News: new public bench / Blythe CC plans / Potters top / autumn glories

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid-November 2012.

We have news of:  a new bench, and a new planter; more football success for Draycott Potter FC; cricket club’s planning success; winter gardening; keeping warm in your home – and more.
(There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Adorning the streets

Well, you wait ages for a piece of street furniture – and then along come two at once!

Yes, first, the long-awaited Jubilee Bench has now been installed.
It’s a lovely item, and has been sited on the corner of Church Lane and Uttoxeter Road – just outside St Margaret’s graveyard (the new part). So, if you’re visiting the graveyard, you’ll be able to get a sit-down before climbing the steps up to it.
It was ordered by the Parish Council, out of parish council funds, so I suppose that means that we have all had a hand in paying for it!  It celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of the coronation of the present Queen.

Draycott in the Moors Jubilee bench

The new Jubilee bench sits on the rise at the bottom of Church Lane

Just a few days before that apppeared, we also got sight of a new planter, which has been set up underneath the new Cresswell sign.

Cresswell planter

The new planter – safely situated under the Cresswell sign

It has been both donated and will be tended by members of the VVSM local residents’ group.
VVSM has also taken on the regular tidying of the Cresswell lay-by – so, good for them!

In fact, we now have an interesting tally of benches and planters in Draycott-in-the-Moors.
There’s another bench, celebrating the 50th anniversary of VE Day, on Cresswell Lane (near the cricket club).
There are also three other planters (at the Cheadle Rd bus-stop; at the end of Draycott Old Road; and at the junction of Cresswell Lane and Uttoxeter Road), all of which are managed by the Parish Council.

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Blythe CC success

Congratulations to Blythe Cricket Club!
Their application to rebuild their old pavilion at their Cresswell ground has been approved.  The application was sponsored by our local Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council, and it looks like the organisations’ joint efforts have paid off handsomely.
With luck, this means building work could start in the Spring.

No doubt the Blythe CC president, Colin Dawson, is already busily fund-raising right now – and if you yourself want to support the club’s efforts to raise money, check out their fundraising events, which are listed on the Things To Do page (and go along to some…).

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Glories of nature

Walking along Stuart Avenue, we couldn’t resist taking a photo of this Japanese acer – really looking its best in the autumn sunshine.

Japanese acer

An autumn glory – Japanese acer in the sunlight

Talking of nature and its glories, Draycott Plant Nurseries is really up and running properly now, a full year after Carolyn and Neil took it over. (Congratulations to them on their first anniversary!).
They told us that they are doing a brisk trade in winter bulbs at the moment, and expect to sell a lot of Christmas trees too when the Xmas season is upon us: the Christmas trees arrive at the end of this month, but you can pre-order of course.

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We are the champions…

Well, not quite… but it’s a pleasing sight to see Draycott Potter top of the premier division in the Uttoxeter & District Sunday Football League halfway through the season!  The team thumped Cheadle CC 7-2 last week (with a Ben Matthews hat-trick) to go to the number one slot.
JCB Lakeside FC are in second place, and have two games in hand on Draycott, so it may be a short-lived ride at the top for our boys – but let’s enjoy it while we may.

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Keep warm this winter

The people at Staffordshire Moorlands council have reminded us that time is running out for anyone who wishes to apply for their free insulation-installation scheme.
It seems too good to be true, but, yes, if you don’t already have insulation in your home, the council might well help you out with some… for free.
Click here for details.
As the closing date is November 30th, it’s best to get in now, as it’s a matter of first-come first-served.

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One response to “News: new public bench / Blythe CC plans / Potters top / autumn glories

  1. Gosh, the Leaves on my acer all fell off last month.


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