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Weekend picks: Treasures from the Glass Collection

Dudley Museum & Art Gallery: Until December 22nd - 10:00am - 4:00pm

The skill of glassmaking came to to Midlands many years ago, those working in the industry were drawn to the region by an abundance of raw materials, inventors, industry and labour.

A display of the weird and wonderful from this rich heritage and world of glass is on show In Gallery 3 this weekend and forms part of the Dudley Museum collection.

You can view the items which have made it through the centuries to their final resting place here at the gallery. Learn about the history of glass and how the Midlands helped shape the shapes you see before you.

To find out more visit: Dudley Museum & Art gallery.

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Weekend Picks: Leek Fine Food Festival

Leek: Saturday December 17th, 09:00-15:00

The Fine Food Market in Leek brings together local Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District specialist food producers each month.

This month is a day of dance and music where you can take part in the rock and roll jive workshop and demonstration provided by Synchronicity Dance.

Music will be provided by local radio stations with additional entertainment from Morris Dancers.

Or why not pitch up and hold your own sale as part of the market, see more details here.


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Weekend Picks: The Reindeers of Warwick

Hatton Adventure World, Warwick: every weekend until 24th December.

It's a busy time for all of those who help Santa as he prepares for the biggest day of his year later this week, and we mustn't forget his reindeer.

To give them a little rest before the big day they will be joining all the other animals down on the farm at Hatton Adventure World in Warwick, this weekend, and you can come and see them there too.

But it's not just Rudolph and Prancer, you can also visit the Guinea Pig Village, join in with some Christmas Caroling or take a ride at the fun fair.

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Weekend Picks: Santa comes early to Buxton

Buxton Spring Shopping Centre: 17th & 24th December

It’s just over a week to go until the big day is upon us, but if your clan cannot wait that long to see what Santa has in store then why not take them along to Buxton this week and meet the man himself, a few days early.

Buxton and District Lions Club have asked Father Christmas nicely if he can come along and help support the many activities and projects they do to raise funds to help both individuals and organisations within the community, a visit to Santa will help these little helpers go a bit further this Christmas.

Prices start from £1.00 and there is parking on site, but there's only room for one sleigh!


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A518 Southbound is closed due to accident involving two lorries between Within Lane and Blackheath Lane.

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Christmas money stolen from frail elderly man

Newton Leys in Burton upon Trent. Credit: Google Street View

A frail elderly man has had his Christmas savings stolen during a distraction burglary which happened in Newton Leys in Burton upon Trent.

The 88-year-old was approached by two unknown men who informed him that urgent work was required on his roof.

Whilst the home owner was distracted by one of the men in the garden, the other entered his house and took his wallet containing £3000 pounds.

The men put their ladder back on the roof of a small white van and drove off.

They are described as unshaven and wearing dark clothing and they spoke with local accents.

Police are now urgently trying to finding the occupants of a white van.

This is a despicable crime. where a frail partly sighted old man was targeted by callous criminals.

They stole the man's savings which he had ready to take with him for when he celebrated Christmas with his family.

He has been left distraught and I urge anyone who may have seen a white van with a ladder on its roof in or around the area this lunchtime to get in touch

– Inspector Bob Champeau at Burton Police station
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