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Friday February 9, 2018


No. 828


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‘I didn’t mean to hurt him ... I was scared’ JONATHAN BINNS MURDER TRIAL: Accused tells jury he saw man ‘from corner of my eye’ and thought his life was in danger...

By Staff Reporters A DEWSBURY man said he “didn’t mean to hurt” a father-of-two he allegedly mowed down in a pub car park. Jaelan Herlt, 20, has denied murdering 32-year-old Jonathan Binns outside the Scarborough pub in Thornhill last year. Herlt and friend Khaleem Harris, also 20, are accused of running Thornhill man Mr Binns over following a bustup in the pub car park. A jury at Bradford Crown Court heard this week that Herlt claimed a group of men were attacking his Ford Fiesta at the time of the fatal collision. He also alleged that someone shouted “black c***” at him. Herlt, of Derwent Road, said he wasn’t involved in any of the violence that had happened earlier on the night of February 17, but that Harris was struggling with three or four men after arriving at the scene later. He told Harris, of North Road, Dewsbury, that they needed to leave and said the men came for the car when he turned the ignition on. In evidence, Herlt said he thought the men were hitting

or kicking his car and were shouting something to the effect of “get out of the f****** car”. Herlt claimed he told the men to get out of the way because he was scared they might get into the car. Most of them moved but a man and woman were in his way, but he drove past them. Herlt told the court he remembered “seeing a male come from the corner of my eye on the passenger side”. He said the man was on the bonnet of his car when he drove forward but he thought he had jumped off because he “disappeared”. The jury heard that Herlt panicked because he thought he had run someone over, and drove off with Harris and his girlfriend before abandoning the car on the secluded Hall Lane adjacent to Rectory Park. He claimed he thought his life would be in danger and so didn’t stop after leaving the scene. When questioned by his







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Jaelan Herlt – drove the car but denies murdering Jonathan Binns, pictured right barrister Peter Moulson QC: “Did you intend to kill him?” Herlt replied: “No, I didn’t even mean to hurt him. I didn’t know where he was. He just came out of nowhere.”

Mr Binns, of Ings Crescent in Thornhill, who worked at Dewsbury-based Dust Control Systems in Shaw Cross Business Park, died of multiple injuries including bruising of the lower abdomen, a scalp laceration and extensive pelvic fractures. Herlt said: “I was shocked and scared. I didn’t know what to say or do. I just thought I went over someone’s legs.” He later sent texts to his girlfriend saying he thought had killed someone. Harris, who is alleged to have encouraged Herlt saying: “Just f****** run him over”, has also denied charges of murder, violent disorder and possessing an offensive weapon. A Stanley knife was recovered from the abandoned Ford Fiesta. The pair are on trial alongside eight other Dewsbury men aged between 17 and 21 who all deny a violent disorder charge. They are:

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Deaths ALLEN BARBARA On 28 January, of Cheshire, formerly of Heckmondwike, aged 81. Wife of the late John. Service at Vale Royal Crematorium, Northwich, on Thursday 15 February at 1pm.

BARTON MARIE (FORMERLY POLLARD) On 2 February, aged 64. Wife of Mick. Service at Dewsbury Crematorium, Thursday 15 February at 11.15am.

On 29 January, of Birstall, aged 45. Husband of Paula. Service at Thornhill Parish Church on Monday 19th February at 11.30am, followed by private committal at Dewsbury Crematorium.

CARTER BRIAN On 23 January. Service at St Mary’s Church, Gomersal on Monday 26 February, at 10.30am, followed by cremation at Dewsbury Crematorium at 11.15am.

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COBB SARAH LOU On 29 January, aged 38. Partner to Shaun. Service at Holy Trinity Church, Ossett on Thursday 15 February at 12noon, followed by cremation at Dewsbury Crematorium.




Heckmondwike, aged 62. Service at Scholes Parish Church, Cleckheaton on Friday 16 February at 10.30am.

On 1 February, of Mirfield, aged 91. Service at Dewsbury Crematorium on Wednesday 14 February at 10.30am.

DRURY NEE ROBINSON ANNIE On 2 February, aged 100, of Thornhill Lees. Wife of the late Herbert. Service at Dewsbury Crematorium, Thursday 15 February at 10.30am.

FARRAR (NEE NIX) STELLA On 2 February, aged 90, of Birstall. Wife of the late Peter. Service at Dewsbury Crematorium on Wednesday 28 February at 11.15am.

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FENSOM GEORGE THOMAS On 29 January, aged 96. Husband of Jenny. Service at Dewsbury Crematorium, Wednesday 21 February at 12.30pm.

FIELD DAVID On 30 January, aged 70. Husband of Lesley. Service at Dewsbury Crematorium Friday 16 February at 2pm.

FOX DAVID On 29 January, aged 73, of Heckmondwike. Husband of Christine. Service at Dewsbury Crematorium, Monday 19 February at 10.30am.

HARKER (NEE ASKHAM) VALERIE On 27 January, aged 73, of Brownhill. Wife of Terry. Service at St Saviour’s Church, Brownhill on Wednesday 14 February at 2.45pm followed by committal at Cottingley Crematorium at 3.40pm.

HOYLE NEE COLLINSON JOAN On 1 February, aged 84, of Thornhill Lees. Wife of George. Requiem Mass at St Mary’s RC Church, Batley on Tuesday 20 February at 11am, followed by committal at Dewsbury Crematorium.


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On 1 February, aged 80. Wife to John. Service at Dewsbury Crematorium, Monday 12 February at 10.30am.

KEANE MARTIN On 30 January, of Dewsbury, aged 93. Husband to Margaret.

Requiem Mass at St Paulinus RC Church, Dewsbury today, Friday 9 February at 1pm, followed by interment at Middlestown Cemetery at 2.30pm.

NEWSOME ELEANOR JUNE (JUNE) On 30 January, aged 83. Wife of the late Jack. Service at Moorside Church, Drighlington, on 14 February at 1.15pm, followed by committal at Cottingley Hall Crematorium.

NEWTON NEE SEWELL EDITH EMMA On 20 January, of Thornhill, aged 86. Wife of the late Gerry. Committal at Dewsbury Crematorium, Wednesday 28 February at 2pm, followed by Service of Thanksgiving at Thornhill Parish Church at 2.45pm. Place your family notices by calling 01924 470296

REED COLIN ARTHUR On 3 February, at Fieldhead Court, Thornhill, aged 74. Husband of Jacqueline (Jacqui). Service at Dewsbury Crematorium on Friday 23 February at 1.15pm.

RICHARDS DORIS On 29 January, aged 88. Wife of the late Clarence. Service at Dewsbury Crematorium on Wednesday 14 February at 2pm.

ROBINSON TERRY On 1 February, of Dewsbury, aged 68. Husband of Nadine. Service at Dewsbury Crematorium on Tuesday 20 February at 2pm.

TWIBILL DONALD On 30 January, aged 88, of Birstall. Husband of Catherine. Service at Dewsbury Crematorium, Monday 12 February at 2.45pm.

SCOTT Peter On Monday, January 30th, of Batley, aged 66 years. Peter, dear brother of Marilyn, a much loved uncle and a friend to many. “A very fine gentleman just passed by” Funeral service will be held at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium on Friday, February 16th at 11.15am. Donations in his memory for The Royal British Legion may be made on leaving the service. Enquiries: Eric F. Box Funeral Directors Tel: 01924 465402


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Exclusive A COLLEGE which has a campus in Dewsbury is getting rid of 50 staff as part of a cost-cutting strategy. There are expected to be around 50 job losses across all Kirklees College centres after it was issued with a notice to improve its finances in November. College chiefs had until the beginning of this year to revise a financial recovery plan after applying for help from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA). College principal Marie Gilluley said: “Kirklees College is working on a recovery plan in response to recommendations from the FE Commissioner with regards to the organisation’s finances. “In November, the college was issued with a financial notice to improve from the EFSA. “Details of the recovery plan have been shared with staff and union members. The college will look to make savings in pay costs through efficiency measures and restructuring. “Changes to staffing numbers in the last year have already resulted in current year pay savings. “However, the college will ensure quality of curriculum delivery and minimise impact on learner experience by limiting reductions in teaching and front-line staff. “For us it is essential that students continue to receive the high-quality teaching provision that we offer. “Voluntary redundancy will be offered where appropriate. Consultation with staff is now underway. The FE Commissioner will visit the college to check progress in a couple of months. “The building of Dewsbury Learning Quarter is not affected by this – we are on track to open our Springfield Sixth Form Centre this September and are making progress on the Pioneer Centre.”

Homes plan is refused HECKMONDWIKE: Campaigners are celebrating after plans to build almost a hundred homes on a disused brownfield site were refused. Proposals were submitted back in November for 96 homes to be built on the old railway line between Walkley Terrace and Brunswick Street. But they were unanimously blocked at a Strategic Planning Committee meeting yesterday (Thursday). Full story next week.


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TV extra jailed for sex crimes A WELL-known local disc jockey and former Mirfield town crier has been sentenced to more than four years in jail after pleading guilty to sexual offences against children. Russell Booth, 55, of Thornhill, received a 49-month prison sentence at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to an offence of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two offences of causing a child to watch a sexual act. Booth, who also worked as a teacher, had appeared as an extra in films and a wide range

of popular television programmes like Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Frost. He has also been ordered to sign on the sex offenders register for life. The court was told that the offences took place in 2014 and 2015 and involved girls aged 11, 12 and 13. Booth’s activities were exposed when one of the victims spoke up about it. Detective Inspector Charlie Manson of the Wakefield District Child Safeguarding team, said: “We welcome Booth’s sentencing today for offences in which he targeted

young and vulnerable victims and utterly betrayed the trust of those around him. “I hope those involved can take some comfort for seeing justice done and from knowing that Booth will now spend several years behind bars. “All offences against children are treated with the utmost seriousness by Wakefield District Police and I can assure victims that all reports will be thoroughly investigated.” SHAMED: Russell Booth, jailed for more than four years for sex offences

‘Inadequate’ rating for Catholic academy By Zoe Shackleton PUPILS at a Dewsbury high school were so disruptive in a lesson that an inspector had to call on a senior leader for help. Ofsted officials visited St John Fisher Academy last year, concluding the school was “inadequate” in all but two areas. The damning report said: “In one lesson observed, an inspector had to call for a senior leader as disruption had become so bad.” The Oxford Road school needs to “urgently improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment to ensure rapid improvements in the progress and attainment of all pupils – especially disadvantaged pupils so that they achieve in line with, or above, national expectations”. The report also said there had been ineffective leadership since the school converted to an academy in 2014. It has 1,169 pupils aged between 11 and 19 on roll. It was reported that the teaching of English was weak, as was geography, but mathematics and history were improving. A new headteacher has since been appointed, and the

report said that he has “quickly and accurately evaluated the school’s strengths and weaknesses”. Jim Taylor was given the job permanently on January 1 and is keen to sort out the school’s problems. Mr Taylor said: “St John Fisher has set out a clear plan for rapid improvement after the school was recently judged to require significant improvement by Ofsted. “The issues in the school concerned the need to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment to enable stronger pupil progress. Following the Ofsted inspection, the Blessed Peter Snow Trust (the academy’s trust) board has taken immediate action.

“The academy council overseeing the school has been replaced by a trust intervention board. Members of the new board are experienced school governors with specialist knowledge of school improvement. “Together, the new headteacher and trust intervention board will drive rapid and significant improvements in teaching and learning and outcomes for pupils.” Edwin Kirkwood, the new chairman of the board, added: “The outcome of the inspection was extremely disappointing but the issues are already being addressed by the new leadership team and the trust is confident that the academy now has effective systems in place.” Mr Taylor has since reshuffled his leadership team in the hope of improving standards. He said: “The recent changes to accountabilities and systems mentioned in the report are becoming embedded and are already having a positive impact. “A meeting for parents to discuss the Ofsted report was held this week and all are determined to return the school to its previous judgement of Good as soon as possible.”

Tracy’s going to the dogs... THE SEARCH is on to find the best pooch in Batley and Spen in MP Tracy Brabin’s new competition. Ms Brabin has launched a dog of the year contest after her labrador Rocky (pictured) won national recognition in Westminster. Supported by welfare charity the Dogs Trust, the competition has plenty of prizes up for grabs. Ms Brabin said: “Rocky has been the glue holding my family together since I became an MP and he is a best friend to both of my daughters. Without him we would be lost. “A dog can offer so much to families and individuals in terms of companionship and both physical and mental health, and I believe it’s important to celebrate that. “I was incredibly proud when Rocky was crowned Westminster dog of the year, thanks to the amazing training by my husband, Richard. Now I’d love to give others the opportunity to celebrate their beloved pooches.” Owners should send a picture of their dog along with its name, age, breed, where they live and a brief explanation of why they are important to the family, to Ms Brabin has three pairs of day tickets to

Crufts to give away, as well as dog treats. Emails should be headed with the subject Batley and Spen Dog of the Year, or entries can be posted to Tracy Brabin MP, 286 Oxford Road, Gomersal, BD19 4PY, by 5pm on Thursday February 15.

