Crowds throng to school fair - and help raise nearly £2,260

AS ALWAYS, Sandal Castle Primary School's summer fair in July proved to be a magnet for both parents and pupils - and a sprinkling of former students.

There was plenty of fun as our pictures show with headteacher Nichola Russell having a go at knocking down the cans and youngsters enjoying throwing soaked sponges at a brave target in the stocks. Sandal vicar the Rev Rupert Martin even put the boot in for a 'penalty shoot-out'. You'll find the photo on our Facebook album of the event which made nearly £2,260.


Kevin and Bruce drop in at Kettlethorpe Friendship Group

BEING a rescued greyhound is not always a dog's life! SCA committee members Val and Phil Carter (pictured) took brindle-coloured Kevin and his buddy Bruce to the first meeting in March of the Standbridge Friendship Group.

The group, which it is planned will meet weekly at the Standbridge Community Centre, is run by a team of volunteers led by Monica Graham, who said: "We've got off to a really good start and we are aiming for a lively programme of entertainment and interesting speakers."

There's a welcome for people of all ages. You can just drop in at the centre on Wednesday lunchtimes, or call Monica on 01924 258214 for more information about the group.

Val and Phil have had a number of dogs from the TIA Greyhound Rescue Centre at Doncaster. "They make wonderful pets," said Phil. For more information go to

Music evening raises nearly £380 for SCA funds

EVEN if the temperature had plunged by the time the event finished, the SCA's open-air musical evening in June was blessed with sunshine.

The audience of more than 90 started bringing their picnics to West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club from 6.30pm, ready for Irish folk group Blimey O'Reilly to start their programme half-an-hour later. Their performance of Irish folk, country and western, and popular music proved to be a very entertaining mix. The event raised £378 for SCA funds and will help finance projects such as the hanging baskets, the Christmas tree and September's Scarecrow Festival.

Sharks in sponsored swim relay


THE Sandal Sharks - the swimming squad from Sandal Castle Primary School - were keen participants in a sponsored swim relay at the Normanton pool in May.

The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Wakefield who entered their own four-man team. There were 24 Sandal Sharks taking part in the relay, raising money to support the squad's activities. There are 34 in the full squad who train two or three times a week in the school pool.

Close up and personal..!

YOU GET a great view from the front row at a concert but this must have shaken (literally) Wakefield Rotary Club president Dr Neale Clark at April's event at the cathedral.

Neale, who is also an SCA member, introduced West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Band at the Rotary concert which raised more than £1,800 for the Forget Me Children's Hospice, a charity that has been supported by the SCA.

The Spring marks its 20th year in September 2017

IN SEPTEMBER this year The Spring Community Shop and Café on Barnsley Road will mark its 20th anniversary. Fifty of The Spring’s volunteers (pictured) gathered for a New Year celebration in the Emmaus Rooms at St Helen's in January when the Vicar, the Rev Rupert Martin, thanked everyone for their service to others.

He reported later on Facebook: “They were treated to a slap-up tea by The Spring staff team, Catherine, Sue, Jackie, Jean, Margaret and Jane, to say thank you for another wonderful year of serving people in our community and beyond. “

Sally Martin spoke about the importance of the work of Christians Against Poverty which The Spring supports, along with many other charities. She then gave each volunteer a gift of a papyrus bookmark with a Bible verse and a pottery tea light made by the Dalit community in India.


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