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August 2011

Issue No. 68

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Editors Letter‌. I hope you are all enjoying your holidays. I know my children definitely are!! My eldest son has just left Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School and will be starting Thorne Trinity Academy in September. I would like to wish him and all other child that are on their way to starting a new School in September my very best wishes. I would also like to thank the School correspondents that have written for the Hatfield Arrow for the last 12 months. I really appreciate the hard work that the children have put into each article. I am also looking forward to hearing from the new correspondents at each school in September. Enjoy the rest of the Holidays!!

Best Wishes Julie Morrell

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News, News, News, News, News, News….. Peer Support Volunteers Becoming a volunteer breastfeeding peer supporter involves the selection and preparing of local mothers to become breastfeeding peer counsellors. They commit to attending information sessions for 12 weeks and complete a half day induction course. Hayley Lyall (Community Family Support) and Helen Coates (Community Nursery Nurse), both from the Hatfield Health Visiting Team provided the training with the support of Denise Beevers, Croft Children‟s Centre manager who provided funding and facilities for this project. Seven ladies from the local community recently graduated as breastfeeding peer counsellors. This is a wonderful achievement and we are excited about the difference this could make to breastfeeding in our local area. Well-done Girls. Hayley Lyall - Family Support Worker

THE HATFIELD OPEN GARDENS weekend was a huge success, raising a fantastic £3500 for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. We would like to thank all the people who helped and to the people who bought tickets and visited the gardens. Thank you also to everyone who opened their gardens, baked cakes, sold raffle tickets and donated prizes etc.


Beware!! Children’s Cancer Charity Telephone Call Scam! I have today been contacted by someone claiming to be putting together a calendar to raise funds for a children‟s cancer charity. I have been contacted by this company before and found out that it was a scam. The telephone number they called from is 01695 576275 and the person spoke with a Liverpool accent. I have contacted the police who have confirmed that these people are not from a charity and it is indeed a scam. They usually ask if you would like to advertise on the Calendar and usually aim at businesses. Please do not pay them any money.

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Hatfield Responds to Village Plan Questionnaire Around 50% of households responded, by filling in their questionnaires and returning, or leaving outside their door in July for collection. Rural Action Yorkshire who are supporting the analysis of the questionnaires, have advised that this is a well above average return for village of our size. We would like to apologise to those residents on the east side of the motorway, who expected to receive a questionnaire for the Hatfield Plan. The M18 was regarded as a boundary for the plan process, the remaining streets will be taken into the Hatfield Woodhouse plan. Hatfield Town Council wish this to be done as soon as possible, please get in touch on 01302 840347 if you are a resident and would like to get involved. Please continue to drop in completed questionnaires at the library, or email - - if for some reason you did not receive one.

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Caroline and Rachel visit Trinity Academy Don Valley MP Caroline Flint and Thorne councillor Rachel Hodson enjoyed a guided tour of Thorne‟s Trinity Academy from Year 9 pupils Emily Liddle and Dale Smith. Said Caroline: “It was fascinating to be shown round the school without staff or pupils having any prior notice or any special preparation. This is a happy, well organised school and the growing numbers staying on in the Sixth Form and going to university testifies to its „Outstanding‟ OFTED award.” Said Rachel: “The school sports facilities, including the new fitness suite, are very impressive; and are widely used by the community. But for me the most impressive aspects of the school are the simple things it has got right. It has two restaurants serving school lunches, which run three meal times to manage over 1200 pupils; and the library is open from 7.30am and doesn‟t close until the homework club finishes at 6pm.” Said Caroline: “Trinity seems to produce self-confident pupils who develop a range of talents, whether it is photography; the performing arts; or completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The school‟s subsidised trips to South Africa; the week on a Tall Ship or the trip to New York and many others ensure that these young people get to see a world beyond Doncaster and learn in the process.” Trinity Academy is the most improved school or academy in Yorkshire and the Humber. Its latest OFSTED was “outstanding”. The school‟s GCSE pass rate for 5A*-C grades in 95%, with 63% achieving at least 5 GCSEs including Maths and English. In 2010, 61 Trinity students went to university, five times the number that did so in 2006. In 2010, over 250 pupils progressed to Sixth Form and in September 2011 the Sixth Form intake will rise to 300.


