January-June 2012


Rain failed to stop play!

DESPITE the non-stop rain, in true British spirit Sandal Community Association pressed ahead with the Jubilee Celebration at the West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club on Sunday, June 3.  The many supporters who braved the weather moved indoors for the opening ceremony and for some of the activities, a number of which had been changed or cancelled due to health and safety risks. With the help of Scouts and Guides, tents were erected on the playing field and exhibitors arrived to continue the show. The Wakefield Scouts’ Amateur Radio enthusiasts came early to put up a mast to contact countries across the Commonwealth. During the event they made 1,024 contacts across the globe. Handbell ringing teacher Margot Cutts worked with groups of old and young alike and the ringers struck  the Queen’s Bells at 3pm to chime in with the national bell ringing. Friends of Sandal Castle, the Hospice and Wolf (Wakefield Oncology Leukaemia Fund) shared space in a busy tent; other charities present included Riding for the Disabled and Heart Research. Manygates Arts Society had a beautiful exhibition of pictures of local landscapes, pets, children, flowers and animals. Councillor Monica Graham (pictured above right) thanked the organising committee and opened the event along with Allan Poyser, President of West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Lupset Elite Cheerleaders – later pictured in the Wakefield Express – gave a rousing display in the function room to start the event but unfortunately this was their only performance because weather conditions outside made it unsafe for them. Later Knottingley Silver Band cheered everyone up, beating the dull grey weather. The outdoor dog show was well attended despite the rain. Fourteen entrants received dog treats and prizes, with winners and runners-up certificates for seven fun categories, expertly judged by Val Carter. The lucky prize draw saw winners get prizes donated by local business sponsors. These included Guy Salmon (two off-road experiences), Sandal BMW (£50 worth of London 2012 merchandise), Hoops a Daisy (champagne, chocolates and a matching watch and bracelet), West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club (12 months’ membership for a family of four) and Tesco Express (four bottles of wine and chocolates).  Tesco also gave doughnuts and muffins for volunteers. Alan Crabtree won the Jubilee quiz for a shopping voucher donated by Asda and wine given by Tesco. Thanks go to Stafforce Recruitment, who sponsored the printing of souvenir programmes and provided high visibility waistcoats for car park attendants and volunteers. St John Ambulance attended all day but fortunately their services were not called upon.SCA chair Gail Stephenson added: “Our thanks go to the organising committee and their husbands, wives, families and friends who not only worked on the day but also turned up to participate in the events.” 

Wakefield's pubs

IN MARCH 2012 Edwin and Kathleen Hirst, who live in Sandal,  gave the last of their popular talks, illustrated with Edwin’s colour drawings. This time they spoke about the city’s pubs, including some which have long since disappeared. The occasion was one of the Community Association’s regular cheese and wine evenings at West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club. After their presentation Edwin and Kathleen chatted with Association chair Gail Stephenson (left).

Compass & Mapping Group

THE INAUGURAL walk of the Community Association’s Compass and Mapping Group took place on Friday, February 17, covering four miles in near perfect weather conditions around Walton. Members practised estimating distances and compass directions from an Ordnance Survey map, as well as fixing their position on the map. Our picture shows some of the group on their March expedition. 

Jubilee plants are stolen

SANDAL Gardening Club spoke of its shock after flowers planted in preparation for the Queen’s diamond jubilee were stolen. Members had planted several new shrubs and flowers around the village less than a fortnight previously – but in late March they were horrified to discover someone had stolen two of the new plants from underneath a chestnut tree on Walton Lane. Gail Stephenson, chair of Sandal Community Association, said: “Whoever has done it has taken the whole plant – presumably to replant somewhere else. Before the area was overgrown with weeds, so these shrubs were put in as a permanent feature. We hoped they would come up year after year – it was a big investment.” The club was given £800 from the Community Chest grants scheme to help fund the planting of new shrubs and flowers around Sandal. Inspector Richard Clare, of the neighbourhood police team, appealed for help from the community to track down the culprit. He said: “It is not just a simple theft. It is all the hard work that has been put in place to get the funding for the plants and the impact on the community itself. “This was an extremely selfish thing to do and I would urge anyone who knows who is responsible for this to get in touch with us.” 

Literary awards for Guides and Brownies

SANDAL Community Association’s annual literary awards, competed for among Guides and Brownies, were presented on Monday, 18 June 2012, at the 3rd Wakefield Brownies’ meeting at Newmillerdam. The book token prizes were handed out by SCA vice-chairman Phil Carter and committee member Richard Taylor, both of whom were on the judging panel. The Guides’ award went to Alexandra Dyer, aged 10, of the 7th Wakefield unit, while the first and second Brownies’ prizes were presented to Olivia Smith, 10, and Naomi Myers, 9, both of the 3rd Wakefield Brownies. The judges paid tribute to the work done by the winners and in particular complimented Alexandra on her ‘mature’ submission.

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