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?!
24th May 2017

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.

16th May 2017

This eveing the Barlaston Herons enjoyed an evening with Kath and her stories about working in and collecting Paragon China. The ladies were told about the theft of Kaths personal collection and how she tracked down the thieves to reclaim some of her figurines.

Visitors are welcome to join the Herons on the third Tuesday of the month at Barlaston Methodist Hall
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.

4th May 2017

** 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.

3rd May 2017

* 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.

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.
20th March 2017

A Fundraising Fashion Show is being organised by Barlaston Afternoon WI on Friday 9th June 2017.

Tickets will be available from Kitsons Chemist at the end of April 2017, so get the date in your diary.
17th March 2017

Barlaston First School have a vacancy for a Lunchtime Supervisior.

Full details can be found here:

https://www.wmjobs.co.uk/employer/4609/barlaston-ce-first-school/
13th March 2017

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.



10th March 2017

North Staffs Accordion Club Charity Concert
featuring the North Staffs Accordion Band, and Stefan and Denise
at the Barlaston Village Hall, ST12 9AA,
7.30 p.m. Friday 7th April, 2017
The concert has been organised by the North Staffs Accordion Club with proceeds going to
the charity RP Fighting Blindness. Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is an inherited condition of
the eye that leads to loss of vision and blindness, and the charity, RP Fighting Blindness,
works hard to stimulate and fund cutting edge research to find a treatment, or cure, and
support those affected.
The concert features:-
North Staffs Accordion Band
The North Staffs Accordion Band, MD Steve Houghton of Sandbach, is based in
Newcastle, and it is made up of eleven accordion players, a double bass player and a
percussionist. The Band plays four part harmony and it performs at venues throughout
North Staffordshire and South Cheshire - often for charity.
Stefan Andrusyschyn
Stefan is well-known as a pianist and accordionist and he is in great demand for concerts
and accordion festivals throughout the UK. He has been taught by some of the leading
accordion teachers including Professors Oleg Sharov of the St Petersburg Conservatory,
Russia, and Owen Murray of the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Denise (Leigh)
In 2003 Denise (soprano) was winner of the TV reality show, ‘Operatunity’, and since
then she has become an internationally renowned singer with a list of accolades to her
name. She has sung for royalty and, among many other accolade, sang at the 2008
Paralympic Games in Beijing and the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, 2012.
Entrance is £5 and tickets are available from Kitson’s Chemist, 9 Orchard Place, Barlaston ST12 9DL. Tel. No. 01782 372558
Band contact: Steve Hughes, 01782 787935
8th March 2017

We know it’s a day late but why not join Barlaston Cricket Club as they celebrate St Patrick’s Day on the 18th March. Dress Code Green!
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!
2nd March 2017

Comedy Night at Wedgwood Cricket Club, Friday 12th May, get your discounted tickets before 1st April just £10 each.


Contact Michael for tickets.

2nd March 2017

Did you recently get engaged? Looking for the perfect support and an affordable venue? Barlaston Village Hall has everything from Favours to Mother of the Bride. Join them for their Wedding Venue launch with their first ever Wedding Fayre. A free hot chocolate for all couples.

Sunday 5th March 12PM-4PM
2nd March 2017

* PHOTO COMPETITION - WINNER *

Congratulations to Jon Kelso who submitted this winning photo which will be our banner photo for March. I'm sure we'll all enjoy visiting the BCG page this month with this fabulous photo to greet us.

This month's photo competition theme will be 'spring in Barlaston' so as we go through March keep your eye out for the good photo opportunities.
1st March 2017

Barlaston Village Coffee Morning
Friday, 3rd March 2017
Methodist Hall
Park Drive
Barlaston

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!

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.

26th February 2017

The Barlaston Village Hall committee must have been thrilled to see so many residents & visitors enjoying themselves at the ceilidh last night. Sue Campbell-Kelly & the CK Band kept everyone up on the dance floor do-si-do-ing until about 11 o'clock. It really was a great night & all funds raised will be put towards the repairs & refurbishments much needed in our village hall.
Thank you to everyone who came & to the BVH organising committee headed by Clare & Sandie!
20th February 2017

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:-

Yarnfield £80
Barlaston £64
Swynnerton £77
Stone , Stafford Rd., £87
Hilderstone/Moddershall £70

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.
21st February 2017

Good Morning Ladies & Gents of Barlaston. As many of you will be aware our Dougie Mac 5K is fast approaching!

On Sunday 9th April we anticipate around 500 supporters will be running or walking 5K around the village to show their support for their local hospice. Fancy getting involved in the fun..then sign up now at http://fundraising.dmhospice.org.uk/event/Dougie-Mac-5K-2017

On your marks...get set..GO!
20th February 2017

Village hall gets a face lift ....

