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NEWS: church repairs / world champion! / spate of thefts / youth work in need

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in late September 2015
News of…:  St Mary’s gets a face-lift / Tara retains her world champion title / appeal to keep youth-work going / library to remain open / spate of petty thefts in Draycott …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in our locality – including a concert at Draycott Church Hall. Check out the Events page)

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Things looking up at St Mary’s

If you’ve wandered along Cresswell Old Lane in the past fortnight, you’ll have noticed the scaffolding over the front of the church there.  It’s all to do with long-needed repairs to the front to the building, especially to the coping stones on the pediment, which were sprouting some rather too-healthy pieces of vegetation until recently.
St Mary scaffolding

Scaffolding at St Mary’s

We’re told the repairs will be accompanied by a clean-up to the front: which means the old church will be looking its best when it celebrates its 200th anniversary next year.
The statue of Our Lady, which is installed in a niche halfway up the facade, may also get a fresh lick of paint, which can only be a good thing.
(The statue was donated to the church in 1912 by Lady Stourton.  The Stourtons were Draycott village’s chief patrons at the time; and in fact, the present Draycott Arms was called the Stourton Arms during the nineteenth century).

Incidentally, if anyone has memories of St Mary’s , and feels they can contribute them for the 200th celebrations, would you email us?  …And we’ll put you in touch with the anniversary organisers.

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Top of the world

Well, we’re glad to say that we have a current world champion in our midst!

Tara BurndredTara Burndred (right), who runs the Tatsu Kai Dojo martial-arts and fitness centre in Cresswell, returned a few days ago from a trip to Switzerland – where she had been defending her world title at the World Jiu-Jitsu championships… and she returned in triumph, having done just that!
Tara took silver in the ‘Ladies 2015 Individual Grappling (BJJ) Division 2‘.

Her success is all the more remarkable seeing that she ‘retired’ from major competition in 1993 in order to bring up her kids Ash and Ellie, and only returned to the top-level of the sport two years ago.
Congratulations to her!

You can find a short video on YouTube about Tara and her centre .

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Keeping youth work going

Much of Tara’s work at her centre is devoted to sessions for children, and across the other side of the village, many parents also have reason to be thankful, this time to youth worker Mick Smith, who runs the weekly Mish-Mash Youth Club at the Draycott Church Hall.
However, Mick’s youth work gets no support from the local authority and is largely funded by contributions from local churches.  The one-pound fee for children to get in barely covers costs.

So an appeal, led by St Margaret’s Church, has now been launched to raise funds to keep the work going.  Mick leads sessions in Blythe Bridge as well as Draycott.
Should you need any details, or simply wish to put your name forward as a donor, please contact Graham Stokes (01782 397307) or Joan Pritchard (01782 395616).

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Library stays open

It had been a bit of a worry that the reorganisation of the smaller libraries in this county might have meant the closure of some – including our nearest one, the one at Blythe Bridge.
The county council decided earlier this year that they would no longer run it, and were inviting local groups to come forward to take on its management.

Blythe Bridge Library

Blythe Bridge Library

Well, one such group has come forward after all to say it will take-over the running of Blythe Bridge Library.   The ‘Care & Fun Club’ charity, which is better known for running the nursery at William Amory School, has offered its services, and has been accepted.

The details have et to be thrashed out, such as: what will be the opening hours?; will volunteers be needed to run the desk?; how will the finance be managed?…  but, at least, the library will definitely stay open.

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those locks

Finally, the Draycott Facebook group has been discussing the latest spate of petty thefts and burglaries to have struck the area.  The police have put the latest incidents down to small groups of opportunist thieves, probably from Stoke on Trent, turning up and just sniffing around, to see if they can find empty sheds, unlocked garage doors and so on.  Some cars have been damaged too.
The thieves are after small, easily disposed-of, portable items for quick re-sale somewhere.

Obviously, it’s time to check there is reasonable security on any outbuildings you may have; and probably time to think again about secure window-locks etc.
The parish council say they will invite the police to put on a talk sometime soon locally about home security.

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Finally, some may remember George Jones, who used to live here in Draycott before he moved up to Cheadle.  Sadly, his death was reported this week.  He was 85. His funeral is at St Margaret’s on October 13th.

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NEWS: busy police / wildlife event / youth club issue / Christian aid

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid-November 2014
News of…:  a road crash in Cresswell; arrests for drug-dealing;  wildlife information board goes up; youth worker Chrissi resigns; and the Africa aid charity which is based here …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Police activity

Last weekend was a busy one for the police locally.  On Saturday, they were here in numbers after an accident outside the Izaak Walton pub saw one man arrested for drunk-driving; and then for a drugs raid which saw two young men also arrested.

