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Issue No 46 CHEWIN t CUD VOLUNTEERS. June 2008 Drawing by Ronnie Neville

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Dear Volunteers - For Len, My Son’s Godfather. With all this recent palaver about school dinners, healthy eating and caged chickens etc, it made me think about how we were fed as children. Come to think of it, I don’t really know how we managed to grow up with all this unhealthiness inside us. I was never a meat eater, and my mother despaired trying to get me to eat meat, but she wasn’t an adventurous cook. I remember at Infants school, Mrs Richards tried to force tiny bits of meat down my throat which only got as far as my mouth, only for me to spit it all out in the toilet when the meal was over. Storing it in my mouth so that I could eat the vegetables and then pudding without swallowing the meat is something I can’t quite master these days. If I could get out of staying at school for my dinner I would, so my recollections are probably quite limited. The humble spud has not really changed for a very long time, and I make a decent job of serving mash so how come school mash was always very frothy and watery with hard raw lumps in it? I believe this coupled with slimey green stuff they called cabbage and runny mince and onions, was my first experience of a liquid lunch. With fly pie (currant square) to follow, it was really appetising! Liver, lamb and pork were always gristly or chewy, most meat was ringed with a lump of fat, I now realise the meat was grossly overdone. Didn’t see chicken much, but stew featured on the school menu which was for me fairly eatable, but the portions were carefully measured by the smallest table spoons I ever saw. If meat and two veg were served, there was always half a pot full of thin brown water which passed itself off as gravy but tasted the same as yesterdays. Tasteless sausage with thick skins featured quite a lot, but it was a great treat when at last fish fingers appeared instead of boiled cod. Puddings were not much better. Rice pudding was very runny, with a thick skin on the top, pale and tough. Sometimes it was sago or tapioca aptly nicknamed frogspawn. Perhaps the best pudding was vanilla sponge, in my opinion spoiled by the runny yellow stuff also with a very thick skin, passing itself off as custard. Sometimes we were given pink custard, with the same lost identity as the yellow stuff. And did anybody ever eat that green snot pie (rhubarb)? At Christmas and party time, we all had to take our own knife, spoon and fork marked so that we could recognise them. Unfortunately many mums wrapped the same black thread around their child’s cutlery. But with potted meat or fish paste on bread who needed a knife and fork? We then had red Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


jelly in a little waxed fluted paper dish with crimped edges, and a bun with a tiny amount of icing sugar and a small piece of cherry on top. All this was washed down with half a cup of orange coloured water pretending to be “juice”. Oh those were the days……. Yours sincerely Patricia Allman Rain On My Head by Gordon Bird 21/06/07 Rain, just falling on my head, Drip, drip, dripping, Off the garden shed. Flowers there, in boxes, still. Some on the ledges, of the windowsill. Rain has fallen, For days on end. Will it stop, When will it end.

Summers here, the sun should shine, Instead of rain, it should be fine. The sun has gone, black clouds are here. Rain, still falling, on my head, Still, drip, drip, dripping from the garden shed, Oh how I wish, The sun would shine instead.

When Barnsley and the surrounding area was flooded Darton, Wath, Darfield, Wombwell, Worsbrough and lots more were badly affected. Dear Volunteers Whist I was having a clear out, I came across my old school magazine, ‘Thinking School’ Cudworth Modern’s own mag. Printed in 1967, I was looking at a piece of local history. There were so many names in it that I knew, Desmond Curry, John Hall, Mr Hoddle, Roy Baugh, Brian Haselgrave, Sandra Lister, to mention just a few. Knowing that he would interested, I showed it to Cliff Gorman, who told me it was a little gem and that the local History Group might be interested in seeing it, therefore, if they contact me, I’ll let them make a copy. Ronnie Neville. Chewin t Cud Volunteers The Committee have to find the money to finance the cost of the magazine and rely on advertising to bring some of that money in, if you would like to advertise let us know, the cost is: Full Page £30 (Each Issue) - 4 pre-booked will cost £110 Half Page £20 (Each Issue) - 4 pre-booked will cost £ 70 Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


To Chewin-T-Cud I was looking through an old Chewin-T-Cud and noticed a picture of Frank Draper and remembered the day when the Cudworth contingent set off for the first time for the big adventure of the Grammar School. Frank Draper, Dennis Elton, Bernard Hodgson, and me Ralph Greatorex from the School Hill. Alan Howell, Gerald Pygott, John Bates, Russell Oliver were on the bus from Darfield Road. We had passed the county minor exam and were the lucky few as this was the 1st year that you could not pay to go to the Grammar School, having the choice of either Hemsworth or Barnsley Holgate Grammar School. I often wonder what happened to Bernard Hodgson as he was the star and went to Cambridge, as did his younger brother Tony, they lived over a little Greengrocers shop on the left hand side of Barnsley Road (going up). The first shop was Harrals Pawn Shop on the corner, which lead up to the Salvation Army, which as young lads we used to see slide shows for a jam jar entrance fee. Next was Mellor’s newspaper shop, then Hodgson’s, which later became Geesons, then Teesdale Chemists.

Team of Grammar School lads I put together to play Jackson Street Rovers, a team that Gordon Wordsworth was the captain and I normally played goalkeeper for, I think the year was 1947. On the front row left to right - John Bates, Alan Howell, Gerald Pygott, Bill Hodgson, I am the Goalkeeper on the back row. I was always proud of Cudworth Park, the swing section was marvellous, and many more attractions than they had in Locke Park. At the entrance to the park they used to plant wallflowers in two green banks on either side behind the gate Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


and the scent in spring was overpowering. The library was situated over the old Gas showrooms and had a marvellous banister that we used to slide down until the powers that be put brass studs in to stop us. Hope this is of interest - Yours faithfully - R. Greatorex.

