News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid June 2014
We have news of…: Mary Edwards to retire / attempted thefts in Draycott / poor rating for Mango Tree / bowls club’s unexpected success in the rain…
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The end of an era
A milestone in the life of Draycott will be passed very soon when Mary Edwards finally steps down as Clerk to Draycott Parish Council.
Mary has been a fixture in the public life of Draycott for as long as anyone can remember, serving for decades as the parish clerk; so it really came as quite a startling surprise to hear her announce her intention to retire.
Mary said that the sheer volume of paperwork involved in the job these days had persuaded her that she didn’t wish to carry on. She’s been supported in her decision by her husband Selwyn.
The notice advertising for a new parish clerk will appear in The Stunner, and other local newspapers, this week.
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At the last parish council meeting, the members heard about the spate of attempted thefts that have occurred in the village in the past couple of weeks.
One incident will need your help: two young men wearing hoodies were spotted on CCTV stealing a catalytic converter from a Toyota in Uttoxeter Road on Saturday (14th June) at at two o’clock in the morning. A VW Caddy was parked nearby. Do you know anything that can help police?
In another incident, two youths broke into the premises at The Draycott Arms pub last Tuesday afternoon – though, fortunately they were disturbed, and did not get away with anything. Did you see anything?
As usual, if you can help police, phone 101, or – if you prefer to be anonymous – phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Flying the flag
Support for the England team out in Brazil has been relatively muted, we’ve found. Maybe fans are just being ‘realistic’ about the team’s chances…
In fact, we have only spotted a few flags flying in Draycott-in-the-Moors, particularly this one at The Izaak Walton Inn.
(Though, the landlady Cathy did confess to us that she “doesn’t know an awful lot about football…”)
Let’s hope for a more encouraging result against Uruguay on Thursday.
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Disappointing for Mango
It is very disappointing to report that, for the second year running, the Mango Tree Indian restaurant in Draycott received a very low (one-star) assessment from the Staffordshire food-hygiene organisation ‘RateMyPlace’.
This means the restaurant has got a long way to go to achieve even a ‘satisfactory’ rating.
The inspection was not an overall standards-check – so the restaurant is fine to continue to serve customers – but the idea is to kick the management into making significant improvements.
In comparison, Blythe Cricket Club got three stars out of a possible five.
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Finally, a good news story!
When Checkley Bowls Club turned up for a match in Sudbury recently, the green there was sopping wet and unplayable. The green simply couldn’t cope with volume of water produced by the continual downpours that we had a couple of weeks ago.
Fortunately someone remembered that CBC’s own green (on the business park in Cresswell) has very good soak-away system, so it was probably in fine condition – so all the players jumped in cars to return to Cresswell – and resumed their match there.
And Checkley won…!
Moral of the story? You can’t beat good drainage.
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