Community news - Sandal

SANDAL CLIFF: Residents of this quite extensive estate have been having problems with visitors finding them, as well as letters going astray. Only a single ‘blank’ nameplate and even that on ‘wrong’ side. Friendly officer in highways department promised to investigate.

coffee morning: Arranged by St Helen’s women’s fellowship raising funds for the charity Candlelighters, which fights cancer in children, to be held at the Star Inn on Standbridge lane on Wednesday october 19 from 10am to noon. tickets £1 to include coffee and biscuits and there will be usual range of stalls, cakes, books and tombola.

CHARITY AUCTION: The indefatigable Terry Kelly is arranging this to raise funds for Wakefield Hospice, following the efforts of Andy Gough and Hugo Hunter in tracing the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright’s coast to coast walk, the two young men raised a great deal in sponsorship, now Terry has gathered a great collection of memorabilia to auction. Signed RL shirts from Featherstone, St Helens and Leeds, along with framed/signed montages of Neil Fox and other great, local celebrities. Terry is inviting advance bids and will be happy to show the ‘treasures’ as well as other items.

thomas gilmore: This well-known local man, who served as a pilot in the fleet air arm during the war had his life recalled at a requiem mass recently. On Tom’s coffin, along with the usual flowers were his flying helmet, goggles and gauntlets, for the Fairey Albacore he flew off aircraft carriers had not much protection from the weather on Russian convey duties.

sandal gardening club: Next meeting is on Wednesday, October 19 at WYSSC at 7.15pm. Due to unforeseen circumstances the programme is changed. There will now be a talk by Hedgehugs, local hedgehog rescue centre. Donations of newspaper, bedding, towels and meat-based cat food will be gratefully received.

SANDAL RUGBY: The match with Morley, their first visit to Milnthorpe Green since April 2003 proved to be just as hard as anticipated, played in pouring rain on a cold afternoon and saw two Sandal players carried off after just ten minutes. It is greatly to the credit of every member of our amateur team the way in which they dug in to claim winning points, cementing a place in the top four. After suffering while a pathetic England played without any spirit it was a delight to watch our team play so well. Tomorrow we travel to Lymn in Cheshire, while next week (October 22) is the date for the long-awaited annual reunion when we entertain top team, Chester. Kick off 3pm, but players will start arriving at noon, before a great buffet lunch.