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30.06.22 – 2021 Census, Holditch Mining Disaster, FARS Award Nominations, Lakeside 5 and Fun Run

Written by on 29 June 2022

The changing population of Staffordshire has been revealed, after initial data from the 2021 Census has been released.

Data released includes information on population, grouped into three key age brackets: children and young people, working age population, and 65 and over.

The total population of Staffordshire has increased to around 876,100 residents an increase of approximately 27,500 compared to ten years ago.

Added to this, six districts and boroughs in the county have seen an increase in population, while two, Newcastle and Staffordshire Moorlands, have seen a decline.

The data also shows an aging population, with 65+ making up 26% of residents in the Staffordshire Moorlands, closely followed by South Staffordshire, with 25.2% of residents aged over 65.

Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council said: “The Census data always offers a fascinating insight into the makeup of our county, and gives us the information we need to provide the right services to our residents.

Latest Census data can be accessed here:


This year marks the 85th anniversary on the ‘Holditch Pit Disaster’ which took place in 1937.  A memorial service for this tragic local event will be taking place at Apedale Heritage Centre this Sunday starting at 6pm. This annual memorial welcomes all who wish to pay their respects to the 30 men who lost their lives on 2nd July 1937, particularly the families of people involved in this tragic local incident.


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been recognised for its work during the COVID-19 pandemic by being nominated for three national awards.

The service has been shortlisted for the Frontline Risk Award, Partnership Award and the Professional of the Year Award at this year’s ALARM Risk Awards.

The awards celebrate achievements in risk management and acknowledge the work of risk and insurance practitioners across a number of categories. The awards will also recognise the hard work, long hours, agile thinking, and collaborative working, that has underpinned the past two years of managing risk and building resilience in a pandemic.

The ALARM Risk Awards are due to take place on 5 July.


ONE of the favourite fixtures of the Staffordshire summer calendar for runners is making a welcome comeback – with a guest appearance from an Olympian and Commonwealth Games athlete.

It is almost 40 years since the first ever JCB Lakeside 5 and Fun Run were staged – and now it is back after a two year pause due to Covid.

And firing the starting pistol for the races will be local athlete Ben Williams who is preparing to compete in the triple jump event as part of the England athletics squad at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August.

Over the four decades the races have been staged, they have raised thousands of pounds for the NSPCC, for its work across Staffordshire

The 2.2-mile fun run takes place on Thursday, July 14th. around the JCB grounds and country lanes at 7pm. The undulating five-mile JCB Lakeside 5 takes in the glorious JCB grounds around the World HQ at Rocester before heading on to the local village roads and finishing on the JCB sports fields. It also starts at 7pm.

To register for this year’s events, visit