Barlaston Community Group

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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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Marching into Spring!

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 4:20 AM

There’s been a GREAT start to the Great British Spring Clean already! Cocknage was liberated by the Barlaston Womblers last week when they took up Parish Councillor David Norman’s invitation to litterpick around Cocknage Wood. Most people didn’t even realise that it was part of Barlaston but Renee, David, Gill, Ali, Michala, Andrew B, John, Pam, Sally, Andrew M, Maggie, Mark & Stan rose to the Cocknage Challenge & tackled some seriously neglected Grot Spots! A whopp...

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Barlaston's Buzzing

Posted on February 28, 2019 at 2:25 PM

Have you felt it yet?? Not just the welcome glimpse of warmer weather but the buzz of activity and fellowship with a variety of different groups forming and lots to engage the community! There’s a Barlaston Local History Group starting on 21st March, (which escalated from a WW1 project started last year by local historian Tim Cockin, Merrilyn Coutouvidis and a few others), there’s the Barlaston Open Gardens group, there’s a group that are working with the Staffordshire Wi...

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Beat the January Blues

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 1:05 PM

January seems to have come & gone in a blur! The main event this month was the Pop-up Burns Supper in the village hall when 60 people enjoyed a four course meal compromising Cock a Leekie soup, Haggis & Neeps served wi’ a wee dram, Angus burger (from Mark’s Meats – delicious!), deep fried tatties & trimmings followed by a selection of Scottish puddings including Whiskey cheesecake, Jock-choc gateau, Cranachan, Clootie pudding & deep-fried Mars Bar ice cream....

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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!

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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 Importa...

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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!

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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 ...

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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 – 5p...

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