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A Close Encounter I went once for some therapy to a place called Ragdale Hall. My husband said “They‟ll lift your leg” But I didn‟t care at all. Then wrapped in fluffy towelling robe I relaxed in comfy chair To choose the treatments I might have That were then on offer there. I thought a cleansing body wrap Would be just the thing to try. With mud that came from the Dead Sea Which would soothe my skin so dry. Then after swimming in the pool I looked for things to do, The steam room looked so dark and wet That would be something new! And then enveloped all in steam I felt relaxed and calm. I stretched out on a bench nearby, Delighting to be warm. When suddenly the door opened, I could not see a thing But felt the cooling draught of air That sudden movement brings. “Is anybody there?” I heard In tones distinctly male, And if you could have seen my face, I‟m sure I went quite pale. Then thoughts of thugs and psychopaths, Went flooding through my brain. Would I be viciously attacked And suffer awful pain. Would I be murdered as I lay? Wrapped in my soggy towel, And make the headlines the next day JEN SLAIN IN CRIME SO FOUL? So what was I to do you ask? Bravely, in voice quite weak, “I‟m over here right on the bench What is it that you seek? Of course it all turned out just fine And I was much relieved, This chap had come here with his wife For their Anniversary J.A.T. February 2011

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NORTH EAST DONCASTER CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU Advice Column I’ve got a credit card bill that’s taking me forever to pay off. I’ve heard there are new rules regarding credit card accounts, can you tell me what these rules are? New changes to give consumers more control over their credit card accounts came into effect in January 2011. The six main changes are: The most expensive debt will always be paid off first. Before, most credit card companies used your repayments to pay off your cheapest debt first. This meant you paid interest on the more expensive debt, such as cash withdrawals, over a longer period of time. On new accounts, the minimum payment will reduce the outstanding balance. For new accounts opened from 1 April 2011, credit card companies must set the minimum payment at a rate that reduces your actual balance by 1% each month. Before, if you made the minimum payment, this would generally only cover fees and interest charges and wouldn‟t reduce your outstanding balance. No credit card cheques unless requested Before, credit card companies could send you cheques that you could use to withdraw money against your account. Now you will only be sent these cheques if you ask for them. More choice and control over credit limit increases Before, your credit card company could increase your credit limit without asking you. Now, they have to contact you if they want to increase your credit limit. You will have 30 days to decide whether to accept the increase. This gives people more control over their spending. Clearer communications about interest rate increases Before, if credit card companies increased your interest rate and you chose not to accept it, your account would be closed and the outstanding balance repaid at the existing rate over a reasonable period of time. Now, once your credit card company has contacted you, you will have 60 days to decide whether to reject the new rate. This means you will have more time to explore alternative deals. More flexibility about how much you pay towards your bill Before, if you wanted to set up a regular payment you would have had to pay either the outstanding balance, or the minimum payment each month. Now you can choose to repay any amount you want between the minimum and the full balance. For more information and to download a leaflet on your new rights, visit: If you would like any advice/assistance from our Thorne or Stainforth offices, concerning the above or any other issue, please contact our Assessment Team at North East Doncaster Citizens Advice Bureau on 0844 499 4137 Monday & Tuesday between 10:00 & 2:00 or Fri 10:00-12:00. You can also email us at: We now run drop-in enquiry assessment sessions at Stainforth every Tuesday between 10:00-2:00 & Thorne every Friday between 10:0012:00 Contact details and opening times are also available on our own website at:



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Many people underestimate the importance of good dental care for their pets. In animals as well as in humans it is critical that the teeth and gums are kept clean and free from plaque. It is estimated that two thirds of cats and dogs over 3 years of age suffer from dental disease that can cause them pain and ill health.


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Nominations Please for Flowers for Someone Special Do you know someone special in our Community? Someone who has gone the extra mile for others or someone who just deserves something nice. The Arrow and Charlottes Florist of Hatfield would like to make that special persons day with a beautiful bouquet delivered to their door! Let us know who they are and why they deserve a bouquet. Contact Julie Morrell by email at or call 01302 351760

The August „Flowers for Someone Special‟ will be delivered to Mr & Mrs Garrett of Hatfield Woodhouse. They have been nominated by Mrs Margaret Newcombe and Mrs Joan Miers for the many years of marvellous work at the Hatfield Woodhouse Methodist Chapel and for the fantastic help and support they continuously give to members of the community.

