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1 June 2002

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Councillors resign

Long standing Councillors, Arthur Whittaker and Chris Sykes this week both resigned from Brierley Town Council. Their immediate resignations were announced at the council’s annual meeting on Wednesday night. Both councillors put their actions down to ‘recent developments at the ballot box’

Left Councillor Arthur Whittaker and councillor Chris Sykes



Colin Painter the tractor owner surveys the damage

Pensioners ’Shocked’ by tractor invasion on their home

Grange Road pensioner John Dinsdale, 86, who is featured in the memories page, described the terrible shock he and his wife were greeted with, when a tractor, which was stolen by two youngsters, was driven into the couple’s bedroom wall. John was was relaxing in his lounge last Friday afternoon when the incident occurred. “It was like a bomb going off. I was halfway between being asleep and awake and my wife was washing up in the kitchen when we heard the almighty bang. I wondered what it was. When we looked we found the tractor embedded in the wall of the bungalow. It had taken all the bricks from under the window and smashed the radiator of the wall. Owner of the tractor, Colin Painter, 65, a well-known Brierley resident who is often seen up and down the village grass cutting said that it was lucky no one was hurt. Colin now retired said, “ The lad must have set off to fast and lost control of the vehicle. If it had been left in low gear it would have smashed straight through the bungalow. It was parked up and switched off. They must have seen me starting the vehicle before, because it is not easy to start. The damage to the Dinsdales’ bungalow has now been repaired and police are investigation


Ready to Party

Brierley residents are all ready to party this weekend with Jubilee celebration parties underway. The big attraction in the village will be the one organised by Doreen Henstock and her volunteers from the Brierley Partnerships’ ‘Special Events Group’ that will take place on Bank Holiday Monday in the grounds of Brierley Hall. The events will start at 2.15 pm with the crowning of the Gala Queen Leanne Ashton by Jeff Ennis MP. A procession will follow from the Park estate up to Brierley Post office and back to Brierley Hall where a number of attractions including circus acts, St John’s Ambulance, fire eater and a brass and jazz band will entertain the villagers throughout the day. The event will finish of with a disco between 6 and 8pm


Quiz Night

Every Thursday in the three Horse Shoes starting at 9pm


Brierley Village club

Artistes Friday and Sunday. Bingo with cash prizes Tuesday and Thursday


Grange House

Tony Evans won the raffle at the social evening on Friday night while John Vamplew won on Thursday. Joan Parker won Monday’s prize. Forthcoming events include the Grimethorpe and District Brass band that will play for the residents on Tuesday June 11 at 7pm to celebrate the Queens Golden Jubilee


THS Quiz

Eric Pickering was the winner of the quiz in the Three Horse Shoes on Thursday night. The event is held every week and starts at 9pm



Tonight Friday, there will be healing in the sanctuary by trained volunteers at 6pm followed at 7pm by an open circle, which is a meeting of hymns, prayers and meditation. Sunday will be a service of hymns, prayers and clairvoyance and will be taken by Sam Nikols from South Elmsall at 6pm. Next Sunday the service will be taken by Ken Commons from Cudworth. To ease traffic congestion on Church Street visitors are asked to use the Brierley Hall car park


Road Closed

The Special Events group of the Brierley Partnership have obtained a road closure order for Common Road and Church Street between 2.15pm and 3.15pm on Monday afternoon to enable the Golden Jubilee parade to pass by safely


Women's Fellowship

The Rev. P Allen was guest speaker at the Women’s Fellowship meeting, which was held in the Methodist Church on Wednesday. The pianist was Mrs Margaret Watson


Methodist Church

Mr Richard Baxendale will take the Sunday morning family service at 10.15am and the evening service at 6pm will be taken by the Rev Gill Newton


Pop in club

There will be a pop in club at the Methodist Church hall on Thursday from 9.15am to 11.15am. Everyone is invited to 'pop in' for a chat and refreshment


Christian Aid

At a recent coffee morning held at the home of Mr and Mrs Richard Watson, £170 was raised for Christian Aid. Phyllis Holling won the raffle prize

Regular events and meetings

Garden and Allotment Society; Meet the first Wednesday in every month in the Three Horse Shoes at 9pm

Brierley Labour Party; Meet the last Sunday in every month in Brierley Social club at 10am

Brierley Village (Community) Partnership; Meet every second Tuesday in the month in their offices at Brierley Hall at 7pm



In the South Elmsall Summer league on Saturday, Brierley Cubs played away to Normanton and although they lost 2-0 the team coach David Henstock was once again well pleased with the lads performance. Man of the match was Billy Dodd's with Kane Clarke also shining. Due to the Jubilee celebrations and holidays, there will be no matches or training for both the Lions and the Cubs until Tuesday June 11 at 5.45pm


£70 Raised

The Jumble sale, which was held at the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, raised £70.The proceeds were for Christian aid and the new building fund



The winner of the bonus ball on Wednesday was Becky Halliday while Dr. Amos won on Saturday. The staff welcomed a new resident this week, Florence Turner who comes from South Elmsall. On Monday the residents will be treated to a special lunch and buffet tea to help celebrate the Golden Jubilee. John King a piano player and singer will also provide entertainment for the residents and their family on Thursday


Social Club

The winner of the raffle on Friday was Paul Round who won a mixed grill. Ray Oates won the tote with numbers 28 and 31. The artiste tonight Friday, will be James Walker while Ricky Lane will provide the entertainment on Sunday. The winners of the gallon of beer draw were Albert Taylor and Josie Peace. There will be cash bingo on Thursday starting at 8.30pm


Clairvoyance Special

There will be an evening of clairvoyance at the Spiritualist church on Wednesday June 12 at 7.30pm with Veronica Sheares from Garforth. Tickets are £2 and are available from the church


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