Monthly Archives: January 2018

Women’s History Museum for Stafford?

Spotlight on Stoke supports Stafford’s Shire Hall Forum’s campaign to re-open the town’s historic Shire Hall complex and transform it into a permanent Timeline Museum dedicated to Women’s History.

Heritage tourism is big business. It is a rapidly growing industry which brings in millions of pounds.

Economists estimate that a family visiting a major tourist attraction in a small market town like Stafford will spend between £70 and £90 in local shops and restaurants.

Creating a Timeline Museum to Women’s History in the Shire Hall would put Stafford on the international tourist map and regenerate the town centre.

A’ levels return to Stoke-on-Trent College


Spotlight on Stoke is delighted to learn that Stoke-on-Trent College will be running A’ level courses again after a gap of 18 years.

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, The Elms and Stoke-on-Trent College of Commerce (two of the colleges that were amalgamated to create Cauldon College which later became Stoke-on-Trent College) started to run full and part-time GCE O’ and A’ level courses. These courses were successful and attracted students from Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire.

Students who took A’ levels at colleges of further education in The Potteries continued their studies at Britain’s leading universities and became accountants, barristers, psychologists, solicitors, teachers and university lecturers.

We are sure that students following the new A’ level courses at Stoke-on-Trent College will be just as successful. Everyone at Spotlight wishes them well and will be following their progress with interest.

We hope the college will expand the range of A’ level subjects offered when the courses are established giving more local students the opportunity to go to university or to enter higher education.

You can help Tunstall keep its Co-Op Bank

If you care about Tunstall and want the town to have a future, please go to the market and help the stallholders’ campaign to stop the Co-Op Bank leaving.

You can support the campaign by signing the traders’ petition asking the bank to stay.

Barclays, Nat West and HSBC have already left. Tunstall can’t afford to lose another bank.

If the Co-Op Bank goes, there will be only one bank left in town. The number of people shopping in Tunstall will fall dramatically. More shops in High Street, Tower Square and The Boulevard will close. Tunstall will become a ghost town. 

You can help save Tunstall. All you have to do is visit the market and sign the petition.

The market is open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You can sign the petition at either J. Bryan’s stall or at The Market Grill.