Kidsgrove Carnival 2011


Children's train at Kidsgrove Carnival

Just a quick reminder that Kidsgrove Carnival takes place tomorrow.

Saturday 16 July and the parade commences from Kidsgrove Victoria Hall at approximately 10.00am.  This years Kidsgrove Carnival promises to be bolder, bigger and better than last years Carnival.   The actual Carnival shall be held at Clough Hall Park.

There’s going to be charity stalls, Noah’s Ark Pet Shop  and lots more of local businessess taking part.

Look out for the cute guniea pigs from Noah’s Ark Pet Shop . . .

Please do you best to attend Kidsgrove Carnival and  help to support your local charities and local shops, especially Noah’s Ark Pet Shop which is based in Market Street, Kidsgrove.

Another takeaway for Kidsgrove!

Planning permission has been sought for a new fast-food takeaway in the Ravenscliffe ward of Kidsgrove.

Yes, it’s true!

An application for a takeaway in Liverpool Road, Kidsgrove.

Another Kidsgrove takeaway

Kidsgrove town centre is saturated with fast-food takeaways and if planning permission was granted then I’ve no doubt that other Kidsgrove takeaways would suffer.  They would receive an downturn in business, thus, perhaps ensuring that one of the existing takeaways may close.

Councillor Kyle Robinson [who is the Mayor of Kidsgrove] and Councillor Gill Burnett have had the common sense and ‘called in’ the planning application.  Because of their actions the proposal for a new takeaway in Liverpool Road, Kidsgrove, shall now be decided by the Planning Committee at Newcastle borough council.

Councillor Margaret Astle is against the proposal to allow a new takeaway to be sited in Kidsgrove.

Should Kidsgrove’s takeaway be granted?

What’s your thoughts on this application?

Kidsgrove town council – mayor service

Photographs can speak a thousand words . . .

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Mayor of Kidsgrove Councillor Kyle Robinson at the Mayor Service

The mayor of Kidsgrove, Councillor Kyle Robinson and his mayor parade assemble at the side of Kidsgrove’s Victoria Hall.

The mayor of Kidsgrove en route in Liverpool Road, Kidsgrove.

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Mayor of Kidsgrove Councillor Kyle Robinson at the Mayor Service

The mayor’s parade enter The Avenue, Kidsgrove.

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The mayor’s parade reach St Thomas’ Church.

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The splendour of St Thomas’ Church.

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Councillor Kyle Robinson’s mayor service in Kidsgrove.

Kidsgrove Town Council Election Results 2011

On the 6th May elections were held for Newcastle Borough Council and Kidsgrove Town Council.  Kidsgrove Town Council comprises of five wards within the Kidsgrove District.  A total of 24 seats were contested and below are the results of the five wards.

Butt Lane Election Results 2011

Ray Astle – Labour – 543

Silvia Burgess – Lib Dem 541

John Evans – Labour 557

Lynda Griffiths – Lib Dem 391

John Holdcroft – Ukip 459

Dennis Richards – Lib Dem 382

John Taylor – Labour 632

A total of six candidates were elected in Butt Lane, Ray Astle, Silvia Burgess, John Evans, John Holdcroft, Kyle Robinson and John Taylor.

Kidsgrove Election Results 2011

Margaret Astle – Labour 905

Reg Bailey – Labour 785

Colin Brown – Lib Dem 488

Ed Chrzanowski – Labour 549

Les Goldspink – Labour 635

Margaret Hagen – Labour 559

Patricia Harrison – Ukip 660

Mary Maxfield – Lib Dem 584

Ian Shephered – Ukip 489

Update 31 August 2011

Councillor Mary Maxfield has forwarded a letter of resignation to Kidsgrove Town Council.  Kidsgrove Town Council accepted Councillor Mary Maxfield’s resignation with immediate effect.

Margaret Astle, Reg Bailey and Les Goldspink received the highest number of votes.  Geoff Hall and John Parsons failed in their bid to gain election upon Newcastle Borough Council, the two Borough seats were won by Reg Bailey and Margaret Astle.

Newchapel Election Results 2011

Elsie Bates – Labour 337

Carly Grattage – Labour 295

Victor Jukes – 381

Michael Prosser – Ukip 281

Paul Waring – Labour 348

Elsie Bates, Carly Grattage, Victor Jukes and Paul Waring are duly elected to Kidsgrove Town Council.  Paul Waring was also successful in being elected to represent the residents of Newchapel upon Newcastle Borough Council.

