Latest Wolstanton Stories

2008-10-05 00:00:21

Mervyn Edwards Looks back to the days when Wolstanton High was Wolstanton County Grammar, and the school song was sung in Latin. W OLSTANTON High School, in Milehouse Lane, Newcastle-under- Lyme, is an imposing building which opened in 1928 as Wolstanton County Grammar School. During this particular incarnation of the school it developed a reputation for educational standards which was second to none across North Staffordshire. It is a pity the same praise cannot be lavished on the...

2008-09-28 00:00:24

Back Beat: An exhibition covering more than 178 years of policing in Newcastle opened to the public this weekend. Memorabilia dating back to 1830 is on display at the Borough Museum and Art Gallery, Brampton Park. The Policing The Past collection includes items donated by the former Staffordshire Police Museum. It also includes artefacts donated by 69-year-old Alf Tunstall, from Wolstanton, who was a policeman and historian. He died last year. His nephew, Robert Barclay, is...

2008-09-18 00:00:24

By Adam Blakeman Tributes have been paid to a woman described as a local pioneer of the amateur dramatics scene. Shirley Steels, president of Porthill Players, died at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire on Friday after battling against ill health. The 73-year-old, who had been involved in theatre for more almost 60 years, will probably be best remembered as the woman who converted a group of pantomime actors into one of the most successful amateur dramatic groups in North...

Word of the Day
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.