Community news - Middlestown

W I: On September 13 Debbie Waller, a popular speaker from Pontefract, was welcomed back to Netherton and District W I by the President, Ann Tomlinson. On this occasion Debbie gave a surprisingly humorous talk about hypnotherapy – its applications and history. Although sickness and holidays had reduced the numbers, a small but attentive audience really enjoyed hearing hitherto unknown facts but were all glad to have been born in the 20th century! Competition winners were Joyce Hemingway, Ann Tomlinson and Margaret Naylor. The next meeting, on October 11, is the AGM. There will be the traditional harvest supper and auction of produce. The competition will be for a home –made lantern and the theme for the sales table will be “Autumn”.

CHESS: The Huddersfield League season has begun successfully for the Netherton and West Bretton club with the first team winning at Wakefield 4 ½ - 1 ½ and the second team defeating the third team 5 ½ - ½ . Nobody in the first team lost as Peter Shaw, Alan Coupe and Bill Lumley won and Nick Edwards, Granville Boot and John Eagers drew. Ron Atkinson, who has volunteered to play top board in the third team, had an excellent draw against Keith Thompson, a new player joining the strong Barnsley contingent now playing for Netherton. Otherwise it was wins all the way for the rest of the second team – Bien Cuaresma, Gary Hinchcliffe, Richard Desmedt, Chris Tinker and John Gibbs.

SHOE BOX APPEAL: Hazel Green is well known in Middlestown for her voluntary work and now works for the chaplaincy at New Hall Prison, visiting twice a week to work with residents and other volunteers to send shoe boxes of presents to places like Belarus, Mozambique and Romania for Christmas. Hazel desperately needs knitting wool and would gratefully receive any donations of unwanted wool so that scarves, hats, bags and dolls could be knitted to go in the boxes. The work gives the residents at the prison a sense of purpose and well being. Items that go in the boxes include new toys, educational supplies and hygiene items. No liquids or chocolates can be sent and any sweets must have a sell-by date of March the following year. The serious packing of the boxes started in August, when they are filled according to age and sex, and sent to a collection point at Meltham where they are checked. Each box costs £2 to reach its destination. Last year 415 boxes were filled and dispatched. If you can help in any way please contact Hazel on 01924 260803.

CHRISTMAS TREES: The switching on of the Christmas tree lights will take place on November 30 at Middlestown and December 1 at Netherton. These are community events and everyone is welcome.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Please note that the Harvest Festival announced for Sunday September 25 at Trinity Methodist Church at 10.30am is in fact a united harvest service, which will take place at St Luke’s Church, Overton, at 11am and includes communion, to be followed by a faith lunch.