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The SaveWMC Campaign

Welcome to SaveWMC.org, a website run by a group of volunteers dedicating their time and efforts to counter the unnecessary closure of Wedgwood Memorial College by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Our campaign group proposes that the College be run as an Independent Educational Trust (such as at Higham Hall), freeing the City Council from its financial responsibility.

To this end we were engaged in consultation with the Council and have launched a scheme to raise money so that there is an assured cash flow in place for the first couple of months of operation whilst the Trust waits for receipts to come in from people attending courses. The scheme has raised over £50,000 of pledges.

Wedgwood Memorial College's future does not have to be bleak. Working together we can bring it back to its former glory.

Sentinel: £10k Monthly Security Bill

The Sentinel reported on July 9th that security costs for the College after its first month of closure were not far off £10,000. The College, let's remember, was closed to save £28,000 a year. SaveWMC set up its campaign to run the College at no cost to the taxpayer.

Read more: Sentinel: £10k Monthly Security Bill

Newsletter 5 - June 2012

Newsletter 5 is downloadable from here.

"Occupy" Barlaston! Saturday, June 16th

SunsongOrganised by the Save the Wedgwood Memorial College Campaign this ‘Day School’ will take place at the Barlaston Village Hall, with the Plume of Feathers and the Duke of York pubs also available for sessions and lunch. The use of these venues signals the contribution that WMC has made over decades to the local community.

The Day will include a ‘Dove Release’ from Esperanto House to symbolize our ‘Occupation’ aims; drawing attention to the cost and waste of empty WMC buildings, in the heart of Barlaston, which could be reopened to continue the educational traditions which we will be celebrating and demonstrating in our programme of events.

Read more: "Occupy" Barlaston! Saturday, June 16th

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The College After Closure

The College closed on April 1st 2012. Read about our plans to continue the campaign in our fourth newsletter, released at the end of April.

Other things you might like to read:

1) Issue 2 of the newsletter, released in March just prior to closure.

2) Issue 3 of the newsletter, released at the beginning of April immediately after closure.

3) Our rebuttal to the feedback received on the business plan.

Response To Mrs Fairhurst

We are elated with the amount of support that we have received. However, an email from one lady raised issues with the campaign and we are, in the interests of fairness and transparency, happy to respond.

Images of the College (click to enlarge)

The Estoril house. Esperanto House is just around the corner. Photo courtesy of Futurilla on Flickr.
A view of the Limes house from within its grounds. Photo courtesy of Bill Siviter.
A huge, golden leaf dwarfing its less colourful counterparts in the arboretum. Photo courtesy of Dave Joynson, who was Walks Leader for six years of a group who came two to three times a year on residential courses at the College.
A view of the grounds from the dining room. Photo courtesy of Alma Hoogeveen, who visits the College every year from Amsterdam to participate with the group Growing Old Disgracefully.
A sculpture within the beautiful grounds. Photo courtesy of Bill Siviter.
The statue as he is now, symbolically out of commission
The outstanding beauty of Wedgwood Memorial College that the birds see.
Jesper Neergaard's sculpture <em>Sun Song</em>, bequested in honour of the College's links with Esperanto.
A beautiful Magnolia capturing the eye amid Beeches. Photo courtesy of Alma Hoogeveen and provided by Christine Partington, who visits the College regularly from Somerset with the group Growing Old Disgracefully.
WMC's display of mini menhir in spring. Photo courtesy of Judith Taylor of Growing Old Disgracefully.
A jolly <em>putto</em> during autumn. Photo courtesy of Judith Taylor of Growing Old Disgracefully.
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