Events bring people together, bring streets/places to life and give them a different common meaning or add to them a touch of colour. Concerts, competitions, marches, causes, festivals, parades...

Stafford Christmas Parade and Switching on the lights

Santa's Dash

The town was invaded by Santas - little ones and big ones, in a great run through town!

Remembrance Day

A very emotional day to remember "those who gave up on their today for our tomorrow", as someone said yesterday during the Remembrance Day service in Stafford. A day marked by memories, respect, silence, gratitude, togetherness and poppies.

Stafford Hospital Children's March, 28th September

Thousands of people gathered yesterday in the Market Square to walk in support of the Stafford Hospital. This is the second march organised this year for this cause. Below you can see a selection of shots taken inside the Support Stafford Hospital space in the Guildhall Centre, the Market Square and along the march to the Hospital.

Katherine House Hospice Midnight Walk, 14th September

There's nothing like a good 10 k midnight walk to burn some of those calories. And when it's for a noble cause, it's a no - brainer that you must go ... 
Around 500 women met at Beaconside Sports Centre to walk for Katherine House and help raise funds in support of the vital services The Hospice is offering. The theme this year was a Hawaiian one, so you can imagine all the flowers, colours and sparkle lighting the dark.
This is just one of the many events organised by the Hospice 
Below you can see some shots captured during the walk: 

Simply Staffs - weekly event showcasting businesses in the county
Every Thursday at Oddfellows Hall 

Stafford Knot Storytelling Club, Special Stafford 1,100 evening. A special guest - "The Journey Man" Johnny Gillett, with his captivating and lively stories, a tasty cake, a Stafford quiz where Trevor Fisher knew all the answers and an engaged audience. And the presentation of my blog, by my friend Ana (yes, another Ana) in her unmistakable lovely way. All in all, a great celebration evening!

Food 4 Thought, Blooming Tea Party for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Just a few steps from the high street, Food 4 Thought is a lovely and friendly Cafe in Stafford and on Saturday 20th July the staff organised a Blooming Tea Party to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
But Food 4 Thought is more than a lovely place to have a cup of tea and a home-made cake in. It is a training Cafe that provides support for people recovering from mental illness, helping them to improve self-confidence, gain a sense of achievement and gain experience of working in a team. 
The Cafe has been founded by South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS and Staffordshire County Council and is open to the public Monday to Saturday.  

Mark serving tea (below)

                        Sue enjoying a lunch made with locally produced ingredients (below)

Charity event at the Post House Restaurant

On Saturday 20th July, one room in the Post House Restaurant in Stafford turned into a Craft wonderland coloured with little buttons, balloons, accessories, cakes and different other hand-crafted "goodies".
The event was part of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation's charity actions in support of this cause and brought together a big number of people of all ages curious to see what the Craft Carnival has to offer and willing to spend some pennies for a good cause.

Stafford Festival

Stafford's Storytelling Parade

A 1,100 years old story in a parade dedicated to Stafford. A sunny 6th July, with queens, knights in armour, storytelling characters and of course a huge cake!

Party in the park

A great Party in the Park this year in Stafford! A fun family day with music, competitions and a lot of sun! 

Stafford's Big Burh Day Concert

Stafford's Got Talent 2

At the end of June, Danny Reynolds Centre organised the second edition of Stafford's Got Talent. A fund raising event meant to bring them closer to the opening of the Centre itself - a place to capture within it preventive services aiming at the 14 - 25 years old age group.
The Centre took it's name from Danny Reynolds, a young man aged only 21 when he lost his life in a tragic car accident. The driver was one and a half above the legal alcohol  limit.
Over the last couple of years, his mother, Di, has fought and is still fighting to bring this Centre to life.
The winners of Stafford's Got Talent this year (photo in the series below) are Nevaeh Duo.

Protest in the Market Square against BLS - Breed Specific Legislation - stating "Punish the deed, not the breed" (one picture below).

On April 21st, tens of thousands of people met in the Stafford Town Market Square and marched in support of The Stafford Hospital. The crowd walked from the town centre all the way to the Hospital (below).

In April, on Saint George's Day, in Stafford was born The Stafford Knot Storytelling Club, founded by the storytellers Ana Lines and Cath Edwards. Once a month, at Ye Old Rose and Crown Pub, the stories, the dance and the music meet the public. 

                                         Stafford in the 50s (below a small selection from 2012)

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