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Draycott Summer Fayre 2018

Welcome to the big event of the year… the 27th Annual Draycott-in-the-Moors Summer Fayre Weekend, which once again promises a full thirty-six hours of fun (with a little sleep thrown in in the middle…), taking place on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July 2018.

Highlights
# Saturday Afternoon: NEW!! For the first time, there will be a huge car-boot sale on the front-field during this day.
# Saturday evening: ‘Saturday Night Live’ brings three bands, a disco, & beer festival. Headlining is a seventeen-piece dance outfit…!
# Sunday daytime: St Margaret’s Summer Fayre from 11am-4pm – with the Historia Normannis re-enactment group (looking back to the days of Bad King John!), an extensive vintage car rally, entertainment in the marquee…. and more (for details, see below)

Snake at Fayre

Remember these? The snakes and other reptiles are back this year…

Everything takes place around Ford’s Field, slap bang in the centre of the village (for sat-navs, it’s ST11 9AE); and it’s all free to children of school age.

Saturday Sales
In the past, a small car-boot sale event has been held during the main fayre on the Sunday – but it has proved so successful, it has been decided to give the car-boot event a day of its own.  Starting at 9.30am, it’s hoped that we shall see dozens of stalls selling a wide variety of items. Pitch Fee only £5!
If you have stuff stored in your garage, why not apply for a spot? Maureen Winfield is in charge – email her for details.

Party on, on Saturday
For those that love to dance or just appreciate live music (and appetising food), you get your moment on Saturday evening (7th July), when the field’s large marquee will be put to good use. The night will have its food & drink organised by The Draycott Arms again (thanks Zara and Brayn!).

The line-up for the music is:
…the Woodstrings duo, performing songs by The Rolling Stones, Ocean Colour Scene, INXS, Stereophonics, The Strokes and moreBear Withers
….one of the bands returning from last year, Bear Withers (above) who describe themselves as a “seamless blend of popular covers and bad jokes”!
… and a seventeen piece swing band, Hassell Street Jive Candy, who will really end the night on a dance-crazy high! Check out their videos for proof
… the compere & DJ will be Andy Bird.

You can’t beat that for a fun summer’s night entertainment, and all under-cover too. Price – £5 entry, kids under-17 get in free…  To buy advance tickets, click here

Packed Sunday
And it’s up early on the Sunday (8th) for everyone if you want to get your money’s worth at the fayre, where gates open at 11am.

The first event is the ever-popular Dog Show at 11.30am, (If you think your dog has the makings of a champion, be sure to get to the fayre by 11am to register). This year, Diane Bostock and her team are going for an upgrade, with more classes  and an even more professional approach. Entrance fee per dog is £2, and you can enter your dog for more than one class.
(See more details of the dog show classes toward the bottom of this page).

From then on it’s fast & furious.
The main attraction is the previously-mentioned re-enactment group Historia Normannis. They’ve done some high-profile venues, including Kenilworth Castle. From exciting massed combat, knights displaying their prowess in tournaments, displays of archery, woodwork and metalworking, all to the singing and music of the court of the time, Historia Normannis presents the workings of 12th century life.
Their Norman Village is especially fascinating, with various crafts explaining the Norman way of life. The village will be running all day.

Draycott Fayre 2016 - vintage vehicle in the car rally

One of the dozens of wonderful vintage vehicles in the car rally

The other big attraction is the long-established vintage vehicle rally, run by the evergreen Tom Sale, with over one hundred cars, motorcycles, lorries, coaches, machines, commercial vehicles and tractors. Every year, the rally alone brings in hundreds of visitors. Contact Tom if you’d like to take part.

Old favourites will be returning …. the Community Sports and Tug-of-War tournaments; Milner’s fun-fair; the ferret racing (with Malcolm Adlington); Anthony Hammond’s live & electric wood-carving; and Christopher’s Reptiles.
Kids will be enthralled by the Coverdale Puppets show, and Mr Abracadabra (who performs traditional Punch & Judy and balloon-art also).

It’s marvellous to be able to say that many local people will be running sales-stalls too, selling everything from ice-cream to plants. Local community groups will be hosting information stands (and probably selling a little jam on the side…)
One remarkable special stand will be that run by Levison Wood, the secretary of the local district history society. To remember one hundred years since the end of World War One, he and his wife will have a WW1 display including a mock-up  of a trench, remembering the events of a century ago and the local soldiers who took part.

If you or your local group wants a stand at the fayre, it is not too late to apply. Just email the Fayre Organiser, and he will help you sort something out – £10 a table).

And …. relax
Need a rest? Thank goodness for the ‘Saint Margaret’s Bar’ and its cooling beers and ciders (and other drinks). A big thank-you to The Draycott Arms which will be running it again this year. Zara Hutson from the Arms has promised a proper choice of beers, so if you enjoy a pint, it really will suit you.

And don’t forget the wonderful Tea Shop run by Christine Wibberley and her extended family; the barbecue, run by Draycott Moor College staff; and the hog-roast beign organised by Tom Sale’s nephew.

