Nothing to report this time in my haste to get this Newsletter copied and delivered. Merry Christmas to everyone and a very Happy New Year
Gala 2001 - Sunday, 10th June
The critique meeting was held at my house in September, when we
discussed how the Gala had gone and, in particular, what changes we should be
considering for future years.
There was some concern that we were becoming a little staid in our
approach to the situation, and investigation is to be undertaken into whether or
not we should pay for professional entertainment, as we have done in the past,
for next year’s Gala. You will
all recall that the Gala itself was held on a day when we were extremely
fortunate to have a Gala at all, the day being cold and windy in the morning,
fairly cold in the early afternoon, and only in the latter part of the day did
the weather start to smile on us. In
those circumstances, I think we did remarkably well.
I have broadly got the same team around me as last year. They did
an excellent job this year and I am sure they will do well next year.
I thank them all.
Finally, we shall be calling upon you all, as and when necessary.
Carter - Gala Chairman
A fun social evening
is planned for Saturday, 24th November.
Following the success of last year’s event it will include a short
treasure hunt around the village (warm clothing advised), Amongst other
entertainment, Notton’s answer to Ann Robinson will host ‘The Weakest
Link’. Supper is
included in the bargain price of £4.
Please bring your own drinks.
Due to popular request
and after two year’s absence, Notton Pantomime is returning.
We shall be giving our version of Peter Pan on 22/23 February 2002.
We would love to hear from anyone who is interested in joining us either
as a major player, chorus, backstage or general dogsbody!
This includes any children interested in being ‘lost’.
Do come and support us either by becoming a Player yourself or enjoying an evening with us. It’s your village and without an audience it’s a little embarrassing.
June Ivory - Chairman (724284)
Club - anyone
wishing to join contact Pat on 728428. It’s
£11 a year with 3 prizes of £50; £15; £15 each month
Raising - The
Xmas Ball is on 8th December and tickets are on sale in the Post Office.
Anyone wishing to join the Fund Raising Committee should contact Pat on
728428. A concert by the
Escape Youth Group of Wakefield will be held in the Village Hall on 16th and
17th November - tickets on sale in Post Office.
The Club has enjoyed a
very successful season with our three League Teams all performing well, whilst
the Club Tournament this year was well supported and produces many really good
matches. Our Winners Boards will
show a number of new names and particular mention should be made of the Junior
Members of the Club who have made tremendous progress and we are certainly
seeing the benefit of the coaching course.
On a more worrying
note we have latterly experienced some vandalism and theft by a group of 10
teenagers. The police have been
involved and I would warn all residents to be watchful as this group have quite
obviously been involved in other incidents.
Finally, it was with
great sadness that we learnt of the death in September of one of our long
standing members, David Heaton. David
had not long retired and was looking forward to spending most of his time
abroad. Our thoughts go out to his
wife Jane and his 2 children Patrick and Victoria.
Gale - Chairman
There has not been a
great deal to report since the last Newsletter.
We have continued to meet during the Summer and Autumn, having been
visiting local places of interest and having supper together.
Christmas is just around the corner.
Our Christmas dinner is booked at Millstones at the end of the month and
it just remains for us to send Christmas Greetings and wish you all a peaceful
Sadly Mrs Annie Taylor passed away on Saturday, 10th November. She was, together with her sister-in-law Mrs Wilcock, a member of the Senior Citizens until it became difficult, through ill health, for her to attend our meetings. Mrs Taylor had lived in Notton for 65 years, much longer than most of us. She enjoyed reading the Newsletter and has always been interested in what was happening in the Village. We send our sympathy to all her family.
Bird, Maureen Eames
The village hall
management committee still holds a meeting every month in the village hall.
We have recently had a few changes in our committee members.
Dennis & Lynn Gillibrand have temporarily stepped down as our
chairman/committee member due to work commitments overseas.
We thank them for all their very hard work and we look forward to having
them back "in the fold"
sometime. We also have lost
Jenny and Colin White who are now settled in Woolley.
We thank them both for their very hard work.
The 2001 committee is now made up of the following:
partygoers. You can now have chilled champagne, wine, beer, soft drinks and even
ice cream for that special occasion. We
now have a fridge in our lovely new kitchen. So
come on Notton folks, book your festive parties. The person to contact is June
Clark on 722346.
The committee is in discussion with Wakefield MDC regarding waste recycling containers - update later. We now have an Air Quality monitoring system at the Village Hall - questions to Peter Taylor please. It has been arranged for the garden area of the Village Hall to have it’s annual prune and tidy up. A new notice board is to be bought and replaced with the old one. Mr. Hugh McCallum attended a Community Enterprise Conference recently held in York. This will be discussed at our next committee meeting on Wednesday 14th November.
