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NEWS: fayre surprises / new lighting / priest goodbye / Sir Bill

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid-August 2018
In this post we have news of…: Draycott Fayre summary / new Church lighting / farewell to Catholic priest / is Sir Bill distracted?  …
(NB – There are also dozens of events coming up in our locality – including  a bank holiday food festival…  Check out the Events page)
For daily updates about life in our district, keep checking the village Facebook page

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Fayre surprise

The organisers of the Draycott Summer Fayre have learnt to expect the unexpected (remember the year the field was sodden with torrential rain?) but even they were taken by surprise this year.

It was a boiling hot day, the list of events was as long as your arm… all was set fair.
Then the cancellations started coming in: the funfair, the quad bikes, the ferrets-show, the bouncy-castle, the fire engine, some of the stall-holders. These last-minute cancellations knocked out a lot of kids’ fun stuff.
Plus… one of the chief organisers fell suddenly seriously ill on the day, causing real concern.

But, basically – and it’s not often you say this about a British summer day! – it was simply too hot. Numbers at the gate were down, and a lot of parents took their kids home early to avoid sunburn. (This was a double-shame because very few were there for the highlight of the day, the medieval knights’ battle).

However, for those who braved the sun, it really was a relaxing day… picnics for all!
The Punch & Judy went down a storm; the Fayre bar did a good trade (of course!); and the Reptile stand was a huge attraction. You can see photos of the day by clicking here, and here, with a few others below.

 

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One stand must get special mention: the World War One dug-out re-construction.
Local historian Levison Wood was dressed up as an infantry captain of the time, and was over-heating in his heavy uniform as he gave his talks – but he never took off anything, not even the jacket, “out of respect” he said. You have to give him lots of credit for that.

In the end, £3000 was raised. Not nearly as much as in recent years, but still a valuable contribution to the upkeep of St Margaret’s, our village’s medieval church.
Congratulations must go to John Clarke and his team. When you think that the fayre, as big an event as it is, is put together by volunteers only, it’s quite a feat.

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Church improvements

John Clarke, as we have just said, is a man who likes to keep busy, and he often has more than one project on at any one time.

For over two years now he and Bill Ward have been working on a scheme to install lighting on the paths around St Margaret’s Church. These are just dirt paths, so are a bit of a hazard, especially on dark winter days. It’s reported that, one year, someone actually fell into a grave when they couldn’t see where they were going… St Margaret's Church lighting posts lighting south side
They look pretty good (see above) but the scheme has proved incredibly expensive, nearly £10,000. If you intend any work in the vicinity of a Grade 2* listed building, it doesn’t come cheap – even getting the necessary permissions was a long, drawn-out process.
Thank goodness for local people’s goodwill: the funds were eventually raised through a combination of donations, fund-raising and grants, as well as work done by those who gave their labour & skills for free.
And, it’s now (mostly) done. To save energy, the lights are programmed to go on and off at set times depending on the time of year.

You can take a virtual walk along the paths and see the posts in more detail with this video.

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Farewell Pawel

Talking of churches, a number of residents took their chance at the Cresswell St Mary’s hog-roast last week to say their goodbyes to Father Pawel Przybyszewski (on right in pic below), one of the priests who looks after the combined parish.
He hasn’t been with us long, but he’s already heading back to his native Poland.
If you missed the hog-roast, there’s another opportunity to say your farewells at a special barbeque next week.
Fathers Kaz and Pawel
The other priest of the parish, Father Kazimierz Stefek (Kaz to his friends!) is staying on however.
Father Kaz is leading a refurbishment of St Mary’s, with a complete re-painting of the interior and repairs to the decoration.
He’s also fascinated by the church’s history, as you’ll see if you visit: hanging on the walls now are lots of tributes to the history of the last 500 years of Catholicism in Cresswell.

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Brexit bother

We try not to mention Brexit on this website (!), but we saw an article in the papers recently about how a few MPs – those on the extremes of the debate -, are spending so much time on the issue, they are just not able to give as much time to their constituencies.
Can this explain why we see so little of our own MP Bill Cash?

Sir Bill CashSir Bill (pic right) has been a fierce opponent of EU membership since forever and was deeply involved with the Leave campaign. He says: “Brexit is ultimately about our democracy, our sovereignty and our self-government. All the other issues, including our right to free trade with the rest of the world, are subsidiary.”

