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The Wedgwood Museum

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Contents

May 2010

Where we are

4.........Pottery industry 6.........More Pottery 7.........Theatres 8.........Directions 10.......Daytime Activities 11.......Nightlife 12.......Trentham Gardens 15........Sport

Welcome to the Potteries.... Welcome  to  Stoke-­�on-­�Trent.   Known  to  many  as  the  Potteries  it   is  situated  almost  at  the  centre  of   England  and  is  a  very  unique  city.  

–‹•Â?ƒ†‡—’‘ˆ•‹š†‹ƥ‡”‡Â?––‘™Â?•ǥ Hanley  (now  the  City  Centre)  Fen-­â€? –‘Â?ÇĄ–‘Â?‡ǥ—Â?Â•Â–ÂƒÂŽÂŽÇĄ—”•Ž‡Â?ƒÂ?† ‘Â?‰–‘Â?Ǥ—”‹Â?‰‹–•Ž‘Â?‰Š‹•–‘”›ǥ Stoke-­â€?on-­â€?Trent  has  become  well   known  for  its  production  of  pottery   ƒÂ?†…‡”ƒÂ?‹…•ǥ–Š‡Â?‘•–Â?‘–ƒ„Ž‡ company  being  Wedgwood. Stoke  is  currently  celebrating  its   centenary  and  over  the  years  the   city  has  certainly  provided  the   country  with  some  great  personali-­â€? –‹‡•Ǥ‡‰‹Â?ƒŽ†‹–…Š‡ŽŽǥ–Š‡†‡•‹‰Â?-­â€? ‡”‘ˆ–Š‡’‹–Ƥ”‡ǥÂ?ƒ†‡ˆƒÂ?‘—• †—”‹Â?‰‘”Ž†ƒ”™‘ǥ™ƒ•‡†—-­â€? cated  in  Stoke-­â€?on-­â€?Trent  and  his   creation  is  still  a  symbol  of  Great   ”‹–ƒ‹Â?–‘†ƒ›Ǥ‹”–ƒÂ?Ž‡›ƒ–-­â€? –Š‡™•ǥƒ”‰—ƒ„Ž›‘Â?‡‘ˆ–Š‡‰”‡ƒ–‡•– Â?‰Ž‹•ŠÂˆÂ‘Â‘Â–Â„ÂƒÂŽÂŽÂ‡Â”Â•ÇĄ™ƒ•ƒŽ‘…ƒŽŽƒ† and  was  actually  born  next  door  to   ƒ’–ƒ‹Â? ‘ŠÂ?Â?‹–Šǥ™Š‘‹•Â?‘–ƒ-­â€? bly  remembered  for  captaining  the    ‘”†•ƒÂ?†’Š‘–‘‰”ƒ’Š•„›‹…Â? ÂƒÂ”Â˜Â‡Â›ÇĄÂ?ƒ’•‘—”…‡†ˆ”‘Â? ‘‘‰Ž‡

‘unsinkable’  Titanic. Pop  sensation  Robbie  Williams   was  born  and  raised  in  Tunstall   before  joining  the  hugely  popular   boy  band  ‘Take-­â€?That.’  Robbie  is   well  known  for  being  an  avid  Port   Vale  supporter  and  actually  in-­â€? jected  his  own  money  into  the  club   a  few  years  ago  when  they  were  in   ƤÂ?ƒÂ?…‹ƒŽ†‹Ƽ…—Ž–›ǤŠ‹Žǎ–Š‡’‘™‡”ǯ ÂƒÂ›ÂŽÂ‘Â”ÇĄ–Š‡Â?‘•–•—……‡••ˆ—Ž†ƒ”–• ’Žƒ›‡”‹Â?–Š‡™‘”Ž†ǥƒÂ?ƒÂ?™Š‘Šƒ• won  an  unprecedented  15  World   ŠƒÂ?’‹‘Â?•Š‹’–‹–Ž‡•ǥ™ƒ•ƒŽ•‘„‘”Â? in  the  Potteries.   Stoke  is  certainly  a  City  that  runs   deep  in  history  and  if  you’re  lucky   you  may  even  spot  a  member  of   the  Royal  Family  as  they  are  cer-­â€? tainly  no  strangers  to  these  parts.   ”‹Â?…‡Šƒ”Ž‡•Â‘ĆĽÂ…Â‹ÂƒÂŽÂŽÂ›”‡nj‘’‡Â?‡† the  Potteries  museum  in  1981  and   in  February  of  this  year  re-­â€?visited   it  with  the  Duchess  of  Cornwall   ‹Â?‘”†‡”–‘˜‹‡™–Š‡Â–ÂƒĆĄÂ‘Â”Â†Â•ÂŠÂ‹Â”Â‡ Hoard.    

Â?Í?ͼͼͤǥ–Š‡—‡‡Â?ƒŽ•‘Â?ƒ†‡ƒÂ?

appearance  as  she  opened  the   Regent  Theatre  as  the  centrepiece   ‘ˆ–Š‡…—Ž–—”ƒŽ“—ƒ”–‡”Ǥ Â?…”‡†‹„Ž›ǥ apart  from  Edward  VIII  in  his  short   ”‡‹‰Â?ÇĄÂ?‘–‘Â?‡‘Â?ƒ”…ŠŠƒ•ˆƒ‹Ž‡† to  visit  Stoke-­â€?on-­â€?Trent  since  1910. Â‘Â†ÂƒÂ›ÇĄ–Š‡…‹–›Šƒ•ƒÂ?‡•–ƒ„Ž‹•Š‡† Premier  League  football  team  in   –Š‡ˆ‘”Â?‘ˆ–‘Â?‡‹–› ÇĄ–™‘ fantastic  theatres  that  attract  some   of  the  world’s  top  talent  in  both   music  and  comedy  and  have  some   truly  fantastic  places  to  visit  no   matter  what  age  you  are.   With  the  city  situated  at  the  heart   ‘ˆ–Š‡…‘—Â?–”›ǥ‹–‹•˜‡”›‡ƒ•›–‘‰‡– to;  if  you  are  driving  you  can  reach   Stoke  via  the  M6  at  junction  15   or  16  or  you  can  catch  the  train  to   Stoke-­â€?on-­â€?Trent  station. This  magazine  shows  that  the  city   Šƒ•Â?—…ŠÂ?‘”‡–‘‘ƥ‡”–ŠƒÂ?Œ—•– ’‘––‡”›ǥ™‹–Š‹–••—’‡”„”ƒÂ?‰‡‘ˆ ”‡•–ƒ—”ƒÂ?–•ǥÂ?ƒ‰Â?‹Ƥ…‡Â?–‰ƒ”†‡Â? …‡Â?–”‡ƒÂ?†˜ƒ”‹‡†Â?‹‰Š–ÂŽÂ‹ÂˆÂ‡ÇĄ–‘Â?‡nj ‘Â?ÇŚ”‡Â?–‹•†‡ƤÂ?‹–‡Ž›‘Â?–Š‡—’ƒÂ?† a  city  well  worth  a  visit.  