Talke Election Results 2011

David Allport – Labour 515

Arthur Amos –  Ind 252

Matthew Banner – Ukip 445

David Daniels – Lib Dem 479

Janet Parsons – Lib Dem 315

John Parsons – Lib Dem 289

David Allport, Matthew Banner, David Daniels and Janet Parsons are duly elected to represent the Talke ward on Kidsgrove Town Council.  The current Mayor of Kidsgrove, John Parsons failed to be re-elected.  Also, David Daniels lost his Newcastle Borough seat to Labour’s candidate, David Allport.

Ravensclliffe Election Results 2011

Gill Burnett – Labour 517

Stephanie Burnett – Labour 422

Doris Hall – Lib Dem 313

Geoffrey Hall – Lib Dem 352

Geoffrey Lock – Ukip 466

David Stringer – Labour 418

Gill Burnett, Stephanie Burnett, Geoff Locke and David Stringer are duly elected to represent the Ravenscliff ward upon Kidsgrove Town Council.  Geoffrey Locke, failed to be elected upon Newcastle Borough Council, this seat was won by Labour’s Gill Burnett.

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Councillor Margaret Astle and Labour colleagues celebrate their victory in 2011 elections

Shopping trolley flung on to railway track at Kidsgrove

A shopping trolley flung on to railway tracks at Bathpool Park, Kidsgrove has caused substantial damage to a passing train. The incident took play early today and resulted in train cancellations and disruption of train services between Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester.

British Transport Police said: “The train was taken out of service leaving delays and cancellations for passengers for the rest of the day.”

If you have any information relating to this incident then please contact British Transport Police.

Save Pennyfields Road! Say No to the sell-off

Pennyfields Road, Kidsgrove land is up for grabs . . .

In June and July 2010 Newcastle Borough Council and the Cabinet held a ‘secret’ meeting behind closed doors  and agreed to sell of Newcastle’s Green Spaces.

Pennyfields Road shall be sold off for an amount of £1.25 million and the proceeds of the sale of the land shall be spent in Newcastle Town Centre.  It appears that Kidsgrove Councillors approved the sale of Pennyfields Road without consulting any of the residents whom reside within the vicinity of Pennyfield Road, Lapwing Road, Ian Road and Trubshaw Court.

Here’s a map of Pennyfields Road land:

Pennyfields Road Land sell off

Pennyfields Road Land

Kidsgrove Councillors voted to sell off Pennyfields Road land.

One has to ask the following questions?

Which Councillors approved the sale of Pennyfields Road land without consulting the residents?

Why did the Newcastle/Kidsgrove Cabinet Members agree to hold the meeting in secret?

Save Newcastle Greens

As well as approving the sale of Pennyfields Road the Cabinet also approved that the following pockets of land in Newcastle should be sold off:

Repton Drive

Winchester Drive

Clayton Road

All the above pockets of land are contained within the Westland’s area of Newcastle Borough Council.

I also believe that an area in the ward of May Bank may have been submitted to the  Cabinet.   The pocket of land was to be included in the above list.  However, someone has removed the May Bank pocket of land from the secret agenda.

Hmm, this is strange!

Hmm, more secret acts from the Cabinet at Newcastle Council!

It is rumoured that the Cabinet wish to demolish the Civic Offices in Merrial Street!  With a view of purchasing the former Sainsburys supermarket site.  The strange plan is to re-locate the Civic Offices to the former Sainsburys site!

So, demolish the Civic Offices!

Use the proceeds from the sale of Newcastle Greens and Pennyfields Road land!

Spend over £10 million to facilitate this crazy idea to demolish the Civic Offices in a time of great austerity!

Yes, you have read this correctly!

Spend over ten million pounds of taxpayers’ money!

Sell off Pennyfields Road and Newcastle Green Spaces!

When police stations face closure and police officers are being made redundant at a time of huge cutbacks.

Has the world gone crazy?

Who do the Cabinet’ think they are?

To hell with the stupid schemes to re-locate the Civic Offices!


Fight for YOUR land to be retained!

Save Newcastle’s Green Spaces

Kidsgrove police station may shut down

A cash-strapped Staffordshire Police Force may have to shut down Kidsgrove police, as well Burslem, Stoke, Newcastle, Stone and Uttoxeter due to severe cuts in their budget.  This announcement has angered many residents in Kidsgrove and Stoke-on-Trent.

The force is struggling to juggle the cuts in their budget and up to 230 jobs may be lost.

Six police stations in North Staffordshire may be forced to close and the buildings sold off in a bid to save £20 million.

Police chiefs are considering closing police stations in Kidsgrove, Burslem, Stoke, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stone and Uttoxeter in April of this year.

