Barlaston Community Group

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Barlaston Womblers

The Barlaston Womblers are a group of people who care about the environment and want to live in a village which is clean, tidy and free from litter.


The aim of the group is to increase awareness of the huge impact that rubbish has on wildlife and to encourage a sense of pride in our surroundings.  Recent studies show that living and working in a clean and tidy environment encourages an overall sense of happiness and wellbeing and leads to good mental health.  Litter-picking is therefore a win-win situation – you are doing your bit for the community but it’s also good for you! 


Please come along and give it a try, we have converted many residents to the joys of litter-picking and the Womblers are a diverse and friendly bunch.  We will also be supplying tea/coffee and probably a cake or two at the end!


We will supply picks, bags and high viz jackets where necessary.  Look out for more information on our Facebook page and on our website or telephone Michala Black on 01782 373554 for more details.

Best Kept Village Competition

Hopefully you will be aware that Barlaston has once again entered the Best Kept Village (BKV) competition for 2016. This is a Community Council of Staffordshire competition with a wide ranging set of criteria that needs to be met. In order to be recognised, one of the key issues is 'pride in our environment' and the residents' involvement and commitment to this is taken into consideration.

We are therefore appealing to everyone who lives, works or visits Barlaston to help keep all public and private areas tidy and litter-free.  We will need volunteers to litter-pick, clean phone-boxes, paint bollards and bus-shelters, water and tidy flowerbeds throughout the area over the Spring and Summer.  The BCG’s aim is not just to gain points for the competition but to engender a positive, real and enduring pride in our beautiful village for years to come! 


Everyone can do their bit to support this venture by keeping the area around your house tidy and litter free.  We would also appeal to the shops and pubs in Barlaston to keep the outside of their properties as clean and tidy as they are on the inside - please help by sweeping up frontages and car-parks on a regular basis - Thank you for your co-operation!


If you are willing to donate an hour or two of your time to one of our working parties please contact us using the form on our Home page.

'Clean a Road Sign' Weekend

1st- 4th May was ‘Clean a Road Sign’ weekend and we encouraged all Barlaston residents to take a bucket of hot soapy water outside and clean a sign near their house. Look at the wonderful effort they put in!

Community Working Parties

The Canal and Rivers Trust provided bags of gravel to lay on the very muddy stretch of the towpath past the Meadow Road play area towards Wedgwood, residents of Barlaston and Canal & Rivers Trust volunteers from Stoke moved the gravel and laid it.
More residents collected litter along the canal and refreshments were provided by others. If you would like to get involved with our next project please contact us using the contact form on our Home page.

Village Show

The Barlaston Village Show Committee hope that everyone who attended the Show and Fete in 2015 had a really good time. They have received so much positive feedback. Watch this space for next years date!

 www.barlastonvillageshow.co.uk

Help keep Barlaston Clean, Tidy & Litter Free! 

Fly tipping, dropping litter, dog fouling, graffiti, fly posting and vandalism are all dealt with by the Streetscene Team at Stafford Borough Council.  Reporting is easy - telephone the Streetscene department direct on 01785 619401 or email [email protected].   Providing as much information as possible regarding the nature of the problem as well as the location and if possible the postcode, will help Streetscene allocate the appropriate resources. If members of the team are in the area the information will be responded to immediately, or within 2-3 days depending on the issue.  Stafford Borough Council cover approximately 230 square miles and predominantly rely on members of the public to highlight local problems - help them to help us!

Village Open meeting

Here is the feedback as promised from the Community Group Open Meeting.  All the issues talked about and ideas captured on the Wish-Wall have been included.  Anything that we can't do will be forwarded for inclusion to the Neighbourhood Plan - this means that nothing you said will be ignored!!

We would love it if more people got involved, so if you made one of these suggestions or feel strongly about a topic and would like to take it further then please let us know!

1). Communication

A lot of the discussion centred around Communication and how to find out what people want/need as well as how best to tell them what's happening.  Is there something we haven't thought of?  Then let us know!

3) Caring for Others

This subject formed the largest part of the discussion. How can we reach those that need help and what can we do?  If you have any further ideas please comment.

2) Environment

We want to cultivate a sense of pride in where we live - our next Womble will be on Friday 8th May, meeting at the Plume of Feathers Car Park at 10am.



4) Things To Do

This was the fun bit and lots of ideas were generated.  It's by no means an exhaustive list so do please keeping adding suggestions.....   we will be revisiting this list a lot!