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News: end of… B Colours, D Potter / British food fest / self-defence class

News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in late-August 2014 
News of…:  final curtain for Blythe Colours / goodbye Draycott Potter FC, hello B Arms FC / Izaak looks for local produce / Tara hosts free self-defence class…
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Sad days

You may remember that we reported a couple of months ago that things looked grim for Blythe Colours.   The Blythe Colour Works, which has dominated the life of Cresswell for over a hundred years, was famous for producing the different types of colourations needed in the pottery industry. Its factory once covered a huge site, which is now largely where Blythe Business Park is.
Of course, the business has shrunk a lot since its hey-day in the 1950s, but the remnants of the firm still maintained premises on the park, and employed some sixty people.

Blythe Colours in 1934

Blythe Colours in 1934       (Courtesy of the Barry Phillips Photo Collection)

However, the curtain is coming down.
Just a few days ago, we received a press-release from Johnson Matthey, the chemicals giant which is the parent company to Blythe Colours.  It says:
A consultation (with the workforce) has been completed and it was accepted that the manufacturing at Cresswell would cease. Therefore all manufacturing will cease in September 2014.”

For many people locally this news will mark the end of an era.

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No more Potter

And, just as one local institution closes down, so does another.
The Draycott Potter football club, which played on a pitch on Cresswell Old Lane for many years up until 2013, has disbanded. The club has resigned from the Uttoxeter League.

It was inevitable really, as the team had been forced to find a new ground, and last year it moved lock stock & barrel to a site three miles away.

Draycott Potter attacking

Draycott Potter attacking.  Not a sight we shall ever see again.

So the lads have started afresh, founding a new team – The Butchers Arms FC – named after the public house in Forsbrook which has sponsored their new strip.  They will be playing in the Potteries & District Sunday League (Division 2) though will continue to play home games on Blythe Bridge Recreation pitch.

A familiar face – John Giblin – remains as manager (with assistance from Steve Talbot).  The Giblin family has been a mainstay for the team – with Kath Giblin surely the team’s most loyal fan!
We expect that Brian Hilton will continue to be chief supporter of course.  Brian, who celebrated his seventieth birthday a couple of months ago, was chairman for many many years.  Without him, Draycott Potter would not have survived as a club for as long as it did.

The new Sunday League season starts on 24th August – and we wish The Butchers Arms FC the best of luck!!

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Best of British

Talking of pubs, it’s good to see that the Izaak Walton Pub-Restaurant is supporting British Food Fortnight, which will run from 20th September to 5th October.
As well as celebrating the best of British by producing new dishes every day, Kathy and her team are inviting growers of local produce to join them and sell their home-grown food on the premises. For details contact the Izaak Walton.

British Food Fortnight

British Food Fortnight logo

And if you want to show some extra love for British food, the BFF website has a list of fourteen ways in which you can do just that!

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Keep safe

Finally, our very own Tara Dean-Bundred, who runs the Tatsui Kai ju-jitsu ‘dojo’ centre on Blythe Business Park in Cresswell, has announced that she will be holding a FREE one-hour personal-safety seminar there on 4th September.
Tara works closely with both Social Services and Staffordshire Police (who are funding the safety sessions) in this field, and even has her own company which specialises in teaching about ways of staying safe and of safe escape techniques – so she knows what she’s talking about.
To take part, you must book a place though.

Incidentally, Tara has also recently introduced Tai Chi classes at the dojo, so if you prefer something a little less strenuous, such classes may be just the thing for you.

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NEWS: sad RIP / WW1 information / weekend events / fire risk

News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid May 2014 
We have news of…:  Totmonslow’s Pat Whitfield has passed away /  more about Draycott’s WW1 soldiers / sports weekend / fire-risk checks.
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Remembering Pat Whitfield

It’s sad to report that one of the grand old ladies of our village passed away last week. Pat Whitfield, who was 89 years old, had been poorly for a little while, and, during yet another stay in hospital, she died. A Catholic to the end, she was able to take the last rites, and died in the company of her family.

Pat is one of the last links to our agricultural past, coming from a well-known local farming family. She lived in Totmonslow Farm right until the end, and, even as late as last year, could be found out tilling the soil on her large vegetable patch almost daily, come rain or shine.
She is also known as the sister of Eve Robinson (the former village post-mistress) and the brother of Joe Thorley, whose marvellous collection of photographs, taken locally between the war years, she was looking after.