The threat to the police stations arises as Staffordshire Police Force struggles to maintain an efficient service that they have provided to the general public under the current cutbacks. Staffordshire Police Force have no option but to slash £20 million from its £190 million budget by March, 2013 because  of  Government cuts.

The slashing of £20 million from Staffordshire Police Forces budget would mean:

Kidsgrove police station would be close and police officers would be briefed at Newcastle:

Newcastle and the all important CID base in Water Street would be closed and a site would open in Newcastle town centre:

Burslem may close and response officers would be briefed at Tunstall police station:

Stoke police station faces closure and this shall result in police officers being briefed at Hanley police station:

The move would result in police officers based at less locations in a desperate bid to save management costs due to Government cuts.

If the proposals are approved, Staffordshire Police Force will set up inquiry desks at various venues in partnership with numerous agencies.

So, there you have the facts about Kidsgrove’s police station and the other police stations in North Staffordshire.

Has Kidsgrove and North Staffordshire police stations received the short end of the wedge in respect of funding?

Do you think that Kidsgrove police station should be closed?

Kidsgrove Missing Cat


Archie is an adorable lilac, male Burmese cat and he has been missing since 24th June.  Archie in one and a half years old and he is microchipped.  If you see or find Archie, then please contact Archie’s owners on:  07940792423 and 07784529551.

Please check your sheds, garages and greenhouses and if you locate Archie please telephone is owner on the above telephone numbers . . 

A reward is on offer if you find Archie . . .


Please help to find Archie . . .


You can find further information about Archie here

Even wonder what is on your hotels magnetic key card?

Do you take blissful weekend breaks into the United Kingdom, Europe, Norh and South America?

If the answer is yes, it may be wise to consider the following information!

Ever wonder what is on your hotels magnetic key card?


a. Customer’s name
B. Customer’s partial home address
c. Hotel room number
d. Check-in date and out dates
e. Customer’s credit card number and expiration date!

When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner… An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense.

Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the new guest’s information is electronically ‘overwritten’ on the card and the previous guest’s information is erased in the overwriting process.

But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!
The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket, and NEVER turn them into the front desk when you check out of a room. They will not charge you for the card (it’s illegal) and you’ll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader.

For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip!
If you have a small magnet, pass it across the magnetic strip several times. Then try it in the door, it will not work. It erases everything on the card.

Climate Change in Kidsgrove

This evenin Kidsgrove has experienced a torrential downpour of rain, this is not surprising since we have all been subject to a heatwave for the quite some considerable time.  The Met Office has issued a warning that flash floods shall be the norm in the West Midlands area for the next few days.

The big question is:

Is Kidsgrove suffering from the effects of climate change?

House burglary in Whitehill area of Kidsgrove

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Between Monday 31st May and Thursday 3rd June a burglary was committed at a dwelling in Galleys Bank Kidsgrove. Entry was gained whilst the occupants were on holiday, by reaching through a cat flap and removing a key from the door. Stolen was a laptop computer a Sky HD box and a quantity of DVD’s. Please pass this message onto your neighbours and ask them to be extra vigilant. If any of your neighbours are away please make regular checks of their property and report any suspicious persons or incidents to the police immediately.

You may contact Kidsgrove police on the following telephone number:

0300 123 44 55

Please note, Galleys Bank is situated in the Whitehill area of Kidsgrove and should not be confused with the Galleys Bank Estate.

Woman Robbed in Whitehall Avenue, Kidsgrove

At 9.45am on Friday 28th May a woman was walking in Whitehall Avenue Kidsgrove with her child in a pushchair when the following described offender snatched her pink coloured Puma bag from her arm and ran off. The bag contained a large amount of cash, vehicle documents for a road tax application, bank and credit cards.

 The offender is described as a white male, 20 years of age, wearing dark tracksuit bottoms and a dark zip up Lonsdale make sweatshirt. He was also wearing a black corduroy Nike cap displaying a white coloured tick that was worn low over his eyes. The woman was unhurt but she was shaken by the whole incident. Please pass this message onto your neighbours. The police at Kidsgrove would welcome any information in relation to this robbery or indeed the possible identity of the offender. Callers should quote incident number 214 of 28th May or for complete anonymity ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Friends of Bathpool Park

The Friends of Bathpool Park shall be holding their first meeting [since the AGM took place] at Kidsgrove’s Victoria Hall.  The meeting shall commence at 1900 hours and shall take place this evening.