However, is his time-consuming involvement with Brexit leading him to have to do less work in this constituency? Unlike his fellow Conservative, Karen Bradley in next door Leek (and Karen is a minister too, don’t forget), we rarely see him at public events in this area or even doing local surgeries. He has only been up here for surgeries four times in all this year.
(To be fair to Sir Bill, he has spoken in Parliament about one big local issue this year, the HS2 route).

So… what do you think? Is Brexit so important that Sir Bill would be right to put so much of his energies into it … or does he need to take back some of that time to spend on pressing constituency matters?
It would be interesting to hear what you think. Use the comments box below.

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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 day: 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, all under a huge marquee. 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 lots lots more (for details, see further below)

Historia Normannis

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 more
….one of the bands returning from last year, Bear Withers who describe themselves as a “seamless blend of popular covers and bad jokes”!

Hassell St Jive Candy
… and a seventeen piece swing band, Hassell Street Jive Candy (pic above) 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 winner, 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 at 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 by Mr Abracadabra (who performs traditional Punch & Judy and balloon-art also).

But there is always something new to see…  in the paddock this year all afternoon, you’ll find the donkey rides. The Happy Donkey Company is a local business, and we welcome them for the first time to Draycott.
Staffordshire Fire Service were also eager to get involved, and will be sending along a fire-tender, and answering questions about their work. The organisation was particularly impressed that our fayre permits free entry to all school-age children, as good fire safety starts when children start to learn it as youngsters.

Really fascinating for history enthusiasts this year though will be a remarkable and special display run by Levison Wood, the chairperson of our local district history society. To remember one hundred years since the end of World War One, he and his wife are re-creating a section of a WW1 trench, remembering the events of a century ago, and celebrating the local soldiers who took part.

Snake at Fayre

Remember these? The reptiles are back this year…

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…).
For those interested in the future of the village, the Neighbourhood Plan committee has taken a ‘roadshow’ stall on the day, and will be happy to discuss current progress of the project with residents.
You can register your tug-of-war team (it’s just a fun event, folks, not for professionals!) on the day with the compere, but it would be helpful if you email the Fayre Organiser with your plans.

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 being organised by Tom Sale’s nephew.

The small print
Running order (timings approx):  Dog Show  11.30-12.45 / Norman Archery Tournament 12.45-1.15 / Children’s Sports 1.15-2 / Fun Tug O War 2-2.30 / Historia Normannis display 2.30-3 / Tractor Parade 3-3.30 / Norman Fighting ‘Melee’ 3.30-4pm

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 4.30pm.
Entry is £5, but children under-17 get in free.
On-site car-parking is free.  The helpful attendants are provided by Staffordshire Police Cadets, Leek Unit.
First-aid is on site, provided by St John’s Ambulance local branch.
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.
And many thanks also to Wood Mitchell Printers who have printed the programme for many years.

See you there!!

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Dog show details…Draycott Fayre 2018 Dog Show poster

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News: Izaak dark / kids sports / fayre success / rail path hope

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid-July 2017
In this post we have news of…:  Izaak pub closed again / Cresswell-Totmonslow railway path / Draycott fayre success / local sports camps for kids…
(NB – There are also dozens of events coming up in our locality – including an Open-Acoustic/Open-Mic evening. Check out the Events page)
For daily updates about life in our district, keep checking the village Facebook page

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Izaak closed again

The poor old Izaak Walton pub in Cresswell doesn’t seem to be blessed with the right star-sign. During the last five years there have been six changes of management, and – you guessed it – it has closed again.
Izaak closed 2017Rob & Lucy put in a good shift at the pub for nearly eighteen months – with good wholesome food at reasonable prices – and this popular couple seemed to be making a real go of it.
But the strain seems to have told; and in the middle of last month, they abruptly departed with just a brief sign left on the door (see pic).

The Izaak, which is at least 150 years old, is a real icon of Cresswell and it would be great to think another owner or manager will want to reopen it.
It was quickly put on the market – for £325,000 – and the rumour is that there is already firm interest.
Fingers crossed.

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Rail path support group

Our footpath network in this area is undoubtedly gradually falling into disrepair, but there may be fresh hope for one stretch of it at least.

The old railway branch-line between Cheadle-Totmonslow-Cresswell is now managed by Moorlands & City Railways, who lease the trackway from Network Rail.  They had hoped to restore a rail service on it, but that hope has disappeared; and so they decided in 2013 to open it up for public access, and now a lot of dog-walkers use it.
However, it is in fact still quite a rough track with ballast still lying on it and parts quite overgrown – so horse-riders and bicyclists have given it a miss so far.
(An exit from the path-track is (quite legally) blocked at the Cresswell end; and some walkers would like to request a permissive way put in to allow the path to be fully open at this Cresswell end).

