciate how vital the trade is for the community.

“Therefore it is important that members of the public can have trust in the person who is driving that cab, and that the vehicle they step in to is safe.”

People can give their comments on the draft Taxi Licensing Policy and Licence Conditions 2017 policy until Monday 24 July. You can find it at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/taxi-licensing-policy-consultation. A copy is also available to view at the Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford.

Email comments to [email protected] or by post to Mrs J Wallace, Licensing Officer, Stafford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford ST16 3AQ.

 

KEEP YOUR COOL IN BED THIS SUMMER

 

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Sun-starved Brits may welcome high-end temperatures this summer, but over-hot nights can play havoc in the bedroom.

“When the sun comes out we can enjoy days in the garden, a picnic and dusting off the BBQ – but we forget the effect the warm days can have on our bedrooms at night,” said Simon Williams of the National Bed Federation (NBF).

“A baking bedroom can impact on our comfort and sleep. An ideal bedroom temperature should be around 16-18°C (60-65°F) but it can be difficult to get comfortable and fall asleep in a hot and stuffy bedroom, leaving many suffering from a disturbed night’s sleep.

Continued Simon: “Your body temperature needs to drop slightly before you go to sleep which is why you just can’t sleep when you’re too hot. Below are some simple, very effective steps to take to ensure you stay cool and comfortable in bed this summer.”

  • Keep windows and doors open to allow air to circulate.
  • Keep curtains or blinds drawn during the day to keep the sun out.
  • If you’ve got an attic, try opening the hatch. Hot air rises and this will give it somewhere to go.
  • Get rid of the duvet and blankets – just use a cotton sheet. Or a duvet with a low tog rating.
  • Wear light cotton nightwear. This is actually better than wearing nothing at all as natural fabric will absorb any perspiration.
  • If you’ve got long hair, tie it back. Hair around your neck can make you feel warmer.
  • Have a cool shower or bath before bedtime to lower your core body temperature.
  • Drink plenty of cold water during the evening and keep a glass by the bed.
  • Avoid too much caffeine, alcohol or a big meal. They can all make you feel hot and steamy in the middle of the night through dehydration and over-active digestion.
  • Put a hot water bottle filled with ice cold water in bed.
  • Cool a pillow case in the fridge before bedtime or try one of the new cooling pillows that are available to buy.
  • Cool socks in the fridge and wear them. Cooling your feet lowers the overall temperature of your skin and body.
  • Use an electric fan – the remedy for 20% of people. If it’s really hot, put a tray of ice and a little water in front of the fan which will cool the air even more.
  • Next time you buy a new bed, look out for one that incorporates new temperature regulating technology.
  • And, if you share a bed, make sure it’s big enough for two people, so you can sleep without disturbing each other: 5ft wide should be your minimum.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can have both positive and negative effects on human health, there’s some useful tips to protect yourself from the sun here, http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/health/yourhealth/uv-and-sun-health

 

Remembering murdered MP Jo Cox in Staffords Victoria Park

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Tomorrow, Saturday 17 June in Stafford’s  Victoria Park there’s a special event in memory of the murdered MP Jo Cox. Local organisations who have arranged this are, Stafford Welcomes Refugees, The Friends of Victoria Park, Stafford People’s Assembly and Castletown and Virginia Park Residents Association. There will be entertainment on the bandstand, stalls and games for children and adults. The Worshipful the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Aidan Godfrey will also be attending this event.

It will be one of hundreds of events held across the country under the heading of ‘The Great Get Together’ which is a national initiative of the Jo Cox Foundation as a way of remembering her and as a way of showing unity in communities. It is supported by a wide range of organisations including Save the Children and Amnesty International.

The event starts st 12 noon

Photograph courtesy of: Ian Hinchliffe/Rex/Shutterstock

Staffordshire groups recognised in Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service

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Ten Staffordshire volunteer groups have been honoured with Her Majesty the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The announcement coincides with national Volunteers’ Week from 1 to 7 June, to celebrate the great work that thousands of volunteers do every day.

