Move over the Royal Variety show, here comes the C-K Choir's Summer Variety Concert!
The C-K Community Choir, headed up by family team Ian and Sue Campbell-Kelly, is fast becoming a choir you don't want to miss. The retired Deputy Head Teacher Sue Campbell-Kelly simply could not put her passion for music and song aside when she retired 18 months ago and have, with the support of her husband and their best friend (retired Head Teacher Mary Gale) created a truly fabulous community choir. The choir consists of ex-parents and grandparents, ex-employees, ex-pupils and now new members from all over the area are welcomed with open arms at each rehearsal. They meet on Thursday evenings during term time at 7.15pm at St. Johns Church, Oulton.
They are always in high demand to perform all over the county in cameos, but now the choir will be holding their debut; a full evening concert which will be filled with all your favourites from their varied repertoire and much more! They will be showcasing a cornucopia of delights, ranging from soloists and duets to monologues, dancing and comedy. When, I hear you cry?! On Friday, June 23rd at 7.30pm in Barlaston Village Hall, helping to raise funds for both the choir, the church they rehearse in and also the village hall. There are approximately 120 seats available. We are confident they will sell out fast, so don't delay in ordering your ticket by calling Clare on 01785 373073 or 07947 429869 or pop into Kitsons Chemist at Orchard Place, Barlaston. There is truly something for everyone, the audience are even encouraged to sing-a-long and have a jolly good time.
We had such a lovely time talking to everyone about plants and the Barlaston Open Gardens at the coffee morning at the Methodist Church this morning 😊
If you missed us this month the Community Group will be staffing a plant stall at next month's coffee morning as well, 10am-midday on Friday 2nd June, as well as at the next Barlaston Village Market, 10am-1pm in Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 27th May.
** NEW DRIVERS WANTED **
Do you have a hour to spare to help a local person get to an appointment?
Barlaston Volunteers' Car Scheme is looking for new volunteers to sign up to help. Let them know when you are available and they will be in contact if/when your help is needed, maximum of one journey per week, mileage will be paid to cover petrol costs.
Please contact Irene Moran on tel:01782 372741 or email [email protected] if you can help.
* PHOTO COMPETITION - WINNER *
Congratulations to Becky who had the most photo likes. Becky told us that this photo was taken in the strip of woods between Wedgwood Cricket Club and the small fishing pool which is one of many patches of woods locally that look, and smell, gorgeous in their full bluebell glory at the moment.
Thank you to everyone who entered, we all love seeing each and every photo ☺
Quite an open theme for the next competition at the end of this month .... "my favourite bit of Barlaston" .... so keep your eyes open for that photo opportunity over the next few weeks.
Well that's another pop-up restaurant been and gone.
Barlaston residents were obviously hungry (or looking forward to their
welcome glass of Prosecco!) as there was a queue outside the hall before
doors opened at 7pm last night.
The hall was transformed for the evening and the restaurant, hosted by the Community group, served up a freshly cooked, Italian themed menu. Hopefully everyone who attended enjoyed it as much as we did 😊
Watch this space for details of our next pop-up venture
The new Barlaston Parish Clerk, Karen St. Ledger, will be holding an Open Surgery in the Ruth Dickson room at Barlaston Village Hall on Wednesday 15th March from 10-12. If you have any issues that you wish to bring to the attention of the Parish Council, please call in - no appointment necessary.
Comedy Night at Wedgwood Cricket Club, Friday 12th May, get your discounted tickets before 1st April just £10 each.
Contact Michael for tickets.
Barlaston Village Coffee Morning
Friday, 3rd March 2017
10 am - 12 noon
Stalls include bric-a-brac, clothing, books, gifts, handmade cards, raffle and refreshments.
Everyone is invited to join us on Friday.
Our chosen charity this month is the Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust.
Hope to see you there!
Have you taken a look at the snowdrops scattered across the grass in front of St Mary's Church on Queen Mary's Drive? If you answer yes to this then the rest of this post could be of interest to you .......
You wouldnt think it by looking at the recent weather but spring really is on the way and here in the Barlaston Community Group our thoughts are turning to our Barlaston Open Gardens event which, due to popular demand, will be back in 2017. The Barlaston Open Gardens was first held last summer and many residents trundled round the village in the glorious sunshine to enjoy the wide variety of flora that our green fingered residents have to offer.
Barlaston Community Group will be hosting the first open meeting for this year's event on Thursday 9th March in the Ruth Dickson room in Barlaston Village Hall. We are keen to meet up again with our open gardens hosts from last year, anybody that thinks they might be tempted to open their garden this year and anybody who can volunteer to help with some of the events planning or for an hour or two on the day .... could this be you? Refreshments will be provided.
