Community news - Middlestown

THREE’S COMPANY PLUS THREE: The local band played at five venues in November and December, which were Alternative Care at Stanley, a skiffle night at the Flat Top in Thornhill, a chapel at Crigglestone, Netherton Over 50s and St Luke’s Church at Overton. These venues raised £580. The money was passed on to Wakefield Hospice, the clover unit at Pinderfields and the Alzheimer’s unit. In the last 12 months the band has raised £4,500 for various charities and would like to thank everyone who has donated.

WI: On Thursday, December 13, at the Swan and Cygnet, 20 members of Netheron and District WI enjoyed a Christmas feast. Awards were made to Ann Tomlinson (Members’ Plate) and jointly to Joyce Hemingway and Hilary Sharp (Attendance Award). Another joint award was the Community Plate (Joyce Bentley and Hilary Sharp). The Competitions Award went to Deb Audsley and gifts were also given to Evelyn Howard, Cynthia Shaw and Judith Smith in gratitude for long work as officers. President Ann Tomlinson was surprised to receive a bowl of hyacinths from members as a token of thanks for her tireless leadership. This brought to an end a busy year with interesting speakers on wide-ranging subjects. The Women’s Institute restarts on January 10 at 2pm (as will the February meeting). January’s speaker is Mollie Urquhart. Her talk is entitled Going, Going, Going and the competition is for a small antique. Why not make a new year’s resolution to join them? Visitors still pay £1 at the door.

NETHERTON YOUTH CREW: The youth club has been successful in obtaining two grants which will enable further activities to take place both at its Wednesday evening sessions and for external events. Grants have been obtained from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Wakefield Council’s community chest. Activities include the creation of a craft table, a course on beauty treatment and therapy, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, raft-building, go-carting, off-road motorcycle training, abseiling and archery, and all these events will take place in 2012. Transport will be arranged where necessary. Membership is open to all children in Netherton and surrounding districts aged 13 to 16, and the club meets at Netherton Village Hall from 7.30pm to 9pm every Wednesday evening during school term times. Regular activities include music, computer access, X-Box, Wii, table tennis and pool, with a tuck shop which includes cooked food. For further information contact either Andrew Shaw on 01924 275414 or Alison Staal on 01924 277885.

COFFEE STOP: The next Coffee Stop is on Monday, January 16 at Trinity Methodist Sunday School from 2pm to 4.30pm. There are activities to join if you wish.

ZUMBA: Party yourself into shape with this Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie burning dance held at Netherton Village Hall on Monday 6.30pm - 7.30pm and Thursday 6pm to 7pm. The charge is £4 per class. For more information contact Rose or Rob on 07855 753571 or 07746 716412.