News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid May 2014
We have news of…: Totmonslow’s Pat Whitfield has passed away / more about Draycott’s WW1 soldiers / sports weekend / fire-risk checks.
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)
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Remembering Pat Whitfield
It’s sad to report that one of the grand old ladies of our village passed away last week. Pat Whitfield, who was 89 years old, had been poorly for a little while, and, during yet another stay in hospital, she died. A Catholic to the end, she was able to take the last rites, and died in the company of her family.
Pat is one of the last links to our agricultural past, coming from a well-known local farming family. She lived in Totmonslow Farm right until the end, and, even as late as last year, could be found out tilling the soil on her large vegetable patch almost daily, come rain or shine.
She is also known as the sister of Eve Robinson (the former village post-mistress) and the brother of Joe Thorley, whose marvellous collection of photographs, taken locally between the war years, she was looking after.
The funeral mass will be at St Mary’s in Cresswell on Friday 23rd May at 3pm. She will be buried in the churchyard, as she wished, near her sister.
She will be missed.
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More facts about World War One, but not enough…
A couple of weeks ago, we had an article about local World War One anniversary commemorations – and mentioned that nothing was known about the three people on the Draycott War Memorial except their names.
By strange coincidence, The Imperial War Museum launched its ‘Lives of the First World War’ website last week. It lists all the soldiers who died in World War One – including two of the ones on our memorial!
The site lists Phillip Bagnall – click here -, and Harry Billings – click here -, giving their ranks and regiments, so at least we now have that information. Lionel Dobson however is not mentioned on the site.
Some preliminary research from the BB&F Historical Society indicates some odd facts about these soldiers though.
Philip Bagnall was a Potteries boy – so what was his connection with Draycott?
Harry Billings, yes, came from Draycott – but that’s all that is known so far.
Meanwhile it’s believed that Lionel Dobson was actually in a Canadian regiment – but was listed on our war memorial because he had relatives here.
Can anyone help with any more facts? Email us if you can.
Incidentally, if you want to go and see the war memorial, which is inside St Margaret’s Church, for yourself, you’ll be glad to know that the old church is open to visitors across the summer on every first Saturday of the month between 2-4pm.
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If you’ve chosen to stay at home this weekend, you’ve done the right thing. There are a few events in Draycott which will entertain you!
Blythe Cricket Club (whose ground is just up from the Izaak Walton) has an evening of live music & humour on Saturday, starting 9pm, free admission. The entertainment is the local trio, Bear Withers, who provide some very decent cover-songs and some very bad jokes (their description, not ours!).
Suppers are available too.
Sunday afternoon is a treat for cricket fans as the Blythe Cricket Club 1st XI entertain Hem Heath CC – who include Pakistani international Abdul Razzaq and ex-England test player, Kim Barnett in their team. Just to see these legends in action is a privilege.
Meanwhile, just 100 yards away, Draycott Sports Centre is putting on their Open Day with loads of sports to try out and check out.
If you know you are going, you can beat the queues by booking. See details of what’s on and how to book on the Draycott Sports Open Day webpage.
Talking of sport, one downer is that Draycott Potter FC, who were odds-on favourites to win in the final of the Ken Green Memorial Trophy last Sunday, slipped up badly going down 1-3 to Cheadle CC. Very annoying, to say the least.
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Free fire-risk checks
Just because it’s nearly summer doesn’t mean that the chances of fire breaking out in the home are any the less.
A fatal fire in Blurton earlier this year has now prompted Staffordshire Fire Service to offer free fire risk checks in people’s homes.
All you have to do is phone 0800 0241 999, or go online at staffordshirefire.gov.uk.
There is also free advice from the fire officers about smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, domestic fire extinguishers and more.
If it’s free, why not?
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