Barlaston Community Group

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Barlaston Community Group based in Barlaston, Staffordshire, UK

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31st May 2017

My Big Fat Birthday Womble - please join me on Sunday 4th June when I'll be using my solid gold litter picker (best birthday present E-V-E-R) to Womble the lanes of Barlaston! Meet at 10am at the village hall - we'll pick for an hour then back to mine for some birthday cake & a cuppa! How many candles?? 21 again?!
5th May 2017

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.

3rd May 2017


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.

22nd April 2017

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
27th March 2017

Barlaston Film Night will be showing 'La La Land' at Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 8th April. Doors open at 6pm with the film starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are available from Kitsons Chemist at just £5each.
7th March 2017

Do you have a garden in Barlaston? Would you be willing to open it for one day at the Barlaston Open Gardens event on 15th & 16th July?

We are looking for all dorts of gardens... big or small, wild or manicured, traditional or modern... no garden is the wrong type of garden.

If you would like to find out more, there is an information meeting on Thursday 9th March 7-8pm in the Ruth Dickson Room at the back of the Village Hall. Refreshments will be provided. Do come along!
4th March 2017

Thanks to all the WONDERFUL WOMBLERS who joined the Great British Spring Clean today (Tim, John, Sandie, Owen & their grandsons Edward & Wynne, and Sam & Phil, Mark, Berris, Chris, Renee, Pam & John, Harold & Rosemary, Andrew M, Alan & Sue, Andrew & Michala, Patrick & Maggie, John, Jess & Harley, Vikki & Rebekah). Some people who weren't able to come today picked yesterday & more will be done over the weekend. Thank you for your 'pick pledges' - you know who you are!
Womblers spread out up & down the canal, Old Road, Tittensor Road & the whole of Meaford Road was given a deep clean. Please take your time to admire our green & pleasant land & surely the message will start to get through to the inconsiderate few!
38 bags were collected comprising the usual hoard of litter & rubbish, as well as a bath, a slow cooker & a computer - are we looking for an itinerant clean, green, IT expert?? The good news is that as we put bags for collection on the Downs carpark & did a quick sweep of the usual beer cans, vodka bottles, drugs paraphernalia, fags & condoms there, we also found a pregnancy testing kit - showing negative phew!
28th February 2017

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.

27th February 2017

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.

24th February 2017

We created our own sunshine in Barlaston yesterday. Around 40 people escaped Storm Doris & warmed up at the Barlaston Beach Party.

Sara Morris had kindly organised a variety of games & activities including pass-the-parcel, musical statues, musical chairs & of course her famous face-painting. The kids arrived in shorts, summer dresses & sunglasses & Miss Pepper Pig looked very happy in her swimsuit - they all looked FABULOUS! Picnics & cupcake 'ice cream' cones were consumed on a selection of beach towels & rugs & no sand got into the sandwiches!

A big thank you to Becky, Irene & Michala who helped Sara & an even bigger THANK YOU to everyone for coming.

Please keep checking the Facebook page & website for up & coming events.
12th February 2017

Looking for something to do with the kids this half term? The Barlaston Community Group are hosting a 'Beach Party' at Barlaston Village Hall, so bring a picnic and join in the fun!
2nd February 2017


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
9th January 2017

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.

1st January 2017

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.

18th December 2016

Thanks to all the BRILLIANT Barlaston Womblers who joined us today all festively attired for the Christmas Womble! A massive clean-up ensued with all the roads going through the village towards Blurton, Trentham & Meir being targeted as well as the canal.
A hard-core gang was despatched to Blurton Rd but in fact it was the Meaford Rd team that were the stars of today - Hillary & Renee, together with John & Pam collecting around 8 full bags + panes of glass, metal frames, lumps of tarmac, you name it they found it!
Jon, Jess & Harley located the waste & plumbing paraphernalia that probably went with the 'throne' we found for the Queen & Andrew M found a Christmas tree complete with stars and lights which made for a scenic 'rubbish' backdrop for our rendition of 'The Womblers are coming to Town'!
The rest of the gang comprised of Santa (Shane) with his elfish helpers (Ann & Pearl), Pippa & Gordon (who I'm sure I spotted Wombling up their own drive), birthday boy Graham, Paul & April with Sam being ridden by an elfish reindeer, Chris complete with tinselled picker (of course!), Mark, Andrew B, Clare, Jon, Emily & Alfie with his Christmas jumper on together with Buddy who'd been at a sleepover & was still in trouble for eating the chocs under the tree, local celebrity Jon Kelso with Jess & Harley, Sandie who introduced the delights of litter picking to her son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren (definitely a bonus pressie in their stockings!), Sam FB-media-maestro who had video'd the Womblers carol, uploaded it to Facebook & sent it to Gareth Malone before even putting her pick down...
So that just leaves Thomas & Jessica, Mel & Denise who had done a pre-womble & poorly Tim who went solo but joined us afterwards for a gluwein (purely for medicinal purposes ahem).
Whoop - who's counting? I think that makes a fantastic 33 Womblers, not including canine helpers - thank you one and all!
Last but not least I've left the highlight of the Apres Womble till last - the presentation of THE WOMBLE OF THE YEAR AWARD. There were many nominations but the voting closed with a clear winner - Mr Andrew Maddams! Unfortunately Andrew was too emotional to give a victory speech but we suspect that the solid gold trophy will have pride of place in his display cabinet nudging aside those bowling trophies.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS FOLKS & remember, keeeeeep Wombling!
11th December 2016

