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2 – Royston Review, Friday, May 20, 2011

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Village welcomes new vicar ABOUT 150 people gathered in Royston for the induction of new vicar Matt Bullimore. Fr Bullimore, who will live at the vicarage, was made vicar by the Rt Rev Stephen Platten, the Bishop of Wakefield at the ceremony. He said: “Everyone has been incredibly welcoming. Royston has a really good feel to it.”

Fr Bullimore was welcomed by other vicars from the area, deputy mayor John Parkinson, police officers, and Notton parish councillors. The choir from St John the Baptist School sang at the service. Originally from near Dewsbury, he had been working in Sandal as Bishop Stephen’s domestic chaplain.

Flying high: Carlton Community College pupil Ben Brettoner, 15, with a Red Tail Hawk.

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A STUDENT is hoping to get a job in falconry after following in the footsteps of Billy Casper from the film Kes – by forging a relationship with birds of prey. Carlton Community College pupil Ben Brettoner, 15, of Ollerton Road, Athersley North, took part in the eight-week course, The Kes Project, to get back on the straight and narrow after being involved in anti-social behaviour. Ben, who has an asbo, said: “I was messing about in school, and it spilled over to outside school.” He said he had enjoyed the course and he will now be presented with the Lantra Award which qualifies him to handle birds of prey. It is thought Dai Bradley, who played Billy Casper, may present the award. The scenario is similar to that of the movie, filmed in Barnsley and based on a novel by Barry Hines, in which Billy Casper hand-rears the kestrel. Before Carlton Community College was formed, Ben had been a pupil at Edward Sheerien, where parts of the film were shot. Ben said he became interested in birds of prey through his brother, who keeps a Harris Hawk. He added: “My behaviour has improved now I’ve found something I’m interested in and I’m happier.” Berneslai Homes officer Chris Corker, of Meadow Road, Royston, thought of the idea, as he keeps and shows birds of prey. He said: “I called it the Kes Project because the idea came to me at the school where Kes was filmed. Chris set up the course with SMJ Falconry which is based in Bradford but funded by Carlton Community College. It was fitted around Ben’s schoolwork and he was given guidelines on his behaviour at home as well as on the course and at school.

Royston Review - Barnsley Chronicle Feature - 20th May 2011  
Royston Review - Barnsley Chronicle Feature - 20th May 2011  

Royston Review - Barnsley Chronicle Feature - 20th May 2011