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Allotment Opening

Community allotment is officially unveiled

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A community project encouraging people to grow their own fruit and vegetables was officially opened in Stafford this weekend. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Stafford Borough Council held a special open day to unveil the new Community Allotment Project, on Meadow Road, in Silkmore, on Saturday, April 13. Meadow Road resident Maria Campbell, Mayor… Read more »


SARH gold award for health and safety for the fifth successive year

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes (SARH) has achieved a major award for its approach to health and safety for the fifth consecutive year. SARH retained the Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for its continued commitment to looking after the health, safety and welfare of its staff. “For SARH to… Read more »


Open day marks official opening of community allotment project

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A community project encouraging people to grow their own fruit and vegetables will be officially opened in Stafford this weekend. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is holding a special open day to unveil the new Community Allotment Project, on Meadow Road, in Silkmore, on Saturday, April 13 from 10am until noon. The Mayor of Stafford… Read more »


Children get on the ball with SARH and Stoke City FC

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Youngsters in Stafford took part in free football coaching sessions with Stoke City Football Club this Easter.   Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) teamed up with Stoke City Community Trust to offer three sessions for children aged between five and 12-years-old.   The sessions included games and activities to give children the chance to have… Read more »

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Backbeat for charity gig

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BY day he can be found tapping away at a keyboard but Stafford And Rural Homes worker Peter Sherriff is more likely to be found behind a drum kit in his own time. Peter, and his band The Mercy, are soon to play a charity gig to raise money for St Giles Hospice, near Lichfield,… Read more »


Steve is a star attraction

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He’s Stafford and Rural Homes answer to Professor Brian Cox! Astronomy enthusiast Steve Latham is reaching for the stars in the quest for all things stellar. SARH’s Customer Service Centre Team Leader is running ‘A Down to Earth Guide to Astronomy for Beginners’ session in Stafford, on April 26. The session is being run through… Read more »


Housing project will create new shared ownership opportunities in Gnosall

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WORK on a groundbreaking £3million project to create 30 new affordable rented and shared ownership properties in Gnosall has been launched by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). To mark the National Housing Federation’s National Shared Ownership week (March 18-22), SARH held a launch event for its new housing development on Lowfield Lane, which will include… Read more »

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SARH to run free children’s football sessions with Stoke City FC

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A community project is offering youngsters in Stafford free football coaching during the Easter holidays from Stoke City Football Club. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has teamed up Stoke City Community Trust to run three sessions for children aged between five and 12-years-old. “Promoting healthy activity for children is something SARH is passionate about and… Read more »

New starters

Out of work young people gain employment opportunities with SARH

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A STAFFORD housing association is offering unemployed young people a chance to gain much needed work experience and training to help them onto the employment ladder. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is taking on seven unemployed people aged between 19 and 22 in partnership with the Shaw Trust through the government’s Youth Contract programme. Karen… Read more »

Mortgage Rescue Scheme helps people to stay in their home

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has helped 29 families struggling to pay their bills to remain in their homes through a mortgage rescue scheme run in partnership with Stafford Borough Council and Citizens Advice. The scheme gives customers who are in debt and at risk of losing their home the option of selling their property… Read more »

Level 2 Food Safety Course

Food safety course proves a recipe for success

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A FREE course from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has helped 16 Stafford residents to gain a recognised three-year qualification in food safety. The Level 2 Award in Food Safety course, run at Silkmore Children’s Centre, was organised through SARH’s Community Learning Programme. One of customers to gain the qualification was Jean Tabernor, a former… Read more »

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SARH get funny for money for Comic Relief

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) residents are getting funny for money with a fundraising event for Comic Relief. Independent Living Schemes from Oxleathers Court and Shakespeare Road, in Stafford and Impstones, in Gnosall, are coming together for a day of laughs on Red Nose Day this Friday (15 March). Oxleathers Independent Living Co-ordinator Paul Buckley… Read more »