The small print
This is a local event, all run voluntarily by local people for a local charitable cause (the ongoing, and expensive, maintenance of our lovely 13th century village church, St Margaret’s).
The fayre is held, as usual, right in the centre of the village, on Uttoxeter Road (ST11 9AE) – with gates open at 11am. The day closes around 4pm.
Entry is £5, but children under-17 get in free.
On-site car-parking is free.
First Aid is provided by Staffordshire Police Cadets, Leek Unit.
If you can’t remember last year’s fayre, check out our review of it.

Local people, can you….?
As has been said, this is a strictly volunteer-run local event with all profits going to our village’s oldest building.
So, thinking of that – if you live locally, do you think you can help, by volunteering?
On the Sunday (and the Saturday evening) there is always a need. People are required for all sorts of tasks – from the basic, like stewarding on the car-park, right through to ‘shepherding’ the main acts.
If you can spare even a little time, or have some expertise, please email the Fayre Organiser, John Clarke. He will be very happy to hear from you!
Fayre volunteers will also want to keep an eye on the special Fayre Facebook page.

And again, special thanks to Paul & Sandy Ford of Highfields Farm. From the very start in 1990, they have hosted the fayre on their land, providing a water and electricity supply too.

See you there!!

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Dog show details…Draycott Fayre 2018 Dog Show poster

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Draycott Summer Fayre 2017

It just gets bigger and bigger… The 26th year of the Draycott-in-the-Moors Summer Fayre promises a full thirty-six hours of fun (with a little sleep thrown in in the middle…) across Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of this month (July 2017).
# Saturday Afternoon: A parade through the streets by some fifty re-enactors in American Civil War costume !
# Saturday evening: ‘Saturday Night Live’ brings three bands, a disco, hog-roast & beer festival !
# Sunday daytime: St Margaret’s Summer Fayre from 11am-4pm with The Human Cannonball, American Civil War skirmishing, vintage car rally…. and more !

 

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Everything takes place around Ford’s Field, slap bang in the centre of the village (for sat-navs, it’s ST11 9AE); and it’s all free to children of school age.
Now, if all that doesn’t wear the kids out, nothing will…

Saturday Parade

One of the biggest attractions this year is The American Civil War Society re-enactors. In costume from 150 years ago, they really know how to make history come alive – sometimes with big bangs…! They will be camping on the fayre field; and will parade from Blythe Bridge to Draycott on Saturday afternoon, leaving BB at 2.30pm, flags flying.
Make sure you come out to see them…

Party on, on Saturday

For those that love to dance or just appreciate some live music (and beautiful food), you get your moment on Saturday evening (8th July), when the field’s marquee will be put to good use.
The terrific Jacque Rabbit band (featuring local lad Richard Ward) will be back again, by popular demand; with Peter Wright’s ‘SuperiorSounds Disco’ on the decks kicking off the night at 7pm.
Two very lively bands are the support: Bear Withers (a “seamless blend of popular covers and bad jokes”!) and Moore & Moore Beer.

Team that with The St Margaret’s Beer Festival & Hog Roast (courtesy of The Draycott Arms) and you have a fun summer’s night entertainment, all under cover too. Price – £5 entry, kids under-17 get in free…

Biggest fayre ever

And it’s up early on the Sunday (9th) for everyone if you want to get your money’s worth at the fayre. The first event is the ever-popular Dog Show at 11.30am, (If you think your dog has the makings of a champion, be sure to get to the fayre by 11am to register).

From then on it’s fast & furious.
The two big attractions are the previously-mentioned  American Civil War Society re-enactors  who will be around all day – but also putting on an infantry drill display, organising a kids-only drill, and then having their own infantry-only skirmish (keep well back…!) during the course of the afternoon.
The other big attraction is Rodrigo Perez The Human Cannonball. Rodrigo is originally from Chile but is now based here in the Staffordshire Moorlands, and has performed over 3000 shots all around the world. The feat is quite extraordinary; he recently flew forty metres! If you don’t believe us, check out these videos

And of course – there is the long-established vintage vehicle rally, run by the evergreen Tom Sale, with over one hundred cars, motorcycles, lorries, coaches, machines, commercial vehicles and tractors. Every year, the rally alone brings in hundreds of visitors.

 

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Plus……. the Community Sports and Tug-of-War tournaments; the fun-fair, the ferret racing (with Malcolm Adlington), one that is new to the fayre Christopher Reptiles, the Coverdale Puppets show, the stalls selling everything from ice-cream to plants, the local community groups’ charity stands, and the ‘country-crafts experience’.
(If you or your local group wants a stand at the fayre, it is not too late to apply. Just email the Fayre Organiser, and he will help you sort something out – £10 a table.)