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Hatfield Woodhouse August 2011 This month has been a busy one at Hatfield Woodhouse Primary, jam-packed with great events and trips. On Tuesday 21st June some children from KS2 went to The Hub for an awards ceremony from Children‟s University to receive a certificate for good work in after school clubs. They wore a cap and gown and threw their cap in the air like real graduates! On the 24th of June, Foundation stage and year 1 enjoyed a Father‟s Day picnic. There were lots of different sporting activities for dads, grandads and children to enjoy. An ice-cream van came, which was very exciting for both the children and the teachers! That morning year 3,4,5 and 6 had enjoyed a Tug of War event. Every one agreed the competition was great fun and look forward to it next year. The whole school took part in our Sports Week. Pupils from each house in KS2 did a field event such as javelin, shot-put and long jump. Every one the school took part in Sports Day, which was marred by bad weather in the morning for KS1 but sunny and warm in the afternoon for KS2. On the day of the cross-country pupils from year 5 and 6 ran from the village hall through the village and around the school field. We were presented with trophies and awards for each of the events, in a Sports Assembly by representatives of Lloyds TSB and local businesses. On the 4th and 5th of July, KS1 performed their „Number Fun‟ concert. The concert was all about numbers and how interesting maths can be! Each class sung number songs, recited number poems and some children from Year 2 read out number facts. Yr 6 split up into 5 groups to work on a Technology Challenge within the Hatfield Pyramid. Each group had to design a place mat for the Barley Twist Restaurant in Doncaster. In addition to this, they had to plan and cook a meal for the restaurant. A few children went to represent the school in the competition. They were judged on their team-work, hygiene and cooking. We were very proud to be named as runners up out of 6 schools. On Monday 3rd of July and Tuesday 4th of July Yr5 went to the Hatfield Water Park. They did many activities such as, Canoeing, Orienteering, Raft Building, Rock Climbing, High Ropes course and Kayaking. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were a credit to the school. On Friday 8th 2011 year 4 went on a trip to a murder mystery house in Leeds. When they arrived they had to walk up the cobbled streets and they found themselves in the middle of a Victorian street. There was a pub, green grocers, funeral directors, pawnshop and washerwomen. They had their fingerprints taken and they learnt all about Victorian crime. Jessica was put in handcuffs and they had to look at evidence to try and solve the murder mystery. Some of the evidence was very smelly. They then went back to the Victorian


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street and read the clues. There were six possible suspects as to who murdered Mr Sellit. Year 4 really enjoyed the experience and they hope to return next year. Last week, Year 1 went on a school trip to Normanby Hall. They made a tapestry inspired by the beautiful flowers of the Walt garden. This yearâ€&#x;s KS2 end-of-year concert, Aladdin, was spectacular and all of the parents and friends of Hatfield Woodhouse Primary had a brilliant time! Aladdin (Charlotte Wade) Princess Jasmine (Frankie Middleton) Jafar (Tommy Gravil), Genie (Christie Charnley) all had excellent costumes kindly donated by HVAC. Thank you for reading our last ever article. We hope you have enjoyed reading our news through out the school year. Have a good summer! By Tommy Gravil, Frankie Middleton, Ben Morrell and Christie Charnley Please send any replies/questions to the school address below. Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School Main Street Hatfield Woodhouse Doncaster DN7 6NH

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Hatfield Woodhouse Players The Hatfield Woodhouse Players would like to thank the public for the outstanding support given for their recent production of „Barrage Balloons & Bistro‟. They would also like to thank all the people who put in many hours but who are never seen. It was a truly memorable show. We are constantly being asked „‟ What is your next show going to be? - Have you started rehearsals yet? „‟ The truth is that a lot of people have resigned after many years of devoted service and to progress we urgently need - A Secretary, Producer, Stage Manager, Set Designer, Wardrobe and Front of House. Would anybody out there like to join us and have a go? We are a happy band of players who would give you lots of help along the way. If you are interested please contact Brian on 01302 840502 or Jackie on 01302 842102. We would also welcome young people to join, preferably over 16 years. Edith Mitchell Press Secretary.


