When St Luke's was built, Stone Road was not the busy dual carriageway it is today. Those were quieter times, with the church on one side of the road and the church school on the other, with a rectory close by.
Of course the church school moved over fifty years ago and its original building now has a commercial use. The diocese sold the rectory many years ago when St Luke's lost its full-time vicar and in the meantime the A34 became a major dual carriageway truck road, only relieved when the M6 was built.
The two footpath accesses from Stone Road to the churchyard are still in use but the principal pedestrian access and only reasonable road access to the church, churchyard and church hall are off Bracken Close.
The old Stone Road address meant that St Luke's was allocated a postcode for Stone Road. As more and more businesses, especially the utilities, have gone online and used postcodes to locate places, this has begun to cause problems, since services such as phone lines come through the Bracken Close route and not through the Stone Road access.
We have also found that the emergency services have occasionally believed that their access was from Stone Road and that the Stone Road address can cause problems for funerals.
Stafford Borough Council has looked at these issues and decided that the best solution is to use its powers to change our address to:
St Lukes Church, Bracken Close, Tittensor, Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9JD.
It has agreed this with Royal Mail, which is now listing this address in its database. In turn, we are finding that other businesses that use the Royal Mail database, such as BT, are changing their records for our address.
So we're still here and all the same accesses are available.
Now all we need is a letterbox for the church hall........