Golden Jubilee - A celebration has been organised for Sunday, 2nd June at the
Village Hall from 6-11 pm. There will be a Barbeque Supper, Ceilidh Dance and
Firework Display. Tickets will be available from the Shop or Jill Bird at
a cost of £7.50 per adult and £3 per child. THESE ARE LIMITED AND
AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS FROM 12TH MAY.
the time you read this the shop and post office will have been taken over by the
company formed for that purpose. It has not been an easy task to get
everything into place and thanks go to those villagers who have given support.
In financial terms £53,300 was subscribed and a mortgage of £110,000 has been
obtained from HSBC Bank.
was extremely disappointing that so many volunteers did not honour their
commitment but we have been able to cover most of the hoped for opening hours -
Monday to Saturday 6.00 am to 8.00 pm, Sunday, 8.00 am - 2.00 pm. However,
we still have some gaps and John Woodside (723027) or June Ivory (724284) would
be delighted to hear from people willing to devote a few hours. We are
pleased that Christopher Brooke will be managing the shop with Derek Haddon
managing the post office. You will, over time, see some changes in the
shop and villagers may well have suggestions which we would ask to be directed
to June Drysdale (724118) or placed in the box which will be located in the
shop. We have already received some suggestions which will be considered
by the Board. We are very conscious of the need to avoid any interference
in the daily running of the shop, not least of all by the Directors, so please
do not direct queries to Derek or Chris.
villagers who have subscribed to the company will shortly receive share and loan
certificates and we would still welcome further investment so the books will be
kept open for a little while longer and cheques should be sent to Alan Gale
(727730) with full details of the shareholder.
the Steering Committee, most of whom are now Directors with particular
responsibilities, have delivered all that was asked of them and the success or
failure of the project is now in the hands of the whole village. We expect
you to support the shop and post office to a greater extent than hitherto and if
every household made a commitment to spend an additional £5 per week in the
shop then we could increase profitability by £10,000 per annum!
Gala 2002 - Sunday, 16th June
Just a quick report on progress to date for the Gala.
Let me commence by reminding everyone that the Gala, this year, is on
Sunday, 16 June 2002, a later date than normal but one that was chosen as a
result of the first week in June being given over to the Queen’s Jubilee
seems to be going reasonably well and this year, to mark the 60th Anniversary, I
can tell you that we have a star attraction named The Wacky Tumblairs
Trampoline, one which I hope will generate a lot more interest for children, and
perhaps bring in bigger crowds.
On the organisational side, I have, once again, had support from a
great Committee, and things are generally now in place.
There is still, however, a need for two sets of helping hands, one to
help with village stalls etc., (those interested should contact either Jill Bird
or Lynn Gillibrand), and the second to help on the morning of the 16th.
We shall be starting at approximately 8.00am to assemble the marquee for
the tea stall and those people who are able to give us a lift at that time will
be well appreciated.
I am also pleased to say that Joyce Taylor is again preparing a
meal for after the Gala, something that is most welcome when we have all been
working very hard throughout the day.
Finally, as I have already mentioned, I have a great team around
me, and they have all worked very hard.
I just hope you will all turn up on the day, help when this is necessary,
but in the main thoroughly enjoy yourselves.
Carter - Gala Chairman
season has just started with two wins and two defeats. The team play in
the Leeds and West Riding Cricket League on Saturdays and occasional weekday and
Sunday games. Practice night is Friday and new players, young and of more
advanced years, are welcome
Moorhouse - 725242
have now started our Junior Coaching sessions and have a full complement of
enthusiastic Juniors. As last year we will run the Junior Tournament at
the end of the coaching period, with supper being provided by the Club.
This year we have only been able to field two teams in the Wakefield Mixed
League but the Club Tournament has attracted many entrants. Social tennis
continues to thrive with many players turning out every Monday, Wednesday and
Friday come hail, rain or snow.
Gale - Chairman
are still continuing the meet monthly with afternoon teas and outings.
July brings the annual Strawberry Tea - who knows, we might even be able to
enjoy a typical Garden Party, weather permitting.
Bird, Maureen Eames
the recently held 52nd AGM of the Village Hall, over 25 people attended.