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Healthy Living at Hatfield Travis. During the week beginning 13th June, Hatfield Travis School held a „Healthy Schools Week‟, where children and parents took part in a variety of activities. The children in Year 2 created Healthy Living booklets to document the week‟s activities. On Monday, Tom Collister, the bicycle safety instructor, came into our school and taught us about how to check our bikes that they are safe. In the morning, he taught Year 1 and Reception children to get off their stabilisers. In the afternoon he worked with Year 2 children. I learnt lots of things about bicycles and he told us all about keeping safe on the road. At the end of the session we had a race to be the slowest. Olivia won and I am very proud of her! Amy, Yue-Yang and James. On Tuesday, Year 4 and 5 children came to do gymnastics and it was very, very good. The children did roly polies, cart-wheels and crabs. Benjamin and Chardonae. On Wednesday, Keegan Hutchinson, who is a gymnast, came to our school. When Keegan came he brought medals and photographs to school and he did a cart wheel and a front flip in the air. He did amazing gymnastics. Millie, Samuel and Alexander. In the afternoon on Wednesday, it was our sports day. On sports day, people came with their mums and dads and other families. The children had lots of races and a list of what you could do. We played on the trim trail and we did hockey and tried to get a goal. I had a brilliant time. We had lots of races like running, obstacle races and relay races. Olivia, Emily and Aimee. On Thursday, we did Zumba. You have to shake your bum a lot and it was good and breathtaking. In Zumba it was excellent but it was tiring. Mrs O’Shea worked hard on it all. We had to put our knees up. I shook my hips, Zumba was fun and cool. Jade, Lilly-Mae and Clarice. On Friday, we came to school in Jeans for Denim for Diabetes day because my friend Leo has diabetes. He has to have an injection but he has Jelly Babies


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to eat so he is not poorly. Before dinner he has a pin in his finger tip and an injection. We raised £332.21 for JDRF. Jessica, Cole and Jessica. Our final activity was a golf lesson. A man came to teach us how to play golf. We did putting and chipping. We played a game called ‘snag golf’ and I hit a green disk. It was fun to play. It was hard to hit a flag because Jayden kept on getting the flag. In golf, it was really funny because I got all the flags and everyone was jealous! Semi, Emily, Layton and Jayden. As you can tell the children had a wonderful time taking part in our activities during our „Healthy Schools Week‟. The reporters forgot to mention our 8.30am „workout‟ on Friday morning organised by Mrs Charlesworth. Parents and children competed with some great hip movements in an attempt to keep the hoops off the ground. No prizes for guessing who were the most successful! The next one will be Zumba on the last Friday of term. Mrs P Cousins

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People Power Almost every day for the last fifty years I have walked through the churchyard of Hatfield Church. Lying in the graves are people for whom the church building was a glorious expression of their faith and for a thousand years it has been so. For me, for whom going to church, as a child, meant Sunday school in a prefabricated hut and in my adult life a spiritual appreciation of family, friend‟s neighbours and the wonders of nature. I had no need of a building. Nevertheless every day I walked the churchyard path I was in touch with those men and women for whom the church and its tower meant everything. Some could argue that the building has come to mean too much when raising money to keep it going came a too higher price. Building land sold to the well off when it could have been made available to our children to have a start in married life or to the elderly so that they may have appropriate accommodation in the centre of a community. Putting our reservations aside, if we are totally honest, for many of us the beauty and timelessness of Hatfield Church is what attracted us to live in the village. Today I learned that again the church has been the target of thieves and a very good job they have made causing over, what I am told is, one hundred thousand pounds worth of damage to a new roof. Theft of lead from the church roof has happened so often now that insurance compensation is limited to around five thousand pounds. I am told that the body that preserves our national heritage have now had a flash of common sense and will allow the replacement roof to be of stainless steel. Horses and stable doors spring to mind. Our village has become a rubbish tip and our lanes a dumping ground for unwanted items, it seemed that only the church and its tower stood pristine above the mess. Let us get together and restore our pride. If we all donated what we could afford to the Friends of Hatfield Building Trust £10-00 from each of us will go a long way to restore the roof for another thousand years. We could take a plastic bag out on a walk and pick up the rubbish. Shop keepers ask if children would like to leave their sandwich wrappers in a bin located in the shop, schools teach children to care where they and others drop their rubbish. We must all watch out for fly tippers and report offenders to Flag at Doncaster Council (736252). People are reluctant to be the first to drop rubbish if we clean our village and lead by example others will follow; this then will be our monument to the future. The connection between rubbish and the theft of lead from the church roof may appear tenuous but to me it all signifies a lack of care for our environment. Order and beauty in all its forms adds up to the sum of human happiness something our ancestors appreciated when they laboured to build our church.

