Ruby Owen Charity Concert

A 70s themed evening including live acts, a 70s DJ along with a charity auction and raffle is being held on Saturday 8 May at LRV, which is the Leek Road Venue at Staffordshire University.

Tickets are only £7 for this good cause

19:00 – 20:30 70s Disco
20:30 – 21:30 Julie Roberts As Karen Carpenter.
John Mirceta as Joe Cocker
Andy Hall & Kate Tebby Accompanied by Unchained 6 pc band
21:30 – 22:15 Live band Boogie Knights
22:15 – 22:30 Auction, Raffle. Cheque presentation
22:30 – 23 15 Live band Boogie Knights 2nd set
23:15 – 23: 45 Slow 70s disco music to close the evening

For tickets & info contact Gemma on 07514 464823

Please consider downloading & prinintg the attached poster and asking your local shops to display it to give this event the maximum coverage.

If you are not able to buy a ticket for this event please consider clicking the picture of Ruby in the sidebar and making a donation through the secure Just Giving Website.

Charity Night For Ruby Owen

I’m sure you have all heard of the little girl called Ruby Owen who is facing the fight of her young life following her diagnosis with a brain tumour.

Ruby needs £250,000 to be able to have specialist treatment for the tumour. So far £110,000 has been raised.

The Kings Arms in Stoke are doing a special event on Saturday Night 27th March. There is a complimentary Buffet, Raffle and Auction at 8pm (Special guest Adam Partridge from the programme Flog it!) and a live band from 9.15pm.

If you are at a lose end tomorrow night why not go along and help raise some more money for this very good cause.

Live music night to raise funds for little Ruby

A live music event staged to raise money for a two-year-old who has a brain tumour is to take place tonight.

At the Full Moon, in Newcastle, from 8.30pm, headlined by The Cartellos, plus another band and two acoustic acts, all the musicians will be performing free of charge. And the venue will be putting profits from the bar takings in the buckets to help towards a goal of raising a quarter of a million pounds.

It’s free to get in, but punters will be encouraged to put their hands in their pockets while they enjoy the music, and no doubt a few pints.

Up until last Christmas, Ruby was just like any other little girl. But doctors have now given her a 20 percent chance of survival as they embarked on removing a tumor from her brain. Now, continued treatment could cost up to £250k if Ruby is to come throught the ordeal.

If you can make it tonight, please go along, or simply visit the fund raising site and give as much as you can:

£20k to be raised by Heart for Haiti gig at the Vic

As most will know from the news reports, one reason that the impact of the earthquake in Haiti has been so severe is because it was a country already in turmoil ahead of the disaster.

So, with the aim of replacing Compassion projects which have been destroyed by recent events, NXT ministries have planned a night of live music in Stoke-on-Trent.

At the Victoria Hall, this Friday, Christian bands from around the UK including YFriday and blush UK are coming to perform at the free concert. There is a suggested donation for tickets of £10 for adults and £5 for kids, but people are urged that if they cannot afford that, any donation would be welcome and that they should not be put off coming to the event.

Heart for Haiti has been organised by local Minister Ashley Cooper, who visited Haiti and supported its plight before the natural disaster, and is already near surpassing the original aim of raising £20,000 to inject into rejuvenating aid projects in the poverty-stricken country.

Local radio station Cross Rhythms is also supporting the event and is to broadcast it live. Tune in online at

With an unimaginable 200,000 people estimated to have died, there are fewer better causes. Even if you can’t make the concert, you can support them with a £5 donation by texting NXT to 82010.

Tickets can be acquired by calling 01782 575129 or go to the NXT website:

Lord Mayor’s Charity Race Night Tonight

Councillor Roger Ibbs the Karaoke King of Stoke-on-Trent is hosting a Charity Race Night for the Lord Mayors charities, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and Child Victims of Crime at the Jubilee Hall in Stoke tonight

Tickets cost just £10 per person and include a pie and pea supper with all the proceeds going to the charities. There will also be an auction of Sporting Memorabilia and a raffle during the night.

There are opportunities to sponsor the races and the runners & riders.

Tickets are available on the door tonight or by contacting the Mayors office on 01782 232625 during office hours today.

Lord Mayor’s Charity Race Night – Wednesday 3rd February

A Race Night has been organised in aid of the Lord Mayor, Cllr Jean Bowers charities on Wednesday 3rd February at the Jubilee Hall in Stoke.

Tickets cost just £10 per person and include a pie and pea supper. There will also be an auction of Sporting Memorabilia.

There are opportunities to sponsor the races and the runners and riders.

The evening is being hosted by Cllr Roger Ibbs.

Roger is not only a councillor and a part time chiropodist, he is also a Karaoke King and Stoke-on-Trent’s answer to John McCririck!

Race Nights are fun, you can place bets and win a few bob, enjoy a drink and a good nosh up and you can also win several great raffle prizes.

Pits’n’Pots will be there on the night and are willing to share the total of our racing knowledge, which like our political knowledge is the equivalent of bugger all!

The Lord Mayor has selected two charities she will raise money for during her mayoralty ““ Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and Child Victims of Crime.

Further details can be obtained by contacting Denise at the Lord Mayor’s office OR Roger Ibbs on 07737 273036.