But, a new group, The Friends of The Cheadle-Cresswell Railway, has now been started up, with the aim of seeing the trackway transformed into a more widely usable route. Darryl Worthington from Upper Tean is heading up the project, and he says support is growing for the idea.
The next meeting of the group is at the Anchor pub in Tenford (at the other end of Totmonslow’s Breach Lane) on Thurs 27 July, and all are welcome.

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Sunday best

Yes, the Draycott St Margaret’s Summer Fayre on Sunday last must go down as one of the best-ever.

AWCS Draycott Fayre

American Civil War re-enactors: stars of the fayre

Many more customers through the gates than last year, some spectacular events (truly spectacular!) and almost unbroken sunshine all day – it couldn’t be beaten for a great day out.
The money raised goes toward maintaining the village’s seven hundred year old church, so it’s a worthy cause.
Snake at FayreOne of the most popular side-shows was one that was quite new to the fayre – Christopher Reptiles. Snakes, iguanas, large lizards were all to be seen – and handled! When you’re being asked if you want a huge seven-foot long snake (see pic) crawling round your shoulders, it soon sorts out who are the bravest…

Thanks very much to John Clarke and his vast team of volunteer helpers who put on a fabulous day!
But don’t forget – there is no rest for this team. Work is already underway preparing for next year’s fayre; if you feel you can help, contact the team.

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Summertime sports

Although there has been a lot of sunshine this year (as well as rain, admittedly), the summer is only just beginning for children, who are just now commencing their school holidays.
So… some of our community organisations are laying on stuff for the kids to do.

Draycott Sports Centre is leading the way with a packed series of sports days during August… A huge range of sports – tennis, squash, badminton, hockey, dodgeball, cricket & football – will all be on offer at its day-long ‘camps’. Children from five upwards are invited to sign up (with parents’ permission) but don’t wait around: numbers are limited. Click here for details.
For children who specifically want to improve their tennis, Draycott Centre is offering an intensive day on 22nd July (part of the Great British Tennis weekend) – click here for details.

Meanwhile a new weekly kids’ dance-tuition session is underway at the Quick Quick Slow Studios in Cresswell – styles range from street-dance to ballroom.

Meanwhile, in next-door Blythe Bridge, Leek Town FC is holding its local Street Soccer programme, providing weekly pop-up football sessions for children. The sessions are free of charge, open to any children aged 8-18, and are held at Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground for six Thursdays (7-8pm) from Thursday 26th July.
With luck, once they’ve tried all these, the kids will be just plain tired out.
(Well, maybe…)

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RIP Kath

Sad to say, one of the great ladies of the parish has passed away.  Kath Bostock, of the Totmonslow Bostock family, husband of Bill, has died at the ripe old age of 94.
If you like, you can pay a tribute on this website

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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.

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NEWS: Ferrets at fayre / new Totmonslow housing? / parish council responds / pool team invite

News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early July 2016
News of…:  last minute attractions for fayre / housing plans for Totmonslow / parish council angry with district council / fancy a Draycott pool team? …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in our locality – including a rock disco… Check out the Events page)

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Latest for the fayre

As usual, the summer just seems to go so fast!   The middle of the summer is always marked for us by the date of the Draycott Summer Fayre, and that seems to have spring on us quite suddenly…
Because… it takes place this Sunday (the 10th).  Yes …. THIS weekend!

Enjoying an ice-cream at Draycott Summer Fayre!

Enjoying an ice-cream at Draycott Summer Fayre!

The organisers tell us that there has been an amazing growth of interest from people who want to run a stall at the fayre.  This year, for the first time, the Staffordshire Moorlands Spinning & Weaving Guild will occupy a spot in the ‘Country Craft Village’ section; and we will even see a man who is bringing along his racing ferrets.
The car-boot section has also expanded this year; if you have forgotten to book your car in, you may just have time to arrange that – just email the Fayre Organiser to see if spots are still available.

Another piece of real good news is that Moorlands Radio, the community radio station for this region, will be bringing their roadshow along, and will be broadcasting live from the fayre between 12noon and 2pm; so, if you are interviewed by someone with a microphone, remember you could be heard by thousands of listeners….

And the cherry on the cake is that there is no temptation to drink & drive.  If you want to enjoy all the beers and ciders being laid on by the Draycott Arms (who are running the bar), all you have to do is catch the shuttle-bus, which will be running in a loop from Tean to Cresswell to the fayre site to Blythe Bridge, dropping off and picking people up along the way.  (And it’s free!).  To see the timetable, click here.

