Email received at this web site
From January to May 2006
email with a full name and a place of residence (e.g. Brierley,
Australia, Leeds etc) will be acknowledged.
Edited email will be answered on the web site and in some cases may
receive a personal reply
13th May 2006
Peter Lukey here. I am Martha Dysons (from the spiritualist
church.. who lived on Church St) great grandson. We've met
but I wasn't sure you would remember me. I live
down in Mackey Crescent now. I just wondered how I could get
hold of a copy of schools
(online if possible), because I am pretty sure
if its the same as the one that was on the old web site taken at
Brierley C of E school that I am the small lost looking
kid at the front. i.e. the one you've signified as ? lol
the best Peter Lukey Brierley
for your email Peter. I held an information required day in the
Methodist Chapel recently and Dave Lomas did in fact recognise
you on the photograph. To be hones with you I knew your face but
wasn't sure of your name.
for placing the picture on line... that's great as most of the
pics taken of me when I was little were lost a few years
ago. My mum Hilary's really pleased too lol.
and my girlfriend are really glad they can tease me over
something now. If there's any pics I might be able to help with
please let me know.
boy left of Frank Wright is Stephen Bilcliffe,and the one to the
right is Paul Weston, Rowena's second name was Sagar. The
Christian name of Kemp is Denise and the Christian name of
Tibble is Wendy.
Smith nee Nixon
Barbara, the photograph has been updated.
10th May 2006
Gary, could you please put me in touch with Gary
Wilson who is now in Adelaide Australia if
possible. He is a cousin of mine and I have not seen him
since about 1963, Possibly at Margaret Rowley's wedding.
met Gary's brother Albert at Aunt Emma Rowley's funeral a few
years back. I am new to to Where
R U now
sites and found your site via other family info.
help you can provide is welcome. Best regards Keith Rowley (Of
the Grimethorpe Rowley's -- Liverpool Branch).
Keith but Gary's email address was from the old web site of
which I have lost all records. I will leave your email address
on the site for if Gary sees it and wants to get in touch. If
you haven't heard anything within a couple of weeks let me know
and I will get his address of Albert for you.
have just come across your site and was hoping you could help. I
am wondering if there is anybody still in Brierley who remembers
my father Bertrand Earl. He was born in the co-op buildings in
1918. I assume he attended the local school and then went to
. He worked in a pit workshop as an engineer apprentice I think.
He joined the KOYLI territorial's in 1939 and was sent to
? he was wounded i think and transferred to the royal artillery
and posted to
where he met and married my mother. His father was John William
Earl who was a wages clerk and later area accountant for
Frickley Colliery. He retired to
so I only know that part of
from holidays. He died in 1960 and my father died in 1980. Being
young and foolish I never asked my father too much about his
life until it was to late so any info you could find would be
most welcome. I live in Yeovil,
look forward your reply and remain,
will ask about Frank I am sure their is. I have already spoken
to one lady but she only vaguely remembers the family. She says
she remembered your father and his sisters Margaret and Janet.
Are we on the right tracks? I have also checked the Brierley
school records and saw a Bertrand Earl born 21/6/1918 started
Brierley school 25/6/1923. Margaret Earl born 26/1/1923 started
Brierley school 29/8/1927and Janet Earl born 17/10/1920
started Brierley school 7/10/1925. I will update a little later
when I have made further enquires.
thanks for your very prompt reply, you do indeed have the right
since I contacted you my Auntie Janet Earl has passed away and
will be cremated this Fri 19th May. In
where she has lived with Auntie Margaret and her husband Harold
for many years.
thank you for your efforts and hope you may discover more.
anybody up there needs any research done in my area (
) I would be happy to assist if I can.
search 1 page
I looked at the M.U photographs the other day I couldn't
remember the year. It is December 1990. Also I named one
of the people as Mrs Webb but having thought about it it is
Jean, sorry about the delay in replying but I have a computer
virus and didn't want to risk passing it on to anyone
9th April 2006
I am looking for an old friend, Tom Brown, who I believed grew
up in the Brierley area. He is the son of Lillian Brown
and his brothers are Michael and Christopher. He also had
a brother who died while serving in the military. Tom also
served in the military. He is married to Andrea and they
have a daughter. He is 49 now and if my memory serves me
his birthday is October 27th. He has spent a great deal of
the last 20 years working in the Middle East. At one time
he was working for Halliburton. I know he bought a house
back in 1990 in Brierley and I want to say it was right on
Barnsley Road. I have not spoken with him in seven years
and have misplaced all my numbers for he and his family. I
would really like to get in touch with him again and thought
maybe you could help. I would appreciate anything you can do.