And you can relax… as well

Need a rest? Thank goodness for the ‘Saint Margaret’s Bar’ and its cooling beers and ciders (and other drinks). A big thank-you to The Draycott Arms which will be running it this year. Zara Hutson from the Arms has promised a proper choice of beers, so if you enjoy a pint, it really will suit you.
The staff of Draycott Moor College has once again showed terrific willingness to join in community activities – they will be running the barbecue.
And don’t forget the wonderful Tea Shop run by Christine Wibberley & friends.

And you don’t even have to walk to the fayre! If you live in Tean, Cresswell, Blythe Bridge or Draycott, then jump on the special Fayre bus. POPS, the Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society, will be running a vintage bus around the villages all day from 10am onwards (but not to Meir Park, as previously hoped).  Check out the timetable by clicking on this link.  It’s free to ride, though a small donation would be appreciated.

The small print

This is a local event, all run voluntarily by local people for a local charitable cause (the ongoing, and expensive, maintenance of our lovely 13th century village church, St Margaret’s).
The fayre is held, as usual, right in the centre of the village, on Uttoxeter Road (ST11 9AE) – with gates open at 11am. The day closes around 4pm.
Entry is £5, but children under-17 get in free.
On-site car-parking is free.
Website is: http://draycottfayre.co.uk/

On the weekend, the big A50 dual carriageway will be shut for repairs between Uttoxeter and Draycott-Blythe Bridge roundabout. This won’t affect the road by the fayre or local motorists, who use alternative roads, but if you’re coming from a distance, you might want to check your route.
First Aid is provided by 239 (Longton) Squadron Air Training Corps. They will also be performing a drill display in the main ring.
If you can’t remember last year’s fayre, check out our review of it.

Local people, can you….?

As has been said, this is a strictly volunteer-run local event with all profits going to our village’s oldest building. So, thinking of that – if you live locally, do you think you can help, by volunteering?
On the Sunday (and even the Saturday evening) there is always a need. People are required for all sorts of tasks – from the basic, like stewarding on the car-park, right through to ‘shepherding’ the main acts.
If you can spare even a little time, or have some expertise, please email the Fayre Organiser, John Clarke. He will be very happy to hear from you!
Fayre volunteers will also want to keep an eye on the special Fayre Facebook page.
And so, special thanks to Paul & Sandy Ford of Highfields Farm. From the very start in 1990, they have hosted the fayre on their land, providing a water and electricity supply too.

This page was last updated on July 6th

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NEWS: pavements under pressure / new car park / dumping action / election day

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early May 2017
In this post we have news of…:  how our pavements are gradually disappearing / police action on illegal fly-tipping / new car park for Draycott Old Road / county council election.…
(NB – There are also dozens of events coming up in our locality – including a special Plants Sale Day. Check out the Events page)
For daily updates & news about life in our district, keep checking the village Facebook page

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Pavement loss

It’s that time of year again… yes, suddenly, after a winter of stillness, everything in the fields and gardens is growing like mad.
This is great for farmers and gardeners, but actually not so good for our pavements, which are currently suffering their annual ‘vegetation encroachment’, as it’s known. Basically, this is when field edges start to spread and spread, sometimes covering the whole pavement.

It is mostly the rural and less well-used pavements that suffer the most of course.  Mud splashed onto them contains seeds which just start to germinate – and bingo!

A community group member tries to clear a badly overgrown pavement in Cresswell

A community group member tries to clear a badly overgrown pavement in Cresswell

You may wonder – who cares?  Well, the problem is it reduces the width of pavements to such an extent that they are no longer wide enough for pushchairs, buggys and disabled wheelchairs… meaning such items have to be pushed along the road itself, which is clearly dangerous.

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In our area, Draycott Parish Council has taken responsibility for keeping public spaces tidy and shipshape and, up until only a month ago, had a grant to enable it to do just that.  It even set aside £400 earlier this year to hire someone to clear mud & vegetation-encroachment off the pavement between the Draycott Arms and Totmonslow (though it’s not clear if that work has been carried out yet).

Certainly, so far, the council has struggled to keep the pavements growth free, as our pictures point out.

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Police take action in Draycott

A couple of months ago, we reported on the news that huge deposits of illegal waste had been dumped on local farmers’ fields here in Draycott.
(It’s amazing to think that, in 2016, there were almost a million incidents of such fly-tipping in our country – criminal gangs dump the truckloads of waste under cover of darkness anywhere where they won’t be seen.)

The big question is: where do the gangs keep this waste while they are waiting for an opportunity to dump it?  It seems they often store it secretively in large barns or warehouses until they have enough to make a truckload run worth their while.

This whole matter came up yet again last week when the police decided enough was enough and launched dawn raids on a number of addresses.  Sad to say, one of them was in Draycott. See – dawn raids by police report

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Parking problems … over

One piece of good news for residents in Draycott Old Road is that the long-awaited car park for Draycott College (see pic) is now finally completed (though much behind schedule) and seems to be working well.
Draycott College car park
Up till recently, the residents in the road were complaining loudly that parking by staff and workers at the college was swamping ‘their’ street.
All should be well now…. hopefully.

