The third annual live CR broadcast with significant city leaders including Mayor Mark Meredith, was an influential occasion.

Jonathan Bellamy
Jonathan Bellamy

On Friday 16th December over 20 city and community leaders gathered at Cross Rhythms City Radio. Each guest spoke on a live radio broadcast about how they and others are 'building on the foundations' of renewal and regeneration in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

It was a highly successful event and was featured in a full two page spread in the local Sentinel newspaper. The quality of guests in attendance was incredible, and showed too how Cross Rhythms is an active part of city life in Stoke-on-Trent.

Guests attending included Mark Meredith, the Elected Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Mark Fisher MP and Aktar Choudhury, the Chief Executive for North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone. The full list can be seen below.

During the event Jonathan Bellamy, CEO of Cross Rhythms presented a gift to Elected Mayor Mark Meredith, showing new building taking place and carrying the scripture 'Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins, you will raise up the age old foundations'. Jonathan also delivered a speech to the city leaders gathered at the Cross Rhythms building.

You can also hear the audio of the live broadcast.

Guests Mingling

Full list of guests attending:

  • Mark Meredith - Elected Mayor, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Mark Fisher MP

  • Joan Walley MP

  • Aktar Choudhury, Chief Executive, North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone

  • Andy Tharp, PR & Communications Manager, RENEW North Staffordshire

  • John de Kanter, Chief Executive, INSTAFFS

  • Superintendent Mick Harrison, Staffordshire Police

  • Lloyd Cooke, Director, Saltbox Christian Centre

  • Jude Hawes, Equalities Team Manager, Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureau

  • Dot Griffiths, leader of the Women Fighting for Herceptin Campaign, and recently awarded Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire 'Citizen of the Year'

  • Kevin Healey, Chairman, North Staffordshire Asperger & Autism Association (NSAAA)

  • Paul Lancaster, General Manager, Potteries Shopping Centre

  • Gill Howell, Staffordshire Learning & Skills Council, Director of the Stoke-on-Trent 14-19 Collegiate

  • Angela Glendenning, Chair, PARINS (Partnership Approach to Racism in North Staffordshire)

  • Rev Gordon Crowther, 'Church Without Walls'

  • Thurayya Cahill, Union of African & African Caribbean Organisations (UAACO)

  • Kevin Howard, Programme Controller, Signal Radio

  • Lynne Burton, Women Fighting for Herceptin Campaign

  • Patrick Shelley, Youth Services, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Sue Hallam, Head of Music & Performing Arts Service, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Barbara Wain, Director, 'Changes: 12 Steps to Mental Health'

  • Steve Vincent, Community Chaplain for North Staffordshire

  • Robert Mountford, City Vision Ministries

  • Rev David Lingwood, Rector of Stoke

  • Phil Barber, Leader of Birches Head Christian Fellowship & Director of the Birches Head Centre Project


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