Pogmoor Residents’ Easter Coffee Morning – 11th April, 2014

22 03 2014

Pogmoor Residents’ coffee morning is back in action!.  After a considerable period on inactivity on the events’ front, due to the closure of our previous venue, we are delighted to announce that we are holding an Easter Coffee Morning on Friday 11th April, 2014, 10 am-11.30 am in the Tom Treddlehoyle. All are welcome to attend.  Admittance is £2 to cover refreshments.


Wild flower meadow gets a spring clean

19 03 2014

You may have noticed that the site of the wild flower meadow had become overgrown with weeds over the winter. This week, Tom cut down the weeds after agreeing the best way to do it with Barnsley Council.


The wild flower meadow should look like the picture below in the summer time.


Pogmoor Residents’ coffee morning is back!

19 03 2014

Pogmoor Residents’ coffee morning is back in action!.  After a considerable period on inactivity on the events’ front, due to the closure of our previous venue, we are delighted to announce that we are holding an Easter Coffee Morning on Friday 11th April, 2014, 10 am-11.30 am in the Tom Treddlehoyle. All are welcome to attend.  Admittance is £2 to cover refreshments.


Residents’ meeting 13th March 2014

17 03 2014

The quarterly open meeting was well-attended with approximately 20 people present.

Here are some of the items discussed:

1. MacMillan coffee morning

For the third year in a row, we have registered to hold a coffee morning in support of MacMillan in the autumn.  The difficulty this year is having no base to hold the event.  It is likely that it will take place in someone’s house/garden instead.

2. Community centre

Having lost the Traveller’s Rest as our base, and having found it impossible to re-locate to anywhere else nearby, the feasibility of building a community centre is being investigated.  A potential site has been been identified and now a feasibility study is required.  Discussions with consultants, who offer services to community associations, suggest that the cost will be approximately £5,000. There are organisations that will fund such activity and these are currently being investigated. At the same time, whilst the Traveller’s Rest remains unsold, the potential to register it as a community asset is being looked at.

3. Willowbank Partnership

The Old Town carnival will take place on 22nd June on St Paul’s field.  The Partnership’s ‘umbrella’ public liability insurance is now set up and is available to all community groups in the Old Town ward.  This is welcome news as groups will no longer need to acquire their own public liability insurance for events.  For example, when the association planted the first batch of trees in Pogmoor’s park in 2012, we paid for a year’s insurance to cover volunteer activity. If we are successful in this year’s bid, hopefully we will be able to use the Partnership’s public liability insurance instead.

4. Keep It Green 2014

Following the public meeting at the Gawber community centre last December, a committee was formed with the dual aims of finding out more about the potential redevelopment of local green belt documented in the Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment and persuading the Council to leave the green belt as it is.  The group is now called Keep It Green 2014. There was a discussion of the relationship between Pogmoor Residents and this new group.  It was agreed that Pogmoor Residents, as an association, would remain neutral with regard to the developing strategic plans but would continue to make information available for interested residents to form their own opinions about the future of the green belt. For those interested, Keep IT Green 2014 are holding their second public meeting on Friday 21st March at 7pm in the Gawber Community Centre.

5. Bulb planting – Warner Avenue

It is intended to plant bulbs on the green at the junction of  of Warner Avenue and Pogmoor Road, opposite the post office. The licence has been obtained for planting on highway land. The next step will be to plant bulbs when the grass is clear.

6. Pogmoor’s park

i. Wild flower meadow.

The weeds have been cut back, aided by staff from Baratts on West Road.

ii. Proposed people’s orchard

As part of the next phase of development of the park, it is proposed to plant a people’s orchard consisting of approximately 30 fruit trees.  A query was raised regarding the suitability of planting fruit trees on land that was previously used as a council tip.  Could contaminants buried in the soil find there way into the fruit from the trees?  It was suggested that a soil test should be carried out.  It was agreed to contact the Council and seek their opinion on this matter.

7. Love where you live

There was a discussion about a street where a growing number of houses were becoming rental properties. It was felt that pride in the appearance of the street had diminished in recent years.  Perhaps a fun day could be organised to encourage residents to get together to clean up the area.  This idea is to be progressed by a working group.

PMN: Barnsley Council is running a @love where you live campaign’  According to their website “if funding is needed your ward alliance has a small pot of money to make things happen at a local level. All you need to do is show how your idea can meet local priorities.”