The funeral mass will be at St Mary’s in Cresswell on Friday 23rd May at 3pm. She will be buried in the churchyard, as she wished, near her sister.
She will be missed.

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More facts about World War One, but not enough…

A couple of weeks ago, we had an article about local World War One anniversary commemorations – and mentioned that nothing was known about the three people on the Draycott War Memorial except their names.

Draycott war memorial

Draycott war memorial inside St Margaret’s

By strange coincidence, The Imperial War Museum launched its ‘Lives of the First World War’ website last week. It lists all the soldiers who died in World War One – including two of the ones on our memorial!
The site lists Phillip Bagnall – click here -, and Harry Billings – click here -, giving their ranks and regiments, so at least we now have that information. Lionel Dobson however is not mentioned on the site.

Some preliminary research from the BB&F Historical Society indicates some odd facts about these soldiers though.
Philip Bagnall was a Potteries boy – so what was his connection with Draycott?
Harry Billings, yes, came from Draycott – but that’s all that is known so far.
Meanwhile it’s believed that Lionel Dobson was actually in a Canadian regiment – but was listed on our war memorial because he had relatives here.

Can anyone help with any more facts? Email us if you can.

Incidentally, if you want to go and see the war memorial, which is inside St Margaret’s Church, for yourself, you’ll be glad to know that the old church is open to visitors across the summer on every first Saturday of the month between 2-4pm.

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Eventful weekend

If you’ve chosen to stay at home this weekend, you’ve done the right thing. There are a few events in Draycott which will entertain you!

Blythe Cricket Club (whose ground is just up from the Izaak Walton) has an evening of live music & humour on Saturday, starting 9pm, free admission. The entertainment is the local trio, Bear Withers, who provide some very decent cover-songs and some very bad jokes (their description, not ours!).
Suppers are available too.

Abdul Razzaq

Abdul Razzaq

Sunday afternoon is a treat for cricket fans as the Blythe Cricket Club 1st XI entertain Hem Heath CC – who include Pakistani international Abdul Razzaq and ex-England test player, Kim Barnett in their team. Just to see these legends in action is a privilege.

Meanwhile, just 100 yards away, Draycott Sports Centre is putting on their Open Day with loads of sports to try out and check out.
If you know you are going, you can beat the queues by booking.  See details of what’s on and how to book on the Draycott Sports Open Day webpage.

Talking of sport, one downer is that Draycott Potter FC, who were odds-on favourites to win in the final of the Ken Green Memorial Trophy last Sunday, slipped up badly going down 1-3 to Cheadle CC. Very annoying, to say the least.

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Free fire-risk checks

Just because it’s nearly summer doesn’t mean that the chances of fire breaking out in the home are any the less.

A fatal fire in Blurton earlier this year has now prompted Staffordshire Fire Service to offer free fire risk checks in people’s homes.
All you have to do is phone 0800 0241 999, or go online at staffordshirefire.gov.uk.
There is also free advice from the fire officers about smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, domestic fire extinguishers and more.

If it’s free, why not?

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NEWS: Burglary / footy final / EU elections / new board & LOOP

News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early May 2014 
We have news of…:  thieves strike in Cresswell / new loop at St Mary / European election candidates / Draycott Potter FC in final /  The Grange is sold / new noticeboard for Cresswell on the way
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Thieves strike in Cresswell

Sad to report that there has been another burglary in Cresswell, following the one earlier this year.
Neighbourhood Watch tell us that on Wednesday (30 April) this week, someone got into a farm’s workshop and stole over a dozen tractor batteries.  It’s not clear if it was an opportunist theft or a planned one.

Were you travelling along the Cresswell Road toward Hilderstone on Wednesday? If you think you have some information, call 101 (quote “incident number 823 of 30th April”) or, for complete anonymity, ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Incidentally:  don’t forget that the Fire Brigades Union is on strike over the next three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), so this weekend is not a good time to have a bonfire…    For more details of the strike hours, click here

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Potter heading for the Cup

On to more pleasant news; and it’s good to report that Draycott Potter FC have reached the final of the ‘Ken Green Memorial Cup’. This is quite a prestigious tournament, with the big match itself taking place at the JCB Rocester ground on Sunday 11th May with a 10.30am kick off.

