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NEWS of: new defib / fayre good report / ‘tower captain’ / laptops needed

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors & District in late August 2021
In this post we have news of…: Third defibrillator for Draycott / reports of the fayre / bell-ringers’ news / save your old laptops

For news of an arts & crafts market and other events in our area, please go to our What’s On page

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New defib for village

Excellent news is that Draycott-in-the-Moors now has a new public defibrillator – which was installed at the Draycott Arms just a couple of weeks ago.

Defib at The Arms

A defibrillator is a little unit which is used to deliver a mild electric shock to anyone who is in cardiac arrest, and so it can save lives. It is not a substitute for calling 999, but, when minutes count, it can be used while you’re waiting for the ambulance.

Well done to the parish council for facilitating the project, but well-done chiefly of course to the donors. These units are not provided by the authorities; cash is needed. And well done too to the Arms; the system will feed off the pub’s electric supply – without that, the mechanism could fail.

The new unit brings the number of defibrillators in the locality to three – joining the long-established one in the Cresswell kiosk and the one at Draycott Sports Centre. It’s hoped one may be installed at The Golden Keg in the future.

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Fayre enough

It’s a bit after the event, yes, but we should mention the Draycott Fayre, which took place on August 22nd.
Despite having to be organised very much at the last minute (to ensure it was Covid-friendly), things went smoothly and a good day was had by all. The Stunner newspaper did the event proud by giving it a centre-spread in its pages, using photographs taken by Neil Archibald.

Centre-pages coverage of Draycott Fayre in the Stunner (Cheadle & Tean Times)

(Neil Archibald is one of the stalwarts at Draycott St Margaret’s Church. Many of the church’s congregation were helping on the day, because the funds raised go toward the maintenance of our 800 year-old church).
Neil has put an album of dozens of photos of the day on to the Flickr website on the internet – click here to see them. There’s a nice sense of humour to them, so well worth checking out!

Of course, the numbers of visitors were well down on previous years, so the church won’t get its usual level of funding from the fayre this year, but still well-done to John Clarke and his team for making it happen, against the odds…

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Aye aye captain

Talking of John Clarke, congratulations to him on being appointed ‘Tower Captain’ at St Margaret’s. The moniker sounds grander than it is (!), but it is an old title, meaning the leader of a church’s bell-ringers.

The Draycott St Margarets bell-ringing team, with John Clarke third from right (pic: St Margaret’s website)

The team at the church will be busy practising over the next months for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, when bells will ring right across the country.
They always need volunteers (and it’s great way to keep fit), so, if you fancy a go, email John.

If you enjoy bells (and who doesn’t?), there’s nothing more calming than to sit outside the church on an evening when the team are practising (usually Thursdays). It’s a great way to relieve stress, honest…

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Old makes new

Finally, don’t throw away your unwanted computers. Members of our local Rotary Club are asking for donations of second-hand hand laptops/tablets, which they will refurbish and pass on to neighbourhood schools.

The need for more computers for children is a Covid thing, because so many kids have had to go online for their education, and sometimes even just to catch up on what they’ve been missing – so kids without a lot of access to a computer are having a hard time.

By the way, if you’re concerned about any data that might be still on your computer, don’t worry. The promise is that the computers will be first ‘wiped’ by a professional technician, which makes it a great option.
Rotary’s Peter Nixon is also offering to come pick up the old computers; or you can drop them off at Blythe Bridge Library. Contact Peter for details.

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NEWS: co-option to come / tidy churchyard / 2nd solar farm / fun summer / local history ‘lab’

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors & District in mid July 2021
In this post we have news of…: nominate a new councillor / Cresswell’s tidy graveyard / second solar farm coming / history initiative / a great summer for the kids!

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Nominate yourself to be a councillor

As you will know, three councillors resigned off the Draycott village council last month, so it was possible an election would be called.
The council itself posted an odd piece of advice on its website, which said: “…. an election does not need to be called… this will … incur costs to the public via the precept (ie council tax). An election will cost the parish council.” While it’s true that all elections have a cash cost, councils are not supposed to be stepping in to make a case against holding elections! (At the very least, they should be putting in the positive reasons for elections, as well). The words have since been deleted.

So, no election has been called. But… how to replace the missing councillors?
Basically, the way it works is that local people should now simply put themselves forward (don’t be shy now!) for the vacancies. A brief letter to the clerk of the council asking for information will start the ball rolling.