If you would like to be involved in the open gardens but can't make it on the 9th then please message Barlaston Community Group to let us know or contact Barlaston Community Group member Becky by telephone on 07920025343.
We look forward to seeing you/hearing from you.
Great British Spring Clean!
Stafford Borough Council is backing a campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities this weekend. TV wildlife presenter and children’s favourite Steve Backshall is lending his support to the campaign, which is backed by the key anti-litter charities including Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage.
Many other organisations will also be supporting the clean-up including the WI, the National Trust and the RSPCA, as well as a range of businesses.
Litter remains a huge problem across the country, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year!
Please come and join The Barlaston Womblers on Saturday 4th March – meet at the Plume of Feathers carpark at 10am. All equipment will be provided.
Yellow Pages are being delivered in our area starting 14th March. More distributors are needed to help with this. It is a paid job and is just for a week in your spare hours, You will need a car. If you are interested please tx or call on 07870 636665 or e mail on [email protected] with your name, area/postcode you live in and a contact number. It is important that we have a phone number as all information is given over the phone. Some routes we have available are:-
Stone , Stafford Rd., £87
The Barlaston Proscenium Players next production will be: Holiday At Home, A comedy by Colin Barrow
The play is set in the drawing room of Thrivington Hall, the home of Lady Daphne Boucher. Her
long-faithful butler, Scribbins, and newly-employed maid, Lizzie
Crawford, reside with her. Lady Boucher is somewhat disappointed with
Lizzie, as she turns out to be the complete opposite to her glowing
The story revolves around a string of jewellery thefts that prompt Lady Boucher to create a fictitious holiday rather than going away, as, although Lady Boucher feels her jewellery is quite secure in the safe hidden behind a picture in the drawing room, she’s apprehensive of leaving the property entirely empty.
With military precision, Scribbins helps to plan a ‘holiday at home’. After their departure is seen by some residents, they return secretly to the Hall for the fictitious week’s holiday. Whilst the local residents of Thrivington believe Lady Boucher and her butler are living it up on the Italian Riviera, Lizzie Crawford has been neatly placed at the Vicarage for a week of spring cleaning. The following Saturday, after a very early departure from Thrivington Hall to fabricate their return, the house falls victim to the next jewellery theft. As the plot thickens it becomes a puzzling problem for Inspector Warwick to solve.
Performances are 17th to 20th May 2017 at Barlaston Village Hall. Curtain up at 7.30pm.
Information on tickets can be found on our website:
A vacancy has arisen for Booking Secretary at Barlaston Village Hall. This is a self-employed paid position, the candidate will work from home being the point of contact for would be hirers to answer any questions regarding availability of the hall and agree bookings, carry our viewings at the hall and liaise with the Caretaker.
For more details and to apply contact Patrick Linehan on: 01782 372878 or email [email protected]
A vacancy has arisen for Caretaker at Barlaston Village
Hall. This is a self-employed paid position, the candidate will be required to
provide a caretaking, cleaning and routine maintenance service for the village
hall. They will be required to liaise with the Hall Committee and provide set
up and close down services as desired by the hirer.
For more details and to apply contact Patrick Linehan on: 01782 372878 or email [email protected]
* PHOTO COMPETITION - WINNER *
Some months it is close but this month it was a walkover with Wendy Bowyer's photo of the Wedgwood fishing pool getting the most votes.
We are lucky in Barlaston to be surrounded by countryside and greenery and this picture reminds us of that.Thank you for your entry Wendy and congratulations on your unanimous win
19th January 2017
Morning folks, we wanted to let you all know that the Dougie Mac 5K is once again returning to Barlaston on Sunday 9th April.
This year’s event is due to be held at the World of Wedgwood complex and as always our event caters for all abilities.
Participants can choose to either take part as a chip timed runner, a fun runner or you could even bring your dog along on the day and take part in the 5K walk!
Registration can be completed online by visiting the following link – http://fundraising.dmhospice.org.uk/event/Dougie-Mac-5K-2017
For further information or if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with them.
The Barlaston Film Night was another sell-out with many residents describing it as the funniest film they had ever seen! People arrived as the doors opened & chatted over a drink in the bar (aka the newly transformed Ruth Dickson room) - tables & chairs were dotted around with low lighting & nibbles on each table. It was a very social occasion & a great film to boot! All proceeds went to the Barlaston Village Hall.
