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03.03.23 – Staffordshire Day 2023, Library volunteers shortlisted

Written by on 2 March 2023

Staffordshire Day, is back for 2023 with a packed programme of exciting events and activities. This year, the theme is Our theme for 2023 is Learn Something New, throwing the spotlight on the new skills you can pick up at our attractions, the incredible creativity which sets us apart from other counties, and the hidden gems and amazing secrets within our borders.  Also sustainability ..  from home-grown food to home-grown talent, celebrating the many ways that our county is doing its bit to reduce our impact on the environment and make Staffordshire more sustainable.  The events will take place on Monday 1 May which is the anniversary of Josiah Wedgwood, setting up his pottery company in 1759 and helping to transform Staffordshire into the centre of the world’s ceramics industry.

We’ll be announcing more in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on this page, and on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages for details of how you can get involved.

Staffordshire Day Film Competition 2023

We’ll be putting Staffordshire in the spotlight once again, with the return of the Staffordshire Day Film Competition, sponsored by the Staffordshire Film Archive.

There are three categories – Best Documentary, Best 3-Minute Promo, and Best Animation – and the competition is open to all film-makers, whether you are professional or amateur, young or old.

All eligible entries must promote Staffordshire tourism and hospitality in some way, and be linked to this year’s theme, Learn Something New.

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Staff and volunteers from Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries and Arts service have been shortlisted for a national award.

Projects that help promote learning, health and wellbeing through reading and a scheme which provided extra support for people settling in the county from Ukraine, are amongst the activities shortlisted.

Michelle Jackson, Libraries Development Officer was nominated and shortlisted for the reading award for her work to support the needs of the local communities in North Staffordshire.

Wendy Sandbrook & Betty Johnson, volunteers at Werrington Community Managed Library have been nominated and shortlisted for the Health & Wellbeing Award, for their work to introduce a diverse programme of support, delivered by public, charitable and independent organisations.

Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member responsible for libraries at Staffordshire County Council said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Michelle, Wendy and Betty have all been shortlisted for an award. One would have been amazing but three is outstanding work.

The three have been shortlisted in the Libraries Connected Awards, which celebrate the achievements of public libraries and the staff and volunteers that work in them and winners will be announced in June.

Winners will be announced in June 2023 and people can find out more at