The Barlaston Village Hall (BVH) committee with the help of their family and friends and Tesco’s in Meir Park are redecorating the hall's Ruth Dickinson room.

Tesco's have donated paint and brushes and next week their volunteers will come to paint the room. Today the BVH committee working party were busy cleaning, preparing paintwork, filling in holes, sanding down, masking up etc., ready for the Tesco’s painters and also painted the ceiling.

We'll share some pictures with you when it's all done.
15th February 2017

The new DougieMac charity shop on Orchard Place in Barlaston opened yesterday and it's already full of customers!
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!
5th February 2017

*UPDATE Bob has been found in a neighbours garden, he has a broken leg but is with the vet*

Could anyone in the Meadow Road/Old Road area have a peep in their gardens and sheds for Viv's little tabby cat, Bob. We know that he's injured as he's been hit by a car on the Old Road.
4th February 2017

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 references.
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:


https://sites.google.com/site/barlastonplayers/

4th February 2017

Fancy Bell Ringing? We only hear the Bells from Barlaston Church on Friday evenings as the team practice. On Sundays the bell ringers disperse to their local churches, leaving only a few left here in Barlaston - not enough to ring.
If you'd like to join the Barlaston Bell Ringing Team, they'd love to see you - pop along to the Friday practice at Barlaston Church from 7.00pm.
3rd February 2017

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]

3rd February 2017

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]

2nd February 2017

Are you a dab hand at decorating? Would it be ok if you gave a small amount of your time between 20th -23rd February to support the Village Hall to redecorate? We have been donated paint and brushes from Tesco at Meir Park and now just need volunteers to paint the inside. Please let us know if you are available.
2nd February 2017

* 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
2nd February 2017

There has been a burglary at a property in Whitethorn Avenue, Barlaston.
It happened sometime between 7:30am Wednesday 1 February and 10:30am Thursdsay 2 February when offenders dismantled the lock on the rear French doors to gain entry before stealing a quantity of jewellery.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 191 of 2 February.
21st January 2017

*NOW SOLD OUT*

Brush off your dancing boots with the CK Band's live music and caller. An evening of fun, laughter and of course dancing at Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 25th February at 7:30pm. Bring your own food and drink, tickets just £7.50 pp in advance from Kitsons Chemist.

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.

16th January 2017

The Dougie Mac are delighted to announce the opening of their new shop in Barlaston which opens on Tuesday 14th February.

The shop will be based at 4 Orchard Place, Barlaston, Stoke on Trent, ST12 9DL
if you'd be interested in volunteering at the shop please e-mail [email protected]

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.


2nd January 2017

Barlaston Brownies (7 - 10 yrs) restart on Wednesday 11th January. We meet at Barlaston First School 6.00 - 7.30pm. If your daughter is interested in joining, please either call in to one of our meetings, or call 01785 284731 for more details.

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.


29th December 2017

Barlaston Herons have a new programme of meetings for 2017. The meeting day has changed this year to the 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Vistors are welcome to attend any meeting to give us a try and see what we get up to.

January 17th - Choosing Happiness
February 21st - Stone Baked
March 21st - Bangles and Beads
April 18th - Quiz Night - AGM
May 16th - Paragon China not just another tea cup
June 20th - Trentham Wire Faries
July 18th - Pirehill 100 meeting - Whistle while you work
August 15th - Craft Night
September 19th - History of the Trent and Mersey Canal
October 17th - Crystal Energies
November 21st - Christmas Crafts
December 19th - Christmas Party

Check out their website for more info: http://barlastonheronswi.webs.com/

23rd December 2016

Don't forget Barlaston bin collection changes over Christmas.

Barlaston Park collection will be made two days early, tomorrow (Saturday 24th).

Barlaston village collections will be a day late on 29th December.
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!
16th December 2016

💍 Join The Upper House at their WEDDING OPEN DAY on Saturday 7th January, 2017 💍

This is the perfect opportunity to view their beautiful venue and spectacular grounds! The Wedding Team will be available on the day to answer any of your questions 👰

13th December 2016

Barlaston level crossing will be closed from 23:00 on 17th December until 09:00 18th December. No signs have been spotted at Wedgwood crossing so it seems that this will be open.
 
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


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.

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!
6th December 2016

Saturday's Barlaston Village Christmas Market is chocca, full of fabulous stalls and family fun.

