NEWS: 100th / less public input / old film / sad news

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in middle-September 2013
We have news of:  Ethel’s 100th birthday; big ploughing match coming up; less public input at parish council meetings; old film of Draycott; some sad news.

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

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Happy century!

Following the recent party held to celebrate Betty Hammond’s one-hundredth birthday, Draycott can now add yet another centurion to its roster.

Older people may remember that Ethel May Brash and her husband ran the Roadhouse Cafe on Uttoxeter Road  (when that was still the main route to Uttoxeter) from 1947 up until they retired in 1982. It was where the B&R Motors garage is now.

Ethel, who still lives in Draycott in New Avenue (though husband Bob sadly died a few years ago), is now 100, and decided to mark the occasion in style with a party at Draycott Sports Centre.
The Sentinel turned up to report on the event – and you can read their report of it by clicking here.

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Looking back

Of course the building that was the old transport café run by Ethel and Bob has now changed use – as so many buildings in our village have done.
(Does anyone have photos of the transport café?  If so, we’d love to hear from you – contact us…)

And, if you are interested in the recent history of the village you may enjoy an old video that has come to light.
Matthew Pointon, the local man who wrote the definitive history book about Draycott, was raised in this village, and, back when he was young, made a short video about it.

The video, which is only ten minutes long, was made over a dozen years ago, and is a short tour of the village’s main sights.

English: The New Plough The New Plough Inn is ...

The New Plough – before it closed

It shows The ‘New Plough’ pub (now The Mango Tree), the old Draycott Manor School (and its air-raid shelters!), and even the church choir of the day practising.

Because Matthew was, and is, interested in history, the video also shows the main historic sites in the village.
But the main memory-jogger must be the image of the 1929 Healey owned by resident Geoff Perkins.  Even in 2000, it was running beautifully!

To see Matthew’s old video, which has now been uploaded to the internet, just click here, sit back, and enjoy…

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Hedge your bets!

The big events of September for the Stone branch of the Staffordshire Agricultural Society takes place this year … in Draycott.

Not only is the ploughing match here (at Fields Farm), but also the hedge-laying match (at Manor Farm).   Breakfast and lunch are also laid on.

If you’re interested in taking part, or just attending, Daisy Shelley (01889 505292) is the one to talk about about the event.

For dates, times and more details of this (and other events in Draycott this month), check out our Events page.

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Sad news

We were glad to start this edition with good news, but, with good news sometimes there comes bad news.
Sadly, we have now heard of the death of Karen Maryon, the wife of Mike Maryon.  Mike was our county councillor up until the last election, when he felt he had to step down in order to have enough time to care for Karen.
Mike has been a good friend to Draycott.

Karen was an outstanding member of the Moorlands community herself, and held the post of chairman of the Staffs Moorlands District Council for a while.
There is a touching profile of Karen’s life and achievements in this week’s Cheadle & Tean Times, and it is worth buying a copy just to read it.
Our condolences go to Mike.

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Less public participation

Mike Maryon often attended meetings in Draycott, and we wonder what he might think of the latest move by Draycott Parish Council.

The agenda for the council’s September meeting (which can be seen pinned up on all the parish’s notice-boards) reinstates an old ruling that there will be “no debates” during the Public Participation slot (held at the beginning of council meetings.)
So, now, each member of the public will be allowed to do nothing more than to state one question only during this slot; and it will be in the chairman’s discretion as to whether the point raised will even be discussed – probably at a future meeting.

To us, it seems a shame that the public is to be silenced in this way.
Parish councils are generally known for being a lot less formal than district or county councils.  Even as little as two years ago, we remember that Draycott Parish councillors used to sit round one big table at their meetings, side by side with members of the public, who would also chat along with them about issues raised.  Perhaps, yes, that way of doing things was unwieldy (and led to a lot of unnecessarily wordy discussion!); but it seems a shame to go to this other extreme.

However, the councillors must have their reasons, and they are certainly well within their rights to reinforce this rule.

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