Wow what a Great Big Picnic Celebration 2017!

in Hanley Park on Sunday 11th June 2017
the One Big Celebration Picnic happened!picnic posterPeople brought picnics
and joined their neighbours for free activities for all ages
on the theme of books!

“This was a really good example of different organisations and community groups working together in the University Quarter and wouldn’t have happened without the strong working relationships that have been formed between them. The event brought a very safe multicultural celebratory feel to the park bringing all ages together”.

We had music, games, delicious food,
family learning and crafts activities,
stories, walks, henna hand painting, gardening and more!
Karvan joined us with the wonderful Lit Trip Advisor
We wrote recipes using ingredients from the new edible green route.

Volunteers read The Very Hungry Caterpillar in 4 languages –
English, Romanian, German and Welsh!
The video is coming soon!

Over 40 volunteers, 40 artists and staff were involved from more than 12 organisations.

Many thanks to YMCA North Staffs for applying for funding and organising the event.

Thanks to the Lottery Community Celebration Fund!


Big Book Swap Picnic 12th June

In Hanley Park on Sunday 12th June The 

Big Book Swap Picnic happened!

big book swap picnic new logo

People brought picnics
and joined their neighbours for free activities for all ages
on the theme of books!

Read all about it, scroll down and watch the video here

There were games, costume making, stories, family learning, crafts and more!
Karvan with the wonderful Lit Trip Advisor
Comic book workshop for adults and young people.
Wrote recipes using ingredients from the new edible green route.
Volunteers read Silly Suzy Goose in many languages
including German, Farsi and Welsh!

Books were swapped at our Swap Stall.

See photos of the day on twitter #BigRead


The Big Book Swap Picnic is just one of many events that celebrated the #BigRead in Stoke last summer. Check out what else is happened!

It was part of the Big LunchBLLogopark2016


Community Action Day 20th April 2016

20-4-16 action dayWe had beautiful sunshine for the University Quarter Community Action Day on the 20th April 2016.

Based in Hanley Park activites included play, sports and games, walks, health checks, bike rides, a litter pick and gardening. See below for details.
  • Cakes and pizza made by Stoke College students were on sale.
  •  Refreshments were provided by the Friends of Hanley Park (Chair Carole Ware).
Three people had a free health check at Stoke College Sports Academy
  • Blood Pressure Tests
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Body Mass Index
At least 12 Stoke College students did a great litter pick round local streets.
Stay and Play from 1-2.30pm with Thomas Boughey Children’s Centre with 18 people engaged in activities, one new registration for services information on courses for shared with 7 parents. The majority of people would like the Children’s Centre Buzz in the parks delivering activities.
Walks with Living Streets Walking Charity
  • #Try20 – 2 20 min led walks around Hanley Park with individuals
  • Turning brown to green – a walk to identify brown spaces that could be improved as part of the green route with Airspace Gallery with 4 participants.

The #MidweekMile walking group of 8, led by Staffordshire University, walked round the park and stopped to learn about the University Quarter and the 1000 Lives Community Network and reflect on the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Stoke on Trent City of Sport van attended and gave out around 100 packs of information to visitors.

Information was shared with around 100 people about the University Quarter, empty homes, accredited landlords, recycling and family support, thanks to Stoke City Council

Stoke College staff led 2 Bike rides providing bikes for 10 people to take part.

We had a football game and a Kick Rounders match with Sixth Form College SportsMaker, with around 37 participants.

Airspace Gallery artist Anna Francis was gardening in the Bee Friendly Garden.

At least 3 groups of learners from Stoke College visited the event with their lecturers and talked about opportunities to get involved in running other activities in future.

For all organisations involved it was a very positive partnership event.

We look forward to the next event.
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