If you locate him, he can reach me at this email address.
Thanks Gary. He is a really special friend and I would
really like to get back in touch with him.
Carlsbad, California USA
Jill, I know Tom very well, he only lives a few hundred yards
from me. We actually went to Willowgarth school at the same time
and played football together for Shafton when we were in our
early twenties. I have popped down to his house today to pass on
you email but he is away on holiday. As soon as he returns I
will pass on your details to him.
my name in Carl Pickersgill and I was at Willowgarth
high school at the time this photograph was taken, these
where my teachers. I have got a son who is at Hemsworth High
school where Geoff Wilby is the head of science, it is the same
Wilby as in the picture. I got the info off Geoff himself.
back row all standing starting from the left are: 1,Mick
Ladley 2, Mrs R Wilby, 3, Mick Wadsworth, 4, Mrs M
Wadsworth, 5,Ron Wilby, 6, Geoff Wilby, Mrs G Wilby. The
front row sitting starting from the left are:.
The occasion was the BRIERLEY
ASSOCIATION NEW YEARS PARTY AT WILLOWGARTH HIGH SCHOOL.
The year was 1978/79.
27th March 2006
Reeson and his younger brother Glen are my brothers sons
email further down).
brother Arthur lived at the top end of Manor View and he worked
at Ferrymoor Riddings pit.
home one night the pit paddy was involved with another bus and
Arthur and another miner was killed. This is 31 years ago now.
am once again amazed at how you are managing to keep this
wonderful web site going.
up the good work Betty Wilson nee Reeson Whitby
was wondering if you could put me in touch with
"William" who left a message on the 4th Jan 2004.The
message content was regarding Thorpe's, living in Brierley
site by the way !
Debs, what are you dong up this late at night? Williams email
address is on its way to you. Thanks for your kind comments on
the web site.
know how it is Gaz, candle at both ends and all that ! Cant get
on the computer for the kids usually. I
hope William is still interested in Thorpe's, I will keep you
haven't noticed on the site if you have any Thorpe photos except
a couple of Joan & Tony, have you any really old ones?
Halliday Thorpe your relation? I have one of your great granddad
Losh going into the Three Horse Shoes but it is only a distant
photograph and not very clear. These are 2 that spring to mind.
I have about 1,500 in my collection so it is hard to remember
them all. If you go onto the
Village web site search engine
and type in Thorpe I
have over 1,000 of the photographs indexed on there so they
should show up on there if there is any. If there is any you
want putting on the web site let me know.
Halliday Thorpe is a relative. Losh is my granddad !! Do I look
that young ??
Joyce her parents Friend Thorpe also known as Losh &
Florence Winifred Adshead my grandparents. I have had a
reply from William already, quite happy to share info, that will
keep me busy for a while Thank you for his mail address Gaz your
a "Star". I
will have a look at what photos I have, I think lots of the old Thorpe
photos are in Scarborough with uncle Peter as his mum Vera
Bailey being the eldest child I would have imagined she would
have had all the really old ones
Taylor Shafton x
9th March 2006
it be possible for you to give me directions to the Burntwood
court hotel from the A1. I am
unable to access a suitable map for your area. We have a group
of 11 men ex RAF converging on the Burntwood late in May and I
just happened to find your web site.
Regards Jack Iley Washington co Durham.
will forward you the details shortly Jack. I hope you enjoy your
night at the Burntwood hotel.
found your web site by accident and it as given me more pleasure
today than anything I can remember for a long time.
was brought up in Shafton and worked at Brierley Hall as a
cleaner in my early 30s and also found at that time the
Spiritualist church. This gave me great comfort and without
knowing it then the future for me as a medium.
spent over 25 years in South Elmsall reading cards every day and
now have a hotel in Sandsend Whitby. I have clients still come
over here every week for readings and workshops and holidays
still feel I am a Shaftoner I am very proud of my mining family
have done a lot of family history and love great stories about
thank you very much and wonder if there is any web site for
daughters web site is about her and myself here and we would
like to welcome any of your visitors to our hotel. My page is
Sandsend Bungalow Hotel
luck and my admiration for all you are doing here
Wilson nee Reeson Whitby
Betty, unfortunately I don't think their is a web site for
Shafton similar to mine. I lived on Manor View myself for a
short while in the 1970s and your maiden name rings a bell with
me. Did you have a relation called Nigel? I am sure I went to
school with someone of that name. If I am right he would now be
about 47/48 now. I can definitely remember a family of that name
living in Shafton at the same time as myself. I am so glad you
enjoyed reading the web site, when I receive emails like your it
makes me feel my efforts are really worthwhile. Please keep in
touch with the site.
can identify two people on the picture you have of the Methodist
Church Holiday Club.
