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03.12.21 – Newcastle in Bloom, Small Business Saturday, Electrical Item Repairs, Flu Jabs

Written by on 2 December 2021

It’s National Tree Week and The Newcastle in Bloom ‘Plant a Bloomin Tree’ initiative has now begun in earnest, with Borough Council Leader Simon Tagg and Newcastle Mayor Ken Owen planting 16 trees on Sandy Lane Yesterday

Also this week, Children from ‘Thursfield Primary School’ helped to plant 15 British native trees at Newchapel Recreation Ground.

‘Trees’ will be the theme for the forthcoming Bloom campaign in partnership with the Queen’s Green Canopy for the platinum jubilee in 2022.

Newcastle Council will be encouraging schools, community groups and Borough residents to plant trees in their own community spaces and gardens as well as a number of upcoming projects in parks and open spaces.

You can check out their Tree totaliser which will be updating and recording the number of trees that are planted as part of this campaign.   Just go to the Newcastle Council website and search plantabloomintree.

Now it’s December the Christmas shopping season really starts! And this Saturday, 4 December, is Small Business Saturday – the perfect opportunity to support local businesses and markets by buying your gifts from small, retailers across Staffordshire. You could stop for a shopping break at your local independent coffee shop or café, knowing you’ll be making a big difference to business owners all over the county.


Have you got a broken electrical item that you don’t want any more but just needs fixing? Staffordshire County Council are on a mission to give your broken electricals a new lease of life!

Simply drop off your broken items in the electrical repair container at one of your local household waste and recycling centres and they will send them item off to prisons to be repaired and PAT tested by trained prisoners. It will be mended, made safe and sold to raise money for charities and other great causes.


People in Staffordshire are urged to get their flu jabs and protect themselves against winter illness. You can get vaccinated at any point during winter but the sooner the better.

People particularly vulnerable are offered the vaccine for free by the NHS each year to help reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill. These include people over the age 50 and those with certain health conditions.

Frontline health and social care workers can also receive a free vaccine to help protect themselves and the people they care for, this includes those who work in care homes.