Nearly all electors in Draycott, Cresswell, Totmonslow, Newton, Huntley, Draycott Cross, Bromley Wood are eligible. Residents of Blythe Bridge, Tean, Fulford, Hilderstone, Cheadle, Forsbrook, and Saverley Green are also eligible (under the three-mile rule).
So … write that letter!

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Summer of fun

You can tell that we’ve reached Freedom Day, simply by the huge number of local summer events – especially for children – that have been announced in the last weeks.
There are plenty of kids’ workshops; and it’s wonderful to see that the annual Draycott St Margaret’s Fayre is returning after its year away.

Check out all the events by having a look at our What’s On page.
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Local History gets a boost

Anyone interested in the history of this area will be excited to see the creation of a dedicated local ‘History Lab’. This has been formed in order to start researching the history of a block of seven parishes in the Eastern (Uttoxeter) part of Staffordshire: Draycott-in-the-Moors, plus Checkley, Gratwich, Kingstone, Uttoxeter, Bramshall, and Leigh..

Old map of the East Staffs parishes, showing turnpike roads, old rail lines

It’s run by volunteers, who report their researches into the professional historians at the VCH (Victoria County History) organisation. The group has already been publishing some of its findings in a blog, though none have been directly about Draycott as yet.
If you fancy helping out, simply write to them via their ‘Contact’ page.
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Second ‘solar’ farm

The process toward setting up a second solar farm in our district is now underway. Basically, the company behind it, called Third Revolution, want to take a few fields in Totmonslow in which to set up an array of hundreds of so-called ‘fins’, which absorb sunlight and turn it into electricity.

Solar farm (on Creative Licence)
Photo of fins on a typical solar farm

The new set-up, if it comes off, will be just yards away from the one we have already in Lower Newton, which has been running successfully for ten years.

Site of proposed new Totmonslow solar farm, in red. The current solar farm is in light green, just the other side of the A50

The application in process at the moment is a preliminary one, not the main thing – but already there are a couple of worries, mostly about whether footpaths will have to be diverted.

Our own Draycott Council was asked by the local authorities to add their comments on the matter, but… guess what? The council had no thoughts whatsoever… as so often… Sigh.
(We do need new councillors…!)

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Tidy churchyard

Cresswellians will have noticed that, since the winter, the historic churchyard at St Mary’s Catholic Church has been looking very tidy and spruce. The man behind the transformation is local man James Heath.

Although St Margaret’s churchyard is cared for by Staffs Moorlands Council workers – because it is the main parish church -, other denominations, such as St Mary’s, must look after their grounds themselves. So James, helped by his dad, has stepped up to do the work, and six months of labour has really seen a change for the better.

Cresswell churchyard – looking spruce

Local historians are especially pleased, because James has cleared back a lot of the vegetation that was hiding the inscriptions on some gravestones, and which had virtually hidden some graves altogether!

If you do pass by, it’s worth dropping in to have a look.
While you’re there, check out the graveyard cross: this is a listed monument, designed by the famous nineteenth-century architect Augustus Pugin.

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NEWS of: church funds / Totmonslow housing / police Facebook / footpaths

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early August 2019
In this post we have news of…: parish council doze through Totmonslow development / report those footpaths / police join Facebook / fayre funds for church… 
(NB – There are also dozens of events coming up soon in our locality – including a Sausage & Cider Festival…  Check out the Events page)

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Village council lack of action

The recent news that a development for five houses at Totmonslow has finally got planning permission launched a surprising discussion at the last Draycott parish council meeting.
Pete Wilkinson, one of our newly elected district councillors, had dropped in to observe the meeting. He expressed his deep unhappiness with the Totmonslow news, saying that the new cul-de-sac which will be built for the development is too dangerous: the cul-de-sac will exit straight onto the main Draycott-Tean road, too close to the brow of the hill for Mr Wilkinson’s liking. In fact he said accidents would be the inevitable result.

He is not the only one who feels this way. Among the official objections to the original proposal were comments from half-a-dozen residents and from Checkley Parish Council too (even through the development is inside Draycott-in-the-Moors area, and only borders on Checkley’s area).

Then Mr Wilkinson asked how Draycott Council had responded.
Silence.
It turned out that, though our village council were aware of the application, and its various updates, even discussing the issue a year ago, they had just … forgotten to make a response.
So what we see here is that the neighbouring parish council and a number of local residents had managed to put in official responses, but our own council, whom we depend on, had failed to.