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Wedgwood Josiah  Wedgwood  is  probably  the   most  successful  and  well  known   person  ever  to  have  emerged  from     Stoke-­‐on-­‐Trent.  In  fact  Stoke-­‐on-­‐ Trent  is  referred  to  as  the  potteries   because  of  Josiah’s  incredible  work   in  the  pottery  and  ceramics  indus-­‐ try.   ‘•‹ƒŠ™ƒ•„‘”‹—”•Ž‡‹ͣ͟͜͝ and  was  the  youngest  of  12  children   of  Thomas  and  Mary  Wedgwood.   Š‡Š‡™ƒ•‹‡›‡ƒ”•‘Ž†ǡŠ‹• father  sadly  died  and  from  then  on   had  to  be  apprenticed  to  his  elder   brother  at  the  Churchyard  Pot-­‐ –‡”›Ǥ ͣ͝͠͞ ‘•‹ƒŠ•—ơ‡”‡†ˆ”‘ the  smallpox  epidemic  that  had   ”‡ƒ…Š‡†—”•Ž‡Ǣ™Š‹Ž•–•‡˜‡”‡Ž›‹ŽŽ he  spent  much  of  his  time  read-­‐ ing  to  improve  his  education.  The   disease  had  left  him  with  a  perma-­‐ nently  weakened  right  knee  there-­‐ fore  he  could  not  operate  the  foot  

’‡†ƒŽ‘–Š‡™Š‡‡ŽǤ •–‡ƒ†ǡ ‘•‹ƒŠ Ž‡ƒ”‡†‘–Š‡”’‘––‡”›•‹ŽŽ•ǡ•—…Šƒ• modelling. ”‘–Š‡”‡‘ǡ ‘•‹ƒŠǯ••—……‡•• continued  and  was  later  taken   into  junior  partnership  with  the   Ƥ‡•–‰Ž‹•Š’‘––‡”‘ˆ–Šƒ––‹‡ǡ Thomas  Whieldon.  Here  he  was   encouraged  to  experiment  with   ‰Žƒœ‡•ǡ„‘†‹‡•ǡ…‘Ž‘—”•ƒ†•Šƒ’‡•Ǥ Later  in  his  career  he  formed  a   ’ƒ”–‡”•Š‹’™‹–ŠŠ‘ƒ•‡–Ž‡›ǡ who  was  a  merchant  from  Liver-­‐ pool.     The  years  of  partnership  with   ‡–Ž‡›™‡”‡’”‘„ƒ„Ž› ‘•‹ƒŠǯ• most  successful.  The  two  men   complemented  each  other  perfect-­‐ ly  and  along  with  his  previous  work   Wedgwood  developed  the  famous   Jasper  ware  whilst  at  Etruria  when   ™‹–Š‡–Ž‡›Ǥ Wedgwood’s  work  is  incredibly  

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Pottery inspirational  and  perfectly  depicts   all  the  trends  and  ages  throughout   history;  this  is  something  that  is   portrayed  immensely  at  the  Wedg-­‐ wood  Museum.    The  museum  is   more  than  just  a  few  pots  and  an   information  card  lying  under-­‐ ‡ƒ–Šǡ‹–…—””‡–Ž›’‘••‡•ͤǡ͜͜͜ of  Wedgwood’s  pieces  and  all  of   which  are  laid  out  in  chronological   order.   •›‘—‡–‡”†‹ơ‡”‡–…‡–—”‹‡• ‘ˆ’‘––‡”›ǡ›‘—…ƒ‘–‘Ž›•‡‡ how  the  designs  and  colour  had   …Šƒ‰‡†ǡ„—–›‘—…ƒ•‡‡Š‘™™‡ as  a  civilisation  changed  through   the  artistic  developments  within   his  work;  and  the  museum  has  to   take  credit  for  this  for  their  beauti-­‐ ful  layout  and  presentation.   This  is  supported  by  Wedgwood’s   Learning  and  Access  Manager  Ni-­‐ gel  Spicer;  who  believes  after  work-­‐

Entrance to the Wedgwood museum shop  Words  and  photographs  by  Nick  Harvey


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ing  in  the  museum  industry  for   ‘˜‡”–™‡–››‡ƒ”•ǡ–Š‹•‹•„›ˆƒ”–Š‡ best  collection  he  has  ever  seen.   “I  have  seen  some  fantastic  things   ‹›–‹‡ǡ„—––Š‡–‹‡ǡ…ƒ”‡ƒ† money  that  has  been  put  into  this   museum  is  just  fantastic.  In  2008   we  were  awarded  £5.8  million  of   lottery  funding  in  order  to  help   ‹’”‘˜‡ƒ††‡˜‡Ž‘’–Š‡—•‡—ǡ and  the  money  has  clearly  been   put  to  good  use.  When  people  visit   everybody  expects  to  see  lots  of   „Ž—‡ƒ†™Š‹–‡’‘–•ǡŠ‘™‡˜‡”–Š‡”‡ is  so  much  more  here.  We  have   ’‘”–”ƒ‹–•‘ˆŠ‹•ˆƒ‹Ž›ǡˆ‘••‹Ž•–Šƒ– ƒ”‡‹ŽŽ‹‘•‘ˆ›‡ƒ”•‘Ž†ǡ‹–‡”ƒ…-­‐ tive  televisions;  there  literally  is   something  for  everyone  here”  said   Nigel.   The  Wedgwood  museum  was   recently  awarded  ‘Museum  of  the   ‡ƒ”ͥ͜͜͞ǡƒ†‹‰‡Ž•–ƒ–‡•–Šƒ– this  was  a  monumental  award  to   receive.   “The  Museum  of  the  Year  award  is   like  the  Oscars  for  museums;  it’s   a  tremendous  achievement  for  us   as  we  have  beaten  some  incredible   museums  which  have  had  a  lot   of  funding  pumped  into  them  so   we  were  absolutely  thrilled”  said   Nigel.   The  museums  policy  states  that   there  is  always  something  for  eve-­‐ ”›‘‡–‘‡Œ‘›ǡ–Š‡›ƒ”‡‡ƒ‰‡”ˆ‘” younger  children  to  not  only  learn   ƒ„‘—–‘‡‘ˆ–Š‡‘•–‹ƪ—‡–‹ƒŽ ’‡‘’Ž‡‹”‹–‹•ŠŠ‹•–‘”›„—––‘ enjoy  themselves  at  the  same  time.   ‘™ƒ”†•–Š‡‡†‘ˆ–Š‡–‘—”ǡ’‡‘’Ž‡ are  able  to  look  at  how  pottery  was   ƒ†‡‹–Š‡ͣ͜͜͝ǯ•–Šƒ•–‘‹–‡”-­‐ active  technology.  They  can  also   Šƒ˜‡–Š‡‹”’‹…–—”‡–ƒ‡ǡƒ†™Š‡ they  download  it  from  the  website   they  are  able  to  see  their  face  on   one  of  Wedgwood’s  designs.   “It  is  always  so  refreshing  to  hear   young  people  use  phrases  such   as  ‘awesome’  and  ‘wicked’  when   referring  to  the  collection  we  have   here.  It  is  clear  that  the  range  and   complexity  we  have  here  blows   people  away”  said  Nigel.    Words  and  photographs  by  Nick  Harvey

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Nigel Spicer with the museum of the year trophy Along  with  this  award  winning   —•‡—ǡ–Š‡”‡‹•ƒŽ•‘ƒ„‡ƒ—–‹ˆ—Ž gift  shop  to  ensure  that  you  can   take  a  souvenir  home  to  remind   you  of  your  visit  and  there  is  also  a   cafe  if  you  feel  your  trip  has  given   you  an  appetite.  

ˆƒŽŽ–Š‹•†‘‡•ǯ––‡’–›‘—ǡ–Š‡ perhaps  Wedgwood’s  half  term   workshops  may  just  sway  your   decision.  The  Museum  has  an-­‐ nounced  that  this  half  term  (Mon-­‐ †ƒ›͟͝•–ƒ›Ȃ ”‹†ƒ›͠–Š —‡Ȍ‹– will  be  inviting  families  to  make   their  own  Wedgwood  inspired   vases  -­‐  from  salt  dough.   ”‹…‡†ƒ–Œ—•–͏͞Ǥ͜͡’‡”˜ƒ•‡ǡ–Š‡ workshops  will  be  taking  place   „‡–™‡‡͝͝Ǥ͜͜ƒƒ†͠Ǥ͜͜’‡ƒ…Š day  and  families  are  welcome  to   drop  in  whenever  they  like  be-­‐ tween  these  times.  The  museum   team  will  have  a  plentiful  supply  

of  blue  salt  dough  on  hand  from   which  children  can  cut  out  their   ͞˜ƒ•‡•Šƒ’‡†’Žƒ“—‡ǡ™Š‹…Š–Š‡› can  then  decorate  as  creatively  as   they  like.  The  team  have  chosen   blue  and  white  vases  for  the  work-­‐ shop  as  these  are  the  colours  of   Wedgwood’s  Jasper  pieces.  Each   family  will  receive  full  instructions   on  how  to  bake  their  vase  shape  at   Š‘‡ǡ–‘’—––Š‡Ƥ‹•Š‹‰–‘—…Š–‘ –Š‡‹”ƒ•–‡”’‹‡…‡ƒ†•‡‡Ƥ”•–Šƒ† how  heat  hardens  the  salt  dough. So  if  you’re  interested  in  viewing   some  of  the  most  beautiful  artwork   in  the  world  and  having  a  fun  time   ‹–Š‡’”‘…‡••ǡ–Š‡’ƒ›ƒ˜‹•‹––‘ the  Wedgwood  museum.  An  adult   ticket  will  cost  £6.00  and  a  child   –‹…‡–…‘•–•͏͠Ǥ͜͡Ǥ ‘”‘”‡‹ˆ‘”-­‐ ƒ–‹‘ǡ’Ž‡ƒ•‡˜‹•‹–™™™Ǥ™‡†‰-­‐ ™‘‘†—•‡—Ǥ‘”‰Ǥ—Ǥ‘”…ƒŽŽͣͤ͜͝͞ ͣͥͥ͟͝͝Ǥ