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Rescue Day 2011 opened with a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, its Rolls Royce Merlin Engine could be heard before it flew over head, the pilot, Dunc Mason then went on to thrill the crowd with an absolutely superb display. This really set the scene for the rest of the event with fantastic Road Traffic Collision extrication displays from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, the EMAS HART team, Humberside Police and BDV Group Ltd, displays took place in the morning and afternoon of the event. The Humberside Police Dogs carried out two excellent displays with the dogs showing their courageous speed and strength and that they were more than a match for an armed robber acted out by one of the Police dog handlers. The Red Devils Parachute display team were outstanding as ever and even with a stiff breeze they displayed pinpoint accuracy dropping into the lake from around 5000 feet. They were picked up by Humber Rescue, Doncaster Sub Aqua and Watersafe UK Search and Rescue with equal precision and they received a standing ovation from the crowd as they circled the lake. Once again we had three helicopters on the ground at Rescue Day 2011, the Lincs and Nott‟s Air Ambulance, Humberside Police Helicopter and the Mighty Seaking Search and Rescue Helicopter from Royal Air Force Leconfield. All were on the ground for over two hours and were enjoyed by members of the public who were shown round the aircraft and talked to the Aircrew. The Seaking once again took off and then passed over the lake to the thrills of the crowd. The AA Rescue Team also got into the act and displayed their multiagency approach assisting the Emergency Services rescue teams to secure and recover a car that had been „driven into the lake‟. North Yorkshire Police off road teams displayed their skills over difficult terrain and actually navigated one of the smaller lakes showing real motorbike handling skills. Doncaster and Thorne Sub Aqua Club provided a display showing procedures for divers in distress and their recovery. Without doubt the Newfoundland Rescue Dogs from the EMAS HART teams proved a massive hit, these dogs have big hearts and immense strength which was displayed throughout the day with Watersafe UK Search and Rescue, during the Grand Finale, these gentle giants hauled in the Humberside Fire and Rescue Swift water rescue swimmers, the Newfoundland‟s handlers and several more „casualties‟ in one go to the cheers of the crowds. Members of the public were provided with static displays and safety information from various other Emergency Services such as Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, York‟s and Lincs Search and Rescue 4 X 4 Response, The Coast Guard, MFC Survival Ltd, Doncaster and Thorne Sub Aqua Club and St Johns Ambulance Service. Members of the public were treated to boat trips throughout the day on Indipup, an old lifeboat which actually saw action during the Icelandic Fishing furore, and which is now having a much more sedentary life with Burton Stather Heritage Group. The Day could not have happened without the tremendous work by the Rescue Day Committee nor without the generosity of 7 Lakes and our other Sponsors, BDV Group Ltd and Alf Kitchen Ltd. Volunteer Groups such as FODSA and the Lost and Lonely Scooter club as well as members of the Emergency Services giving up their time freely also ensured the success of the day and the committee are truly grateful for their continuing support. John Armson, said; “Finally I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to and on behalf of the Rescue Day committee to all the aforementioned teams and organisations providing displays and assets to make the day so special and to members of the public for attending this year and for their attention to the Road and Water safety messages which remains one of the primary aims of Rescue Day. Rescue Day 2012 planning is already underway and will be in July, date yet to be finalised.


