New Year’s Honours and Staffordshire does us proud

I would like to wish everyone a happy new year and I do hope you had an enjoyable time over the holidays.

I was delighted to see so many people from Staffordshire recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, 14 in total which is a tribute to those who were recognised.

It’s good to see such a wide range of outstanding contributions being recognised across the whole county.  As we all know, Staffordshire is a great county with wonderful people making a real difference in their chosen fields and it is great to see their efforts recognised.

Amongst those honoured are staff from St. Johns Ambulance, a community swimming instructor, a health campaigner, a nurse, charity volunteers and a number of people recognised for their invaluable contributions to their work in the public sector.

I would like to say a huge congratulations to them all and thank them for helping to make Staffordshire the great county it is.

If you have made a new year’s resolution to get fitter this year, or want to kick start 2014 with a healthy theme, you might want to join in with a series of scenic walks taking place at Shugborough over the next few months.

Our team have organised eight themed walks between Sunday, January 12 and Sunday March 16.

Led by an experienced and informed guide, each walk will last around an hour-and-a-half and provide some great photographic opportunities as well as the exercise.

Taking full advantage of the sprawling parklands which feature one of the UK’s most remarkable collections of monuments and follies, some of the walks will even touch-on why the Estate hit the world’s headlines just a few years ago – as the final resting place of The Holy Grail!  Visit for more details or to book yourself on one of the walks.

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