News: cup final / election candidates / pubs / a death investigation

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in early April 2013
We have news of:  Draycott Potter’s Cup final date;  county election candidates; Draycott pubs; sticking snow; hedge-cropping; street-dancing classes; and a death investigation.

(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Cup Final

Who cares about whether Chelsea or another team will get to win the national FA Cup Final?
The big match for us here is The Uttoxeter District Charity Cup Final in which our very own team, Draycott Potter FC, will take part.
The Potters reached the final thanks largely to a hat-trick from – guess who! – goal machine Dan Rooksby, beating Cheadle Town End 5-2. They will face the formidable JCB Lakeside team– but with Dan in the form he’s in, they fear no-one.

The final takes place on Friday May 3rd at the Rocester FC stadium; it’s an evening kick-off at 6.30pm.  Perhaps we’ll see you there?

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Diary dates

Other dates for your sporting diary are the first matches of the season for Blythe Cricket Club (whose ground is in Cresswell).
On  Saturday 20th April the First Eleven face Sandyford CC at home, while  The Women’s 1st XI have their first match the following day, also at home, when they play Five Ways Old Edwardians CC.   See Blythe CC’s full fixture list here.

And it’s nice to see that the Catholic community are using a local facility to have their informal gatherings.  The St Mary’s Church Parish Pub Lunch takes place every month or so, and they have kept the occasion local by using the Draycott Arms.  It’s a wise choice too, as you can pick up a Sunday lunch there for just £10.  The Arms even has free Wi-Fi these days.
The next St Mary’s parish pub lunch is on Sunday April 21 – check here for details.

(Sadly, we are all still completely in the dark about the future of the other pub in Draycott – the Izaak Walton.  The ‘To Let’ sign is up, but there’s little sign of activity; and now the parish council are thinking of asking the owners to explain the situation. If you are thinking you’d like to run the pub, these are the details.)

Meanwhile the youngsters have dates to look forward to also.  Not only is the Draycott Sports Centre starting street-dancing classes for children up to 14 years old, but a new computer-game club is now underway at Blythe Bridge Library.  The Warhammer Games Club is suitable for ages 8 upwards, and is free too.   (See details here).   Rather ominously (to our ears), the information reads “… bring your own armies.”  Hmm!

Snow at Draycott Centre

More than two weeks after the snow fell, and despite days of sunshine, there are still clumps of snow on the ground, as here at Draycott Sports Centre. Seems hard to believe, but then the laws of nature sometimes are!

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County Council candidates

The final nominations for the candidates for the Staffordshire County Council elections are now in.  Draycott falls into the Cheadle & Checkley ward, where we have four candidates to choose from.
As Mike Maryon, our current county councillor, is standing down, we will have to vote in a totally new representative.

Mark Deaville, who already sits on the parish and district councils for our area, is taking on Mike’s Conservative Party nomination.  Jan Hale, a researcher, is the local Labour party selection, while Phil Routledge is the local Liberal Democrats’ choice.  New on the scene is the UK Independence Party, whose candidate is Peter Ellis.

As Mike picked up more than 50% of the vote in the 2009 elections results, Cheadle & Checkley should be seen as a safe Tory seat.  But, halfway through the Tory government’s term, who knows who the electorate will respond?
The election is on May 2nd.

Incidentally, if you were wondering whether there will be an election to fill the vacancy on Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council, left by the death of Ken Shelley, all we can say is we’ve not heard any news yet.
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Hedge cut

You can’t say that the council’s hedge-cropping this year isn’t thorough. Most roadside hedges in our district have been cut back ruthlessly

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Still no compensation for Steve’s family

Almost two years after the death of Steve Swinson from Cresswell, there is still no sign of compensation for his family.  You may remember that Steve died when scaffolding fell from underneath him as he was working in Switzerland.  Although a recent inquest ruled that it was an accident, the family are pressing on with their case for compensation.
Sadly, to achieve some progress, the family have had to push for a criminal investigation, and it must all be very distressing for them.
See Sentinel’s full report

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