published a preliminary website for the use of the Village Community.
It could be used for publishing and archiving the Newsletter (in addition
to the printed version) and also as a source of information on our village
clubs, societies, special interest groups and local services.
Anything anyone wants really!! If
you have Internet access have a look at notton.org.uk
- it needs content. Telephone Colin
Bryant on 722851 if you require any information or contact him through the
Christine Archbell (722537)
The 2000 Gala was,
once again, very successful, and I would again like to thank all for the help
and support I received from everyone in the Village.
A number of people from outside also helped, and that was greatly
By the end of
November, a display will be up in the Village Hall, depicting the handover of
cheques to both Barnsley and Wakefield hospices, along with a substantial number
of photographs taken on the day. Many
of these show the Mayor of Wakefield visiting a good number of the stalls.
The above is the good
news. The more difficult situation
is that the Gala for 2001 will soon be upon us and I shall therefore be calling
a meeting of the Committee at 7.30 pm on Monday, 27th November to be
held at my house on Applehaigh Lane. This
year, there are a number of vacancies on the Committee and I would like to ask
anyone in the Village to come along to this meeting and give their support, in
order that the Gala 2001 can be as successful as the one held this year.
Frank Carter - Gala Chairman
The two comedy plays
performed in April were well received and played to capacity audiences on the
Friday and Saturday evenings. Thanks
to everyone who supported us.
On Saturday, 11th
November we are trying something totally different - a night of mystery and
mischief with a quiz/treasure hunt round the village (weather permitting).
There will then be a warming pie & pea supper and disco back in the
A Carol Service,
organised by Notton Players, will be held on Monday, 18th December.
New members, as
always, are welcome. Contact any
member of Notton Players if you are interested.
A pantomime is
unlikely. An alternative production
will be held in its place. Details
at a later date.
June Ivory - Chairman (724284)
Club - We run a 200 Club in the village which helps towards the upkeep of the
Village Hall. If anyone is interested in joining the 200 Club please contact me
- £11 per annum (starting September). Monthly
prizes are £50, £15 and £15.
We would like to thank
everyone who has supported our functions this year
Pat Carter (728428)
We are still
continuing to have afternoon tea in each others house.
This is proving an excellent social event each month.
As the local
garden centres put on a very attractive display at Christmas time with Christmas
decorations and other festive items, we shall be paying them an afternoon visit
with fish and chip supper to follow.
organised the annual Christmas Dinner at Millhouses at the beginning of December
with friends from Royston.
We are hoping to
have a trip to the Lake District in the Spring.
Anyone wishing to join us will be very welcome.
Jill Bird, Maureen Eames
the past year we have had some interesting speakers on mainly varied subjects
including “Missions”, “Hats” and “Lavender”.
In June we had
an enjoyable evening visit to the “Flower Barn” where we had a silk flower
arranging demonstration and supper. Also
in June some of our members attended a Federation event “Weddings of the
Century” held at Woolley Hall where the guests were expected to dress for the
include a Musical Evening at Castle Howard and a visit planned to Tom
Horsefield’s on 23rd November
with a demonstration on Xmas arrangements and supper.
next meeting is the AGM on 9th November followed by a demonstration
by “Thorntons Chocolates”. Our
Xmas Fayre this year is Tuesday, 14th November, 10.00 am - 12.00 in
the Village Hall. Admission
includes coffee and mince pies.
We hold our
meetings the second Thursday every month at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. Visitors and new members are always welcome.
July saw our Celebration Ball which commemorated the Club’s 50th
Anniversary as well as our President, Norman Siddons, 90th Birthday.
This proved, by all reports, an exceptional event with some 80 guests
enjoying the Ball, the Village Hall with tables being set out in a tennis theme.
continues to prove one of the Club’s strengths with the court being used every
Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, almost come hail, rain or snow.
Our three league
teams have performed well with the B team looking certain to be promoted into
Division 1 and our congratulations go to all players.
Alan Gale - Chairman
of you who have been in the Village Hall will have noticed that the kitchen has
been extended and completely refurbished. Thanks
are due to Joyce Taylor and other helpers for organising the quotes, negotiating
and ‘project managing’ the whole process.
The cost was in excess of £7,000 and we would be very grateful for any
contributions that anybody or any organisation might care to make to help defray
this cost. Thanks to those who have
made contributions already.
In addition to
these kitchen improvements, a small group has also painted some of the areas
that were looking a little tired and enhanced some of the other parts of the
Hall. Thanks to all who have
participated - particularly Jill & Graham Bird and Bob Wright.
If you have not
seen the improvements then do call in - ideally at one of the forthcoming events
- see Fund Raising.
The Hall can be
booked for a variety of events. Terry
Hall (727380) has taken over the bookings.
He is looking forward to your call.
We are grateful to Jenny White for undertaking this task for the past
couple of years.
are some vacant times if anybody wants to start a new Club.
