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November 2000



Colin Bryant has 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 - it needs content.  Telephone Colin Bryant on 722851 if you require any information or contact him through the Website.

Christine Archbell (722537)


Notton Gala 2000

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 appreciated.

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


Notton Players 

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 Village Hall.

 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)


Fund Raising

200 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

Further functions are:-

Tuesday 14th November

WI Coffee Morning

Sunday 26th November

Silent Xmas Auction

Saturday 2nd December

Xmas Ball

Thursday 7th December

Christmas Coffee Morning in aid of Kitchen Funds

Monday 18th December

Carol Service

Pat Carter (728428)


Senior Citizens

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.

Maureen has 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


Womens Institute

Over 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 occasion.

Other visits 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.

Our 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.

Ruth Baldwin


Notton Tennis Club

29th 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.

Social tennis 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


Village Hall

Those 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.

Finally, there 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


Children’s Dancing Classes

4.30 - 6.00 pm



7.00 - 9.00 pm


Gardening Club

7.30 - 1st/3rd Wednesdays of month


Flower Arranging

1.00 - 3.00 pm


Children’s Dancing Classes

4.30 - 6.00 pm


Parish Council Meeting

7.30 - 1st Thursday of month



7.30 - 2nd Thursday of month

Village Social events as advertised in the Village Shop and there will be circulars throughout the Village.

Dennis Gillibrand - Chairman


Notton Flower and Vegetable Show

 This 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.

 Special thanks to Val Hurley, Joyce Mitchell and helpers for providing refreshments.

 The Committee 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.




Flowers (Dorothy Atkins Cup)

Alison Bird

Notton Residents Assoc

Pot Plants

Lynn Gillibrand 

Mr & Mrs Mitchell


Mrs Wedekind 

Emily King

Fruit & Veg (Gardening Club Cup)

Ray Welch

Mr & Mrs Young

Home Made Produce 

Greta Weightman

Mrs Longstaff & Miss Fletcher


Jan Welch

Mr & Mrs Welch

Floral Art

Margaret Kingswood 

Mr & Mrs Stevenson

Alison Bird also won the prize for the Largest Sunflower and the Rose Bowl as the overall winner

 Next year’s 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

The 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.

Our Christmas 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.

June Clark


Residents' Association

 Crimes committed in Notton 8th May - 30th October 2000

Burglary Dwelling


Theft of Vehicle (not recovered)


Burglary Attempted


Burglary Garage


Burglary Cricket Club


Damage to Dwelling


Burglary Outbuilding


Arson to vehicle


Theft of alloy wheels


Damage to Property  


Yorkshire Stone theft


Theft of vehicle (recovered)


Garden/Plant theft


Theft from vehicle




 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.

 Emergency - dial 999        Non-emergency - dial 0845 6060606

 Fly 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.

 WARNING - 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


Parish Council

Traffic Calming - 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.

West Yorkshire 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:-

1.       All households should be fitted with at least one smoke detector - a number of free smoke detectors are available from the Fire Service

2.       All households should have a planned ‘escape route’ particularly from upstairs rooms, in case of fire

3.       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

Parish Council 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.

Millennium 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 still awaited.

Peter Arnott - Chairman



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