It seems to us that this really is not good enough. Village councils should be there in the front-line, battling away on issues that affect the community, not dozing on the sidelines. Whether they agreed with the Totmonslow proposal or opposed it, their first duty was to make some sort of response. And they failed.
Ad this is not the first time (see Council’s dismal record).
So, again, we would ask Draycott Council to … just please wake up.

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Watching the detectives

According to surveys, the main public issue that bothers small communities like ours is crime. This is quite surprising, as small districts don’t usually suffer a lot of crime.

Moorlands Police logo
Our local Moorlands police are aware of this concern; and put on monthly meet-the-PCSO sessions at both Blythe Bridge and Tean to try to reassure residents.
But they have now gone a step further and last month launched their own Facebook page. It will list traffic reports, news of convictions & arrests, diary dates for consultation events and so on.

In one way, this doesn’t seem like a big contribution to crime-fighting – but it is part of the drive by local police to publicise what they do, in order to make us feel safer.

But, what do you think of this latest move by Moorlands Police? Is it just a gesture, or a useful initiative? Use the comments box on this webpage to express your thoughts.

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Hurrah for the fayre

The final receipts are in for the annual Draycott Fayre, which was held just a few weeks ago. Once all costs are taken out, the fayre raised a handsome £4000-plus for the parish church fund. St Margaret’s is nearly 800 years old, and, without such donations, would simply start to crumble.

In fact, the last annual report for the church tells us that it spent a staggering £50,000 in the twelve-month on maintenance (which admittedly did include major roof repairs). Fortunately, some grants had become available, and there were donations of £12,000 from local well-wishers, but you can see how money can get swallowed up very quickly.
(Surprisingly, this current annual report for the church has not been made available online, even though previous reports have been. A copy is available in the church itself though).

So, if you went to the fayre (see highlights below), you can have the satisfaction of knowing that a great heritage & community asset is safe for another year, thanks to your support…

 

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By the way, an even better series of photos of the day than the ones above has been created by Neil Archibald, and is available online for all to enjoy – check out the Draycott 2019 Fayre Album

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Report blocked paths a new way

Most footpaths in Draycott-in-the-Moors are maintained very well (though there are some problems in Cresswell where overgrown and blocked paths continue to be a long-standing and thorny issue).

It has been very frustrating trying to report problem issues over the last few years. Staffordshire County Council (who are responsible for path maintenance) have set up easy online ways of reporting potholes, flytipping, problems with bins etc – but not an online way to report footpath problems.
Until now.

Near NewHouse track

A blocked footpath

At last, you can report local footpath and bridleway problems on a custiomised webpage, thanks to a newly set-up and simple online process.
Click on Staffs Public Rights Of Way Issues.
Having created your online account, you can also track the issues you have reported (to make sure they do get fixed); and also can see matters reported by others.

Lots more people are walking for health – and our district has plenty of good countryside footpath routes (see some examples by clicking here and here) – so let’s make it as easy as we can for us all to keep walking.

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NEWS: action-man John / buses future / Arms expansion / new council clerk / race trial

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in late June 2018
In this post we have news of…: Draycott’s Volunteer of The Year / buses survey / b&b business coming? / welcome to Denise / race case shame …
(NB – There are also dozens of events coming up in our locality – including  live-music from local lad Matty Edwards…  Check out the Events page)
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John’s busy time

John ClarkeA big thank you to everyone who voted for Draycott’s own John Clarke (right) in the Moorlands Volunteer Of The Year Awards.  The result was announced at a special ceremony in Leek and our John came an honourable joint second. It’s all based on a public vote, so second is a very good result for someone from a small village such as ours.
As John said, it’s a time of great flux for our neighbourhood, so anything that gets a positive headline for Draycott has got to be a good thing.

Right now though John is hugely busy putting the finishing touches to the preparations for this year’s Draycott Fayre Weekend (on July 7th & 8th). He is chief organiser (and bottle washer!) for the fayre.
Plenty of late bookings are still being arranged, with the most fascinating one being the promise of the sight of a reconstructed World War One trench dug-out (see below)!

WW1 dug out re-construction
It’s being created by the secretary of the local history society; and for anyone interested in the conflict of the 1914-18 War it will be a big draw.

