NEWS: Life-saver funding / Stoke FC player in town / council accounts / new CD

News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early October 2014 
News of…:  defibrillator fund-raising well on target / Stoke City player at Draycott Sports Centre / Carol Bradbury releases new CD / want to question the parish council’s accounts? …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Life-saving project on track

Many congratulations to Jacquie Leach and Shelagh Wood!  These two residents of Cresswell have been spearheading the efforts to raise money for a community defibrillator – and, after only a few months, are already halfway to their target.

A defibrillator is a complex piece of equipment which could be absolutely crucial if someone has a cardiac arrest.  In such a situation, seconds are vital, so all localities are being urged to have one to hand in the centre of their communities. In an emergency, an ordinary member of the public could use one to help a cardiac-attack victim.
In nearby Fulford for example one is encased on the side of the village hall, while there are already three in Biddulph (!), and in Stone, they have just put up one at the Co-op Supermarket.
Jacquie tells us that the Cresswell one will be fixed on to an exterior wall at the Izaak Walton Inn.

“It’s been hard work” says Jacquie “but well worth it; and we have just passed the £500 mark!”     The cost of putting up a defibrillator is not just in the life-saving equipment itself, but in providing a sturdy case for it, and installing it.

A recent beauty-evening at Shelagh Wood’s house raised nearly £100, and The Rotary Club has donated £50, but most has come from the Wednesday charity-quiz evening at the Izaak Walton.
“I really do urge people to come along to the quiz night,” says Jacquie.  “It is lots of fun!  If you come on your own you’ll be invited to join a team, and you’ll know you’re raising money for a good cause at the same time.
“It could easily be someone in your own family – even you – who will get the benefit of this amazing equipment.”

Talking of charity efforts – congratulations too to the folks from St Margaret’s Church who raised £230 at their Macmillan Coffee Morning.  The cakes were… superb!

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MOTD comes to Draycott

We’re not sure if Gary Lineker dropped in to Draycott, but BBC Match Of The Day cameras were definitely at Draycott Sports Centre where they were filming Stoke City defender Robert Huth last week as he indulged in some tennis at the centre’s courts.

Robert Huth

Robert Huth (pic: Wikimedia Commons)

It was all to publicise the Premier League’s 4 Sport Initiative, which seeks to get young people involved in sports in their local community.  Stoke City FC is working directly with Draycott Sports Centre.

You’ll need to get up early to see Draycott on the telly though, as the feature appears on the BBC’s Sunday breakfast-time edition of Match Of The Day – tune in at 7am on Sunday 19th October.

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New CD from Twinklefingers

Draycott people who attend the ballroom and sequence dances held at the Quick-Quick-Slow Dance Centre in Cresswell will be pleased to hear that Carol Bradbury, who often comes along to provide the music on her keyboard, is releasing a new CD (just in time for Christmas!).

Carol Bradbury

Carol Bradbury

Carol, whose nickname is Twinklefingers, is in huge demand all across north Staffordshire, but especially here in Draycott-in-the-Moors.
We guess she will have copies of her new CD (called You’re My Favourite, costing £10) when she next appears here at the QQS – on October 25th.

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Council finances

The annual accounts from Draycott Parish Council have just been published, and have been posted on the three noticeboards throughout the district. Members of the public do however have a chance to question them right up until October 21st, so if you spotted something in the accounts you’d like to know a little bit more about, don’t hesitate to ask.

The best way to pose your query is to turn up at 7.30pm at the next parish council meeting, and ask it then in the ‘Public Participation’ session.
The next meeting is on Monday October 20th at the Church & Community Hall in Church Lane.

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