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May 2004



The Gala is a very important event in the Village’s Calendar – please support it and if anyone would like to help please contact Hugh McCallum on 700346.

Christine Archbell (722537)

Notton Gala 2003 - Sunday, 13th June

As I am sure you are aware, Frank has stepped down from the role of Chairman and, as his successor, I wish to thank him on behalf of the whole Village for his brilliant work over the past four years (follow that!!).

This year it is my intention to follow last year’s Children’s Gala with similar emphasis on children’s games and races which were proving such a wonderful success prior to the downpour.

The Gala is of particular importance this year as the funds raised, after the various charitable donations, are urgently required for the major works being carried out on the Village Hall, modernising it for the coming years.

Please attend if possible to enjoy this wonderful village show and all pray for a whole day of sunshine.

Hugh McCallum - Gala Chairman

Notton Village Shop

Another trading year is now complete, and I am pleased to inform you that it looks as though this has been as successful as the first year.  It would, however, be unfair to discuss trading in more detail at this time, as this should be discussed at the AGM.  On a more difficult note, we have had considerable problems with the flat above the shop after losing the tenant we inherited when we acquired the business.  Our second tenant, who has since left, found considerable problems with the premises and it now appears that a substantial amount of work needs to be undertaken, although I hasten to add this is not outside our financial ability.

I would like to thank my colleagues on the Board for their continued support, and indeed pass on my thanks to everyone involved with the shop.

Frank Carter

Volunteers - We have been fortunate to obtain the services of two more volunteers but we are desperate for more people to come forward particularly with the incidence of holidays.  It is not an onerous commitment nor need it be on a very regular basis.  The villagers saved the shop and Post Office so we do not want it to be at risk again which could be the case at some time in the future.

Please give your name and telephone number in at the shop and you will be contacted to discuss the matter.

Alan Gale


Fund Raising

200 Club – This is run to make money for the upkeep of the Village Hall.  We have a monthly draw of £50, £15 and £15.  It is £11 a year, starting September and anyone wishing to join can ring me anytime.

Dates for your diary:-



To be arranged   

Strawberries and Cream in June Clark’s Garden




Safari Supper



To be arranged

Car Boot Sale



To be arranged

Mid Life Crisis








Xmas Bazaar







To be arranged

Race Night








Boxed Supper Auction

Refreshments for Gala – Anyone willing to help on the day or bake cakes and scones please contact me

Pat Carter (728428)


Last season we were promoted to Division 1 of the Leeds & West Riding Cricket League. At the time of writing the club has played two matches, winning one and losing one.

New players and spectators are always welcome. This season we are additionally keen to recruit a scorer, young or old. This would involve attendance at matches on Saturdays.  We offer a match fee of £10, a free tea, and transport to and from fixtures as and when required.

For information contact - Tony Spencer - 01226 728860 or Bob Moorhouse - 01226 725242 

Bob Moorhouse

Notton Tennis Club

We start this contribution reporting the mindless vandalism of our tennis club fencing and the destruction of our nets with the total damage being over £300.  We would ask all villagers to be particularly observant and report any activity which you consider unusual.

It is pleasing to see the courts now being much more used than hitherto, with a number of families enjoying the excellent facilities.  30 juniors are now having Saturday morning coaching and although the numbers are a little higher than we would like, our excellent coach, Chris Annabel, would appear to be coping well.

Ending on a sad note; we were sorry to learn of the death of one of our members, David Carrington, who continued playing despite suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.  Our condolences went to his wife, Ann, also a member, and his two sons.

Alan Gale - Chairman


Village Hall

Work is nearly completed for the improvements of the hall which has included installing gas central heating, lowering the ceiling in the main hall and upgrades to the toilets/washroom facilities.

We are intending to have an open evening to welcome old and new residents to the hall once the work has been completed.  This has been a very costly exercise so we hope that you all will use the hall for that very special birthday or party event.  Please contact June Clark on 722346 to discuss dates, fees, etc.  At the AGM we welcomed Eleanor Turner,  Pam McGaynor and Michael Tate to the Committee.

June Drysdale - Chairman

Notton Flower and Vegetable Show

Sunday, 5th September 2004

The gardens are growing apace and it is time to think of the Flower & Vegetable Show.  It is open to all who live in Notton and those who are users of the Village Hall, i.e. members of the clubs, classes and institutions who rent the hall.  There are the usual categories – flowers, plants, vegetables, fruit, home made produce and hobbies.  It is not too late to plant your sun flower!!  This year’s photograph competition is divided into 2 categories:-

1.                    A humorous coloured photograph with caption

2.                   A coloured photograph of your favourite view

The schedule of the show will be delivered in July.

Do please take part in this village event.

June Clark

Gardening Club

Our first meeting of 2004 was in February with a video of the Gardens of Heligan.  In March we spent an interesting day at Harlow Carr Gardens, the Northern branch of the Royal Horticultural Society.  Unfortunately the speaker arranged for the April meeting cancelled his talk but nevertheless we had an enjoyable evening.