Our confirmed stalls for the market, held in Barlaston Village Hall from 10am to 2pm, are as follows:
Bath Bits & Beyond, Jazzy Jewellery, WI Craft, Knit & Tick, Helen Newman Candles, Sara Harvey, Joanna Warburton, Keepers Cottage Produce, Poultry Paddock, BLIS Cakes, Barlaston Alpacas, Maureen Shea, The Chocolate Tailor, Forever Living with Janet, Kate Windsor Art and Textiles, Julie Shaw Illustration, Poconido, Lorraine Boyle Phoenix Trader, South Hill Designs with Shelly, Kreations, Debbie Ryan, Puddled Pottery & Chameleon Coffee.

There is also free face painting, photo booth competition (with the fabulous prize of a professional photo shoot and framed print worth £130 donated by Paolo Loraso Photography), a tea room area and free mince pies for the first 25 customers.

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.
22nd November 2016

Congratulations to everyone in the village who supported the Plume of Feathers with their Children in need fundraising evening on Monday 14th November, everyones wonderful effort raised £2402 for Children in Need!
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!!!
17th November 2016

Barlaston Proscenium Players present 'Whatever happened to Billy Bignall?'

Wednesday 30th November to Saturday 3rd December

Tickets £7 each
13th November 2016

The village of Barlaston started the Rememberance procession at the Methodist hall, many joined the group as they made their way up Station Road to join those gathered at the Cenotaph for the Act of Rememberance.

5th November 2016

Today Saturday 5th November was the Barlaston Afternoon WI Attic Sale in Barlaston Village Hall.
A big thank to all our Store Holders and for those that braved a cold day to attend. The bottle tombola was a great successful and the 1st prize winner of the Raffle went home with Xmas hampers. An enjoyable afternoon for all.

5th November 2016

Barlaston Village Hall now has free Wi-fi with some of the best connectivity in the village! This includes the Ruth Dickson Meeting Room at the back of the hall, making this venue even better for your meeting needs, contact the Village Hall now for availability.

http://www.barlastonvillagehall.com/

4th November 2016

Hundreds of local residents gathered at Barlaston Cricket Club this evening for their Annual Fireworks night, the children ran around as families caught up with each other, faces turned to the sky as the fireworks banged and sparkled in the night sky. Another great village event.

2nd November 2016

There will be a Christmas Market in Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 10th December in aid of Make a Wish foundation. From 10am until 2pm the hall will be buzzing with plenty of stalls to purchase that special Christmas gift.

There will be a free minced pie for the first 25 customers through the door!
2nd November 2016

* 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
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

Brought to you by Barlaston Village Market, their next event is a 'special edition' market all about treating yourself and those that you love .... Fri 18 Nov 8pm -10:30pm in Barlaston Village Hall.

There will be a selection of stalls from which to treat yourself, or buy a gift and includes a number of talks on how to prepare for the party season! And a free glass of Prosecco for the first 10 customers through the door
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.

21st October 2016

Charles Hanson was the auctioneer for the evening at St John the Baptists fundraising auction. The room was buzzing as the lots progressed. Thank you Barlaston for your wonderful support.
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.
19th October 2016 - Fundraising Auction to continue....

On Sunday night there was a break in at St John Baptist Church Barlaston. Items that were for Friday's Auction were taken from the shed in the car park. Despite this the auction will continue at 7pm on Friday.
19th October 2016 - More Thefts!

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]

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!

www.johnverity.com
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!
15th September 2016 - Stand up comedy at Wedgwood Cricket Club

A night of stand up comedy can be had at Wedgwood Cricket Club on Friday 18th November, laugh along with Martin Mor, Sean Percival, Bryan Lacey and Spikey Mike.

Info and tickets 07887537188
www.wegottickets.com



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!!

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.

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.
28th August 2016 - Mystery Munch bags

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.


23rd August 2016 - Barlaston Village Market

This Saturday is time for the Barlaston Village Market at Barlaston Village Hall. Pop along between 10am and 12noon to see what goodies they have on offer

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.

18th August 2016 - Barlaston Herons Book folding

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]

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.
4th August 2016 - Oakcake Boat

The Oatcake Boat will be open on Monday Oatcake Day by the Wedgwood estate 9am till 4pm serving fresh homemade filled Oatcakes out of the Side hatch
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".

30th July 2016 - Barlaston Afternoon WI

Barlaston Afternoon WI meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month at Barlaston Village Hall at 1pm. They have just released their programme for the coming months. Visitors and new members welcome.
30th July 2016 - Road Closed

The Crossroads at Orchard Place is closed Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing. Plan you journeys in and out of the village.
27th July 2016 - Barlaston Village Hall

Barlaston Village Hall is available for hire and has excellent and flexible facilities to host your event or private party. The Hall has a large entertainment area, kitchen, air conditioning, a meeting room and private car parking.


