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'To foster community spirit by participating in activities that enhance the environment and encourage neighbourliness within the village of Barlaston'. 

Barlaston Community Group, based in Barlaston, Staffordshire, UK

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Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

Posted on January 1, 2019 at 5:50 AM

December was a busy month in Barlaston, not just the normal busy-ness of getting ready for Christmas but with all our activities & events too! There was the first of our Coach Trips, this one to Liverpool at the beginning of the month which was a great success. Jenny Donovan took the lead in rustling up the numbers and spreading the word and there was a party atmosphere on the coach with some Christmas nibbles, mulled wine & sherry which helped lubricate our throats for singing the Beatles medleys on the return journey. It was great fun & we’re already thinking about a summer one – let us know if you have any suggestions!

The Golden Agers Christmas Tea Party went ahead on Sunday 9th December and everyone was in such a BRILLIANT mood! Around 66 residents enjoyed a sumptuous spread with entertainment being provided by the CK Community Choir. Sue & Ian Campbell-Kelly’s enthusiasm is infectious & within minutes the audience were tapping their feet, singing along & we spotted Stewart (the vicar) & Julie Jones as well as Bishop Geoff boogying away at the back of the hall too. Santa (aka Chis Hurst) arrived bearing chocolates which were distributed with no dodgy fumbling this year as Mrs Claus had sewn up the pockets on his tunic - thanks Marilyn! Huge thanks to everyone who came & to our many wonderful elf-helpers!

The Childrens Christmas party followed on the 15th December, when Santa visited once again this time bringing a number of elves to help with the party games whilst he distributed gifts from his grotto. All the children were so friendly & polite, it was a real pleasure to host! Thank you so much for coming and special thanks to Sara & her family & friends for organising the event, Sara truly is our ‘Children’s Champion’!

This year’s Chromble (Christmas Womble) went above & beyond the call of duty collecting over 20 bulging sacks mainly from the Meaford Road… All credit to Womblers Andrew M, Eric, Hilary, Sandie, Stan, Malcolm, Graham, John, Alan, Andrew B, Michala, Maggie & Tim – an intrepid bunch! The Apres was also the occasion to hear the results of the ‘Wombler of the Year’ award. This year the public votes had to be re-counted due to the late but impressive performance of a newcomer – yes, Stan will now share this prestigious award with Sandie who maintained a solid picking presence throughout the year. Congratulations to both Sandie & Stan, & to Team Tunstall who picked up the Outstanding Family Achievement award! We also take this opportunity to thank those guerilla Womblers who litter-pick regularly whilst fetching the paper, walking the dog or patrolling Hartwell Lane; unseen but not unnoticed – THANK YOU!!

Now it’s time for an apology – We’ve been bigging-up Bohemian Rhapsody for our Film Premiere on Saturday 2nd February but it appears that so has everyone else! The film has been so popular that the general release date has been extended until March. So, rather than put the Film Night back again, we will be launching with Mission Impossible – Fallout, on 2nd February. It’s an action film starring Tom Cruise & has been reviewed as having “a combination of thrilling stunts & insane daring providing a stunning piece of action cinema”, perfect ingredients for a Barlaston Premiere don’t you think?? Tickets £5, available from Kitson’s soon.

Equally (or possibly more?!) exciting is that the menu for the Burns Night Pop-up Supper at the Village Hall on Friday 25th January has been finalised and we are ready to take orders! Mark is supplying the Angus-burgers & a succulent breed of Haggis has been sourced from north of the border. This will be an evening of meeting, greetin’, smirtling & after-dinner reeling if you fancy it… and all for £16 per person! Hurry to Kitson’s to book your places now!

We wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you for helping us encourage community spirit and making Barlaston a happy & friendly place to live!!

