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04.11.21 – Covid Walk-ins, Award for JCB, Fireworks Trading Standards, Greyhound Gap

Written by on 3 November 2021

All doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be available to Staffordshire people at a series of walk-in clinics during November.

The clinics will be offering both doses of the vaccine to residents aged 12 and over, along with booster jabs to eligible groups, without the need to book an appointment.

This is to help ensure that getting vaccinated is convenient for all residents.   There will be a clinic Newcastle Fire Station, on Wednesday 10 November, between 10.30 – 2.30.

If you prefer you can also book and manage vaccine and booster appointments on the NHS national booking system:


Congratulations to local company JCB who have won one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in British automotive engineering honouring technical achievement.
At a ceremony in London, the JCB Chairman Lord Bamford was presented with the Royal Automobile Club’s Dewar Trophy for the company’s development of a super-efficient hydrogen fuel motor. It is the third time that JCB’s innovations have been honoured with the Dewar Trophy.


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With Bonfire night just around the corner, businesses in Staffordshire are being reminded about the importance of safe fireworks sales.

Staffordshire County Council’s Trading standards officers are visiting retailers to ensure that items are being stored safely and only being sold to people over 18.  Anyone selling fireworks needs to ensure the fireworks are stored safely and they need to apply for a license to do so.  Fireworks cannot be sold at a car boot sale, from a vehicle or from a private house.

Anyone who has concerns about the sale of fireworks should contact the Trading Standards confidential helpline on 01785 330356.



This Sunday, 7th November, local charity Greyhound Gap are taking over the Stones down in Newcastle town centre.  There will be 40 stalls to help you get ahead with your Christmas shopping and there will be a fun all breed dog show.

And as it’s Sunday, all council car parks are absolutely free!

For more information about this great charity visit