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From Brierley and the surrounding area

1 November 2000

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Brierley School

Miss Charlotte Allen a teacher at the primary school will be teaching her class of seven year olds the history of the former Brierley C E school over the next seven weeks and has enlisted the help of Baipip to chat to her pupils and also to provide information and photographs which will be donated as a gift to the school for future generations to learn from. John Steele who was a pupil at the school in the 1930s and former teacher Mrs Hilda Beale will also give a talk to the pupils.


Cross Hill is now official

Residents on Cross Hill were celebrating this week after they received an official letter from the Planning and transport services at the Town Hall confirming that their Street name is officially called Cross Hill and not Barnsley Road which it had been called by a number of people and tradesmen for the last twenty years or so. One of the residents told me that at that time, a councillor moved onto the Street and informed the residents that it would now be called Barnsley Road so as not to cause confusion with Crosshills at Hemsworth, but this had actually added confusion over the official name of the street ever since. The council have erected three new street signs.


Disabled facilities

A resident from the Grange Road estate complained this week that there isn't enough facilities in Brierley for the disabled. Gay Woodward who has lived in the village all her life and has suffered from MS For the last 3 years claims that there are no ramps to official council buildings or the post office and that there are no drop kerbs for wheelchair access. She added that getting around Brierley village in a wheelchair is like tackling an army assault course.


Fancy dress winners

Winners of the children's witches and warlocks fancy dress at the Halloween disco held at Brierley club on Saturday were, Warlocks 1st prize Luke Molics 2nd Craig Williams. Witches 1st prize Cheryl Woolands 2nd Lucy Cummings.


Baipip Appeal

Ronnie Harpham of Regina Crescent came forward this week with information from last weeks appeal about Brierley Juniors FC 1948/50. Ronnie was part of the squad that lost 3-2 to Kinsley students in the final of the Fitzwilliam cup 1948/49 season and added the names of K Stephenson, H Rosser, G Silver, R Cooper, R Ryder and J Land to those missing from last week. Harry Whiteman scoring the goals for Brierley. In the same season Jack Henstock of Park View received the Barnsley Chronicle Merit award for scoring six goals in one match which took his average scoring to two goals per game. Ronnie also provided three photographs which will be reproduced and added to the Baipip archives.


Brierley Village Partnership

Acting officers and members will meet this week in Brierley Hall for a progress report.


Defending title

Brierley's Richard Watson the South Elmsall SCC Hill climbing Champion will be defending his title this coming Sunday.


Brierley Social club

This weeks tote numbers were 9 and 21, the winning ticket was not sold and next weeks draw will be a rollover for 160. Guest artiste this Sunday is Graham Gee. The winner of the Friday night quiz was Chris Sykes and the conundrum winner was Adrian Sheard.



Town council mayor Chris Sykes will light Brierley Town council Bonfire at 6-30 on Saturday night. The fireworks will be at 7-00 pm. There will also be a Guy Fawkes competition and pie and peas. Alcohol is banned from the event.


Methodist Church

The monthly parade of the Boys Brigade will be followed by a family service taken by Mr E Hambleton at 10-15 am. Mr R A Baxendale will assist the young people of the church in taking the evening service at 6-15 pm. Last weeks offertory was 120.77p and Mr and Mrs Fewster will donate this weeks flowers. There will be an Autumn Fayre at the church tomorrow (Saturday) which will be opened by Mr K Bradley at 3-00 pm.


Women's Fellowship

Margaret Watson will be pianist at this weeks fellowship at the Methodist chapel on Wednesday. There will be no guest speaker this week.



There will be a pie and pea supper and firework display at the home on Friday night at 6-15 pm. Entrance is 1-50 and everyone is welcome.


Happy 18th Birthday

To Claire Bowen who was 18 on 30 October.


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 Proceeds handed over

The mayor of Brierley Town council, councillor Chris Sykes handed over the proceeds from the Harvest festival auction that was held in Brierley Social club recently, to the staff at the Special Care baby unit at Barnsley hospital on Tuesday night.


Planning permission refused

Planning permission for a recovery vehicle to be parked behind Brierley General store on Church Street was refused by Barnsley Council. Road safety was the deciding factor in the decision.


