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Focus on Kidsgrove: St. Saviour’s the heritage church demolished by the Church of England



St. Saviour’s the historic tin church in The Rookery, near Kidsgrove, was demolished by the Church of England in 2013. Spotlight on Stoke has been asked to re-post the articles that our historical geographer Betty Cooper wrote about the church before it was demolished.

Spotlight has agreed to re-post Betty’s articles which will be posted on this site in March.

Betty Cooper and David Martin agree with the comments made by the Phoenix Trust when it heard that St. Saviour’s was going to be demolished. The Phoenix Trust said it was:

“A miners’ church, built by miners for miners, which helped to bring Christianity to an industrial village on the North Staffordshire Coalfield.

“One of the oldest tin churches in the world, its unique character and atmosphere were destroyed when the interior, shown in the photograph, was gutted.

“When St. Saviour’s is demolished North Staffordshire will lose a major heritage asset.

“An asset that could have been used to help create a heritage based tourist industry which would bring millions of pounds into our region and help to regenerate it.”

Photograph Copyright David Martin

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.”

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