NEWS: notice-boards / new grants / is knitter back?

News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid-August 2014 
News of…:  new notice-board in Cresswell / grants for community schemes / is the guerrilla-knitter back? / wildlife project hits a snag / quiet life for newts / tennis for youngsters…
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Taking notice in Cresswell

People in Cresswell woke up earlier this month to the sight of their smart new parish council notice-board.  The last one had given way to old age, and had simply fallen down.
It took a while to fund and sort out a new board, but it seems to be worth it.

Cresswell notice board

Cresswell’s smart new notice board

To save the parish council money, three volunteers came forward to say they would install it – which shows great community spirit.  So, thanks to Selwyn & Matthew Edwards and John Clarke, who undertook what turned out to be quite a tough shovel-and-pick job.

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Money for safety

Grants of up to £3000 are available at the moment to any locally-driven scheme which could enhance safety in the community.
The so-called ‘People Power Funds’ could support a Good Neighbour Project for instance, or activities for the young, or even security measures at public sites.

The money is coming from the Staffordshire Police Commissioner’s coffers; the window for this round of applications runs until Sunday 14 September.
If you think you might be interested, a free workshop to explain how it all works takes place at Moorlands House in Leek on the afternoon of Friday 22 August (email Victoria Ellis for details).

More details, including application forms and an animated video about the fund, are available now at the PCC’s website.  But, be aware: to get a grant you’ll probably need your application to be supported by a local police officer– so you may want to chat to our local PCSO Adam Charlesworth in the meantime.  He’s a very nice man!

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Secret knitter… is back?

Congratulations to eagle-eyed Jessica Lunt, who wrote to us saying that she thinks that the ‘secret guerrilla-knitter of Draycott’ may be back.
Guerrilla knitting is the eccentric practice of putting woollen ‘socks’ around public objects, usually by anonymous people, who try not to be seen doing it.  There are half-a-dozen examples in Draycott – though why Draycott is a centre of this practice, no-one knows!

Guerilla knitting at Cresswell

Is this a new instance of guerilla knitting?

Jessica says that when she recently passed the Cresswell sign, near the cricket club, she noticed that one of the little quilted shapes on it seemed relatively new.  The last report of any new ‘guerrilla-knitting’ was back in  2012 when we also put up some photos of the examples.
We checked, and we agree with her:  one of the ‘socks’ on the sign is newer than the rest in the village.
So… is the secret knitter back?  We shall have to wait and see.

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Wildlife hiccup

Talking of notice-boards, the Cresswell Community Group reports that its work to get a ‘village-description’ board erected near the Izaak Walton bridge was held up temporarily.
The board they propose will be very similar to ones in nearby villages, but, in this instance will display some of the various wildlife species to be found in Cresswell.

Although the CCG has raised the money to pay for the design, making and installation of the board, there were fears that such a board might require planning permission.   And, as a planning-permission application costs nearly £400 – which is a prohibitive amount of money -, the CCG have had to spend some time investigating what the actual planning status of such a board is.
However, they told us: “We are now pretty confident of going ahead!!”

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And lastly

A glance at a recently approved planning application made us smile.  The Moorlands planning committee recently approved a request to build an outdoor equestrian site at Marsh Lodge (on Uttoxeter Road) – but said that a condition of approval was that all activities there would have to cease … whenever the local newts are breeding.
I wonder how long newts take for their breeding time?

Meanwhile don’t forget that if you have kids at home these holidays looking for something to do that Draycott Sports Centre is running Saturday morning tennis coaching on 16th and 23rd August.  It’s pay-and-play – so you don’t have to be a member of the centre already.

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