Staffordshire Hoard tour with Michael Wood

The Staffordshire Hoard came to Stoke-On-Trent this week, and it looks amazing.

Staffordshire Hoard

I went along with Ben Lowe from StaffsLive and viewed it a media preview before the official launch last Friday (January 12). It’s a fantastic collection, and around 80 of the 1500 pieces are on show at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

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It’s still encrusted with the soil it was found in, from the Anglo-Saxon period.

Historian and filmmaker Michael Wood gave Ben Lowe from StaffsLive this fantastic tour of the gold!

Snow in Shelton

Well, as the Met Office keep forecasting snow, I thought i’d share some that we got this afternoon:

From this:

Snow in Shelton

Snow in Shelton

To this:

Snow in Shelton

Snow in Shelton

In about 10 minutes or so. Then it went clear with blue skies, and now its dark and cold. British Weather, eh?! Good job we don’t live in Canada!

Local Schoolchildren Sing with Sign Language

Whilst out today on one story for StaffsLive, I spied some school children out singing carols. Not much of a story in that, really, bar local newspapers. However, these were doing something totally different – signing along with the carols, meaning more people were able to enjoy them!

The singers from Crescent Primary School in Meir have been learning sign language and combined this with their singing talents to raise money for school funds. They hope the cash will mean they can invite more guest speakers and performers in to their school.

They used their sign language skills for “Silent Night”, and sang that as well as “Jingle Bells”.

Music teacher Emily Cooper said: “It’s something someone introduced me to last year, and we did it as a whole school carol.

“It’s quite nice in case there’s anyone that’s hard of hearing or can’t hear at all, they can actually benefit from our singing.”


Staffordshire Civil Contingency Plan

BY: James Bell, Joe Cuffaro, Jon Gilmore, Gary Hammersly, Andrew Stuart.

We all remember the disastrous floods of 2007. Tewkesbury in Gloucester was underwater, and those iconic images have stayed in many peoples minds.

And this week, Staffordshire has been preparing itself for a natural disaster that can strike at any time.


Andy Marhsall and Mark Banham talk to reporters James Bell, Joe Cuffaro, and Jon Gilmore

Members of the Fire Service, Police, Ambulance, Primary Care Trust, Environment Agency, Met Office, Council, Health Protection Agency and the Armed Forces were all taking part in a major exercise designed to simulate real flood conditions. It threw problems at the personnel involved and demanded they solved them. Situations such as a coach stuck on a road or two workers missing as they try to save essential infrastructure could all happen.

As we at Staffs Live spoke to them over the three days, it was apparent that they were making difficult decisions based on scarce reliable information, and unknown outcomes. The point of all this is to make sure that if it does happen for real, Staffordshire knows what to do. Even though you cannot accurately predict any situation, they now have a strong understanding of what it could be like.

One of the newer pieces of equipment is provided under the Staffordshire Contingency Plan. A series of vans and tents provide adequate cover and resources to ensure a team of commanders can work out in the field, closer to the scene of the incident in an emergency. This will ensure faster communication to the scene, and a better understanding of the situation. It can be put up in around an hour and a half, and works alongside the main control room.

Brigadier Mark Banham MBE and the Director of Civil Contingencies for Staffordshire Andy Marshall spoke to Staffs Live.

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A youtube video of the 2007 floods in Tewkesbury