What’s On

Some events & things-to-do happening in and near Draycott-in-the-Moors, including Cresswell and Totmonslow and surrounding villages.
To add an event to this page, use the ‘Comments’ form at the bottom of this page or  contact us.
We rarely know of late changes, so please check details before you travel.

(For recurring or regular events, see special section halfway down this page.)
For local eating out, click here or scroll to the bottom of this page.

NOVEMBER

A521 Roadworks on Draycott-Level  dual carriageway continue until mid-March 2020

Restart A Heart – defibrillator & CPR training session – on Saturday, 23 November from 5pm-7pm at Blythe Bridge Village Hall. Free; hosted by Forsbrook Parish Council. To book a place contact Jane on 07411 953537.

Baby & Children’s Table Top Sale at Great Wood Primary School in Tean on Sunday 24th November from 10-12pm. Attractions include playbus, face painting, craft table, raffle, cakes/drinks/sweet stall.  To book a stall text/ring Lisa on 0789 1918664 – £5 per stall (all profits kept by stall holder).

Festival of Lights on Tean High Street on Friday 29 November from 5.45pm. Organised by Checkley Parish Council

Christmas Fair at Blythe Bridge Library Centre on Saturday 30th November 9.30am – 12.30pm, plus Santa in his workshop from 10am-12noon.

Christmas Tree Sales at the Hawthorne Small Pet Hotel in Draycott on Saturday 30th November 10-12noon. Choose your own tree and take it  either rooted or cut (£8 per foot). Free drink & mince pie!

Milwich Village Christmas Fair at All Saints’ Church on Saturday 30th November

DECEMBER

Music Event: Pete Riley & Shamona at at Fulford Village Hall on Sunday 1st December

Oak Tree Craft Group meets at Oak Tree Farm near Hilderstone on Tuesday December 3rd from 7pm-9.30pm to learn Crafts for Christmas (2) – £5 (inc refreshments and some materials). All welcome

Constituency of Stone Hustings – our local election candidates debate the issues online – on Wed December 3rd between 7pm and 9pm. Organised by the news-website A Little Bit of Stone.

Pub Quiz from 8pm every Thursday at The Greyhound Pub in Saverley Green.  Free food included in the £1 per-person entry; proceeds to charity.

Hallmarks Valuation – an opportunity to sell or value your unwanted jewellery and collectables – at Blythe Bridge Library Centre on Saturday 7th December from 9am-1pm. Drop in anytime; free.

Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 7th December from 1pm-4pm at Fulford Village Hall

Christmas Fair at Oak Tree Farm near Hilderstone on Saturday 7th December. Stalls selling Christmas crafts & gifts, cards, plants and pottery. The Tea Room will be open for light refreshments and mince pies.

Draycott in the Moors Parish Council meets on Monday 9 Dec at Draycott Church & Community Hall (in Church Lane) at 7.30pm.  Public questions-session is from 7.30-7.45.  Public welcome. Free mince pies!

St Margaret’s Christmas Brunch – coffee and patisseries – at Draycott Church Hall on Tuesday 10th December 11am-1pm. Everyone welcome. Free admission.

The General Election takes place on Thursday 12th December. The polling station for our district is the Draycott Church & Community Hall which will be open for voters from 7am to 10pm.

Christmas Party Night with live music from Steve Cole on Friday 13th December at the Quick Quick Slow Ballroom in Cresswell.  Includes Meal.

Drop-in Advice Session with your Draycott & Cresswell police community support officer (PCSO) on Sat 14 Dec at Blythe Bridge Library Centre from 10-12noon

Christmas Tree Sales at the Hawthorne Small Pet Hotel in Draycott on Saturday 14 Dec 10-12noon. Choose your own tree and take it  either rooted or cut (£8 per foot). Free drink & mince pie!

Monthly Police & Parish Councillor Drop-in Session at Great Wood Hall in Tean on Saturday 14 Dec from 1pm-2pm

Festival of Carols at Great Wood Hall in Tean on Sunday 15th December at 2:30pm

A521 Roadworks on Draycott-Level  dual carriageway will allow travel in both directions from Monday 16th December to Thursday 9 January as part of the holiday break.

Hilderstone Christmas Party at Hilderstone Village Hall from 7pm on Tuesday 17th Dec 

Hilderstone Christmas Concert at Hilderstone Village Hall from 7.30pm Saturday 21st Dec

Carols By Candlelight at 6.30pm at St Margaret’s Church Draycott on Sunday 22nd December. All welcome

Crib Service at 4pm at St Margaret’s Church Draycott on Tues 24th December.

The Funkaholics appear at The Roebuck in Forsbrook on Sat 28 Dec from 9pm

New Year Eve Party  on Tues 31st December at the Quick Quick Slow Ballroom in Cresswell.

New Year’s Eve Party at Great Wood Hall in Tean from 7.30pm on Tues 31st December; DJ and dancing

JANUARY 2020

A521 Roadworks on Draycott-Level  dual carriageway will ‘reverse’ on Thursday 9 January and the westbound lanes will close.

