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Brian Bower and Denise Spaxman

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Hello Gary. 

Hope you are well, nice to see the site up and running again. My name is Brian Bower I was on your site before it closed down. I lived at The Laburnums ( Barnsley Road) from 1943 until 1959.We then moved to Hemsworth. I worked at Grimethorpe Colliery until 1970 I then moved on to work at Doncaster Royal Infirmary as an electrician where I stayed until retirement in 2000.I would be please to hear from anyone who remembers me from that period. I have photographs of some of my relations who lived at The Laburnums before I was born (when I have located them). I would be happy to e-mail them to you if they are of any interest to the site. I would be pleased if you could give me any information on these people, Denise and Linda Spaxman, William Newton, Paul Normanton, Clive Dye, Lorna Peel. 

Best Regards Brian Bower.  


Denise and Linda have been in touch with the site but I have lost their details. If they are out there I am sure they will be back in touch.


Nothing happened for a while and then out of the blue came this email in January 2006


Hi Gary,

I have just spent almost two hours reading through the Brierley Village website. So many old names and faces, including my own, as well as my brother and sister. Sadly my brother, Tony Spaxman passed away in 1993 at the age of 49. My sister Linda Spaxman (now Hand) who continued to live at Park View, Brierley for many years, now lives in Hemsworth and I live in Pogmoor, Barnsley.


It was lovely to see the old photographs particularly from the Methodist Chapel having spent many happy hours there as a child. It was also good to hear from Brian Bower who lived a few doors away from my grand parents house (Claudie House). As children we had many adventures together. Also remembering Gordon Steele from Park Estate. Tony used to call him 'Coggy' Steele - I think this is because he was taller than the others and could 'cog' them up the trees etc.


I would love to hear from anyone who remembers our family. I have just taken 'early' retirement after completing 37 years in the Civil Service so I have some time now to explore other interests.


Great website - keep up the good work.


Regards! Denise Stone (nee Spaxman) Pogmoor Barnsley


Hi Denise, how lovely to hear from you. I remember meeting you and your sister Linda at an exhibition at I think Brierley Club about 4 years ago, in fact I have a photograph of you both at the exhibition. I have received an email from Brian Bower asking about your family, is it ok to pass on your email details to him? Thank you for your kind comments on the web site, there is plenty more interesting things to come so please keep in touch.


Hi Gary,

Yes that's fine, please pass my details onto Brian and anyone else that would like to get in touch. I spoke to my sister as soon as I had sent you the email and she has also started to look at the website again. Hope she can help with the sponsoring. We did come to the exhibition in Brierley club, please let us know if you do any more. I have looked at some of the unnamed photographs and will let you have some names shortly.

Best wishes

Denise Stone (nee Spaxman) Pogmoor Barnsley


27th January 2006

Hi Gary

Just to let you know that Brian Bower has been in contact and I have this afternoon returned a message. Thank you for your help in this communication.

Denise Stone (nee Spaxman) Pogmoor Barnsley

2nd February 2006

Dear Gary

           Thank you very much for this e-mail .I have now been in touch with Denise Stones( nee Spaxman) Its been very nice talking to her and hearing that she is ok and still remembers me from the old days. Well all the Best, and thanks again Brian Bower.

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