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Bringing the mail to The Potteries

When it was established in 1635, the Royal Mail used despatch riders, mounted on fast horses, to carry letters between major towns and cities.

Post offices were opened at Stafford, Stone, Leek, Lichfield and Newcastle-under-Lyme, which were on the main post routes from London to Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Carlisle. 390 more words


Newcastle under Lyme Voluntary Sector Forum

I attended the above (organized by Support Staffordshire – thanks Natalie) last Thursday, the day of the general election, to catch up with colleagues in the not-for-profit sector. 86 more words

Anna of the Five Towns at the New Vic

ANNA OF THE FIVE TOWNS New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme, Wednesday 31st May, 2017 It’s 150 years since the birth of Stoke-on-Trent writer, Arnold Bennett.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme's Terracotta Trail

Last summer, I sketched a Victorian building in Newcastle-under-Lyme. This was a fine example with plenty of details , especially the terracotta tiles. Terracotta means ‘fired earth’ -and describes a form of moulded clay masonry of a finer quality than standard bricks.

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North Staffordshire

The Best Laid Plans...


New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme, Wednesday 3rd May, 2017


I have seen several productions of Frederick Knott’s masterpiece over the years but never in-the-round, so it’s intriguing to see how a story in which doors and windows are so important is staged with neither of these features… 366 more words

Theatre Review

Foam stabiliser for structured sewing

I’ve had the opportunity, over the last week or so, to experiment with Bosal In-R-Form foam stabiliser. I’ve been working on a pattern for little boxes/baskets made from fabric and wanted something sturdy to ensure that the sides didn’t sag and bag. 449 more words


Exclusive: 'moderate' MP Farrelly refuses to deny sabotage - 'it's a matter for whips'

Last week the SKWAWKBOX exclusively revealed the alleged attempt by ‘moderate’ Labour MP Paul Farrelly to sabotage the candidacy of Gareth Snell for the Stoke Central seat – and subsequently to sabotage the Labour campaign in the constituency by asking Labour MPs not to campaign for Snell and persuading the area’s biggest Labour donor to withdraw his support. 446 more words