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On Yer Bike…Cycling through Art

On Yer Bike….

Cycling through Art

In support of the Tour of Britain 2010

The Old Post Office  Gallery Burslem presents “On Yer Bike”, an exhibition to coincide with the Tour of Britain through Burslem. On a day that promises excitement, the contemporary gallery opens its doors and welcomes visitors to enjoy the sporting atmosphere.

Bringing together an eclectic selection of artists, viewers will be able to further enjoy the cycling through art! Curator Lindsey Cotterill says, “It is great that such a major event is coming through the city, starting in Burslem it will bring a well needed boost to the area. Stoke-on-Trent has a fantastic selection of artists and this is a great opportunity to come and see their work whilst supporting a major event! It promises to be a great day and we hope that people come and make use of the galleries great event, refreshments and atmosphere!”

The artists who will be taking part include the cartoonist Warren Armstrong, who takes inspiration from cycling through the area to produce comedic images. There will also be Paul Shipley who has previously competed in cycling and triathlon competitions, after he suffered an injury, he began to show his passion through cycling. His work realistically shows the passion that such events can hold.

Paine Proffit completes the artistic line up, his poster style art captures the essence of the exciting event, he says “for this series, I wanted to celebrate the Tour of Britain bicycle race and try to do the paintings in a ‘vintage poster’ style to capture the feeling of an event coming to our town. It’s so exciting to have the race come through Stoke-On-Trent and it’s been a lot of fun working on these pieces! I’ve wanted to focus on different elements of the race … the event, the pageantry, the gruelling race, and the excitement and entertainment of the day.”

A late addition to the exhibition is the Stoke – on – Trent City Council’s Cycle Stoke children’s art competition. The winners  and runners up will have their artwork in pride of place within the On Yer Bike exhibition.

To coincide with this event, the gallery is also supporting Spence Ord and his Team AWNTY as then train for their endurance race to the North Pole. Spence has been training by cycling round the city in a Duck suit, the mascot for one of his charities, giving rise to the phrase “On Yer Bike, Duke!” Spence will be gracing the gallery on Sunday 12th September raising awareness for his cause.

This promises to be a fantastic event. The gallery will be open from 8am – 4pm on Sunday the 12th, offering refreshments and a place to enjoy the atmosphere.

The exhibition runs from the 10th – 14th September, general opening times 10am – 4pm.

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More to see at the Tour of Britain this Sunday

The Burslem School of Art will open from 10-3 on Sunday for the three current exhibitions

Happy Medium – Ieva Alksne and Michelle Saxon
Burslem Threads – Burslem Textile Art
Photographic Collective

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Tour of Britain – Burslem Businesses make the effort to open very early on Sunday morning especially for the event

Barewall Gallery will be open from 6am on Sunday 12th September in preparation for the build up to the Start of the Tour of Britain
cycle race. Barewall have cycling related artwork on show, and to buy as well as many local interest items, ceramics and original art porttraying the Potteries.

Other businesses in the North part of Market Place are opening early in preparation for the big event which is expected to draw over 2000 cycling fans. Wedgwood Place based Royal Stafford / Poole pottery will be open from 7.30am and serving teas and coffees and refreshments, The Roe buck Inn will also be open for soft drinks, Ceramica will host a cycling exhibition as well as an art exhibition called On Yer Bike at the Old Post Office starting at 10am.

Barewall is looking forward to seeing you all on the day and joining in with the celebrations.

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Heritage Open Days – town hall tour in Burslem this Friday

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Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 September 2010

Free events held throughout Stoke-on-Trent

Heritage Open Days annually celebrates England’s fantasticarchitecture and culture by offering free access to properties thatare usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.Co-ordinated nationally by English Heritage, the event thrives on theenthusiasm and expertise of local people. Organised by volunteers -usually property owners or managers – for local people, HeritageOpen Days is England’s biggest and most popular voluntarycultural event.

Explore and discover inspiring places, spaces, architecture, historyand culture throughout Stoke-on-Trent these with free events,guided tours and walks that will bring our local heritage to life:

Town Tours – ‘The past shaping the future’

9 and 10 September
See our rich built heritage and how plans for its re-use aim tobreathe new life into our city. Urban Vision will be running freeguided tours around the Potteries towns:

Stoke and Hanley (City Centre) – Thursday 9 September
Burslem and Longton – Friday 10 September

1pm Historical tours of the town centres
See the key buildings and places that define their history and hearabout plans for their future and how they aim to deliver sustainableregeneration. Wet weather clothing and sensible footwearrecommended

2.15pm Tours of the town halls
Explore their heritage and role in the civic life of the Potteries.
3pm Refreshments
3.15pm Creative arts workshops

There are also free guided walks for Fenton and Tunstall on 8September. All tours leave from the respective town halls. For moreinformation or to book your place, contact Urban Vision NorthStaffordshire on 01782 790595 or email

Chatterley Whitfield Colliery Tour

Saturday 11 September
Chatterley Whitfield Colliery is the most comprehensive survival of adeep mine in England and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It doesnot usually open to the general public but there will be a specialseries of free guided tours. Pre-booking essential as this is a ticketonly event. Call 01782 827142 for more details.

