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Fundraising In 2020 For:

The Largest Digital Reader’s Choice Pub and Local Culture Guide With Three Bumper Guides Released In Print Each year In February, June & November Completely Non- Profit & Free To Use Supporting Businesses, Pubs, Live Music & Much More

So Here It Is Christmas… And What have We Done??? As it is Christmas I thought we would dispense with the usual front page so you could get to know the magazine and what we do better. As for many people out there 2019 had it’s highs and lows for us all. personally for myself it has seen great challenges as a widow it has meant many firsts but I know Mark would be proud of how I handled them. From moving home to finding a new way forward for the magazine as I could no longer maintain the financial burden of getting a hard copy out. Everything has been done for the best possible reasons while maintaining my love of the magazine as Mark’s legacy and continuing the work to promote the local area and its great pubs and live music. Of course there’s been struggles life isn’t worth living without them but we have come through stronger and more positive after each challenge than ever before and I have you the readers and the great businesses that support the magazine to thank for that so THANK YOU…

But on to brighter things and all the good we have achieved this year through the magazine. This year through the magazines fundraising events and supporting other events we have done so much to help charities and individual causes in the area raising over £2,000 for various causes and charities in our events alone.

We have continued to grow this year has seen more than 1,500 new members in our online community and all have joined because they know and trust what we do for the local community. Our ad designs have been noticed and used in various other publications and the reach of our social media has exploded seeing a regular 50k plus reach.

We have also supported community events and organisation with free event poster designs and advertising. Our support for live music has seen us find a number of musicians paid work through our matching abilities while we also introduced our Music Showcase Nights held at Jolllees to provide those looking for live music a chance to get a taste of some local talent. The magazine has been mentioned and covered a number of times in the local press for what we do to help promote great pubs and more and with our Reader’s Choice Award Night in January that is sure to continue.

So its been a hard year at times but a really good one too heres hoping that 2020 sees us doing more and reaching further than ever before.

In closing I want to wish you all:

A festive season filled with warmth and love that creates you many happy memories to warm the cold nights and see you through life.

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Great British Locals The Plough Inn, Kidsgrove.

The Millrace, Milton.

The Plough Inn on Liverpool Road in Kidsgrove was recently brought to our attention as a Great British Local that is well worth a visit. This community focused pub has a feel of the village pubs I loved growing up and the staff and locals are all warm and welcoming.

On the bar you will find a variety of ales and lagers from around the world, over 60 gins, real ales and all the usuals you’d expect on the bar as well as gluten and alcohol free drinks too. Upstairs there is a sports bar area with sky sports and BT sports available. Externally theres a shelters and heated smoking area and a good sized beer garden which will be perfect for summer visits. They also cater for private functions so if your looking for a venue to hold your celebrations in locally why not check them out. Well done to the team and management on a fantastic Great British Local.

The Millrace can be found on Maunders Road in Milton. It is a family friendly village pub where dogs are welcome on a lead and the management and staff are always welcoming to new faces at the bar. The pub has a lovely atmosphere with a great community feel that makes you relaxed and comfortable after a hard days work.

On the bar theres great value for money with real ales, lagers, wines and more being served as well as cocktails to enjoy on those summer days in the well appointed beer garden. With regular live entertainment and large tv’s for sporting events and more there is always something to do at the pub. Manager Michelle works hard to ensure this is a Great British Local which will bring people into Milton to experience the pub and those in the local area. So why not pay them a visit when you are next in the area.

Bar Team of the Month: The Venue Bar, Burslem.

Manager of the Month: Ed at The Gardeners Retreat, Stoke.

The Venue is an up and Ed at the Gardeners coming live music bar in Retreat in stoke is an the heart of Burslem avid biker, music lover sitting on Swan Square. and community Only open for a few focused too. Those months now it is already three loves are becoming a go to place combined in his great for live music fans and a management of this welcome addition to the fantastic community great pubs of the town. A local. Ed arranges warm welcome can always numerous charity and be found even on the coldest community events including ones for the biker day at the bar thanks to a great team of staff who community and custom bike shows at the pub will always go the extra mile to ensure you have a while also hosting live music and his own radio great time during your visit.

show at the pub.

The team keep a well stocked bar with plenty of Having known Ed personally for a number of choice and always seem to be in a great mood years his focus has always been on the whether serving or cleaning between customers to community and making any pub he manages a make sure the first impression is always right. If great local for the community. Since taking on you haven’t been up to Burslem for a while make the gardeners Retreat he has done just that with sure you do soon and check out this great place countless fundraisers for the community and for some live music and fantastic service.

always being willing to help so well done Ed.

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Gin Pub of the Month: Bru, Stoke.

Ale Pub of the Month: Cask Bar, Newcastle.

Bru can be found in the heart of Stoke Town on London Road and is a new and upcoming craft ale and gin bar. Founder of this new bar Jonathan has put a lot of hard work and energy in to making it a place all feel welcome and has selected a team to run it that do just that. They have a good range of gins on the bar and pride themselves on serving these to perfection while they also do a number of gin and other spirit based cocktails too.

The bar itself is homely and inviting with a shabby sheik style to it that sets it apart from the other venues in the Stoke area. They have an acoustic night hosted by a firm favourite of the Stoke area’s music scene Grant Matthews weekly providing great music to accompany your gin. Don’t worry though if someone in your party isn’t a gin lover theres a great selection of craft ales too.

The Cask Bar is still a relatively new ale house only being open for 2 years but what a two years it has been. The bar based on St Andrews Place in Newcastle has really taken off and is busy most of the time while it has also won a number of awards too. The bar specialises in real ales and gins and there is always a great selection of varied ales to suit any taste.

They also run curry and other nights giving you great food to accompany your ale and enjoy in this welcoming and always friendly micro pub. The team really have created an ideal mix of traditional ale house with a modern touch that keeps people coming back to them time and time again. If you are a lover of real ale and haven’t yet experienced the Cask Bar we highly recommend that you do so soon.