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More pottery Gladstone Pottery

If  you  feel  like  continuing  your   pottery  experience  in  Stoke-­‐on-­‐ ”‡–ǡ–Š‡™Š›‘–˜‹•‹– Žƒ†-­‐ stone’s  unique  pottery  museum.   Its  cultural  heritage  is  nationally   acclaimed  and  the  site  itself  is   internationally  recognised  as  one   of  the  most  important  industrial   heritage  sites  in  Europe.  Glad-­‐ stone’s  infamous  bottle  ovens  over-­‐ look  the  whole  site  and  aren’t  just   a  symbol  of  the  industry  but  are  a   •›„‘Žˆ‘”–‘‡Ǧ‘Ǧ”‡–ǡ„‘–Š past  and  present.  At  the  museum   you  can  see  for  yourself  what  the   …‘†‹–‹‘•™‡”‡Ž‹‡…‡–—”‹‡•ƒ‰‘ǡ ˆ‘”‡ǡ™‘‡ƒ†…Š‹Ž†”‡™Š‘ spent  hours  of  hard  work  creat-­‐ ‹‰–Š‡•‡…‡”ƒ‹…’‘–•Ǥ‡ƒ”•ƒ‰‘ǡ Gladstone  was  an  everyday  factory   in  the  city  that  focused  on  pro-­‐ ducing  ceramic  pots  for  every  day   usage  for  the  mass  market.       On  display  at  Gladstone  is  its   amazing  Tile  Gallery;  it  is  one  of  

Gladstone Pottery museum the  best  tile  decorations  in  the   country  and  it  truly  highlights  how   ceramic  tiles  have  provided  such   „‡ƒ—–›ƒ††‡•‹‰–‘ƪ‘‘”ƒ† walls  over  the  years.  After  learn-­‐ ing  all  about  how  people  made  the   ’‘–•ǡ™Š›‘––”›‹–‘—–ˆ‘”›‘—”-­‐ self?  Instead  of  just  buying  some-­‐ –Š‹‰ˆ”‘–Š‡‰‹ˆ–•Š‘’ǡ™Š›‘– make  your  own  unique  souvenir   under  the  guidance  of  the  mem-­‐ „‡”•‘ˆ•–ƒơǤŠ‡›™‹ŽŽ–‡ƒ…Š›‘—

Š‘™–‘–Š”‘™ƒ’‘–ǡƒ‡ƒ…Š‹ƒ ƪ‘™‡”‘”‡˜‡’ƒ‹–ƒ•ƒŽŽ’‹‡…‡ of  pottery!  After  completing  all  this   and  you  feel  like  you  need  a  nice   •‹–†‘™ƒ†ƒ„‹–‡–‘‡ƒ–ǡ–Š‡›‘— can  take  advantage  of  their  deli-­‐ cious  tea  room. †—Ž–ƒ†‹••‹‘‹•͏͡Ǥͥ͡ƒ†͏͠Ǥͥ͡ for  children  with  discounts  for   families;  for  more  information   …‘–ƒ…–ͣͤͣͣͣͣ͜͟͝͞͞‘” visit  www.stoke.gov.uk/museum.

ƒ–ƒ”‹†‰™ƒ–‡”•ƒ‹†ǣDzŠ‡ tours  really  are  popular;  during   ƒ”‹†‰™ƒ–‡”‹•—…Š‘”‡ the  school  holidays  we  normally   than  just  a  pottery  factory;  located   have  one  tour  a  day  but  because  of   on  the  Caldon  Canal  there  is  so   demand  we  had  to  change  to  three   much  to  explore  and  enjoy  for  peo-­‐ which  was  a  wonderful  surprise.   ple  of  all  ages.  Take  advantage  of   On  these  tours  people  not  only  get   their  FREE  factory  tours  that  take   to  see  all  the  ‘behind  the  scenes’   ’Žƒ…‡‡˜‡”›™‡‡ǡ™Š‡”‡›‘—™‹ŽŽ„‡ ƒ…–‹‘ǡ„—––Š‡›‰‡––‘–”—Ž›—†‡”-­‐ provided  with  a  fascinating  insight   stand  the  care  and  time  that  goes   into  the  pottery  industry  and  the   into  making  one  simple  pot”  said   ƒ‘—–‘ˆ‡ơ‘”––Šƒ–‹•’—–‹–‘ Paul.  The  factory  gets  visitors  from   making  one  single  item.   ƒ…”‘••–Š‡™‘”Ž†ǡ™‹–Š’‡‘’Ž‡…‘-­‐ ƒ—Ž†ƒ‹‡…ǡƒ”‡–ƒ‹Žƒ••‹•–ƒ– ‹‰ˆ”‘ƒ•ˆƒ”ƒ•—”‘’‡ǡ‡”‹…ƒ

and  even  Japan.   With  the  school  holidays  ap-­‐ proaching  at  the  end  of  the  month   it  is  a  great  place  to  organise  trips   ‘—–‘”„‹”–Š†ƒ›’ƒ”–‹‡•ǡƒ•’‡‘’Ž‡ are  granted  full  usage  of  the  deco-­‐ rating  studios.  The  studio  is  a  great   place  to  spend  the  afternoon;  after   learning  how  the  pots  were  made   and  looking  at  all  the  beautiful   †‡•‹‰•ǡ›‘—–Š‡‰‡––Š‡…Šƒ…‡ to  have  a  go  yourself.  You  can   decorate  all  kinds  of  things  such   ƒ•’Žƒ–‡•ǡ’‘–•ǡƒ†—‰•ǡŠ‘™‡˜‡” one  thing  that  separates  Emma   ”‹†‰™ƒ–‡”ˆ”‘‘–Š‡”•‹•–Šƒ––Š‡ pot  you  design  is  the  same  quality   ƒ•™Šƒ–‹•‘•ƒŽ‡ǡ•‘›‘—”’ƒ‹–-­‐ ing  or  design  will  last  for  years  and   years.   So  if  you’re  interested  in  experienc-­‐ ‹‰ƒ–”—Ž›˜ƒ”‹‡†ƒ†ˆ—ƤŽŽ‡† †ƒ›‘—–ǡ–Š‡ƒ”‹†‰™ƒ–‡”‹• a  place  recommended.  For  more   information  on  tours  and  prices  of   ‘„Œ‡…–•–‘’ƒ‹–ǡ…ƒŽŽͣͤͤ͜͜͟͝͞͞͝͞ or  visit  www.emmabridgwater. co.uk.  

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater

 Words  and  photographs  by  Nick  Harvey


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Theatres Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall

The  Victoria  Hall  has  established   itself  as  a  major  venue  for  celebri-­‐ ties  to  perform  at;  acts  including   —••‡ŽŽ”ƒ†ǡ‹–…Š‡ŽŽƒ†‡„„ ƒ†Ž‘…ƒ”–›ƒ”‡Œ—•–•‘‡‘ˆ–Š‡ incredible  artists  that  have  per-­‐ formed  live  in  the  Potteries  thea-­‐ tre.  The  building  was  originally   built  in  1888  to  commemorate   —‡‡‹…–‘”‹ƒǯ• ‘Ž†‡ —„‹Ž‡‡Ǥ Š‡Ƥ”•–„—‹Ž–‹–•…ƒ’ƒ…‹–›™ƒ• ͞ǡͤ͜͜’‡‘’Ž‡ǡƒ†‘˜‡”–Š‡›‡ƒ”• it  has  been  the  scene  of  numer-­‐ ‘—•…‘…‡”–•ǡ„‘š‹‰ƒ–…Š‡•ǡƒ† many  gigs. The  theatre  was  revamped  in  the   ‹†Ǧ‹‡–‹‡•ǡ‘’‡‹‰‹–•†‘‘”• ‘…‡‘”‡‹ͥͥͤ͝‘™Š‘Ž†•͝ǡͤ͟͡ people.  Since  re-­‐opening  it  has   been  at  the  heart  of  the  Cultural   —ƒ”–‡”ǡƒŽ‘‰•‹†‡‹–••‹•–‡”˜‡—‡ The  Regent  Theatre.  With  its  beau-­‐ tiful  art  work  and  designs  around   –Š‡‡–‹”‡„—‹Ž†‹‰ǡ‹–…‡”–ƒ‹Ž›•‡–• the  mood  to  help  create  an  enter-­‐ taining  evening.  

