Ray Crowther’s Blog

Improvement scheme starts for walkers and cyclists near Stafford school

A scheme to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists along the A449 in Rising Brook, Stafford, gets under way this month.

It will include new foot and cycle paths, improved crossing facilities, road junction widening and the introduction of a 20mph limit around the shops at Rising Brook. The scheme will be completed in March this year.

The new shared footway and cycleway will link Hesketh Road and Churchill Road by Stafford Manor High School. New foot and cycle paths will link the existing cycle path with Burton Square. A new pedestrian refuge in the road by the Royal Oak will make crossing safer and the existing pedestrian crossing will be moved closer to the school.

In addition, junctions will be widened at both John Amery Drive and Brook Glen Road with the A449. A new yellow box marking will improve the flow of right turning vehicles into John Amery Drive and Brook Glen Road.

People can see plans and find out more by visiting: http://bit.ly/2ixvY3S

Staffordshire County Council’s highways leader Mark Deaville said: “It is a priority of the county council to ensure people can travel safely whatever their mode of transport. The Rising Brook area is busy with people walking and cycling and contains the shops, high school and churches. This scheme will improve accessibility and safety and hopefully encourage more people to walk or use their bikes. It will also improve traffic flow on a busy stretch of the A449. We look forward to the completion of the scheme in the spring.”

The county council is investing £150,000 in the scheme.


Stafford FM’s online auction – Thank you!

Stafford FM’s online fundraising auction is now closed. Many thanks if you supported us by placing a bid or donating a prize.

One of the first to call into our studios after the auction had closed was Jack and Leah who called in earlier with mum Lucy Brundrett. They came to collect their winning item (a crystal gift set from Hadleigh of Stafford).  It was great to meet you guys, hope you enjoyed your visit.


Stafford FM is a not for profit community radio station, staffed by a great team of volunteers.  Any profit or surplus must be used for securing or improving the future provision of the service for the people of Stafford, or for delivering social gain to the benefit to our community. Events, such as our online auction, are crucial to maintain the station and help us move forward.

Keep listening to 107.3 Stafford FM to hear the total amount raised and for more exciting events in 2017.

Merry Christmas!


Easter eggs from Newport Rd to Weston Rd……

We were out and about this morning delivering Easter eggs to the Children in the Children’s Emergency Centre at Stafford County Hospital, special thanks to Stoneacre Peugeot for their support, and thanks to the staff and children for making our visit so rewarding.


Thanks Stoneacre Peugeot , Newport Rd Stafford who called us out of the blue to say they have been out and bought 50 Easter eggs for the Children’s Emergency Centre at Stafford County Hospital as a result of hearing the mentions on air earlier this week.

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‘Big E’ outside The County Hospital about to unload the Easter eggs.

Easter Eggs Stoneacre

Smiles all round. Happy Easter!

Our new van! – Thank you Afford!



Stafford FM are appreciative to Afford Rent-A-Car,  St. Albans Rd,  Stafford for their support and providing the station with a new Nissan NV 200 white diesel van which will be used as our Outside Broadcast Unit. You will have noticed their distinctive radio commercials which can be heard on 107.3 Stafford FM, with some special Christmas infomercials coming soon. The guys at Afford are tuned into Stafford FM at their St. Alban’s Road depot and appreciate the service Stafford FM provide to help promote and reflect the interests of the local community.

Stafford FM’s Station Manager Ray Crowther said, “The new vehicle will really help us moving forward, getting us out and about more and closer to the community we serve. The van will help provide a high visibility presence around Stafford and at our events”.

Ray Crowther is seen with Stu Haycock receiving the keys to the new van earlier this week from the team at Afford Rent-A-Car.

Look out for the 107.3 Stafford FM Afford Rent-A-Car Outside Broadcast Unit around town and give us a wave!!


Please feel free to visit the team on St. Albans Road, or phone them on Stafford 255233 to get a quote or see how they can help meet your car or van hire requirements. www.affordrentacar.co.uk