Ding Dong Versus Dong Ding

17/11/2018   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

Those with splendid hearing would have been serenaded by the the church bells of St Helen’s at 7:00pm on Armistice day.

Along with thousands of other bells throughout the UK the bells of St Helen’s rang out in tribute to the ending of the 1914 – 1918 war. But our bells were a little different on the night. St Helen’s is blessed with three bells recast in 1895 at a foundry in Loughborough. You probably already knew that bells are the largest and loudest instrument in the world and the conventional way they are hung makes the English-style change ringing  unique.   Why is this I hear you say , well the “English” bells are mounted on a wheel with all manner of pivots, beams, stays and gudgeons. Uniquely this allows the bell to stop rotating at the top, allowing the bell ringer to control precisely when the bell tips over so ring in a controlled  ‘sequence’ no less. If the stay were not there the bell would rotate past the top dead centre and pull the ringing rope up at a rate of knots. Hence the scenes of the monk disappearing up into the bell tower.

Learning the sequence of bell ringing originated the term “learning the ropes”.

St Helen’s three bells are hung in the belfry with a ringing chamber just below. This is where the ropes hang to be pulled in sequence by the bell ringing team. Over the years the bell wheels have become a tad detached from life as we know it. Bits have dropped off. Functionality has deteriorated, I know the feeling. Our bells therefore needed modifying so that the bell hangs vertically and stationary; ‘hung dead’, and the clapper is now swung on its own moved on a rope to strike the inside of the bell. This technique is known as ‘clocking.’ There are questions at the end of this!

Bell ringing chamber

Because the ringing process is much simpler  the clapper ropes can now reach down to the ground level and the ringing room is no longer required. St Helen’s bell ropes are now mounted on the wall inside the toilet, and why not! It requires a bit of determination if someone is using the toilet  but it can lead to all manner of interesting conversations with the bell ringer.

Back to the bell ringing chamber. As it was not in general use some squatters moved in. Pigeons. They left the place in heck of a mess that only the Rentokil guys could deal with. Pigeon droppings are right up there with asbestos in the nasty league. They came, they cleared and they left but accidentally knocked one of the bell ropes off its pulley. Come the big night on the 11th November, Colin the churchwarden manned his bell ringing post to ring out the Armistice signal. Ringing three bells that have been ‘clocked’ – you remembered – is a little limiting with regards the musical range.  Having one of the trio jammed left Colin’s scope tragically impeded. A bit like the two note Samba, Ding-Dong or Dong-Ding or even in a rash moment Ding-Ding-Dong was about the sum total of the musical range available.

The official remit from them who organise such things in London was for four minutes of bell ringing.  Undaunted  Colin did his bit right up to the last ding, or was it a dong?

Burghwallis Christmas Tree Lighting

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The now annual gathering around the tree at the Burghwallis war Memorial is scheduled to take place on 8th December at 6:30pm 

Father Richard will lead the short service and lead with singing of carols. He knows all the words but for the rest of us there will be hymn sheets so we don’t have hum or la la too obviously.

There will be warming mulled wine and mince pies provided free by the parish council. The weather can always be a tad unpredictable so wrap up warm, bring your brolly – and it will probably turn out to be a heat wave, which is great result if not a little scary global warming issue. Remember this is the last tree lighting before Brexit, whatever that will mean, but at least you can write in your diary I was there!


St Helen’s Tidy Up

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Anyone with a bucket and spade, and preferably a  wheelbarrow would be very welcome to help clear up  the churchyard at St Helen’s.  As Father Richard said “It’s a bit like the Great Escape” the team will be moving a pile of earth from one location and dumping in another. Wheelbarrows are de rigour rather than  trouser legs, but the team spirit of the Great Escape guys, with a common goal is very similar.

The clear up runs every Monday Morning at 10:00am to 12:00pm. with a tea break at 11:00 – well we wouldn’t be British without one. Best wear stout shoes and gardening gloves. 


Royal British Legion Carol Concert

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The Burghwallis branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding their annual Christmas Carol Concert at The Burghwallis Pub on Friday 14th December starting at 7.00pm

Tickets are £5.00 and can be obtained from any mender of the British Legion or from the bar at the Burghwallis pub.

Services For Advent and Christmas 2018

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4th NovemberMemorial service Campsall4.00pm
11th November Remembrance SundayNorton war memorial 10:00am
Cemetery 10:20am
Campsall church11:00am
Burghwallis pub12:45am
Burghwallis war memorial 1:00pm
Burghwallis pub6:55pm reading of names of the fallen
Burghwallis pub7:00pm lighting of the beacon
St Helen's Burghwallis7:05pm ringing of the church bells
2th December Service of LightSt Helen's Burghwallis4:00pm
3rd December WI Carol ServiceCampsall7:00pm
8th December Tree lighting Burghwallis war memorial 6:30pm
9th December Taize serviceCampsall4:00pm
10th December Carols for All St Michael's Skellow7:00pm
16th December Carol Service St Helen's Burghwallis4:00pm
24th December Christingle ServiceCampsall4:00pm
24th December Midnight massCampsall11:30pm
25th DecemberHoly Communion St Helen's Burghwallis9:30am

Village flag lowered

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The village flag will be lowered for a week to mark the passing of Bob Lunness, who died on October 31st.

The Seat Of Burghwallis

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Not quite in the context of an heraldic recognition of a location. In this case we’re are talking about a seat which is sat upon. And this seat has been sat on for years.

In the parish there around six seats for the use of. But one is very special. It lies (sits!) in the churchyard of St Helen’s and on a summer’s day, even a bright autumnal one, you can sit in solitude and contemplate the view across Burghwallis Park. Rather fittingly – it’s good for the soul.

The structure that separates you from the effects of gravity and terra firma is around 60 years old and suffering a little from the elements. As a result of recent intensive tender loving care over several weeks by Colin Bowes, churchwarden at St Helens, the seat has been lovingly restored to its original glory. Laths have been replaced and coats of paint have been applied that follow a medieval colour scheme.  Look closely at how the brown horizontal areas are interspaced with black vertical surfaces. Painstaking is not the word for it.

Note also the ‘fresh’ paint – you can’t beat taking a photo in the rain.

Saxon Cross Needs Tender Loving Care

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The ancient Saxon cross that stands outside the south door of St Helen’s is to be refurbished after years of attack from the elements.

Just get on with it I hear you say, but the cross is a grade 1 listed structure and in a churchyard so an entirely different set of rules and permissions apply. Brexit negotiations have nothing on this procedure.

The detail would have you running for the hills, maybe even have you watching box sets of Big Brother to offset the trauma. The graded status requires permission to contemplate what is required. A duty of care for our ancient Saxon church. It’s a safeguard to stop anyone slapping a right dollop of polyfilla in the hole as the repair, and then claiming it was an external grade filler in mitigation. The cross support has also suffered from expansion damage due the metal bar that pierces the cross, which by the way, no one has an inkling of its original use. A suggestion it might have been to clip your dog lead to was treated with scorn, but one can try.

And the approval process begins. What you want to do, and why and with what and with whom and how much, a few ‘are you for real’ moments and 28 days of public awareness and submissions to diocesan committees, bishops and a few members of royalty and off you go. Assuming that by now you can still recall what you set out to achieve. 

Thus a stone mason has been appointed to remove the cross bar, saw out the damaged section of the cross support and install a new block of sandstone. There is also some wind erosion around the top element of the cross which is work in progress. 

And round the corner the stone mullions around the vestry door have had a right clout from the elements. Some have been replaced and the others seen in the photo show the work that is still on the things that need doing list. But as they say Rome was not built in day. 


Vestry door


Erosion damage to the left hand side of the vestry door. Repaired stonework on the right


Janet Johnson (64)

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Obituary: Janet Johnson resident of Grange Lane Burghwallis

As many of you will know Jan was an only child born to Elfie and Ken and lived and grew up locally within a close-knit extended family at 5 Lane Ends. For a time, Janet went to the Convent Collegiate school but then went to Percy Jackson Grammar School where I am told she was a free spirit who could be a bit of a rebel. She had a wide circle of friends with whom she liked going out. After leaving school Jan went to work at Taylor, Glover and Hill where she trained as a legal secretary. She moved on to Taylor Bracewell and eventually to Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.

Jan’s first marriage to Clive was brief – sadly, this was brought to an end by his death. But in the 1970’s Jan met Alan through mutual friends. He proposed to her in the most romantic of settings at the Parthenon in Athens while they were on their first holiday together. They married in 1991 and moved to Burghwallis where they set up a lovely home and have lived ever since. Jan and Alan both worked and enjoyed many holidays together travelling to Canada and America and often with their parents.

Jan loved socializing; going out for meals with her friends and always being a kind and generous presence. Since her death many people have told me how they remember Jan bringing her mum here to church. Alan told me about her artistic and creative side: she was a talented sketcher and had a keen appreciation of art. She was also very much up to speed with new technologies and loved to keep in touch with her friends and family through social media. Indeed, her wide circle of friends was very much part of her life; linking together her time at school and at work. And, of course, she was still working although much of her time had been taken up lately with caring for her new cat Tito – so called because he first dipped his toe into her tea.

As Alan told me, Jan had that great capacity to light up a room when she came in; revealing a bubbly and vivacious personality. Jan always remained close to her parents and was always rather protective of them particularly when times were difficult. Moira told me about the good memories they had of being with her particularly during the period following the death of her parents and how this meant she had seen happier days recently; which is not surprising given the importance that family life has always had for Jan.

Jan had had bouts of ill health through her life but had always faced these difficulties with stoicism and courage. Although, I am told, she also took some delight in relating all the details. But, as you will be aware Jan’s death came as the result of an accident and so was unexpected and shocking. Alan had been the last person she spoke to and so to return home to find out what had happened has been a deeply traumatic experience for him and our thoughts and prayers are with him at this time.

When a loved one dies there is always a range of difficult emotions to be faced in coping with grief. The sense of anger and loss, guilt because we have survived, and also sometimes numbness when it seems impossible to feel anything. These are all natural responses which are heightened when a death is sudden and we are unprepared.

The Christian hope, of course, is that death is not the end. In Jesus, God became like us so that we might be like him: he died as we die so that we might rise again as he rose again. In our reading today, we heard of love as strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. That is what binds us all – our love for those we have lost and God’s love that unites us all living and departed in the one communion. We are reminded that that rain shall pass and a better time shall come.

As we have heard Jan was a woman of faith. She worshipped many times here in this church and, in this service, I shall commend her to the care of God her heavenly father. I shall also say the prayer; “Remember for good this your servant Janet as we also remember her.” And there is much good to remember: Jan’s love for Alan, for her family, her creativity and her friendship.


May Janet this day rest in peace and may she rise in glory.





What Comes Up Goes Down

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One of those strange thoughts that catches you in an idle moment when you are waiting for a Northern train to arrive on a Saturday (they’re on strike) or when all help lines are “very busy at the moment and your call is important to us.“

And the thought; have you ever considered what happens to all the soil that is dug out of a grave? No, thought so. Understandably with Brexit banging around like a brick in a tin dustbin this thought may have escaped you. But it is a real problem. If you ignore the trick question “how much soil is in a hole six feet deep by seven feet long and two feet wide? – always catches the grandchildren out; the answer is nowt as there isn’t any soil in a hole. But there was. 

Digging a grave produces a heap of soil, some of which goes back in the grave but a chunk is left over. And this has been piling up over the years in St Helen’s churchyard. Now some of you might have thought OK let’s get a JCB and a skip and the job’s done. But then we would have overlooked the small but nevertheless massive obstacle in the way. Soil dug out of graves in a Church yard is consecrated ground and you can’t just chuck it away, not without being clouted with divine retribution.

Thus the grave spoil heap that has been resembling a pit heap of old (remember them) needs re- distribution, and a working group amassed. All three of us so far. The job entailed shifting the soil from point A and spreading it over point B. As the vicar remarked, rather like the film the “Great Escape.” I should add point B is a depression in the church yard where no grave activity is known.  But logic states there could be in the future, which means the relocation exercise could carry on ad infinitum. It could be a battle between the grave diggers and the back spreaders reminiscent of a great Boondoggler. 

Anyway it is a great way to exercise, far better than any spinning class as you actually achieve something in addition to fitness, no really. There is plenty of spoil yet to shift so if you fancy joining the working group that is meeting each Monday in October from 10:00am to 12:00 noon just turn up with wheelbarrow and shovel. There’s even a tea break at 11:00.

Lest We Forget

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Visit to Menin Gate Memorial

As we approach the centenary of the end of the First World War, a group of local residents, led by Steve Tagg, a member of Burghwallis Royal British Legion, visited World War 1 battlefield sites.

The visit included Tyne Cot cemetery, the Menin Gate, Thiepval, Vimy Ridge, and other sites in France and Belgium. The group took part in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate on September 9th, and laid a wreath on behalf of the men of Burghwallis who never came home.

The Menin Gate is just one of several memorials for soldiers who were killed in the conflict, and who have no known graves.

Pictured here are Dave McEwan, Alison Dobinson and Rob Lomas, about to lay their tributes to the fallen, including a wreath for the men of Skelbrooke who also fell, and a poppy posy (Alison) on behalf of one of her relatives. The wreath for the men of Burghwallis contained the names Craythorne Anne, George Atkinson, Alfred Drake, Joseph Duggan, Arthur Sales, Harold Scurrah, and Robert Trenham, all of whom are remembered on our Burghwallis War Memorial. The names of two of these men can be found at Tyne Cot and another two on the Menin Gate (KOYLI panel)

Burghwallis War Memorial 

Whilst in the area, Dave and Rob decided to see if they could locate the cemeteries of any from Burghwallis whose names are on our Memorial. In searching for the name Arthur Sales, as recorded on the Burghwallis War Memorial, and spelt the same way on the memorial in St. Helen’s Church, one interesting find on the Commonwealth War Graves website was an A. Sayles of 12Bt. KOYLI. Research then showed that he was the son of Thomas and Mary Sayles, of Adwick-le-Street, husband of Florence May, of Burghwallis. Rob is reasonably sure therefore that they found the right connection. Pictured below is the grave of said Arthur Sayles.

See additional information on the names of the fallen on the war memorial

The local branch of the British Legion are very active in keeping alive the memory of our fallen, with events and fund-raising activities every year. This year, being the centenary, additional acts of remembrance are being planned, locally and nationally. In addition to the usual parade on Remembrance Sunday, there will be a display produced by Campsmount School at our Memorial. Also, in co-ordination with other BL branches and communities across the whole of the UK, there will be a further event in the car park of The Burghwallis pub, starting at 6.55 pm, to read out the names of the local fallen, the sounding of the Last Post, and the lighting of a beacon.

Barnscan Local History Group

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On Saturday 10th November, Barnscan Local History Group, in partnership with Campsall Church, will be holding an event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the 1st World War and the suffragette movement. We’re sure that local people must have some interesting photos or memorabilia about relatives who were involved.

We’d like to prepare displays, so if you have any stories, photos we could copy or items we could display, we’d be delighted if you’d contact us: Janet Millward, 701036 or or John Fordham, 702793.  There will be refreshments available on the day, so please look out for further details nearer the time.


Barnscan Programme of events, 2018/19


Wednesday 10 October, Campsall Village Hall, 7.30pm

Local slide show

Saturday 10 November, St Mary Magdalene Church, Campsall, Commemoration of WW1 open day

Wednesday 5 December, Campsall Village Hall, 7.30pm

Mystery Boxes

Wednesday 23 January, Campsall Village Hall, 7.30pm

Old Doncaster Slide Show


Victorious Vicar

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Great North Run 9th September 2018

Father Chris Herbert, curate at St Helen’s  and his wife Christine recently took part in the Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields. Here is his story behind the scenes.

We decided to take part in this half marathon in memory of Sharon Robson, who battled breast cancer for several years and passed away on 11th September 2017, so were running almost exactly on the anniversary of her death, and in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. Andrew, Sharon’s husband, also decided to run, and was supporting Breast Cancer Care.

The day of the Great North Run started off for us with an instant porridge and granola before setting out and walking to the start. The atmosphere was building up, even at 9am, and we found our starting place passing a variety of people in fancy dress – Mario, batman, numerous fairies with hairy legs and we even found ‘Wally’ several times! We started our run in the rain and with an optimistic mindset, and this continued over the Tyne bridge with the red arrows flying overhead. However, it was an unusually hot day, and as the miles went by, and the heat increased, it took its toll a little and the aches started – it seemed a long road to the coast at South Shields. But we were enticed along the way by numerous sweets, fruit, drinks, beer and pies, and helpful children kept us cool with hosepipes or just squirting us with bottles of water (perhaps the only day they wouldn’t get told off!)  We reached the finish line soaking up the atmosphere and thankful of the support from the crowds all the way. After collecting our medals, it was wonderful to meet up with Andrew, Alan, Shirley and family at the end.

Sharon was in our hearts and minds throughout the day, and we are thankful to everyone who has donated to Macmillan Cancer Support or Breast Cancer Care and also for the support and encouragement we have received. Over £3,600 has been raised between the three of us for these two charities to help find a cure for cancer. A good way to remember Sharon.


Christmas Nosh Looms Up

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If you are a senior resident of Burghwallis you are invited to a free Christmas lunch at the Burghwallis Pub. to be held in the function room on Thursday 13th December at 12 noon for 12.30 lunch. May sound a way off, but it is only three months away.

The lunch is complimentary, care of the Parish Council Poor’s Field fund and is by ticket only which is obtainable from

Jill Laming on 01302 701395. Or if I am not available from

Dave Maxwell  01302 709993.

If you would like a guest to accompany you they would be very welcome but we would have to make a charge for their lunch unfortunately.

Once I have your reservation I will get back to you with menu choices. Don’t delay book as soon as you can to reserve your place.                                                                       

Jill Laming

Burghwallis Parish Council Events

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Forthcoming Parish Council Meetings

Parish Council meetings will take place at 7.00pm at the Burghwallis Pub on the following dates:

Tuesday 30th October, and

Tuesday, 11th December

all at 7.00 pm.

If you require further information then place contact me, Dave Maxwell  on

07766 055012.


The Strife is O’er: Commemorating the Armistice 1918

Armistice Day, November 11th falls on Remembrance Sunday this year.

