POLICE: It seems to me that the police cuts are already taking effect. Wanting to report an act of vandalism I was given the number of Ossett Police Station. There was no answer. I then rang the help desk at Wood Street, Wakefield. There was no help there because again no-one answered. In desperation I rang the Neighbourhood Watch team. I got an answering machine. Fortunately I was contacted one-and-a-half hours later.
CHESS: 1992-93 was the last season that Netherton went a whole season without winning a trophy. Twice in 2010-11 the club has finished in the runners-up spot, but in its last chance to win a trophy before the 2011-12 season begins, in the Sherwood Shield match against Wakefield, Netherton were out-graded on every board and Wakefield easily retained the Shield. Nevertheless John Eagers, Jonathon Moreton and Dave Brooke gained draws against higher-graded players.
BEER FESTIVAL: The annual beer festival held at the Reindeer, Overton, starts today and lasts all weekend. There are 30 different types of beer on offer.
DISCO: On Sunday, September 11 at Netherton Sports and Social Club from 2pm Rockin’ Ronnie’s Disco will take place with children’s entertainment, games, etc. Free entry.
MIDDLESTOWN PLAYGROUP: Places are available for September onwards at this playgroup, at Centre X, Middlestown J&I School. Ofsted-registered pre-school playgroup offers for children aged from two. It opens Monday and Thursday 9am to 11.30am, in term time. Fees are £4 per session, payable each half-term. For more information contact Jayne Davis on 01924 266056.
ROAD SAFETY: Netherton J&I School is looking for local sponsorship to provide funds towards the parking costs for using Netherton Sports and Social Club car park for parents dropping off and collecting their children. This arrangement ensures the safety of the children and helps reduce congestion on the main road.
ST ANDREW’S CHURCH: Light lunches at the church take place on September 23 (harvest lunches, ploughman’s platter and fruit puddings), October 28 (pie peas and various crumbles), November 25 (winter warmer – soup, sandwiches and old fashioned hot puddings) and December 9 (Christmas lunch).
LOCAL PREACHERS: Preachers at Trinity Methodist Church, Netherton, for the remainder of the month are Sunday, September 11, Richard Mills (Racial Justice Sunday) and Sunday September 18, Keith Foster. On Sunday September 25, (harvest gestival) there is a joint service at St Luke’s Church, Overton, at 11am. The remaining services are at 10.30am.