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BUSES: In June I travelled on 34 buses, of which 30 were on time (88 per cent), with one five minutes late, two 10 minutes late and one 20 minutes late. Even that was better than what happened to some travellers in Wakefield Bus Station the first Saturday of this month when, in both the morning and at tea-time, the 231 arrived at the bus station, did not pull into stand nine but parked elsewhere, then waited for someone to come from Huddersfield to fill up the radiator, and finally drove away from the bus station empty. Thus the waiting passengers had to wait for another hour for the next bus through Netherton. While all the Arriva buses I travelled on last month were on time, it was the Centrebus vehicles that were late. Of the 23 I travelled on only 19 were on time (83 per cent).

POLICE REPORT: Most of the crimes in June were centred around Middlestown. There was a house burglary, three cases of damage to cars, damage to a house window, a couple of cases of shoplifting and three other thefts, the most serious when someone climbed on an electricity pylon, cutting and removing wires from it. There were two thefts in Netherton.

LOCAL BAND: Three’s Company plus Three raised £270, to be shared equally between Wakefield hospice and the Clover Unit WOLF at Pinderfields Hospital at two venues – John Hirst’s 90th birthday at Horbury WMC and Middlestown Darby and Joan at Middlestown WMC.

FUNDRAISING FOR ALZHEIMERS: A strawberry cream tea and summer evening party were held at New House Farm, Middlestown, on July 9 which raised £2,000 to support activities run by the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society. In the evening entertainment was provided by band, Three’s Company plus 3 and singer Carole Pickett. Many thanks to all who supported this event.

THE DRACULA ROCK SHOW: Once again Netherton J&I School’s summer musical was a resounding success. Oliver Sharpe as Dracula dominated the show with his presence. He was ably supported by Niamh Dockerty (Shirley Holmes), Tim Turner (Moriarty), Jacob Harrison (Dr Watson) and Ryan Jessop (Jagged Mick). Nobody exemplified the sheer enjoyment of performing than the Blood Sisters, Netherton’s up and coming new all-girl backing group, played by Sarah Makepeace, Amelia Cooper and Rachel Smith. Even those in minor roles shone in their parts. Thanks again to Andrea Rosamund, Susan Whiteley and the rest of the staff for their part in this excellent production.

40s EVENING: On Friday July 29 at 7.30pm there is a 40s evening at St Luke’s Church, Overton, with music from Three’s Company Plus Three. The event costs £5 and includes supper of meat and potato pie. For tickets ring Norman on 01924 272827.