Mr Jim Taylor (left), the new headteacher tasked with turning around St John Fisher Academy

News In Brief Nominations sought for ‘ambassadors’ MIRFIELD: The Town Council is looking for nominations for its 2018 Ambassador Scheme. Nominations should be to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to civic life in the town, or who have brought recognition and credit to Mirfield through their achievements. Previous recipients include Sir Patrick Stewart and Mirfield Show organiser Karen Bullivant. To propose someone, people should email The nomination should include a supporting letter highlighting the achievement of the individual with reasons why they should represent Mirfield as an ambassador. An independent committee of representatives from organisations within the town consider the nominations. For more details, visit

Police believe BMW blaze was arson LIVERSEDGE: A BMW was completely destroyed in a car fire which police are treating as arson. The owner woke up to find it on fire outside their Hightown home in the early hours of Monday morning. The car was destroyed and the house on Fern Croft had to be evacuated, but nobody was injured. A police spokesman said: “Police were called at about 2.12am to a report of a car fire on Fern Croft in Liversedge. The fire is being treated as an arson and enquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances of what took place.” Anyone with info is asked to call Kirklees District Police on 101 with crime number 13180059004.




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News In Brief Road disruption is kept ‘out of hours’ NORTH KIRKLEES: Road surfacing on a main road through the centre of Cleckheaton starts on Monday (Feb 12). Kirklees Council are relaying the junction between Dewsbury Road and St Peg Lane, with work due to last three weeks. Traffic will be disrupted between 7pm and midnight on weekdays and as required on weekends. Meanwhile, resurfacing work has started on Bradford Road in Dewsbury and will take place each Sunday night between 4.30pm and 11pm. The work, running between Victoria Street and Dewsbury Ring Road, should take up to six weeks, finishing on Sunday March 11. Roads and services will be open as usual on weekdays and Saturdays.

Red-faced runners have a laugh at t-shirt cock-up By Steve Martyn RUNNERS in last Sunday’s Dewsbury 10k race were left a little red-faced after finishing the race – and it wasn’t from the exertion. Race organisers made a bit of a cock-up of the design emblazoned on the front of the blue shirts, with participants noticing that the striking outline looked particularly phallic. In what was supposed to be an outline of the Dewsbury Town Hall building, the design looked more akin to the shape of a man’s sex organs. Runners were handed the t-shirt after the race from Dewsbury, through the town centre towards Batley and Birstall and then back to the ring road. And it didn’t take long before people took to social media to highlight the unfortunate design.

Library discussions BATLEY: MP Tracy Brabin is chairing a meeting at Batley Library to discuss its potential closure today (Friday). Residents who want to discuss planned changes to library services can go along to the meeting at 3pm. Ms Brabin will answer questions and there will be a discussion about last week’s meeting of library friends’ groups from across the district. The library group has also started a petition in the hope of saving the building.

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is not completed by August 9 then the council is free to sell to any person, provided it is completed by August 9 2019. Community group bids can be sent to Asset Management Officer, Kirklees Corporate Asset & Facilities Management Section, Civic Centre 3 (1st Floor North), Market Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2EY.

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Not getting too worked up over the ‘interesting’ t-shirt deisgn – race director Bernard Disken Tim Baxter wrote: “Enjoyed the #Dewsbury10K this morning and smashed my PB. Liked the penis t-shirt too!” Anthea Bitcon added:

“This made me giggle – and I ran 9 miles home in mine – good job the fashion police weren’t out! #Dewsbury10K loved it!” Paul Dalton posted: “Anyone else spotting an ill-advised design on the front of the commemorative #Dewsbury10K t-shirt then? No? Just me then.” Despite the comical blunder race director Bernard Disken managed to see the funny side. He said: “The t-shirt has certainly attracted a lot of attention. We are always keen to raise the profile of the race, but some runners are getting a bit over excited.” More than 1,000 people took part in the race on Sunday, with Mohammed Abu-Rezeq winning the men’s race in under half an hour, and Charlene Thomas winning the women’s in just over 30 minutes.

Show-stopping cops star on silver screen CINEMA-GOERS in Birstall were treated to more than just a film when police officers burst into a showing part-way through the action. Officers stopped a screening of Maze Runner: The Death Cure at Showcase Cinemas on Tuesday night to arrest three male teenagers, aged 14, 16 and 17. The trio were arrested in connection with an investigation into a burglary conspiracy involving offences targeting high-value vehicles in Batley, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike,

Mirfield, Cleckheaton and other towns across West Yorkshire. They remain in custody, while two males aged 20 and 27 were arrested but released under investigation. Detective Sergeant Scott Hartley, of Kirklees CID, said: “There were a few cinemagoers who will have got more than they bargained for last night (Tues) when the drama came off the screen and into real life. “Our thanks to the staff at Showcase Cinemas for their help in allowing us into the

screening to make the arrests and for the other people watching the film for their patience during the unscheduled interval. “The arrests came about after an off-duty police officer recognised the youths as individuals that we had been looking to arrest. “These arrests form part of a thorough inquiry into nearly 20 burglary offences across West Yorkshire in which houses have been broken into to get keys for vehicles parked on driveways.”

Three suspects run from crashed Audi POLICE are looking for three men who fled from an Audi after crashing it in Cleckheaton. Officers were conducting targeted burglary patrols on Westgate when they spotted the men in a silver Audi A3. They followed the vehicle but it sped off and crashed into nearby garages. The trio managed to run away during the incident at around 5pm on Sunday February 4. PC 2495 Phil Miller of West Yorkshire Police is appealing for anyone with information to call him on 07921 282464.

Paedophile hunters corner suspect at station POLICE arrested a man after paedophile hunters claimed he was due to meet a teenage girl in Mirfield. An online group known as ‘Defending The Innocent’ said they had been messaging the 51-year-old pretending to be a young girl to catch him out. They launched the sting at Mirfield Railway Station on Wednesday – and the encounter was broadcast live

on Facebook. The pair who confronted the man called themselves Jay and Arron, and performed a citizen’s arrest while waiting for police to take the suspected paedophile away. A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police arrested a 51-year-old man on Back Station Road, Mirfield, on suspicion of causing or inciting a child under 16 to

engage in sexual activity.” In a separate incident last Friday night, another online paedophile hunting group confronted a man outside the Sainsbury’s store on Halifax Road, Staincliffe. Police later confirmed that 28-year-old James Philips, of The Crofts in Heckmondwike, had been charged with grooming offences in relation to a child under 16.


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Developers withdraw White Lee project for 200 houses

Plan victory – for now By Zoe Shackleton CAMPAIGNERS have rejoiced at a “small victory” in stopping hundreds of homes being built on green space. Developers Hallam Land Management have withdrawn plans to build 200 homes on land off White Lee Road in Batley. But there is a chance other developers could still lodge new applications for the land while the Local Plan is being finalised. Clare Naughton, who has led the campaign against development from the outset, said: “It’s a victory in the now but that field has had three attempts to have houses built on it, so it’s not in the clear yet. “We know that there is a shortage of housing, there is an issue. We are not against houses being built if they are in the right places. “The most important thing is we want them to explore brownfield sites. “Difficult decisions will have to be made at some point, but

THUMBS UP: Andy Slater and Clare Naughton thanked all the people who supported their campaign

brownfield sites should be used first.” Ms Naughton, who lives on Jail Lane, just off White Lee Road, and fellow campaigner Andy Slater, who lives on nearby Mortimer Terrace, thanked the

thousands of people who signed a petition. Mr Slater said: “It’s excellent news for the area. “They weren’t affordable homes, they were four-five bedroom houses with around 1,000

people to fit in the schools and the air pollution and congestion would have been ridiculous.” He added: “A big thank you to the thousands of people who signed an online petition and the hundreds who bothered to send objection letters against this planning application meaning 200 homes will not be built imminently on White Lee fields. “A big thank you to the council for having the decency to stand up to the developers. “Hopefully these fields will stay like this for years for many more thousands of people to enjoy.” A meeting at Batley Town Hall on March 1 will discuss proposed housing developments, land allocations, safeguarded land and urban green spaces in the Batley and Spen area.

CLECKHEATON: A public meeting is being held by Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin and the area’s top cop to discuss car crime and burglary. Ms Brabin said several constituents have been in touch following a spate of break-ins which have seen cars being stolen and houses broken into. Batley & Spen Inspector Mohammed Rauf is hosting the meeting alongside Ms Brabin at St John’s Church, Cleckheaton, on Friday February 16 from 6pm to 7pm. Members of the public can go along to speak to officials about their concerns.

Arriva axes services NORTH KIRKLEES: A popular bus service connecting Dewsbury and Halifax is to be withdrawn later this month. Transport company Arriva have confirmed that the 278 service which runs between Dewsbury, Brighouse, Elland and Halifax will cease on Sunday February 17. A spokesman for Arriva said that it was “no longer commercially sustainable to operate the service” as the cost to run it was increasing while passenger numbers were decreasing. The 262 service from Huddersfield to Dewsbury will also be affected, and it will not operate between Mirfield and Dewsbury from February 18.

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Crash is sign of the times THREE men were injured when their car crashed into a road sign in Heckmondwike. The car ended up on its roof outside The Junction pub, Halifax Road, on Thursday night after reportedly losing control round a bend and smashing into the ‘Welcome To Batley’ sign. A group of three men were in the

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NORTH KIRKLEES: Volunteers from the Mirfield branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) collected £502.14 from shoppers at Tesco Cleckheaton on Saturday. The RNLI is known for saving lives at sea, but also trains lifeguards and provides assistance in severe flooding and it is funded solely through voluntary donations. Volunteers thanked customers and staff for their generosity.

car, with one being taken to hospital after the collision at about 10pm. They managed to free themselves but an ambulance and the fire service attended. Police temporarily closed the road after the accident as it was covered in debris. Pictured – the scene after the crash on Halifax Road

Police act on town crime POLICE are stepping up patrols in Dewsbury town centre in an attempt to crack down on crime. Officers were called on to do more following a spate of attacks on businesses in the town centre. Novo Coffee House, on Longcauseway, was broken into for the second time since the beginning of the year last Thursday when a man wearing a beige coat and carrying a walking stick stole a charity box. There were three further attacks at the new Costa Coffee outlet, a hair salon on Kingsway Arcade and Cafe Etienne next to the Post Office. Dewsbury neighbourhood sergeant Joanne Flexney said: “Since the beginning of the year, there have been five incidents of criminal damage in the area around the church in Dewsbury. “The Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been conducting extensive enquiries including CCTV enquiries in and around the area. “We are working closely with the council to monitor activity in the town centre and have

Council schedules more land auctions A PLOT of land owned by Kirklees Council is due to be auctioned off. The site, which is next to the household waste and recycling centre on Weaving Lane, is among other lots going under the hammer at an auction next month. A guide price for the property, which was last used as a car park, is yet to be confirmed by agency Walker Singleton. A former car sales pitch on Huddersfield Road, Birstall, and land at Overthorpe Road, Dewsbury, as well as sites for potential housing in Earlsheaton and Common Road, Batley, are also on the auction list. The auction is scheduled to take place at Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top, on Thursday March 15 (7pm).

