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Drawi n g s b y R o n n i e Nevil l e

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2 A Day in the life of a Darfield roader 3 Caravan I loved the Caravan and as a kid was privileged to be able to have a holiday nearly every weekend. My Dad would finish work on Friday and we would be on our way – whey hey!! Cleethorpes was a great place and we were on the corporation site – number 17 was our caravan spot, I had my chopper and what more could a kid want, riding free wherever I wanted, it was a dangerous place as well, most people would put up clothes lines all over the place and one night I nearly took my head off with one that I didn’t see. The toilets were a nightmare because you had to walk 100 yards just to use them with your jarmas and slippers on, someone would have made a fortune on ‘Dragons Den’ if they had only invented waterproof slippers as the toilets were not the most up to date and were always overflowing – nice!! The toilet seats were so cold an Eskimo would have turned them down. Caravans in them days didn’t have showers or baths so when you wanted a good scrub you had to venture into the washroom on the side of the toilets and as a kid I could sit in the sink and get a good soaking. My Dads got a new caravan now with central heating but then you could only get warm from the lit gas mantle however when the morning came if you had a cold you could snap the snot off your nose - by it was cold, the telly was powered by the battery off of the car so you can imagine it – not much telly then!!. They were good old days, we would go cockle picking just before setting off home and get a bucket full. Dad would fill the bucket with water and guess what – I would be the one that had the responsibility of holding it between my legs all the way home – Barnsley is a long way, I looked as if I’d wet myself when we got home, I’m sure the neighbours thought I had something wrong with me, it was so embarrassing. Paul Armstrong Dear Malc. In issue No.51, there are references to S. African relatives of 'Madge' Wright. I may be able to throw some light on the subject. I was born in "Seppy" at 3 Woodcock Terrace, I may have been the last person from the village to have any contact with her. I do not remember what happened to her companion Miss Wilde. Many years ago, I was asked by my mother 'Peggy' Foulkes (nee Sixsmith) if I would take 'Madge' in my car to Frenchay, a suburb of Bristol. Apparently, she had friends or family there. My mother and myself, took her there and, some weeks later, brought her back. Just before Christmas, we made the same journey. This time, we were told the move was permanent. The friends/relatives were going to care for 'Madge. On New Years day, I loaded a few pieces of furniture onto a trailer (I was a Lorry driver) and delivered them to Frenchay. That was the last contact I had with 'Madge' Alan Sixsmith. Malc Many thanks for the inclusion last month for memories of Madge Wrights beer-off. A good response. What we need now are St John's church magazines, any would be welcome but especially Jan & Feb 1966. July & Aug 1921. Nov & Dec 1924 please. A chance to copy is all that we ask. Thanks a lot, Linda.

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3 Dear Malc, I used to work at the stocking Factory in the 1950’s. In 1952 we had a day trip to Great Yarmouth, it was by train, we had a lovely day out, below is a photograph taken on Cudworth Railway Station before we set off. Bottom right hand corner of the photograph were the bosses, Mr & Mrs Moreton, their son Keith and a friend, Vina was the manageress at that time, her daughter and boyfriend stood next to her. Berryman also appears, Eva Berryman was on the trip. I have written as many names as possible, there will be some of ladies no longer with us, but wondered if their grandchildren would like to see the photograph. A lot of the girls came from Grimethorpe to work at the factory.

Near the train door, 3 ladies - Eileen Silver, Mona Plaice, Ada Haigh. On left side at the back are 5 people, I don’t know their names. Back row - Muriel Dossett and husband, Kitty Huff, Veronica Burke, Bete Young, Rita Ferguson, Joan Hancock, Betty Chambelain, Doreen Wrigley, Gwen Hilton, Joan Iveson and husband, Mrs Beddows, Gladys & Brian Burton, Jean McGrath, Monica Ruddy, Jean Nixon, Gwen Fraser, Mary Sherry, Jacqueline Smith, Eileen Sherry, Amy Homer, Rita Bintcliffe, Joan Hollings, Audrey Dickinson, Roy Kilner, Margery Ogden. Front row - Mr Beddows, Iris Parton, Eva Berryman, Pat Bailey, ? Beaumont, Doreen Cuthbert, Cynthia Marsh, Pauline Jackson, Mary Haigh, Pearl Thomas.

I have been reading a few of the earlier Chewin t Cud and noticed a few names keep cropping up, Bailey, Iveson and Roy Kilner, when I worked at the factory Roy Kilner and Audrey Dickinson were courting. I often wondered if they finally got together. I left the factory in 1953 and came to Blackpool and have lived here ever since, I have relatives living in Monk Bretton, my niece Mrs R Keen sends me the magazine. Yours faithfully Mary Butterworth (nee Ride) – Sept 2009

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4 MY VISIT TO CUDWORTH - THE BY-PASS On Wednesday 26th August 2009 I was privileged to be a guest of Principal Engineer, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Mr. Ronnie Binns and a representative of the Contractors, V.H.E., Mr. Paul Cashon, for the Cudworth, West Green and Monk Bretton by-pass. I was to be escorted on a visit along the whole length of the as yet unfinished, new road; the total cost of the scheme for the 5∙2km long by-pass is £21∙2million.

