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COFFEE MORNING: St Luke’s Church will hold a coffee morning in Sharlston Community Centre tomorrow Saturday, January 28 from 10am to 11.30am. Stalls will include raffle, cakes, tombola, new and secondhand goods. Bring your family along and chat with friends. Children welcome. Proceeds in aid of Church funds.

KARAOKE: Sharlston Villa Club will hold a karaoke night on Saturday, January 28.

SHARLSTON ANGLING CLUB: The annual meeting will be held on February 2 at 7.30pm prompt in the White Horse.

SHARLSTON SCHOOL NEWS: There was a special assembly this week from a mad scientist! The school is sending home letters to invite children to join in the Mad Science after-school program which will be based around a “Space” theme. The science-themed classes will take children on a voyage of discovery with hands-on activities, amazing demonstrations and fun educational take-homes. If you wish your child to participate then please return the form by the date specified. This week the school will be receiving a donation of several trees from Sharlston Parish Council. The pupil council will be accepting the trees on Wednesday which will then be planted around the school and we are hoping that a photographer from the Wakefield Express will be in attendance to record the event.

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS: The petition to try to redress the situation of there being no evening bus service for the village of Sharlston between Wakefield and Pontefract after 7pm will be presented to a representative of Metro on Wednesday, January 25. Hopefully someone will listen to what residents are saying and install an evening service once again, if only a minimal one of perhaps one an hour both ways. This minimal service would at least help to give the people who work evening shifts away from our village, the chance to return home safely, late at night, after work.

MISSING GARDEN ORNAMENTS: It has been reported that a number of garden ornaments have been stolen from gardens around the village.

GOODBYE BILL (HENRY): It is with great sadness that I report the death of Bill (Henry) Dix, a neighbour and good friend. He was rescued when his house was on fire last Tuesday, but sadly passed away on Sunday. Although he was 83 he still helped people whenever he could: putting out bins, delivering newspapers and doing any odd jobs. He was a well known figure in the village and will be sadly missed.