Added to Creative Stoke, 10th September 2010

New! 10.09.10    
All the internal and external web links in Creative Stoke’s Directory have been checked for viability by automatic link-checking software. As a result, 6 dead links have been deleted, and 17 moved links have been relocated & repaired.  If anyone knows the online whereabouts of:  Craft Addicts (Alsager); DSA Pro; 3 Monkeys No Banana; Staffordshire Patchworkers and Quilters; or Robert Hine (proofreader), then please contact Creative Stoke via the normal contact form.

New! 10.09.10    
The largest private historical archives to go on show in the Potteries will be part of an exhibition and book launch on 18th – 20th November 2010. Celebrating 40 years of research: The History of Penkhull, will be a unique one-off exhibition to celebrate the launch of the largest history book ever written for North Staffordshire, The Royal Manor of Penkhull by Richard Talbot. The venue will be the Penkhull Christian Fellowship Hall, Franklin Road, (off Newcastle Lane) Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent (10.00am to 9.00 pm). The exhibition will also be accompanied by no less than ten public lectures on various subjects of local history from farming, the garden village, Manor courts and the Greyhound, the workhouse, the war years, and Penkhull Childrens Homes. Sure to be an inspiration to local historians, storytellers, authors of locally-set novels, and those interested in local historical photography.

New! 10.09.10    
Visit the Mander Centre in Wolverhampton and go to jail! From 24th September to 17th October 2010, Stoke-on-Trent’s Rideout arts team will be offering visitors the experience of what it is like to be confined in a UK prison. They are building an exact replica cell in Unit 45 of The Mander Shopping Centre, Wolverhampton. Everything will be similar to that of a regular cell in a UK prison. The only difference is, you will be allowed out. What’s more, on certain times and days, there will be an ex-prisoner in the cell able to talk about the day-to-day experience of prison life. Visits to the prison cell can be achieved either by attending the project on the days on which it is open, or by booking via the website. Conversations will also be streamed as live online video, at

New! 10.09.10    
Artist and ex-college tutor David Brammeld (R.B.S.A.) is running recreational art (painting and drawing) classes in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Daytime and evenings classes are available. Beginners and improvers welcome, brush up on your skills with expert and friendly tuition. 10 week terms, with a half-term break. Refreshments, car parking, and easy access. Thursday from 7.00pm – 9.00pm, Fridays from 9.30am – 12.30pm, and Fridays 1.00pm – 3.00pm. Full information from David at:


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