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From Brierley and the surrounding area

 21 September 2002

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The website celebrates its 2nd birthday this week by receiving over 1,000 visitors in one week for the first time. The site has also topped the 20,000 mark. A remarkable achievement for a village with only 2,000 inhabitants. Thank you all so very much. What is it that makes the site so popular? What is your favourite page? Top page this week is Fruntslide with 40 visits. Top photograph is Class of 56/57 and a total of 49 different countries have visited the site since February 2002.



Training will commence in Brierley Welfare Park for the Cubs and Tigers this Sunday at 10.15am. Dave Henstock will coach them. The club will hold their first annual presentation and social evening in Brierley Social club tonight Saturday from 6 till 9.15pm. There will be a running buffet and disco and everyone is welcome to attend.


Regular events and meetings:

Brierley Historic Photographic Society

Meets on Monday and Wednesday 10am till 12 and Thursday night 7pm till 9pm when Jean Mann will be available to answer any Genealogy questions.


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.


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.


Hillside Tara

Coffee morning every Tuesday with bingo and raffle. 10.30am.


Boys Brigade

The boys Brigade Juniors will meet on Wednesday while the senior boys will meet on Thursday at 6.45pm.


Girls Brigade

Meet in the Methodist Church Hall on Monday at 7.15pm.


Dickensian Trip

Linda Milburn the warden from Grange House is organising an adultís Dickensian trip to Bakewell on Saturday 7 December. Tickets are £6 each and the closing date for names is 30 September. The trip will leave at 9am and return from Bakewell at 3.30pm.


Girls Brigade

Janet Baxendale will lead the Girls Brigade in the Methodist Church Hall on Monday at 7.15pm.


Christmas Cards

Old Brierley Christmas cards are now on sale from the Historic Society. These can be personalised if required. All proceeds to the societyís events fund.



On Sunday at 7pm Leigh Davies from Wakefield will take a service of hymns, prayers and clairvoyance. Next Sunday Sid and Joyce Pickersgill will take the service. To ease traffic congestion on Church Street visitors are asked to use the Brierley Hall car park.


Ladies Recreation

There will be a ladies recreation evening in the Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm.


Methodist Church

The Rev R Barker

will take the Sunday morning family service at 10.15am and the evening service at 6pm will be taken by Mr K Lodge. The cleaning stewards this week are Mrs J Baxendale and Mrs E Plowman while Miss P MacLean will provide the flowers. There will be a ladies recreation evening on Tuesday at 7.30pm


Primary School

Classes BD and BG will visit Whitby on Wednesday as part of their lessons on coastal studies and the history of the resort.



Bonus ball winner on Wednesday was Becky Halliday while Mavis Butcher won on Saturday.


Hillside TARA

A coffee morning will be held at the Tara offices on Hillside on Tuesday morning from 10 while 12. Bingo and raffle will also be played. Christine Hirst was the winner of last weeks raffle.


Action Team for jobs

The team are available every Wednesday morning at 10am in the office of the History Society at the rear of Brierley Hall. Assistance will be given in job search and training

Womenís Fellowship

There was guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Brierley Womenís Fellowship on Wednesday. Margaret Watson was pianist. The ladies meet every week in the Methodist Church Hall at 2pm.



At the Three Horse Shoes quiz, which is held every Thursday night at 9pm, Anne and Company won the general knowledge section while the Hambleton twins won the kitty.


Fund Raising

There will be a meeting of the Fund Raising Committee of the Brierley Methodist Church on Monday at 8pm in the Vestry.


Clothes Party

There will be a clothes party in Grange House on Monday 30 September at 10.30am till 12. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome.



At the Methodist Church Hall on Friday 27 September there will be a concert by the Barnsley Cooperative Band at 7.30pm. Tickets can be obtained by telephoning Mrs Elizabeth Hambleton on 01226 713654. Proceeds towards the new building fund. Everyone is welcome.



Boys Brigade 

The Boys Brigade Juniors, Led by Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Hambleton will meet on a Wednesday at 6.30pm while the Boys Brigade Seniors will meet on Thursday at 6.45pm and will be led by Mr. Edwin Hambleton & Mr. David Parkinson.


Grange House

Mrs Gash won Monday nights raffle at the Grange House social evening. Rita Sayers won on Thursday while Nellie Bowering claimed Fridayís prize.


Social Club.

The winning numbers in the Sunday night tote for £100 were 1 and 23. The winner was Bill Whitelam. Tonight Friday the artist will be Glenn Scott while Andy James will provide the entertainment on Sunday. This weeks gallon draw winners were, Jack Henstock, Dave Conroy and Bernard Lucas. Jean Kirk won the raffle and claimed a mixed grill while Carol McCauley won the quiz on Wednesday. Monday is games night and bingo will be played Tuesday and Thursday.



The management committee of the Hillside Tara treated 30 elderly residents from the Hillside estate to a day trip to Emmerdale. A drink in the woolpack followed lunch on Ilkley Moor. Eileen Darbyshire and Barbara Pearson were the lucky winners in the raffle.


Harvest Festival

Brierley social Club will once again be the venue for the annual village Harvest Festival that are organised by Chris Sykes. The event is proving very popular and Chris always manages to come up with some wonderful gifts, the star buy last year being a signed Yorkshire County Cricket Club bat. Over the past 5 years with the help of local residents Chris has managed to raise over £5,000 for charity. This year it will be in aid of Multiple Sclerosis. Auctioning will begin at 8pm on Saturday 28 September and if anyone wishes to donate any gifts for auction please telephone Chris on 01226 711255.



There will be no Genealogy class for two weeks. Other events by the Brierley Historic Photographic Society will be as normal. The volunteers meet every Monday morning from 10am till 12 in their office at the rear of Brierley Hall.


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