Each candidate in the forthcoming Stoke-on-Trent City Council elections has been given 150 words to introduce themselves to enable you to make up your mind when it comes to who gets your vote on May 2. If candidates went over, they were cut back. So, take a look at what each candidate had to say here.... (* = previously elected). Abbey Hulton and Townsend (two seats) Mel Baddeley (City Independents) “I believe that everyone matters, everyone has a story, a past, and a future and a reason to exist... but with all the government’s cuts.. it’s caused the implementation of food banks... depression, anxiety and in some cases suicide. "I live in my ward, and every day I’m out there listening to all the problems and issues that all my residents have to cope with. They know I’m there for them and I will do everything within my power to help. "I’m involved with a lot of my local residents’ groups, and we have a lot of community minded people. In fact we … [Read more...] about Local elections: An introduction to the candidates
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Families can follow a citywide story trail to track down 20 book-shaped benches inspired by children’s favourite stories. Each seat has been decorated using a different book or character theme and is designed to capture the magic of reading. Schoolchildren have worked with the National Literacy Trust and artists from Wild In Art to develop their ideas. Now the trail will go ‘live’ from this Friday. People can pick up a map to find where each bench is located, with venues including Hanley’s Emma Bridgewater Factory, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and The Regent Theatre, as well as several libraries and visitor centres. Many of the sites will also be hosting storytelling sessions and other events to coincide with the project, which runs until June 30. Among the schools to have taken part is Etruscan Primary, in Etruria , where pupils have called their bench ‘Pathway To Your Dreams’. Nine-year-old Kristina Parciova, from Etruria, said: … [Read more...] about Stuck for ideas of what to do with your children? Follow this book bench trail!
It sounds like something out of Game of Thrones, where each great house famously has its own words to rally its troops behind. But long before the fantasy books and TV series, the idea of a unifying motto was adopted by the historic counties of the UK. Drawing on regional history, culture and religion, the mottos were used to unify the different regions, and celebrate what it was that made them special. While the land was originally divided into administrative areas by the Romans, over time these artificial borders have come to represent the best and worst of regional pride – particularly over centuries of foreign invasion and civil war. Today, these mottoes are mostly hushed-up in favour of county slogans – the more modern, publicity department-generated captions you see on ‘Welcome To…’ signs. County slogans are designed to entice tourists, whereas mottoes are often fear-inducing statements designed to warn outsiders of a region’s ferocious might … [Read more...] about Staffordshire has an official motto