A Special Message to Lynn White. Many thanks, Lynn for sending Graham and I the Cutha's Worth book by Cliff Gorman. It is a fantastic book, and really do appreciate you thinking about us. All the best Patricia and Graham Allman. Overseas Reporter - America Dear Chewin t Cud Volunteers; Just finished reading the March issue and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it, I started to read it and couldn't put it down, till I had finished it, there were so many items in it that I enjoyed. I know that I am not a Cudworther but I feel with the experiences I had as a teenager there and the friends I made there that I can relate to so much that appears in the CUD. What is so special is that I have been able to make acquaintance with those of you that were so close to my good friend Bill, it gives me such a warm feeling when I think about it all. I was especially taken by the artic le from the man who described his experiences as a school boy, it reminded me so much of my own school days what few I thought fit to attend. I detested going to school and took every opportunity to stay as far away from there as I possibly could. I also had a very stern headmaster, Mr Mayhew with his white hair and his piercing blue eyes and of course his long cane and his ability to apply it with great force, three on each hand seemed to be the norm and on some occasions half a dozen on the backside for good measure. I have often thought about the present day when if that kind of punishment were applied how soon it would be before the punisher would be facing charges of cruelty or worse. I guess there was some of us that needed to be punished but not to the extent that we had to put up with in those days. I recall on one occasion when the Headmaster came to the classroom where I was seated and announced that the workmen who were doing some remodelling of the school had reported seeing a blonde haired boy on top the corridor roofs during recess, after his announcement he looked at me and said "come out Hall" the unfair part of that was that there were about 8 or 10 other boys with blonde hair sitting in the same room as me, in my defence, I have to mention that I wasn't on the roof for very long. Like the man in the latest issue of the Cud, I had an occasion to meet up with the school Bobby, at the time I was playing truant, the dumb part of this meeting was that I was hanging around the school yard at the time such is the brain of a young child. Normally when I was ditching school I was playing out on the muck tips watching the coal pickers and learning stuff that I didn't need to know, it's ironic how Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


heavily. I stressed to my four children the value of education as they were growing up, thank goodness they must have been listening, so much for childhood memories. One teenage memory that stands out in my mind is when the pits were on strike, one time for quite a long period many of the teenage kids from Cudworth and Darfield got together in Storrs Mill Wood and camped and a great time together getting to know one another. It was at that time that I made a lot of friends whose names, I have long forgotten, but some of their faces are still in my memory, even though there was a war going on plus the uncertainty of the strike we were able to enjoy each others company, or a while and make good memories together. I am sending off to you a donation towards the publication of the Cud and for allowing me to share in the memories that are contained in each issue. My kindest regards to all the Blewitt family, I look forward to the June issue. Vince Hall - e-mail Hi they’re Friends of Cudworth, I came up on 19th May 2008 the anniversary of a meeting held in the storeroom at rear of Barstow’s General Store, near Brooksbanks Corner, Upper Cudworth, when we decided to register Grimethorpe Cudworth, and District Wheelers with the National Cyclists Union in London Recent News Two 25 mile time trial events held near my home at Tuxford on the A1 (M) latest 8/5/08 I and one of my old boys, Richard Watson (Brierley) and a lady club mate of South Elmsall CC took part in this latest event-16 riders – but the early event had 115 riders, some on trikes some on tandem. I nearly 80 years young did a leisurely 10-mile to take digital photo’s of the riders at the start. On old A1 (A638) I spoke to one of my old time friend’s and member of 1950s Grimethorpe Cudworth and District Wheelers, Agnes Elliot from Gawber. Other names filtering down to me by various means, Malcolm Curtis, Kath Larkin (Mitchel), John Driver, and an old buddy of South Elmsall - Ken Scott. Cycling despite ever increasing cars on the road seems to be having a revival and at the event 8/5/08 it was good to see some old faces and very colourful outfits of well known clubs; North Notts Olympics - Sheffield Phoenix - South Elmsall and Redford Wheelers, but looking at the gear machines and apparel of the riders it must be a very expensive sport hobby, but as my dear friend Agnus Elliot said in (1949 to 1959) we had some lovely times together on our weekly runs and also holiday outings to Hornsea - Bridlington - Skegness and even Europe. Yours R. Gough OAP Still Cycling Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


The Barnsley Pals Memorial 13/14 th Service Battalions York and Lancaster Regiment In July 2006 my wife Jean and I travelled on pilgrimage tour to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the battle of the Somme, we visited Serre where the magnificent Black Granite memorial to the Barnsley Pals York and Lancaster Regiment is situated in the Sheffield Memorial Park, it replaced the old wooden one which was nailed to a tree. Funds were raised in 1998 by Barnsley Council and local people to have the memorial made and placed there, also is a memorial to the Accrington Pals and Chorley Pals both (11th service battalions East Lancashire Regiment) and also one to the 12th City of Sheffield Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment. The Accrington Pals memorial is built of local Accrington Bricks to resemble the ruined village of Serre. Most of the Pals came out of the pits to join up and used their skills as miners to tunnel under the German trenches to lay explosives. I walked in what remains of the shallow trench system where the 13th service battalion (1st Barnsley Pals) followed the Accrington Pals over the top at 7:30am on the 1st July 1916. It was a very humbling and emotive experience as I could see the situation was almost hopeless, the men were told to walk when they went over the top, the German positions were 200 yards away uphill! With the machine guns waiting! Just behind the trench system the four copses are still there named Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the scenery has changed very little in 90 years. In front of the trenches in the tranquil fields, which was once No Man’s Land is the beautiful Luke Copse Cemetery where 72 soldiers are buried of these fourteen are from the 12th City of Sheffield battalion York and Lancaster Regiment. Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


The 14th battalion (2nd Barnsley Pals) attacked from Nairne trench on the far left pivot point of the trench system about the same time as the 13th battalion attached at Serre, the Chorley Pals were on the right flank of the trench system when they went over. It suddenly struck me as I stood in the trench that there would be some Cudworth men there on that morning when the whistle blew at 7:30, which turned out to be the biggest disaster in the history of the British army, the casualty figures for the first day 1st July 1916 is 57.470 soldiers with 19.240 killed, (staggering for one day).

Barnsley Pals attack trench at Serre, where some Cudworth Soldiers stood, you can see the Accrington Pals memorial in the Background. The Barnsley Pals casualty figures at Serre are Prior to 1st July, 51 with one Cudworth man. Barnsley Pals killed on 1st July or later died of wound is-13th battalion 100, with some Cudworth men, 14th battalion 110 with some Cudworth men. The names are in the magnificent book, Lest Cudworth Forgets and it is well worth reading. Of course many other Cudworth men and men from the surrounding villages serving in different regiments and Corps were killed in the Months and Years before and after the 1st July 1916 they are buried in various cemeteries and many are still missing (no known graves). In Friecourt Cemetery on the Somme, of the 243 Headstones the majority are of Yorkshire Regiments, there is row upon row with the White Horse of Hanover badge on, (10th West Yorkshire Regiment), 159 in total, also 38 are From the East Yorkshire Regiment, 89 from the 7th Battalion Green Howard’s, Alexandra Princess’s Wales Own (The Yorkshire Regiment), and many from the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and some from The York and Lancaster Regiment also 26 are unidentified. Most of these men were killed on the 1st July 1916. The West York’s casualty figures are the worst for any single Battalion in a day 159 men! The youngest Soldier to be killed on the Somme is buried in Fricourt Cemetery, Pte A Barker, East Yorkshire Regiment; in today’s world this seems almost beChewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