November 2018 update

Posted on November 30, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Of course the highlight of the month was the amazing gathering around the cenotaph at this year’s Remembrance Service led by Vicar Stewart Jones. Around 400 people attended & Barlaston’s Yarn Bomber had erected a display using poppies knitted by residents over the past couple of months which received so many Likes it nearly broke the internet! In all seriousness it was a very moving occasion with people visiting the church over the following few days to see an exhibition put together by a team of volunteers who had recorded facts about the people from the village who gave their lives in the Great War.

We still have some places left on the BBT (Barlaston Bus Trip) to the Liverpool Christmas markets on TUESDAY 4th December. We want the coach to be full enough to provide a good atmosphere but not too full that we can’t have a few spare seats to put our shopping on! Oh, and somewhere to put the mince pies for the return journey of course. The coach will pick up from St. Johns Parish Church, Station Road where you can leave your car, setting off at 9.30am, returning from Liverpool at 4.30pm. Tickets are £14 each and include a mince pie and a Christmas tipple for the return journey. Contact Jenny Donovan on 01782 373334 or email us if you have any questions.

The new ‘Mid Month Gratitude’ slot on our Facebook page is attracting attention with residents thanking each other for deeds done, and this month two individuals are highlighted for helping the Womblers achieve their goal of a litter-free village – St. John’s very own Geoff Hambleton, who was caught on camera very early one morning fetching his paper, and new recruit Stan who has now got a regular route along Meaford Road. Thank you very much gentleman and keeeeeep pickin!

The Womblers had a very productive haul last weekend with around 13 bags & 4 Fly-tips notified. The gang on Hardcore Duties this month were Andrew M, Eric, Hilary, Andrew B, plus Graham who had done a pre-womble the day before & Shane & Ann who we accosted on route! The rest of us (Sandie, Stan, Sarah, Emily & I) got off quite lightly. It was great to welcome new recruits Sarah, & Emily, now our youngest member at one year old! MASSIVE THANKS all round - with everyone's help we WILL eliminate those Tossers (of rubbish obvs)!

Further to our big announcement regarding the Barlaston Cinema project, we can now confirm that the equipment has been installed and it’s lookin’ good! The image is crystal clear and fingers crossed the speakers in the village hall will be able to cope with the soundtrack to the film we have chosen to launch with – any guesses? Yes, Bohemian Rhapsody! Keep Saturday 2nd February free for our Film Premiere in the village hall!

Tickets are now being circulated for the Golden Agers Christmas Tea Party on Sunday 9th December, from 2 – 4pm in the Village Hall. If you are over 70, it’s free and only £5 for younger guests. Please don’t be put off if you can’t travel or if you are single as we can arrange to pick you up and there will be lots of opportunity to meet other like-minded people and sing along to some of the carols with the CK Community Choir. Santa will be making his usual appearance and hopefully this time he will have found a more suitable place to store the chocolates…. Some of you may remember his attempts to retrieve the Celebrations last year were rather disturbing!

The Kids Disco on the 2nd was a huge success with many new residents bringing their children along and getting to know each other. Thanks to everyone who came & Sara, Jayne, family & friends for organising it! Our next event is the Childrens Christmas Party in the Village Hall on Saturday 15th December, from 2 – 4pm, where Santa will also be making a guest appearance. Admission is FREE but to help us cater for the event please pick up a ticket from Kitsons’s Chemist, Barlaston First School reception or drop us an email & we’ll save them at the door for you. Posters will be going up around the village and look at our Facebook page or Website for more details.

The New Year will be a busy time too with a Pop-up Supper at the Village Hall on Friday 25th January to celebrate Robbie Burns’ birthday. A rare breed of Haggis is already being hunted and a 4-course supper consisting of Cock-a-Leekie Soup, Och Aye Haggis & Neeps, Burnsish Burger and Chipped Tatties followed by a Deep-fried Mars bar or other Scottish delicacy, will be served to the lucky early-bird bookers. Numbers will be limited due to the space required for the frolicking that will follow, so again keep your eyes peeled for further info! We can’t afford a Caller, so it’s likely to be Mr Black in his skirt, oops kilt.