In the crash, which involved two vehicles, fortunately there were only minor injuries.  However, if you go past the Izaak today you’ll see a couple of bollards have been uprooted by the force of the collision – which just goes to show how much we should count our lucky stars we weren’t in the way at the time…

The drugs raid was on an address in Rookery Crescent (at the southern end of Cresswell).  Two men, both in their mid-twenties, were arrested at the address – where some cannabis was found – and the pair , one from Cresswell and one from Draycott, were arrested for ‘possession with intent to supply’.

PC Dave Stubbs, who is our Neighbourhood Policing Officer, said help from local people was incredibly important: “Our commitment to tackling drug dealers, and those who benefit from such crime. But, we cannot continue this work without the help and support of local people; and the information they provide about crime in their community is imperative”.

As usual therefore…:  if you know something that the police might find useful, phone 101 or, if you want to be anonymous, contact the Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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Highlighting wildlife

You’d have thought that the VVSM local community group would have enough on their hands, what with raising money for a defibrillator and also organising resistance to the proposed housing development on Blythe Park.  But, they certainly like to be busy!

Another of VVSM’s long-standing projects has been to erect an information board near the bridge over the River Blithe in Cresswell, highlighting some of the wildlife to be found in the area, especially birds and small mammals.

Well, their dream has come true, and the board will be unveiled this Saturday (November 15th) by local district councillor Mark Deaville.  It’s a bit of an early start (at 9.30 in the morning) – but Jacquie and Shelagh are laying on free breakfast muffins and hot coffee to anyone who makes it to the ceremony.
Sounds a very good deal to us!!

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Youth club issue

The successful Mish-Mash Youth Club, which caters for children between 10 and 14, is under a cloud right now with the news that Chrissi Thompson, the youth worker there, has decided to leave the role.
Around two dozen children use the club, which meets every Thursday evening at Draycott Church Hall, in a project funded by the Church.

It’ll be a quite a blow to the club as Chrissi is, above all, incredibly committed to the work she has been doing with local youngsters over the last six years.  She has worked in schools, running family clubs and counselling individuals – all across the Blythe Bridge and Draycott area.
St Margaret’s, and its other church partners, is now looking for a replacement to take over from Chrissi in the New Year, but will only now be funding someone on a much more part-time basis.

In a sense, the youth club is probably safe, as it is a priority venture.  However, funding for youth projects is always under review; and an appeal for sponsors for the church’s work in this field is under way now.  If you would like to donate, contact St Margaret’s.

We wish Chrissi the best of luck in her new life.  If you see her in the street, it would be a good idea to wish her a very merry Christmas!

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Aid to Africa from … Cresswell

Talking of Christian aid, we were amazed to see that a charity that helps in Africa has a base right here in Draycott.

Krizevac Project - children's centre staff

Krizevac Project – staff

Krizevac, a Catholic aid agency working in Malawi, was recently given warehouse space at Blythe Industrial Park by Malcolm Barrett, the man who – ultimately – owns and manages the site.

Although Krizevac are based in Abbots Bromley, they say they had simply run out of storage area for all the second-hand books, bikes, computers and sewing machines that are donated to them to enable them to carry out some of their social enterprise work in Africa.

It’s amazing to find what’s on our own doorstep!

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News: Huntley date / youth club support / land auction / election

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid-October 2012.

We have news of:  new landlord at the Izaak, a land auction, police-commissioner election, new ice rink, car-parts thefts, fundraisers, good news for Huntley, youth club support– and more.
(There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Support the youth

The Mish-Mash Youth Club which takes place weekly at the Church & Community Hall is into yet another year – and long may it continue!
However, like all good things, it doesn’t come cheap, and the £1 admission doesn’t cover all the costs by any means.

So, St Margaret’s Church, which manages the project, needs everyone who did agree to put some funds into the running of the project to step forward.
It’s particularly important to have firm confirmations of support (or, even better, the cash itself) by the end of this month.

Contact Chrissi (the youth worker) to let her know what’s what, or, if you have just found out about the project and want to help too.

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Watch your driveways

The Neighbourhood Watch people have issued a warning for people in Draycott,  Tean and Ipstones about catalytic converters.
These units, attached to a car’s underside, are quite valuable (possibly around £800 on the black market), and it seems that they are attracting the attention of thieves – who use the cover of night to cut them from the cars and steal them.

You might be wondering if a thief could really be that quick to crawl under a car and detach the unit! Well, yes is the answer, but. of course, higher ground clearance vehicles like Range Rovers are most at risk.

Ken Rickard, the police’s neighbourhood watch liaison person, is happy for you to contact him if you have any comments about this kind of theft or neighbourhood watch queries.  Email Ken Rickard
Of course, to give information on suspicious/criminal activity, you should however still contact the police themselves –  call 101 or, to remain anonymous, ring Crimestoppers on  0800 555 111.