There’s no space here to mention all the other stuff going on, so take a look at the main fayre webpage in order to see the complete (and huge) range of attractions.
Though… don’t forget also that Saturday (9th) is party-night…  ‘Rocking in the Marquee’ features a band, a disco, a bbq and a bar.  That’s what we call a party!  Click here for details or phone 01782 397055 for tickets.

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Get sporty

Summer is also a time to think of sports.

Our local men’s tennis team (from at Draycott Sports Centre) seem to be positively running away with their division.  They are top of the first league, and were even seven points ahead a few weeks ago, which is astonishing.
If you fancy wielding a racket yourself, Draycott is having a ‘Great British Tennis Weekend’ event on July 16.  Rackets and balls will be provided, so whether you’ve never picked up a racket before or you’re a seasoned regular, there is fun to be had. But do remember to sign up to it before the day, to be sure of your participation.

We’ve also been contacted by local lad Luke Shaw, who asked us to mention that he is keen to get a pool team started in the neighbourhood.
He suggests the team should join the Thursday night Cheadle And District Pool League; and no one has to be verry very good as the team would play in the lower reaches to start.
Luke doesn’t yet have a definite venue in mind, but he has a few ideas.  Interested?  Call him on 07891692904.

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Housing … responses – and – applications

The great Moorlands Housing-Development Proposal Plan rollercoaster ride goes on.

For nearly a year now, this region has been beset with uncertainty over what parts of the area are to be earmarked for new housing and for new travellers’ sites… and it seems like the uncertainty will go on for some time yet.
Although the so-called ‘Moorlands Local Plan Site Allocations’ public consultation is now finished, the council now has to assess all the comments from the public, and to decide what to do next; that will probably take until the end of August, keeping people on tenterhooks.

Draycott site allocations employment

Draycott ‘site-allocation’ proposals.  The dark green blob (on both sides of the A50 road), is the proposed big new industrial employment site. The little yellow blob, wrapped inside the red blob, is one of the suggestions for a traveller site. (The light green space is Draycott Moor College)

Of course, the people of Cresswell already know their fate: a big new housing estate and a huge expansion of the industrial park definitely will go ahead, despite a huge response of unhappy comments from them last year.
It surprised many residents that two of our local Moorlands Council ward councillors, Mark Deaville and Dave Trigger voted FOR the draft Local Plan, as this draft document seemed to be positively pushing for the expansion of the Blythe Industrial Park.
Well, at least Cllr Dave Trigger has stood up and responded to those comments – you can read what he has to say by clicking here.

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In fact, it was probably Cresswell’s experience that inspired the rather angry official response from Draycott Parish Council to this same Site Allocations consultation.
Its submission read:
The developer of the Blythe Park and Cresswell planning application SMD/2014/0576 has never sought the opinion of Draycott Parish Council nor sought to work with the local community: a public exhibition only was held.
[Also] …. a local action group raised money to put a full report of objections forward and also had an independent traffic report written by JMB. However none of these objections were put on to the [Moorlands Council] planning portal until after the application had been passed at the February 2015 meeting.
Draycott Parish Council therefore feel that the positive evidence from the developer was noted – but nothing noted on behalf of the people who wanted to object. This is not Community inclusion but Community exclusion.
Ouch!

Meantime, the people of Totmonslow may be waking up next year to a small housing development of their own.
A developer has recently put in an application to build five two-bedroom bungalows in Breach Lane.  Click here for details of that application.
It will be formally noted at this Monday’s parish council meeting.

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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: Consultation / winners / solar open / footpath feud

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early August 2015
News of…:  confusion over consultation process, raffle winners, solar farm news, upset at footpath  …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in our locality – including a fund-raising barbecue. Check out the Events page)

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Confusing consultation

The consultation over Staffordshire Moorlands Council’s Local Plan (the allocation of sites for housing across the district) is now well under way.  As we all know, Draycott must find sites for 25 new homes before 2031.
What’s more, the organisers of this Plan are also asking us to suggest more possible places for future gypsy sites and open-space/play areas… with the old Cresswell Station car-park already being looked at as a possible site for travellers.

To be honest, we have found the documents very confusing, and we just don’t understand some of the jargon in them!  So we went along to the ‘consultation session’ last week in Blythe Bridge, but, really, it was all a bit chaotic.  The experts on hand were a bit overwhelmed, and it was hard to get to them to ask questions.