Don't forget your festive headgear for the Christmas Womble next Sunday (18th).
Meet at the Village Hall at 10 o'clock, then back at 11 for nibbles & mulled wine! Bring your kids, dogs, granny, grandpa & in-laws - the more the merrier... Hic!
8th December 2016

Bridget Jones Baby will be showing at Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 7th January. Doors open at 6pm for pre film drinks at the bar. Film starts at 7:30pm

Tickets are available from Kitsons Chemist at just £5 each!
2nd December 2016

Congratulations to Jon Kelso who submitted the winning photo this month looking up from the Wedgwood fishing pool to Queens Drive and the hall. Great pic that will now be our FB page banner for the rest of December.
21st November 2016

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.

20th November 2016

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!!

We're going viral guys!!! Keep Wombling!!!
2nd November 2016


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
22nd October 2016

Last night around 70 Barlaston residents gathered in the transformed Village Hall for Barlaston Community Groups Curry Night! The hall was full of chatter as a delicious selection of Indian food was prepared by "Neena's". The selection menu included samosas, spicy sausage, tasty chapatti and numerous curries as well as traditional Indian desserts.
If you are looking for a caterer for your event, I can recommend Neena's!
29th October 2016

Do you know anyone that would like to attend the next tea party hosted but the Barlaston Community Group? Please spread the word to friends and neighbours so that everyone that could benefit can.

Free entry to Barlaston Residents over 70 years and just £5 for friends and family.

20th October 2016

Barlaston Community Group are hosting a Fun and Games night at Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 19th November at 7pm.

The night will include Games and a Bangers and Mash dinner and a Bar. To book your tickets visit Kitsons Chemist, £10 per person.
8th October 2016 - John Verity plays Barlaston Village Hall

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.

3rd October 2016 - Barlaston Bollywood pop-up resturant

The Barlaston Bollywood Pop-up restaurant will be serving a selection of delicious & authentic home-cooked Indian dishes prepared by a very experienced chef. The 3-course Taster menu includes a range of starters, 3 curries & a choice of 2 desserts. Bring your own wine/beer for what promises to be a great night! Reservations can be made at Kitson’s chemist (£12.50 per head). Doors open at 7pm with seating & serving from 7.30pm.
24th September 2016 - The John Verity Band Live!

Just two weeks until John Verity known for playing with ARGENT in the 70s will be playing Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 8th October. Tickets are just £10 each and are available from Kitsons Chemist. Come and see John and the guys live and join us for a night of blistering blues with a rocky edge!
22nd September 2016 - Benches in the Canal

Last night someone threw two benches from the towpath into the canal! But quickly spotted by local residents, a team was gathered and a rescue launched! The benches were retrieved, thanks go to Heather for reporting it, Rosemary, Sam, Malcolm, the man from the Boatyard and a passing boat for helping fish them out, bring them back and clean them up.