October 2018 update

Posted on November 4, 2018 at 8:10 AM

We seemed to have been waiting a long time for Mamma Mia 2, but we were not disappointed - what a FUN film – totally predictable but that in itself added to the enjoyment. There were laugh-out-loud lines and plenty of songs to sing along to, by the time Cher appeared the whole hall was ready to join in with ‘Fernando’ which we did with gusto! Everyone needs more singing and laughter in their lives and Mamma Mia 2 had it all!

Still on the subject of films, you may have already seen that our application to the Big Lottery Fund was successful – The Barlaston Cinema should be up and running from next weekend - WHOOP!! We have been thinking of all sorts of exciting things we can do like hold more sing-alongs, ‘old movie’ nights, nature and history talks/films, as well as produce a program so everyone knows what’s coming up well in advance. We’ve had a few volunteers already since the press release a couple of weeks ago but it would be great to build up a bank of people to fill the various roles so that we can share the duties around a bit. If this is something you might be interested in then we’d love to hear from you!

More good news is that we have responded to a resident’s request to resurrect a BBT (Barlaston Bus Trip) providing excursions for Barlaston residents and have booked a coach for a Christmas shopping trip to Liverpool on Tuesday 4th December. The coach will pick up from St. Johns Parish Church, Station Road at 9.30am, return at 4.30pm. Why go to Germany for the Christmas Markets when you can jump on a coach with friends and neighbours and sample the same delights without the hassle?! Tickets are £14 each and include a mince pie and a cheeky tipple for the return journey! Tickets are limited though and selling fast – get yours from Sean at Premier Village Stores, Orchard Place ASAP. Contact Jenny Donovan on 01782 373334 or email us if you have a question or need more information.

The Barlaston Womblers have been out and about again this month and new recruit Stan has already adopted Meaford Road as his patch and has been out picking several times since we last got together. He’s now got his own litterpick, tabard and supply of bags, so please look out for him and give him a beep and a wave if you see him! (And if you’re walking I’m sure he’d appreciate a ‘thank you’ and a quick chat). The October Womble was great and we concentrated on the top of the village this time, tackling Blurton Road (always a Grot Spot!), Longton Rd and Hartwell Lane and then back to the Village Hall for a cuppa and a cake obvs. HUGE thanks to the crew – Tim, Renee, Andrew B, Gill, Andrew M, Eric, Hilary, Maggie, Graham and Stan!

We are getting excited about the Golden Agers Christmas Party on the 9th December - Santa has confirmed that he will be making a guest appearance and will also be at the Childrens Christmas Party in the Village Hall on the 15th. Unfortunately we haven’t been able fit in a Pop-up Supper but have reserved the Village Hall on the 25th January 2019 (Burns Night) with a totally new plan for a Burger & Burns-ish Supper, watch this space!

Thank you to all the knitters – we’ve had a great response to our appeal for poppies and can’t wait to see what the Barlaston Yarn Bombers have in store for us at the centenary commemoration of the end of WW1 next Sunday!

‘Waterways’ was the theme for this month’s Facebook photo competition and there were some stunning entries. Have a look at these and Jon Kelso’s winning entry on our Facebook page. Jon is well known throughout the Midlands due to his photos being shown regularly on the BBC, TV, FB & Twitter, but we know and love him for the many fabulous pics of Barlaston he posts on our Facebook page - thanks Jon!

September 2018 update

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 9:05 AM

The Womblers were pleased to support the Big Staffordshire Clean-up on the 21st and we welcomed new recruit Stan, who many of you will know from the One Stop. Our Wombling Wonders this month were Alan, Sue, Tim, Michala, Sam, Gill and Stan. It was good to note that everyone commented that the bags were lighter than usual – hopefully it will be a continuing trend!

