NEWS: cyber crime / swimming / odd tree / council agenda

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early October 2016
News of…:  getting on council agenda / swimming in B Bridge / help defeat cyber crime / the tree with a hole……
(NB – There are also dozens of events coming up in our locality – including the Draycott Christmas Gift Fair. Check out the Events page)
For daily updates about life in our district, please keep checking the village Facebook page

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Small steps to more democracy

Our local Draycott area council is trying to get more democratic…
Up until now, it has been quite a tedious process to get something on to the council’s agenda. First you had to apply, explain yourself, get approval etc etc – and by that time, it could be two months later before your point was discussed.

Now, however, there has been a new development.
If you want something discussed at the next council meeting, all you have to do is email more than ten days before the meeting, and it will then be automatically included on the agenda in the ‘Correspondence’ section.
So, if you have something you’d like discussed at the next council meeting (on Monday 17 October), you have until 7th October to get your email in.

Let’s hope this works. Area parish councils have been criticised for being too slow and quite irrelevant, but this is a great initiative – and well done to the parish clerk, whose idea it was.  It is an opportunity to speed bureaucracy up, and make the council more responsive!

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Teach your little ones to swim

One of the best-kept secrets in our area is the community side of the swimming pool at Blythe Bridge School.

A boy in a children's swimming pool.Obviously, the pool is mostly for school uses, but at certain times of the week, it is open for community sessions; all you have to is apply to the school’s Swim School.

If you have a very young child, you’ll particularly like the idea of the Ducklings Class, which takes place every Friday afternoon. (Click here for details)

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A tree with a hole

People passing along Sandon Road in Cresswell might have been slightly stunned to see this tree – with a hole right in its middle.  A, umm, doughnut tree.
What’s going on?

Hole-in-tree, Cresswell
Well, no, it’s not down to some sort of strange tree disease.  It comes down to the simple fact that the tree had grown so tall that overhead wires were getting entangled in its branches; and Western Power, the engineers for the electricity industry, decided to step in to sort it out.

You and I might just have carefully chopped the tree away, but WP is more environmentally conscious than that – and cut around the wires!  It makes for an interesting sight.
It’ll be even more interesting to see how the tree grows in future.

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Protect yourself from internet thieves

Nowadays, you don’t need a thief to break into your home; they can do it safely from their bedrooms by intercepting our internet activity.
Staffordshire police are completely aware of this and need your help to get a more accurate picture of the impact of so-called ‘cyber crime’ across the county.

All you need to do is complete a short survey on the Staffordshire Police website. Click on this link to access the survey, which should only take 3 minutes to complete.

It sounds strange to say it, but it is true: we rely on computers so much nowadays that an attack on our ‘cyber-existence’ can ruin our lives.  So it’s worth trying to help.

If you also like face-to-face discussions though, don’t despair. You can quiz Matthew Ellis (the Staffordshire Police Commissioner) in person if you like.
He comes into our neck of the woods next Wednesday (October 12th) when he visits the village hall in nearby Milwich for an open meeting on rural crime and personal safety. If you go along, let us know your impressions….

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