Barlaston Village Hall now has a new website, why not take a look and contact the hall for availability:


www.barlastonvillagehall.com

23rd July 2016 - Refreshments on the Downs Banks

Start or finish a visit to the Downs with fantastic local food and drinks on Saturday as Keeper's Cottage Produce provide refreshments from their mobile van near the car park. Open 10am to 3pm.
21st July 2016 - Candy Boat!

Those with a sweet tooth will be glad to hear that the Candy Boat will be back in Barlaston moored by the Plume of Feathers this weekend from Friday 22nd July until Sunday 23rd July, 11am until 5pm!
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!
4th July 2016 - 30 July only - Barlaston Roadworks

Barlaston Parish Council report that Station Road will be closed at the junction with Meaford Road. D&G services 12 and 14 will therefore need to divert along Longton Road and A34 to Stone. Barlaston, Barlaston Park and Newstead will be unable to be served on this date.

Revised timetables should be available on Traveline (0871 2002233 www.travelinemidlands.co.uk ) two weeks before the amendment date or email [email protected] for a paper copy of a timetable.

30th June 2016 - BARLASTON SCHOOL FAYRE

Barlaston First School will be holding their Summer Fayre on Saturday 16th July 2pm-4pm, there will be Boucy Castles, Games, Penalty Shoot Out, Tombola, Afternoon Tea and Pizes Galore. Please do support our village school.
26th June 2016 - PLUME OF FEATHERS MIDSUMMER PARTY

The Plume of Feathers will be hosting their Midsummer party on Saturday 2nd July from Midday.
There will be fun for all the family, Live Music inc The Task, Face Painting, Punch and Judy and lots more...
22nd June 2016 - MIKE GATTING AT WEDGWOOD CRICKET CLUB

Wedgwood Cricket Club will be hosting an evening with Mike Gatting, Comedian, Raffle and Auction on Friday 19th August at 7:30pm

Tickets cost £20, to purchase contact Michael on 07887 537188
20th June 2016 - The Boys Brigade Summer Fun Day took place at the Methodist Church Hall on the 11th June.  The event was carefully planned to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday and many local dignitaries came to support the excellent work that Chris Donohoe Co. Captain, Ann Simmons, Warrant Officer & Matthew Fry, do every week.  Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson CBE CStJ read out a letter from the Queen and Jim Davies, Mayor of Stone Council, Geoffrey Annus the Right Reverend Bishop of Stafford, Matthew Ellis, Police & Crime Commissioner of Staffordshire, Rowan Draper, Deputy Mayor of Stafford, Ian Parry, County Councillor as well as officers from the 8th company BB Longton spent time chatting with local residents and stall-holders.

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.

20th June 2016 - BARLASTON OPEN GARDENS
 

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.

16th June 2016 - BARLASTON VILLAGE SHOW

The Village Show committee have announced the categories for the 2016 show on 3rd September! What will you enter?

www.barlastonvillageshow.co.uk/2016-show/show-categories/
15th June 2016 - TAI CHI FOR HEALTH, starting in Barlaston!

Lyn Emmerton qualified instructor for Tai Chi for Health Institute will be running new classes at Barlaston Methodist Hall to learn the Ancient Art of Tai Chi.

The classes costing £5 per session will start on Monday 11th July, 7:30pm to 8:30pm and run each Monday. Suitable for all ages.

You can just turn up for the classes or for more information contact Lyn on 01782 341834 /
07903 737757 or email [email protected]
14th June 2016 - TEA AND TALK

The Tea and Talk group celebrated Her Majesty the Queens 90th Birthday with a lovely afternoon tea on the afternoon of Wednesday 8th June at St. John the Baptist Church.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
11th June 2016 - BARLASTON SURGERY CLOSED!

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.

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.
7th June 2016 - In Barlaston TODAY ONLY!

Taste of Lancashire (cheeses, jams and chutney) and the Fair Trading Post and the Floating Fairy Shop. Moored up by The Plume of Feathers.

N.B.Periwinkle / Taste of Lancashire sells Lancashire Cheeses, Jams, Chutneys and more.

The Fair Trading Post and the Floating Fairy Shop sells clothes and other fair trade items and all things fairy!

In the village until this evening, why not stroll down and take a look!

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.

30th May 2016 - Barlaston Alpacas will be taking part in Open Farm Sunday this year! They will be open from 12-4pm on Sunday 5th June for people to drop in and see what they do, and to answer questions about alpaca farming, care, and what they use the fleece for. Their male alpacas will be available to be haltered throughout the day.