You can also fill the contact form in on this site with your detail and we will do the rest.

So join Roger Ibbs and the Lord Mayor for a great evening’s entertainment at the Jubilee Hall on February 3rd and LETS GO RACING!!

Potters ‘Arf

By Mike Rawlins

Today sees the 5th running of the Potters ‘Arf, a 13.1 mile ‘arf marathon around the south of the city.

Included in the starting line up this year are a team of first time runners from the Workers Educational Association (WEA).  The teams hope to raise £100s for charities by completing the race in relays.

Workers Educational Association tutor Rachel Trpeski came up with the idea of a marathon course as a new challenge for her advanced groups in Longton and Tunstall, in the South and North of Stoke-on-Trent.

The course has included education on how marathon runners train, the importance of hydration and different walking techniques.

This Sunday 20 people, including three coaches from the City Council’s Lifestyle project, will take part in relay teams, running or walking at least three miles.

Tutor Rachel Trpeski said: “I was running the half marathon myself and so could give learners tips on eating and help them use this as another form of exercise so that they could use the outdoors with confidence. Â Ã‚  “The biggest surprise has been the amount of people wanting to take part in the relay, it started off that learners were going to do one mile, but when training got started and learners were more confident they asked to do more than a mile. The learners have been totally committed and have taken the training very seriously, I am very proud of all of them.”

The participants have chosen several charities to raise money for including Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation. These causes are especially important to people in Stoke-on-Trent, where the life expectancy is as much as ten years younger than the rest of the country. The WEA’s community health education project was set up specifically to address these health inequalities and has now been running for a little over two years, funded by the Big Lottery and Stoke NHS.

Runner Kathleen Cooke, who is in her 60s and from Burslem, said “I feel very lucky to be able to do this and to raise money for friends and relatives who aren’t here.”

The race starts and finishes in Hanley taking in Fenton, Longton, Adderley Green, Bentilee, Bucknall, Abbey Hulton, Milton, Baddeley Green and Snyed Green before finishing at the Sir Stanley Matthews Statue in Hanley.  The full Potters Arf course can be seen here, why not go out and support the runners this morning.

Twestival report

Blatantly stolen from the Stoke Twestival site due to time constraints

There will be a lot of video and photos to come, but let the writer here give a few impressions for all those wondering “Ëœwhat the hell was that all about?’.

What I really enjoyed was what a relaxed evening it was. Nobody came expecting some slick, New York-style disco (at least, I hope they didn’t) and many people came with something to offer to the night – notably Julie Gould, who gave her body to the creative talents of those present. I’ll leave that to your imagination until the photos go up.

We had the Trent Vale Poet, the voice of Stoke-on-Trent, holding the night together beautifully with classics like Fenton and Hanley Bus Station; DJ Fresh accompanying the Leopard’s lobby (stew); Dayve, a very accomplished singer from Crewe, who donated proceeds from his CD to the fund and another poet whose name I didn’t catch. Inbetween all of this was Bitjam along with @in2nation, weaving magical sounds around the charity:water video and, later, the streams of Twestival twitters – to keep it simple we went for a Monitter feed showing twestival, stoketwestival and (because we’re British) uksnow.

And above all else, @markbrereton who did so much behind the scenes was merely thanked for the wonderful cake he bought, which helped us accompany our birthday wishes to Charles Darwin. As well as all of these, we need to say thank-yous to (Twitter names where available): @scott_Uk, @skinttariffs, @findogask, @laird_attwood, @biggun, @carlplant, @chrisbheath, @beadmouse_uk, @aerialeyes, @pitsnpots, @david_elks, @sentinelnews, @tideswellman. And the Leopard Hotel, the Burslem School of Art and the Burslem History Club. Apologies to anyone I’ve forgotten”¦

I still need to cross reference this with the list that I’ve managed to leave in a box, but I think this is right”¦ in cash, we raised £158 in entry and raffle sales. £28 of this (from Julie and Dayve) will be put into Twestival.Fm as a thank-you to all the artists who donated their time and tracks. This is added to £120 raised on Amiando to date.

And tickets are still available!

We decided to put off the raffle to give more people who read about this a chance to buy tickets and so this will now be drawn live on Twitter on Sunday, although there is at least one prize that needs to be drawn today. Plus, we have a very exciting opportunity for those of you interested in ghosts but the details of this will be confirmed later today”¦

– @clarewhite


For those of you who have embraced technology (not you Tony Tony does now use Twitter…) and use Twitter, after seeing Stephen Fry talking about it on Jonathan Ross last week, may be aware of the Twestival.  Twestival is a once a year charity event, well actually it is lots of mini events run by members of the Twitter community.

On 12 February, that’s tomorrow folks, over 100 cities around the world, including Stoke on Trent, will each be holding their own Twestivals in aid of Charity Water.  The Stoketwestival is being held at the Leopard in Burslem.  Tickets are only £5 and you get to see loads of local acts.  DJ Fresh from Oatcake FM will be there along with the Trent Vale Poet and many many more.  I’m going along and I’ll try and drag a few others from PnP along with me.

Click on the image below to get the latest information and confirmed acts..