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It’s nice to see that the Cresswell family of Steve Swinson (who died in an industrial accident in May 2011), are keeping his memory alive with a series of fund-raising events in his name. The events raise money for the Staffordshire Air Ambulance, Steve’s favourite charity.
Just last month, friends and members of the family did an 18-mile charity walk for the cause.

The next event on their calendar is a gig by rock band ‘Disturbing The Peace’ at Blythe Bridge Village Hall on November 3rd.

November seems to be the month for fundraising events as there are quite a few locally. See our What’s On around Draycott page for more details.

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Huntley Wood moves up a gear!

As regular readers of this website will know, it’s been a long, hard slog for Emma and Jonathan up at the Huntley Wood Outdoor Adventure Centre along up Cheadle Road.
The terrible summer not only delayed construction work but put all their other schedules out of sync too.

However, the good news is that finally they have an opening date, and are now taking bookings for anyone who wants to use the space at that point.
Already, groups involved in anything from bush-craft to living history are expressing interest!

So, Huntley Wood now opens for business in summer 2013 – and also has a new website too, http://huntleywood.co.uk where all the details of prices and facilities can be found.

Huntley Wood mushrooms sculpture

This mushrooms sculpture, carved out of old tree-stumps, marks the northern end of the Huntley Wood walk

Of course, the public footpath through Huntley Wood, one of the nicest walks in the parish of Draycott, remains open and is well worth a stroll. The mushroom sculpture (see above) can be seen at the Harplow Lane end of the walk.

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Half-term fun

If you can’t think what to do the kids this half-term, Draycott Sports Centre is running three sports camps days for children from 7 years and up.
The cost is £15 for a day, though there are discounts f you book for more than just one day.

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‘Nesting-box field’ sale

Another grazing-field is up for auction in Cresswell, and it looks a nice patch for anyone who has a few horses, being right next to a house and road, so the horses should be safe.
The sale is being held by Graham Watkins Auctioneers on Tuesday (23rd Oct) with a guide price of £45,000.

The field lies a mile south of The Hunter pub on the road to Hilderstone, opposite The Morrilows farm, and a few of us know it as the ‘nesting-box field’. There must be at least two dozen nesting boxes up in the trees in or alongside the field!

nesting boxes
Just two of the nesting boxes in ‘Nesting Box Field’

But, how did these nesting boxes ever come to be there? Was it a special project? If you know, would you use the comment-form (at the bottom of this page) to tell us?

Talking of property sales, it may have taken a long time, but at last one of Creswell’s most well-known houses, Tudor Lodge, has been sold. Maybe the property market is on the move again – at last.

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November election

By now, most of us who are eligible to vote will have received a polling card for next month’s Staffordshire Police & Crime Commissioner election.
Nearly all of us will cast our ballots at the Church & Community Hall – on Thursday November 15th.

I must admit we were rather confused about the issues, and found the BBC Website’s guides very concise and  helpful.
So, here’s what we found!
A guide to the two candidates can be found by clicking here.
A good background to the situation in Staffordshire can be found by clicking here.
And the latest news and arguments can be found by clicking here.
The official site is choosemypcc.org.uk – and candidate information will be on there from October 26

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Richard – new at the Izaak

There is a new face at The Izaak Walton Pub. To be honest, the comings and goings at the Izaak are making us giddy, as the new landlord must be the fifth (sixth?) this year.
However, at least the pub has been open nearly every day, so it’s better that than a closed and empty hostelry.

The new man at The Izaak is Richard Graves. He’s lived in north Staffordshire for twenty years, and some of us may remember him as the man who held the nearby Black Lake at Hilderstone a few years ago.
He’s a catering expert so food will definitely make a return soon – Richard says he’s hoping to put food on as soon as next week. He also says he’ll be open all day every day.

John and Trisha left the pub for the final time last Monday (the 15th). As you may remember, the management company with whom they worked had pulled out, so they had no choice but to leave. They send best wishes to everyone they did not have a chance to say goodbye to.

Talking of pubs, the local competition is hotting up.
Not only is The Draycott Arms re-opening within the next six weeks, but The Hunter has announced a £2-a-pint offer. The offer is available on Mondays (12-9) & Thursdays (5-9pm).

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Holidays on ice

All this new business activity seems to belie the fact that we are in a double-dip recession. (Or does it? Economics was never our best subject!).
And, yes, another business, not very far away, is about to go public.

It’s something that young people will welcome: on Wednesday (Oct 25), just in time for half-term, a skating rink is opening in Uttoxeter. Called iSkate, it will be a good enough rink not just for recreational skating, but ice-hockey play as well.
If it’s as good as its publicity, it will be worthe the short trip (and you can get there easily now from Draycott, on the X50 Bus route…)

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