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EE FR Jan 2012 Circulated throughout North Staffordshire, South Cheshire & The Staffordshire Moorlands

Todd Carty

Bonnie Langford

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And Now For Something Completely Different....

READERS, who are fans of the cult antics of ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus, will be delighted by The Regent Theatre’s decision to bring back ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ in the New Year!

‘Spamalot’ stars Bonnie Langford and Todd Carty, who returns as Patsy (they can’t get shot of him!). Bonnie enjoyed a successful tour of the USA (playing Roxie Hart in ‘Chicago’),

Seen by over half-a-million people in the UK alone, audiences all around the world have been roaring with laughter, since ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ (written by Eric Idle and John DuPrez and “lovingly rippedoff” from the 1975 film, ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’) won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005. The show tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful showgirls, witch-burnings (cancelled as too expensive), not to mention cows, killer-rabbits and French people. It features fantastic tunes (which are catchier than the plague), including ‘He Is Not Dead Yet’, ‘Knights Of The Round Table’, ‘Find Your Grail’ and, of course, the ‘Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song’ (Reader’s Digest Poll 2009), ‘Always Look on The Bright Side Of The Life’.

and her previous musical roles include Miss Adelaide in ‘Guys & Dolls’, Ado Annie (‘Oklahoma!’), Charlie in ‘Charlie Girl’ and the eponymous hero of ‘Peter Pan’, in addition to starring in numerous pantomimes. Enthused The Independent: “I felt I might actually die of laughter”, while The Times declared: “Very funny? You bet. You have to be a dead parrot not to agree.” The musical comedy runs from Monday, February 27th, to Saturday, March 3rd, at 7.30pm, with 2.30pm matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday.

COCONUTS! Todd Carty returns as the unfortunate Patsy. Photo: Eric Richmond.

Tickets (starting from £14.50) are available from The Regent’s Box Office on 0844 871 7649 or book online at www.atgtickets. com/stoke 4


Fabulous family winners return on FREE night at Baddeley Green WMC!!

Friday night live entertainment at the Leek New Road venue received a tremendous boost, thanks to an exciting, new catalogue of premier-quality performers, bands and groups.

THE first Friday evening of the New Year of 2012 sees Baddeley Green WMC presenting a FREE night as a ‘thank you’ for everyone’s support during a very successful 2011!

As a result, Friday evenings in the club’s excellent concert room (which can accommodate in excess of 250 people) have played a massive part in its renaissance, with ‘full houses’ now a regular occurrence.

Yes, admission is free, when Beardsmith (who achieved national fame in December, 2009, when they deservedly won the ‘family of the year’ competition on GMTV, leading to a Christmas album being recorded) return to perform at the Stoke-on-Trent club on January 6th.

In 2011, lovers of 1960s’ bands were regaled with performances by those fondlyremembered groups, The Fortunes, Union Gap and The Ivy League.

Beardsmith is a fantastic, six-piece live band, featuring members of the same family - from young Gill on the drums to dad, Neil, on bass-guitar.

Other popular attractions were a sold-out ‘Night with The Royle Family’s Ricky Tomlinson’, Charity Cabaret Nights and Top Rank Revival Nights.

All members of the family band have outstanding musical ability and talent, and they are an absolute joy to watch and listen to!

Further details are available from the club on (01782) 541246. 5


Goldenhill WMC ‘DealClub or NoEntertainment Deal’.” famous for ourBIG ‘Lounge System AWe’re club that’s onLizard’ The Kidsgrove Road club of more) (it does everything from Race & Quiz Nights - Karaoke - Top TV Show Gamesis,and course, already acclaimed for its entertainment!!

