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Memories of a
Brierley man Alan Nixon during his time in captivity as a Japanese POW
A nine hour, 17-mile march was the start
of Alan Nixon's time in a brutal Japanese POW camp during World War Two.
Alan who died in June last year aged 85, kept a secret diary of his time
spent there. February 15, 1942 - was the day Singapore surrendered and started his three years in captivity.
Before the war, Alan lived in Hemsworth and returned there after it
ended. In 1955 the family emigrated to Rhodesia in Southern Africa
before returning to live in Cooperative Cottages Brierley in 1964. Alan
then worked as a bricklayer until his retirement. In 2001 after the
death of his wife Veronica, he moved to Archbishop Holgate Hospital at South
Hiendley where the first idea for the book was born. It was daughter
Barbara (now Smith) and son John who decided to write the book and Alan
became interested as he had written a lot down himself. The book is
titled 'Mothers Apple Pie' because the first words he was greeted
with from his father on his return from the Far East were 'come in for
some of your mothers apple pie'.
There will be an exhibition by Brierley and its people in
photographs of over 1500 old and new photographs of Brierley in the
Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday 12 September from
The first two hours will be for the elderly and disabled only after
the doors will be open to everyone and admission is free. In the
evening, Richard Watson co author of Brereley a history of Brierley will
be in attendance to assist in your local history questions. There will
also be a display of photographs of Sidlows in the Wood by Lyn White .
There will be a councillor’s surgery at
on Friday at 5pm when councillors Vodden, Whittaker and Higginbottom
will be in attendance.
Brierley Cubs FC:
The under 10s tournament at Rawmarsh which was scheduled for
Saturday has been cancelled. Instead the lads will play in a
tournament at Crofton on Sunday; Players are asked to meet at the Welfare
and will leave at
.The under 9s train on Thursday from 6 while 7.New players are
welcome. Telephone Brian Haywood on 01226 715976
The management committee of Hillside Tara have kindly offered a
donation of £80 to help with the forthcoming Brierley and its people in
photographs exhibition which is to be held in the Methodist Church Hall
on Tuesday September 12.
There will be healing in the
Sanctuary on Friday from to followed by an open circle. Jill Newton
from Crofton will take the Sunday evening service at 6 till 7.15.
Refreshments will be served afterwards,
There will be Line Dancing in
on Friday and Monday from till 9. Everyone is welcome.
A quiz night is held in the Social
club every Monday night at 8.30. The winner last week was Volvo Phil.
Paul's Church: The Sunday Mass will be at
. Daily Mass will be taken on Monday at
and Friday at
. The services will be conducted by Fr. Peter Needham. Marriage or
Baptism enquires to be made to Fr. Peter at St Luke’s Church
Grimethorpe on Friday between 6.30 and
MethodistChurch:Members of the Women’s Fellowship
will lead the service on Sunday morning at 10.15 while in the evening
the Rev Terrence Keen will lead the Sacrament service which will start
at 6. Welcoming steward this week are Ida Scott and Pearl McQueen. Miss
Jean Rowley will provide the flowers. Except for line dancing, all
events at the Church have been cancelled for August.
Funding as become available
from September for free sessions for two year olds at the Milefield
Children’s centre which caters for children from nought to five. The
centre welcomes children from the Brierley, Grimethorpe and Shafton
areas. For further details contact Helen Cook on 01226 715127.
On Monday at
there will be a thanksgiving and burial
of ashes service at St Paul’s church for the late Mrs Ann Bray who
was fondly known as Nan, formally of Regina Crescent but who spent the last four years living
in Somerset. The service will be conducted by Fr.
There will be a Parish trip to Stoke on Trent on Monday leaving St Luke’s at
Grimethorpe at . There is one spare seat available.
Contact Fr. Peter Needham on 01226 717561.
the Grange House social evening on Thursday Joyce Howell won the raffle
while Margaret Burton won the prize on Friday. Rita Ford won on Monday
There will be a general knowledge quiz at the Three Horse Shoes on
and a music quiz on Sunday starting at
. The winner of last Thursday’s quiz was Les Parry who got all the
questions right except one. The Smiffy’s guessed the nearest too
question correctly and Chris and Neil won a bottle of wine.