The Chairman of the Friends of Bathpool Park, namely, Mrs Margaret Astle shall conduct the meeting and inform the members of the recent judging that took place in respect of the Green Flag bid.

Friends of Bath Pool Park

Work is ongoing to reduce the water-logged rugby pitch at Bathpool Park

Photograph taken by Margaret Astle – May 2010.

Kidsgrove weather affects recycling services

Kidsgrove recently suffered some adverse weather conditions [for want of better description] which resulted in the collection of reccycling facilities being suspended in the borough.  The borough being, Kidsgrove, Ravenscliffe, Butt Lane, Talke, Talke Pits, Mow Cop, Dales Green, Harriseahead and Newchapel areas.

However, Kidsgrove’s adverse weather conditions, a few inches of snow, ensured that recycling services were non-existent.

I must admit that I am baffled . . .

I am astounded . . .

Kidsgrove’s two inches of snowfall dissappeard two weeks ago.

The collection of plastic materials, cardboard and newspapers have still not been collected upon the Galleys Bank estate.  As I type this post, there are approximately one dozen properties upon Galleys Bank that are still awating the collection of their recycling materials.

Is the Galleys Bank estate receiving a raw deal from the Tory and Lib Dem controlled borough council?

Is the Galleys Bank estate being persecuted by the Tory and Lib Dem controlled borough council?

In fact, is Kidsgrove receiving a raw deal from the Tory and Lib Dem controlled borough council?

What do you think?

Margaret Astle is a moderator upon Kidsgrove’s most popular website and local discussion forum, to view the website simply click onto the following link:

Newchapel By-Election Results 2010

Well folks, Kidsgrove, Ravenscliffe and Butt Lane wards have been quite busy over the last two years.  Butt Lane, Kidsgrove and Ravenscliffe have been subjected to three by-elections in as many years.

It appears that it’s always the same political party who consistently call for these by-elections.  The Newcastle and Kidsgrove Liberal Democrat Party!

Newcastle Borough Council have to hold a by-election by law, if two members of the public request a by-election.  It appears that the by-elections are orchestrated by a female cabinet member, who is also a member of Kidsgrove Town Council.

The Newchapel by-election was quite costly and the long-suffering taxpayer had to fork out more than £4,000.00, simply because a female cabinet member suffers from delusions of self-importance and superiority over the members of her political party.  Indeed, one member of Kidsgrove Town Council recently resigned from their term of office due to political ‘in fighting’. 

Yes, the Liberal Democrat Party called for the Newchapel by-election and guess what?

The Kidsgrove Liberal Democrat Party came last in the polls . . .

Mind you, the candidate that the Kidsgrove and Newcastle Lib Dems fielded resides in the Leek area and not Newchapel or Kidsgrove.  I had to chuckle when the Kidsgrove Liberal Democrats boldy declared upon their Focus leaflet:

Local Candidate Chosen . . .

Hmm, their candidate resides in  the Upper Hulme area.

Not Kidsgrove, not Newchapel, not Whitehill but in Leek.

One now begs the following question . . . Should the Kidsgove and Newcastle Liberal Democrat Party be forced to pay for the cost Newchapel by-election?

For the record the Newcastle Conservative Party candidate retained the seat and the Kidsgrove and Newcastle Lib Dems came last in the polls.

Consultants to be selected for Galleys Bank Estate Regeneration

Last night I attended a Galleys Bank Steering Group meeting which was held at the Victoria Hall [Kidsgrove Town Hall], Liverpool Road, Kidsgrove.

At last night’s meeting the Steering Group Members were advised that six Consultants were short-listed and a selection process shall take place in order to ‘select’ the most experienced Consultant.  The Consultant shall work with the developer, namely, Keepmoat Ltd to ‘regenerate’ a property upon the Galleys Bank Estate.

Now then, it is common knowledge that ‘Option 6′ has not been rescinded by the ruling regime [the cabinet] at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.  Option 6, comprises of wide spread demolition of the Galleys Bank Estate [former Miners’ estate in Kidsgrove].  One has to remember that the Cabinet at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council approved ‘Option 6′ as the preferred option, at a meeting that was held behind closed doors.  Interestingly, the Cabinet and their councillor cronies approved wide spread demolition of the Galleys Bank Estate without informing any of the residents whom reside upon the Galleys Bank Estate.

Is this democracy?

I suspect not . . .

Kidsgrove’s global warming

Where is Kidsgrove’s Sun?

