Barlaston Community Group

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Barlaston Village Open Gardens

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 2019

11am to 5pm (Hopon Hopoff Minibus starts 11.30am)

BVOG has gone from strength to strength with over 500 tickets sold last year and nearly £2k donated to good causes. As you may know we like to keep the event very relaxed – it’s not all about visiting pristine gardens with manicured lawns, perfect blooms and unusual shrubs, it’s about sharing your hobby with like-minded people, making new friends and swapping information and tips that you’ve learned along the way. In fact, for many of our visitors, it’s not even about gardening, it’s an opportunity to walk around our vibrant village meeting new people and chatting over a cuppa, cake or sampling a cheeky Indian samosa at our samosa/plant swap garden. So bring along your family and friends for a fantastic day out in our lovely village and meet our welcoming VIGs (Very Important Gardeners!)… and don’t forget to bring a plant to swap for a samosa or plant!

WHATS ON: We have 25 gardens opening over the weekend & about half of those are new for 2019.

As well as a variety of interesting gardens we have plenty of other things on offer including live music, plant sales, picture frame and painting sales, a speciality ice-cream van (at St Johns church), raffles and a plethora of refreshments including some home-made cakes. Details regarding toilet facilities, disabled access and dog friendly gardens are clearly marked on your ticket/map which can be purchased in advance (see below) or on the day at most open gardens.

HOP ON HOP OFF MINIBUS: We're really excited to be introducing a brand new service for this year which will operate on a continuous loop, so you can leave your car at any of our 4 carparks & take the minibus to all the gardens in comfort. Bus Stops are marked on the maps within the entrance tickets, and if you have a smartphone minibuses can be tracked via GPS so you can relax with a cuppa & see where it is. (App instructions are detailed below & also in the entry ticket). This will save you time & fuel, but more importantly allows you to see more gardens and spend more time enjoying them! It will also help to reduce cars & pollution around our lovely village. Transport will start at 11.30am each day and you can use it as much as you want for only £1 per person, but don’t leave it too late though as seats & tickets are limited.

We’ve tried to think of everything that will make your visit easy and enjoyable – the minibus service also has wheelchair access, so it won’t be a problem for those with mobility issues either. We promise you won’t be disappointed & look forward to giving you a warm Barlaston welcome!

ENTRANCE TICKETS are £2.50 pp (under 16s free)

HOP ON HOP OFF MINIBUS TICKETS are £1pp but are limited so purchase them early.

Tickets available in advance now from:

  • Country Cabin Farm Shop, 10 Holding (off Barlaston Road), ST3 4AL.
  • Tesco Express, Keele Rd, Newcastle-u-Lyme, ST5 2HN
  • Bury Bank Nurseries, Stone ST15 0QA
  • Heath House Farm, Caverswall Old Rd, Forsbrook, ST11 9BQ
  • The Secret Tea Rooms, Unit 2 Adie’s Alley, Stone ST15 8YQ
  • Duke of York Pub, 10 Longton Road, ST12 9AA.
  • One Stop Shop, Station Rd (next to Barlaston Station Crossing) ST12 9DH.
  • Kitsons Chemists, 8 Orchard Place, ST12 9DL (open Mon to Sat).
  • Premier Shop, 8 Orchard Place, ST12 9DL.
  • Barlaston Clinic, 7 Orchard Place, ST12 9DL


Mobile call Indy on 074 755 12323      [email protected]

PARKING Free of charge at these locations which are easy walking distance around clusters of gardens across the village (minibus will stop to collect you at all these locations):

  1. Barlaston Health Centre, Old Rd, ST12 9EP
  2. Barlaston Methodist Church, 2 Park Dr, ST12 9DP (Service on until 11.45am)
  3. The Parish Church Of St John The Baptist, Station Rd, ST12 9DA (Service on until 11.45am)
  4. Village Green Public Car Park at entrance of Upper House Drive ST12 9AE


Download the 'Glympse' app from your app store (or use the links below), open the app & click 'I Agree', click ‘Deny', at the bottom of the screen click 'Continue as Guest' (there’s no need to create an account). If you are asked to allow access to devices location then click ‘Deny’. Then in options select 'Add Tag' or ‘Public Tag’ then type "BVOG". After a few seconds you will see the minibuses and their route so you know when they will arrive.

Links to download the app

If you have an Android phone like Samsung, Huawei, Google, Sony, LG etc. use this link.

If you have an Apple iPhone please use this link.

QUIZ ANSWERS Available here after the 14th July….













The MINIBUS service has kindly been provided by a Barlaston family and also by PJ Opportunities Day-Care Centre also based in Barlaston, they provide socialising opportunities for older people who live alone and would like some companionship. They currently have availability to take on new members so if you would like to contact them please call Peter Leneghan or Jane Measures on 07729 292 844 or 07807 566 831, e-mail [email protected], or for more information click the link below.