Do keep checking the updates to the line-up, because – as we say – lots and lots of stuff keeps being added on… and you won’t want to miss out on anything…

One thing you can do to help is put up the official poster in your window or business – just click here to access the 2018 FAYRE Poster , and then just print it off and put it where you think people will see it. Cheers!!

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Buses survey

As we reported last month, there was a brief glimmer of hope that the number 12 bus route, which runs through Draycott & Cresswell, might be restored after it was cancelled in March. However even that small hope has now been dashed, as the county council has now definitively refused to continue the subsidy for it.

Some Staffordshire local/parish councils have stepped into the breach and stumped up money to keep their village bus services running, but it’s an expensive option. The other question is: how many people would use the bus even if it was brought back?

The district’s local newspaper, the Cheadle & Tean Times, is now running a survey on the issue, basically asking “would you use a bus service if there was one?” If it’s something that worries you, it’s worth completing the survey, which is on page six of the current issue.

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Arms expansion

While sifting among recent planning applications, we saw that Zara & Brayn at the Draycott Arms are continuing their plans for the pub by putting up proposals for a few bed-and-breakfast rooms.  It certainly would be great to have such accommodation in the heart of the village, as the nearest alternatives are just out of walking distance.

However, Zara & Brayn, just like John, might be a bit too busy over the next seven days to worry about that side of their business. Next weekend (Sat 7th July) they are the hosts of the Draycott Saturday Night Live In the Marquee event, when they will be putting on a mini beer & cider festival to accompany the live music on stage.

Hassell St Jive Candy

Hassell St Jive Candy are the headliners at Draycott Saturday Night Live

Looking forward to that!!

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Shame

Draycott hit the national headlines for all the wrong reasons last week when one local resident here in Draycott was convicted of inciting race hatred in views she expressed on her website.  Barbara Fielding-Morriss, who is 79 years old, describes herself as ‘white supremacist’, a despiser of Jews and a fascistic supporter of Hitler. She faces a possible seven years in prison when she is sentenced next month.
She chose not to have legal representation during the trial, which the judge was very surprised at.

Fortunately, it seems Barbara is almost a lone voice and has very few members in her ‘party’. But it does all leave a very bad taste in the mouth.

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The Draycott Council bit

(Our local Draycott Council gets up to so many odd things that we almost can’t keep up, so we have given the council its own little section)

After all the confusion and upset over the last couple of months, a new clerk to the council is finally in place.

The very popular former clerk felt compelled to resign in March saying she felt under-valued by councillors and harassed.
A confusing period followed, in which one new appointee came in and then absented herself, followed by a rather flawed advertising process, and – finally – a further appointment was made.

Amazingly, this rather messy performance has ended up with a good candidate.  Denise Wheat is well known in Tean (the next village along from us) for being a leading light in community projects there and is an established business-woman (she runs her own photography concern).

Denise is already taking courses in the responsibilities and functions expected of a clerk to a village council. Although clerks are not elected so they can’t make policy decisions, they are expected to ‘manage’ the council’s actions and procedures.

Denise has a difficult job on her hands, not just with guiding the current councillors, but in responding to the government’s calls that village/community councils be more active and more transparent. What’s more, there are elections to the council in less than twelve months!
Good luck to her.

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NEWS: burglary / help for poor / pollution report … and more

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid-February 2018
In this post we have news of…: restaurant burglary / local firm helps poorest / pollution report / summer fayre progress / un-open Forsbrook…
(NB – There are also dozens of events coming up in our locality – including a pop-jazz band evening…  Check out the Events page)
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Chandni burglary

There have still been no arrests (at the time of writing) concerning the Chandni Cottage Restaurant burglary which took place two weeks ago (Feb 5th). A well-organised group of thieves broke into the restaurant, at the eastern end of Draycott, in the dead of night.
They smashed in a window at the back; and stole equipment, goods and some cash – causing around £10,000 worth of losses. They even took the charity tin.Chandni Cottage

The thieves managed to get away with some hefty pieces of kitchenware, which makes police think that they must have had a van, and been properly prepared, being as it was such a difficult operation.
The same gang may have even been behind some similar incidents across the area.

The thieves were pretty brazen, but let’s hope they made some mistake which will lead eventually to arrests. If you think you may know anything, there is a confidential police hotline – call 101 and mention “incident number 587”.
It’s been really distressing for the owner, Yasmeen Yacqub, but we are happy to say that she has since said she won’t be cowed, and will carry on whatever!