The team have not a bad season, and are likely to finish third or fourth in Division One of the Uttoxeter Sunday League, but they haven’t been able to secure any silverware for some years.

Yes, Draycott Potter may no longer have a base here, having had to move twelve months ago to the Blythe Bridge recreation ground, but they still carry the village’s name – so we wish them the best of luck!

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Election day

Another date many of us are eagerly anticipating (er, well maybe…!) is the day of the elections to the European Parliament, which is May 22.
Our local polling station will be the Church Hall in Church Lane as usual.

All the candidates for our region, the West Midlands, have now been announced (see candidates list), and we have a bewildering seventy of them to choose from, though only seven can be eventually successful.

Voting is a little complicated, but easy when you know how. You just have the one vote; and you either select an individual or a party.  In fact, it really doesn’t matter if you select an individual or a party, as, it’s all down then to proportional representation.
The About My Vote website has a good European Elections guide if you want to know more.    If you are not sure if you are eligible to vote it will help you find that out too.
If you are not registered to vote, the last day to register to vote for this particular election is Tuesday 6 May (see how to register).

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Budgeting – at two ends of the scale

Well, if you are still saving up your pennies to try to buy The Grange, a country house in Cheadle Road (just up from The Draycott Arms), we have bad news for you. It has recently been sold by estate-agents James Du Pavey – for around £850,000.
Whoever bought it may well be into swimming or boating – as it has a large natural lake in the grounds and a log cabin to boot.

The Grange

The Grange

Meanwhile at the other end of the monetary scale, things are somewhat different.

Draycott Parish Council say they think they now have the money at last to replace the current shabby notice board in Cresswell (which itself was a temporary job – after the last one fell down last year).
However, budgeting constraints mean the new one will have no frills. The parish council have allocated £550 to the project.

And, at St Mary Catholic Church, they are appealing for financial help. With an older population much more in evidence these days, they thought it best to install a ‘loop system’. This will enable those who use hearing-aids to be able to hear the services much more clearly.
Of course, it has cost a deal of money, and fund-raising to pay for it continues!

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NEWS: football update / Shevlin date / local mag / Huntley pic

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in late February 2014 
We have news of…:  what’s happening with Draycott Potter FC / Doctor Shevlin returns! / Uttoxeter magazine for Draycott / photos from Huntley Wood.
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Forward to the Cup

Congratulations to Draycott Potters FC, who played superbly on the weekend to reach the semi-finals of the Ken Green Memorial Cup.  The lads had to face a tough test in beating Little Stoke FC, who are riding high at the top of the Uttoxeter League Second Division at the moment.

Matthew Stanyer

Draycott keeper Matthew Stanyer takes a goalkick upfield against Little Stoke. Draycott are in the blue strip.

Of course, it was a sad day when the team had to leave their Draycott ground last season after it was reclaimed by its owner.
Nowadays the lads play on the Forsbrook Parish pitch just behind Blythe Bridge Health Centre; and they have changed their sponsor, with the Blue Tiffin Restaurant sponsoring their away kit.
They have even changed the pub they use: they now meet at the refurbished Butchers Arms in Forsbrook.

The question is: will they therefore now change their name?  In the old days, twenty years ago, when they were founded by Brian Hilton, they were called Draycott Potter & Fulford FC, so the name has already altered over time.

Draycott Potter sign

The old Draycott Potter changing rooms sign – saying Fulford

Now that they play in Forsbrook parish, there is talk that they might change their name again, come the 2014/2015 season.

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Bernard is back

Bernard Shevlin

Bernard Shevlin

One name from the past that is very welcome to hear again is that of Doctor Bernard Shevlin.
Bernard was the local doctor for many years, and is quite a character. In his surgery office he kept puppets, with which he would entertain worried children patients; and he was a regular voice on BBC Radio Stoke where he would talk about health in such a humorous and even light-hearted way you felt happy to be breathing!   In his spare time he’s also a member of the Swinging Sixties Band.

