2 January 2002
Iv' just been reading about Colin Earl & Brian Perkins I was born in
1946 at 17 Hodroyd Cottages (Pit Row) which was 3 doors away from
Colin and directly opposite Brian Perkins. When we were all young we
played together and from 1957 Brian and me was in the same class at the
Brierley Grimethorpe Secondary Modern School we did a lot together along
with Raymond Cotton who was sadly killed in a tragic accident at
Grimethorpe Pit in 1967 which was just after I left Grimethorpe.
I'm still living in the Barnsley area Ward Green to be exact and I have
seen Colin several times but not to speak to if you see him give him
my regards It would be nice to contact Brian again if you would kindly
pass on my Email address Keep up the good work
Cheers Ian Smallman
Brian as allowed me to pass on his e-mail address to
anybody that asks for it so it is on its way to you. I have seen Colin
this week and passed on your regards. He was pleasantly surprised and
returns his regards to you. If there is anyone else you would like me to
look up for you please don't hesitate to ask. Let me know how you go on
3 January 2002
I have a lovely
photo of a singer called Phil Gary singing at both The 3 Horseshoes and
the old Brierley club.
Would this be of use to BAIPIP? Kind Regards
Phil Gary (Gough) Cudworth
I remember you
quite well singing in both the Three Horse Shoes and the club. You went
down well with the punters and I would appreciate any photographs you may
have of you singing there. I am told you became much sought after on the
club circuit. Are you still singing? Perhaps if you are you may offer to
sing at a charity concert to boost the History Society's funds. Please
keep in touch.
maiden name was Fidling. One of the few references I can find to
this name is Henry Fidling, constable of Brierley in 1655. Are
there still any Fidlings in the Brierley area?
of Fidlings has lived in and around Lincoln at least since the end of the
19th century, so there may not be any connection, but with such an unusual
name the chances are there may be a relationship way back.
appreciate any information you have.
you for your e-mail. Fidling Farm is situated on Church Street opposite
the old institute. The farm was called after the then village constable
Henry Fidling whom you mention. In recent years it was home to the famous
Oates's ice cream but unfortunately trading as ceased at the farm. I have
searched the school records that I have in my possession which start in
1873, but unfortunately there are no Fidlings in there. It is interesting
to note however, that a family by the name of Woodward had a house built
on the farm and lived there for a number of years until quite recently. A
photograph of the farm is available on the photograph page.
I cannot be of further help to you. Please keep in touch with the website.
I spoke to you at the Grimy Computer
Centre. Sorry that I have forgot your name and also
the size of the file. I felt it would loose too much with a
further reduction the photo is of people of Brierley and my wife thinks it
is at the old Burntwood Hall. If you have use for it, I will try to
get the names on the photo. I understand that you cannot use every
photo that it is sent to you and will not be offended should you think
that you couldn’t make use of it on the Web Site.
The picture is great. If you would like to forward the
names for me the least I could do would be to add it to the archives. It
would eventually go on the website when time allows.
14th January 2002
Many thanks for your prompt response
that I've only just had time to catch up with. Pity there is no Fidlings
in evidence these days. Funny about the Woodward connection but
interestingly we have traced previous generations of Woodward's
in Hatfield and Barnby Dun as far back as the mid 1700's, both
of which aren't far from Brierley. Any connections there? Thanks for
all your trouble. Look forward to hearing from you. If you find any more
information. You're doing a great job with your website!
I will enquire with the Woodward family if they had
ancestors in the places you mention.
I contacted you about a year ago now as regards to information
about the Marsdens of Burntwood Hall. I had a computer virus that made me
lose most of the information I had. Could you please tell me the name of
that book where you got all your information? I would appreciate any help
you can give me. All the best. Ben Fletcher
to hear from you again. Unfortunately, all the information I have on the
Marsdens of Burntwood is packed away ready to move into our new premises.
