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23.11.2021 – Defibrillators in memory of Sam Benson, Gritters, Staffordshire Police Rugby Team, APSE Nominations for NUL

Written by on 22 November 2021

The family of a teaching assistant who are campaigning to get defibrillators installed in all schools in her memory have seen her case highlighted in Parliament.

Aaron Bell, the member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme is supporting the cause after hearing about Sam Benson’s tragic death.   Sam, a wife and mother of three sadly collapsed from a heart attack at Ravensmead Primary School, in Bignall End.

The school now has a defibrillator that has been donated by staff at the nearby Audley Tesco Express.  And the family and friends of the much loved teaching assistant have since raised thousands of pounds to go towards defibrillators in other local schools.


Staffordshire’s army of gritters were in action for the first time on Sunday night as freezing temperatures hit the county

And with freezing temperatures expected to continue throughout the week, and a risk of ice on the roads, drivers are being reminded to take extra care.

Road conditions, weather and temperatures are being monitored from nine stations across the county and the team of ‘Winter Decision Makers’ will make the call as to when and where to send out the gritters.

And with five depots primed for action, 20,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled and hill contractors ready in the higher ground, teams are well prepared for whatever the winter decides to throw at them.


Staffordshire Police Rugby Team are back in action!

The newly formed ‘Five Forces Cup’ will see Staffordshire Police compete in a series of matches against other local police forces – namely Cheshire, Greater Manchester Police and Lancashire’s combined team, North Wales and Combined Services Barbarians.

The first of these games sees Staffs Police vs GMP and Lancs, and North Wales Police vs Combined Services Barbarians.

The games will be played simultaneously at Lichfield Rugby Union Ground  TOMORROW evening kicking off at 7.30.

Staffordshire Police are calling for as many supporters as possible to attend and enjoy what promises to be a fantastic evening of rugby, no tickets required as it’s free entry for all.


Newcastle Borough Council’s Cemetery and Crematorium Services and also their Street Cleansing service have been shortlisted as finalists for the Most Improved Performers categories in the APSE national awards 2021.

APSE is the Association for Public Service Excellence and is the largest local government benchmarking association in the UK.

The final results will follow in an awards ceremony on Thursday December 2.