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Regular or Recurring Events

Draycott Brownie Group meets in term-time at the Draycott Church & Community Hall on Wednesdays, 6.45-.8.15pm. Fee: £2.  All girls aged 7-10 welcome.  Tel: 07563 282568

The Draycott Whist Group meets on the first Tuesday evening of the month at the Draycott Church & Community Hall.  Contact Joyce for details.

Singing For Fun Sessions at Draycott Church & Community Hall twice-monthly Wednesdays 10-11.30am from October to July – no need to read music, the  main aim is to have fun. Open only to Cheadle U3A members

The Draycott Craft Club meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evening of the month at the Draycott Church & Community Hall. Contact Pauline (01782 396190) for details.

Draycott Women’s Institute meets on third Tuesday evening of the month (not summertime), at Draycott Church & Community Hall (in Church Lane), at 7.30pm.  Guest speakers.  Details: 01782 397883

Draycott Sports Centre fitness classes include:-
Circuits class for general fitness / Pilates / Cardio-tennis sessions (exercise in which tennis movements are done) / Zumba Fitness classes / cycle-spinning / ‘Walking’ Netball weekly-sessions. Non-members welcome

Tatsu Kai Dojo & Training Centre on Blythe Park Business estate provides classes in ju-jitsu, self-defence, tai-chi, yoga and more – for all ages

Circle Dance – dancing for mind, body and spirit – on the 3rd Saturday afternoon of the month from 2.30-4.30 at the Draycott Church & Community Hall. Contact 07930 435045. For more about what circle dance is – click here

Afternoon Tea Dances every Wednesday at the Quick Quick Slow Dance Studios in Cresswell.  Non-members welcome – £3

Outdoor Bowls Club (crown green) on Blythe Business Park – open to members in daytime hours for social bowling from April to September, £40 a year.

The St Margaret’s Church Bellringers group practices most Monday evenings. New members welcome: contact the church wardens

Draycott in the Moors Church Hall

Draycott in the Moors Church Hall – open for use by the community…

The Moorlands Home Link (Blythe Bridge & District) Outreach Group meet every Wednesday, currently at St. Peter’s Church, Blythe Bridge. Older people are invited to come along for a chat, tea – and cake!

Creda Redhouse Angling Club (which runs the pool by the Bird In Hand in southern Cresswell)

Blythe Centre & Library listings of regular events

Blythe Bridge Camera Club meets every Monday evening from September to April at Blythe Bridge Village Hall

Blythe Bridge & Forsbrook & Surrounding District History Society meets monthly on first Tuesday from April to November: the annual membership is £10 (plus £1 entry to a meeting). Non-members pay £2.50 a meeting.

The nearest nursery classes are at William Amory Primary School in Blythe Bridge (which also runs an after-school club and breakfast club), and The Acorns Nursery in Tean.

The Thursday Club takes place 1.30-3.30 at Blythe Bridge Village Hall – £1.50 for bingo sessions, tea and biscuits, in a relaxed atmosphere

Tean History Group meets monthly (01538 722153)

Many regular activities take place in the nearest townships to us – at Fulford Village Hall (including residents’ coffee morning on the 3rd Thursday of month), Blythe Bridge Village Hall, Blythe Bridge Library Centre, Hilderstone Village Hall and at Great Wood Hall Community Centre in Tean. Worth checking them out too.

Surgeries with Bill Cash MP take place locally on occasional Saturdays from 11am. (Bill Cash’s constituency covers Draycott).  Call 01785 811000 for details or to to book an appointment

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EATING OUT / FOOD & DRINK
For such a small district as ours, it’s amazing how much well-cooked food is on tap.
* Draycott Arms Pub – serving food six days a week, lunch & dinner, in its restaurant. Closed Mondays & Tues lunchtimes
* Izaak Walton Inn  – closed currently
* The Gandhi Indian Restaurant South-Asian restaurant behind The Hunter pub in Cresswell
* Chandni Cottage Indian Restaurant in Uttoxeter Road
* Golden Keg on Uttoxeter Rd serving Indian & English.  It also has a bar.
The Greyhound in Saverley Green has specials most nights from 5pm-8pm: Tuesday is Grilled night, Thursday is Curry night, Friday is Chippy night.
* The Little House Lunch Box (8am-2pm) hot-food stall at Cresswell; will also have your cooked breakfast all ready for you if you phone ahead.

…and, just drink
* Draycott Arms Pub – also has a public bar and open fire, just right for that quiet drink. Closed Mondays & Tues lunchtime
* The Hunter Pub in Cresswell – has an open fire too
* The at Draycott Sports Centre bar welcomes all. The club is open until 10.30pm on weekdays, to 4pm on Saturday, and to 9.30pm on Sunday
* Golden Keg on Uttoxeter Rd has a bar area, with real ale available
* Blythe Cricket Club runs a bar in its pavilion on Saturdays and Sundays during the cricket season, from early afternoon until well in the evening. Visitors are welcome, especially those who want to cheer on the team at the same time; you may be asked to sign the visitors’ book.

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