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From Brierley and the surrounding area

18 May 2001

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Public Meeting

Acting secretary of the Brierley Village Community Partnership Vincent Scaife is urging the residents of Brierley to turn out in force on Friday to vote for the new committee of the partnership. The public meeting will be held at the Methodist Church at 7pm. “Since the election of the steering group in September, a lot of hard work has been put in by everyone concerned, and I would like to take this final opportunity as acting secretary to thank everyone for their hard work, determination and commitment to the partnership on behalf of the people of Brierley. The nominations have been placed for the election of the new management committee and I would like to wish all nominees the best of luck for Friday's election” Vince said. He called for the residents to show support and make a stand for Brierley’s Independence


Gary Hotchins

Caretakers Cottage, Brierley Hall, Church St.

I am well known for my collection of old Brierley photographs and working with the local schools on local history. I have lived in Brierley most of my life, and my ambition is to see major improvements in our village. I think Brierley has been neglected for too long


Alex Vodden

13 Barnsley Road

I have been a member of Brierley community for over 40 years. I have always been actively involved in community projects such as Scouts, Army Cadets and the Community Association, which organised the first Bonfire and Gala Day. I believe the interest of Brierley must be actively promoted


Sylvia Nixon

25 Hillside Crescent

I have lived in Brierley for 27 years. I wish to enhance and improve the opportunities for Brierley people. Brierley has lost out by being too closely associated with neighbouring communities. I will wish to ensure that Brierley has a much fairer share of resources, which will secure these aims


Jack Henstock

15 Park Avenue

A retired foreman electrician, I am a member of the Projects Committee. I want to support the Brierley Partnership in obtaining facilities especially the “old school”. I’d like to see the Bowling Green open again and improvements in the park, also a cleaner village and more policing


David Hawley

27 Park Avenue

Having visited community groups in Wales, Scotland, France and Belgium, I have gained great understanding of how these groups have worked for the benefit of their communities. I would like the chance to use this knowledge for the benefit of the people of Brierley


Mark Murphy

55 Norwood Drive

I have recently moved to the area and have a fresh outlook on the village. I have interests in rural regeneration, environmental preservation and promoting the area to new businesses. I work from home for a blue chip company and would like to use my private sector skills for the benefit of the community


John Dawson

11 Haldane Close

(Local Business) I wish to be elected to the board of the Brierley Partnership to help provide facilities and amenities for Brierley. After many years of seeing little done for this community, I hope with the help of the people of Brierley, to make significant improvements in all aspects of village life


Michael Rooke

Farriers Cottage, Church Street

(Local Business) I have lived and worked in Brierley for 12 years. I am a director and manager of Burntwood Victorian Kitchen Gardens. I am an active member of the British Legion. As a qualified accountant I believe I can help the partnership to achieve its aims to improve village life


Janet Roberts

17 Spa Well Grove

Vincent Scaife

51 Barnsley Road

Chris Sykes

6 Church Street

Marie Midgley

Thorn Gap, Barnsley Road


Grange House

Clarice Burton won the raffle at the social evening held in Grange House on Monday Pat Ryalls won on Thursday and Jenny Weldon claimed Friday's prize

Weight Watchers

At the weekly meeting of the weight watchers held in the Methodist church the members lost a total of 24.5 pounds


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Brierley Girl Gymnasts perform in Edinburgh

Four Brierley Girls, Beth Beavers (10), Melissa Woodward (9), Alexandra Hurd (8) and Georgia Barker (7) took part in their first Gymfest that was held in Edinburgh recently. The girls perform for the Odyssey team from Hemsworth under the guidance of Brian Burton who had no hesitation in placing the girls in the team after a two-month trial. Their routine is called “Nite Owl" after some of the older girls in the team visited the local nightclub on a 70s night in order to chose the music. The girl's proud parents travelled to Scotland to cheer them on and Eleanor Woodward, mother of Melissa stated how proud they all were when the girls received their medals. The girls travel to Hemsworth twice a week for training


Social Club

Chris Sykes won the Friday night quiz. Barry Bailey and Kenny Clarke won meat packs and Josie Peace and David Sanderson won a gallon of beer each. On Sunday night George Carter won the tote for £80 with numbers 8 and 28, Paul Round won a meat pack and Paul Creasey won a gallon of beer. This Sunday's artiste will be Paul Bennett


Table Top Sale

A Tabletop sale will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 16 June at 10am till 2pm. Light refreshments will be available. To book a table telephone Mrs Watson on 01226 712094



In the Tuesday night Sam Smiths pool league, Brierley club played at away to the Bullet from Grimethorpe and lost 4-3. Winning players were Kevin Elvidge, Albert Taylor with Kenny and John Clarke winning the pairs


Computer Fair

A total of £520 was raised at last week's computer fayre, which was held in the Methodist church hall. There are still a few computers complete with keyboard and monitor for sale with prices ranging from £50 to £90. If you would like to view one telephone Mr Hambleton on 01226 713654. All the proceeds from the fayre and further sale of computers will go towards the new church building fund



Local author Miss Elizabeth Deighton will be guest speaker at the meeting of the ladies fellowship meeting at the Methodist Church this Wednesday (today) at 2pm. Mrs Margaret Watson will be pianist


St Paul's

Father John Baskerville took the Eucharist service on Sunday and Judith Bradford read the lesson. There will be Morning Prayer this Sunday at 9am led by lay preacher Tracy Ibbotson. The church members are collecting bric-a-brac for the Strawberry tea to be held on 15 July


Methodist Church

The Rev Gill Newton with Deacon C Greening will take the Sunday morning service at 10.15am. Miss E Haigh will lead the evening service at 6pm. The organist will be Mrs Hambleton.  Mrs M Collinwood will present this weeks flowers. There will be a ladies recreation evening on Tuesday at 7.30pm


Young People's Day

Richard Baxendale and Edwin Hambleton were assisted by the young people of the Methodist Church in taking the morning and evening services on Sunday



There will be healing in the sanctuary on Friday night at 6pm till 6.45 followed by an open circle at 7pm. Susan Dilks from South Elmsall will lead the Sunday service at 6pm


Clairvoyance Special

There will be a Clairvoyance special evening, which will be held in the spiritualist church on Wednesday 20 June. Jean Nowell from South Elmsall will lead the service. Tickets are £1.50 and are available from the church or by telephoning Barbara Thompson on 01226 234894



The senior members of the Brierley Boys Brigade played at home to the Scarborough Wesley Platoon in the Yorkshire County Battalion Chess knockout competition recently and won 6-3. The Boys Brigade Juniors meet at 6.30pm on Wednesday and are led by Mr Edwin Hambleton while the seniors meet on Thursday at 6.45pm where Mr Hambleton is joined with Mr David Parkinson in leading the boys


Special Dinner

All the tickets for Saturday's ' Special' dinner in the Methodist Church have been sold. The next dinner will be in October. All the proceeds towards the new building fund



At the Sunday night quiz night held in the Three Horse Shoes, Terry Haynes won the £10 prize money