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From Brierley

 17 December 2008








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Over 40 children visit Santa at the Post Office

     It was all hands on deck last Saturday when Father Christmas visited the post office to hand out a present to the children of Brierley that had been donated by the post mistress Debbie Wilkinson. Gary Hotchins from Brierley and its people in photographs was also there to take the children's photograph with Santa of which a free copy will be given to each child. A voluntary donation box raised over £40 which was presented to Terry Haynes from the Grimethorpe Ambulance Association towards their Christmas party for young adults with special needs from Brierley, Shafton and Grimethorpe.


Photograph shows sisters Tanesha (left) and Keya Wade with their cousin Lewis Woolands visiting Santa.


Town council Best lights

Residents are invited to enter their homes in the Best Christmas Decorated house competition.  Judging will take place this weekend and will be conducted by Town Councillors. To make sure your house is included for judging, please telephone the Town    Council on 01226 714681 and leave your address details. There will be prizes to third place for this competition. Extra consideration will be given to those entries that are imaginative. Father Christmas will be visiting the streets of Grimethorpe and Brierley on Saturday and Sundayfrom 4pm until 7pm.


Grange House

The winner of the raffle at the social evening on Monday and Friday was Dorothy Armitage.  Mary Winham won on Thursday.


Pop In

There will be no more Pop in mornings until the New Year.


Womenís Fellowship

The ladies held a raffle last week and the winners were, Graham Dawson, Ken Jagger and Mark Fisher.


Three Horse Shoes

There is a quiz night at the Three Horse Shoes on a Thursday at 9.30pm and on Sunday at 8pm there is a music, conundrum and general knowledge quiz. On Sunday Sharks Table won the quiz and Shy Talk came second and also won the conundrum. The head to head was won and will be for £30 next week. The bar staff won the quiz on Thursday while the Good Samaritans won the nearest too question. Steve and Liz Hardwick won a bottle of wine. The Thursday quiz will now take a break until 15 January 2009. The quiz on Sunday 28 December will include spot prizes and also a fancy dress.


Christmas Party

There will be a Christmas party on Saturday in Grimethorpe Sports and Social club for young adults with special needs from Brierley, Grimethorpe and Shafton. The event is organised by Terry Haynes and members of the Grimethorpe Ambulance Association and is paid for by an anonymous local business man. Father Christmas will visit with gifts and there will be fun and games. The event will start at 12 noon.

Father Christmas

Parents of children who visited Father Christmas at the post office on Saturday can call in to the post office and pick up their free photograph courtesy of Brierley and its people in photographs from Friday.


Village club

There is a quiz night every Monday starting at 9pm. The winner last week was Volvo Phil.


Bollinbroke House

On Tuesday a karaoke night will be held and on Christmas Eve friends and relatives of the residents are invited to a buffet starting at 5pm. On Saturday 27 December staff, residents, family and friends will be entertained by musician Kevin Kitchen. A raffle will also be held on this day for the residents outing fund.


Brierley Cubs FC

In the Sunday Millennium League quarter final trophy, the under 11s beat Dale Juniors at home 6-2 and will now play Darfield Road Dynamos in the semi final. Their next match in the league will be at home to Wincobanck on 4 January. The players will enjoy a disco at their Christmas party which will be held on Saturday at the Miners welfare club (Stute).


Spiritualist Church

The church is now closed for the Christmas holidays and will reopen on Sunday 4 January 2009 at 5.30pm. Members of the church committee would like to thank everyone for their support during 2008 and to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


Boys Brigade

The boys have now broken up for Christmas and will return on Wednesday 7 January when both the Junior Boys and Company Section meetings will take place 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.


St Paulís

On Sunday if the weather is fine, members will be joined by the school choir touring the village singing Christmas carols.

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