Clarrie and Paul Cashon (VHE) Sidcop Lane

Ronnie Binns (BMBC) & Paul Cashon (VHE) (JCB Backactor in background)

I was collected from home and taken to the site offices at West Green where I was shown aerial photographs of the by-pass and a briefing of the project by Mr. Ronnie Binns. After signing the induction form required by law for visitors entering the site

By-pass from Shafton showing part of the main road through Cudworth

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5 I was kitted out by Mr. Paul Cashon with a safety helmet and a fluorescent waistcoat before setting out on the tour. The office site is close to the Pontefract Road new roundabout which is currently under construction on the site of the former brickworks near Cudworth Bridges. We left the office site and joined the main road through Cudworth as far as the Shafton roundabout where we turned left into Weetshaw Lane; Ronnie Binns was at the wheel of his Ronniemobile. On approaching the bottom of Three Nooks Lane we turned right onto the site of the former landfill tips area where the new road is being developed and By-pass Weetshaw Lane approaching Shafton travelled along it back towards - meeting the CAT D6 DOZER Shafton when we encountered a monstrous machine which was toiling away happily preparing the future road. It was a CAT D6 DOZER and weighed 21 tons – not easy to bump start if needed! I was told that should I need to take any photographs along the way then I only had to mention and the car would stop for the event and thus I was duly obliged several times. Back to Three Nooks Lane we re-entered the site and proceeded to the new Weetshaw Lane roundabout area going round it in an anti-clockwise direction without being arrested for traversing it the wrong way. The carriageway is 7∙3m wide with a 3m wide cycleway/footway with a 2m wide verge. To me it seemed strange that I was now going through the former Silverwoods field which brought back many memories from my younger days and the various activities we engaged upon. Ahead of us now was the newly constructed R o ys t o n R o ad B r id g e, a magnificent 3-span sight from the roadway and regarded as the project’s flagship. 36 pre-stressed concrete beams were used in the construction and were provided by ABM Europe and fitted by Cidon Construction. The scene deserved a photograph which was duly taken, perhaps never again to be Royston Road bridge from 3 Nooks End shot from the same location once (Flagship of the project) the by-pass is open. The contractors had dug down approximately 50ft. in this area through good quality sandstone I was informed and the stone removed was used in other parts of the bypass.

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6 After taking photographs we moved on to the next concrete construction which was an overpass at the end of Sidcop Lane which was to allow pedestrian and farmers access to footpaths and fields beyond. A similar overpass but slightly bigger had been almost completed at the Rose Tree site. Next we motored towards the Bleachcroft Farm area where I was shown a huge concrete culvert at the side of the road to arrest floodwater and release it gradually in times of flood to prevent possible flooding further down towards Cudworth Bridges area. It is known as the South Box Culvert and is 63 metres long x 5 metres wide x 3∙9 metres high. Sections were delivered on Rail-bridge into glassworks, Monk Bretton four lorry-loads a day until completion and each section was 18 metres long. We then motored on past Bleachcroft, through the new cutting of the railway embankment and emerged onto the Pontefract Road roundabout which was again traversed the wrong way round. (No one seemed to mind at this stage as there was hardly any traffic around!). Onwards to the rear of the glassworks where we stopped at two new constructions – a rail bridge for rail traffic into/ out of the glassworks and a bridge for any future restoration of the canal. I believe a section of the canal may be cleaned out in the future. (The previous canal which went towards Ronnie Binns and Clarrie in Fish Dam Lane Lundwood burst its banks in 1947 and flooded most of Lundwood which I remember clearly.). It was my first visit to this part of the by-pass and I took more photographs for my collection and interest. Just a little further on was the area designated for another roundabout giving access to the glassworks. We stopped about a couple of hundred yards from here as we neared the Fish Dam Lane roundabout, the surface was here being prepared for tarmac and Ronnie Binns pointed out that we didn’t want to disturb this surface with mud from our tyres.

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7 So for me this was almost the end of the road and after being enlightened that some of the drain kerbstones laid around the area of the Fish Dam Lane roundabout were indeed made of plastic much to my surprise, it brought about the end of my tour. A total of 0∙3 million cubic metres of earth, rock and muck had thus far been moved for the project. Streetscene improvements and landscaping will begin early in 2010. It was a very educating and instructional visit and certainly opened my eyes regarding the planning, techniques applied and progress achieved thus far with the project. Hopefully the new road is likely to be opened in the summer of 2010. I am indebted to B.M.B.C. Principal Engineer Mr. Ronnie Binns and Mr. Paul Cashon, VHE Construction, for the great opportunity they provided for my benefit and hopefully to share with others my experience of the construction of the Cudworth, West Green and Monk Bretton by-pass for which I thank them wholeheartedly. Clarrie Gibson 10th September 2009. Clarrie, many thanks for the time you have taken with your articles and photographs to keep all at the Cud and the readers of the magazine well informed and up to date with the progress of the Cudworth by-pass it has been most appreciated. Baptism of a New Church Bell Thursday 10th September 2009 dawned it was a beautiful sunny day, a bell was Baptised in the grounds of St. John the Baptist Church Cudworth. The celebrant was the RT. Rev Anthony Robinson Bishop of Pontefract, in memory of Michael A Stewart a young man killed in a road accident. It was a unique occasion for Cudworth as the old bell had been in situ for over 100 years Father David Nicholson thanked Mr.& Mrs. Stewart for their generosity and he also thanked the Bishop for coming to Mrs.& Mr. Stewart perform this wonderful ceremony He then welcomed the Mayor and Mayoress of Barnsley and the Commanding Officer of the Barnsley Sea Cadets and all Cadets, the Yorkshire Chamber Choir provided the music. School Children from the three local primary schools sang to us beautifully, it was a very memorable occasion for the many people who attended. Father David explained to the children and all present that the ringing of the bell is an ancient practice that summons the Christian community to prayer and also informs of important happenings in the village. The school children were presented with a commemorative medal by the Mayor of Barnsley, which brought to an end a very special day. Florence Whittlestone