Well, he’s now retired; and on the talk circuit these days, where he is just as entertaining now as he was then!
He will be speaking to the Cheadle Historical Society on Wednesday March 12th at 7.30pm.  Non-members are welcome to the talk for a fee of £1 payable on the door – though you might want to get there early as the doctor is quite a draw…

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Maidens in the wood

We reported recently on the fact that a film had been made up at Huntley Wood Outdoor Centre, which is just off the road from Draycott to Cheadle.
The centre is at last getting into its stride, with many ‘re-enactment’ groups – both historical and fantasy – using it for their get-togethers.   The centre, which has accommodation too, can be used for any number of outdoor activities including survival games and scouting.

'Lady of the Forest'

‘Lady of the Forest’ – photographed by Jasmine Whiteside

The centre is celebrating the wide range of activities up there by organising a calendar – with photos of events marking each month of the year.
We really like the photo for January in which a maiden (in distress? – surely not…?) seems to be lost amid the trees of the wood.  Photographer Jasmine Whiteside took the picture when she visited.
To see more, head for the Huntley Wood website.

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John Giblin – press celebrity

Finally, it’s good to see that the local magazine The Uttoxeter & Cheadle Voice, which is distributed free to households, has extended its editorial area to include Draycott & Cresswell.
There should now be local news appearing in it whenever it comes through your letterbox.

We were intrigued to see an article about a ‘dream team’ of local amateur players, which included … John Giblin… – yes, the very same man who now manages Draycott Potters FC!  Nice to see that John’s playing skills are not forgotten – and, believe it or not -, he still turns out occasionally for the Potters.
Nice one John..

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NEWS: tax rise? / Izaak latest / burglary / Potter play on

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in late-January 2014
We have news of…:  rise in parish council tax?  / the latest on the Izaak Walton / Draycott Potter FC play on / Cresswell burglary  / local library under review.
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Rise in council tax?

If a recent decision by Draycott Parish Council goes ahead, it looks like we may well be paying more for the parish part of our council tax.
Parish Council members have agreed that they will seek an almost 25% rise in their allotted money, which would mean that the council would receive £8000 in 2014/15, instead of what it received last financial year, which was £6700-ish.

The request for the large increase is, it seems, because of the unexpected costs incurred in staging last year’s by-election (when Roger Tabbernor was elected as a new councillor), which has left the council shorter on funds than it would like to be.

However, it’s yet to be seen whether the council will be able to persuade the powers-that-be that they should be allowed the rise.

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Izaak – latest

It is now exactly a year since the Izaak Walton Inn in Cresswell ‘went dark’ – and closed.
The pub-business that own it, Wellington, says the place is available for lease, and they do have it up on the James A Baker real-estate website, but (as far as we know) they have not yet accepted any of the offers they’ve had in.

Izaak Walton Inn pub sign

Poor Izaak is flaking off more and more day by day

Wellington has, also, so far, not replied to any letters of concern sent to them by the Draycott Parish Council, despite the way the building’s appearance has been dilapidating, and the way that vandalism has been occurring on the site.
It seems a shame that the company didn’t seem to wish to talk to the local community.

Izaak Walton car park

The Izaak Walton’s car park is now behind a chain-plus-tables barrier

However, at least there has been a little activity on the site in the past fortnight.
Someone has clearly been along to the pub – to clear up the litter that was in the car-park, and to create a barrier across the car-park entrance.  It’s a bit of a makeshift barrier (!)… but at least it shows some interest by the owners.

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Potter keeping on

We were horrified to read in one of the local newspapers that there had been a serious injury to a home player at a recent Draycott Potter FC match.  The injury – a double fracture of the leg – was so bad that the game was called off, in respect.
Actually, the reporter was a bit mixed up.  Though the game had certainly been in Draycott (on the Draycott College pitch), the match had featured not Draycott FC but Fulford & Tean FC.    F&T’s captain Matt Forrester was the man who was so badly hurt.

As it happens, Draycott – who now play on pitches in Blythe Bridge – had actually been doing well elsewhere, in the quarter-final of the Charity Trophy tournament, where, in a hard-fought encounter, they beat Stone Town by five goals to three after extra time.
They are doing okay in the league too.

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Support your local library

Blythe Bridge is home to our nearest local library.   so, it must have sent cold shivers down local library-users’ necks, not only in Blythe but here in Draycott too, to learn that the county council has decided on a full-scale review of library services.
Visits to library buildings are dropping – though electronic/digital online use is increasing massively.

