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.

SEPTEMBER

Funeral of Bessie Hammond on Thursday 12th September at St. Margaret’s Church, Draycott at 12:30pm. Friends & well-wishers please attend.

St Thomas’ 7-Mile Road Race takes place in Upper Tean on Sun 15 September

Screening of Baskeyfield VC – the film about Sergeant Jack Baskeyfield, the Potteries soldier won the Victoria Cross in WW2 – on Wednesday 18 September at Stoke Film Theatre: doors open 7pm, screening at 19.45. The film was made by Cresswell man Bill Townley (see story); and there will also be exhibition of material relating to the making of the film. Free.

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.

Blythe Cricket Club First XI vs Moddershall CC, in the NSSCL Premier Division, on Sat 21 Sept from 12. Ground is in Cresswell near the Izaak Walton. Free entry; bar.  LAST HOME MATCH OF THE SEASON

Tom Brooks Memorial Evening with fun, live entertainment and DJ, raising funds for ‘Young Minds’ at Great Wood Hall Community Centre in Tean on Sat 21 September

Guided Walk on Sunday 22 September starting out at 10am. Meeting in Tean, this follows footpaths on a moderate 8 mile walk.

Harvest Festival at Milwich Church on Sunday September 22nd at 11.15am. Come and see the church decorated for Harvest.

Macmillan Coffee Morning at William Amory School in Blythe Bridge on Friday 27th September 

IT Beginners Course (Adult-Learning Course from Acorn) from 9.30am–12.30pm at Blythe Bridge Library Centre – starting Friday 27th September, for 12 weeks. FREE

Macmillan Coffee Morning from 10-12 at Draycott Sports Centre on Sat 28 Sept. All welcome

Pie & Pea Supper & Quiz at Blythe Bridge Library Centre on Sat 28 Sept from 7.30pm. Enjoy a fun team-quiz, with food. Teams up to 6 people. £10 per person (including a glass of wine) – tickets available at the desk

Annual Team Match on Sat 28 Sept at the Quick Quick Slow Ballroom in Cresswell

A521 Roadworks on Draycott-Level  dual carriageway start on Monday Sept 30th. All four lanes will be closed 24 hours a day for ten weeks, ie until Christmas

OCTOBER

‘Enhance Your Digital Skills’ (Adult-Learning Course from Acorn) from 9.30am–12.30pm at Blythe Bridge Library Centre – starting Tuesday 1st Oct, for 12 weeks. FREE

Macmillan Coffee Morning on Tuesday 1st October from 10:30am -12 noon at Oak Tree Farm near Hilderstone, plus tombola and cake raffle

Oaktree Craft Group meets Oak Tree Farm near Hilderstone on Tuesday 1st Oct at 7pm. This month: ‘Make a fabric origami Scissor Keeper’ with Suzanne.

Blythe Bridge & Surrounding District History Society has a talk on Tuesday 1st Oct at 7.30pm at Blythe Bridge Methodist Church Hall.  Speaker is Barbara Andrew, whose talk is ‘The Life, Loves and Times of Vera Brittain‘ a profile of one of North Staffordshire’s favourite daughters, whose book ‘Testament of Youth’ was a high watermark for a female author. Non-members £3

Charity 80’s Night for Douglas Macmillan Hospice, hosted by Jasmine Lowe, on Sat 5th October at Great Wood Hall Community Centre in Tean

Autumnal Walk – “A Walk to Barlaston” starting off on Fulford Village Green at 11.00, and back by 1.00, on Sunday 6th October

Shelley Stone appears at The Roebuck in Forsbrook on Sun October 6th from 7pm-9pm

Draycott-Level Roadworks start on Tues 8 Oct to Friday 11 Oct outside The Golden Keg.
This is in addition to the current A521 carriageway closure (see above)

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

Staffordshire Police Surgery – just drop in to discuss any Checkley or Draycott policing issues you have – from 1pm-2pm on Sat 12 Oct at Great Wood Hall Community Centre in Tean

Low Hanging Fruits – band playing 60s 70s & 80s music – on Saturday 12 October from 9pm at Blythe Bridge Methodist Rooms

Music Event: Willy Porter with special guest John Dhali at at Fulford Village Hall on Sunday 13th October

Draycott Neighbourhood Plan Workshop at Draycott Church & Community Hall (in Church Lane) on Monday 14 Oct from 6.30pm-7.30pm.   All welcome

Draycott in the Moors Parish Council meets on Monday 14 Oct at Draycott Church & Community Hall (in Church Lane) at 7.30pm.  Public questions-session is from 7.30-7.45.  Public welcome.

NOVEMBER

Roebuck Halloween Party at The Roebuck in Forsbrook on Sat 2 November from 8pm-11.30pm 

Blythe Bridge & Surrounding District History Society has two talks on Tuesday 5 Nov from 7.30pm at Blythe Bridge Methodist Church Hall.  Speakers are: Jackie Dadd on the life and work of artist, pottery designer and illustrator Jack Dadd; and Nigel Rathmell on “The enclosure of the open commons in Dilhorne Parish in 1781”. Non-members £3.  Last meeting of the season.

DECEMBER

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

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

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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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