Food Pub of the Month: The Windmill, Werrington.

Brewer of the Month: Dancing Duck Brewery

The Windmill can be Founded in 2010 the found on Ash Bank Dancing Duck Brewery Road in Werrington and creates fun and lively is a great place to call ales that are winning for a meal with a great awards regularly, the community atmosphere brewery is primarily too. The pub has a female lead with Rachel traditional feel with at the head of the warm and welcoming business providing staff and regulars and something a little serves up some different and unique to fantastic food that caters to all tastes but in the this predominately male business of brewing ales good old fashioned pub grub style. There are and showing sisters really can do it for regular weekly deals and offers available as well as themselves.

more specialised and themed offers the Christmas Based in Derby they have an ethos that no matter menu looks great for example.

how or when you enjoy an ale it should always be With well priced food and fantastic staff this place the most enjoyable experience that it can be. To really does offer great value for money on any this end the team put their passion into every pint budget and is an ideal place to meet family and they produce and use only the finest ingredients friends for a get together. On the bar you will find a as they strive to create new and exciting ale and great range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks improve on all they do. Bo wonder then they are and at the weekend theres live music to enjoy after regularly winning awards from SIBA, CAMRA and your meal.

other bodies make sure you try them soon.

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Biker Friendly Pub of the Month Jollees Cabaret Venue, Stoke.  

Disability Friendly Pub of the Month: The Cuckoo, Newstead.

Dave, Bev and all the team at Jollees on London Road in Stoke have been supporters of the biking community for many year. Each year they host a number of biker related events as well as the inter club disco bash showing their support for our biker communities locally as well as fundraising for a number of charities too.

As a live music venue they bring great live music to suit all tastes to the stage regularly as well as have pool available for those wanting a quick game after their ride or some great entertainment. On the bar you can find a range of alcoholic beverages as well as hot and cold non alcoholic drinks for those popping in while out on a ride. The team a welcoming to all members of the community across the board and see the biker community as an integral part of that and on e that does so much for great charities and causes, so pop in and say hi soon to them.

The Cuckoo is a great community pub run by Ruth & Jim and can be found on Barlaston Road in Newstead. As a community hub with live music, community events and afternoon bingo and more this is a pub that does all it can to be welcoming to all members of the community and is as disability friendly as it can be.

Facilities wise there is easy access through the back entrance to the pub and there is also a disabled toilets for those needing it. The pub has a good stock of beverages including hot and cold drinks, well kept ales and a good variety of gins to ensure there is something for everyone, As well as live music from all genres of the local music scene they hold a number of themed nights and community events and weekend. Ruth and Jim have really made this local estate pub a hub for the local community welcoming all ages and member of the community.

Dog Friendly Pub of the Month Marquis of Granby, Penkhull.

Karaoke Pub of the Month The Forrester’s, Smallthorne.

Keen dog lovers Kieran Dan Thorley regularly & Calum have made brings his great big improvements to karaoke night to The the Marquis on St Foresters on Ford Thomas Place since Green Road, in taking on the pub just Smallthorne on a over a year ago. They Friday. It is a night that have become much sees great singers and loved members of the not so great singers local pub community come together and and run a number of belt out their favourite events for charity and the hits and its a blast. community getting involved in all thats happening Whether your tone deaf or the next big thing the in the village.

night is always fun and everyone is made to feel And when running a village pub that always means welcome and supported on the mic.

being welcoming to our four legged friends and The pub itself has a great community atmosphere the couple with the support of mum Louise and and welcoming sta and regulars. On the bar you the bar team have done just that. Any dog walking will find a good mix of alcoholic and of course non into this pub will be welcomed and fussed by the alcoholic drinks to lubricate your vocals for the dog loving couple and their team while they have night. So if you love a good Karaoke night and are their own dogs that can often be seen behind the in the are why not pop in to The Foresters and let bar too.

rip with your favourite song.

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Restaurant of the Month: The Quarter, Hanley.

Take Away of the Month: Britannia Pizza & Grill. Hartshill.

The Quarter opened 3 years ago this month on Piccadilly in Hanley. Based in the heart of the Cultural Quarter it has become a poplar place for theatre and music lovers alike to grab a great meal or a drink before or after a show. The restaurant also has regular live music to enjoy during your your dining experience which is always a culinary treat,

They open 6 days a week from 8am until midnight so by day they are a cafe and bar and by night a trendy bistro with great food to enjoy on your night out in the town. The restaurant also houses a Delicatessen which is open throughout their trading hours to allowing you to eat in or take out. This really is a full service restaurant with a great service and regular live entertainment it gives something for everyone to enjoy.

Based on Hartshill Road in Hartshill the Britannia Pizza and Grill was recently recommended to me to try. I have to say the service and food quality was a delight unlike many take aways they found my home straight away which is usually problematic for many, The food was piping hot on delivery the driver was friendly and polite too always a big plus for me.

Their pizza was probably one of the best I have tasted in a while, and their chicken strips & Nuggets really hit the spot. They have an extensive menu which you can order direct through their website or by phone and it is great value for money too. I heartedly recommend you give them a try and I will definitely be ordering again so thank you for the recommendation.

Community Group of the Month: Burslem Jubilee Project.

Social Club of the Month: Longton & Meir Royal British Legion Club.

Based at Elim Based on Meir Road the Church in Burslem Longton & Meir Royal this is an important British Legion Club is a project for the city community hub that is which has always welcoming to all of the been a melting pot of community. It is one of diversity. The project the few Royal British offers support, Legion members clubs companionship and activities to all asylum seekers in the Staffordshire and and refugees within the local community. They aim the team work hard to to ensure they provide a safe, welcoming and non- ensure the doors stay judgemental environment in which attendees are open. The have live music every weekend where able to experience companionship through you can see some great local artists and duos interaction with individuals from similar perform with free entry.