If you use the library – whether frequently or infrequently – you may want to express your views about what should happen to it.  Find out more about making your views known by clicking here.

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It’s easy to be a good citizen

As you may have heard by now, two weeks ago some riding tack was stolen from a stable block across the road from the cricket club in Cresswell Lane.

The police tell us that they feel that people too often do not report seeing suspicious activity – just the sort of activity that might have then led to this burglary.  Many people think they are over-reacting if they just report suspicions.

However, 101, the police non-emergency number, has been set up very much for this kind of eyes-and-ears reporting; and the public is beign asked to use it whenever we have concerns.
If you would prefer complete anonymity of course, you can ring the Crimestoppers number – 0800 555 111 – instead.

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NEWS: Cloggerfest / new path / Potter – gone / YFC recruits / IT courses

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in early-September 2013

We have news of:  Cloggerfest success; new footpath to railway track; Draycott Potter – gone; young famers recruiting; local IT courses starting.
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Footpath ‘loan’

Our article on local footpaths in the district raised a few reactions.  We particularly liked JC’s letter, in which he says all of us must try to use these footpaths more; it’s a case, he says, of ‘use them or lose them!’

What is terrific to hear is that Cliff Shelley, of the well-known local farming family, has come out and said that he doesn’t mind a little bit of his land being used temporarily as a path, to connect the old railway track to Cresswell old Lane, while the county council try to sort somethign better out.

As you may know, although there is now unofficial permission for walkers to use the old railway track, there is no proper entry to the track at its Cresswell end.
However Cliff says what he will allow is that walkers can go through the gate opposite the old football ground on Cresswell Old Lane, follow the field-hedge to its end, and then take the access to the railway track – from where you can walk the three-mile stretch of track right the way up to Cheadle.
Of course, this is only a temporary permission; and if the route is misused, Cliff can withdraw his offer… so let’s hope his faith in all of us is justified!

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Draycott Potter… going… gone

Talking of the old football ground in Cresswell Old Lane, the changing rooms there are now all but demolished, and virtually all signs that Draycott Potter FC had twenty eventful seasons there are gone.  (The farmer who owned the land needed it back, so the football club had to leave during the summer).

Draycott Potter FC's demolished  changing rooms

Draycott Potter FC’s old changing rooms – now just bits of firewood

The Draycott team now plays on Blythe Bridge Recreation ground, for want of a better pitch, while Tean Albion, who shared the pitch with them, have now moved over to Teanford.  Both teams play in the Uttoxeter Sunday League Division One.

Which means that … the only regular football to watch nowadays in Draycott is on the college’s playing field in Draycott Old Road, where – ironically – teams from Fulford play!
It’s a bit mixed up.

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Cloggerfest success

Congratulations to all behind the Cresswell Beer & Folk Free Festival (aka ‘CloggerFest’) which has just been held at Blythe Cricket Club.

Cloggerfest logo

The spirit of Cloggerfest!

We estimate that some two to three hundred people came along on Saturday night; and the money they passed over the bar will help to help this community club afloat.

Incidentally, the real ales were great – we liked the ‘chestnut’ Castle Rock beer very much – and the bands too were in fine form on what was a nicely mild evening.
‘Sons Of Clogger’ headlined, but Clair Brennan and Pickering White, of the other acts we saw, were pretty special too.

Pickering White

Pickering White played with enthusiasm and verve

And special congratulations to Angie Heathcote, the club’s events secretary, who somehow managed to acquire a very professional looking mobile stage for the night – with stunning sound system.  It’s the first time this annual festival has had a proper stage.
And thanks too to Dave Owen (‘Sons of Clogger’ frontman), who organised all aspects of the music – including the bands, the running order, the sound and stage lighting.  Clogger-tastic!

Cloggerfest is not quite Glastonbury (yet) but it’s looking pretty good, and there are plans for next year’s festival already on the drawing board.

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Lots to do

If you’re interested in the local countryside and/or agriculture, and you’re under 35, you might be interested in joining the Young Farmers club.

Amy Nicholls, the secretary of Stone YFC, has told us that Cheadle YFC is now defunct; but that people from Draycott, who might have been members of the Cheadle group, are more than welcome in the Stone group.