There was a VIG (Very Important Gardeners) meeting mid-month to gather feedback from the Open Gardens event which was well attended and demonstrated its growing popularity as an annual event. If there are any residents interested in opening their garden next year, or perhaps would like to help in some way, it would be great to hear from you. It is lovely to have our regulars opening but we would also like some new gardens to keep visitors interested and provide a variety. It is also exciting to report that the OG event has been nominated for an ‘Action in the Community Award’ with Stafford Borough Council, we’ll let you know what happens!

The popular Barlaston Film Night will be showing Mamma Mia 2 on Saturday 20th October at the Village Hall. Tickets are £5 and available from Kitson’s Chemist as usual. Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm. Soft drinks, popcorn and ice cream will be for sale but if you want a cheeky glass of wine then please bring your own! We are expecting this to be popular so be sure to get your tickets early!

Dates for your diaries: The Half Term Disco for the kids has been moved to Friday 2nd November, to avoid a clash with Barlaston Cricket Club’s Fireworks do on the Saturday and will be from 5 – 7pm at the Village Hall. The annual Golden Agers Christmas Party will be on Sunday 9th December and the CK Choir has already been booked! We have a children’s party and a visit from Santa complete with sleigh (courtesy of Stone Rotary Club) lined up for the 15th December and are still trying to fit in a Pop-up Supper (Burger & Boogie Night?!) for the party season - start brushing up on your dad-dancing and get some new moves for the D-floor!

Barlaston’s Yarn Bombers have had a good response to their appeal for poppies ready for this year’s centenary commemoration of the end of WW1, but they still need MORE!! Double knit wool please and knitted or crocheted - any size will do. There are plenty of patterns on line and we also have printed copies available. Drop off points for completed poppies are Kitson’s Chemist, the Village Hall post box as well as St. John’s & the Methodist Church. Alternatively, gather them up from friends and family, drop us an email and we will be happy to collect them! If you have any further questions please contact us or give Sara Morris a call on 07961 377474.

August 2018 Update

Posted on September 2, 2018 at 4:15 PM

August has been a ‘planning’ month with lots of activities being talked about including a Half Term Disco for the kids on 3rd November, a Christmas Party & a visit from Santa complete with sleigh on the 15th December. We are still chasing the rental company for Mamma Mia 2 and will be able to give you a date soon for the next Pop-up Supper – a Burger & Boogie Night! Start brushing up on some new moves for the D-floor right now!

The Barlaston Womblers more than made up for their poor show last month with a great response to the Pride for the Bride themed Womble on the 26th. Regular Wombler Sandie had put out an appeal on Facebook to litter-pick & tidy the village before her daughter Lizzie’s wedding in St. John’s Church on Friday and the Womblers were happy to oblige! Parents of the Bride Sandie & Owen were joined by the vicar, Maggie, Graham, Liz, Andrew M, Malcolm, Gill, Margaret, Ann, Michala, Andrew B, Chris & trainees Kyle, Shannon, Jacob & Ava. There are not many villages in which the vicar litter-picks the bride's route to church for her wedding... but Barlaston is no ordinary village & Stewart Jones is no ordinary vicar!!

The route up Tittensor Rd to the Upper House Hotel was restored to being as nature intended, along with a good section of Meaford Rd, Old Rd & Blurton Rd. Thanks to everyone who came & we all wish Lizzie & Dave a Wombling Merry Marriage. The Womblers did offer to form a litterpick arch for them to walk under after the nuptials but strangely they declined...

The annual summer kids event – picnic & kite-making on the green went ahead on the 2nd August and despite it being advertised at short notice (sorry – we hadn’t quite recovered from Open Gardens!), those that came had a nice time chatting whilst the children had a good time running about with their kites. Thanks to Sara (our children’s champion!) & Andrew who was on lunchtime Tea Duty.

Barlaston’s Yarn Bombers have put out an appeal for LOTS & LOTS OF POPPIES ready for this year’s centenary commemoration of the end of WW1. Double knit wool please & knitted or crocheted - any size will do & the more the merrier! There are plenty of patterns on line and we also have printed copies available. Drop off points for completed poppies are Kitson’s Chemist & the Barlaston Village Hall post box. Alternatively, gather them up from friends & family, drop us an email & we will be happy to collect them. If you have any further questions please contact us or give Sara Morris a call on 07961 377474.

