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04.01.22 – Arthur Berry Exhibition, Recycling batteries, Christmas Tree Collection, UHNM A&E

Written by on 4 January 2022

A popular heritage and cultural gem in Newcastle is set to partially reopen to the public in the new year to celebrate the talents of a renowned artist known as ‘the Lowry of the Potteries’.

The Brampton Museum – working in collaboration with Barewall Art Gallery in Burslem – is thrilled to host an art exhibition, to which entry is completely free, promoting the life, work and legacy of Arthur Berry who is widely regarded as one of North Staffordshire’s most famous artists.

This exhibition from the 15th January to the 6th March will be the first to take place in the museum’s new gallery space, The Jim Wain Courtyard Gallery, following an 18-month redevelopment. The rest of the museum is set to reopen in the spring.


The Borough Council Waste and Recycling Services Team are reminding us not to put batteries into our recycling bin or bag. The Team do not collect batteries of any kind – and this is for safety reasons. Batteries can cause fires in the vehicles and in the sorting facilities.  Batteries can however, be taken to your local council recycling centres.

But did you know? For 10 years now, shops selling more than 32kg of batteries a year have to provide battery recycling collection facilities in-store. And to clarify this – One pack of 4 AA batteries per day equals about 32kg per year, so there many places around the area who will have battery recycling facilities.




The Dougie Mac are once again delighted to offer a Christmas tree collection service in conjunction with Brown Recycling. Once the Christmas season is over, they will do the hard work of taking away and recycling your Christmas tree.  The collections will take place on the 7th 8th and 9th of January, and all they ask is you make a suggested £10 donation to the hospice to support their 24 hour palliative care services.  You need to hurry though – as you must register for your collection by 11.59pm tonight.  You can do this by going to



The United Hospitals of North Midlands which includes The Royal Stoke Univeristy Hospital and county hospital Stafford are reminding people that their A&E departments are there to treat accidents and emergencies only. This includes conditions such as chest pain, loss of consciousness, severe bleeding, broken bones, choking, difficulty breathing or a suspected stroke.

People with minor ailments are being advised to use alternative services such as NHS 111, pharmacies or the Haywood Walk-in Centre.

Staff absence due to Covid at Staffordshire’s main hospital trust has jumped by two-thirds in the past fortnight as the Omicron wave continues to spread.