• New group Sandal Singers are rehearsing each Monday evening at the Methodist Church under musical director Edward Whelan. For details call Sheila Leith on 07443 002311

  • SCA chairman Les Goddard meets Irish folk group Blimey O'Reilly at our open-air musical evening in June. See Community Events page

  • Pirate scarecrow One-Eye Jake was a popular attraction at the Scarecrow Festival coffee morning at the Star Inn in May

  • Plans have been agreed to open the former Sandal Castle visitor centre as a family-run cafe. Full story on our News page

  • Latest news...


    A BENCH installed as a memorial to Violet Moxon who died in Sandal in 1968, aged 86, has been given a much-needed make-over by two SCA members. Violet was the wife of a man who was a bellringer at St Helen's for 80 years. For the full story go to our News Page



    THE SPRING Community Shop and Cafe marks its 20th anniversary this year. Fifty of the church enterprise's volunteers were treated to a New Year's party where the permanent staff, including manager Catherine Moxham, served them refreshments. See Community Events

    Website last updated 26 June 2017

  • David stands down

    David Hopkins, who marked his 80th birthday last year, stood down as a South Ward Conservative councillor after 17 years. David, who lives in Sandal, recalls some of his successes - and disappointments - on our Sandal People page. His mayoral year in 2005-06 was a personal highlight during which he raised a record £29,500 for charity, half going to Yorkshire Air Ambulance with the remainder promoting music and drama.

  • Yorkshire's Wild West

    Sandal writer Michael Yates joined with two Sandal actors to launch his new novel, The Gangers, as part of Wakefield Lit Fest in September. Michael got the idea for the novel after reading a history of railways in Yorkshire. “I'm a western fan and I suddenly realised the shanty towns of the navvies were as lawless as the trail towns of the Wild West.” Sandal amateur actors Paul and Monica Haley read extracts from book at the launch.

  • Friends' new chairman

    Dr Keith Souter has been elected chairman of the Friends of Sandal Castle, after serving as vice chairman during a turbulent time for the historic site. Keith is a member of the SCA's committee and is well known as an author of historical novels, westerns and crime fiction. A former GP in Wakefield, he also writes medical books. For more information about the Friends, click here. They also have a Facebook page

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