Draycott news: proxy vote / land sale / CIC opens / wedding

We have news of:  proxy voting; land sale; CIC opening; & painter’s wedding
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in early June 2013
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Will you be here on June 20th?

With just over a week now until the election for the new parish councillor, it’s time to think about if you’ll be able to actually get along to the polling booth on the day itself – Thursday June 20th.

If something has just come up and you’re concerned about whether you will be able to cast your vote after all, well, you can always get a trusted person to cast your vote on your behalf.
Getting someone to go along to the polling booth on your behalf is called a proxy vote… and you have until 5pm on Wednesday (June 12th) to let the authority know that that is what you’d like to have happen.

For details, click here.

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Cresswell information available

On a lovely sunny Saturday, the new ‘Cresswell Information Centre’ was officially opened.  Father David Hartley, priest at St Mary’s Church, did the honours by cutting the ribbon.

Cresswell Information Centre opening

Father Hartley cuts the ribbon for the Cresswell Information Centre opening

As you can se from the photo, the new information centre looks suspiciously like the Cresswell telephone box – but, then, that’s exactly what it is!
The kiosk was sold to the local community by British Telecom for a nominal price of £1.

At the ceremony there was a good turn-out, of nearly fifty people, including members from VVSM – whose idea the venture is, and who are committed to maintaining it -, and members of the Draycott Parish Council, who actually did the paperwork in buying the kiosk from BT.
It was a shame however that our former county councillor Mike Maryon was unable to attend.  It was Mike’s ‘community fund’ that provided the cash to do up the kiosk and thus enabled VVSM to have it looking so nice.

Afterwards, there were refreshments of Buck’s Fizz and cupcakes – so, even those people who had just stopped by to look at what was going on were very happy!
Incidentally, an incentive for anyone to go and take a look at the kiosk is that, if you do, you could win a pair of binoculars.  All you have to do is identify the birds depicted in the photos on the walls of the kiosk – and then enter the draw.

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Land for sale

Talking of Cresswell, a piece of land next to the railway line (just east of the railway crossing) has come up for sale, and may be of interest to a small entrepreneur who wants to start from scratch.

Cresswell site sign

The development site is reached along the track (off Cresswell Old Lane) that leads to the Railway Cottages

The interesting thing about it is that it has “outline planning consent for industrial development”.   The site is only just over an acre, so we suppose that means it could be a spot for a workshop or small warehouse.
The sale is being handled by Daniel & Hulme.

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Wedding thoughts

The annual report of St Margaret’s Church stresses that the beautiful old church is very popular for weddings, which doesn’t surprise us in the least.

In fact, later this month, local boy Rob Pointon (who is now very well-known as a painter) is marrying his sweetheart Karen Sayle there – and we wish them both the best.

The big discussion in the Pointon household however is not about the bridesmaids’ dresses or anything like that – but about what the image on the top of the wedding cake will be!
Could the design possibly be something to do with canals?  Rob has just completed a project called Year Of The Boat in which he spent year sailing on the canals of central Britain, painting whatever he saw as they sailed along.
Hmm, we wonder.

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