The Facebook photo competition this month was won by Lisa Dixon with her photo of Teddy. The theme was ‘Animals about in Barlaston’ and Teddy romped his way into the lead leaving the other dogs, cat, horses, sheep, butterflies, alpacas, ducks & swans behind… (what, no cows??) Look out for an Autumn theme later this month.

July 2018 Update

Posted on August 3, 2018 at 11:20 AM

Well, after all the anticipation and media hype from our Flaxman Manor promotion company (aka James & Matt!), the Barlaston Open Gardens event went ahead on the 14th & 15th July and was a HUGE success despite the many scorched lawns and crispy foliage! The event attracted around 470 visitors over the weekend with a total of £1,186.74 being raised for individual charities as well as £700 for the village hall, which in turn will benefit the community. In addition to the many residents that came out to see the gardens, meet their neighbours and enjoy a cuppa and delicious home-made cakes (not to mention the Prosecco & Pimms!), we were also able to give a warm Barlaston welcome to people who had travelled from all over the Potteries as well as further afield - Nottingham, Birmingham and London to name but a few… We were also told of a lady who had travelled from South Africa to visit her family in Barlaston and had timed her trip especially to coincide with the event – we really hope it’s true!

This was the third year of opening and twenty three gardens opened to the public over the weekend. There were a few surprises this year with a number of Classic Cars joining us on the Village Green and The Upper House Hotel hosted a musical event with a well known string quartet playing four sets for the various visitors throughout the day. The feedback has been tremendous and we already have a number of new gardens on the waiting list for next year. Thank you to everyone who came and supported the event and a massive WHOOP! of appreciation for all our wonderful VIGs who so kindly allowed us all into their gardens to wander about and enjoy the fruits of their jolly hard work!

The Film Night showing of ‘Finding your Feet’ starring Imelda Thornton, Joanna Lumley, Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall, was absolutely brilliant, and without giving away the ending, the last scene had the whole audience gasping! If you haven’t already seen it – do. It’s funny, moving, and sad, and there’s dancing involved, what’s not to love?! That last sentence can also be applied to what we hope will be our next film – Mamma Mia 2. We are chasing the film company for a date, so start practising your Abba & Cher numbers in the shower now and watch this space for more details!

The Barlaston Womblers have been a let-down this month – holidays, trapped nerves and too busy are NOT acceptable excuses… We have had some success recruiting in the school holidays but we’ll have to exert a 3-line whip for an August pick as some of the lanes are already looking like a recycling depot. Of course, it could all be avoided if people just took their rubbish home grrrrrr!

We have our annual summer Kids Event on Thursday 2nd August - Meet on the Green by the Downs Carpark, bring a picnic and join us for kite-making and Fun! 12.30pm-2.30pm Free to Barlaston residents. The weather’s due to be a scorcher again but if it rains don’t worry, we’ll be picnicking in the village hall.

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June 2018 Update

Posted on July 2, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Things continue at a pace in preparation for the single biggest event on our social calendar – yes, it’s the time of year that Barlaston’s V.I.Gs (Very Import Gardeners!) get press-ganged by the committee into opening their gardens to the public! We have 23 gardens opening over the weekend of 14th & 15th July and due to popular demand we have extended opening times to 11am – 5pm. Entry tickets are available (£2 per person, under 16s free) from Kitson’s Chemist & Premier Stores in Orchard Place and from the Village Market on Saturday (14th) morning. Tickets contain a map and highlight the individual days of opening as well as the facilities available at each garden.

The event was originally designed to bring the community together & last year we had over 200 visitors, many from neighbouring villages and towns. This year our aim is to get more Barlaston residents to see the gardens – this is your chance to see what’s behind that hedge or fence and perhaps get some ideas for your own garden. Even if you’re not a gardener why not plan a walk around the village with a few delicious home-made tea & cake stops? There are still a few surprises planned - spoiler alert – a string quartet at The Upper House and possibly a few sightings of some Classic Cars…. The last 2 years have been great fun & so satisfying to see the village buzzing with people following the maps on foot, by bike & car over both days!