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New Haden generosity

If the reports from the Cheadle Food Bank are anything to go by, the situation for the poorest in our community is getting worse and worse. Requests to them for emergency supplies have risen 30% on the same time last year.
The food bank hands out tinned and non-perishable goods to those who turn up to its drop-in sessions. The Cheadle group serves not just people from the town but the surrounding villages, such as Draycott.

However, the food bank organisers rely on people like us to keep a supply of goods going, so, because of the rise in need, they have launched an extra appeal for funds, this time specifically aimed at businesses.
We are pleased to say that the first firm to respond positively is one from our small district – New Haden Pumps in Draycott Cross Road, which has stepped in to donate £150. Well done to them.

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The fun of the fayre

It’s already that time of year again, and the Draycott Fayre organisers have already started booking acts for the event, which returns in July.

Draycott Fayre 2016 - 25 years banner

Parish councillor Pauline Clarke shows the 25 Years of Draycott Fayre banner last year

But now comes the nitty-gritty bit – who is doing what? …from hawking round posters to taking money on the gate.
The first meeting to discuss such matters takes place on March 2nd. Can you get along, and offer your services or thoughts?
Everyone who works putting the day together is a volunteer, from top to bottom – so, no matter how small, your contribution will be valuable. All are welcome at the meeting.
For details, click here

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‘Missing’ notification

You might think our own local council here in Draycott is pretty bad when it comes to sharing information with its taxpayers (and it is) but the next-door council in Forsbrook takes the prize this month.
As must happen after the death of a councillor, which happened at the beginning of this year, a vacancy must be announced so that members of the public can put themselves forward for the post.
(In fact, some people in Draycott would have been eligible, as the locality rule means that residents for a few miles round are also able to stand).

So we watched the Forsbrook Council’s website, and we watched the council’s Facebook page. And we waited and waited. Nothing.
However, it then turned out that there was a notice after all – a piece of paper pinned to the council notice boards… but by then it was too late for us.

Forsbrook broke no rules in doing this, but, judging by this, they aren’t great fans of openness in local government, apparently preferring to keep such information under the radar, instead of trying to get the information out far and wide to as many people as possible.
So… who now gets to decide who will be the new, incoming councillor? Well…the councillors, of course!   They will now look for someone they themselves approve of, and ‘co-opt’ them.

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Pollution report

As required by law, the developers who are soon to be building a housing estate and factories in Cresswell had to commission a report examining the state of the land on which they are about to build.
(The report, which must be carried out by a reputable land-analysis firm, looks for contaminants, floods risk etc.)
Well, the report has just been published. It is very lengthy and you probably need a degree to understand it fully, but it is important.

The local community-action group, VVSM, have been through the report and done their own review, breaking it down into simpler language. The review (click here to check it out), which also has links to the details of the report, is worth five minutes of any local resident’s reading time.

The biggest result is that the report’s authors admit finding contaminants in the soil, though they personally do not think there is enough there to halt the building. What they do recommend however is that a thick layer of fresh top-soil should be placed on the fields to act as a ‘buffer’ between the incoming residents and any nasty stuff down below.
The report’s authors admit too that there are simply locations across the site where they don’t know what will be found – until the digging starts. In fact, they recommend that construction workers, who will be moving in soon, wear protective clothing.

It’s all a bit worrying. The VVSM folk point out that, when cadmium in the earth is disturbed, it often just floats into the air; and, yes, cadmium is believed to be buried there somewhere.
In the end, the people of Cresswell (and the incoming residents of the planned estates) must rely on two things – the honesty of the construction firm which is honour-bound to report any unexpected finds, and the diligence of the local authority’s environment officers, who are supposed to monitor the excavations.  Erm, fingers crossed, eh?

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Draycott Fayre 2016 – review

On a day when you have to compete against Andy Murray in a Wimbledon final, Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix, not to mention the Annual Cheadle Road Race, you might at least expect the weather to be kind.  Especially when you are celebrating your 25th anniversary.
Nope! Didn’t happen.

The morning of Sunday 10 July dawned windy, squally and rainy. It was so wet underfoot early on in Ford’s Field that the path into the field had to be abandoned eventually (after a lot of work by the fayre tractor-driver hauling vehicles out of the mud!) and exhibiters had to be re-routed on to the site.  Well done to volunteer Nola Ward who acted as an impromptu traffic police officer!
We won’t mention the tent that simply blew in the air and sailed away.