Let's all concentrate on the amazing community spirit that we have in Barlaston rather than the mindless actions of a few!
12th September 2016 - The Big Barlaston Tea Party

Around 60 residents gathered together yesterday afternoon in the village hall for The Big Barlaston Tea Party - it was a great success and a HUGE thank you to everyone that came. Of course we couldn't have done it without our many helpers who put up bunting, shifted tables, arranged flowers, made tea & coffee & cakes, gave lifts & joined in the singing with the fabulous Oulton Community Choir, led by the entertaining & wonderfully talented Sue Campbell-Kelly accompanied by her husband Ian.
Thanks too to Tim Cockin and Pippa Gee for providing a diverse range of questions for The Barlaston Quiz. A super time was had by all!!
4th September 2016 - Barlaston Village Show

Barlaston's dog owners braved the rain to compete in the Fun Dog Show at yesterday's Village Show & Fete. Judge Olivia Black MRCVS was very impressed with the standard of entries and said that overall she was looking for a happy dog with a sense of fun. The winners were: Most Handsome Dog 1st Wilf a Border Collie, 2nd Thor, 3rd Stanley. Prettiest Bitch 1st Betty a Cockerpoo, 2nd Wibble, 3rd Maggie. Judges Choice 1st Jessie a Beagle, 2nd Polly, 3rd Barney. Fancy Dress was a walk-over by Stanley the Dinosaur & Best in Show was won by Thor a French Bulldog 2nd Wilf, 3rd Wibble.
Many thanks to pets & owners who ignored the conditions & turned out in good numbers to support The Barlaston Village Show. On behalf of the community we would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU!! to the organising committee, in particular to Lynne Coates & Steve, Becca Brown & Andy & Ellie Philpott who are the driving forces behind this very successful event!
2nd September 2016 - August Photo Comptition winner

Congratulations to Natalie Mason who is the winner of the August photo competition. I think this photo had the most votes, 27, since we started doing the competitions and will rightly take its place as the BCG FB page banner for September.

This month's photo theme, so you can start taking your pictures, will be 'iconic Barlaston buildings'.
1st September 2016 - The Big Barlaston Tea Party

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

1st September 2016 - Dog Show

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

29th August 2016 - Wombles of Barlaston village are we!

Huge thanks to Mark, Mat, Olivia, Pam, John, Sandie, Margaret, Tim, Eric, Hillary, and Andrew M who gave up their Bank Holiday lie-in to Womble the lanes around the top end of the village this morning. Chris took a break from clearing out the sheds at the village hall & joined us for a cuppa & Denise & Mel (who chose a full English breakfast over an early Womble) tackled Hartwell Lane a bit later on! Here we are enjoying Olivia & Mat's practice run for the baking category of the House & Home section for the Village Show next Saturday.
12th August 2016 - Pirate Picnic!

Around 45 pirates, young and old, gathered on the green in the sunshine for a picnic today. Landlubbers walked the plank and looked for treasure with tattoos and face painting provided by Sara Morris. Thank you Sara for organising such a lovely day, thanks to everyone who came and thanks to Steve at One Stop too for dropping off refreshments.
3rd August 2016 - Pirate Picnic

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!!

2nd August 2016 - Photo Competition winner

Congratulations to Marina Lewis who won the July competition with this photo of autumnal sunshine along the canal.

Thank you to everyone who entered, we had some great photos to look at again, and to everyone who took the time to look at the photos and vote.

Look out for this months competition in the last week of the month, the theme will be "Summer fun in Barlaston".

17th July 2016 - Barlaston Open Gardens

We were very lucky with the weather for our first Barlaston Open Gardens, many wondered the village admiring the 16 gardens opened by local residents. Tea and cake were on offer at some gardens and chating was the order of the day between new friends and old.

11th July 2016 - The John Verity Band

The John Verity Band will be performing a live gig at Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 8th October 2016. Doors open at 7:30pm for 8pm start.

Tickets are £10 each and are available from Kitson Chemist in Orchard Place.

 John Verity is known for his tenure with 'ARGENT' in the 70s - "the playing is immaculate, as you would expect from one of the UKs leading exponents of blues guitar. He actually makes the guitar speak in a language we can all understand..."
9th July 2016 - Barlaston Film Night

Another brilliant film showing at Barlaston Village Hall tonight. The inspiring "Eddie the Eagle" had the audience laughing at his antics and flinching at his falls. Thank you to everyone involved in organising the evening including the Reels on Wheels team who always do a good job.
5th July 2016 - Womble!

