Agenda item

Notes of the Following Ward Alliances with Feedback from each Ward Alliance Chair

Cudworth – held on 23rd August 2018

Monk Bretton – held on 31st August 2018


The meeting received notes from the following Ward Alliance meeting:


·         Cudworth – 23rd August, 2018

·         Monk Bretton – 31st August, 2018


The following updates were noted:




·         Barnsley Metropolitan Band had played in Cudworth Park on the 16th September, 2018.  The event had been extremely well attended and a fantastic time was had by all

·         Yorkshire in Bloom had resulted in another successful year for the area:

o   Parks and Gardens

§  Carlton Marsh nature Reserve had received a Platinum Award and was joint best conservation project throughout Yorkshire

§  Friends of Cudworth Park had received a Gold award

o   It’s your Neighbourhood

§  Cudworth Environment Group had received an Outstanding award

§  Robert Street Allotments had received an Outstanding award

o   Young Peoples Award

§  Birkwood School had received a Gold award which was an outstanding achievement


Thanks were expressed to all the wonderful volunteers who devoted their personal time to this campaign.  Their commitment and effort was truly appreciated


Reference was also made to the awards night which had been a tremendous success.  It was pleasing and touching to note that there had been a memorial/tribute to the late Paul Jolley


·         Recent Grants had been awarded as follows:

o   Cudworth Women’s Circle – 3400

o   Age UK Barnsley - £350 to provide an interactive pantomime for people aged 50+ in the local Church Hall.  This event would be held between 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm on Friday 30th November, 2018.  In addition, local schools would be invited to attend

·         Christmas Lights – the Cudworth business community had worked tirelessly and over £3,500 had been raised.  It was noted that insurance costs were a particular expense

·         Forthcoming events included:

o   Health Fayre – Saturday 24th November, 2018 at 10.30 am – 12.00 noon

o   Christmas Tree Lights Switch on Event – Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 4.30pm at which schools would be involved

o   Cudworth Christmas Fayre – 24th November, 2018 organised by the  Cudworth Business and Communities together group and supported by the Ward Alliance


Monk Bretton


·         The Health Fayre had been held on the 21st September, 2018 had been a success with approximately 20 stalls at the event

·         The Park had received a Gold award in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition

·         Planting was to take place on the 16th October, 2018 and would involve pupils from St Helen’s Primary School

·         Christmas lights were to be switched on as follows:

o   Carlton – 4th December, 2018

o   Monk Bretton – 7th December, 2018

o   Burton Grange – 8th December, 2018

·         Members asked to place on record their condolences to the family and friends of a long term supported and former Barnsley Chronicle reporter Mr D Booker whose funeral was to be held tomorrow


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·         The Ward Alliance had supported two successful galas:

o   Brierley Fund Day on Sunday 19th August, 2018

o   Bruce Dyer Love Live Festival on the 27th August, 2018

·         It was possible that a new fishing group would be forming at the Dell, Grimethorpe.  The Ward Alliance had agreed to contribute £500 for future set up costs

·         The Ward had, for the first time, 2 entries in the Yorkshire in Bloom Competition

o   Grimethorpe War Memorial (involving Ladywood School) had been judged as improving

o   Milefield Farm (involving the community) had received a Silver award

·         Recent grants had been awarded as follows:

o   Friends of The Acorn Centre (Children’s Group – Lego Club) - £240.78

o   Grimethorpe Village OAP’s – Support Social Isolation - £500

o   71st Barnsley Guides – Activities for girls aged 10 – 14 - £500

·         Forthcoming events included Christmas Tree Light switch on events

o   Shafton – Thursday 29th November, 2018

o   Great Houghton Welfare Hall –  Tuesday 4th December, 2018

o   St Luke’s Grimethorpe – Wednesday 5th December, 2018

o   Due to renovation works at Brierley St Paul’s Church, the £805 identified for similar activities as shown above may have to be re-allocated

·         It was noted that former Ward Alliance Member Fr I McCormack was leaving the area after the Remembrance Sunday.  Members asked to place on record their thanks and appreciation of his services



·         The Brass Bands event in the Park on the 2nd September, 2018 had been a great success

·         School children from various Primary Schools were to be involved in the Autumn bedding plant in the park on the 12th November, 2018

·         The achievement awards were planned for the 12th March, 2019

·         A date for the Health Fayre was to be arranged  - the events group was to meeting next week to plan the event

·         Christmas Tree Light switch on events were to be held at various venues throughout the Ward

·         There had been several successes in the Yorkshire in Bloom Competition.  The Canal Group had achieved a gold and a level 4 ‘thriving’ had been awarded in the ‘It’s your Neighbourhood category’ which was only one level from an outstanding.  Good feedback had been received and this was to be shared with group members to see if improvements could be made in time for the next competition

·         The 6 week programme of summer free swimming sessions offered by Barnsley Premier Leisure had been extremely well received

·         In relation to the renovation of the Pavilion, the assistance of NPS had been outstanding and it was estimated that this was equivalent to around £14,500 in monetary terms.  Work was progressing with the renovations and, in addition, the Bandstand was to be painted.  Reference was also made to the contribution being made by 13 students from Carlton who were to undertake a City and Guilds course by joining in the project


Arising out of the above, the Chair made reference to ‘in kind’ contributions and support received from businesses for the Milefield Community Farm as well as other ‘in kind’ projects which were being undertaken or developed throughout the Area Council area.




(i)            that the notes from the Ward Alliances be received; and


(ii)          that Christie McFarlane (Community Development Officer) be welcomed to this, her first Area Council meeting.

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