top-class live entertainment each CONSISTENTLY at the Our Top-Flight live forefront entertainment for Saturday & Sunday nightsevening, throughout Saturday and Sunday of North Staffordshire clubland, this JANUARY is supplied by RIVERSIDE Agency Stoke-on-Trent venue has SO MUCH to with Liverpool agency, Riverside Entertainments Agency, supplying a offer members and their guests alike wealth of talented acts male for the month 1. Connor male performer) 21. Simon Farrell (terrific vocalist) during theO’Niel New(fantastic Year of 2012! of January (see advertisement on 7. Colin Gibson (excellent male vocalist) 22. David Marshall (terrific guitar/vocalist) Yes, Goldenhill 8. After Hours (excellent guitar/vocal duo) 28. Sarah Jane (terrificfacing-page). female vocalist) Workingmen’s (February’s 14. Swing & Soul (fantastic male cabaret duo) 29. La Belle (excellent female cabaret duo) Club is ‘pulling scintillating (terrific female vocal entertainer) 15.all Leah out theNorton stops’ line-up of live to enhance weekend FOOTBALL CRAZY? its Our popularity, large Concert Room is offered A G REAT CHOICE OF THEN WATCH ALL PREMIER LEAGUE entertainment for private hire to all customers on thanks to a GAMES - INCLUDING STOKE CITY DRINKS FROM Fridays nights (when available), and beWEEK. supplied MATCHESwill EVERY wide-ranging LWC you can also relax in the club’s (CARLING, WORTHINGTON & MORE) by CoventryBINGO £50 GUARANTEED series ofrefurbished Lounge. for all full houses on Sat / Sun evening based attractions PLUS HAND-PULLED EXCELLENT INDOOR GAMES FACILITIES HOT & COLD FOOD AVAILABLE FROM THE Mainstream REAL ALES PLUS OUR OWN BOWLING GREEN (including, KITCHEN AT VERY REASONABLE PRICES Entertainments). naturally, MEMBERS their guests can enjoy a quiet, relaxing and chat Kidsgrove Road,and Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent. Tel:drink (01782) 782748 However, within the elegant surrounds of the club’s Lounge. top-flight live Goldenhill WMC entertainment offers entertainment throughout the from a brace of agencies). week, as well as at weekends, with Commented Club Secretary, Mick sequence dancing sessions (plus Moran: “Obviously, we’re trying bingo) each Monday and Thursday to attract as many customers as evening, while Wednesday night possible.” features ultra-popular ‘pay-out’ Bingo Acclaimed throughout the City of sessions. Stoke-on-Trent for its ‘trend-bucking’ On Friday nights, the club’s reputation, Goldenhill WMC had the capacious Concert Room is offered foresight, six years ago, to install a for private hire for all-comers (when ‘Lounge Lizard’ Club Entertainment available), and, on five occasions System, which offers members and each year, it plays host to boxing visitors a fascinatingly-diverse choice promotions (always “big crowdof ‘touch-screen’ attractions, which pullers”, said Mick Moran), courtesy includes Race Nights (both horseof local ABA match-organiser, Tommy and dog-events) , Quiz Nights and Lowe. perennially-popular karaoke-sessions! On Saturday evenings, horse-racing “The system is ideal for karaoke, is an additional favourite, alongside because we can play any record the live entertainment. which anyone in the audience BINGO REALLY IS AN IMPORTANT wants, without the need for a discoATTRACTION AT THE CLUB, WITH £50 IN operation,” explained Mick, adding: PRIZE-MONEY GUARANTEED FOR ALL “Also popular with our members is FULL HOUSES EACH SATURDAY AND the game, ‘Shoot The Loot’, which is very similar to the well-known TV show, SUNDAY EVENING. continued on page 12

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Advertise your Club, Pub, or Entertainment Agency, in this magazine Telephone

01782 204392

Ask for Tony Heath

Goldenhill WMC We’re famous for our ‘Lounge Lizard’ Club Entertainment System (it does everything from Race & Quiz Nights - Karaoke - Top TV Show Games and more) Our Top-Flight live entertainment for Saturday & Sunday nights throughout JANUARY is supplied by RIVERSIDE Agency 1. Connor O’Niel (fantastic male performer) 7. Colin Gibson (excellent male vocalist) 8. After Hours (excellent guitar/vocal duo) 14. Swing & Soul (fantastic male cabaret duo) 15. Leah Norton (terrific female vocal entertainer) Our large Concert Room is offered for private hire to all customers on Fridays nights (when available), and you can also relax in the club’s refurbished Lounge.