Whoop! What a great turnout for a rather dull & drizzly evening… Chris & Patrick concentrated on weeding & tidying up around Orchard Place, Eric & Hillary were spotted on hands & knees by the Plume car park with a litre bottle of gin (I’m not kidding!), Shane, Ann & Pearl were notching up their ‘Step’ count by going the long way around the block via Queen Mary’s Dv, Wedgwood Dv and then along canal. I took a carful (Tim, Andrew M, Mark, Jon & Malcolm) to Blurton Rd and we worked so efficiently (or was it competitively?!) that we finished in half an hour & decided to do Meaford Rd as well! Olivia & Andrew did a quick march up & down Station Rd & the Downs carpark before dashing back to warm up the nibbles & prepare the Pimms for when we all got back rather wet & cold. It was also lovely to see Chris Donohoe who is now off her crutches after her knee op & she joined us for the apres-womble (hic!)
HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE who came to help this evening AS WELL AS those who couldn’t come so wombled earlier on the day – Sandie, who I think got to the Meaford Road lay-by before us and Mel & Denise who got their timing spot on & wombled along Hartwell Ln in the afternoon sun!

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.

7th June 2016 - EDDIE THE EAGLE showing at Barlaston Village Hall

Tickets for the next Barlaston Film Night showing Eddie the Eagle on Saturday 9th July are now available from Kitsons Chemist in Orchard Place. Tickets are priced at £5 each. Doors open 7pm, Film starts 7:30pm. Teas and coffees will be on sale but please feel free to bring your own refreshments.


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.

10th May 2016 - Next Womble is on Friday 13th at 10am. Meet at Orchard Place. I'm sorry there hasn't been one for a while - work keeps getting in the way of my real passion, LITTER PICKING!!
I have also heard that our celebrity Wombler Chris Donohoe is having a knee op next week so we need a womble before she goes in to hospital.... I hope you can join us for an hour on Friday.
I also have some new hi-viz 'Barlaston Womblers' tabards to give out, generously gifted to us by Andrew Maddams!! Huge thanks Andrew - we will wear them with pride!!
29th April 2016 - Barlaston Community Group committee are looking for new members. The group meets once a month to discuss and organise community events for the village, we are looking for community minded people with new ideas and who will be willing to take an idea and run with it. Contact us if you would like to get involved.
28th March 2016 - Barlaston Film Night presents 'Dad's Army' at Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 23rd April. The doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are now available from Kitsons Chemist priced just £5 each!
27th March 2016 - Pop-up Restaurant returned to Barlaston Village Hall. Forty residents enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal prepared by Becky Wilshaw, Andrew Black & a team of helpers on Friday night. The long-awaited Pie Night was a great success with lots of compliments from satisfied customers.
Many thanks to our customers and everyone involved with the preparation, serving & clearing away!
8th March 2016 - The Barlaston Community Group invite you to a Pop-up Restaurant to start your Easter celebrations on 'Good PieDay!'

7:30pm on 25th March at Barlaston Village Hall

Carrot and Lentil Soup

Chicken and Ham Pie, Steak and Ale Pie or Vegetarian Mince Pie
Served with mash, peas and gravy

A selection of Homemade puddings

Come on your own, pairs or in a small group... just come and join in!
(only 40 places available so book early)

Orders taken at Kitsons Chemist, Orchard Place, Barlaston
£10 per person - bring your own booze
5th March 2016 - The Queen will be thrilled to hear that The Barlaston Womblers were joined this morning by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson CBE CStJ. A group of 45 residents, including members of the Boys Brigade and Scouts came out to support the Clean for the Queen campaign and pick up litter and tidy to give the Queen a green & pleasant land for her 90th birthday.
Bulging bags were retrieved from the usual grot-spots along Blurton Road, Meaford Road and Old Road, with the prize find today being a toilet dumped along Hartwell Lane!
There was a great atmosphere in the Ruth Dickson room afterwards when everyone had a chance to warm up with a cuppa and appreciate the homemade cakes and biscuits.
HUGE thanks to everyone who supported the Womblers today!!
24th February 2016 - WHY?

This single bed has been spotted in a layby on Blurton Road, just outside of Barlaston. Why dump it? There will be a civic amenity vehicle at Ivyhouse drive, Barlaston in just over a weeks time. That is the correct place for an item like this!

