Yes, Christmas is coming, and the geese are getting fat, as the song says.
We did a quick trawl of all the events that are going on in and around Draycott/Cresswell for the festive period, and it’s really astonishing how many there are, even within walking distance. So, what we have done is draw up a list of them – from parties to kids’ events to carol concerts.
You can see the list by clicking here.
As you can see, the churches have their special Christmas services and carol concerts; while the local community centres (including Draycott Sports Centre) have their shindigs too, mostly on New Year’s Eve.
If you know of another festive event which we haven’t listed, please contact us with the details, and we’ll add it to the list.
In the Christmas spirit
Meanwhile, our local retailers, pubs and Christmas-card sellers have been feeling the spirit too.
At the Draycott Plant Nurseries, Christmas trees and wreaths are on sale – and they also have a stall there with decorations (for anyone who can’t remember where they put last year’s baubles!).
If you’re planning an open fire, Dan Finney (01782 392461 – he is based on the Nurseries site) has been busy sawing up logs and firewood ready for the festive rush. Dan has not been so well recently, so his stock of cut-wood was running low, but we’re told it’s back up again.
The two local gastro-pubs, the Draycott Arms and The Izaak Walton, are both open for Christmas Day and Boxing Day lunch (though both are booking fast), as well as running a Christmas menu each day right up to the ‘big one’.
Both pubs are promising ‘Staffordshire turkey’ which sounds good. Incidentally, the Izaak is still not on the web, so the only way to get through to landlord Richard is by the phone – so, if the landline just rings out, he suggests that you call his mobile, which is 07856 249087.
Our two Indian restaurants, Zest and Mango Tree are also open Christmas Day, so if you really can’t face making a huge turkey dinner, you have perfect excuses to eat out locally and avoid any drinking & driving…
So, can we also hope that Christmas will come with that very special bonus, a sprinkling of snow… ?
Just to remind us of how perfect snow can make things look, the folks at St Marys in Cresswell sent us this photo of the church under snow last January.
Saint Mary’s is also selling its own Christmas cards this year, with winter views of the church. Email St Mary’s for details.
…Definitely makes one feel Christmassy!