‹‰Ǥ‘•–‘–ƒ„Ž›ǡ‘–Š‡͝͠–Š ƒ›ǡŒ‘‹–Š‡ ƒ‹”›‹‡”•ˆ‘”ƒ The  Regent  Theatre  originally   ‡˜‡‹‰‘ˆ…‘‘‹‰ǡ…Šƒ––‹‰ƒ† opened  in  1929  as  a  super  cinema   Žƒ—‰Š•ǤŠ‡‹‡”•ƒ”‡™‡ŽŽ‘™ and  over  the  years  has  been  used   for  their  popular  television  show   extensively  for  amateur  operatic   ‘–™‘ǡ™Š‹…Š”‡…‡‹˜‡†ƒ and  musical  comedy  productions.   ‹…”‡†‹„Ž‡͠‹ŽŽ‹‘˜‹‡™‡”•Ǥ –™‹ŽŽ However  after  becoming  a  multi   –”—Ž›„‡ƒ—‹“—‡‡š’‡”‹‡…‡ǡƒ† •…”‡‡…‹‡ƒ‹–Š‡ͥͣ͜͝ǯ•ǡ‹– ™‹–Š–Š‡‹‡”•„‡‹‰…Šƒ”‹‰ǡ closed  down  in  1989  following  the   ˆ”‹‡†Ž›ƒ†ƒ–—”ƒŽŽ›ˆ—›‰—›•ǡ opening  of  a  six  screen  cinema.   it  certainly  sounds  like  a  recipe  for   ‘™‡˜‡”ǡƒˆ–‡”ƒ͏͟͞‹ŽŽ‹‘†‡-­‐ a  good  night.   ˜‡Ž‘’‡–‘ˆ–Š‡…‹–›…‡–”‡ǡŠ‡ If  you’re  interested  in  completely   Regent  was  reopened  on  22  Sep-­‐ super  natural  and  out  of  this  world   tember  1999  by  Her  Majesty  the   ‡š’‡”‹‡…‡•ǡ–Š‡„‡–™‡‡–Š‡ —‡‡‹…–‘„‡”ͥͥͥ͝ǡƒˆ–‡”„‡‹‰ ͣ͝Ǧͥ͝–Šƒ›ǡ–Š‡—„‡Ž‹‡˜ƒ„Ž‡ fully  restored  to  its  previously   ‡””‡”‘™™‹ŽŽ„‡’‡”ˆ‘”‹‰Ǥ elegant  Art  Deco  style.  Since  then   With  his  mind  boggling  tricks  and   the  Regent  has  gave  host  to  such  a   ’•›…Š‘Ž‘‰‹…ƒŽ‹ŽŽ—•‹‘•ǡ‡””‡ ™‹†‡”ƒ‰‡‘ˆ‡–‡”–ƒ‹‡–ǡ˜ƒ”›-­‐ ”‘™ǯ•Ǯ‹‰ƒǯ•Š‘™‹••‡––‘„‡ ing  from  opera  to  rock  concerts.   —ˆ‘”‰‡––ƒ„Ž‡‡š’‡”‹‡…‡ǡ–Šƒ–ǯ•‘ˆ One  main  advantage  to  previously   course  if  he  allows  you  to  remem-­‐ being  on  old  fashioned  cinema  is   ber  it!   the  seating  arrangement  provides   To  receive  information  on  these  or   nearly  every  seat  a  perfect  viewing   any  other  events  taking  place  this   area  of  the  stage.   ‘–Šƒ––Š‡‡‰‡–Š‡ƒ–”‡ǡ…‘-­‐ This  month  the  Regent  Theatre   –ƒ…–ͤͤͣͣͥ͜͢͠͠͝͠‘”˜‹•‹–™™™Ǥ has  many  brilliant  acts  perform-­‐ ambassadortickets.com/stoke.

May 2010

Coming  up  this  month  are  some   absolutely  fantastic  acts  that  you   would  be  crazy  to  miss.  On  the  2nd   ƒ›ǡ…‘‡†‹ƒ‡‰‹ƒŽ† —–‡”ǡ considered  to  be  one  the  most   brilliantly  unpredictable  comics   ‹–Š‡…‘—–”›ƒ––Š‡‘‡–ǡ™‹ŽŽ be  taking  the  stage  at  the  Victoria   Hall.  Hunter  has  been  a  regular  on   television  shows  such  as  8  out  of   ͜͝…ƒ–•ƒ†‡˜‡”‹†–Š‡—œ-­‐ œ…‘…•ǡƒ†™‹ŽŽ„‡Š‘’‹‰ˆ‘”Œ—•– as  much  success  when  he  performs   in  the  Potteries.   –ƒ”‘ˆ–Š‡’”‘‰”ƒ‡Ǯ ƒ˜‡ I  Got  News  For  You’  Paul  Merton   will  be  performing  his  stand-­‐up   •Š‘™ǡǮ ’”‘Š—•ǯ‘ƒ–—”†ƒ› 15th  May.  It  is  a  unique  show  based   entirely  on  improvisation  and  sug-­‐ ‰‡•–‹‘•ˆ”‘–Š‡ƒ—†‹‡…‡ǡ•‘›‘— can  guarantee  a  unbelievably  funny   night.   To  receive  information  in  regards   „‘‘‹‰–‹…‡–•ǡ˜‹•‹–either  www. ambassadortickets.com/stoke  or   …‘–ƒ…––Š‡‹…–‘”‹ƒ ƒŽŽ„‘š‘ƥ…‡ ‘ͤͤͣͣͥ͜͢͠͠͝͠Ǥ

Regent Theatre

 Words  and  photographs  by  Nick  Harvey

Regent Theatre


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Directions

May 2010

The  numbers  on  the  map  represent  the  places  mentioned  within  the   magazine  that  are  located  in  Hanley  city  centre ͝Ǥ‘––‡”‹‡•‡–”‡ ͠Ǥ‹‰Š–Ž‹ˆ‡        ͞Ǥ‹…–‘”‹ƒ ƒŽŽ  ͡Ǥƒ”‹†‰™ƒ–‡”     ͟Ǥ‡‰‡–Š‡ƒ–”‡ ͢Ǥƒ–‡”‘”Ž†  ‘”†•„›‹… ƒ”˜‡›ǡƒ’•ˆ”‘ ‘‘‰Ž‡


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Directions The  numbers  on  the  map  represent  the  places  mentioned  within  the   magazine  that  are  located  outside  Hanley  city  centre

