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Celebrating Lottery success, are: Ron Mellor, BeConnected Volunteer; Hayley Murphy, Independent Living Manager; Judy Mitchell, BeConnected Customer; Alison Poole, BeConnected Co-ordinator, Jane Green, The National Lottery Community Fund Funding Officer, Midlands; Joy Patton, BeConnected Customer; Kathy Jones, Operational director of housing for Housing Plus Group.

BeConnected members join in lottery celebrations

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An award-winning project that’s helping tackle loneliness and isolation in communities across Stafford has been joining in recent celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the first National Lottery draw.


Stafford and Rural Homes acquires more than 150 homes from national housing group

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has expanded its property portfolio with the acquisition of 154 homes from the Clarion Housing Group. A mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses, two-bedroom bungalows and one and two-bedroom apartments, the homes in the Doxey area of Stafford were purchased for an undisclosed sum following a thorough bidding process…. Read more »

Christmas crafts

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A housing association is helping residents in a Staffordshire village to brush up on their crafts skills in the run up to Christmas. As part of its Community Learning Programme, Stafford and Rural Homes will be staging a Christmas Crafts course at Haughton Village Hall, Newport Road, Haughton, on Thursday, December 11. All equipment will… Read more »

Solar Panel warning

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In response to reports that elderly residents in Stafford have been approached by people on their doorstep claiming to be installing solar panels on behalf of Stafford and Rural Homes, Mark Edwards, Head of Asset Management at the housing association said: “SARH has no current programme for installing solar panels. “SARH informs customers by letter… Read more »

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National award recognition for SARH

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A Stafford-based housing association has been recognised for the way its customers help to improve the services it delivers. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) scooped top honours in the Excellence in Inspection and Mystery Shopping category at an awards ceremony in Manchester for social landlords. The accolade at the National Customer Scrutiny Inspection Awards recognised… Read more »

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Guardian Angel helps housing association achieve safety gold medal

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A Stafford-based health and safety officer has been recognised with a prestigious award for her efforts to promote safer working environments. Kathryn Ing, who works for Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), has already guided the organisation to its fourth Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and has now been… Read more »

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Housing Worx sponsorship for junior footballers

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A junior football team in Stafford has been given a huge boost by a local housing association. The youngsters of Stafford Rangers Stripes have got off to a solid start to the season in a new kit sponsored by Housing Worx, a subsidiary company of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). The under-14s side is managed… Read more »


Ghostly goings-on at children’s centre

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A spooky event in Stafford will offer local youngsters and their parents the chance to make bonfire cakes, spooky masks and pictures whilst enjoying apple and marshmallow bobbing! The Halloween Spooky Special at Stafford Children’s Centre, in Faraday Road, is free to attend and has been organised by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) as part… Read more »

Pictured at Jubilee Court are (from left to right): SARH customer Mr D Palphreyman, SARH Extra Care Manager Elaine Tomlinson, SARH customer Mr K Smith, SARH Independent Living Coordinator Paul Buckley and SARH Independent Living Coordinator Karen Batchelor.

Celebrations at Jubilee Court mark Older Persons Day

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A Stafford-based housing association has staged a special get together for its older customers as part on an international celebration of age and experience. As part of the worldwide Older People’s Day, Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) organised a series of activities at Jubilee Court where customers took part in a sing-song and staff dressed… Read more »


Housing association launches programme of community events

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Whether it’s making  ‘spooktacular’ Halloween lanterns and Christmas crafts, or learning stress-busting skills, Stafford And Rural Homes’ (SARH) community learning programme has something for everyone this autumn and winter. The free to attend events at locations in and around Stafford are designed to appeal to all ages and the first one is set to take… Read more »

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Green-fingered winners celebrate award success

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Award-winning gardeners have been sharing horticultural tips after scooping top honours in a competition organised by a Stafford-based housing association. Open to all customers of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), the organisation’s annual Gardens competition has become one of the highlights of the summer with dozens of local residents opening up their gardens to a… Read more »


Staff and customers recognised as housing association celebrates success

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has recognised one of its customers for his efforts to build a sense of community spirit in the area where he lives during an event celebrating the organisation’s many successes over the past 12 months. With the theme of ‘Delivering More’, the Annual General Meeting also provided the opportunity for… Read more »


Summer fun days hailed a huge success

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A series of family fun days staged over the summer holidays by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has been hailed a huge success. The events aimed to raise awareness of the broad range of services delivered by the housing association and its community partners whilst providing a great day out for local families. Held in… Read more »

