The Christmas Carol Concert will be held in the village hall on Tuesday
the 21st of December 2004 at 7.30 pm. Sherry and mince pies will be
served. This is a great chance for
the children of the village to take part. We need their help and yours to make
this a success. To take part please
ring June Ivory of Notton Players, who are organising this event for the VHMC on
VILLAGE HALL – There would appear to be quite a few items of cutlery
(including about 30 dessert spoons) missing from the kitchen.
If anyone has borrowed them and perhaps forgotten to return them can you
please contact June Clark on 722346.
WI Xmas Fayre is on Tuesday, 16th November 10.00 am to 12 noon.
Admission £1 which includes coffee and mince pies.
Pay at the door. ALL WELCOME
Unfortunately we are
without a Chairman at present. Basically
this means we need someone to direct the meetings and keep them on track.
We do, however, have a nearly complete committee on whom most of the hard
The next meeting will
be held on Tuesday, 16th November at 7.30 in the Village Hall.
If you can help in any way or have any fresh ideas to revitalise the
event please come and join us. We
still need funds to support the Hall and other facilities after the expense of
Please could you all
save baskets from Christmas and other items, for our usual basket stall which is
always very successful on the day.
Since last writing to you, the shop has continued to trade in a
reasonable manner, although perhaps not quite as well as in the previous year.
The good news is that the flat is once again occupied, and revenues are
flowing from this source.
At the risk of repeating myself, I will, once again, ask you all to
think hard about volunteering for work in the shop, and making yourselves
available for positions on the Board. At
the time of taking on the shop, (almost three years ago), there was unbelievable
euphoria at wanting to maintain this facility in the Village and colossal
numbers of people who said that they were prepared to be involved.
Whilst I take nothing away from those who have given a great deal over
the last three years, and indeed I thank them, I must stress that we do need
more volunteers and we do need new blood on the Board.
Without wishing to place a sour note in my message to you, I will tell
you that if this does not materialise then we will find ourselves in the same
position as we were three years ago, when the then owners of the shop were
considering disposal of the asset.
Finally, on behalf of all of the staff, all the volunteers, the
Board and myself, I would like to thank you for continuing to support the shop
and, at the same time, wish all of you the very best for the Festive Season.
I reiterate what Frank
has said above. We are in the
process of employing another part time employee but this still does not provide
the cover that is needed and it will of course erode the profits, which affects
Surely many villagers
can spare an hour or so each month bearing in mind that part of the basis for
the original decision to buy the Shop and PO was that 38 people said that they
would assist (I still have their written confirmation!)
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Following the success of this year's panto, the intention is to perform
Babes in the Wood, which is a pantomime we have never done. This
year's performance will be early March, which will avoid school half term
and allow adults and children who are normally away to be either involved or
attend one of the performances. Anyone interested in becoming involved
will be made very welcome. We are always looking for budding actors, stage
hands, odd job men/women and seamstresses. Our new Chairman is Jo Booth from
Manor Close and she or any other member of Notton Players will be delighted to
hear from you.
This year's Carol Concert will be held on Tuesday 20 December. We would
love to hear from any children wishing to be involved. Please give me a call
if your child would like to take part.
Ivory - Chairman (724284)
We would like to thank
everyone who supported us at the different functions over the year.
The next events are:-
Boxed Supper Auction
Tickets are on sale at
200 Club – Anyone
wishing to join the Club can contact me on 728428.
NEW MEMBERS ARE NEEDED. ALSO
A COLLECTOR FOR MANOR CLOSE.
season we were promoted to Division 1 of the Leeds & West Riding Cricket
League. Unfortunately this season, despite a promising start, we were relegated.
Indoor nets commence after Xmas and
all are welcome, particularly new players, young and old.
find out more contact: Tony Spencer
- 01226 728860 or Bob Moorhouse –
During the past year
we have had Speakers on a variety of subjects from “Clarice Cliff”,
“History of the Music Hall” to “The Eden Project”.
We held an afternoon tea at Mrs Welton’s home in August. The proceeds from this were donated to the Bluebell Wood
The National AGM this
year was held at Sheffield Arena and three of our members attended.
We have had 2 outings this year – one to “The China Barn” and one
to Oswaldtwistle Mills.
Our Xmas Fayre this
year is on Tuesday, 16th November 10.00 am to 12 noon.