Congratulations to David Maxwell who not only won the monthly photo competition and was our October banner photo but has now been voted as the best 2016 banner photo; David's photo will now be our first banner photo of 2017 as well. We will all undoubtedly enjoy looking at his lovely photo every time we log in for news about what is happening in our Barlaston Community.
We very much enjoyed seeing everyone's photos of the Barlaston area last year and are looking forward to seeing the strong support, both entering photos and voting, for the photo competition again this year.
Best wishes to everyone for an active and neighbourly 2017.
8th December 2016
The Duke of York are hosting a night of karaoke and music to bring in Christmas.
Saturday 24th December from 9pm. Fancy dress is optional and there is a prize for best dressed.
The ukulele band played, the choir sang, mince pies and mulled wine were served and Father Christmas arrived having parked his sleigh outside Barlaston Village Hall on Sunday 20th of November.
The start of the Christmas season was heralded in Barlaston by a Golden Agers party put on by the community group for our older residents.
Thanks to the sterling work of Chris and Mal Hurst and a dedicated band of community group members every one agreed it was a great success and raised the level of community spirit (the mulled wine?) in the village.
Our next village hall event is FILM NIGHT on Saturday 7th of January( Bridget Jones’s Baby) so keep the date free and keep an eye out for details of tickets going on sale.
Many thanks to the dedicated Womblers who braved hurricane Angus and cleared the area around Orchard Place this morning!
There was the magnificent seven (Pam, John, Renee, Andrew, Dad, Olivia and Chris who was looking Wombler chic in her matching gloves and wellies!!)
Olivia also met Mick Chesworth, a fellow litter picker and nature enthusiast from Walton, Stone who despite never having owned a computer and not using Facebook, had heard about us & congratulated us for all our hard work!!
* PHOTO COMPETITION - WINNER *
Congratulations to Becky Wilshaw who took this month's photo competition winning photo.The theme for the competition at the end of this month will be 'winter in Barlaston'....get sorting through your photos
There has been a theft of a vehicle and two shed burglaries in Meaford.
The incidents occurred sometime overnight Monday 17 October/Tuesday 18 October when offenders stole a large quantity of gardening tools from sheds and garages of two properties which, it is believed, were taken away in a green Mitsubishi pick up which had been stolen from a neighbouring property.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 77 of 18 October.
Could you also please be on your guard and make sure your properties, including sheds and outbuildings, and vehicles, are as secure as possible at all times.
This follows thefts from St John the Baptist Church on Sunday night where theives took items waiting for Fridays fundraising auction.
14th October 2016 - Nature Inspired Well-being Workshop
* Come & join us for a day of relaxation and calm
* In a safe, friendly & nurturing environment based in the beautiful village of Barlaston
* With guided professional supervision
* Use natural and creative resources
* Explore & develop your natural well being skills
* Enjoy guided visualisations to relax, inspire & motivate
* Take home your new resources and skills
Using the theme of ‘Nature’ for this session from the ‘Integration with Imagination’ Series of workshops. Sara will guide you to use natural and & creative resources alongside relaxing guided visualisations to explore and develop the therapeutic benefits of nature. Enhancing your inner strength and creating new resources & skills with particular focus on; De-stress, Relax, Calm, & Motivate.
WORKSHOP (INCLUDING MATERIALS) £45 BRING AND SHARE LUNCH (optional) Refreshments provided
To Book a place or for further details contact Sara on 07707 240 895 or email [email protected]
For one night only Barlaston was the crossroads for lovers of authentic, smokin’ blues-rock music. The village hall, was magically transformed into a high calibre blues venue by JV (John Verity, guitarist of 70s rock group ‘Argent’) and his band as they worked their special voodoo, a blend of devastating lead and rhythm guitar work, solid bass grooves and busy, energetic drumming to rattle the windows and doors, blow the cobwebs away and audience back into the downtown Chicago blues scene circa 1963. Playing to a packed house the punters were delighted with the spectacle that was unfolding before their eyes and hitting their ear-drums.
The band’s unrelenting energy and enthusiasm was infectuous and JV’s unique charm and witty banter soon had everyone relaxed and grooving – it was physically impossible to stay still once they began playing.
10th September 2016 - Barlaston Cricket Club
Huge congratulations to Rich Sharp and the U11A Squad, who are South Moorlands Under 11 Section G Champions 2016. They have had an incredible season, finishing unbeaten. The under nine team have also done well, ending their 2016 season with a 50-run victory over a very challenging Endon side. They have had a fantastic season, finishing as the league runners-up.