Anyone who wants to find out more about the group might want to head along to its New Members Night – which takes place on Tuesday 17 September at The Boar in Moddershall.

….and, finally, community centres and colleges in the district will soon be publishing their adult education and evening courses for the forthcoming year – but Blythe Bridge Library has beaten them to the punch.
It’s already announced two IT courses for the autumn – ‘iPad & Tablets For Beginners’ on Tuesday afternoons, and ‘Online For Beginners’ on Tuesday mornings, both starting in mid-September and running for six weeks.
Phone 01782 296400 for details.

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Potter FC leaving Draycott

Sadly, after the best season in their history, Draycott Potter FC are having to find a new pitch – and the latest news that they will probably plump for one in Blythe Bridge.

As you may have noticed, both Draycott Potter and Tean Albion (who play on the same pitch, in Cresswell Old Lane) have both had to postpone recent matches in the Uttoxeter Sunday League.  This is because of the sudden decision by the farmer who owns their ground to suspend their lease.  The farmer wishes to dispose of the field differently.

It’s an especially big shame for Draycott’s chairman Brian Hilton who has spent a dozen years moulding that field into what is now a very playable football pitch.

By strange coincidence, the move has come just as Brian has decided to retire from Draycott Potter.  Brian has had some health problems admittedly, but – after twenty-one years running the club – he also feels it’s time to let someone else take over the reins!
John Giblin will take over – and we wish him the best of luck.

Brian and Colin celebrated

To mark Brian’s twenty-one years of selfless dedication, he had been nominated by Cllr Mark Deaville, on behalf of Draycot Parish Council, for the Staffordshire Sporting Volunteer Of The Year Award 2013.
At the same time, the Parish Council also nominated Colin Dawson, the equally dedicated chairman of Blythe Cricket Club.

Neither gentleman won the top award (though we think they should have!) – but each received a certificate noting their contributions.
The certificates were presented at the Draycott Parish Council meeting on May 20th.

Brian hilton and colin dawson

Brian Hilton (left) and Colin Dawson display their Sports Volunteer certificates

But will Brian give up his love of football altogether?  No, apparently not. He told us: “Wherever Draycott are playing next year, I shall be on the touch-line cheering them on!”
I wonder what his wife thinks about that? (!!)

News: volunteer awards / hit & run / Huntley opens / bin warning

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in middle-May 2013
We have news of:  recognition for Colin Dawson and Brian Hilton; Albion success; Huntley Wood opens; hit and run at St Mary’s; recycling bin warning.

(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Congratulations to Colin

Colin Dawson has been part of the backbone of Blythe Cricket Club for longer than most of us can remember.  As the current chairman, he has led the club (which plays on the ground on Cresswell Lane) to its present level of success, both on and off the pitch.
Even now that he is older, he continues to drive the club forward on projects such as the rebuilding of the pavilion.

Colin Dawson

Colin Dawson (in blue cap) watching his beloved cricket team in action

So it’s great to hear that his efforts are to be recognised by a Volunteer Staffordshire certificate.  These certificates are issued to outstanding community volunteers, and Colin definitley qualifies there!

His name was put forward to the Volunteer Staffordshire people by Mark Deaville, in his role as one of our parish councillors, so it’s appropriate that the presentation will take place at the next parish council meeting.  This takes place on Monday May 20th at 7.30pm; so if you’d like to be there to see it, you’re welcome to come along.

Also receiving a Volunteer Staffordshire certificate is another Draycott stalwart, Brian Hilton.  Brian has been running Draycott Potter Football Club for the last twenty-one years, and, despite a recent bout of ill-health, has seen them have their most successful season this year.
To see a profile of Brian, click here.

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Talking of sport – congratulations also to Tean Albion.
The Albion share the Cresswell Old Road pitch with Draycott Potter and had a marvellous end to their season, playing so well that they will finish the year as champions of the Uttoxeter Sunday League.
If you want to see the champions in action, they play their last game of the season, on the Cresswell Old Road pitch, this Sunday morning (19th May) at 10.30am.

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Huntley Wood is open for business

And… more congratulations!  This time to Emma and Jonathan at the Huntley Wood Outdoor Recreation Centre.   At last, the venue has opened;  and saw its first group-booking this month.