What about badminton, table tennis, bridge or wine appreciation - in fact
virtually anything so long as it is legal!
The timetable of
regular events is as follows
Village Social events
as advertised in the Village Shop and there will be circulars throughout the
Dennis Gillibrand - Chairman
Flower and Vegetable Show
year’s show was another success despite a slightly lower number of entrants. We had quite a few new faces but missed some of our regulars
who were perhaps on holiday. Let’s
hope we see you next year.
to Val Hurley, Joyce Mitchell and helpers for providing refreshments.
would also like to thank all those who helped to organise sponsor sections,
donate prizes, take part or just came along on the day and supported us.
The cups and
prizes were presented by Keith Redfearn who, along with Ann, came back to visit
us for the day.
Alison Bird also won
the prize for the Largest Sunflower and the Rose Bowl as the overall winner
show will be held on Sunday, 2nd September 2001 - please put this
date in your diary.
Jennifer Horsley, Jenny Lowther,
Jane Heaton and Lynn Gillibrand
Gardening Club commenced the new season on 4th October.
The programme is varied and we have already seen the Gardens of Lake
Maggiore and the flora and fauna around Notton.
party is on 6th December. After
Christmas we have a talk on Clematis and the care and maintenance of lawns.
Following these is an evening with R Barlow who will tell us about his
Mediterranean garden in Barnsley! In
March is a practical demonstration on propagation and in April a talk and slides
of Australian wildlife. We meet at
7.30 pm on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month and would
very much welcome new members. As I
have mentioned before you do NOT have
to be a gardener.
committed in Notton 8th May - 30th October 2000
This is a
reduction of 19 crimes compared with the 44 crimes committed in the same period
last year. Vandalism in the form of
youths wearing balaclavas and throwing eggs and missiles at house windows is
common at the moment. The police
have been informed but the problem continues.
The police again stress we must be vigilant with the onset of dark nights
- lock all doors and windows , close curtains, leave lights and radios on
timers. Fit outside security
lights, lock and garage your car and secure all outbuildings.
- dial 999 Non-emergency - dial 0845 6060606
Tipping - ring
Claire Bailey at the Environmental Agency on 0113 2134748 as soon as possible -
giving registration number, description of vehicle, etc . Avoid confrontation but get as much information as possible
so that successful legal action can be taken.
WMDC countryside unit, with the help of a Millennium Community Funding
Grant are involved with the Pennine Trail beside the canal at Old Royston.
A 2 metre wide path from Old Royston to Stanley should be completed by 31st
December 2000, and eventually continue to Leeds.
TELEPHONE SCAM - If you receive a phone call from AT & T Service Technicians
saying they are conducting a test on your telephone line and want you to touch
NINE, ZERO, HASH (#), DO NOT DO THIS AND HANG UP IMMEDIATELY. This would give them access to your phone line allowing them
to make all calls - long distance, international, chat lines, etc. and have them
charged to your account. The police
suspect many of these bogus phone calls are from prison inmates.
Derrick V. Smith
- Old Royston - Detailed measures for the above have now
been put forward, which include a number of signs and road markings.
However, the proposals also include an increase in the speed limit along
Navvy Lane from the existing 30 to 40 mph, as the lower limit was considered
unrealistic for a length of rural highway and vehicles regularly exceed the
speed limit at present. The Parish Council agreed to the measures proposed, with the
exception of the proposal to increase the above speed limit.
The District Council has been made aware of this objection, but, to date,
no further information has been received.
Fire Service - Mr P Bentley, Station Commander of
Wakefield Fire Station, attended the July meeting of the Parish Council and gave
a presentation on household fire prevention issues. Of particular note are the following:-
All households should be fitted with at least one smoke detector - a
number of free smoke detectors are available from the Fire Service
All households should have a planned ‘escape route’ particularly from
upstairs rooms, in case of fire
A ‘free’ Home Risk Assessment Service is offered by the Fire Service
on request. For further information
contact Wakefield Fire Station, Brunswick Street, Wakefield, WF1 4PA or
telephone 01924 363154
Election - May 1999 - In May of this year an invoice was
received from the District Council for the cost of the above election.
The invoice was for £833.91, which seemed excessively high - more than
25% of the Parish Council’s normal annual budget.
It appears that where ‘District’ and ‘Parish’ Council elections
are held at the same time (as in this case) the District Council is allowed to
pass 50% of the total cost on to the Parish Council - even though little extra
cost is involved. It was decided to lodge a protest with Wakefield Council and
defer payment until a fuller breakdown of charges is received.
Project - Since
the last Newsletter, I am pleased to report that two late applications for
grants towards the funding of the resurface work for the children’s play area
may both prove successful. The
first - a grant under the ‘Landfill Tax Credit Scheme’ has already been
approved. The outcome of the second
- from Wakefield Council’s ‘Strategic Reserve Community Chest Fund’ - is
Peter Arnott - Chairman