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04.09.23 – Road Closures at Festival Park, Love NUL Business Awards, Staffordshire History Festival

Written by on 3 September 2023

Improvement work on a major Stoke-on-Trent roundabout is drawing to a close.

Work to widen the Marina Way and Festival Way arms of the roundabout at Festival Park started earlier this year.

This final phase of work is due for completion in mid-September, before then, a number of overnight road closures will be in place for road surfacing.

Festival Way – from the roundabout to the bus stop outside the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – will be closed to traffic from 8pm tonight, tomorrow night and Wednesday night, until 6am the following mornings, while Marina Way – which runs adjacent to the Odeon cinema – will be closed from midnight until 6am on those dates.

Once the roads have re-opened, traffic management will remain in place until the overall works have been completed.


Following public nomination and voting stages, Newcastle-under-Lyme BID has announced  the shortlisted businesses and individuals for the LoveNUL Business Awards.

With over 45 businesses shortlisted for the awards across 15 categories; including Sustainability Champion, Community Champion, Independent Business of the Year and Restaurant of the Year, an awards ceremony will take place on 15th September at Newcastle Performing Arts College.

The LoveNUL Business Awards, which has seen over 500 individual nominations submitted and more than 5000 votes cast, has been designed to provide the public with the opportunity to show appreciation for their favourite establishments, service providers and community champions in Newcastle across and celebrate those who have gone above and beyond to create exceptional experiences for customers and clients.

The inaugural awards is being sponsored by Keele University and will provide an excellent platform for the university to reinforce its support for the local business ecosystem and its commitment to building further relationships with the public and key partners.

Please see below shortlisted businesses:

Beauty & Personal Care

Toni & Guy

Black Opal Tattoo

Beauty Effect

Cafe of the Year


Oatcake Heaven

Baileys Tearoom

Independent Business of the Year

Tony Price Quality Butchers

Anasma Greek Bakery

Hollie’s Haberdashery


Large Retailer of the Year

Sense Charity



Market Trader of the Year

Darren’s Plants


Cheeky Cheesecakes

New Business of the Year


Family Bakery Cafe


Professional Services Award

Staffordshire K9

Saferhand Care Solutions Ltd

Thompson Wright Limited

Pub of the Year

Bridge Street Ale House

Cappello Lounge

The Little Vic

Service with a Smile Award

Il Capo Barbers

Toni & Guy

Oatcake Heaven

Small Retailer of the Year

Caffe Java

Brampton Museum Shop

Newcastle Pet Supplies

Restaurant of the Year Award

Amore Italian Restaurant and Café


Anasma Greek Bakery

Visitor Attraction of the Year

Brampton Museum

Castle Artisan Market

New Vic Theatre

For more information please visit or visit @newcastlebid on social media.


The Staffordshire History Festival, organised by Staffordshire County Council’s libraries, arts and museum services will run throughout September and October.

People interested in finding out more about Staffordshire’s fascinating history are invited to join in a two-month long celebration of the county’s past.

The annual event, which saw over 10,000 people joining in last year will include exhibitions, historic talks and walks, heritage open days and library events.  An online festival to highlight famous people from Staffordshire and little-known facts about the county’s history will run alongside the physical events.

Highlights include a heritage open day at the Staffordshire Archives Museum stores in Stafford on 9 September with a chance to see and handle historical objects and learn the stories behind them from the team.  The service will also be launching ‘Knowing where you stand: an introduction to local history’ adult learning course in partnership with Keele University on 3 October.

A mini walking tour of historic Eastgate Street in Stafford and an exhibition created by David Robbie about the history of Great Haywood at Rugeley library is also part of the programme.

At Burton Library on 23 September, a local author day will give people the chance to meet with history authors promoting their books.  At the Perton Library History Fair on Saturday 7 October people can explore stalls, exhibitions, re-enactors and enthusiasts and a special escape room activity for young people.

Tamworth library will be celebrating its 50th birthday with a ‘Tamworth Then and Now’ photographic exhibition, created in partnership with Tamworth Castle. And, at Newcastle library, customers will be celebrating the town’s 850th birthday with a series of events for children during the October half term break.

Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council, Victoria Wilson said: “Our annual history festival is always a wonderful celebration of our county’s rich past and it’s great to see our library, archives and museums teams working together to create such a brilliant programme of events.

“For many of us, our local library, archives, and museums services are our best gateway to learning more about family or local history. We also know that local cultural experiences inspire, foster pride, and connect communities, which is so important to us all.

“I’d urge everyone to get involved, visit their local library, attend an event near them and follow all the action on social media.”

Other events include talks in libraries from local historians and authors, including Andrew Lound, Joy Stephenson-Blank, Shaun Farrelly, Emma Venables, Carolyn Kirby, and Steve Booth.  a book signing with Nick Thomas at Stafford library, Sylvia Baddeley at Newcastle library and another with Philip Leese at Kidsgrove library. Taster sessions on the Ancestry website, quizzes and treasure hunts for children will also take place in libraries.

The Pop-up Stafford Film Festival is also back this September, with The Mace Guide to the Midlands, a celebration of the customs and traditions of the Midlands region. Films will be shown every lunchtime in Stafford Library between 12 and 17 September.

Perton library and Burton library will also be hosting ‘Their Finest Hour’ digital collection days on 19 and 21 October. People are encouraged to bring along Second World War artefacts and family stories for recording and uploading as part of a national project organised by Oxford University.

Further information and details of the events are available at Staffordshire History Festival events

Photo 1: Farida Mohamedali from Stafford Library holding history books

Photo 2: Cllr Victoria Wilson with Tara Spandrzyk at Perton Library