In addition to the usual parade starting from The Burghwallis pub at 12.45pm. and the ceremony at the War Memorial at 1.00pm.  the local branch of The British Legion will be taking part in the national event, which runs along the following lines:

6.55 pm – a reading out of the names of the fallen from the village and the sounding of the Last Post

7.00 pm – the lighting of a beacon in The Burghwallis car park

7.05 pm, the ringing of church bells.

In addition we are hoping that there will be a memorial display, prepared by the pupils at Campsmount School, which will be placed at the War Memorial.


A Note for your Diary…

Christmas Tree lighting,

Burghwallis War Memorial. 8th December


Dave Maxwell

Village flag lowered

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The village flag has been lowered to mark the passing of Janet Johnson of Grange Lane, on 19th September.

Broadband Finally Arrives

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Just when we thought Openreach was Overstretched and probably never going to allow Burghwallis to join the rest of the world in broadband, they have tightened the strings between the tin cans and switched on cabinet 13.

We are in the midst of data flying all around like demons. With downloads speeds up to 66 mbs, roughly 22 times the current level, we can now be welcomed into the world of technology. 

Cabinet 13  serves the Eastern side of the village with a fibre link from the Askern exchange. The Western side already enjoying reasonable speeds from the Adwick exchange. If you want to upgrade you need to speak to your broadband supplier and do a bit of negotiating!


Size Isn’t Everything

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Sometimes bigger is not better

Two years ago, the Parish Council purchased a couple of Burghwallis flags for the village to display at the war memorial  where they have flown ever since. The flag bears the words ‘The Ancient Village of Burghwallis” along with the crest of the Anne Family that was granted to Burghwallis.  However, being rather on the large size, the flags tended to unfortunately catch on the nearby shrubbery and fray, to the extent that one had to be discarded and the second one used.

Being of conventional format the flags also had the wording reading from left to right making it a little tricky to read when the prevailing wind, which blows from the South West predominately displayed the reverse of the flag. 

The council have now acquired a couple of new, slightly smaller, flags, with the text printed the other way round, so that when the wind blows the village name can be clearly seen without the need for a mirror.

Just goes to show!

Data Protection

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The amount of information that is held about us by organisations on computers and in data banks is growing at an incredible rate. The ministry of things has decreed such information needs to be declared and kept secure by the holder through the GDPR. (General Data Protection Regulations 2018)

The Burghwallis Parish Council has fully adopted these regulations and you can see how data is captured and stored. You can also see how you can review any such information that is being securely held and give your consent or request it’s removal. 

Go to the Parish Council Data Protection Section here.


Merchant Navy Day

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The Red Ensign is once again flying at the village flag pole to recognise the annual Merchant Navy Day.

You can find out the full story here..


On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign by Seafarers UK to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy. Too often they gave forgotten or invisible service; by raising the Red Ensign you would ensure that at least on this day they are remembered. Your act will mean so much to their families and to the retired, but most especially to those that sea.

 HRH The Earl of Wessex KG, GCVO


Parish Council Meeting

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If you have something to get off your chest you can always speak up at Parish Council Meeting. The meetings are open to residents to rock up and air a view or two. 

If nothing else you get to hear of the numerous actions and projects the Council are currently involved in. Take a look here to see the latest meeting minutes. Instead of bottling up your fantastic idea, or biggest beef – trot along to the meetings. Here are the next set that take place in the Burghwallis Pub starting at 19:00 and lasting around a couple of hours. You don’t actually have to stay for the full 2 hours, as matters brought up by the general public are dealt with before the formal meeting starts. That’s your chance to pipe up – once it’s gone, it’s gone – until the next meeting, of course.

If there is something that can’t wait you have a chat with the Chairman Dave Maxwell on 07766 055012

Tuesday 18th September

Tuesday 30th October

Tuesday 11the December




Local Transport

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The wheels on our buses will continue to go round. Route 51 and 51A have been cleared to continue for another year to September 2019.

Good news for  local residents who use the service as a lifeline. And contrary to the many tales of cancelled bus routes in other areas of the country. All we need to do is to continue to prove the usefulness of the service by using it!


On the other hand we have the Northern Train service from Adwick to Donny, Sheffield and Leeds. I use term ‘service’  loosely at the moment. They are on strike every saturday in September!

And the new ticket machine on the platform is proving a tribute  to technology. After two months it is still settling in. The IT guys have yet to get this marvel to issue tickets to anyone using a SY bus pass. Apparently it had a good try last Wednesday; for two hours it burbled and clattered along printing tickets with abandon, then the elastic went again and it awaits the fixits to visit.

To make matters worse big new notices tell you if you don’t have a credit card you can pay on the train in cash. BUT you’ve got to print a ‘promise to pay ticket’ from the ticket machine in advance and give this to the train conductor. Except, now wait on ……this doesn’t work at the moment either.   

And the better news; they are shortly going to relocate the ticket machine to the platform. So you can struggle with technology and do battle with it in the rain, wind or with the sun shinning straight down on the screen. You know the drill.


Great news that Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield International Airport has been awarded a certificate stating it is the best airport in the UK. Another certificate was to be awarded for the airport with the longest  name but they ran out of paper. Actually on this point they have now shortened the name to ‘Doncaster Sheffield Airport’ with the code airport code DSA. Robin Hood has been sacked. This works well in our abbreviated life styles except for those of us who still refer to it as Finningley Airport. Some names stick eh? In the same way that ‘Dario’s’ will always be the name of the pub at the end of Abbe’s Walk, which used to be Common Lane except everyone in Burghwallis knew it as Mile lane…..are you keeping up here, there are questions at the end!



Healthier Broadband

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For those of us who have bemoaned the extremely tardy delivery of decent broadband by Openreach, there is some unexpectedly good news. 

Now don’t hold your breath; we know Openreach have yet to go anywhere near their spanners to install fibre cables. We must therefore languish in the knowledge with our 3 mbps we are right up there with the slowest broadband speeds – in the world.

But there is some hidden good news for we in the realms of “not-spots” (term used when communications are poor or fragmented). Apparently we lead an altogether better life style! Being devoid of decent t’internet speeds we go to bed earlier, get 30 minutes extra sleep, feel more relaxed away from the constant barrage of Face tube and You twit or from watching a tad too much Netflix.

This is good, this what we wanted to hear. Instead of waiting three hours to download a movie we should shout in appreciation of all the snails that trundle along the local phone lines delivering narrow band to Burghwallis. Apparently the U.K. overall lies in 35th position in the world league table for broadband speeds. Fame at last, but I bet most of us would dearly love to get broadband fit for the 21st century. Instead we should cherish the extra sleep, be ever  grateful for the freedom from social media, hearing from Donald Trump at best third hand and trot about our lives tipping the nod to Openreach for leaving us behind. On the other hand…….

Skellow Mill Pond Refills

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The observant chaps who trot by Skellow Mill pond will have noticed the mill pond is fast being refilled.

Despite the wierd weather, which relocated our entire rainfall allowance to southern France (apparently n’owt to do with Brexit) the River Skell albeit tiny in the nature of rivers has continued to flow throughout the summer. The civil engineering which diverted the flow to temporarily bypass the pond has been reversed. Offa’s dyke has been breached and the mill pond is almost full again.

Great news to the ducks, swans and moorhens that swim about the place. If you have a squizz through the trees and bushes you can see the natural world order has been regained. And breathe.


Litter In Short Supply

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This summer has seen  range of interesting phenomena. The World Cup being staged in Russia, Brexit coughing and spluttering, Northern Rail showing us how not to organise a railway, Virgin Rail disappearing completely and Wimbledon being criticised about the height of the grass. Oh and let’s not forget the scarcity of rain and carbon dioxide.

Maybe all of these events  have somehow had a positive effect on the delightful morons who chuck litter about the place. The recent village cleanup saw a surprisingly low amount of litter in Burghwallis. Some 20 bin bags were filled in place of the normal 50 odds bags filled in the past. Has the focus on plastics waste and recycling in general had an effect? Has the absence of CO2 curbed the consumption of beer, cider and fizzy drinks so the number of empties available to throw on our verges has reduced?

 A valiant  team drawn from Burghwallis – joined by some from Campsall and Norton patrolled all the lanes leading into and through Burghwallis. Their commitment meant we have an uncluttered view of the verges for as long as it lasts! Interestingly the volunteers helping from Campsall and Norton remarked on the need to establish a similar clean up exercise in their villages. They had volunteered to help clean Burghwallis as they drive through regularly and appreciate the efforts to keep the countryside clean of litter. Maybe when a similar exercise is organised in Campsall and Norton all of us who drive through will lend a hand – especially along the road to Barnsdale Bar which is a regular disaster zone.


And We Are Back

07/06/2018   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

An old friend has found its way home. The Burghwallis welcome sign along Scorcher Hills Lane is back in place.

Similar to the many stories of garden gnomes who seem to travel the world yet no one knows how or why, our sign disappeared for a while on its own travels. Actually it went away for repair but the company handling the overhaul regretfully went bust. Despite numerous, unsuccessful phone calls to the receivers things looked gloomy. Our sign was destined to lay in a shed somewhere. Then out of the blue the finished sign appeared in the church yard. We believe a previous employee of the sign company had taken pity on the plight and sneaked the sign back.

A little engineering work by Brenda and Rob Grimes was required as the fixing had gone AWOL. And  the sign was once again welcoming people back to the village. Everyone that is apart from the litter dumping bogans!

Cardiac Arrest

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A group of 26 villagers recently attended a one hours CPR training session  on the use of our new defibrillator that is fitted to the outside wall of the Burghwallis pub.

The informative training session, held in the Burghwallis pub on 5th June was conducted by the ambulance service along with the regional coordinator of the defibrillator units.  Those attending the training were drawn from a mix of young and old who saw the huge benefits of this training. With defibrillators becoming common place throughout the country and overseas, they are proven to give an 85 per cent chance of reviving a patient from cardiac arrest.

Critically the training was also deigned to overcome any reluctance to use the equipment; once activated the equipment gives reassuring voice instructions on what to do. In essence you can’t overdo the shocking process – this is automatic. This leaves you to concentrate on the chest compressions to massage the heart that are equally vital. 

The training was conducted by knowledgeable ambulance crew who mixed humour with facts. “You can’t kill anyone with the CPR process but you can bring them back to life or preserve life until the ambulance arrives.”

You can see a training video here. 




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There has been a spate of residents in the Parish and congregation of St Helen’s who have recently died. It is our privilege to publish obituaries of these folk who have often been born and bred or lived a great deal of time in the parish.


James Edward Gracey (81) 18.5.18

Jimmy was born in Whitehaven in Cumbria as the oldest of 3 children – with his brother George and sister Barbara – to his parents James and Martha. The family moved to Morecambe when he was little and then to Askern when his dad got a job at the pit. Jimmy first went to school in Woodlands to St Joseph and St Theresa’s but, being a bit of a tearaway, he didn’t like this and ran away. He then went to Moss Road school and on to Sutton Road where he met Ria. Jimmy started work at 15 at Askern pit but then served in the York and Lancs in 1954 marrying Ria in 1956 when he left.

However, the army had a clear attraction for him so that in 1962 he re-enlisted as a territorial in the Parachute Regiment and then as a Sergeant transferred to the SAS Reserves serving until 1973. Jimmy was self-employed doing contract work as a steel-erector and rigger. A measure of his character is that in 1974 he broke his back in an accident at work but by sheer force of will overcame this to be back at work 18 months later.

As I said he met Ria at school through Ria’s brother. At first Ria wasn’t so keen but Maurice coaxed her which clearly worked because they were engaged at 17 and married in April 1956. They had 4 children Neil, Janine and Ian sadly Antony died when he was only 14½ months old. Neil told me how he regarded his dad as his mentor and followed him into the army and then into construction.

Ria told me how Jimmy was proud man who retained his military bearing throughout his life in the way he stood but also in the in his appearance ensuring he was smartly turned out with military precision. Jimmy was handsome man who was often mistaken for Tom Jones in his younger days. Neil and Ian told me how Jimmy’s perfectionist nature came out in his sayings. “Measure twice and cut once.” This also meant that anything he made tended to be over-engineered – just in case. Jimmy rebuilt the water tower at Askern and many people remember his loud voice booming out. The family told me that me that he was a man’s man who loved to tell stories and jokes and who was a very loyal friend: telling people he was pleased with; “You are all on my Christmas list!” Throughout his life Jimmy did his best to keep fit – still managing to conquer 3 peaks in the Brecon Beacons in his 70s. Although he had a heart attack in 1994 this did not defeat him. Ria told me how theirs was a very happy marriage and clearly Jimmy knew he had met his match telling people that, as far as Ria was concerned, “I’ll never win!” They spent a number of years in Spain living atop a hill in their house which Jimmy named Valhalla – Perhaps a nod to the Regimental March of the Parachute Regiment – The Ride of the Valkyries – and then, more recently, returning to Doncaster.

Jimmy was a loving grandfather often joking with Rory, Laura, Jay, Lauren, Keel, Jordan and Curtis and he was especially proud of his great grandsons: Callum, Ashton, Josh, Harvey.

For a man who had always been fit his final illness was difficult and frustrating for him. He was an impatient patient – a determined man who never gave in. There was also a side to Jimmy that people didn’t always see which was as a man of faith. Brought up a Catholic he would light a candle in church, attend midnight mass and pray every day. It sustained him in times of adversity.

The Christian belief is that death is not the end. In Jesus, God became like us. He died as we die so that we might rise as he rose. That is the faith that Jimmy kept throughout his life. Today I commend him to God’s eternal care – safe in the arms of his heavenly father. In our prayer we say, “Remember for good this your servant Jimmy as we also remember him.” And there is much good to remember in Jimmy’s life: A loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-grandfather, a man who worked hard and was good friend and comrade, a man of faith who served his nation well.

We celebrate Jimmy’s life, a life of action, of love, of faith and some adventure.


May Jimmy this day rest in peace and rise in glory.



Fr Richard Walton


Christine Parkinson (81) 17.4.18

As many of you will know, Christine was born at Cusworth Lane where her parents Leslie and Betty lived. Christine’s sister, Hilary told me that Christine’s was a difficult birth and that she was not expected to live but the doctor manipulated her back in order to save her life. Christine was rather older than her sister Hilary who told me that she acted as a second mother to her and, when Christine decided that she was going into teaching, she felt that she had already cut her teeth on her.

Christine herself went to primary school in Bentley which meant that in those wartime days she walked there on her own carrying her gas-mask and crossing the great North Road twice a day. As Christine herself told me this sometimes involved avoiding the long army convoys that passed by. I got a strong impression that Christine had a somewhat idyllic childhood riding her bicycle around the fields at Sprotbrough and Cusworth.

It was as a child that Christine showed the first signs of becoming the devoted Churchwoman that she was. Apparently, when she was still quite small she was sent off with a friend to the Methodist Chapel only to come home and tell her parents, “I’d like to go to the proper church.” By which she meant St Leonard and St Jude where later her father made the altar and her mum the altar linens for the new church It was at church that Christine’s abiding love for music was first nurtured where she began by playing the piano.

Christine was a bright girl passing her 11+ to go to Percy Jackson Grammar school. Jean Gray told me how with Sheila Whittaker she was part of the Languages group studying for her scholarship and was part of that group of young intellectual women who would enjoy playing word games and with language together on the school bus. From School, Christine went to train as a teacher at St Hild’s at Durham which was also where she was schooled in playing the organ at Durham Cathedral. Once qualified as a teacher, Christine came back to Doncaster to teach in primary schools in Adwick, Armthorpe and Highfields doing a job she really loved. She took particular delight later on in being recognised by adults she had taught as children and whose children she had gone on to teach.

Christine had very much an independent spirit. I got the strong feeling that music was her first love especially playing challenging pieces in the recorder group with her friends Pat and Sandra who are here today. She played the guitar and adapted music for the children and for the church choir which she led for many years as well as playing the organ here. But music was not the only string to Christine’s bow, she was a very accomplished photographer with a strong technical knowledge and a preference for 35mm slides. She had acquired this interest from her father to whom she was devoted. I am told that Christine also had a longstanding interest in cricket and would, as a true aficionadawould watch the match on TV with the sound turned down so she could listen to the radio commentary on Test Match Special.

Christine would speak with great pride about the achievements of her family and clearly loved being an aunt to Susan and a great aunt to Freya. Hilary told me how, in her younger days, Christine had travelled on holiday with the family to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and how later she travelled abroad.  She also told me how Christine’s life was transformed by surgery on her eyes – a cure which Christine always regarded as miraculous.

As you will all be aware Christine remained very active until recent years when she began to slow down as arthritis took its toll. She coped with leukaemia well especially the rhythm of regular blood transfusions. But as time went on she became physically unable to play the recorder and the organ. It was then that Christine got great fulfilment from teaching Rebekah the organ and it was particularly pleasing to have Rebekah play for the service of reception into church yesterday.

Christine’s final decline was more rapid than we expected. She had spent a short time in hospital and I had the privilege of being asked by Hilary and Malcolm to visit her as they made their way to the hospital. I prayed with Christine and anointed her and helped give her her last meal. But clearly, she was very tired and fell asleep as I left never to wake again in this world. It was a gentle end.

So today we have all done our best to ensure that Christine’s careful and meticulous wishes have been fulfilled. When the service ends please go with the family straight to the Burghwallis where you are all invited for light refreshments.

We give thanks for Christine’s life as a devoted and faithful Christian and as a woman who has served the wider church and this parish especially throughout her life. For me she was a trusted friend and churchwarden – a font of knowledge and wise advice. Christine has earned the peace into which she now goes. May she rest in that peace, and may she rise in glory.


Fr Richard Walton


Florence (Gwen) Cocking (93)

Gwen was born at Crabgate Drive as the youngest of three children to John and Winne and it was where she grew up with her sister Nancy and her brother Jack. It was a very close family since her dad’s brother Jim married her mum’s sister Amy and lived next door to each other for many years. So, growing up was a time of great happiness for Gwen.

When she left school, Gwen went to work in the offices at Bullcroft Pit. As I got to know her in later years, it was clear that Gwen was possessed of a remarkable memory so that she still could remember the ‘lamp numbers’ of many of the miners even after she had left the pit to work in the Coal Board offices in the centre of Doncaster. She retired from the coal board in 1982 when she was 57.