But… as they say … the sun shines on the righteous.
Unbelievably, by late morning, the bad weather was over, and the crowds began to stream in like nothing had happened.

Fab fayre

It was another great Fayre.
The piece de resistance’ had to be the float, on the truck: celebrating a wonderful 25 years in existence of this event.

Draycott Fayre 2016 - 25 years banner

Parish councillor Pauline Clarke shows the ’25 Years’ banner – made by the Brownies

The Draycott Brownies decorated the float (in more ways than one) – it was a magic idea, and also alerted the neighbourhoods to the presence of the fayre.

The great thing about this fayre is that there is something to watch or to do almost every minute – even though the carousel and bouncy trampolines and quad-bikes kept most of the children pretty busy most the time.
Once again, the Y-Draig Vikings re-enactment group were the stars of the day (though no one fancied joining in their authentic seventh-century meal…!)

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In fact, for all children there it was a terrific day – with sports (including the brilliant sack-race, and a Vikings vs The Rest tug-o-war) organised by Dave Meller.  He managed to keep charge… most of the time…
Some children also joined in with the drummers, some flocked to the puppets, and some decided to do battle with the Vikings (the Vikings lost).

Community involvement

What was also great was the number of organisations from our community who turned up in one shape or another.   Among them: the church hall committee, Draycott Plant Nurseries, VVSM community action group, the Draycott Craft Club, the local Brownies & Girl Guides, Draycott Sports Centre, St Margaret’s Church congregation, the local Women’s Institute, Draycott Moor College (who raised £1100 on the day!!), Andy Bird and the Angling Club, the Draycott Arms… not to mention the St Margaret’s Fayre Committee & Volunteers led so ably by John Clarke…
If we’ve forgotten anyone – our apologies.
Next year, it would be nice to see even more community-based organisations doing their bit…

It was also wonderful to see the oldest person in our district turn up.  Betty Hammond (the former parish councillor) is well over 100 years old, but she was there – determined to see her grandson Anthony Hammond perform his usual startling feats of wood-sculpture.
Incidentally, a kind lady bought young Sam a ticket to try to win Anthony’s finished sculpture (a wooden owl) – and it turned out to be the winning ticket!  A nice story.

Draycott Fayre 2016 - ice cream

Draycott Fayre 2016 – a perfect way to spend a day!

Thanks once again to John Clarke and his team.  Let’s hope we have another twenty-five years…

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Draycott Summer Fayre 2015 is on its way!

If the weather forecasters are right, this summer is going to be a good ‘un – and slap bang in the middle of the British summer this year comes the twenty-fourth Draycott St Margaret’s Summer Fayre – so, it’s time to get yourself ready!
The date for your diary is Sunday 12th July, with everything kicking off at 11.30 and finishing just before 5pm.

Sealed Knot

After two years in which the main attraction was the Viking re-enactors (who were brilliant), John Clarke and his team have decided on a change.
Sealed KnotThis year the fair goes back to the 17th Century and the time of the English Civil War in which Royalists fought the Roundheads.
The particular re-enactment group coming this year are from that very era and call themselves ‘Sir George Lisle’s Regiment of Foote’ (pic: right) which is also the name of an actual regiment which recruited from North Staffordshire during the Civil War.  They are part of the famous Sealed Knot society.
Expect loud bangs, ancient regimental manoeuvres including pikes, and lots of fascinated children to be watching!  There will two displays during the course of the day.

Also new this year will be local strongman Fred Burton.  Fred has been performing extraordinary feats of strength down the years, and, at the fayre, he will be making three new attempts on the Guinness World Book Of Records – all of which will be monitored by properly appointed referees.
Believe it or not, Fred will make these lifting-and-carrying attempts with… his little finger, and his teeth….

Old favourites

But the old favourites are not ignored.

At the top of the field, as part of the usual classic & historic rally, hundreds of vintage vehicles (from cars to tractors), and working engines, will all be on show.    The Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society will also be running a 1930’s double-decker omnibus in a route round the area, from Tean to Cresswell to Blythe Bridge, picking up anyone who wants to jump on!
The fun-fair and stalls will be next to the rally.

The first actual feature on the day, taking place at 11.30am, is the popular Dog Show. All fayre visitors are invited to enter their pets into the competition.

