News: mini-museum, Potters strip, Izaak to let, & Jubilee piece

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in late-September 2012.

We have news of:   Izaak Walton Inn to let, again; Cresswell mini-museum; Draycott Potter strip; Jubilee bench – and more.
(There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Back to square one at Izaak

Just as things were looking up for Cresswell, along comes the news that the ‘To Let’ sign is back up outside the Izaak Walton Inn.

It comes down to rather bizarre shenanigans at the ownership level, where The Shaggy Pub Co, which was handling the pub on behalf of the owners, seems to have pulled out.
As they have done that, they have left their managers at the pub,  John and Trisha, high and dry.

The first the couple knew of all this was when the estate agents arrived to put up the To Let sign.
It seems a shabby way to treat these two good people, who have made a real good go at trying to run it over the last two months or so, and have quickly captured hearts and minds locally.

If you fancy buying John and Trisha a last drink, you’d better hurry – as they think they will have to leave within the next two weeks.

If anyone else thinks they can make a go of the Izaak – and four management teams, in this year alone, have tried – it’s being handled by James A Baker at £34,500 rent pa.

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Kiosk ‘museum’ on the way?

The likelihood of the red telephone box in the Cresswell lay-by becoming a community information point looks much closer now.
The box hasn’t been used as a working public telephone for some time now, and for the past few years has been just slowly decaying.

But now, the parish council has decided to support a plan to buy the kiosk for £1 from BT.
In turn, BT have formally announced they will accept the application – so long as there are no persuasive objections. People have until  October 2nd to lodge an objection (see pic of the BT notice in the photo below). Objections need to be sent to the Planning Development Dept at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Offices in Leek.

BT kiosk sign

BT gives notice, in a sign in the Cresswell kiosk, that it is happy to give up its telephone box

We don’t see why anyone would object though.
The idea, as first mooted by VVSM, the local residents’ group, is to see the kiosk turned into a sort of mini-museum – with information boards and photographs about the area’s history, wildlife, anything!
Other redundant telephone boxes up and down the country have had similar refurbishments, and have worked well.

Watch this space!

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Draycott’s Jubilee bench

Another piece of street furniture in the local news is our Jubilee Bench, a piece which celebrates the Queen’s 60th year as monarch.
Commissioned by the Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council, it has now been completed and is just awaiting installation.

The last parish council meeting saw an involved discussion over where it should be sited; and consensus was reached on placing it at the bottom of Church Lane.

It should be in place very soon.

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Potter back to winning ways

It was nice to see Draycott Potter FC bounce back to winning ways in the Charity Trophy. The team thumped Lamplighter Of Cheadle by a stunning eight goals to one, with young star Shaun Phillips recovered enough from a nasty leg injury to net two of the goals.

Rob Heatth, captain of Draycott Potter FC 2012/13 season
Rob Heath, captain of Draycott Potter with the 2012/13 strip

The team has also been showing off their new season’s strip, which has sponsorship from The Mango Tree Restaurant.  The Mango Tree is the Indian restaurant at the western end of Draycott.
Nice to see a local business supporting a local team!

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