It has been a lousy twelve months for the couple, who’ve been dogged by bad weather in their preparation work on the old quarry site. What’s more, two-thirds of the site is still far from ready.
However, May (apart from a week of torrential rain…) has been kind so far, and the ‘Wyldwood’ section has been able to open.  So… all’s well that ends well?

Next week, a role-playing group will be in residence.  If you know something about the Dark Tempus live-action role-playing game, you could even apply, to see if you might be welcome…

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Hit and run

Draycott has seen a few road accidents in the last few weeks or so, as we reported in a previous post.  And now, there is also another accident to report.  There has been a strange hit-and-run on the gates at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Creswell Old Road, which has left the gates a little mangled.

St Mary's Church gates

St Mary’s Church gates – a little the worse for wear

The guess is that someone was trying a three-point turn and was very clumsy at it.  It’s a shame they didn’t own up to it though.

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Recycling warning

For the third time in as many months, the Moorlands District Council has issued a notice about incorrect items going into the recycling (grey) bin.  But, it seems, they are now getting serious.  (See SMDC Recycling Warning)

Not only will a householder get a warning whenever the ‘wrong’ items are in the bin, but offenders will have their recycling-bin removed if they get it wrong more than three times.

This seems a shame to us.  Councils are not always consistent about what goes into the recycling bin.  In Staffordshire alone, there are different recycling programmes for householders, according to which district council you belong to.
Maybe Staffordshire Moorlands Council needs to be much more precise about what it needs from us….?

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Draycott news: cup result; new Info centre; Park firm in spotlight

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid-May 2013
We have news of:  Draycott Potter’s cup final; Albion aiming for the top; Cresswell Information Centre arrives; Business Park firm highlighted.

(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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So near… yet so far

Draycott Potter’s chance of some silverware came within inches of their grasp when they competed in the Uttoxeter & District League Charity Cup Final (on Friday 3 May) at the Rocester FC stadium.

Draycott Potter's second goal

Draycott’s second goal was from a penalty (thanks to JC for the photo)

The Potters (whose home pitch is in Cresswell) competed strongly, but they faced a JCB Lakeside team that has dominated the UDL Division One for most of this season, so it was a tough ask.
As it was, it was by the slimmest of margins that JCB finally triumphed, winning 4-3.

Disconsolate Draycott Potter players

Draycott Potter players were disconsolate at the end (thanks to JC for the photo)

Draycott Potter are now likely to finish in sixth position in Division One.  Next season they will hope to do what they did this year – make a very strong start to the season – but try to finish the second half of it more strongly.

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Talking of football, the other team that plays on the Cresswell Old  Lane pitch, Tean Albion, have performed in exactly the opposite way to Draycott.
They actually had an indifferent start to the season, but have been on a surge since January, and now look likely to be championship winners in the Uttoxeter & District Sunday Football League.
The crunch match may be the one this Sunday when Albion are away to JCB Lakeside, which is the only team that can catch them.
Good luck, Albion!

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‘Cresswell Information Centre’

Have you seen the changes to the old telephone kiosk in the Cresswell lay-by?  Members of the local action group, VVSM, have been working hard to clean, repaint and renovate the kiosk ready for its new life as the village’s ‘mini-museum’.
As you can see from the photo below, it will be officially known as the Cresswell Information Centre.  It will be officially opened next month.

Cresswell Information Centre

Change of use – from telephone box to ‘Cresswell Information Centre’

The Sentinel has done a lovely report on the kiosk project, which it published recently – see the Sentinel page here.

We mentioned this scheme to ‘adopt’ the kiosk on this website in our early January bulletin, where there is also an explanation of the BT Adopt-A-Kiosk idea.

Incidentally, you may be wondering what happened to the VVSM website – vvsm.co.uk.   Well, it seems like the domain was allowed to lapse, and so it is no longer ‘live’.
VVSM are discussing whether to re-start a website.

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Businesses – cleaning up!

Incidentally, VVSM are still looking for local businesses and individuals who would like to sponsor a pane of glass at the Cresswell Information Centre (see details).

We wonder if they’ve approached L&R Site Services, which is based on Blythe Business Park in Cresswell.  The Sentinel did a great write-up on the firm, explaining that their business is cleaning.
The company employs high-pressure machines, using soda, to get rid of graffiti on walls, and can use the same technique on a wide range of materials.

