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Following weeks of planning and collaboration between our two societies, a full coach of visitors from historic Wavertree in Liverpool arrived at Stoke mid morning on Saturday 23 July.

The forty-or-so visitors were welcomed at the Spode site and led to the newly-refurbished function room, part of the Spode Works Museum which occupies a significant proportion of the factory buildings. Our visitors were welcomed first by Heritage Champion, Cllr Dan Jellyman, on behalf of the Stoke-on-Trent City Council, then by Potteries Heritage Society’s Chair, David Williams.

PHS Treasurer, Andy Perkin, gave a short presentation outlining the Society’s aims and significant projects and invited the Chair of Spode Works Trust, Paul Wood, to set out the context for the visit, the site’s 250-year history, the challenges facing its conservation and the ambitious regeneration projects already starting to reposition Spode as a tourist attraction, business hub, conference and exhibition centre.

Lynn Bentley has become the Society's new Vice-Chair. Lynn left Portland House County Technical School for Art and Commerce and began a career in the pottery industry at Crown Staffs as a flower paintress. Other jobs included a 6-year spell demonstrating at Gladstone Pottery Museum.

Join us for our series of walkabouts to seek out potential Assets of Community Value in advance of our Community Rights Workshop on 16 March.
The three walkabouts will take place in Stoke, Burslem and Newcastle.

Potteries Heritage Society has been chosen as one of only 15 civic societies to take part in a national pilot programme focusing on Community Rights. The programme is being co-ordinated by Civic Voice, is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and will cover the Community Right to Bid, Right to Challenge and Right to Build, as well as Neighbourhood Planning.

Potteries Heritage Society has teamed up with Second Look Stoke to publish "The Potteries Good Guide to Christmas Shopping" to help local people shop more ethically by supporting our town centres, independent retailers and local manufacturers.
The idea that our cultural and built heritage can be supported by altering our shopping habits is not new, but collaboration with a new initiative promoting Stoke Town gave us the idea to explore some common ground.