SUPPORT THE GALA – YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOU!
Gala 2005 - Sunday, 12th June
We are at that
time of the year once more when the Gala looms ahead. Money is needed again to
balance the Village Hall’s books. The improvements to the Hall have been greatly appreciated by
all who use it, but incoming and outgoing expenses still do not balance. Members
of the village have worked hard organising fundraising social events, which have
been very successful, but the money raised from the Gala is still necessary.
have an excellent committee working towards the day with one or two new ideas,
eg the Pop Idol Competition and Ostrich races included in the family sports.
we are supporting both Wakefield and Barnsley Hospices with the charity money.
you can help in any way by volunteering for a job (we start setting up the site
at 8.00 a.m.) donating cakes, plants, bric-a-brac, books, etc. we will be very
little helps to make this event a successful and happy occasion.
Bird - Gala Chairman
write my latest update to you shortly after our Board Meeting on Monday, 9 May
2005, to let you know that the Shop is still continuing to perform reasonably
well. However, we are facing some
substantial capital outlay in the near future, in terms of repairs to premises.
Notwithstanding that, we are very financially sound.
staff position is more stable at this time, and quite satisfactory in that
respect. Turning now to volunteers,
this is where we are still having some difficulties. It is clear that the very small band of people who
volunteer is not getting any larger and the people who are doing this work will
not go on for ever. We therefore
desperately need volunteers.
last problem is still newspaper deliveries, and we are now at the point where we
cannot attract people for this job. It
seems clear to me that, before much longer, newspaper deliveries will be
something that will have to be abandoned as there are just not the young people
in the Village who are interested in this type of work.
I would therefore suggest that you should not be surprised if an
announcement of this nature is made in the not too distant future.
I would like to thank everybody who helps with the Shop, all the volunteers, the
staff, and particularly my colleagues on the Board, for their continued support.
I would also make a further plea for anyone else who can be of help, to
see me as soon as possible.
The shop continues to do well as does the Post Office which provides a
wide range of services, some of which people are obviously unaware.
Please enquire of Janet or Andrew as to what is available particularly on
the banking side and methods of providing for motor tax and T.V. licences.
We now welcome two more part time staff – Lawrence who is covering the
early morning week day session and Anita is providing valuable cover as and when
needed. However there is the usual
plea, which gains little or no response, for any villager who can spare an hour
or so, not on a regular basis, but particularly at week ends then this would be
Finally there is always some form of maintenance, cleaning and generally
tidying needed and again if any villager can assist in this direction then
please contact Alan Gale (727730)
Whilst, due to lack of
support, we could not stage a Pantomime this year, many people supported and
enjoyed the Murder Mystery evening put on in March.
Later this year we
will be arranging an evening based on music from the 40’s and 50’s.
It is intended to
stage the Pantomime, Snow White, on 17th and 18th February
We urgently need new
members! Anyone interested (It’s
really fun) should join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, 15th
June at the home of Derek and Joyce Taylor, Ingswell Drive. There are no subscriptions – we don’t want your money –
just your bodies
Tweedle - Chairman (727380)
A Safari Supper is
planned for 20th August and anyone interested can put their name on
the list in the PO. The Ball is on
10th December and getting tickets early would be much appreciated.
Club – Anyone
interested in joining the club should contact
June Clark and Jill Bird
Beck View and Willow
Or ring me on 728428
It is £11 a year and
there are 3 draws a month - £50, £15 and £15
For many the tennis season is just beginning, whilst for many members the
season lasts all year and it would be nice to see the courts more actively used
other than just Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings when up to 20 members
The junior coaching on a Saturday morning is now underway and, as always,
is very well attended. The
improvement in standards of play is quite pronounced (I think our youngest
member is just 3) and it is hoped that juniors will continue to use the courts
once the coaching has finished. Keys
are available at £3 each as are tennis balls at £4.50 a can of 4 (shop price
£7/£8). Both from Alan or Barbara
Finally a plea, if any villagers can assist with parking on Gala day - 12th
June - for an hour or so between 12.00 and 5.00pm, please contact Alan
Gale - Chairman
Flower and Vegetable Show
The Show is open to
those who live in Notton and ALL users of the Village Hall. This year we have extended the entry to the Children’s
Section to include Grandchildren and near relatives of those living in Notton.
The schedule will be
delivered in July. This is not a
fund raising event. We just expect
to cover the costs of putting on the Show.
The Gardening Club
continues to thrive but new members would be most welcome.
Our first meeting this year was in February when a group of us sought the
warmth of the Tropical Gardens in Roundhay Park, Leeds, and ended the morning
with a pub lunch.
Flowers in Art was the
subject in March when Eric Woodhead gave us an interesting talk with slides.
In April Sheila Clark gave an illustrated talk on the work she and a
group of dedicated volunteers do to maintain and improve the extensive gardens
around Kirkwood Hospice. The vast
composting system was impressive. Harry
Lee entertained us admirably in May with a talk on the Australian Gardens which,
amazingly, are just like English gardens. The
settlers wanted to reproduce what they had left behind.
The June Meeting is a garden walk. In
July we will have a visit to the Bonsai centre at Fitzwilliam where the Art of
Bonsai will be demonstrated. There
will be bonsai plants for sale. Our
next meeting will be at the Village Hall at 1.30 pm on Wednesday, 6th
At the Neighbourhood
Watch Conference on 8th May we were told West Yorkshire Police have
had a 22% reduction in Crime from April 2004 to April 2005. This includes a 41% reduction in burglary, a 24% reduction in
Robbery and a 35% reduction in Motor Vehicle Crimes. An increase in resources and Police numbers are responsible.
Notton crime figures
are being kept at an all time low, with 10 crimes being committed between 1st
January and 9th May 2005. They
must remain vigilant during the warmer weather.
We must keep all external doors and windows locked at all times to
prevent sneak-in thieves. Keep all
garden equipment under lock and key. Never
let anyone you don’t know into your home without them giving you proof of
Booth - 722398
Due to the recent
Elections, the AGM had to be re-arranged on Tuesday, 10th May.
Whilst the change was widely advertised, unfortunately the actual meeting
was very poorly attended. The
meeting considered a discussion document outlining how we could best encourage
more resident participation. This
discussion document will be considered at the next few Council meetings to:-
The members of the PC
feel that enhanced contact with local residents is an essential feature to
stimulate debate over the many issues that DO AND MUST CONCERN the residents of
If you have any ideas
on how YOU would like to see YOUR PC fulfil and promote the points set out
above, please feel free to attend the PC Meetings held on the first Thursday of
every month except August.
Space precludes the
reporting of all the items undertaken and achieved over the past year but a copy
of the full report is available on display in the PO.
Two items worth mentioning are:-
Hall - Chairman