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An historic landmark in Newcastle town centre which dates back to 1713 is busy, full of life and providing a useful range of services to the local community.

That is the conclusion of a 12-month arrangement with Support Staffordshire who have agreed to continue managing the Guildhall while its long-term future is decided.

The county-wide voluntary sector support organisation took over the running of the iconic building, opening a community and voluntary sector hub, in January 2019 following the relocation of Council staff to Castle House.

Deadline for Interest Free Loans

Apply by 31 December for interest-free loans to support community spaces

Over the past two years, we’ve awarded more than £2.1 million in interest-free loans and grants to help community spaces all over the UK build their trading activities and become more financially sustainable.  

Spaces supported include a community-run lido in Cornwall, a village hall in the Hebrides and a co-operative farm in Northern Ireland. 

Windrush Day Grant Scheme

Grants are available for local authorities, charities and community groups to celebrate, commemorate and/or educate about the history of the MV Empire Windrush and the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British economic, social and cultural life.

Windrush Day (22 June) was established to celebrate the large contribution of the Windrush Generation to Britain's cultural, social and economic.

Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are available.

Organisations are eligible if:

Tamworth the Rosetta Stone of England - A talk by Roger Nutt

Kingsbury-born Mr Roger Nutt, now of the U.S.A., will come to explain his intriguing theory that Tamworth, and not Wall, is the real Roman settlement of Letocetum. Given the recent discovery in Coton Lane, and previous Romano-British finds in the area, is it so far-fetched?

'Tamworth - the Rosetta Stone of England' will be in Tamworth Town Hall on Sunday 14th July at 2.00 p.m. and admission on the door is £4 (£2 for TDCS members).

Herb Garden Festival and Darwin’s Garden Art Exhibition at Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield

A great chance to meet the gardeners and learn about the historic collection of herbs in this city centre garden, a hidden oasis of peace and calm, surrounded by medieval buildings just behind the Cathedral Close in Lichfield.

Composed of a number of linked but distinct areas: the Culinary Garden, Darwin’s Medicine Chest, the Dyer’s garden and the Scented Garden, each bed tells the story of various aspects of 18th century life, both domestic and medical, as experienced by this important Lichfield household.