EXCELLENT INDOOR GAMES FACILITIES PLUS OUR OWN BOWLING GREEN

21. Simon Farrell (terrific male vocalist) 22. David Marshall (terrific guitar/vocalist) 28. Sarah Jane (terrific female vocalist) 29. La Belle (excellent female cabaret duo)

(CARLING, WORTHINGTON & MORE)

FOOTBALL CRAZY? THEN WATCH ALL PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES - INCLUDING STOKE CITY MATCHES EVERY WEEK. BINGO - £50 GUARANTEED

PLUS HAND-PULLED REAL ALES

HOT & COLD FOOD AVAILABLE FROM THE KITCHEN AT VERY REASONABLE PRICES

A GREAT CHOICE OF DRINKS FROM LWC

for all full houses on Sat / Sun evening

Kidsgrove Road, Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent. Tel: (01782) 782748 7


we bid a friendly WELCOME to associates and vistors to the hospitable

WOLSTANTON WMC

JANUARY

live entertainment every saturday

Sat 7th- Kev Lee

JANUARY

Sat 14th- Liza

Sat 7th Vice-Versa

Sat 21st- Emma Donneley

(Vocal Group with Drummer)

Sat 28th - Jason Kerr

Sat 14th Connor O’Niel (Popular Solo Vocalist)

Sat 21st Two 2 Tango

(Fantastic Local Boy/Girl Duo)

Sat 28th Caberet Night with Amanda

BINGO EVERY SAT NIGHT & SUN LUNCH

Plus Billy Shine - (Top Comedian)

GAMES ROOMS POOL TABLE, DARTS, CRIB

(Local Female Vocalist)

EXCELLENT GAMES ROOM FACILITIES

FREE FUNCTION ROOM FOR HIRE

(RECENTLY REFURBISHED) LAST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH SHOWCASE NIGHT (TICKET ONLY)

Snooker - Darts - Crib - Indoor Bowls

Function Room AvailableFor Hire

01782 616 736

189 WERRINGTON ROAD WERRINGTON, ST2 9AL

Chetwynd House, High Street, Wolstanton

01782 214306

JANUARY

Sun 1st ------ Deeva Sat 7th ------ Kelsey Sun 8th ----- Scott Anson Sat 14th ---- Caution Sun15th ---- Scott David Fri 20th ----- MADONNA tribute* Sat 21st ----- Robbie Dixon Sun 22nd --- Kerrie Leonard Sat 28th ---- Memory Lane Sun 29th ---- Alicia Brady * Friday Jan 20th MADONNA NIGHT plus male vocalist JAY tickets £3 available at the club Feb 24th Pure Magic - Tribute to QUEEN and FREDDIE MURCURY plus Rachel Silva tickets £3 available at the club

128 Greasley Road, Abbey Hulton ST2 8HZ

Tel: 07716

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Sun 1st- Max McTavish Sat 7th- Casino Sun 8th- Alan Turner (X Factor Finalist) Sat 14th- Deep Sun 15th- Don Maquire Sat 21st- Radio Active Sun 22nd- Rob Marshall Sat 28th- Randy Sun 29th- Brothers in Soul

JANUARY Sat 7. El DIVA Sat 14. AIMEE Sat 21. LUKE GESSNER Sat 28. SONIC

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QUALITY LIVE JANUARY ENTERTAINMENT EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY EVENINGS SUPPLIED BY SUPREME ARTIST MANAGEMENT

Sun 1st- Sarah Dee Sat 7th- Girls on Film Sun 8th- Kath Morris Sat 14th- Man Maid Sun 15th- Martin John Sat 21st- Karnival Sun 22nd- James Garner Sat 28th- Deviance Sun 29th- Aimee 9


JANUARY ENTERTAINMENT Fri 6th - BEARDSMITH FAMILY ‘FREE entry’

Sat 7th - Lorna

Knight Sat 14th - Eastern Promise Sat 21st - Deep Timber Sat 28th - Threes Company

Providing top quality bands, duos, solos to all top club & pub venues throughout Stoke-on-Trent, South Cheshire & North Staffordshire.