Drysdale - Chairman - 724118
Heaton died suddenly in September after taking permanent residence in his
moving to the house on Applehaigh Lane he had taken a great interest in village
life. He was a member of the
Village Hall Management Committee and was a leading member of the group,
instrumental in progressing the development of the new Village Hall.
It was his enthusiasm and drive that was largely responsible for
enlarging the Gala to help provide the funds for the building and upkeep.
was a member of the Parish Council and for several years it’s Chairman.
During this period he helped in the purchase of the land on the Ings,
enlarging the Village Hall grounds, for the benefit of all residents.
many years he was Chairman of the Trustees of the Village Hall, finally
resigning this year.
was great company, a good friend of the village, and will be missed by many of
Graham Bird, Chairman of Trustees
Flower and Vegetable Show
It was another
successful show despite a few regular contributors being away.
The Cups and Prizes were presented by Doug Lowther who with Jennie, came
over the Pennines for the occasion.
For the second year
running Alison Bird was the overall winner and was presented with the Rose Bowl.
The Committee would
like to extend their gratitude to those who sponsored sections or donated prizes
and to the many helpers and supporters. We
are grateful to those who took part in the Show for without them there would be
no Show. In particular we
thank Valerie Hurley and Joan Mitchell who, with their helpers, provided lovely
refreshments on the day.
Please don’t forget
that in February we need to think about planting sunflower seeds in readiness
for the Show next year!
For your information there will be a new committee, but we must thank the retiring committee for initiating the Flower Show and for all their hard work over the last 8 years.
The winter meetings
commenced on 3rd October. Unfortunately,
due to unforeseen circumstances, the talk on Herbaceous Perennials did not take
place but despite this we had a useful and enjoyable evening.
on 7th November was a talk about Lindhall Nursery which provides horticultural
training for those with learning disabilities.
It was a particularly interesting evening.
Our Christmas Party is
to be on 5th December and then we meet again on 6th February with a talk on the
Please note that we have reduced the number of meetings to once a month - we meet 7.30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. New members would be warmly welcomed.
Crimes from 9th
May to 7th November are
as follows. There were 29 crimes in
the same period last year.
With such a variation
of crimes we must be constantly vigilant, especially now with the onset of the
dark nights. DO NOT allow anyone
into your home without first checking their identification. Keep all doors and windows locked including cars, garages and
sheds. Fit outside security lights.
Leave outside lights and radios on timers when you are out.
Do not leave Xmas shopping on view inside your car.
Lock everything away in your boot.
The unsafe handrail on
the bridge over the Ingswell footpath stream which we reported to the WMDC was
repaired the next day.
The asbestos dumped on the Smawell Lane Car Park has been reported and will be removed using the special equipment necessary.
- The ‘traffic
calming’ scheme for Old Royston is now complete and we hope this will now
prove effective in reducing the speed of traffic through the hamlet.
problems, notably the footpath from Grimpet Hill to Notton crossroads, and a
programme of work for Applehaigh Lane, remain unresolved.
play area - Regrettably,
after completion of the new safety surface, the see-saw plank was again damaged
by vandals. More recently, one of
the two seats on the site has been sawn almost through. In view of this latest vandalism, it has been decided to
delay any repairs until the Spring.
Collection and Recycling - As
you are probably aware, the District Council is in the process of reviewing its
policy in order to achieve waste recycling targets set by the Government.
Among items for consideration are the following:-
Holiday Collection Arrangements. Should:-
collection service remain the same, i.e. no collection on Bank Holiday Mondays
system be introduced so that collection days change every year?
take place over Bank Holidays?
made Tuesdays to Fridays every week?
days remain the same, but on Bank Holiday weeks, a special collection be made on
Saturday for those missed on Monday and Tuesday?
Household Waste -
At present, bulky waste items (furniture, cookers, etc.) are collected
free of charge. However, residents
may have to wait several weeks before collections are made.
Wakefield Council is considering introducing a charge and then using this
money to pay for improvements to the service, such as an appointment system and
speeding up the time taken to collect items.
and Size of Wheeled Bins - If
people can be encouraged to recycle compostable waste, and to separate such
items as glass, paper, plastics, etc. then consideration can be given to the
provision of smaller bins together with an additional ‘green’ bin.
It is appreciated that many people already make use of collection centres
(e.g. ASDA) where skips are available for glass, paper, cans, etc.
The Council is looking to increase such centres wherever possible.
Arnott - Chairman