If you see an incident of flytipping, report it to Streetscene at Staffordshire Borough Council who will remove it on 01785 619401 or email [email protected]
12th February 2016 - All the anti-litter organisations, together with the national charity Keep Britain Tidy, have come together to support a UK wide anti-litter campaign in the year of the Queen’s 90th birthday. This will be the biggest clean-up of the country ever, with the ambition to get one million people involved!
The Barlaston Womblers have registered their event ‘Barlaston’s Big Clean for the Queen’ which will take place over the weekend of 4th, 5th and 6th March.
The main pick will be on Saturday 5th March at 10am. The meeting point will be the Barlaston Village Hall but there will also be a number of clean-ups taking place in the village over the whole weekend.
For more information please visit or keep checking the Barlaston Community Group’s facebook page and website where regular updates will be available.
If you want to nominate a Grot Spot please post or email a photo, let us know the location and we will include it in the big clear-up!

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!

21st December 2015 - What a wonderful womble...! Top end of Barlaston cleared in preparation for the arrival of Santa's sleigh. We didn't even mind the rain-deer (lol!). Thanks to Malcolm, Claire, Emily & Alfie, Eric, Hilary, Andrew B, Andrew M, Chris, Renee, Sandie, Graham, Mum, me, Jon, Jess, Patrick, Christine & Olivia. Thanks also to Louise and little elves who did along Old Road, and Alan & Sue for yesterday's efforts!
10th December 2015 - Sam Logan presented the Barlaston Parish Council with a litter picking trolley to use around the village to bolster their efforts to rid litter especially along the canal.
Many volunteers regularly turn up with the Womblers to litter pick around the village and Streetscene assist by taking the litter collected away.
Neil Hemmings Parish Clerk and litter picker Malcolm are pictured here grateful to the new litter trolley.
5th December 2015 - The next litter pick will be the Barlaston Christmas Womble, meeting at the Village Hall at 10am on Monday 21st December – Santa hats optional! Please join us when we will be targeting the village ‘grot spots’ with a warming mulled wine and mince pie to finish!
1st December 2015 -Tickets for the latest James Bond film Spectre, are on sale now at Pennywise in Orchard Place for just £5 per ticket.  Film night is Saturday 9th January 2016 and doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm showing.  This is likely to be very popular, so secure your tickets early and remember to bring a cushion!
29th November 2015 - At the morning service at St. John’s Parish church on Sunday 29th November the Barlaston Womblers were presented with their ‘Certificate of Commendation’ for services to the village, helping to make Barlaston a cleaner and tidier place to live.  The Womblers were well represented and Gareth Jones made a speech thanking the Community Group as well as the Womblers for their efforts and praised the community spirit in the village. Everyone commented on the warm welcome we received from the congregation at St. John’s and we are looking at ways that we can jointly bring more people together. 
14th October 2015 - Barlaston Community Group will be holding our second open meeting on Monday 26th October 2015 at 7pm in the Ruth Dickson Room at Barlaston Village Hall.

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.


9th October 2015 - Barlaston Community Group invite you to attend our second Open meeting on Monday 26th October at 7pm in the Ruth Dickson Room at the Village Hall.

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.


8th October 2015 - If you care about the environment and want to live in a village which is clean, tidy and free from litter then please join us.

The next community litter pick is on Saturday 24th October 2015, at 10 o’clock, meeting at the Orchard Place noticeboard. Gloves and picks will be provided and the reward will be a cuppa & cake at the end!

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 - Ahhhh the party's over.... A great day yesterday at the Village Show! Thanks to Patrick, Maggie, the 2 Andrews, Daisy, Shane, Ann & Chris who wombled The Green, the Downs Carpark, Orchard Place, Ladies Mile, Longton Road and Queen Mary's Drive this morning. Thanks too, to the couple of people who arrived after we had dispersed & who we didn't manage to get their names - sorry you missed us & please come again!
12th August 2015 - Many local families gathered on Barlaston Village Green today for a Teddy Bears Picnic, thanks for a brilliant afternoon folks!! The sun was shining and everyone had fun. I had so many children come to me at the end to say what a great time they'd had. Awesome. It was wonderful to see so many people getting involved. We had a pass the parcel, guess the name of the bear, storytelling bear stylie, pin the bow on the bear and of course the ever popular facepainting.

Lots of sunshiney smiles to you all xx
4th August 2015 - Barlaston received a "highly commended " certificate in the Staffordshire Best Kept Village awards presentation held on Monday, hosted by the Community Council of Staffordshire at Stafford College.

Councillor Gareth Jones and Parish Clerk Neil Hemmings were delighted with the recognition of this commendation and the work of all in the village to improve the local environment .

Haughton, the village near Stafford, won both the Stafford regional Stafford award as well as the Staffordshire Best Kept Village Award - for several years running.

