Community - Sandal

SANDAL RUGBY: A good start to the league season last Saturday even with a depleted team, followed the unbeaten run begun in the pre-season friendly, matches played in August. Tomorrow will see Darlington at Milnthorpe Green, kick off 3pm.

ST HELEN’S CHURCH: A new service begins this Sunday, September 11 at 4pm. Designed to appeal to all families, especially to those where children are engaged in sport and other activities on a Sunday morning, the service will begin with tea and cake, followed at 4.45pm with a 45-minute creative and interactive family service. The Families@4 service will be on the second Sunday of each month to begin with.

CAR BOOT SALE: This week will see Pledwick Cricket Club back at its excellent headquarters which in the past had built a reputation for being a well-supported event. By a strange coincidence I will be on the ground umpiring in a Pontefract League match tomorrow.

SANDAL CASTLE: A reminder that tomorrow, September 10 there will be a chance to learn about activities in the Civil War, leading to the second Battle of Wakefield, (1643). Seating in the Visitors’ Centre is limited, so arrive early. The speaker David Cooke will start at 3pm.

WHIST DRIVE: Further to my request for information, I am reminded of the regular winter series taking place in the clubroom of the Sandal Bowling Club, to the rear of The Castle. These will resume on Wednesday October 5, starting at 1.30pm.

THE SPRING: After being closed for a fortnight’s break for staff holidays, this wonderful amenity for the district is now open again, from Tuesday to Saturday for an excellent range of food, with masses of interest on the shelves of good quality second hand clothes, bric-a-brac and books.Visitors will find Catherine’s great team have brightened the play area.

BUSY CORNER LITTER: In the past I have mentioned the way in which the footpath between Busy Corner shops and the Brook House Club was in need of attention, having become overgrown with weeds and strewn with litter. However, called to go through Sandal newspaper shop, I was horrified to see the way in which the waste paper skip had been overturned.

WOODEN SPOONS: As the end of both cricket and rugby league seasons approach it saddens me deeply to look at league tables. Yorkshire County look certain to be relegated and finish bottom of the table for the first time. Nearer to home Wakefield Wildcats, after losing nine consecutive matches are favourites to finish bottom of the league and might even concede 1,000 points, all unwanted records for the club.