Staffordshire Moorlands Council’s Local Plan Consultation session

There were lots of people who turned up at the consultation session ..  You may even  recognise a couple of local characters too!

So… we are publicly asking Draycott Parish Council for a bit of leadership on this one.  Would some member of the council mind stepping forward and sending this website a letter or email spelling out what it all means for Draycott, and what they think are the options?  The council doesn’t actually meet again now until a date that is well after the end of the SMDC consultation process, so we can’t just wait for that meeting.
How about it, Draycott PC?

In the meantime, if you are one of the fortunate ones who actually understand the documents (well done to you!!), you need to get your feedback in to SMDC by September 14th.  To do that, click on the SMDC Site Allocations page and then go right to the bottom of that webpage, and click on ‘Site Options Consultation-Response Form’.

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Footpath feuding

Talking of Draycott Parish Council, it’s a bit unnerving to read in the council’s latest reports (go to PC Reports, and click on ‘June’) that there was a bit of an altercation on a public footpath near Painsley Hall Farm in Cresswell, when two ladies were shouted at.
It seems someone thought they were trespassing (the ladies say they were definitely on the footpath).

The trouble round that particular area is that some vandals tore down the footpath signs some years ago, so the footpath route is not clear to everybody.  The message is, as usual, to all sides: be tolerant, and try to get your facts straight.

If you have had issues about local footpaths, the parish council is responsible for monitoring them, so please contact the council if you too have had problems.  Or list them on the Draycott Facebook page!

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Once bitten…

There have been some pretty aggressive horseflies this year, and lots of horse owners have had to provide their animals with protective coats, even masks.

Anti-horseflies coat

This photo of a horse in Cresswell, with coat, was sent to us by a reader. Thank you!

Not only horses get bitten either. A horsefly bite can cause a nasty swelling on a child’s arm…

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Free fishing!

Many of us will know Andy Bird, who lives not far from Draycott Church.  Andy is a leading member of the Fenton & District Angling Club, which operates some the nearest fishing pools to Draycott (you may have seen Andy and mates at their stall at the Draycott Fayre).

Fenton & District Angling Club stall

Andy Maskery, Stan Irles, Jane Maskery and Andy Bird – at the fayre Angling Club stall

Well, Andy asked us to mention that the club is having open days this Saturday and Sunday (August 8th & 9th) at its pools at Dilhorne, when angling spots will be free of charge to all-comers.  Youngsters are particularly welcome, and free coaching sessions will be taking place.  Click here for details.

It’s not clear if the Creda Redhouse Angling Club (which runs the pool by the Bird In Hand at the other end of Cresswell) is also taking part in this initiative.  We couldn’t see anything on their Facebook page.

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Solar Farm tour

We’ve heard now from quite a few people who attended the Open Day tours a week ago at the Lower Newton Solar Farm in Totmonslow – and they all said what an eye-opener it was.
The project is managed at the moment by Novus Energy, and it was the Novus boss, Ed Jessamine, who conducted folk around the site personally.  He was happy to answer any question thrown at him, and some were very, very pointed!  So, it’s good to see he could be so open.
Pretty much, he satisfied nearly all of us that solar energy was a good thing, and the way forward, if this planet is to overcome the worst effects of climate change.

However, he did say that Novus, having set up the whole thing and got it running (the site has been operational now for six months) are now looking for a buyer for the complex.  (Novus’s expertise is in start-up, not long-term management).  Ed said a new owner should be in place by October.
He added that any new owner would have to commit to providing a ‘community fund’, which makes cash available for local projects in this parish.

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Are you a winner?

Finally, thanks to Nola Ward, who organised the raffle at Draycott Fayre, and who recently published the results of it.
There were nearly thirty pretty outstanding prizes on offer; and it’s great to see that many of these were offered by local businesses, including Huntley Wood, Draycott Nurseries, the Sultan Restaurant, the Draycott Arms, and Draycott Sports Centre too. Click here to see the list of winners (opens as a WORD document).
The first-prize winner was Alan Harper, who won the ‘wilderness tour’. Hmm.  Let’s hope he makes it back from that!

The other significant prize of the day was the chainsaw carving of an owl, made by by artist Anthony Hammond on the day itself.   It was won by Finley Edwards, a local boy.  Apparently he is “chuffed to bits” and wants to keep it in his bedroom!

It’s also good to see that another photo-gallery reflecting the day of the fayre has been published.  Click here to see the photos.

