Visit Burslem is open for anybody to contribute to in words and pictures. Here is a short guide, if you have any more questions please ask them in the comments section.

What can I write about?
Anything you like. This is a website about all that Burslem has to offer so a good starting point is to write about what you’re doing at the moment.

How much can I write?
You can write as much as you like, but a good article length for the web is around 250 words. Shorter updates can also be added to the Twitter feed.

But I hate writing
Don’t worry about how good your writing is. We have a small band of volunteers who can edit articles (more welcome). It’s more important for something to be interesting than well-written. If you prefer, we are also happy to accept contributions in the form of photos, videos or illustrations – please add these to a public website (like Flickr or Youtube) and let us know the link. We’re also happy to repost articles you have created for other places if you give us permission.

How do I submit my contribution?

The easiest way is to paste it into a comment on this page. It won’t appear straight away, but the site administrators will see it. Please include your email address so we can contact you.

Where else can I find out about what’s happening or have a good argument?

This site is aimed at encouraging visitors, trade and general vibrancy around the town. There are several more community discussion websites:

  1. #1 by Jamie Summerfield on August 10, 2010 - 11:44 am

    Love the blog – it’s bringing back lots of memories of my Middleport days. Ah.. It’s also given me lots of ideas for my own hyperlocal wheeze in Stone. Cheers!

  2. #2 by Rachel Butcher on May 13, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    Well I think its great that this space is available for people to share experiences and life of Burslem.
    My name is Rachel and I am an Eclectic Counsellor. This means that I work with a number of different approaches suitable to the needs of the client.
    I will be working in The Heritage Café Bistro, 11 Market Place, Burslem, on Wednesdays 9am-2pm and Saturdays 9am-2pm from the 1st June 2011.
    All other information about me and my service are on my website, also please give a bell or pop into The Heritage Cafe Bistro as it is a really interesting Cafe as it has a lot of local antiques and art on show.
    Burslem is a place where there is a lot of heart and soul and the park has a lot to offer to all.
    I am keeping up to date on this website.

    Kindest regards Rachel

  3. #4 by anoushkaathique on August 22, 2011 - 8:55 am

    Hello, I am working in the area creating FABRIC WALK as part of the Place Space and Identity Project that is running across Stoke on Trent this summer.
    Fabric s going to be a large scale intervention into the landscape, based on the collected stories and memories of local residents a walk is going to be mapped out by wrapping natural and urban features in Fabric.
    ‘Fabric Walk’ explores the idea that sewing, wrapping, repairing, folding, covering are inherently caring and restorative actions and combines this with the the act of walking; a physical challenge to the occupation with speed and having to get places fast.

    I am looking for volunteers to help install this piece of work.

    When: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th September 2011
    Where: Based at Midland Heart Offices, Duncalf Street, Burslem and outside in streets/parks
    Times: 10am – 5pm (10am – 1.30pm or 1.30pm – 5pm.)

    Some basic sewing skills are desirable but not essential as it is more important that you don’t mind working outside and are comfortable with small amounts of problem solving.
    Travel expenses will be reimbursed, tea and coffee will be provided and those doing full days with the artist will have lunch paid for.

    for more info contact me at

  4. #5 by Helen Peacock on April 29, 2012 - 2:05 pm


    I have organised a pub quiz (with a Diamond Jubilee twist!) which will take place on the 4th June at 7pm.

    Venue: Victoria On The Square, Hanley
    Costs: £5 per team (max of 4 people per team)


    The charity I am raising money for is the Raising Hope Foundation. They work in Ghana with orphans and needy children and are currently building an orphanage which will become a home for around 50 children.
    They work hard throughout the year, with a good team of volunteers and ambassadors who go to Ghana each summer to run a camp, but the charity is still small and desperately needs funds.
    No-one earns a salary from the charity – every penny goes directly to the project in Santrokofi, Ghana.

    For more info check out

    Come along to the quiz – Bank Hol Monday!! Have a great night and support a good cause.

    There will also be a raffle, with prizes including a voucher for a comedy night, gorgeous watches, chocolates, a free drum lesson and much more..

    Thanks 🙂 Hope to see you there.

  5. #6 by Gail Washington on March 19, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading. Our vision is a nation of confident children who can read and grow up to lead successful lives. We are currently looking for volunteers in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire and would like you to consider volunteering for us. Alternatively, you may wish to pass our details to someone you know, who might wish to volunteer for us.

    As a Beanstalk reading helper, you will work with children on a one-to-one basis, giving them your full attention and support to improve reading levels, increase overall confidence and inspire a lifelong love of reading.
    You will work with three children and see each child for two 30 minute sessions a week, during term-time, for a whole year. Together, you will read, play and talk. With your support the child’s approach to learning and enjoying reading will be transformed.
    We work (in areas of deprivation) across England through 17 branches in the North, Midlands, Greater London and Kent. We have over 80 staff and more than 2,100 volunteers, who support over 6,000 children a year, but there is still much more we can do. Our aim is to reach out to 10,000 children by 2016 but to do this we urgently need more volunteers. In Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire we have 90 volunteers supporting 75 schools, and currently we work in partnership with a number of local authorities supporting the Council’s children in care.
    Volunteering as a Beanstalk reading helper is extremely rewarding, makes a lasting difference to children’s lives and is a great way to give something back to your local community.
    For more information, please contact Gail Washington, Volunteer Services Manager at the Stoke & Cheshire branch at, telephone 01782 827375 or visit where you can apply online.
    Beanstalk is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

  6. #8 by Neil Dawson on October 15, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    Local Trade union Event: Main key speaker Ian Murray MP with a panel including Joan Walley MP, Tristram Hunt MP, Rob Flello MP and Gill Brown to answer questions. There will be an assortment of Trade Union type stands.
    THURSDAY 31st OCTOBER Venue Vale Park Burslem. From 6pm.
    The idea is to promote a better understanding of the Trade Union movement its relationships and particularly an understanding of terms and conditions of employment. Booking should be made, please confirm if you are free to attend, and do pass on the invitation to your friends. Spaces are limited, so please register. It should interest all who have an interest and concern regarding employment relations. 6pm opening and a 6.30pm start. Spaces are limited, so please register from at (Go to the search button and insert employment rights or Joan Walley) Here is the direct link should you need it.

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