yond belief; he was age 16 just a boy! He was 14 years old when he enlisted. The oldest Soldier to be killed was, Harry Webber, Lieutenant. South Lancashire regiment, he was 68; he joined up when he was 64. He is buried in Dartmoor Cemetery. There are above 243 cemeteries on the Somme on a 21mile front, and 135 are from the 1915-1916 period, and 7 are in the Serre area. On the Thiepval memorial (to the missing of the Somme) there are 72.000 names remembered with honour inscribed on its Portland stone piers and faces with again many Cudworth men, 90% of these men were killed in the first battle of the Somme, which lasted From the 1st July to the 18th November 1916 - 20 weeks! There were 16.000 miles of trench systems on the western front; both sides, the biggest structures ever made by man to this day! What a complete waste of life trench warfare was! A battlefields tour is something you never forget, it stays with you forever when you see all the thousands of headstones in the immaculately kept cemeteries, and you’ve walked in the footsteps of heroes. We will remember them From Alan Curtis Drawing by Ronnie Neville

Yellow Alert Dear Volunteer, Various people have spoken to me recently complaining about parking. On one occasion a little girl over hearing, thought we were talking about a type of cake, so did I. Apparently they were referring to the recently painted yellow lines though out Cudworth. Ooopps?? You can’t eat that, mum says, parkin isn’t allowed in Cudworth. Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


Hello There I was born and bred in Cudworth and look forward to reading Chewin t Cud which is sent to my mother Esme Haigh (nee Armstrong, also Cudworth born and bred) who now lives close to me in Harrogate. I was sad to hear of the demolition of Pontefract Road School, which both mum and I attended, she in the late 1920’s and me between 1954 and 1961. The name that springs to mind is Miss McPartlin who taught Class 2 in the Junior School. She seemed a fearsome creature when I was a child, with her plaited earmuffs of hair and her green wrap round overall. One of the first things she said to me was…I sorted your mother out and I’ll sort you out! I visited the school many years later shortly before I started teacher training and found her to be a warm hearted, generous individual whose whole life had revolved around the ‘Top End’ school. In the late 1950’s my dad Jim Haigh was an Independent Councillor along with Horace Richards who was famous for being the ‘Gas Man!’ We lived on Barnsley Road just below the ‘Bottom Co-op’ but I went to Pontefract Road School as my Grandparents lived on The Grove and I used to go there after school as Mum and Dad both worked in the offices at Grimethorpe Colliery. My maternal grandfather Albert Armstrong was a well-known local figure who sadly died in May 1960 following an accident at the pit. His name is on the Grimethorpe Memorial. It’s amazing what comes to mind once you start! Regards - Greta Knight The Royal British Legion I would like to express my thanks to the people of Cudworth and the surrounding area for their support during the poppy appeal last November. During the nine days of collection at the Coop, a total of £933 was raised to help The Royal British Legion carry on its work in supporting all the men and women, in need that have served in the armed forces of the UK. The amount collected is testament to the generosity of local people living in the area ands is appreciated very much. Thank you all very much indeed. From Ron Parton (organiser) Any articles, photographs or advertisements for the Sept 2008 issue of the magazine to reach us before 31 st July 2008 Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


Amelia Bailey - A Cudworth Lass Amelia died on Tuesday 26th February 2008 in the Cherry Trees Nursing Home Cundy Cross. Amelia Reynolds born in Cudworth 87 years ago after leaving school and beginning work she later married Noah (Nutty) Bailey they had three children Harry (Bim) Anne and Newell. She lived for and loved dearly her immediate family and also her extended family, the Salts and Reynolds. Amelia was for many, many, years a very hard working Councillor in Cudworth she was Council Chairman 1971 – 1972 a Socialist and the longest serving member of Cudworth Labour Party. She worked so hard for the people of Cudworth a village she loved, particularly the Darfield Road area. There was a time when Amelia was Chairperson of all four schools in Cudworth as well as a member of Willowgarth Governing Body. A school governor for over forty years, education was her passion and she loved nothing better than to hear of a Cudworth child achieving something. If Amelia thought something wanted improving at any of the schools she would go to Barnsley and bang on the education office door until it was remedied. Amelia and I had many arguments and even when she was wrong somehow she could turn it round and I always landed up being in the wrong, but she never bore any malice. When it was over it was forgotten and we were the best of friends. Amelia was a Christian a regular communicant at St John’s Parish Church a place she loved, a hard working member of the Parochial Church Council for many years and an active member of the Local History and Heritage Group. She was loved and respected as seen by the many mourners at her funeral including family and friends Councillors and Educationalists and the tributes to her by Father David and Councillor Joe Hayward. Cudworth, and particularly myself have lost a good and loyal friend and the family a person they loved. God Bless from Florence Whittlestone Given to me by Amelia A PRAYER FOR THOSE GROWI NG OLD Lord thou knowest I am growing older keep me from becoming talkative and possessed with the idea that I must express myself on every subject. Release me from the craving to straighten out everyone’s affairs keep me from the recital of endless detail. Give me wings to get to the point seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains they are increasing with the years and my love to speak of them grows sweeter as time goes by. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong Make me thoughtful-not nosey-helpful but not bossy but with my vast experience it does seem a pity not to use it all. But thou knowest Lord that that I want a few friends at the end. Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


News of Cudworth Probus Club Two speakers visited the club in January, the first was Miss Kate Taylor on the 16th , her subject was - Bad Boys of Wakefield, and it focused on crime in past times. Mr Ernest Oliver thanked Kate for her talk. The Speaker for the 30th was Mr Colin McDermott from Ackworth Probus Club; his subject was entitled - The World Does Not Stand Still, it covered a wide range of aspects, Mr Alan Curtis thanked Colin for a fascinating talk. The club donated £25 to the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract, which was Colin’s choice, in gratitude for his visit to the club. The speaker for 13th February was Mr Gordon Bird, who gave a talk about his experiences as a miner working with the pit ponies and he also read out some of his very moving poems from his published poetry book entitled (Poetry from the Mind, Spoken from the Heart, The Mother Who Waited). Mr Leslie Rymer gave a vote of thanks for Gordon visiting the club, members donated to Gordon’s chosen charity, for the mentally sick, which is called Mind. There are three outing in the process of being arranged for this year, they are, The Black Country Living Museum, a cruise on the river Trent and a visit to the Market Town of Hawes. It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing away of one of our members, Mr. Wilf Moore in February, Wilf was a gentleman in the true sense of the word and we will miss him. All the members observed a minute’s silence in memory of Wilf Meeting for the 12th March, the speaker was Mr Stephen Gay; Stephen presented a talk and slide show entitled - Picture Postcard Railway Rambles. Once again Stephen’s photo slides showed the beautiful countryside heritage trails and walkways of the British Isles, in all four seasons, which were once part of the railway system, away from the bustle of modern life. His faithful dog Wrawby was by his side, he surely is fully engrossed in his hobby. Mr Alan Curtis thanked Stephen on behalf of the club for a fascinating Presentation of his subject. Meeting for the 26th March all the members enjoyed watching a DVD of the history of Yorkshire County Cricket Club provided by Mr George Roberts, the clubs President. Meeting for 9th April, the speaker was Mrs Betty Hirst, her subject which was enjoyed by all the members was entitled, everyday sayings (which we all use). Mr Stan Horton gave a vote of thanks to Mrs Hirst for visiting the club and her fine talk. Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


