support our Gala. If you cannot
attend, could you please donate something to any of the stalls mentioned below.
If you could spare any time to help please phone Frank Carter (728428).
still need someone to deliver the Notton Newsletter to the Bleakley area -
please contact me if you know of anyone who would do this (112 copies)
Gala 2000 - Sunday, 11th June
approximately one month left to Notton Gala, I felt it was important that I give
you all a quick update on the situation as things stand now.
I have been fortunate in pulling together a good Committee to help,
however, with the exception of one new face around the table, I am concerned
that the same people are, once again, doing the job.
I would therefore, say that we have a further Committee Meeting on Monday,
15th May and if there are any other persons who wish to become
involved in the early organisation, please feel free to contact me on 728428, or
turn up at the meeting. Turning now
to the details of the Gala Day, these are as follows:-
- help needed - contact Jill Bird or Lynn Gillibrand
Cake Stall - Cakes
to Jenny White or Liz Stevenson
Books - Any
books to Lynn Gillibrand
Tombola - Items
to Ruth Hodgkiss
Basket Stall - Baskets
and contents needed - contact Jill Bird or Lynn Gillibrand
Plants - Bring
to the stall on the day
to the stall on the day
Refreshments - Cakes
needed - bring to the Hall on Sunday morning
I am sure Peter Taylor and Colin White will do a great job on layout and
organisation, they also would be extremely pleased to receive any help.
Finally can I extend my thanks to all of you who have helped so far and,
at the same time, reiterate that any other help from volunteers will be
Carter - Gala Chairman
enjoyable and successful evenings were held at the end of March, when two
one-act comedies were performed. These
were an alternative to our usual pantomime.
It is our
intention to hold our next event on Friday, 30th June - “TGIF with
Notton Players”. A lighthearted
evening of poetry and mirth, with anecdotes, monologues, etc.
Do you have a favourite piece that you would like to share with us or
have it performed for you. We would
love to hear from you. Contact
either myself or any member of the Notton Players.
A Pie & Pea supper is included and there will be a bar - Tickets £5.
Ivory - Chairman (724284)
Club - Anyone
wishing to join the 200 Club for next year please contact me before August.
We would like to
thank Jenny Wolff and Judith Waddington for organising the Safari Supper in
April. The next events to be
Saturday, 20th May
Sunday, 3rd September
Saturday, 21st October
Sunday, 26th November
Saturday, 2nd December
For tickets see
Pat at the PO. Please pin this list
on your noticeboards as a reminder. I
would like to thank all those people who attended last year’s events, and hope
to see a good turnout for this year’s, as I would hate to see us lose the hall
through lack of funds.
Once again the cricket
season is underway. Last year
Notton performed well enough to win promotion to Division 1 of the West Riding
Cricket League (bribery and corruption were not knowingly involved, although
some say it must have been!!!). The
club currently run one team and new members and spectators are always welcome.
Finally a plea for
people, footballers, golfers, etc. to avoid encroaching on and damaging the
cricket square. Damage comes from the most unexpected sources as was recently
the case when a hot air balloonist crash landed on the edge of the square.
Moorhouse (725242) or Tony Spencer (728860)
Although we are
no longer meeting on a regular basis in the Village Hall we have kept in touch
with each other and will have visits and outings.
The Christmas Dinner at Millhouses was, as usual, excellent.
Maureen organised an outing in February to the Sheffield Ice Show which
was spectacular. Our friends from
Royston joined us, together with grandchildren.
In Mid-March we paid a visit to the War Museum, Eden Camp, near Pickering
and enjoyed our usual fish and chip supper on the way home - a good day out.
Arthur’s son, David, has kindly offered to take over his father’s job
as Treasurer, for which we are very grateful.
A Coffee Morning was
held in the Village Hall on Wednesday, 3rd May, and we would like to
thank those who supported us by coming. We
will as usual have our Strawberry Tea in July.
You never know, it may keep fine for us. We meet at various venues on the first Wednesday of the
month. Anyone wishing to join up
please contact either Maureen or myself.
Bird & Maureen Eames
Coaching sessions are now underway for various age groups.
There are a few places left on the course - phone Janet Pratt on 728318
Ball - Our Club
is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year in addition to which
our President and playing member, Norman Siddons, celebrates his 90th
birthday. To mark these events we
are holding a Ball at the Village Hall on Saturday, 29th July at 8.00
p.m.. Dress DJ’s/Lounge suits.
Numbers are restricted to 90 with priority for tickets given to club
members until 1st June, after which tickets will be generally
available (a waiting list is in operation for other than club members).
Telephone Kathryn Dickinson (0385 751286) or Alan Gale (727730).
Gale - Chairman
We are exploring the
feasibility of refurbishing the kitchen but obviously the cost is an issue.
Current estimates are around £7,000 - a lot of money for the Village
Hall. We would welcome any bright
ideas that you might have to help defray some of these costs.
With the days rapidly getting longer, I have been asked to remind parents
to ensure that their children are aware of the dangers of playing on the Village
Hall car park and the need to respect our neighbours.
We are pleased to
welcome Hugh McCullum and June Drysdale.
