NEWS: VE celebrations / open meeting / tropical days? / Brownies come to town

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in late-April 2015 News of…:  the ‘annual parish assembly’ meeting and how you can take part / bell-ringers celebrate VE Day / new Brownies group / proof of our tropical paradise…
(NB – There are also dozens of events in our locality – including a family tennis tournament. Check out the Events page)

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Your chance to talk….

You may have spotted that the so-called ‘Annual Parish Assembly’ has been organised for next Monday (4th May) at the Church Hall.  It’s been organised for a bank holiday evening, which is a bit odd, but there you go…

A ‘parish assembly’ is an old tradition in the countryside; and is the one formal meeting of the village where anybody can get up and say anything.  For more details on what it actually consists of, click here.
The parish councillors are asked to attend, because this is the forum at which, usually, they explain their decisions and actions over the last twelve months to villagers – BUT, it is not a council meeting, it is actually an open meeting of the village.

If you have a local issue on our mind, this is also your opportunity to get it discussed.  If you want to be sure that it gets onto the list of items for discussion, you need to contact the parish council clerk, who is the person drawing up the schedule – she would like to hear from you by 5pm on Wednesday (29th).
The rules are that the incoming parish council, which will be elected on May 7th, should ‘take seriously’ any views expressed at the assembly.
Remember that only electors of the parish (i.e. from Draycott, Cresswell, Totmonslow and Newton) are allowed to speak, though anyone can attend.

Incidentally, a Meet The Candidates session, in which candidates in the forthcoming Draycott-in-the-Moors parish elections were to be quizzed, has now been cancelled.

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Tropical paradise

Who said that our area was not a tropical paradise?  Not only has the recent weather been like that of the Mediterranean, but even some plants have a hot-climate look.

Palms in Cresswell

Palms in Cresswell

We couldn’t believe our eyes, but this skilful gardener in Cresswell is successfully growing palm trees – or, what look like palm trees anyway!  Will coconuts be next?

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Happy news for parents

Draycott-in-the-Moors is not exactly the most interesting place for the young, so parents of little girls will be very happy to learn that there are moves to set up a local Brownies group.
Nearby Forsbrook have had a very successful Brownies group for some time, so there is no reason that Draycott shouldn’t have one.

There is an open evening for girls and their parents on Wednesday (29th April) at the Church Hall from 6.30pm-8pm.  It won’t just be an opportunity to pick up information, as there will also be activities laid on for the youngsters… should be fun!

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Remembering 1945

This week sees the anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.  Back in 1945, there were scenes of wild celebration and relief that the terrible war was over.
The government is asking us all to mark the occasion – and there is even an official 70th Anniversary Website listing all the concerts, events, and parades that are happening across the UK.

In Draycott, the church bell-ringing team is also taking part.
Bell-ringers all over the country have been asked ring at 11 am on Saturday 9th May – and our bell-ringers have been happy to say they will join in.

St Margaret's Church - by Nigel Spooner

St Margaret’s Church, as depicted by Nigel Spooner

If you have never heard the wonderful St Margaret’s Church bells in action, we can definitely recommend the event. Why not take down a deckchair and sit in the sun, and listen to the peals as they are rung from the ancient church?
Surely, such a thought could not be more… erm… ap-peal-ing?  !!

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