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Weekend Picks: Food Gusto Festival

Food Gusto Festival: Sat 10th - Sun 11th Sept (Castle Pleasure Grounds, Tamworth)

Food Gusto Tamworth Festival Credit: Food Gusto Tamworth Festival

The annual Food Gusto Tamworth Festival will take place across two days this weekend. Visitors can enjoy live music, cookery demonstrations and a range of local produce from the area.

There will also be locally brewed beers and local English wines in the beer tent.

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Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital after tractor crash

A motorcyclist is in a serious condition in hospital after the crash. Credit: PA Images

A motorcyclist involved in a crash with a tractor is in a serious condition in hospital.

The incident happened on the B5027 in Bramshall, Uttoxeter. He needed advanced trauma care by ambulance staff this morning in Staffordshire.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:

Ambulance staff found an unconscious man who had come off his motorcycle and had ended up in a garden following a collision with a tractor.

Due to the man’s serious condition, ambulance staff worked together closely to administer advanced trauma care at the roadside to help stabilise his condition.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman


30 hours free childcare scheme begins this week

The 30 hours’ childcare offer will be made available nationally in September 2017 Credit: PA

Hundreds of parents will be able to benefit this week as the new 30 hours’ free childcare scheme begins in Staffordshire.

The county council has 415 places of 30 hours’ free childcare for three and four-year-olds after the authority successfully bid earlier this year to host one of eight national trial schemes.

Thanks to our success in attracting the trial a year before it’s unveiled in the rest of the country, this initiative will make a real difference to hundreds of families.

It will help them find extra work, or if they already work full time it will put money in their pockets.”

– Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council

More information about the scheme is available from

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