It is free to visit on the Open Day. Please be aware that they are a working farm with mud and rough surfaces, so old clothes and sturdy footwear are advised.

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.

27th May 2016 - Barlaston Village Market

It's now less than a month to go until the all new monthly Barlaston Village Market starts. Will you be popping along to see us on Sat 25 June between 10am and midday in Barlaston village hall?

The market will feature stalls such as:

Hen, Duck and Quail eggs as well as honey from The Poultry Paddock
Sauces from My Secret Kitchen
Kate Winsors Art & Textiles
Yummy Chocolates from the Chocolate Tailor
Jewellery
Knitted gifts from Gill in aid of Caudwell Chrildren
Meat products by Keepers Cottage
Herbs sold in aid of Make a Wish

As well as the opportunity to sit and have a cup of tea and cake. Do go along and support our local producers

We are looking forward to seeing you there!
19th May 2016 - Barlaston Herons WI relax with Tai Chi!

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.

18th May 2016 -The picnic benches have been stolen from Barlaston Village Green at some time on Monday or Tuesday. If anyone has seen anything suspicious or knows where the benches are please contact us.
13th May 2016 - Barlaston Boy's Brigade will be holding a Summer Fair on Saturday 11th June 2016 and are looking for donatuions of cakes and raffle prizes. If you can help please contact Chris Donohoe.
12th May 2016 - Barlaston Golf Club will be holding a Charity Golf Day on Friday 3rd June 2016 in aid of Douglas Macmillan Hospice. Entry forms are available from the Barlaston Golf Club website or Jim Pickerill/Darren Martin 01782 372795 Options 1 & 3

 http://www.barlastongolfclub.co.uk/event/douglas-macmillan-charity-golf-day/?instance_id=699
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!!
3rd May 2016 - Are you a local (to Barlaston) producer/trader? Anyone want to come and join me?

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.

Dates:
First one Saturday 25th June 2016
30th July
27th August
24th Sept
29th Oct

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 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.

29th April 2016 - Barlaston Level crossing will be closed on Saturday night from 11pm until 9am on Sunday morning.

29th April 2016 - Come and join the Duke of York on Sunday 29th May for a race night and auction to help raise money for Children with Cancer.
28th April 2016 - According to the Stafford Borough Council Website because of the Bank Holiday, residents living on the Wedgewood estate need to put their bins out early this week as the green bin will be collected on Saturday 30th April. Collections from the rest of the village remain on the usual day.
23rd April 2016 - The audience at last night's showing of Dad's Army were honoured by the attendance of celebrity couple Captain & Mrs Mainwaring (aka Patrick & Jane Plant) who also drew the raffle.  A good night was had by all - huge thanks to everybody for supporting the event!

20th April 2016 - Check out these photos from the Douglas Macmillian Hospice's 5K at World of Wedgewood in Barlaston. Can you spot yourself?


http://joshuacopepj.zenfolio.com/dm5k2016


12th April 2016 - Barlaston Golf Club have a position available for Bar Staff, follow the link for more details:

http://jobs.suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk/job/503185374/bar-staff/

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.

2nd April 2016 - The Parish Chirch of Saint John the Baptist will be holding a 'Post Jumble Sale' on Saturday 9th April 10am-3pm. Go along and grab your self a bargin!
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!

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.

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

Menu
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
7th March 2016 - Sadly, Barlaston Library Bus will be reducing the hours that it will be in our village, from Tuesday 5th April 2016 the bus will only be visiting Barlaston once a fortnight on a Tuesday. The opening times remain:
9:30am - 1:30pm Plume of Feathers
2pm - 7:30pm Village Hall.

Vists to the village will be made on the following Tuesdays:

5th April, 19th April, 17th May, 31st May, 14th June, 28th June, 12th July, 26th July, 9th August, 23rd August, 6th September, 20th September, 4th October, 18th October, 1st November, 15th November, 29th November, 13th December, 27th December
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!!
29th February 2016 - A cheque for £166 is presented to Erica Pinfold, Chairman of the North Staffordshire branch of Riding For The Disabled, at Poplars Riding Stables, Meir Heath, raised at the Barlaston Wassail on New Year’s Eve. Here Milly Green, the 2016 Wassail Queen, sits on Cloudy, one of the horses used by the branch. The reigns are held by Debra Richardson, Treasurer of N. Staffs R.D.A.. We would especially like to thank Vanetta Jervis and Judith Bradbury for fund raising at the Duke of York. In addition to the £166, one of our players has kindly donated a further £50, making it £216.
29th February 2016 - Stone's Bread-heads and Dough-nuts will be running four bread making days at Barlaston Village Hall.

