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Dame Karen Bradley MP Column 29.01.24

I never tire of saying how lucky we are to live in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands. We have so many special places and for this week’s Reason I would like to feature the picturesque village of Butterton.

Butterton is surrounded by some of the most stunning countryside the Moorlands has to offer and is close to many fantastic walking routes. The small village is made up of sandstone cottages and has a ford running along a cobbled street in the centre, which really adds to its charm. The quaint cottages in the village are dwarfed by the Grade II listed St Bartholomew’s church.

Interestingly, Butterton is one of only 18 Doubly Thankful Villages in England and Wales, and the only one in Staffordshire, meaning that everyone from the Parish who fought in the First or Second World Wars returned home safely. This is marked by a plaque which visitors may be able to spot. Butterton is a really great Reason to Visit the Moorlands!

I would also like to let local residents know that I am currently organising my next coach trip to Parliament on Thursday 14th March.

The trip is open to residents of Staffordshire Moorlands and offers an opportunity to join me in a Questions and Answers session followed by a tour of Parliament.

We start the tour in Westminster Hall and I show constituents where monarchs, including our late Queen Elizabeth II and Parliamentarians such as Sir Winston Churchill, lay in state as well as the steps where President Zelenskyy gave his famous address to both Houses of Parliament. I always point out the Staffordshire connections, of which there are quite a few, including Augustus Pugin, the Minton tiles and Richard Norman Shaw.

Please contact my Leek office on 01538 382421 if you would like more details.


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