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May update

Dear Burslem Port supporter

Thanks to everyone who responded to the first newsletter, and welcome to those of you who have subscribed during the past month. It's great to have your support! We've had new offers of help from a number of new volunteers, not just for our regular work parties but also to assist with development of the project plans, which is very encouraging.

It has been a really busy month for the project as you will read below, so do get in touch if you are able to assist in any of the tasks that need doing, or even if you have a skill which you think may be useful for us in the future.

Work parties

Volunteer work parties are a key part of our activities. Not only do they keep the site clean and tidy, but they also demonstrate to the community that we are still here and keen to make progress. We regularly take potential partners to the site so it is very helpful to be able to demonstrate the support of our local community.

Our advertised work parties in April were boosted by a couple of extra Saturday events. The weather was (mostly!) kind so these was arranged at short notice. Activity has taken place at both ends of the site, with vegetation cut back next to the Trent & Mersey Canal and in the narrows section, as well as in the last section of our canal beyond the footbridge.

In May, we are going to schedule in two extra Saturday dates, in anticipation of continuing good weather. Our work parties will be on Saturday 7th, Saturday 14th, Tuesday 24th and Saturday 28th.

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 contact Steve Wood on 07976 805858 or by email steve@burslemport.org.uk. Any changes are advertised via our Facebook and Twitter pages, as that is the quickest way to reach people. Please let Steve know if you are planning to attend and he will make sure that you are aware if any event has to be altered or postponed.

Burslem Port in the press

Patron Joan Walley has recently written a "Personally Speaking" article about the project for the Sentinel newspaper which can be read online here.

Staffordshire Day

Thanks to everyone who turned up to see our display in the Wedgwood Institute as part of the Staffordshire Day celebrations. Thanks also to volunteers Dave and Wojciech for arranging to install and man our display over the two days of the event. If you did not get a chance to see the displays they will next get an outing at the Etruria Canals Festival at the start of June.

Steve
Work party organiser and website manager