News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early September 2015
News of…: where is the missing Draycott post-box? / just days to go for SMDC deadline / darts is back at The Arms! / volunteering for Home Link …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in our locality – including a Star-Gazing & Astronomy Night. Check out the Events page)
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One of the strangest Draycott stories this week was about our local post-box that “went missing”. Yes, it seemed that, right under our noses, the post-box was simply dug up, removed and taken elsewhere!
The phenomenon was first reported to police as a theft – the police said they can’t be sure when it was taken, but have narrowed down the time to sometime last weekend (4th-7th September).
(UPDATE We’ve had a late notification on this item from Bev Reardon (who lives nearby). She says it wasn’t stolen, but removed, quite quickly, by Royal Mail, after the box was knocked over in a road accident. See her email)
If thieves had taken it, who’d have thought it would be worth their time and trouble? However, it turns out that there is a trade in stolen post-boxes, most of which are shipped abroad to collectors. These collectors will pay thousands of pounds for them. Who would have thought it?
The Royal Mail is thinking of tagging its post-boxes now to prevent further thefts.
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Problems at SMDC
The Site Allocation Consultation organised by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council seems to be running into quicksand…
This consultation was the chance for the public of Draycott and other places to comment on where new housing, new gypsy sites and new industry should be sited in our district over the next fifteen years. However, the forms are hard to understand (let alone fill in!); and some parish councils have been very angry about the lack of information. (Cheadle Town Council is even asking for a postponement of the deadline for that reason).
However, if you are finding the forms hard to understand, Draycott parish councillor Jacquie Leach has said she will willingly help anyone.
Jacquie wrote to us to say: “I am more than willing to help anyone who wishes to fill in the form. I have done it myself, and we need as many people as possible to fill one in. Call me on 01782 388077. If anyone is interested, I have some spare forms if you would like one, or you can fill one in electronically on the Staffordshire Moorlands website. Once this goes through there will be no turning back!”
Jacquie is the only parish councillor to have filled in a response on the online site of the Consultations webpage, as far as we can see, so she must know what is what in that regard.
The deadline date is this Monday, September 14.
Sticking with SMDC, it seems like Councillor Mike Worthington (the chairman of the SMDC Planning Committee) has landed himself in hot water with some very silly and inappropriate remarks made at a recent meeting.
Apparently, VVSM (the residents’ action group here in Draycott) think that what he has done could possibly spell good news as far as Cresswell is concerned. Click here for more details.
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Some of us mourned the loss of the dart-board when the new owners of the Draycott Arms moved in earlier this year. They told us it had had to go, as part of the improvements.
Well, we are happy to say that … the darts-board is back! Tara & Brayn relented when they heard how much people liked it.
What’s more, already there is a women’s darts team up and running at The Arms – which is still looking for members. Hurry up and apply!
Wouldn’t it be good to see a ‘derby’ match between The Arms and The Hunter?
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Many of us have heard of Moorlands Home Link, which provides companionship and help for older people in the region. There isn’t a Draycott branch yet, so many of our older folk go along to the luncheons provided by the Blythe Bridge and the Tean groups.
The Tean session is every Tuesday afternoon at Gorsty Hill chapel in Tean, and is an opportunity for older people to get together for a home-cooked meal, and for entertainment and activities. Transport is provided.
However, such sessions don’t happen on their own; and Steph Chadwick contacted this website to remind us all that volunteers are needed to help out, on a rota, at the club.
If you can spare a few hours every month, please contact Steph on 07950 243 345, or call the Moorlands Home Link office on 01538 750511, or email cheadlehomelink
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