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An election before The Election

Finally – don’t forget… before the Big Election on June 8th, we still have the small matter of the county council elections.  Here in Draycott & Cresswell & Totmonslow we are part of the Cheadle & Checkley ward, and we have the chance this week to vote in one county councillor to represent us.  See the list of candidates.

The local community action group, VVSM, thought it would be a good thing to get the candidates’ views on important local issues, such as planning developments, highways and so on. Not all the candidates responded, but most did – see what the candidates had to say by clicking here.

Voting day is this Thursday (May 4th).

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Merry Christmas Tree Festival

Merry Christmas to one and all!
(Our apologies for not having posted recently – one member of the team left the area, one has been unwell, and the others have been off helping with Christmas projects.  Back to normal in 2017 we hope.)

The Draycott Church Christmas Tree Festival is one of the sadly too few times when a broad range of our community comes together just to share something for fun.  Families, neighbours, schools, businesses, groups are all invited to dress a tree and place it in the church for a week to be admired and even smiled at!
You don’t have to be religious to join in; it’s for everyone.  And whoever came along got a free mince pie; you can’t beat that.

Christmas wishes and promises

A number of the trees this year, especially the ones dressed by children, had not just baubles and tinsel hung on them but Christmas wishes & promises too.  Some were sad, like the plea to stop wars, but some made us smile.
We particularly liked the one (pic below) in which one child promises to help their mum… not every day (that would be too hard…) but… nearly every day!

Draycott Xmas Tree Festival 2016 - wish

A Christmas promise that (nearly) can be kept!

The special school in Blythe Bridge, Portland School, also used its tree to remind us all that they take the spirit of seasonal goodwill very seriously, illustrating ways in which they are helping a project in Africa, in a town called Bakau Newtown in Gambia.

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To see more photos of this year’s trees, click here.

Groups

Well done to all those who put in trees.

The pupils of Draycott Moor College made a real effort to bring in theirs, as the first tree they completed was accidentally broken and they had to start over again.
Well done too to all those who came up with ‘themes’. Jackie Knott, one of the stalwarts of Blythe Cricket Club designed a tree of cricket bats and cricket balls, while the Draycott Bell Ringers constructed a miniature ringing tower to go with their tree.
First Tean Brownies, Forsbrook Tiddlers Group, the Draycott WI and the Draycott Craft Club were just some of the other groups to take part.
And an especial thanks to John Clarke who did all the hard work in getting the festival off the ground and making it a success.

Although there was a good turnout this year, of nearly twenty trees, it really should be better supported.  It’s all over now for the 2016 event, but wouldn’t it be great if, next year, there were fifty trees??

NEWS: college ruckus / fayre float / St Mary’s House / council breaks rules

News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid May 2016
News of…:  more problems at Draycott College / float on tour for fayre / how our council is ignoring us / new tenants at St Mary’s House…
(NB – There are also dozens of events in our locality – including a big car-boot sale… Check out the Events page)

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College ruckus

Well, it’s often said you should never make promises you can’t be sure of keeping. However, many of us heard Jay Hart from Horizon Care, the organisation which runs Draycott Moor College, say that he would have the problems of the college sorted within, not months, but weeks.
Oops. That was a mistake.

It’s no laughing matter for the residents of Draycott Old Road though.  Sad to say, some of the children from the college have been out on the street again this month causing dismay and upset. Police cars had to attend this time (again), yet, despite that, one fire engine was still prevented from getting through. One poor motorist who got stuck, stationery, behind the fire engine, suffered all sorts of abuse.

The teenage children at the college have had rough lives and are, in some cases, quite disturbed, so we all realise how tough looking after them is.  But, surely there has to be an answer.
Over to you, Mr Hart. Again.

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New times for old house

It’s all change at St Mary’s House in Cresswell Old Road.
The old house – which dates back to the 18th century – has Grade 2 listed status given by Historic England,  thus making it the pride and joy of of St Mary’s Catholic parish (which covers Cresswell and Draycott).
The house (below) abuts the church though one can see the difference in age between the two buildings by looking at the stonework.

St Marys House, Cresswell

However, Father David Hartley and his family, who were living in it, did not get much time to enjoy the old house’s historic status, as Father David has now been appointed to a new parish (down south), and has now departed the Cresswell shores.

Taking advantage of the change, the Catholic authorities have rented it out to a new family, who (we know this for a fact!) will take very good care of it.
And, whenever he’s appointed, the new Catholic priest for the church will live in a house in Meir – Meir being the centre of the extended parish of Meir, Caverswall & Cresswell.

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Float on!

The news from the Draycott Summer Fayre organisers is looking good… pretty much all the attractions that they had hoped to get are now booked, and it’s looking like a massive Fun day!

Local residents will be particularly interested in a new attraction this year: a ‘float’, which will tour on a lorry round the local area. The theme will be a celebration of the 25 years that the fayre has been running – and why not? Twenty-five years is a brilliant achievement.
The Draycott Brownies and the Draycott Craft Club are putting their collective heads together to make sure it is as colourful as it can be.

