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Winter birdlife in Hanley Park
The park is beautiful this time of year and is the ideal time to spot the array of birds we have in residence. If you are coming for a walk over the festive period you are likely to spot a huge variety of birds including kingfishers, robins, goldfinch, gold crests, tree creepers, nuthatches, jays, wrens, mistle thrush, great spotted woodpeckers, herons and the odd cormorant to name a few. It is also the ideal opportunity to see the development in the restoration works which are due to be complete by the summer next year…
To read more news from Hanley Park visit Winter Walks and Santa Dashes in Hanley Park
Do you have memories of Tunstall town hall and market?
Did you work in the market or did you go shopping there with your mother when you were growing up? Can you remember the stalls that were in the market hall and the things they sold before it was regenerated at the end of the 20th century?
Spotlight on North Staffordshire and The Potteries is writing a booklet about the history of the town hall and the market.
If you have memories or old photographs of the market or the town hall which you would be willing to share with us, please email David Martin at email@example.com
Opened on December 2nd, 1858, Tunstall’s indoor market celebrates its 160th birthday today.
One of the best markets in England and Wales, the indoor market, which is tucked away behind the town hall in High Street, is Stoke-on-Trent’s hidden gem.
Tunstall market is a warm-hearted place where friendly, welcoming traders sell high-quality fish and meat, fruit and vegetables, groceries, household goods and luxury items at reasonable prices to local people and customers who have come from as far afield as Alsager, Biddulph, Mow Cop and Congleton to do their weekend shopping.
Despite wars and recessions, the market has served the community for 160 years. The Spotlight team is certain that the market will continue to serve the people of Tunstall and the surrounding area for another 160 years.
A few years ago we made a Time Team film in an 1870s railway navvy camp high in the Yorkshire Dales, on the Settle-Carlisle railway. Navvies, like archaeologists, were known for their boozy lifestyle and we fully expected to find massive evidence for drinking. And we did! There were trayfuls of sherds, but they weren’t glass. No, they were mostly pieces of blue-on-white china, usually from teacups and saucers. Tea, it would appear, was the hard-bitten navvies’ tipple of choice. And I have to confess that as I get older I find tea and coffee are getting more and more inviting. Which is why I’m writing this rather unusual, for me, blog post. Time for another memory.
Sometime in the mid-1990s I went with English Heritage (now Historic England) on a trip to Stoke-on-Trent to look round a rare working pottery. During the late 20th century many manufacturers…
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The Moon at Christmas: The Epic Voyage of Apollo 8
Time and Place: Saturday 8 December at The Potteries Museum
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landings. To celebrate there will be a special exhibition opening in March which tells the epic story of the Apollo programme.
To introduce you to the space race between the USA and the USSR,there is a talk at 2.00pm on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 by Andrew Lound who has organised the exhibition which opens in March 2019.
Date: 1st December 2018
Location: Westport Lake, Westport Lake Road, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4RZ
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Cost: £5 per child, £3 per additional child
Join us for a range of family Christmas crafts ending very festively with Christmas songs around the campfire.
Make some tree decorations to take home, clay reindeers, woolly robins, and sing some Christmas songs. Then, why not venture up into the cafe after where they will be selling mince pies and hot chocolate to help get the festive season off to the perfect start for you and your family? Booking essential. £5 per child, £3 per additional siblings. Children age nought to two can only attend with a paying sibling.