Once we are in there I will search out the material and email you.
you tell me about the Dell in Brierley, if there is any history about it,
and how did it originate,
Thank you. Malcolm Jones
Hi Malcolm Please call me Gary. At the moment all the
archive material I have is packed up in boxes ready to move into new
premises. Once we are in I will sift through and find out any details I
can. Are you a local lad?
for your prompt reply, up to a few years ago I used to walk my dog
from South Elmsall to Brierley and used to end up at a place I was later
told was the Dell. My dog used to look forward to jumping off the
boards into the water; first introduction to swimming was there. So
just thought it might be worth looking up why it was called the Dell.
Malc Jones South Elmsall.
Gary Thank you for your reply re Colin and Brian. I would like to contact
Brian Perkins I see that there would be no problem in you forwarding his
email address. Thank you for your efforts. Please give my best to Colin
Earl the next time you see him.
No problem Ian. I did forward you Brian's email address.
I will send it again straight away. Please let us know how you go on.
I really think you are been unfair in your criticisms of Brierley
Neighbourhood Nursery. The Steering group is made of mostly Brierley
residents (and we want more if anyone is interested) so we definitely have
Brierley's interests at heart. The article in the Chronicle, as is
often the case, was incorrect. It should have said Brierley,
Grimethorpe and Shafton, not Cudworth. However, the nursery will in
fact be open to residents from the entire Borough. It will have to
become self sustainable within 3 years and if we can't fill all the places
from within the Brierley Ward we will have to look elsewhere. The point is
though that this facility will be a community enterprise. It will be
not-for-profit so the fees will be kept to a minimum and assistance will
be given to help those on the lowest incomes to get help. Anyone who
wants to work and have children understands that there will be a price to
pay. The benefits to Brierley itself will be an improved environment with
the renovation of the School and a facility for community groups that will
be available all day apart from 3.5 hrs and all weekend. This
facility can also be used to provide courses for local people so that they
don't have to travel outside the village, as is currently the case. All we
ask is that you gives us your support and help us to make this a success.
I can't believe that you would wave goodbye to £million being spent in
Brierley because you resent your neighbours from Shafton and Grimethorpe
receiving some benefit.
BNN steering group
(If anyone wishes to join the steering group, email me
and I will pass on your details to Adam).
let me make it clear that I support any efforts by anyone to make
improvements to our village The old school site is a real eyesore and it
would be nice to see a new building go up there, whether it be a nursery
or a supermarket. However, I
stand by my views (which I am entitled to the same as you are yours). I
feel the one million plus that is to be spent on the nursery, would only
benefit a small section of the community, and I am sure you will agree,
there is plenty wrong with Brierley that one million pounds would put
right. No Adam, I wouldn't wave goodbye to one million pounds being spent
in the village, but I would try to make sure that all or as many of the
people from the community of Brierley benefited from it. I congratulate
you and your group for the hard work you have done in bringing this kind
of funding to the village, it's just that I feel your efforts would have
been more rewarded if they had been diverted to the community as a whole.
In reply to you thinking I resent our neighbours from benefiting, all I
can say is that I am Brierley through and through and while other
neighbouring villages have received funding, I feel Brierley as been
luck with your venture
Thanks for all you're doing. We will be very
interested to hear if you come up with anything to do with Woodward's or
Fidlings. Yes, I did look at the page on Fidling Farm - interesting
to note that it is sometimes spelt with two 'ds'. I don't live
locally I'm afraid but visit relatives in Yorkshire from time to time and
did call in briefly at Hatfield church last year but no-one was around to
show us any records
No problem Janet. I ill
inform you as soon as/if I receive any news.
Bates here. Can you send me your new website address once it is completed.
I would also be interested in joining the Genealogy class when you are up
and running in Brierley Hall. Cheers, Billy.
Nice to hear from you Bill. I
will inform you of the new website address and when we are working from in
Following a recent browse on the Internet I came across the page regarding
the request for information on the Brierley FC Juniors club (1948/50).
J.Henstock is my grandfather and if you like I can pass on the contact
information for him, of course clearing this with him first. I am sure he
has lots of information regarding the football club, which he will be more
than happy to share with you. If you would like me to pursue this, then
please e-mail me back with contact information and I will pass these onto
my grandfather. if you can give me your name etc, I will see if this rings
a bell with my family.