Admission £1 which includes coffee and mince pies.
Pay at the door.
Our meetings are held
on the second Thursday of every month at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.
Visitors and new members are always welcome at any of our meetings.
In common, it seems,
with other clubs in the league, it is getting more difficult to field teams,
perhaps because younger people are not coming along.
This year we ended up with only 1 team who had a successful season.
Our Club Tournament, for a variety of reasons, attracted fewer entrants
but nevertheless we had a very good Finals Day under the Directorship of Chris
We have over 100
members but even so the courts are not particularly well used with exception of
the days when 16/20 members play social tennis and it is this section which has
been attracting new members.
Finally, after many
years of service, Christine Archbell is handing over the position of treasurer
to John Pratt and the Club’s thanks go to Christine for all her hard work and
dedication which has certainly gone beyond the role of treasurer.
Gale - Chairman
Annual Bonfire Report -
On Saturday 6th November we had the Notton Bonfire and Fireworks
extravaganza. Once again this
was an outstanding success. We are indebted to Alan Shand for the professional
way in which he organised the event and to his team of willing helpers for their
support and hard work. Also many
thanks to Farmer John and Farmer Richard and all involved in the setup of the
bonfire and firework displays. Once
again Alan and Margaret’s family, together with close neighbours and friends,
worked tirelessly from 9.00 am on Saturday to ensure that everybody would be
fed. We must also thank Pat Carter,
her family, Janet Lilley and Maureen Buckley who organised and manned the bars.
Thanks to all who took part in making this a super evening and a hugely
Village Hall update - The
Village Hall is looking really good with the nice new washrooms and it is very
noticeable that it is warm and pleasant when people arrive (not hours later). We
again have had a record breaking year for fundraising events. Many,
many thanks to everyone concerned.
As you know the hall is
available for private functions. We still have dates available for bookings in
2004/5. If you are interested in booking the hall for that very special birthday
or party event, please contact June Clark on 01226 722346.
Drysdale - Chairman
Flower and Vegetable Show
As usual this was a
lovely village event and a great success with more entries than last year.
The 2004 overall winner was Denis Gillibrand who was presented with the
Rose Bowl. The Committee would like
to thank those who sponsored the sections and donated prizes and also the many
helpers and supporters who came in the afternoon to view.
This show is not a
fund raiser but we do endeavour to cover our expenses.
The last meeting of
the summer was in June when we visited the Gardens of Brodsworth Hall which are
being restored to their former glory.
Our autumn programme
started with an open meeting in September with a talk by Ken Dunn entitled
“Wind, Solar and Pupil Power”. Ken
gave a presentation on his successful Communication & Conservation Project
in Lesotho in 2003 with pupils from Royston School.
He has plans for future trips with pupils from Royston and Sheffield.
In October, Colin
Wood, a beekeeper for many years gave us an interesting and amusing talk on
Honey Bees. We were able to taste
some if his different honeys too.
This month we were
given a talk with slides on the gardens of Perthshire by Anne Taylor.
Our Christmas party is
on Wednesday, 1st December.
During the long dark
nights please be extra vigilant. Please
keep doors, windows, garages and sheds locked at all times.
Do not leave cash or car keys where they can be seen from outside your
property. Use a timer to set
internal lights and use external lighting at the back and front of your
Booth - 722398
In my last Newsletter,
I questioned the representation for Ward 5 which moved Notton into the boundary
of Crofton, Ryhill and Walton. Most
of you will be aware that 3 Councillors now represent us at WMDC namely; Maureen
Cummings (1 yr), Graham Isherwood (2 yrs) and Albert Manifield (3 yrs).
The Parish Council is
not political. As far as I am
concerned as Chairman of the PC I am prepared to work alongside the DCs as long
as they attend the Parish Meetings on a regular basis (which has been the case
since the election). Any
controversial issues raised are taken to the appropriate Officers/Department
within the WMDC.
Clerk to the Parish
Council – Stephen Loach has been appointed on the departure of Mike Starford.
With his knowledge of Council workings and his efforts so far he will
prove to be an asset to the members. You
will receive more information about Stephen when you read the next Mail Shot
regarding “Vital Villages”.
Since the last
Newsletter the following has happened in the Parish Meetings
Hall - Chairman