New roofs fitted to 400 homes in Penkside

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A MAJOR £2million regeneration project in Penkside will see more than 400 homes re-roofed. The project is being carried out by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) through its contractor DLP Services and aims to enhance the appearance of the area as well as upgrading the properties’ resistance to wind and rain. “This project forms part of a wider… Read more »


Colwich couple celebrate Diamond wedding anniversary

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IN 1953 the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place and the Royal Yacht Britannia took to the seas for the first time…it was also the year that Colwich couple Norman and Brenda Shrehorn were married. The couple first met in Stafford where Brenda worked at the Lotus shoe factory and Norman worked at Dorman… Read more »

Springcroft School

Bulb planting is a blooming success for SARH

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GREEN fingered volunteers from Springcroft Primary School have helped a local housing association to add colour to local communities by planting daffodil and gladioli bulbs. Stafford and Rural Homes’ Community Involvement Team visited the school in Blythe Bridge and youngsters helped to plant some new bulbs, on Wednesday, March 6. The project is part of… Read more »

Read all about it!

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Find out what Stafford and Rural Homes’ Community Involvement Team has been up to and what’s planned for 2013 in its’ new blog  

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Donation marks year of fundraising

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Generous staff at a Stafford housing association are celebrating a year of fundraising for local charity, Katharine House Hospice. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) staff raised £765.25p for the charity, which provides free hospice care and support for people with life threatening illnessess and their families Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes… Read more »

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Planning permission granted for new affordable homes in Stone

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A STAFFORD housing association has been given the green light for a £1.3million project to build 14 new affordable homes in Stone. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has been granted planning permission for two one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartments on Elm Road. Working in partnership with developers Jessups and Housing Plus who manage the build… Read more »

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New Panels Reflect Eco Pledge

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is plugging into a brighter future by installing solar panels at its Beaconside head offices. The 230 high-specification photovoltaic (PV) panels are being fitted to the roof of The Rurals, in Parker Court, this week and will generate over 47,000 kwh of electricity a year – reducing the housing association’s… Read more »

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SARH takes action against customers who do not pay rent

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A STAFFORD housing association is tackling those who do not pay their rent. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has evicted three customers – one from Greyfriars and two from Highfields, Stafford – who have refused to pay their outstanding rent. Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH, said: “A home is absolutely essential to a person’s… Read more »

Mr and Mrs Walker

SARH customers’ diamond joy

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A bicycle helped steer Bill Walker on to the path of true love and kept him on course for more than 60 years. Bill, used a pedal cycle in his courtship of Eileen during the early 1950s – travelling between his home in Haughton and hers in Gnosall. “He used to cycle over with a… Read more »

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SARH shortlisted four times in top regional social housing awards

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FOUR community projects led by a Stafford housing association have been shortlisted in major regional social housing awards. Stafford and Rural Homes submitted four entries into the annual Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) central region awards – and all have been chosen as finalists. “It is a fabulous achievement to be shortlisted four times considering… Read more »


SARH First Responders save Stafford ambulance service over £18,000

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A pilot scheme providing emergency first aid assistance for over 7,000 customers in Stafford has saved the local ambulance service over £18,000. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has recruited four new ‘First Responders’ to its Telecare team to attend emergency calls received through the 24 hour Customer Call Centre, where first aid is more appropriate… Read more »


SARH offers funding to help community projects in Stafford

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A Stafford housing association is offering a significant funding boost to community projects in its neighbourhood areas. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has a £100,000 pot of funding for grants to help local people make the improvements they want see in their neighbourhoods. The annual Community Initiative scheme, which is being launched for 2013/14 across… Read more »


SARH work placements lead to full-time employment for John and Christine

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A Stafford housing association’s commitment to helping people into work has enabled two budding young professionals to gain full time employment. John Wilkes, 22, from Eccleshall, joins Stafford and Rural Homes as a driver and labourer, having initially worked with the organisation as a trainee tradesman through the Shaw Trust under the national Youth Contract… Read more »

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New rent app aims to help SARH customers

