Ray Crowther’s Blog

Last chance to get tickets to Katharine House Hospice Spring Ball!

Spring Ball sparkle portrait

 There are less than 10 tables left for this year’s Spring Ball and we are urging local people to book their tickets before Friday 24th March to avoid disappointment!

Hosted by Katharine House Hospice and the Rotary Club of Stafford Castle, the Ball is sure to be an unmissable evening of glamour, celebration, fabulous food and money-can’t-buy prizes. To top it off, well-known local band, The Cartoon Kings will entertain guests with a  wide range of songs that are guaranteed to get everyone up on the dance floor.

Katharine House Hospice Events Fundraiser, Lisa Carson said “We are delighted to be working with the Rotary Club of Stafford this year to present the first ever Katharine House Hospice Spring Ball. This is set to be a night to remember and we are urging people to book their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

Since the Ball is very kindly being sponsored by Arnold Clark, more of the money raised on the night will go towards ensuring Katharine House Hospice can continue to provide vital free care for people in Stafford and the surrounding areas who are living with life-limiting illnesses, as well as supporting their families.

Corporate Fundraiser at Katharine House Hospice, Holly Addison said “We are so grateful to Arnold Clark for their generous sponsorship. They have continued to support our Annual Ball for 9 years now which is incredible and their support means that even more money raised from the Spring Ball will go towards providing free care at the hospice”

Katharine House Hospice provides free care and support for adults and their families who are coping with progressive illness across mid-Staffordshire. It relies upon the kindness of the local community to help generate 75% of the funds needed to run its vital range of services.


Pictured: Lisa Carson (Katharine House Hospice) & Richard Mitcherson (Stafford Castle Rotary Club).

For more information call 01785 270808 or e-mail [email protected]

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!