Community Groups

St. John’s Church Bellringers are in need of people to come and learn bellringing, or people who have learnt in their youth and would like to return to it. It is good gentle exercise, it's fun and you don’t necessarily have to be church goers.

They meet each Friday night between 7pm and 8.30pm at St. John's Church, why not go along and give it a try!

Barlaston Beavers are for 6-8 year olds and meet on Monday evenings 6:30 - 7:30 at the Barlaston Scout Hut. Contact Gill on 01785 815953 for more details

Barlaston Plume of Feathers Bowling Club was established in 1926, although records show the presence of a green on this site as long ago as 1737!  Villagers constructed the green on land belonging to the club’s first President, the village butcher. Originally the Plume of Feathers was a coaching Inn by the canal bridge and the green was fronted by a tea room enabling folk to play, rest and view the bowling. All new members welcome, ladies, gents and juniors.


Contact Club Secretary Ron Kelsall on 01782 644227

Barlaston Bowls club is a village based Crown Green bowls club formed by a group of volunteers who took over the facilities at the Meaford Power Station in 1991 after they fell into disrepair following the closure. It now offers both competitive League bowls as well as friendly social bowls. They are always looking for new members and Friday afternoon social bowling is open to all.

 Contact: Andrew Maddams (Treasurer) 01782 372172


Brownies are for Girls aged 7 to 10yrs. They meet in Barlaston First School on Wednesdays after the Rainbows, from 6pm to 7,30pm. This is an active group who have leaders with lots of imagination. They work on badges, have fun and games, entertain guest speakers and do crafts. They join in with Stone Outward Division activities including Pack Holidays, and village events such as Remembrance Day.

The Barlaston Coffee Morning is now in its 15th year.  The idea of bringing people together to socialise and raise money originated from Enid Ralphs of the Methodist Church. 

Enid retired from running the coffee morning in November 2011 and it was taken over by the current team of villagers with loyal support from volunteers.  The success of the group remains her legacy.  Although it is no longer run by the Methodist Church a few members are still involved and the Barlaston Coffee Morning continues to provide a place for people to meet friends and get to know others with a different local charity being supported every month.   It is held on the first Friday of each month except January, from 10am -12 noon in the Methodist Church Hall, Park Drive (off Tittensor Rd), Barlaston.  Everyone is welcome to join us and we are always looking for new volunteers to help with tea and coffee rotas!

For more information or if you can help in any way, please contact:

Amanda Jones 07724 897442

Barlaston Coffee Morning would welcome any local groups/charitable causes who would like to have a stall at the coffee morning, in order to either fund raise or increase awareness of their group. If any group or individual wishes to discuss this with Amanda please call 07724897442 or email [email protected]

Community First Responders are volunteer members of the community who are trained to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system in conjunction with the Ambulance Service.They are trained to provide immediate care to patients in rural areas where distance may delay the prompt arrival of an ambulance.  CFRs do not replace the West Midlands Ambulance Service but as they are based within the community in which they either live or work, they are able to attend the scene of an emergency call in a very short time, often within the first few minutes and in the majority of incidents they will be first on scene. 

They are looking for new recruits, if you feel able to help or would like more information, contact the Group’s co-ordinator Marie Goodall on 01782 373279.

Barlaston Cricket Club, is situated in Longton Road, in the heart of the village.  The club welcomes juniors, seniors and would also like to hear from parents and coaches. A variety of memberships are offered such as Junior Player, Senior Player, Social etc.

Contact: [email protected]  01782 73733

Wedgwood Cricket Club was founded in 1942, Wedgwood CC in Barlaston Park, are members of North Staffs and South Cheshire Cricket League. They currently run two senior teams on a Saturday afternoon, Under 13’s on a Wednesday evening and an 8-a-side midweek senior team. New members are welcome and anyone wishing to join should contact Adrian Lello 01782 626790 or Chris Holland 01782 615248.  

Barlaston Scout Group have re-opened the Cub section on Tuesday nights from 18:30-20:00 every week. They have leaders, but need some Cubs!
Cubs is open to boys and girls from 8-10 1/2years old who want to do something other than watch the TV or play computer games in the evening.
The Cubs meet at the Scout Hut (next to the
Railway Station). For more info please contact Steven 07472 236336

Guides are for girls aged 10 to 14/15yrs. They meet in Barlaston First School on Wednesdays after the Brownies, from 7.30 - 9pm

This is a group of 20 girls with their own Camping equipment who work on Badges and  Challenges with older girls achieving their BP challenge. They are involved in the village community, singing at Heyfields Nursing home every Christmas. They use the Downs Banks for outdoor activities and joined in at international Unity Camp last summer.

