One surprising aspect of north Staffordshire Jewish population statistics is that the number of Jewish families in the area has reduced from 200 to 20 in just fifty years - an decline of ninety per cent!
The reason is hard to pin down, but it could be that many of those 200 families were twentieth century refugees, and so they have just moved on again. The community tries to be active nevertheless.
The grand old synagogue has had to be sold, and a tiny little new synagogue was built by the already established cemetery instead. The cemetery is gated off, but has a solemn air.