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Mr Hemingway In 2003 I was the unwanted owner of a broken heart. The tell-tale signs were all there. I went off my food, I stopped laughing at comedy programmes, my record collection was more heavy metal than heavy-petting. I also suffered a repetitive strain injury due to constantly checking my mobile phone for a message that was never to come. I found myself visiting the pub more often, seeking solace in my friends and the Neil Diamond collection on the jukebox. But „therapy‟ at the local boozer started to get a little too regular and one evening, in a now common drunken state, I unloaded my emotional baggage on a friend of mine affectionately known to regulars as “Fat Paul”. To be fair to Paul he listened through the boredom before offering me his counselling. Maybe if I started to like myself a bit more, then my ex would become a distant memory. I scratched my head and asked for clarification and Paul, between generous slurps of his pint, explained I should go out and do something I have always wanted to do – namely train to be a teacher. I followed Paul‟s sage advice and enrolled at a local college, keen to follow what was left in the inner sanctum of my fractured heart. On my first day the tutor asked the class to close our eyes and remember a lesson taken by our favourite teacher and think why it stood out after all these years. This was how we should strive to be when we were qualified. For my part, my recollection was Mr Hemingway from Hatfield Manor School and how I felt when he read „Cider with Rosie‟ to me as a 12-year-old boy. I first encountered Mr Hemingway at the start of middle school when, as deputy head, he gave us an address on the importance of honesty – “honesty to ourselves, to the school and to our fellow pupils”. About a week later Mr Hemingway came into my class and asked for silence. The hair on my neck still stands up when I recall how he asked the class if anyone had seen Peter Wright throw a stone in the playground at lunchtime. The room fell stony silent, there were no grasses in this dock, however, I remembered how Mr Hemingway had stressed the importance of being honest in his address so my young mind weighed up its options. I decided to acknowledge my guilt in the hope that this huge personal sacrifice would save me from harsh punishment. Mr Hemingway also did some thinking, sadly for me, and proceeded to give me the slipper in front of the whole class four mighty „thwacks‟ on my backside. In a state of pain, embarrassment and pre-pubescent confusion I sat at my desk perplexed about how honesty had got my hide tanned. Then a young girl with a one-inch cut (playground stone shaped) on her head was paraded in. As much as I‟d like to say this was lesson learned, it wasn‟t, and this pattern continued for a couple of years whereby Mr Hemingway would be called upon to discipline a young and rather unruly Mr Wright. I wouldn‟t say I was a bad pupil, I was just easily lead, stubborn, foolish and to be honest I just couldn‟t quite get my head around the fact that getting a „B‟ grade in PE but a „D‟ in everything else was construed as failure. This was also much to my parents‟ frustration, who had done everything they could do instil discipline into their youngest child. However, one day Mr Hemingway reached out to me in a way that has stayed with me for life. One English lesson, as a way of changing things around, Mr Hemingway decided to read to us an excerpt from the classic book Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee. To say I was captivated would be an understatement, as the whole class sat in silence as this man read in a way that made our minds dance. For an hour I sat with an appreciation usually reserved for a second helping of Sunday lunch and I didn‟t want it to end. Mr Hemingway lit a spark that day that I often hear teachers talk about today. This lesson was not on the curriculum, there wasn‟t an Ofsted inspector waiting to mark the school down, it was done purely on instinct and in the knowledge that he could make the book sing to us and inspire a new-found love of English. Earlier that year my father had suffered a nasty injury due to a motorbike incident (definitely not an accident) and had spent a long time being treated in various hospitals. As mum had six kids to cope amongst trips to and from hospital I took this


