News of: green eggs / new forum / floods / ghosts / & buses

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid February 2013

We have news of:  green eggs for sale; a new local community forum; flash floods on Draycott Old Road; ghost hunting in Tean; – and the state of the buses.
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Green eggs!

We’d not come across green eggs before (despite the ‘green eggs and ham’ book) so it was interesting to see them on sale outside one of the farms on Cheadle Road.  As well as the light green eggs, there were the usual brown ones and white ones on sale.

Free range eggs for sale

Free range eggs for sale

It seems like egg colour depends on the hen that’s laying them – and the Cream Legbar chicken produces these lovely little eggs.
We paid £3 for a half-dozen – and had omelette for tea!

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Community forum in Draycott/Cresswell

As you may know, Blythe Cricket Club (whose ground is in Cresswell) is building a new pavilion this year.  However, part of the funding for it depends on getting support for its use by the wider community.

So, what the club is doing is holding a series of meetings at which they will be inviting individuals along. from these meetings they hope to build a group which will act as a ‘community forum’.
If you think your organisation or neighbourhood should be represented on this forum, contact the cricket club and let them know.

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Flash floods (again)

Poor old Draycott Old Road always seems to suffer when heavy rains or quick thaws produce flash floods.  The picture below shows the scene just over a week ago – after the last set of snows had thawed.

Flash flood on Draycott Old Road

Flash flood on Draycott Old Road (corner with Stuart Avenue)

In Matthew Pointon’s book, ‘A History of The Parish of Draycott-en-le-Moors‘, he tells a jokey story about a past similar flood in Draycott Old Road in the 1950s.  The flood overwhelmed the streets.
However, there was a suspicion at the time that a small boy had been playing at ‘building dams’ and had managed to successfully block the run-aways and the sewer system!

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State of the buses

Talking of the community’s response to local matters, the Parish Council has been discussing the state of the bus service around here, and is hoping to produce a small report.

As you may know there are four buses serving Draycott buses – the 7, 184 on Weds only, 249 and X50 (with the 7, 184 onWeds only, and 249 serving Cresswell).
For a semi-rural area that looks to be not-bad, until one realises that there are no evening services at all.

If you have thoughts on the bus services – good or bad, or just observational – contact the Parish Council Clerk.

On the other hand, you may want to use the Fix My Transport website. There is a website for everything nowadays, and this is a site aimed primarily at reporting problems on public transport.  You might find it interesting.

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Ghosts – not too far away

Looking slightly further afield – over to next-door Tean in fact – there’s a new local activity we can all take part in – ghost-hunting!

Yes, the ghost-hunter and medium, Chris Stokes, has turned his attention to the stately Victorian-Gothic mansion we know as Heath House.  The house stands on the ridge, just a half-mile east of Tean itself and has been the ancestral home of the Phillips Family since the 16th century (but is now largely rebuilt of course).

Chris will be leading regular ghost-evenings at the house, with the first one this week, on Friday February 22nd.  If you do go along, and happen to meet a member of the Undead, we’d be fascinated to hear about the experience (!)

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