In fact it would be great to see not just one but all the businesses on the industrial estate getting involved in a project like this; and thus playing a positive role in the village’s life.

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News: cup final / election candidates / pubs / a death investigation

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in early April 2013
We have news of:  Draycott Potter’s Cup final date;  county election candidates; Draycott pubs; sticking snow; hedge-cropping; street-dancing classes; and a death investigation.

(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Cup Final

Who cares about whether Chelsea or another team will get to win the national FA Cup Final?
The big match for us here is The Uttoxeter District Charity Cup Final in which our very own team, Draycott Potter FC, will take part.
The Potters reached the final thanks largely to a hat-trick from – guess who! – goal machine Dan Rooksby, beating Cheadle Town End 5-2. They will face the formidable JCB Lakeside team– but with Dan in the form he’s in, they fear no-one.

The final takes place on Friday May 3rd at the Rocester FC stadium; it’s an evening kick-off at 6.30pm.  Perhaps we’ll see you there?

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Diary dates

Other dates for your sporting diary are the first matches of the season for Blythe Cricket Club (whose ground is in Cresswell).
On  Saturday 20th April the First Eleven face Sandyford CC at home, while  The Women’s 1st XI have their first match the following day, also at home, when they play Five Ways Old Edwardians CC.   See Blythe CC’s full fixture list here.

And it’s nice to see that the Catholic community are using a local facility to have their informal gatherings.  The St Mary’s Church Parish Pub Lunch takes place every month or so, and they have kept the occasion local by using the Draycott Arms.  It’s a wise choice too, as you can pick up a Sunday lunch there for just £10.  The Arms even has free Wi-Fi these days.
The next St Mary’s parish pub lunch is on Sunday April 21 – check here for details.

(Sadly, we are all still completely in the dark about the future of the other pub in Draycott – the Izaak Walton.  The ‘To Let’ sign is up, but there’s little sign of activity; and now the parish council are thinking of asking the owners to explain the situation. If you are thinking you’d like to run the pub, these are the details.)

Meanwhile the youngsters have dates to look forward to also.  Not only is the Draycott Sports Centre starting street-dancing classes for children up to 14 years old, but a new computer-game club is now underway at Blythe Bridge Library.  The Warhammer Games Club is suitable for ages 8 upwards, and is free too.   (See details here).   Rather ominously (to our ears), the information reads “… bring your own armies.”  Hmm!

Snow at Draycott Centre

More than two weeks after the snow fell, and despite days of sunshine, there are still clumps of snow on the ground, as here at Draycott Sports Centre. Seems hard to believe, but then the laws of nature sometimes are!

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County Council candidates

The final nominations for the candidates for the Staffordshire County Council elections are now in.  Draycott falls into the Cheadle & Checkley ward, where we have four candidates to choose from.
As Mike Maryon, our current county councillor, is standing down, we will have to vote in a totally new representative.

Mark Deaville, who already sits on the parish and district councils for our area, is taking on Mike’s Conservative Party nomination.  Jan Hale, a researcher, is the local Labour party selection, while Phil Routledge is the local Liberal Democrats’ choice.  New on the scene is the UK Independence Party, whose candidate is Peter Ellis.

As Mike picked up more than 50% of the vote in the 2009 elections results, Cheadle & Checkley should be seen as a safe Tory seat.  But, halfway through the Tory government’s term, who knows who the electorate will respond?
The election is on May 2nd.

Incidentally, if you were wondering whether there will be an election to fill the vacancy on Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council, left by the death of Ken Shelley, all we can say is we’ve not heard any news yet.
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Hedge cut

You can’t say that the council’s hedge-cropping this year isn’t thorough. Most roadside hedges in our district have been cut back ruthlessly

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Still no compensation for Steve’s family

Almost two years after the death of Steve Swinson from Cresswell, there is still no sign of compensation for his family.  You may remember that Steve died when scaffolding fell from underneath him as he was working in Switzerland.  Although a recent inquest ruled that it was an accident, the family are pressing on with their case for compensation.
Sadly, to achieve some progress, the family have had to push for a criminal investigation, and it must all be very distressing for them.
See Sentinel’s full report

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