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.
Archbell (Telephone 722537)
Gala 1999 - Sunday, 13th June
were fortunate to enjoy good weather for this event, most particularly after
last year’s horrendous rain which resulted in the Gala being cancelled.
thanks go to the extremely hard working Committee who once again ensured the
smooth running of the Gala.
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.
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.
Gale - Gala Chairman
is not our usual article for the Newsletter because sadly the Senior Citizens
are, for the time being, closing down.
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.
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.
Bird & Maureen Eames
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.
for details of our pantomime in February.
members always welcome.
Ivory - Chairman (724284)
Ball is on Saturday 11th December and tickets are on sale at the Post
Office - £12 each. Please get them
the past months we have raised:
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.
Carter (Tel - 01226 728428)
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.
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.
a request for horse riders and golfers to avoid the playing surface - thank you.
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
July we had an evening outing on a canal barge with supper included.
members have also joined the Federation outings to places like Burton Agnes Hall
and the WI’s own college in Denman in Oxfordshire.
year our Xmas Fayre will be held on Tuesday, 16th November from 10.30
a.m. to 12 noon in the Village Hall.
are always welcome at our meetings which are held the second Thursday of every
month at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Baldwin - Secretary
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!)
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.
Gale - Chairman
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
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
Gillibrand - Chairman
Flower and Vegetable Show
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
next show will be September 2000. If
anyone would like to suggest classes now or sponsor a section please contact a
Horsley, Jenny Lowther, Jane Heaton and Lynn Gillibrand
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
new management the club commenced the season on Wednesday, 6th
October and has an interesting and varied programme planned for the coming
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.
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!
of crimes committed in Notton from 13th May to 2nd
November 1999 are as follows:-
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.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Arnott - Chairman