Meeting for 23 rd April Mr Colin McDermott visited the club again and gave a talk on Concord all the members enjoyed Colin’s talk. On Wednesday7th May the club is visiting the Black Country Living Museum at Dudley. Submitted by Alan Curtis The Salvation Army In 1994 The Salvation Army opened its first Charity Shop in Cudworth. The aim was to provide good quality clothing at reasonable prices to the community. Fourteen years later and this is still as important as ever. We try hard to maximise all donations by pricing as fairly as we can, although as mere mortals we do sometimes get things wrong! As the popularity of the shop has increased over the last fourteen years, so has the workload, and this last financial year we took the magnificent amount of £47,143.00 for which we are very grateful. This money helps The Salvation Army to continue its good work in Yorkshire. We provide Children's Nurseries, Parent & Toddler Groups, After School Programmes, Luncheon Clubs, Clubs for the elderly, Drop in Centres, Caring for Military Families, Shelter for the Homeless, Family Refuge Centres, Hospital and Prison Chaplains, a Family Tracing service to bring reunion, reconciliation and renewed hope for the family, together with worship for all ages. To enable us to continue raising the money to fund such work we need your help and support. Donations of clothing and any other non electrical goods for sale are always gratefully accepted. At this time we also desperately need volunteers to work in the shop, whatever time you can give will be gratefully received. If you can volunteer please either call into the shop or telephone on 01226 715410. Without the generosity of the Volunteers, who give their time freely and work so hard, this shop would close. I would like to thank all the Volunteers for their hard work and tireless efforts this last year and I also thank everyone one who has supported us, either by donating or purchasing goods from us. Helping hands urgently at Salvation Army, Care and Share Shop, 4 Bow Street, Cudworth. Open - Monday to Friday– 9:00 to 15:30. Saturday 9:00 to 13:00. If you can spare any time during these hours, please call in and have a chat to find out what it is all about. - Thank You. DVD on Pontefract Road Junior and Infants School. It is about 1hr 3mins in 6 Chapters: Chapter 1 - Video introduction by Alan Curtis (5mins). Chapter 2 - School photo's (13½ mins). Chapter 3 - Air Raid Shelter photo's (8 mins). Chapter 4 - Video of Shelter (13½ mins). Chapter 5 - Photo's of Demolition of School (15½ mins). Chapter 6 - Photo's of Shelter Demolition (6 mins) Price of DVD - £3.99 each (P&P £1.50 extra - Total £5.49). Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


Ten Top Tips For Taking Better Photos This Summer. I know photographs can be altered nowadays on a computer, but there is no substitute for taking a good photograph in the first place. It is a lot quicker, more fun and in my opinion superior to altering the image later. Photograghy is more an art form than a science, therefore this list is intented as a guide only. 1. When photographing people keep the background simple, with no distractions i.e don’t have a lamp post sticking out the back of someone’s head. 2. When photographing children or small animals come down to their level, you will get much better results. 3. Direct sunlight produces very harsh shadows which is extremely unflattering when doing portraiture work. Much better results are obtained when the sun is obscured by a thin layer of cloud. 4. When photographing people, especially outside, keep flash light to a minimum since this usually produces unnatural results. Using a large white reflector gives the photogragher more light control and therefore better results. 5. The quality of sunlight for taking photographs varies throughout the day. Evening time when the sun is red produdes a beautiful yellowie - red light. Since this makes faces look heathly and golden this is the best time for taking portraits. 6. By contrast, if landscape photography takes your fancy, sunrise is your best time. Shadows are long creating impact and light is usually warm with a red cast; ideal for adding character. An added bonus, if lucky, at this time is morning mist which should make your photos extra special. So set your alarm early, get yourself wrapped up and may I wish you the best of luck! 7. The difference between a good photo and a bad one is usually only a split second. Is your subject blinking? Or has the dog you are photographing put it’s tongue out at the very moment that you clicked? Simillarly, light is constantly changing when photographing scenes, therefore, timing is crucial in photography. 8. Hands are usually a problem when photographing people. Don’t have them dangling in space, give them something to do i.e, if your subject is stood near a fence, ask them to rest their hands on it. This will look a lot better. 9. When using flash light inside make sure everythjng that you are photographing is equidistant from the camera. If not, any thing too near will be over exposed and any thing too far away will be under exposed. Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


10. I’ve saved the biggie until last. If you are really serious about improving your photography why not join Shafton Camera Club. They are a friendly lot and very helpful, 8pm is the time, Thursday is the day and The Dards is the venue or for more information telephone Dave Holstead on 01226 711326. I Hope this list is of interest and can be of use to you. My last piece of advise is click away and enjoy! By Ronnie Neville St John The Baptist. Parish Church, Cudworth It’s a while since we wrote to ‘Chewin t Cud’, so I thought you may like to hear how we are progressing. I can tell you that all is well. At Easter, we had a wonderful Services, and on Holy Saturday evening we had a superb Parish Party, there was so much food left over, that some had their lunch on Sunday after Mass. The news concerning our building a Church Hall is once again hopeful. We were saddened when the Big Lottery Grant, didn’t materialize, but like Martin Luther King, ‘We have a dream’, and we shall finalize new, modified plans, and building will begin. Please remember us in your prayers, as we embank on this big venture which will be a great asset to Cudworth when completed. Any fund raising help, would be much appreciated. With the love of all of us at St John’s, Priest and people. Monica Street. Little M idge and The Zephyrs - Around the 1960s - Supplied by John Reynolds.