Don’t forget to put the date in your diary: Sunday July 10th.   Volunteers to help are still needed: both before the event and on the day.  Contact John if you think you have a little spare time.

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Our arrogant council

Why does Draycott in the Moors Parish Council continue to flout the rules imposed on it by government?

For over a year now, our councillors (including one who is also a member of the Staffordshire County Council cabinet!!) have simply not done what they are supposed to do under the new government Transparency Code.
By this code, our councillors must openly publish the minutes of their proceedings within 30 days – because our councillors are elected by us, so we should be informed what they are up to.
However, currently, the council still has outstanding non-publication right back to last September!
It must also publish an ‘annual set of data’.

Draycott Parish councillors

Some Draycott Parish councillors (except Colin Pearce, in tie, who is a district councillor, and Kate, in blue jumper, who is the clerk)

For many months now, residents have been requesting that the councillors simply observe this law…  but they have been brushed aside – with the comment that the council clerk is already too overworked.  (The council clerk is paid to do twenty hours administration for the parish council per month *….).
(many apologies to readers: the first draft of this article said “20 hours per week” – a mstake which wasn’t spotted in the proofing… sorry)

Well, in that case, sensible people like you and me might say the over-stressed clerk could do with some help.
However, the councillors have been saying the opposite; and that offers of help – even voluntary – must be refused, even when the help is being offered by an actual councillor.  The reason?  Apparently, only the clerk is competent enough to do stuff like put notices up, update a website, make phone-calls, or carry out basic research… (?!!)

Meanwhile, our parish council continues in breach of the rules, and seems (apparently) arrogantly unbothered by it.

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Draycott St Margaret’s 2016 Summer Fayre

Time to get your diaries out – because the liveliest day of our summer is almost upon us…  Yes, the vibe around the Draycott Summer Fayre (which is now confirmed for Sunday July 10th), is already buzzing!

Welcome return

The big news is surely the return of Y-Ddraig .  This fantastic group re-enacts the Viking era, with authentic costumes and encampments. They were massive hits at the 2013 and 2014 fayres, and it was only other commitments that prevented them coming back last year.

Viking conflict

The ‘Vikings’ enjoyed themselves with a number of battles

The lads and ladies of the group also demonstrate, and teach, bloodcurdling Viking fighting skills – though they have had their come-uppance in previous years when they challenged the village’s children to battle… (!)

As befits the 25th year of the fayre, the rest of the line-up is incredibly strong too.
The organisers have pulled off a real coup to get the Staffordshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, twenty youngsters who really know how to play. They will be in the marquee.
The Joliba African Drums are coming along too, and they do more than just perform. What they do is encourage children to join in by having some quick tuition – and the afternoon finishes off with a performance by and with the children.  That will be definitely worth staying for.

With the Dog Show, the Children’s Sports and Tug-of-War tournament also there, it is going to be a busy afternoon in the main ring.  (If you think our dog has the makings of a champion, be sure to get to the fayre by 11am to register – the dog show is planned for 11.30).

Enjoying an ice-cream at Draycott Summer Fayre!

Enjoying an ice-cream at Draycott Fayre …

For younger children, instead of the usual Punch & Judy, there is the Coverdale Puppets experience (from Merseyside).  Check out their performances on YouTube, and you’ll agree that fun is the name of their game…

Relax, relax… as well

But the day is not just about ceaseless activity!
Thank goodness for the ‘Saint Margaret’s Bar’ and its cooling beers and ciders (and other drinks). A big thank-you to The Draycott Arms which will be running it this year.  Zara Hutson, from the Arms, has promised a proper ‘beer festival’, so if you enjoy a pint, it really will suit you.
The staff of Draycott Moor College has once again showed terrific willingness to join in community activities – they will be running the barbecue.  And don’t forget the wonderful Tea Shop run by Christine Wibberley & friends.

And you don’t even have to walk to the fayre! If you live in Tean, Cresswell, Blythe Bridge or Draycott, then jump on the special Fayre bus.  POPS, the Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society, will be running a vintage bus around the villages all day.

A proud owner of a vintage machine at Dracott Fayre

A proud owner of a vintage machine, at the 2015 fayre

And – all the familiar sights will be on show too…    The vintage car and machinery rally, the funfair, the stalls selling everything from ice-cream to plants, the local community groups’ charity stands, the ‘country-crafts experience’ and even the popular family games will all be in evidence.
(If you or your local group wants a stand at the fayre, it is not too late to apply.  Just email the Fayre Organiser, and he will help you sort something out – £10 a table.)

Party, party on Saturday

For those that love to dance or just appreciate some live music, well, you will get your chance on the previous evening, ie the Saturday evening (9th July), when the marquee will be put to good use, hosting a band and disco.
The wonderful Jacque Rabbit band (featuring local lad Richard Ward) will be headlining the night; and Peter Wright, who is so well-known to all of us, will be running the disco.  Support band are Styx & Stone, who hail from Hilderstone just thre miles away.
It really is a fun summer’s night entertainment – so try to get your tickets early for that event – just email the Fayre Organiser£4 in advance, £5 on the night.