The moral to the journey is all those people in the village have helped, worked together, improved our environment, had fun and above improved the ambience of our village.

Thanks and see you in 2016.

11th July 2015 - The 2nd Barlaston Night showing A Royal Night Out went really well with a super atmosphere in the hall.  White wine still seemed to be the tipple of choice but this time as everyone had bought their own there were no queues at the bar and no chance of running out!  The film got mixed reviews but exit feedback showed that the evening overall had been a great success! 

We have got the new James Bond film Spectre on reserve but as this may not be available until the New Year we may slot another one in before then - please let us know if you have any preferences.

Huge Thank you's to Steve Green at the One Shop, Sean at Premier, Mark the butcher, Marilyn Hurst, Sara Morris, The Upper House & The Duke of York for their generous donation of raffle prizes. Local businesses are inundated with requests for various charities and we are grateful for their support of the community; we urge everyone to reciprocate by Buying Local!!

3rd July 2015 - There will be a Teddy Bears Picnic on Barlaston Village Green on Wednesday 12th August. Why not come along at noon, bring a picnic and your bear and join in the fun. All Welcome.
20th June 2015 - Following our community 'clean a sign weekend' the Barlaston Community Group offered a prize for the best clean sign photo. The winners were Barlaston Souts and they were thrilled to have won some chocolates for their sign cleaning efforts! Well done boys!
9th June 2015 - The tickets for the Barlaston Film Night showing of "A Royal Night Out" on Sat 11th July have arrived and thanks to Carl are available from Pennywise in Orchard Place, priced £5 each.

The film will be shown by the mobile cinema team "Reels on Wheels" at Barlaston Village Hall, Doors open 7pm, film starts 7:30pm.
7th June 2015 - There was a great turn out for Thursday's Womble and we all agreed that there seems to be less litter around... However, we still collected about 10 full bags & reported a dumped mattress, so there is still work to be done. Huge thanks to Jon, Jess, Harley, Dennis, Alan, Sue, Louise, Tim, Patrick, Maggie, John, both Andrews, Sandie, Sam, Emily, Vikki, Rebekah, Grace, Becky & Chris.
Great work folks & what better way for Michala to spend her birthday?? Wombling with her new GOLD PLATED picker!
And don't forget, the next Womble is on Monday 6th July 6:30pm-7:30pm meet at Orchard Place, we hope to see you there!

27th April 2015 - Weren't we lucky with the weather!?!  Huge thanks to Neil & Chris who co-ordinated the BKV work party gang comprising the two Andrews, Sam, Becky, Hillary, Michala, Eric & Mark, who tidied, weeded, strimmed, swept, litter-picked & painted notice boards & benches in the area around Barlaston station, the bus shelter and up Station Road.  A great deal was accomplished in readiness for the BKV judging which commences in May. Hillary also painted the bench at the bus stop & Eric did a great job weeding outside the Plume of Feathers.....  so good in fact that I hear that he & Hillary were rewarded by the PoF management with a refreshing pint afterwards!  The rest of us demolished Sam's delicious Lemon Zest muffins & had a cuppa from the back of the car.

Steve at the One Shop had kindly offered post-Womble cappuccinos but we'll have to take him up on the offer next time!
We had said we would only work for an hour but as usual we got carried away & didn't finish until around 1pm.  On the way home I noticed that the goal posts on the green had been painted - thanks Shane, & we thought you were having a lie-in!

We urge everybody to pick litter when you see it and keep the areas around Barlaston tidy!

22nd April 2015 - Best Kept Village Competition. Call for help!

Now that the road sweeper has cleaned Station Road it would be good to do a quick tidy around the areas by Barlaston Station, the canal by the Plume of Feathers and the pavement up Station Road to the Wedgwood memorial college.  Please come and join a working party this Sunday 26th April - meet at the One Stop at 10 am. For those that can't make a Sunday we are looking to do another one on Thursday 30th at 7pm.  Please wear gardening gloves and bring brooms and shovels if possible!

Many thanks

The BKV committee

12th April 2015 - Barlaston Film Night. What a great night!  Yesterday saw the introduction to what we hope will be the first of a regular showing of a block buster film....  but on our doorstep!  The atmosphere in Barlaston Village Hall was friendly and welcoming with lots of people using the bar and others chatting over a cup of tea and a biscuit.  Ice creams and chocolates were also available and this contributed to the ‘Cinema feel’ to the evening.  The audience was made up of 120 local people and it was agreed that the choice of film was excellent and meant that there was something in it for everyone.  This created a great atmosphere across the generations, with a lot of laughter!  There were a lot of positive comments after the performance as well as some learning points for the next time – mainly to make sure the white wine arrived on time (!) and to bring your own cushion! 