Free admission to the city’s museums

11 and 12 September Etruria Industrial Museum – Saturday 11September, 12pm – 4.30pm
Gladstone Pottery Museum – Sunday 12 September, 10am – 5pm
Ford Green Hall – Sunday 12 September, 1pm – 4pm
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Historic Walk of Longton

Sunday 12 September, 2pm
Free guided walk to see Longton’s historic sites and hear about thetown in days gone by. Walk start from Gladstone Pottery Museum,call 01782 237777 to book.

Fenton and Tunstall self guided walks

9-12 September Self-guided walking tour leaflets will be availablefrom city council local centres and libraries. There are also freeguided walks for both towns on 8 September. For information,contact Urban Vision North Staffordshire on 01782 790595 or

For further information visit or download the leaflet.

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Heritage Open Day « Social Stoke

Heritage Open Day « Social Stoke.

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Volunteers wanted for the Tour of Britain, 12 September

Volunteers are required to assist at the start and finish of The Tour of Britain in Stoke-on-Trent on 12 September. The Tour of Britain will see 96 of the worlds top cyclists from 16 top professional international teams battle it out over a 160km route starting in Burslem, taking in the Staffordshire countryside including the infamous Gun Hill and finishing in Stoke-on-Trent city centre. For the third successive year running full coverage of the race will be televised on ITV. Volunteers are needed to marshal the course, assist the public and sell programmes.

Date 12/09/2010
Location: Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent 7.50am, Finish City Centre Stoke-on-Trent 10am.
Type of Event: Sport and Health, Volunteering
Restrictions: Volunteers need to be aged 18 years or over.

What You’ll Get
You’ll receive a Tour of Britain Goody Bag and the thanks of The Tour’s organising team for playing your part in the 2010 edition of the race and knowing that without your help, The Tour would not be such a success!
Volunteering is also a great way to get involved in sport and to take a behind the scenes look at what goes into putting on The Tour of Britain.
Your Contact
If you want to volunteer for this event please contact Vanessa Darlington on 01782 236156 or alternatively email Vanessa on

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Writers Day by City Voices

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There is a writers day being held at The Leopard in Burslem  and attracting writers and book enthusiasts from all over the area to come into Burslem for the day. It is being organised by City Voices writers group and will bring  other like minded groups to share their work. There will be trade stands and readings from local authors.

September 11th at 11 o clock onwards in the Arnold Bennett suite at The Leopard

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Spider and The Leopard

Unique evening in the Leopard Hotel, Burslem, on Wednesday September 8. American folk blues guitar legend Spider John Koerner, with Chip Smith on fiddle, plus support from the Boat Band(who are hosting the gig). John shot to prominence in the 60’s with the album “Blues Rags and Hollers”, in the legendary trio with Tony “Little Sun” Glover and Dave “Snaker” Ray. (As you will have noticed, blues nicknames were de rigeur in Minnesota in the 60’s). Spider John Koerner was a big (and acknowleged) influence on Bob Dylan. John Lennon picked Koerner’s first LP (“Blues Rags and Hollers”) as his favourite record.All guitarists of that era will recall his astonishing and attacking style, on some weird 7, 9 and 12-string guitars.

This will be a lovely to chance to see the great man in a small friendly venue on his first UK tour for ages: well, 30-odd years anyway).
I thought he was fantastic when I first heard him, and helped put him on in Oxford and Lancaster in the 60’s. So I have jumped at the chance to get him to Burslem now. We will have a wonderful night. There are only 85 seats going, so if you want to come, get booked fast, the box office is openRegards
Greg Stephens and the Boat Band

Spider John Koerner biog

Tickets £12. Strictly first come first served. Get a cheque, payable to Cat Island, to me. Email boatband @ to make arrangements.

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Support the Middleport Fun Day

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Community fun day in Stoke-on-Trent
Location: Middleport Park.

Date: Saturday August 14, 2010.

Time: 12pm – 4:30pm

Clowns, balloon modelling, face painting and a mini Olympics will all be helping to keep residents entertained at a community fun day this weekend.

The Middleport annual fun day is to be held at Middleport Park on Saturday August 14, between 12pm and 4.30pm.

The event, which is organised by Middleport, Longport and Dalehall Community Association, will see the park full of activities including Punch and Judy shows, a steele band, birds of prey show, bowling lessons, dog chipping, lantern making, bouncy castle, stalls and raffle, climbing wall, dodge ball and BBQ.

There will also be information on regeneration in the area, health checks, housing and employment advice and the opportunity to find out more about the Grow Your Own Project – giving people the chance to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

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Charity night (almost) with Robbie at the George!/event.php?eid=303157622558&ref=ts



Time: Friday, 13 August 2010 07:30

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