Race for Life Cancer Research UK at Trentham Gardens

June 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Each year Race for Life events sweep across the country encouraging women and girls to run, jog or walk 5km to raise awareness of cancer and tonight Race for Life arrives in Stoke-on-Trent.

Here in Stoke-on-Trent Trentham Gardens are hosting the annual event where runners, joggers and walkers get to enjoy the gardens and run around the lake as part of the Race for Life 5km route. Hundreds of local ladies are expected to join in the fun and relish the chance to remember loved ones who have suffered from cancer, celebrate those who have recovered and support possible cures and preventions of the disease.

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Race for Life is a fantastic chance to support Cancer Research and always proves to be great fun. I know that lots of ladies chose to do their Race for Life with a group of friends for extra support and to ensure they have a wonderful time.

The Bath-Knight team and I would like to wish fellow colleague, Beth Ackley, all the very best as she’s taking part in tonight’s Race for Life and the Race for Life in Stafford next month- a fantastic effort. And of course, our very best wishes go out to all the local ladies joining the Race for Life this evening. Enjoy yourself and raise lots of money for a brilliant cause!

Olympic Torch travel through Stoke-On-Trent

May 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Only 12 days into the Olympic Torch Relay the Olympic Torch has made it to Bath-Knight’s hometown, Stoke-On-Trent.

Travelling from Chester and through parts of Shropshire yesterday, the Torch arrived in Stoke-On-Trent late yesterday afternoon with the city’s first and only Olympic gold medallist, Imran Sherwani, who won gold in the men’s hockey final at the 1988 Olympic Games.

Imran Sherwani Olympic Torch Stoke on Trent

Imran Sherwani brings the Olympic Torch to Stoke-on-Trent

Imran carried the torch to Hanley Forrest Park, which was host to a free celebratory concert in honour of the Olympic Torch’s presence in the city. Early this morning the flame travelled through Cobridge, Burlsem and Middleport before making its way to Crewe and on to the North West.

Tony Pulis Olympic Torch

Stoke City FC Manager, Tony Pulis, started today’s relay carrying the torch from The Potteries Museum in Hanley before passing it on to another Torchbearer chosen to carry the torch through North Staffordshire.

It’s fantastic to see that so many local people made the effort to come out last night and early this morning to see the Olympic Torch pass through the city of Stoke-on-Trent as the event really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a great pleasure to see.

The Olympic torch in Stoke on Trent

Local Torchbearers in Stoke-On-Trent

Further north the torch has reached Jodrell Bank where it went to the top of the telescope with comedian, John Bishop, who recently took part in a mammoth triathlon from Paris to London for Sport Relief. A friend of mine, who saw the torch at Jodrell Bank, has sent over some fantastic photos of the comedian John carrying the torch.

John Bishop Olympic Torch

John Bishop carrying Olympic Torch at Jodrell Bank

I’d love to know if the Olympic Torch has visited your hometown yet so feel free to leave a comment in the box below.

Hole In The Wall Oatcake shop to finally close

March 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I read an article in The Observer over the weekend which I found rather sad. “End of an era as developers claim the last Potteries oatcake shop” documents the closure of the final traditional oatcake shop here in Staffordshire.

Hole In The Wall which has sold local delicacy -oatcakes- through the front window of a terrace house for the past 30 year will cease trading at the end of March. News of the shop’s closure comes after the property was bought from owners Glenn and Sue Fowler by the council ready for demolishment which will further extensive regeneration plans in the city.

Owner Glenn Fowler bakes at the Hole In The Wall

Glenn Fowler- owner of Hole In The Wall oatcake shop

It’s important to note that Hole In The Wall isn’t the last oatcake shop here in Staffordshire (The Observers’ headline is a little misleading). There are in fact many other oatcake establishments in the city but none have the classic trademark of serving oatcakes through a sash window.

This trademark is charming and adds a great sense of character to a business which has given so much pleasure to the people of Stoke-On-Trent and visitors from far and wide. As a local business owner myself I feel incredibly sad to hear that such a successful business within the areas is been swept away in such a fashion.

Once given high praised by celebrity chefs The Hairy Biker, the closure of Hole In The Wall will be a sad time for the city of Stoke-On-Trent, who will be forced to say farewell to another successful local business.

Prince Charles visits Stoke-on-Trent

October 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week has been rather exciting for Stoke-on-Trent as the city was paid a royal visited.

On Tuesday Prince Charles visited Middleport Pottery; a grade II listed property which is the only working Victorian Pottery factory here in Staffordshire. Producing Burleigh chinaware since 1888 the factory faced an uncertain future. However, it is now part of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust and will receive an investment worth £7.5 million.