FRIDAY FEB 24TH - Q.E.II - TOP TRIBUTE BAND TO QUEEN DON’T MISS THEIR BRAND NEW LINE UP - TICKETS £6

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CLUB SECRETARIES: JANUARY

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Sat 7th- Kray Twins Sat 14th- Sonic

To Advertise your club’s entertainment

Sat 21st- Kev Lee Sat 28th - Kath Morris

Contact Tony Heath on

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SUPREME ARTIST MANAGEMENT

A Warm Welcome Awaits You At

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20 years experience

Sun 1st ---- Julia Roberts Sat 7th ---- Dave Daimond Sun 8th ---- Luke Gessner Sat 14th ---- Girls on Film Sun 15th ---- Kath Morris Sat 21st ---- Jay Sun 22nd---- Deeva Sat 28th ---- Faye Tunstall Sun 29th ---- Scott Henley

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BAR ,SMALL LOUNGE, LARGE LOUNGE GAMES ROOM WITH INDOOR GAMES DOMINOES, CRIB AND POOL CONCERT ROOM WITH TOP CLASS ENTERTAINMENT FROM APPLEYARD ENTERTAINMENTS EVERY SAT & SUN NIGHTS PLUS BINGO LARGE SCREEN TV, LARGE CAR PARK , COACHES WELCOME BY APPOINTMENT

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invite you to pay us a visit to share all our excellent facilities

JANUARY

sun 1 CAROLYNN MAY sat 7th SIMON FARRELL sun 8th CONNOR O’NEILL sat 14th SARAH JANE sun 15th SLAPDASH sat 21st DAVE STEELE sun 22nd BOOMTOWN sat 28th RACHEL VALENTINE sun 29th LEAH NATION st

JANUARY Sun 1st - Scream Band Sat 7th - 20th Centry Rocks Sun 8th - Sharpe Experience Sat 14th - Souled Out Sun 15th - Deviance Sat 21st - Caught Off Guard Sun 22nd - 2 Insane Sat 28th - Reem Sun 29th - Ignition

TELEPHONE:

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Goldenhill WMC We’re famous for our continued from page 6 ‘Lounge Lizard’ Club Entertainment System

(it does everything from Race & Quiz Nights - Karaoke - Top TV Show Games and more)

“We always offer entertainment Top-Flight live entertainment for Saturday & Sunday nights throughout on Our Bank Holidays, and, football fans JANUARY is supplied by RIVERSIDE Agency can enjoy all Premier League games 1. Connor O’Niel (fantastic male performer) 21. Simon Farrell (terrific male vocalist) male vocalist) City matches) 22. David Marshall (terrific guitar/vocalist) 7. Colin Gibson (excellent Stoke (including every 8. After Hours (excellent guitar/vocal duo) 28. Sarah Jane (terrific female vocalist) week,” Mick. 14. Swing & Soulstated (fantastic male cabaret duo) 29. La Belle (excellent female cabaret duo) 15. Leah Norton (terrific female vocal entertainer) Indeed, lovers of both indoor and G C O D F outdoor gamesA are well catered for at LWC Goldenhill, which features two, fullP H -P E I G F R A whilst the venue’s P O O B G sized snooker-tables, Kidsgrove Road, Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent. Tel: (01782) 782748 facilities include a superb bowlinggreen (located to the rear of the premises), which is the home to several teams and is the venue for important county matches. In addition to its large Concert Room, Goldenhill WMC comprises a refurbished Lounge; members and guests can enjoy a terrific choice of drinks, including Carling, Worthington and many more (courtesy of local supplier, LWC), served up in friendly fashion by Steward, Mick Allison (a Goldenhill man, who has has been at the club for the past seven months and previously ran The Globe public house), and his bar-staff. Unusually, the Kidsgrove Road venue offers traditional, ‘hand-pulled’, cask-conditioned brews, including regularly-changing ‘guest beers’. Even more unusually, it features its own kitchen, providing hot and cold culinary fare at eminently reasonable prices. “The club is doing well, and, we on the committee, are determined to maintain this progress,” commented Mick Moran, who celebrated his third year inthe post of Club Secretary this month, having previously been President. Mick is joined on the management committee by Tracy Phillips (President), Paul Fryer (Assistant Secretary), and Alan and Susan Mountford, Jean Morgan, Bill Dale and Sandra Purchase (Committee Members). Our large Concert Room is offered for private hire to all customers on Fridays nights (when available), and you can also relax in the club’s refurbished Lounge. XCELLENT NDOOR AMES ACILITIES LUS UR WN OWLING REEN

