News: business opps / more openness / X50 action – and more

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in early-December 2012.

We have news of:  business opps, more openness in local parish council and local NHS surgeries, utility pole restored, X50 action – and more.
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Calling all local businesses

In these difficult times, it’s good to know that someone is reaching out to businesses in this district.
Huntley Wood, the big outdoor events & recreation centre that is opening this Spring at the north end of Draycott, is drawing up a list of local businesses, large and small – with a view to partnering with them.

Different sorts of groups, from conservationists to games-players, will be using Huntley Wood (often for days at a time), and many will be travelling long distances to get here.  Obviously, servicing them presents business opportunities.
We can think immediately of a few sorts of small local businesses that might benefit – caterers, kennels (to look after visitors’ dogs perhaps), local pubs, event-organisers, taxi-firms, mechanics, florists, bed & breakfast concerns… the list is endless!

Click here for details of how to get your business listed – and, note, the deadline for inclusion in the Huntley Wood business directory has now been extended to the end of December.  Inclusion is free.

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Pole back

You may remember that we mentioned on this website that the recent high winds had caused a utility pole carrying power lines to lean dangerously.  The pole, on Uttoxeter Road (halfway between The Draycott Arms and St Margaret’s Church) was about ten degrees out of true.

Well, the power company wasted no time. As you can see from the photo below, they installed a whole new pole!  What they then did was re-attach the lines to the new one, and simply chop down the old one leaving just a stump.

Draycott utility pole
The brand new pole stands by the remains of the old one

This is also the explanation for why the street-lamp in that section has been moved. It was on the old pole, but has been moved to the next pole along.  So, if you thought you were going crazy, well, you’re not…

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“What’s happening at the parish council meetings?”

This is a question that you won’t have to ask any more.  A recent decision taken by Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council means that the agendas for each monthly meeting will be posted up on the three notice-boards in the district.

We think this is a great move, and (we hope) will create more interest in the activities of the parish council.

Agendas will get posted up around one week before meetings. You’ll find out dates of meetings and more on the Draycott Parish Council website.

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Participate in the NHS

Talking of moves toward a more open society, we see that the local doctor-surgery is also getting in the act!

Most of us probably go to the Doctors Pilpel & Tiguti surgery, which has one branch in Tean and one in Blythe Bridge. Well, the practice has now set up a Patient Participation Group, which is a body that will try to ensure information is properly communicated back and forth between the practice and its patients.

There’s now a call out for people to join the group, which will have two tiers of involvement. On the hand you can volunteer to attend the quarterly meeting, or, if you’re not a meetings person but you do have a computer, you can be on the ‘email tree group’.
Your satisfaction is that you will know you are helping all those signed on to this practice to get information promptly and fully.

It’s another great idea, we think.  For more details, contact Jane, who manages both branches of the practice – jane.welch@stoke.nhs.uk.
(By the way, this will not act as a complaints body.  Complaints about the NHS go through a different procedure).

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X50 action

Final word goes to the marvellous X50 bus which runs along Uttoxeter Road every hour.

X50 bus

The X50 bus goes through Draycott every hour

Not only did it enable us to have a pub-crawl in Uttoxeter (a very happy day, that was – with no drinking & driving!), but it turns out that it’s handy for shopping too.  We didn’t realise that it runs up to Tesco at Meir Heath (and back again of course), so, for anyone without a car, it really is a godsend.


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