NEWS

Keep up to date with news from the Belong Heritage Gallery as it takes shape.

 

 

JAPANESE ACADEMICS TAKE LESSONS FROM BELONG

18 October 2018

Japanese academics and care professionals visited Belong’s most recently opened village, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, to see how Japan’s growing care sector can benefit from insights into the organisation’s specialist model of dementia care, which is unique in the UK.

The group, led by Associate Professor at Osaka City University Graduate School of Business Takaya Kawamura was joined by local MP Paul Farrelly.

BELONG NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME ‘ROLLS UP’ TO ASTLEY FEST

L-R: Belong representatives Eileen Walford, Adam Judd, Irene Bradley, Hannah Rigby, and Letting In the Light representative Anne Kinnard

Roll up, roll up! Staff and residents from Belong Newcastle-under-Lyme pose with banners they painted by hand for the AstleyFest parade with the help of school childrenfrom Blackfriars Academy and community art company, Letting In the Light.

The free festival celebrated the ‘father of modern circus’ Philip Astley in his hometown of Newcastle-under-Lyme, with circus performances, magicians, horse shows and military displays.

STUDENTS ARE PICTURE PERFECT AT THE BELONG HERITAGE GALLERY

School is almost out for summer, but that hasn’t stopped these local graphic design students who have created original pieces of art to adorn the walls of the Belong Heritage Gallery, a feature of care village operator Belong’s latest site in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

MEMORIES OF MAXIMS TOP THE CHARTS

Back in the days before music could be streamed on Spotify, vinyl LP records were a necessity for any music fan. Now, following a 12-month campaign, the newly opened Belong Heritage Gallery in Newcastle-under-Lyme has released the first additions to the ‘Memories of Maxims’ record collection.

 

REMEMBERING THE PAST, CELEBRATING THE FUTURE

The chinking of china cups replaced the sound of clinking champagne flutes when the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Councillor Simon White, helped to celebrate the unveiling of The Belong Heritage Gallery at the site of the town’s first and only pottery. The Belong Heritage Gallery has been created by transforming the town’s oldest building in conjunction with a wider £13.5m care village development by Belong.

ARTIST UNVEILS WORK ON GIANT POTTERIES-INSPIRED MURAL AT CARE VILLAGE HERITAGE GALLERY

It was once a place to paint the town red. However, installation artist Joyce Iwaszko has chosen a splash of blue for her unique mural in the former home of the iconic Maxims nightclub and Newcastle-under-Lyme’s oldest building. She is currently putting the finishing touches to a 15-feet-long artwork…

LIVE AT
THE NEW VIC THEATRE

Members of the town who have come forward with their memories of Maxims will be centre stage at the town’s New Vic theatre on Tuesday 24 April 2018, when their stories are brought to life in an innovative stage production.

The script for the production, Lost & Found at Maxims, is based entirely on the…

HERITAGE RESEARCHERS PRAISE MAXIMS MAKEOVER

Postgraduate researchers from the University of Birmingham have hailed a major Staffordshire heritage project as a shining example of the reuse of a historical site, during a visit to Newcastle-under-Lyme’s oldest building.

The researchers, from the University of Birmingham’s Ironbridge International…

BOTTOMS UP TO HISTORIC KILN RESTORATION

A pot of tea was the obvious choice when Alison Tinning and Daniel Turner chose to say ‘bottoms up’ to the completion of a long-term project to restore a historic kiln base, dating back to the eighteenth century, at the Brampton Museum in Brampton Park, Newcastle.

The chinking of pottery made in the region was a fitting end to the restoration of the…

WORKSHOPS BRINGING MEMORIES OF MAXIMS TO LIFE

Creative writing workshops, which will turn people’s memories of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s oldest building into a script for live theatre, have been taking place at the town’s New Vic theatre

People shared their memories of the historic building on Lower Street, including from when it was Maxims nightclub…

BELONG NEWCASTLE APPOINTS GENERAL MANAGER

Alison Peake has been appointed General Manager of specialist care village, Belong Newcastle, which is set to provide a range of dementia and nursing care services, facilities and accommodation when the village opens on Lower Street early in 2018.

Alison brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience of health and social care…

NEW EXPERIENCE AND HERITAGE COORDINATOR FOR NEW STAFFORDSHIRE CARE VILLAGE

Belong Newcastle-under-Lyme has appointed Daniel Turner as Experience Day and Heritage Gallery Coordinator at the state-of-the-art care village, currently under construction in the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.

Daniel will lead the village’s programme of activities…

HISTORIC KILN RESTORATION GETS UNDERWAY AT THE BRAMPTON MUSEUM

A historic pottery kiln base, dating back to the eighteenth century and unearthed at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s oldest building, is being restored at The Brampton Museum, thanks to funds from state-of-the-art care village operator Belong.

The restoration is taking place in conjunction with the…

NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME DJ AMONGST RESIDENTS WHO RECALL REVELRY AND ROMANCE AT ICONIC NIGHTCLUB

– New Maxims Memories workshop dates announced to take place 30 August and 9 September –
Specialist care provider, Belong, which is developing a new care village in Newcastle-under-Lyme, on the site which used to be home to the historic Maxims nightclub…

HERITAGE GALLERY OFFERS THE PUBLIC A CHANCE TO BECOME PART OF NEWCASTLE’S HISTORY

The restoration of the Maxims building and its conversion into the Belong Heritage Gallery is gathering pace, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will enable this building of historical interest to be brought back into use for the people of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

RESTORATION OF FORMER MAXIMS BUILDING REVEALS CLUES TO SITE HERITAGE

The restoration of the Maxims building and its conversion into the Belong Heritage Gallery is gathering pace, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will enable this building of historical interest to be brought back into use for the people of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

DATES FOR
YOUR DIARY

The dates for the upcoming Maxims Live! workshops have been announced, taking place throughout April in various locations in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The events will be a chance to bring along favourite records, photos, outfits and memories from Maxims.

MAXIMS MEMORY APPEAL GOES LIVE!

The New Vic was the setting for a nightclub themed launch party as Belong embarked on its search for memories of Maxims. Former DJ, Alan Wiggins, was amongst the guests and was reunited with former co-workers and frequenters of the club.

MP AND MAYOR TOUR SITE

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The site of the former Maxims nightclub was the starting point of a tour of a number of exciting projects set to transform life in Newcastle-under-Lyme, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). MP Paul Farrelly and the Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Ian Wilkes, were among VIP guests on a heritage tour in the town.

MAXIMS LIVE! LAUNCH PARTY

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Belong will celebrate an exciting new collaboration with the New Vic Theatre to bring Maxims back to life through shared memories, heritage and drama. ‘Maxims Live!’ is a year-long project which will capture people’s memories of Maxims through an oral history project, before creating a piece of live theatre developed over a series of community writing workshops.

MAXIMS RESTORATION UNDERWAY

A major new project to revitalise one of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s most historic buildings is underway, thanks to a £1.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The gallery will form a major part of Belong’s newest care village on the same site, which will provide 24 hour nursing and dementia care facilities and apartments for independent living, along with a range of community facilities.

DROP-IN SESSION AT THE NEW VIC

Belong held a preview event for local people and professionals interested in finding out more about plans to create the Belong Heritage Gallery and community village at the site of the former Maxims nightclub. Professionals from the region’s health, social care and culture sectors were invited to view drawings and discuss opportunities to collaborate on the project.