Hambleton's wife is called Elizabeth, and the lady standing next
to Leslie Newton is called Rachael Marsden. One of the boys is
definitely David Baxendale (far left - red sports shirt), I
assume his brother Jonathon is there somewhere too, and I think
that the baby is either Leslie's daughter Laura, or
Rachael's daughter Katherine. Incidentally. If I think of any
more names or any other useful information, I'll get back in
Kath, it was nice to hear from you again, it is a while now
since you wrote to the site. I have updated the information on
Gary, I have just found your website while researching my family
history into William Bancks (b 1782). I too would like to get in
contact with Chris Green who emailed about William Bancks and
Rev Charles Gerard Winstanley Bancks. I see that you also had
contacts from a Robert Baines and a Peter Mayer and would be
grateful if you could put me in contact with either of them.
family history research shows that some of the children of
William Bancks were born at Brierley Hill – this is in
Staffordshire (between Dudley and Stourport) and clearly not the
same place as your Brierley in South Yorkshire. The name
Brierley Hill is often abbreviated to Brierley and may even have
been transcribed from censuses as Brierley Hall – or possibly
there was a Brierley Hall at Brierley Hill. I imagine this
explains why you could find no mention of a William Bancks ever
owning ‘your’ Brierley Hall!
Julie Wright, Brussels, Belgium
for the information Julie. I have put out an appeal on the
homepage for the above to contact the web site with a view to
passing on their details to you.
I live in reservoir house on Brierley common ( next door to
Ringstone hill farm ) and were wondering if you had any pictures
of the house for me to look at please.
Andrew Parnham Brierley
you for your email Andrew but unfortunately I have no
photographs in the archives of your house. I do know a lady who
lived there once and If I see her I will ask if she has any. I
believe the house isn't all that old, would you say around 1970?
it could have been Raymond Mellor,
but we used to call him Ronnie Mellor. It is a long time since I was at
Willowgarth and the memory isn't too good. I hope you are
keeping well, we all miss you on the taxies, but your son is
doing a fine job since ho took over from you. Tracy and me will
have him dizzy next.
care Gaz love Hazel Devonport Brierley xxx
be visiting you in Coppins next Hazel lol
information required 23, the lady in the middle of the
back row is Ruby Dye, mother of Clive Dye.
to hear from Gary Wilson. My mum lived next door but one to
Gary's mum for many years in Park Estate.
Denise Stones (nee Spaxman) Pogmoor
again Denise. Yes it is always good to hear from my old school
chum Gary, he is quite a regular visitor to the web site and
provides many names for photographs. His mum Hilda has also
provided a number of photographs for the Baipip archives, lovely
information required Photograph
6 is of my mother and father’s wedding: Mona (Everett)
married Wray Baxendale in Bury, Lancashire. The photo was taken
on the steps of Wellfield, Arthur Millwards’ house in Bury. He
was married to my mother’s sister Daisy, who is holding the
hand of the small boy (Arthur) at the front, next to her sister
(Gladys). Lillian (Wray’s mother) is at the extreme left of
the photo. You have correctly identified Edith, but Bill (her
husband) wasn’t there. The others are members of my mother’s
family. So I’m afraid it’s not a Brierley photo!
of Sociology London
you for the information Rosemary. I thought the building was
unfamiliar. If you have no objections I will keep the photograph
in the archives because of the Baxendale connections to
Brierley. Do you know the date?
mothers father (John Dymond) my Grandfather lived at Burntwood
popped in there on the way home to Bedford the other day to see
the place after an absence of 50 years!
Manageress Ms Angie King asked me to help with some local
history as she loves working there and wants some info about the
was quite moving for me as I had many boyhood memories and of
course remembered the famous authentic secret passage!
it has changed and no longer looks so grand as I remember but at
least somebody has found a use for it.
inside main Staircase and Library and Atrium room, Drawing room
ceiling still look fantastic. I understand a TV company want to
use it for their show background!
ancestors I believe ran a mine and there was a terrible accident
where Dymonds hair went grey after days under ground trying to
help/save his men.
Mum is still alive (95) and is bright as a button!
you (or anyone) can help with some history especially some
of the old characters that would be so good?