Draycott tug o war

The ladies have it! (Pic JC)

The fantastically enjoyable Family Sports competitions are back – who can forget how the children memorably beat the Vikings at Tug o’War two years ago?  Not to mention the day that the Draycott Ladies showed the Men how a will-to-win can always beat ‘experience’.

Inside the marquee, will be bric-a-brac stalls, tea & cakes, and a bar – not forgetting the fantastic burger-stall (where the queue never dies down….) – plus children’s entertainers all through the day.
Many local organisations will also have stalls displaying what work they do in our area – in case you had forgotten how much goes on this area….

Local involvement

The great thing about the fayre is that almost all the organisation and support for it comes from within the parish district (Draycott, Cresswell, Totmonslow and Draycott Cross).  There are no ‘paid professionals’ here; it all comes from the heart.

The bar tent is always well-attended...

The bar tent is always well-attended…!

Much support comes from St Margaret’s Church itself where the parishioners and church wardens are always the first to volunteer their services.
This year members from ‘Mish-Mash’, the church’s youth club, will be assisting at the tea-bar.  Be kind to them; it’s their first year…
And, once again, another set of stalwarts have stepped forward to man the hot, tiring and very successful burger-stall – well done to the staff of the Draycott Moor College.
In fact, most of the stalls and activities are also run by local people, including members of the Draycott Women’s Institute and the Craft Club.

Incidentally, if you belong to a local organisation, and you’ve forgotten to get yourself a stall or otherwise get involved at the fayre, it is not too late, but do hurry.  Phone John on 01782 396190, or, if you are a Facebook person, message the Fayre’s Facebook page.

Good cause

And it’s great to know that much of what you spend, whether it’s for the entry fee, or at the stalls, will makes its way back to Draycott.
The profits all go to supporting St Margaret’s, the ancient church which has overlooked this village for the last seven hundred years – and hopefully will for many more.
Admission is £4, with children under 16 getting in for free.

See you on Sunday the 12th!

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Draycott Fayre 2013 – report & photos

Well !  What a day…!
Sunday 14th July 2013 will be remembered as the day the Children of Draycott defeated The Vikings in battle, records were set for fund-raising (and hot temperatures!), some three hundred vintage vehicles filled the ground, around two thousand people attended – and the bar ran dry!

Draycott-in-the-Moors’ Summer Fayre & Vintage Rally 2013 was, by any standards, a terrific success – and well done to all the volunteers (under the expert leadership of John Clarke) who really were the ones who made it happen.

Carnage & pillage

The highlight of the day was the appearance of the Y Ddraig Viking re-enactment group.  They were brilliant.
Right through from setting up a realistic-looking camp, complete with cooking pots bubbling up a ancient vegetable stew, to displaying a brutal form of early hockey played 1200 years ago, and a display of ancient weaponry, they really played their part.

However, their Viking warriors made one terrible mistake – by challenging the children of Draycott to an open battle.  There could only ever be one winner in such a contest.

Viking versus Children battle

Draycott children charge the ranks of the Vikings…

The children suffered no casualties whatsoever… and only one Viking got away.

Photos gallery

An album of lots of photos of the day can be found by clicking here.
When you go to the link, just click the play button to start the slideshow; then we suggest you set the speed at ‘slow’, and don’t forget to click the ‘Show Info’ button to see the captions.  Have fun with the memories.

And, if you too have photos that you took on the day, we’d love to see them, and to then put them up on the gallery too.  Just email us with any photos you can share.

Local roots

Local organisations however were the backbone of the day.  The Draycott Sports Centre gets an honourable mention for setting up two temporary tennis ‘courts’ which were never empty all day, as youngsters queued up to have a go.
The district Girl Guide group helped the MC for the day, John Beardmore, to organise the games; and numerous groups, including the Draycott Women’s Institute, staff from Draycott Moor College, and members of St Margaret’s Church worked furiously on their different stalls to raise money for the day’s good cause.
A special mention must go to John Beardmore, who provided his usual funny and warm commentary.  He had not been so well recently, but we think he definitely perked up for this event…

We honestly thought, as we walked round, that the best thing about the fayre was that there was always something to do.  (After all, sometimes, one can go to a fair and you’ve done the lot in fifteen minutes … whereas, here, there was always something going on.)

Admittedly, having around three hundred vintage motor-cars, buses, tractors, wagons, motorbikes and traction engines on the site – all carefully looked after by their owners – was bound to keep most of us quite busy.
And for the kids, there was always the funfair and the magic shows…

A minor disappointment was that the promised Dakota plane fly-past didn’t happen.  Apparently, the plane had encountered a problem in an earlier display, and had had to cancel.
However, the Innringers handbells group performed twice, making subtle and fascinating music.