Volunteers

Please remember that this is a local event, run voluntarily by local people for a local charitable cause (the ongoing, and expensive, maintenance of our 13th century village church, St Margaret’s).
So, thinking of that – do you think you can help, by volunteering?
On the Sunday (and even the Saturday evening) there is always a need.  People are required for all sorts of tasks – from the basic, like stewarding on the car-park, right through to ‘shepherding’ the main acts.
If you can spare even a little time, or have some expertise, please email the Fayre Organiser John Clarke.  He will be very happy to hear from you!

The fayre is held, as usual, right in the centre of the village, on Uttoxeter Road (ST11 9AE) – with gates open at 11am.    The day closes around 5.30pm with a church service in the marquee.
Entry is £5 but children of school-age come in free.
On-site car-parking is free.

Updates

This page was last updated on July 8th.

For those who wanted to see the North Staffordshire Pony Club, a bit of unfortunate latest-news: the club have had to pull out of their fascinating ‘Musical Ride’ routine – twelve ponies and their riders that weave patterns to music.  Maybe next year…

Fayre volunteers will also want to keep an eye on the special Fayre Facebook page.

It looks like it’s going to be a good ‘un this year!

NEWS: college meeting / democracy issue / mobile library – gone / box for charity

News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in late March 2016
News of…:  Draycott crisis meeting date  / council in breach of transparency / local lad boxes for charity / last few history books / Draycott mobile library axed…
(NB – There are also dozens of events in our locality – including a ‘Curry & Karaoke Night’… Check out the Events page)

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College crisis meeting

As you may know, upsetting scenes at Draycott Moor College led to a heated meeting of the parish council earlier this month.  Residents demanded some action, and we are now told that there will be a big Q&A session about the issue on Monday 18th April at the Church Hall (from 7.30).  At the meeting will be representatives from the college, and, it’s hoped, from the police; local householders are all welcome to attend.
And if you have anything you want to add into the debate, contact the parish council to ensure your voice is heard.

Draycott Parish councillors though have a strange issue of their own.
As you may have noticed, the minutes of its meetings are no longer appearing on its website – and no one from the council is explaining why.
It is now a legal requirement under the Transparency Code to publish council minutes – because … they are democratic decisions taken in the name of the whole community, so we should know what the council are up to.
It was formally agreed that, as there is an issue with the website (explained or not), that the minutes be published on the village notice-boards instead, but (at the time of writing) this request appears to have been ignored.

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Goodbye mobile library

The ‘reorganisation’ of the Staffordshire Library Service has meant cuts all round; and the mobile library service to Draycott had its last visit this week.

Mobile library in Draycott

Mobile library in Draycott

The mobile library van used to stop at St Margaret’s Court, where the folk at the sheltered housing there, could order and pick up books.  Not any more.
No one seemed to object very much to the cut though, so maybe it wasn’t much used (?).  Tean and Fulford, which did protest, will however keep their mobile library services.

Talking of St Margaret’s Court, congratulations to its oldest resident!

Draycott Parish Council's Celebration for Betty Hammond 2013

Draycott Parish’s celebration for Betty Hammond’s 100th (thanks to John Clarke for the photo)

The former parish councillor Betty Hammond, who is also Draycott’s oldest resident by far, turned 103 this month.  We’re told that Betty’s birthday parties are far & away the village’s happiest events!

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Fighting for charity

Fancy jumping in the ring to box, even for charity?  No, nor us! – but that is exactly what one lad from Cresswell, Nathan Swinson, is doing this Saturday (April 2nd).
Nathan is taking part in a so-called ‘White Collar Boxing’ event in Hanley.
‘White Collar Boxing’ is amateur, but it’s not exactly just for fun either, because all the participants have had thorough training in a gym.

Nathan will be donating his profits from the night to the Midlands Air Ambulance, a charity for which he and his family have raised thousands of pounds over the last few years.
If you know the Swinsons, they have a few tickets left for sale for anyone who wants to go along.

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Last chance to buy history

Ten years ago, the well-known local resident, Matthew Pointon, wrote his book ‘A History of The Parish of Draycott-en-le-Moors‘.  A hundred copies were published, and it was thought that – as only local people would want to buy – stocks would never run out.
However – guess what… there are now only a handful of copies left for sale!
Unfortunately, there are no plans to reprint the book, so if you don’t get your copy now, you may never get one.
The book costs £10 – just apply to Kate Bradshaw if you want one.
Profits go to the maintenance of our local historic churches.

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What is to be done about Draycott Moor College?

“Either we get satisfactory answers – or we ask for the college to be shut down!”  That was the statement from one councillor at last night’s heated Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council meeting – and he was not the only one who felt that way.  His viewpoint was backed by a majority of the members.

