The Association aims to further the interests of all residents by seeking to:
- Protect and enhance the quality of our environment for present and future generations
- Provide information and raise awareness of planning, community and traffic issues widely throughout the area
- Offer a basis for dialogue and contact with Wakefield District Council and to make an input into development planning processes
- Encourage community spirit through social events
|Chairman||Les Goddard||01924 252282|
|Vice-chairman||Ray Watson||01924 257037|
|Secretary||Val Carter||01924 254659|
01924 251777 Mob: 07866 100383
Other committee members:
|Roger Holmes||Planning & environment||01924 240589|
|Richard Taylor||Press & publicity||01924 256644|
|Monica Graham||Founder||01924 258214|
|Chris Watson||01924 257037|
|Phil Carter||Membership/distribution||01924 254659|
|Keith Souter||01924 256201|
To join the Association (£6 per annum for each household) go to our Membership Page where you can access a printable membership form. Alternatively contact any SCA officer. For other matters, please email us using the contact form and we will reply as soon as possible.
MESSAGE SERVICE: In exploring ways to communicate with its members, Sandal Community Association has set up an email service through which members can receive newsletters and other announcements. Any member not receiving updates may join by sending a blank email to the news distributor.
TOP: Roger Brown's drawing illustrates some of Sandal's best known features, including St Helen's Church, the Duke of York monument, the Three Houses pub, Sandal Castle Primary School (formerly Sandal Endowed School), the village pump and, of course, Sandal Castle. This artwork has now been used to create an SCA greetings card.
RIGHT: Each year the SCA provides Sandal with a Christmas tree. The now traditional switch-on of the lights is followed by a very popular social in Sandal Castle Primary School, highlights of which include the children singing festive songs and a visit by Santa.
SCA Newsletters always highlight current issues and provide an account of Association activities.
To view past editions, click on any of the following:
September 2009 February 2010 November 2010 April 2011 October 2011 April 2012 September 2012 April 2013 September 2013 April 2014 September 2014 April 2015 September 2015 April 2016 October 2016 April 2017 September 2017
Sandal news and your local newspaper
The Wakefield Express local news correspondent for the Sandal area is Keith Souter who can be contacted here. Forward him your news and details of any charity events that you are planning - and please share the information with us so that we can include it in our Diary Dates listings.
St Helen's Church
St Helen’s Church (vicar the Rev Rupert Martin) is a warm and welcoming church which serves the community in a variety of ways. For fifteen years we have run the popular Spring community shop and cafe, which provides a place of refreshment and hospitality to the people of the parish and beyond. We also set up the Christians against Poverty debt counselling service. Our ministry to all ages continues throughout the year with our Oasis Holidays for Seniors and our involvement in local schools. On Sundays we have a traditional service at 9.15am and a more informal contemporary service at 10.45am. On the second Sunday of each month we have our well-attended Families@4 which combines tea, sandwiches and cake with creative, interactive worship. We maintain with some difficulty a large, historic churchyard and are developing a beautifully designed Memorial Garden for the interment of ashes in the shape of a Tree of Life, which will be available for all parishioners. The Parish Office welcomes any enquiries on 259966.
Sandal Methodist Church
Sandal Methodist Church has three different styles of Sunday services. On the first and third Sundays of each month at 9.30am, there is a shorter contemporary style of service for all ages, with music led by a music group. On the same Sundays at 10.45am, the service is more traditional, aimed at adults with music led by the choir. On the second , fourth and fifth Sundays, there is one service at 10.30 am. This is a mixture of modern and traditional styles, with music led by the choir. Every Sunday there is an evening service at 6p . Occasionally the above information has to be changed, so please go to the link below and look at the Worship page. On the second Wednesday of each month from 3pm to 5.30pm, there is a ‘Messy Church’ for children aged up to 11 and their parents, grandparents or guardians, with crafts, activities, singing, stories and a hot meal.
St Peter's and St Paul's Church
We are the Catholic parish for South Wakefield, south of the river. The parish extends from Heath Common in the east, through Crofton and Walton to Sandal, Kettlethorpe and the areas around Crigglestone and Durkar, up to West Bretton and then follows the southern boundary of both West Yorkshire and our diocese of Leeds. To the north, the River Calder forms the parish boundary. About 500 people attend Sunday Mass every week and Mass is celebrated here every day.
Sandal Tennis Club
Sandal Lawn Tennis Club was founded in 1885 and has been a feature of the local community ever since, with its provision of sport and social tennis facilities for members and visitors. The club has four newly refurbished Lawn Tennis Association-accredited all-weather courts and a well-equipped, cosy clubhouse with modern changing facilities. There are annual membership offers for juniors starting at just £25; adults have a number of options while family membership costs just £240 a year. The club prides itself on being friendly and welcoming and organises a number of opportunities over the year for local people to try tennis for free. For more details about what the club has to offer, go to its website or find it on Facebook
Wakefield Golf Club
The club was founded in 1891 and recently celebrated 100 years on its current site at Woodthorpe. There is a well established, easy-walking course, set in undulating parkland and widely regarded as one of the best in the region. Many mature trees line the fairways and each hole provides challenges for golfers of all abilities. Greens have true putting surfaces and because of the excellent drainage members are able to play on tees and greens all year round, something which many clubs cannot offer.
Sandal Cricket Club
The club was founded in 1874 and its new clubhouse at the ground on Barnsley Road was completed in advance of the 2007 season, replacing the old wooden hut that had given many years of service but which lacked the necessary modern facilities. The new building includes more spacious changing facilities with showers, a separate umpires' room, a fully licensed bar, lounge and tea room and a new dedicated scorers' box. The clubhouse facilities are available for hire for business meetings, parties and other functions. The club has been a member of Pontefract & District Cricket League since 1990. The 1st XI play in Division 2 and the 2nd XI play in Division 6.
For information about neighbouring PLEDWICK CRICKET CLUB, click here
In June 1927 former Sandal St Helens player, Claude Beaumont, who had just completed 25 years with Wakefield Rugby Football Club, came to live in Sandal. He quickly realised the potential for a Rugby Union club to be established in the suburb and arranged to meet a number of local sportsmen at the Castle Inn to consider the possibility. Among those present were C. T. Stubley (founder president), W. H. Massie (founder chairman), J. T. I. Cropper, J. G. McPhail and E. Tindale and from this small gathering it was resolved to convene a further meeting on 26 August 1927, at which Sandal RUFC was born.
Sandal Bowling Club
The green at Sandal is by far the oldest crown bowling green in Yorkshire and is one of, if not, the oldest in the country. Today it provides its own fenced site, pleasantly surrounded by large trees, bushes and gardens, all of which are maintained by the club. The ages of members range from eight to more than 80 years. The club is an active competitor in local leagues with a total of eleven teams, one junior, eight senior and two veterans. The club also provides a community focus for many of its playing and social members with social bowling, coffee mornings, weekly whist drives and bridge matches.