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ANNUAL REPORT NEWSLETTER – please download a copy of the newsletter for 2017 using the link;

Annual Report Newsletter 2017

FREE DOG BAGS – are available from Draycott Off licence (Station Road), Sue’s News (Victoria Road) and the Parish Rooms (Elvaston Street). Please note you must be a Draycott resident.

Community speedwatch – our PCSO Karen Pykett carries out regular speed checks in the village. She would like your help. If you would like to help keep speeds down in the village and have a few minutes to spare now and again please contact the Parish Clerk and she will pass your details on to Karen.

Meetings in 2017 – to find out when the Parish Council meetings are in 2017 please visit the ‘Meetings’ page on the web-site.

Annual Parish Meeting Newsletter 2017 – a copy can be downloaded using the link below;



The Draycott Millennium Green Trust has been working with the Parish Council on an exciting project to improve facilities for older children and teenagers at the Millennium Green.

Funds of over £30,000 have been secured and the project will go ahead at  the end of this month.

Thanks to the grants and the offer of ‘free’ equipment from a Parish Council in South Derbyshire the Trust aims to be able to provide a low level cycle track and add more items of equipment in the play area.

If you would like to know more about the project please contact one of the Parish Councillors. Their contact details are on the Parish Council web-site Councillors page.


The Foundation offers educational grants to young people from 18-24 years who live, or parents live, in five local parishes including DRAYCOTT. For more details and an application form please contact the Clerk to the Trustees – Margaret Giller on 01332 883361.

AUTUMN FOOTPRINTS WALKING FESTIVAL -please see link below and for more details go to www.autumnfootprints.co.uk 

Autumn footprints


Details of local walks can be found by clicking the following link and looking at the section – ‘Details of lovely walks in Erewash’



News from the Friends of St Chad’s


Derbyshire Woodland Festival

Now in it’s seventeenth year the Woodland Festival organised by Derbyshire County Council gets ever more popular. Held in the beautiful, historic grounds of Elvaston Castle near Derby it attracts visitors from all over the county and beyond. The Festival  which celebrates traditional and contemporary woodland crafts offers a great day out for all the family. There are lots of activities for children, delicious food, bespoke gifts, plants and an array of stalls. Visitors can watch expert craftspeople at work and have a go themselves. Find out about fire lighting, survival skills, chair making, willow weaving, the legend of the Green Man and much more. Entry to the Festival is free of charge but special car parking charges apply – £8 per car and £4 per motorcycle. There are charges for some of the activities. Dogs are welcome on leads. Find out more by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/woodlandfestival or calling 01629 533870.


DERBY AND SANDIACRE CANAL TRUST – Draycott Canal Restoration Project – to find out how the project is progressing and to pledge your support – please open the link below.

Draycott Canal Restoration Project


Gold Card holders are reminded to check validity dates on their cards as thousands are due to expire in the next few months.

Gold Card is Derbyshire’s equivalent of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) which allows older and people with certain disabilities to travel free-of-charge, off-peak on local buses.

It can also be used to get discounts at around 700 local shops and businesses and to borrow items from any Derbyshire or Derby city library.

Most Gold Cards are valid for five years. Around 108,000 of the 185,000 cards currently in circulation will need renewing soon – with the majority expiring in September and October 2017.

Existing Gold Card holders who haven’t yet received a new card, and whose card expires within the next two months, are now urged to renew their cards online. This can be done at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/renewyourgoldcard

Councillor Trevor Ainsworth, Derbyshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Cards are issued automatically when the personal information we hold exactly matches electoral data. Where we haven’t been able to check this cardholders will have to renew themselves.”

Councillor Ainsworth added: “It is simple to renew and in the first week around 500 Gold Card holders have successfully requested new cards. I would encourage others to follow this lead so they can continue to benefit from free travel and other discounts.”

The form can be completed by Gold Card holders whose circumstances have not changed since they were issued with their current card and disabled cardholders who do not need to show continuing proof of eligibility.

Any cardholder whose circumstances have changed since they were issued with their present card – for example cardholders who have moved address within Derbyshire or changed their name – cannot apply online.

Cardholders are encouraged to complete the online form themselves or with help from family or friends. Online renewals can also be made at Derbyshire libraries where staff can help if needed.

Anyone unable to renew online should get in touch with their district, borough or Derby City Council – the local council area where council tax is paid.

First-time Gold Card applicants will need to complete a different application form. This can be downloaded at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/goldcard.  Printed copies are also available at local council offices or Derbyshire libraries.

Details of proof required to confirm applicants’ eligibility is listed in the application form.

Cardholders who move out of Derbyshire are no longer eligible for a Gold Card but can still apply for the equivalent in their new local authority area.

DCC Gold Card Bus Poster A4 – V3-HR

DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL – Temporary Footpath Closure – please see notice below for further details


UNDER THE HEADSTOCKS – St Mary’s Church Hall – October 21st at 7.30pm

For more details please see link;


A Free Employment and Skills event that is taking place at Long Eaton Library on Thursday 28 September, 10am to 2pm.

There will be information stands in the library on the day, including:

Derbyshire County Council Libraries – in addition to the information available about how libraries can offer support there will also be the opportunity to get 1-1 computer help and find out more about searching and applying for jobs online, as well as our eMagazines, eBooks and eAudiobooks service, from one of our librarians. Please contact Long Eaton Library if you would like to book a 1-1 computer help session.

Derbyshire County Council National Careers and Youthinc Services – there will be a Careers Coach and Personal Adviser on hand to offer information and guidance, including careers advice, overcoming barriers and creating a CV.

Derbyshire County Council Adult Education Service – find out from staff about the support and learning opportunities available, including employability skills, confidence building, maths, English, IT and vocational courses.

Derbyshire County Council Welfare Rights Service – access welfare rights information, support and guidance from Derbyshire County Council’s Welfare Rights Service.

Derbyshire County Council Disability Employment Service – this one to one service is for anyone with a long term illness or a disability of any type as well as supporting carers to find work. It offers help to find training, apprenticeships, voluntary work, paid work, educational support and guidance and also support whilst in work.

Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts – find out about the advice and support on offer, including the D2N2 Money Sorted project helping people get ready for work, budgeting, managing debt, benefit checks and help to get the best from health and social care services.

Erewash Partnership D2 Business Starter Programme – discover the D2 Business Starter programme, a FREE exciting new initiative giving Derbyshire residents the opportunity to explore their business potential and learn how to set up a new business with series of FREE workshops and one-to-one support. Whatever stage your business idea is at, the programme can offer you all the support you need to become a successful entrepreneur and to get your business started!

Members of the public can call for an informal chat, find out more about the support available and pick up helpful hints and tips for future opportunities in employment, learning and business.

All are welcome and there will be free refreshments.

The venue details are:

Long Eaton Library

Tamworth Road  Long Eaton  Derbyshire  NG10 1JG

Tel: 01629 531470  email: longeaton.library@derbyshire.gov.uk

For more information please click the link below;

Long Eaton Employability and Skills Day


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