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SARH Annual General Meeting

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‘Delivering More’ 2014 Annual General Meeting  Stafford and Rural Homes Thursday 11 September 2014 at 5.00pm The theme this year is ‘Delivering More’ which will be introduced by Karen Armitage, Chief Executive. Following the formal business a number of awards will be presented including the Good Neighbour and Staff Aspiring to Excellence Awards.    … Read more »

Multi-million pound boost for affordable housing projects

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A Stafford-based housing association is set to build dozens of new affordable homes across the area after securing multi-million pound government funding. A number of planned projects set out by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) have now been given the green light after the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA) agreed to meet up to 20… Read more »

Search is on for good neighbours

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Residents in and around Stafford are being invited to name members of the community who live in a property managed by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and have dedicated themselves to helping others over the past 12 months. The housing association is looking for nominations for its popular Good Neighbour Award, with the winner set… Read more »

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Fun day celebrates successful community allotment project

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A family fun day has helped celebrate the successful transformation of an area of neglected wasteland into a thriving community allotment. A joint initiative between the community, local businesses, Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Stafford Borough Council (SBC), the Meadow Road Community Allotment Project in Penkside, Stafford, has united the community and provided local… Read more »

Glittering plan to recycle bric-a-brac

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RECYCLNG odds and ends into fashionable jewellery is the sparkling idea behind a one-day course in Stafford. Offered by Stafford And Rural Homes (SARH) as part of its community learning programme, the project aims to turn buttons, beads, wire, feathers, and felt into arty brooches. Free of charge, and open to all SARH Customers and those… Read more »

Free family fun to help communities get ‘Fit for the Future’

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A family fun day for all the family is set to launch a summer programme of events in Stafford designed to help local residents make the most of the services provided by Stafford and Rural Homes and other community partners. The event in Prospect Road, Coton Fields on Friday, August 1, is open to everyone… Read more »

•	Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes with the latest cohort of Construction Operatives, from left to right: Christopher Mason (25), Matthew Kerr (21) Christopher Renshaw (20), Darren Simkins (19) and Stephen Burdett (21).

Housing Association welcomes young recruits

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A local housing association has taken on five young people as part of a successful programme to help the long-term unemployed back into work. They are the latest to benefit from a commitment by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) to boost employment opportunities for people living in the areas where it provides housing services. The… Read more »


Affordable homes for rural communities in Staffordshire

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A special event in Gnosall has highlighted the work being done to provide affordable homes for local people. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), in partnership with Stafford Borough Council, staged the drop-in event at its showcase Lowfield Lane development as part of the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week. The development, which consists of 30… Read more »

Housing association opens its doors to stakeholders

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A Staffordshire housing association has invited its key stakeholders to play a pivotal role in shaping its future. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) recently held a special event to enable customers, civic leaders, community groups and representatives from other private and public sector organisations to find out more about its plans. Karen Armitage, SARH Chief… Read more »

•	Lynne Gannon, Community Liaison Officer at Graham Balfour School (back row, left) and Karen Armitage, SARH Chief Executive, with completion winners (front row, left to right) Ella Daniel, Lucy Spencer and Josh Bayley.


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Youngsters from a Stafford school have been digging into the town’s history to come up with a name for a £4.4 million housing scheme. The Foregate Street development will provide 45 one and two bedroom apartments to meet local housing needs and will be known as Horton Village thanks to Year 6 pupils at nearby… Read more »

Out and about…Mark Edwards (left) with electrician Gordon Watten.


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A local housing association has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Mark Edwards as Head of Asset Management. During his first weeks in the role at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), Mark has been out and about assisting plumbers, electricians and other tradesmen on calls to properties across the heart of Staffordshire…. Read more »


A week left to enter the SARH Garden Competition

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SARH’s 2014 Annual Garden Competition is still open to SARH customers to enter until Friday the 13th June 2014. Just fill in the entry form, enter any of the six categories and post it to us for a chance to win a first or runner up prize at the awards event on Thursday the 21st… Read more »

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Stafford and Rural Homes celebrates new £2.2 million housing development in Swynnerton

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A Stafford Housing Association has started building new affordable homes in Swynnerton which will completely transform the unused site of a former primary school and provide much needed affordable housing in the area. Senior representatives from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), Seddon Construction Ltd, Swynnerton Parish Council and Lord Stafford officially launched construction on the… Read more »

