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From Brierley and the surrounding area

7 February 2001

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Community Spirit

A magnificent 3,028.67 was the total amount raised by the organisers of the ECG Appeal for the heart-monitoring machine that will be used in the Church Drive Surgery. The amount needed for the machine was 2,587.46 and it was decided to use the remaining funds to buy a desktop ophthalmoscope and aurioscope for examining the eyes and ears of all age groups.. The appeal organisers Lawrence Pritchard and Dorothy Francis joined together in paying tribute to the vast majority of the local residents and businesses who pulled together and gave their support throughout the appeal. Within hours of the appeal being launched, the adult organiser of the Brierley Lifestyle project Judith Green pledged 200 from the 365 raised through the efforts of the incredible five Chloe Green, Romy Poole, Christy Riggot, Vicky Pearson and Lindsey McGrath who raised funds throughout last summer with car boot sales., The committee members of Hillside Tara Hazel Devonport, Betty Ogley and Pat Goddard came forward with a pledge of 100, and a family also came forward with a private donation of 500. Local Councillor and Town council Mayor Chris Sykes donated a bottle of whisky and 25 from his Mayors allowance and local MP Jeff Ennis donated a House of Commons bottle of whisky. Local businesses, Corelle Health and Beauty, Eric's chippy, Wards Shoes, Marie's hairdresser, Baipip, Herby Fischer, Joanne Butterworth and Brierley social club were quick to donate gifts for auction, and Debbie and Mandy at the post office boosted the appeal by allowing free advertising and by the sale of raffle tickets. Businesses from neighbouring Grimethorpe and Cudworth also donated gifts. Stay Warm fuels, owned by local businessman Barry Bailey donated 100 cash while other cash donations included, 25 from the residents of Coppins, 100 from Brierley Town Council, 24 from Pat Doyle, 18 from Grange House residents in memory of George Oldroyd, 5 from Val Sheard, 10 from Col's taxi's and private donations from other residents amounted to 73. The local Girls Brigade gave their evening up to hold a coffee evening/bring and buy sale and raised 100 while friends from Grimethorpe Neighbourhood Watch also donated 00. 370 was awarded from the Community grant fund and Ringtone's tea offered goods to the value of 7.20. The local Primary School, St Paul's Church and the residents of Grange house all collected food parcels. A concert/Auction held in the Social club in aid of the appeal not only raised 728, but showed the spirit that the people of the village are made of when the auctioneer was overwhelmed with donations of gifts on the night. Local and very popular artiste, Jason Fraser gave his services free. The icing on the cake was when residents packed the local spiritualist Church from wall to wall and were entertained by three local mediums, Betty Elliot, Ann Westwood and Diane Gardner who managed to raise a further 277 for the appeal. A full account of the appeal will be available from the post office shortly.


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Boys Brigade

Brierley Boys Brigade, under the leadership of Edwin Hambleton travelled to Scarborough last Saturday to play the Westley Platoon at Badminton and came away nine nil winners. They also recently entered four teams in a Table Tennis Tournament which was held at Heckmondwike, and received three second places.


Methodist Church

Local writer and Methodist preacher Elizabeth Deighton will take this Sunday morning service at 10.15am. The Rev Gill Newton will lead the evening service at 6pm. Mrs Ida Scott will present this week's flowers.



There will be healing in the sanctuary on Friday night at 6pm till 6.45. At 7pm an open circle will be held. On Sunday night at 6pm, Kim Watkins from Ryhill will take the service.


Grange House

Winners of the raffle prizes at the social evenings were, Monday night Cath Evans, Thursday John Vamplew, while Mr Dinsdale won on Friday.



In the Sam Smith's Tuesday night league, Brierley Social club beat the Red Rum B team 4-3 away from home, winning players for Brierley were, Kenny Clarke, Jeff Watson and Kevin Elvidge who also won in the pairs with John Clarke. In the Barnsley Tuesday night ladies league, the Three Horse Shoes lost 4-1 to the Wentworth Arms at Mapplewell. Jane Kirk being the only winner.


Social Club

At Friday nights-social evening, Mick Gough won the quiz but did not answer the killer question correctly. It will now be played for £20 next Friday night. Sheila Beasley won the mixed grill while Dave Clarke won four free pints. Janet Woolands won the Sunday night tote for £80 with winning numbers 23 and 26.



Des Haynes will be the guest speaker at the Women's fellowship meeting at the Methodist Church today (Wednesday) at 2pm. Margaret Watson will be pianist.


Three Horse Shoes

Mathew Evans the Business Development officer for the Unique Pub Company said yesterday that the Three Horse Shoes refurbishment should be complete within the next four to five weeks. It was hoped that the outside of the building would be transformed, but unfortunately the original stone had previously been rendered because of its decay, so it was not possible to transform it back to its former glory.


Bring and Buy

There will be a Bring and Buy sale and coffee morning in Grange House on Thursday 15 February at 10.30am. The event will also include a raffle and various stalls.



A meeting of the acting officers and members of the Brierley Village Partnership was held in Brierley Hall on Tuesday.