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
Blythe Cricket Club AGM
First meetings of the Summer Fayre Organising Group
Lent Lunch at St Mary’s RC Church in Cresswell
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 village’s electors come together themselves and set the agenda). There are usually reviews of the past year given by the various 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.
St Margaret’s Church is open to visitors interested in its heritage from 2pm-4pm on the first Saturday of the months of April, May, June, July, August and September
Quorn Family Tennis Tournament at Draycott Sports Centre : 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.
‘Frugal Lunches in Lent’ at Methodist Church Hall in Blythe Bridge
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)
The Colin Dawson Trophy Tournament at Blythe Cricket Club.
Easter Multi Sport Camps at Draycott Sports Centre
Draycott in the Moors Parish Council has its Annual Meeting (Parish Council Annual Meetings are by law always held in May). This is a completely different meeting to the village assembly (see above)
Draycott Sports Centre has its Annual General Meeting
Our-Lady May Devotions take place at St Mary Catholic Church
Hog Roast & Garden Party at St Mary Catholic Church
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
‘Draycott Open’ Tennis Tournament at Draycott Sports Centre
Hog Roast Event at St Mary’s Church in Cresswell
Summer Sports Camp Days at Draycott Sports Centre
Cider & Sausage Festival at Draycott Arms
Live-Music Charity Family Day takes place at Blythe Cricket Club
The Anchor Inn’s ‘Flower Veg & Home Produce Show’ takes place in Teanford. All the produce is auctioned off at the end of prize-giving!
CloggerFest – the free Beer, Rock & Folk Festival – used to take place at Blythe Cricket Club up until 2018; BUT now re-located
The St Thomas’ 7-Mile Road Race takes place in Upper Tean
Greg Bradshaw Memorial Cup Tennis Tournament at Draycott Sports Centre
Annual Team Match at the Quick Quick Slow Dance Studios in Cresswell
Club Tennis Championships at Draycott Sports Centre
William Amory Primary School & Nursery Open Day
Harvest Supper at Draycott Church & Community Hall
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
Michaelmas Lunch at Blythe Bridge Methodist Church once a week throughout October
Halloween Ball at the Quick Quick Slow Dance Studios in Cresswell
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
Festival of Lights on Tean High Street. Organised by Checkley Parish Council
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
Kids Christmas Party at Draycott Sports Centre
Christmas Fair at Draycott Church & Community Hall. Organised by 1st Draycott Brownies
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
Christmas Eve Crib Service at 4pm at St Margaret’s Church in Draycott
Christmas Carols On The Lawn with the Salvation Army, in York Close in Forsbrook on Christmas Eve from 6.30pm. Details from Joe Bate
Christmas Eve Service at St Margaret’s Church in Draycott
New Year’s Dance with Duncan & Hannah at the Quick Quick Slow Ballroom