Please join us for The Big Barlaston Tea Party on Sunday 11th September.
This is a Barlaston Community Group event and is FREE to anyone in the village aged 70 or over. It will be a great opportunity for the community to mix and mingle whilst enjoying a High Tea to rival the Great British Bake-off! If you would like to come and/or bring a friend or relative please reserve your place/s by contacting us:
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01782 373554 or 07726 330894
In person: Kitson’s chemist in Orchard Place
This year Barlaston Community Group will again be organising the Dog Show at Barlaston Village Show. The classes are as follows:
58. Most Handsome Dog (all ages)
59. Prettiest Bitch (all ages)
60. Judges choice
61. Dog and owner silly agility
62. Fancy Dress
63. Best in Show 2016
Register your dog at the ring on the Village Green from 11:30am
Mystery Munch Bags will be available at Barlaston Village Show.
Are you planning on bringing the family to Barlaston Village Show this Saturday? Barlaston Herons WI will have children’s lunch bags available to purchase inside the Marquee.
Each bag will contain a round of sandwiches -cheese or jam, a piece of fruit, a small snack pack e.g. hula hoops or iced gems and a fruit juice drink.
18th August 2016 - Wedgwood Food and Craft Market
It’s the World of Wedgwood's first anniversary on 29th August 2016! Join them for the return of their popular fine food and craft market featuring plenty of unique gifts and tantalizing tastes.
Barlaston Herons Womens Institute sometimes intersperse their monthly speakers with a craft night and their August meeting was one of these. Bookfolding is the art of folding the corners of each page in a book to create a shape visible when the book is stood on its end, and Barlaston Herons learnt how to create a heart shape in their book. This gave the members an opportunity to chat as they folded which is always enjoyed by the group.
Ever wondered what a WI meeting is like? The Herons are offering new visitors the opportunity to find out for free at their next meeting held on Wednesday 21st September. Back by popular demand the wonderful Pat Hall will be treating us to her funny stories and observations on life. Why not pop along for an enjoyable night starting at 7:30pm at the Barlaston Methodist Hall on Park Drive.
15th August 2016 - Attic Sale
Barlaston Afternoon Womens Institute are holding an Attic Table Top Sale on Saturday 5th November 2016 from 2pm until 4pm.
Tables are available to hire for £10 or £5 for half a table. To sell all your unwanted items contact: June Bain 01782 644519 or Email: [email protected]
Last year's teddy bears picnic as a huge success so we are doing it again BUT this time come and join us on 12th August from midday onwards for a pirate adventure!
We're all meeting on the village green for lots of piratey fun. Walk the plank, dig for treasure and pin the patch on the pirate. Fancy dress a must! Bring your own picnic!
Arrrr. See you there me hearties!!
Barlaston Village Hall now has a new website, why not take a look and contact the hall for availability:
Luckily the weather was beautiful and the Meir & Longton RBL “Potteries” Band were able to entertain people outside whilst the children played on the bouncy castle. At the end of the day all the food that hadn’t been eaten or sold was taken to the Salvation Army hostel, Vale Street Lifehouse in Stoke and Chris & her daughter spent time hearing about the great work that takes place there.
It was a lovely day and a great time was had by all. The 2nd Barlaston North Staffs Boys Brigade wish to pass on their thanks to everyone who supported the event and in particular to the members who helped on the day.
The Community Group’s highlight of the summer is the Barlaston Open Gardens event on Sunday 17th July. A number of residents have very kindly agreed to open their gardens from 10 – 4pm with tea and cakes available at some venues. This is intended to be a relaxed and informal occasion with the opportunity to visit some local gardens both small and large; the common theme being a love of gardening! A programme is currently being produced containing a map and more information which will be available from Kitson’s Chemist and One Stop soon.
The Doctor’s surgery at Barlaston Health Centre, Old Road has been closed until further notice due to Health & Safety concerns, says a note in the window. We believe it is due to issues with the building but this has not been confirmed. Patients are asked to contact Cumberland House in Stone on 01785 813538 or in an emergency to call 999.
Kitson’s Chemist have very kindly offered to help by organising a ‘postal service’ to the Stone surgery twice a day at 12.30pm and 4.30pm. This will be for repeat prescription requests and any queries of a non-urgent nature, which should be put in writing and dropped off at Kitson’s. If you have any queries regarding this voluntary service please telephone Kitson’s on 01782 372558 or call in during opening hours.
