First village gala for 30 years

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A partnership between two community groups will bring a gala to Crigglestone for the first time in about 30 years.

Hall Green Community Association has teamed up with Crigglestone Sports and Social Club to host a gala at the club, on Painthorpe Lane, next Sunday.

A police special unit will be attending the event, along with a police dog team.

And a sports and lifestyles team from Wakefield Council will engage local children in games and sporting activities.

Cynthia Binns, of Crigglestone Parish Council and Hall Green Community Association, said: “This is the first time the two groups have collaborated.

“We haven’t had a gala here for about 30 years, so it will be nice to do something for the community.

“There will be lots of activities and stalls on the day. The idea is for the event to have something for everybody in the community to enjoy.”

Mrs Binns said she was hoping that a majorettes group would perform at the event.

And she said the Mayor of Wakefield Coun Bryan Holmes would make an appearance during the afternoon.

There will also be a visit from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Wakefield and District Housing.

And people will be able to get their faces painted.

Community groups and charities will host stalls to promote their respective causes and raise funds.

The event will take place on the sports field adjacent to Crigglestone Sports and Social Club.

And it will be opened by John Peebles, chairman of the parish council.

Hall Green Community Association was formed in 1977, when they held their meetings at Crigglestone Middle School.

Since then, the association has worked to arrange social events and fundraising events, normally at Hall Green Community Centre, on Painthorpe Lane.

The gala, on Sunday, August 18, will run from 1pm until 4pm.