Community news - Middlestown

WINDY DAYS: I am all in favour of recycling and commend Wakefield Council on the system it uses, but a windy day can create chaos, especially if it is the day the plastic boxes are put out for collection. That was the case in our area a week last Tuesday. When the boxes are emptied, little thought seems to be given to placing them in a more sheltered spot. Consequently many, mine included, were blown all over the place. In Netherton, between Highfield Road and the post office, I counted at least eight scattered around. I hope everybody managed to reclaim their missing boxes but heaven knows where some may have been blown.

CHESS: It was a good week for Netherton and West Bretton Chess Club in the Huddersfield Handicap League. A very strong Netherton side faced Holme Valley at home and were giving the visiting club 4½ points start, but Peter Shaw, Jonathan Arnott, Keith Thompson, Richard Desmedt, Ron Atkinson and Paul Jackson, the last by default, all produced wins to give the club a 6-4½ handicap victory. Meanwhile, away at Calderdale, West Bretton forced a 3-3 draw against stronger opposition, which equated to a 4½-3 handicap victory. Here there was wins for Barry Marshall and draws for Gary Hinchcliffe, Granville Boot, Dave Toulson and John Eagers.

CONCERT: Tonight, at St Luke’s Church Hall, there is a concert, at 7.30pm. Brin Pelzer is the vocalist and the £5 entrance fee includes a pie and pea supper.

CORRECTION: Since last week’s edition there has been a change of mind about the table top sales at the Labour Club in Wakefield. The one to be held on Saturday, November 5 has been cancelled, but wards are asked to support one on Saturday, December 3. If other organisations would like to take the opportunity of raising funds they can contact me. It is £5 per table but table space is limited due to the size of the building so bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis.