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The North Gawber Male Voice Choir
Next year the North Gawber Male Voice Choir will likely be celebrating its 75th anniversary. Sadly, however, like many organisations, finding out about the history of such groups is becoming more and more difficult to uncover with the passing of the generations.
Health & Wellbeing Day
Following on from the success of March’s Health and Wellbeing day, the Darton East ward Alliance has organised another event to help support families and those living alone; providing practical advice, where needed.
DEWA – ‘Making a Difference’ Awards
A total of thirteen awards were given out at the very first Darton East Ward Alliance ‘Making a Difference’ Awards on Friday (30th September).
A long time ago I was told the story of an elderly man in Stocksbridge that was slaving away in his garden, working hard to make it a real work of art. It was immaculate. Every flower was blooming at its best and dutifully ‘dead headed’ when needed, the grass was cut with military precision, the flower bed edges were smart and straight and there wasn’t a weed insight.
DEWA – ‘Making a Difference’ Awards
Slipping under the radar due to the amazing Platinum Jubilee celebrations, this year’s annual ‘Volunteers Week’ passed virtually unnoticed for 2022.
Do You Have a Summer Holiday Plan For the Kids
With the Summer Holidays just around the corner, Mapplewell & Staincross Village Hall are looking for ideas and incentives to get the kids out of the house and into the halls for Summer.
How Are You Going To Celebrate
The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is to be celebrated throughout 2022 to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of the on 6 February 1952. This was following the sudden death of her Father, George the 6th at their Sandringham Estate.
Contrary to popular belief, Mapplewell & Staincross Village Hall is a community run building that has charity status and is totally self-funded.
Health & Wellbeing Day
Described as a ‘Winter Warmer Event’, Darton East Ward Alliance with the support of Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall, is putting on a ‘walk in’ practical day for everyone in the local community.
New ‘Pop-In’ Club Launched
Last month marked the end of the Mapplewell & StainX Over 55’s Social club which formally closed its door on the 5th November 2021. This was after a ‘members’ vote’ unanimously called time on what had been a bastion of the Mapplewell & Staincross Community for pensioners in one form or another for over 65 years.
The Tea Dance – A Taste of Ballroom Dancing
Before the 1960’s young people would flock to tea dances all over the Country. For many it was the only place to meet the opposite sex and even today we get many people come to our Village Hall that say that they first met their husband or wife here at a dance put on by the working men’s club.
Another General Election Approaching
What did the Normans Ever do for us? As another general election approaches, putting your opinions aside as a ‘leaver’ or ‘remainer’, it’s ironic that today’s Parliament actually came about thanks to the Normans and that even the name ‘Parliament’ was derived from either the French word, parlement or the Latin parlamentum.
What would you like to see at you local Village Hall
So what would you like to see at your local Village Hall? Last month we started a fact finding exercise through our facebook page to ask for new ideas of things that could be offered through the Village Hall to keep it growing. Your Feedback is very important to us.
Pantomime Season – Oh No It Isn’t
Oh yes it is, if you’re looking to put on a stage production in January or February because that is generally how long it takes to put on a Pantomime.
Community Gains Approved Status for Civil Weddings
Mapplewell & Staincross Village Hall is the only Community Hall in Barnsley to be given approved venue status to allow Marriages and Civil Ceremonies to be carried out on their premises, at this time.
One Small Step for Man. One Giant ‘One-upmanship’ For The USA
On the 20th July 1969, fifty years ago this month, Neil Armstrong climbed out of the Apollo 11 space module, the Eagle, and became the first man to walk on the surface of the moon.
Global Warming – Not My Concern
Watch out on radio and TV over the coming months as more and more programmes start to incorporate Global Warming into their storylines. Why? Because it has been reported that on mainstream TV ‘Zombies’ and ‘Rhubarb’ are as popular as Global warming as a topic of conversation, neither of which are ‘hot topics’ worthy of discussion in most households
I Want to Ride My Bicycle
With the Tour de Yorkshire coming to Mapplewell and Barnsley on the 3rd May, we thought it was a good idea to take a look at a brief history of the Bicycle.
