News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in late-August 2013
We have news of: a new poem about Draycott; Jack’s tennis success; fund-raising for St Margaret’s; some diary dates; and a job vacancy for a youngster.
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)
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Draycott in verse
Draycott in the Moors may be famous for a number of things, but it’s never been immortalised in poetry… until now.
However, Brian Coughlan, who now lives in next-door Blythe Bridge, is in the process of writing a long poem describing the life and times of a fictional young man who lived in Draycott during the first half of the twentieth century.
Called ‘A Staffordshire Lad’ the poem describes with loving affection not just the young man’s story, but the wonderful countryside hereabouts.
We’ve not seen the whole poem, but one verse reads:
“There was Reginald Shelley and farmer Beech, From out by Cresswell Down,
They could yarn a donkey’s hind leg off, But there was none like Henry Brown.”
Once the poem is done and published, royalties from the book will be donated to charity. For more details, read more here.
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The big tennis tournament of the year in this area finished well for players from our local club.
The ‘Draycott Open’, which attracts players from all over Staffordshire and further, took place at Draycott Sports Centre last week, and saw one of the club’s own top players, Jack Redfern, triumph in the men’s singles.
Congratulations to him!
Among the tournament’s other results, there were wins for local juniors as well.
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Riding for history
Moving to cycle-riding, we hear that Brian and Stephen Sammons will be again going on the road, raising money for Staffordshire’s ancient churches, including St Margaret’s Draycott.
‘Ride and Stride’ is an event that encourages history-lovers to get sponsorship for journeying on their bikes (or walking) around Staffordshire.
It’s a well-established event now, taking place every year in mid-September. This year, the actual date for the event is Saturday September 14th.
If you want to sponsor Brian & Stephen, contact St Margaret’s who will pass on your offer to the pair.
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By the way, the next few weeks look to be busy ones for anyone who enjoys getting out in the fresh air of Draycott.
Not only is there the Beer & Folk Festival at the cricket club next weekend (always a brilliant event – and free!), but Trentham Riding Club has its championship show here, and Draycott Racquet Sports Centre has its second major tournament of the summer.
Meanwhile, at Blythe Bridge library, there is a really interesting session for beginners in family history.
You’ll see details of all these and more on our What’s On page.
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Opportunity for youngster
Finally, if you know a practical-minded teenager who’s done well in their GCSEs or A Levels, and who is interested in science & maths, it might be worth telling them about the vacancy for an apprentice Electronics Engineer in Cresswell.
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