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FOOTBALL CRAZY? THEN WATCH ALL PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES - INCLUDING STOKE CITY MATCHES EVERY WEEK. BINGO - £50 GUARANTEED for all full houses on Sat / Sun evening

HOT & COLD FOOD AVAILABLE FROM THE KITCHEN AT VERY REASONABLE PRICES

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Keeping your pet fit & well during the Winter

Clinic

and have plenty of bedding.

Water-bottles should be checked regularly to ensure that they not become frozen!

EACH season of the year poses its own threats to the well-being of your pets; accordingly, staff at The Croft Veterinary Clinic have provided a Winter survival guide.

FLEA ALERT! With Summer sadly just a distant memory, it can be very tempting to lower your guard against these tiny, wingless pests! However, with modern central-heating , fleas are no longer just the seasonal, Summer problem they used to be.

It is inherently obvious that the Winter months can prove a real challenge for many of our creature chums; so, here are a few, well-chosen, seasonal tips on how to keep them fit and well.

For optimum flea-control, treatment should be all-year-round: spot-on treatments are ideal for treating your pet, whilst larvicidal house-sprays can be used to prevent fleas developing in your home.

OBESITY ALERT! With the nights drawing in, it can be more difficult to find the time to walk your dog, while your cat may prefer to settle down in front of the fire, rather than getting out and about. Wishing You A Very Happy New Year Where possible, constant exerciselevels will help to keep you and your pet fit and healthy. Keep an eye on your pet’s weight and get in touch with the clinic, if he or she is gaining a few, extra pounds (carrying excess weight can have a multitude of adverse effects, including heart-disease and diabetes). ARTHRITIS ALERT! In addition to checking your pet’s weight, keep an eye out for signs of jointstiffness. Limps and difficulty in rising after a rest are both signs of joint-stiffness and pain, which can be worsened by cold weather and also by carrying extra weight. A prompt check of any such signs is advisable, as it is gives staff the best chance of being able to help affected pets. RABBIT WATCH! Naturally, the colder weather can be challenging for pets (like rabbits and guinea pigs), which live outside. It is important to ensure that their hutches are warm, dry and clean 13


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‘Grand’ at The Grapes!!

180!! The Grapes public house, in Newchapel, Stoke-on-Trent, hosted a highly-successful darts ‘fun-day’! Staff from fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Freshview Foods, helped to raise £1,000, with proceeds going towards the BBC’s Children in Need Appeal. Event organisers, Paul Johnson and Nikki Dwine, were joined by workers and directors from Freshview Foods, with pub regulars fielding their own team. One Freshview director, Richard Harrison, sponsored some of the players, while business partner, Bill Summerscales, also took part. Joining in the cheque’s presentation was Newcastle Borough Mayor, Councillor Trevor Hambleton.

