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November 1999



Unfortunately Alan Palmer who has undertaken the delivery of 112 Newsletters to the Bleakley areas is no longer able to do this and we cannot find a new ‘post person’ in his place.  Our thanks to Alan for all the deliveries he has made and best wishes for the future.

Christine Archbell (Telephone 722537)


Notton Gala 1999 - Sunday, 13th June

We were fortunate to enjoy good weather for this event, most particularly after last year’s horrendous rain which resulted in the Gala being cancelled.

My thanks go to the extremely hard working Committee who once again ensured the smooth running of the Gala.

The profit this year including the 1998 held over advertising amounted to £3,400 in addition to which the raffle, organised by Sue Watson, raised £655 and we have donated £300 each to the Wakefield & Barnsley branches of the NSPCC.

The Chairman for next year’s Gala is Frank Carter who has already formed the Committee with the organisation of the event now well under way.

 Alan Gale - Gala Chairman


Senior Citizen News

This is not our usual article for the Newsletter because sadly the Senior Citizens are, for the time being, closing down.

 As many of you will know we celebrated our 20th anniversary a short while ago with a coffee morning and Bring and Buy, which was well supported.  For a Club to last for 20 years is something of an achievement in this day and age and we feel duly proud of the fact.

 We have become very few in numbers and with the death of Phyllis Horsley in the summer and Arthur Fisher in October our numbers have diminished still further.  Phyllis, with her sharp sense of humour, her cheerfulness and her contributions to the Wednesday meetings, was very much missed.  Arthur, our valued treasurer over the past years, was a true gentleman, taking part in the many events which Maureen organised.  Always there to help and advise.  We intend to keep in touch with occasional meetings and of course the Christmas Dinner, for as Arthur would have said - we have enjoyed each others company.

Jill Bird & Maureen Eames


Notton Players

Our next event is on 13th November, with snatches of songs/sketches performed over the last 17 years.  Along with a fish and chip supper and dancing it should be an anjoyable evening.

Watch for details of our pantomime in February.

New members always welcome.

June Ivory - Chairman (724284)


Fund Raising

Christmas Ball is on Saturday 11th December and tickets are on sale at the Post Office - £12 each.  Please get them early.

Over the past months we have raised:          

Cheese & Wine


Beetle & Whist Drive




200 Club - I would like to thank everyone for joining again this year, and for anyone who would like to join it is £10 from November 1999 until August 2000.  Please ring me on 728428.

Pat Carter (Tel - 01226 728428)



As in previous years we ran one team in the West Riding Cricket League.  We did well finishing as runner-up in Division 2 and gaining promotion to Division 1.  A lot of effort went into improving the square which resulted in some very good batting performances.  Improvements were also made to the pavilion.

As always we are on the lookout for new players.  All standards, full or part time will be made welcome.  Winter nets will start in the New Year.  A few parents have expressed an interest in running a junior side.  We have run junior sides in the past, with many players graduating to the senior side, but haven’t had enough teenagers for a few years.  If you know of anyone 16 and under who may be interested please let me know.  Support from parents will be needed to help run a junior team.

Finally a request for horse riders and golfers to avoid the playing surface - thank you.

Bob Moorhouse (725242)


Womens Institute

During the past year members have enjoyed talks on Reflexology, Running a House in Tudor Times, The History of Monk Bretton Priory and a demonstration on Barge Painting.

In July we had an evening outing on a canal barge with supper included.

Some members have also joined the Federation outings to places like Burton Agnes Hall and the WI’s own college in Denman in Oxfordshire.

This year our Xmas Fayre will be held on Tuesday, 16th November from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon in the Village Hall.

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings which are held the second Thursday of every month at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Ruth Baldwin - Secretary


Notton Tennis Club

Our League Teams overall had a mixed season with one team being promoted, another demoted, whilst the other 2 teams finished close to the top of their divisions.  The social tennis continued to be extremely successful and enjoyable with between 8 and 18 members playing on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (quite often in all weathers!)

1999 has been a particularly expensive year for the Club, but we now enjoy the benefits of complete new fencing, including galvanised posts, as well as an improved playing surface following cleaning and re-painting.  We are however, needing to provide for probably resurfacing within 5 years which is likely to cost in the region of £20,000 so we are now needing to consolidate our position somewhat.

Alan Gale - Chairman


Village Hall

The last six months have been fairly quiet in the Village Hall.  There are reports on the Gala and other events both past and future in this Newsletter.

Naturally there have been the normal routine maintenance items - the lights in the Main Hall have been changed, the garden has been tidied regularly and steps have been taken to deal with normal wear and tear matters - thanks to all who have helped.  One area that has been unsatisfactory is the cutting of the grass on the Ings.