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Ray Wright’s - Albert Martin Collection

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Just Reminiscing The date September 1939, school deferred until further notice due to the outbreak of war. Living in the West Green area we were eventually sent to our new school at Cudworth, namely the Ebenezer Chapel on Barnsley Road. The school was divided into three – boys, girls, and mixed infants. The boy’s teacher was Mr Arthur Parks, he was our original teacher at Littleworth School, (now Priory School), he became a steward at Cawthorne Village Museum, he has visited the Cudworth Probus club to give interesting talks on the museum and it’s contents. We were called back to be told that all the pupils that had reached the age of 14 would leave at Christmas, after the Christmas holidays were over it was time to go job seeking, it was a futile job searching for work trying all the glassworks, delivery boys and several other places in Barnsley including the Co-op, it seemed the only place left was the local pit. The railway appeared to require a more advanced education than the one we had. The most convenient colliery for me to apply to was Wharncliffe Woodmoor 4 & 5 or New Carlton; it was where my dad worked. On Wednesday 26th January 1940 I was told to go to a cabin on pit hill where the screens Chargeman would tell me where to work and what jobs I would have to do. The Chargemans name was Tom Jagger who lived on Darfield Road, until he passed away a few years ago. The first person to enter the cabin showed me where to put my coat and snap tin, his name was Johnny Padget who lived in Somerset Street, after all these years I still see him walking in Cudworth, I think he lives on the Rose Tree Estate. After working alongside John for a couple of years I applied for a job and was accepted in the fitting shop, under Mr Tom Moxon who lived on Weetshaw Lane near to the junction with Royston Road. He suggested that I should apply to Barnsley Technical College to study mechanical engineering, which I did. Every Monday when I was going to the Tech, I would walk up Regent Street South, on the way I would pass a jewellers shop and would pause to admire the stock. In the meantime I had started going to the dancing at the Village Club. I meet a lovely young lady, Edna Mason from Shafton, I knew it was near her birthday so I decided to choose an item of jewellery, so I chose a small gold cross and chain. When I went to her house that evening I said something like – I saw this today and thought you may like it for your birthday tomorrow. Tomorrow was Tuesday 6th June 1944 (her 15th Birthday) and it was actually D-day!! Her photo still hangs here with her present. We married on 26th February 1949 and we have lived on Green View, Shafton since July 1955 that is when these houses were built. Les. Rymer. March 2008. Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


Photo’s supplied by Malc Tonge - 1952-3

Back row - Left to Right J C Wilkinson. (Head). Frank Lightfoot. Dougie Armitage. Dean Graham. Trevor Parkinson. John Brooks. Keith Donkin. Malcolm Josham. Front row - Left to Right Reg Giles. Tom Shillaw. Norman Howarth. Stewart Bowering. Peter Nuttall. G Clayton (Sports Master).

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Back Row - Left to Right. Trevor Parkinson. John Hotchen. Malkin. Dougie Armitage. Keith Donkin. Frank Lightfoot. Dean Graham. Jock Gray (Teacher) Front Row - Left to Right. Peter Nuttall. Reg Giles. Stewart Bowering. Charlie Morrall. Malco lm Josham.

CUDWORTH BRIDGES Everyone born in Cudworth knows Cudworth Bridges. However, not many realize that the bridges that exist now are not the bridges that originally existed. The “smallbridge� was the original bridge and was about 50 yards on the Cudworth side if the current bridges, actually on the Cudworth-side of the toll cottages that used to exist. It was a small bridge under which a small-dyke ran. In 1839 the Midland Railway diverted the dyke under the Barnsley Road on the Barnsley-side of the bridge and built the middle of the current bridges. After the turnpikes closed in 1870 reference to Cudworth Bridge moved to the new Midland Railway bridge. In 1885 the Hull and Barnsley built another bridge on the Cudworth-side of the Midland Railway Bridge and in 1900 the Midland Railway expanded and built another bridge on the Barnsley-side. Now we have 3 bridges. Ken Bird Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


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This untitled rhyme was written in 1969 by Ken Gorman for his brother-in law Bill Taylor, who was in Stanhope Hospital suffering from severe back pain. Bill worked as a platelayer for British Rail and had injured himself at work. Hark to my few lines of rhyme That’s if you can find the spare time T’is a sad little tale I’m about to unveil So laugh if you must it’s no Pantomime

A nurse in a white smock did say Which one is the gent With his back all bent Come forward you can have an X-ray

T’was out on the permanent way Whilst laying a sleeper one day As I took the strain A sudden sharp pain Made an end to my bonus and pay

The proof of my X-ray finally came It would give the answer why I’m lame I just took a peep Tried not to weep I looked like the hunch-back of Notre Dame

Went to the doctor’s for advice Complained my back was tight as a vice My symptoms described Some pills he prescribed Here’s hoping said he that they’ll suffice

Then all strapped up like a Mummy As stiff as a tailor’s dummy They went into action Put me on traction Oh what I’d give for a gin and rummy

The liniments tried were all in vain Nought it seemed would ease the pain Oh what a pity There’s nought in the kitty Or I’d book for a cure in Spain

All praise to the doctor and nurse They deserve more pay in their purse So if per chance I should win the treble chance I’ll remember them all and reimburse

A locum who hailed from the dominions Diagnosed and gave his opinions He said, I should pray Then have an X-ray To check on my bearings and pinions

There’s a moral somewhere in my story Don’t aspire to fame and glory By taking a risk You may slip a disc And end up a bent back-bench Tory.

Down at the infirmary one day

The late Kenneth F Gorman

Hi Volunteers I am sure most of your readers will have interesting stories to tell about the recent earthquake. Unfortunately, I slept through it. The first time, it came to my attention was when I opened my eyes and noticed that the roof was missing. Apart from that, my gable end wall collapsing, for me it was most uneventful. Ronnie Neville Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


Hiyah Chewin t Cud Volunteers I came across these two prints taken from old oil paintings and wondered if they'd be suitable for Chewin' T' Cud? The paintings were by my sister, Mavis Tarff who used to live in King's Road prior to emigrating 'up Gander Hills, Shafton' many moons ago. She now lives in Thurlstone.

