Alice in Wonderland comes to Haywood Engineering College

Haywood Engineering College will be getting into the cultural spirit of the 2012
Olympic Games this week when their Community Games Festival takes on
an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme.

A variety of games and activities inspired by real Olympic events will take
place during the event from 11am to 4pm. Over 100 children will open the
festival, parading through local streets in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inspired
costumes made by the young people themselves and also supplied by local
professional costume company ST6.

The festival, which is organised by Haywood PTFA Committee and supported
by ward budget, offers something for everyone including whacky games and
sports inspired by the Olympics, a climbing wall, bungee run, skateboard
workshop by Northern Rolling, dance displays on stage including youngsters
from Wildstyle Break-dance School to more traditional fairground attractions
and stalls.

The parade itself will tour the surrounding area of the school, along High
Lane, down Greenbank Road and through Stanfields back up to the school.
The parade will contain a variety of costumes made by the pupils of Haywood
and partnering primary schools.

Councillor Hazel Lyth, cabinet member for adult social care, sport, leisure and
culture, said: “The Haywood Festival is a great way to bring the community
together to take part in sporting and cultural activity inspired by the London
2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“The costumes made for the parade are designed beautifully and I’m looking
forward to meeting Alice and the Queen of Hearts who will be played by
drama students from Haywood College itself.”

Jill Chadwick, parental co-ordinator at the college, added: “The whole school
and whole community are coming together as one in a spectacular celebration
which will showcase the many talents of pupils and other local schools for the
benefit of everybody.”

Date: Saturday 10 July 2010
Event: Haywood Community Games Festival
Venue: Haywood Engineering College, High Lane, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent,
Time: 11am – 4pm (Parade 11am)



To find out more about Community Games, how you can get involved, and the
support on offer, email or telephone 01782



citylogoEverything that can be good about our City Council was on display in the Council chamber today when councillors of all parties united to vote unanimously in favour of a massive investment project in the Mitchell Memorial Theatre.

The theatre affectionately known as the ‘Mitch’ has played host to amateur drama societies for the past fifty years. The theatre has a tremendous atmosphere that draws the audience in. It’s a magical place to see anything from a saucy farce to popular musical because the performers are so close to you giving it an intimate feel. The ‘Mitch’ remains the embodiment of an instinct expressed by a famous one-time amateur when he sang “Let me entertain you.”

The scheme will see ownership of the £3.7 million theatre pass from the city council to a council-backed charitable company.

The authority will contribute £2.1 million towards the refurbishment and about £150,000 a year to the new company. The Big Lottery Fund has pledged almost £2 million, while the Coalfield Regeneration Trust is donating £285,000.

The work will transform the theatre and adjoining Cartwright House into an arts hub for voluntary and community groups and creative industries.

This whole project  is going to cost in the region of £8million and is another jewel in the crown of our city centre regeneration.

Click here!The theatre will shut in July and reopen in spring 2011.
Listen to these Audio Interviews for reaction to this fantastic decision:
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Over to you, what do you think of this fantastic news story for our city?…