Development of the Friends

The Friends of Berryhill Fields are a constituted community group which arose out of the public consultation exercises carried out by Groundwork Stoke-on-Trent from c.1997 to find out what local people wanted from the Berryhill Fields in the coming Millennium.

This led to the creation of the Friends’ stone circle, the three Berryhill Greenway Gateway features, the Berryhill Amphitheatre and the improved access to the Fields for the disabled and, of course, the formation of the Friends of Berryhill Fields community group to help look after the Fields after the Millennium Project was completed.

The lack of our own Community Centre to date has meant that the Friends’ have constantly had to find new venues to hold their meetings (and Quiz Nights!), moving from the former British Legion Club (now closed), The Thurston Public House, the 99th Berryhill Scout Hall, the Hollybush Public House, the Bellringer Public House, the Man ‘O’ Clay Public House (Is this a theme I see before me?) and now, possibly, the Berry Hill Workingmen’s Club. This has, however, not stopped us helping to organise and run two summer fairs on the Fields, the first Berryhill Bonfire & Firework Display, as well as numerous community activities ranging from car boot sales to our popular fun quiz nights.

The Berryhill Fields Centre should soon be built though and in readiness the Friends’ have helped form The Berryhill Fields Centre Trust to manage the new centre, including many members from the Friends’ group, representatives from other local community groups, and others.

Author: John Steele