The Volunteers’ Car Scheme drivers have been put on the alert for OG weekend, so if you know anyone that might appreciate a lift or need some help getting around the gardens, do please let us know.

Unfortunately the Womble clashed with the football this month, but the lanes around Ladies Mile were quiet and at least we got a better result than England: Womblers 4, Rubbish 0! The following evening was spent helping Tim & Chris clear the next section of the footpath along Station Road – still more to be done but already a bit lighter & safer now.

The next Film Night is on Saturday 7th July when we will be showing ‘Finding your Feet’ starring Imelda Thornton, Joanna Lumley, Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall. It tells the story of a ‘middle class, judgemental snob, who on the eve of her retirement, discovers that her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an inner-city sink estate’ … looks like our sort of film! Tickets are available from Kitson’s Chemist as usual, BVH doors open 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm. Ice creams & refreshments available (BYOB if you want alcohol).

May 2018 Update

Posted on June 2, 2018 at 11:35 AM

For those that missed it on Facebook we are thrilled to announce that further to the opening of Barlaston Hall on the 12th and 13th May, a whopping £1,305.00 was raised for the Barlaston Volunteers’ Car Scheme and the 1st Barlaston Guides. Members of the WI, the Church, the BCG plus super Guide helpers Penny, Scarlett & Millie coordinated efforts to run a Plant Stall and provide refreshments for over 600 visitors. It was a fabulous weekend with lots of home-made cake being enjoyed and many stories being shared about the Hall’s past.

The BGQT (Barlaston Gardeners Question Time) event on Tuesday was a great success with Malcolm & Tom Dickson of Hooks Green Herbs keeping an audience of around 50 entertained with the history of HGHs’ formation. It was a story of family, celebrity, dogs, weather, construction…. and oh yes, Herbs! It was a fun & informative evening with lots of carrot cake, courgette loaf & beetroot chocolate brownies being consumed, washed down with plenty of Pimms. Huge thanks to HGH (who’s next Open Days are 23rd & 24th June), Andrew Hollywood master-baker, Lucy & James the DoE helpers, the BVH team, and of course to all our VIGs (Very Import Gardeners!) for supporting the event – Open Gardens is going to be MASSIVE this year!

The Barlaston Womblers supported the Great Plastic Pick Up this month and cleared Meaford Road again. After a haul of 10+ bags we had our post-pick cuppa in the bluebell woods – beautiful! We realised on our return that by complete coincidence we had picnicked in exactly the spot that Jon Kelso’s photo, shown on the BBC national news that morning, had been taken!

Film Night was again a great success with many returning to see The Greatest Showman for the 5th & 6th time! It was a full house and there was a great atmosphere in the hall – thank you to our customers and to Jessica, who is clocking up those community hours for her Duke of Edinburgh award! The next film will be Finding Your Feet and the trailer showed us a clip of Joanna Lumley, Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall attempting a foxtrot on the dance floor – looks like just our sort of film! Keep Saturday 7th July free.

And finally, another example of the strength of community spirit we have in Barlaston was demonstrated when a vulnerable resident went missing. Using the power of Facebook, news spread rapidly and people came out to help all over the village. Thankfully, we received notification from the Police the following day that the person had been found safe and well and we take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone for sharing information and getting involved.

April 2018 Update

Posted on May 6, 2018 at 8:40 AM

The Pop-up Pie & Prosecco night was a great success – Masterchef Andrew Black & Sous-chef Olivia served up a delicious 3-course supper ably assisted by their front of house team Sandie, Margaret, Michala, Jess, Lucy and James. There was a great atmosphere in the hall, we met some lovely people and there was even some after-dinner impromptu dancing! Huge thanks to helpers and customers alike!