Clarrie Gibson Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


Cudworth & West Green Community Partnership

TEA IN THE PARK 2008! The Friends of Cudworth Park are looking forward to seeing you all at Tea in the Park on Saturday 12th July, 11am to 3pm! This is always a huge community event and we’d love you all to join us for a family day out and celebration in your local park. Activities include ¯

Bouncy Castles


Jazz Band


Bungee Trampoline


Display by Cudworth Crystal Lights Majorettes


Craft stalls and activities


Local fundraising stalls


Circus skills


Sports activities


Raffles and prizes

All the usual entertainment and much more! Please call Sarah or Lynn on 01226 718188 for more details Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


ADVICE SERVICE Peter Evans is our Advice Worker and he runs advice sessions at the following times: VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE, Manor Road Wednesdays 9am to 11:30am (drop-in session) BUTTERCUP CHILDREN’S CENTRE, Darfield Road Thursdays 2:30pm to 4pm (drop-in session) COUNCIL OFFICES, Bow Street (for appointments) Wednesdays 1pm to 3pm The service is FREE - just like you would get from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Either come to one of our drop-in sessions, or phone to discuss your problems or to make an appointment. Call 01226 718 711 OR 07944 559 540.

LUNCHEON CLUB Our Luncheon Club runs on Mondays at Cudworth Methodist Church, from 11:30am to 2pm, with Dinner served at 12pm. Meals are prepared fresh on the day by our team of volunteers. Please call 718188 and talk to Sarah for more information. We would like to congratulate all the volunteers from Laithes Lane Day Centre for being presented with their Health & Safety certificates; well done to all! WALKING GROUP Now that summer is coming, what could be nicer than a stroll around Barnsley and surrounding areas? Walks are at a gentle pace and are a great way to take exercise and meet new people! Please call 718188 for more details. CREDIT UNION We run a collection point at Buttercups Children’s Centre every Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:15am for parents to pay into the Junior Savings Club for their children. Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


2. Learners Access Jobs through Training! Can I say heartfelt congratulations to both ladies and we wish you good luck with whatever the future holds for you. Maggie Maggie’s voluntary work within the Cudworth & West Green community has been rewarding, satisfying and a productive experience which has opened up many and varied opportunities such as attending courses and helping with and attending many community activities.

“My journey has been unbelievable fro m the experiences I have had to the people I have met, I could not have achieved what I have without their help and support”.

“I would like to say a big personal thank you to all the people involved with Cudworth & West Green Community Partnership and the NLN for all their encouragement, support and friendship as they have each in their own way helped me to completely restore my confidence in my self and my abilities which has culminated in me securing full-time permanent employment”. “I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone being involved with activities, events and courses available as it is a totally beneficial and rewarding experience”. Deborah “Doing the course raised my confidence and with the support of the tutor and other people on the course, I decided there was more to life than being on benefits and in the house all day”.

I enrolled on the Inner Health and Well Being course that was organised by the local NLN. This course was fantastic, really eye opening for me personally and the tutors were really supportive.

I applied for a job as Health Trainer, I felt confident that I had an advantage having already completed the required course. I was successful and in my first week will go to Blackpool to attend a conference! Deborah has benefited from accessing courses through the NLN and values what it’s done for her. Before the course Deborah was on a real downward spiral and now she is on a total high. Deborah is looking forward to starting her new job too! If you want to know about what courses are running at the moment call Derren or Di on 718188 Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT! ‘GROWING PEOPLE PROJECT’ PINFOLD COMMUNITY GARDEN 01226 781060 PLANT & PRODUCE LIST - LATE APRIL/MAY 2008 The following plants are now ready. We cannot guarantee to always have all plants in stock, please ring to check availability. Small quantities of some plants are available but not listed. We are well worth a visit, we look forward to meeting you soon. Vegetable Plants Purple sprouting broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, sweetcorn, onion seedlings, tomato plants, lettuce

Perennials and Bulbs Ornamental grasses, house leeks in several varieties, candelabra primulas, cowslips, drumstick primulas, polyanthus, veronicas, crocosmia, perennial Fruit yellow foxgloves, lilies, garden pinks, Strawberry plants spray chrysanthemums, sedum spectablum, achillea, michaelmas daisies, Herbs soloman’s seal, dwarf sedum and rockChives, parsley, mint, lemon balm, ery plants, tulips, grape hyacinths, bronze fennel, coriander. snowdrops in-the–green for transplantContainer Plants ing, iris, verbena bonariensis, camGeraniums, scented-leaf geraniums, panula, schizostylis, gladiola bulbils, fuchsias, pansies, violas, trailing lobe- hardy geraniums lia, a range of perennials, shrubs and bulbs suitable for containers Biennials Climbers Species clematis, honeysuckle, winter jasmine, passion flower Shrubs Hebe, euonymous, hypericum Cacti & Succulents We carry a range of cacti and succulent plants suitable as house or conservatory plants

Foxgloves, hollyhocks Bedding Plants French marigolds, lobelia, cosmos, fuchsias, geraniums, swan river daisies, trailing verbena, sweet peas, small quantities of other plants.

We also have vegetables grown using organic methods according to what is in season and fruit in late summer and autumn Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


St. Mary Magdalene Roman Catholic Church Cudworth (1914-1933) Little is known about the origin of the Catholic Church, except that it was opened in 1914 when Father William Edmund O’ Shaughnessy became its first priest. It was a relatively modest building situated behind the Star Hotel on Prospect Street, opposite the Salvation Army Citadel. The schoolyard, church and school were in close proximity to the boundary wall of the Star. Father O’ Shaughnessy named the church after the Priory of St Mary Magdalene at Monk Bretton. Father O’Shaughnessy also succeeded in founding a catholic school in 1920. In June 1931 Father O’ Shaughnessy and a crowd of about 2,000 people attended the unveiling of a grotto in the grounds of the church. The shrine was dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. This photograph was taken in front of the grotto shortly after the dedication in 1931.

Front row from left to right; John Feeney, Desmond O’ Connor, ? Cosgrove, Willie Greatorex, Pat Burns, Winnie Gough, Veronica Malloy, Willie Wilby, Shaun Kelly, ? Golding or Goulding, Wilf Edgley. Second row; Kathleen McMahon, Olive Copley, Muriel Austwick, Kathleen Thompson, Mary Bellis, Mavis Eames, Mary Fergan, Eileen Hamer, Irene Foster, Lily Colburne, FlorChewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


ence Wafer, Mary McShane. Third row; on the left Mrs Spencer, ? Fleming, Terry Tarbuck, Unknown, Unknown, George Hearne, Cosgrove, Bernard Hawley, ? O’Connor, ? Taylor, Gerald Walsh, Father O’ Shaughnessy. Back row, John Burke, Unknown, Unknown, ? Cullen, Lawrence Weston, Unknown, George Clarke. On 21st March 1932 Father O’ Shaughnessy applied for planning permission to Cudworth Council to have a presbytery built so that he could live nearer to the church. At the time he was living at No 97 Barnsley Road. However, just six weeks after he moved into the presbytery the Bishop relocated him to the Church of the Venerable Bede, in Rotherham.

