Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers – heritage podcasts

Sit yourself down, get cosy, put your feet up and listen to the six-part podcast series celebrating the cultural life of a City, “The Potteries” – Stoke-on-Trent.

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stories and songs about a unique place and it’s people

Click here to listen to Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers on Anchor FM or Spotify.

The podcasts were made for the Under One Roof project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

With different guests featured in each episode and wonderful musicians, you will be guided through the City’s history through tales and tunes.

Click on the titles to go straight to each podcast episode on Anchor FM.

The Great Jewel Box with The Fire Underground

Episode one puts the big light on this mysterious place where you can be standing in your own front porch museum, while a fire rages somewhere deep underground. With guests Danny Callahan, Artist, Designer and Historian and Gillie Nicholls, Composer, Musician, Potter and Sculptor.

The Small Stories in Every Day Things

Episode two in the series tells of the small stories in everyday things and the special ways of releasing them. With guests Alan Whiting: Musician and former Pottery Worker sharing his story of Jean Wooten told through a song, and Gabriella Gay: Poet, Teacher, Antique Dealer and member of Kwanzaa Collective UK made up of Artists, Academics and Activists Of Colour.

For the Sake of Times Gone By

Episode three in the series ends 2020 with remembrance and reflections, “Plight of the potters” with Phillip Hardaker Sculptor and Public Artist; Jennifer Spice, Poet and Researcher reflects on 2020; and a song for all times with a version of Auld Lang Syne recorded to take a moment to hold dear those who have passed. 

No Going Back

Episode four is an interview with Deb McAndrew acclaimed playwright on how the Potteries influenced her work and a retrospective of a past commission by the North Staffs Miners Wives Action group in 2015. It features No Going Back recorded in the early nineties sung by founders of the group, “Coalminers Blues” bluegrass mining song and footage from the Staffordshire Film Archive.

Traces of Their Toil

Episode five features Ray Johnson on the creation of the Staffordshire Film Archive and in particular the importance of documenting the city’s mining history from the perspective of those who worked in the industry. With tunes by Chris Bevington Organisation sung and played by Scott Ralph.

Bring your cuppa and chat on the virtual friendly bench!

In the winter months we are making a safe friendly place to get together online, in the short dark days of January.

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Under One Roof is a community heritage project based in and around St Mark’s Church in Shelton, Stoke on Trent. Every one has a history and we love to hear it!

If you want some company, chance to chat, see some smiling faces, and find out about the Under One Roof project, just pop in. No need to stay for an hour, just come and say hello!

The Friendly Bench is on zoom in January on four dates:

• Sunday 10th January 4-5pm

• Sunday 17th January 4-5pm

• Thursday 21st January 11am-12noon

• Thursday 28th January 11am-12noon

Please book, using eventbrite so we can send you the link to the zoom meetings. We have to do this so we know who is coming. This helps us make the Friendly Bench safe and welcoming.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you take part in the meeting on zoom. Email under1roofstmarks@gmail.com or phone Lynne 0751 881 3131

#LetsTalkLonelinessThisWinter

Stoke-on-Trent Community Share Network 20th Jan 2021

Connect and share information, skills and resources, and build a mutual support network in Stoke on Trent.

Totally Stoked and All the Small Things CIC are hosting a connect and share event for Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups in Stoke on Trent. This event is about funding and income generation.

Join us on Wednesday 20th January from 9.45am to 1pm on Zoom online.

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At the workshop we will:-

  • Get to know each other
  • Talk about challenges and successes
  • Exchange know-how and resources (skills, experience and information)
  • Learn from each other
  • Explore the potential for a city wide mutual support Network
  • Think about how we can collaborate and not compete.

There will be three speakers who will be talking about funding opportunities and sharing stories and tips for successful income generation.

The event will enable us to identify shared interests, concerns and resources and ideas for future network development.

The aim is to strengthen the networks in the city, building on collaboration that has increased during the pandemic.

Anyone who is working (paid or unpaid) in communities in the city is welcome.

Please book your place on eventbrite and we will send you the Zoom link to take part.

If you would like some help to use Zoom, please email allthesmallthingscic@gmail.com or call 07518 813131

Fun Seasonal Children’s Activities from Under One Roof

Under One Roof project logo in a Christmas bauble and the words "seasons greetings"

Under One Roof project wishes you Season’s Greetings!

We have created a fun pack for you to enjoy over the holiday season. Feel free to share your creations on social media, or just with your friends and family at home.

introduction to the activity pack with the words "get busy and get creative" and blue and red flowers.
Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Here’s a little taster of what you will find – a lovely colouring sheet!

Read all about Clarice Cliff and her amazing designs, then try it yourself.

Think about how you can help up light up your community this winter. We all need a warm glow, this year more than ever.

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Find out about Under One Roof here.

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Snuggle down, get cosy and comfortable and listen to our heritage podcast series Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers. Local history stories and music, to make you smile.

Thanks to Emily Beddows for creating the activities.

Introduction to Community Organising

Do you want to learn how to organise in your community and make a difference to where you live?

Would you like to be part of a local and national network of Community Organisers leading social change?

The Introduction to Community Organising course is a starting point for anybody who is interested in community organising.

The course is in two parts. You need to do both sessions. There are three opportunities to do the course – December 2020, January and March 2021.

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Monday 14th and Monday 21st December from 9.30am to 1pm.

Tuesday 19th and Tuesday 26th January 2021 from 9.30am to 1pm.

Wednesday 3rd and Wednesday 10th March 2021 from 9.30am to 1pm.

This free training is part of “It’s Not as Simple as Black and White” project to raise awareness of what brings us together rather than what divides us.

In this course we will explore

• the importance of listening to build relationships and uncover issues

• power in communities and why it matters

• how to motivate people to take action

• how to take your next steps in community organising & social action

The course will be on Zoom online. There are 15 places on the training.

All participants receive a Certificate of Participation if you attend both workshops.

Please book so that we can send you the link to the Zoom training sessions.

Click here for the eventbrite booking link for December 2020.

Click here for the eventbrite booking link for January 2021.

Click here for the eventbrite booking link for March 2021.

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The course will be run three times between December and March so if you cannot come in December please let us know and we will send you information about the other dates.

Further one-day courses are available focusing on practical aspects of community organising, plus longer courses for those who want to train as fully qualified community organisers.