In the club you will find pool tables, darts, and The project also provides ESOL English language other pub games as well as live sport and more. lessons, and IT is available to support their On the bar there is a range of beverages that will development and understanding of the English provide something for all tastes and ages language. They have indoor and outdoor activities especially as a community focused social club which include crafts, board games, nail art, male/ children are welcome. The staff ensure that female manicures and tennis at the local park. The everyone gets a friendly welcome and there are project has taken attendees and their families to some great prices available on the bar too. If you Gladstone Pottery, Blackpool, Southport and Rhyl are based in the area or looking for live music at and are planning further family fun days.

the weekend make sure you support this club.

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Singer of the Month: Mia Jade

Band of the Month: Temporary Lights

Mia Jade is a young lady with a powerful voice that sings songs from the 60s to the present day with fantastic energy and more. She is a joy to watch on the stage and you can see she throws every ounce of herself into every single performance that she does bringing down the roof. Not only that but she can read the crowd and think on her feet altering her set to suit the audience and keep everyone entertained.

If you are looking for a great female vocalist you can not go wrong in booking this award winning one she is highly professional and plays well to audiences of all ages, Covering a mix of genres and eras she will always get people up and dancing and ensure a good time is had by all in attendance. So if you are a music lover and you haven’t caught Mia Jade yet make sure you do at a venue near you soon.

With two seasoned guitar players and a young up and coming singer as front men the Temporary Lights are a fantastic trio that you have to see. Chris Grigo as lead singer has a voice that brings the music to live with his own special edge while guitarists Phil Smith and Clive Butler are very accomplished on their guitars providing great musical support too.

As a semi acoustic band the trio play an amazing set of guitar accompanied music from across the genres to suit every audience and age group. These guys really do put their hearts and souls in to each and every performance bringing the crowds up to dance. If you get the chance to see them at a venue near you soon don’t miss it a great night of music will be waiting for you.

Acoustic Night of the Month: The Lamb Inn, Stone.

Music Venue of the Month: Artisan Tap, Hartshill.

Based on Eccleshall Road in Stone the Lamb Inn is a large community focused pub with a village atmosphere. On a Tuesday night the place comes alive with an open mic & acoustic night that see’s up and coming artists from across the area to perform at the pub. Providing the audience with a great mix of varied genres, styles and sounds to enjoy on their visit to the pub.

The pub itself has a good array of beverages on the bar to enjoy during the night and has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Acoustic nights can get busy but there is always a seat available and great service from the bar team to be had. If you are nearby or like to travel out for a mixed and varied night of music why not pay them a visit any Tuesday night and enjoy this fun night out of great music and more.

Based on Hartshill Road on the cusp of Hartshill and Newcastle the Artisan Tap hosts regular live music. It is also a ale and craft lager bar with a wide variety of gins, wine and much more to enjoy. This great venue provides local music and attracts acts from across the country to play with both free and ticketed music events taking place there.

The team at Artisan have created a music venue that is committed to real ales and more to and a unique environment to enjoy the great music acts they bring to perform there. It has a warm and comfortable atmosphere with friendly staff that welcome people across the area to enjoy a night out with them. Dogs are welcome and there is a nice outdoor space at the front to catch up with friends.

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Live Music & Special Events Guide If You Have Live Music Or Events Coming Up Let Us Know The Listings Are Free And Here For ALL To Use.

Weekly Open Mic & Acoustic Nights Mondays: 8pm: Foxley Hotel, Milton.

9pm: Granvilles, Stone.

9pm: Old House At Home, Hartshill.

9pm: Wilkes Head, Leek.

Tuesdays: 7pm: Jolly Potters, Hartshill.

8pm: The Lamb Inn, Stone.

8pm: Roebuck Inn, Forsbrook.

8.30pm: Coachmakers Arms, Hanley.

8.30pm: Slaters Bar, Stafford.

Wednesdays: 8pm: Bru, Stoke.

8pm: The Jug, Newcastle

8.30pm: New Broom, Checkley.

9pm: The Leopard Hotel, Burslem.

8.30pm: Pilgrims Pit, Hanley.

9pm: The Rigger, Newcastle.

Thursdays: 8pm: The Victoria, Newcastle.

8pm: Georgia Browns, Stoke.

9pm: The Glebe, Stoke.

9pm: The Greyhound, Penkhull.

9pm: The Terrace, Stoke.

9pm: Wellington Inn, Stoke.

Fridays If you have a weekly acoustic night please get in touch to be added

Saturdays If you have a weekly acoustic night please get in touch to be added

Sundays 6pm: The Shed, Maybank.

8pm: Mitchells, Newcastle.

Sunday 1st December 10am: Children's Market St John Fisher’s College, Newcastle.

50p Entry 10am: Christmas Fair Sandon Hall, Stafford.

Tickets £4 10am: Craft & Heritage Christmas Market Middleport Pottery.

Entry £3 12pm: Christmas Family Day Museum of Cannock Chase.

Free Entry

12pm: Christmas Light Switch On Amerton Farm, Stafford.

Free Entry 2pm: Children's Christmas Party Jollees Cabaret Venue, Stoke.

£2 Per Child 5.30pm: Teachers Pet Plus Support The Rigger, Newcastle.

Tickets £3 or £4.50 OTD 8pm: The Rotter Band & Grind Horizon The Swan With Two Necks, Macclesfield.

Free Entry

Monday 2nd December 6.45pm: City Songbird Christmas Concert Victoria Hall, Hanley.

Tickets £8.40 7.30pm: Soeur The Sugarmill, Hanley.

Tickets £6

Tuesday 3rd December 10am: Christmas Fair Staffordshire University.

Free Entry 1pm: Christmas Swing Lunch 3 Course Meal & Entertainment Kings Horse, Stafford.

£8 Per Person 6.45pm: City Songbird Christmas Concert Victoria Hall, Hanley.

Tickets £8.40 7.30pm: Bleed Someone Dry Supported By Betrayal Incorporated & Slaughtered The Underground, Hanley.

Tickets £5 8pm: Grum’s Quiz Bridge Street Ale House, Newcastle.

Free Entry 9pm: Choosedays Music Night The Glebe, Stoke.

