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From Brierley and the surrounding area

1 September 2001

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Hillside Tara Chairman resigns

Hazel Devonport seen right

It was sad news for the management committee from Hillside Tara this week when both chairman Hazel Devonport and secretary Tracy Lucas decided to resign. Hazel has been with the association since its formation 3 years ago and indeed was one of its founder members. she said; "I have been chairman for three years now and it is time to move on and give some of the younger residents a chance to see what they can do. I am not retiring from community work altogether as I will be assisting the special events group who have just formed as a sub group to the Brierley Village (Community) Partnership". Neighbourhood watch secretary Sylvia Nixon will take over the roll until the AGM in April.


Brierley Town Mayor Councillor Beryl Sargeson presenting the trophy winners from the Hillside Tara football course with their trophies. Looking on are PC Glen Glaves, Jack Henstock (BVCP), Barry Helliwell, Dave and Adam Leadbeater.

Campaigners celebrate

Town Council abolitionists were celebrating when a poll to seek abolition of Brierley Town Council voted 9 to 1 in favour. But despite the vote, there is still a long way to go if the council is to be abolished. Members of Barnsley council will be asked their views but even then, the final decision rest with the secretary of state, Stephen Byers. Anti abolitionist Councillor Arthur Whittaker said: "The people have decided and now it is out of the hands of the council. But I believe the people of Brierley and Grimethorpe do not realise what this council does.


Fun Day

On Saturday 8 September at the Hillside Tara offices. Local boy band Frontsl/de will be the main attraction. The event will be open by Jeff Ennis MP who was brought up on the Hillside estate. Other attractions will include a bouncy castle, name the doll, sweets in the jar, Play your cards right, Gazza the funky clown, spin the wheel, free balloon race to win a child's scooter (sponsored by Barnsley Building society) and a fancy dress (sponsored by Jaygee photography). Brierley Town Council Mayor, Councillor Beryl Sargeson will judge the fancy dress at 2pm.


Partnership request that Brierley name be removed

At a recent meeting of the Brierley Village (Community) Partnership, the management committee decided to write to the Grimethorpe Partnership to respectfully request that the Brierley name now be removed from their official name.

The BV(C)P is now an independent body after receiving its registration number this week. Already they have successfully applied for sports equipment for the children of the village and also bought the local girls football team a full strip. 62 was also successfully applied for to assist Hillside Tara to take 53 children and teenagers to Doncaster Dome.



It was congratulations this week to the staff of the Coppins residential nursing home on Common Road. The home received the Investors in People Award from United Care Homes for staff training on NVQ in care for the elderly. Senior carer Ena Barraclough received the award on behalf of the home.

We've been to Hawaii

Newlyweds and new residents to Brierley, Dave and Charlotte Scott returned to their new home on Barnsley Road this week after spending their honeymoon in Hawaii. The couple were recently married at Pontefract registry office (see photograph below)


Dave and Charlotte Scott after their wedding at Pontefract



Brierley Historic Photographic Society will exhibit over 600 old photographs of Brierley and its people at the Hillside Tara fun day on Saturday 8 September from 12.30pm till 4pm.


Neighbourhood Watch successful

The recently formed Hillside Neighbourhood watch committee were successful in obtaining funding from the South Yorkshire police community initiative programme recently. The money will be used towards securing property on the estate.



Football scheme a success

It was good news all round for the kids from the Hillside estate when they were presented with free tickets to watch the opening game of the season at Oakwell between Barnsley and Nottingham Forest. The kids were rewarded for their recent good behaviour when they participated in a 10-week football-coaching course that was organised by the management committee of the Hillside Tara. Ex Brierley resident and professional footballer Dave (Leggy) Leadbeater along with FA coach Barry Helliwell gave their time free to coach the kids and on a number of occasions were assisted by community PC Glen Glaves who said the kids were absolutely wonderful and well disciplined.

     A presentation was held in the Tara offices on Thursday and Brierley Town Council Mayor Councillor Beryl Sargeson presented the kids with trophies and medallions. Best player was Spencer Clarke and best junior player was Billy Flavell. Best junior player was Callum Barker while Emma Galloway won most improved junior player.

     The scheme was started after persistent vandalism to the Tara offices by youngsters on the estate who had never used the building before. After each coaching session the kids were encouraged to pop into the Tara for hot dogs and pop, and the children have learned to respect the building more.


  Violet Farm Saved

Good news arrived this week for all Brierley residents who petitioned the planning dept. at BMBC regarding Violet farm which was due to be demolished to make way for Weaver Homes to build 90 new houses on the former colliery site. The planning department, concerned with the number of residents who petitioned the move have negotiated with Weaver homes to allow the farmhouse to stay. The new plans show that the new houses will now be built around the farmhouse.




Catherine Fletcher (nee Knight) who will celebrate her 40 birthday on 7 September. With love from all the family.


Frontsl/de All the luck in the world to Frontsl/de on their first gig at the Hillside Tara fun day on 8 September