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Sandyford and Goldenhill Residents Association (S.A.G.E.)

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A residents association uniting the two villages of Sandyford and Goldenhill since 1999

An organisation that aims to improve the environment and lifestyle for all its residents who live in our community



Poetry “The Angel of Evermore”

Here is a poem by a North Staffordshire poet, Terry Barber “The Biddulph Bard” from his latest book, The Angel of Evermore, which tells the story of a young woman who is raped and left for dead, but is rescued by a celestial being. It is a story, which he hopes will catch the imagination of readers as will the additional poems he has included in his book.

Terry has always wanted to write an epic, along the lines of the Odyssey, which is set in Roman Britain and tells the story of Krista, who lives in a village during that era. Other characters from the village feature strongly in the narrative, it’s an enthralling story, which, if it catches on intends to write a sequel sometime next year.

The book is scattered with poetry he thought would give added momentum. The poem featured below comes at the end of the book, after the main story. The book can be purchased from Amazon for £3.99p, or the Kindle version is available for £2.99p. A copy can also be purchased at ‘The Green Tree House’ cafe in Biddulph for £4. “Happy reading”.

Big Gun

Big Gun’s got our memories, Big Gun’s got our stars, Big Gun gets us up in the morning, gets so we can worship cars; gets us so we can sleep walk through the city, hold hands with imaginary folk, get up so we can look so pretty, and so we don’t lose hope.

Big Gun’s taken over our reasoning, doesn’t want us to perceive, wants us to be bigots when talking, wants us to strike opponents, to march and set fire to things. Wants us to accuse, to deceive, to bully, never to forgive those who offend; this is the road that leads to Stalin, this is Big Gun, this is the end.

Snow Champions Wanted

“Icy pavements are especially dangerous for those who may be unsteady on their feet such as mature residents or those with a disability.  Stoke-on-Trent City Council wishes to support local people who may wish to help clear public amenities such as shop frontages, medical centres, schools etc.  If volunteers come forward, the council will seek to provide a ‘grit-bin’ at that location for them to access when necessary.  Clearing snow and laying ‘grit’ can often be physically demanding so volunteers should ensure that they are fit and able to carry out the work.  If you are interested please email

Burslem Town Centre “Light Night Event”

Stoke on Trent City Council, Appetite and the Cultural Forum are thrilled to be launching a brand new citywide event: Light Night Stoke-on-Trent.

Taking place in Burslem Town Centre from Thursday, January 31 to Saturday, February 2, Light Night is a free, three-evening event for the whole city that will see the town transformed with world-class animated projections, glowing musical parades and vibrant artworks. Light Night builds on the fantastic momentum, energy and pride generated by the city’s bid to be UK City of Culture and is match funded by Arts Council England and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Everyone is encouraged to visit the event, so make a note in your 2019 diary, it’s a celebration you don’t want to miss.

Rent Free Weeks for Stoke on Trent City Council Tenants

Make sure you are up-to-date with your rent payments

Every penny counts when you are getting closer and closer to the festive period and the good news is that council tenants will benefit from two rent-free weeks in the run-up to Christmas.

This is only available to tenants who are fully up-to-date on their rent payments, with no arrears. 

Council tenants’ rent is split over the year to allow four rent-free weeks. The next ones are:

  • week starting December 24 (Christmas eve)
  • week starting December 31 (New Year’s Eve)

Prospective Owners of “St John’s Church” Meet with Council’s Heritage Team Over War Memorial

Concerns are being raised in the communities of Goldenhill and Sandyford in light of the perceived uncertainty regarding a war memorial’s future, which is located in the grounds of St John’s Church, Goldenhill.

It has been reported that members of the City Council’s Heritage Team have recently met with the prospective owners of the church, who seem aware of the issues and sensitivities surrounding the memorial, and the importance of maintaining public access. It is said that things are at a very early stage, but they will continue to monitor the situation, and offer advice and guidance as and when necessary.

The Council’s Heritage Team say as a general principle, it is always preferable to preserve a memorial in its original location, to ensure that its historical and contextual links remain intact. If there is a genuine threat to a memorial’s existence, options to move it to a safer location can be explored, but they do not feel that they have reached this point with regard to the St John’s monument, and should the situation change, they will be more than happy to discuss alternative locations for the memorial with the local community.

Concerns over Goldenhill’s War Memorial

It is being reported that St John’s Church in Goldenhill has been sold, and if true there are growing concerns that the war memorial located within the grounds would be under threat if a developer did not want to keep it on site.

Local residents and other concerned people are saying that the war memorial must be preserved at all costs, and believe it is a matter of urgency to have it moved to a safer location.

Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association (S.A.G.E.) is unaware of the church being sold, and when investigating further into the matter, it shows on the Church of England website that St John’s Church is still up for sale.


Can you see yourself as a police officer?

Do you want a career which is challenging, where no two days are the same and where your actions and decisions will help to ensure that Staffordshire is a safer place to live? Are you an existing graduate or interested in obtaining a degree or professional qualification and being able to “learn while you earn”?

If so, then a career as a police officer with Staffordshire Police may be just the job for you. Police officer recruitment is changing and new recruits will join policing as an apprentice or as an existing graduate. Student officers will learn on the job as well as studying at university for a degree or post graduate diploma whilst they are serving as officers.

For more information and to apply TODAY please follow the link to our website

Official Statement

A leaflet has been distributed to residents in the Sandyford & Goldenhill area confirming that Lucy Kelly will be the Labour Party Candidate for Goldenhill & Sandyford at next year’s local council elections, instead of Martin Garner who is standing down after representing the ward for two terms.

Within the leaflet it states that Lucy Kelly “is a member of Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association (S.A.G.E.)” which is being interpreted that she is a representative on the committee.

The residents association can confirm that Lucy Kelly is a resident of Sandyford and not a S.A.G.E. committee member.

Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association is a non-political organisation that is non-bias to election candidates and political parties.

Is Goldenhill Golf Course Finally Out of the “Bunker”

Pictured – Land of former Goldenhill Golf Course

Stoke on Trent City Council is reporting that it is in the final stages of negotiations with a preferred purchaser who is proposing to turn land at Goldenhill back into a golf course again.

The Council’s Estate Team are hopeful a report can go to the Operational Business Management Meeting this month where a decision can be made for final approval of the scheme.

Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association (S.A.G.E.), along with local residents have been calling out for many year’s for something good to happen to the land, especially when the area has been blighted with off road bikers, fly tipping and Travellers who have regularly visited the site.



Warehouse Operative Job Vacancy “Q-railing”

Warehouse Operative is required at Q-railing who are to move their U.K. Company Headquarters to Sandyford.

If you are interested in applying for the position, then please e-mail your CV to

Ideally, the company are looking for someone with warehouse experience (picking/packing/scanning/system entry etc.). Forklift truck trained would also be beneficial but not essential as training will be provided.

However, a good honest, reliable, quick learning, hard working person would also be of interest, as training will be provided.

Q-railing look forward to hearing from any interested and enthusiastic person who believe they would be suitable for the position.