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Talke Library adjoining Springhead Primary school could face closure under Tory controlled Staffordshire County Council plans to slash local services and facilities. The relatively new facility is well used and is also home to the Friends of Talke Library. Educational events and activities are held on a regular basis at the library and the building would be sorely missed.
Councillor David Allport said: “Libraries are not just a place to sit and read. They are community hubs offering a wide range of activities for people of all ages. Some people still don’t own a computer so their only access to the internet is their local library. These cuts to our services are cold and calculating and part of a Tory ideology to shut down public services and offset any responsibility for the community. We must fight back and stand up for the village.”
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Up until this point I have remained quiet on who I will be supporting to be the next Labour Parliamentary Prospective Candidate for Stoke-on-Trent North. As many people will be aware I am an active member of the Labour Party and I believe in what the party stands for. As a member of the CLP Executive Committee I decided not to put myself forward to be on the Selection Committee because I want to back a candidate from the start. Stoke North’s selection process needs to be professional and transparent. Therefore I can announce I am endorsing Ruth Smeeth to be our PPC.
I have been aware of Ruth for quite some time. She has been known to attend many events and Labour campaign days in Stoke, way before Joan announced her retirement. A lot of us believed Joan would do at least another term. Ruth’s background as a Hope Not Hate co-ordinator and her fight against fascism really does inspire me and others. Her experience in this area can definitely be put into practice to protect the City and Borough from the BNP and extreme elements of UKIP.
Ruth Smeeth has been the perfect campaigner and most definitely inspires people to get out there and speak to people on the doorstep. That is what we are about after all, putting people first and listening. I joined the campaign trail in the Baddely, Milton and Norton by-election to see Ruth working really hard with our candidate. She lit up my day on the doorstep, a real people person and able to relate to working class folk on the doorstep. Ruth has attended numerous campaign days in Kidsgrove and isn’t afraid of hard work.
It was only recently that I was on a training course in Manchester and I met members of the Labour Party from Burton. Ruth was mentioned in the conversations and those people speaking about her didn’t have a bad word to say. They told me how lucky the people of Stoke North would be if Ruth put herself forward.
The day Joan Walley announced her retirement I felt totally devastated. Joan has been one of the most dedicated MP’s I have ever met and she always puts her constituents first. She never gives up the fight against social injustice. Joan is a true friend of mine and I have learnt so much from this respectable lady. After doing a lot of thinking, I had no choice but to endorse Ruth who I believe will follow in Joan’s footsteps and do a really good job. Ruth is young, vibrant and will bring a fresh approach to politics that this country so desperately needs. She is not a candidate being shipped in from London, something I hope we never see happen again.
So good luck to all of the candidates putting themselves forward, but I have my fingers, legs and toes crossed for Ruth.
You can find out more about Ruth and her endorsers at: http://www.ruthsmeeth.org.uk
The Victorian Christmas is a joyous occasion. First and foremost, it is a religious holiday, but giving and family were important themes. Most were handmade, so were started many months before. Mufflers, embroidered handkerchiefs, bookmarks, pen wipers, and other useful gifts were lovingly stitched, glued, and coloured for family members and friends through the fall and winter months. Wrappings of coloured paper, tissue, and cloth were chosen with ribbons to compliment.
The air is filled with the smells and sounds of the approaching holiday. The scent of roasted chestnuts from street vendor’s wafts through the crisp air, the sharp scent of evergreens draped around some doors, wreaths give a festive look to doors and windows. Not all, some cling to the superstition that says you must not put up greens until Christmas Eve. On street corners street musicians are singing traditional melodies. Carollers stroll along, stopping to sing for people and selling a sheet of music.
Busy shoppers hurry along on foot or in carriages getting last minute gifts, a trip to the shop to match a bit of thread, the bakery to order some little cream horns . . . so much to do!
Christmas 2012 in Kidsgrove was launched spectacularly with the towns annual Victorian Christmas Market on Saturday 1st December. Kidsgrove Town Council Events and Celebrations Committee once again delivered the high profile event in the most traditional style smashing its usual footfall and attracting visitors from all across Staffordshire. The town took a step back in time for the event and welcomed Father Christmas from the Rotary to bring cheer and joy to local children.
This year’s refreshments included Mince Pies, mulled wine, Jacket potatoes with a mix of fillings and our famous Hot Dogs. Many people flocked to try our more traditional items on the menu and many commented on how impressed they were with the home brewed mulled wine but at 29% alc we are not surprised it was enjoyed.
The Christmas celebration was launched by the Choir of Clough Hall Technology School and followed by the Tamil Dancers of the Tamil school in Stoke-on-Trent. Of course it is important to remember that India was part of the British Empire during Queen Victoria’s reign and so we share close links so why not celebrate their culture along with ours. To top it off the Chairman of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Councillor Stephen Ellis joined us for the celebrations and to spread the word of Kidsgroves famous market.
In the afternoon we were treated to performances by Kidsgrove Community Choir and St Thomas’ Primary School Choir. The music and voices sounded like angels in heaven singing from the beams of the well decorated hall. So many people commented how entertained they were with the array of performances on offer.
Traditional stalls were spread all around the hall with gifts and treats to offer. People gathered to taste Cllr Parkers chocolate fudge brownies and American style cookies wrapped in brown paper bags and Christmassy red ribbon. Homemade Christmas decorations fit for any tree were glistening in the light for that customer wishing to create a magical festive celebration at home. Charity stalls and local business teamed up to show off what they have to offer. The Potteries Guinea Pig Association set up their Guinea Pig Christmas Nativity to raise money for this year’s vet bills.
Thank you to all involved to make this special event a huge success and helping to raise £850 for the Mayor’s charity the Alzheimer’s Society.
Each Christmas as it passes
Some change to us doth bring
Yet to our friends the closer,
As Time creeps on, we cling.