We are advised that all appointments already made with the Barlaston
Health Centre for the next 2 weeks (w/c 13th & 20th June) have been
transferred to Stone, but patients are advised to call ahead to confirm
times on 01785 813538. For home visits and new consultations also
please contact the Stone surgery.
Please tell your friends and think of your elderly relatives and neighbours who may need help with transport. Rose Kingsbury co-ordinates the local Voluntary Transport scheme and can be contacted on 01782 373643.
Kitson’s Chemist are obviously very community-minded and we thank them for being so pro-active! This reinforces our need to have a local pharmacy and if you haven’t already signed the petition to the Prime Minister & the Health Secretary asking the government to abandon plans that put local pharmacy services at risk, then please do so on your next visit.
2nd June 2016 - * PHOTO COMPETITION-WINNER *
At one point in the day it was neck and neck with 2 of the photo entries but then one nosed ahead to make this month's winner ..... congratulations Jon Donna Kelso.
Thank you to everyone who entered the Community Group Facebook competition, it was a treat looking at all the pictures.
To have a suitable FB page banner for the village's first open gardens
event on the 17 July, we'll be looking for photo competition entries on
the theme of 'Barlaston Gardens' at the end of this month .... keep
your cameras at the ready.
28th May 2016 - Barlaston Village Hall clear-up.
Great effort, thank you to everyone involved this morning :-)
For those of you that want to help with tidying the village but couldn't make it today there is a working party 10-12 next Saturday meeting at the now incredibly tidy village hall at 10am.
A relaxed evening was had by 25 ladies on Wednesday 18th May as they practised the ancient form of Chinese exercise Tai
Chi. Lyn Emerton gave a fascinating talk on the background to the many
different forms of Tai Chi. The slow, relaxed movements are designed to
promote health and wellbeing and 300 million people doing it worldwide
can't be wrong!
The ladies all had a relaxing time completing a range of exercises both seated and standing. The ladies 'circled the globe' and even 'painted with light' as part of their routine. It was amazing how calm it made everyone feel.
The Tai Chi certainly got the energy flowing and the ladies put this to good use at the plant bring and buy sale and the book/DVD stall. The cup of tea and homemade cake after just finished off a fantastic evening!
Barlaston Herons WI always welcomes new members and the next meeting is promising to be a fun one as the art of Burlesque is going to be demonstrated. This will be on Wednesday 15th June 7.30pm at the Methodist Hall, Park Drive, Barlaston.
As a local producer myself (BLIS Cakes - celebration cakes) I am introducing a local produce market to the village of Barlaston and am looking for other produce traders to join me; the more variety of stalls there are the more interesting the market will be and the more people will come. Alongside the stalls there will also be a 'tea room' to encourage customers to stay and enjoy the market atmosphere.
The village hall is booked for the last Saturday of the month from June to October. There won't be a market in November but there will be a big Christmas market (date and more information to follow at a later date). The market will trade from 1000hrs to midday with stall set up from 0900hrs. Each table/stall will cost £5 but stalls may be shared.
First one Saturday 25th June 2016
If you are interested in joining and coming to be a part of the market please contact Becky:
E-mail [email protected] or message the market FB page. Also please pass this on to anyone who might like to have or share a stall.
29th April 2016 - Barlaston Level crossing will be closed on Saturday night from 11pm until 9am on Sunday morning.
9th April 2016 - Thanks to the fantastic fundraising efforts of Barlaston Herons WI, a brand new AED (Automated External Defibrillator) has recently been installed at Barlaston Cricket Club. Four club members, including the Chairman, Club Captain, Junior Co-ordinator and Junior Coaches have also received training provided by AEDdonate.
5th April 2016 - Huge
thank you to all of the staff at Mayfair Cleaners in Barlaston for
giving our very own Dougie the Sunflower a much needed wash!
Dougie is now ready and raring to go for the Dougie Mac 5K
The Dougie Mac are looking for volunteers to marshal on the morning of the 5K fundraising run in Barlaston and Wedgwood on Sunday 17th April. Anyone interested in helping out should contact Jon Mathers at the Dougie Mac.
22nd March 2016 - More disruptions on the A34, the following has been received:
I write to inform you that as part of the ongoing highway scheme on the A34 at Meaford which is now nearing completion, night time surfacing works are due to commence on the A34 on Monday 4 April 2015 for two weeks.
In order to carry out the work safely, it will be necessary for a series of overnight closures of the A34.
Work is programmed to commence on Monday 4 April for two weeks and will be phased to enable one direction of carriageway to remain open to traffic at all times. Subject to traffic flows, it is planned to close the road each night at 21:00 and re-open at 06:00 the following morning.
