Annual events in Draycott area

Some events in Draycott in the Moors come back every year.  These are some of them.
To see what’s on this month and the exact dates of these annual events, check our What’s On page

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JANUARY

Blythe Cricket Club AGM

FEBRUARY

Lent Lunch at St Mary’s RC Church in Cresswell

MARCH

The ‘Draycott Dole’ – a 500 year old tradition – is distributed at St Margaret’s Church.   The gift, from the estate of an ancient will, is handed out to ‘the poor’ on Mothering Sunday (two weeks before Easter).

The ‘Parish Assembly’/Village Assembly for Draycott & Cresswell & Totmonslow. (This is NOT a meeting of the parish council, but a forum in which the electors themselves can set the agenda). There are usually reviews of the past year given by the various political representatives, which must be followed by an open forum to question them.  All village community organisations are also invited to ‘display their wares’ at this event.
It must be held in either March, April or May.

APRIL

The ‘Annual Meeting of All Parishioners of Draycott-le-Moors’ takes place at St Margaret’s Church, usually followed by the AGM of the Draycott Parochial Church Council (PCC). Any resident of Draycott (not just church members) is entitled to attend. There are elections for churchwarden posts and for membership of the PCC.
Publication of the St. Margaret’s Church Trustees Annual Report.

‘Cricket Force’ Weekend at Blythe Cricket Club

Blythe Cricket Club season opens

Tennis season starts for the Draycott teams in the City & Suburban Tennis League One – home matches at the Draycott Sports Centre

The season opens for Checkley Outdoor Bowls Club (whose green is in Cresswell)

MAY

Draycott in the Moors Parish Council has its Annual Meeting (Parish Council Annual Meetings are by law always held in May).  The parish council AGM is a different meeting to the Parish Assembly

Draycott Sports Centre has its Annual General Meeting

Our-Lady May Devotions take place at St Mary Catholic Church

JUNE

St Margaret’s Church is open to visitors interested in its heritage from 2pm-4pm on the first Saturday of the months of June, July, August and September

Pre-Stars Grand Prix Dance Festival at the Quick Quick Slow Dance Studios in Cresswell. A major event in the regional dance calendar – come and see the stars of the future in action!

Hog Roast & Garden Party at St Mary Catholic Church

JULY

Tennis Festival to mark Wimbledon Fortnight takes place at Draycott Sports Centre

‘Saturday Night Live!’ in the St Margaret’s Marquee – a curtain-raiser to the Summer Fayre

St Margaret’s Draycott Summer Fayre takes place

Open Day (part of the Great British Tennis Weekend Project) at Draycott Sports Centre

Hilderstone Village Summer Fair    and     Milwich Music Festival and Duck Race

AUGUST

‘Draycott Open’ Tennis Tournament at Draycott Sports Centre

Raw Fest – the folk & rock music festival at Foxfield Railway, Blythe Bridge

Summer Sports Camp Days at Draycott Sports Centre

Cider & Sausage Festival at Draycott Arms

SEPTEMBER

The Anchor Inn’s ‘Flower Veg & Home Produce Show’ takes place in Teanford

CloggerFest –  the free Beer, Rock & Folk Festival – takes place at  Blythe Cricket Club

Colour Kids Run 2016 takes place at Blythe Cricket Club – one crazy colourful kilometre of fun-run for teams of kids!

Greg Bradshaw Memorial Cup  Tennis Tournament at Draycott Sports Centre

Stone District Agricultural Society Ploughing Match & Fence Erecting Competition

OCTOBER

Club Tennis Championships at Draycott Sports Centre

William Amory Primary School & Nursery Open Day

Harvest Supper at Draycott Church & Community Hall

Multi Sport Holiday Camps

Christmas Craft Fayre at Draycott Church & Community Hall (in Church Lane) – knitted & quilted goods, preserves, cards and much more!  Presented by the Draycott Craft Club

Halloween Ball at the Quick Quick Slow Dance Studios in Cresswell

NOVEMBER

Fireworks Spectacular  at Forsbrook Primary School  and Bonfire & Fireworks Display at Great Wood Primary School in Tean

On Remembrance Sunday :-
At St Margaret’s Church the 10 am Service will include the reading-out of names from the war memorial and the laying of a poppy wreath.
At St Mary’s Church in Cresswell the Blessing of the Graves of those who fell is at 12noon following the 11am mass.
The Remembrance Parade will start from Blythe Bridge Village Hall at 10.30am, and march to the War Memorial opposite the library to be there in time for the 11am two-minutes silence and the laying of the wreaths.

‘Lobby Lunch’ at the Draycott Church & Community Hall

Catholic Mass in the Draycott Family Chapel at St Margaret’s Church.  To remember the medieval Catholics buried there

DECEMBER

Annual Decorated Christmas Trees Festival at St Margaret’s Church – the church is open each day.  All the comunity is invited to enter a decorated Christmas tree for this festival (see details of rules)

Annual Coffee Morning & Crafts Sale at Hilltop Farm to raise funds for St Margaret’s Church

Christmas Fayre at William Amory Primary School in Blythe Bridge

Christmas Dance Awards at the Quick Quick Slow Ballroom Studio

Children’s Christmas Party at Draycott Sports Centre

Christmas Carol Service (9 lessons and carols) at St Margaret’s Church

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