The Great Haywood Sports and Social Club, facing the peaceful St Stephens’ Churchyard across Main Road, hosts a list of indoor games leagues and also presents a variety of entertainments, including live performers, on Saturday evenings. The adjacent War Memorial Hall is used for clubs and activities ranging from badminton and zumba to craft groups and youth organisations, and there are traditional pubs in both Great Haywood and Little Haywood.
Bus services between Uttoxeter and Stafford travel along Main Road, adjacent to the development. Train services from Rugeley Trent Valley Station, less than four miles from Millers Croft, reach Birmingham New Street in less than an hour and London Euston in one and three quarter hours.
Leisure & Recreation
From the picturesque 16th Century Essex Bridge, now part of a long-distance walking route, to the charming local marina and the miles of towpaths along the canals that meet the Trent at Great Haywood, the village and its surroundings present endless opportunities for stimulating rambles and exploration. On the southern edge of the village, Shugborough’s historic working estate and beautiful parklands merge into Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Education & Health
There are two primary schools in Great Haywood, St John’s RC Primary which was rated as good by Ofsted and Anson C of E Primary which was assessed as outstanding. There are two more primary schools in Little Haywood. Millers Croft is in the catchment area for Weston Road Academy in Stafford. GP services at Hazeldene House Surgery are less than half a mile away and there is a dentist in the village.
Glass bottles and jars, paper and cans, clothing and garden waste can all be recycled at the Jubilee Playing Fields, virtually adjacent to Millers Croft.
There is a convenience store, a pharmacist and a post office a few minutes walk from Millers Croft. The village also has a Spar grocery and newsagent and a butcher and delicatessen, and there is a second general store in Little Haywood. On the northern edge of the village, around ten minutes’ walk away, the Canalside Farm Shop and Café sells fresh fruit and vegetables, freerange poultry and meat sourced from local suppliers. There is a choice of supermarkets in Rugeley, three and a half miles away, and a wider selection including high street chains can be found in Stafford.