Phase 1 – A34 Northbound closed from Monday 4 April for 5 nights
The A34 northbound will be closed from the junction with Millennium Way/Whitebridge Lane to the A51 Bury Bank / Darlaston Inn roundabout. The Darlaston Inn roundabout will be open to traffic as usual and access to A34 northbound will remain available for vehicles exiting Meaford View/Service Road including the George & Dragon PH.
Phase 2 – A34 Southbound closed from Monday 11 April for 5 nights
The A34 southbound will be closed from the Darlaston Inn roundabout to the junction with Millennium Way/Whitebridge Lane. Access from Darlaston Inn roundabout will be provided for
vehicles accessing Meaford View/Service Road including the George & Dragon PH. Access to cottages on the A34 near Millennium Way will be available via the southbound carriageway from Millennium Way roundabout (a traffic management operative will be present at this access point).
Please refer to the attached plans for further information.
A signed diversion route will be in place via A5013 / A519 / A51 due to policies regarding traffic being diverted on equivalent category roads, however we anticipate local traffic will find alternative routes.
Whilst works are anticipated to be completed within the above dates, there is the potential for delay in the event of an incident on the M6 which prevents the A34 from being closed due to increased volumes of traffic, in which case works will re-commence the following evening.
Following completion of the surfacing, works will continue through towards the end of May. The scheme is currently due to be substantially complete on 24 May 2016.
Where possible delivery agents will put the directories through your letter box if you are not in, or in a dry secure place out of sight from passers by, or with a neighbour and with a card through the door saying where or with whom it has been left.
Alternatively, a card may be left with a number to call to arrange re-delivery.
The deliveries are due to start on 8th March 2016 and usually take 2-3 weeks to complete.
Could you please advise your neighbours about this process and ask them to be vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to the Police.
The Clerk's duties include:-
Acting as an advisor to the Parish Council on legal and procedural matters.
Producing Agendas for all regular meetings.
Attending Council meetings and producing minutes and action points.
Dealing with correspondence received on behalf of the Borough Council.
Acting as the Responsible Financial Officer for the Parish Council, this involves undertaking basic accounting functions and also preparing monthly and annual accounts for internal and external audit where appropriate.
Preparing and submitting any bids made by the Parish Council for grant funding.
Maintaining and updating information on the parish website, and making use of social media.
Managing and implementing the approved Neighbourhood Plan.
Establishing and maintaining good communication links with community organisations and parishioners.
The post requires good levels of numeracy, literacy and computer skills. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office is needed.
Previous experience of this type of work and knowledge of the village would be helpful.
The post holder would be expected to work from a home office for 15 hours per week, a lap top computer, printer and scanner is provided.
The remuneration would be based on NALC pay scales (SCP 18) rising to SCP 19 following the completion of a successful probationary period and henceforward would be subject to an annual review. In broad terms the starting salary would be circa £7k dependent upon qualifications and experience. NALC terms and conditions would apply.
Support in training and qualification to CiLCA will be offered.
People wishing to apply for the post should submit their 'cv' to Gareth Jones, Parish Council Chairman at 6, Tittensor Road, Barlaston, ST12 9DN or send it to [email protected] by 26th February 2016.
Interviews will be held during week commencing 7th March 2016.
Persons interested in applying for the post can speak to Neil Hemmings, the current post holder, between 10am and 1pm on week days on 07855347761.
5th February 2016 - News just in from Barlaston Parish Council.....
Works on the A34 are due to be completed on 23 May 2016.
Rookery Lane is expected to re-open at the end of February under traffic control while other works continue.
Meaford Road is expected to re-open on 24 May.
Please drop a cv in to The Duke of York
Upper House - NIGHT PORTER VACANCY
Please send CV and covering letter to [email protected]
Barlston First School - CLEANER WANTED
Apply through website : http://www.reed.co.uk/jobs/cleaner-barlaston-first/28796442
One statement that NSRPG were definitely pleased to see was that the franchise team are looking to see if trains can call again at “one or more” of Barlaston and Wedgwood (DfT announced this soon after Stone MP Sir Bill Cash presented a petition to Parliament of nearly 1000 names asking for trains to call at Barlaston station.)
Details: We hope that many people will send in their comments but they need to read the details first. For north Staffs the main part is pages 39-41. The summary document is online at
London Midland – the franchise consultation
Open consultation event DofT will be available, Tues 26 January 15:30 – 18:00 at Stoke-on-Trent Railway Station.
Worth going along to find out more.
