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Brierley and the surrounding area
5 June 2009
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just five minutes of David Nicoll and Gordon Steele’s time, to catch up
with the 45 years since they last saw each other as school chums at
Brierley St Paul’s school. The reunion took place in the Three Horse
Shoes at Brierley recently after they saw each others emails that they
had written to the Brierley Village web site. Gordon who left Brierley
in 1961 and after serving 15 years in the army, moved to Reading where
he lived for 22 years serving as a police constable before retiring and
coming to live back in Yorkshire at Walton near Wakefield. He said “It
was great to see David again, the years just rolled back! All forty odd
of them. It just shows what an excellent idea the Brierley Village web
site is, two old school friends meeting up after such a long time. A
brilliant afternoon spent "chewing the fat", reminiscing, good beer &
food. We are going to keep in touch with one another. I hope that others
will use the web site and take the opportunity to contact their long
lost friends”. David who now lives in Pogmoor said “We have not seen
each other for over 45 years; a fact which disappeared in five minutes.
Nearly three hours later we parted company having covered all that had
happened to us in those intervening years. Thanks to all the staff at
the Three Horse Shoes for food and drinks and looking after us very
well. Thanks also to the young gentleman, whose name I did not get, who
took the photo but chiefly thank you to Gary for running the
Brierley Village web site which makes these things possible.
would also like to know if anyone remembers a relief head teacher at St
Paul’s by the name of Mr Moran. He was a dark haired chap who wore
glasses, always smartly dressed, as was the order of head teacher. This
would be in 1955 when Mr Balmforth the headmaster was in hospital.
shows David on the left and Gordon
fat", at the Three Horse Shoes
Willowgarth High School Class of 1968 Re-union
second re-union of former Willowgarth High School pupils, who were in
the fourth year in 1968, will take place at Grimethorpe Working Mens
Club on the 4 July between 7 and 11pm.
The first and very enjoyable re-union
took place at Burntwood Court Hotel, Brierley, in
December 2008. The organisers have advertised details among those they
are in contact with, but would like to hear from any classmates or
teachers who have not yet received an invitation. For further details,
contact either Annice Cooper >Annice.firstname.lastname@example.org<
tel: 01977-643578) or John Nixon >email@example.com<
Photograph shows Annice
and John at last years reunion
Brierley Cubs FC
three teams will play in a tournament at Dale Juniors FCs ground
a quiz night every Monday starting at 9pm. The winner last week was
Volvo Phil. In a games night Fred Clarke beat Dale Woolands 21-12 at
table bowls and Alan Beavers beat Sid 4-1 at snooker.
Three Horse Shoes
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.
The winners of the quiz on Sunday were Sharks Table with the Voddens
claiming the second prize. The conundrum was won by Sam & Jo. The Head
to Head was not won and will be for £90 next week. On Thursday The Dead
Heads won the quiz while Six of the Best won the nearest too question.
No name won the bottle of wine.
women’s fellowship meets in the Methodist Church every Monday at 2pm.
Last week they held their annual general meeting.
next meeting of the WI will be on Wednesday in the Methodist Church
Hall. The ladies will meet once a month but times and dates vary.
winner of the social evening raffle on Monday was Ann Whitehead while
Rita Sayers won on Thursday. Audrey Marsh won on Friday. The winners of
the raffle on the Bakewell trip were Maureen Roberts who won a bottle of
whisky; Audrey Marsh a bottle of sherry, June Hockey a writing set and
Dot won a tin of biscuits. £55 was raised which will be used towards the
next trip that will take place on 21 July to Southport.
Smithies Wednesday night pool league the village club team’s game
against the Travellers was cancelled. Next week they will play away to
the Rose & Crown.
next meeting of the Pop in club that is held at the Methodist church
Hall will be on Thursday from 9.15am till 11am. Everyone is invited to
pop in for tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat. Proceeds will be towards
Both the Junior Boys and Company Section meetings will take place in the
Methodist Church Hall on Wednesday. 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.
The Sunday morning service
at 10.15am will be a family & parade service that will be taken by Mrs E
Peet. The evening service at 6 will be taken by the Reverend M
Reasbeck. The welcoming steward will be Pearl while Jean Tomlinson will
provide the flowers. There is a karate club on Monday at 7pm and the
majorettes meet on Thursday and Friday at 4.30pm. There will be a bible
study in the medical centre on Church Street on Thursday at 7pm.
Forthcoming events include Saturday 27 June, Talent showcase for young
musicians, volunteers required. On Saturday 11 July the Church will hold
its annual Garden party that will be opened by Mr and Mrs Wayne Ashton