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Future of Talke Library Looking Bright

Lesley and Jill at Talke Library.

The future of Talke Library is looking more positive as a community organisation sets up base there.

Local voluntary and community sector support and development organisation, Support Staffordshire, now has a base locally at Talke Library. As local manager, Jill Norman, explains: “We have been looking for a base in Newcastle and Kidsgrove for a while and have decided to try using Talke Library which gives us a great place to access all parts of Newcastle Borough and also allows us to support the community library and its volunteers. We are keen to take the opportunity to encourage more community use of the library and its resources. It’s a great facility and has a lovely meeting room as well as flexible space in the main library.”

Talke County Councillor Kyle Robinson said: “Since I was elected to Staffordshire County Council I have held meetings with senior officers, pressured the Leader of the County Council and fought hard to ensure Talke Library has a future.  I have also raised my concerns about cuts to Library opening times, but hopefully this situation will improve as the ‘Support Staffordshire’ team begin to work more closely with the community.  I am hoping that a firmer arrangement can be sealed in the New Year and I will continue to be part of any negotiations to secure a positive future for this vital community facility. I shall look forward to working with Jill and her team.”

Support Staffordshire has already held one of its quarterly voluntary sector forum meetings and also a training session at Talke Library. Lots of different activities already take place at the library, including monthly Monday evening talks organised by The Friends of Talke Library and a craft group which meets every Monday afternoon. However, there are opportunities for other activities and Support Staffordshire is keen to attract people who would like to run new activities, or to volunteer to support existing activities, at Talke Library.

The base at Talke Library gives Support Staffordshire a chance to offer face-to-face advice and support to individuals who may be interested in volunteering through its Volunteer Centre services, and to those running a voluntary or community group who may need help on governance, funding, finding volunteers, or any other aspect of running an effective group. Staff will be available during the normal library opening hours of 1pm to 5pm on Mondays and 2pm to 5pm on Wednesdays (Talke Library is also open on Fridays 2pm to 5pm, run by Staffordshire County Council staff and volunteers).

You can just drop in to see us, although it is best to ring in advance to book at appointment to be sure. To book please ring 01538 381356 or, for volunteering advice email kathryn.bentham@supportstaffordshire.org.uk and for organisation advice email Natalie.shields@supportstaffordshire.org.uk

Vote for The Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden Project at Tesco

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Please use your blue token and vote for the Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden.

The Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden project is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Councillor Kyle Robinson said: “I am delighted that the Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden is eligible for this cash boost.  We are asking people to use their blue tokens in Tesco to vote for this worthwhile project. If we receive the most votes we will receive the maximum grant of £5k. This will help us pay for more materials, bedding plants, benches, memorial plaques and seasonal maintenance of the site on Cedar Avenue/Congleton Road, Butt Lane. We want people to remember that Reginald Mitchell was born in Butt Lane and his Spitfire helped our country win the Battle of Britain. I hope the public will get behind this fantastic project and use their vote for the Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden.”

Before and after photo of work completed so far.

Before and after photo to show the work completed so far.

Voting is open in stores from 1st February to 25th February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £25 million to more than 3,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

You can vote for this worthwhile project at the following stores:

2343    CONGLETON
2626    HARTSHILL EXPRESS
2772    KIDSGROVE
2850    LONGTON EXTRA
2899    MEIR HAY EXPRESS
2900    MEIR
3239    STOKE
3327    UTTOXETER
3328    NEW RD UTTOXETER EXP
4372    BLYTHE BRIDG UXTR EXP
5550    AUDLEY STOKE TRNT EXP
5782    FEGG HAYES EXP
5851    HANLEY EXTRA
6603    NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME REGIS
6848    CONGLETON WEST RD EXP

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Save Butt Lane’s Lollipop Man

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Crossing near St Saviour’s Primary School, Butt Lane.

On Monday 20th June, Staffordshire County Council issued a letter to community leaders to state that the School Crossing Patrol on the A34 Congleton Road, Butt Lane (outside St. Saviours School) will be scrapped by September 2016.  The letter also states that sites across the county have been assessed and categorised and the A34 Congleton Road has been deemed as a low priority due to a traffic signal controlled crossing point already in place.  The school may be asked to find £3,500 if the service is to continue.

On speaking with parents and families in the local area, it has become clear that we need this School Crossing Patrol.  Staffordshire County Council has a duty to keep our children safe and this decision is very worrying indeed.  For many years, Congleton Road has been considered a dangerous road with increasing accidents and even fatalities.  It is completely unacceptable for the Council to categorise this road as a lower priority.  The school crossing is situated near a dangerous junction to St Saviours School and St. Saviour’s Street and our local lollipop man plays a crucial role carrying out a potentially life-saving task.  Congestion on Congleton Road has increased in recent times and becomes strangled if there is an accident on the M6. This adds further safety concerns for local residents and the leadership at Staffordshire County Council cannot go on ignoring this problem.

Our local schools should be spending their ever shrinking budgets on children’s education, not be forced to foot the bill for highways services, which are the responsibility of Staffordshire County Council.

Please click the link and sign the petition to save our lollipop man for the safety of our children and families:

https://www.change.org/p/councillor-mark-deaville-save-st-saviours-primary-school-s-lollipop-man?recruiter=62857735&utm_source=petitions_show_components_action_panel_wrapper&utm_medium=copylink