Gwen lived for many years with her closest friends in the bungalow on Mill Lane and was a woman of many interests and talents: she loved gardening, tennis, reading, ballroom dancing, music – especially playing the piano and writing poems. Indeed, she regularly composed poems for special occasions for family and friends recently a collection of these was published. Gwen had suffered for many years with poor eye-sight eventually going blind. It was much to her credit how she coped with this disability deriving great pleasure from the talking books for the blind service.

Gwen’s deteriorating health meant that she could no longer stay at home and it was great sadness to her when she left Mill Lane to move into residential care at Skellow Hall in 2005. The family have asked me to thank those members of staff there who have showed her particular care.

Whilst in residential care, Gwen was always very grateful for the many friends and neighbours and family members who came to visit her regularly which helped to ease the difficulty of her daily life. I can testify to the stimulating nature of Gwen’s discussions and her encyclopaedic memory which showed the keen interest she took in the world around her. I would often learn more about the parish on visiting Gwen than I would from anyone else because her comments were always filled with interesting details of family life or local history. I believe that same can also be said from Fr Chris’s visits to give her communion.

A particular pleasure for Gwen was visits from younger family members. She loved hearing from her great niece Hayley about her wedding or the achievements of John and Caitlin and she gained great amusement from anything said by her great great nieces and nephews: Archie, Owen, Oscar and Sophie especially if this contained a little mischief! It saddened her that she could not see their faces but she loved those moments of closeness when they would stretch out their hands to play ‘round and round the garden’ which always ended in gales of laughter.

Gwen was very grateful for everyone who had telephoned or visited simply to keep her spirits up – enabling her to keep up to date with their lives.

Along with Fr Chris I visited Gwen on many occasions and was always astonished by how bright and optimistic she was and how her faith shone through in everything she said. It was a great privilege to be able to pray with her and to anoint her as she was dying. It was obvious that she was very frail, but it was also clear that she was conscious of the prayers that were being said during those last rites – joining in as best she could. Gwen was never a fair-weather Christian. It was clear talking to her that her faith sustained her throughout especially through the darkest of times when her sight was failing and her health was deteriorating.

Gwen died peacefully in her bed. On that last day, as I was leaving Jo was just arriving: part of that large family that has cared for Gwen and loved and supported her throughout her life and especially during her time in Skellow Hall.

The Christian belief is that death is not the end but a point of change. When we die we fall asleep for a while to wake up changed and reborn in God’s presence. Today I commend Gwen’s soul to God’s almighty keeping. Gwen has fought the good fight in this life and now lived in the presence of God her maker, redeemer and friend.

May Gwen’s soul this day rest in peace and rise in glory.


Fr Richard Walton 


 Edmund and Ruby Wood

When I spoke to Eddie and Ruby’s family about them; what I heard was really a love story in which their lives have been entwined right up unto their final days, which they spent in hospital together where an enduring theme of closeness seems to have permeated their lives from the very beginning.

Eddie was born in Balby where he lived with his sister Maureen and his parents Laura and Cyril. He passed his scholarship to go to the Central School and then went on to train as an apprentice electrician at the plant. Always keen on sport, Eddie was an enthusiastic cricketer in his youth. Eddie’s national Service was spent in the Royal Navy serving on the light aircraft carrier HMS Vengeance in which he travelled the world including the Arctic which was for him an experience he treasured.

By contrast, Ruby’s early life was spent at No 1 Park View where she was born to Foord and Martha as the youngest of the family with her sisters Mary and Mabel and her brother Foord. They then went to live at Scorcher Hills. But, during the war Ruby joined the Fire Service being promoted to Leading Firewoman Newton and serving in Kent which was known as ‘Bomb Alley’ at that time because it was the main point of entry for the Luftwaffe and so a busy and dangerous place to be.

Eddie and Ruby met through Vi Smith. Apparently, Eddie would go to the shop where he would meet Ruby and clearly some matchmaking took place. It was a whirlwind romance especially after Ruby had moved to Shelf near Bradford. They married in 1953 early one morning then catching the Pullman to London for their honeymoon.  Bradford became their home and their place of work. Eddie worked first for Brown Muffs and Ruby as the managing director’s secretary at Simon’s the big clothing manufacturers.

While at Brown Muffs Eddie became a floor manager then a buyer. He was an expert in soft furnishings – with that well-turned out demeanour that made him somewhat reminiscent of Capt Peacock. He rose to became the store manager for Rackham’s in Skipton. Indeed, the only significant time that Eddie and Ruby were not together was when Eddie travelled to Sweden as a buyer. Ruby’s position at Simon’s meant that they both had access to the best clothes which meant they were always very well turned out – Ruby very much the elegant businesswoman and Eddie always dapper in a dark suit shirt and tie and with manicured hands.

Eddie and Ruby were a devoted couple who lived a long and happy life together. They were both keen on sport and would often watch; Leeds United from the Directors’ Box, test matches at Headingley, and going to the races. They travelled widely all over the world regularly visiting Spain and Malta but always coming home for Christmas. They loved going to the casino – especially abroad – where it was clear they had a lucky side. This travelling meant that they had many friends around the world so that Eddie’s address book looked like the League of Nations with its many friend and contacts listed there.

What came across strongly to me was that Eddie and Ruby simply were a lovely couple: warm and hospitable to all. Although they did not have any children of their own they were a doting aunt and uncle: spoiling the children and being especially loved by babies. Theirs was clearly a life surrounded by much good humour and laughter. They loved entertaining, especially at Christmas where Ruby’s gift’s as a hostess and Eddie’s skill as a cook very much came to the fore. As a couple they were always very attentive to the needs of others.

It is good that we have the choir singing today. Ruby sang soprano in the church choir and Edie was a chorister at St James’s where he received a medal from Sir Sydney Nicholson the founder of the Royal School of Church Music to which this choir is now affiliated. Both are indicative of the Anglican faith that was at the bedrock of their life.

We can often be tempted to think only of recent times, when Eddie and Ruby were unwell and those days at the end when they were in the same hospital ward together. But we can see that their life together has been much more than this. Each was successful in their work, each the main support to the other. But not insular and inward-looking rather they were warm, affectionate and hospitable people who treasured the love of their families and the closeness of their friends.

In this season of Easter we remember that Jesus died as we die so that we may rise as he rose. That is the Christian hope that death is not the end but a point of change, of transformation. The prophet Isaiah speaks of our faith in terms of putting on a new garment.

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. (Is. 61.10)

It is my prayer that now before God, Eddie and Ruby may cast off their old clothes and put on the garment of salvation united forever in the presence of their heavenly Father.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.


Fr Richard Walton


Data Protection

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Unless you have been hibernating for the last few months, you will be aware of the new legislation, appropriately named General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What does this mean for you, the public, and us, the Parish Council?

We have to implement a range of policies to comply with the new legislation. These will be developed and published over the next few weeks. The main effect is that any information held by the Parish Council about individuals must be kept secure and not disclosed to any third parties. We also have to seek an individual’s express permission to hold the information in the first place. A consent form is being developed and will be implemented very shortly.

One of the things you will notice now is that any e-mail responses from the Parish Council will come through the Clerk. In turn the Clerk is not allowed to pass on to individual councillors the details of an individual who contacts the council via e-mail. This means that we will be doing a lot more secure communication without knowing, as councillors, where the query came from in the first place. 

As and when policies are developed, they will be published on the website.

New Seat Remembers Old Friend

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The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed we have a shiny new seat on Grange Lane, adjacent to the Bridle Path.

Some time ago it was decided a memorial to Kath Walters, ex Chair person of the parish Council should be installed. Kath was a keen dog lover and would be frequently seen walking along Grange Lane with her dogs before turning down Stoney Croft bridle path. 

It was a fitting location to remember Kath and in association with the DMBC the existing seat was completely refurbished, and a brass plaque added. 

Burghwallis has a lot to thank Kath for and the seat is an ideal location to sit and reflect awhile on the driving force that was Kath Walters.




Village flag

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The village flag, which was to be returned to its normal height this week, will remain lowered to mark the passing on Monday evening of Sharon Renshaw of Old Village Street.

Defibrillator Training

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Training Date in the Burghwallis Pub

5th June at 5:00 pm


The new defibrillator has been installed outside the Burghwallis Pub. If you would like to know how to use this life saving device there is a training session with an instructor from the NHS to be held at the Burghwallis Pub.

 Although this modern device is designed to help you through the process – even for the novice – should there be an emergency it is ideal that you have some prior knowledge of what to do. This training session will equip you with the process of CPR and the use of the defibrillator. Although there are a number of different designs of defibrillators stationed around the UK  they all follow the same procedure. This training session, which will take about an hour, will therefore equip you with the practical knowledge to use any of these defibrillators to be found in towns and villages around the country.

Village Flag lowered

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Once again, the village flag was lowered, to mark the passing of John (Jack) Makepeace, of Grange Lane, who passed away 30.5.2018 aged 86.

Jack Makepeace Obituary

Jack was born in Co Durham to his parents John and Maud and where he grew up with his sisters Myra and Maud. Jack’s mum died when he was 9 and his dad was a Sgt Major in the Durham Light Infantry but then they moved down to Doncaster. Jack started school in Durham but apparently, when they moved to Doncaster his North Eastern accent was so strong that this made him difficult to understand. Jack left school at 14 to work down the pit. However, this wasn’t to his liking and while he was down there he saw a copy of the Farmer’s Weekly asking for someone to work on a farm in Cornwall.

Clearly, the outdoor life attracted him and he applied and he was sent his train fare. He was met by a horse and cart at the station which took him to the farm which was rather out in the wilds. It was a hardworking life: each day began with drawing water from the spring then milking over 30 cows by hand before breakfast. After breakfast he would be given a Cornish Pasty which was his lunchtime meal and he would go out spending the day ploughing with horses and doing other farm work. At the end of the day he would return to the farm to milk the cows have and early meal and then off to bed to repeat the process the next day.

Jack did this for a while and then returned home where he was asked, “Where have you been?” He went back down the pit for a while but only long enough for him to buy a motorbike which he then used to tour England – taking jobs as he went along sometimes as a vegetable chef on the South Coast or working in a fairground. He always managed. Eventually he returned to Thurnscoe but one day went to Army recruiting office in Hall Gate in Doncaster. Apparently, his entrance test for the Coldstream Guards was, “How many half-crowns in a pound?” He obviously got this right because he went to train at Pirbright and then served on ceremonial duties at Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and overseas in Libya. It was in the desert where he had an accident in which he broke both legs. He came out of the army in 1952 – when the old king died!

Jack married June and they had six children: John, Karen, Caroline, Richard, Jennifer and Andrew. The marriage came to an end and they were divorced. Jack met Wendy who was widowed through a mutual friend. They were married on Christmas Day 1981 and they have found great happiness together ever since. Jack worked hard to be a good provider and Wendy helped the family out during the miners’ strike.

Wendy told me how they loved going on holiday together and really travelled the world: not only did they tour America, visiting California, Colorado and Canada but also Italy Switzerland, Sicily, Malta, Cyprus, Morocco and Tunisia. They also visited Spain and loved Benidorm especially at Christmas when the weather was warm. They also visited Russia during Communist times where an armed guard threatened them at Lenin’s tomb.

Wendy told me the Jack was a very special person. As she said, “When they made him they threw the mould away”. He was quiet man but always fun to be with; he loved gardening especially growing tomatoes and golf – playing into his retirement. Jack slowed down a bit with bouts of ill-health and having a heart by-pass but always enjoyed being a loving grandfather and great-grandfather.

Jack’s death was sudden and unexpected. Wendy was grateful for the help of an unknown passer-by who cared for them both until the ambulance came. Clearly, Jack has lived a long and full life finding great happiness with Wendy. In this service I shall commend Jack’s soul to God’s eternal keeping and say the prayer, “Remember for good this your servant Jack as we also remember him.” And there is much good to remember in Jack’s life: as a loving husband and father; his sense of adventure; his love for his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; his hard work and his service of his country.


May Jack this day rest in peace and may he rise in glory.



Fr Richard Walton

A Note from Wendy Makepeace…

I would like to thank all friends and neighbours for their sympathy cards and donations given in memory of my husband Jack. A total of £300 has been divided between charities, one being St Helen’s Church. I have found great comfort and help from everyone at this sad time.



Annual Parish Meeting

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The Burghwallis Annual Parish Meeting will take place on

TUESDAY 15th MAY in the Burghwallis Pub starting at 7.00 pm

All residents of Burghwallis are urged to attend 


Tell us what YOU think. Your chance to hear an update on ongoing activities by the parish council and also let the council hear your ideas and suggestions.

The meeting is open for all residents of the village and consists of a brief report by the Chairman on the events and achievements of the last year and plans for the coming year.

Residents will be able ask questions and importantly give suggestions to the Parish Council. If you are itching  to say something – or have that great idea – this is your platform to speak up. If you can’t make the meeting but really have a burning question to ask – or that brilliant idea –  fill out the comment box at the bottom of this page now.


Defibrillator Update

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We are pleased to report that the community defibrillator has been  installed near the entrance to The Burghwallis pub. This provides a central location and can, to a degree, some added security. 

A sign of the times perhaps. The Defibrillator has to be secured in its box to prevent the lunatics in society who have in the past  stolen such equipment. Yes beggars belief. To access the defibrillator you will need to call 999 who will  give you a code to open the cabinet and liaise with you for ambulance assistance.

We are in the process of arranging full CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training for pub staff and  also anyone else who may be interested. We will let everyone know as soon as we have a date and time for this training.

The defibrillator is portable and can be collected from the storage cabinet and taken to the location of the casualty.

Village Sign Mystery

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Frequent flyers on this site will recall a recent article about our missing village sign from along Scorcher Hills Lane. Like the best Sherlock Holmes tale it is surrounded in mystery.

Firstly some unknown clown whacked it in their car and then drove off leaving our sign dangling. Rough justice would hope the name Burghwallis  was imprinted in reverse into the their paint work. The damaged sign was subsequently sent away for repair. Whilst the sign was with our suppliers for renovation, the company managed to go into liquidation, and we thought the sign was lost forever. Enquiries to the administrators resulted in a resounding silence.

And now the second mystery; the sign has now miraculously reappeared, though not in its rightful place – yet. Last Saturday morning, one of our councillors, who just happened to be in the church yard, spotted the repaired sign, or at least the front (face) and a new backboard. We can only presume someone involved with the administrators realised the sign had little resale value and should be in Burghwallis, but then did not know where exactly. Perhaps a little divine intervention had influenced the use of the church yard as a poste restante. It looks a little like a tablet of stone and Lent has only just finished. Maybe they hoped  someone would find it and return it to its rightful owners.

Unfortunately whoever had deposited it there forgot to leave us the fixing bolts and screws and black screw caps but apart from that we are massively ahead. The sign is now in safe storage pending the acquisition of some black paint and fixings and restoration to its rightful place.

Further History On Burghwallis Hall

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A little more on the history of Burghwallis and in particular the Anne family.

These details have been added to the “Village History – Burghwallis Hall”

The Anne family were long established in the area, originally with their seat at Frickley,  but subsequently at Burghwallis Hall until this was sold to a religious order in 1942. The prosperity of the family declined from at least the 18th century, probably hastened by the civil penalties attached to their continued adherence to Roman Catholicism. The estate, and the surname in the absence of direct male heirs, passed to the Charlton family of Northumberland in the late 19th century. Most of the records of the family are held by the Yorkshire archaeological society and described in Sylvia Thomas, ‘Guide to the archive collections of the Yorkshire archaeological society’ 1931-1983  (1985) pages 42 to 43

The title deeds and mortgages including Burghwallis advowson  1718 -1843; Burghwallis,  exchange  between Higgins of Skellow and Tasburgh (Anne)  1778 – 1843 Trumfleet 1738- 1878; Thirsk ( North Yorks) Market Place 1773-1874.

Annual Parish Council Meeting

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The Burghwallis Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Tuesday 15th May at

The Burghwallis Public House, commencing at 7.00 pm.


This meeting is open to all residents of the village and consists of a brief report by the Chairman of events and achievements over the last year and plans for the forthcoming year. Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions of and make suggestions to the Parish Council. All will be welcome. We hope that as many people as possible will attend, as the views of residents are important to the Council.

If you can’t make this date you can submit ideas and observations to the the Parish Council in writing or email to

Your input is vital in order that the actions of the council can follow the overall thoughts and wishes of the village. This is your chance to stand up and be counted.

Dave Maxwell

Chairman of the Parish Council

Village flag lowered

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Once again the village flag has been lowered, in memory of Mavis Johnson, who has passed away this week, aged 86.

Mavis came to the village as a young child and stayed for over 60 years until she moved to a bungalow at Five Lane Ends to avoid having to cope with stairs. Mavis was the mum of 8 children, including Brenda Grimes, vice-chairman of Burghwallis Parish Council and Sylvia Burtoft, who both still live in the village. The funeral will be a private arrangement.

Things That Go Bump in the Night

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Anyone travelling along Scorcher Hills Lane towards the Village, or  strangely taking the long way round to the A1 by going the other way* will have noticed a new crop of pot holes. During the recent bad weather we have grown a crop of new ones and the existing ones grew much bigger.

Freezing weather, passing vehicles, and a lack of repair means these little blighters can double in size in 24 hours. In the USA they are known, and maybe better described as chuck holes – as they chuck up stones over the road and can also chuck a car off the road. 

I introduced myself to the latest batch the other night.  In trying to avoid a nasty blighter on the right I belly flopped into Quatermass’s pit  on the left. ‘Dash’ I thought as the car hit the pot hole the size of paddling pool (no honestly) with a sizeable thump.  The almost new nearside tyre burst and the wheel rim took a right uppercut. The need to change the wheel just added to the drama.

Scorcher Hills Lane has become a battle ground. Cutbacks in budgets have scaled down road repairs and pot holes are a current way of life – like some third world country. The remedy is a ways off. Road rebuilding hasn’t entered into any manifesto so at best we must rely on a shovel full of tarmac to partly repair a pot hole until it’s big enough lose a bus in it.

In case you ask my pot hole currently measures 2 feet in diameter and 4 inches deep. And no I didn’t see it and was only travelling at 20 mph whilst weaving in and out of other holes. So until the patching gang have been take care along the Lane. 


*Bit of maths here; travelling northwest on Scorcher Hills Lane to join the A1 then southbound to Five Lanes End means you have travelled along the base and vertical of a right angled triangle, whereas the hypotenuse (shortest distance) lies along Grange Lane to Five Lanes End to the A1, which currently is relatively pot hole free.

