Community News w/c February 3, 2011

After ten years perfoming in Hatfield, the Hatfield Woodhouse players are back in their original home in the new and tremendously upgraded Hatfield Woodhouse Village Hall.

Their first new production will be “Barrage Balloons and Bisto”, which was last shown there in 1994.

Eileen Allison is the accompanist, Jane Willis is the new musical director and Brian Harrison has had his arm twisted to come out of retirement to produce and direct.

Rehearsals are well under way and the show starts on Wednesday, April 13 and will run for four nights.

Tickets are now on sale and can be obtained from Colin Hepworth on (01302) 840437.

Chapel News: The coffee morning held on Saturday, January 29 raised £78.40 for Project 2000. The coffee morning on Saturday February 5 will also be for Project 2000.

The preacher on Sunday, February 6 will be Mr David Hepworth from Adwick-le-Street.

I HAVE just received the sad news of Ron Smith’s passing on January 19, peacefully at his home in Montevallo, Alabama, USA. He was 75 years of age.

He was a resident in Mayfield Avenue in Stainforth and worked on the railways before leaving England to marry his pen friend Cordelia, now deceased.

There was a visitation held at Rocko Funeral Home Chapel in Montevallo, and the burial took place on Saturday, January 22 at Salem Cemetery, Calera. He leaves a brother and his family in Yorkshire and his many friends.

Field Road surgery is pleased to inform patients Dr Matthew Wilkinson will be staying at the practice following the completion of his training.

The practice closes two afternoons a month for staff training - the next is on Wednesday, February 2 and 16. The surgery closes at noon both afternoons and reopens at 8.30am the following day until 6pm.

The surgery is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

There was a Charity Night held in Stainforth’s Old Club (The Working Men’s Club) on the Market Place for the third year running, in memory of Ronnie Cockin. It was organised by Julia Keegan and Maxine Smith and proceeds were once again donated to the Resource Centre Funds. A grand sum of £262 was raised.

We could have boxing matches held in Stainforth five nights a week if a suitable building is found in the Town. Tutors are voluntary but a charge of £1 will be made for admittance.

The second ‘peaceful demonstration’ to save Stainforth’s library on Church Road took place outside the library building on Saturday from 10am until noon, in the hope DMBC councillors will think again against the proposed closure (see Page 5).

Passers by were signing a petition, which was then handed in to Directorate Services, Copley House, Doncaster by Town Councillors Arlene Abbott and Stephen Cook. There were 1,238 signatures.

The library houses PCs which regulars use as they cannot afford to buy one, and town councillors have, in the past, paid for competitions and artists.

The latest addition is the Film Club, set up for children aged 5 to 10 to watch films at a charge of only 25p plus refreshments. The films are shown on Mondays and Thursdays at 4pm. More details from the library on (01302) 841239.

WOMEN’S Institute held their monthly meeting and AGM at Hatfield when past and future events were discussed. Suggestions were requested from members for activities in 2011.

The Committee re-elected were: President - H. Dinsdale, Assistant and Press - P Walker, Secretary - J Lewis, Assistant - R Friar, Treasurer - C Chaplin, Assistant - J Birch, Speaker Finder and Outings - B Taylor, Raffle - S Reid and D Rhoades, Competition - G Betley, Hostess and Entertainment - M Waterhouse and Computer Work - Mrs D Rhoades.

Winners of the 2010 competition were P Walker and B Taylor. Raffle winners were H Dinsdale and J Lewis.

Winners of the January competition were I Simm, H Dinsdale and J Lewis. The evening closed with a supper enjoyed by all. The next meeting is on Thursday, February 17, when the demonstration will be Fun with Wax.

An antiques evening hosted by the Leader brothers raised £97 for the Friends of Hatfield Church Building Trust.

A Thorne woman was bowled over when she won a top competition at her favourite pub to dine with England cricketing legend Phil Tufnell.

Janet Jackson bagged the Come Dine With Me style prize after she entered a prize draw at Marston’s Inns and Taverns pub the Hatfields.

The 66-year-old was whisked away to Marston’s 18th century coaching inn Grouse and Claret in the Peak District where she, alongside her daughter--in-law Betty Jackson, was wined and dined with former cricketer turned Question of Sport and One Show star ‘Tuffers’.

Mrs Jackson said: “I couldn’t believe I’d won, it was my birthday the day before I met Phil, it’s been an extra present.