Community news - Sandal

CHRISTMAS FAIR: At Sandal Bowling Club, tomorrow (November 26) will be holding a Christmas Fayre and Coffee Morning in the Club Pavilion behind The Castle Inn, Sandal, from 10a.m to 12 Noon. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy refreshments, festive stalls, produce, games and raffle. Entrance £1.

ST THOMAS A BECKET SCHOOL: The school hall was packed for the presentation evening last week at which Head Girl Alex Myers and Head Boy Sam Marson after welcoming guests and returning former pupils, acted as comperes for the evening. Chairman of the Governors, Coun Olivia Rowley in her opening remarks spoke of her pride in the achievements of the pupils, after which Mrs Linda Davies presented certificates and prizes. Mr Pat Kiernan spoke of former colleague, Paul Oldroyd, a much loved member of staff for 30 years, before presenting the shield to Jess Jameson. Headmaster, John Rooney delivered the closing remarks before Alex and Sam presented gifts to Grace Eyles and Matthew Woodhouse, their predecessors. There was a lovely surprise for everyone when Orienne Edward sang.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Tomorrow at SS Peter & Paul Church Hall, this very popular annual event will be open for 10am to 3pm with an amazing variety of seasonal attractions. Watch out for the arrival of Father Christmas at noon, always a delight for young and old.

SANDAL RUGBY: The clock seemed to have been turned back last Saturday when spectators were treated to a wonderful exhibition of free flowing rugby on a lovely sunny afternoon. The twelve tries scored comfortably gained the Club a bonus point lifting us into fifth position in a competitive National League before the mid-term break.

WAKEFIELD RUGBY: My old St Austins School friend, Phillip Taylor who played more than 50 times for Yorkshire and six for England, sent a photo for the School in his International shirt, but in a letter told me he had given five of his England shirts to the College Grove Club which ceased to exist ten years ago and asked me to pass one of then on to his old School. Alas, I am unable to trace any of them and hope a reader might help.

ST HELEN’S WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP: When members met last week they really enjoyed a presentation by Kathleen and Edwin Hirst showing Edwin’s paintings of Churches, Chapels and Schools in Wakefield while Kathleen gave an informative description of them and of their history. Some of the buildings no longer exist, or have been adapted for different uses. The next meeting on Monday December 12 will take place at 7.30pm in the hurch which will be ‘A Christmas Selection Box.’.

SANDAL COMMITTEE FOR

YORKSHIRE CANCER RESEARCH: Wish to express their sincere thanks to everyone who supported their Coffee Morning at SS Peter & Paul’s Church Hall last week. This proved to be a great success raising more than £1,020 for the Charity.

FRIENDS OF SANDAL CASTLE: The first AGM will be held in the Sandal Castle Visitor Centre on Saturday December 3rd at 3 pm. New members, young and not so young welcome, as will anyone interested in preserving and promoting the castle for future generations.

TABLE TOP SALE: Tomorrow at WYCO, off Walton Lane from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Contact Chris on 258528 to book your table, charge £8. Entrance free. Come along for some Christmas bargains.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT for Wakefield Hospice at St James’ Church Friday December 2 at 7pm.Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band and Hendal J&I School Choir.Tickets £3 includes mulled wine + mince pie. Pay at door. Accompanied children FREE! Everyone welcome.