Contributions

from away

As the site is attracting interest from ex - Ryhill and Havercroft folk and people with ancestors local to us, this new page is to show material they have sent me.

After viewing larger versions of the photographs Click on "Contributions from Away" on the Site Map to return to this page.

I hope that all visitors will enjoy the page and be encouraged to submit comments and photographs of their own.

The following was received from Gloria Bernhardt from Dunedin in the "Deep South" of New Zealand.

"Greetings from Aotearoa, New Zealand. My late mother came from Ryhill and I was fortunate enough to visit briefly in 1994 but did not have a good look around as I did not find anyone to talk to. I have a photo of her 1921 school class and an old photo of a postcard of the Ryhill Station.

Kind Regards, etc "

       

Gloria has an excellent web site called "Barraclough from Barnsley" and it's well worth a visit, as it contains a report of her mother's departure from Ryhill to New Zealand, along with a list of surnames still common in our villages.

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I have been contacted by Jean Heath, nee Merrington, who now lives in Spain. Jean has kindly e-mailed me a booklet entitled "Ryhill Village School, 1913-1947" and this is reproduced in full. It seems to be extracts from the Headmaster's school diaries over the years and gives an insight into life in Ryhill in the period covering the two World Wars. To read the booklet, click on the booklet title above.

Unfortunately the compiler of the booklet is at present unknown so I cannot give due credits - if you know, please e-mail me.

Event at Ryhill Church Hall  - about 1955

Jean is on the second row wearing a hat and looking at the camera - for the larger version, CLICK on the photograph.

 

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Jeane and Jacqui Stones have been in touch and have sent me a selection of photographs which are now in Gallery 2, together with comments from their father, Mr Jack Stones. 

Many thanks.

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The flowing interesting e-mail has been received which might be the reason that Hooton Crescent is called HOOTON Crescent!

"My great uncle (Joseph Hooton) lived there(Ryhill) from the early 1900’s until his death in 1949.

 Unfortunately I know very little about him except he worked as a Coal Hewer and the details from his obituary.

 This was published in the Wakefield Express on Saturday Feb 26th 1949.  I have copied it here exactly including the misspelling of his name:

 FUNERAL OF COUNCILLOR J.M.HOOTEN – The interment took place at Ryhill Cemetery yesterday week of Cr Joseph May Hooten, of Nostell Lane , Ryhill, who died at his home the previous Tuesday at the age of 65.  A native of Derbyshire, Cr Hooten had lived at Ryhill over 40 years.  He was employed at New Monckton Collieries for 42 years, and was “father” of Ryhill Parish Council, being first elected 25 years ago.  He was chairman several times, and during the period 1942-1946 he represented the parish on Hemsworth Rural Council.  He was chairman of the old Ryhill Sub-Committee and, with the introduction of the 1944 Education Act, became a member of the Hemsworth Divisional Education Executive Committee.  At the time of his death he was vice-chairman of the Governors of Ryhill and South Hiendley Secondary School .  Cr. Hooten was a member of Monckton “A” branch of the N.U.M. and a former official, and he had been invited to be present at Monckton No. 3 canteen on the day of his death to receive a long-service Union medal, along with other veterans.  Also interested in sport, he was a member of Ryhill and Havercroft Sports Club and was a member of Ryhill W.M. Club.  One of Cr. Hooten’s most treasured possessions was a letter he received from the Prince of Wales in 1930 thanking him for his work for the Lord Mayor’s fund after the 1926 General Strike, when there was much distress in the coalfields.  Rev W.R.Lewis officiated at the funeral, which was attended by representatives of Ryhill Parish Council, Havercroft Parish Council, Hemsworth Rural Council, the Education Committee and Governors, Sports Club and W.M.C., and wreaths were placed on the grave by members of these bodies.  He leaves a widow.

 

Regards,

 Lorraine"

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More contributions requested please.