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8 Memory Lane By Edgar Auckland Recovering & repairing the school canoe in 1959

All these Cudworth Secondary Modern School boys are working as a team to repair the canoe ready for Burnsall Camp. [Who are the students?] Recovering & repairing school canoe in 1962

Two trustworthy Cudworth Secondary Modern students Herbert Blackham & [?]

Photograph taken by Mr Smith illustrates the arrangement of Cudworth Secondary Modern School Camp at Burnsall 1962.

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school canoe in 1959 Recovering & repairing the school canoe in 1964

Are these students, Brian Ryal, Michael Waltham & Roger Thornton? [Who’s the boy on the top left of the photograph looking on]?

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10 65th Anniversary of D Day: visit to the National Arboretum. A group of five Cudworth veterans and friends travelled along with some veteran members of the Monk Bretton branch of the Royal British legion to the National


Armed Forces Memorial at the Arboretum Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Saturday 6th June 2009 to attend the commemorative memorial Service for the 65th anniversary of the D day landings and other events taking place at the venue. Despite the appalling wet weather the veterans enjoyed viewing the awe inspiring military monuments on the site and attending the services of remembrances in the millennium chapel, with the emotive 2 minutes silence strictly observed which also takes place everyday of the year at 11am in the chapel. Also the service outside was despite the heavy rain well attended, it ended with prayers from an army Chaplin and the playing of the last post by a veteran bugler from the Royal Marines. The shot at dawn memorial is a very emotive one; it is situated at the eastern end of the site, where the rising sun’s first rays strike 306 wooden posts with all the names of the executed men (and boys) on. The focal point is an eight feet 6 inch sculpture of Northumberland Fusilier Private Herbert Burden; not even old enough to be in the army – 17 years of age!! And shot as a coward. It is a unique tribute to 306 soldiers of world war one who were shot at dawn after a court marshal trial with no defence. Many lied about their age in order to enlist in the army; the excuse was that it was military law at the time. All the men have now been granted a posthumous pardon

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11 90 years on, after a campaign by Pte Harry Farr (1 st battalion West Yorkshire Regiment) daughter and granddaughter’s campaign was successful. Names of the Cudworth veterans who attended were - Mr. Ron Parton (Wiltshire Regiment), Mr. Stan Horton (RASC), Mr. Alan Curtis (Army Catering Corps), Mr. Roy Broadbent (Fleet Air Arm). Mr Ken This is the ‘Shot At Dawn’ memorial Bellamy from Notton (RAF ex Spitfire pilot), Also Mrs Jean Millington, poppy appeal organizer from Cudworth attended. Lest we forget - Alan Curtis. Do you recognise anyone - Supplied by Cudworth Local History Group

STAMP YOUR APPROVAL. The volunteers appreciate all donations to the Cud. Anyone interested in donating unused postage stamps (1st or 2nd class) towards our costs. This would help us to keep costs down, and be a very big help to us. We thank you in anticipation, and they can be forwarded to Malc at his address.

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12 Hamm and Heiner Re-united In 1956 I went to Hamm in West Germany as it was then, with the Youth Exchange group from Cudworth, the visit was organised by Mr D Curry and Mr L Mosley. The boy who I stayed with was the same age as me, 14 and was called Heiner Shulz. Heiner came to stay with me on his visit to Cudworth. We did write to each other for a while but it stopped when we started work etc. In 1957 the Cudworth group exchanged with another German group from Plettenberg. A boy called Dieter Freiburg came to stay with me and I with him. Dieter and I saw each other many times in the years from 1979 when he and his family came to Cudworth to stay with me and my family. Since I retired in 1993 I have been to stay with Dieter and his family on a regular basis, travelling there on one of my motorcycles or in my little red sports car. Unfortunately my friend Dieter died some 6 years go, but I still travel to see his family, also his youngest daughter Nina came to stay for a few months. I went to Nina’s wedding in October 2008 and also to his son’s second wedding in August 2009. It was while I was at the reception of this wedding in the local pub and restaurant called Im Stillen Winkel (a quiet corner) I talked about Heiner Shulz and that I have often wondered where he was and what he had done with his life and that it would be so nice to contact him again, but I would imagine this would be a sheer impossibility thinking of how many Heiner Shulz’s there would be in the Hamm telephone directory and that’s even if he still lived in Hamm he could be anywhere in the world.

