News: rains / a departure / honour a volunteer – and more

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

We have news of:  flooding on the river, a departure and an arrival, a chance to honour a special volunteer, the state of local footy – and more.
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Water, water everyhere

“The rain, it raineth every day” said Shakespeare, and it looks like there’s more ahead over the next few days. We took this photo today of the River Blithe at Cresswell which had swelled up so much there was no sign at all of the cobbles that denote where the ford for the old pack road is.

River Blithe in flood

River Blithe floods over into the fields at Cresswell

Our advice? Keep hold of your umbrella!

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Volunteer someone

It’s that time again to put in nominations for the Staffordshire Volunteer of The Year Awards. We understand that there are a few Draycott people already who’d like to see Brian Hilton get an award.
You may remember that Brian has selflessly been the driving force behind the local football side, Draycott Potter, for over twenty years now. (See our article: Brian Hilton – Mr Draycott Potter).
We think it would be a terrific idea if Brian were to be honoured in this way.

If you think so too, or even if there is another person you’d like to get the award, click here for the Volunteer of The Year nomination form – you can do the nomination online this year.  We nominated Brian in the Unsung Hero category, but there are other categories too.
But, if you are going to do it, you need to hurry – nominations close on January 4th.

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So near, yet…

Talking of Draycott Potter FC, we were hoping that the lads might end the year continuing their run at the top of First Division of the Uttoxeter & District Sunday League, but sadly the DPs’ challenge has fallen away in the last couple of weeks, and they are only mid-table right now.
Bu strange coincidence, the team that also plays on the Cresswell Old Lane pitch, Tean Albion FC, have seen their fortunes rise massively – and now sit a handsome second in the table.  It looks like 2013 could be an interesting year for the Albion…

Incidentally, there are two other teams that play in Draycott – both on the Draycott College pitch in Draycott Old Road.  One of them, Fulford & Tean FC, are however riding high, topping the UDSL Second Division table…

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Goodbye … and hello

It’s a shame to have to report that one of the best raconteurs in the village – Graham Bagnall – has now taken his leave of us.  He and wife Val lived at the manor-style Tudor Lodge in Cresswell.

We were reminded us that Graham and Val had lived here for over thirty years, and that they were strong supporters of the fight against the power station.  We were also told that Graham had lots of stories about his experiences as the manager of The Place in Hanley, which was one of the country’s leading night clubs in the 1960s and 1970s. He and his wife met many famous stars, including the Rolling Stones!
Sadly, Val died a few years ago.

But, time stands still for no-one, and a new family has already moved in to Tudor Lodge. We wish them a very happy first Christmas in Cresswell, and Graham a happy Christmas also, wherever he may be.

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