More information can be found here:

http://alittlebitofstone.com/2016/02/29/use-your-loaf-on-new-bread-baking-courses/

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]
19th February 2016 - The delivery of Yellow Pages is due to take place in our area in the next few weeks.

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.

17th February 2016 - FREE DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING SESSION:

You will all have seen the new Community Public Access Defibrillators provided by Barlaston Herons WI in the village. The lifesaving equipment is available 24/7 for anyone to use should somebody in the local area suffer a cardiac arrest. It is accessed via a PIN code which is given to the caller when they have dialed 999.

The second awareness and training session, provided by Jamie from the Stone based charity AED Donate, will take place on Thursday the 3rd March at 19:30 at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist. Please contact Jo Gent (01782 374086) to book your free place.
17th February 2016 - Barlaston Herons certainly had a bird themed evening tonight. They had a visit from the Osprey Project talking to them about the fantastic work that they have done providing habitat for the Ospreys at Rutland Water. Once an extinct bird in the UK, they are now regularly breeding in this country!
Members enjoyed a slice of the Herons 3rd Birthday cake and the raffle prize was an Owl doorstop.
16th February 2016 -  Barlaston Alpacas are holding some open days. All the Alpaca walking sessions are now booked but you are still welcome to go along on the day to visit the Alpacas and there will be refreshments available to buy.

26th March 2016
2nd April 2016

Please be aware that it is a working farm with mud and rough surfaces, so old clothes and sturdy footwear are advised.
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 www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk 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!
12th February 2016 - Barlaston Parish Council is seeking to appoint a Parish Clerk. The Clerk provides administrative and legal support to the Parish Council.


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.

10th February 2016 - Wedgwood Cricket Club invite you to a Quiz night on Saturday 12th March 8pm
£1 per person (max 5 people per team) Great prizes to be won!

www.wedgwoodcricketclub.uk
6th February 2016 - Barlaston Cricket Club announce their annual Beer festival dates. 4 days and 9 craft ales

Thursday 18th Feb - 7:30-11:30pm
Friday 19th Feb - 7:30-11:30pm
Saturday 20th Feb - 12-11:30pm
Sunday 21st Feb - 12-6pm

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.
4th February 2016 - Many congratulations to Beryl Goodman, a resident of Heyfields Nursing Home, Barlaston, who celebrated her 100th birthday today, 4th February.
3rd February 2016 - The first Village Coffee Morning of 2016 takes place on Friday, 5th February, 10am-12 noon in the Methodist Church Hall on Park Drive. Everyone is welcome. We will be supporting Walton's Way, which is a music charity working with children and young people in Stoke-on-Trent. If anyone has a musical instrument which is no longer used and they would like to donate it to the charity, please ring Amanda 01782 351134 for details. Hope to see you on February 5th.
1st February 2016 - The Dougie Mac 5K is back at the Wedgwood Estate; you can run or walk or 5K route with a 1K fun run available for children, the event will be on Sunday 17th April 2016. Why not join a team of runners participating in various running events to raise funds for Douglas Macmillan Hospice

Register now!


http://fundraising.dmhospice.org.uk/event/Dougie-Mac-5k

31st January 2016 - The Barlaston Village Show committee are gearing up for this years event on Saturday 3rd September. So far they have booked an inflatable race track and Stone Cold Soberish who will be performing at the event.

The committee would also welcome donations for raffle prizes.

Anyone wishing to book a stall at this years event should do so by completeing this form:

http://www.barlastonvillageshow.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Stand-Booking-Form.pdf
20th January 2016 - Jobs in Barlaston being advertised today

Duke of York Pub - WANTED EXPERIENCED PART TIME BAR AND WAITING ON STAFF

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


20th January 2016 - North Staffs Rail Promotion Group are encouraging local rail users to take part in the discussion on future rail services.  Services run by London Midland (the “West Midlands franchise”) are being analysed by the Department for Transport (DfT) and there is an Public Consultation until March 22nd. The results will be used to specify the next franchise starting in late 2017.  


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

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/west-midlands-rail-franchise

 

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.

20th January 2016 - The Barlaston Proscenium Players are please to announce their new play Where There's a Will... will be presented at Barlaston Village Hall from Wednesday 11th May to Saturday 14th May. The play opens amid a lengthy blazing row between Linday and husband Derek. Linda accuses him (quite rightly) of being unfaithful. Derek is unaware that Linda is also having an affair. Each avows revenge, and as a result of a series of bungled murder attempts the bodies fall thick and fast.