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opportunity to take my foot off the education accelerator - in fact I had never really taken the handbrake off. What Mr Hemingway did was give me the incentive to try that little bit harder at school. I never grasped the difficulties he and the rest of the staff room had in trying to convince me to see the importance of listening and doing my homework. However, one lesson that Mr Hemingway taught me I have never told another person until now. One day a fellow pupil was having a dig at me (nothing new there) and after a session of verbal jousting he said something nasty about my dad. Red mist descended like a winter fog and the line was crossed, the fight began. Now, not being the biggest of lads I quickly found myself backed against a wall and inadvertently banged into a large map of the world that was hanging there minding its own business. It came down with a crash and lumped me clean on the head before attracting the attention on a teacher. Quick as you like my sparring partner and I found ourselves stood outside the staff room whilst out of sight but very audibly Mr Hemingway practiced his finest „thwack‟ stroke to basically scare the living daylights out of us both. He eventually opened the door with a face red with anger (I think the map was his) and beckoned me inside with an expression I generally associated with pain. Asked to explain myself I did so, but withholding a vital piece of information, in order not to have to repeat what had caused me to react in such a way. Mr Hemingway shifted closer and scratched his head, sensing I wasn‟t giving up all my cards. I stuck to my story, but he edged ever nearer and, as he reached eye-level, asked me one last time whether I was telling the truth and being honest. „Remember the stone incident‟ I thought and pain once again flashed across my mind but I decided to try the path of honesty one last time. Mr Hemingway paused for a moment as he deciphered what I had told him and took the dreaded slipper in hand. I swallowed hard, awaiting the worst, and clenched down hard. But instead of aiming the slipper my way he whispered that I must, “under no circumstances” tell anyone of what he was about to do. „Thwack‟, „Thwack‟, „Thwack‟, „Thwak‟ - Mr H gave the back of his leather chair four of the cleanest strokes I‟d ever seen. I stood in shock, trying to process what was happening, before he explained that I was experiencing enough turmoil in my life at the moment and to make the matter any worse by giving me the slipper would not do any of us any good. I will never forget what Mr Hemingway did that day and as I left the staff room I glanced over my shoulder at my foe who was about to suffer a different fate than I. I never had the slipper again, not once did I cross the line enough to warrant that punishment, and I have always felt a huge sense of admiration and gratitude to Mr Hemingway. There may be former pupils or slipper victims reading this with a totally different view on this school disciplinarian. I for one thought he was a superb teacher, a great rugby coach and no one could ignite the imagination of pupils quite like him. Farewell Mr Hemingway. I hope there is a decent rugby club up there (but no slippers)! Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to apologise to Mr Walton, Mr Raper, Mrs Jones, Mr Hill, Mr Lindley, and all the other teachers who tried in vain to teach me, I basically never realised the importance of education until I was at least 28. PW AKA The Difference

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HATFIELD WOODHOUSE METHODIST CHAPEL Sunday services start at 6pm Sunday, August 7th 6pm Mrs Anne Dyer Sunday, August 14th 6pm Mr Colin Dyer Sunday, August 21st 6pm Mr Barry E Parker Sunday, August 28th 6pm Rev John Hartley, Holy Communion HATFIELD WOODHOUSE METHODIST CHAPEL Saturday Coffee Mornings - 10am to 12noon Saturday, August 6th Thorne Lyons Saturday, August 13th Project 2000 Saturday, August 20th St John‟s Hospice Saturday, August 27th Project 2000 FRIENDS OF HATFIELD CHURCH BUILDING TRUST Bookings are now being taken for our Coach Trip to York on Wednesday 17th Aug, please ring Janet on 849377 for more details & tickets which are a bargain at £10 each! Proceeds to the Friends of Hatfield Church Building Trust

HATFIELD LIBRARY The Circus Stars 6 book challenge is in full action . Pop down to the library, there's still time to join. Collect gifts and stickers each time you visit and receive a medal and certificates on completion. Lots of Activities for the children, and also win a Family Ticket to the Circus at Sandall Park in September, so hurry and join the Circus Stars competition today . Wed 3rd Aug 10.30-11.30am Kimmo!!! The Magical Ventriloquist Wed 10th Aug 10.30-11.30am Circus Skills Activity Thurs 11th Aug 10.30-11.30am Silly Circus Show with Mr Dan Thurs 18th Aug 10.30-11.30am Circus Skills Activity All activties are by ticket only, so call in and pick up yours at Hatfield Library Needles and Pins, our new sewing craft group are meeting 5th & 19th Aug between 10.30-12.30 cost £1.00. New members are always welcome to this friendly group. JOIN THE HATFIELD MOOR SPONSORED WALK Sunday 18th September 2011. Take part in one of three walks around the nature reserve. Guided walks available. Group Trips/ Tour. Children‟s Craft Activities , refreshments. Call Colin Hepworth on 01302 840437 or email to sign up and receive your free sponsorship pack or for any further information. Please see the advert opposite for more details. Everybody welcome.


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August 11, Issue 68, The Hatfield Arrow  

Local news, information, events, school reports, articles of interest

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