Dennis Gillibrand - Chairman


Notton Flower and Vegetable Show

This years Flower Show was again very successful.  The Committee wishes to thank all those who helped to organise, sponsor, donate prizes, take part or who just came along on the day.  Special thanks go to Val Hurley and Joyce Mitchell for some wonderful refreshments.  The cups and prizes were presented by Mr Peter Taylor.  The winners were as follows





Mr & Mrs Redfearn

Mr Peter Arnott

The Dorothy Atkinson Cup

Pot Plants    

Mrs J Clark

Mrs Jenny Lowther


Notton Residents Association

Miss Stephanie Blain

Fruit & Veg

Mr & Mrs Young

Mr Ray Welch

Home Made Produce

Mrs Baker

Mrs Jenny Lowther


Mr R Chase

Miss Lucy Newport

Floral Art

Mr & Mrs Stevenson

Mrs Jennifer Horsley

The Largest Sunflower


Master Joshua Bird

The Rose Bowl for the overall winner  Mrs. Jenny Lowther

 The next show will be September 2000.  If anyone would like to suggest classes now or sponsor a section please contact a committee member .

Jennifer Horsley, Jenny Lowther, Jane Heaton and Lynn Gillibrand


Gardening Club

We are sad that Keith & Anne Redfearn have left the village.  Keith founded and organised the club for ten years with Anne loyally backing him up and providing refreshments at each meeting.  We miss them very much and wish them great happiness in their new home at Pickering.

 Under new management the club commenced the season on Wednesday, 6th October and has an interesting and varied programme planned for the coming months.

 On 3rd November David Rowbottom entertained us with slides to music and on the 17th of this month we have invited Tom Depledge to talk about and show slides of flowers of the West Indies.

 We meet in the village hall at 7.30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  The fee is £1.50 a session which includes refreshments.  We are a friendly group and would very much welcome new members and you do not need to be a gardener either!

 June Clark


Residents' Association

Details of crimes committed in Notton from 13th May to 2nd November 1999 are as follows:-

Burglary from dwellings


Burglary from domesti


Burglary from garage


Burglary from summerhouse


Burglary from outbuildings


Stolen vehicles (not recovered)


Arson to vehicl


Damage to vehicle 


Attempted theft of vehicles


Theft of vehicle inc alloys  


Theft of Quad bike 


Theft of wooden gate


Theft from gardens 


Theft from washing line


Theft of concrete pipes  


Theft of mobile phone 


Theft from top of wheely bin


Damage to garden wall 


Damage to childrens see saw




Over the previous year we had only 18 crimes reported during the same period last year.  It would appear we are experiencing a large increase in the number and variety of crimes being committed in the village.  The police again stress we must be more vigilant during the run up to Christmas and its accompanying darker nights.  They advise - secure your house, lock all doors and windows, leave lights and radios on a timer, close curtains, fit outside security lights.  Garage your car and secure it, keep sheds and outhouses securely locked.  Be good neighbours.  If you see anyone visiting a nearby house ask “Can I help you” or if they are behaving suspiciously ring the police.  Don’t forget to get a good description of them and their vehicle.  In an emergency dial 999.  For non-emergency calls or to report a crime dial 0845 6060606.

 In June a dead badger was found on George Lane.  If you see a badger, dead or alive, please contact Mike Birkenshaw of the WMDC Countryside unit on 01924 303985 or The Badger Group 24 hour hotline on 0402 310406.  They will then collect it and have it examined by a Vet who will treat it or, if dead, perform a post mortem.

 At the last meeting of the residents committee it was agreed unanimously that a wooden seat be provided by the Notton Residents’ Association to celebrate the millennium year.  It would replace the old steel seat by the bus stop on the green.

 Derrick V. Smith


Parish Council

 Parish Council Election - At the election held in May, all former members were elected - Mr P Arnott, Mrs R M Baldwin, Mrs M Eames, Mr P A Y Taylor and Mr C White.  At the meeting on 13th May Mr P Arnott was elected Chairman for the year 1999/2000 and Mrs M Eames Vice-Chairman.  

Highways and Footpaths - As you will have seen, the District Council has at last cleared the footpath along George Lane.  I should like to thank those of you who wrote to the Highways Department requesting this work to be done, including Christine Archbell and Notton Residents Association.

 I should also like to thank Mr J Kidson for his work on the roadside hedges throughout the summer.  The Parish Council will continue to press the District Council for clearance and repair work to the footpath from Grimpit Hill to Notton crossroads.  The District Council have also been reminded of the agreed work necessary to Applehaigh Lane.

 Millennium Project

 The Parish Council is still trying to win grants for its project to resurface the children’s play area, though it seems unlikely that we shall succeed.  Sadly as I’m sure you are aware, the see-saw is now out of use due to vandalism.

 We are however, grateful to Notton Residents Association who have offered to donate a seat for the Millennium and which will replace the metal one by the bus shelter alongside the village green.

 Royston CE School - Governing Body - Because of changes made to the representation on governing bodies, the Parish Council has been asked to nominate a person to serve as a co-opted governor on the above school governing body.  As a result, Mrs A Taylor, of 1 High Ash Close, has been nominated.

 West Yorkshire Fire Service - Free Home Risk Assessment - Members of Wakefield Fire Station are visiting homes to give guidance and advice on fire safety.  Anyone wishing to receive a free home risk assessment should contact Wakefield Fire Station, Brunswick Street, Wakefield, WF1 4PA or telephone 01924 363154

 Peter Arnott - Chairman



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