Free Entry

Wednesday 4th December 11am: Christmas Party For Adults With Additional Needs SNAP, Cannock.

Tickets £5 12pm: Christmas Tree Festival St Marys Church, Stafford.

Free Entry

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5pm: Fenton Christmas Celebrations Albert Square, Fenton.

Free Entry 6.45pm: City Songbird Christmas Concert Victoria Hall, Hanley.

Tickets £8.40 7pm: Bingo & Games Jolly Potters, Hartshill.

£5 PP 5 Games Included 7pm: Grand Slam & Guests Hallowpoint Eleven, Tunstall.

Tickets £12 7pm: Roy Hemmings Soul & Motown Includes Meal & Disco Moat House Hotel, Etruria.

Tickets £26.95 7.30pm: Low Island The Sugarmill, Hanley.

Tickets £7.50

Thursday 5th December 3.30pm: Bingo & Games The Liquor Vaults, Stoke. £5 Per Book of 5 Games 4pm: Vinyl Night The Beehive Inn, Penkhull. Free Entry 6pm: Tree of Light Macclesfield Town Council.

Free Entry. 7.30pm: Reverse Album Launch Artisan Tap, Hartshill.

Free Entry 7.30pm: Rick Wakeman & The Grumpy Old Christmas Show Victoria Hall, Hanley.

Tickets £33.90 8pm: Funhouse Comedy with Headliner Andrew Bird Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek.

Entry £10

Friday 6th December 3pm: Christmas Market Sandbach Town Centre.

Free Entry 5pm: Kids Christmas Disco Includes Meal & More Brindley Farm, Etruria.

£5.99 Per Child 6.30pm: Dancing Through The Decades Includes 3 Course Meal & Disco Moat House Hotel, Etruria.

Tickets £40.95

7pm: Whitesnake UK Supported By Old Glory & The Black Riviera 
 Eleven, Tunstall.

Tickets £8 7.30pm: Bang Bang Firecracker, Mischief & The Wild Strays The Rigger, Newcastle.

£3 OTD 8pm: Emma K The Blyth Inn, Stafford.

Free Entry 8pm: Vice Versa Reunion Plus Kenny Thomas Royal Music Hall, Hanley.

Tickets £20 8pm: Wrong Jovi Stafford Rangers FC.

Tickets £15 8.30pm: Martin Francis The Shed, Maybank.

Free Entry 9pm: Fat Lip The Windmill, Werrington.

Free Entry 9pm: Money Gum The Royal Oak, Eccleshall.

Free Entry 9.15pm: Sac N Craic Irish Craic Night Wolstanton Social Club

Free Entry 9.30pm: The VANZ The Jug, Newcastle.

Free Entry

Saturday 7th December 9am: Annual Reindeer Collection King& Market Street, Kidsgrove.

Free Entry 10am: Christmas Fayre Brindleys Lock, Packmoor.

Free Entry 10am: Christmas Market World of Wedgwood, Barlaston.

Free Entry 10am: Victorian Christmas Fun Day Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton.

Normal Admission Price Applies 10.30am Christmas Bazaar Audley Methodist Church.

Free Entry 11am: Christmas Carol Singing Guildhall Shopping Centre, Stafford.

Free Entry 2pm: Alzheimers Charity Fun Day With Live Music, Raffle & Auction The Jolly Potters, Hartshill. Free Entry 7pm: Guns or Roses Christmas Party Eleven, Tunstall.

Tickets £11

7.30pm: Laurence Jones Band Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek.

Entry £18.40 7.30pm: Memphis May Fire The Sugarmill. Hanley.

Tickets £16 8pm: Richard Shindell Biddulph Town Hall.

Tickets £15 8pm: Vice Versa Reunion Plus Take That Tribute Rule The World Royal Music Hall, Hanley.

Tickets £20 8.30pm: Levi Knapper The Redgate, Clayton.

Free Entry 9pm: Bethany Alexander & Chris Walters Acoustic Duo The Roebuck Inn, Forsbrook.

Free Entry. 9pm: Missing Link The Windmill, Werrington. Free Entry 9pm: Ruby J The Dog House, Stafford.

Free Entry 9pm: Stone Cold Soberish Red Lion, Stone.

Free Entry 9pm: The Temporary Lights The Venue Bar, Burslem.

Free Entry 9.30pm: The VANZ The Cuckoo, Newstead.

Free Entry

Sunday 8th December 10am: Betty’s Vintage Christmas & Handmade Gifts Fayre. Bradwell Lodge, Newcastle. Free Entry 10am: Christmas Market Hanley Fire Station.

Free Entry 10am: Star Bikers 42nd Toy Run Kings Hall, Stoke.

Entry Charge Applies 10.30am: Alice Charity Santa Dash Hanley Park

Entry to Race £15 For Over 14s 10.30am: Granthams Food Festival Festival Hall, Alderley Edge.

Free Entry 10.30am: Living Nativity Emma Bridgewater Factory, Hanley.

Tickets Required 11am: Castle Connect Christmas Holy Trinity Community Centre. Free Entry

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11am: Christmas Artisan Market Jollees Cabaret Venue, Stoke.

Free Entry 11am: Christmas Carol Singing Guildhall Shopping Centre, Stafford.

Free Entry 2pm: Christmas Fayre Ten Green Bottles, Stone.

Tickets £1 7pm: Gavin Ball The Windmill, Werrington.

Free Entry 7pm: Like Giants & Support Redrum, Stafford.

Tickets £4 0r £6 OTD 7pm: Music Quiz The Jug, Newcastle.

Free Entry 9pm: Dirty Rockin Scoundrels Christmas Sing-Along The Royal Oak, Eccleshall.

Free Entry

Monday 9th December No events submitted for this date to submit events message the event link to our Facebook page.

Tuesday 10th December 7.30pm: Kyle Falcon, Faraday & The Ezys The Underground, Hanley.

Tickets £14 8pm: Grum’s Quiz Bridge Street Ale House, Newcastle.