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All equal in the eyes of God – and Tesco UESDAY, February 6th, 2018. A big anniversary for a lot of people, not least the millions of women celebrating the centenary of winning the democratic franchise. Not all women were given the vote – only some, and those over the age of 30, but it was the point that marked the turning of the Suffragettes’ tide. The UK was by no means ground-breaking in its emancipation. New Zealand (1893) and Australia (1902) were global pioneers in giving women the vote, with the Scandinavian states following, plus Canada in 1917, before the stuffed shirts of Westminster finally succumbed to the inevitable, the same year as Germany, Austria, Poland and the newly Sovietised Russia. Much to celebrate then, and I’d gladly raise a glass to


Girls come quick – Tesco blokes interfering with your shelves, the bounders! Call the lawyers, get a claim in! Emmeline Pankhurst and her brave compatriots, every bit as courageous in their battles as the millions of British menfolk who had shown such selflessness and sacrifice for the previous four years in Flanders’ fields. You could make a fair argument that those men

died so that future generations of women had British politicians to vote for. And say the same even moreso, when they were called again in 1939. The sad fact is that to the strident haters of 2018 those men symbolise a Britain that is roundly despised by so


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many of the very people it empowered. I suppose they’d have been far happier if we were all speaking German and had a Swastika flying over the Palace of Westminster. Not a lot’s changed for them in 100 years, except it would be German with a blue flag and gold stars. But that glass I’d raise to Mrs Pankhurst and her colleagues, I’d gladly tip over the heads of some of the harridans for whom ‘equality’ is just a perverted code for power-mongering. EIGH Day is a bloated firm of Manchester lawyers, fat on the milk of legal aid and the ‘where there’s blame there’s a claim’ culture that just coincidentally is crippling the NHS. It goes without saying that they worship the European Court of Human Rights. Leigh Day are suing Tesco for an estimated £4 billion on behalf of women shelf stackers, arguing they are being trodden down by the male jackboot (my words not theirs), because blokes working in the warehousing and distribution side of the business earn more. I’m not getting bogged down by the detail. Suffice to say Leigh Day are essentially saying they both work in getting product to customer, ergo an hour worked in either pay should be the same. A couple of questions occur – why no mention of the male shelf fillers who presumably earn the same as the women? And if that warehousing job is so much more lucrative, why don’t the women just apply for it? Because


The lady is a champ TILL with Tuesday February 6th and at least one half of the city of Manchester was in sombre mood, marking the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster in which 23 people perished. Down in deepest Camberley, Surrey, news of the Manchester United tragedy was muted by the arrival of baby Glynis, third child of Mary and Glyn Jeffery. As such it was a ‘big’ birthday in the Locky household this week, though Mrs L neither looks it, feels it and quite frankly is horrified mostly by the sound of it. I mean, 60, that’s old, isn’t it? At least it used to be. I’m of the “60 is the new 40” school of self-denial. The kids still refer to her as being 38. My wife is one of the most impressive people I’ve met, and not just because she’s got the ‘grown-up’ job in the family, not me. UK and Europe sales and marketing director of an international company, responsible for generating tens of millions


of dollars a year – a job she held down throughout a brutal battle with breast cancer and all the surgery, chemo and radiotherapy that entails. How she handled that shouldn’t be a surprise. When our son was five months old she had to return to work in London. As a family we hadn’t a choice. A taxi would pick her up at 5.30am every Monday and she cried all the way to Wakefield station, knowing she wouldn’t see her new baby until 9pm on Friday. I wished I could have done that for her, like I wished I could have taken the pain she endured during a traumatic 24-hour labour before our son was delivered by emergency section. But I couldn’t, because for all the banshee feminist wailing, me and the missus were made different. Equal (I like to kid myself when pleading to wear the trousers in the house once or twice a year), but definitely different. Maybe I should give Leigh Day a ring and see if there’s someone I can sue over it.

that’s where equality should exist – in opportunity, not simple reward. Do Tesco really advertise ‘Warehouse Staff Wanted – Weakling Women Need Not Apply’? You know they don’t. The fact is it’s probably much harder, more physical work, in a far less cosy environment. So, a different job then. With different pay. Lord help UK industry if these Leigh Day parasites win because it would ruin businesses – although having said that, one answer would

be for companies not to raise the shelf-fillers’ wages, but lower the warehousing pay. Not thought of that, eh? And if the bloke who unblocks the executive lavvies at Leigh Day’s offices feels like suing because his hour should be worth as much as any of the company’s 27 female legal partners, I’ll tip up a few quid to fight his corner. After all, he’s up to his elbows in the brown and dirty. They just talk **it.

A state where dissent is forbidden HAT to fume about next? James Matthews, the former soldier who went to fight against Islamic State and was charged with terrorism offences when he came home to attend a fallen comrade’s funeral? It isn’t just the perverse interpretation of the state’s definition of ‘terrorism’ with which to shout its “all equal under one law” credentials. We know Islamic State murderers are limping quietly back amongst us, but there is silence regarding their arrests and detentions. Why? Because I suspect there are none. Our politicised, agenda-driven police and CPS are a menace to freedom and democracy. Anna Soubry perhaps, the self-aggrandising Tory MP who threatened to quit the party if Brexiteers take the leadership? Bye love, we’re really (not)


missing you already. Or still on Brexit, the pumped-up US multi-billionaire George Soros, the man who famously broke the Bank of England during the Black Wednesday crash of 1992? Soros is a real friend of ours, eh? And now he’s back, bankrolling a huge plot to undermine Brexit, bring down the government and force a second referendum. You see, leaving the EU is a bad move according to George Soros – but bad for whom? Because I really can’t see him acting in anyone’s interests but his own financial ones. The Home Office should ban Soros from entering the country because the only thing this sedition could possibly lead to is civil strife. But no, what exercised me most this week came on the back of Jeremy Corbyn’s

masked acolytes causing mayhem at a university speech given by the magnificent Jacob Rees-Mogg. I was delighted that main agitator Joshua Connor’s girlfriend got an accidental belt in the mush for her troubles – now that’s what I call equality – and indeed that our man ReesMogg rode the swell of discontent like Nelson on waves of glory. But what emerged from it was Corbyn’s lieutenant John McDonnell – kind of Labour’s Goebbels, Himmler and Heydrich all in one – declaring there should be no platform where Conservatives are free to speak unmolested. That’s the future, is it? Not just the undoubted economic abyss these idiots would plunge us into, but a police state where pointing out the errors of their ways is verboten.


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Failed car-jack gang appear in court Haroon’s a star FOUR teenagers have appeared in court charged with attempted robbery. A gang tried to car-jack a Mini while it was stopped at traffic lights at the junction of Challenge Way and Leeds Road in Dewsbury. They all had their faces covered and approached the black Mini shortly after 3pm on

January 28. One was in possession of a metal bar as the gang banged on the windows of the car. Kirklees magistrates heard that the accused couldn’t get into the car because the doors were locked but they frightened the driver and his male passenger. Ryan Morritt, 18, of Field

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Lane in Batley, Mohammed Raja, 18, of Carr Side Crescent in Batley, a 16-year-old from Batley and a 17-year-old Deighton teenager all appeared in a secure dock flanked by three security officers. Their case was sent to Leeds Crown Court, where they will appear on March 6.

NORTH KIRKLEES: A Heckmondwike man has been fined after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified. Kirklees magistrates heard that Vijard Hussain, 28, had decided to drive because his friend had too much to drink. Police followed a Vauxhall Astra on to West Park Road, Batley, on Wednesday January 10 shortly after 2am. Hussain, of Hutton Drive, eventually stopped but admitted he didn’t have a licence following a ban for dangerous driving in 2015. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Chidswell group’s ready for battle By Steve Martyn CAMPAIGNERS are gearing up for another round of planning hearings assessing key aspects of Kirklees Council’s Local Plan. Chidswell Action Group members believe the next few weeks could prove critical as to whether local farmland and green belt is included in proposals to allocate 1,500 houses and 35 hectares of employment land for development in the area. Group chairman Mark Eastwood said: “We are moving into a key phase within the Local Plan, where the independent planning inspector will assess the suitability of all the specific site allocations, including Chidswell. “During this stage, Kirklees Council will need to prove exceptional circumstances exist to allow development in the area, some-

thing that our planning lawyer will be strongly arguing against and that the Green Belt at Chidswell should be protected at all costs for future generations.” The group will be represented by planning lawyer Charlotte McKay, of Batleybased IOP Consulting. There are also proposals for up to 4,000 new homes on green belt between Mirfield and Ravensthorpe, as well as hundreds more at sites in Batley and the Spen Valley. The Chidswell campaigners have raised enough to cover legal costs up to this point, but still need to pay for full legal representation at the next stage of hearings. They are staging another fundraising quiz at the Huntsman Inn, on Chidswell Lane, from 8pm on Wednesday February 28. Mr Eastwood added: “We have been overwhelmed by

the generosity shown by local residents so far in supporting our fight against Kirklees Council and the Church of England landowners, which we believe has enabled our planning lawyer to build up an effective case against the council’s proposals to decimate the little bit of beautiful unspoilt countryside we have left in the area. “However, we are still short of what we need to have full legal representation at this most crucial stage of proceedings and any support local residents can give us could make the difference between winning and losing our fight to protect green belt at Chidswell. “Remember, once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.” The Chidswell hearings start on Tuesday February 20 at Huddersfield’s Hudawi Centre and Batley Town Hall on Tuesday February 27.


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Injured OAP appeal A KIRKLEES College teenager has been recognised as one of the best BTEC students in the country. Haroon Mahmood was a finalist at the British Education Awards 2018, representing Yorkshire and Humberside, North West, North East and the West Midlands. The 19-year-old from Heckmondwike was nominated for achieving a distinction in level two BTEC understanding enterprise and entrepreneurship and he has now progressed to level three. Haroon is registered as severely sightimpaired but helps his mum care for his sister who has additional needs. He has also been a course representative, as well as being on the student executive council and being the student union’s disability officer. Haroon’s former teacher Lydia Butterworth said: “Haroon displays a unique level of determination and positivity which is utterly infectious. He grabs every opportunity with both hands. “He makes the most of every second of his life. Haroon creates his own opportunities and is certainly changing his life as a result of being part of the college.”

LIVERSEDGE: A man was seriously injured after being knocked over by a car on Friday. The 65-year-old pedestrian was hit by a blue Audi A3 at around 3.20pm on Mark Street, just off Huddersfield Road. He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries. Police are appealing for witnesses and would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision or could have seen the vehicle or pedestrian involved immediately before. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Western Area Roads Policing Unit via 101, quoting 1143 of February 2.

Batley hit and run BATLEY: A driver failed to stop after knocking over a man on a main road running through Batley. A silver car collided with the man in his 30s on Bradford Road, close to the junction with Hick Lane, at around 8pm on Wednesday January 31. Anyone who witnessed the collision or movements of the vehicle or pedestrian prior to the incident is asked to contact the Western Area Roads Policing Unit on 101 quoting crime reference 13180052433.

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Library is a haven that enriches lives I am writing this letter with a heavy heart as I have recently learnt that Birstall Library may well be closed, or greatly affected by the current Kirklees proposals to cut the service budget yet again. This library stands at the heart of Birstall village – it serves its community with great professionalism and understanding. The people of Birstall and beyond use their library for many things: as a hub for information and learning – its staff reaching out to local schools on a regular basis. Not only that, but various walking, knitting and writing groups take place here too – encouraging and supporting social and cultural diversity with weekly children’s groups for Lego, storytelling, singing and crafting. In short, it is a haven that enriches lives. If we continue to close or down-

Planning is a poor system From: Chris Thorne, Dewsbury Further to my letters to the Forum in the latter months of 2017 regarding the lax enforcement of building control, planning permission, phone calls and a visit from a condescending enforcement officer from Kirklees Council. The house already has a twostorey side extension built by the previous owners and conditionally passed, whatever happened to the old 50 per cent curtilage rule? Not only have they passed the most ugly of outbuildings (30 per cent higher than permitted) but now an additional extension to the house protruding out some 25 per cent further than the plans allow. I ask myself, why do we have a planning committee allowing this to happen? Last year’s

Letter of the Week: Susan Gibbs, Dewsbury grade our social spaces, as Kirklees is proposing to do, we do so at our peril. Where will the elderly man go for help with finalising his council appointment? Where will the lady who sits in the warmth of the library, in order to enjoy reading her newspaper, go in order to continue one of her life’s pleasures? Where will the knitters go to share their passion and sell their produce for a good cause? Where will the children go to enjoy

a safe place in which to read and be read to? I do not know where they will go, but I do know that Birstall Library is a hugely important asset to this community. There will be a public meeting in the library on February 28 at 7pm. Please come along and add your support. A hundred years ago free-thinking women came together and moved mountains in the process, now it is our turn to do so.

reaction to one of my letters clearly shows that it’s not a one-off situation. Perhaps councillors could shed some light on the matter or even local MP Paula Sherriff. It’s a poor system that allows some to shirk responsibility, only for others to pay through the nose for services in respect of fees for architects, building control, plans and planning permission.

four years in the trenches he was eventually selected for Scotland again. After a training session, the coach was handing out the Scottish blue shirts, but missed out my grandfather! He asked: “What about my shirt?” “Didn’t we give you one before the war?” answered the coach.

From: Alistair McKenna, Gomersal

As usual the week’s news remains dominated by Brexit and the continued debates within UK government and notably the Conservative Party regarding our withdrawal terms and future trade deal. When questioned about our current position, our present PM completely dodges the issue by constantly trotting out the same old rubbish that the UK

Phase two not Coach’s shirty looking good response From: Mr G Dennis, Birstall My spirits lift when the Six Nations rugby comes along. It reminds that spring is just around the corner. Also, my grandfather played for Selkirk and Scotland just before the First World War. He was called up to fight for king and country, and after

LATEST PLANNING APPLICATIONS Evans Gulliver Partnership, demolition of outbuildings and covered area, erection of single-storey side extension with two-storey glazed element, installation of replacement windows, external alterations, formation of parking area and associated landscaping, York Mills, York Road, Mirfield. E Aisabokhae, detached dwelling, adjacent to 33 Kilpin Hall Lane, Batley. Uneeb Akbar, single-storey side and rear extensions and alterations (within a Conservation Area), Wilton House, 7 Rutland Road, Batley. Ace Fire Properties Ltd, demolition of existing buildings and erection of five dwellings with associated access, parking and landscaping works, 9-11 Belle Vue Street, Healey. Aisha Seedat, works to TPO(s) 39/96, 7 Knowles Road, Batley. E Wakelin, single-storey side extension, 191 Ealand Road, Batley. C Sewell, single-storey rear extension, 1001 Leeds Road, Woodkirk. Derren Harwood, demolition of existing garage and erection of singlestorey side extension, 37 Thornleigh Drive, Millbridge, Liversedge. B Hussain, single and two-storey rear extension, 13 Hill Top Estate, Heckmondwike. Star Coaches of Batley Ltd, discharge conditions 2, 7, 8, 11 on previous permission 2017/93632 for variation of condition 2 (plans and specifications) on previous permission 2016/92887 for erection of one dwelling and garage for use as bus depot and vehicle maintenance, 2 George Street, Batley. Fernbrook Associates Ltd, c/o agent, reserved matters application for erection of 4 dwellings pursuant to outline permission 2014/93864 for erection of up to 4 dwellings, Brewerton Lane, Dewsbury Moor. Mr & Mrs Terry, single and two-storey side, rear and front extension and formation of hardstanding to front, 18 Sunnyside Avenue, Roberttown. Mrs Butler, works to TPO 21/85, 10 Church Lane, Mirfield.

