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The war against fly tippers continues, this is waste material delivered outside of the hours of daylight and can be the product of an individual but on examination is most often supplied free of charge by travelling business people and small contractors.  A  cost to the local authority and a source of great displeasure to the public and those who are civic minded enough to report the instance.   Further reporting would be welcome especially if identification can be ascertained.

However there is still a large additional problem of casual litter which is being tackled by volunteers.   They’re known as the Methley Wombles – adult supervised youngsters now litterpicking in collaboration with the brownies and cubs. 

 

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Jane Tomlinson Charity Runs

Some selected pictures of fund raisers taking part of recent years on the Methley canal course.

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Football Teams

Surprisingly not many photos of football teams.   Good to see the fit octogenarians John Bird and Granville Tinker on the Methley United c1956 photo.

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Angling

  

I was initially astounded to find out how many fishing lets/sites there are in Methley and as you could write what I know about angling on a pinhead in braille, I am therefore indebted to Michael Johnson and a few  others for some ‘groundbait’ on the subject. 

My only interest was as a kid using a net for sticklebacks and redbreasts from Fleet Beck and bringing them home in jam jars from the muck tip washed out in the iron stream.  One amusing incident to recount was  the day a crowd of us returned with some minnows and poured them all into an old stone sink used for watering the hens at Neil Seage’s house.   Noisy arguments continued as to ownership of the biggest specimens and finally, all her patience gone, Mrs Seage came out of the house shouting that if we didn’t stop the row she would drown the ****** fish.

At about this time (1950) there would have been a few fish in the oxbow lakes but very little elsewhere. The rivers and canal were too de-oxygenated with chemicals from upstream to support any life (although  we used to swim in it).    Compare this with fishing opportunities today:-

  • Oxbow lakes – leased by Bradford No.1 Anglers and Walton Angling Club from Mexborough Estates.
  • Calder – from Methley Water Bridge to the confluence, on the Methley bank.
  • Aire – from Boat Lane to the confluence on the Methley bank, leased by the Allerton Bywater Collieries Angling Club.
  • Lemonroyd Locks – to Boat Lane on the Methley bank (the Aire is now naturally stocked with roach, perch,bream chub and trout).   Proof of the restored fish stocks is the presence of of cormorants on  both rivers – they have fished these stretches for a few years now but give scant respect to fishing season rules.
  • Lafarge pond – this has recently been stocked with non breeding trout by the Methley Fly Fishers Syndicate and appears to be progressing well.    Anglers here are allowed to retain a certain number and return the remainder of the catch.  
  • Pit Lane/Cutler Lane – I am not sure if these are managed sites.
  • Watergate – behind the old orchards, angling for tench and perch etc. can be arranged through David Lodge, at Hazel House Farm @ £2.50 per day.
  • There are other small fish ponds in the village in private ownership.
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Schools and Classmates

Fortunately there are lots of class and team pictures to select from and I hope to interchange these from time to time.

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Maps over the Years

There are plenty of maps available in both Castleford and Rothwell libraries, these are mostly large scale plans and maps from the local authority and the coal mining industry.    In addition there are a number of maps available held in other sources.   Some of the displays are reduced size copies of sections of maps which I have produced for purposes of this gallery.

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Savile Pit Reunion 28th Dec 2012

Closure in 1985 has brought about a number of gettogethers.   This time the meet was in the Commercial Hotel.

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Moss Carr Opencast Gallery

The site produced a significant tonnage from 2001 to 2005 and during operations was able to retain hedgerows using an Augur to obtain coal from under these conditions.   The mining company also provided assistance with removals of the surface soil cover enabling the West Yorkshire Archaeologists to excavate a Romano/British historical site and produce a report on their findings  (Covered in this website).

September 2002 
Following a request to make a personal visit, Banks Opencast arranged a viewing programme under the supervision of one of their assistant surveyors Mr. J  Drinkall, undertaken in one of their vehicles.   I was able to see at first hand the clearing of a section of the site in preparation for deeper excavation (development) and the removal of overburden.    

The next stage went into the ‘pit’ where the seams had been exposed and coal extraction was taking place (coal face), it was interesting to see the layering of the strata in between the three working seams.  The seams were Stanley Main, Methley Park Top (Kents Thick) and Methley Park Lower (Kents Thin).    

We then completed the tour by seeing the back filling operations taking place prior to levelling and restoration.    Throughout it was possible to note the efficient working of the pit, maximising on robust earth and coal moving equipment (pictures appended) minimising on manpower requirements.

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Canal Locks Gallery

Transfer through the locks has now been significantly reduced (1980 – 2016) following cessation of coal mining operations and re-routing of the sand and gravel barges.   Added to this petroleum for some reason is now brought to the holding tanks at Fleet Lane by road tanker instead of by canal.

These days the transfers are made by narrow boats and other pleasure craft – still absorbing to watch the process of the transfers.

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Places Gallery

Displays a varied compendium in comparison with the old .com edition.

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