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Season’s Greetings Review

An extended family combined with Christmas chaos, creates comedy gold in Season's Greetings at the New Vic theatre thanks to genius Alan Ayckbourn. As Christmas Eve gets underway finishing touches to the decorations at Neville (Matt Addis)…
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Local author’s Mission to success

Everything comes to those who wait - certainly applies to author, Paul Forrester-O’Neill, who, after forty years of writing, had his novel, Mission, published in April by Hookline Books. Not only that, but the publisher has submitted the…
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Presenting dream for Samara

A determined and inspirational young woman has landed a dream job as a presenter on a local community radio station. Throughout her life Samara Hussain, who was born blind, has not let anything stand in the way of what she sets out to do. After…
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2,000 spaces released for Potters ‘Arf 2021

Online entries for Stoke-on-Trent’s iconic half marathon have opened. Runners, walkers, relay teams and junior race entrants can now book their places for Sunday, September 26. The Hanley Economic Potters ’Arf Marathon is one of the…
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Nick Moore remembering Berry

Lockdown has been a productive time for Society of Staffordshire Artists member and resident of Newcastle-under-Lyme, painter Nick Moore.  Nick, who has had recent success with portrait paintings of local legend, Neil “Nello” Baldwin…

Your City festival leads the return of live music in 2021

2020 was a bit of a nightmare for live music in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and...well, everywhere. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism as the new year is upon us - here Jamie Summerfield looks ahead into 2021. City centre live…
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Staffordshire University widens its search for ‘Future Journalists’ with national competition

An annual competition which aims to discover the next generation of journalists and vloggers has launched at Staffordshire University. The Future Journalist Awards, which is open to young people aged seven to 18, is usually aimed at budding…

Arnold Bennett Book Prize awarded to North Staffordshire’s Lisa Blower

A collection of short stories inspired by strong North Staffordshire women has been awarded this year’s Arnold Bennett Prize. It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s, written by Baddeley Green-born Lisa Blower, was revealed as the winner…
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Greenwood Dreams with Claybody Theatre

Following on from their very popular A CHRISTMAS CAROL CANTATA, which has been performed regularly in North Staffordshire for the past few years, Claybody Theatre’s Deborah McAndrew has once again collaborated with composer Ashley Thompson,…
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Virtual visits from Santa in the Potteries

SANTA Claus is coming to town - and can visit you and your family in the comfort of your home... Baba Baboon was given the opportunity to speak to Santa Claus recently and he has some exciting news which we are pleased to share with you... Children…
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Veteran support centre dishes out 70,000 meals to support regions veterans

A joint venture by two veteran’s support services has seen the creation of a foodbank which is helping to care for those who have served their country over the past 80 years. Armed forces charity SSAFA, the nations oldest of its kind, have…