Mrs Brown, works to TPO(s) 23/91, 116 Old Bank Road, Earlsheaton. Y Bhayat, single-storey side and front extensions and formation of vehicular access, 223 Wakefield Road, Earlsheaton. Mr & Mrs C Walker, extensions and alterations to roof to create first floor with balcony, 2 Castle Hill Road, Gomersal. Matthew Wilks, alterations and extension to existing bungalow to form two-storey dwelling, 33 Stockhill Street, Dewsbury. Mr Dorodi, first floor extension and dormer, 35 Elder Close, Birstall. Robert Bailey, change of use from two flats to one dwellinghouse, 10 Owl Lane, Shaw Cross. Y Ahmed Patel, single-storey rear extension with pitched roof, 32 Thornhill Street, Savile Town. Mr Kneen, variation of condition 2 (Plans) on previous applciation 2017/90677 for demolition of existing dwelling and outbuilding and erection of new detached dwelling with attached garage, Red House, Briestfield Road, Briestfield. J Ballard, works to TPO(s) 04/88, 2 Crowlees Gardens, Mirfield. A Javeed, two-storey side extension, increase height of roof and domers to the front and rear, 190 Halifax Road, Staincliffe. M Ward, single-storey side and front extensions and detached garage, 32 Stocks Bank Drive, Mirfield. S Bould, detached dwelling with integral garage, adjacent to 225 Drub Lane, Cleckheaton. J Double, porch (within a Conservation Area), Craven House, 26 Carlinghow Hill, Batley. Strategic Team Group, discharge conditions 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 15, 16 and 20 on previous permission 2015/93102 for removal condition 6 (affordable housing) and 7 (public open space) on previous permission 2012/92614 for outline application for erection of residential development for up to 21 dwellings, Batley Mortar Site, Smithies Moor Lane/Bridge Street/Mill Street, Birstall.

has negotiated a great withdrawal deal in phase one of the negotiations. Who is she trying to kid? It is blatantly obvious that the EU imposed the majority of the terms and conditions and the UK government succumbed to their wishes. The referendum result demonstrated that the majority of people in the UK want to break with the European Union as they are sick to death of their absurd rules and regulations which are imposed upon our country, coupled with the obscene amounts of money we pay in contributions. Alas I fear that phase two of the trade negotiations and the outcome will once again be watered down by a UK goverment in disarray led by a weak PM.

Help save The Vaults From: L Grace, Birstall Last week’s Letter of the Week refers to the closure of local pubs within the local area. Lower down the same page in the latest planning applications is a request to change one of Birstall’s oldest pubs, The Old Wine and Spirit Vaults, into six flats. ‘The Vaults’, as it is known locally, is on the corner of Brookroyd Lane and Huddersfield Road and there is reference to the building’s existence in the mid-1700s. The pub was extended in the 1870s and given the new frontage onto Huddersfield Road. Up until the 1960s many old cottages surrounded the Vaults, later replaced by more modern housing. Generations of local residents have lived alongside the pub with few problems. From what I can gather, by speaking to locals, recently there was a change of landlord, resulting in the pub attracting lots of customers, but in turn allegedly upsetting some neighbours due to rowdyism.

Understandably nobody wants to put up with this near their homes, but on the other hand if you buy a house near a pub surely you realise there may be times when your peace will be disrupted. It is possible, with refurbishment and a good landlord, to turn the pub around to how it used to be, a quiet, respectable ‘local’. The Vaults is in Birstall’s conservation area, on the busy main road running through the village. If Kirklees planners allow a change of use they are getting rid of another local amenity. In the 40-odd years I have lived in the village I have witnessed the decline of the area and hate to see another old Birstall business biting the dust. I wonder if Kirklees even know Birstall exists except in their paperwork (oh and of course when we hit the world’s headlines in June 2016). It is a village with lots of history. Charlotte Bronte, John Nelson (a Methodist preacher) and Joseph Priestley, discoverer of oxygen, all lived here at some time and, of course, we have Oakwell Hall. I can never understand why Kirklees don’t do more to promote it. Instead of turning a historic pub into flats they should be doing something to preserve it and making more of the area in general. Other pubs around the area have been threatened with closure, but with refurbishment and sometimes offering real ales and good food, these have turned into thriving businesses. The same could happen to The Vaults. But it needs the support of the community, perhaps getting CAMRA interested too, sadly my guess is that nobody will even bother to object to the planning application. Then later on they will be the first to moan when more flats appear in Birstall and the Old Wine and Spirit Vaults is lost forever.

Surprised by poor report From: Name and address supplied I am surprised at the critical report about Ashworth Court in Dewsbury. I have a friend who lives there and, when one of my children takes me to visit her, I find her to be quite happy, and the care from the staff, and the food are excellent. I am from a generation of people who started work in 1943, after having left school at the age of 14, and we are glad that some of the members of our families who have also worked from leaving school and are still working, are able to help us to keep going.

We weren’t told the truth From: Wendy Senior, Dewsbury Are people beginning to wake up to what is happening to our health service? Yes, it is going to be rationed, there will be some operations which we will have to pay for. Look what has happened to Dewsbury Hospital already after being downgraded, ambulances are not allowed to go to A&E. After I was told six years ago at the ‘meeting the challenge’ discussions by former chairman Stephen Eames, Matt Shepherd and Mike Potts that we would not lose A&E services at Dewsbury Hospital. Our group, Keep Our NHS Public, attended most of these meetings for over two years and we were told the same thing over and over again – don’t worry, Dewsbury Hospital will not lose its A&E department. So what do we have now? Pinderfields Hospital bursting

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News In Brief Salvation Army cafe back up and running

From page 8 at the seams and people having to wait hours to be assessed. There are people in ambulances queuing outside Pinderfields whilst we have an empty Dewsbury Hospital. Where is the sense in all this? It is all because of the former health secretary Andrew Lansley’s idea to have specialist hospitals with all emergency services there. Did he have any idea how large these hospitals should be, and how many people in Kirklees will be without an A&E department? Some £9 million was wasted paying accountants Ernst and Young for rubbish advice, which was to cut medical secretaries or make them redundant and employ cheaper secretaries. But the CCG didn’t realise these people did not understand medical terms and they had to re-employ medical secretaries. This is how your money has been wasted. Had it been a private company they would have been calling in the receivers. Cath and Ronnie Knowles, who run the Happy Memories support group from St Andrew’s Church in Mirfield and the Parochial Hall in Dewsbury have had their funds completely cut. I help as a volunteer and groups like ours provide preventative medical care, but I don’t think they realise this.

Donate to fund biggest parade From: Tim Wood, The Old Colonial and Combined Services Parade Associates, Mirfield Over the years Mirfield’s Remembrance Day parade and service has grown in numbers, both of personnel parading and marching, and spectators watching and taking part

in the service. The proud boast of this small town is that we have become the largest parade outside Whitehall. So, as with all organised events taking place to mark any occasion, there is a financial cost to cover the set-up and upkeep. With the Remembrance Parade there is a popular myth that the Government or Kirklees Council pays for it: No they don’t! People obviously think the Royal British Legion pay for it, no they don’t, they are a charity set up to support the ex-service and service community in times of want or hardship. The parade is organised under the hat of the Combined Services Parades Associates, a small group set up 20 years ago to bypass charitable misgivings, political faffing about and administerial red tape. It has worked well so far and, as each year passes, we put new ideas into play. The town council do contribute some funds which helps towards one of the bands on parade, and years ago contributed towards the public address system. I receive tremendous support from the West Yorkshire Police over security and safety, as well as Kirklees Council Highways department for road closure assistance and advice on signage. The rest of the bands on parade, the upkeep and procurement of further updated PA equipment, as well as the parade and service sheets, along with many other incidentals too numerous to mention, are all met by private donations. This year our service sheets are due to be replaced; we don’t always manage to get all our sheets back as some people take them home as mementos and souvenirs of memories of the event. The 100th anniversary of the Armistice 1918-2018 will be commemorated this year, and it is only fitting that we have new service sheets sourced

and printed. Over the next few months I will be putting on a couple of fundraising events to pay for incidentals and have placed a suitable collecting tin on the bar for loose change etc. One way in which you can contribute towards the 100th year anniversary parade is obviously by donation; the other is by donating any unwanted items for auction, ie unwanted Christmas gifts. I seem to have accumulated a large number of items, such as shoe shine kits for travelling, except I don’t travel these days, and if I did, I wouldn’t be polishing my flip flops! Likewise, I have accumulated a wide library of books ranging from ‘Amazing Diets from the Hairy Bikers’ to Bear Grylls and ‘what to eat whilst stuck at the top of a frog-infested mountain pass in the Andes’. The shirts and upper body wear – all slim size - have been amassed from doting aunts, who probably remember me as a slender 17-year-old who, occasionally, remark at family gatherings “Eeh, hasn’t he grown!” I am sure that I am not on my own as a recipient of any well-intended gifts that are going to be of no use, no matter how many times you take the box out of the cupboard and look at it. Just drop the item off at the Old Colonial and we shall do the rest. If you can help in any way, please do so. Remember the 100th anniversary of the Armistice is going to be marked in a special way, and let’s face it, it’s your parade.

A million trees to be planted From: John Appleyard, Liversedge I was pleased to see that the Government plans to plant a northern forest with one million trees and that Yorkshire

Bombing memorial at services A SERVICE was held at Hartshead Moor services to remember the victims of an IRA bomb on the M62 more than 40 years ago. Twelve people were killed on February 4, 1974, when a coach carrying off-duty soldiers and their families was blown up on the motorway between Birstall and Birkenshaw. The dead included eight soldiers and four civilians, while 38 others were wounded. The annual ceremony is held at the memorial site on the westbound side of Hartshead Moor services, which was used as a first aid station for those injured in the blast. The mayors of Calderdale and Oldham joined the mayor of Kirklees, Coun Christine Iredale, alongside hundreds of survivors, relatives and guests. Coun Martyn Bolt (Con, Mirfield) attended and said: “The memorial seems to grow year

on year and it is a very poignant service. “I see it as an essential annual service of remembrance that needs to take place.” A woman jailed for the bombing had her conviction quashed in 1992.

Water have made a similar pledge to plant a million trees across its land over the next 10 years in a bid to reduce flood risks. This echoes the Labour Party’s General Election manifesto of 2017 to pledge to work with farmers and foresters to plant a million trees of native species to promote bio diversity and better flood management. Unlike the Conservatives who attempted to privatise our forests, Labour will keep them in public hands.

Do we want to use them as an example? From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge I note with keen interest Kirklees Council’s plans for breathing life back into Dewsbury. As far as I can make out this rests mainly in the hands of the influx of students. Well-intentioned maybe, but perhaps before coming up with seemingly bright ideas, I really do think the Kirklees Cabinet should get out more. I would suggest a trip to our local university town of Bradford (sixth largest city in the UK), to see for themselves how the current student population (13,600) have contributed to the vibrancy of the city, and a boom to the local economy. The city had a similar demography to Dewsbury. Start at the old tech college and walk down Great Horton Road and into town, passing boarded-up old clubs, bars and restaurants on the way, eventually passing the derelict Odeon. For want of anything better to do, you may then end up with a few pints in Wetherspoons whilst watching a few lost soles wandering round the puddle.

BATLEY: One of the town’s most popular cafes will be open for business again next week after a week-long break to accommodate staff holidays. The Salvation Army cafe in Stocks Lane, founded in 1985, is operated mainly by volunteers and provides customers with a main course plus a cooked sweet along with cups of tea or coffee for just £4. Recruiting Sgt John Thomlinson said: “The cafe operates at lunchtimes from Monday to Friday and there is no age limitation or pressure to join the Salvation Army Church. “We just enjoy providing good food and lots of company for people who might otherwise find themselves living very much on their own.” Customers should try to be seated in the dining hall before 11.45am as the cafe gets back to its normal opening hours.

Religions come together at church BATLEY: Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association (AMWA) in Spen Valley celebrated interfaith harmony week at Batley Parish Church on Wednesday. Candles were lit at the church to recognise the purpose of the celebrations – the need for uniting different faiths and encouraging harmony and goodwill. Following the ceremony, members of the AMWA joined church members for refreshments and a spot of light reading between groups. Rev Dr Martin Naylor said: “It was a joy to host the AMWA members.”