But what has caused this radical turn in opinion?
Well, the disgraceful scenes at the school earlier this month to be precise.  A fortnight ago, it seems that individuals climbed on to the roof at the school and started tipping tiles down on to the ground below.  Three police cars, and an ambulance, had to be summoned; and Draycott Old Road had to be closed off.
Unbelievably, the same scenes were repeated ten days later.

Council meeting

The question of what to do about Draycott Moor College was a main focus on the parish council’s agenda last night. Members of the public were there to see the debate – and to ask some pointed questions too. One resident of Draycott Old Road was blunt.   He said: “… the parish council do not seem to be listening to us…”

With this kind of pressure to deal with from its own voters, the council has decided to ask representatives from the college (which is run by a private company, Horizon Care), as well as local police officers and someone from the county education authority (which funds the fees of the pupils who attend the college) to come along to a future meeting of the council to explain what they think is the best way forward.

The councillors were equally blunt though: unless, they said, they are happy with what they hear, they will formally apply to have the college closed down.
It is all such a long sad way since the college picked up a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted in 2012.

Crisis brewing

There have been problems for some time.
The college cares for children with extreme behavioural issues, so nobody expects it to be easy – but most residents in Draycott Old Road have their own stories of being intimidated or bad-mouthed by teenagers from the school, and crime statistics websites regularly highlight incidents in the area – so, after what has recently happened, householders have clearly now had enough.

They want some questions answered…
# Why do some pupils at the school seem to be able to leave when they feel like it?
# The college was managing around twenty pupils, mostly teenagers, until recently. Now, it has expanded to thirty-six pupils and now includes a new section for primary-aged children. Why the expansion of numbers here, when discipline was already a problem?
# The college takes students from all over the county, many of whom are brought in by taxi from many miles away.  Why bring all these troubled children together in one concentration?
# The old headteacher Roger Flint seems to have ‘retired’ – since when these new incidents occurred.  A new headteacher, Ms Gail Norrie, seems to have been brought in to sort things out – and, to her credit, she has been open with residents.  But what is her actual plan?
# The local police community support officers say they ‘recognise the problem’. But, also, what is their plan?

Watch this space.

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NEWS: school sale / flooded drains / sad death / community date

News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early February 2016
News of…:  Draycott Moor College property up for sale / rest in peace Doctor Dave / date for annual community meeting announced / are financial cuts to blame for flooding? …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in our locality – including a Valentines dance… Check out the Events page)

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Million pound property

If you have almost a million pounds, you might be interested in a desirable property in Draycott.  Yes, that’s the guide price for the land & buildings of Draycott Moor College (the old primary school) which goes to auction next week.
However, you’ll have to be the patient sort – as the present tenants, the Horizon Education Group, have a lease until 2023, and cannot be forced to leave until then…

The college, which cares for troubled youngsters, has been successful in attracting more pupils recently, and has been growing, even taking on some younger children. The roll-call now stands at around twenty-six students, some of whom come daily from quite some distances away.
The growth has been such that the college has now decided it needs to build its own car-park on the site.  The latest hope is that this will be completed by Easter – which will make the parking in Draycott Old Road less congested.

Interestingly enough, the whole college site was suggested last year as a possible development area for new houses.  (Draycott has been asked by the district council to find enough spare land on which to build twenty-five homes).  Perhaps any buyer will be aware of that, and see it as an investment?

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Goodbye Doctor Dave

Doctor DaveIt’s not often that a resident of Draycott is the subject of a front-page splash in the local papers, but that is what happened when the sad news of the death of Dr Bhupendra Dave was reported. It shows how well-respected he was as a local figure.

Doctor Dave, who had served as a doctor in Cheadle for many years before retiring just over a decade ago, lived quite near to the Draycott Arms.
We send our condolences to his wife Devila.

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Preventable (?) floods

A couple of weeks ago we reported on this website on all the flooding in Cresswell, which you might call flooding ‘due to natural circumstances’, as parts of Cresswell are in a flood-zone.
But… there was also flooding on the Uttoxeter Road just before Totmonslow, flooding in Draycott Old Road (where sandbags had to be used), flooding on the dual carriageway slip road, among a number of incidents where you could say the flooding was different – as it was quite preventable.

Now that the waters have gone down, people have been out to find out what went wrong, and a lot of it seems to be down to poor or infrequent clearing of the ditches and drains.

Blocked pipe on Uttoxeter Road

As you can see from the photo above, the pipe which should have taken any excess water off the Uttoxeter Road and siphoned it into the parallel ditch is simply so choked it couldn’t do its job.
Also, a number of drains are just silted up, as you can see in the photo below (also on the main road). However, some people also believe that the culverts under some roads have simply collapsed.

Silted up drain

Draycott Parish Council is so fed up about one incident near Draycott Old Road that it has written to the neighbouring Forsbrook Parish Council to ask them to help sort out the root causes, as the problem originated on Forsbrook’s side of the ‘border’.