Terry & Heiner Shulz

While I was talking about this, Tim who is now 22 and Dieter’s grandson was fiddling with his super duper Blackberry mobile phone which has access to the internet, everything. If you know how to work them great I don’t but he does. Tim then said that he had gained access to the Hamm telephone directory, but how many Schulz’s would be in there, it would be like looking for someone called Smith in our telephone directory, I said, OK give it a try. He did, and an H SHULZ came up. He rang the number and spoke in German of course, to the person who answered, do you know anyone in ENGLAND called TERRY, and before he could say TINDALL the man said, YES, TERRY TINDALL from Cudworth you can imagine our amazement at the outcome of this phone call. Tim gave me the phone, and sure enough it was my friend, the same Heiner Schulz I last saw 53 years ago, beyond belief. We chatted for a while and I arranged to go to his home some 3 days later. I travelled to Hamm from Plettenbeerg in my little red sports car, which is a distance of some 50 miles north. I had a lovely day at Heiner’s

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13 beautiful home and met his lovely wife Helga, we never stopped remembering and talking about our lives. He has two sons, one is a Judge in Cologne and one is an executive for KRAFT food. Heiner went into the air force at an English base and became an Air Traffic Controller, and can speak very good English. Heiner and his wife are both in good health; they walk, cycle and play tennis on a regular basis. When I arrived at Heiner’s and we first saw each other again for the first time in 53 years. We recognised each other immediately although his hair had gone grey and I had put some weight on. Well folks I thought I must write about this amazing one off phone call and its outcome. Also here is a photo of Heiner and his wife Helga. Also I would like to thank Mr Des Curry and the Helga & Heiner Shulz late Mr Lionel Mosley for organising those wonderful exchanges to Germany in the 1950’s. Terry Tindall Aug 2009 On seeing a blind ex-serviceman pay homage at the Cenotaph. From an edge of War came a darkened run, departed memory of the Sun, this autumn day, he heard his children’s children play. He once knew, who was who, every counted call, sensed their hurried future torn in aching fatal fall. Each fleeting hope as prayer he heard: remembers every anxious word Their shadows pass in silent pride, alas, he has no tears to hide. Footfall of the Fourth he still knows well, to that guiding hand he moves; only sight has been denied, valour still he proves. In November’s falling mists he had called the Roll; then compiled the Lists, He keeps in mind, remembers well a tearing sadness as his comrades fell, Thoughts of anguish at this plight, now, instant prayer instead of sight. An eleventh month, its eleventh day, this eleventh hour cavalcade, with tender hands to guide him, he’s out there on parade. From sightless eyes, of a white- haired head, he salutes to his left; “The Glorious Dead”. Ron Gibson, November 2008.

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14 30 Quiz Questions 1. 2.

3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.

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Who was the first British monarch to broadcast a Christmas message to the nation? Child star Jimmy Boyd sang which hugely popular 1950's Christmas song, which was initially banned by the Catholic Church in Boston because it supposedly mixed sex and Christmas? Who banned Christmas in England between 1647 and 1660? On which date is Epiphany celebrated in the traditional Western calendar? Who are the four ghosts in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol? What liqueur goes into making a 'snowball' cocktail? What is the English title of the carol written in 1818 by Austrian priest Josef Mohr originally called Stille Nacht? The Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway notably) tend to celebrate Christmas chiefly on which date? Which US state in 1907 was the last to declare Christmas a legal holiday? Presepe in Italy refers to what Christmas tradition? Christmas Crackers is cockney rhyming slang for which part of the male anatomy? What is the popular name for little baked sausages wrapped in rashers of streaky bacon? Which of the Wise Men was said to have brought the gift of gold for the baby Jesus? The 1954 movie White Christmas was the first to be made using what new Paramount film format? Which river did George Washington cross on Christmas night in 1776 in the American Revolutionary War? What changed in 1752 which caused Britain to have a White Christmas less frequently thereafter? Traditional in Germany at Christmas, what sort of food is stollen? According to the UK National Meteorological Office what year (prior to 2007) was the last White Christmas in Britain? The Christmas period of 1813-14 saw the last what in London? How many gifts are given in total in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas? The words "Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume breathes of life, of gathering gloom..." come from which Christmas carol? Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean is a territory of which country? Which diarist noted on 25th December 1662, "(Christmas Day). Had a pleasant walk to White Hall, where I intended to have received the communion with the family, but I have come too late..." The USA's official National Christmas Tree is in which National Park? John Callcott Horsley designed what first commercial Christmas item in 1843? In Victorian England what people were popularly called robins because of their red uniforms? Which popular poem was alternatively known as A Visit from St Nicholas? Which token vegetable is often included in the ingredients of a Christmas pudding? What animal is Snowball in George Orwell's book Animal Farm? Yorkshireman William Strickland is believed to have brought the first what to Britain from North America in 1526?

Answers on Page 19

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15 Photo From Yesteryear

Oh, Oh, Oh, No - I Think I’m Going Mad Patient Doctor, please can you help me, I think I’m going barking mad. My behavior is strange, to say the least and I’m certainly not in control. To look at me you’d think I was fine, since I am always ecstatically jovial but appearances can be deceptive. Let me describe my symptoms. First, I’m very conscious about being obese, so much so that although I’m old and gray I’ve grown my hair and beard to try to hide it. Also, I get uncontrollable urges to dress in gory coloured clothes - especially red and white. It is hard for me to admit but I have an aversion to wearing shoes; wellies are my only footwear, which even when I’m in bed stay on. Another worrying symptom is a strange kind of delirious madness that totally envelops me and in a trance like state, unlike any normal dream, I enter a twilight world, which is as real as I’m talking to you, I travel the world in the blink of an eye. Fortunately, this only happens once a year and when it passes I feel utterly exhausted and to my dismay find I’ve given everything I own away. These symptoms are a worry but I’m more concerned that I creep into children’s bedrooms. What can I do? Doctor You can start by bringing the Scalextric you didn’t fetch me last Christmas. By Ronnie Neville 24 01 2009 Up The Road! by Frank Smith Frank Smith’s book Up The Road! for sale Price £3.99 each contact Malc