ͣǤ”‡–Šƒ ƒ”†‡•

8.  Monkey  Forrest

9.  Wedgwood  ‘”†•„›‹… ƒ”˜‡›ǡƒ’•ˆ”‘ ‘‘‰Ž‡


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Daytime activities

May 2010

Potteris shopping Centre

such  as  Costa  Cafe  or  Starbucks   ™Š‡”‡›‘—…ƒÂ?•‹Â?’Ž›Â”Â‡ÂŽÂƒÂšÇĄ…Šƒ– whilst  enjoying  a  nice  drink  and  a   If  you’re  in  need  of  a  good  old   fashioned  shopping  spree  then  the   „‹–‡–‘‡ƒ–ǤÂ?–Š‡Í?•–ÂƒÂ›ÇĄ™Š›Â?‘– bring  the  children  to  the  Shopping   Potteries  shopping  centre  is  the   ‡Â?–”‡ǥĥ–Š‡”‡™‹ŽŽ„‡ƒ…‘•–—Â?‡ ideal  place.  Situated  at  the  heart   portrait  studio  which  allows  the   ‘ˆ ƒÂ?Ž‡›ǥȋ–Š‡…‹–›…‡Â?Â–Â”Â‡ČŒ‹–Šƒ• little  ones  to  dress  up  as  either  a   –Š”‡‡ƪ‘‘”•‘ˆ•Š‘’•™‹–ŠƒÂ?—Ž–‹nj •–‘”‡›’ƒ”Â?ˆƒ…‹Ž‹–›Â?‡š––‘‹–ǥ™Š‹…Š prince  or  a  princess  and  have  their   photograph  taken.   is  very  convenient  if  you  have   Potteries  Shopping  Centre  is  open   many  bags.  Designer  shops  such   ÍĽÂƒÂ?Č‚͢’Â?‡˜‡”›‘Â?Â†ÂƒÂ›ÇŚƒ–-­â€? ĥ‘’•Š‘’Ȁ‘’Â?ƒÂ?ÇĄ‹˜‡” •ŽƒÂ?† Â—Â”Â†ÂƒÂ›ÇĄ‘Â?—Â?Â†ÂƒÂ›ÇŻÂ•‹–•‘’‡Â?Í?Í?ƒÂ? ƒÂ?†ƒ–Š”‡‡ƪ‘‘”‡„‡Â?ŠƒÂ?•ƒ”‡ available.  There  are  also  shops  such   Č‚ÍĄÂ’Â?ƒÂ?†‘Â?ƒ›ÂƒÂ›ÇĄ™Š‹…Š‹• –Š‡Í&#x;”†ǥ‘’‡Â?‹Â?‰Š‘—”•ƒ”‡Í?͜ƒÂ? ÂƒÂ•ÇĄ ƒÂ?† ƒÂ?‡Ǥ ˆ›‘—ǯ”‡™‹–Š Č‚ÍĄÂ’Â?Ǥ ‘”Â?‘”‡‹Â?ˆ‘”Â?ƒ–‹‘Â?˜‹•‹– the  family  and  aren’t  really  a  shop-­â€? www.potteries.uk.com. ’‹Â?‰ˆƒÂ?ÇĄ–Š‡”‡ƒ”‡’Ž‡Â?–›‘ˆÂ…ÂƒÂˆÂ‡ÇŻÂ•

Monkey Forest Enjoy  one  of  the  most  unique   experiences  you  are  ever  likely  to   witness  at  Trentham  Monkey  For-­â€? ”‡•–ǤƒŽÂ?ƒÂ?‘Â?‰•–Í?Í Íœƒ”„ƒ”› macaques  roaming  free  across   60  acres  of  beautiful  woodlands.   When  strolling  through  the  forest   you  become  mesmerised  by  these   beautiful  and  elegant  animals  as   –Š‡›™ƒŽÂ?ƒŽ‘Â?‰„‡•‹†‡›‘—ǥ–Š”‘™-­â€? ing  themselves  from  tree  to  tree   and  you  can  even  watch  how  they   take  care  of  their  young.   Throughout  your  adventure  there   are  guides  who  are  more  than  hap-­â€? py  to  take  any  questions  you  may  

have  and  if  you  have  even  more   queries  in  regards  to  the  monkeys   you  can  learn  all  there  is  to  know   by  looking  at  the  interactive  signs   or  visiting  the  information  centre.   There  is  a  free  car  park  and  a  nice   ’‹…Â?‹…ƒ”‡ƒ‹ˆ–Š‡™‡ƒ–Š‡”‹•Â?‹…‡ǥ two  adventure  playgrounds  to  let   ›‘—”Ž‹––Ž‡Â?‘Â?Â?‡›•”—Â?ƒ”‘—Â?†ǥ ƒÂ?†–Š‡ƒÂ?ƒÂ?ƒ…ƒˆ‡™‹–Šƒ–‡””ƒ…‡ for  all  to  relax.   –‘Â?Ž›Í?Í˘Ç¤ÍĄÍœ’‡”ƒ†—Ž–ƒÂ?†Í?Í Ç¤ÍĄÍœ ’‡”…Š‹Ž†‘˜‡”Í&#x;›‡ƒ”•‘Ž†ǥ™Š›Â?‘– come  face  to  face  to  one  of  nature’s   most  spectacular  creatures.  For   information  visit  www.monkey-­â€? forrest.com.  

Water World Waterworld  is  one  of  the  UK’s   best  water  theme  parks  receiv-­â€? ‹Â?‰ƒÂ?ƒ˜‡”ƒ‰‡‘ˆÍ ÍœÍœÇĄÍœÍœÍœ˜‹•‹–‘”• ƒ›‡ƒ”Ǥ‹–Š‘˜‡”Í?Íœ”‹†‡•ǥÂ…ÂƒÂˆÂ‡ÇŻÂ•ÇĄ indoor  and  outdoor  swimming   ’‘‘Ž•ǥ–Š‡”‡‹•…‡”–ƒ‹Â?Ž›Â?‘”‡–ŠƒÂ? enough  to  keep  the  whole  family   entertained.   Š‡”‹†‡•‹Â?…Ž—†‡–Š‡Žƒ…Â? ‘Ž‡Ǣ a  fast  ride  with  exciting  twists  and   turns  crashing  you  into  the  water   ƒ––Š‡‡Â?†Ǥ—…Ž‡—•‹•–Š‡Ƥ”•– indoor  water-­â€?roller-­â€?coaster  in  the   Ǥ‹–ŠÍ&#x;ÍŁÍĄˆ‡‡–‘ˆ—’•ƒÂ?††‘™Â? ‘Â?ƒ•‹Â?‰Ž‡Â”ÂƒÂˆÂ–ÇĄ›‘—…ƒÂ?‰—ƒ”ƒÂ?–‡‡ it  will  be  an  exhilarating  ride.  The   space  bowl  sends  swimmers  into  a  

bowl  where  their  world  is  turned   upside  down  until  eventually  being   plunged  into  the  pool  below. Every  Friday  night  6.pm  -­â€?  9pm  the   Waterworld  Entertainment  Team   Š‘•––Š‡“—ƒ‹•…‘ǥ™‹–Š–Š‡Žƒ–-­â€? ‡•–…Šƒ”––‘’’‹Â?‰Â?—•‹…ǥ‡š…‹–‹Â?‰ games  and  loads  of  giveaways.  To   attend  this  event  it  is  £5.50  per  en-­â€? try  and  pay  £1  extra  and  you  receive   a  burger  meal.   Prices  for  a  regular  ‘ƥ’‡ƒÂ?  visit   (Monday-­â€?Friday  school  term)   …‘•–•Í?ͣǤͼͼƒÂ?†’‡ƒÂ?–‹Â?‡Č‹…Š‘‘Ž ÂŠÂ‘ÂŽÂ‹Â†ÂƒÂ›Â•ÇĄ™‡‡Â?‡Â?Â†Â•ČŒ…‘•–•Í?ͼǤͼͼ although  prices  vary  for  families.   For  more  information  visit  www. waterworld.co.uk.    Words  and  photographs  by  Nick  Harvey