Missing Welcome Sign

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Whilst avoiding the pot holes along Scorcher Hills you may have also noticed the “Welcome to Burghwallis” sign has dunarunner. This a temporary situation as the sign has been sent away for repair.

Some time ago the sign was struck by an unknown vehicle, probably avoiding one of our nice potholes. Unfortunately apart from disappearing into the night they managed to damage the back of the sign. When the refurbished  front plates were then installed last year, a couple of hardy councillors attempted to repair the damaged backing, with only partial success, along with the destruction of a drill bit. No – they were holding the drill properly but overlooked the need to compensate for the rotation of the earth

This winter has seen the backing deteriorate to the point where there was no option but to have it repaired professionally. Proper job. It is hoped this exercise will be completed shortly and the sign can recommence welcoming travellers to the village.

Church Services At Easter

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Holy week is an important time of preparation in the days leading up to Easter Day. As you can see there are many services during this period and I would urge you to try and attend as many of these as you can. Fr Richard Walton

DateTime LocationService
Sunday 25th March
Palm Sunday
Holy Communion
Holy Communion
Mon 26th March7.00pmSheffield CathedralChrism Eucharist
Tues 27th MarchTues 27th MarchCampsallStations of the Cross
Wed 28th March7.00 pmBurghwallisStations of the Cross
Thurs 29th March
Maundy Thursday
7.00pmCampsallHoly Communion and foot washing
Fri 30th March
Good Friday
12.00 – 3.00pmBurghwallisThree Hours at the Cross
Sat 31st March
Easter Eve
Coffee Morning
Easter Vigil
Sun 1st April
Easter Day
Sunrise Service
Holy Communion
Choral Communion
Choral Communion


Monthly letter from Fr Richard

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March ‘Letter from Fr Richard’ can be seen here

Burghwallis Once Derelict

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Burghwallis was listed in the Doomsday Book of 1086 as a burgh associated with the Wallis family. It doesn’t list St Helen’s as the church  was still being built at the time but does mention  the original Manor House, Burghwallis Hall. Yet if you look at the village history in the top menu you might wonder if there is a bit of history missing.

The village/hamlet expanded marginally over the next two hundred years then completely disappeared, leaving only the church and the hall. The reason was the plague.

Around 1349 the “black plague” devastated Burghwallis. This is commemorated by the sign indicating the original position of the plague well along Abbe’s Walk. According to a summary in the Junior Chamber of Commerce “Welcome to Doncaster” brochure 1971, the importance of the village was shattered by the plague, became largely derelict and eventually disappeared!

The rebuilding started in the 1600’s when the old Burghwallis Hall, which then lay about 250 metres south in Burghwallis Park was demolished and rebuilt on its current location. Further west along Grange Lane you can seen the old Village houses and workshops that followed the reinvigoration of the village and now forms a large part of the village conservation area.

In case you ask – The Domesday book, completed in 1086 got its name because its lists were so complete that it reminded people of the Last Judgment (which people also call Doomsday, or Domesday) in Christianity, when lists of what people have done go before God for people to be judged. As the Doomsday book was instigated by King William the Conqueror as a basis for collecting taxes many believe that Doomsday still exists, perhaps still better associated with annual tax returns. 

Strongbow Wins Litter Bug Award

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It was raining, cold and miserable when 12 hearty souls from Burghwallis assembled outside Squirrel Wood Camp site on 17th February. Their mission; to clear the length of Abbe’s Walk of the rubbish deposited by countless bogans over the last nine months.

Abbe’s Walk is exactly a mile long, which why many locals used to call it ‘Mile Lane’. The 12 volunteer litter pickers took two hours to clear the length of the lane on both sides. Thus two linear miles if you want to get picky; a dreadful pun I know. By far the most popular item of rubbish were a staggering amount of Strongbow Cider cans chucked into the undergrowth. After that a host of the usual suspects;-

Jobbing builders rubbish, old toilets,  kitchen cupboards, old carpets and a huge number of empty 20 kgs rock salt plastic bags, eight car tyres and wheels, and hundreds of bottles and beer cans.

As ever a pair of ladies’ nickers were found  although this time lying in a cast iron fire place,  which were assumed to be  completely unconnected. In all 32 bin bags of rubbish were collected ( the record is 36 bags) along with all the odds and sods that society doesn’t need.  Sherlock Homes would be delighted when a plastic bag burst crammed full of rubbish gave an insight to the owner’s world. The bag was from a cat loving woman (empty cat food tins) with long curly hair (set of rollers) who shops at Mark and Spark’s (labels on coat hangers) for her small boy and girl, (coat hangers again) and who smokes ( ciggy packets) and likes Vodka( bottles)  All this revealed in one bag of rubbish – and you thought litter picking was boring!


Cyclists also helped to add to the detritus. Presumably if you have a puncture ’tis much easier to just  fit a new inner tube than repair it and chuck the old in the bushes. 

The cannabis guys had right clear-out. The root and fertiliser balls being spread along the lane along with builder spoil. All this grot had appeared since the last litter picking exercise, and disconcertingly since the increased number of fly tipping warning posters went up. 

The team of volunteers would like to thank the elderly lady who apologised for not being able to attend due to her age and instead sent  a few bags of mint sweets for the team. We would also like to thank the small number of car drivers who slowed up to pass the team, and apologise to the many others who presumably thought we were in their way!  

The Parish Council would like to thank the volunteers who turned out to assist in this clean up, despite the weather – it always seems to rain when we do a big litter pick – and also DMBC who supplied us with litter pickers, sacks, gloves and hi-viz vests, and who will be collecting our accumulated piles of rubbish on Sunday.

South Yorks Police Invitation

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Want to chat to the police?

Here’s an invitation from the police you might normally hope to avoid:- “We want to speak to you as part of our enquiries”.

South Yorkshire Police are giving the public the opportunity to “drop in” to an open meeting and talk to our local Police Community Support Officer’s. The investigation is to held at:-

Askern Library on Monday 5th March between 5pm and 7pm.

Doncaster council members will also be in attendance. The police and DMBC  want to hear of any local issues or areas of concern from local residents. Your chance to get things off your chest and help stear police policy to resolve local concerns.

Plogging Gets Green Light

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Despite our Anglo-Saxon origins and the Viking influences on Burghwallis we still have a lot  to learn from the Baltic regions. The concept of “plogging” is a thriving new  trend originating in Scandinavia. It involves the combination of jogging with litter picking; maybe the other way round.

This Scandi development emphasises the international nature of the problem. If you want to keep fit and help clear up the countryside, ”plogging” should definitely be your thing. Those concerned about breaking their stride on a jog can fear not, as you complete a squat each time to pick up the litter – even better for the thigh muscle tone. And do we have an excellent opportunity for you to start. The Burghwallis parish council have organsised a ‘Litter pick’ along The Abbe’s Walk on Saturday February 17th. starting  at 10:00am. outside Squirrel Wood camp site. Those wishing to join in have the option of Plogging the course – or joining we mere mortals armed with stout footware and gardening gloves. Jogging apparel entirely optional. 

Let Brenda Grimes (727186) or Dave Maxwell (709993) know if you can join in so they can organise sufficient litter pickers, plastic bags and hi-viz vests. 

 Ten volunteers can clear the one mile length of Abbe’s Walk in around one to two hours. Twenty volunteers can also help clear Grange Lane, Scorcher Hills and Burghwallis lane. There is no such thing as too many volunteers, if only! Don’t worry about not being enough litter to go around, the Bogans of society will make sure this doesn’t happen.

 If you drive or walk along any of these lanes you may consider joining in and enjoy a more pleasant – litter free – ongoing walk and drive.  The council provides litter pickers and copious plastic bags; turning a slight blind eye to the use of plastic bags, which is currently a means to an end. The record for the collection along Abbe’s Walk is 36 filled bags. If you see a heap of bags outside Squirrel Wood, and at strategic points along the lane, (DMBC then collect them) it will be the outcome of the team. 

If you can’t make the 17th Feb you can “Plog” entirely independently – or whilst walking the dog and join the growing number of UK and international plogging groups. 
















Defibrillator Update

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We have been informed that our application for support funding for the acquisition of a community defibrillator has been approved and the machine is now on order.

It is expected that the machine will be sited on the outside wall of The Burghwallis Pub, and that there will be a number of people trained in its use, including pub staff.

We are very grateful for the donations that have been received from local businesses and individual residents to cover the cost to us of acquiring the machine and of training those who will be using it – though, hopefully, we will never be in a situation where have to put that training into practice!

Letter From Fr. Richard

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The February letter from Fr. Richard Walton can be seen here

Jean Hayes (84) Funeral Sermon

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Jean Hayes of Grange Lane Burghwallis died on December 2017

Jean was born in South Kirby where she lived with her parents Charles and Gwen. Jean was the oldest of four girls with her sisters: Sheila, Barbara and Susan. Although because her dad worked as a builder they often moved with his job so that before moving to Doncaster they had lived in Scarborough and Leeds. When I spoke to Janet she told me that, as a 3 year old, Jean laid the first brick of the Odeon Cinema in Scarborough. This is now a listed Art Deco building and home to the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Jean went to school in Leeds before the family moved to Doncaster where Jean began work for an insurance company before final working at the Estate Agency as an accounts clerk. Jean and Ron met at her cousin Betty’s 21st birthday party. As I am sure many of you will be aware Ron asked her to marry him on their first date and possibly for the only time in her life she said “No!” They married in 1954 when Jean was 21 and had been very happily married for nearly 60 years until Ron’s death.

Jean and Ron moved to Balby which was where Janet and Paul were born. Janet told me how Jean’s rather gentle and caring nature moderated Ron’s strictness as a parent so that she often was the one who poured oil onto troubled waters. She also told me how Jean was always a strong and positive influence on their lives as children. She told me how they have fond memories of family holidays to Llandudno or Newquay, on days out, or memorably to the Norfolk Broads where Jean was always there as a calm and encouraging presence. In fact, Jean was very proud of them both so that they could do no wrong in her eyes. When the children were growing up Jean worked as a dinner lady which ensured that was always around for them.

Jean and Ron retired to Burghwallis 35 years ago where Jean was able to indulge her passion for gardening growing flowers and vegetables. This clearly had some impact because about 10 years ago they found two nuns visiting from South Africa in the garden just taking photographs – impressed by what they saw.

Jean loved looking after Ron upon whom she doted. As you know, Ron achieved much in his life but always said he could not have done this without the love of a supportive wife – in fact Jean did everything for him although he did learn to wash up after Jean had a stroke. Jean and Ron could be quite competitive when doing word games where Jean’s quick wit came to the fore. Jean was an avid reader especially of historical novels.

Jean was a loving grandma to Chris, Gareth, Mark and Alex whom she treated equally. She was of course devastated by the death of Gareth especially because she had such fond memories of Gareth completing the garden wall which Ron had begun to build.

Jean had been beset by illness – she had a stroke in 2009 and suffered from COPD and arrhythmia but she approached all this with her customary tenacity, recovering well. But lately there has been an increase in frailty so that she died with Paul and Janet at her side.

The Christian Hope is that death is not the end. In Jesus, God became like us so that we might be like him – he died as we die so that we might rise as he rose. But clearly when a loved one dies we feel the pain of loss, the pain of separation. And it is true that the pain we feel is the pain of love – if we did not love then it would not hurt. As our reading today says:

Love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.

Today we are able celebrate Jean’s life well-lived as a doting wife, a loving mother, a devoted grandmother and great grandmother as a person whose gentleness and kindness served as a role model to her children.

We pray that this day Jean may rest in peace and may rise in glory.


Revd Dr. Richard Walton

Blue Is New Colour For Recycling

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The march of the blue wheelie bin has arrived in Burghwallis. Essentially replacing the existing green boxes with four times the capacity the blue wheelies will be collected once a fortnight. But not until March this year.

The delay will allow the 136,000 new bins to be delivered around the borough before the new service takes over. We still need to use the green box, however, even when the blue wheelie is in operation.  

Any glass being recycled –  “The green, green  glass of home” – as well as brown and clear bottles and jars etc. still need to go in the existing green boxes . This is because the new bins will be emptied mechanically by tipping them up and over into a refuse lorry. Glass has a habit of smashing especially when it hits ‘owt solid – like another bottle or the sides of the bin lorry. As all the recycling will be sorted in a central depot the last thing they need is some broken glass wandering about. 

The council have provided further information and a bunch of FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) on the DMBC website. Have a look here.

You may wonder why some plastic is not recycled; yoghurt pots and plastic food trays for example (see the guide) this is because these containers use “low grade” plastic which can’t be easily recycled at the moment. Instead this plastic is incinerated to provide useful heat and electrical energy for the rest of the recycling programme. 



Village Flag at Half Mast

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The village flag is being flown at half mast in recognition of the passing of Jean Hayes, of Grange Lane, at Christmas.

Village Compost Heap

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Thanks to the resourcefulness of a few parish councillors and their spouses we now have a communal compost heap in the village Playing Field.

It is at the east end of the park near the vehicle gate. A classic piece of recycling; the enclosure being formed from some wooden pallets and a few hearty stakes left over from Halloween, pointed ends and all. 

The container was immediately filled to overflowing with leaves gathered from the playing field by the same hardy souls. If you have any compostable items from your garden, and a full green wheely bin feel free to add the overflow to the village compost heap. It may look full but the little tiny microbe chaps and nature in general will soon turn the garden waste into useful compost. And the good news is you can help yourself to this bounty of nature.

If the space available is inadequate it can be extended with a few extra pallets. We just need to watch out for the bogans who think old toilets, kitchen furniture, TV sets and Red Bull cans are compostable. 


Defibrillator Update

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We are pleased to announce that our application for support funding for a community defibrillator has been approved.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service have granted the parish council funding towards the cost of purchasing and installing a defibrillator, which along with donations from Howden Timber and members of the Royal British Legion, has enabled us to go ahead with the acquisition of the equipment. We now have to go through the mechanics of getting the machine to site and training a number of people in its operation.

A further message will be posted when the machine is installed and ready to use, although we all hope that this will not be necessary.

New Parish Councillor

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We are pleased to announce that Rob Lomas has joined Burghwallis Parish Council.

Originally from Halifax, Rob has lived in Skellow since 1981, and is retired from a career in textile manufacturing. He is well known to many in the village through his work with the local branch of the Royal British Legion since 1993, during which time he has been treasurer, a caseworker and is now the branch welfare officer, as well as taking an active role in the annual Poppy Appeal. We hope that Rob’s period as a councillor will be a long, productive and happy experience for all.

Burghwallis Seniors Christmas Lunch

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In mid December 2017 the Senior Citizens of Burghwallis were treated to a very successful annual Christmas lunch provided by the parish council Poor’s Field Funds.

It was unfortunate this year that the numbers were a little depleated due to illness, hospital appointments and bereavements. Some even managed to be overseas which you can imagine was regarded  as pretty lame excuse. Just me then.

The Burghwallis pub team did a sterling job providing excellent Christmas Fayre.  The very enjoyable lunch was complimented by an entertainer who played the key board and incorporated a musical quiz fitting for our era although brains were tested to the limits by some of the questions. Not a thing on Ed Sheridan, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars or Ariana Grande, which was a tad unfair on those of us young at heart.

Father Richard who was  not able to enjoy his turkey with us due to a pressing engagement, apparently nothing to do with ironing his surplice, but he did agree to call in to say grace.

It is hoped next year that those who missed the occasion will be fighting fit and able to enjoy the day. 

Christmas Tree Lighting 2017

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The 9th December saw some 50 brave souls venture into the cold night air to witness  the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

This now annual event hosted by the Burghwallis parish councillors is a favourite with many residents and visitors from Skellow and Carcroft. It is especially good to see a selection of children joining in. 

Father Richard Walton and our new Deacon Reverend Chris Herbert gave the Blessing as the lights on the tree were turned on. 

Signing carols helped to fend off any memories of frozen extremities, and brought a degree of poignancy to the lyrics; bleak mid winters, clear frosty nights and all. The free hot mulled wine and mince pies were both significant of the Christmas spirit as well as a life saving element. Looking back the weather was a whole better than last year which saw the heavens open and everyone huddled under brollies.

Ironically the event hosted by the parish councillors was to the benefit of the residents. Maybe we the residents should host the event as a thank to the councillors who give up so much of their free time during the year. Just a thought.

The parish council would like also to thank local residents for their help in decorating the tree, and, specifically, Brian Bennett and Heinz Offermanns for helping to erect, secure, and “down” the tree and for installing the lights, and also Carol Spiller for the “loan” of electricity to power the lights.


A Link With The Past

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For the first time in living memory a member of the public (other than the usual officers) laid a wreath this year at the village War Memorial. 


The annual remembrance ceremony held this year on Sunday, 12th November 2017,  commemorated those who died in the First and Second World Wars (and other conflicts). This year John Cocking laid a wreath from the Cocking family in memory of Joseph Duggan. Joseph, a resident of Burghwallis  died in the First World War, and whose name is amongst those listed on the War memorial.

Joseph Duggan

Joseph was in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry ( KOYLI) He was brought up and  ‘illegally’ adopted by John’s great-grandmother, a common occurrence in those days.  He lived in Burghwallis and was a regular worshipper at St. Helen’s Church.

Scant further details are currently known about Joseph. He was working in Denaby on the 1911 census but was living in Burghwallis at the time of his war service. His occupation is listed as “Coal Miner”. Further details of the history of the  KOYLI can be found in the Doncaster Museum 

Details of the war memorial’s listed structure can be found here

The Last Battle For England

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Burghwallis parish has long since been the subject of claims it was the scene of the last battle to seal England as a wholly Anglo-Saxon country. Athelstan, Grandson of Alfred the Great led the Anglo-Saxons to defeat the combined army of Vikings, Scots and wild Northumbrians in AD937.

The TV documentary series “Aethelstan, the First King of England”, broadcast on 20 August 2013  on the Anglo-Saxons hosted by Professor Michael Wood stated the scene of the last battle England was in the fields to the South of the A1 around Robin Hood’s Well. But a headline article in ‘The Times’ (21st November) revealed a further long running battle behind the scenes on the location.

