Community news - Ryhill

RYHILL ART SOCIETY: Philip Knaggs was the guest artist at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Ryhill Art Society. Painting in watercolour using a ‘wet in wet’ method, Philip painted five impressionist pictures of animals. The next meeting is this Wednesday, November 2, where Joanne Jenkins will demonstrate with acrylics. The meeting starts at 7pm at St Paul’s Methodist Church, Ryhill.

FLOWER ARRANGING: A course in festive seasonal flower arranging will be available at Havercroft and Ryhill Community Learning Centre, in two sessions on Thursday, December 8 and 15, from 3.15pm to 3.30pm. The sessions are £11 or free for those receiving certain benefits. Contact the centre on 01226 727824 or e-mail info@havercroft for more information. The centre is online on Facebook or at

WINTER FAIR: A winter fair will be held at the St James’ Centre, Ryhill, on Saturday November 19. There will be food, stalls, a tombola and a prize draw, from 11am to 2pm.

NOTTON BONFIRE: One of the region’s biggest fireworks displays returns to Notton on Saturday, November 5, at Notton Village Hall sports field. There will be a funfair, bar and tasty bonfire night food. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm, with fireworks at 8pm. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for kids and are available from Notton Post Office – they sell out fast. All proceeds go to local charities.

HAW PARK: The Friends of Haw Park Wood will stage an illustrated talk entitled A History of the Usage of Timber by Tony Race from Earnshaw’s Timber, on Tuesday, November 1. The Friends have commended the way the company removed unwanted pines from Haw Park Wood while retaining all the young and mature broad leaf trees. The evening promises to be an opportunity to see wood in a new light.

WALTON LIBRARY: Walton Library is at risk of closing under a review by WMDC. Residents have the opportunity to respond by completing a questionnaire available at the library or online at (when filling out the questionnaire, Walton is in the Wakefield Rural area).

MOTHERS’ UNION: Walton branch Mothers’ Union will hold its annual coffee morning on Saturday, October 29 in the Barnabas Rooms at St Paul’s Church, The Balk, 10am to noon. There will be stalls including cakes, preserves, books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, nearly-new and handicrafts and a tombola with prize-every-time. All proceeds go to Mothers’ Union projects. Admission is £1 and includes refreshments.

WALTON METHODIST CHURCH: The preacher on Sunday at 10.30am is Rev Max Bradley. On Monday the after tea dance group meets from 6.30pm to 9pm for an informal evening of mixed dance, refreshments are provided during the evening. On Tuesday open door coffee morning is from 10am to 11.30am, and craft class is from 9.30am to noon on Wednesday, followed by Women’s Fellowship at 2pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Walton Methodist Church will hold its Christmas fair on Saturday, November 19, from 10am to 1pm. There will be lots of stalls, children’s games and bacon butties. Admission is £1 including refreshments.

LIFEBOATS: Walton Branch RNLI is holding its Christmas fair on Saturday, November 26, at Walton Village Hall from 2.30pm. There will be cakes, preserves, handmade cards, jewellery, crafts and other stalls. Admission is £1 including refreshments.

COFFEE MORNING: The British Legion is holding a coffee morning at Walton Methodist Church, Shay Lane, on Saturday, November 5 from 10am to 11.30am in aid of the Poppy Appeal.