Prebook your tickets via their website:

 http://www.barlastonplayers.webspace.virginmedia.com/page4.html
17th January 2016 -So it would appear that in fact both Wedgwood and Barlaston level crossings will be closed each evening from Monday 18th Jan to Friday 22nd Jan 20:30 - 07:00, meaning that anyone stuck on the wrong side of the crossing will have to divert all the way through Blurton to get home!

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!

7th January 2016 - A message from Stafford and Rural Homes......

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.”

28th December 2015 - As from January 4th 2016 there will be a change in opening hours at the Duke of York which will be as below:

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

27th December 2015 - It's tradition for Barlaston CC to have a fun football match on the village green every 27th Dec, up to lunchtime. Here they are this morning...
23rd December 2015 - The level crossing at Barlaston will be closed at night from Mon 11th Jan-Fri 15th Jan. - DIVERSION OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

 

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.  

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!
18th December 2015 - There will be some changes to the No.14 Bus serving Barlaston from 4th January. The route has been reduced to hourly due to low useage and the existing times have changed slighly.

BEWARE Alleynes students, next term your bus will be leaving the village earlier than than previously! Don't be late for school.

The full timetable can be found on the D&G website:

http://www.dgbus.co.uk/staffordshire-and-stoke.html
17th December 2015 - Barlaston Herons WI celebrated in style at their Christmas meeting last night. They took part in a handmade hamper gift exchange and a decorate a shopping bag, together with a quiz and lots of party food!

New members are always welcome so why not pop along to one of their meetings and see what they are up to.

15th December 2015 - Pennywise is now open until 5pm each day until Christmas, except for Christmas Eve when it is open until 3pm.

So plenty of opportunity to pick up your tickets for 🎬 Spectre on 9th Jan.
11th December 2015 - The December edition of Barlaston Parish Church Gazette is FREE, pick your copy up in one of our local shops.
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.
8th December 2015 - Barlaston Village Coffee Morning - Please can we thank all those who came last Friday - December 4. It was a very busy morning with special Christmas treats from Matt & Jonquil. We raised £112.00 to go the North Staffs Special Adventure Playground in Newcastle-under-Lyme and £37.00 from a Hamper to help defray the cost of electricty for the defibrillator at the Methodist Church Hall. Many thanks go to the stall holders for their hamper contributions as well as to One Stop, Premier and Country Cabin.

Hope to see you on Friday February 5 for the first Coffee Moring in 2016.
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!
4th December 2015 - An overgrown site on the north west side off Meadow Road has been cleared by Stafford & Rural Homes and members of the Princes Trust.
There are some vacant plots which they are anxious to let in the new year.
Anyone interested, please contact Neil Hemmings on Tel 07855347761
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. 
27th November 2015 - Residents at Heyfields Nursing Home along with family and friends had a very enjoyable afternoon with Katherine Swift. Katherine’s talk covered her Trilogy of Books, the third of which is still ‘work in progress’, afterwards tea and cakes were served when Katherine answered questions and signed copies of her books.
25th November 2015 - Message received from OWL, the police online watch Link.

*** 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.

22nd November 2015 - A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who supported the Barlaston Charity Christmas Market today....traders, volunteers and market goers.

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.

17th November 2015 - The Candy boat is moored at The plume of feathers Barlaston and will be open Thurs 19th nov till Sun 22nd nov 11am - 5:30pm selling handmade fudge, handmade toffee and traditional sweets. Don't forget your pennies!
12th November 2015 - Heyfields Nursing Home Presents 'Katherine Swift' Garden Historian & Author of “The Morville Hours”

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.
12th November 2015 - OWL Police report. Between 19:00 and 19:15 on 11/11/15 unknown offenders have approached an unsecured grey Hybrid pedal cycle which was leaning against the fence of a property in Flaxman Close, Barlaston, Stoke on Trent and stolen the bike.
Please warn all your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and please make sure all your bikes/vehicles are locked and secure.
Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0721 of the 11/11/15
8th November 2015 - Barlaston villagers gathered on the green earlier today to pay their respects to the fallen. The youth groups of the village led the annual parade to the cenotaph and were joined en-route by the congregation of both our churches, villagers and councillors. Barlaston Herons WI installed a beautiful knitted poppy tribute onto the cenotaph, thank you ladies.
3rd November 2015 - Posters and tickets for the Barlaston charity Christmas market will soon be available soon BUT for now here is a list of the lovely traders that will there on Sun 22 Nov:

- 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

23rd October 2015 - The programme of evenys for this years Barlaston Wassail has now been announced.

- On New Year’s Eve -
The Barlaston Wassailers will perform a mumming play which tells the story of the pictures on the banners. This year Free - in the tradition of folk customs, so spectators can come and go. But we will be selling raffle tickets - surplioe funds to RDA (N. Staffs Branch). The top prize is tankard containing the ‘year’ verse - a prized object of desire.