Free Entry 9pm: Choosedays Music Night The Glebe, Stoke.

Free Entry

Wednesday 11th December 3pm: Stone Street Food Evening High Street, Stone.

Free Entry 4pm: Christmas Market The Windmill, Werrington.

Free Entry 7pm: Bingo & Games Jolly Potters, Hartshill.

£5 PP 5 Games Included 7pm: The Blinders Tour The Underground, Hanley.

Tickets £9 7pm: Dirty Dancing Meets Grease Plus Meal & Disco Till Late Moat House Hotel, Etruria.

Tickets £26.95 7pm: Heidi Browne Barewall Art Gallery, Burslem.

Tickets £12

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7pm: The Virginmrys & Haggard Cat Redrum, Stafford.

 Tickets £13 7.30pm: Dirty Hit UK Tour The Sugarmill, Hanley.

Tickets £13 8pm: Burslem History Talk Potters On The Move The Leopard Hotel, Burslem.

Entry £2

Thursday 12th December 3pm: Stafford Walking Street Christmas Edition Stafford Town Centre.

Free Entry 3.30pm: Bingo & Games The Liquor Vaults, Stoke. £5 Per Book of 5 Games 4pm: Vinyl Night The Beehive Inn, Penkhull. Free Entry 7pm: Torche (USA), Slow Crush, TSNM, Banzai Pipeline & Dante’s Dog The Underground, Hanley. Tickets £15

Friday 13th December 5pm: Twilight Christmas Carols Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton.

Free Entry 5.30pm: Christmas Fayre Blurton Community Hub.

Free Entry 6.30pm: Dancing Through The Decades Includes 3 Course Meal & Disco Moat House Hotel, Etruria.

Tickets £42.95 7pm: A Weekend Of Beautiful Noise The Rigger, Newcastle.

Tickets £22 For Weekend Pass Or £10 For The Night 7pm: Kings Ov Leon Eleven, Tunstall.

Tickets £8 7pm: Rhys Lloyd Fundraiser With Live Music From Josh The Cuckoo, Newstead.

Free Entry 7.30pm: Childcare The Sugarmill, Hanley.

Tickets £8 7.30pm: Gin Six The Shed, Maybank.

Free Entry 7.30pm: The Howling Tides Supported By King Abyss & Infinity The Underground, Hanley.

Tickets £5.50

7.30pm: Penkhull Village Brass A Christmas Concert The Jubilee Bar At The Queensberry Hub, Trent Vale.

Tickets £ 10 9pm: Big Joe Bone The Royal Oak, Eccleshall.

Free Entry 9pm: Sound Party The Windmill, Werrington.

Free Entry 9pm: Stepping Lane Party Night Brindley Farm, Etruria.

2 Courses £14.49 or 3 Courses £16.49

Saturday 14th December 9.30am: Hippie Market The Quality Hotel, Hanley.

Free Entry 10am: Makers Market High Street, Sandbach.

Free Entry 11am: Meet Father Christmas Brampton Museum, Newcastle.

Entry £5 3pm: Santa’s Visit The Railway Inn, Kidsgrove.

Tickets Free Collect The Day Before 7pm: A Weekend Of Beautiful Noise The Rigger, Newcastle.

Tickets £22 For Weekend Pass Or £15 For The Night 7pm: Blondied Christmas Party Eleven, Tunstall.

Tickets £10 7pm: Piston Redrum, Stafford.

Tickets £8 7.30pm: Black Coast The Underground, Hanley.

Tickets £6 7.30pm: Carpet The Sugarmill, Hanley. Tickets £5 8pm: Absconders Oakhill Bowling Club.

Free Entry 9pm: Risky Business The Windmill, Werrington.

Free Entry 9pm: Simon Boswell The Dog House, Stafford.

Free Entry

Sunday 15th December 11am: Christmas At The Hall Ford Green Hall, Smallthorne.

Adults £3.50 & Children £2.50

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2pm Christmas Crafts & More The Railway Inn, Kidsgrove.

Free Entry 2pm: Passion And The Veins Eleven, Tunstall.

Tickets £7 Under 16s Free 6pm: Simon Leigh Acoustic The Windmill, Werrington.

Free Entry 6pm: Olivia Wilkes The Roebuck Inn, Forsbrook.

Free Entry

Monday 16th December No events submitted for this date to submit events message the event link to our Facebook page.

Tuesday 17th December 6pm: Jazz Night With Fine & Dandy Middleport Pottery.

Entry £5 Under 16s £2.50 7.30pm Christmas With The Ceramic City Choir Stoke Minster, Stoke.

Tickets £10 Under 14s Free 8pm: Grum’s Quiz Bridge Street Ale House, Newcastle.

Free Entry 9pm: Choosedays Music Night The Glebe, Stoke.

Free Entry

Wednesday 18th December 7pm: 80s Night Includes Meal, Live Entertainment & Disco Moat House Hotel, Etruria.

Tickets £26.95 7pm: Bingo & Games Jolly Potters, Hartshill.

£5 PP 5 Games Included

Thursday 19th December 3.30pm: Bingo & Games The Liquor Vaults, Stoke. £5 Per Book of 5 Games 4pm: Vinyl Night The Beehive Inn, Penkhull. Free Entry 6pm: Kids Christmas Party The Cattle Market, Leek.

Free Entry 7.30pm: Beans On Toast The Sugarmill, Hanley.

Tickets £13 8pm: The Killers Kollective Jollees Cabaret Venue, Stoke.

Tickets £10

Friday 20th December 
 Kids Christmas Disco 5pm: Includes Meal & More Brindley Farm, Etruria.

£5.99 Per Child 5pm: Twilight Market & Live Music Butter Indoor Market, Leek.

Free Entry 6pm: Funkaholics Granvilles Brasserie, Stone.

Free Entry 7pm: Marvellous Minds 4 Pilgrims Pit, Hanley.

£2 OTD 7pm: Rats In The Kitchen A UB40 Tribute Jollees Cabaret Venue, Stoke.

