News of: archives move / a century / housing / the Church Hall

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

We have news of:  parish council’s archives move; what’s new at the Church Hall; a cricket century; and … land for housing development?
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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History on the move

People who like to study the history of Draycott will be interested to know that the local parish council has decided to move its paper-archives to the Staffordshire Record Office.

Up until now, the records – old minutes, agendas, plans and more – have been kept in fireproof boxes in successive parish clerks’ homes.
But, as the records go right back to 1901 – when the parish council was formed -, they were beginning to take up a lot of space!

The move also means that the records can be stored under better conditions, and will be more easily accessible to members of the public and historians.

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Homes on the glebe land?

Talking of the parish council, it is also mulling over a proposal which members have received from the Lichfield Diocese office of the Church of England.
The Church of England still owns a deal of land in Draycott.  In its possession are a few acres, which were at one time ‘glebe land’ belonging to St Margaret’s, the parish church.
But ownership of the land (the area behind St Margaret’s Court, the complex of bungalows for the elderly), reverted back to the diocese some years ago.

So, now, the Diocese is wondering what to do with its land; and is considering an idea to have it developed for housing – though they want at least half of the houses, if they were ever built, to be so-called ‘affordable homes’.
However, such a proposal – for about a dozen houses – is a long, long way off becoming a reality.

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Asif’s a centurion!

Despite providing some great entertainment, Blythe Cricket Club First XI (which plays in Cresswell) is only just holding its own in the NSSCL Division 1A.
However, Asif Hussain’s swingeing 131 against Meakin CC last month is still the top score in the division this season.  Asif, who has played for Pakistan, is in consecutive years as the club’s professional player.

We list some of the First XI’s top home matches on our what’s-on page; and if you want to go along, you can enjoy some good cricket for free – and a pint for a reasonable price too!

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Have your event at the hall

Now that the good weather is once again with us, further work can start on the renovation of the Church Hall  (in Church Lane behind St Margaret’s Church).
Soon, work will begin on a full insulation protection for the ceiling, which should keep the space even warmer (and cheaper to maintain!) in the colder months.

After the moves a couple of years ago in which it became independent of St Margaret’s, the hall committee – which is composed completely of volunteers – has managed to carry out more than a few repairs to make the hall a more and more comfortable space for the community to hire and use.
What’s more, according to the annual report from the committee (which can be seen on the notice-board in the hall), the hall is making a small profit, which is good news.

Draycott in the Moors Church Hall

Draycott in the Moors Church Hall – open for use by the community…

It’s well worth Draycott people considering the use of the space. Not only are the hire rates very low, but the hall can hold sixty people, has good parking areas, toilets, and a small kitchen in which to make tea etc.
There is also a garden at the back, which is great for warm days – but is also big enough to hold a marquee.

For more information about the hall, including making a booking, contact a member of the committee – Joyce Moore (chairperson/secretary) on 01782 396728, or Molly on 01782 395158.

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