Previously many historians believed the battle was at “Brunanburh”. Research proved no actual place of this name exists and therefore around 30 “possible” sites around the UK were reviewed. The final selection being the Bromborough on the Wirral – which used to be called Brunanburth. Michael Wood, professor of public history at the university of Manchester  differed. As a leading authority on the Anglo-Saxon period he identified an ancient typo. The site of the ancient and incredibly bloody battle of Brunanburth is actually spelt with a double ‘n’. This changes the meaning substantially and Professor Wood upholds his claim, highlighted in the TV series that the actual site of the battle is Burghwallis. Further evidence also revealed that Bromborough was not mentioned in the Doomsday book of 1086,and not mentioned at all until the 12th century. In 927 Athelstan invaded Northumberland and occupied York. In 937 he was attacked by the biggest Viking fleet ever seen in British waters, landing naturally on the east coast.

This all means the history books of the past 300 years will need to be rewritten and the fields around Burghwallis and Robin Hoods Well recognised finally as the location of the last battle for England.

Defibrillator Proposal

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The parish council have applied for support funding to acquire and install a community defibrillator at The Burghwallis pub.

The parish council have been considering the acquisition of a defibrillator for some time, but recent events, and the realisation that support funding may be available, have prompted this very positive move. Along with the growing public awareness of the role and use of a defibrillator it is now seen as an opportune moment to install the device. The pub has been chosen as the ideal central location for village residents and visitors where the defibrillator can also be monitored to ensure that it is always ready for use in case of an emergency.

There is every expectation that the funding application will granted by mid December 2017, and that the unit will be installed early in the New Year.

Upgrade To Wool Market Cleared

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The wool market has been cleared for a transformation. The refurbishment is set to begin in early 2018 which will include giving it a complete makeover with a mixture of new market stalls for retail, eating and drinking.

A key element of Doncaster town centre is its national award winning market. Despite competition from all sides the market has survived, although a little battle scarred where most in the UK are mere shadows of previous glory……MORE

Doncaster Train Station Facelift

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Those of us who use the train to Donny have seen a few upgrades over the years. OK we wait with baited breath for some new rolling stock, the age of the “Pacer” must be drawing to a close. Some better news is the plan for the facelift of the town station has been given the go ahead by the DMBC planning team.

Residents and visitors may have already noticed improvement works taking place at the St Sepulchre Gate West junction with Cleveland Street. This work is all linked to the exciting plans to redevelop the Doncaster railway station forecourt and forms part of the ambitious Urban Centre Masterplan. 

The first phase of works saw the demolition of the old Royal Mail sorting office in Autumn 2016. This is now complete and will see the existing car parking moved to this site so the area in front of the station building can be opened up into an attractive public space….MORE

The new look of the planned station improvements can be seen here


Street Drinking Cleanup

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The recent review of anti social elements in the town centre by the DMBC has instigated some positive moves already.

A key concern is the level of drinking in the town centre. ‘Reduce the Strength’ is a new ongoing initiative being launched by Doncaster Council during alcohol awareness week which runs from 13 – 19 November.

The scheme, initially being introduced in Doncaster town centre, aims to stop cheap, high strength alcohol above 6.5% alcohol by volume (abv) being sold. It has been introduced to address alcohol-related health concerns, with over 350 Doncaster residents dying from alcoholic liver disease between 2010 and 2015.

Town centre shop owners voluntarily taking part agree not to sell beer, lager and cider above 6.5% abv and in return receive a ‘Reduce the Strength’ window sticker and certificate to show their support for the initiative. Exceptions are made for premium products such as craft beers and lagers which have become more popular in recent years.  ….More 

New Village Notice Board

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Way back in December 2016, the Parish Council decided to replace the village notice board, which was showing signs of serious distress. A new board duly ordered in March this year was ready for installation in May, or so we thought.

As the old BT telephone box was removed at about the same time it was agreed that this would be the ideal location for the new board. That is when the “fun” started. The board could not be installed exactly where the phone box stood, because there was a residual concrete base plinth, so the contractors decided to install it close by. However, they encountered live electric cables underground.

Fortunately no-one was injured on that occasion – or the two further attempts that were made at the installation. BT’s subcontractor and the DMBC checked out the situation after each incident and made the location “safe.” At that stage the contractor opted out of any further work on the site! After much brain-storming and negotiation it was decided to commission DMBC Highways engineers to instal the board, so that there could be no further complications. The installation was duly completed on 15th November almost 12 months since the idea was first mooted – a long process, but, hopefully, one which will see the new notice board have a long and productive life!

The notice board is there for the benefit of our residents. If anyone has anything of general public interest  they would like to see displayed on the board, please contact one of the parish councillors, whose names and contact details are displayed – where else but on the new notice board.

Christmas Services

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Services for Advent and Christmas 2017



5th NovemberMemorial ServiceCampsall @ 4:00pm
12th NovemberRemembrance SundayNorton @ 10:00am
Campsall Cemetery @ 10:20am
Campsall Church @ 11:00am
3rd December Service of Light *Burghwallis @ 4:00pm
9th December (Saturday)Christmas Tree Lighting at the War MemorialBurghwallis @ 6:30pm
10th DecemberTaize ServiceCampsall @ 4:00pm
11th December (Monday)Carols and Mince PiesSt Michael's Skellow @ 7:30pm
17th December Traditional Carol Service Campsall @ 4:00pm
Christmas EveHoly Communion Burghwallis @ 9:00pm
Christmas EveHoly Communion Campsall @ 11:00am
Christmas EveChristingle and Crib ServiceCampsall @ 4:00pm
Christmas EveMidnight MassBurghwallis @ 11:30pm
Christmas Day Holy Communion Campsall @ 9:30am

* A joint Anglican / Roman Catholic Service

Mike Spiller – Obituary

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Mike Spiller (1947-2017)

Mike was born in Woodlands where lived with his parents Clarice and Clifford and his late sister Margaret. He was quiet as a boy yet, as Carol, his wife told me, he would stand at the garden gate and ask neighbours for a biscuit – clearly the beginning of his life as an entrepreneur. Mike’s Welsh heritage has always been important to him remembering especially happy childhood holidays spent in Swansea with his favourite cousin Cynthia.

As a bright child he passed his 11+ to go to Percy Jackson Grammar school where he was well regarded by his peers and where he was rather sporty – although I’m told this may have been a ploy to attract the girls with his natural good looks and athletic physique. Sadly, Mike’s father died when he was 17 which was when Mike left school to join the family business; training as an engineer and working his way up from the bottom. He greatly valued the support of the older men who looked after him and who became his friends.

Mike and Carol met at a work’s Christmas function and clearly Mike was smitten by this ‘slightly’ older woman in that he asked her to marry him 3 times before Carol finally gave in and allowed him to become her ‘toy boy’. They were married at Elsecar on the 1st of June 1968. Their children Debi and Simon told me how while they were growing up it was clear that Mike’s priority was to ensure that he could always provide for them making Carol his first priority and growing the business. It is a tribute to Mike’s abilities as an entrepreneur and businessman that he was able to diversify the company setting up businesses in Brazil and Chile and trading around the world.

Once this phase of his life had achieved its level of success, Mike rather mellowed, becoming a loving grandfather. As Liam said he was just the best granddad. Liam told me how on a family holiday to Florida, Mike took him to Gatorland where he joined in the fun; first when Liam was asked where he came from and told everyone that it was Sprotborough! And then, when the keepers suggested he should take his shoes and socks off to help them select an alligator. Clearly, these are fond memories of times when Mike was at his happiest: surrounded by his family.

I was very impressed by the pride Mike’s family showed as they expressed the deep commitment Mike had for supporting charitable causes. He served on the board of DRI and had a significant involvement with the Children’s unit there. A measure of the altruistic and selfless way in which he approached his work for charity can be seen in his fund-raising work for the cancer detection trust and also for the hospice. He is a man of whom it can truly be said that he has left a lasting legacy that has touched the hearts and lives of many, many people.

Mike was not a man who took well to being ill. Indeed, he fought against cancer with courage even when he felt fear as it progressed. He would not let others know he was ill and his doctors were surprised how was able to carry on for so long. It is an enormous testimony to the love and care that Carol gave Mike that he was able to continue a normal life for so long – even at the cost of her own health. Although, he thought nobody knew how ill he was, clearly both Carol and Debbi have a professional insight which meant that they knew everything. At the end Mike died peacefully, surrounded by those whom he loved and who have loved him in return.

Mike was a man of private faith – in true Church of England fashion – whose family have been involved in this church; with Carol teaching Sunday School and Simon serving at Mass as a boat boy. With Carol he would love to visit churches here in the UK and abroad. It was place of meaning for him – as is this church and this place. The Christian promise is that death is not the end. In Jesus God became like us so that we might be like him. Jesus died as we die so that we may rise from death as he rose from death. In our prayers today Dee will say, “Remember for good this your servant Mike as we also remember him.” And there is much good to remember: Mike’s love and care for Carol and his family, his hard work that gave work to others, his devotion to charitable work that that has had such a wide impact upon the lives of so many.

Today I commend Mike’s soul to God’s eternal keeping. May he this day rest in peace and may he rise in glory. Amen

Sermon By Revd Dr. Richard Walton 

Parish Councillor Vacancy

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Burghwallis Parish Council is looking to appoint a new member, or members, to bring our number up to the required minimum, following the passing of Kath Walters earlier this year.

If anyone is interested in joining the council, or requires further information before doing so, please contact the Chairman, Dave Maxwell, on 07766 055012, or 01302 709993, or by e-mail at

This position is open to anyone on the electoral register (over the age of 18), who has been resident in Burghwallis, or an area within 3 miles of Burghwallis, for at least the last 12 months, or whose place of work is within the parish.

Christmas Tree Lighting

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Once again, we will be gathering to ceremonially switch on the Christmas Tree lights, this year on Saturday, December 9th, at 6.30 pm. The lighting up will be conducted by Fr. Richard Walton, vicar of Burghwallis and Campsall, amidst a rousing chorus of popular Christmas Carols, and accompanied by copious warm mince pies and mulled wine. This is a free event and all are welcome.

November Letter From Father Richard Walton

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Letter from Revd Dr Richard Walton can be found here

Village Flag at Half Mast

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The Village flag is being flown at half mast in recognition of the passing of Mike Spiller earlier this week.

Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch

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It is that time of year already when the Christmas Lunch sponsored by the Parish Council looms up.

This complimentary Lunch is organised by Jill Laming, trustee of the Burghwallis Poor’s Field. Funds from the rent of the field provide the cash for the Christmas Lunch.

This year the Lunch will be on Thursday 14th December at 12 noon for 12:30, followed by entertainment.

If you are a senior citizen and live in the parish you need to contact Jill, by calling her on 01302 701395. Once Jill has your reservation she will get back to you nearer the time with the menu choices.



Bogans Deliver More Rubbish

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The local Bogans have decided that we deserve yet more of their rubbish. Last Wednesday evening a tipper truck reversed down Stoney Croft Lane to deposit a load of household rubbish completely blocking the bridle path.

This festering mass of rubbish bags and household refuse has been ripped open by animals and now lies strewn across the bridle way. Everything from used disposable nappies to appliance packaging have formed a large pile for us all to enjoy.

And so it continues. Whilst the Bogans of the world continue to exist we will possibly be left with their rubbish, or that of some unwitting soul who paid them to deliver the rubbish to a registered disposal site. The CCTV cameras installed along Scorcher Hills Lane have resulted in a significant reduction in dumped rubbish. But Stoney Croft Lane now needs some protection. Possible a nice new gate at our expense to allow horses, pedestrians, and service vehicles through to the pumping station and keep the morons at bay.



The Wait For Lucky Cabinet 13

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Reminiscent of the obelisk in ‘2001 a Space Odyssey,’ the green cabinet in the image above looks lost and forlorn. Apart from the number 13 stenciled on its side nothing else gives a clue as to what it is, and why it’s there. There, being on Burghwallis Lane nearby the ‘Dower House.’ And it arrived, plonked on the verge early last year.

It should be ‘buzzing’ as the electronics bounced around inside and ultimately it should be squirting megabytes down bits of copper wire to bring a substantial upgrade in the broadband speed and reliability to Burghwallis. For this green box, or cabinet in OpenReach speak marks the latest thrust of modern technology into the village. This box is the next terminal of fibre cable to run from the Askern exchange to a village that waits and waits.

This missing link, however, remains dormant and unlinked. The OpenReach guys have yet to switch on cabinet 13. Thus we are left struggling with broadband speeds reaching the dizzy speeds of 2mbps – as long as it’s not raining or after 4pm. As we have stated before this speed is amongst the slowest in the land and struggling to operate at what is 20 per cent of the governments’ minimum guideline speed.

When the lights do go on we can’t expect a massive increase in broadband speed and bandwidth. The fibre will stop at cabinet 13 and switch over to the ancient copper wire that connects us from the house to the cabinet. Some pundits have indicated an improved speed up to 4 – 6 mbps something only the quantum physics guys would notice.

Then again a further rumour, possibly fueled by a magnificent burst of wishful thinking, implied that the fibre cable will be further extended Westwards along Grange Lane to another new cabinet, reducing the copper link still further. But in the meantime the best advice would be to keep the string attached between your baked bean tins as tight as possible.

Parish Council Minutes

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The minutes from the recent parish Council meeting can be found here

Obituary Rita Brewin

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Rita Brewin – Funeral August 3rd

Many of you will remember Rita Brewin who served the church at Burghwallis for many years. Sue, her daughter, has sent in this Tribute:

Rita’s family and friends gathered at Burghwallis Church whilst the choir sang at her funeral. Rita was born on April 9th 1929 and grew up at ‘Braeside’, Five Lane Ends, Skellow. She was the youngest of 7 children: Eric, Dick, Arthur and Lilly Holmes, She went to Green Land and Adwick Schools and loved to be active and busy. After leaving School Rita became a tailoress at the Co-op in Doncaster, making her own wedding dress as well as the groom’s (Ron’s) suit. She also worked as a Home Carer for many years. Rita belonged to a keep fit group and remained active until her illness.

With her late husband Ron she enjoyed caravan holidays in Hunstanton with her two children Sue and the late Ray. Her grandchildren – Nicola, Robert, Paul and Lisa loved her sense of fun and spent happy times by the sea there. Rita loved all her family – enjoying visiting and spending time with them.

After the funeral family and friends gathered at ‘The Burghwallis’ to remember the many happy occasions spent together over the years. Rita will be remembered for her kindness and generosity – for her sense of independence and spirit. She was a loving wife and Nanna. She was a wonderful Mum who will be sadly missed.      Sue

Parish Council Vacancy

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We now have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor, following the untimely passing of Kath Walters. Below is reproduced the official notice from DMBC, but, separately, if any resident in the village is interested in being considered for the position, please make yourself known to one of the existing Parish Councillors, whose contact details can be found in the Council, Members section of this website.






Pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 2006.


1)      That a casual vacancy exists in the office of councillor for the Burghwallis Parish Council

2)     An election to fill the vacancy will be held if, no later than4 October, 2017, notice in writing of a request for an election is given to the Chief Executive of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council by ten electors of the Burghwallis Parish Council

3)     The request in (2) above should be delivered to Electoral Services, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU. Any person delivering the notice by hand should report to the Business Reception desk and a member of the Electoral Services team will collect it.

(4)     If an election is not requested as outlined above, the Parish Council will co-opt a person to fill the vacancy as soon as practicable.

NOTE:            Any person who writes requesting an election should state the address at which their name appears on the current Register of Electors. Further advice can be obtained from the Electoral Services Office – Telephone 01302 734398


Joanne Halsall

Clerk to Burghwallis Parish Council

137 Harpenden Drive



DN7 4HW     

                                                                                                Dated 14 September, 2017


Doncaster Town Centre Protection Plan

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Doncaster Council has launched a consultation with residents and businesses on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Doncaster town centre.

The aim of the proposed PSPO is to address a number of concerns relating to begging and anti-social behaviour in the town centre. It is part of a wide-ranging programme of measures which offers support services for vulnerable people in need, whilst clamping down on those who choose to engage in anti-social behaviour. The new measures have the backing of South Yorkshire Police and are also considered vital in order to support local businesses, ensuring that people are not deterred from visiting the town centre.

You can have you say – but there is not a lot of time left as the consultation runs until Tuesday 26 September 2017. You can see the full proposal here

Who Put That There

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Many people would be intrigued at the strange layout of the parish boundary. Logic and reason seem to have fallen off the edge of the table. We would need a new BBC investigative programme similar to “Who do think you are” this time entitled “What were they thinking”.


The picture shows that at the South Westerly boundary to extends along the edge of Mill Lane in Skellow taking in the Mill Pond and Skellow Mill. The pedantic of us would observe that although the logical place to plonk the stone Skellow village sign was adjacent to the Mill Pond, it is actually in Burghwallis. So there! and long before our friend Juncker has appeared to stamp his foot and point at any boundary issue.

News from this outreach of the parish boundary is quite busy. Firstly the actual placing of the Skellow sign was more particularly in the middle of a little used entrance to the field behind. Really, somebody wants to get into this “hidden field”. Well yes, the owners have leased the field and of course the way in was blocked a few years ago – and no-one spotted it.

But there is some good news in this oversight. By shifting the entrance a tad to the East, to avoid knocking the Skellow sign for six, a new entrance gate could be built. This allowed the gate to adopt current safety features such allowing any vehicle to pull off Grange Lane before unlocking the gate. Without this feature it would have been a nightmare waiting to happen. The smart new gate will allow safer access.

And whilst you stand and marvel at this piece of logic – and luck you will notice the Mill Pond has  been drained. A temporary dam has rerouted the stream feeding the pond whilst the pond is cleaned of the substantial build up of silt. It should all be back to normal and look splendid in a couple of months – well before the normal feathered inhabitants of the pond return for the breeding season.

Village Flag at Half Mast

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The Burghwallis village flag is being flown at half mast in recognition of the passing of Yvonne Briggs.

Red Ensign

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The Red Ensign is flying at the village flag pole to recognise Merchant Navy Day. You can find out the full story here….

On this merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign by Seafarers UK to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our merchant Navy. Too often they often forgotten or invisible service, by raising the Red Ensign you would ensure that at least on this day they are remembered. Your act will mean so much to their families and to the retired, but most especially to those that sea.

 HRH The Earl of Wessex KG, GCVO


Letter From Fr Richard

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Read more here…September letter from Father Richard Walton

Grange Lane Gets A Facelift

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The overgrown shrubbery along Grange lane is a thing of the past; for the time being.