9th January 2016 - It was a full house for Barlaston Community Group's showing of Spectre! It was a great night with all ages enjoying the film. Thanks to everyone that attended and braved the elements to get to the Village Hall!
Re: Allotment Meeting and Chinese New Year Cookery Workshop
Wednesday 13th January, 5-8pm
We write to invite you to an informal allotment meeting whereby we will give you some information on the forward plan for the allotment for 2016. During the meeting you will be able to contribute your thoughts and share your ideas for the site. We will also start getting ideas together for your Launch Event to officially open the site and we would like your input!!
Following the meeting there will be the opportunity to take part in a practical family Chinese New Year Cookery Workshop (see attached poster). An experienced tutor will show you how to make your favourite Chinese dishes using the fresh veg you will be growing on your allotment. At the end of the workshop you will have a delicious meal to take home with you!!
We would like to encourage everyone who is interested in having a plot to come along. As you will be aware, the number of plots on site are limited and we would like to accommodate everyone where possible.
1st January 2016 - Lots of fun was had during the Barlaston Wassail. We can reveal the 2015 Wassail Tankard - the raffle prize... The verse reads:-
“Plume revamped by actor Morrissey
Into a successful Real Ale eatery.
Barlaston Community Group
Puts us all in the loop.
But what gripes the nation
Is illegal immigration.”
Monday 5pm - 11pm Food served until 2.30pm Tues-Fri
Tuesday 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 12am Saturday 12pm - 12am
Wednesday 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 12am Food served until 8.30pm
Thursday 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 12am Sunday 12pm - 11.30pm
Friday 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 12am Food served until 6pm
NOTICE is hereby given that the Staffordshire County Council intend, not less than seven days from the date of this Notice, to make an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of Station Road, Barlaston so much as passes over and is in the immediate vicinity of the level crossing for a distance of approximately 20 metres either side unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works; or unless the vehicle requires access to premises on the length of road or is being used for police, fire brigade or ambulance purposes. Pedestrian access will be maintained.
New members are always welcome so why not pop along to one of their meetings and see what they are up to.
*** Dogs Stolen***
In daylight hours on Tuesday 24th November on Tittensor Road,
Barlaston unknown offender(s) have entered a small holding and removed two dogs from a locked kennel an Old English Mastiff, fawn in colour with a black face, an 8month old White Lurcher.
If you have seen
these dogs or you have any information police are asking the public to
contact 101 quoting incident number 272 of 24th November.
23rd November 2015 - There has been a number of thefts from cars parked in the village this weekend. Residents are reminded to take care and not leave valuables in their cars.
The Christmas market hosted a range of stalls from baked goods to bath products, crafts, jewellery and more.
The successful event raised £120.57 for Make A Wisk UK, which arranges experiences for children with life threatening medial conditions, and Macmillan Cancer that supports those affected by Cancer.
On 26th November at 2pm we welcome Katherine to talk about the garden she designed at The Dower House which occupies 1.5 acre site set within the grounds of Morville Hall (National Trust) near to Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
Katherine a garden historian and writer has lived at the Dower House since 1988 and her garden has been featured in many newspapers, magazines, including Gardens Illustrated, House and Garden, and is listed in The Daily Telegraph Good Garden Guide and the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden Finder.
Katherine arrived at Morville Hall and suggested to its owners, The National Trust that she make a garden. Instead of providing three dimensional drawings or elaborate planting plans, she wrote an imaginary garden in the present tense - as if walking along its paths and borders she managed to convince the National Trust by using words alone.
No entrance fee. Raffle tickets will be on sale for our Christmas hampers, all proceeds of which will go to our resident’s fund.
For an enjoyable afternoon with Katherine, please contact either Debra, Julie or Sue on 01782 373584 to reserve a seat.Limited spaces available.
- Bath Bits & Beyond (bath & shower products, incense & shimmering granules)
- Wendyhouse (customised glassware, jewellery & customised bags & shoes)
- Heather's handcrafted cards
- Angel Cottage (candles and home made gifts)
- BLIS cakes (Christmas cakes and baking gifts)
- Trentham 4th Guides (craft items such as record bowls, slate hearts, etc)
- South Hill Designs (memory lockets and jewellery)
- Kreations (cushions, personalised flags, bunting, etc)
- The Aloe Vera Company Independent Trader (Forever Living producrs)
- Barlaston Herons WI (collection of home made crafty gifts)
- Beading buddies (bead jewellery)
- The Friendly Bag Co. (handmade Christmas decs & cards, Poco Nido mini shoes, Christmas placemats, wrapping & glass balls)
- Lyndsay's Christmas Crafts (paper Christmas decorations)
Something for everyone!