Tickets £10 7.30pm: Bon Giovi Christmas Partay Eleven, Tunstall.

Tickets £10 7.30pm: Honey & Support The Underground, Hanley.

Tickets £5 7.30pm: Hotter Than Hell Kiss Tribute Show The Rigger, Newcastle.

Door Charge May Apply 8.30pm: Luke Loveskin The Shed, Maybank.

Free Entry 9pm: Stone Cold Soberish The Royal Oak, Eccleshalll.

Free Entry 9pm: Adam D’Arcy The Jug, Newcastle.

Door Charge May Apply 9pm: Emma K The Barrel, Tunstall.

Free Entry 9pm: Sound Party, Party Night Brindley Farm, Etruria.

2 Courses £14.49 or 3 Courses £16.49

Saturday 21st December 9am: Olive & Stitch Christmas Market Alsager Civic

Free Entry 12pm: Santa Claus Dinner Kitchen Cafe, Stoke Indoor Market.

£5 Booking Deposit 4pm: Cannock Lantern Pararade Cannock Town Centre

Free Entry 6pm: The VANZ Granvilles Brasserie, Stone.

Free Entry 7pm: The Beatl3s Alsager Civic.

Tickets £10

7pm: David Live A David Bowie Tribute Eleven, Tunstall.

Tickets £10 7pm: Naked Sunday The Dog House, Stafford.

Free Entry 7.30pm: Discharge The Underground, Hanley.

Tickets £10 7.30pm: Thunder Hammer The Sugarmill, Hanley.

Tickets £8 8pm: Skaradical The Gardeners Retreat, Stoke.

Free Entry 8pm: Soul & Motown Night Uttoxeter, Racecourse.

Tickets £12.50 or £15 OTD 8pm: Timeless Christmas Special With DJ Shock C, Daz Willott & More The Basement, Hanley.

Tickets £10 9pm: Ignition The Albion, Hanley.

Free Entry 9pm: Jason Dale’s ELVIS Christmas Special Norton Central WMC.

Door Charge May Apply 9pm: Not Guilty Christmas Shindig Potters Bar, Meir.

Free Entry 9pm: Overdrive The Jug, Newcastle.

Door Charge May Apply 9pm: Southbound The Windmill, Werrington.

Free Entry

Monday 23rd December 7.30pm: Vulgar Christmas Party The Underground, Hanley.

Tickets £5

Christmas Eve 2pm: Children's Christmas Party The Priory, Leek.

Free Entry 4pm: Fools Life The Bird In Hand, Stafford.

Free Entry 5.30pm: Shaun Walker The Shed, Newcastle.

Free Entry 7.30pm: Meg Barnes The Lazy Trout, Leek.

Booking Required 9pm: Juke Jam Christmas Eve Party The Glebe, Stoke.

Free Entry 8.30pm: Double Christmas Bonanza With Levi Knapper & Jake Shakeshaft Mitchell’s, Newsastle.

Free Entry 9pm: Emma K The Bradeley, Bradeley.

Free Entry

Christmas Day

Sunday 22nd December 1pm: The Mark! & Lee Rigby Foundation Charity Christmas Music Bonanza With 7 Music Acts To Enjoy The Old Sal, Longton.

Free Entry Please Donate Generously 2pm: Christmas Sing-Along The Lymestone Brewery, Stone.

Free Entry 3pm: Rob Wheeler Presents The Beatles Christmas Special Bibo Lounge , Market Drayton.

Free Entry 7pm: Carols In The Coach House The Royal Oak, Eccleshall.

Free Entry 7pm: Christmas Quiz Cock Inn, Leek.

Booking Required 7.30pm: The Intervention The Underground, Hanley.

Tickets £5

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Boxing Day 3.30pm: Bingo & Games The Liquor Vaults, Stoke. £5 Per Book of 5 Games 4pm: Vinyl Night The Beehive Inn, Penkhull. Free Entry 8pm: Emma K The Jolly Carter, Burslem.

Free Entry

Friday 27th December 
 6pm: Matrix Club Matrix Granvilles Brasserie, Stone

Free Entry 7.30pm The Underclass The Underground, Hanley.

Tickets £5 8pm: Bon Giovi The Station, Cannock.

TicketS £10 8.30pm: Levi Knapper The Shed, Maybank.

Free Entry 9pm: Funkaholics The Cosey, Crewe.

£2 Entry For General Public 9.30pm: Christmas Rock Night The Winking Man, Upper Hulme.

£3 Members £5 Non Members

Saturday 28th December 7pm: Christmas Skank! Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek.

Tickets £7 or £10 OTD 7pm: West Coast Eagles With Support From Nashville Heart Eleven, Tunstall.

Tickets £8 8pm: Generations The Underground, Hanley.

Tickets £8 8pm: Roxy Magic The Station, Cannock.

Tickets £8 8.30pm: Spencer As Elvis Oggy's Bar, Hanley.

Free Entry 9pm: Funkaholics Roebuck Inn, Forsbrook.

Free Entry 9pm: Gareth Jones The Auctioneers Arms, Caverswall.

Free Entry 9pm: Ignition The Jug, Newcastle.

Door Charge May Apply 9pm: The Juke Jam Gardeners Retreat, Stoke.

Free Entry 9pm: Overdrive The Roebuck, Burslem.

Free Entry 10pm: Ready For The WKND Icon, Stafford.

Tickets From £4.50

Sunday 29th December 7pm: Mainly Madness Eleven, Tunstall.

Tickets £10

8pm: Skalinskis & Jess Silk The Rigger, Newcastle.

£5 OTD

New Years Day

Monday 30th December No events submitted for this date to submit events message the event link to our Facebook page.

New Years Eve

5pm: Hair To The Throne, Modern Day Cowboys & Mean Streak Live Eleven, Tunstall.

Tickets £10 7pm: Anthems Vs Emos Night Redrum, Stafford.

Entry Free Until 9PM Then £5 Till Midnight and £7 After Midnight 7pm: Good Habits Ran Ales, Fenton.