Vicki Henstock. (Portsmouth)
Vickie Thank you for your kind e-mail. Your grandfather is a very good
friend of mine, and we work together on the Brierley Partnership. It was
in fact at your granddad's request that I put out the information on the
football team. I think he may have been trying to rekindle some old
memories. It brought in some wonderful photographs of the team in those
days that I have added to the archives. Please keep in touch with the
As an ex pat (mother still
lives in Brierley) I was surprised to find your site. Well Done - I
now know where to look to keep up with the news.
you for your email Robert.. Do you mind me asking where you are now and
what you are doing? Also do you have any memories of Brierley and maybe a
few names we might all know?
How did you find the site? It is always interesting to know.
looking good, I have a thing or too to teach you though!!!!!!
Do us a
favour amend ar old mans link to your page:
it done my friend
Great Domain Gary. Keep up the good work.
(Link no longer active)
added your site to the links page
The following email is regards to the Spiritualist
Church page that can be seen at shops and services.
I have just read the page for the
first time and I am pleased with the outcome, I hope people will read it
and feel that they might be interested enough to come along and meet the
committee and other church regulars.
I did just that and was very surprised by the warmth
and friendliness of the people I met, I have now been a regular for over
two years, and now have the good fortune to have been voted on the
Just for the record I am a catholic and a Christian,
although not a practicing one for a long time, going into Brierley
Spiritualist church gave me something back that I had lost... My faith in
mankind, and for that I will always be grateful to all the regulars, and
especially Bill, Margaret, Janet, Barbara, and to a wonderful healer
Lots of love
you for your lovely email John. I am pleased you liked the page I designed
for your Church. Although I only call at your church as a visitor, I too
feel the warmth of both the church and the people whenever I pop in to see
Barbara your secretary. It would be kind of you to pass on the details of
the website to your friends and family.
Here's a treat for you all from Billy Mielke in Canada
Dave was born without ears, and though he proved to be successful in
business, his problem annoyed him greatly. One day he needed to hire a new
manager for his company, so he set up three interviews. The first guy was
great. He knew everything he needed to know and was very interesting. But
at the end of the interview, Dave asked him, "Do you notice anything
different about me?" "Why, yes, I couldn't help but notice that
you have no ears," came the reply. Dave did not appreciate his candor
and threw him out of the office. The second interview was with a woman,
and she was even better than the first guy. But he asked her the same
question. Do you notice anything different about me?"
"Well," she said stammering, "you have no
ears." Dave again got upset and chucked her out in a rage. The third
and final interviewee was the best of the bunch; he was a young man who
had recently earned his MBA. He was smart. He was handsome, and he seemed
to be a better businessman than the first two put together. Dave was
anxious, but went ahead and asked the young man the same question,
"Do you notice anything different about me?" Much to his
surprise, the young man answered, "Yes, you wear contact lenses,
don't you?" Dave was shocked and realized this was an incredibly
observant person. "How in the world did you know that?", he
asked. The young man fell off his chair laughing hysterically and replied,
"Well, it's pretty hard to wear glasses with no ears!"
Good to see you are busy
working on your site. Just looking at the "Lucky
Dip" photo where Ann Vodden is "queen." Sherry Peacock is number 3 and
Christine Fewkes is number 9. Good luck with the site.
for that John. Can anyone else help naming the other two people on the
Just a quick one to say your new site is lookin' good but it is coming out
upside down from where I am? Did you not account for us down under
:-). My Uncle Billy got a digital camera for Xmas so you should get him
out on some photo shoots for you, he sent me some good pics to go on my
web pages. I have been keeping in touch with my Aunt Hazel, Margaret and
Uncle Billy, cousin Joanne and Jacky. Jacky bought me a copy of the video
"Kes" which I had been trying to get for yonks "which was
nice". Catch you later
say G'day to everyone
Kevin Bates (Australia)
to hear from you again Kev. You had me worried there over the pages being
upside down lol. Thanks for keeping in touch with the site. I have bought
a program that tells me which country my hits are coming from, and I
receive quite a few from Aussie land. I was quite surprised. Catch ya
later. Ps. The picture on your website is Brierley Hall and not Brierley