Community news - Middlestown

POLICE REPORT: There were only five crimes, all burglary or theft, in Sitlington during October. Two were in Netherton and three in Middlestown. However there have been people setting traps for cyclists in Coxley Valley. Readers may well remember that not too long ago a cyclist was killed in Coxley Valley when a trap was set.

BUSES: I travelled on 39 buses in October and 35 were on time (90 per cent). The two principal companies were Centrebus and Arriva. I travelled on 16 Centrebus vehicles, or should have done, but one was half an hour late and I had to hire a taxi eventually in order to get to my meeting on time. There was another bus that was also 15 minutes late, so Centrebus’ punctuality was only 88 per cnet. Arriva’s 11 buses on which I travelled were all on time.

PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATE: Lawrence Kirkpatrick has been selected by the Rural Ward Labour Party to stand for Labour in Wakefield Rural in next May’s district elections. Lawrence was Mary Creagh MP’s election agent in the last general election.

CHESS: As expected Netherton and West Bretton 1st team whitewashed its 3rd team 6-0, with wins from Keith Thompson, Barry Marshall, Nick Edwards, Gary Hinchcliffe, Richard Desmedt and Bill Lumley. The 2nd team, however, had an amazing game at Wakefield where every game was drawn, leaving a 3-3 match result. Netherton and West Bretton 2nd team was Granville Boot, Dave Toulson, John Gibbs, John Eagers, Gerry Thickett and Jonathan Moreton. This year’s Wakefield Junior Chess Championship is being played at West Bretton Village Institute on Saturday December 3. This five-round competition starts at 9.30am. For the first time there will be no prize money for the competition but entry is free. The event is open to anyone 18 or under on the day of the competition who lives in the Wakefield MDC, or attends a school or is a member of a chess club in Wakefield MDC. Trophies, held for a year, are presented to the winners of the Open, 15 and under, 11 and under and nine and under age groups. Entries should be sent to me by Thursday, December 1 and should have name, date of birth, address and school/club of the competitor.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: A reminder of the Christmas market and Santa night at St Luke’s Church Hall, Overton, on Friday, November 18 from 6pm onwards. Many stalls to choose from.

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH: The next two light lunches are on Friday, November 25 and Friday, December 9. On the November meal the menu is soup, sandwiches and hot puddings. The December lunch is the Christmas lunch, which costs £5. Names should be given to Margaret or Christine as places for this meal must be booked. Meals start at noon.