We have striven to keep to our programme schedule similiar to former years.

The Early Evening Revel (the Children’s Wassail)

4.30pm NEW TIME. Meet outside the Duke of York. Crowning of the New Year’s Eve Wassail Queen. A short walk to see Beornwulf arise from his coffin on a podium, in front of Duke of York Inn. A performance of the mumming play, which tells the early story of Barlaston and Stone. A procession led by the Wassail Queen to the village tree to ceremonial put the old banner boards in the cabinet.

The Mid Evenlng Revel (the Stone Wassail)

8.30pm COMPLETELY NEW. Meet top of the High Street, Stone, 4 miles from Barlaston. The Barlaston Wassailers with Beornwulf will perform their mumming play, which tells the early story of Barlaston and Stone.

The Late Evening Revel (the Walk-In-the-vllIage-and-flnale Wassail)

9.30pm. Meet Orchard Place. The Barlaston Wassailers with Beornwulf will perform their mumming play at the Plume of Feathers Inn. They will proceed to Orsett House and Upper House (where performances may take place). They will perform the play for the last time in front of the podium outside the Duke of York from 11.15pm. To great fanfare Beornwulf will dramatically ‘die’ and return to his coffin. There is a procession
back to the village green tree. Auld Lang Syne round the tree.

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.

20th October 2015 - From Stafford & Rural Homes:

 

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.

19th October 2015 - Big thanks to the community of Barlaston, who have helped the Scouts with their fundraising efforts over the past few years. We have finally finished replacing the roof, and are looking forward to a much warmer and drier winter! And we can now focus on improving the inside, without risk of it being water damaged.
THANK YOU ALL!!
Barlaston Scouts
15th October 2015 - A beautiful new bench was spotted on Queen Mary's Drive overlooking Wedgwood lake in memory of Dave Goodwin. What a fabulose spot to rest your leggs.
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.

 

12th October 2015 - Tea & Talk is being relaunched this week and is now open to anyone, whatever your age and circumstance. If you are free on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2pm, please come along and meet up with like-minded people and enjoy the talk and demonstrations. There are homemade cakes to go with your cup of tea or coffee and Pauline Smith and her team of helpers will extend you a warm welcome!

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.

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!
3rd October 2015 - The National Trust are holding a Countryside Volunteering day - Come out this Sunday (4th October) and help look after the Downs! They'll be meeting at the main car park at 10am. Bring lunch, suitable clothing and footwear.
29th September 2015 - Have your say! Public consultation.

The Barlaston Neighbourhood Plan will identify preferred housing development sites in the village. Please go along and share your views at one of the Barlaston Community Housing Site Selection Workshops:

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 welcome!!

25th September 2015 - Today Barlaston One Stop held a Macmillan Cancer "World's biggest coffee morning' to raise funds for the charity. Cakes were donated and sold to customers passing through, £180.50 was raised. Well done to everyone who donated to this worthy cause!

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.

22nd September 2015 - The Parish Church of St John the Baptish, Barlaston are holding a Harvest Thanksgiving service on Sunday 11th October followed by a Hog Roast. The Service starts at 10:30am. Tickets are available in advance from the church priced at just £5 per head.
19th September 2015 - Leeses of Barlaston are taking part in The Macmillan Biggest Ever Coffee Morning on Friday 25Th September from 10am - 1pm. Come along and enjoy coffee, tea and cake at OneStop Barlaston. Everyone welcome!! Lets raise plenty of money for this fantastic cause!!

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.

9th September 2015 - The Barlaston Community Speed Watch scheme volunteers will receive free training from the Police on Saturday October 24th from 10.00am at the Village Hall.

If you are interested in taking part please contact Neil Hemmings (Tel 07855347761) for further details.
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!

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:


http://www.dgbus.co.uk/staffordshire-and-stoke.html

5th September 2015 - Sygourney Meredith, aged 6, is crowned Barlaston Wassail Queen of the Barlaston Village Show, 2015. We would like to thank the other girls who applied for the postion on the spot - they were:- Ela, 8, Milly Green, 9, Kate, 12, Matilda, 5, Lexi 8, and Anielie, 10 - some of whom very kindly played maids of honour or attendants, as seen here, along with 'Beornwulf' who did the crowning.
5th September 2015 - The rain held off and the weather was fine for the 2015 Barlaston Village Show. Neil Morrisey opened the Fete and presented the cups to the Show winners. Hundreds of people attended the event, supporting all the local carities and business with stalls. Another fantistic community event, well done the Village Show committee!