News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in late-October 2013
We have news of: high costs of the local bye-election; Xmas presents possibilities, and bonfire events; some very happy pubs; and, sadly, no improvements for a dangerous road stretch.
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)
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One of the most astounding things to have come out of the recent Draycott Parish Council bye-election was the staggering bill. The election – at which only around 200 people voted – cost nearly £3,500! This is the amount that Staffordshire Moorlands District Council officers charged for organising the whole thing.
One of the highest charges within that total was a bill for nearly a thousand pounds just for the postal votes… When one thinks there were only eighty postal votes cast altogether, that comes to a stunning £12 amount for each postal vote.
We know democracy is worth paying for – but that does seem rather a lot.
Our parish councillors are so amazed by these costs that they are considering putting in an appeal. What they have done in the meantime is ask for a full break-down of the postal voting costs.
It’ll be interesting to see what SMDC say.
Incidentally, you should have had a letter to your household by now, with the usual annual registration-to-vote form.
There’s no deadline as such by which to get the form in, but they say it’s a good idea to get it in sooner rather than later.
For more information on registering to vote, click here.
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Get ready to celebrate
It’s that time of year again; so the next two months are going to be a busy time for most of us.
In fact you can start buying your Xmas presents now – by going along to the Draycott Christmas Fair this weekend! Find the details for the fair on our What’s On Page (where you’ll be able to see more about all the local bonfires this weekend too).
Meanwhile, local volunteers at St Mary’s Church are busy collecting old Christmas cards and birthday cards in order to make charity calendars. If you do have some old cards, would you drop them off, properly secured, at the church?
Also, the Cheadle Animal Society – which finds and looks after lost and abandoned pets in the area, including in Draycott – say they already have their charity New Year calendar available for sale on their website.
However, if you prefer to buy a calendar in person, why not go along to the society’s ‘Winter Wonderland Fair’ on Saturday 9th November? Details for that on our What’s On Page.
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Happy … hours
Another great Xmas present (as far as we are concerned!) is the news that the Draycott Arms pub has started offering not just a sixty-minute ‘Happy Hour’, but a happy-hour that lasts from 2pm-6pm from Monday to Friday!
During this ‘happy-period’ at the pub, draught beer – including guest beers – is just £2 a pint. Hurrah.
A group of us have decided to call these afternoons the ‘Surf-Sup-Scan’ afternoons. Because the pub has free wi-fi, one can ‘surf’; because the beer is cheap, one can ‘sup’; and because the pub provides books & magazines to read in the public-bar, one can ‘scan’.
So – surf-sup-scan… all at the same time…
And, talking of pubs, we noticed this curious sign (below) plonked on a verge on Uttoxeter Road and pointing toward Cresswell.
It turns out that the sign was promoting the regular (free) Wednesday appearances of the local acoustic band ‘Bear Withers’ at The Hunter Pub in southern Cresswell. BW are known just as much for their terrible jokes (!) as for their terrific music, but it’s worth enduring the jokes for the very good music.
Wednesdays is also cribbage night at The Hunter, when the pub-team takes part in matches in the Blythe Bridge District Cribbage League. The next crib night there is Wednesday 20th November.
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Dangerous stretch stays dangerous
Finally, some – frankly – depressing news.
The parish council has been pushing hard for some ‘step-ins’ to be created on the 100-yard stretch of road between the Izaak Walton Pub and the Blythe Cricket Club in Cresswell.
It’s a dangerous length of road because it narrows significantly at that point, and there is no pavement.
(We once saw a poor young woman push a buggy up along there; and we were really concerned for her in case suddenly two cars might appear, because there wouldn’t have been room for all of them…)
The road is so narrow there that a pavement cannot be created – but step-ins, cut into the bank, every few yards or so would have been some relief, at least.
However, the highways authority has said no.
Chris Mitchell (Staffordshire County Council’s Community Highway Liaison Manager) has delivered his report – which claims that any digging into the bank may cause the brick wall overlooking the bank to collapse.
To be honest, it is true that the wall, which borders the Izaak Walton Farm property, is already bowing and shows signs of movement.
We took the featured photo only yesterday; and it looks unstable to us even.
Oh well. Anyone got any other ideas?
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