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Art Deco Workshop at Gladstone

An art deco workshop that looks at the art deco style of painting used by pottery designers Susie Cooper and Clarice Cliff is taking place at the Gladstone Pottery Museum on Saturday, July 14th.

The event, which costs £12 per person, starts at 11am and ends at 12.30pm. To book your place, telephone 01782 237777. Persons attending will be able to paint their own decorative plate and take it home.

NewsDesk – Shire Hall Forum Meeting

Shire Hall Stafford


The next meeting of Stafford’s Shire Hall Forum, which is campaigning to turn the Shire Hall into a TimeLine Museum dedicated to Women’s History,  will take place on Monday, March 26th at 7.00 pm in The Bird in Hand, Mill Street, Stafford.

Spotlight on Staffordshire: Have your say on the future of your library

Libraries-generic-2Staffordshire County Council is giving you the chance to have your say on the future of your local library.

Until April 1, the council is running a series of consultations at libraries and travelling library stops throughout the county.

During these consultations, the possibility of using modern technology to maintain and extend library opening hours, ways of increasing the number of community managed libraries and the role of the travelling library service will be discussed.

Already over 700 people have taken part in the consultation.

Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said:

“We’ve spoken to the public a great deal in recent years about how best to keep all our libraries open and relevant to the communities they serve.

“We’re looking to take the next steps in that process and I’m delighted so many people have already been to find out more and contribute their thoughts to the process.”

She added:

“There are still plenty of meetings to go and I would urge people who are interested to have their say in person or in writing.”

DiaryDate – Staffordshire’s role in the Great War

640px-royal_irish_rifles_ration_party_somme_july_1916.jpgPeople interested in Staffordshire’s role in the Great War are invited to find out more at a free event.

The Great War conference will explore the county’s role during the war and look at life on the home front.

Professionals and local history groups will share their knowledge with each other.

Guest speakers, including Dr Emma Login from Historic England and Ian Hook from the Imperial War Museum, will be sharing their researches and thoughts about different aspects of the war.

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council, said:

“This is a particularly poignant year as we are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Great War and we’re pleased we’ve been able to put this exciting event on.

“Staffordshire played an important role during the Great War, from the half a million men trained on Cannock Chase to the work of those who remained on the home front doing their bit for the war effort. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about how the war affected the county, and to meet other local history groups and hear about their own research projects.”

The conference is being held at Staffordshire County Council’s County Buildings, Martin Street, Stafford on Saturday 10th March from 10am to 4pm.

To book your place at the conference or for more information visit or e-mail

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.

Say Goodbye to the red telephone kiosk

Over the next five years, British Telecom is going to get rid of nearly 50% of its 40,000 public phone booths, including the classic red telephone kiosks designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

According to British Telecom, only 7,000 of the 33,000 calls made each day from its public pay phones are made from the traditional red kiosks, which have been familiar landmarks in towns and villages throughout Britain for many years.

NewsDesk: Teaching a new generation the art of Pottery

Clay College, Stoke, offers a skills-based, full-time ceramics course taught by potters who make a living through ceramics, something unique in the UK. We are proposing that from September 2017, a two-year full-time course will be run for 14 students, with each year consisting of three 15-week terms.

The emphasis will be on core skills and the use of materials. Students will be taught all aspects of design, throwing, glazing, kiln building and firing, alongside traditional hand building and decoration techniques. This will be augmented by modules focusing on business and marketing which will offer students the opportunity to become self-sufficient, developing their own business model to suit their work and sufficiently skilled to join a work force in a production pottery…

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