Tickets £10 7.30pm: New Years Disco Moorland Inn, Smallthorne.

Free Entry 7.30pm: Not Guilty The Cuckoo, Newstead.

Tickets £5 7.30pm: Rockageddon Classic Rock Lymedale Grill Bar, Newcastle.

Tickets £6 8pm: Adele & Andy Plus Paul Gibson The Greyhound Inn, Penkhull.

Free Entry Until 10pm 8.30pm: DJ Ross & The VANZ Granvilles Brasserie, Stone.

Tickets £20 9pm: AC/DC Pirates Prince Of Wales, Stafford.

Free Entry 9pm: Choosedays Music Night The Glebe, Stoke.

Free Entry 9pm: Gareth Jones Roebuck Inn, Forsbrook. Free Entry 9pm: Glow Party Gardeners Retreat, Stoke.

Ticket Only 9pm: Great Gatsby Ball Chicago’s, Hanley.

Tickets Only 9pm: Overdrive The Woodman, Hanley.

Free Entry 10pm: HogMuttonay With Mutton Dressed As Glam GB Motorcycles, Longport.

Tickets £5

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Thursday 2nd January 3.30pm: Bingo & Games The Liquor Vaults, Stoke. £5 Per Book of 5 Games 4pm: Vinyl Night The Beehive Inn, Penkhull. Free Entry

Friday 3rd January 7pm: Dan Budd As Robbie Williams Plus His Band Eleven, Tunstall.

Tickets £10

Our Upcoming Charity Events For 2020

Each year we run a number of charity events and the coming year will be no different heres what we have coming up: 16th May: Lee Rigby Bikers Bash @ GBMotorcycles, Longport. 13th & 14th June: Penkhull Rocks for Charity - trooping the Colour Weekend @ Across Penkhull 11th July: Family Charity Weekend @ Gardeners Retreat, Stoke. 25th July: Lee Rigby Gin Festival @ The Greyhound, Penkhull 29th to 31st August: Newcastle Rocks For Charity Music Weekend 2nd to 4th October: Quin's Birthday Charity Extravaganza @ Currently looking for a host venue 8th November: Lest We Forget Day @ Princess Royal, Dresden. 28th & 29th November: Penkhull Rocks Christmas For Charity @ Across Penkhull (TBC)

CAMRA’s 39TH Annual Beer & Cider Festival 

November was miserable this year but as always the CAMRA Annual Beer & Cider Festival took place raising the spirits of many a real ale and cider lover. Though filled with flu I braved the weather and went along to the Saturday Awards Presentation to show our support for this great institution of the Stoke real ale scene.

Held at the Spode China Halls for the 2nd year since moving to the more central location in Stoke it was obvious the teething problems of last year at a new venue were in the past. There was plenty of toilet facilities available and the hall was much warmer despite the miserable weather outside. The abundance of great ales, ciders and even gins and more to try was great to see. There was also a number of food stalls, gift stalls and even an oatcake van a must on a cold winters day. The volunteers who so readily give up their time every year to make this event happen need to be commended for a fantastic festival.

Sponsored by Titanic Brewery there were some delicious ales on offer the event and it had a great atmosphere. It was so great to see some great local ale and cider pubs gain recognition from the CAMRA members for all the hard work they put in to their pubs and selections of ales and ciders. As with all awards you can’t give an award to every great pub and there were some surprisingly absent names from the awards list. However as a public vote the board has to go along with the publics decision and all the winners were highly deserving of their awards. The award results were as follows:

CAMRA Potteries Cider Pub of the Year Bridge Street Ale House in Newcastle took this award home which is not surprising with the extensive range of ciders they stock.

Merits were awarded to The Swan Inn in Bignall End who regularly hold a cider festival and The Bulls Head in Burslem.

Other Awards

Porthill Park Cricket Club won the Club of the Year Award Sam & Shaun Russell from the Congress Inn took home The Barry Underwood Award for Services to Real Ale. This is a great win for the Congress inns managers as Sam and Shaun have always stocked a great range of well kept ales and do all they can to promote great real ales at the pub.

The Fountain Inn in Leek won CAMRA Staffordshire Moorland’s Pub of the Year this has always been a great real ale pub.

The Black Lion at Consall Forge won CAMRA Staffordshire Moorland’s Cider Pub of the Year Crossways at Blyth bridge took home the CAMRA Staffordshire Moorland’s Village Pub of the Year And a big congratulations to Billie at bridge Street Ale House she fought off great competition to take home the newly created CAMRA Potteries Cider Bar Person of the Year. Billie is an amazing character who is welcoming and supportive of all that come into the ale house so it was great to see her get the recognition she deserves.

We look forward to the big celebration next year as the festival turns forty. See you there…

CAMRA Potteries Pub of the Year The Hop inn took this award for the 3rd year running showing this great pub is not slowing down or resting on its laurels but maintaining the excellence it is so popular for.

Following close on their heels was The Holy Inadequater in Etruria as runner up and The Bull's Head Burslem was in 3rd Place.

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Fantastic Tribute & Fundraising Day at The Princess Royal, Dresden. 

23rd November saw the Princess Royal in Dresden unveil their specially commissioned bench as a tribute to two fallen hero’s Lee Rigby & Roman Parsons with both families in attendance. Sarah Williams and Paul Yzf the couple behind this community pub also became the 1st Official Sponsors of the Lee Rigby Foundation. Lee Grindey brought his always fantastic Elvis show to the day to entertain those in. Attendance and the day also saw a number of other local music acts give up their time to support the event. The Bench was designed and donated along with

the plaque by local company Roll & Scroll run by Chris Kennedy.

In light of this moving tribute to these two hero’s we have decided to add the pub to our list of special recognition awards for Patriotic Pub of the Year these will now go to:

The Black Smiths Arms, Kingsley Holt. Princess Royal, Dresden. Roebuck Inn, Forsbrook. All three have shown their patriotism and commitment to preserving the memory of our war dead over the last year.