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Nightlife Casino’s

If  you’re  interested  in  taking  your   Â?‹‰Š–•‘—––‘–Š‡Â?‡š–ÂŽÂ‡Â˜Â‡ÂŽÇĄ™Š› not  try  your  luck  in  one  of  the  two   casinos  in  Hanley  city  centre.  They   ƒ”‡‹Â?’‡”ˆ‡…–™ƒŽÂ?‹Â?‰Ž‘…ƒ–‹‘Â?ÇĄ‡•-­â€? pecially  if  you  have  been  enjoying   the  nightclubs.  The  Circus  casino   ‹•‘’‡Â?Í?Í?ƒÂ?ÇŚÍŁÂƒÂ?ƒŽŽ™‡‡Â?ǢƒŽ‘Â?‰ with  a  restaurant  and  bar  area  they   Šƒ˜‡‰ƒÂ?‡••—…Šĥ’‘Â?‡”ǥ„Žƒ…Â?-­â€? Œƒ…Â?ÇĄ”‘—Ž‡––‡ƒÂ?†•Ž‘–Â?ƒ…Š‹Â?‡• and  if  you’re  not  a  member  it’s   free  to  join.  Circus  prides  itself  on   ‹–ǯ•…‘Â?’‡–‹–‹˜‡„ƒ”’”‹…‡•ǥ™‹–Šƒ double  vodka  red  bull  only  priced   at  £5.  To  make  your  visit  even  more   ‡Â?ÂŒÂ‘Â›ÂƒÂ„ÂŽÂ‡ÇĄ‘Â?–Š‡͞ͼ–ŠÂƒÂ›ÇĄ–Š‡”‡ will  be  two  fantastic  live  tribute   ƒ…–•–‘—ƥ›ƒÂ?†‹Ž›ŽŽ‡Â?Ǥ If  you  don’t  fancy  Circus  casino  or   ›‘—•‹Â?’Ž›™ƒÂ?––‘Šƒ˜‡ƒƪ—––‡” •‘Â?‡™Š‡”‡‡Ž•‡ǥ–Š‡Â?Ž‹–‡”ƒŽŽ›͜͜͞ yards  away  is  the  Grosvenor  casino.   It  opens  Sunday  6pm  -­â€?Friday  6pm   ƒÂ?†ƒ–—”†ƒ›͢’Â?ÇŚÍ ÂƒÂ?Ǥ‹Â?‹Žƒ”–‘

Circus Casino –Š‡…‹”…—•…ƒ•‹Â?‘ǥ ”‘•˜‡Â?‘”Šƒ•ƒ full  bar  that  runs  throughout  the   night  and  an  international  restau-­â€? rant.  Inside  there  are  10  total  slot   machines  and  10  total  table  games   available  and  as  always  member-­â€? ship  is  free.  

So  when  you  feel  your  night  on  the   town  is  coming  to  an  end  and  you   Œ—•–ˆƒÂ?…›”‡Žƒš‹Â?‰ǥŠƒ˜‹Â?‰ƒ†”‹Â?Â? ™Š‹Ž•–Â?ƒÂ?‹Â?‰ƒ„‹–‘ˆ‡š–”ƒÂ?‘Â?‡›ǥ ›‘—•Š‘—Ž††‡ƤÂ?‹–‡Ž›’ƒ›ƒ“—‹…Â? visit  to  the  Circus  and  Grosvenor   casinos.  

‹•–Š‡‡˜‘Ž—–‹‘Â?ƒ”‘Â?”‹Â?‹–› Street;  this  is  where  most  of  the   Hanley  City  Centre  has  a  wide   nightclubs  are  situated.  Revolu-­â€? range  of  nightlife  venues.  With  a   –‹‘Â?‹•ƒ–™‘ƪ‘‘”‡•–ƒ„Ž‹•ŠÂ?‡Â?–Ǣ Â?‹š–—”‡‘ˆ‰‘‘†‘Ž†ˆƒ•Š‹‘Â?’—„•ǥ it  has  a  very  modern  style  bar  and   ‡ƒ–Š‡”•’‘‘Â?•ǥÂ?‹‰Š–…Ž—„•ƒÂ?†‰‹‰ it  specialises  in  making  a  superb   ˜‡Â?—‡•ǥ–‘Â?‡‹•…‡”–ƒ‹Â?Ž›–Š‡’Žƒ…‡ range  of  cocktails.  There  is  plenty   for  a  good  time.   of  room  to  get  up  and  have  a  dance   One  bar  that  certainly  stands  out   if  you  wish  and  with  a  great  mix-­â€?

ture  of  classic  and  modern  music  it   is  certainly  friendly  to  people  of  all   ages  (over  18  of  course).   If  you  are  more  interested  in   dancing  as  a  pose  to  drinking  then   Liquid  Nightclub  is  the  ideal  place   to  let  yourself  go.  It  is  very  stu-­â€? †‡Â?–ƒ‹Â?‡†ǥŠ‘™‡˜‡”‹–„‘ƒ•–•–™‘ –Š‡Â?‡†”‘‘Â?•ǥˆ‘—”Â„ÂƒÂ”Â•ÇĄƒǤ Ǥ room  and  bar  and  two  huge  dance   ƪ‘‘”•ǤŽƒ›‹Â?‰•‘Â?‡‘ˆ–Š‡„‡•– and  latest  music  and  is  open  till   ÂŽÂƒÂ–Â‡ÇĄ‹“—‹†‹•…‡”–ƒ‹Â?Ž›–Š‡’Žƒ…‡–‘ literally  dance  your  troubles  away.   If  the  night  club  scene  doesn’t   interest  you  then  the  Sugarmill   may  take  your  fancy.  The  indie/ rock  bar  has  had  many  great  bands   ƒÂ?†ƒ”–‹•–•’‡”ˆ‘”Â?ÇĄÂ?‘•–Â?‘–ƒ„Ž› Â‘ÂŽÂ†Â’ÂŽÂƒÂ›ÇĄ”‹˜‹—Â?ÇĄ—•‡ƒÂ?†–Š‡ ‹„‡”–‹Â?‡•Ǥ ˆ–Š‡”‡‹•Â?ǯ–ƒ‰‹‰‘Â?ÇĄ then  Friday  and  Saturday  nights   ƒ”‡–Š‡„‡•––‹Â?‡–‘‰‘ǥ’Žƒ›‹Â?‰ some  good  quality  music  and  sofa’s   to  sit  and  chat  with  your  mates.  If   you  are  interested  in  seeing  live   ÂƒÂ…Â–Â•ÇĄ…Š‡…Â?‘—––Š‡‹”Ž‹Â?‡—’ƒ– www.thesugarmill.co.uk.

Night Clubs

Hanley Night Clubs  Words  and  photographs  by  Nick  Harvey


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Trentham Gardens Estate

Trentham  Gardens  is  one  the  big-­‐ gest  attractions  in  Stoke-­‐on-­‐Trent   today.  With  its  beautiful  surround-­‐ ‹‰•ǡˆƒ–ƒ•–‹…‰ƒ”†‡…‡–”‡ƒ† …‘ŽŽ‡…–‹‘‘ˆ•Š‘’•ǡ‹–”‡ƒŽŽ›‹•ƒ spectacular  place  to  visit  for  the   day.   It  is  referred  to  as  Trentham  

Gardens  Estate  because  the  three   ‹†‹˜‹†—ƒŽˆ‡ƒ–—”‡•ǡ–Š‡ –ƒŽ‹ƒ

ƒ”†‡•ǡ–Š‡…ƒ„‹•Š‘’•ƒ†–Š‡ Garden  centre  are  three  separate   businesses;  however  they  very   often  work  together  for  the  good  of   the  customers.   ‡„„‹‡ƒ„„—–ǡ ‡‡”ƒŽƒƒ‰‡”

‘ˆ”‡–Šƒ ƒ”†‡‡–”‡•ƒ›•ǣ “The  garden  centre  and  Italian   gardens  are  not  the  same  company   but  we  do  help  out  with  some  of   the  gardening  and  we  have  also   provided  some  plants  for  some  of   –Š‡…ƒ„‹•ǡ•‘™‡†‘ƒŽŽ–”›–‘Œ‘‹ together  when  we  can  for  the  ben-­‐  Words  and  photographs  by  Nick  Harvey


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‡Ƥ–‘ˆ‡ƒ…Š‘–Š‡”ǯ•„—•‹Â?‡••ǯǤdz The  Garden  Centre  is  part  of  the   Ž—‡‹ƒÂ?‘Â?†„”ƒÂ?†ƒÂ?†‹•‘Â?‡‘ˆ the  largest  Garden  centres  in  the   country  and  inside  it  is  sensation-­â€? ally  designed  with  a  water  fountain   in  the  centre  of  a  huge  but  beauti-­â€? fully  laid  out  room.  Within  the  gar-­â€?  Words  and  photographs  by  Nick  Harvey