Defend Council Housing accused of giving wrong information

Objectors to the proposed handing over of council properties to Springvale housing have been accused of giving the tenants of Hillside misleading information. Steve Jagger housing development manager who has steered the plans for the take-over for the last three years stated "Everything we tell people is the truth and it is all checked by solicitors in London before it goes out." Tenants were urged not to believe the group's comments. It seems to be made up of unions and political groups who were ideologically opposed to the plans. "We're putting out nothing to mislead, upset or twist the facts," he added. If the tenants vote yes all council property on the Hillside estate will be handed over to Springvale Housing association. The postal ballot is expected to take place early this month.


Allotment Award Winners

Tuesday night saw the annual presentation of Brierley Town Council garden and allotment awards presented by Brierley Town council Mayor councillor Chris Sykes. The awards were held at Brierley Social club but it was a really poor turn out. The seventy or so people who were to receive certificates and awards were invited to attend the presentation, but only a handful turned up on the night. I tried without success to obtain a list of the winners from Brierley but I will update the news as soon as I receive them.

2 November

Councillor Chris Sykes kindly sent me E-mail this morning with the Brierley winners as follows;


1st. Mr Donaldson, 1 Haldane Close.


2nd. Mr E Swift, 9 Park Avenue.


3rd. Mr Lockwood 47 Regina Crescent.


Congratulations!!! to Mr F Molics 94 Barnsley Rd Brierley, who was the overall winner of Brierley and



Mr Butterworth, 45 Regina Crescent, Mr Hyde, 68 Barnsley Rd, Mr J Ruane, 2 Hilltop, Mr T Oates 1 Hilltop, Mr D Gell 23 Chestnut Av, Mr Jowitt, 2 Holly Grove, Mr Smith 7 Holly Grove, Mr Madin, 23 Norwood Drive, Mr S Garnham, 42 Norwood Drive, Mr Sykes, 1 Saville Walk, Mr E Sheard 4 Hillside Crescent Brierley, Mr H Pickering, 11 Park View, Mr T Braidley, 50 Barnsley Rd and Mrs McKernan, 30 Hilltop.


Mr Jarvis, 8 Regina Crescent, Mr Wright, 22 Regina Crescent, Mrs Holling, 23 Regina Crescent, Mr Mellor, 25 Regina Crescent, Mr E Pickering, 42 Regina Crescent, Mr L Bowering, 32 Regina Crescent, Mrs J Pickering, 34 Regina Crescent, Mrs Springate, 84 Barnsley Road, Mrs Arnold, 38 Hilltop, Mr Conroy, 25 Hilltop, Mr Brazier 'Brelades' Cross Hill, Mr Plowman, 15 Haldane Close, Mr Hughes, 3 Grange Close, Mr McQueen, 5 Grange Close, Mrs Gaskell, 36 Grange Road, Mr B Bretton, 16 Norwood Drive, Mrs Haigh, 32 Norwood Drive, Mrs Wilkinson, 8 Holly Grove, Mr Miller, 9 Holly Drive, Mr Dean, 1 Spa well Grove, Mr Hall, 14 Spa well Grove, Mr Green, 6 Spa well Grove, Mr Heppinstall, 33 Norwood Drive, Mr Illingworth, 49, Norwood Drive, Mr Cook, 36 Norwood Drive, Mr Booth, 36 Norwood Drive, Mr Lee, 'Tregony 'Common Road, Mr Bean, 'Stonebow' Common Road, Mrs Steele, 22 Park Avenue, Mr Parry, 27 Holgate View, Mrs Claydon, 1 Holgate View, Mr White, 5 Holgate View, Mr West, 1 Ringstone Grove, Mr Murphy, 23 Park View, Mr Broome, 25 Park View, Mrs Makinson, ' Mallarg' Common Road, Mr Hughes 'Barnsdale' Common Road, Mrs Collins, 12 Hillside, Mr Camara, 8 Hillside, Mr Pritchard, 70 Church Street and Mrs

Guest, 1 Church Street.


Boys Brigade

On 10 November two members of the Boys Brigade Andrew and Edward Hambleton, will visit Leeds on a completion course for the Queens badge and on 18 November the Junior, Company and Senior sections will travel to Cleckheaton for the start of the Yorkshire County Championships which the boys won last year for the first time in its 23 years history. This event is spread over the course of a year and this weeks challenges will include, five-a-side football, team games and cross country.


Grange House

Residents of Grange House and the Grange Road estate enjoyed a pie and pea supper and games on Tuesday night organised by the warden Linda Milburn. Mrs Pugh was a winning competitor in Play your cards right and won a prize. The social evening raffle winners were Thursday Mrs Sayer and Friday Mrs Cartwright.