Archive for June, 2011

Who will you nominate to carry the torch for Staffordshire?

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

More details on the London 2012 Olympic Torch relay that I mentioned recently. With less than one year to go until the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK, London 2012 has launched the search for 8,000 Torchbearers to take part in the 70-day relay as the flame is carried across the length and breadth of the country.

The Olympic Flame will come within one hour’s journey of 95 per cent of the UK. Locations of the evening celebrations have already been announced with more venues along the route to be announced later in the year and we’re hoping that towns and villages across Staffordshire will be included in the route.  

London 2012 is looking for inspirational people to carry the Olympic Flame along its route and I know that we’ve got plenty of people who fit the bill here in Staffordshire!  Let’s encourage them to be a part of this historic occasion.

If you know someone inspiring why not give them their moment to shine by nominating them for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay?

The nomination deadline is 29 June 2011 – give someone you know in Staffordshire the opportunity of a lifetime! Nominate now!  

If you want to find out more about the Olympic Torch relay simply visit the London 2012 website.  

Two weeks until the Hoard tour opens

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Warrian and Hoard bannerThere are only a couple of weeks to go until the Staffordshire Hoard on Tour opens at the Shire Hall Gallery. This much anticipated display of never before seen items from the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found is one of the must see exhibitions of the summer!

Entry is free but pre-booking is essential to reserve a place at the exhibition. Tickets are available at but they’re going fast so make sure you book yours.

The Fire Station, the First World War and a dog called Freda

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Freda graveI attended the opening of Tamworth’s new Community Fire Station on June 9. Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford was at the ceremony and he was joined by the Mayor and Fire Minister Bob Neill. 28 fire fighters are based round the clock at this impressive new site which includes meeting rooms and a kitchen for local groups to use as well.

On my way to the ceremony I visited Cannock Chase and came across a memorial to a very special dog called Freda. Troops were stationed there during the First World War and the memorial was placed there in honour of Freda, the regimental mascot dog

Total recall

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

I attended an excellent speed reading and memory retention course on June 8. With the amount of paperwork I have to get through I found this very useful and I’ve picked up some handy techniques that have enabled me to treble my reading speed whilst still taking the information in. I’ll be putting those techniques to the test from now on!

Way out Westminster

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

WestminsterChief Executive Nick Bell and I had our regular catch up with Staffordshire MPs on June 7, providing an update on the council’s activities and catching up on what’s happening in the corridors of power. I followed this up with a meeting with other local government people to share information about Staffordshire.

A burning desire?

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Speaking of the Olympics the London 2012 team is trying to get people to apply to be a Torch Bearer on the relay route. It’s a great opportunity to get involved in this historic sporting occasion and everyone in Staffordshire will be a short journey from the actual relay as well so they can go and watch it pass. If you’d like to get involved visit the 2012 website for more information:

Let the games commence

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

I attended an Olympic Torch Relay event in Birmingham on 31 May with our Chief Executive, Nick Bell.  I can’t say too much more at the moment as we were both sworn to secrecy but I can reveal that there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes in our region and beyond to co-ordinate some fantastic activities and events around next year’s games.