The Fire Cudworth Roman Catholics were shattered when just after midnight on Thursday 16th November 1933 their church and school was completely gutted by fire, leaving them without a school in the village and the prospect of a long journey to Holy Rood Church in Barnsley to worship. After just 19 years the building was raised to the ground in as many minutes at an estimated cost of £12,000. Over £1,000 worth of church property in vestments, altar vessels and furniture was lost. Mr and Mrs W M Jagger lived directly opposite at No 10 Prospect Street. It was Mrs Jagger who alerted her husband to the fire when she saw the glare of the flames on the front window of their house just after midnight. Mr Jagger quickly opened his back window and shouted to the caretaker Mr Charles Wadsworth. Between them they managed to rescue two forms, several altar vessels, statues, a few desks and the organ before being driven back by the flames. One of the first on the scene was the Curate, Father McGillicuddy, who saw flames coming from the church windows from the presbytery 50 yards away. He ignored the fact that he might have been trapped by smoke and flames and rushed into the church to the Altar, unlocked the Tabernacle and removed the ‘Blessed Sacrament’. This once beautifully decorated Tabernacle (steel safe) presented the appearance of a badly charred box.

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While all this was going on one helper went to the gas house to turn off the gas while someone else went to the public telephone to contact the fire brigade. Fortunately the prevailing wind kept the flames away from adjacent buildings. The Cudworth and Barnsley brigades attended the fire, but they were beaten back by the ferocity of the blaze. There was a plentiful supply of water from the hydrants, but Mr Oliver Stanley, the Waterworks Manager, was quoted as saying ‘No amount of water could have saved the building even if they had had the River Thames to pull at’. The building made of brick and timber had a tar-felt roof, which collapsed soon after the alarm was given. The fire was also witnessed by 13 years old Mary Madden who was a pupil at the school. She saw the smoke and flames from the back window of her Churchfield’s home. Mary said there was a school room at the top of the church that was accessed by steps at the side. The Reverend Father Kevin Heneghan was a Curate at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Leeds before he came to Cudworth. He conducted his first mass at Cudworth church on the Sunday before the fire shortly after taking over from Father O’ Shaughnessy as Parish Priest. Father O’ Shaughnessy returned from Rotherham as soon as he heard the news. Looking at the devastation he was staggered by the completeness of the tragedy. All that remained of the church was a few girders and sleeper walls. Father O’Shaughnessy vowed to help Father Heneghan with fund raising to build a new church and school as soon as was possible. He said that the old church was insured for £3,500 and he estimated that a new building would cost in the region of at least £10,000 even with voluntary labour. But he knew more than most that there was a wonderful community spirit in Cudworth and so nothing was impossible. Father Heneghan said there was little that was salvaged from the fire. Local church people organised a programme of social events, which included football matches, whist drives and dances and appeals were made in the local press for support for the Cudworth Fire Fund. Donations from sponsors soon totalled £100 and the Vicar of St. John’s Church, Reverend F. A. Lee, generously offered Father Heneghan the use of St. George’s Parochial Church Hall for Sunday Mass between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. After that mass was celebrated in the dining room of the presbytery until permission was given to use St. George’s Hall on a regular Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


basis. Later the Education Authority allowed the Church Hall to be used as a school as well. There were about 300 children whose ages ranged from 5 to 14 years. Four years after the fire a new combined Roman Catholic Church and school opened in January 1937, which served the community very well, but in 1961 worshippers moved into a new purpose built church nearby and the school closed in 1980 due to the falling birth rate. After many years of being subjected to the rigours of our climate the grotto was found to be crumbling away and so in 2004 church volunteers agreed to have the shrine restored to its present condition. My thanks to the Barnsley Chronicle, Barnsley Archives and Local Studies, Mary Madden, Carol Handley, Mary Gilhooly and Tom McShane for their part in helping with this story. C. Gorman for Cudworth Local History Group If you enjoyed reading this article and wish to learn more about the history of the village ‘Cutha’s Worth’ - The Local and Social History of Cudworth is on sale at Mellor’s Newsagents and Howarth’s Newsagents in Cudworth or by Email to Sparky – The Pit Pony Hello Just wondered if this photo of Sparky would bring back memories to some of the old miners of Cudworth. I took the Photo in 2006 about three months before Sparky died at the grand old age of 36 at Caphouse Mining Museum. I believe he came from a pit in the Durham coalfield Cheers for now - Alan Can You Help? Does anyone have information on a Roy Kilner who at some time lived on Acre Road, Cudworth. He served in the army at Linton on Ouse from 1956-1958, may have married Audrey Dickinson. Don Henderson from Blyth, Northumberland would like to contact him for 'old times sake'. I may have mistakenly told Don I had seen articles in Chewin t' Cud by or about the said Roy Kilner. Can you help, please? Brian Jepson (e-mail) PHOTOGRAPHS THAT YOU S END FOR CHEWIN T CUD M AGAZINE. If possible can you please send the original photographs for Chewin t Cud Magazine publication. The reason is, if you send a copy of the originals the quality is not as good. If requested the original photographs will be returned to you (please send S.A.E.) Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


Carlton Marsh Nature Reserve (February to April) This period was marred by the tragic death of Jane Bradley who went missing on Easter Sunday the 22nd March and was found on the reserve the following day. All our voluntary rangers send their condolences and best wishes to her family for their sad loss. The highlights for February were 13 Pink Feet Geese on the 7th, a Bittern on the 21st, Little Owl on 23rd and 4 Goosander on the 25th. This very shy Bittern was last seen on the 7th March. As there are only about 25 breeding pairs in Britain it is widely accepted that many arrive from Northern and Central Europe to winter here before returning to breed. (Photo by D. M. Smith) In March Buzzard was hunting over the reserve on the 17th and 24th. Spring migration began with a Chiffchaff on the 21st and a Curlew on the 30th April began with the arrival of Willow Warbler and Swallow on st the 1 , Sand Martin on the 4th and Cuckoo on the 7th. This bird reported by Dave Standish was the earliest date since records began. Blackcap returned on the 8th followed by Grasshopper Warbler on the 17th, House Martin on the 21st, Sedge Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat on the 25th and Whitethoat on the 26th. Up to 20 Swifts flew north the same day and the first Reed Warbler arrived on the 28th. Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Water Rail, Tawny Owl and Long Eared Owl were all present throughout. Fox, Hare, Stoat, Noctule and Pipistrelle Bat and a 3ft-long female Grass Snake were all seen during this period. Comma, small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies were aroused from their winter sleep by warm sunshine in April and easterly winds produced several male Brimstone butterflies from the limestone areas around Doncaster. The first of a new generation of Orange-Tip and Speckled Wood butterflies emerged towards the end of April. Crocus and daffodil provided much needed colour from the middle of March and Jack by-the-hedge, Red Campion, Cherry and Apple blossom added to the fresh green leaves on the trees. By the end of April thousands of Cowslips carpeted the meadow. Greenfinch (Carduelis Chloris) The Greenfinch also known as the Green Linnet is still widespread and common and frequently visits garden bird tables for peanuts etc. Their canary like song Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


