WAKEFIELD JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP: Netherton and West Bretton Chess Club once again hosted these Championships at West Bretton Village Institute and, in spite of the lateness in the year, there was an entry of 13 competitors, the most since 2007. The competition was unique, in that two pairs of twins finished among the trophy winners. Hot favourite Dev Hamal (Netherton & West Bretton) drew with his twin brother and club mate, Prev, in round four and both brothers finished on 4½ points out of five at the top of the table, but in the play off for the Open title it was Prev Hamal that won the championship and Dev had to be content with the 15 and under title. Behind them, another pair of twins was doing well. Dylan Kamath had lost to Prev Hamal in the first round but a draw with his twin brother Jay in the last round gave him a total of 3½ points and the 11 and under title. Jay had lost to Dev Hamal in round three but a draw with his sister, Anisha, gave him three points, which won him the nine and under title. Anisha Hamal was seventh in the competition with 2½ points, but Elizabeth Coupe (Netherton & WB) and Alex Francis (King’s School, Pontefract) had both finished on three points and played off for the Dave Woodhead trophy, awarded to the competitor who had played the best without winning a title. It was Elizabeth who won, retaining the trophy she won in 2010.
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: St Andrew’s Church would like to thank all organisations who entered a tree. It was a wonderful display and a real community event, much enjoyed by those who came to see them. Trees were voted for by the public and the results were very close. In the children’s category the winners were the brownies, with Year 1 at Netherton School second and Horbury Churches Together Youth third. Winner of the adults category was the post office, with the Bible fellowship second and the luncheon club third.
LUNCHEON CLUB: Celebrating its 14th Christmas dinner, everyone enjoyed an excellent meal.
NETHERTON J&I SCHOOL: Parents and relatives were entertained last week by two Christmas productions. Key stage 1 children and upper foundation presented Jesus’ Christmas Party and the key stage 2 production was The Stars Came Out for Christmas. As usual the singing and diction was excellent. Year 5 has also had a Victorian day this term, assisted by staff from the National Coal Mining Museum.
CAROL SERVICE: Netherton Trinity Methodist Church holds its carol service on Sunday December 18 at 4pm.