The North Staffs Rail Promotion Group promotes rail services throughout the area including Barlaston. Following the tremendous success of services being restored to Stone Station the latest campaign for trains to again call at Barlaston is underway. It must be noted that First Potteries bus 23 is our official rail replacement bus between Stone, Barlaston, Wedgwood and Stoke and all valid rail tickets and passes are valid on this bus (but only bus tickets can be purchased on board the bus itself). The NSRPG monitors this service as part of its remit. The group welcomes new members and meets regularly in Stoke or Stone.

Contact Jon Heal for more information: 01785 811094 [email protected]

One of the oldest established amateur dramatic companies in England is Barlaston Proscenium Players.
Barlaston Proscenium Players was established more than fifty five years ago in the village of Barlaston.

Rainbows is the youngest group in Guiding, for girls aged 5-7yrs old. In Barlaston they meet in the First School, Broughton Crescent from 5pm to 6pm on Wednesdays in term time. They make a Guiding promise and have fun with crafts and games and take part in activities with other Guiding Units.

Barlaston Scouts meet Thursday evenings at the village scout hut, 7pm-9pm and have a varied programme where children ages 10-14 can learn new skills and experience new challenges.
Contact Marj on 07788 606672 or just pop along to the hut (next to the railway crossing) one Thursday.

Tea & Talk 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 on 01782 373126.

Tots Church meet on Tuesdays 9:30am-11:30am at St John the Baptist, Barlaston (you may arrive earlier) A friendly relaxed playgroup, with activities, refreshments, singing. Make new friends and have fun.

The University of the Third Age is a learning co-operative of older people and membership is open to all those who are retired or no longer in full time employment.  The overall purpose of the organisation is to provide the opportunity to enjoy a diverse selection of educational, social, recreational and creative activities in an informal and friendly atmosphere with like minded people. They meet regularly at Barlaston Village Hall.

The local group is The Stone & District U3A and for more information please contact the Membership Secretary Aidan Coleman on 01785 811435 or email [email protected]

A Volunteers’ Car Scheme is available for Barlaston Village and Barlaston Park residents who do not have or are unable use their own transport.  The service is on offer seven days a week.


Some residents have had an operation and are housebound for a short time until they heal.  Some have health issues and find movement slow.


NEW DRIVERS WANTED  Volunteer drivers take residents to shops, the doctors and hospital among other places.  The scheme relies entirely on volunteer drivers and more drivers are always needed!  You can help at any time.  Most of the regular drivers are retired/semi retired and prefer the day-time runs during the week. 45p per mile is paid to cover running costs of the vehicle.


To apply:  Tele: 01782 372741 Contact: Parish Councillor Irene Moran




To register and book your journey:  Telephone 01782 373643

Rose Kingsbury, Scheme Co-ordinator

The Barlaston Womblers are a group of people who care about the environment and want to live in a village which is clean, tidy and free from litter.

The aim of the group is to increase awareness of the huge impact that rubbish has on wildlife and to encourage a sense of pride in our surroundings. 

Please come along and give it a try, we have converted many residents to the joys of litter-picking and the Womblers are a diverse and friendly bunch. Telephone Michala Black on 01782 373554 for more details.

Barlaston afternoon Women's Institute meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1pm-3pm, in Barlaston Village Hall, 1 Longton Road, Barlaston, ST12 9AA.
Barlaston Herons Women's Institute meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:30pm-9:30pm, at the Methodist Church Hall, Park Drive,Barlaston, ST12 9DP

Local Services

ALLOTMENTS - Barlaston Allotments, Old Road.
BUS - For details of the D&G Bus timetables servicing Barlaston, please refer to their website:   Time Table
CHURCH - The Parish Church Of St John The Baptist, Station Rd, Barlaston,
ST12 9DA  Tel. (01782) 373126

CHURCH - Barlaston Methodist Church, Park Drive, Barlaston, ST12 9DP
DOCTOR - Brinsley Avenue Medical Practice, Barlaston Health Centre, Old Road, Barlaston,ST12 9EP
Tel. (01782) 657199
LIBRARY - The travelling library bus is in the village every other Tuesday.
Plume of Feathers Car Park 9.30am - 1.30pm 
Village Hall 2.00pm - 7.30pm
For dates see Staffordshire County Council:
PARISH COUNCIL - Barlaston Parish Council
SCHOOL - Barlaston First School, Broughton Crescent, Barlaston, ST12 9DB
Tel. (01782) 372543
VILLAGE HALL - Barlaston Village Hall, 1 Longton Road, Barlaston, ST12 9AA
WALKS - For details of local walks see: