News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in early March 2014
We have news of…: an Izaak beer competition / a call for artists – and collectors / closure of the Hub Club / new bowls and cricket club websites.
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)
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Name that beer!
Repairs and refurbishments seem to be going ahead apace at The Izaak Walton Inn, ahead of its re-opening in mid-March.
Kathy has now announced a competition for us all to have a go at, should we wish. She’s having an exclusive beer brewed for the Izaak – but it doesn’t have a name, so she’s decided to have a competition to get a suitable moniker! We are all invited to make a nomination – so far, I like ‘The Owd Angler’ best.
The prize is not bad either – a three course meal for two with bottle of wine…
The Draycott Arms pub had a similar headache with their exclusive beer (brewed by Marstons). Eventually they called it ‘Crusader’ – after the entombed figure that lies in the Draycott Chapel at St Margaret’s Church – and it has been extremely successful.
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Call for local artists – and organisations
The Cheadle Arts Festival, organised by Cheadle Arts Forum, gets under way in two weeks time, and, as usual will have an exhibition of artists’ work during the seven days of its existence.
The call is now out for artists who would like to see their works hung during the festival art-exhibition, which takes place on the 22nd March.
As far as the festival organisers are concerned ‘Cheadle & District’ includes Draycott, so – feel free to nominate something you’re proud of.
Draycott organisations are also being encouraged to take part in ‘Peeps into The Past’ display. Groups (or individuals) are being asked to put together memorabilia and photos etc, profiling their own areas.
We know that some people in the village have some wonderful collections of old photos and artefacts – so, why not think about displaying your collection?
Email festival organiser Stella Heritage if you want more details.
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Hub is no more
Some sad news is that the family-oriented activities group The Hub Club has had to fold. The Hub opened on Saturday mornings to offer parents & children a place to get together in a community atmosphere. It also ran a small café at the same time.
Though it was based in Blythe Bridge it was used by families from Draycott too.
Chairman Mark Hammond said it was regrettable, but falling numbers meant it was better to quit while they were still ahead.
However, one of the other organisers, Chrissi Thompson, is not lost to us. Chrissi still carries on her good work as the youth-worker at Draycott’s own weekly Mish-Mash Youth Club.
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New summer – new websites
In just a month’s time, we shall see the start of the summer sports season.
To make sure they are ready, both the local bowls club and the local cricket club have been busy constructing new websites.
Checkley Outdoor Bowls Club, which plays on the green at Blythe Business Park, has been particularly industrious. Their new website, www.checkleybowlsclub.esy.es, has some great photos and also includes a page on how to acquire membership (and thus to play for the club).
Spectating is still free of course – and the first match is on April 3rd.
Blythe Cricket Club’s website is still being tidied up – but the fixtures page is already complete. From that we can tell that the first game of the season takes place on April 19th. Let’s hope it’s a sunny day..
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