A red sky at night is a shepherds delight;

A red sky in mornin’ is a shepherds  warning;

I’m beginning to wonder if there is spark of truth in the old phase!  The sunrise in Kidsgrove this morning was quite placid.  Looking towards Mow Cop castle, I could see a dark blue sky with a hint of red and yellow hue.  Turning my gaze to North Wales, I watched the lentiscus form and the colour of the sky was pale blue with more than a hint of red, yellow and green hues.  I averted my gaze to the leafy pasture of Cheshire and I noticed that the sky was disappointly swathed in grey, with very little colour and practically no sign of the glorious hues.

What surprises does the Kidsgrove weather hold for us today? 

The weather forecast for Kidsgrove today is sunny spells with very little chance of rain. 

 Hmm, I wonder? According to the old fable; ‘ a red sky in mornin’ is a shepherds warning.’  I must admit that it’s a beautiful morning, quite warm, but my shoulders are feeling a bit nippy and I have slung my cardigan over my ancient bones;  there’s very little pollen in the air and it’s dry.

I avert my gaze upon to my street and I notice that the Kidsgrovian’s are beginning to wake from their slumber.  One sprightly chap is already inspecting his front garden.  Another family are opening their upstairs curtains, wondering what the Kidsgrove weather beholds today.  The resident postie has already washed, shaved and groomed himself, he’s most probably arrived at the Butt Lane sorting office, ready to pick-up his bulging bag of Royal Mail letters, postcards and small parcels.  The delivery of Kidsgrove’s mail shall shortly take place and anxious residents awaiting their birthday or greetings cards will inspect the cover of the envelope, inspecting the postmark and wondering what’s inside the envelope.

Let’s return to Kidsgrove’s weather pattern! 

 Where is Kidsgrove’ Sun?

As I gaze at the sky the red and yellow hues have vanished.  There is some cloud formation building up.  The clouds are quite light in colour and they are travelling quite fast too.  The colour of the sky has changed to mid-blue.  The sun, where is the sun?  I suspect hiding behind the clouds, playing a game of peek-a-boo and shall return to brighten up Kidsgrove when we least expect it.

Are the boffins correct?  Is global warming a threat to our society?

The above video details some of the alarming changes to our environment.

What would you do to hasten global warming?

Is Kidsgrove suffering from global warming?

The weather in Kidsgrove has been pretty dismal . . .

Kidsgrove has suffered from raging downpours, slight showers with intermittent bursts of sunshine.  I wonder if the change in the weather pattern is due to global warming?

When the sun is shining, it’s too warm and when it’s raining it’s impossible to nip into your garden.  So what’s the answer? 

Hmm, there’s an old saying ‘the early bird catches the worm’.

I’ve noticed that at 5.00am in the morning the Kidsgrove weather is crisp, cool and clear.  It’s not too warm and not too cold, and it’s not raining.    So, drag yourself out of your warm and cosy bed!  Grab an early breakfast.  Refill you coffee cup at least five times, then you are ready to combat the social change in Kidsgrove’s weather pattern.

Okay, you have now savoured the first meal of the day.  You’re raring to go!  What do you do now?

Prioritise, prioritise, prioritise!

If it’s not raining, perhaps you could spend a few hours pottering about in your garden.  It’s a beautiful time of the day and you can watch and listen to Kidsgrove waking up.

You can watch the birds feeding their young.  You can listen to the delightful sound of the dawn chorous by our featherd friends.  You can become acustomed to your neighbours early morning habbits.  I always assumed that our resident postie was the first person to arise in the morning!  I was surprised to learn that a working family of two adults and two children . . . Were washed, shaved, groomed and out and about in their street at 6.30am.

It’s fascinating to watch the next family arise from their cosy slumber!

Well, it’s still quite early and I decide that I have made enough observations for now.  I’m off back into my house to refill my coffee cup and then I’ll sit down on my little York patio and watch Kidsgrove wake-up.

What is global warming? Please click onto this link to view the video


To be continued . . .

Victoria Avenue and the Queen of England

The Queen of England also has a connection with Victoria Avenue!  Victoria Avenue and Whitehall Avenue, Kidsgrove share a common theme.

Tower Bridge London, Victoria Avenue, Kidsgrove.

Tower Bridge London, Victoria Avenue, Kidsgrove.

Whitehall Avenue and the Queen of England

There appears to be a connection between the Queen of England and Whitehall Avenue, Kidsgrove.  Whitehall Avenue is situated upon the Galleys Bank Estate [former Miners’ Estate] in the Kidsgrove area.

Whitehall Avenue and the Queen of England
Whitehall Avenue and the Queen of England

Now then, why is there a connecton between the Queen and Whitehall Avenue?