Thanks much Smurkas, I'll be interested to see what someone who know what they are doing can make of it (O: Oddly enough I'm not too concerned about the functionality of the child pages lists as they do what is needed - edit and view. But it will probably need the bit of filtering code updated at some point - per dio5's updated method or similar.
As I keep saying... the amount of pages generated by news and blogs really inspire a desire to get more Page-like support for DataObjects. IMO DataObjects are definitely a better way to go for this sort of bulk item.
See attached snaps of the admin side of a DataObject based (no HidePages) News and Events module I made up for the Department. As you might imagine from the choices for HidePages it has a reasonably adaptable set of options for display of news in a variety of ways and groupings as well as good support for templates to access articles. If only I could work out why it sometimes orphans the articles (O: It has no calendar display yet despite the checkbox to enable it.
Woohoo, and now to break my development site with an upgrade to 2.4.2... I guess I'll soon find out if HidePages works with it... and everything else I've hacked up.