To Be or Not To Be – Now What was the Question
As is often the case with the famous figures of history, such as William Shakespeare, his personal life is as complex as any modern day drama and fits nicely with our April feature as it claimed that his birthday and death day was the same – the 23rd of April – just 52 years apart.
Spring is in the Air but when is the First Day of Spring.
With winter on its way out, many of us are looking forward to the onset of Spring, but what is the official starting date? Well this depends on whether you’re using the meteorological definition or the astronomical definition for determining your seasons.
The History Around Valentine’s day, Red Roses and other ‘Mushy Stuff’
Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 14th February every year and whilst there are many stories as to who St Valentine was, the popular (and possibly most romantic) belief is that he was a priest from the 3rd Century AD who, having been sentenced to be executed on the 14th February, sent a love letter to the jailer’s daughter who he’d fallen in love with.
Father Christmas – It’s The real Thing
As you’re hanging up your stockings at the end of the bed waiting for Santa to arrive it would be fitting to give thanks to Coca Cola who paid for this instantly recognisable image of Father Christmas as we know him.
History of the Armistice Day, Why we observe the two minutes silence and the introduction of the Poppy as a symbol
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 2018 it is 100 years since the agreed end of fighting of the First World War. And like many before us, we will look to observe the two minutes silence wearing my red poppy proudly as a symbol of respect to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
History of Halloween and Trick or Treating
According to a survey carried out in 2006, half of the UK population will turn out their lights and pretend to be out on the last night of October; otherwise known as Halloween. Why, because of the practise of ‘Trick or Treating’. This is where youngsters dress up and go around knocking on doors ‘demanding’ a treat.
History of Macmillan Cancer Support to promote the Macmillan Coffee Morning 28th September 2018
On the 28th of September 100’s of people in and around Darton will sink their teeth into a cake as part of Macmillan Support’s Biggest Coffee Morning. An action that will be replicated throughout the UK by tens of thousands of others and made possible only by the vision of one man, Douglas Macmillan.
TV SPECTACULAR ON THE CARDS
A leading card designer has put her own ‘cards on the table’ – at Mapplewell & Staincross Village Hall, with the start of a new Card Craft Class.
For Debbie Moran, a contributor to the Television’s ‘Create and Craft’ programme through Craftwork Cards and Creative Crafting World, has enjoyed national television coverage with her designs that have been enjoyed by thousands of viewers throughout the UK. She was on Craftwork Cards Design Team for 15 months and continues to be a design team member with Creative Crafting World.
VILLAGE HALL TO LAUNCH ACRYLIC ART CLASS FOR BEGINNERS
Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall has introduced yet another new class to its portfolio, this is creative class designed to develop new skills and improve the mind. The teacher, Annie Chapdelaine, was originally an Art teacher for both adults and children working in Montreal, Canada, where she also had a number of paintings displayed in local exhibitions in the Quebec Province.
STRICTLY COME BELLY DANCING COMES TO MAPPLEWELL
Building on the success of their recently introduced Ballroom Dancing, Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall has now gone international and introduced Strictly Come ‘Belly’ Dancing to their health and wellbeing line up – by popular demand.
AFFORDABLE WORKSHOP IMPORTANT FOR SMALL CHARITY TREASURERS
Mapplewell & Staincross Village Hall are putting on an affordable workshop specifically for small charity trustees and treasurers in the Barnsley area.
ON TARGET FOR FUTURE SUCCESS
A Darton College pupil is on target to become one of Staincross Rifle & Pistol Club’s top performers in this year’s Leeds and District Rifle Association league for small bore shooting.
LOCAL AUTHOR TO GIVE OVER 55’s PRESENTATION
Local author, Sasha Lane, has agreed to give a talk at the Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall Over 55’s Group on the 19th of September. This is to provide an open and frank insight into the creation of her trilogy of books, Girl Conflicted, Girl Unhinged and Girl Unconventional.
‘COME DANCING’ TO MAPPLEWELL & STAINCROSS VILLAGE HALL
With the announcement that Strictly Come Dancing will return to our screens on Saturday the 9th of September, Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall has ‘pipped them to the post’ by one day by announcing that their own Ballroom Dancing function is to take place on Friday the 8th of September.