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18 Dorothy Hyman Junior Football Club We are not wanting “handouts” or asking for money. We try for funding through the proper channels, (Although a club sponsor would be good). What we are asking from BPL is that we pay the same costs for pitch fees as in line with all the rest of the borough and not find somewhere cheaper if we can’t afford it which was suggested to us along with the phrase we are a business not a charity. Mr Auckland and Mr Devoy are correct in suggesting that the Centre was built through the grit and determination of the “People of Cudworth” getting off their backsides and with their collecting buckets asking the local people, clubs and pubs to dig deep and build a centre that would make a large city (Not just a small village in a small town) proud to have. I was amongst the crowd of kids waving my little Union Jack flag when the inspiration behind the centre being built in the first place Dorothy Hyman returned successfully with her medal from the Olympic Games. Our Club supports the upkeep of the centre, we regularly after training and matches call in to the bar and have a drink and the occasional Sunday lunch, we have all Club functions there, birthday parties, Halloween parties, Christmas parties, race nights and always the “End of season presentation night” and as you can imagine having 146 kids on the Club books along with, brothers, sisters, mums, dads, nanans and granddads etc. it is a very well supported and lucrative evening for the centre. Yours truly, Mr Gary Midgley - Secretary Glass Bottle This glass bottle is thought to be the first thing blown at the glass factory on Barnsley Road (near Victoria garage) owned by Norman Bone, where many local people worked. It is a small bottle containing a silver threepenny joey, the label on the front says “You’ll never be broke whilst this is not broken”. It was given to local businessman Harry Myatt loaned by his son John. Florence Whittlestone

2010 Calendars for sale - £2 each - contact Malc All proceeds to Chewin t Cud - Drawings by Ronnie Neville

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19 Four Happy “Cudethers” By Ronnie Neville Four happy Cudethers Sailed out to sea One went for a dip Then there were three Three happy Cudethers Went to the zoo One fed the lions Then there were two Two happy Cudethers Played with a gun One pulled the trigger Then there was one One happy Cudether Lying in the sun Writing for the “Cud” And his name is Ron Answers to quiz on Page 14 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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George the Fifth (in 1932) I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus Oliver Cromwell 6th January Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Christmas Yet to Come, and Jacob Marley Advocaat Silent Night 24th December Oklahoma Nativity scene Testicles Pigs in blankets Melchior VistaVision Delaware

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The calendar Cake 2004 Christmas Fair on a frozen River Thames 364 We Three Kings of Orient Are Australia Samuel Pepys (pronounced 'peeps') King's Canyon National Park, California Christmas card Postmen 'Twas The Night before Christmas Carrot A pig Turkey

PHOTOGRAPHS THAT YOU SEND FOR CHEWIN T CUD MAGAZINE. 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.) With Thanks:- Malc Pierrepont

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20 Dear Chewin t Cud Volunteers First of all let me say a big thank you to Frank Smith for his second book on the Darfield Road Football Clubs of the 1950s and early 1960s. Once again Frank has put so much hard work into producing such a detailed record of the fantastic successes which the team achieved. Well Done Frank! Continuing the football theme I would now like to appeal for the help of your readers. My dad, Len Green, was involved with the teams in Frank’s book along with several other keen football enthusiasts. When dad died in January 1971 it was decided to remember him by having a cup called the Len Green Memorial Trophy as a tribute to him. As far as I know the cup was only played for on a few occasions. We have no details at all about the teams involved, where and when the matches were played etc; I’m writing on behalf of the family to ask if anyone can help us to fill in this gap. Any information, no matter how small, would be so helpful to us. Should anyone have any photographs that might be relevant, it would be lovely for us to have copies of them if possible. We now have the trophy back with the family thanks to Frank Smith, Ken Crossland and John Hayhoe. It will be well – looked after and cherished as a permanent reminder of Dad. He would have been pleased to know that both his great-grandsons are keen footballers and keeping the family’s association with ‘the beautiful game’ alive. So, please, if anyone can help us fill in the details of these missing matches, I would be pleased to hear from you and promise to answer any letters I receive. Having read Clarrie Gibson’s report on the progress of the new Cudworth by-pass it jogged my memory, so I’d like to share the information with you, hoping it will be of interest to your readers. My brother, Allan Green, trained as a surveyor when he left school. Part of his training was done at Brierley Hall, which I believe, was once the Council Offices. Allan went to live in Australia in 1969, but he left behind some old books etc. Amongst them we have found a map of Cudworth and the surrounding villages and guess what? – on the map is a proposed route for the Cudworth by-pass! So the ‘new’ road has been on the cards for over 40 years after all. I have sent a copy of the map to the Cudworth Local History Group for their archives. It will be interesting to see how closely the proposed route (then) follows the actual route (now). It just goes to show how things can have a knock-on effect, as I had put the map to one side and forgotten all about it. I was lucky not to have thrown it away when ‘tidying up’. Best wishes to you all – keep up the good work. June Arthurs (nee Green)

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Tired of staying indoors and watching the box? Looking for an outlet that combines Gentle Exercise with Social Contact? Then why not come and join us at the Cudworth Methodist Church, Each Thursday between 1:00 and 3:30 p.m., and enjoy a session of SEQUENCE DANCING Can’t dance? No problem as beginners are particularly welcome and help will be given. What do you have to lose? Entrance fee is only £1.50p per person. Come on down and, literally, give it a whirl. A warm welcome is guaranteed. Kind Regards - David Andrews. (e-mail) Barnsley Celebration of Achievement The Annual Achievement Award 2009 Awarded to

Owen Leeson In recognition of participation in Barnsley Schools Shakespeare Festival at Barnsley Civic Theatre Arron by Carol Handley "I'm staying in my pyjamas!" said grandson Arron, yesterday. "You know, grandma, it's Christmas Eve when Santa comes, they say."

