Bad news for boaters at Stone

Published: Monday, 06 August 2018

IT IS bad news for boaters that the Co-op store which was conveniently situated for the canal at Stone has closed, writes Roger Fox.

So the only place for general provisions is the Morrison’s supermarket which is rather further away. However, there is still a good butcher’s shop in Adie’s Alley and a baker in the High Street.

Good news

The good news is that Joule’s Brewery which once occupied the Co-op site and which closed in the 1950s, has been resurrected complete with its original trade mark and recipes and is now brewing in Market Drayton. Joule’s has launched an ambitious plan to re-establish itself in Stone and is planning to build a major new public house on the Crown Wharf site next to the Canal Cruising Company.

An unusual feature of the proposal is that it will include a studio theatre which will run a mixed programme of arts events centred around a successful local group The Stone Revellers.

40th birthday

This year is the group's 40th birthday, and have the ambitious plans to design, build and operate a new Theatre for the town, with a member of the group explaining:

"The plans, which are now ready for the public and planners consideration, offer a unique Theatre space, and we are thrilled by the prospect of the development. We have a long way to go, but today is a key milestone in making our dream a reality.”