Community news - Sandal

SANDAL RUGBY: Last Saturday the 1st XV struggled on a flooded pitch and suffered our heaviest defeat for more than five years. Tomorrow we are home to Burnage, a Club from Cheshire who one member with a long memory tells me we last met in a cup-tie many years ago. Kick-off 3.00pm.

SANDAL BUS REVIEW: Metro has launched a consultation exercise which will run until October 7. A list of services which are to be withdrawn was published in the Express, along with services which could be reduced in frequency due to lack of patronage. The Sandal Community Association has examined the proposals, acknowledging the area is generally well served and the buses are well used, while pointing out that the large Mountbatten

estate where many elderly residents live might be seen as a positive zone for provision of a new service. A drop-in information day took place when staff spoke to travellers. Views may be sent to

SWIMMING: Reading of the poisoning suffered by the man who was swimming the length of the River Thames reminds of the way in which my friends and I used to pass summer evenings in the Great Ouse river near Huntingdon while in the RAF. I never ‘caught anything,’not even a WAAF,’ but as for the Thames or even our Calder, I would steer well clear of both.

CHEVET LANE: More than 50 residents packed in to The Three Houses Inn last week for a meeting arranged by the Sandal Community Association specifically for concerns about the great increase in the number of heavy lorries travelling up and down what is basically a country lane, not a major road. A Senior traffic engineer attended the meeting, he explained that many of the points raised were a Police matter, but undertook to investigate ways in which the council might be able to help, particularly the example given where heavy lorries were forced onto the verges when overtaking or passing. For anyone who missed the meeting, comment may be made on The officer after explaining that only accidents involving injury were recorded promised to provide details of others. When Brian was a councillor he had the giant word SLOW painted on the Lane 21 times, but it seems as though many drivers cannot read.

ST HELEN’S WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP: The AGM, chaired by the Rev Rupert Martin was held in Church last Monday when all officers and the Committee agreed to’stay on’ for another year. Afterwards members enjoyed a series of keep-fit exercises, organised by Judith. At the next meeting, Monday October 10, Julian Gill will speak on cycling in India.

FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting will be held at Brook House Club, Sandal at 7.15pm on Tuesday October 4, when demonstrator will be Liz Wood, her title being ‘Festival Time’ Visitors always welcome.

WEST YORKS TENNIS CLUB: This fine Club meet on the grounds off Walton Lane and invite residents to come and join them any Sunday at 1.30pm, or Wednesday at 6.30pm. Call Moira for information on 242190.

SANDAL STROLLERS: Meet on the first Thursday of each month, on their September walk regulars were joined by several newcomers. The walk was through Haw Park Woods to Wintersett, returning along the Barnsley Canal. As days shorten, the group plans to meet at West Yorks Sports & Social Club, off Walton Lane earlier at 1pm on Thursday, October 6, for car sharing before going on a circular walk of Yorkshire Sculpture Park and historic Bretton estate. For more information call 257316 or email

CLOTHES SWAP: A grand party is to be held at The Spring on Barnsley Road, Sandal in aid of Hands of Hope Charity. Tickets £7.50 which will include cheese and wine. Raffle, quiz, stalls as well. Tickets from Mrs Brooke, on 250311 or pay at the door.