News of: pot holes / Izaak closed / sponsor opp / new classes? / very old man

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

We have news of:  pot holes;  the latest about the Izaak; sponsoring in Cresswell ; possible actvities in new community centre; and the 127 year old man.
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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What do YOU want from a community centre?

This week a focus group met to discuss the proposed Draycott & Cresswell Activities Centre which (possibly) will be built on the cricket ground in Cresswell.   (For history of this idea, click here)
The new centre will provide (of course) a club-house for the Blythe Cricket Club on summer weekends, but, for the rest of the week and in the off-season, it will be a community base.

However, two things need to happen first – collection of evidence that people in Draycott & Cresswell can think of uses for it, and, secondly, lottery funding.

Which is where you come in.

Ideas needed!

In order to qualify for lottery funding the centre must be seen to be hosting activities that encourage good health or support families & youth.  What activities would YOU like to see there?

Examples might be: a place to meet for walking-for-health or ramblers groups, or other sports groups; a centre encouraging youngsters to be active – providing, say, table tennis facilities or cycle workshops; slimmers and/or fitness sessions; healthy-luncheon clubs; U3A style groups doing ‘gentle exercise’ classes; parents and toddlers activities; discussion and lecture groups; chess/dominoes/scrabble meetings; football teams tactics sessions; bird-watchers & wildlife conservation classes; gardening seminars; sports massage sessions; healthy-cooking & nutrition classes …. And so on.  The list is endless!!

So – here’s what you can do.  Contact Austin and tell him what you would like to see going on at a modern, new community centre in Cresswell. It doesn’t commit you to anything, and your identity will remain confidential – so you have nothing to lose, but you will be contributing greatly.
All ideas gratefully received…

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Izaak – closed AGAIN

The saga of the Izaak Walton Pub, which has been open and shut at least half-a-dozen times over the last twelve months, goes on.
As some of you may know, the pub went ‘dark’ again a week ago, and a strange story has emerged.

Cresswell, Staffordshire

Cresswell, Staffordshire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems that the owners of the pub turned up, out of the blue, and said it was all-change again, and gave the present tenant, Richard, virtually no notice at all.  Richard has been looking after the Izaak for the last few months.
So the pub is closed


We haven’t heard back from the owners yet, but this might be the time for some of our political representatives to step in and demand from the owners some sort of explanation as to the bizarre shenanigans that are going on at one of our most treasured heritage sites.
Richard, who is confused as anyone, says he hopes to be back.

Watch this space.

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Holes in the road

It’s that time of year again when potholes start appearing. After the rains and freeze-and-thaws of the winter have weakened the tarmac structure, any fractures just split quite easily, producing… potholes.

We saw motorists in Cresswell Lane swerving to avoid a particularly nasty one there, so they can make life dangerous.  Fortunately that one was repaired quite quickly – Staffordshire Highways do pride themselves on being fairly speedy in getting out to make patches once a pothole is reported.

Pothole in Draycott Old Road

Pothole in Draycott Old Road

So, all we have to do is report them!
Here’s how – just click on the Staffordshire highways potholes page, and fill in the online form.

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Sponsor a telephone box / information point 

The latest VVSM Action Group newsletter has been published and distributed to local households. If you don’t have a copy, just email VVSM for a copy.

In the newsletter, VVSM report on the degree of progress on the Cresswell Information Point (aka the old telephone kiosk) project. The formal name for it in the future will be ‘The Jubilee Kiosk’.
The group are managing the work; and it looks like it is coming along nicely, and may even be up and running by the summer. (For more information on the project, click here).

If you want to help advance the work, VVSM are offering each pane of the kiosk for sponsorship at just £10 apiece – which sounds to us like a bargain.
Businesses may well be interested in the offer, but individuals and local organisations are invited to ‘buy’ a pane too if they wish.
Just email VVSM.

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FUN FACT – 127 year old man 

Doing this website has introduced us to all sorts of fun facts about Draycott and its people – so we thought we’d have a regular slot called ‘Fun Facts’.  And if you have one you’d like to share, please let us know it.

For the first fun fact, we go to the Genuki website’s Draycott page, which reports the story of a remarkable centenarian.

It says that in Draycott-in-the-Moors “… resided Joseph Reeves, a shepherd, who lived to the age of 127 years, and accounted for his extreme longevity, under God, to his never having taken tobacco or physic, nor drank between meals, alleviating his thirst by rolling pebbles in his mouth.”

Advice worth following perhaps!

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