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SARH committed to developing young people – the leaders of the future

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A Stafford Housing Association is working with a number of young people in the area to help them develop their skills, gain crucial work experience and a recognised qualification and help them become leaders of the future. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has a number of initiatives to help, support and develop youngsters in Stafford… Read more »

Best of Both

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Talks on creating a new joint force for housing in Staffordshire The boards of Housing Plus and Stafford and Rural Homes are in talks about working together in a new group to benefit customers and the wider community by delivering ‘the best of both’.  The planned new group would be a much larger locally-based housing… Read more »

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Love your garden this summer to win blooming great prizes

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A Stafford Housing Association is urging customers with green fingers to take part in their gardening competition this summer for the chance to win some great prizes and an invitation to an awards ceremony. Now in its fourth year, the gardening competition is open to all Stafford and Rural Homes customers and with five categories… Read more »


Residents invited to fun community event this Saturday!

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and local community and residents group, HERaTAGE are inviting people from the local community to a fun event this coming Saturday, 12th April to celebrate their 10th anniversary.The event has been organised by Highfields Estate Residents and Tenants Association for a Good Environment (HERaTAGE) and will take place on Saturday… Read more »

Councillor Jill Piggott, Mayor of Stone, Clive Jessup, Managing Director at Jessup Build Develop & Karen Armitage, Chief Executive, Stafford and Rural Homes at the launch event.

SARH handover keys to stunning new apartments in Stone

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Stafford and Rural Homes has now handed over the keys to excited customers who have now officially moved into their stunning new apartments on Priory Road in Stone. Click to see the video produced for the opening event The new £1.3 million development was officially opened recently by senior representatives from Stafford and Rural Homes, Jessup… Read more »

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We are celebrating a double win!

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After recently being recognised as one of the UK’s best employers, coming 20th in the Times Best 100 Not-for-Profit organisations, we are now celebrating yet another accolade, this time for involving customers in key decisions. We found out last week that we had won a regional TPAS award for Excellence in Co Regulation for our… Read more »

Pictured left to right is Chris King, Managing Director, Kier Partnership Homes, 
Karen Armitage - Chief Executive, Stafford and Rural Homes, Councillor Patrick Farrington and Ursula Bennion, Housing Plus

New apartments in Stafford town centre is a major boost

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A £4.4 million development of stunning new apartments in Stafford Town Centre has been hailed as fantastic news for local residents, businesses and the economy as it will not only meet the growing housing demand but will also regenerate the area and help boost the local economy.   Stafford and Rural Homes has worked closely… Read more »


Housing providers join royal calls for more rural housing

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Stafford and Rural Homes and Housing Group Plus are supporting calls from Princess Anne for more rural affordable housing, following a national housing conference. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Housing Plus Group attended the Rural Housing National Conference held recently, where The Princess Royal, who is patron of the English Rural Housing Association, explained… Read more »



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Stafford and Rural Homes is very proud to announce that it has been listed 20th out of 100 Best Companies in the Times Not-for-Profit Best Companies 2014. The Times says of SARH: A truly local housing association, Stafford and Rural Homes owns more than 5,600 properties within the borough of Stafford, and it is the… Read more »

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New homes to revamp unused town centre site

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WORK on a £4.4million affordable housing development in Stafford town centre is now underway. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and its development partner Housing Plus are creating 18 one bedroom and 27 two bedroom flats on Foregate Street. “The project will transform a site which had previously been unused for some time into more much… Read more »

Mrs Cockburn from Lime Grove, Barlaston

There’s Still Time to Win a Prize

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We are delighted to announce the first five lucky winners of our recent prize draw but don’t despair as there is still time to win a £25 ‘Love2Shop’ voucher! Customers who signed and returned the variation to their tenancy agreement before Monday, January 13, were entered into the draw and the following winners were picked:-… Read more »

Architects impressions of the new development in Swynnerton

New affordable homes to be built in Swynnerton by SARH

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A £2.2million project will transform the unused site of a former primary school in Swynnerton into new affordable homes. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has been granted planning permission to build 19 homes in Park View on a rural exception site which was the former location of Swynnerton RC Primary School. “We believe the new… Read more »

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SARH to expand community involvement team

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A TEAM which organises and supports positive community projects is being expanded by a Stafford housing association. Stafford and Rural Homes is looking to take on a new member in its Community Involvement Team on a year long placement. “We’ve decided to increase the size of our Community Involvement Team because we are committed to… Read more »

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