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Local businesses provide posting points for charity Christmas post

WAKEFIELD Rotary Club's Charity Christmas Post is up and running across the city with scores of posting points where the special 35p stamps have gone on sale.

In conjunction with Ossett Rotary Club, Wakefield Rotarians and volunteers last year delivered more than 4,000 cards, up 35 per cent on 2015.

 Last day for posting is December 11. All cards are guaranteed to be delivered before Christmas Day across Wakefield, Ossett, Horbury and other areas, but not WF1, WF3 or Crofton.

Peter Clarke, secretary of Wakefield Rotary Club which meets each week at the New Brookhouse Club,, said: “The scheme has really gained ground since we launched it in 2012. We’re very grateful to all the volunteers who help us with the sorting and distribution, and to the local companies that support us.”

Profits from the scheme will go to Wakefield and Ossett Rotary Clubs for eventual distribution through their trust funds, both of which are registered charities.

Mr Clarke added: “Every penny of the 35p charge is being donated to charity thanks to the sponsorship of Trinity Walk Shopping and Richard Kendall estate agents. Employees of First Direct will help sort the mail and we will be helped with deliveries by staff from Barclays Bank and Arena Group. Their assistance is greatly appreciated.

He also warned: “The scheme has nothing to do with Royal Mail so please don’t try to mail cards with Rotary stamps in ordinary post boxes!”

Picture shows club president Sheila Wainwright (right), an SCA member, launching the project at the posting point at Hair by Claire & Tracy at Kettlethorpe. Other local posting points are the Fortythree Coffee Shop, The Spring, Richmonds butchers and the Belle Vue Pharmacy.


The Spring cafe and shop celebrates 20 years

THE SPRING Community Shop and Cafe marked its 20th anniversary in style with a party in September.

The vicar, the Rev Rupert Martin writes: "Twenty years ago last weekend The Spring Shop and Cafe was created out of St Helen’s Parochial Hall which had been empty for ten years. This community enterprise brought new life to the building ... and has provided a place of welcome and refreshment over the years.

"The Spring is managed by Cath Moxham and a small team, with dozens of volunteers who give their time and energy to serve their community. Proceeds go towards the Christians against Poverty Wakefield Centre, which addresses the needs of those struggling with debt or other life issues. Other charities benefit throughout the year from the generosity of those who visit The Spring.

"A celebration party on the Saturday attracted hundreds of people to enjoy the hospitality of The Spring. To mark the anniversary, some woolly cloud sculptures were suspended from the ceiling to help absorb the sounds of the busy cafe. These were made possible through a WMDC grant from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, and a generous donation from Sandal Community Association. The Spring was redecorated with paint donated by the Dulux Decorator Centre." On the Sunday a worship service was held in The Spring and prayers were offered by the congregations of St Helen’s, Sandal, and St Paul’s, Walton, for the work of The Spring.


Acoustic clouds help soften the noise at The Spring

THEIR heads are now in the clouds at The Spring! Sandal's popular community shop and cafe has been fitted out with acoustic clouds to help reduce noise levels which (as we all know) can reach something of a crescendo at peak times.

Sandal Community Association has donated £200 towards the cost of the project and chairman Les Goddard is pictured here on Thursday handing over a cheque to The Spring's manager, Catherine Moxham

 


 

 

Keith Souter is Wakefield Express man in Sandal

SCA member Dr Keith Souter has become the Wakefield Express news correspondent for Sandal, taking over the reins from Norman Hazell.

Keith, who also sits on the committees of both the SCA and the Friends of Sandal Castle, said: “It is a privilege to take on this column, which has been written so ably and eloquently by Norman for the past decade.”

Keith was a GP in Wakefield for almost 30 years until he retired from the NHS to concentrate on medical journalism and fiction writing. He has been writing the Doctor’s Casebook column in the Wakefield Express for 32 years and has written many short stories and over 40 books, including several popular medicine titles and 16 novels under various pen names, across four genres. These include historical novels based on Sandal Castle.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and is a member of various professional organisations, including the Medical Journalists’ Association, Society of Authors and the Crime Writers Association. He is married to Rachel and has three grown-up children and two grandchildren. In his spare time he walks, runs, plays occasional tennis and golf and enjoys cinema and theatre. He also is a patron of Wakefield Concert Society.

Keith’s preferred contact method is by email at dr_keith.souter@btopenworld.com (note the underscore after ‘dr’). He can also be contacted by phone on 01924 256201 where copy can be left on voicemail, if necessary. Deadline is the Saturday of the week before the column is to appear.

When he announced his decision to stand down as news correspondent, Norman told us: “I’m now an octogenarian and I’ve never missed a column, even when I’ve been in Australia or visiting war graves, which I’ve done several times.”

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