For a fuller list of who were the main draws, check our Fayre schedule page.

St Margaret’s

To give the event its full title, it should be known as St Margaret’s Draycott Summer Fayre, as the day is specifically to raise money to pay for the maintenance of the village’s parish church – which is almost 800 years old.
The event is also so named because it falls very close to St Margaret’s Day.

So therefore … the bottom line is: did the event raise a significant amount of money?

Well, the full accounts are not yet in of course, but with around a thousand people paying at the gates and probably another thousand (volunteers, participants etc) on the ground, that means the main stalls and the raffle-tickets salespeople (well done to them too!) must have done great business.
Organiser Daniel Newton, who was in charge of the bar, also saw his stock run completely dry (well…except for wine-spritzers, and we don’t count those) – which can’t be bad!

Anniversary

The Draycott Fayre 2013 was the twentieth of the modern era. The first, we are told raised just over £200 (!), while this one has surely exceeded not just that sum but also last year’s profit of £6000.
Let’s hope so – for the old church’s sake.

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Summer Fayre Raffle Results
Ist Prize (Helicopter Ride for 2) – Susan Hughes (ticket no 655) #  2nd Prize (Four tickets to Alton Towers) – Jenni Wooliscroft (754) # 3rd Prize (£40 Voucher to David’s Restaurant, Trentham) – Peter Smeed (317)
Other winners:  Julie Ingle (1732), a £25 Fuel voucher / Jane Meller, a Mount Nurseries voucher / M Cheadle (131), a Planter from Draycott Nurseries / Mrs Seymour (1456), a Shoetime voucher / Mavis Bullock (17), a Stoddard’s Travel voucher / Beryl Carp (1583), a Queens Arms at Freehay voucher / Olive Davis (217), a Draycott Arms voucher / Mrs Dyke (187), a Ford’s Of Blythe Bridge voucher / George Marsh (995), a Tesco voucher / Jack Cartlidge (1555), a gym-pass for 2 / Mrs Elks (247), a gym-pass for 2 / Margaret Plant (1049), a gym-pass for 2 / Steven Bedson (1625), a personal training session / Alistair Barton (760), a circuit-training pass for 2 / Diane Winfield (782), a circuit-training pass for 2 / P Beardmore (1445), a tennis lesson.

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Draycott Fayre – take part!

Preparations appear to be going well for this year’s Draycott big fair, which is an all-day event on Sunday July 14th.

One tiny disappointment is that a large craft-fair, planned for the previous afternoon (the Saturday) as a sort of warm-up to the main event, is now not going to take place.  Things simply couldn’t be put in place in time.

However… the Sunday is getting fuller and fuller! And you too could add to the event.

Chief organisers John Clarke and Daniel Newton have told us that what is particularly pleasing is the amount of involvement from local people. Members of The Draycott Sports Club, the local Young Farmers group, the Draycott WI, the Draycott Plant Nurseries, the Huntley Wood Recreation Centre, the Axis Disco, the staff of Draycott Moor College (who have volunteered to run the burger stand), members of the St Margaret’s Church congregation who are running book stalls, refreshments stalls, craft stalls and cake stalls, and more, will all be putting on displays or stalls for your ‘delight and edification’ – as the saying goes!
And all that activity takes place alongside the main attractions of the funfair, vintage vehicle rally, Jessica’s Junkyard (has to be seen!) and the ‘Viking battle’…

And don’t forget: there is also a family disco in the marquee on the field on the Saturday evening (children are free to get in). Tickets are going well, so it should be a fun occasion.

Check out the details of all this on our Draycott Fayre page.

Fund-raising

As you know, the fayre is totally run by village volunteers, who are trying to raise money for the running costs of Draycott’s ancient and beautiful church.  St Margaret’s is over 700 years old, and in need of constant attention.

So – why not take part?  Just tell John what you think you can do, or go along to an organisation committee meeting.

And, even if you can’t make it on the day, you could still help by: advertising in the programme; or selling raffle tickets.
It’s only £10 to take an advert in the programme (which is on sale on the day).

To take out an advert or to offer to sell books of raffle tickets, contact the fayre Organiser.

So….see you on the 14th (and at the family disco, too)!