But, at the end of the day, our guess is that the financial cuts have bitten so deep that the county council can no longer keep up its commitments to maintain smaller districts like ours.  Parish councillors at Kingsley (which is a village the other side of Cheadle) seem to think the same thing, and have written a strong letter to the Chief Executive of Staffordshire telling him not to ignore small villages.

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The people’s meeting

A date has just been announced for the local ‘parish assembly’ – an annual event where Draycott & district residents are asked to come together to discuss the issues that bother them in the community.  By law this gathering must be held in the Spring, and is quite an old tradition, which applies only to villages and small towns – cities and larger towns are not entitled to hold an assembly in this way.

However, too often, these meetings are usurped by politicians… when in fact they are meant to be a meeting for the ordinary people of a district, when they can raise and discuss whatever questions they want.
If you’d like an issue discussed, Kate Bradshaw is putting together the agenda – contact her if you want something discussed or you have a query.
The Draycott Parish Assembly is scheduled for Monday April 25.

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NEWS: Hot gig / playground gone / Red vicar / crib success

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid July 2015
News of…:  Bullitt to do ‘hot’ gig / Draycott play-area to be paved over / new vicar is a Red / congrats to Hunter’s crib team …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in our locality – including a ‘Tropical’ Dance. Check out the Events page)

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Hot gig from Bullitt

Well, if there is one just outdoor rock&pop event you should get along to this summer, it should be the Bullitt show this Saturday (July 11th) evening on Draycott Level.  The forecast is that the day is going to be a sizzler – and the evening will be warm and beautiful!!

Bullitt are a local covers band well-known for their rockin’ fun gigs, and will be supported by a disco and barbecue.  Everything takes place in the marquee on Highfields (which is the field where Draycott Old Road meets Uttoxeter Road).

The Bullitt show is of course the curtain-raiser for Draycott Fayre on Sunday, when it also looks like we’ll have a warm & dry afternoon (hurrah!).  If you don’t know the running-order of events during the fayre yet, just click here.

The timetable for the (free!) vintage double-decker bus, which is going on a loop around the local villages on Sunday picking up visitors (and taking them away again), has also just been published:
Upper Tean (opposite the Post Office) departures — 10.30, 11.25, 12.20, 14.10, 15.05, 16.00
Cresswell (from bus stop near Rookery) — 10.35, 11.30, 12.25, 14.15, 15.10, 16.05
Blythe Bridge (by railway station) — 10.45, 11.40, 12.35, 14.25, 15.20, 16.15
Draycott (by Fayre entrance) — 11.00, 11.55, 12.50, 14.40, 15.35, 16.30
Upper Tean (opposite the Post Office) arrivals — 11.20, 12.15, 13.10, 15.00, 15.55, 16.50

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Red appointed as new rector

St Margaret’s Church has just announced who their new rector is to be.  Jonathan Roberts, who is currently serving as a curate in mid-Staffordshire, will replace Reverend David Bickersteth who retired at Easter time. He will officially take up his post in September, though he has promised to come along to the Fayre on Sunday – so we can all get an early look at him then…

Jonathan is fairly young as vicars go, being just in his forties, and was only ordained priest two years ago, being a teacher before that.
One passion apart from his faith is that he is a life-long Red (aka a Liverpool FC supporter) – it will be interesting to see how he gets on with our local Stoke City contingent!

By pure coincidence, local Methodists are also welcoming a new minister.  As Sue Preston takes her leave, she will be replaced at Blythe Bridge Church by Reverend Ian Coates, who comes to north Staffordshire from Lincolnshire.

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Crib success

We must send our congratulations to Yvonne Juliff, who picked up a deserved award at the recent Blythe Bridge & District Cribbage League presentation evening.   Yvonne is a stalwart at The Hunter Pub (at the south end of Cresswell) – and the place wouldn’t be the same without her.
The Hunter’s team did very well at the Awards, with Bob Hargreaves accepting the League Cup award on behalf of all the players.

Sunset at the Hunter pub, Cresswell

A spectacular sunset behind the Hunter pub

If you’re interested in volunteering for the team for a weekly game of crib, just drop a line to The Hunter’s landlady, Stephanie Hulme.

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Playground … going, almost gone

Staffordshire Moorlands Council has approved the plans from Draycott Moor College to build a car park on the play-area in its grounds.  The grassy play-area, which fronts on to Draycott Old Road, was used for years as a playground for the neighbourhood’s youngsters.

Draycott College play-area gates

Gates to the play-area.  No more will children play here

However, the college lent the facility to the community on the strict basis that it was locked and unlocked daily by a resident.
As you may know, Mr Will Smith used to open and lock it, until he died a few years ago.  Since then, no one has come forward to take on the task, and the parish council were unable to organise a rota.

On the other hand, some residents in Draycott Old Road will welcome the changes.  There were suspicions that older teenagers were congregating in the play-area for nefarious reasons; and the truth is that the new car-park will definitely relieve pressure on parking spaces in the road.  It will hold seventeen cars, and be used by staff and visitors.

Shame though.  The development means the only (official) common area left in the parish for children’s play is the green on Rookery Crescent.

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