News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in late January 2015
News of…: mobile library under threat; life-saver funds closer to target; join a country walk round the village; court news; put your photos on Facebook …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area – including the Valentine’s Ball. Check out the Events page!)
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Our libraries’ uncertain future
You may remember that last year there was a major consultation on the future of Staffordshire’s libraries. Our nearest one, the one at Blythe Bridge, was particularly at risk – until there was a large backlash from the library’s supporters.
However the exact future of Blythe Bridge Library is still to be finalised, though it does look like volunteers will be given a major role in helping to run it. A final decision will be made by the county council’s Cabinet on 18th February.
But, there’s other worrying news for our local library services. It seems like our mobile-library services could also face cuts. The mobile library visits Draycott once every six weeks, stopping at Stuart Avenue and The Old Post Office.
If you are concerned about the news, you may want to report your feelings to the Parish Council – which meets next on 16th February at the Church Hall.
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Life-saver on the way
Better news is the news from the local community action group, VVSM. Shelagh Wood from the group tell us that the campaign to raise funds to buy a community defibrillator for the village has really taken off over the last couple of months – and the group are now just a couple of hundred pounds short of the target. Congratulations to them for their hard work!
A defibrillator is a piece of equipment which could be absolutely crucial if someone has a cardiac arrest.
Most cash raised has come from the proceeds of the Wednesday night pub quiz at the Izaak Walton, where up to thirty people, divided up into teams, regularly fight it out in a battle of wits! Landlord Del has upped the stakes by doubling the prize money recently…
All new teams welcome, or, if you just wish to come along on your own, just ask to be invited to join one of the regular teams. In fact … some of them could do with some help! (No names, no …)
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Take in some fresh air in Draycott
Another date for you diary is the guided walk around Draycott & Cresswell in three weeks time on Sunday 22nd February. Austin Knott, who is well-known to many of us for his wicket-keeping exploits at the cricket club, is leading the walk.
It should be fun, as the idea is not to charge around at pace, but to enjoy the countryside and learn a bit more about the sights that surround us.
All are welcome (though no dogs, except guide-dogs, please) – and it’s free to join. You don’t even have to book – just turn up at 10am at Blythe Cricket Club (just up the hill from the Izaak Walton).
The walk is in association with the Moorlands Healthy Walks Programme
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Two men who have been charged with possession of and intent to supply a Class B drug have each pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Charles Milner, (aged 24, from Rookery Crescent in Cresswell) and Douglas Malbon (aged 25, from Stuart Avenue on Draycott Level), have each been sent for trial at Crown Court, to appear on April 13.
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Finally, if you like taking photos, and want to share them, why not add them to the Draycott in the Moors Facebook site? It’s what is known as an open ‘group site’, so… all you have to do is join the group, and you can then start posting.
At the moment there are photos on the site of winter-weather in Draycott, such as the one above.
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