Community news - Middlestown, Netheron

CHESS: A review of last season shows that Jonathon Moreton, with 30 games, played more games for Netherton and West Bretton first team in all competitions than any other player. Peter Shaw (21 matches) was second and was the most successful Netherton player with 17 wins and two draws. In first team matches played for the club, Ron Atkinson (102) passed the 100 landmark and Jonathon Moreton (75) the 50 landmark. Peter Shaw also passed the 250 wins landmark, having reached 259. There were only two changes to the all-time list. Michael Newsome (548), Tony Gilpin (421), Peter Shaw (373), Paul Jackson (338) and Bill Lumley (273) are still the top five. John Newsome Sr (265) moved into 6th place above his son, John Newsome Jr (356). Matthew Brown (196) and David Jackson (192) remains 8th and 9th but Richard Desmedt (183) has moved into 10th place, displacing Steve Rowbottom (181).

WALKER AND GREENWOOD EDUCATIONAL CHARITY: This small, long-established charity, based on the ancient parish of Thornhill St Michael, includes in the area it covers the whole of the parish of Sitlington and the Flockton ward of Kirkburton Parish Council. It invites students from the area to apply for grants for this year. Applicants must be under 25 and attending university. Application forms can be obtained up to September 30 by sending a SAE to the Clerk to the Trustees, Walker and Greenwood Educational Charity, c/o 8 Park View, Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, WF12 9DT. The grants are awarded in November by the trustees and are between £100 and £200.

BUSES: Congratulations to the bus services for August. Although I only travelled on 27, 26 were on time (96 per cent). Arriva (nine buses) has a 100 per cent record and Centrebus had only one bus late out of 17 (94 per cent), and that was only five minutes late. One Centrebus was involved in a road accident while I was travelling on it but, I hasten to add, the accident was not the fault of the bus driver.

PARISH COUNCIL: Sitlington Parish Council has agreed to buy Netherton Sports and Social Club. The club will become a community centre.

MIDDLESTOWN WMC: Bingo sessions are now held on Monday afternoons 12.30pm-2.30pm, Wednesday evenings 8.30pm-10.30pm and Friday evenings 8.15pm-10.15pm.

POLICE REPORT: Although crime in the parish increased in July it was due to seven incidents in New Hall prison staff car park, one person has been arrested. The most notable damage committed in the parish was vandalism to the Devil Island swing at Netherton play area, which has cost £1,300 to replace. Police inquiries are still taking place.