29th March 2015 - Some hardcore Wombling took place on the 29th March and around 10 bags were collected from the Downs car park, Longton Road, Blurton Road and Queen Marys Drive.  Despite the driving rain dedicated Womblers gave up that extra hour in bed to clear the streets and experience the pleasure of looking back on a beautiful unspoilt country scene….  (for at least a couple of weeks hopefully!)  Huge thanks everybody, including a couple of people who had not adjusted their clocks and turned up at 11, just in time for tea & cake!  Womblers inspire such dedication that a sick member struggled out of bed to collect a bag to fill when he had recovered!  The morning ended with a real feeling of accomplishment.

The next Womble will be on Friday 8th May 10am for the County Council’s Community Clean up initiative. Meet at the Plume Car Park.

1st March 2015 - Twentyseven people (& 2 dogs) arrived for the 1st Womble of 2015 and most of the main arterial roads around Barlaston were covered.  Around 40 bags were filled with the usual mixture of crisp bags, beer cans, cigarette packets and Macdonalds debris and everybody commented on the number of Vodka bottles!

A TV and a full set of weights was discovered on Wedgwood Drive and a variety of car parts along the Meaford Road.  Chris, Mark, Maggie and Andrew cleared a lay-by on Blurton Road where someone had dumped a load of pipes, tyres, wood and a huge rootball of a pretty plant in the hemp family (!) and Patrick got so engrossed at the other end of the road that he missed the tea and cake!

We also got to meet a regular contributor (Jon Kelso) to the Facebook page with his fabulous photos.

The amount of rubbish collected today highlights the need to report all Fly Tipping to Streetscene (see the ‘Get involved’ section on the website for details), leaving the Womblers to concentrate on the day to day litter.  There have been two prosecutions already this year, so hopefully timely reportings and regular picks will help us to keep the litter problem under control.

The Group also managed to recruit two new members whilst picking today, so all in all a great morning’s work – huge thanks to everyone!

The next Womble will be Sunday 29th March, meeting at the Barlaston Village Hall at 10am.

25th February 2015 - Barlaston Community Group are very excited to announce that we have booked The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for our first community Film Night!! This will be held at the Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 11th April - price and times to follow.

If you haven't yet seen the first Marigold film yet, it's on Film4 this Saturday 28th Feb at 9pm!

If this event proves popular then it could become a regular Film night. Do contact us and let us know which films you would like to see in the Barlaston Village Hall.

17th February 2015 - The Community Group Open Evening went really well - Neil Hemmings, not in his role as Parish Clerk but as a Resident, explained the background to the formation of the group, highlighting that it is not about individuals but about everyone in the community. There was a lively atmosphere (helped by tea and cakes!) and lots of discussion then followed with a variety of ideas being put forward. Irene Moran of the WI and Gareth Jones Chairman of the Parish Council made an impassioned plea on behalf of the lonely and elderly in the village and we will be working closely with the Good Neighbour Scheme in order to address this with urgency - if anyone has any thoughts on this issue and/or could help in some way, please get in touch with us via Facebook or by using the contact form. 

All the suggestions and ideas from this evening will be collated and shared on Facebook and the Website, so do please keep checking to see what's happening in the village and for up & coming events!


Thanks to everybody that attended and to those that helped & baked and ferried furniture around, as well as the many people that emailed apologies but we're there with us in spirit! Watch this space - think Hot Fuzz without the killings!

13th Feb 2015 - Plenty of volunteers from Barlaston turned up today to improve the canal towpath, they were joined by Canal & Rivers Trust volunteers from Stoke and together relaid 6 tonnes of stone to improve a muddy and puddly 90 yard section of the towpath north of the Plume of Feathers.

Whilst the stone was being laid and compressed others collected litter and rubbish over a 2 mile section of the canal that was adopted by Barlaston Parish Council last year.

Finally a number of daffodil bulbs were planted adjacent to the playground off Meadow Road to complete a good days work.

15th Jan 2015 - Neil Morrissey owner of the MSW pub company, is relaunching the Plume of Feathers in Barlaston, the pub is currently undergoing renovations and will reopen in early March.