The organisations Have all received awards for their outstanding contributions to their local communities and include:

  • Borderland Voices, Leek
  • C.R.E.S.T. Burton Upon Trent
  • Eccleshall Community First Responders
  • Engage Communities CIC, Tunstall
  • Gartmore Riding School RDA group, Lichfield
  • House of Bread, Stafford
  • Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs
  • Staffordshire Women’s Aid, Stafford
  • The Alzheimer’s Drop In Club, Stone
  • The Right Stuff Project

In the coming months, the groups will receive their certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen along with an exclusive commemorative crystal to be presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ.

Mr Dudson said: “The continued success of organisations dependant on volunteers in Staffordshire is fantastic.  Our society would be so much the poorer without the thousands of people who give their time freely to improve the lives of others in our communities – we are all extremely grateful.

“We are also proud that they maintain our position of being the shire county with the largest number of winners since the award was launched. I send them my warmest congratulations and I look forward to presenting their awards to each of them later in the year.”

Mr Michael Greatorex, Chairman of Staffordshire County Council added: “It’s wonderful to see such diversity in The Volunteer Groups in Staffordshire.  Where would we be without our many volunteers, it is clear to me that the people of Staffordshire are always ready to help in any way they can without seeking reward.  Once again my sincere congratulations to all the winners.”

224 UK volunteering groups have been honoured as recipients of this year’s prestigious Award.  Securing ten winners in Staffordshire now ranks the county third in the country and to date a total of 72 local groups have received this annual Award since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Staffordshire has thousands of volunteers and there are many more opportunities ready and waiting right across the county – many supporting people most in need of help, including the elderly,  young people  and vulnerable families and children.

Anyone interested in getting started with volunteering and exploring flexible opportunities that suit their lifestyle can visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/volunteering or contact Support Staffordshire on 0300 777 1207.  Many opportunities are also available at www.do-it.org

 

Quotes from some of this year’s Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service winners:

William Morris – Director of the House of Bread said: “House of Bread is delighted to receive the Queens Award For the Volunteer Sector 2017

The House of Bread supports the vulnerable and homeless and this important endorsement of the work will help the local community understand the importance of the work locally.

With over 150 volunteers at the House of Bread, this award is truly a recognition of the effort and commitment to many who support the work as volunteers week in and week out over the past seven years”

Mrs Stella Marian Winsor, Organiser – Alzheimers Drop in Club said: “We are thrilled with the news of this Award for the Alzheimers Drop in Club. It is recognition of all that the volunteers do to make it such a happy group.

Martin Watson, Group coordinator, Eccleshall Community First Responders said: “We are absolutely delighted and honoured to have been given this award.  It is clearly a testament to the efforts of all those involved in Eccleshall Community First Responders, who voluntarily give their time to support the group either as a responder helping those in need of medical aid or as fund-raiser.”

George Goodwin, County Chairman to Staffordshire YFC said: “Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) are absolutely delighted to win the Queens Award for Voluntary Service this year.  It is a wonderful way for our organisation to be recognised and to thank all our members who volunteer in their rural based clubs on a weekly basis.  Through our clubs we give young people aged 10 – 26 years a great social life, endless opportunities and equip them with skills which will serve them so well for the rest of their lives.

“This is also an opportunity for us to say thank you to the wider network of volunteer supporters, past members and advisory committees who commit so much time and energy into ensuring that our clubs remain strong and active and we continue as one of the strongest YFC federations in the country.”

Dickie James, Chief Executive of Staffordshire Women’s Aid said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, particularly in the year when we are celebrating our 40th birthday as a charity. Staffordshire Women’s Aid’s values are Passion, Empowerment and Trust, and that is the foundation for the incredible work our team does in supporting women and children who have lived with violence and abuse.

“This award is a great honour for us, and it acknowledges the tireless commitment of our volunteers who work so hard to make a positive difference to so many lives, helping victims to make the journey towards becoming survivors. Many of our volunteers are indeed survivors who have used our services. We feel so very proud that their work, and the work of our fantastic team, is being recognised in this way”