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Burslem Port work parties update for May

Dear all

Firstly, thanks to those of you who have attended work parties over the past couple of months. Our work party dates have coincided with some pretty variable weather recently, but we have managed to stay on top of things, keeping the site looking tidy. This has been particularly useful as we have had an increased number of visitors down there recently, including a television crew from ITV who were filming activities with young people as part of the Feral Spaces project.

TV film crewFeral Spaces event

This project is presently hoping to win support in the "People's Projects" scheme, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. This will provide art activities for young people, using disused local spaces and recycled materials, to promote appreciation of the local environment. Young people will develop and learn new skills, including team work and event planning, whilst getting involved with their local area. Communities will then come together for a day-long festival to celebrate their achievements. Please take a moment to give them your support. You can vote here up to midday today.

Over the next few months, we will be concentrating on keeping the site looking its best for visitors and also uncovering more of the towpath edge from the original canal. As in previous years, over the summer months the Saturday dates coincide with other events and people are less available so we will now revert to our weekday-only pattern until October. The upcoming work party dates are therefore as follows:

Tuesday 22nd May
Tuesday 26th June
Tuesday 24th July

Work parties run from 10am to 3pm. Volunteers are welcome for a couple of hours or all day. Meet at Luke St, Middleport, Stoke on Trent, ST6 3LY. All tools and equipment will be provided. Volunteers are advised to wear old clothes, stout shoes and to bring waterproofs in case of rain and a packed lunch if staying all day. For further information please contact me, Steve Wood, on 07976 805858 or by email Please let me know if you are planning to attend and I will make sure that you are aware if any event has to be altered or postponed.

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Steve (work party organiser)