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12.05.22 – Queens Relay Baton, Bereavement Care Improvements, Newcastle in Bloom, Better Care Fund

Written by on 11 May 2022

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Staffordshire during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed.

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the games.  In England, the relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.

The relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before arriving at the opening ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July. The relay will visit Staffordshire over four days, including Newcastle under Lyme on 18th July.

18 July – Newcastle under Lyme

  • 19 July – Stafford
  • 19 July – Staffordshire Moorlands
  • 20 July – East Staffordshire
  • 20 July – Lichfield
  • 20 July – Tamworth
  • 23 July – South Staffordshire
  • 23 July – Cannock Chase


Stoke-on-Trent City Council is working to improve its Bereavement Care by investing in its cremation service at Carmountside Crematorium.

Proposals to purchase new cremation equipment were approved by councillors at a Cabinet meeting last month.

Three new state of the art cremators are to be installed which will provide a significant reduction in the site’s carbon footprint. The new machinery will futureproof the site for the next 20-25 years.

Installation of the new equipment is expected to start in October. Chapel funeral times will continue to be available throughout the installation.


It is Mental Health Awareness Week this week, and one of the things you can do to improve stress levels, lift your mood and help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety is gardening.  Newcastle Borough Council Green Team couldn’t agree more, and, if you have a lovely garden project that you would like to show to the Newcastle-in-Bloom Judges complete the application form on the Newcastle Borough Council Website.  Judging takes place in July and you will need to submit your entry form by 10th June.


An extra £19.25 million has been allocated to health and social care services in Staffordshire, to help people remain in their homes and communities for longer.

This is on top of the £123 million Better Care Fund (BCF) in Staffordshire, which is used by the county council and local NHS to help people needing health and social care.

Local authority and NHS teams have been working closely together, using the BCF to improve the lives of older people and those with disabilities.

A large part of this has been supporting county council and local clinical commissioning groups to continue their Home First Service, which helps people returning home from hospital to get back on their feet and maintain their independence.

The fund has also been used to support the home care market by recruiting and retaining carers, as well as giving more support to care homes to increase the quality of their care.