Newcastle Business Boost Awards

The Newcastle Business Boost Awards have just been launched for 2014 and in addition to the usual business categories, the Newcastle Town Centre Partnership is sponsoring a ‘Best for Customer Experience’ award, aimed at Newcastle Town Centre businesses. Entry to this category is only by nomination from the general public (for others, the businesses themselves need to apply). To nominate a business log on to http://www.businessboostawards.org.uk click on the ‘Nominate’ button and complete the simple form explaining why you wish to nominate the business.
There should also be a link from http://www.visitcastle.co.uk
The closing date is 3rd August.

Queen Victoria Statue Conservation – 2014

Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Society is once more proud to be instrumental in the conservation of this iconic statue. To find out more about its history and the Society’s involvement in its relocation and return to prominence just type Queen Victoria in the search box above.

In 2004 the Society commissioned a condition survey of the statue which showed that, following years of neglect, work was required to refurbish the Grade II listed statue.

The Civic Society, with the support of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, has sponsored the refurbishment in memory of our founder member and local businessman Clement “Jim” Wain who loved this town and strove to preserve its character and promote its prosperity.

Work commenced during the week beginning 24th February 2014 and the photos below illustrate some to the work undertaken.

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The cleaned statue is heated ready for the application of the base coat of wax, so that it flows into all the “nooks and crannies”.

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Wax is applied to the heated area by a stippling method.

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The finished effect after the top coat of wax is applied by the same method.

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Civic Awards Scheme 2013 – Results

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This scheme aims to promote and encourage good design and workmanship in new buildings, refurbishment of older buildings and landscape schemes with the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

This year we received eight nominations:

One nomination for new residential buildings
One nomination for new commercial buildings
Two nominations for the refurbishment of commercial buildings
Four nominations of landscape schemes

Judging took place on 3rd October. The judging panel consisted of the Conservation Officer and Councillors of Newcastle Borough Council, architects, planners and members of Newcastle Civic Society.

The Society’s thanks go to the judging panel for giving up their time and to all those who nominated projects.

The following three projects will be presented with awards by His Worship the Mayor, Councillor E. Boden at the Civic Offices on 5th December.

The Orchard, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme has been awarded a winner’s plaque for good design and workmanship in the new residential buildings category.

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Mellard’s Warehouse, Market Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme has been awarded a winner’s plaque for good design and workmanship in the refurbishment of commercial buildings category.

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Keele University Day Nursery, Keele has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation for good design and workmanship in the new commercial buildings category.

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The Civic Awards Scheme, promoting and encouraging good design and workmanship within the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, takes place every two years and we hope that in 2015 there will be even more nominations which can be made by anyone who identifies a project they feel merits consideration.

Heritage Open Days 2013 Find Out More !

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Come along and see some of our very special buildings !

Chapel of Rest, Newcastle Cemetery, Lymewood Grove, off Friarswood Road (Also accessible from Abbot’s Way, Westlands). A Victorian burial chapel of 1866, with original ceramic tiles and oak pews.

Open Thursday 12th September, 2pm to 4pm

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St. Giles Parish Church, Church Street. A Gothic revival of 1876, designed by George Gilbert Scott. The medieval tower is the oldest structure in Newcastle. Climb the tower for the view !

Open Friday 13th September, 9am to 12 noon and Saturday 14th September, 10am to 6pm

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Unitarian Meeting House, Lower Street (A34) close to the Parish Church. Built in 1717 (upper storey 1926). Older building burned down in 1715. Attended by Josiah Wedgwood and Joseph Priestley. (Look for the Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Society Blue Plaques).

Open Saturday 14th September, 11am to 4pm

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Holy Trinity Church, London Road (A34). Built in 1834 of decorative blue brick. Original altars and fittings. Interesting stained glass. Life sized statues by Eric Gill.

Open Saturday 14th September, 10.30am to 5pm

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St. Margaret’s, Wolstanton. Red sandstone landmark. Interesting Sneyd family effigies. Grave of Henry Faulds, fingerprinting pioneer and of Sarah Smith, a murder mystery.

Open Saturday 14th September, 1pm to 5pm

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Keele Hall. Former home of the Sneyd family. Victorian gardens and arboretum. Guided tours of the hall and gardens. Raven Mason Ceramics Collection on display. Antique pottery identification by curator.

Open Sunday 15th September 10.30am to 3.30pm

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