Gillibrand - Chairman
Flower and Vegetable Show
The show will be
held on Sunday, 3rd September. A
schedule, together with Show Rules, will be delivered in July.
There will be all the usual sections but this year we have sections for
Glass & China Painting, Woodwork and Pottery.
Please take part and then come along in the afternoon to see if you have
won, purchase some raffle tickets and enjoy the refreshments.
Horsley, Jenny Lowther, Jane Heaton and Lynn Gillibrand
Since the last
Newsletter we have had a busy and varied programme.
We have had a Christmas party which included a Christmas flower arranging
session; our knowledge has been
tested with a not too serious quiz!; the
Wonders of the Nile have been explored and we have enjoyed an evening of slides
of garden birds and their songs.
A representative of
the Yorkshire Wild Life Trust has been to speak to us about wild flowers and
their habitat and yet another speaker has turned us all into Fuchsia experts or
should have done so! At our last
meeting we had a demonstration on the planting of containers.
The Club ends the
season with a garden walk on 7th June and after that it is back to
our own gardens and all that summer brings.
On a personal note, Jennifer, Rowena and I would like to thank our members for their loyalty and support over this changeover year and look forward to meeting again in the Autumn, when we would very much welcome new members - you do not have to be a “gardener” to join. We meet in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm on the first and third Wednesdays of the month and the fee is £1.50 per session.
The total crimes
figure for Notton in 1999 was 80, a 50% increase on 1998.
We had a large number of different types of crimes committed at many
differing times of day and night, therefore, we must be diligent at all times.
So far this year from 1st January to 8th May the
crimes committed are:-
We know Notton
is targeted by thieves from Royston and Athersley.
We are assured by West Yorkshire Police that they work well together with
South Yorkshire Police. We do still
get a patrol car, marked or unmarked, patrolling our village, at different
times, every night.
Neighbourhood Watch AGM we were warned about sneak-in thieves.
Lock your doors when you arrive home after shopping whilst putting the
car away and especially when in the garden in summer. Burglaries can be reduced by people being aware.
Wheely bins are
often used to stand on to force a window. Don’t
leave bins in the road. Put rubbish
in your next door neighbours bin when they are on holiday. Put lighting at the rear of your house. Leave keys with a neighbour.
Burglars will come back to the same house when they know you will have
replaced the stolen goods. Put
round headed bolts, which cannot be removed, through the hinges on your sheds
and garages. Lawn mowers and garden
tools especially are stolen at this time of the year. Chaining them to the wall can help.
To report a
crime dial 0845 6060606. In an
emergency dial 999. The police do
catch criminals with our help.
The wooden seat
we donated to the village to celebrate the millennium has been installed by the
bus stop on the village green and is being well used.
Drysdale is our representative for Wakefield MDC Community Assemby focusing upon
how the council and the community can work together.
nuisance TELESALES telephone calls ring 0800 262 837.
They don’t stop altogether, but they are greatly reduced.
of Officers - At
the meeting held on 4th May, the following were elected for the year
2000/2001. Chairman - Mr P Arnott,
Vice Chairman - Mrs M Eames.
- All matters relating to the improvement, repair and maintenance of highways,
including public footpaths, are the responsibility of the District Council.
Responses - or lack of - to reports submitted by the Parish Council, have
again been disappointing, with inadequate finance blamed for most problems.
It now seems
likely that we shall see the implementation of the long promised ‘traffic
calming’ measures at Old Royston.
Although it has been agreed that a capital programme is required to cover
the needs of Applehaigh Lane, including the reinstatement of a stretch of
missing footpath, I think we may have a long wait before sufficient funding is
made available. The footpath, from
the top of Grimpitt Hill to Notton crossroads on the left hand side , continues
to be a major concern. It is in grave need of repair and we shall continue to press
for the work to be done.
- There has been
a big increase in problems related to the illegal dumping of waste, particularly
old tyres. This is not just a local
problem, but is nation-wide. We
have thanked the District Council for its recent ‘clean up’, when most of
the dumped tyres were removed. However,
as there are now fewer landfill sites approved to receive this type of waste,
and coupled with the governments levied landfill tax, it is likely that the
problem of illegal dumping will see little improvement.
Playground - As
the numerous applications for grants have all been unsuccessful, it is now
intended to fund the agreed resurfacing work entirely from the parish precept
and accumulated balances. Regretfully,
the precept for the year 2000/2001 has had to be raised to £4,200.
Arnott - Chairman
By the time this
Newsletter reaches your home you will have had time to study the results of the
Local Elections held on 4th May.
No surprise so far as Councillor Brian Hazell is concerned.
He held the Wakefield South seat with the highest vote in the whole
Wakefield Metropolitan District - 2,571 and of the 21 seats far and away the
biggest majority of 1,657.
All three of
your Councillors, Brian, David and Norman repeat their pledge always to be
available to help - Brian (01924 252434), David (01924 257698) and Norman (01924
delighted to answer the call for help in getting the dumped car tyres and
asbestos cleared away from the car park at the top of Smawell Lane, when
contacted by the Residents’ Association. Thanks are due to the hard working operatives who undertook
this arduous task. Let’s hope the
fly-tippers stay away in future.