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”†‹Â?‘ǯǥƒÂ?†–Š‡”‡‹•ƒŽ•‘–Š‡ÇŽÂƒĆĄÂ‡ ‡ŽŽ‘ǯ…‘ƥ‡‡•Š‘’ǥˆ‘”ƒ…ŠƒÂ?…‡–‘ take  a  break  and  relax. ……‘”†‹Â?‰–‘‡„„‹‡ǥ›‘—Â?ƒ› even  get  to  see  a  celebrity.  “We  do   get  a  lot  of  famous  people  walking   around  the  Garden  Centre.  We  get   quite  a  few  footballers  from  Stoke   ‹–›ǥ„—–‘—”Â?‘•–ˆ”‡“—‡Â?–˜‹•‹–‘” ‹•ˆ‘‘–„ƒŽŽŽ‡‰‡Â?† ‘”†‘Â?ƒÂ?Â?•ǥ who  often  enjoys  his  lunch  and  a   walk  in  here.â€? If  you  are  enthusiastic  about  gar-­â€? dening  then  the  outdoor  plants   section  is  certainly  the  place  to   visit.  Not  only  does  it  have  a  vast   ”ƒÂ?‰‡‘ˆ’ŽƒÂ?–•ǥ„—––Š‡”‡‹•ƒŽ•‘ •–‘Â?‡Â™Â‡ÂƒÂ”ÇĄ™ƒ–‡”ÂˆÂ‡ÂƒÂ–Â—Â”Â‡Â•ÇĄˆ‡Â?…‡• and  even  more  to  look  at.  The  at-­â€? tention  to  detail  is  one  of  the  most   impressive  things  about  the  Gar-­â€? †‡Â?‡Â?–”‡ǥ™Š‹…Š‹•™Š›‹–‹••‘ popular. “Last  year  we  were  lucky  enough   –‘Šƒ˜‡Í&#x;Â?‹ŽŽ‹‘Â?’‡‘’Ž‡˜‹•‹––Š‡ ‰ƒ”†‡Â?…‡Â?–”‡ƒŽ‘Â?‡ǥ™Š‹…Š‹• obviously  fantastic.  We  have  had   customers  from  places  as  far  as   ‹Â?…‘ŽÂ?ƒÂ?†ÂƒÂŽÂ‡Â•ÇĄƒÂ?†‹–‹•Â?‹…‡ to  know  that  after  one  visit  people   then  trust  us  enough  to  continue   buying  our  products  and  taking   full  advantage  of  our  delivery  serv-­â€? iceâ€?  said  Debbie.   ˆ–‡”˜‹•‹–‹Â?‰–Š‡ ƒ”†‡Â?‡Â?–”‡ǥ why  not  explore  the  cabin  shops.   ‡‡’‹Â?‰™‹–Š–Š‡”—”ƒŽ–Š‡Â?‡ǥ they  are  laid  out  as  individual   …ƒ„‹Â?Š—–•ǥƒÂ?†”‡Â?–ŠƒÂ? ƒ”†‡Â?• Estate  prides  itself  on  having  very   particular  shops.   ‡„„‹‡Â•ÂƒÂ‹Â†ÇŁDzŠ‡…ƒ„‹Â?•ƒ”‡˜‡”› Â•Â‡ÂŽÂ‡Â…Â–Â‹Â˜Â‡ÇĄ–Š‡‰ƒ”†‡Â?•ƒ”‡„ƒ•‡† on  an  Italian  theme  and  the  shops   that  sit  next  to  it  really  comple-­â€? ment  that  theme.  Plans  are  under   way  to  open  a  new  shop  called  

”‡‡Â?ƒÂ?†”‘™Â?Ǥdz

”‡‡Â?ƒÂ?†”‘™Â?™‹ŽŽ„‡ƒ˜‹„”ƒÂ?– knew  food  store  providing  you   den  centre  there  is  a  wide  variety  of   with  carefully  selected  food  and   ‹–‡Â?•–‘Ž‘‘Â?ƒ–‹Â?…Ž—†‹Â?‰…Ž‘–Š‹Â?‰ǥ drink  and  will  be  aiming  to  use  as   ƒ”–™‘”Â?ÇĄ„‹–•ƒÂ?†„‘„•ˆ‘”ƒ”‘—Â?† much  local  suppliers  as  possible  as   this  helps  the  local  economy.   –Š‡Š‘—•‡ǥ…Š‹Ž†”‡Â?ǯ•–‘›•‡…–‹‘Â?ÇĄ indoor  plant  area  and  much  more.   Â‘Â™Â‡Â˜Â‡Â”ÇĄ–Š‡…Š‡””›‘Â?–‘’‘ˆ–Š‹• There  is  also  two  restaurants  with-­â€? incredible  cake  is  the  Italian  Gar-­â€? †‡Â?•Ǥ”‹…‡†ƒ–‘Â?Ž›Í?ͣǤͥ͞ˆ‘”ƒ†—Ž–• ‹Â?–Š‡„—‹Ž†‹Â?‰ǥ™Š‹…Šƒ”‡–Š‡ÇŽ‹š ƒÂ?†Í?ÍĄÇ¤ÍŁÍœ’‡”…Š‹Ž†ǥ™‹–Š†‹•…‘—Â?–• Arches’  and  the  ‘Terrazzo  del  Gia-­â€?


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The Italian Gardens ƒ˜ƒ‹Žƒ„Ž‡ˆ‘”ˆƒ‹Ž‹‡•ǡ›‘—™‹ŽŽ™‹–-­‐ ness  one  of  the  most  spectacular   walks  and  surroundings  you  will   ever  see.   After  undergoing  a  massive  res-­‐ –‘”ƒ–‹‘‘˜‡”’ƒ•–ˆ‡™›‡ƒ”•ǡ–Š‡ Ƥ‹•Š‡†’”‘†—…–‹•–”—Ž›‹•’‹”‹‰Ǥ ˜‡”›’Žƒ–ǡˆ‘‘–’ƒ–Šƒ†’‡„-­‐ ble  is  articulately  laid  out  for  you   to  simply  admire.  At  the  centre   ‘ˆ–Š‡ ƒ”†‡•‹•–Š‡Žƒ‡ǡ™Š‹…Š is  borders  onto  the  woodlands  of   Trentham  Park  which  was  given   to  local  residents  by  the  Duke  of  

Sutherland.  You  can  walk  around   –Š‡‡–‹”‡Žƒ‡ǡƒ†‹”‹‰–Š‡•…‡-­‐ ery  and  the  nature;  if  you  are  visit-­‐ ‹‰™‹–Š…Š‹Ž†”‡ǡ–Š‡”‡‹•’Ž‡–› ‘ˆ‡–‡”–ƒ‹‡–ˆ‘”–Š‡ǡ™‹–Šƒ little  train  that  runs  alongside  the   Žƒ‡ǡ‘”‹ˆ–Š‡›ƒ”‡‹ƒ”‡ƒŽ‡‡”‰‡–-­‐ ic  mood  they  can  play  on  the  play-­‐ ‰”‘—†ǡ™Š‹…ŠŠƒ••Ž‹†‡•ǡ•™‹‰•ǡ …Ž‹„‹‰ˆ”ƒ‡•ǡƒ„ƒ”‡ˆ‘‘–™ƒŽ and  mazes.  The  entire  complex  is   a  place  full  of  wonder  and  cer-­‐ tainly  caters  for  every  need.  Deb-­‐ „‹‡†‡•…”‹„‡†‹–•ƒ›‹‰ǣDz –ǯ••—…Šƒ

big  attraction  because  the  gardens   have  had  lots  of  work  on  them  and   many  of  people  come  to  visit  that;   and  obviously  with  all  the  shops   –Šƒ–ƒ”‡‘’‡ǡ–Š‡›ƒ”‡ƒ‘–Š‡”ƒ–-­‐ traction  and  with  that  more  people   enter  the  garden  centre.” So  if  you  are  looking  for  a  fantas-­‐ –‹…†ƒ›‘—–ˆ‘”–Š‡™Š‘Ž‡ˆƒ‹Ž›ǡ visit  the  Trentham  Gardens  Es-­‐ tate.  To  receive  more  information   on  Trentham  Estate  visit  www. –”‡–ŠƒǤ…‘Ǥ—‘”…ƒŽŽͣͤ͜͝͞ ͢͢͢͢͠͠Ǥ

Entrance to the Trentham Garden Centre  Words  and  photographs  by  Nick  Harvey