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A Stafford housing association has signed up to a new smart phone app allowing its customers to pay their rent with the touch of a button. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is increasing the number of ways its customers can pay their rent ahead of major changes to the welfare system. The app, called ‘allpay’,… Read more »

SARH wins new contract with Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils

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A Stafford housing association has won the contract to provide around the clock telephone support to over 80,000 residents across Babergh and Mid Suffolk. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) will provide an out of hours emergency telephone service for customers living in the districts covered by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils. SARH will also… Read more »


Top cat ‘Posh’ a popular resident at Marston Court

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A STRAY cat is proving to be a ‘puurfect’ member of the community at Marston Court 13 years after he was adopted by residents living there. The cat, called Posh, was taken in by customers at the Stafford and Rural Homes Independent Living Scheme as he regularly visited the garden on the hunt for food. “He… Read more »

SARH staff at the first of its welfare reform roadshows.

SARH hits the road to offer welfare benefits advice

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A series of community roadshows is taking to the streets of Stafford to offer residents advice on the up and coming changes to welfare benefits. The Money Advice and Community Involvement teams at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) will be visiting locations across the borough over the next few weeks to answer questions and provide… Read more »


Repairs advice due to snow

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Due to the current poor weather conditions some non emergency planned repairs to your property may need to be rescheduled. However if you need to report an emergency repair to your home our 24/7 Customer Services Centre is operating as normal but please be aware that calls may take longer to be answered due to… Read more »

SARH launches new programme of free learning

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A new programme of free learning courses, workshops and taster sessions for Stafford residents has been launched by Stafford and Rural Homes. SARH has unveiled its latest Community Learning Programme, which includes 55 free sessions being delivered across Stafford Borough throughout the year to help people into employment, improve health and wellbeing, encourage people to… Read more »

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SARH photos shortlisted in national award

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THREE photographs of community events taken by Stafford and Rural Homes reached the final of a national competition run by the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS). The photos, taken by the Community Involvement Team, were amongst the final 60 photos shortlisted in the ‘Tenant Involvement Moment of the Year’ competition. See if you can spot… Read more »


Customers at Oxleathers enjoy table tennis

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RESIDENTS at Oxleathers Court now have a new way to keep healthy and active thanks to one couple’s enjoyment of table tennis. Earlier this year Elizabeth and Geoffrey Bennett, who live at the Stafford and Rural Homes independent living scheme, off Sundown Road, suggested a table would be a great addition to the communal complex…. Read more »


School children join Tithe Barn residents for festive fun

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PRIMARY school children have enjoyed an afternoon of festive fun with residents at Tithe Barn Court. A choir from John Wheeldon Primary School sang carols and spent time talking to residents at the Stafford and Rural Homes Independent Living Apartments on Friday, December 7. “It was great to see two generations coming together and having… Read more »

SARH customers Ernie Till, from Gough and Crispin Close, Terry Winstanley, from Lichfield Court, John Wakefield, from Hall Close with Paul Buckley, SARH Independent Living Coordinator for Oxleathers Court, with their moustaches grown for Movember.

Close shave for SARH charity fundraisers

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FUNDRAISERS from across Stafford have been growing a tache for cash throughout November to raise money for a men’s health charity. Paul Buckley, Independent Living Co-ordinator for Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and SARH customers Terry Winstanley, from Lichfield Court, in Stafford, John Wakefield, from Hall Close, in Silkmore, and Ernie Till, from Gough and… Read more »

“Aspiring for the Future”

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The top eco-friendly businesses and organisations in Stafford Borough were announced at the 16th annual ‘Green Awards.’ Schemes which demonstrate good environmental practice were showcased at the borough council run event. Among the winners were a village school, an eco-home and a business’ recycling scheme. The awards were set up to reward the efforts of local… Read more »

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Irene awarded for being a good neighbour

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Irene Rice, 85, of Crispin Close, has won the Stafford and Rural Homes’ Good Neighbour Award, for the help she provides to local residents and her kindness to everyone she meets. “It was a complete surprise to win this award.  I’m very fortunate to have the neighbours that I do,  to live in a community… Read more »

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