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We need to stop this insidious tax on sickness N PARLIAMENT last week I called for an end to the insidious tax on sickness that is hospital car parking fees – and the response I’ve had has been astounding. One woman told me of how she and her sister had to fork out £70 each per week to visit their elderly parents in hospital to help with their care. And her daughter, who was undergoing a six-week radiotherapy course for a brain tumour, had to buy an expensive permit for the privilege of parking. What she said next will doubtless be echoed by many: “It really needs to stop. Money is already tight when someone is seriously ill without this added expense.” I couldn’t agree more. People with chronic illnesses who have no choice but to make several trips a week are having to pay out small fortunes for the privilege of parking at publicly funded hospitals, only adding to their daily suffering. All the while private firms are pocketing part of the proceeds – a figure that has increased to half a million pounds each day across NHS England. How can this be fair? Poorly people, their families and friends, and hard-working, overstretched staff are footing the bill for something that should be free at the


point of use – just like our NHS. This is why I raised the question in a Westminster debate last week, making particular reference to Dewsbury and District Hospital where local residents can struggle to get parked on their own streets as visitors search for free parking nearby. Charities, trade unions, the British Medical Association and the public are all calling for the Government to stop this cynical attack on the seriously ill. It’s about time they listened. On a more positive note, this week we celebrated a hugely significant milestone in our history – 100 years of women’s suffrage.

Tuesday marked 100 years since the passing of The Representation of the People Act of 1918 which gave the right to vote to about 8.4m women over the age of 30. The centenary is an opportunity for us all to celebrate the hard-fought freedoms won by our pioneering predecessors. However, it’s vital that we remember how much further we still have to go to achieve full gender equality. With this in mind, I will be supporting the launch of a series of events to mark Vote 100 and International Women’s Day at Batley Town Hall on March 3. Finally, several of my constituents have been in touch over the past few months to raise concerns about car crime and burglary in their areas. After discussing this with Batley and Spen Inspector Mohammed Rauf, we have decided to hold a public meeting where people from across the constituency can come along and speak to the police about their concerns. The meeting will be held at St John’s Church in Cleckheaton on Friday February 16 between 6pm and 7pm.





‘Lesbian drug stunt’ turned violent

Friday February 9, 2018 A PROSTITUTE from Dewsbury Moor has avoided jail after assaulting a woman. Heavily-pregnant drug addict Shabana Ellis kissed Nikita Throupe at the Station Hotel in Dewsbury on May 1 last year as part of a joint plan to get money for drugs. Ellis invited Miss Throupe back to her Beckett Crescent

home and was accused of locking her in before attacking her in front of her on-off boyfriend Ryan Dufton. The 37-year-old then allegedly made Miss Throupe stay while the blood was cleaned up. Ellis claimed that Miss Throupe had lashed out at her and she fought back.

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The pair had been given £50 each by one of Ellis’s clients for putting on a ‘lesbian show’ and they used that to buy cocaine. Ellis said: “Once the crack kicked in, she (Miss Throupe) lost it. She kicked me on the back of the head. She donkey kicked me on the bed. That’s when I jumped up and retali-

ated.” Ellis pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm but not guilty to robbery. Judge Guy Kearl QC, sitting at Leeds Crown Court, said: “I found it difficult to tell who was telling the truth. What I was clear about was that there had been an argument and you had received

some form of attack from the complainant Nikita Throupe for which you retaliated and went too far.” Ellis, who has a £150-a-day drug habit but claims to have been clean for more than a month, was sentenced to a 12month community order and a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

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DEWSBURY MP Paula Sherriff joined campaigners demonstrating outside Dewsbury & District Hospital. Thousands of protesters across the country took to the streets last weekend to campaign against NHS cuts. Miss Sherriff was outside the hospital to show her support against downgrades and cuts to local services. The Labour MP said: “I was pleased to show my support for our NHS last weekend, joining the dedicated cam-

paigners at Dewsbury and District Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to protest against the downgrades and cuts to services at the hospitals, both of which serve my constituency. “The winter crisis in our NHS has seen our local services stretched to the limits. Reports from patients and staff of cancelled operations and long waits are shocking, with vulnerable and elderly people being failed. “Now more than ever it

should be clear to this government that transferring services away from Dewsbury and Huddersfield will only serve to place greater demand on already stretched services further afield – in Wakefield, Calderdale or Barnsley. The risks associated with increased travel times for ambulances, particularly across our more rural areas are simply unacceptable. “I’ll keep doing everything I can to stop this government running down our NHS.”

AN AMBITIOUS young rider is taking the first step on the road towards a professional cycling career. R o b e r t t o w n teenager Harry Hardcastle set off for France yesterday (Thursday) to join the AC Bisontine team for the 2018 season. The 18-year-old former Spen Valley High student has plenty of experience and success riding for UK teams and has already competed as a junior for Team GB. But heading to the continent is a major step into the unknown for the road cyclist, who harbours ambitions of making it a fulltime career. AC Bisontine is based in the eastern

Dave Sowerby with rider Harry Hardcastle city of Besancon – a ‘twin town’ of the Kirklees district – and Harry will ride for them for the next nine months. “I’ll be the youngest on the team and I’ve been having a few French lessons before I go,” he said. “This is the first step

and I hope it leads to a career in cycling with a pro team.” Harry’s being supported by the Dave Rayner Fund, a cycling charity which will provide him with a monthly allowance. Mirfield-based Sowerby Brothers

Cycles, where he has worked for the past couple of years, have also provided him with a Specialized racing bike worth in the region of £5,000. This week Mirfield’s Tour de France cycling legend Brian Robinson called in to Sowerby’s to wish Harry all the best and a surprise sendoff bash at the New Inn was organised by his family, Dave Sowerby and Mirfield councillor Martyn Bolt. Coun Bolt, a keen cyclist, has also written a letter of introduction to the mayor of Besancon. Along with fellow 18-year-old Yorkshire rider Jamie Ridehalgh, Harry will be competing in under 23 versions of famous races including the Giro D’Italia and Paris-Roubaix.

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A picture of unity

News In Brief Fire HQ plans for 30 new homes BIRKENSHAW: Part of the fire service headquarters could be demolished to make way for 30 new homes. Developers Rouse Homes are buying surplus land at the site which was granted outline planning permission last year and have submitted an application for 30 three and four-bedroom family homes. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is selling off the land but keeping the neighbouring listed Oakroyd Hall building as well as other offices and training facilities. Documents claim the site is located within a predominantly residential area and therefore suitable usage. Access would be from Bradford Road.

‘Right to buy’ claim was fraudulent NORTH KIRKLEES: A man has appeared in court accused of fraud after trying to buy a discounted council house he didn’t live in. Kirklees Magistrates heard that Khabaab Raja, 31, tried to buy a property on Ashworth Close, Dewsbury, through the Right to Buy Scheme. He would have received a discount of £30,000, but prosecutor David Stickley said he had committed fraud because the house wasn’t his main or only residence. Raja, of Providence Street, Batley, gave no indication of plea to the charge of fraud by false representation, claiming he had moved out of the house because of damp. He will appear at Leeds Crown Court on March 1.

A SPEN Valley High School teenager has won an art competition inspired by MP Jo Cox to have her work displayed at Dewsbury & District Hospital. Izobelle Broadley, 15, designed her winning entry based on the late Mrs Cox’s maiden speech in Parliament. Her schoolmates Ella Watson and Reuben Stocks were both named as runners-up. Izobelle, from Liversedge (pictured left), said: “In the centre I drew people holding hands, all different colours and patterns to represent people of all different races, cultures and backgrounds coming together, which is something Jo Cox heavily emphasised.” She scooped a £50 prize and her canvas will now be placed on display at Dewsbury Hospital, alongside the 12 other entries.

OAP thugs back in court A GROUP of five robbers who targeted elderly people have had their sentences increased. Gerald McCann, Larry McCann, Martin Rooney, Billy Rooney, and Michael Rooney were all locked up last year following a spate of robberies in North Kirklees. They terrorised an 89-year-old woman in Batley living with her son who suffers from multiple sclerosis. They knocked him to the floor before pushing her, causing her to land face down and cut her nose. Two of the gang then ransacked the bedrooms and fled with £60 in cash, watches and a jewellery box. Another elderly woman in Gomersal was pushed to the

ground and manhandled, while one of the thugs repeatedly hit an 80-year-old man round the head with a metal coffee pot. Gerald McCann, 23, (pictured) of Mary Street, Wyke, was locked up for eight years four months,

having pleaded guilty to three robberies and having a mobile phone in prison. Larry McCann, 18, of Mary Street Caravan Site, admitted five robberies and was jailed for six years nine months. Martin Rooney, no fixed abode, 18, was jailed for five years four months admitting four robberies. Michael Rooney and Billy Rooney, both 16 and of no fixed abode, were sentenced to four years four months and four years detention respectively. Both admitted to five robberies. Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC sent the case to London’s Appeal Court, saying the sentences were too lenient. Lord Justice Gross said:


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“Targeting the elderly is despicable.” The judge increased Gerald McCann’s sentence to 10 years four months, Larry McCann’s to seven years eight months and Martin Rooney’s to six years six months. Michael Rooney’s sentence was upped to five years and Billy Rooney’s was increased to five years three months. The judge said: “You targeted elderly people in their own homes. You knew the victims would be unable to put up much physical resistance and were likely to have expensive items of jewellery and cash in their homes. “The elderly deserve respect and must be protected.”

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CALLING all Boggle lovers! If you love the popular word game, can handle four letters and up and want to get together with other local players, Dewsbury resident Joy Wilson is setting up a club which will take place on the third Friday of each month. “There are Scrabble clubs, chess clubs and golf clubs, but no Boggle clubs!” said Joy, of Crackenedge Lane. “‘So if you come and beat me in a game, that will rank you number one in the whole of the UK – to my knowledge anyway!” Joy hopes that Boggle Club Yorkshire will run its own tournaments and eventually attract people across the county to take part. “But either way, I just want to play it with other people,” she added. The club will have two meeting times and locations – the first of which is on Friday mornings starting at 10.15 for 10.30 at the Sweet and Salted Cafe, near Dewsbury Market gates. A Friday evening club meets at 7.30 for 8pm at Starbucks in the White Rose Centre. Both clubs are free, you’ll just need to purchase a drink. The first club is being held next Friday, February 16. For more information search for Boggle Club Yorkshire on Facebook.

The Fiasco playing at Box Online Radio’s unsigned music awards night

Playing out of the Box... A CLECKHEATON-BASED radio station celebrated its best unsigned music artists at an awards night. Box Online Radio, based in Woodroyd Mills, only play tunes from unsigned bands on their programmes. Batley country singer Jade Helliwell took home best female and best solo, while a host of other awards were handed out to local bands

and singers. The station, which is completely self-funded, managed to raise £354.20 on the night at Bradford Playhouse last Friday. Live music came from acts across the district, including The Fiasco, Elastic Waste, Broken Flowers and Tytania. Station manager Wayne Davidson said: “All the bands who performed on the night

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Brass at Brownhill AN ILLUSTRATION of how female musicians are making their mark in the brass band world will be on show at Brownhill St Saviour’s Church on the evening of Saturday February 17. The well-known Hammonds Band will be presenting its fourth concert at the venue with seven out of 24 musicians in the band being women, two of whom will feature as soloists in the musical programme. “At one time bands were not able to have women in their numbers,” said musical director Ted Griffiths. “But that has thankfully changed and we now have some excellent women musicians to give us a boost.” Among them will be tenor horn soloist Zoe Wright, who will play Lark in the Clear Air, and flugelhorn soloist Catherine Owen, who will play You Needed Me. Musical director Mr Griffiths said the band had also changed its name from Hammonds Saltaire Band to simply Hammonds Band. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets, priced at £8, are available at the door or from 07756 139193. The takings will be used to boost the funds of the band and the church.

Pancake lunch A PANCAKE lunch will be held on Tuesday February 13 in the Community Rooms at Trinity Methodist Church, on Trinity Street in Mirfield. The event runs from noon until 1.30pm and all are welcome.

played their own songs as we only play original, unsigned music on the station. “We would like to thank all the staff for their help and the night and we are now getting ready for next year’s awards. “We had a great turn-out and would like to thank our sponsors of the night, Mill Valley Brewery and Group Auto.”

If history is your hobby AN UPLIFTING presentation about life on the home front in World War One comes to Bagshaw Museum on Sunday. ‘V for Victory’ is a new ‘costume-in-context’ presentation by the popular company The History Wardrobe, who will look at four Vs – vegetables, valiant, the vote and victory. The presentation will reveal what it was like for women running a wartime house on rations, the chores they did as a Land Army girl, what they thought about getting the vote for the first time and celebrate the work of the Women’s Institute. It will also look at the victory celebrations and jubilations and women’s fears and hopes for the future. As well as costumes from the period, the lively presentation will include top tips on cooking, cleaning and laundry, recipes, and a look at how people entertained themselves during wartime. The presentation starts at 2pm and tickets are priced £12.50. Advance booking is essential – you can book online or call Bagshaw Museum on 01924 324765.

