Why not visit the diary section and find out what's going on? See letters on the Smoke Signal site  This site is updated regularly. Click here here to find the latest changes. Missed the news? We are archiving our news here


      Parish Council co-opts 6 new councillors - see community section



On Saturday the 19th July, Pennine Brass will be in concert with Crofton Silver Band at Crofton High School 7.0pm. Pennine Brass is based in Huddersfield and was formed in 1999.   Since then it has gained rapid promotion through the sections and now competes in the Championship section alongside Black Dyke, Grimethorpe Colliery and Brighouse & Rastrick, and has just released its new CD.

Musical Director is Ian Porthouse, formerly solo cornet player with Leyland Vehicles, Desford Colliery, Black Dyke and Yorkshire Building Society.   Ian has also worked with many orchestras and has been guest soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic Orchestras.   He is also cornet tutor at the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

Pennine Brass will, of course, be ably supported by Crofton Silver Band, conductor Robin Morgan having been solo euphonium player with Pennine Brass.

Top brass bands rarely come to Crofton, so an evening of varied and colourful music is envisaged. Tickets are available from Band Secretary Julie Dawson or any band member.   Prices are 5.00, 4.00 concessions and 12.00 family ticket.

Posters advertising the concert will be on display around the village.   This is a wonderful opportunity for people in the community to hear championship brass playing on their doorstep.

information provided by Crofton Silver Band



Broadband access is currently unavailable in the Crofton area. In order for BT to provide this facility for Internet access there has to be sufficient potential users. The registration threshold for action by BT has been lowered from 300 to 250 and now early in June, 197 people have registered.    

information from Andrew Pointon - Crofton resident  - see his website  www.crofton.wewantbroadband.co.uk


Do we 'remember them'? 

The recent confict in Iraq has made us all aware of the cost to individuals and families when Service people are killed in war. The Wakefield Express recently featured the War Memorials in Crofton and the fact that several Crofton men from the First World War are as yet untraced. 

Do the names mean anything to you? 
Did your Granny talk about members of her family who went to fight 'the war to end all wars' and never returned. 

Please think hard about whether you have a bit of family history which could help me find out something about these men so that we can pass their stories to the next generation and NOT FORGET.

The names of the men we are trying to identify are:-

H. Child J. Creasy D. Cunliffe 
W.A.Dewhirst or (Dewhurst) G.E. Haslam or (Haslem) 
H. Hawkins H. Howarth J. Howarth A. Howe 
T. Huddlestone or (Huddleston) H. Sharples W.Taylor 
W. Thompson J.W. Ward 

With only a surname and intial to go on it is almost impossible to trace someone among the enormous numbers of casualties. For example there are 716 listed 'W. Taylor' and no way of knowing which one is ours!! 
If you can help please contact Val West by phone 863065 


Click here to read news from the Wakefield Express.