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Sport

Sport  has  always  been  a  very   popular  scene  in  the  potteries.   Over  the  years  there  have  been   many  famous  sporting  stars  that   ‘”‹‰‹Â?ƒ–‡ˆ”‘Â?–Š‡ƒ”‡ƒǤ Â‘Â™Â‡Â˜Â‡Â”ÇĄ Â?‘•–•‹‰Â?Â‹Ć¤Â…ÂƒÂ?–Ž›–Š‡”‡‹•ƒ‰”‡ƒ– vibe  and  enthusiasm  for  sport  at   –Š‡›‘—Â?‰‡”ƒ‰‡‰”‘—’•ǥĥ–Š‡”‡ are  facilities  and  opportunities   for  people  to  participate  in  a  wide   range  of  sports.   ”‘Â?ƒ•’‘”–‹Â?‰Â’Â‡Â”Â•Â’Â‡Â…Â–Â‹Â˜Â‡ÇĄ–Š‡ most  notable  attraction  to  Stoke-­â€? on-­â€?Trent  would  have  to  be  Stoke   City  Football  club.  The  club  was   ˆ‘—Â?†‡†‹Â?Í?ͤ͢Í&#x;ƒÂ?†ƒ”‡–Š‡•‡…‘Â?† oldest  club  in  professional  exist-­â€? ence  behind  Notts  County.  Along   ™‹–ŠÍ?Í?‘–Š‡”–‡ƒÂ?•ǥ–‘Â?‡‹–›„‡-­â€? came  one  of  the  founder  members   of  the  football  league  in  1896.   Stoke  have  had  some  of  the  world’s   best  players  on  their  books  over   –Š‡Â›Â‡ÂƒÂ”•ǥ™‹–Š’Žƒ›‡”••—…Šĥ‹” –ƒÂ?Ž‡›ÂƒÂ––Š‡™•ǥ‡–‡”Š‹Ž–‘Â? ƒÂ?†–Š‡Ž‡‰‡Â?†ƒ”› ‘”†‘Â?ƒÂ?Â?•ǥ who  is  now  President  of  the  foot-­â€? ball  club.  This  season  the  Potters   have  enjoyed  their  second  consecu-­â€? tive  year  in  the  Premier  League   with  manager  Tony  Pulis  steering   them  to  another  superb  mid-­â€?table   ƤÂ?‹•ŠǤ Unfortunately  the  football  season   is  over  so  you  won’t  be  able  to  see   the  team  play;  however  on  the  2nd   ƒ›–‘Â?‡‹–›™‹ŽŽ„‡–Š‡Ƥ”•– club  ever  to  host  their  player  of   the  season  awards  in  front  of  a  live   audience.    The  ‘player  of  the  year   stadium  show’  will  be  held  at  the   ”‹–ƒÂ?Â?‹ƒ–ƒ†‹—Â?ƒÂ?†–‹…Â?‡–•ƒ”‡

Britannia Stadium - Home of Stoke City ƒŽ”‡ƒ†›‘Â?•ƒŽ‡ƒ–Í?Í?ÍœÇ¤ÍœÍœÇĄ™Š‡”‡›‘— will  be  able  to  see  the  presentation   of  the  player  of  the  year  awards   and  look  back  on  the  highlights  of   the  tremendous  season  the  Potters   Šƒ˜‡Šƒ†Ǥ ‘”Â?‘”‡‹Â?ˆ‘”Â?ƒ–‹‘Â?ÇĄ …‘Â?–ƒ…––Š‡…Ž—„‘Â?ÍœÍ?ͣͤͥ͞ͼ͞͞Í?Í?Ǥ –‡’’‹Â?‰ƒ•‹†‡ˆ”‘Â?–‘Â?‡‹–›ǥ–Š‡ other  major  football  club  in  the   Potteries  is  Port  Vale.  A  very  suc-­â€? cessful  team  in  their  own  right  and   have  certainly  produced  their  fair   •Šƒ”‡‘ˆÂ’ÂŽÂƒÂ›Â‡Â”Â•ÇĄ‹Â?…Ž—†‹Â?‰–Š‡Ž‹Â?‡• ‘ˆ‘„„‹‡ƒ”Ž‡ƒÂ?†ƒ”Â?”‹‰Š–Ǥ ƒ”Â?ÇĄ™Š‘Â?‘™™‘”Â?•ˆ‘”–Š‡ÇĄ spoke  of  how  special  the  city  of   Stoke  is  for  sport  and  how  he  still   has  special  links  with  the  City   today.   “My  time  at  Vale  Park  was  enjoy-­â€? able;  I  had  just  quit  my  job  at   Â–ÂƒĆĄÂ‘Â”Â†Â•ÂŠÂ‹Â”Â‡ ›†”ƒ—Ž‹…•‡”˜‹…‡• in  Kidsgrove  to  play  football  full   –‹Â?‡ǥ•‘™‘”Â?‹Â?‰–™‘Š‘—”•’‡” day  instead  of  eight  was  great.   ‘ŠÂ?—†‰‡ǥ™Š‘™ƒ•–Š‡‘”–ƒŽ‡ Â?ƒÂ?ƒ‰‡”ƒ––Š‡–‹Â?‡ǥ”‡Â?ƒ‹Â?•–Š‡

Vale Park - Where Mark Brights career began  Words  and  photographs  by  Nick  Harvey

May 2010

„‹‰‰‡•–‹Â?ƪ—‡Â?…‡‘Â?Â?›Â…ÂƒÂ”Â‡Â‡Â”ÇĄ  learnt  from  one  of  the  best  at  the   start  of  my  career.â€?   “Premier  League  football  is  so   ‹Â?’‘”–ƒÂ?––‘–Š‡‹–›ǥ ™‘—Ž†Ž‹Â?‡ to  see  the  Vale  get  promoted  but   it’s  tough  for  them  at  the  moment.   ’‘”–‹•˜‹–ƒŽ–‘Â?‹†•‘ˆƒŽŽÂƒÂ‰Â‡Â•ÇĄ exercise  is  important  and  sports   facilities  are  the  heartbeat  of  com-­â€? munities.â€?

Â?–Š‡…‹–›‘ˆ–‘Â?‡nj‘Â?ÇŚ”‡Â?–ǥ–Š‡”‡ are  a  wide  range  of  sports  to  be   played  or  watched  besides  football.  

Â?Â’ÂƒÂ”Â–Â‹Â…Â—ÂŽÂƒÂ”ÇĄ–Š‡”‡Â?–ŠƒÂ?‘ƒ– Club  is  thriving  at  the  moment   with  brand  new  facilities  and  in-­â€? …”‡ƒ•‹Â?‰Â?‡Â?„‡”•ǥĥÂ?ƒÂ?›’‡‘’Ž‡ have  decided  that  the  physical   games  of  rugby  and  football  are  too   Â?—…ŠǥƒÂ?†Šƒ˜‡ˆ‘—Â?†–Š‡‡Â?Œ‘›-­â€? Â?‡Â?–‘ˆ”‘™‹Â?‰Ǥ‡…‡Â?–Ž›ǥ‘”† Sebastian  Coe  visited  the  rowing   club  to  promote  the  sport  and  look   around  the  impressive  grounds.   For  more  information  visit  www. trenthamboatclub.co.uk.   Another  sports  available  in  Stoke   ‹••™‹Â?Â?‹Â?‰ǥĥ ‡Â?–‘Â?ƒÂ?‘” Sports  Complex  has  an  Olympic   size  swimming  pool  available  to   the  public  and  regularly  holds  race   Â?‡‡–‹Â?‰•ǥˆ‘”Â?‘”‡‹Â?ˆ‘”Â?ƒ–‹‘Â? visit  www.stoke.gov.uk.  Also  Stoke   athletics  club  have  the  luxury  of   —•‹Â?‰‘”–Š™‘‘†–ƒ†‹—Â?ÇĄ’”‘˜‹†-­â€? ing  all  the  necessary  facilities  for   „‘–Š–”ƒ…Â?ƒÂ?†Ƥ‡Ž†‡˜‡Â?–•Ǥ There  is  a  sporting  activity  to  get   ‹Â?˜‘Ž˜‡†™‹–ŠƒŽŽ›‡ƒ””‘—Â?†ǥ•‘‹ˆ sport  is  your  passion  then  Stoke-­â€? on-­â€?Trent  is  ideal.


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