Barlaston Open Gardens is a very relaxed affair. 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 lovely vibrant village meeting new people and chatting over a cuppa, cake or a cheeky Indian samosa at our samosa plant swap garden. So bring along your family and friends for a fantastic day in our lovely village. Just make sure you bring a plant to swap for a samosa or another plant!
There will be approximately 25 gardens open this year and about half of those are new gardens for 2019. Details about refreshments, toilet facilities, disabled access and dog friendly gardens will be available on the day and are marked on the entry ticket/map.
Cost just £2.50 per person which covers both days, accompanied under 16s free. That’s about 10 pence per garden !! Tickets will be available either on the day from participating gardens or in advance from 1st June at:
Duke of York Pub, 10 Longton Road, ST12 9AA.
The Country Cabin Farm Shop, 10 Holding (off Barlaston Road), ST3 4AL.
Kitsons Chemists, 8 Orchard Place, ST12 9DL.
Phone: 07475 512323
Email: [email protected]
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
Barlaston is located off the A34 Stone Road, which is south of Stoke on Trent and Trentham Gardens, but north of Stone and Stafford. From the A34 take either the Tittensor Road or Meaford Road into Barlaston.
You can park free of charge at the locations below, which are within easy walking distance around clusters of gardens across the village. Signs will be displayed on the day, or you can park outside most of the opening gardens for free on the surrounding roads. If you do park on the roads please do so with consideration for other road users. Parking also available at :
Barlaston Methodist Church, 2 Park Dr, ST12 9DP
Barlaston Village Hall, 1 Longton Rd, ST12 9AA
The Parish Church Of St John The Baptist, Station Rd, ST12 9DA
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 644227www.freeteams.com/plumebc/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
DO YOU REQUIRE THIS SERVICE? DO YOU LIVE IN BARLASTON?
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
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.