This year we have a competition running to see who can grow the largest amount of potatoes from one seed potato grown in a pot.  A seed potato was given to each member.  Judging will be at the Flower & Vegetable Show.

This month (May) a garden walk was organised.  We visited five gardens in the village, most of it in the rain, but we were undeterred.  Thank you to those gardens who welcomed us.

June Clark


Notton Painting Group

We are holding an Exhibition and sale of our paintings – in watercolour and other Medias.  This is to be held in the Village Hall on Sunday, 6th June from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.  Admission is free and refreshments will be available.  EVERYONE WELCOME.

Notton Neighbourhood Watch

At the Neighbourhood Watch Conference in March we were told that West Yorkshire Police now have the highest number of Police personnel since 1974, with a further 250 to be recruited in 2004-2005.  Overall there is a 20% reduction in robbery.

As far as Notton is concerned our crime figures are well down with a total of 11 crimes from 1st January 2004 to 4th May 2004 compared with 17 crimes in the same period last year.  They are:-

Damage to UPVC Door

Theft of motor vehicle 1

Theft from motor vehicle inc alloy wheels

Theft from motor vehicle 3  

Theft of mobile phone at pub

Damage to Taxi at Pub                       1

Damage to tennis courts

Graffiti 1



However, we must not get complacent, especially during the warmer weather.  Please remember to keep all external doors and windows locked at all times to prevent sneak-in thieves and keep sheds and garages well padlocked with all garden equipment safely stowed away.

Joan Booth - 722398

Parish Council

Appointment of Parish Clerk (Part Time)

Applications are invited, preferably from suitably qualified and experienced individuals, to fill the post which will become vacant in October 2004, when the present post holder retires.  The successful applicant will be required to carry out a range of statutory, administrative and financial duties including preparing the Agenda and the compilation of Minutes for all Parish Council meetings, the payment of accounts and the maintenance of financial records, dealing with correspondence and providing a supporting/advisory roll in response to legislative changes and public sector initiatives.  A full job description is available for interested candidates.  The current workload is in the region of 10 hours per month and the Parish Council meets on the first Thursday of the month.  The post is part-time and the salary scale applicable to the post is the NJC published hourly rate for part-time Clerks for parishes with a population of less than 5000.  Further details can be obtained from the current post holder at the following address or telephone 01924 367401 or e-mail  The Clerk to the Parish Council, 28 Clarke Grove, Pinders Heath, Wakefield, WF1 4TH.

Due to the complete re-election of the whole Wakefield MDC, Ward Boundary changes, MEP elections, postal voting and alterations to the dates of the Elections, we, the residents of Notton, have no idea who will be representing us because we will become part of Ward 5 – known as Crofton, Ryhill and Walton.  This situation was discussed at the AGM of the PC but could not be concluded until after the Elections.  Most of you know that representation was made on your behalf at the time Boundary Changes were being discussed by WMDC but unfortunately we lost. 


Norman Hazell has written a note of farewell following the Ward Boundary changes – this is displayed in the Village Shop if anyone would like to read it.

12 months have passed since Peter Arnott resigned his seat as Chairman of the PC and during this time certain things have happened:-

·         Long and detailed discussions regarding the Housing Development in Bleakley.  The Parish Councillors are still writing to the authorities regarding lack of information given and the amount of consultation given through the offices of the WMDC

·         Oliver Twist crossroads – again a very contentious subject because we cannot obtain a straightforward answer to our requests

·         Improvements were completed to part of George Lane to the A61.  I hear conflicting reports on the completed section but for my part I fully appreciate the improved view at the intersection of George Lane to the A61  

·         The Parish Councillors have agreed that Council sign up to the ‘Vital Villages Initiative’ and as a result there is to be a Public meeting in the Village Hall on 25th May 2004.  All houses with the Parish will receive an invitation to attend.  I do hope that as many people as possible will attend and bring their family because the ‘Parish Plan’ produced as a result of this meeting involves ALL the family

·         Discussions are in hand with the Tree Officer to the WMDC regarding the indiscriminate cutting down of well established trees in the Parish.  In some cases to allow speculative building to take place.  As a result of discussions I have been asked if there are any interested people who would like to become Tree Wardens in the Parish.  If so please contact me and I will pass on all the information.  

·         At long last it would appear that there are signs that the footpaths within the Parish are to be re-surfaced.  At least we shall be able to walk in safety through the village!!

·         At various Parish meetings, we have had Senior Officers from WMDC to speak and hopefully listen to some of the problems facing this rural village and its inclusion in the overall District Council Plan – There’s always hope!

·         Finally, can I through this Newsletter, thank all the people who have supported the PC and the Councillors over the past 12 months and remind you that we are only as effective as you wish us to be and that you are always welcome at any of our meetings

Terry Hall - Chairman



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