I could see he was excited his eyes were shining bright. He said, "isn't Christmas lovely?" while kissing me goodnight.

"I'll be off to my bed early when I have had my bath. I must be clean for Santa." -That really made me laugh!

Christmas would not be Christmasit would be just another dayit's children make it special may it ever be that way.

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22 Carlton Marsh Nature Reserve (August to November) Last February Carlton Marsh Wildlife Group amalgamated with the Friends of Cudworth Park and Cemeteries Group. The new group served the village well by organising the ‘Tea in the Park’ event in July. Carlton Marsh benefited from renewed interest shown by the three ward councillors and other officers in BMBC thereby raising the profile of the reserve. Councillor Wraith has chaired the meetings from the outset, his wealth of experience and influence has been a major factor in solving problems quickly. As a direct result of these meetings funding has been made available for flood defences on the dyke, which will include a trash screen to stop wheels and tyres and other debris entering the reserve. Management work already undertaken this year began in March when BMBC Rangers arrived to coppice large stands of Willow and Alder in the overgrown bird ringing rides. In May teenage boys from Willowgarth High School took part in a scheme to remove invasive Hawthorn and Willow scrub in our Cowslip-rich meadow. Then in July the Environment Agency came at our behest and put a considerable amount of resources into removing thick, black oil that had found its way into the dyke. In August the bird watching hide was made secure after vandals had damaged the roof felting. The local branch of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and young men on Community Service came on several occasions to remove scrub to maintain open, uninterrupted views over the marsh. Then in September BMBC Parks Officer Trevor Mayne implemented the mowing of both of our wild flower-rich meadows so that a subsidy could be claimed from Natural England. We are optimistic that next spring extra funding will be forthcoming to continue managing the reserve for the benefit of wildlife and the general public. Believe it or not wading birds begin their autumn migration from the Arctic as early as July. A Whimbrel on the 28th was followed by a Green Sandpiper on the 2nd of August and a Curlew on the 11th. As the season regressed into September the last Swift departed for southern climes on the 2nd by which time many of our native warblers had vacated their breeding territories. The first skein of Pink Feet Geese headed towards the west coast on the 17th and a Wheatear was discovered on the bypass on the 21st. A male Stonechat had returned to the same set-aside field as last winter on the 23rd and a Greenshank flew south on the 30th.


Birds arriving from Northern Europe from mid-October included small numbers of Song Thrush, Fieldfare and Redwing. On the 17th a magnificent Buzzard appeared, but was soon chased away by Carrion Crows and was last seen flying low over Cudworth Park. More sonorous skeins of Pink Feet Geese flew north and west adding to the autumn scene and resident birds included Little Owl, Barn Owl and Kingfisher. The latter habitually hovered above the water before diving to catch fish, which were consumed on a post in front of

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23 the hide. The presence of a Water Rail is often detected by its pig-like squeals, but for most of the time it remains hidden from view in the reed-beds. However, Dave Smith was lucky enough to see a family group of 5 feeding on one early September morning. Away from the reserve, in August, a Red Kite was seen over Grimethorpe heading towards Cudworth and in September, I saw a Great Crested Grebe flying over White Cross Road, heading into the Dearne Valley. Around that time there were several sightings of a Common Buzzard soaring high in the air over the Newtown estate, something that was unheard of until relatively recently. In mid-October news came through that a Cetti’s Warbler had been caught and ringed at Wintersett Reservoir. This was the second record of it in the Barnsley recording area after one turned up at Worsborough Reservoir about five years ago. Evidence of Fox activity at Carlton Marsh throughout the summer culminated in the sighting of up to 3 cubs. The Dog Fox was seen on numerous occasions and he frequently sounded out his presence as nightfall came. On the 3rd of August a small group of us stayed until after dark to catch some moths. Trees in the car park and along the old railway embankment were painted with strips of a special mixture of sugar and molasses to attract them. After allowing the sweet smelling solution to waft around for a while we returned with torches at the ready to see what was feeding on it. As well as earwigs, slugs and millipedes, nine different species of moths were identified. These included 5 Herald Moths, 15 Svennsson’s Copper Underwing and 13 Old Lady Moths. The latter is one of the largest British moths and is aptly named because it looks like a dark shawl rather like that worn by elderly ladies in years gone by. On one of my regular walks on the ‘One Liner’ in Storrs Mill I stopped to talk to Gary Whittingham. As we talked an immature Weasel appeared just yards in front of us and then disappeared into a crevice in a small pile of stones. Moments later at least 5 juvenile Wood Mice shot out in as many directions. This strategy confused the wily predator somewhat and although it searched for them, seemingly oblivious to our presence, it failed to catch any. A week later Arthur Vincent saw a Water Vole on the River at Storrs Mill, something he hasn’t seen for many years. The vole swam from one side to the other and began to preen itself, suddenly out of nowhere; a Mink lurched at the vole with what seemed like dire consequences. Both fell back into the river during the malaise while Arthur shouted and clapped as loud as he could to try and frighten off the Mink. Thankfully Arthur succeeded and the Water Vole escaped apparently none the worse for its ordeal. The North American Mink was introduced in the late 1920’s for the fur trade, but escapes and deliberate releases from Mink Farms by animal rights groups has lead to the demise of the Water Vole. Mink is a ruthless killer and is responsible for wiping out the Water Vole from many of its strongholds on our river systems. The Recorder

