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Draycott Summer Fayre 2017

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

 

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

Saturday Parade

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

Party on, on Saturday

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

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

Biggest fayre ever

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

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

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

 

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

And you can relax… as well

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

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

The small print

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

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

Local people, can you….?

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

This page was last updated on July 6th

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NEWS: 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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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!