For more event information and the chance to win prizes in the run up to the event why not visit and like the event Facebook page? https://m.facebook.com/BarlastonChristmasMarket
21st October 2015 - Congratulations To Sara, Jo and Erika of Barlaston Herons Womens Institute. Neil Hemmings, Barlaston Parish Clerk presented the ladies with their Certificate of Commendation Awards, from Barlaston Parish Council in recognition of their service to the Barlaston Community in fundraising for a number of Public Access Defibrillators for the village.
20th October 2015 - Becky Wilshaw is organising a charity Christmas Craft Market for the afternoon of
Sun 22nd Nov in Barlaston Village Hall in aid of Macmillan and
Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.
Stalls confirmed so far:
BLIS cakes (Christmas cakes, baking gifts),
Wendyhouse (jewellery, customised glassware, customised bags and shoes),
Bath Bits & Beyond (a wide range of bath products),
Angel Cottage (candles and home made gifts),
South Hill Designs (memory lockets and jewellery),
Kreations (cushions, personalised flags, bunting etc),
Forever Living Products (Aloe Vera products),
Barlaston herons WI (Collection of homemade crafty gifts),
Beading Buddies (Bead jewellery)
The Guides (craft items such as record bowls and slate hearts and handcrafted cards)
There will also be hot drinks, cupcakes and mince pies on sale during the event. Cost: £2.50 entry including free entry to a raffle. If you would like any further details please do not hesitate to contact Becky on 07920 025343.
We have had a couple of community clean up days and now we’ve got the Prince’s Trust involved. They’re going to be coming along to help dig out the land and hopefully build the shed for on the site too from Monday 26th October until Wednesday 4thNovember (bar the weekend).
Could you spread the word please around Barlaston as we’ve still got some plots that haven’t been allocated to people yet and we’d love to get them snapped up ready for the growing season 2016. It would be great if people popped down to the site whilst the Prince’s Trust are there to give some support and work together to turn the allotments into plots that they can then have as their own.
If you care about our community, your neighbours & keeping the village tidy & litter free, then please come along to our second Open Meeting to share your views, see what we’ve achieved so far & help decide what we should do in the future.
Transport is available if required and if you have a question or would like to hear more about it, please contact the Church Office.
The first talk starts with a Music Quiz with David Fuller on 14th October.
If you care about our community, your neighbours & keeping the village tidy & litter free, then please come along to our second Open Meeting to share your views, see what we’ve achieved so far & help decide what we should do in the future.
13:30 - 15:00 Thursday 22nd October 2015 at the Village Hall in the Ruth Dickson Meeting Room.
18:30 - 20:00 Thursday 29th October 2015 at the Village Hall in the Ruth Dickson Meeting Room.
The Parish Council are aiming to produce selection criteria and test all proposed sites recently nominated through the Neighbourhood Plan consultation process over the summer. This process will enable them to test each site against an agreed set of criteria that will inform our final sites for allocation in the neighbourhood plan.
As a volunteer you will
help to shape and formulate the criteria and then use the formulae to
test each proposed site. This is an open and inclusive event all ages
23rd September 2015 - If you have any old clothes or shoes then you can now recycle them at One Stop in Barlaston. The proceeds are split between The Salvation Army and Barlaston First School. Its a great way to support your local community.
17th September 2015 - There will be an Attic Table Top Sale at Barlaston Village Hall on Sat 7th November, 2-4pm.
Contact June Bain on 01782 644519 to book a table.
12th September 2015 - There is a new stay and play group in Barlaston. Starting on Thursday
17th September ( that's this Thursday ) we will be based in St Johns
church. The group will run in term time
only 1.30 to 3.00 so those of is who have older children at school will
have time to go and pick them up. It is a stay and play group so there
will be toys, colouring, singing, stories and a chance for a cuppa to. A
health visitor from trent side will be coming once a month to answer
questions and weigh babies. ALL WELCOME! See you there.
12th September 2015 - The Barlaston Community Group announce that our next film showing will be the popular childrens film, Minions. This time showing as a mantinee, the film will be screened by Reels on Wheels at Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 24th October.
Tickets will be on sale soon.....
**UPDATE** Now on sale at Pennywise.
6th September 2015 - The new Bus timetables for Barlaston come into effect this Sunday 6th September.
Watch out all Alleynes Academy students, the school bus now leaves approx 15 mins earlier than last year!
The new timetables can be found on the D&G website: