Community news - Sandal

EUGENIE FORREST: St Paul’s Church was packed for the funeral service of this lovely lady last Friday .

FUNDRAISING: A great day, not to be missed at Sandal Methodist Church, Barnsley Road tomorrow, Saturday from 10am to 1.30pm to help the needy in Belarus. This great charity, the sort I love with no overheads is organised by good friends, Elaine and Jack. All the usual stalls, including bric-a-brac and books but a great attraction is the hot food, so maybe I’ll see at you church for lunch.

SANDAL RUGBY: Penrith returned just one week after calling the match off and on a bitterly cold winter day, with very strong winds took the winning points back to Cumberland. Sandal had to be content with just a bonus point as consolation. Talking to old players I recalled the late, great Colin Bell playing on this field and ‘eating grass’, a habit that charactised his game at QEGS, Oxford and Belle Vue. Tomorrow it is only a short journey to neighbours, Morley – always a tight match.

CYMS BOOKS: While running the book stall at English Martyrs Christmas Fair the head teacher provided me with some young helpers. At the end, I found one ten-year-old girl looking longingly at a collection of detective novels by PD James. Her parents were there and I sold her four, after confessing that when I was that age, my love was Biggles, William and Bulldog Drummond. Later I told the author of her young fan and she, both surprised and gratified, suggesting I present her with a hardback from my collection, so I did.

BREAKFAST AT THE SPRING: Last Tuesday a meal took place for leaders from 23 local churches A presentation on Christians Against Poverty, an organisation from Bradford which helps people who are struggling against debt was outlined with the hope that a CAP centre might be set up in Wakefield which would be accessible to help with problems. One outcome was that a series of courses are being run at St Helen’s, for anyone interested contact Parish Office on 259966, or see web-site on which shows a message fro Prince Charles.endorsing the work of CAP throughout the country.

BARNABUS ROOMS: This week marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of this great facility for the district, loyally nurtured by Eileen Calkeld, Alan Cottrell, Teddy Foster and Mavis Rowley. To mark the date a special aervice will take place in the church at 11am, followed by refreshments. This is a joint event for the whole parish and so there will be no 9.15am or 10.45am services in St Helen’s Church this week.