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24 Cudworth Probus Club Report The Speaker for 29th July was Mr. Colin Mcdermott, Colin’s subject was Machu Picchu; the lost city of the Incas, Colin showed a fascinating DVD film relating to the famous site, the entire club enjoyed the presentation and thanked Colin for visiting once again. Meeting on 12th August, the subject was Brian Clough, who needed little introduction, a documentary film was shown relating to the life of the man with a bit of charisma! Supplied by Mr. Alan Curtis, the club enjoyed the film, what a character he was and a genius. Mr. John Hayhoe thanked Alan for providing the DVD. On the 26th August the club enjoyed a day out to Beverley and Burton Constable Hall with a guide and meal provided and also a visit to a garden centre. Mr Peter Haigh, the club’s Secretary, Treasurer and outing organizer made a splendid job of arranging the trip. All the club members appreciated his efforts. The speaker for 9th September was Mr. Alan Coy who gave an interesting talk on the history of brewing. Mr Fred Copeland was the speaker for the 23rd of September; his subject was Hadrian’s Wall, Fred worked on the excavations on the site and provided a slide show of photos and a talk regarding his work, it is a little known fact that there were temples near the wall where the Roman soldiers worshipped and that’s where most of the Roman coins were found as they were, (at the time) offerings to the gods, the eastern god Mithras being one of them. Mr. Les Rymer thanked Mr. Copeland for his time and effort in visiting the club. Speaker for the 7th October was Mr. Geoffrey Hutchinson who is one of the volunteers who run the Maurice Dobson Heritage museum in Darfield. The museum received a grant from the heritage lottery funds to restore the Georgian yeoman’s house where the museum is located. Geoffrey’s talk and slide show of the exhibits in the museum was most interesting. Mr. Stan Horton thanked Mr. Hutchinson for his well presented talk and stated that the museum was doing a superb job in preserving items from bygone days for future generations to look at.

John Hayhoe receiving the President's Chain of Office for the Probus club from Mr Jack Wilson (Left). - John Hayhoe and Peter Haigh (Right) The clubs annual general meeting was held on Wednesday 21st October, members enjoyed a buffet provided by Mrs. Hazel Haigh. Mr John Hayhoe was elected President of the club for the for the next 12 months term, taking over from Mr. Jack Wilson, Mr Hayhoe stated that it was a pleasure to accept the post, Mr Ken Bellamy

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25 was elected vice President. Mr Wilson stated that it had been another successful 12 months for the club with some very interesting speakers visiting and the club was going from strength to strength and long may it continue. Mr Peter Haigh, the club’s treasurer/secretary stated that the clubs finances were in good order and all the records (minutes) were documented. The club showed there appreciation to Mr Haigh for all his work involved behind the scenes in organising the clubs outings and dealing with the monies and paper work by giving him a round of applause, also Mr Stan Horton was thanked in his absence for arranging the speakers. Submitted by Alan Curtis - Club member The Best Baked Potatoes In The Whole Wide World I really must share this experience with you – especially the younger readers. Whilst sat around a small bonfire in our back garden recently, with a group of friends, I placed several potatoes covered in tinfoil in the glowing ashes. My younger guests looked very perplexed and bemused. “Be patient; trust me,” I told them, “They’ll be lovely.” Then, every ten minutes or so for the next hour, I carefully turned them until they were fully cooked. I then served them to my guests with generous knobs of butter. Without exception all their apprehension soon turned to appreciation once they had tasted them. Everyone praised them. Indeed, they all agreed –that these were the best baked-potatoes they had ever tasted. Of course, since I belong to an older generation, I knew this was going to be their reaction, but this still pleased me. So let me assure you, if you desire wonderfully tasting baked-potatoes and wish to impress, forget about cooking them in the microwave or conventional oven and stick them in a bonfire –then enjoy. P.S. When I was a lad tinfoil wasn’t available so the skin became extremely burnt and crusty but, my, they tasted lovely inside. By Ronnie Neville 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). Charges for small Community Groups With publication costs soaring and Chewin t Cud ever increasing printing charges to produce, money which has to be found by the Volunteers, it has now become necessary for us to make a small charge to community groups which are run as a business. To All Church And Community Groups May we remind you that we are always happy to print church or community news, events etc, all we ask is that you restrict your news to no more than half a page.

