NEWS: sad RIP / WW1 information / weekend events / fire risk

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!)

– – –
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.

– – –
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.

Draycott war memorial

Draycott war memorial inside St Margaret’s

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.

– – –
Eventful weekend

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.

Abdul Razzaq

Abdul Razzaq

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.

– – –
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
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?

Want to comment on any of the items on this page?
Just use the comments box – near the bottom of this page.

(The form will ask if you wish to put in your email address.  You don’t have to, and it is always kept private anyway and never published, but, if you don’t add your email, that means you might miss any responses to your comment).

If you find the photos on this webpage too small to see properly, all you have to do is double-click on the photo itself, and it will double in size immediately.


4 responses to “NEWS: sad RIP / WW1 information / weekend events / fire risk

  1. Cricket parking

    I’m sure that everyone enjoyed all the events at Blythe Cricket Club. It was a week of glorious weather and rounded everything off perfectly.

    However, (and I don’t want to be seen as a killjoy), the parking situation left a lot to be desired with cars double parked at the top and on the approaches to the hill which was very dangerous to all other road users including pedestrians.


    Perhaps the cricket club would look at increasing their parking facilities whilst improving their premises.


    • Leave cricket alone

      There appears to be a faction in this area that wants to see a downside to anything that is not in their control. The Blythe Cricket Club, thankfully, are doing well at the moment and have a body of membership with lots of ideas to promote their club.

      We have a road safety hazard down the bottom of that same hill involving the Izaak Walton Inn that wants putting right before somebody is seriously hurt.


      Editors’ Note: We think Rocketman is referring to a sign at the Izaak that wasn’t as secure as it might have been. The Izaak now tell us that the sign has been completely secured.


      • Incorrect, this in reference to the sign by the entrance to the car-park that is sited in a position that blocks the vision of traffic turning out of Cresswell Old Lane. Traffic coming down the hill cannot be seen until the emerging vehicle is in the middle of the road.
        The landlady has been informed.



    • Parking concerns

      Thank you for your comments.
      I fully appreciate your concerns about parking as they echo our own. We are working to improve our facilities including parking and hope fully resolve this kind
      Alison (Chair, Blythe Cricket Club)


Write your comment here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s