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From Brierley

 9 December 2008








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Surprise gift for Phyllis

  At the Sunday morning service at the Methodist Church, a surprise gift was presented to 84 years old Phyllis Holling from Regina Crescent by Edwin Hambleton. Phyllis will be leaving the village in the New Year to move near to her daughter Delia who lives in North Duffield.  She has been attending the Church for 50 years and afterwards a special dinner was served in her honour and to wish her good luck.


Photograph shows Eddie Hambleton presenting Phyllis with her gift


The photographs below show the Boys Brigade receiving their awards

Boys Brigade Awards

   At the Methodist Church Sunday morning service, presentations were made to the junior section of the Boys Brigade after they finished second in the Yorkshire County battalion team games and five a side football competitions that were held at Batley sports centre recently. Connor Brennan, Joseph Selim, Kyle Molics and Kyle Dolton all received certificates from their leader Edwin Hambleton.

  In the senior section, Luke Molics received an award from Doctor Magdi Selim for winning the cross country. The boys have now broke 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.


Taylor family return to visit Brierley

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St Paulís

There will be a Christmas Fair at St Paulís church on Saturday from 4pm till 6pm.  Some of the attractions will include a Santa's   grotto, Christmas stalls, cake stall, mulled wine, tea coffee and music by Grimethorpe & District Brass band. On Sunday at 7.30pm there will be a Christmas concert by the pupils from Brierley School. Tickets are £4. On 22 December if the weather is fine, members will be joined by the school choir going round the village singing Christmas carols.



Pyramid Productions will present the pantomime Aladdin at the Lifestyle community centre on Sunday at 4pm.


Methodist Church

Mr Edwin Hambleton will take the Sunday morning carol service at 10.15am while Mrs C Halliday will take the evening carol service at 6. The welcoming steward will be Norma and Charlie will provide this weeks flowers. The majorettes will meet on Thursday and Friday at 4.30pm and there is a karate class on Monday at 7pm. The flower list for next year is in the porch. Anyone who would like to give flowers is asked to add their name.


Womenís Fellowship

The Fellowship meeting takes place on a Monday at 2pm at the Methodist Church. Last week the speaker was Jean. The ladies will hold a raffle for a food hamper at their next meeting. Tickets are available now.


Father Christmas

Children of Brierley will be able to visit Father Christmas in his Grotto at the post office on Saturday between 10am and twelve noon and receive a small gift from Debbie and a free photograph taken with Santa courtesy of Brierley and its people in photographs. A £1 voluntary donation to charity would be kindly accepted and which will be presented to Terry Haynes from the Grimethorpe Ambulance Association towards their Christmas party for young adults with special needs from Brierley, Shafton and Grimethorpe.


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 Mick and Pals won the quiz and Les and chums came second. Shy Talk won the conundrum. The head to head was won and will be for £20 next week. Tony Salt won the quiz on Thursday while Wendy and Co won the nearest too question. G Fab won a bottle of wine. The Thursday quiz will take a break after 18 December until 15 January 2009. The quiz on Sunday 28 December will include spot prizes and also a fancy dress.


Pop In

There will be an extra Pop in morning before the Christmas holidays which will take place on Thursday 18 December from 9.15am till 11 at the Methodist church hall. Everyone is invited to pop in for tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat.


Brierley Cubs FC

In the Sunday Millennium League quarter final trophy, the under 11s beat Dale Juniors at home 6-2. Scorers for Brierley were Ryan Haywood and Tyler Leese who both scored twice, Callum Shaw and Michael Shaw who was also the managersí man of the match. The team will play away on Sunday to Darfield Dynamosí with the kick of time to be arranged.


Grange House

Residents enjoyed their Christmas party tonight when Father Christmas visited them with gifts. The warden Linda Millburn presented Christine Dransfield with a bouquet of flowers for all the help she has given her throughout the year. Winner of the raffle at the social evening on Monday was Ray Fewster while Rita Sayers won on Thursday.


Village club

There is a quiz night every Monday starting at 9pm. The winner last week was Volvo Phil. The semis and final of the Grahamís Taxi Christmas pool knockout trophy will take place on Wednesday 17 December starting at 8pm. Players involved are Graham Hotchins, Kenneff Clarke, Keith Brown and ? . Jeff Ennis MP will present the trophies and prize money. There will also be free refreshments.


Bollinbroke House

Residents and staff from Bollingbroke House (formerly Coppins) will visit Dorothy Hymanís on Monday where they will enjoy their Christmas lunch, bingo and dancing. On Thursday they will enjoy a carol service with mince pies and sherry. On Tuesday 23 December a karaoke night will be held. On Christmas Eve friends and relatives of the residents are invited to a buffet starting at 5pm and on Saturday 27 December staff, residents, family and friends will be entertained by musician Kevin Kitchen.


Spiritualist Church

On Friday at 6pm there will be Healing in the Sanctuary followed at 7pm with a candle and carol mediumship service taken by Gail Davies from Normanton followed by mince pies and sherry. The Sunday demonstration of mediumship at 6pm will be taken by Anne Sharpe from Pontefract. Refreshments will be served after each service after which the church will close at 8pm and reopen on Sunday 4 January 2009 at 5.30pm.


Christmas Party

There will be a Christmas party on Saturday 20 December 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.


Town council Best lights

Residents are invited to enter their homes in the Best Christmas Decorated house competition.  Judging will take place on the weekend of 20 December 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 December 20 and 21 from 4pm until 7pm.



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