News: Izaak latest / school open day / cricket fun / xmas dates

News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in late September 2014 
News of…:  why the Izaak has had odd hours lately / Draycott Sports Centre news / open day for toddlers at William Amory / Blythe CC end season on a high …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Kathy on the mend

You may have noticed that the Izaak Walton Inn has been shut at odd times over the past fortnight.  Well, poor Kathy, the manageress, had to be rushed into hospital for what turned out to be an appendix complaint. We can now tell you that she is recovering, but it hasn’t been easy – and we wish her lots of luck getting back on her feet.

Izaak Walton Inn

Kathy had just put up this magnificent hanging basket display before she had to go to hospital. Stunning display!

However, the Xmas bookings rush has already started at the Izaak, and we believe that the Izaak may close Monday afternoons in future to allow the staff some breathing space.  It’s worth phoning ahead if you are intending to make a day of it at the Izaak.

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Autumn … and then New Year

Talking of booking ahead, the Draycott Sports Centre is already taking bookings for its New Year’s Eve party!  Yes, we know Autumn must be with us if festive-season plans are already taking shape…

apples windfall

Autumn brings the usual windfall of apples. This load of apples comes from the trees at the Cresswell layby. Enough for a decent crumble here…

One piece of news we forgot to report back in August was a report of the results of the Draycott Open Tennis Tournament, which is the annual LTA- approved tournament held right here in Draycott.
Phil Dixon, the Hampshire player, took the title, but it’s nice to say that some of the club’s own players did well in the tournament too. Ryan Hallam was third-placed (out of ninety-six entrants!), while youngsters Zak Wedgwood and Eva Shaw were both runners-up in their age-group categories.

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Playing to win

Congratulations too to the Blythe Cricket Club team, which is based here in Cresswell.  The First XI came a very respectable fifth in the table – but the interesting statistic is that only one other team in their division achieved more wins than them.  It’s exciting watching Blythe…

Blythe CC cricket shed

Fund-raising at the club has already paid for this store-shed, which is sited at the east end of the ground

However, the hard work at the club does not let up just because the season is over. There is still a lot of work to do as the club members press ahead with the project to build a community pavilion.  Although more grant-aid has been sought – and gained – even more funds will still be needed.
You can help by attending functions at the club.  The next big one is the Halloween Party at the pavilion on Friday October 31st; don’t forget your Dracula capes…

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Time for school

And if there aren’t enough dates to remember, here’s one more – if you are the parent of a toddler.
William Amory Primary School & Nursery in Blythe Bridge has organised an Open Day (on October 21st) for parents seeking to place their youngster at a school in 2015.  William Amory is one of the catchment schools for Draycott.
For full details of the day, click here .

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