Meet Barbara, dogged leader of the party for common sense

Barbara Andrew is one of the most inspirational community champions of Stoke-on-Trent. Jennideep Hayre met her

Born to feminist parents, the message from Barbara Andrew’s mother and father was that women and men were equal, neither superior nor inferior to one another.

So it was a natural step for Barbara, 30 years ago, to join The Fawcett Society which campaigns for equality, and she has been a feminist all her life.

Originally from Birmingham, Barbara arrived in Stoke-on-Trent on New Year’s Eve 1985, after being offered a job to manage a hostel for homeless young men aged 16 – 18. Days before this a male friend died in a fatal car crash on Christmas morning. Continue reading

Hartshill And Harpfields Centenary Celebration Day

This Saturday there will be a day-long event held in Hartshill and Harpfields to celebrate 100 years since the Federation of the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent.

Since December 2009 representatives of local community organisations have been meeting with Rob Simms, the City Council’s Area Implementation Team Officer for Hartshill and Penkhull and Councillor Randy Conteh, one of the three councillors for the ward to organise this event. This hard work has resulted in a programme of events that will celebrate Hartshill and Harpfields’ history, heritage and environment as well as the people who live within the area.

There will be a variety of events and exhibits on offer throughout out the day:

10 am -12.30pm A children’s event on Stowell Green. This will include many games, activities, performances and competitions.

10am-12 noon (and from 2.00pm- 4.00pm) Open Day at The Limes Allotments, Thornburrow Drive

10am A series of guide walks in several locations (repeated at 2pm):

Both a social history walk and a natural history walk around Hartshill Park Local Nature Reserve, both of which leave from Vicarage Road car park at 10am and last an hour.

A social and natural history walk around Hartshill Cemetery, which starts at 10am from the chapels in the middle of the cemetery and last an hour.

In addition, several places will be open to visitors throughout the day. These include:

Holy Trinity Church, Hartshill Road will be open for informal visits between 10am and 4pm. There will also be morning coffee and toasted tea cakes available at the Minton Community Centre from 10.30am to 12.30pm which is located behind the church.

Newcastle Players Theatre Workshop, 287 Hartshill Road will be open to visitors between 10am to 11.15am.

Our Lady of the Angels and St Peter in Chains Catholic Church, Hartshill Road will be open for informal visits between 10am and 4pm.

North Staffordshire Medical Institute, Hartshill Road will be open from 12 noon ““ 3.30pm with a host of displays and exhibits as well as welcomes and introductions at 1.15pm where Councillor Randy Conteh will welcome the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Denver Tolley and Mrs Lynne Tolley. The Chair of the Hartshill and Harpfields Residents Association, Barbara Andrew, will introduce 3 of the area’s longest-lived residents.

To find out more please listen to the “ËœAfternoons with Andy Morris’ show (12.30pm-3pm) on 6 towns radio tomorrow where the Chair of the Hartshill and Harpfields Residents Association, Barbara Andrew will be talking about the event.

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