Revamp will ‘tea’ up pub’s relaunch

AN historic pub in the ‘Queen of the Moorlands’ is set to re-open, following a ‘face-lift’. Closed since 2009, The Earl Grey, on Ashbourne Road, Leek, is being refurbished, thanks to new owner, Robert Walker, from Tideswell, Derbyshire. Plans to bulldoze and replace a dilapidated, one-storey extension at the rear of the hostelry, using reclaimed materials to match the rest of the original building. The planned scheme (approved by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council with conditions) will create two, fulltime jobs and four, part-time ones.

plinth in the Stoke-on-Trent village, in front of seventy spectators. Located at the junction of Gresty Street and Honeywall, the plinth marks the entrance to the village, which enjoys an Iron Age fort and Domesday Book histiography, and its unveiling was celebrated by a buffet lunch at the hostelry, which is located opposite the site. It reads: “This spot indicates the entrance to the former Iron Age Fort and the Domesday village of Pinchetel. A former Royal Manor from 1086 to the time of Edward II.” The memorial was co-ordinated by the Penkhull Residents’ Association, and its chairman, local historian, Richard Talbot, commented: “This was a tremendous reception to the unveiling. “The word, Honeywall, means ‘Hill Fortress’, and, in 1906, excavations at that location discovered archaeological evidence to indicate an early road, water channel and wall. “As for the Domesday village, historical documents clearly define the boundaries of the early village.”

White Star acoustic nights

IF you’re an aficionado of the acoustic guitar, head for The White Star in Stoke! Popular acoustic nights are featured at the Kingsway pub each Wednesday, starting at 9pm. Entry is free; for further details, call 07817-208152.

Friday nights at Alton

AN open mic evening takes place each Friday at The Blacksmith’s Arms, Alton, starting at 9pm. SUE Wainwright, landlady of The White Admission is free, and readers can Lion pub at Penkhull, unveiled a marble obtain full details on (01889) 563123.

Historic memorial unveiled by landlady, Sue

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Wedding Guide Ease the stress of ‘Big Day’ preparations IT is, indubitably, true that planning for your ‘Big Day’ CAN be both stressful and time-consuming - but it doesn’t have to be! Firstly, don’t overdo the wedding reception details; so, keep the tables simple and elegant. Also, choosing a plain, fresh reception will look great and save you cash on those annoyinglyunnecessary, little extra which you won’t really need or use. If you have paid the wedding venue for cases of wine to go with the wedding breakfast, check how many are actually used; if you have any ‘leftovers’ at the end of the repast, they can be placed behind the bar during the evening, thus saving not

only your own budget but also your guests pounds and pounds. Instead of buying flowers for both your ceremony and reception, purchase one bulk-load of wedding flowers and use them for both! After the ceremony, ask a member of staff or a bridesmaid to help move them across to the reception while you are having your photographs taken. Fourthly, use your wedding cake as dessert to avoid paying for an additional course. Ask for some jugs of cream to be brought out after the final course; then, dish up the cake! Some hotel venues will give the bride and groom a complimentary

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room on the wedding night - a moneysaver in any budget. Negotiate before you book, and, if you’re in the early stages of planning, remember that venues will, often, offer deals on weekday weddings or superstitious dates. Remember not to ignore the high street for your bridesmaids’ dresses, since there are some gorgeous one available! If you’re not too worried about having photos of you getting ready or at the evening party, book your wedding photographer by the hour (it will be a lot cheaper than buying a ‘package deal’! Use a wedding planner - a good one will know how you can really save money, especially when it comes to negotiating with suppliers (and his or her knowledge and contacts alone can save you a lot of money, helping to make your wedding a positive breeze!).

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RENAULT, CITROEN, PEUGEOT & ALFA SPECIALIST

• MOT’s by Appointment • Welding & MOT Repairs

•Fault Diagnosis goodgarage scheme.com •Air Conditioning (Reg. member) •Service & Repair • •Valeo Clutch Specialist •1st, 2nd & 3rd Year Servicing

• Classic Restoration

LYTTON STREET Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2AG TEL: 01782 847121 Registered Member

RIPPEN AVENUE, CHESTERTON

01782 562277

ACORN GARAGE

MILTON TEST CENTRE

MOT Testing • Servicing • Engine Diagnostic • Brakes • Air Conditioning • Exhausts • Clutches

