NEWS: classic car / Rectory Lane / a military hero / “un-singing” / congrats to Bessie

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid April 2017
In this post we have news of…:  the classic car that belonged to a Wildblood / cleaning up Rectory Lane / a session for those that can’t sing / congrats to our oldest & grandest lady / our World War One hero…
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A Jaguar on Cresswell’s roads

Lots of us would love to own a classic car, especially a Jaguar, though our chances of that are pretty slim! However, the dream has come true for Douglas Taylor, who wrote to us to say he has just acquired a Jaguar XK 140 FHC (see photos, below).

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However, the main reason it is of interest to us here in Draycott-in-the-Moors is that the car was once owned by Frederick William Rhead Wildblood (who is recorded as having bought the car, new, in 1957, from Byatts of Fenton).
The Wildbloods are famous as the family who owned the Blythe Colour Works in Cresswell right up until 1963 (when they sold it to Johnson-Matthey); and they also owned Draycott Lodge, the big house in Cresswell Lane.

Mr Taylor is a real enthusiast & collector of classic cars, which means that he doesn’t just want to own such motors, he wants to find out their history.  As he told us, “… it brings them to life, so to speak”.
So, he’s asking – does anyone know anything else about the car?  Where did Frederick live in the late 50s?  What was Frederick’s position within the company? What happened to the car later? Mr Taylor would also love to see any old photographs of the car if any are around.

So… over to you.  If you have any information please email us, and we’ll pass it on to Mr Taylor.

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A military hero from Draycott

Sticking for the moment with history (and appeals for photographs), it’s really fascinating to hear that the Blythe Bridge & Surrounding Districts History Society (which also covers Draycott) has turned up a mention of a Draycott man who was also a Great War military hero.

Lev Wood, the society’s secretary, did the research; and he came across a reference, in the Evening Sentinel of 1918, regarding a Major Bernard Joseph Moore of the Grange in Draycott, a soldier who it says was awarded the Military Medal.  (The Grange is in Cheadle Road, just a few yards up from the Draycott Arms).
Though Major Moore survived the war, he suffered from having been badly gassed.

Our major was born in 1889 to Bernard Moore and Mary Frances Dawes, and, following the war, in 1920, he married Helen Clive. He died in 1963, then living at New Inn Lane in Trentham.

Over to you again: Lev wonders if anyone knows any more about him, and might even have a picture of him.  If you have any information please email us

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Can’t sing?  Will sing!

If you ever pass the Church Hall, just up from St Margaret’s Church on Wednesdays, you may have heard an odd sound coming from within.  It’s the sound of singers who can’t sing.

Draycott in the Moors Church Hall

Draycott Church Hall – open for use by the community…

Yes, Steven Booth, a member of the Cheadle U3A, leads a group which meets then at the Church Hall, and he calls his session ‘Singing For The Untuned’!
Steven says: “We have fun, a laugh and tea & biscuits.  People who come along can mime or can just let it all out; there is no expectation.  We sing to printed lyrics – using background music and words.  However… no actual reading of music is allowed, nor is any singing in tune: hence the name!”
Steven is not crazy though; he just believes that using your voice – even if it sounds to others like you are just making a noise – is very therapeutic … and fun.  And no one is allowed to be embarrassed, which is even better.

If you fancy going along to have a look and a try, you will be very welcome.  The first session you attend is free (any questions, just ring 01782 392972).
The next dates are 26th April, 10th and 24th May, and the sessions run from 10am to 11.30ish.
It sounds quite a laugh!

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Rust on the remove

Earlier this month we reported on the fact that Church Lane, the main track up to St Margaret’s Church, was just a mess of potholes and axle-bending bumps. The local Draycott area Council looked into solving the problem but had to basically admit it was too big an issue for them to handle.

Well, now our same local council has been tasked with solving issues on the other approach to the church also.
The footpath/track up to the church from its eastern side is known as Rectory Lane (it leads down to Cheadle Rd), and apparently there have been complaints about some old and rusting vehicles that have been left standing in the lane.

Rectory Lane, Draycott
The council has taken up the issue – and is asking the owner of the vehicles to remove them.  Let’s see if anything happens…

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Congratulations Bessie!

And finally, last but never least, a belated happy birthday to the parish’s oldest resident, the grandest of grand old ladies, Bessie Hammond, who turned 104 last month.  It’s amazing to think that she was born before the First World War even started.

Bessie HammondHer daughter Susan told us that Bessie (pic, right) did give friends and family a bit of a fright on Christmas Day when she had to go into hospital, but she then came back safely to St Margaret’s Court where she lives, so all’s well that ends well.

If you don’t know of Bessie’s long and amazing story, click here for a bit of an insight.

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4 responses to “NEWS: classic car / Rectory Lane / a military hero / “un-singing” / congrats to Bessie

  1. My husband says Mr Wildblood lived in the last, Arc Deco style house on the left going up Stallington Lane, Blythe Bridge. He recalls it being used for a Television classic programme.
    As far as he recalls Draycott Lodge house belonged to a family called Bailey (something to do with a Pottery Firm).
    C L M Salt


  2. Regarding Church Lane…….
    Draycott Parish Council took upon itself the task of finding out what could be done for the surface of Church Lane. The Council invited all interested parties to a meeting where various options were discussed and councillor Winfield produced three estimates for work which had involved him in meeting with various contractors. The Clerk sought information from Staffordshire Highways regarding legal ownership plus protocol on how the works could be carried out. Our County Councillor Mark Deaville is researching whether the road could be adopted; although the chances are quite low, the question is still being asked. Other residents came up with other estimates for a solution. The Council is not sitting on its hands regarding Church Lane…..
    The one thing the Council doesn’t have is the finances to do the job and even if it did then some people would be saying “oh and what about the footpath past The Rectory and Brookside and other unmade roads in the area”? And the council still doesn’t have an accurate representation of what Barratts roundabout will do to the Church Lane entry on Uttoxeter Road.
    Please report accurately.
    And use the correct name Draycott Parish Council, or make a request in writing for the council to consider the change of name!
    Kind regards
    Kate Bradshaw , clerk to Draycott Parish Council


    • Church Lane - reply

      Hi Kate
      We are not sure what you think is inaccurate about our reports on Church Lane and the council. All that you say in this letter has been reported by us in the last few posts on this site. Maybe you have not read our last few posts… (have you?)
      It is quite accurate to say that the council has now decided to leave this issue to the local county councillor. I suppose you agree with that… ?

      You make an interesting point on the issue of us not giving Draycott Parish Council its full name all the time. We are scrupulous in being accurate (again) however: to say “Draycott area council” is in fact quite accurate – it’s all in the capitals!
      The reason we do not always give the full title is to avoid confusion in those people’s minds who think a parish council is a religious body. As you know, many parish councils across the UK have got so fed up with this confusion they have officially changed their titles to “Community Council” and not “parish council”. Parish councils are ignored enough as it is without the confusion.
      As for the idea that Draycott Parish Council might change its title on receipt of a formal request… you seem to have forgotten that such a request was put in last year – and was turned down.


      • Lane repairs money

        Maybe if the Council hadn’t spent £4k on a pointless election there would be more money for essential repairs.
        I’m scared of walking to the church anymore for fear of falling.
        Is it not a health and safety risk?
        Elderly Parishioner

        Editor’s Note
        Election money comes out of the parish council’s reserve-fund, while money for Church Lane repairs was being applied for out of the parish council’s ‘Community Fund’, which is a quite separate pot of money.
        The legal situation is, believe it or not, that no-one is responsible for the repairs.


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