Community news - Sandal

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Last week I referred to this very important occasion, giving an opportunity for anyone who has had a bereavement to reflect upon the life of their loved one. It takes place this Sunday, October 30 at 4pm at St Helen’s Church. For further information contact the office at church on 259966.

SANDAL RUGBY; Last Saturday, after a great lunch laid on by young Louise and her team for the annual reunion of more than 80 members, some of whom who had travelled from far away. This in itself is always a delight, so after the endless exchange of memories, we settled down to support a much-weakened Sandal team taking on Chester, the third division league leaders (and unbeaten ) It was a revelation watching the way in which Sandal romped to victory playing in the famous free running style. I suspect Jim will have a real problem, of the very best kind selecting a team when all are available. I am sure I will not see a more exciting match this season,

GALLOWS HILL: A name we hesitate to use nowadays, but after writing about the ‘washed-out’ street nameplate on Sandal Cliff, it has been pointed out to me the Chevet Lane sign at top end of Woodthorpe Lane (Gallows Hill) is similarly blank. I have asked for it to be replaced, but Kathleen’s regular plea is ‘He’s not a councillor now!’

FOUND KEYS: Last week a bunch of keys were found and pushed through a door on Woolgreaves Avenue. If they are yours, get in touch with me on 250311 and I will put you in touch with the finder.

SOCIAL EVENING: Following the success of their last event the West Yorks Sports and Social Club in Sandal Hall Close are holding this event from 8pm to midnight on Friday, November 4, dancing, bingo, a quiz and a pea and pie supper. Admission ticket only £5, available at the club on 258528.

MURDER MYSTERY: Wakefield Little Theatre and St Catherine’s Church and Community Centre are proud to present a Murder Mystery Evening on Friday, October 28 at 7pm at the community centre. T,hree-course meal with entertainment throughout the evening culminating in the revelation of the guilty party. Tickets cost £12.50, contact Lisa or Mark on 211130, or e-mail

SUZY PARTY: Brian was given a great surprise this week when a kind man, David Armitage of Altofts, having asked all his friends rather than buy him a present for his ‘big’ birthday would they make a donation to help Suzy. When David called on Brian with £350, Brian told him such an amount would provide hot meals for 16 children in Ethiopia, every day for a year, a very important sort of Suzy party. God bless you David.

ST HELEN’S WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP: Wish to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who came to The Star last week to support the coffee morning when £418 was raised for Candlelighters, a charity which is fighting to beat children’s cancer. Thanks to staff at The Star, who gave great support.

SANDAL STROLLERS: The October walk was cancelled at the last minute owing to a violent hailstorm as the group reached West Bretton. The walk has been reorganised for November 3. Meet at 1pm at WYSSC car park. Cars may be parked here while others take on passengers before driving to West Bretton, where Roger and Brenda Holmes will lead the walk. A special morning stroll is being planned for December 1 with an opportunity for refreshments at the finish.