The DMBC, operating under severe budget cuts have found a spot of cash and time to send a work team to trim the bushes and hedges along Grange Lane. It is now possible to walk along the full width of the footpath from Scorcher Hills Lane to Abbe’s Walk without having to shimmy past overgrown green stuff. The work, promptly carried  out by the DMBC was their tribute to the memory of Kath Walters, whose funeral cortege will pass along Grange Lane to St Helen’s church on 30th August. Kath had a very close working relationship with the DMBC in her position as Chairman of the Parish Council.


It took the best part of a day for the DMBC team along with shredders, saws, strimmers, and a road sweeper to clear the hedgerow. Something that is appreciated from the visual aspect as well as the practical benefit of a clear footpath – and something Kath would have been proud of from her many days of organising volunteers and the council to keep Burghwallis up to par.

Village Flag at Half Mast

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The Burghwallis village flag is being flow at half mast in recognition of the passing of Kathleen Walters.



A huge influence in life of the village over many years, Kath served as Chairman of the Parish Council 2013-2017. Her immense enthusiasm for Burghwallis will be remembered by many.

Sermon Preached by Father Richard Walton at the Funeral of Kathleen Lynn Walters

Kathleen was born in Doncaster and grew up at Carcroft where her mum Annie ran the local fish and chip shop. Although she was an only child she was always close to her cousins especially Pauline. I am told that she was something of a Tom Boy when she was growing up; occasionally going AWOL as she got up to mischief. Once when a fire engine was on display she decided to climb up the ladder – later discovering that going up is much easier than coming down. This sense of mischief stayed with Kath throughout her life. She learned to drive before she had a licence and, as Diane told me, she remembered Kath setting the back of her mum’s newspaper alight while she was reading it. Although her mum got her own back on one occasion when Kath had sneaked into the local cinema with a boy to see ‘Nudists in Paradise’ only to get a tap on her shoulder and be told to leave by her mum and aunty whom, she discovered, were sitting in the seats behind her.

Kath didn’t really take to school but thrived once she went to Technical College where she trained to be a shorthand typist and where she found her vocation: going to work first at Brewitt’s the shopfitters then travelling to Jersey where she worked on the local newspaper. Although the fact of the matter was that Kath was able to turn her hand to anything, showing the adaptability and can-do attitude that has always characterised her life. When Kath returned from Jersey she went to FPA Staveley which was where she met Diane who has been her lifelong friend and companion for the last 32 years.

Diane told me about Kath’s many passions: for Elvis of course but also for dogs and horses. Together Diane and Kath have travelled around the world visiting every continent. To Memphis, Tennessee to visit Graceland -naturally- but also often to see the major spectacles of horseracing. Kath particularly loved the Dubai World Cup where she saw behind the scenes at the stud but also visiting Longchamps and Kentucky with Aunty Clara and Aunty Irene. Kath loved to see the thoroughbreds of racing especially Frankel and Desert Orchid but she also saw Red Rum in training at Southport.

Kath also loved to watch tennis. Apparently during the recent fun-day she went AWOL for a time to get back home to watch the Wimbledon final – a place she had fond memories of visiting with her friends.

It is clear that Kath never stood still – she retrained later in computing at Leeds although she also worked in an ice cream van which, not surprisingly, gave her access to race courses around the region. When she had her interview with Tunstalls she had to park the van around the back before going in! The 28 years she spent at Tunstalls have been a time of both happiness and success. She made many friends but also rose to become head of the Training Department working in the UK, Australia, the US and New Zealand – she was very well respected, always known as a reliable worker. But more than this, through that daily contact she touched many lives and was a rock to many because she knew how to speak her mind and how to put things right.

Of course, my contact with Kath has been through her deep commitment to this village. Through the hands-on way in which she was determined to build it up as a community. In her time as Chair and Vice Chair of the Parish Council she was instrumental in progressing the neighbourhood plan and was a driving force in organising the village flag, the signs, the litter pick and so much else. Clearly, Kath was not just a talker but someone who put energy and passion into all she did.

Sir Christopher Wren’s epitaph in St Paul’s says, Lector, si monumentum requiris, circumspice. (Reader, if you seek his monument look around you) The same could be said of Kath since her memorial is written in the very fabric of this village.

The Christian hope is that death is not the end, in Jesus, God became like us so that we might be like him. Jesus died and rose again so that when we die we might rise again. In this service I say the prayer, ‘remember for good this your servant Kath as we also remember her’ – it is a prayer that God will remember the best in us. In Kath, we have a woman of passion and commitment who loved those dear to her and who served this community for many years. May Kath this day rest in peace and rise in glory.


Comment from Dave Maxwell, Chairman of the Burghwallis Parish Council:

Kath will be a significant loss to the people of the village.  Over the years Kath was a mainstay in the various activities that helps a village like ours to thrive. In these days of economic constraints on the DMBC, her talent in motivating villagers to ‘man the pumps’ was very evident, and teams of volunteers , some from outside Burghwallis, could regularly be seen picking litter, trimming hedgerows and clearing the churchyard. Beyond the village maintenance Kath also brought her vision for the future into play. The success of the Neighbourhood Plan which took significant determination to achieve, ensures the look and feel of the community will be maintained. This along with the many other achievements will serve as a lasting legacy to her memory.

It seems like we are entering a new era in the village. Our challenge now is to maintain the level of enthusiasm that Kath brought to the Parish Council (and others) and to build on the work that she so selflessly carried out for the benefit of the whole community. She will be sorely missed by family, friends and all whose lives were touched by her. 


Parish Council Minutes

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Final Minutes 28th June 2017

Askern Railway Station Survey

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The Friends of Askern Railway Station have asked local residents in Burghwallis to join in a survey to entice the reopening of Askern station. By completing the Askern Station Survey form you can indicate your  interest in the resurrection of the Askern railway station.

See/ Print Askern Railway Station Survey   Closing date for the survey 31st August 2017

In these days of travel overload, cutbacks, jams and deteriorating services, it is heart warming to see a positive move in the opposite direction. The railway line through Askern already exists as does a disused station. The survey is part of programme to re-open the station potentially allowing new access to Pontefract, Leeds, York, Doncaster.

It’s a way off yet as these things take time even if it makes highly logical sense in view of the daily log jam that occurs just on the A1. Road transport is set to deteriorate; more vehicles and lower maintenance make poor bedfellows. We are beset with exhaust fumes in towns and anything that can support improved public transport is to be welcomed. But the programme needs your support. Network Rail will decide.


Ed Miliband (MP) and the DMBC are right behind the project.




For further information contact the friends of Askern Railway Station email;  or  future updates see ‘Friends of Askern Railway Station’ Facebook page.

Take a look at the report in the Doncaster Free Press


Busy Times In Burghwallis’ Past

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By Colin Bowes.

Looking through the Burghwallis baptism register, 1813 to 1951, I came across some very descriptive entries made by the Rev George Wyatt (G.W.) who was Rector here from 1823 to 1826, and certainly carried out his duties with utmost efficiency.

The first of the entries for 27th January 1828 make me smile:

Child’s name         Parents                    Surname           Abode                               Occupation

Fabrina                     Israel and Mary            Boswell         Travellers and Trampers         Pot Carrier and Tinker


Phalander (twin girls)  

(Note) These children were born under a tent or awning fixed upon some wasteland on the West side of the North Road in the parish of Hampole (G.W.)

And 14 years later, on 21st first of April eighteen forty-two

Child’s name                     Parents                    Surname                  Abode                   Occupation

Jane                              Henry and Elizabeth             Brown                    Wakefield                  Pot hawker   

(Note) This child was born under a tent in Skellbrooke Green Lane , on the West side of The Great North Road. I cannot therefore vouch for the legitimacy of the child. (G.W.)

On 13th August 1854 he baptised

 Childs name                        Parents                  Surname                    Abode                  Occupation

Kate – adult age 18 years.    Parents unknown to herself and others. Calls herself  Jarrett and comes from Newport on the Isle of Wight. House-maid at the rectory and a young woman of excellent conduct and character.

His first baptism at Burghwallis was made on 24th  of August 1823, and his last was on 12th January 1856. In the 33 years as the incumbent, he performed 181 baptisms, including three sets of twins. I imagine he was quite a practical person as the following notes were also entered in the register.

Memorandum 3rd April 1843. The height of the church tower on the north side from the top of the battlements to the very ground is 76 feet, as measured by a tape by one of the men employed by the Ordinance  taking a survey.

1849 n.b. The Priest’s gate or small stone archway, leading into the churchyard was rebuilt by the Rector in 1848. The stome archway has since been replaced by a beautiful arch od white roses, variety “Rambling Rector”.

His successor, the Rev Francis William Peel, great-nephew of Sir Robert Peel who became Prime Minister in 1834 and 1841, will also been quite busy in the baptism register. He had 13 children, and extended the Rectory  to accommodate them and probably a few more housemaids as well to look after them.

Colin Bowes.


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White Knight Saves Green Bus

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A resolution has been reached to replace the school bus service previously operated by BrightBus . The Seventy-eight green painted BrightBus school services operated in South Yorkshire, carried over 12,000 pupils per day.

Urgent action by transport bosses will mean school buses facing the axe can continue to run come September. South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) has stepped in to coordinate cover for all 78 routes at risk after the BrightBus company announced its closure – finding replacement or alternative travel for all 32 affected schools. Backed by the local authorities, £225,699 of emergency public funding will also be provided for the next academic year (2017/18) to support services carrying children entitled to free travel. SYPTE Director of Public Transport, Ben Gilligan, said: “Since BrightBus announced its closure, we have been dedicated to making sure as many school services as possible can continue to run come September.

“Working closely with bus companies and affected schools, and with the support of the local authorities, we are pleased to have been able to put alternative travel arrangements in place for all routes at risk, and that there is a positive outcome to what could have been a different picture.

“While we have explored every avenue, the situation does mean some pupils will not have the direct links previously provided by BrightBus. Together with the schools, we are now focused on supporting those currently using the small number of services that will not be covered to plan alternative travel on the local bus network ahead of the start of next term.”

BrightBus closure of Business – alternative school bus services

The replacement or alternative bus services available from September for the 32 affected schools in South Yorkshire, following the closure of BrightBus  has been agreed between SYPTE and local bus operators.

Steps taken by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE)

SYPTE has been working closely with commercial bus companies, local authorities and affected schools to put alternative services in place come September, following BrightBus’ announced closure in April this year. 

All 78 routes to the 32 schools affected will have replacement services or alternative travel arrangements in place for the start of next term.

We will continue to work with schools to support pupils currently using the small number of services that will not be directly replaced to plan alternative travel on the local bus network ahead of the start of the new academic year.

Revised bus timetable information

Revised timetable information for schools currently served by BrightBus will be available from today at

Journey planning

Journey planning information for parents and pupils can also be found on our journey planning page, via Traveline on 01709 51 51 51 or Twitter @TSYalerts.  

Value for money tickets

Pupils travelling to school using local bus services may benefit from single and multi-operator tickets offering unlimited day, weekly and monthly travel at a discounted price for young people.  More information is available on our child tickets and passes page.

Kind regards

Rachel Cowling

Communications Officer – External Relations

Telephone No. 0114 2211491

Mobile No. 07767 384563






Letter from Fr Richard

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Letter from Fr Richard August 2017

Sometimes life seems to imitate art. You can probably all remember the episode of The Vicar of Dibley where the Revd Geraldine is invited to a series of Christmas dinners by each of her parishioners. Of course, not wanting to offend, she attended all of them. My particular memory is off her trying to stuff sprouts into her already full mouth.

Fr Chris and I had a slightly similar experience when we attended both the Burghwallis Family Fun Day and the Campsall Country Fair which were held on the 16th of July.

I was rather worried that the clash of dates might be a problem but this didn’t seem to be the case in that both events proved to be both well-attended and very successful.

As you can see from the photo, Colin Bowes took both clergy for a ride on his model Deltic Diesel (British Rail Class 55) at Squirrel Wood while, later in the day, we were able to bless the refurbished bridge in Campsall Country Park (See Chris’s Letter for details).

It was a delight to take part in the Proms in the Park – a particularly encouraging sign was that both events had their own bands! Indeed, the whole day demonstrated to me the strength of our communities and a rediscovery of the importance of village life for which I feel we are truly blessed.

With every blessing

Fr Richard

The Diary of the Vicar’s Apprentice.

Well it’s been a busy, yet exciting, month for me. Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for the cards, presents and encouraging words on my ordination. The service was wonderful, especially seeing people from both churches, along with family and friends.

After the ordination service there was time for photos, of which there were many, some I hope to find and print out for everyone to see. One of the photos taken of Huw Thomas, Director of Education for the Sheffield Diocese, and myself ended up in the Church Times and I can now say I have been a ‘page three’ boy in the newspaper.

I was also asked to film an interview for the Diocese. In it I speak of how the first few verses of Ephesians 4 had an impact on my thoughts at the start of my Curacy. Paul talks about his thoughts on starting in leadership, saying,

“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”.

These words really helped me set my mind and helped me in my first few days as a curate.

With such a busy ordination weekend, I had booked the Monday and the Tuesday off, for a rest!! However, Revd Richard gave me the wonderful opportunity to go visit the junior and infant schools in Norton, meeting children who were very excited to be going on a school trip. I also saw a master in action, within two minutes of Revd Richard spotting the School dinner trolley, I found myself sat down with Spaghetti Bolognese in the staff room, talking with the teachers.

I also visited a lunch group at The Burghwallis and had a discussion with some German visitors in Burghwallis churchyard.

Tuesday found me co-leading a funeral at Campsall church, a first in my ministry. It was both peaceful and heart-warming to celebrate someone’s life in the church, before moving to Pontefract crematorium for the final ceremony.

Having the opportunity to spend those two days in the community really helped me feel that I am now a curate and I thank Richard for his time and forethought.

Since then I have been on a funeral visit and was able to take time off work to lead the funeral and burial at Campsall cemetery, another first. I have spoken at both churches and I am slowly getting used to my new role at the altar. Though you just might still see Richard, myself and servers doing a ‘liturgical dance’ sometimes, as we figure things out!

I had the opportunity to use one of my gifts from the churches, namely my “aspergillum”, according to the Revd Richard; I call it a water sprinkler, when we blessed the bridge at Campsall Park. We managed to visit the Burghwallis and Campsall fetes in the same day, lots of fun to be had and food. With, Revd Richard, again showing his experience, spotting a kitchen selling beef burgers at the Burghwallis event and then I spotted a Jamaican food stall at Campsall Park.

Near the end of my first month we went continental, with an English/Spanish wedding and a Taize service at Burghwallis. Many thanks to those who supported me in these events, especially the choir who pulled it out of the bag once again.

If you read further into Ephesians 4 you will find verses that promote leaving your childishness behind and being more mature in your standing. I will of course need support as I develop this in my ministry, however, ‘being myself’ through my ministry, I hope, we will also include a few laughs along the way.

God bless,

Fr Chris


If you feel you need another instalment from the diary of the “vicar’s apprentice” please let Richard or myself know.

Government Transparency Code

18/07/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

Sounds a bit like the emperors new suit of clothes, but local government including parish councils have had to adopt a disclosure policy called the Transparency code. An inventive name perhaps, but the reality is that all parish councils need to reveal what they doing and how they are doing it. This means all meeting minutes, financial schedules and details of parish councilors must be published in an open manner.

Many councils are now having to introduce web sites – or updating their existing ones to adopt the transparency code. Burghwallis Parish Council on the other hand amended all systems and procedures to adopt the code over four years ago. If you need to review any activities of the parish council you can find all the details in the “The Council” drop down menu at the top of the web site home page. Additionally the publication of any new minutes or financial schedules will  now also be promoted in the ‘latest news’ section on the right side of the home page.

Huge Turnout At Fun Day

17/07/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog, Events

The annual Burghwallis Fun Day, in Squirrel Wood on 16th July held a record attendance. Queues formed to gain access to the car park which quickly filled to bursting point.

The weather was ideal. And thanks to our national performance at Wimbledon the draw of the men’s final failed to diminish the number who turned out for the fun day.

Squirrel Wood Scouts provided some earnest support throughout the event. The range of activities were increased over last year. A surprise hit, according to Di, one of the event organising team was the dog show. Attracting dogs of all shapes and sizes each of the six classes was well subscribed.

Those with a little energy got involved in “weaseling” – indoor caving (before you ask), archery and axe throwing. This last exercise proved trickier than the scouts demonstrated. Clearly our Viking roots at chucking an axe has become a tad rusty.

The races for children were as popular as ever. Favourites such the egg and spoon race never fails to entertain.

Colin was as popular as ever giving rides on his miniature railway. And a hidden benefit for all at the fun day  was the chance to see the magnificent grounds of Squirrel Wood

The Irish dancing team proved a hit demonstrating  the skills you need way before the Riverdance auditions.

The acrobatics and synchronization of the cheerleaders made their energetic appearance

The number of stands increased this year displaying a range of local produce, bric-a-brac and sponsorship opportunities. Regrettably the much loved ‘Vintage Teas’ pulled out at the last moment.

The vintage car section unfortunately managed to get lost en route but the cars that did appear brought back memories of the era when cars were built rather than made. The owner of the 1966 Triumph Herald explained the number of people of a certain age who said the car was that they learned to drive in. And before any younger ones scoff, the Herald had a phenomenal turning circle, outdoing a London cab so you could do a U turn in any street in on manoeuvre.

As ever the fire engine proved popular with the kids and the firemen with young Mums. Musical accompaniment was provide by the Swing Band.

Lost, found and recovered. A piece of jewellery found at the event had a happy ending when it was traced back to the owner by the event crew. Also an intriguing sign appeared outside the toilets. Obviously the result of some significant misdemeanors that regrettably prevented the appearance of water pistols. Some of us harboured a secret desire – especially on this hot day……

How did we do? If you have any ideas to improve the Fun Day, or observations about this day please use the comment box below. We would love to hear from you.

Now You Don’t See It

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For those with an eye for street architecture, behold the latest addition to the scene in Burghwallis. This is the space left behind from the removal of the telephone box.

