What’s On

Some events & things-to-do happening in and near Draycott-in-the-Moors, including Cresswell and Totmonslow and surrounding villages.
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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.

APRIL

Blythe Bridge & Surrounding Districts History Society returns for its 2018 season, meeting at Blythe Bridge Methodist Hall on Tuesday 3rd April – guest lecturer Kevin Colls speaks on Forensic Archaeology.  Annual membership is £10 (plus £1 entry to a meeting); non-members pay £2.50 to attend meeting (each month).

Table Top Sale on Sat 7 April (and every first & third Sat) from 10-2 at Great Wood Hall Community Centre in Tean.  Stalls available to the public.

Open Church at St Margaret’s Church when it is open to visitors interested in its heritage, on Sat 7 April from 2pm-4pm (also on the first Saturday of the month April to Sept).
Includes a Draycott Neighbourhood Plan pop-up information stall.

Jumble Sale on Saturday 7 April at Hilderstone Village Hall from 2pm

Ruby Rich appears at The Roebuck in Forsbrook on Saturday 7 April – influences include Amy Winehouse

Closing date for applications to be the Parish Clerk of Draycott In the Moors Council is Monday 9 April. This is a paid post. For details, click here

Pub Quiz on Thurs 12 April (and every Thursday) from 8pm at The Greyhound Pub in Saverley Green.  Free food included in the £1 per-person entry; proceeds to charity.

Antiques & Curios Valuation at Hilderstone Village Hall from 2.30 to 5pm on Friday 13th April – proceeds to charity. Items charged at £1 per valuation (to max of 5 items).  Refreshments

Blythe Cricket Club Beer Cider & Gin Festival takes place 13-15 April – bar open from 6pm on 13th; 11am-11pm on 14th, including The Blythe Round-Robin Cricket Tournament during afternoon, and live music from band Trafford Park after 9pm; and bar open on 15th 1pm-8pm

Drop-in Advice Session with your Draycott & Cresswell police community support officer, PCSO Daniel Nettleton, on Sat 14 April at Blythe Bridge Library Centre 10-12noon.  FREE

Victoria Gotham appears at The Roebuck in Forsbrook on Saturday 15 April

Annual Meeting of All St Margaret’s Church Parishioners’ takes place at St Margaret’s Church Hall on Monday 16th April at 7.30pm, followed by the AGM of the Draycott Parochial Church Council (PCC). Any resident of Draycott-in-the-Moors (not just church members) is entitled to attend. There are elections for churchwarden posts and for membership of the PCC.

Draycott in the Moors Parish Council usually meets on third Monday in month, but from this month the meeting will be on fourth Monday in month

Draycott Neighbourhood Plan pop-up information stall on Thursday 19th April from 6-7.30pm at The Draycott Arms pub.

Elvis Tribute Act (Mark Clay) takes place on Friday 20th April at Hilderstone Village Hall from 7pm. Tickets £15 (includes hog roast and dessert)

Learn ‘Warhammer’ Course starts at Blythe Bridge Library Centre on Sat 21 April,  9.30-11am. This is a seven-week course for 12 to 16 year olds. Free but registration required

Quorn Family Tennis Tournament at Draycott Sports Centre on Sat 21 April from 1.30-3.30pm (postponed from last month). Teams of family doubles, using ‘red balls’ – any child aged 10 & under plays with an adult family member. Free for members; £5 per player for non members.

Blythe Cricket Club First XI play their first game of the season away at Checkley CC on Sat 21 April – start 1pm. Free

Dance – with music from Phil Brown – on Sat 21 April at the Quick Quick Slow Dance Studios in Cresswell

Draycott in the Moors Parish Council meets on Monday 23 April at Draycott Church & Community Hall (in Church Lane) at 7.30pm.  Public questions-session is from 7.30-7.45.

Draycott Neighbourhood Plan pop-up information stall on Tuesday 24th April at the Craft Club held in the Draycott Church Hall

Blythe Cricket Club First XI play their first home game of the season vs Stone SP CC on Sat 28 April – start 1pm. The ground is in Cresswell, near the Izaak Walton pub. Free

Songs of Praise at St Peter’s Church in Blythe Bridge on Sunday 29 April at 6pm. This is a celebration for both Blythe Bridge and Draycott parishes. If you would like to request a particular hymn or song, tel 07715 284580. All welcome to come sing along!

MAY

Blythe Bridge & Surrounding Districts History Society at Blythe Bridge Methodist Hall on Tuesday 1 May: guest lecturer Penny Meakin et al speak on Pigeons Postcards & Pennies – and the Great War.  Annual membership is £10 (plus £1 entry to a meeting); non-members pay £3 to attend meeting (each month).

Open Church at St Margaret’s Church, when it is open to visitors interested in its heritage, on Sat 5 May from 2pm-4pm (also on the first Saturday of each month through to Sept).

The Mile Roses (contemporary folk music) appear on Wed 16 May at Blythe Bridge Library Centre

Rhythm ‘n Blues Festival at The Roebuck in Forsbrook from Fri 25 May – Sun 27 May

Barney McArdle Trophy at Blythe Cricket Club in Cresswell on Bank Holiday Monday 28 May. Four champion teams take part in a tournament at the ground

JUNE

Blythe Bridge Fete takes place on Sat 16 June

JULY

St Margaret’s Summer Fayre takes place in Draycott on Sunday 8 July

AUGUST

Draycott Open Tennis Tournament at Draycott Sports Centre from Sunday 5 to Wed 8 August, starting each day at 10am. Sponsored by A*Tutoring.

SEPT

The St Thomas’ 7-Mile Road Race takes place in Upper Tean on 16th Sept

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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 on the regular Wednesdays 10-11.30am (U3A) – back in Oct 2017

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 (Cardio-tennis is an exercise in which tennis movements are done) / Zumba Fitness classes / cycle-spinning /

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.
* 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 have your cooked breakfast all ready for you if you phone ahead.
* The Ship Pub at Teanford is open for food Monday 5-9, Tue-Fri 12-2 & 5-9, and Sat & Sun 12-9

…and, just drink
* Draycott Arms Pub – also has a public bar and open fire, just right for that quiet drink.
* 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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