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From Brierley and the surrounding area

20 December 2000

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Social Club

The Sunday night tote number were 7 and 15, the winner for 80 was Dale Woolands. The winner of the Friday night quiz was Mick Gough while Kelly Sinclair won the conundrum. The artiste on Christmas Eve will be Kay Lewis while on Sunday Tony Ellesse will entertain. Lee Diamond will appear on Boxing Day. It will be members only up to 8.30pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.


Kids Christmas party

The ladies section of Brierley Social club held a kids Christmas disco recently. Member's children were visited by Father Christmas and each received 5 and a selection box. Prize-winners were Michelle Beavers, Luke Molics, Richard Gomersall, Ryan Stagg, Mary Clarke, Cheryl Woolands, Jessica Sinclair and Joanne Lomas. The ladies section would like to thank Stay Warm fuels for sponsoring the event.  


Carol Singers

On Monday the choir from the Methodist Church were joined by friends who toured the village singing carols.


Web-Site: The Methodist Chapel is now on the Internet. Its address is www.richardbrierley59.btinternet.co.uk/


Photograph appeal

Local historian Richard Watson has received a request from Germany for a photograph of Burntwood Hall around 1900. If you can help, please E-mail Richard at Richardbrierley59.freeserve.co.uk  


Grange House

Members of the Monday, Thursday and Friday night social evenings, joined together last Friday for their Christmas Party in Grange House. Every member received a gift and Sue Pearson, on behalf of the organisers, would like to thank Brierley General store, the post office and New Impressions hairdressers for their donations. The winner of the Thursday night raffle was Herbert Vamplew.



Father Colin held a Christingle service in the school on Monday while a group of pupils visited the Lyceum theatre in the evening to see the Pantomime Peter Pan.. Tuesday was the end of term service for the parents, and today (Wednesday), the juniors will hold their Christmas party while the infants will hold theirs on Thursday. The school will break up on Friday 22 December for the Christmas holidays and return on the 8 January20001.


Special Needs Party

Terry Haynes and other members of the St John Ambulance Brigade will entertain 17 Special residents from Brierley Grimethorpe, Shafton and Cudworth on Saturday afternoon in the Three Horse Shoes. The event will start at 12.30 pm until 3.30pm, and will include a disco and refreshments. Father Christmas will visit at 2pm with gifts.



Brierley Town Council will hold a millennium event on New Years Eve in the grounds of Willowgarth High School. It will start at 6.30 with a short Ecumenical service and then the lighting of the beacon. Seasonal refreshments will be served before the fireworks are lit at 7pm. The fireworks will be totally Ariel and there will be 150 bursts in the night sky. The beacon is part of a national chain to end the Millennium Festival year, and the council is hoping foe a large attendance before people moves on to their New Year celebrations.


Methodist Church

The Rev P O Allen will take the Christmas Eve service at 10.15am. There will be no evening service. There will be a Christmas day family service in the church at 10.30am taken by Revs. Leslie and Gill Newton. Mr and Mrs Firth will present this week's flowers. No midweek events will take place until after the New Year.  



Residents from the Coppins residential home were escorted to Brierley Social club on Sunday where they enjoyed their Christmas party. Ricky Storme and Fearon Middleton School of theatre dance, with ages ranging from 4 to 9 years old entertained them. The residents also enjoyed a game of bingo.


Opening hours

The Doctors surgery on Church Drive will be closed from December 23 to December 26 and re-open on December 27. The post office will close on Saturday 24 December at 1.30 and reopen on Wednesday 27 December as normal.  


Tara AGM

At the Hillside Tara AGM held recently the following officials were elected. Chairman Hazel Devonport, Treasurer PAT Goddard and Secretary Audrey Marsh. Committee members elected were, Michelle King, Tracy Lucas, Val Sheard, Josie Peace and Betty Ogley. Joan Gaines head of the Federation of Resident associations called for the residents of the estate to give their full support to the volunteers who, she says, act as a voice for the people on the Hillside estate, and they also, she added, form a very important link between the residents, the housing officers and other important bodies.



In the Tuesday night Sam Smiths league Brierley Social club lost 4-3 at home and 5-2 away to the Red Rum A team. Kevin Elvidge, Adrian Sheard and Joe Minnock winning in the home game while Jeff Watson and Mick Hurd won for Brierley in the away game. In the Barnsley Tuesday night league the Three Horse Shoes ladies team beat the Coach and Horses 3-2 at Home Angela Loring, Joan Skeet and Lisa Ifam were the winning players. In a recent 1st round knockout match they also won 3-2 at home. The winning players were Lisa Ifam, Jenny Kirk and Joan Skeet.


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