Sandy, Thanks very much for your very interesting email. The web
site is now honoured to have local historian Richard Watson
aboard and I am forwarding your email on to him. Apart from the
information (if any) Richard can gather being shown on the web
site, he will also write to you personally. Although I have a
number of photographs of Burntwood Hall In the archives, there
is two in particular which I would like a little more
information about. The first photograph shows a chap called
George Wroe circa 1960s, and the second photograph shows the
Dymond family circa 1950s. It would be great if you or your
mother could put names to this family photograph for me and also
if you have any information on George Wroe who I believe may
have been the coachman I have been given the date for this
photograph as circa 1960s but as the Dymond family sold their
remaining lands in Brierley in 1962, the photograph may be circa
1950s. May I conclude by saying it is great to hear from a
descendant of this great Brierley family. I also came across
your surname while researching the history of Brierley Hall in
2000. Without looking up my notes, I think it was regarding the
sale of the land known as Fieldhead (which was owned by the
Dymond family for over 300 years) to Hemsworth Rural District
Council .I have placed the photographs on the web site: George
Wroe - Dymond
I also have a number of
photographs of children from the Sunday school church visiting
Burntwood Hall and also a Mrs Dymond crowning the Hospital
Queen, I wonder if these could be your grandmother or even your
Methodist Church 4
Paul's Church 13
also have various newspaper cuttings re these events.
Hope you are well my friend, not seen you for a while.
Just one or two faces I recognise from the photos
required Number 23
lady 3rd on the back row is Mrs Fry who was the
postmistress for many years
Schools Number 19
I think the lad sat 1st
on the front row is Steve Bennett and not too sure but I think
the girl 3rd on the 3rd row is Paula Bell
required Number 36 photograph,
the lad dressed as a
guard behind Paul Scott is Gary Walker our Darren’s old mate.
I get a chance I’ll get my mum to have a look at the photos,
I’m sure she’ll know loads of faces
Gary and it is great to hear from you. I have updated the
photographs but I have to question you information about Paula
Bell being on number 19 as Paula was a year older than us and
this class photograph was of pupils a year younger than us, what
do you think?.
Thank you very much for this e-mail .I have now been in touch
with Denise Stones (nee Spaxman) Its been very nice talking to
her and hearing that she is ok and still remembers me from the
old days. Well all the Best, and thanks again Brian Bower.
more than welcome Brian.
number 32, the lady sat down on the far right is Hilary
White who used to live at Clifton House.
The lad stood up to the far right is called Nathan, I can’t
remember his surname. His parents live (or used to live) in one
of the two houses on the main road between
and Booth’s scrap yard.
Dave Metcalf Brierley (Big Taf).
for the information Dave, I only need a year and the information
on that particular photograph is complete.
to let you know that
has been in contact and I have this
afternoon returned a message. Thanks for your help in this
is further information for
photograph number 138 .
From left to right back row: Miss Waller. 1.
Sherry Peacock 2. Judith Scott 3. K/n 4. Alan Thorpe 5. K/n
6.Margaret Cross 7. Julie Winham.
From left to right back row: 1. K/n 2 Jenny Swift. 3
Christine Bates. 4.? 5.? 6.?. Middle
row: 1.? 2 Maureen Hardwick 3.? 4.? 5 John Thorpe.
6.? 7.? 8 Betty Evans. 9.?
1 Diane McClean.2 Sandra Kerley. 3.? 4. Linda Spaxman. 5.? 6.
K/n. 7.John Grimes 8.Gillian Firth. 9. Raymond Oats.
- Tony Spaxman is the
5th person from the left, middle row (shirt collar out).
Immediately behind him, tall girl, is Rosy Pickering. Front row
from right to left - 1st girl is Margaret Dean. Next small boy
in pullover is Robert Kenyon, next to Linda Spaxman with her
sister Denise behind her and Jean Horsefall is behind Denise.
Three faces on is Christine Kenyon.