Local Business of the Month: Jay’s Cafe Restaurant, Stoke. Jays Cafe & Restaurant can be found on Campbell Place in Stoke and is a great place to meet friends for launch and has a fantastic community feeling. Having used many cafe’s across the area and many in Stoke since moving to the area this is one I had heard great reviews about but never visited. So on my regular lunch out with my mum when she suggested paying them a visit for lunch as she had been a few times with my uncle I eagerly agreed to give them a try.

Since our first visit we now have Jay’s as our go to place for lunches now and I have to say it is always a pleasure. Unlike many cafe’s which is likely why they also tag the business as a restaurant you order at your table and the

bill comes to your table once you are finished and all the wait staff are friendly and welcoming.

The menu is packed full of great meals to enjoy from a traditional breakfast to that classic favourite cheese and onion pie and it is all cooked to perfection. The burgers are probably my favourite but then burgers are always a go to for me and the prices are great providing real value for money that allows you to eat out on a budget and still get delicious food.

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Penkhull Rocks Christmas For Charity Weekend 
 The 23rd & 24th November saw the last of our charity fundraisers for the charities voted by you the Reader’s as our Charities of the Year, Iris’s Cats In Need & Jordan Burndred (CRY). The 2nd Annual Penkhull Rocks saw live music in the Greyhound Inn, Marquis of Granby & Terrace Inn across both days while the Beehive Inn became a chill out space for people wanting to catch up in quieter surroundings. There was also a fringe originals event 1pm to 6pm on Sunday the 24th at the Gardeners Retreat in Stoke which saw three original acts perform their songs to the public.

As always all the pubs gave great support to the event sponsoring marketing costs etc so that every penny raised could go to the great charities. And the ever supportive live music acts turned out to entertain and raise funds for these great causes free of charge. Special thanks goes to Ian Shepard for the loan of his PA at the greyhound, and Ron Ronsbury Fairweather & Pete Carney of Bandstand Rehearsal and Recording Studios for providing PA and sound support on both days at the Marquis & Terrace.

This year saw great new and upcoming artists taking to the stage alongside established great artists from the area. Providing a great mmix of

music covering every genre ensuring there was something for everyone to enjoy at the event.

The pubs will continue to fundraise for the charities across December so we do not have a final count but are hopeful to beat the Summer Edition of Penkhull Rocks total which was £500.

A Big Thank You To All Our Performers On The Festival And All That Turned Out & gave Generously In 2020 we will be fundraising for the Reader’s Choice Charities Peter Pan Centre for children with special needs and Terrible Tittties & Other Bitties Cancer Support Group alongside our chosen charity The Lee Rigby Foundation. Events are already in the planning for this these as follows:

16th May: Lee Rigby Bikers Bash at GB Motorcycles in Longport.

13th & 14th June: Penkhull Rocks the Trooping of the Colours, Summer Edition.

11th July: Family Charity Day at the Gardeners retreat in Stoke.

To get

Reader’s Choice Annual Released Mid February We have started on our first themed annual of the year this is the first of the three we will produce each year and this annual will feature all winners of the reader’s Choice Awards plus more. All three annuals will have all funds from advertising after print and delivery costs donated to our three charities of the year which are The Lee Rigby Foundation, Peter Pan Centre for Children With Special Need and Terrible Titties & Other Bitties Cancer Support Group.

We can only go ahead with the annual to support great pubs, live music, businesses and more with the support of advertisers so far we have had 10 sign on to support the annual and our charity and community efforts. if you are a pub, business or a live music act that wants some great advertising in the annual then please get in touch WE NEED YOU TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. As with all we do not one penny goes to the magazine organisers after costs and for £40 you get your advert and social media marketing for a month that has to be a bargain. To get involved email Page 23

Other News Round Up The Venue Opens For Food From December the Venue bar in Burslem is extending their opening hours and offering a food menu make sure you give them a try.

The Glebe Stoke Trials Sunday Roasts On the 17th November The Glebe in Stoke did their first trial of offering a Sunday roast as a trial pore booking was a must and I took my mum and expert at Sunday roast to give it a try.

Well what can I say the service was fantastic the menu had great options and catered for vegetarians and vegans too. But I had the lamb and mum had the pork both were cooked to perfection and accompanied by home made Yorkshire puddings, stuffing, roast potatoes and plenty of veg. It was probably one of the best dinners I have had out for a while and talking to other diners who usually drove out to stone or further afield for a great Sunday roast we agreed this was top notch food on the doorstep.

Being a pudding lover I couldn’t resist the home made New York Cheesecake with compote and I am glad I found room it is to die for. So all in all a fantastic first trial and we look forward to this being a regular thing at the Glebe as it is great to have good food right on your doorstep. (Pictured Above)

And don’t forget the Glebe does great food throughout the week too and its all fresh with plenty of options for any dietary requirement. Or check them out for live music after the food service finishes.

Well Done To Allan Chadwick On His Wax On the 26th Alan braved a chest was in order to raise funds for AEDdonate in order to provide a defibrillator for the Penkhull community. The wax took place as part of a day of fundraising hosted at the beehive Inn, Penkhull and all events were well supported by the community. However Allan was the star attraction with many coming to see if he could brave the pain. Having seen him a few times since he seems to be enjoying his new found smoothness and is glad that he was able to help to raise so much money for a great cause. The Robin Hood, Hartshill. Reopens This Month On the 6th December The Robin Hood on Hartshill Road in Hartshill will reopen its doors. With Adam Wooliscroft at the helm who has run a number of successful pubs he has a new vision for this pub which declined in popularity under previous management. With a revamp it is planned the pub will concentrate on great ales and the community with the removal of live sports, pool tables and other distractions. Adam wants to make this a pub where you can get together and chat or make a new friend or two. We wish him every success and will try to be there on opening night.

Having worked with Nev & Karen for many years since they started Ran Ales it is with great delight I say congratulations on their marriage. This couple have been amazing through the years and are a powerhouse that shows how hard work can pay off.

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