SERVICING • OVERHAULS • REPAIRS

MOT TESTING £35.00 FREE RE-TEST REPAIRS & SERVICING OUR SPECIALITY $MBTT*7704""QQSPWFEt1FUSPMTBOE%JFTFMTUFTUFE

John L. Smith Autos Ltd. 135 Baddeley Green Lane, Milton, Stoke-on-Trent

Tel: 01782 537800 / 534530

BADDELEY GREEN LANE BADDELEY GREEN

01782 543739

AFTER HOURS 535413 20


Winter Motoring

AD AUTOS Recovery & Cash paid for all scrap cars

ALL MAKES & MODELS – MOT FAILURES (damaged or broken down)

For a prompt collection and convenient removal call

01782 319001 or 07871 359506 Unit 2, Bellerton Lane, Norton, S.O.T ST6 8ED

SID’S Private Hire CCTV IN ALL CARS tRING BACK t CALLER ID 24hr Service, Airports & Contract Work 7 Seater Available Family Run Business Established Over 20 Years

01782 565200 & 713999 Unit 1, Holditch Road, Chesterton, Newcastle Under Lyme 21


H BURTON BUILDING SERVICES

FOR YOUR CLEANING MATERIALS AND FIRST AID SUPPLIES

All building work carried out No Job Too Small Call Harry for more details 01782 313180 / 07935 967435

t DETERGENTS t MOPS t BUCKETS ETC t

CONTRACT CLEANING UNDERTAKEN FOR ALL SIZED CLUBS

FREE ESTIMATES NO OBLIGATION UNIT 1, AMICABLE STREET, BURSLEM, STOKE-ON-TRENT ST6 3BJ

Telephone:(01782) 826300

Whitehurst Windows Ltd

Reg No 23342

HIGH SECURITY uPVC CONSERVATORIES, WINDOWS AND DOORS • FASCIAS • SOFFITS • GUTTERING

Tel: 01782 513336 Mobile: 07976 719405 22


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Skip Hire

SAME DAY CHEAP SKIPS! Homeowners? Builders? Developers? Factories? Whether for your home or business, we guarantee to have the right skip for you.

1,2,3,4,5,6 & 8 Ton Skips Drop Door Skips 7 Day Delivery & Collection Service Won’t Be Beaten On Price Professional, Fast & Reliable Service Waste Licence Dumpy Bags we also supply Sand and Gravel, Soil, Golden Gravel, Plum Slate, Green Slate, Gobble Stone and Hardcore

01782 786242 07831Hire2, Li2ttle4Fa3rm9, 6 A1 Skip Cop, llow, Mow W 86 The Ho rent. ST7 4N -T on eok St

BED WAREHOUSE PROBABLY THE BEST SELECTION OF BEDS IN THE AREA

• Unbeatable prices all year round • • Large selection of beds on display • • Great value for money • We stock all sizes of beds and mattresses from the major manufacturers at hugely discounted prices

WHY PAY MORE? www.m6beds.co.uk 23


From the past…

A.D. Booth & Sons Ltd

THE GENUINE ROOFING SPECIALISTS FREE ADVICE & ESTIMATES

ROOFING

RING THE EXPERTS SAVE £££’s

BUILDING

ROOFING & ROOF REPAIRS • TILING & RE-SLATING • FLAT ROOFS PROBLEM CHIMNEYS • UPVC GUTTERING & CLADDING

So confident are we in the quality of our workmanship, you need not pay for our service UNTIL A MONTH AFTER THE WORK IS COMPLETED • No job is too large or too small • Fast, friendly professional service from one of our local depots • All work guaranteed by a family firm trading for over half a century

STOKE LEEK CREWE STAFFORD

01782 621636 01538 373898 01270 250052 01785 227712

HQ: 22a Nash Street, Newcastle, Staffs ST5 6DR • AAAAAA AD BOOTH roofingman@adbooothandsons.co.uk www.adboothroofing.co.uk

Doing it in the ‘70s… Still doing it today!

…for your future

MEMBERS OF LEADING ASSOCIATIONS

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