The Prince of Wales visited the site to launched the project and see for himself where such wonderful pottery is manufactured. On his visited he spoke with all staff members and even attempted to decorate a piece of pottery himself using the tissue transfer technique.

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Prince Charles pictured with John Caudwell

Such grand visits are often criticised, however, I personally think it’s a great way to get the community talking and taking an interested in a project which will offer so much. The investment, which has gone ahead with support from local businessman John Caudwell, has created 45 jobs and will continue to have a positive impact on the pottery industry in Staffordshire.

For those who might not be so taken Prince Charles there was another opportunity to see famous faces this week as pop band JLS were in town making an appearance on local radio station Signal One.


JLS fans at Signal 1

Although I am no expert in boybands it comes as no surprise that JLS went down a storm with local fans – a colleague drove past the studio and saw a huge gathering of fans waiting outside to meet the JLS boys.

It’s lovely to see that people are so elated by these visitors. Fitting in perfectly with half-term holidays those lucky enough to have caught a glimpse of Prince Charles or JLS will have something rather special to tell their friends upon returning to school next week.

BTC Teapot Pendant made in Stoke-On-Trent

July 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Original BTC Teapot Pendant It’s great to see that this stylish invention, which was also featured on The Apprentice, is produced here in Bath-Knight’s hometown of Stoke-on-Trent.

The original BTC Teapot Pendant caused quite a stir on Lord Alan Sugar’s show and now the bizarre house hold accessory is available to be purchased from department store John Lewis.

Finally pottery is back in ‘the potteries’, wonderful!

Milton Carnival- Sunday 17th July 2011

July 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Looking into summer holiday activities earlier drew my attention to how much fun simply going to a local park can bring to children, which is why I felt compelled to write a blog about Milton Carnival; a local event taking place this weekend in Stoke-on-Trent.

Organised by Milton Carnival Committee (which includes Natalie Longshaw who works within the accounts department here at Bath-Knight) the carnival is an annual event which is largely enjoyed throughout the community. However, the story behind the carnival runs much deeper than you might presume.

The committee, made from a group of local parents, came together in 2002 after funds by the local council to improve a park in the area were unfortunately declined. Determined on having a safe and friendly park within the community the committee formed and planned to raise funds themselves.

By 2008 the group managed to raise a breath taking £230,000. Their hard work and countless fundraising had paid off as the park was refurbished into a safe and child friendly environment for the community to enjoy.

Milton Carnival Stoke-On-Trent 17th July 2011

With great success and community support the committee decided that such a great community spirit should be relished and from there came the idea for a carnival. Since 2009 Milton carnival has taken place annually, parading through the village and then onto the local school for further carnival fun.

Milton carnival is simply a fantastic day to celebrate the community and its hard work. Plus a great opportunity to support charities close to the community’s heart, which they have managed to do in abundance.

Through the 2009 carnival, which saw Bethany Longshaw as carnival Queen £1040.00 was raised for the Donna Louise Trust. Further charitable donations were made via the 2010’s carnival Queen Jessica Lambert who made generous contributions to ‘Cheethams Children’s Ward’ and ‘The Air Ambulance’. This year’s carnival is no exception as 2011/2012’s carnival Queen Romy Hulme has already decided that fundraising money will go towards ‘B.E.E First Responders’ during 2011 and 2012.

It’s wonderful to see a community event like this as they were so popular years ago. With this in mind Sunday is set to be a great day packed with fun for the entire family. From live entertainment, market stalls, face painting, singers and dancers, family games, a BBQ and a tug of war. Entry is free so go along and enjoy the fun!

Milton Carnival is held on Sunday 17th July at Milton Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent from 11 am.

Race for Life Stoke-On-Trent 7th June 2011

June 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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The Race for Life is here in Stoke-on-Trent this evening. Held at the beautiful Trentham Gardens, hundreds of local women will be taking part in the event where they can run, jog or walk 5km to help raise awareness of cancer.

I know that the event is a favourite amongst many women as it is a chance to commemorate loved ones who have suffered from cancer, for others it’s a brilliant opportunity to celebrate recovery or just simply support the hard work of Cancer Research UK.

As cancer affects so many people, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t had some connection with the illness through family and friends; it is great to see Race for Life here in Stoke again. I know that the event has become an annual event at Trentham over the years, and something that the community looks forward too.

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On that note I would like to send my very best wishes to all of women who are participating this evening. Have a fabulous time, raise lots of money and most importantly enjoy your ‘Race for Life’!

For more information about Cancer Research UK and Race for Life, including events near you visit the official website. Tesco is also a partner of the Race for Life visit stores for official merchandise.

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