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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

2012 and all that...

Where did that go? Christmas has come and gone and although we might relish time with family and time to enjoy the season, it is also a time to relish the New Year and plans to come. It came up in discussion over the last few days that in fact 2012 is a big year! There are the Olympics obviously but also European Football, The Jubilee not to mention our very own Pugin Festival in Staffordshire. But really how does this effect Staffordshire, us up here in the north, anyone in rural Britain...well you'd be surprised....
Staffordshire was host a few weeks ago to the premiere of some film aimed to bring the spotlight of the Olympics on Staffordshire farmers. Farmers on Film is the brainchild of Sarah Gayton, Staffordshire Olympic coordinator for Women in Food and Farming Union and award winning baker. The idea being to highlight the very bast of locally produced food to the Olympic audience.
It is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Augustus Pugin and the Pugin Festival. Renowned for designing the Houses of Parliament but also the architect for the 14 buildings in and around Cheadle, Staffordshire - "the land of Pugin". These year long festivities start in January 2012 and promise to be a fabulous celebration of the man and his work.
The Olympic flame is coming to Staffordshire! If you are local or plan a holiday - chose May or June!! This could be your chance to see the fame for real and in beautiful surroundings! You know where to search for a holiday break too ;-) The flame come to Gnosall, Houghton and Stafford on the 30th May and then Burton, Streethay, Lichfield, Tamworth, Great Wyrley and Newtown on the 30th June 2012. It will also visit the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas. 
For events and things to do on a slightly smaller scale or for those of your searching for a course or new hobby - try us. We aim to be the most passionate Staffordshire advocates and promise to handpick everything we recommend!
See you in 2012 eh?

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