Stone (nee Spaxman) Pogmoor Barnsley
was browsing on the internet when I came across the Brierley
Village web site. It was very exciting to learn the origin of my
surname. In fact I got lost. I could not find any information on
how the surname ended up in South Africa. What I was informed by
my grandfather is that my great grandfather married a
coloured lady and 9 sons were born out of that marriage. Only
two survived. When he died his family from England demanded
his body and he was laid to rest back in England, however the
reading was interesting.
regards Errol Brierley South Africa
we could help Errol
stumbled across your web site whilst doing some general delving
into my early years. I was born and grew up in Grimethorpe
between 1938 and 1959 when I left never to return. I won't
even attempt to figure out where Tracy
Bonner fits into the family tree but I might be able to
help her and perhaps Elaine
father was Harold Graham b1910 son of John Henry Graham whose
brother I believe was George Graham. John Henry was about 4
years older than George and both are shown on a copy I have of
the Graham entry for the 1901 census. In 1901 the family
lived in Littleworth Bridge Cottages between Monk Bretton and
father had two sisters, Dorothy (who married Joe Lodge) and Ada
who married Cecil Hardwick (father of David Hardwick whose
photographs appear in your pages unless I am mistaken).
Dorothy and Joe were childless. Joe died in 1968. He
was quite the most gentle giant of a man, child's dream-uncle and
prior to managing the pit ponies at Brierley he was the horse
man at Metcalfe's Home Farm in Grimethorpe where Dorothy was a
milk maid in the war years. When I was a small child
Joe used to take me with him as he drove two of Metcalfe's huge,
dappled gray Shires.
that is just a sprinkling of information which may or may not
whet an appetite! I am now retired living in Lincolnshire.
FROM TRACY BONNER
the email from Geoffrey Graham, he would remember me as
Tracy-our Sue's lass. Apart from my granddad's funeral I haven't
seen him very often, he used to work at Bracknell weather
centre. He look's very much live my granddad, maybe more so than
looking like his dad, although Harold & my granddad Frank
were quite similar.
Harold -Geoff's dad, is my granddad's brother Frank Graham.
Geoff loved my granddad. I remember Uncle Harold & Aunty
Ruth quite well. They were really my mum's aunty & uncle but
it's what we called them. Aunty Dorothy was Frank Graham's
sister but not only did my mum used to visit when she was little
but as schoolchildren My grandma & Granddad (Frank &
Mary used to take me to see Uncle Harold & Auntie Ruth.
fond memories of them all but auntie Dorothy was my
favourite-she was Jo Lodge's widow. The Hardwick's you probably
know-Ada & Ceil both passed away a few years ago but
Margaret still lives down near Norwood Drive, so does John
Hardwick & Uncle David still lives on Barnsley Road a couple
of doors away from where we all lived until my mum & dad
sent a beautiful card & came to the funeral of my granddad.
you can forward this on with my email address I'd appreciate it
as I do not have his address & cannot remember the website
that he set up. I know he's been looking into the family tree.
you are still interested I have unearthed the birthday &
Christmas cards that Uncle Joe & Aunty Dorothy sent before
he died. Photo's of Uncle Joe with various ponies & Aunty
Dorothy's school reports & chapel certificates going back to
the 1920's. I can get mum to drop them in for you.
hope Geoff gets in touch-it will be good to get the contact
Tracy and I hope you and your uncle Geoff enjoy your reunion. I
would love to look at the artefacts you have especially the
photographs of your uncle Joe with the pit ponies.
information from Ian Smallman about the
the school teacher was Ronnie Mellor not Roy. He
used too be my teacher when I was at the school.
you are feeling a lot better.
from Hazel Devonport Brierley
Hazel, Ian stated the teacher was called Ray Mellor not Roy as
you suggested. I am 99% sure Ian is right. Could it be your age
creeping in Hazel lol.
response to a request from a member of the Sidlow family I have
published a page on the history of Sidlow's Wood House. It stood
on the old road between Grimethorpe and Great Houghton. I have
seen notes relating to it on your web site. You are welcome to
quote from the page now up on my web site.
web site is at. http://www.brierley59.freeserve.co.uk/
have just spent almost two hours reading through the Brierley
Village website. So many old names and faces, including my own,
as well as my brother and sister. Sadly my brother, Tony Spaxman
passed away in 1993 at the age of 49. My sister Linda Spaxman
(now Hand) who continued to live at Park View, Brierley for many
years, now lives in Hemsworth and I live in Pogmoor, Barnsley.
was lovely to see the old photographs particularly from the
having spent many happy hours there as a child.
It was also good to hear from
who lived a few doors away from my grand
parents house (Claudie House). As children we had many
adventures together. Also remembering
from Park Estate. Tony used to call him 'Coggy'
Steele - I think this is because he was taller than the others
and could 'cog' them up the trees etc.
would love to hear from anyone who remembers our family. I have
just taken 'early' retirement after completing 37 years in the
Civil Service so I have some time now to explore other
website - keep up the good work.