That weird, and long obsolete triangular stainless steel contraption has been removed by BT and made into saucepans. It disappearance was not without drama. Not from telephone box huggers as you might think. The contractors who shifted the phone box forgot to isolate the power supply to it. Now this spot is exactly where the new Parish Council notice board is to be plonked. And the first spade full to dig out for the post holes – yeah you’ve guessed – a few sparks and the guy’s teeth were chattering away like a good’un.  Luckily the contractors reappeared rather promptly and sorted the problem. More news later when the notice board is erected. Regrettably the chance to illuminate it at BT’s expense has dissipated.

Fly Tipping Bogan Gets Jail Sentence.

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The on-going problem of fly tipped deposits along Scorcher Hills Lane continues. You may have seen 20 car tyres, a sofa and household waste left during the last week. The problem is a major headache to the DMBC, as well as residents of Burghwallis.

The recent litter collection throughout Burghwallis in early June filled 29 plastic sacks from Abbe’s Walk alone. Added to the previous collections over the last year means our team of volunteers have amassed in excess of 100 bags of rubbish in the last year excluding the major heavy litter left for the Council lorries to collect. This situation has been raised by the parish council with the Mayor and Ed Miliband.

The DMBC say they are seeing a turning point in the campaign to eliminate this anti social behaviour with the number of people prosecuted rising over the last 12 months. Adding to this score is the prosecution of James McIntyre ( 32 ) from Rossington. Amongst the seven cases of fly tipping he was charged with was one for depositing a sofa along Scorcher Hills Lane. This happened in December 2016. He was also responsible for advertising his professional waste ‘disposal’ service on line duping people into thinking their rubbish was to be taken to the tip.

Yet despite the charges, which carry a maximum fine of £10,000 and imprisonment, Mr Macintyre was handed an 18 week prison sentence suspended for 2 years. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs and a £115 victim surcharge, and to complete 200 hours work in the community.

Although it was good to see someone has been caught, the question is whether the retribution metered out by the magistrates fitted the crime and will act as sufficient enough deterrent. This bogan had already been questioned under caution about an earlier offence yet carried on with his professional fly tipping service until he was eventually caught again.

The all too frequent sight of dumped rubbish around the village is appalling. The number of people caught and taken to court appears minimal, and the question is whether the 18 weeks suspended sentence and £500 fine will act as a sufficient deterrent to others engaged in this anti-social behaviour.




Village Flag – Ted Bell

08/07/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

Once again our village flag is flying at half mast. This occasion marks the passing of Mr Edward Bell, who died on 6th July 2017


Ted lived in Burghwallis for many years and was an active parish councillor for over 10 years, retiring due to ill health just two years ago. Ted’s later contributions, when he toured the village in a wheelchair being the signs to direct visitors to the pinfold and village pump. He was also a key player in erecting the plaque to commemorate the original position of the plague well along Abbe’s Walk.

Ted took a keen interest in the development of the Neighbourhood Plan, attending all the public meetings.

Many will remember Ted for his business acumen in the specialty second car market where he was an eminent ‘wheeler dealer’. He also bred British Bulldogs, which possibility was the ideal breed to represent his personality. He was also a keen wine buff; a feature that was often shared with his many visitors. Above all Ted will be remembered as one of the characters of the village that enriched us all, and will be sadly missed.

Ted’s funeral will take place on the 20th July at 14:20 pm at Pontefract Crematorium.


One Week To The Fun Day

08/07/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog, Events

Just a quick reminder – the fantastic Burghwallis fun day is only a week away. Free entry and a chance to see Squirrel Wood in all its splendor PLUS a great afternoon of fun for all the family. Well worth bringing a picnic along and relax on the large lawns in Squirrel Wood.

Burghwallis Fun Day Sunday 16th July 12:30 to 4:00pm.

Venue Squirrel Wood ( loads of parking space)



Bus Timetable

08/07/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog, DMBC News

With the good news that the 51 and 51a bus service trial through Burghwallis is to be extended by a further year the SYPTE have published the ongoing timetable that will run from 24th July 2017.

50 50a 50b 51 51a Doncaster valid from 24 July 2017

Free Fun Day At Squirrel Wood

30/06/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog, Events

Thanks to the success of the recent fun night – fund raising evening at the Burghwallis pub the actual FREE admission event-

Fun Day on Sunday 16th July 2017 is full of surprises

Squirrel Wood, Abbe’s Walk 12:30 to 4:30pm

The format includes many side shows, suppliers and events that will entertain the whole family. A flyer will be popped through your letter box in the near future.

Traditional races                                                     Stalls                                 Vintage teas

Swing Band                                                              Bouncy Castle                  Axe Throwing

Irish Dancers                                                           Bottle Board                     Dog Agility

Fun dog show – entry £1 on the day                    Music with DJ                  Tombola

        Free Micro chipping of dogs                                 Fire Engine                        Archery

Name the Teddy                                                      Cheerleaders                      Slacklining

        Miniature Train rides                                             Indoor caving weaselling

        Burgers Buns and Drinks OR bring your own picnic!









Slowest Broadband in The World

30/06/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

The pundits, geeks and tecky guys have revealed we have the proud honour to have the slowest broadband, “probably in the world.” Apparently the rural areas of Britain are losing out in the battle for broadband speed.

Which? the consumer watchdog have discovered huge variations in speed. Taking Tamworth in the West Midlands as the benchmark for the fastest broadband in the UK with a dizzy speed of 30.4 Mbps, rural Yorkshire, with Ryedale as our low end benchmark, comes in at 10 Mbps.

Even the Orkneys – which the report says has the slowest broadband in the country  has a massive 6.3 Mbps.

Now here’s a thing; Burghwallis can top this by a mile. Average speed in the village, with a following wind rips in at 3 Mbps. Unless it’s raining when it tucks in under an umbrella and shrinks to 0.5 Mpbs. And don’t get me started on what happens at 5 pm when everyone gets home or every Friday at 4 pm when the Openreach guys  play solitaire with the switch gear.

The government’s minimum broadband standard states every home should have a minimum of 10 Mbps. We are therefore running at 10% of the minimum standard as should therefore pay 10% of the BT monthly line rental cost. As if!

But wait salvation is at hand, for BT have plonked down a new fibre cabinet. They all have numbers and ours is no 13 – just to add to our grief. It lives alongside the Dowager House in Sutton Lane. That’s the good news, the indifferent news is this happened late last year. But the man with spanners, a screwdriver and most importantly a piece of paper has yet to switch it on. Then our world will suddenly enter the 21st century, but don’t hold your breath.

The fastest broadband in the world is in Korea at 26.3 Mbps. This is appears significantly slower than what happens in Tamworth, but some people just tell fibs. Oh, and as the final slap in the face, the global average…. drum roll… is 6.3 Mbps. So we are running at half of the worlds average, which includes everywhere else you can possibly imagine. Now not every can wake up to the fact they are a global leader in the slowest broadband stakes. Makes you proud doesn’t it.




Merchant Navy Day 3rd September 2017

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The Red Ensign will proudly fly from the village flag pole on 3rd September to mark Merchant Navy Day. This commemorates the thousands of sailors from the MN who were lost in the two world wars, yet are rarely mentioned.

The 3rd September 1939 is the day of the outbreak of World War II, it also commemorates the lost of the first British maritime casualty. The SS. Athenia was torpedoed a few hours into the hostilities with the loss of 128 passengers and crew.

The losses in the First World War were equally appalling. A total of 2,479 ships were lost, with 14,287 seamen. Additionally 675 trawlers and 434 fishermen were lost.

Merchant navy losses in World War II amounted to 29,180 vessels, 814 trawlers and a total of 29,994 men and boys. September the 3rd is thus recognised as “Merchant Navy Day.” It is still as relevant today. Britain’s merchant navy handle 90% of our imports, including food, and 75% of our exports.

Merchant Navy Day is the opportunity to raise funds for the Seafarer’s UK Merchant Navy Fund. The Parish Council are very pleased to be associated with this action.

You can read the full details on the Merchant Navy Red Ensign Day here  

Apologies for the fact the document was printed in landscape format so you may need to crane the neck to read it.



Village Flag

22/06/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

The flag has been recently flying at half mast in recognition of those lost in the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, followed by the further atrocity outside the Finsbury Park Mosque.

Village Bus Service

22/06/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog, DMBC News

The following bulletin has been received from the SYPE. It highlights changes to the various bus service around Doncaster. In particular it advises that the trial of services through Burghwallis will be extended for a further 12 months.

Doncaster Bus service changes – July and September 2017

Further to my previous e-mail of 5 April, below, I am writing to confirm the main bus service changes in Doncaster from 24 July 2017.  These changes are primarily being made to address reliability issues and improve access to employment

What is changing in Doncaster

Below is a summary of the notable changes in Doncaster from 24 July 2017 (unless otherwise stated).  Please also find attached a spread sheet providing more information regarding these changes.

In addition to those previously communicated Stagecoach has also made an amendment to service 70 (White Rose P&R) which will now also serve Lakeside Shopping.

Employment and Education

Services i4/X4 Doncaster – Rotherham – Sheffield and services 55/56 Doncaster – Rossington circular

Improved access for the Inland Port employment zone with dedicated journeys (i4) and specific trips (55/56 & X4) serving new stops.  Bus shelters will also be provided within the site when the current phase of construction is complete and the bus stops can be sited in their permanent positions.


New services 72x and 73x – Doncaster – Hexthorpe – Woodfield – Lakeside circular

New 72x and 73x journeys introduced to provide express journeys to Catesby Park with the 72x replacing the 55 at Ten Pound Walk.

  • Services 50/50a/50b/51/51a Doncaster – Adwick – Askern, service 57 Doncaster – Cantley, services, service 204 Doncaster – Hayfield School, service 457 Hallcross School – Doncaster, service 484 Dunsville – The McAuley School, services 490/491 The McAuley School –Doncaster School, service 492 Tickhill – Rossington – Hallcross

New school journeys introduced for The McAuley School, All Saints (Rossington), Hall Cross School, Sir Thomas Wharton (Edlington) and the Doncaster New College (near Hayfield School).

  • Service 10 Doncaster – Edlington –Maltby – Rotherham, services 14/15 Doncaster – Edlington, 87/87a/488 Doncaster – Hatfield – Stainforth – Moorends – Thorne

Changes to some journey times to accommodate proposed changes to the school day at Trinity (Thorne) and Sir Thomas Wharton (Edlington).

General service changes

  • Service 15 Doncaster – Edlington

Enhancement to service 15 from September to operate up to every 9 minutes

  • Service 16 Doncaster – Balby

Changes to the timetable to reduce waiting time at The Broadway following resident and user complaints

  • Service 41 Doncaster – Scawsby

Introduction of a Sunday service on service 41 at Scawsby, by using some of the 72/73 resource, following requests for Councillors

  • Service 51/51a Doncaster – Adwick – Askern

Service 51/51a for Burghwallis, Instonville, Askern and Campsall has funding agreed for a further 12 months

  • Service 57 Doncaster – Cantley

Additional journeys on service 57 will operate to Warning Tongue Lane at the request of Councillors and residents

  • Service 65 Doncaster – Intake – Wheatley Hills

Service 65 will have a few journeys removed but will still run from 0630 to 1705 Monday to Friday and 0830 to 1705 on Saturdays.

  • Service 70 Doncaster – White Rose Way P&R

Service will also serve Lakeside shopping centre

  • Services 72/73 Doncaster – Hexthorpe – Woodfield – Lakeside circular

Service 72/73 on Sundays will not operate via the Dome.  Hexthorpe, Balby, Woodfield and Catesby Park will continue to be served.

  • Services 84/84a/84b

Monday to Saturday daytime service between Doncaster and Barnby Dun will run every 30 minutes with no change to the frequency of the 84a/84b.

  • Services 50/50a Doncaster – Adwick – Askern

From 3 September journeys from the A638 P&R North will use a new stop on the road outside.  Journeys from Doncaster will continue as now to call into the site on request.



What impact do the changes have in your ward?

To find out the specific changes for your ward please use the filter in column I of the attached spread sheet and select your ward.

How is this being communicated to customers?

Details and new timetables will be available on our website by 30 June 2017 at  Timetable information will also be displayed on all affected bus stops ahead of the changes.

It would be appreciated if you could help us to make as many people as possible aware of these changes.

If you have any questions or require any further information in the meantime please get in touch.


Kind regards

Rachel Cowling

Communications Officer – External Relations

Telephone No. 0114 2211491

Mobile No. 07767 384563




Welcome Signs Keep Moving About

22/06/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

You may have wondered why the Burghwallis village signs have been coming and going. Some have likened the situation as being similar to the infamous garden gnomes that disappear only to feature in holiday photos in exotic locations. No such chance the Burghwallis signs will appear in selfies overseas, for they have merely been away to the fixits.

After 12 years of hard labour in all weathers the original signs had understandably become a tad tatty. They were recently sequentially sent away to a specialist sign manufacture who updated them using an even more durable material.

Featuring the Anne family crest that was granted to the village, each of the five signs are now back in place providing their unique welcome to our ancient village.

10 June 2017 Litter Clearing

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10 am Saturday morning – 12 brave souls faced the wind and rain clearing the whole of The Abbe’s Walk. 

Craig started early making the rubbish easier to gather on Abbe’s Walk and Julia tackled Burghwallis Lane single handed.  We managed to fill 27 bags of rubbish, 15 deposited in the Burghwallis Pub car park (compliments of Sally) for DMBC to collect on Monday and the heavy stuff and a further 12 bags heaped tidily in the layby’s on Abbe’s Walk.  This is in addition to the 40 bags collected last year on our previous litter clearing exercise. 

Photographs were refused and dignity held in tact by the volunteers, we all looked like drowned rats!!!  Many thanks to all who came to help and to Ben Hathaway from DMBC for providing the litter pickers and arranging collection of the debris.


Village Flag

07/06/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

The village flag is lowered on occasions as a mark of respect when a village resident has passed away.


The village flag is currently being flown at half mast to reflect the terrorist attack in London on 3rd June.


BrightBus Runs Out Of Drivers

06/06/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog, DMBC News

The Brightbus school bus service we recently announced was to cease operations in the summer has been brought forward due a shortage of drivers.

The following update has been released by the SYPTE.

BrightBus services to The Hayfield School, Doncaster

Further to my previous e-mails please be advised of a further update to BrightBus services which will be withdrawn from today, Monday 5 June due to a driver shortage.

Service 520 morning bus serving The Hayfield School.  The afternoon journey will run as normal.

Alternative arrangements:

First South Yorkshire has agreed to divert service 204 via Warning Tongue Lane to provide an alternative bus service for pupils traveling in a morning from the Bessacarr area.  This leaves Warning Tongue Lane at 0803.

Service 204 morning bus will operate via Bawtry Road, Church Lane, Goodison Boulevard, Packington Road, Warning Tongue Lane, Bawtry Road, Sheep Bridge Lane, Doncaster South P&R, Great North Road, Hurst Lane, and Hayfield lane (arriving 0813).

An afternoon bus diversion to service 204 for pupils returning from The Hayfield School to the Bessacarr area will be in operation from September 2017, following BrightBus’ closure.

Value for money tickets

Pupils traveling to school using local bus services may benefit from single and multi-operator tickets offering unlimited day, weekly and monthly travel at a discounted price for young people. These tickets are not valid on BrightBus services. More information is available on the Travel South Yorkshire child tickets and passes page:

Journey planning

Journey planning information for local public transport services can also be found on the Travel South Yorkshire journey planning page:


BrightBus services to Notre Dame Catholic High School, St Maries Catholic Primary School, High Storrs School and The McAuley School

Further to the e-mail below BrightBus has informed SYPTE and affected schools that the following services will be withdrawn after half-term (from Monday 5 June) due to a driver shortage.


One of two 786 afternoon buses serving Notre Dame Catholic High School and St Maries Catholic Primary School.

Service 715 (morning and afternoon buses) serving High Storrs School.

Service 584 morning bus serving The McAuley School.  The afternoon journey will run as normal.

Brightbus will also be amending the route of service 785 morning bus that serves Notre Dame Catholic High School and St Maries Catholic Primary School.


Notre Dame Catholic High School/St Maries Catholic Primary School

BrightBus will operate a revised 785 morning service, and provide a larger vehicle on the 786 afternoon service, to partially replace lost capacity.

The revised 785 will start at Abbeydale Road, operating Dobcroft Road, Ecclesall Road, Bents Road, Ringinglow Road and Ecclesall Road before operating the normal 785 route to Notre Dame/St Maries Schools.  It will run the opposite way along Dobcroft Road to normal.  Pupils on Carter Knowle Road can catch the revised 785 or the 786 on Dobcroft Road.

The revised 785 timetable will be posted on available.


High Storrs School

Pupils travelling to and from the city centre are advised to use service 83 and 88.  These depart stops at Snig Hill and Leopold Street at approximately 0729, 0736 and 0746.

For those pupils along Psalter Lane, Service 4 will provide an alternative bus service directly to High Storrs School.  This leaves the city centre at 0738 and Psalter Lane/Kingfield Road at 0751.  The afternoon journey departs at 1501.

TM Travel has agreed to provide a larger vehicle on service 4 so that there is sufficient capacity for pupils.


The McAuley School

Pupils travelling in a morning from the Rossington area are advised to use service 56 to stops on Bawtry Road/Stoops Lane, use the signalised crossing over Bawtry Road and then walk to the school.  Service 56 departs Rossington, King Avenue/Nelson Road at 0739, 0753 and 0808. 


Next Steps

SYPTE continues to co-ordinate significant work behind the scenes, with local authorities and other commercial bus companies, to put alternative services in place following BrightBus’ announced closure.  We are committed to keeping schools, parents and pupils informed as these plans develop.


Value for money tickets

Pupils travelling to school using local bus services may benefit from single and multi-operator tickets offering unlimited day, weekly and monthly travel at a discounted price for young people.  Please note these tickets are not valid on BrightBus services.  More information is available on our child tickets and passes page.


Journey planning

Journey planning information for local public transport services can also be found on our journey planning page.  


Kind regards


Rachel Cowling

Communications Officer – External Relations

Telephone No. 0114 2211491

Mobile No. 07767 384563



Fun Night Lives Up To Its Name

04/06/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog, Events, Village News

The events committee of the parish council organised a great night in the Burghwallis Pub to raise funds for the Village Fete to be held on 16th July 2017 in Squirrel Wood. Plenty of parking and space for a picnic!

Around 75 people, young and old enjoyed the entertainment which included the essential and superb pie and pea supper supplied by the Burghwallis pub and a musical interlude by Mark Elliss, a great singer who can trot out any song from any era without a single music sheet.