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Six weeks of summer events

It’s going to be a busy couple of months coming up for anyone who likes getting out and about and enjoying themselves in this neighbourhood.

The Draycott Summer Fayre was terrific as usual, so that’s given the local summer a great boost already!, but still to come are three Open Days, a major sports tournament and two mini-festivals – and we want to draw your attention to them here.
Also on this page (but a bit further down the page) we are asking you for your photos of the Draycott Summer Fayre.

Six dates for your diary

*Wednesday 29th of this month sees a unique opportunity to walk round a solar farm, and see just what goes on. The Novus group, which runs the giant Lower-Newton Solar complex in Cresswell, is inviting all and sundry to come and see what they’ve been doing since they set up earlier this year.
However, you must book a place first – to find out how, see our What’s On page entry.

newton solar panels

Lower Newton solar-farm complex

*Saturday 1st August is when Draycott St Margaret’s Church throws open its doors to all visitors for its ‘open afternoon’.  This is your chance to walk round the ancient building, to see the famous tombs of the medieval knights, and take a look at the 800-year old wooden chest.  However, be careful to get there on time; the church will only be open 2pm-4pm.

If Wimbledon was exciting for you, you may want to get down to Draycott Sports Centre for their Annual Open Tennis Tournament which attracts players from all round the region.  It runs for a week – from August 9th to the 15th – and features quite a few categories, from juniors to seniors to doubles.
Spectators are welcome; and if it rains, well… there is a bar at the centre for those who would like to sit and wait comfortably.

Draycott Cider Festival leafletAugust Bank Holiday Monday (31st) is when the new owners at the Draycott Arms, Brayn and Zara, are putting on a fun family event – a ‘Cider & Sausage Festival’, in the pub’s beer garden.
There will be more than just food and drink through – a bouncy castle and live-music are also on the menu!

On Saturday September 5th, there will be the first-ever Open Day for the Huntley Wood Outdoor Centre up at Draycott Cross.  The centre specialises in hiring out its woods and facilities to ‘fantasy’ enactments, but also does survival courses and tackles ecological issues.
For most of us, it will be the first chance to see how the owners have totally transformed the old quarry into something more like a log cabin village, which uses modern environmentally-friendly systems in its construction.

Also on September 5th, don’t forget the terrific music-festival that is CloggerFest, at Blythe Cricket Club.  If everything follows the usual plan, there will be a bunch of young talented bands taking to the stage one after another out on the field – from the afternoon right up until the late hours.  There will be lots of dancing and merriment!
Click here to pick up the latest news of who’s playing and what’s going to happen.

St Margaret’s Fayre 2015

Sunday’s event was just great – a dry & warm day, with lots to do!  Congratulations to all the volunteers, once again brilliantly led by John Clarke.

The choice of a Sealed-Knot Civil War re-enactment group this year was inspired; and the ‘Cavaliers’ really joined in the family fun.  Sad to say for them, they were foolish enough to challenge the children of Draycott to battle … and they were roundly defeated, having to flee for their lives within minutes of the children’s charge!

Everyone will have their own favourite moment of the day, but for us it was the amazing feats of strength by local strong-man Fred Burton.  Fred is competing in the Record Holders Republic World Championship and was determined to break some ‘Guinness’ records… which he did.  Incredibly, he managed to carry a 56lb weight for fifty metres in 25 seconds – using just his little finger.  He then attempted the 100 metres in the same way, getting even faster (!) doing it in just 49.3 seconds.
His third feat was to carry the 56lb weight as far as he could – using just his teeth – and he managed 112 metres in 106 seconds.

Fred Burton celebrates his record-breaking achievements

Fred Burton celebrates his record-breaking achievements

It was amazing to watch.  Afterwards he told us that he has no secret to his strength.  He just thinks that healthy fitness habits learnt in his childhood have made him the adult he is.  That’s probably a good piece of advice for new parents to remember – i.e. start the kids off well, and they’ll finish that way!

One of the last-minute changes was to have a ‘real-ale’ at the bar, in the shape of Sharps Brewery’s Doombar beer.  Well done to the bar-tenders – Anita & Archie & Leigh – for serving a superb pint of it.

We will have a fuller report of the fayre when all the stats are in… but, would you help us out by letting us have your photos too?  Just email us a couple of your best ones if that’s okay, and we’ll put a gallery of photos up reflecting the breadth of all the day’s events.
If you can’t wait for photos, there is already a gallery of over fifty photos on the Fayre’s Facebook page – click here to start viewing them.

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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