The build up to our Open Gardens event on the 14th & 15th July has already started with a good turn-out for the open meeting at the Upper House last week. Thank you to those that attended and for all your ideas and suggestions. We have recruited quite a few new gardens, including Barlaston First School which was donated by Wedgwood for the Millennium and we are still keen to hear from anyone who might like to participate this year, particularly in the Barlaston Park & Wedgwood Park areas. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please let us know – the more the merrier!

We are also working closely with the Halls of Barlaston Hall, and along with the WIs and the Church, will be providing refreshments when they open their garden under the ‘Yellow Book’ scheme for the NGS on the 11th and 12th May. Carol and James Hall have made a specific request for all profits from the sale of refreshments to go to local charities and the Volunteers Car Scheme and children’s uniformed groups, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Scouts etc., have been selected. Put the date in your diaries folks and we are expecting it to inspire residents and visitors to come back in July for more!

Still on the Gardening theme we are very excited to announce that we have secured Malcolm and Tom Dickson of Hooks Green Herbs to make up a panel for our version of Barlaston Gardeners Question Time at the Village Hall on Tuesday 29th May. I’m sure they need no introduction being regular exhibitors at all major UK shows. They have been awarded numerous RHS Gold & Silver Gilt medals through the years, have featured on BBC TV and radio and we are very fortunate in having been able to book them in what is their busiest season…. In fact rumour has it that they turned down The Chelsea Flower show this year when they heard about the BGQT! There will be a short talk on ‘Showing & Growing Herbs’ followed by a Question & Answer session and the opportunity to buy plants and have a drink and a chat. Entry will be FREE – Barlaston Village Hall, 7.45pm Tues 29th May. Another date for the diary!

Last but not least there are a few tickets left for Film Night - The Greatest Showman at the Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 5th May. Doors open at 7.00pm, film starts at 7.30pm. The film is still showing in cinemas and its appeal is cross-generational with a ‘feel-good’ factor. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from the friendly team at Kitson’s Chemist as usual.

March 2018 Update

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 8:35 AM

The focus this month has been on The Great British Spring Clean which was extended to due to Weather of Mass Destruction! A ‘Mega MOMble’ for Mother Earth (& Barlaston) gleaned around 30 bags, along with car parts, a pressure washer & a TV aerial. We were joined by new recruits Mark, Hayden, Lucy and James who helped as part of their community service award for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme & together with Kimberley, they were initiated to Extreme Hard-Core Wombling which they all passed with flying colours!

Strangely, not everyone felt that a Womble was the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day but such is the dedication of our growing group that some ignored the cancellation during Emmageddon and Wombled through the gales! Shout Outs go to the dedicated team of MOMblers & everyone who took part in the GBSC - Andrew M, Tim, Guy, Hilary, Eric, Clare, Michala, Andrew B, Malcolm, Renee, Sandie, Maggie, Irene, Dave, Sue, Tilda, Clemmy, Graham, Liz, Chris H, Penny & pals as well as those anonymous cleaners & polishers that sent in their super shiny pics – see the album on Facebook.

We are still keen to hear from anyone interested in gardening and who might like to participate in this year’s Open Garden’s event over the weekend of 14th/15th July. It’s not all about pristine gardens with manicured lawns, perfect blooms and unusual shrubs, it’s about sharing your hobby with like-minded people and swapping information and tips that you’ve learned along the way. Our aim is to showcase a variety of gardens - great and small, established and work-in-progress – all gardens will be of interest to someone. Please contact Chris, Becky or Michala for more information, we would love to hear from you!

And finally…. Don’t miss last orders for ’Pie & Prosecco Night’ on Saturday 7th April, the next of our much acclaimed Pop-up Suppers at Barlaston Village Hall. Bookings can be made at Kitson’s Chemist as usual for £15 per head which includes a 3-course meal and a free glass of Prosecco – what are you waiting for?? Get a bunch of friends or neighbours together and book a table with Wendy at Kitson’s right away!