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From Brierley and the surrounding area

27 December 2000

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The last exhibition of 2000 by Baipip, which was held in Brierley Social club on 20 December, was once again, an excellent success. It was nice to meet Cliff Lloyd and also Denise Stones who visited with her sister Linda (nee Spaxman). A total of 96 people, most of who missed the last exhibition in the Methodist Church enjoyed an afternoon/evening of memories and nostalgia. It was especially nice to see Mrs Horton and Mrs Thorpe who were two of the old school teachers at Brierley C E School from the 1950s through to the eighties. A selection of the comments was as follows.  

Mrs Horton (Retired teacher Brierley C E school). Very Good- a lot of hard work must have gone into the display.

Mrs Thorpe (Retired teacher Brierley C E school). A well done project - excellent.

G Armitage. Grimethorpe. Such a lot of memories. Thank you.

A. Findlay. Grimsby. Very Outstanding.

J Clarke. Brierley. Excellent exhibition.

Cliff Lloyd. Tadcaster. Most excellent!

Sharon. Medlock. Cudworth. Brings back memories.

Councillor Alex Vodden. A first class display.

J.Tilley. Grimethorpe. Excellent show. Could do with them on the Grimethorpe archives.

S G Horton. (Retired teacher Willowgarth School). Excellent presentation of the village.

Baipip would like to thank Sylvia Nixon for her excellent work in setting up the display and also in her role as host. Also Betty Ogley and Pat Goddard for volunteering to take down all the new information.


Special Needs Party

Terry Haynes and other members of the Grimethorpe St Johns ambulance Brigade held a Christmas Party in the Three Horse Shoes recently, for 17 Special needs residents. Keith Martin kindly provided the entertainment and a pool match was played with Lee Rushworth winning and Lee Marsh the runner up. Pat McKernon of MED presented them both with wristwatches. All the guests where presented with gifts and chocolates from Father Christmas. An anonymous local businessman sponsored the event.


Firework display

Brierley Town Council will hold a short Ecumenical service at 6.30 followed by the lighting of the Beacon and a firework display in the grounds of Willowgarth High School on New Years Eve. Seasonal refreshments will be available. The Beacon is part of a National chain to end the Millennium Festival Year and will be lit by the Town Council Mayor, Councillor Chris Sykes.


Friends of Kariba School Kenya

 Peter and Doreen Britton of Church Street along with other friends of Kenya, raised a total of 1700 during 2000. The cash raised will build a classroom for 32 children onto the existing Kariba School in Kenya. They hope that this next year's fund raising events will provide equipment for the classroom.  


Methodist Church

There will be a December Watch night service at the Methodist Church on New Years Eve at 11.30pm.  

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St Paul's

Church members and villagers rallied round and donated 39 boxes containing basic food, hygiene products and toys, which were sent to Bosnia by the Church warden Hilary Cooke. The Church held a crib service on Christmas day. Father Hudson from Royston will take this Sunday's service due to the absence of the Rev. John Baskerville due to illness.  


Appeal from Germany

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 The request is from Herr. Herman Reisach, an Alpine mountain guide from Bavaria. He found Richards Brierley Web-site and is researching the life of Beatrice Tomasson. Beatrice was the first woman to climb the south face of Mount Marmolada in Northern Italy. The climb took place in 1901 and was a major landmark in alpine and women's climbing. She was the niece of Ann Dymond of Burntwood Hall, and lived there as a governess and companion to Ann's daughter Catherine.  


Tara Gifts

The Hillside Tenants and resident association member's children received a selection box from the committee, while the elderly residents over 60 received gifts of wine, chocolates and biscuits. Membership is 1 for the year. The office will reopen on the 9 December.


ECG Appeal

The Church Drive surgery ECG monitor appeal this week passed the 1000 mark with the following pledges. Stay Warm fuels 100. Two anonymous donations of 25 each. Brierley Town Council also pledged 100 and the full support of the council in achieving the target. Already the appeal have received 200 from the magnificent five, 100 from Hillside Tara and a private donation of 500, taking the total to 1050. An auction/concert is to be organised in Brierley Social club, and the ladies from the Methodist church are hoping to hold some form of fundraising during this month. Anyone who would like to donate or have any ideas for fundraising, telephone Mr Pritchard on 713775 or Dorothy Francis on 710238.


Best Christmas lights

The winner of the best Christmas decorations as seen from the outside was won by Mr and Mrs Morrell, 51 Norwood Drive Brierley. Brierley Town Council sponsored the prize of 15.


Grange House

Winners of the recent Social evening raffles held in Grange House were, Thursday George Oldroyd and Friday was Mrs Hardwick.  


Social Club

Winning numbers in the tote on Christmas Eve were 8 and 10, Davina McLeod was the winner for 80. The winners in the Friday night quiz were Josie Peace, Joanne Cessford and Ralph Chaplin. The killer question was not won and will be played next week for 10.The winners in the Boxing Day afternoon handicaps were Pool, John Clarke and Jason Ives, Darts, David Conroy and Kenny Clarke and the domino's was won by Peter Clarke and Paul Goose. In the Christmas raffle draw Joanne Cessford won first prize of the food and wine hamper, while Mick Hurd won a bottle of wine. All other prizes have been claimed. The artiste for New Years Eve will be Paul Bennet. It will be members only up to 8.30pm.