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26 Old Comrades: Reunited 65 years on Mr. Ron Parton of Cudworth met up with his old army pal Mr. Charlie Sill, from Heckmondwike again on the 31st May, a month short of 65 years ago after losing contact with him on the 6th July 1944, when they both landed on Sword Beach Normandy. Charlie was in the 5th Battalion, West York’s Regiment and Ron was in the 4th Battalion. They first met up at Lincoln to do their basic training then moved to Berwick on Tweed to continue 10 weeks training; both Charlie and Ron were in the KOYLI (Kings own Yorkshire light infantry) at the time. After the training they should have both had leave but instead both were transferred to Tavistock in Devon in preparation for the D-day landings. Ron and Charlie were billeted in tents and both were transferred to the West Yorkshire regiment at that time. The American C bee’s, (construction battalions) were in the same camp. Charlie stated that he and Ron used to march over Dartmoor to Plymouth to do Charlie and Ron guard duty for the American army. By the end of June 1944 they were both in a holding battalion and were transferred to the port of Newhaven. On the 6th July they both found themselves in a landing craft with 90 men heading for Sword Beach. When the ramp went down and they both landed on the beach, in the mayhem they both lost contact with one another. Later on they found out that both of them had been transferred into the Wiltshire Regiment, XXX corps, as there was no Yorkshire division in the area at the time. Charlie was wounded near Aachen with his platoon by shrapnel from a 7.92mm secondary armament round from a Tiger tank, and Ron was wounded near Arnhem about the same time by a German trip wire mine which had been placed across a railway line; they both came back to England to receive medical treatment for their wounds and they never saw one another again before leaving the army or afterwards until now. It has been a wonderful experience, and a very interesting one listening to Ron and Charlie talking about their times in combat, and superb to see them back together again after 65 years. Old soldiers never die. From Alan Curtis. Any articles, photographs or advertisements for the March 2010 issue of the magazine to reach us before

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27 Good Afternoon (at least it's that time in America) Announcement that my father, Vincent Hall, passed away on 26th August 2009 of Liver Cancer. He was a subscriber to your "Chewin t' Cud" periodical and even submitted a couple of articles published in March 2006 and June 2008. I have read most of my dad's copies since his death and the articles are very interesting. Born to Harry Hall and Nellie Morrall on 2nd October 1924 in Wombwell, Barnsley, Yorkshire. Worked as a coal miner at various pits in Yorkshire; and, emigrated to Ogden, Utah, U.S.A. in May 1960 with his wife, Kathleen Hinchliffe (of Holmfirth) and four children. He worked his way up to Plant Manager at a concrete tile company and then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and became a Clark County Housing Authority Director of Operations. He remarried (Mary Baker), retired from his housing job and moved to Grand Junction, Colorada. He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since the 1950s until his death in August. Pamela Hall Jensen-Schulte – Sept 2009 Hello Malc. Mr Clifford Shaw's query about the Palace cinema that burned down all those years ago reminded me of my dad talking about it when we were young. He told us (Dorothy, David, and myself), that the film showing at the time it suffered that unfortunate accident, was Rin-Tin-Tin and the Frozen River. That seemed to amuse dad, and he told us laughingly that the heat from the fire melted the river and Barnsley Road from just below the Star was flooded. I, being very young at the time believed him. He never mentioned that live entertainment took place at the Palace, so maybe it didn't. I would also like to just touch on the photograph that Mr Wayland sent. This also brought back memories from my very young days. One memory a very sad one, because two of my cousins were on the photo', Eric and Stan Brightmore. Sadly, Eric was killed in a motorcycle accident about the late forties or early fifties, and there was a lot of sadness at home at that time, he was very young Stan still lives in Cudworth and he worked in a bakery, Turners I think it was, for many years. The Cud seems to make you recall the memories of years gone by, but that's not a bad thing, it keeps your mind working. Regards to all our readers, Howard Brightmore. Local Shops Come next year the new Cudworth by-pass should be in operation we are sure that all local shopkeepers are apprehensive of the outcome. We believe that every endeavour must be made to support our local shops and businesses. We have seen it happen in other areas over the years lose it in Cudworth and you never get it back. We thank you in anticipation of your support. Don, Florence, Alan, George, Jack, John, Ronnie and Howard.

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28 Spot the Difference By Ronnie Neville (7 in total) answers foot of this page.

Memory Lane By Edgar Auckland Photograph illustrates a young grasshopper, Steven Handley front page Barnsley Chronicle 7th February 1970 in the Cudworth Secondary Modern School Gym. The report by the Chronicle said eleven-year-old Steven Handley of Cudworth, a member of Cudworth Karate School, has every reason to be proud of his Green Belt he was awarded recently. Information from the Biography of the Original Cudworth School of Martial Arts. 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 Extra note. Guitar string. Guitar left hand side. Kevin. Button on shirt. Belt. Signature.

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30 Just Gaze Through My Window By Gordon Bird 03/09/09 So small is the window So much you can see Many the colours Many things you can see Eyes often fixed Eyes often just stare Would you like to sit in this chair

As I sit in this chair when I view So near is the moon shining so bright Strange colours strange patterns Stars shooting from view Distant stars different planets different worlds everywhere Would you see these from this chair

So small is the window How great is the view Hills with the valleys A stream running through Trees on the hillside Cattle grazing I see Just stay for a while Stay for a while just with me

Look through the window Things you will see So different to me Colours and shades black and some light No stars nor the moon will you see in the light Will you stay for a while Will you sit How far will I see Will you gaze through the window When night time descends with me The Day War Broke Out Seventy Years Ago Inspace Partnership Football Competition - 30/08/09

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