and bat-like courtship display is quite unmistakable and as with most song birds the male is brighter in colour than the female. The female normally builds a nest in a bush or hedgerow of grass and fine twigs lined with hair, roots or feathers and lays up to 6 white eggs speckled reddish-brown. Incubation by the female takes about 13 days and fledging takes place after another 13 days. Juvenile plumage is much duller than the adult until a partial body moult in late summer when first year males and females resemble adult females. Like many other land birds the Greenfinch has seen a decline in number in recent years due to intensive farming regimes and a viral infection. We don’t see large flocks sweeping across stubble fields and wild flower meadows anymore and we are not likely to in the future because as I understand it farmers are being encouraged to produce more food because there is a world shortage. As from this year farmers will no longer receive subsidies to set aside land. Although the Greenfinch is regarded as sedentary some birds do move significant distances. The following birds were ringed at Carlton Marsh and recovered elsewhere. A juvenile ringed on 11th August 1976 was retrapped and released on 19th February 1977 at Altringham, Cheshire, 100 kms south west. An adult ringed on 28th August 1977 was retrapped on 20th February 1978 at Market Drayton, Salop 100 kms south west. Others carrying our rings were found dead in Royston, Monk Bretton and Mapplewell. Birds ringed elsewhere were a juvenile ringed at Frodsham, Cheshire on 17th of March 1984 and found dead on Barnsley Road, Cudworth on 24th April 1985, 97 kms east, and a first year male ringed at Beauchief, Sheffield was retrapped at Carlton Marsh on 14th September 1997, 30 kms north. The Recorder From Malcolm Pierrepont Feeling so dejected after the recent crime committed against me, namely the theft and destruction of my two mobility scooters from a lock up shed, it is my decision to resign my position with the Chewin t Cud magazine. From the Committee of Chewin t Cud The committee disagree with Malc’s decision and would like to ask if there is anyone out there willing to take on this voluntary position, which includes collating the information, design magazine, design web site, mailing mag (50), CD-ROM and working with the printers. Malc has done a fantastic job over a period of 12 years with the magazine, and everyone on the committee and in the community thank him for his efforts. Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


Tales from the Trail (Jolly Boys 0uting) Every year, for the last four, I’ve cycled the Transpennine Trail with a group of friends. There are six of us in total, all men. Our combined ages total over 350 years. Since the trail is 230 miles long, we have more years than miles with plenty to spare. We start at Southport an d after f o ur gruelling days of hard pedalling we finish at Hornsea. The first day is relatively easy going. We cover over fifty miles, still, by the end, I am ready to get out of the saddle and enjoy a beer with the lads. Now the second day is a different kettle of fish, since we pedal across the pennines, we end up back in Barnsley and it is lovely to see Cudworth again and sleep in my own bed. Our destination on the third day is Selby, a beautiful place with beautiful pubs. Needless to say, in the evening we hit the town. Unfortunatley, the next morning, the town hits back. Any slight hangover is swiftly worked out of my system on the final push to Hornsea, believe me, even if the weather is inclement, after four days in the saddle Hornsea is a wonderful sight. By now, I’ve usually developed a John Wayne type of walk. Why do we do it? You must be thinking, well I can’t speak for the others but I’l try and explain my reasons. First and foremost......stupidity! Although this helps of course, this is not my main reason. Most of the lads say they do it to keep fit. Once again although true, this is not mainly why I choose to do it, anyone who has watched Last of the Summer Wine will understand why. Six men acting like kids again; it’s great! On one occasion we, band of brothers, stopped to collect conkers. The comradery is wonderful, with plenty of friendly banter and tomfoolery to boot. Therefore, for the forseeable future, I’ll keep on peddalling that old dusty trail. By Ronnie Neville Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


GRANDMA'S PANTRY By Carol Handley Inside my grandma's pantry It was always nice and clean. On the shelves flowery oilcloth Brown marks where jars had been.

Grandma baked for Sunday tea. Buns-chocolate-cake and jam tarts And a pink blancmange for me.

In the back a cold stone slab For eggs-butter-milk and cheese. A wire cage to keep the meat in. There was no ice to freeze.

Grandma always gave me sixpence To scrub the pantry floor. After eating all her lovely food Who could ask for more.

With fruit out of the garden Grandma made jars of jam. After ,I was always left To clean the big brass pan.

I learnt a lot from grandma. She made me what I am. I will always remember grandma Her lovely cakes and home made jam.

On Saturday after dinner

Carol Handley

From the meat grandma saved the dripOn the floor a big brown puncheon ping With bread wrapped in a cloth. For me to put on home made bread. Ham-shank peas and lentils Brown jelly from the bottom. Grandma made a tasty broth. I was ,"The dripping Queen. "she said.

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“THE HOSPITAL OF THE SAVOY” AND ITS CUDWORTH CONNECTIONS The Hospital of the Savoy was dedicated to the honour of the Blessed Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and St. John the Baptist and was founded by King Henry VII in 1505 on the south side of the Strand in London. The buildings, for which Henry VII had bequeathed 10,000 marks was intended to accommodate 100 poor men every night. It is worth remembering that the “hospital” was for the poor (hospitality) rather than the sick. However, over the years nobility from all over the country bequeathed the rent from some of their lands to the “Hospital” in a gesture of goodwill towards the less fortunate. Over the next 250 years however, the “charity” fell into disarray as various ownerships changed and the entitlement to the proceeds from the rents were dissolved. Over the years lands totaling over 78 acres in the manor of Cudworth had been given to the “charity”; but by 1770 the current owner of the Manor of Cudworth the Right Honourable Countess of Londonderry did not know what land had been bequeathed and employed William Fenton to survey Cudworth to work out how much the rent from the lands totaled. It turned out to be 78 acres at 14/- per acre and the rent from 4 cottages. The work carried out in 1770 gave us the first scale map of Cudworth which can be viewed in the National Archives at Kew. These names of long ago events are still with us locally: - St John the Baptist and Savoy Cinema. Supplied by Ken Bird Chewin t Cud - June 2008 - Issue 46


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