Although a couple of young-uns decided they needed to hook into something slightly more their scene.

Those with an acceptable degree of co-ordination showed we wallflowers how to move around the dance floor.

The table games comprised of a quiz on brand logos in which our team included a 9 and 11 year old – who knew every one – the power of advertising! And a TV show quiz where we scored rather badly. The wining team got a perfect score.

The extensive raffle was announced by a team of children who took the drama of pubic announcement totally in their stride.

The hard work behind the scenes by the events committee was very evident. These, often unsung heroes, spend a huge amount of time organsing events such as the Village Fete in Squirrel Wood. Did we mention this is to be held on 16th July 2017. Not all committee members are shown below – missing team members are Julia, Elaine, Andrew and Jill.

Kath, Diane, Adrian and a very rare ‘collectors shot’ of Fay.



Litter Collection 10th June

22/05/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

On June 10th at 10 am there will be a gathering of noble volunteers anxious  to help clear litter from the five roads that serve Burghwallis.

Singing that well known anthem of the bogans “We plough our junk in fields and scatter rubbish on the ground” the team of volunteers will be equipped with a litter picker and plastic bin bags to collect the mass of junk that lie in our hedgerows and lanes.

It is planned to have around 6-8 volunteers on each road with the aim to complete the task in about 2 hours. 

If you can spare the time to help you will be very welcome – there can never be too many helping on this exercise. You don’t have to stay for the duration, your valuable time however short or long will welcome.

Please come along to the Burghwallis pub car park at 10:00 am on Saturday 10th June 2017.

It is best wear to gardening gloves and stout shoes. The hogans have a habit of dumping stuff at speed whilst driving along. You may need to reach into the undergrowth to recover their donations.

There is no truth in the rumours that our lanes will be awash with party political bumpf from failed candidates, but you never know. Certainly any legislation to deter litter louts would not go amiss.

The picture shows the volunteers who supported the last village clear up in June 2016

Lights Go Out For Brightbus

16/05/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

One of the daily sights around Doncaster are the bright green double-decker buses that provide school children with a lift to school and home. But they are soon to disappear as the company is  to close down.

The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive are liaising  with the current owner of Brightbus and the schools served to devise a replacment scheme. Schools in our area are affected:

Don Valley Academy

Outwood Academy Adwick.

The full list can be seen below:



The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) were advised late last week by Brightbus’s Managing Director, Mr Mick Strafford, that he intends to close the business down at the end of this academic year.

Brightbus has been a key player in our market since the late 1980s and have done a lot of work to build relationships with schools and parents to encourage the safe and direct travel for young people.  The child concessionary scheme has been a key part of the success of the Brightbus model.  They currently provide commercial school services across South Yorkshire with approximately 11,000 journeys each day.  These services run without any funding from the local authority or SYPTE.

Reasons for the closure of business

Mr Strafford has advised that the company is financially sound but the decision to close is being driven by his personal health.

Next steps

We are writing to schools to assure them that we are working to minimise the impact that this news will have.  Together with the local authority, schools and other commercial bus operators, we are working to identify how the broader network will be affected by this change and where necessary discuss options for alternative arrangements from September 2017

Keeping you updated

Attached is a list of the schools which will be affected by Brightbus’s closure.

We will be in touch with you in the near future as plans start to develop.  However, if you have any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards

Rachel Cowling

Communications Officer – External Relations

Telephone No. 0114 2211491

Mobile No. 07767 384563



Brightbus closure of business – affected schools

School District Service(s)
All Saints’ School Sheffield 790
Ash Hill Academy Doncaster 555
Aston Academy Rotherham 671, 672, 673, 674, 675
Balby Carr School Doncaster 518
Barnsley Academy Barnsley 481, 482, 483
Bradfield School Sheffield 763, 764, 765, 766, 767
Brinsworth Comprehensive School Rotherham 640, 642
The Dearne ALC Barnsley 407, 408
Dinnington Comprehensive School Rotherham 619
Don Valley Academy Doncaster 529, 530
Hayfield School Doncaster 520, 521, 522, 523
High Storrs School Sheffield 715
Horizon Community College Barnsley 478, 479
Hungerhill School Doncaster 574, 575
Maltby Academy Rotherham 630
The McAuley School Doncaster 580, 581, 583, 584, 585
Netherwood ALC Barnsley 449
Newfield School Sheffield 721, 722, 723
Notre Dame School Sheffield 779, 780, 781, 782, 783, 784, 785, 786
Outwood Academy Adwick Doncaster 532
Outwood Academy City Sheffield 710
Parkwood School Sheffield 733
Ridgewood School Doncaster 540, 541, 542, 543
St Bernard’s High School Rotherham 667, 668, 669
St Pius X School Rotherham 660, 662, 664, 665
Sir Thomas Wharton Community College Doncaster 551
Stocksbridge High School Sheffield 777, 778
Tapton School Sheffield 751
Wales High School Rotherham 632, 633, 634, 635, 636, 638, 639
Wath Academy Rotherham 648, 649



Burghwallis British Legion Branch Poppy Appeal

20/03/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

A magnificent effort by the people of  the British Legion who have already raised a total sum of £17,555 towards the 2016 Poppy Appeal. The funds raised are a vital element of the support the British Legion can provide deserving ex servicemen. There is still a chance to swell the funds further as the 2016 appeal remains open until it is replaced by the 2017 appeal which will commence on armistice day in November.

Each British Legion Branch has it’s own area from which they operate the Poppy Appeal. The Burghwallis  branch covers Skellow, Carcroft, Adwick-le Street and the Redhouse Interchange. Here, the A1 acts as our boundary both South and West. The A19 acts as our easterly border, Thornhurst Golf Club is where the Bentley branch begins their area. To the north our border is the M62, so we also cover Whitley Bridge, Little Smeaton, Kirk Smeaton, Womersley, Campsall, Norton and Askern. As you can see, it’s a large area, but sparsely populated.

Their main collecting can be split into 2 main areas. 1) Manned sites, ASDA Carcroft & Co-op at Askern. 2) Unmanned sites for example shops, schools etc.

Undoubtedly the manned sites are the key to a successful poppy appeal. This is where the bulk of the money is collected . When you consider that our total this year was just over £17,500 , our total from the manned sites came to just over £10,700. This is why it is critical that we man these sites for as long as possible during the Appeal Period in early November, and hence the continual appeal for volunteers to help with these sites, or if you feel you could help in other areas we would be glad to hear from you!!

A number of churches, parish councils and individuals request wreaths at this time of year, as well as offering them for sale at our manned displays. This year, the total spent on wreaths was just over £700.

Poppy Appeal 2017 began late October, and doesn’t finish until late September this year, so the total will grow, as we do collect from shops and pubs that have our all year round boxes which we exchange when they are full. Some of the members also have smaller all year round boxes for the individual households to pop in their loose change, these can be obtained from should anyone want one (they particularly like pound coins!!)

This year, one of the members wife’s  along with a friend, made unique hand made poppies which went so well, that they intend to repeat the process but start the manufacture earlier, so we have more stock to sell. Look out for them on our manned stalls!!!



Burghwallis Haircut Closes Roads

25/02/2017   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

One fascinating element of nature is that stuff keeps on growing. This is mostly OK but Burghwallis has now reached the stage when a few areas need a haircut. Essential work has removed overhanging branches in the playing field but those along Grange Lane, Burghwallis Lane & Burghwallis Road will require the road to be closed between 8th and 10th March.

Playing field

Routine inspections by the parish council and the National Playing Fields Association highlighted the need to trim back low overhanging branches around the park. This ensures that lumps of wood don’t whack kids playing in the park, or interfere with that spectacular cross to the centre in the midst of a game of footie.

A team of parish councillors and volunteers who couldn’t think of a reasonable excuse in time set about clearing the low branches and bushes. The park is now a little bigger; scrub, brambles and nettles that had taken up residence around the perimeter have been removed.

Grange Lane, Burghwallis Lane & Burghwallis Road Closure

It appears the school bus which scoops up children and delivers them to various places of learning has become over crowded.

The DMBC are therefore about to tour through the village trimming the overhanging branches. This means the above roads will be closed between the 8th and 10th of March whilst the guys with saws set about sorting the lumps of wood that have established squatters rights over Grange Lane.

Double Decker school buses can then pass through the village unhindered by vegetation. Another plus is that buses tend to travel at 30 mph thus preventing a few bogans from traveling at the speed of light as they pass through.

If you are a landowner along the route – normally you would be responsible for trimming overhanging branches and/or the council would levy a charge. On this occasion the work will be completed free of charge, but if you want to complete the work as a landowner yourself, you need to complete the work by the 8th March 2017.

The 18 landowners involved along Grange Lane have been sent a letter from the DMBC telling them about the work:

“I’m writing to advise that we are planning a road closure and some emergency pruning / tree works to take place namely on land along Grange Lane, Burghwallis Lane & Burghwallis Road. The works will take place between 8th – 10th March 2017.
The issue is, is that there is vegetation such as trees and bushes which are planted within the boundary of certain properties / land that is overhanging the public highway. The specific stretch of road (mentioned above) is a school bus route and the overhanging vegetation is unfortunately preventing double decker buses from using it. Consequently, this is having an impact on the local school services.
I’ve written to the relevant landowners today, advising that it is their responsibility to ensure that any overhanging vegetation does not obstruct the highway and that in normal circumstances, the council would write to them, giving them a timescale to carry out the works themselves; failure to comply would result in the council undertaking the work and a recharge.
However, as there are over 18 various different landowners, for the purposes of road safety and in order to eliminate the risk of obstructions and prevent any unnecessary delays to the bus services, we have arranged to cut back the overgrown trees and hedges at no charge to the landowners. The landowners have been given the option of undertaking the work themselves, however should they wish to do this, then they’ll need to do so, before 8th March 2017.
Clearly, this is a one-off. We are interested only in maintaining the much needed public transport route and ensuring the health and safety of the school children so that there is adequate public transport to take them to and from school.”

Warm Regards
Stacey Chaplin
Transport Planner
Tel: 01302 735447
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Civic Office, Floor 4 |Waterdale | Doncaster | DN1 3BU


Burghwallis Local Heroes 2016

29/12/2016   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

Despite being a relatively small parish, with 249 residents, Burghwallis has quite a few unsung heroes in their midst.

During 2016 a number of people from the village and beyond stepped up to the plate to make their mark in the community. The list is in no particular order:

Don Axon

Ex SAS veteran who with Ben Parkinson used his 80th birthday to raise over £900 for injured, amputees and local veterans in all the armed forces.

Val, Moravian and Malcolm

Who received the Award of Local Community Heroes from ASDA, Carcroft in recognition of their organisation of the fortnightly Monday Luncheon Club at the Burghwallis Pub for elderly members of the parish and wider area to be part of a large social event.

Paul Brown

Awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queens birthday honours list for services to the South Yorkshire police force.

Heinz & Joyce Offermann

      For their unstinting dedication all year round in tending the War Memorial

Mike and Sharon Hammerton

Who organised the monthly lunch club for parishioners of St Helen’s

 Sally Shenton of the Burghwallis pub

Who supported the many events throughout the year and allowed the pub to be also the “village hall.” Sally has been awarded a further 3 year tenure on the pub and promised her continued support to the village.

The Village Volunteers

Who helped in the following activities to enhance the village:

  •      Planted 1000 daffodil bulbs around the village

  •   Installed a new extra bench and repainted the existing benches and goal posts in the Playing Field
  •   Repaired the bench on Grange Lane
  •   The marathon litter picking session along Abbe’s Walk in March collecting 32 bags of rubbish.


  •       Trimmed blackberry bushes in the playing field to allow clear access from the farm gate

  •       Planted 200 additional sapling along Scorcher Hill Lane to the 450 planted the year before.

  • Cleared the church yard of undergrowth.

  •         Planted wild flower seeds in the playing field.


  •         The old Well at the top of the Pinfold has been rebuilt in natural stone with the help of local resident, Mr   Brian Bennett.  Volunteers also laid 2 tons of green slate to tidy the area to make it easier to manage.


Clean for the Queen Campaign

The 32 volunteers from both the village and outside who in a period of two hours collected 87 bags of rubbish from the hedgerows of Burghwallis

The Events committee volunteers

That organised the “Fun Day” in Squirrel Wood in August

Tour de Yorkshire

 To celebrate this occasion 4 bikes were painted yellow and placed strategically around the village in support of the event.

The Queen’s birthday

Which had special relevance as the flagpole  on the Burghwallis War Memorial was repainted to allow the Union Jack to be raised by two war veterans from the village to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Village Flag

A new village flag was designed and erected on the War Memorial. As a mark of respect in the event of any parishioners passing away, the flag will fly at half mast.

Parish Councillors

Who organised annual festivities and teams of volunteers in numerous village activities.

Organised the senior citizens annual Christmas lunch in the Burghwallis pub.

Provided a Christmas tree on the War Memorial

Installed the Plague Well Plaque along Abbe’s Walk,

 Lobbied parliament, the Mayor, DMBC and South Yorkshire Bus Services to re-instate and greatly improve the bus service through our village.

Neighbourhood Plan Working Group

That compiled one of the “best reports” seen by the external examiner and gained overwhelming acceptance of the plan in the October referendum.

A massive thank you for  your help and a healthy and Happy New Year

Christmas Spirit

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The lighting of the Christmas tree this year was not for the fainthearted. The Carol lyric about deep and crisp and even had to be rapidly changed to reflect the heavy and wet stuff that fell vertically.

Reverend Dr Richard Walton led the Carol singing and lighting of the tree lights whilst the rain sloshed down. The singing, slightly muffled by the abundance of umbrellas was accompanied by Pat Stanley on the keyboard as no less that 53 souls young and old braved the weather to join in.

The tree was duly blessed and the new splendid coloured lights turned on this year by Elizabeth and Skyler. Once again the Carol singers were rewarded with hot mulled wine and warm mince pies courtesy of the parish councillors.

Marking the start of the season of Carol singing season Burghwallis proved the true spirit of Christmas lies much in the resolve to enjoy despite owt the weather can chuck at us.

Burghwallis War Memorial Remembers

13/11/2016   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

“When you go Home, tell them of us and say,
 For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today”

John Maxwell Edmunds

Goodbye Old Friend

08/11/2016   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

If ET were to drop into Burghwallis he would soon struggle to phone home. The village phone box is about to disappear.

An old friend, which has been superseded by modern technology to the extent its usage had dropped to nowt. I recall spending many a moment stuck half in and half out of the box in all weathers. Having just moved into Burghwallis the phone was essential to contact BT to check what had happened to the agreed connection date for the land line. Then over the years it was to report a fault to BT and served primarily as the BT help desk.

Since its installation we have moved on. Computers, mobile phones and  broadband have overtaken the need to for the phone box. Not that the device was that attractive, its triangular stainless steel construction has lost all the endearing qualities of the traditional red box predecessor. The low maintenance steel kiosk no longer gave an army of students gainful employment during holidays repainting the red boxes. The new triangular device was minimalist providing just enough sound proofing to be heard. Maybe a self defence design as their main function evolved into the BT  complain line.

An old red box would have at least doubled up to provide a one person bus shelter as it is right next to the bus stop. But the ways of the world move on and our triangular thingy is soon set to be dust, maybe just an odd cable sticking out of the ground. If you are one of the inventive types you could put an offer in and convert it to a shower cubical (one of the uses for the old red box). Mind you its lack of sides would add a new dimension to the term wet room.

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British Legion Carol Concert

02/11/2016   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Blog

The Burghwallis pub is once again the venue for the much loved Christmas concert by the British Legion on 9th December.

The count down to Christmas has started, we know this because the telebox is oozing adverts promising delivery before Christmas – unless you ordered an aircraft carrier in which case they are talking about Christmas 2020. And they are only selling grey ones at that. To get us into the proper spirit the Burghwallis branch of the British Legion are holding their carol concert accompanied by the Elmfield brass band. Conducted by Haydn Griffiths M.B.E. the band has range of Christmas carols to kick start the festivities. 

Tickets are available at £5 from the pub or the British Legion Burghwallis branch.

Tel: 01302 723398

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Huge Positive Neighbourhood Plan Support

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Residents of Burghwallis voted overwhelmingly to accept the neighbourhood plan. The referendum-vote showed 87.4% votes for and 12.6% against the plan. The Doncaster MBC have therefore adopted the plan as part of their core strategy that will influence any future development in the village.

With a turnout of 35.5% of eligible residents able to participate in the  referendum-vote_ this was an encouraging acceptance of the plan after years of preparation. Kath Walters, chairman of the parish council said “It was a great result for the residents as the plan will now help maintain the overall appearance of Burghwallis based on our long history. It must be emphasised the plan does not prevent any planning applications, they should now comply with the general theme of the plan designed to maintain and enhance the look and feel of this unique village.”

The Burghwallis Neighourhood Plan is the second plan to be accepted in the DMBC area along with Tickhill which was accepted last year.

Adrian Sowden, chairman of the neighbourhood plan working group, said “The content of the plan was based entirely on the wishes of local residents revealed during the various public meetings and questionnaires. The outcome of the referendum was testament to the hard work behind the scenes by the working group who researched the detail and constructed the plan to meet the very detailed criteria laid down by the government.”

He added “Our thanks are extended to the dedicated and vital external resource that helped train and advise the working group;

  • Mike Dando of Planning Aid,
  • Megan Wilmott, Planning volunteer
  • Jane Stimpson Planning Environment Manager, Built and Natural  Environment Team Planning Development, Regeneration and Environment of the DMBC”

The working group comprised:


Adrian Sowden ( Chairman )

Alistair Owens ( Secretary )

Parish Council:

Kath Waters ( Chairman )

Jill Laming ( Councillor )

Brenda Grimes ( Councillor )







Keep Toasty With Winter Warmth

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The Doncaster MBC Stronger Communities Support Team are running a road show to give advise on how to keep warm or warmer during the winter. They will also show you how to save energy and costs, even tell you about how to switch to a new energy supplier through the DMBC.


12th October 1 until 3 pm St James Church Balby Bridge

18th October 10 until 12pm – Central Library

25th October 10 until 1pm- Woodlands Library


No need to book, the sessions are interesting and FREE, and you get a FREE hat and gloves for going.


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© Burghwallis Parish Council 2017