Countryside needs you KIRKLEES Countryside Volunteers are on the hunt for new recruits to lead and back up guided walks, as well as help out with conservation tasks. The group has been in existence for over 30 years, with walks and tasks covering the whole of Kirklees. No experience is needed and training will be given. If you have a love of the countryside, then pick up a walk booklet from libraries across the district. Or you can visit the website Email or call Nigel on 07746 973281 (evenings) or Susan on 07979 292781 for more information.

A Valentine’s treat SPEN VALLEY Historical Society’s next meeting is on Wednesday, February 14, when there is a talk titled ‘Packhorse Days and Ways’ by Janet Niepokojczycka. Meetings are held in the Catholic Church Parish Hall on Dewsbury Road, Cleckheaton, starting at 7.30pm, with refreshments served from 7.15pm. The cost is £2 per meeting for members, £4 for guests and membership is £10 per year. For more information email scooper@

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DEWSBURY Arts Group will be performing an evening of two plays next week at their Artspace venue. Both short plays were written especially for the group – ‘The Turn of the Screw’ from the Henry James novel, adapted by Steve Goddard, and ‘Make Yourself At Home’ by playwright David Foxton. Steve Goddard said: “It was a challenge adapting The Turn of the Screw – the original is a mix of gothic ghost story and psychological thriller – and I

have tried to carry that mix through into the stage version. “I have taken a slight liberty with the original story by introducing the character of the older Governess as narrator, but I feel that this gives an added dimension to the action. “I’ve endeavoured to keep the setting as simple as possible, relying on Chris Cordner’s lighting to set the mood of the play.” In contrast ‘Make Yourself At Home’, directed by Chris

Ward, is a comedy which includes the antics of a philandering wife, her husband, maids and a window cleaner. The play is also the group’s entry this year in the All England One Act Theatre Festival. Both plays can be seen from February 8-10, at 7.30pm at the Artspace, on Lower Peel Street, Dewsbury. Visit for more information or call the box office on 03336 663366.

A GROUP of Dewsbury & District Ramblers walked from Burley-in-Wharfedale on Saturday, towards Ilkley and Burley Moor before returning back to the start of the walk. Another walk is planned for this Sunday February 11 at Bolton Bridge, meeting Stuart Gledhill at Dewsbury’s Wellington Road car park at 9am.

Ramblers’ corner FORTHCOMING walks with the North Kirklees Group of the Ramblers – non-members are always welcome. Please call the walk leader for more details WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY TO BRIESTFIELD AND WHITLEY (REVERSED) Starts at 11am at the Black Horse Thornhill (WF12 0BE) 4.5 miles – moderate Contact: Jim 01924 469700

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17 EDGE, VALLEY AND CANAL Starts at 10.30am at Thornhill Rectory Park (WF12 0JY, SE256185) 8.5 miles – moderate Contact: David Parkinson 01274 879794

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The Baldens’ route to the top MAP of Dewsbury I discovered in a flea market a few years ago came to light again in a pile of papers this week – and it offers a fascinating insight into Dewsbury life 85 years ago. According to the front cover the map was ‘published with the approval of the Dewsbury Corporation’, whatever that meant, but what was interesting about it was a rubber stamp on the front of RS Balden and Son, Auctioneers, Valuers and Land Agents, of Foundry Street and Northgate. Presumably RS Balden and Son kept these maps in stock to hand out to clients wanting to view property around the Dewsbury district, but just who were Baldens? Northumberland-born Robert Swan Balden arrived in Dewsbury in around 1884 when he married farmer’s daughter Maria Whiteley from Hanging Heaton. Already working as a land agent and farmer the marriage to a farmer’s daughter was not surprising, but despite having a relatively privileged social and financial standing he was not immune to tragedy. Maria died in 1893, around the time of the birth of her third child. With baby Rex joining elder siblings John and Ethel, Robert turned to Maria’s elder sister Julia for help and a second marriage, to Julia, ensued two years later with the ceremony taking place in Jersey. By the time Pike’s ‘West Riding Biographies’ was published in 1902 there was scarcely any part of Dewsbury life that Robert was not involved in, and his 10-roomed house on Leeds Road, ‘Bywell’, bore testimony to his social standing. He was a Justice of the Peace for the West Riding, a freemason, a member of the Dewsbury Joint Hospital Board, a member of the West Riding County Council (Ossett Section), had served as chairman of Soothill Upper District Council, as secretary of the West Riding Chamber of Agriculture, as a director of the Dewsbury and Batley District News and chairman or director of three different gas companies. No doubt their three servants helped Julia manage the household due to the extent of Robert’s involvement in local affairs, but by 1911 the household staff had been reduced to two with John now 24, and working as a government land valuation officer, Ethel 22, and 18-year-old Rex learning to be an auctioneer, there was obviously less need for help. It was often the case in upper middle class Victorian

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Ann and Marc Sinden, son of Sir Donald Sinden (inset) ROM hit TV shows Never The Twain and Two’s Company to films such as The Cruel Sea and Eyewitness, celebrated actor and theatre director Marc Sinden remembers the wonderful career of his late father, the one and only Sir Donald Sinden in a new interview for Sky TV. Marc who is busy with so many projects himself, was delightful and a wonderful guest to meet, just like his late, great father. It’ll be on TV this spring.


John Balden with his wife Winifred (nee Shaw) Above right: Robert Swan Balden and Edwardian society to see children in prominent families marrying children of other prominent families. It was no different with Robert’s son John who married Winifred Shaw, daughter of former Dewsbury Lord Mayor William Henry Shaw, of Shaws Accountants. The Shaws lived at Thorncliffe, a big detached house and grounds on Thorncliffe Road, Staincliffe, with William Henry’s son Norman becoming the last private owner of the Red House, Gomersal, and his grandson Michael earning a knighthood and then being raised to the peerage as Lord, then Baron, Shaw of Duxbury Hall, Liversedge. But, amid all the upper class grandeur Robert’s great grandson Bruce Balden brought a totally different slant to Balden family life. Bruce first came to the attention of the British public as one of the children selected to be part of the ‘7 Up’ TV documentary series. The programme has been shown every seven years since 1964 and is due on air again next year. As a seven-year-old Bruce was a shy, quietly-spoken boy who already had a concern for the under-privileged and expressed a desire to be a mis-

sionary. That never happened but while he had a public school upbringing he went on to work as a teacher amongst underprivileged kids in London’s East End. The last time we saw him he was 56 years old and teaching at a private school in St Albans but remained thoroughly grounded. Clearly, the Balden influence has been felt far and wide but even though Robert died in 1924 and the Balden family and their business has passed from Dewsbury life their old house on Leeds Road has continued to serve the community one way or another. It is no longer Bywell, but it still holds a place of prominence standing opposite the junction with Bywell Road. For many years it was the Whistler Public House but today it should perhaps be renamed ‘Buy Well’ for it is a Tesco Express store! The Baldens’ Dewsbury map has topographical notes listing Dewsbury’s history and amenities in the form of a tourist guide. Next week, we will look at how the ‘Corporation’ portrayed some of the work, pastimes and recreational facilities available to the town’s inhabitants between the two world wars.

THE Strictly Come Dancing 2018 tour is now well under way, and it’s a sell-out, which cannot be said for the ailing X Factor live shows. A source reveals: “They have picked far smaller venues this time around, as they want to make it look more successful.” THE QUEEN star Dame Helen Mirren has signed up to play another monarch – Catherine the Great. The Oscar-winning actress came up with the idea for the HBO drama, saying she had always wanted to play the Russian empress. Dame Helen said she was attracted to the idea of playing such a powerful woman. BBC archivists have described the painstaking process of restoring a previously lost 50-year-old episode of Morecambe and Wise. Experts recently recovered a copy of the second episode from a sweltering outbuilding in the small semi-rural Nigerian town of Jos. They hope to show it on TV fully restored. PROOF that reality TV stars are now less remembered than ever before. Take Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo, who attended a recent red carpet event and told me: “They made me walk the red carpet twice, because no-

one recognised me the first time around, even after winning Bake Off. You see how fickle we all are...” BEYONCE and Madonna are to celebrate Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th birthday by featuring on a new compilation album. The birthday collection will feature newly recorded songs as well as cherished favourites from the Oscar-winning composer’s most successful musicals across his 50-year career. Lord Lloyd Webber told me: “You forget you have worked with so many wonderful artistes all along the way. I have been so lucky.” ON-OFF EastEnders actor Neil McDermott, who played Ryan, has a new role in a stage version of The Sound of Music. He tells me: “Yes I’m playing Captain von Trapp in the iconic musical. We’re touring around the country until April. I have always loved the film and it’s super now being a father too, so fingers crossed I can do the show proud.” FORMER Strictly Come Dancing stars James and Ola Jordan have apologised to fans after being forced to postpone their UK tour due to injury. The couple said they are “hugely saddened” to postpone their Uncensored tour – due to start on March 3 in Blackpool – after an injury sustained by James during rehearsals required more time to recover than previously expected. CORONATION STREET actress Alison King has revealed that Carla Connor acts “like a cat with a mouse” the way she deals with all the staff in the factory. “I don’t know any boss that can get away with what she does, but again the fans seem to love it and that is all that matters,” she said.

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SATURDAYS singer and Strictly contestant Mollie King says she is not giving up music despite her last effort failing to chart. “I think I picked the wrong moment to make it happen, but I am hopeful with my new stuff that fans will embrace it,” she said. BLACKPOOL-BORN actress Jenna Coleman won rave reviews for her portrayal of Victoria in the ITV drama. But screen legend Sylvia Syms, star of classic films such as Ice Cold In Alex, does not share the critics’ opinion. “I didn’t think the girl in Victoria was very good,” says Miss Syms, regally. “She just looked too pretty and dull.” ROMESH RANGANATHAN is to host a panel show pilot for Sky One. Romesh’s Look Back To The Future will see the comedian fronting a show in which “three stars put their reputations on the line” as they predict what will happen in the forthcoming year. So far Sky have yet to have any real hit comedies in the last 10 years ... will this change things? IT APPEARS that the BBC are desperate to make comic Rob Beckett family-friendly. His new show with ex-Spice Girl Geri, called ‘All Together Now’, recently debuted on BBC Saturday nights. Two weeks in it appears that we are not ‘all together now’ and ratings have slipped. Again. GOOD job Amanda Holden clings on to that judge’s chair on Britain’s Got Talent as her last series, ‘I Am Going To Tell You A Secret’ has been axed after just one series on the little-watched W channel. Amanda, though, is now proposing a return to acting.


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Subhaan secures 56kg Yorkshire belt for KBW

Five times a charm for Abu-Rezeq

KBW’S Mohammed Subhaan became Yorkshire champion at 56kg after securing a hat-trick of wins against rival Callum Grace from Platinum ABC in Bradford. It proved a competitive bout, with the Yorkshire title up for grabs at the Sheffield Works Sports and Social Club. There was no feeling-out process in the opening round, with both boxers familiar with each other’s style, and they wasted no time in trading blows. A tight first round saw both contestants give as good as they got, as the engrossed crowd watched on. Subhaan, who trains at the KBW gym at Headfield Mills on Cardwell Terrace in Dewsbury, aimed to utilise his jab more in the second round in order to keep his opponent at bay. Grace tried to assert some dominance but Subhaan’s jab proved effective. Subhaan landed a number of

combinations and body shots in the second round, severely slowing down his opponent in the process. There was not a lull during any point of the fight, nor was the referee forced to step in as both fighters gave it their all. The third round followed a similar pattern to the first with the fighters trading blows back and forth. Both boxers landed most of their shots to the body but Subhaan managed to create some space between the two as he again made use of his jab. The KBW man hit the more telling blows as the bell rang to end the fight, both fighters embraced in a show of mutual respect. Subhaan was declared the victor by split decision and he will now move onto the last 16 of the England Youth National Championships, held in Leeds. Subhaan was supported by for-

YORKSHIRE PRIDE: Subhaan pictured with his trainers after his title win mer amateur teammate Saif Cheema, who made his pro debut a few months ago. Cheema won his debut by way


of second round TKO in December and will be in action at Doncaster Racecourse on Thursday March 29.

JORDANIAN athlete Mohammed Abu-Rezeq won the Dewsbury 10k for the fifth consecutive year on Sunday afternoon. A field of 1,242 runners competed in both the men’s and women’s races organised by Dewsbury Road Runners. The Altrincham runner led from the beginning and finished with a time of 29 minutes and 42 seconds. Last year’s runner-up, Wondiye Fikre, came in second place as he crossed the finishing line one minute and 20 seconds after AbuRezeq. Scott Hinchcliffe, from Penistone Footpath Runners, secured third spot with a time of 32.01. Charlene Thomas won the women’s race with a time of 34 minutes and 50 seconds, adding to her victory from 2016. Sharon Barlow came in second at 35.41 while Tracy Millmore finished third with a time of 36.03. Race director Bernard Disken said: “I would like to thank Dewsbury Sports Centre, 12th Dewsbury Guides, Kirklees Highways, St John Ambulance, Raynet Radio Network and Green Light Traffic Management without whom the race would not happen.”