June Drysdale was in the chair. Margaret Shand and Ron Ellis were welcomed
during the past year to the Committee and, more recently, Pam Batty. Peter
Taylor, as Treasurer was thanked along with Minutes Secretary Bob Wright;
Pat Carter for all her fund raising efforts throughout the year including the
200 Club; Joan Booth for her detailed report as Chairman of the
Residents’ Association and Neighbourhood Watch; Frank Carter for his
Chairmanship of the Gala Committee and his team (once again we are looking
forward to a successful Gala on 16th June; Notton Players for their excellent
input and pantomime.
wishes and aims for 2002 are to improve the heating system, toilets, water
heater in the kitchen and a real effort to attract younger people onto this
Drysdale - Chairman - 724118
Flower and Vegetable Show
event is to be held on Sunday, 8th September and is open to all who live in
Notton and those who are users of the Village Hall , i.e. the Gardening &
Friday Painting Clubs, WI, Flower Arranging Group and Thursday evening Dancing
Class. The schedule will be delivered sometime in July. It is a
“fun” day and taking part is just as much fun as winning and you may even
surprise yourself and win. Please do support it.
first meeting this year was held in February when we had and interesting talk
and slides about the Eden Project. Did you know there is a Lavender Farm
in South Yorkshire? Barbara Poisson gave us a lively talk on the history,
origins and present day uses of lavender. We sampled lavender shortbread
and one brave soul even volunteered for a foot massage. The daffodil show
was a great success and our friends from the Paxton Society congratulated us
on the quality of the blooms. We are ending our Gardening Club year with a
trip to Harlow Carr Gardens where we have booked a guided tour. The
Committee has changed for the 2002/3 season with Anne Taylor taking over
Jennifer Horsley’s job and Pam McGraynor that of Jane Driver. On behalf
of the Club I would like to thank Jennifer and Jane for all their work over the
past three years - it has been much appreciated. We meet again in October
- the first Wednesday evening of the month at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.
We would welcome new members and remember you do not have to be a gardener!
total crimes figure for Notton in 2001 was 56 - exactly the same number as 2000.
So far this year from 1st January to 8th May there have been 16 crimes which
the Neighbourhood Watch Conference we were told sneak-in thieves are responsible
for a quarter of all crimes in the Wakefield area. With the warmer days
ahead please keep all doors and windows closed and locked, including sheds and
are joining with the Parish Council to give each child, 16 and under in the
village, a commemorative mug to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
are trying to persuade WMDC to resurface the stretch of road on George Lane from
Mill Lane to the A61 crossroads, as well as most of the pavements in the
village. Highways tell us funding is getting through although it might
take up to two years - Notton will not be forgotten!!
and burnt out cars are being removed more quickly by WMDC Cleansing who have the
exclusive use of PC Rogerson on a trial basis. WMDC Cleansing are also
doing an excellent job removing dumped rubbish from the village especially the
Car Park at the top of Smawell Lane. If you see anyone dumping rubbish
anywhere get the vehicle description and registration number and ring the
Environment Agency on their 24 hr manned freephone - 0800 80 70 60 - You could
be in for a reward.
of Officers - At the AGM HELD ON 2ND May 2002 the following were elected for the
year 2002/3 - Chairman - Mr P Arnott, Vice Chairman - Mrs M Eames
- The Parish Precept for the year 2002/3 has been set at £3,500
- We have now received an encouraging note from the DC regarding the footpath
from Grimpit Hill to Notton crossroads. The Council has at last recognised
the need for repair and has stated that the work will be carried out this year.
Shop - The Parish Council gave a grant of £200 to the group of villagers
who are buying the village shop and post office. This was in recognition
of the value of this village amenity, and also to add weight to any grant
application which may be made to outside bodies.
Queen’s Golden Jubilee - The Parish Council decided to replace one of the
seats in the village with a new seat, bearing an appropriate plaque in
celebration of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. It has also, in partnership
with the Residents’ Association, agreed to donate a souvenir mug to each child
in the village under the age of 16.
of Conduct - The Parsih Council has now adopted a ‘Code of Conduct’ in
line with Government Legislation. The Clerk - Mr M Stafford - also holds a
register of members’ interests, which is open to public scrutiny. Anyone
wishing to view the register should contact the Clerk on 01924 367401
Arnott - Chairman
Club - Anyone wishing to join can contact me on 728428. We need more
people to join because we pay 3 prizes a month - £50, £15, £15 and the rest
goes towards the upkeep of the Village Hall.
welcome any suggestions for events in the Hall. You can contact me on
728428. Below is a list of the events planned for this year:-
Supper - July - date to be arranged
Show - Tuesday, 10th September at 7.30 pm
Meal - Saturday, 28th September at 7.30 pm
Night - Saturday, 2nd November at 7.30 pm
Ball - Saturday, 7th December at 7.30 pm
Youth Theatre - 2 nights - dates to be arranged
Pat Carter (728428)