Stoke-on-Trent is proud of its heritage

A Mark IX Spitfire

People from Stoke-on-Trent are proud of their city’s heritage.

History records the achievements of men and women from our city and tells us the role they played on the world stage.

Stoke-on-Trent’s city council was one of the pioneers of comprehensive education. It defied both Conservative and Labour governments and replaced grammar and secondary modern schools with neighbourhood comprehensive schools and a sixth form college.

Local art schools, technical schools and colleges of further education were progressive centres of excellence. Reginald Mitchell, who designed the Spitfire, turned down a place at Birmingham University. He wanted to serve an apprenticeship with a firm in Fenton and to study engineering at technical schools in the city.

By the beginning of the 1930s, the North Staffordshire Technical College was a university in everything but name. The college had an international reputation and attracted overseas students. It possessed the world’s leading ceramic research centre and had Europe’s best mining school.

There are those who say the past is dead. They are wrong. The past lives in our collective memory. It makes us what we are today. Stoke-on-Trent has a proud heritage – a heritage which must not be forgotten. A city that forgets its past is a city without a future.

(Photograph of the Spitfire taken by Chowells, Edited by Fir0002)

Focus on Apedale: The Apedale Railway

At the moment, the Spotlight Team is fascinated by model railways. It is re-creating a Mainline layout which Heritage Associates photographed for Palitoy in the 1970s and would like to know more about the models shown in Apedale Railway’s photograph. Please contact the team at spotlightstoke@talktalk.net if you can give it more information.

NewsDesk: Abandoned Golf Course Faces An Uncertain Future

Goldenhill’s abandoned golf course could be sold to a property speculator from Birmingham who wants to develop the site.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council who own the land has refused to name the developer who is negotiating with it.

The golf course closed many years ago. In the past, local people called for it to be turned into a nature reserve. Now they fear that if the unnamed speculator acquires the property, it may be turned into a business park or used for house building.  

Six sources of learning for social entrepreneurs 

Posting on Good Finance, Sophie Hobson, the Head of Communications at the School for Social Enterprises, writes:

“Only one thing is certain when you’re a social entrepreneur: every month will be different from the last. You’re on a constant learning curve, whether your organisation is starting, scaling or shrinking. You feel like your to-do list is toppling over with tasks you’ve never had experience of tackling before. It can feel overwhelming. You need short-cuts to access the knowledge you need. Hopefully, the suggestions below will be a helpful starter for 10.”

To read the full post visit: Six sources of learning for social entrepreneurs | Good Finance

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