Christmas Lights Switch-On 18th November

Christmas Light Poster 2018
Click poster to see full size.

A50 Growth Corridor Update – October/November 2018

We are only a couple of months away from completion of Project A and I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this major engineering work. As we enter the final stages there are three things that we would like to tell you about.

New Road
The current work outside the Shell garage is necessary to install ducts and pipes for future power, broadband and energy supply needs for housing and industry in the area, as well as integrating the carriageway into the approach to the new A50 roundabouts. But it will be completely reopened to all vehicles for one weekend from 6pm on Friday, November 16th until 9.30am on Monday, November 19th. The reopening coincides with overnight closures of the A50 (more details below) and we do not want the A50 and New Road closed at the same time. On Monday, November 19th the New Road roadworks will be reinstated in the same place outside the Shell garage, not before 9.30am, and continue until Friday, November 30th, with the same diversions as before.

The A50 will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 5.30am, for three nights on Friday, November 16th, Saturday, November 17th, and Sunday, November 18th to fully incorporate the slip roads after the recent bridge demolition. On the Saturday and Sunday, between 5.30am and 8pm the inside lanes will be closed in both directions to protect the work done overnight. The full overnight closures will be between the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge and the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter.

Click here to read the rest of this important update.

Important Parish Council Notices

Notice of Completion of Audit 2017–2018

Parish Council Privacy Notice (pdf)

Play Area Survey

The Parish Council are considering issues concerning the play equipment on the old railway line and they want to hear the views of the people who use it.
Here’s a message from Philip Frampton, a member of Denstone Parish Council:

“Hi. The Parish Council would like some feedback about the play area on the railway line, and I’ve created this survey. If you could fill it in, forward it, share it – the more responses the better.

“I’d like to have results for the next PC meeting on 6th November. As always, residents are very welcome to attend but I doubt anything will get decided on that date.”

Alton Towers Newsletter (October 2018)

Click here to view Alton Towers Newsletter (October 2018 Update)

Denstone Voluntary Car Scheme

Supported by the Parish Council and Staffordshire County Council, this door-to-door scheme is being re-launched to help residents in the Parish who are without access to a private car and are also unable to use public transport due to infirmity, age or disability.

Passengers will pay a fare to the volunteer driver in accordance with set charges based on mileage and generally in line with public transport costs.

If you need to get to the Doctor, Dentist or Optician, or have a hospital appointment, we will try to help. For non-local visits to hospitals we will need 48 hours notice except in an emergency. The service will operate between 8.30am and 6.00pm on weekdays only.

The scheme depends on volunteer drivers and the more we have the greater the coverage and the wider the spread to volunteer time. Do you have a car and a few hours a month to help support our neighbours to feel less isolated?

For more details and to register your interest in either using the scheme or volunteering please contact the Coordinator:
Roy Smith,
2 Jasmine Cottages, Oak Road, Denstone.
01889590426 (H) 07891553778 (M)

Thank you

Staffordshire Police Notices July 2018

Staffordshire Police Stakeholder Presentation – July 2018 (Powerpoint file)

Staffordshire Police Newsletter – July 2018 (pdf file)

Unlawful Encampments letter and advice leaflet ESBC and Staffordshire Police (pdf file)

Mobile Post Office

The Mobile Post Office will be in the village on the Village Hall Carpark every Monday from 1:45 to 2:45.

Please use this as much as possible, as the more it is used the more chance we have of having it more than one day a week.

If you have any questions regarding this please do not hesitate to contact me on 01335 324692 or email me at

Julie Sadler
Parish Clerk

Denstone Diary

The second edition of “Denstone Diary” has just been produced by Sue Edmonds, and everyone in the village should by now have received a copy of this beautiful (FREE!) glossy magazine about Denstone Village. If you haven’t got your copy yet you can contact Sue Edmonds or email the webmaster. It should also be available online soon.

Facebook Page Change

The “Denstone Neighbourhood Plan” Facebook Page has now been renamed the “Denstone Voice”. This page was used for discussion and public participation during the production of the Neighbourhood Plan, but since the completion of the NP in August 2016 it has been used for more general Denstone-related matters. Please feel free to use it to post anything to do with Denstone – e.g. events, questions, photos, videos, etc.

Denstone Parish Council – Revised Standing Orders etc.

The PC has produced revised versions of its Standing Orders and a protocol for public participation in meetings.
Click here to view.

Denstone Village Hall

Village Hall Poster

Click image above to see full-size poster and click here for information about the Village Hall and how to book your event.

Work continues on multi-million pound dementia centre

Work on a multi-million pound centre designed to give the very best care to people with dementia is continuing apace. The Burton dementia centre of excellence will provide home-like accommodation for residents with dementia, giving them the continued high quality care and support they need as their condition changes. It is being built on the site of the Margaret Stanhope Centre in Outwoods, Burton.

The centre, which is being designed to the University of Stirling ‘gold’ standard for dementia care, will provide space for family gatherings, keeping pets, and include communal areas and facilities such as a café and hairdressers.

Officers from Staffordshire County Council and Symphony—a consortium made up of Accord, Keepmoat and Quattro Architects—will be celebrating the ongoing construction of the first flagship centre in Burton with a special sod-cutting ceremony. Officers will also get a tour of the site that will eventually become home to 45 people living with dementia.

County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing at Staffordshire County Council said: “As a county council we very much recognise the devastating impact dementia can have not only on individuals, but on their family and friends. Working closely with our partners, we are ensuring people will get access to a whole range of services to help them live the life that they want for as long as possible. Dementia is one of the biggest challenges facing the whole county over the next few years. This new centre, will transform the way people with the condition can access the care and support they need.”

Maxine Espley, Executive Director of Care and Support, Accord, on behalf of the Symphony consortium, said: “This is a really exciting partnership deal with Staffordshire County Council and we are delighted to be delivering this dementia centre of excellence. The Accord Group is a leader in dementia excellence and has a successful track record of delivering services for people with dementia.

“The new centre will bring innovative thinking to the design of homes for people with dementia coupled with quality care. It will provide support for people currently living in our residential homes and those living in Staffordshire who may need dementia care in the future.”

Caroline Cormack, Head of Home Ownership and Supply in the Midlands for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) said: “We are pleased to be supporting the Burton dementia centre of excellence, which is an important part of the HCA’s work to support older people through high quality specialist housing.”

The centre is expected to open in September 2018, and Staffordshire County Council and Symphony will continue to work closely with residents, families and staff to allow the smooth transfer of residents from Hillfield House in Stretton during 2018.

For more news from Staffordshire County Council visit

New WI Web Site

The Denstone WI has a beautiful new Website with many photos, Mary’s Blog, and information about WI activities.

Police and Neighbourhood Watch Information

The Neighbourhood Watch page is now entitled “Neighbourhood Watch and Police” and includes links to two relevant Web sites that you may find useful:
Staffordshire Police
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Staffordshire

Please click the links below for details of the local “Smart Water Initiative”:
Download the NHW Bulletin regarding “Smart Water” (May 2012)
Download the NHW Newsletter (Issue 1 - April 2012)