Community news - Sandal

KETTLETHORPE HIGH SCHOOL: This fine School which opened in 1965 primarily serving Sandal and the rapidly developing Kettlethorpe area for pupils in the old 13 to16 age group is now enjoying a growing reputation for Mathematics and Information Technology and thankfully now for ages 11 to 16. In recent weeks I have been helping out at the School and renewing acquaintance with members of staff who worked there when I was a Governor, even some who remember me as Chairman in the ‘early 1970’s’. I have always held the School in very high esteem, the pupils I have encountered are polite, keen to learn and very happy. I was interested to learn the pupils recently raised over £7,000 for Children In Need. Well Done! and of course with Stuart Lancaster, a former member of staff appointed to take charge of the England Rugby team this only adds to the growing reputation of the School.

WAKEFIELD FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting is at 7.15pm on Tuesday February 7 at Brookhouse Club when the demonstrator will be Arthur McDonald whose title is Gallimonfry. New members and visitors are welcome.

ST HELEN’S WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP:The first meeting of 2012, held in Church last Monday was the annual New Year Supper, a hot two course meal, cooked and served by members of the committee for which Betty Littlewood gave a vote of thanks. The next meeting will be on Monday February 13 at 7.15pm in the Church for a talk on the work of The Samaritans.

SANDAL RUGBY: A big disappointment for everyone at Milnthorpe Green last Saturday, when with both teams ‘warmed-up’ and out on the pitch and spectators ready for the kick off, the Penrith captain decided the ground was too firm and so the match had to be postponed. (That’s a 250-mile round journey in vain). Tomorrow, as both Clubs have a blank date, there might be a game, but best check before coming.

SS PETER & PAUL SUZY FUND: Brian received a pleasant surprise this week, receiving a cheque from the Inland Revenue for £6,000, covering three years Tax paid in by loyal supporters.This will pretty soon be on its way to help those in most need, along with a host of donations and the regular collections at Mass.

MAJOR ALAN G MARSDEN: A very well known resident in Pledwick who always took a keen interest in local affairs, regularly writing to The Express with matters of concern died on Christmas Day. Amazingly I had spoken to Alan while he was enjoying a Christmas Dinner and he joked with me about the many times he had served the meal when serving in the Royal Engineers now roles reversed with Vicar Rupert entertaining him and others in The Spring. In recent years Alan had worked as a volunteer in The Spring. He was quite rightly proud to have served through the War, particularly remembering the campaign in Italy.