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From Brierley

15 November 2006









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Demolition of St Paul's gets underway

God bless all former staff, pupils and the building itself. Forever in our memories of happy years spent there

The demolition of the derelict St Paul's school got under way this week. In its place will be built an excellent development by WBH homes of 14 luxury 2 bedroom apartments with secure parking. 

I am through Brierley and its people in photographs working with the demolition men on sight in retrieving a time capsule that we buried as pupils at the school in 1967/8. In the capsule were (as I recall) a copy of the Barnsley chronicle, a daily newspaper, pupil’s work and other artefacts that I cannot now remember. I can remember within a couple of feet where it was buried so I am hoping we can retrieve it. 


I remember burying it as if it were yesterday always remembering the headmaster at the time Jack Balmforth saying “I wonder what the pupils of 100 years from now will think of our schooling methods”. Although it is only 40 years ago we hope to take the capsule to the new school and with pupils from there, re bury it with a recent time capsule put together by the present day pupils. 

“I have many happy memories of my schooldays at St Paul’s, as I am sure so do many other people. In a quiet way it was really sad to see it being demolished and it brought back so many memories, but unfortunately it has stood derelict for almost 20 years and it became a bad advert for the village. I only hope that St Paul’s will be remembered for its wonderful teachers, the pleasant place that it was, the joys it gave and for the people it taught, and not for the eyesore that it became.” Gary webmaster

 Photographs show front and rear views of the school. A special edition page will be on line next week with a lot more photographs. These were taken this morning ( Wednesday).

Rest of the news from Brierley this week

Grange House : On Tuesday the residents enjoyed a tea/coffee morning provided by Ringtone’s tea. The residents also enjoyed a double celebration party on Monday when John (Jock) Hinks celebrated his birthday and Malcolm Milburn the warden’s husband celebrated his birthday and retirement on the same day. This Tuesday at 2pm Lloyds chemist will visit and entertain the residents to a Christmas gift Fayre. The warden Linda Milburn will take everyone to the Burntwood Court hotel on 5 December where they will enjoy their Christmas dinner and entertainment. On the 12 December at 5pm the residents will enjoy their Christmas party. Bingo and a free raffle will be provided and the residents will receive a Christmas present.

Sports competition : Tomorrow (Saturday) members of the Brierley Boys Brigade will visit Batley Sports centre for a sports competition. The junior section (under 11s) will play team games in the morning and compete in five a side football in the afternoon. Both the Company (11 to 15 year olds) and Senior section (15 to 18 years) will compete in five a side football in the morning and play team games in the afternoon. The swimming pool will also be open to all Boy Brigade members. If any parent would be willing to help with transport and supervision please contact Edwin Hambleton.

Pop In : The next pop in club will be held next Thursday in the Methodist Church Hall from 9.15 to 11.15am where everyone is invited to pop in for a cup of coffee or tea and biscuits. Proceed for the Church funds.

THS Quiz : There is a general knowledge quiz at the Three Horse Shoes every Thursday at 9.30pm and music quiz on Sunday starting at 8pm.

Women’s Fellowship : The ladies meet every Monday at 2pm in the Methodist Church Hall

Line Dancing : Line dancing will take place in the Methodist Church Hall every Monday and Friday starting at 7.30pm.

Methodist Church: Mr R Marsden will take the Sunday morning service at 10.15am while a local arrangement will take place in the evening service at 6. The welcoming steward this week will be Edwin in the morning and Norma in the evening. Edwin and Elizabeth will provide flowers

Social club: A quiz night is held every Monday at 8.30pm in the Social club

Spiritualist Church : There will be a healing in the sanctuary tonight (Friday) from 6 till 6.45pm followed at 7pm by an open circle till 8pm. David Pinch from Doncaster will take the Sunday evening service at 6pm till 7.15pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards

Spiritualist Church : There will be a healing in the sanctuary on Friday from 6 till 6.45pm followed at 7pm by an open circle till 8pm. David Pinch from Doncaster will take the Sunday evening service at 6pm till 7.15pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards

Trip cancelled : The Christmas visit to Barden Mills which was arranged by Linda Milburn the warden at Grange Hose as now been cancelled.

Spiritualist events: There are still a number of tickets left for the audience with the Fox sisters at the Spiritualist Church on Wednesday 29th November starting at 7.30pm till 9.30pm. The event will include a talk on the start of modern spiritualism, clairvoyance, trance, healing demonstration and lots more. Tickets, which are £3, are available from the church. Tickets priced £3.50 are also on sale at the church for a Christmas Buffet and Clairvoyance evening with Julie Winfield on Wednesday 6 December starting at 7pm.

St Paul’s Church: The Sunday Mass will be at 9.30am. Daily Mass will be taken on Monday at 10am and Friday at 3pm. Father Peter Needham will conduct the services. Marriage or Baptism enquires to be made to Father Peter Needham at St Luke’s Church Grimethorpe on Friday between 6.30 and 7.15pm.

Ladies Recreation : There will be ladies recreation evening every Tuesday in the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm.

Boys Brigade : Both the Junior Boys and Company Section meet on a Wednesday night in the Methodist Church Hall. The 7 to 11 year olds meeting will take place from 6.30pm till 8pm and the older boys will meet from 7pm till 9. Edwin and Elizabeth Hambleton lead the boys

Brierley Cubs FC: The under 9s took their unbeaten run to 7 games on Sunday when they held Dearne and District to a 1-1 draw away from home. Ryan Smith scored for Brierley and was also the man of the match in what was a very tough game. The lads will play in the cup on Sunday at home to Ackworth with the kick at 11am. Players are asked to meet at the welfare park at 10.30am

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