Action-packed weekend ahead Two games survive cold snap SUPER Saturday of racing sees no less than four graded races from Newbury, including the Betfair Hurdle which is worth a whopping £155,000. Recent past winners of tomorrow’s (Saturday) encounter include Ballyandy and My Tent Or Yours, with the former being backed into favouritism for last year’s Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Also at Newbury you can enjoy the Grade 2 Betfair Denman Chase which is often seen as a key trial for next month’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. Coneygree was the last horse to win both races in the same season back in 2015. James Bowen is rapidly making a name for himself as a top-class jockey. He’s not old enough to hold a driving licence but he sure knows his way around a racecourse having already won a Welsh Grand National. According to Nicky Henderson, Bowen looks set to keep the ride on a hat-trick seeking JENKINS in the Betfair Hurdle, and the 10/1 shot with Carrigill’s is set to carry 11st12lb minus Bowen’s 3lb claim. Bowen did the steering for both of his previous wins and Henderson sensibly reckons it would be silly not to use him and get the 3lb off. IRISH ROE is also priced at 10/1, having just failed in a mares’ hurdle at Doncaster last time out, and LALOR is also around the 10/1 mark but has flattered to deceive having gone off favourite in his last three races. Don’t discount each-way chances though. DIVIN BERE, trained by 10 times champion trainer Paul


Nicholls, showed he can handle the hurly burly of big races when finishing second at Cheltenham in the Fred Winter and if you can forgive the run last time out when he pulled hard early and didn’t settle, the 33/1 on offer looks a value each-way punt. But this race often goes to a hurdler new to handicaps, and KNOCKNANUSS fits that profile. Trainer Gary Moore has a tremendous record in this race and looks to have lined up this soft ground specialist who won on his handicap debut at Fontwell on Boxing Day and has been kept fresh since. The eight-year-old is clearly on the upgrade and Moore was quoted earlier this week as saying that he was still at the right end of the handicap despite going up 11lb and confirmed the ground will suit him. Whatever happens tomorrow keep him in your

notebook as he will make up to an exciting novice chaser next season. Newbury’s Game Spirit Chase at 3pm sees another small field go to post with ALTIOR heading the market at 4/6. Last year’s Arkle winner returns after a well-documented breathing operation which has kept him off the track this season, but he has proved to be a phenomenal two-mile chaser in winning his last 11 races. However, his first run back on ground that will be on the slow side could make him vulnerable to progressive 5/2 shot POLITLOGUE. The Paul Nicholls-trained grey has gone from strength to strength this season, landing the Haldon Gold cup and trouncing his rivals by 13 lengths in a Kempton Grade 2. The Denman Chase has long been on the radar for Colin Tizzard’s NATIVE RIVER, and I expect one of last season’s top-staying chasers to defend his title. Fill up your coffers before the weekend’s action by backing RICH AGAIN tonight (Friday) in Newcastle’s 6.45. Owned by New York-based Wakefield Trinity director Richard Vickers, the son of Amadeus Wolf has plenty of winning form over 5f and has dropped 5lb lower than when last successful over this trip. • CARRIGILL’S NAP (Stake returned as a free bet if selection does not finish in the top 4): DIVINE BEAR, Saturday, Newbury, 3.35. • AUGUR’S BEST BET: RICH AGAIN, Friday, Newcastle, 6.45.

ONLY two games managed to survive the harsh winter weather last week in the Heavy Woollen Sunday League. Both games took place in the Championship, where Old Bank WMC consolidated their fourth-place position with a 42 win at home to Clifton Rangers. Old Bank had a Robert Evans hat-trick, plus a Michael Rounding strike, to thank for their three points.

The only other game saw fifth-placed Hanging Heaton Cricket Club win 12-0 at Overthorpe Sports Club. Hat-tricks from Tom Ramsden and Rob Mallender, two apiece from Lee Kaye and Dave Hall with Chris Goodair and Jordan Burland completing the tally for Hanging Heaton. In the Huddersfield and District League Dewsbury Town consolidated their place at the top of Division Four with

a win over third-placed Grange Moor Saints. Despite playing for an hour with only 10 men Dewsbury held on to win 3-2, with goals coming from Naveed Hafeez, Akbar Saif and an own goal. Arbaz Khan was named man of the match after a solid display at centre back. Cleckheaton were occupied with cup action this week and made it through to the next round of the Groom Cup with a 4-3 win over Rose and Crown.


Lois selected for Team England CLECKHEATON’S Lois Toulson has been selected for the Team England diving squad that will travel to the Commonwealth Games in April. The champion diver will be joining Team England for the first time for the games that take place on Australia’s Gold Coast. Toulson, who attended Whitcliffe Mount School, won the women’s 10-metre platform at the British Championships last month. She is also a European champion and world silver medalist in the mixed 10-metre plat-

form synchronised event. “I feel very honoured to be selected for my first Commonwealth Games,” said Toulson. “I am looking forward to representing Team England out in Australia. “I’ve had a good start to the year, holding on to my title at the British Diving Championships last month. “So I’m feeling good about the Gold Coast, hopefully I can keep that momentum going and put in some strong performances in April.”


Sides prepare for Cup action THE MATCH of the day in the West Riding County Women’s League is the clash of the lower division titans at Lower Hopton as the home side, unbeaten at the top of Division Two, take on unbeaten Division Three leaders Thackley in the League Cup. Neither side were in action last week, while leaders Ossett Town have another blank week in Division One. Relegation-threatened Dewsbury Rangers are hoping to play their first game of the year with a scheduled home tie against Republica International. In Division Two, the Ossett Town Development side are at 100 per cent promotion-chasers Middleton, where they will

be hoping to build on last week’s fine 4-0 League Shield victory over Farsley Celtic Development. Courtney Benson and Vicki Jackson hit two goals apiece. Ossett Albion secured a well-earned point from their game with third-placed Altofts in the North East Regional League, Southern Division. Two goals from substitute Jordane Allison helped them come from behind to secure a 3-3 draw. Joanne Atkinson was the other Albion scorer. Having played more games than any other club in the division, Albion have to sit and wait for the rest of the month as the clubs around them play catch-up.



Friday February 9, 2018




Gledhill hat-trick sends Trojans into next round

EXCLUSIVE A SHOCK merger between Ossett Town and Ossett Albion could receive the go-ahead in time for the 2018/19 season. Ossett Town members voted in favour of merging with Ossett Albion at a meeting on Wednesday evening. Ossett Albion, who are privately owned, have been keen on merging the Evo Stik North clubs but could not progress with the proposal unless it was approved by Town members. A source close to Albion has confirmed that talks between the clubs are now at an advanced stage. An application will be sent to the Football Association, who will decide if the merger will be allowed to go ahead. The clubs expect a decision from the FA in mid-March. More next week

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KICK ON: George Woodcock landed two conversions on Saturday afternoon

THORNHILL TROJANS made it through to the next round of the BARLA National Cup as they overcame an enthusiastic Orrell St James outfit. The Trojans played up the slope in the first half as they managed to build up a healthy half-time lead. Will Gledhill’s eye for the whitewash proved key as he racked up a hat-trick of tries. Thornhill were without the experienced Danny Ratcliffe, but Liam Morley stepped into the role and earned man of the match. A high kick on the last tackle from the Trojans led to the game’s opening try. Orrell were unable to gather the ball cleanly and Thornhill stole possession back, and with the tackle count wiped Gledhill went over for his first try. Playing up the muddy slope the Trojans managed to extend their lead through another Gledhill try. Joss Ratcliffe broke down the wing before finding Will Poching who in turn kicked the ball forward for Gledhill to chase and ground. George Woodcock converted to give the Trojans a 10-0 half-time lead. Anthony Harris increased Thornhill’s advantage as he barged over for a try from close range. Woodcock’s conversion attempt came back off the upright, leaving the Trojans 14 points ahead. Two quick-fire tries from Orrell saw them threaten a comeback as they reduced the

deficit to four points. Dave Kennedy made a dash for the corner and grounded. While poor defence from Thornhill allowed the home side to go over for their second as Jake Davis bounced off the tackles to go underneath the posts. From the restart Gledhill calmed Thornhill nerves with his third try of the game. The hosts lost possession from the restart

which allowed Gledhill to crash over from close range. Woodcock added the conversion as Thornhill saw out the rest of the game and made it into the third round. The Trojans will face either West Hull or Sharlston in the quarter finals on February 24. However the fixture could be moved to a later date if they make it into the third round of the Challenge Cup.

Sharks produce solid defensive display Challenge Cup, First Round

SHAW CROSS SHARKS 18 BEVERLEY 0 SHAW CROSS SHARKS made it through to the second round of the Challenge Cup with a hard-earned win against Beverley. The Sharks scored all of their

SEEING RED: Albion’s Aidan Chippendale EVO-STIK North


points in the first half and defended resolutely as they kept their opponents from Hull at bay all afternoon. The hosts took an early lead as Luke Hudson crashed through the tacklers to open the scoring. Shaun Squires, who has returned to the club following spells at Batley and Dewsbury, stepped up to land the conversion.

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OSSETT ALBION remain in serious danger at the bottom of the Evo-Stik North after they were hammered by Kendal Town. Albion went into the game the form side, having earned four points from their last five games while Kendal had lost their previous five. Albion took the lead on 23 minutes when Adam Priestley headed the ball into the back of the net from Scott Metcalfe’s cross. The Unicorns weren’t in front for long though – Charlie Bowman equalised for the hosts four minutes later with a headed effort. Albion’s task became all the more difficult when Aidan Chippendale was sent off for a scuffle on the touchline. Four minutes into the second half the hosts took the lead as Steven Yawson was played through on goal and cooly placed the ball into the corner. Kendal went further ahead on the hour mark as Luke Jordan added a third from close range. Bowman scored his second 12 minutes later before Danny McGahon made it five late on. Albion are not in action again until Tuesday evening, when they travel to Skelmersdale United (7.45pm).

The Sharks added a second score soon after as busy work around the ruck from Jamie Searby sent Steve Talbot over. Squires added the extras to give Shaw Cross a 12-point lead. Sam Ottewell scored the Sharks’ third of the afternoon as he finished off a break from half way. Squires was on target once again to add the extra two points.

Beverley then threatened to breach the Shaw Cross defence but the hosts held firm for threestraight sets. A quiet second half saw the Sharks hold out for the win as they booked their place in the second round. The Sharks visit Oulton Raiders in the next round which kicks off at 2pm tomorrow.


Moorenders falter against Dinnington North East One


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CLECKHEATON’S torrid start to the new year continued as they lost their fifthstraight game of 2018. The Moorenders were edged out by secondbottom Dinnington in a low-scoring encounter. After encouraging performances against Alnwick and Driffield, Cleck were hoping to secure their first win of the year against the division’s 13th-placed side. The South Yorkshire side battled hard in the quagmire conditions but the Spen Valley men’s lack of discipline proved to be costly. Cleckheaton received two yellow cards during the game, meaning they played a quarter of the fixture a man light. And Dinnington took full advantage of

Cleck’s poor discipline, earning their nine points from the kicking tee. Dinnington enjoyed the majority of possession and territory in the opening 20 minutes but could not break down a dogged Cleck defence. The Moorenders’ first foray into the opposition half looked like it would provide the opening score of the game. Mike Swetman spotted Mikey Hayward in space on the wing and put a kick toward the winger. However, instead of the ball landing in the arms of Hayward it went flying over the deadball line and into the adjoining Starbucks drive-thru. At the change of ends the score remained at 0-0. Cleckheaton started the second half in a positive manner and after a penalty close to Dinnington’s line the hosts scored the first, and only, try of the game. A good line-out drill led to a rolling maul,

which helped put man-of-the-match Thiu Barnard over the whitewash. The visitors hit back when Andy Piper was sin-binned for not rolling away and the successful kick brought the score to 5-3. Cleck continued to press forward with Hayward trying his hardest to get purchase on the boggy surface. The away side were then awarded a second penalty in front of the posts and found range to put themselves one point in front. A few minutes later Ronan Evans found himself in the sin bin as he was yellow carded for an infringement. With play drawing to a close Dinnington kicked a third penalty goal and proceeded to run down the clock to claim the four points. Cleck’s losing bonus point put them one point ahead of rivals Huddersfield YMCA. The Moorenders travel up the A1 tomorrow afternoon to take on high-flying Morpeth, who currently sit in second place.