8. Residential parking permits

A resident mentioned the 100% increase in the cost of parking permits, rising from £10 to £20, in areas within the residents’ parking scheme.  The residents also queried the use of these restricted parking areas by staff from Barnsley hospital with PCT permits.  Staff qualify for these permits if their job requires them to make community visits.  The resident pointed out that some hospital staff with permits were parked for many hours without visiting patients.

9. Welcome to new community groups

The residents welcomed the setting up of two neighbouring community associations.  These are the Penny Pie Park Community Association and the Gawber and Redbrook Community Association.  The Gawber and Redbrook group is holding its first meeting on Tuesday 25th March at 7.30pm in the Gawber Community Centre.  All are welcome to attend.

Residents’ meeting 13th March, 2014

13 03 2014

The quarterly open meeting was well-attended with approximately 20 people present. Items discussed included our annual McMillan coffee morning, the proposed community centre, Willowbank Partnership, Keep It Green 2014, Bulb planting on Warner Avenue, Pogmoor’s park, pride in our street, residential parking scheme and new community groups in the area.

You can read more here

Service commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the Pogmoor plane crash

6 01 2014
Message from Simon Hollingworth
Sgt Alex Hollingworth RAAF

Sgt Alex Hollingworth RAAF

The following message was received on 6th January, 2014, from Simon Hollingworth, a close relative of Alex Hollingworth, the RAAF pilot who stayed with his plane to steer it clear of housing and was killed as it crashed in Pogmoor

“Dear Marlene, Barry, Tom, Annabell, Brenda, David, Pauline and all the kind people at Pogmoor Road, thank you so much for the honour you bestow upon the young airmen of Pogmoor.

I really can’t thank you with any words sufficient to express our gratitude. Your efforts every year to honour the fallen airmen of Pogmoor is amazing. I will contact Alex Hollingworth’s surving brother today and read him the service. He is so touched by your ongoing tributes each year. I have no words to explain our feelings. You are the most wonderful people.

As I mentioned to Marlene in a past email. Alex’s death at Pogmoor has a spooky twist. A branch of our family appears to have lived at Old Barnsley circa 1620. Later in 1660, a direct relative, John Hollingworth owned the lands at Pogmoor along with an ancestor to William Wordsworth the poet. So in a strange way, Alex died at a place that has significant meaning to our family.

Again, thank you. We will be with in you in spirit today.
Simon Hollingworth”

Pictures from the service


Dan Jarvis, MP, pays tribute to the young pilot

Dan Jarvis, MP, pays tribute to the young pilot

The Mayor, Coun Ken Richardson addresses the service

The Mayor, Coun Ken Richardson addresses the service

Coun Penny Lofts congratulates the Residents' Association and the Royal British Legion for organising the srvice

Coun Penny Lofts congratulates the Residents’ Association and the Royal British Legion for organising the service

Tom Parnham, Pogmoor Residents' vice-chair, remembers the loss of life in WW1 in its centenary year
Tom Parnham, Pogmoor Residents’ vice-chair, remembers the loss of life in WW1 in its centenary year



Green Belt public meeting 07/12/13 at 2.30pm

3 12 2013

The first public meeting on the future of our green belt took place on Saturday 7th December at 2.30 pm in Gawber Community Centre.Green belt public meeting There was a terrific turnout of approximately 70-100 local people. The organisers were very pleased with the level of response to this issue.

The meeting began with a general discussion of the background to the drilling on the fields near the M1.  A summary of these issues can be found here.

This was followed be an outline of key events coming up over the next twelve months.  One of these is the publication of Barnsley’s Local Plan.  This Plan will identify all of the new sites to be allocated for housing and employment use.

The important dates in the preparation of the Plan are:

June/July 2014: Consultation on the draft Local Plan

November/December 2014: Consultation on the publication version of the Local Plan

April 2015: Submission to the Planning Inspectorate

July 2015: Examination in public

November 2015: Adoption of the new Local Plan

Several of those attending the meeting voiced their concerns regarding the potential development of this part of the green belt.  Some felt that the balance in the planning cycle so far has been in favour of developers over residents.  Developers had more resources at their disposal, were more aware of the planning documents and had started checking out the commercial attractiveness of putting houses on the green belt.

Other residents were felt there might have been more local consultation over these proposed changes.

Before the meeting closed, those attending were asked to self-nominate if they would like to join the committee that will organise the campaign from this point forward. Eight people volunteered to join the steering group formed at the previous informal meeting held at the Chestnut Tree.

Thirty-four others asked for their email addresses to be added to the group’s distribution list so they could be kept informed of future meetings and action.

Contacting the green belt group

The group now has its own email address as it covers a wider are than Pogmoor Residents Association.   (pra.green.group@gmail.com).