Regards! Denise Stone (nee Spaxman) Pogmoor
Denise, how lovely to hear from you. I remember meeting you and
your sister Linda at an exhibition at I think Brierley Club
about 4 years ago, in fact I have a photograph of you both at
the exhibition. I have received an email from Brian Bower asking
about your family, is it ok to pass on your email details to
him? Thank you for your kind comments on the web site, there is
plenty more interesting things to come so please keep in touch.
that's fine, please pass my details onto Brian and anyone else
that would like to get in touch. I spoke to my sister as soon as
I had sent you the email and she has also started to look at the
website again. Hope she can help with the sponsoring. We did
come to the exhibition in Brierley club, please let us know if
you do any more. I have looked at some of the unnamed
photographs and will let you have some names shortly.
Stone (nee Spaxman) Pogmoor Barnsley
from New Zealand again,
recognize many of the faces in photograph
number 28 but because the boys were much older than me I
can only remember some names. From the left Noel Turner, ?, one
of the Parry's, ?, ?, Craig Royston, boy in the middle is I
think Mark Ryalls and then, ?, ?, ?, Ian Hill, Stephen Dixon and
I think it's one of the Voddens maybe Andrew.
I remember many faces but I can't remember all the names. Here
number 35 from the right, Kneeling are John Brownsword,
Richard Chamberlain, Paul Brownsword.
on the left, One of the Rounds, Andrew Glew, ? Standing,
from the left, David Conroy, ? Angela Williams. Standing,
far right the tall boy is Wayne Barker, to his left is
Jacqueline Shaw then I think it's me Lesley( Baker) but not sure
about that. Back row on right is one of the Steel girls
and next to her is Jill Rounds. Hope this helps.
Lesley Cormack (nee Baker) New Zealand
no 4 back
row Mr Mellor, Dave Simpson ,Gerald Shaw, ?,
Roy Clarke, ? Collishaw, John Lomas, Mick Mann.
row ,Geoff Pickering, Mick Jones, Tommy Geeland, Ken waters,
Dave, I have updated the photograph and thanks to your
information it is now archived under Photograph number Schools ?
all is well. I just went to the page on the site where you've
on my grand-father (thanks for that). I notices the
e-mail address you've got for me isn't the full address. I'd
appreciate it if you could update, just in case anybody tries to
get in touch with me. My address is:
did try and contact the Gary Blenkinsop from the Isle of Wight
(who had previously e-mailed you and said his grandfather was
Ernest's cousin) but he didn't respond to the e-mail.
I have however also received some interesting info from a
Richard Watson of Brierley who is a distant relative (he's
descended from Ernest's fathers sister).
for that Bob. I have updated the page with your full email
address. Unfortunately my latest booklet Brierley Remembered
number 2 ( a copy will be on its way to you shortly), has got
your old email address in, sorry about that but I started
writing the booklet a while ago and the piece on your
grandfather was one of the first articles in there and obviously
I didn't realise you had changed your email address.. Richard
had informed me that you are distant relations and that you are
in touch with each other, I am pleased I have helped put you
both in touch, this is part of what this web site is all about.
Please keep in touch with the site and if I can be of any
further assistance please email.
Re the photo
No 4 of the 1963/64 football team the Teacher on the
left is Ray Mellor. He was my sports teacher until I left the
school in 1961.
Ian Smallman Ward Green Barnsley
Thanks Ian, I
have updated the photograph. Have you contacted Brian Perkins
don't know if you can help but I'm trying to find out about Jack
Smethurst who played in the Grimethorpe colliery band. We
believe he is buried in the Brierley church yard and died aged
about 80 years old.
have found some papers belonging to my late father and he was
under the impression that he was connected in some way to my
family as most of my dads family were connected to bands and
played cornets and trombones. I wonder if anyone knows anything
about Jack or can look at his death at the church for me then we
can find out his birth date and death date. I'd be most grateful
for any info on Jack to help me sort out if he is in our tree or
Chambers nee Smethurst
will certainly do our best for you Diane. Come on then folks,
did you know Jack or any of his family. If so
me the details and I will pass them on to Diane.
you had a good Christmas and new year. I'm laid up with my
knee, I tried to do the splits on the path and damaged
my cartilage, so I can't get far now
have a great new year, Hazel Devonport Brierley.
will certainly try my best Hazel. Sorry to hear about your little
accident. You will have to get your Bernie to do the cooking and
shopping for you.
Scoop, you web site is very much improved, it is getting better
all the time. Keep up the good work. Chris Sykes Brierley.
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