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Friday February 9, 2018



Rams see off Eagles’ surge Betfred Championship






DEWSBURY: Josh Guzdek 7 Rob Worrincy 8 James Glover 8 Macauley Hallett 7 Dale Morton 8 Paul Sykes 7 Gareth Moore 8 Jode Sheriffe 7 Robbie Ward 7 Jack Teanby 8 Lucas Walshaw 7 Michael Knowles 8 Aaron Brown 7 Subs: Dom Speakman 8, Toby Everett 7, Martyn Reilly 8, Kyle Trout 8.

at the Tetley’s Stadium DEWSBURY RAMS won a thrilling match under the lights at the Tetley’s Stadium last Friday. The Eagles headed into the game bolstered by the addition of Jake Spedding, Matthew Lees, Jack Ashworth and James Bentley on dualregistration from St Helens, while Castleford Tigers loanee Cory Aston was also included alongside midweek signing Nabil Djalout. Mark Aston’s side more than played their part in this opening match of the Championship season, after having only been able to name 15 players in the defeat against Bradford Bulls a few weeks ago. There was no place for Rams loanees Jared Simpson and Jordan Crowther as Neil Kelly kept faith in the players that had steered the club through the pre-season programme. The hosts took the lead in the eighth minute when James Glover burst on to Paul Sykes’s flat, cut-out ball and weaved past full-back Ryan Millar to score a trademark try. Dewsbury went further in front on 21 minutes when Glover turned provider for Rob Worrincy, who had just enough space on the right wing to squeeze over and plant the ball down. And it got better for the Rams in the closing stages of the first half when Dom Speakman produced a delayed show-and-go from dummy-half to skip over the line. Sykes converted two of the Rams’ three first-half tries. But the 14-0 advantage told only part of the story as some huge carries from Ashworth and Djalout kept Dewsbury on the back foot for large periods of the opening half. While Millar showed touches of

Tries: Glover (8), Worrincy (21), Speakman (36), Morton (62). Goals: Sykes 2/4.

MATCH WINNER: Dale Morton’s try on 62 minutes proved crucial as the Rams got off to a winning start last Friday evening class from full-back. The Eagles had gone close to opening the scoring through Ashworth on two occasions, but a knock-on and then a forward pass were ruled. The visitors broke their duck eight minutes after the restart and struck twice more in quick succession to turn the contest on its head. First, Mark Offerdahl muscled his way over from short range, before Josh Toole exploited confusion around the ruck to dive over from dummy half. Sheffield took the lead just shy of the hour when the outstanding Bentley held off three tacklers to produce a round-the-back offload that

Celtic and Moor prepare to battle it out in friendly DEWSBURY CELTIC and Dewsbury Moor will go head to head tomorrow afternoon at Crow Nest Park (Sat, 12.30pm). It will be the first outing for both teams in 2018 as they edge closer to their league campaigns. And after a great pre-season with the Maroons, head coach James Delaney is hoping for a successful year at Moor. “Pre-season is going great, the sessions have been brutal for the boys, but they all seem to be enjoying them and giving me 110 per cent when they are there,” said Delaney. “As a team I would say a must is to stay in this league, which I honestly think is something that shouldn’t be a problem. “I personally think if we keep

the same 20-man squad rotating through the season we should be aiming for the play-offs. “I don’t know much about this league but also I don’t think the teams in this league know much about us and what we are about.” Tomorrow’s game will be Brendan Sheridan’s first in charge at Celtic. Tom Norris and Josh West will also be captaining and vice-captaining the side for the first time. Tomorrow evening, Dewsbury Celtic will be holding a pre-season dinner at the Ponderosa Lakeside restaurant (7pm). There will be a three-course meal followed by a disco, awards and speeches. A number of special guests are also expected to be in attendance.

Sharks plan 9s tournament SHAW CROSS SHARKS are holding a Rugby League 9s tournament in aid of the State of Mind charity. The club are aiming to host a 12-team tournament on Saturday May 26, with a number of teams already confirmed. Shaw Cross Sharks will be entering their own team, with the British Asian Rugby Association,

State of Mind and Ravensport also entered. Entries cost £120 for a squad of 15 and players can obtain sponsor forms if they wish to raise the funds by filling in the form. Places are limited and anyone interested should contact Brett Turner on 07837 995663 or via email at

released his Saints teammate Spedding on the left flank. Thomas effortlessly converted three from three to make it 18-14 in favour of Aston’s side, and, after holding a commanding lead, the Rams found themselves chasing a deficit. But they were able to strike back almost immediately. Gareth Moore’s bullet pass to the left wing passed three players on its way into the arms of Dale Morton, who skipped past opposite number Ben Blackmore to touch down in the corner. Having endured a mixed evening with the boot, Sykes drew upon all of his experience to slot over a

crucial conversion from the touchline to hand Dewsbury a slender lead, which proved decisive. Played at a breathless pace, Sheffield looked capable of snatching the points in the closing minutes. But the Rams showed great resolve in defence, typified by Michael Knowles’s monster hit on Ashworth, which dislodged the ball and won possession for the hosts at a crucial stage of the contest. The hooter sparked scenes more suited to an end-of-season clash, such was the tense nature of the match, as Dewsbury managed to hold on for the win, giving Kelly encouragement for the season ahead.

District sides gear up for cup action

HISTORY BOYS: Batley Boys celebrate their first-round win over Underbank THREE Heavy Woollen sides will be aiming to make it through to the third round of the Challenge Cup tomorrow afternoon. First-time entrants Batley Boys will host the RAF Rugby League team at Haliafx Road (2pm). The Boys caused what was arguably the upset of the first round with a golden-point victory over Huddersfield-based Underbank Rangers. Thornhill Trojans will make the trip to St Helens to face Pilkington Recs. Both sides will compete in the NCL Division One this year, after the Trojans were promoted from Division Two while Pilkinginton

were relegated from the Premier Division. The Trojans are running a bus for supporters at a cost of £10 per person. The bus will leave the club at 11.30am and anyone making their own way to the game should head for Ruskin Drive, WA10 6RW. Shaw Cross Sharks booked their place in the second round a week late, after their first-round game was postponed. However, the Sharks comfortably saw off Beverley on Saturday afternoon and will now travel to Oulton Raiders as they aim to make it into round three of the sport’s oldest competition.

SHEFFIELD: Ryan Millar 8 Iliess Macani 7 Jake Spedding 7 Joshua Toole 7 Ben Blackmore 7 Cory Aston 7 Oscar Thomas 7 Matthew Lees 7 Matty Fozard 7 Jon Magrin 7 Nabil Djalout 8 Shaun Pick 7 Matt James 7 Subs: Jack Ashworth 9, James Bentley 8, Kieran Moran 7, Mark Offerdahl 7. Tries: Offerdahl (48), Toole (52), Spedding (58). Goals: Thomas 3/3. Referee: G Dolan Half-time: 14-0 Penalties: 9-12 Sin Bin: None Sent Off: None Weather: Cold and dry Man of the Match: Jack Ashworth (Sheffield) Attendance: 808 Match Rating: 4/5

Amber Ribbon to hold ‘Start of Season Bash’ DEWSBURY RAMS supporters club, the Amber Ribbon, will be holding a ‘Start of Season Bash,’ on February 23. The evening starts at 7.30pm in the Amber Ribbon Bar at the Tetley’s Stadium and will feature live entertainment from the Red Eye band. There will also be a raffle with some fantastic prizes promised to be up for grabs. Tickets are available to purchase in the Bailey Bar, Amber Ribbon Bar and Royal Suite. “Following the success of the Amber Ribbon’s first two stadium events, tickets are expected to move quickly,” said an Amber Ribbon spokesman. “We are encouraging those interested in attending to buy their ticket as soon as possible. “The feedback we’ve received following our first two events have been overwhelming positive. “Make sure you join us for another great night in the company of our fellow supporters.” Elsewhere, the club have renamed their Eastern Terrace as the Beaumont Terrace. The area has been named in honour of Graham Beaumont, who passed away in September 2017 aged 62. Mr Beaumont was a major supporter and financial backer and played a significant role in the construction of the terrace and other development work at the stadium.

Diskin buoyed by Batley’s squad depth By Ben McKenna BATLEY BULLDOGS boss Matt Diskin insists he is not worried by potential injuries at Mount Pleasant as he believes his squad has enough strength and depth to cope. The Bulldogs are currently awaiting the first-team returns of injured trio Joe Chandler, Sam Smeaton and Brad Day. However, Diskin feels that there are numerous players available that can provide more than adequate cover. “We have made plenty of noise about the strength and depth that we have in the squad,” said Diskin. “It doesn’t concern me when certain people are missing because we have others coming in who will be of the same quality. “Brad Day is back in full training and as soon as he is match fit he will be back in the squad. “Sam Smeaton is running again but Joe Chandler failed his concussion test and it may be a another week with him.” Batley will kick off their Championship season on Sunday afternoon as they travel to Leigh Centurions. The Bulldogs’ opening-day fixture against Rochdale was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Leigh lost their first game of 2018 against Toronto last week

ON THE MEND: Batley’s Brad Day has returned to full training and while Diskin is well aware of the task at hand, he does feel Leigh have vulnerabilities his side can exploit. He said: “We are under no illusions, we are coming up against Leigh who are favourites to win the competition.

“We are going to Leigh with no pressure on us but we are going with an internal expectation to perform. “We want to put up a very good performance and you never know, if things drop our way we might come away

with something. “Toronto would have been building towards Leigh for a long time and obviously wanted to put a marker down. “Both teams played good rugby but both teams showed areas of vulnerability. “The problem we have got is trying to stay with them for the full 80 minutes.” The Bulldogs boss admitted it was frustrating to have their game against Rochdale Hornets called off last weekend. Diskin is also hoping that the rescheduled game does not prove to be a headache later down the line. He added: “Everyone was a little bit frustrated, it is a natural emotion to feel given you have worked three months building towards the game. “The bonus was that we trained hard on Friday and gave the boys a couple of days’ rest with their families before the season kicks off. “The game could prove to be a hindrance for us later on in the year, depending on the timing. “The natural time to play is the later rounds of the Challenge Cup, which makes sense. “But that still disadvantages us as we will miss the chance to rest a few bumps and bruises. “It is the way it is and we just need to get on with it.”

Home form key for Rams, says Kelly DEWSBURY head coach Neil Kelly believes that the Rams’ home form will prove pivotal to the success of their season. Kelly’s men host London Broncos on Sunday afternoon after beating Sheffield 20-18 at the Tetley’s Stadium last Friday night. And Kelly feels the unique qualities of the pitch at Dewsbury gives his side an edge. “In every season it’s the same, you look to win as many, if not all, your home games,” said Kelly. “It is a unique field at Dewsbury because of its size and dimensions and we like to utilise that. “It is not that small that you can’t play a bit of football on it as well.” London head into this weekend’s clash having soundly defeated Barrow Raiders in their first game of the new campaign. Kelly wants to see improvements from his side as they aim to make it two wins from two on

Sunday afternoon. He said: “I thought we made a lot of poor decisions against Sheffield, we have got to educate ourselves better. “I am not going to go through another year saying we have got to do this and that because I did that last year. “There are things we are doing in the game that mean we are hurting ourselves.” The Rams boss says he was still hugely pleased with his side’s win over Sheffield last week but feels that a lack of fitness allowed the Eagles to drag themselves back into the game. He said: “I couldn’t be more pleased, I’m glad to get the first win out of the way. “It wasn’t the perfect performance but I never expected it to be, no side is going to start of perfectly. “I think some of the players that came off the bench did okay but they are not fit enough at the

minute due to injuries over the course of the offseason.” Meanwhile, Dewsbury have confirmed the season-long loan signing of Matty English from Huddersfield Giants. The Super League side have the option to recall English at any point in the season. “Matty showed up well against us in pre-season, and against Wakefield, and he comes highlyrated,” added Kelly. “He adds depth to a pack that is already strong, but which perhaps lacks numbers. “Huddersfield have the ability to call him back, but if they have a reasonable time with injuries then there’s every chance he’ll remain with us. “Ideally, I’d like to sign my own players on, but currently there aren’t any available in that position that are right for what we need. “With that in mind, Matty is a tremendous ADDING DEPTH: Dewsbury Rams’ latest signing Matty English acquisition for us.”

Liversedge line up loan agreement with Huddersfield

EXCITING TIMES: Sedge gaffer Jonathan Rimmington is looking forward to bringing a number of Town academy stars to Clayborn LIVERSEDGE have entered into a partnership with Huddersfield Town that will see several Terriers youth players loaned out to the Clayborn side. Sedge manager Jonathan Rimmington confirmed that the NCEL Premier Division side will be taking on up to six Huddersfield Under-18 players until the end of the season. The plan is for Liversedge to take half a dozen youth players from the Town Academy set-up each season, and Rimmington believes it will prove beneficial for both clubs. “They (Huddersfield) will let us have a few of their Under-18s to try and get some experience,” said Rimmington. “Huddersfield don’t have an Under-21s side, so to keep these 18-year-olds progressing they are going to send them out to us. “It is going to be a constant thing for us and it is going to continue next year, so it’s good news. “There are going to be six players coming to us and hopefully they will be staying until the end of the season. “Next season it will be the same, to push the younger players on to play men’s football. “It benefits us as we get some good players in and we will also be given a slot down at Huddersfield’s training ground once a week.” Liversedge have been struggling for game time in recent months, due to swathes of their fixtures being called off. Sedge have only played four times since December 6 and now face the prospect of 22 games in 13 weeks. “It’s difficult because players start to lose interest and begin to drift off,” added Rimmington. “It is frustrating more than anything, it is hard for us to train as a lot of players live quite far away.”








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