January-June 2011

An insight into the Hepworth

IN JANUARY Edwin and Kathleen Hirst gave another of their talks on Wakefield’s history, based on Edwin’s paintings, while in March Natalie Walton, head of education at the Hepworth (pictured), described the history and development of the gallery, giving an insight into the works that would be on display when it opened in May. Both presentations were at the popular series of wine and cheese evenings organised by Sandal Community Association at West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club.

SCA’s first literary awards

THE Association’s first literary prizes were presented at Sandal & Chevet District Girl Guides’ open day at St Peter’s and St Paul’s church in March. The girls were congratulated on the impressive degree of enthusiasm shown by all those who entered. Winners were: Rainbows, Lucy Cole, runner-up Abbie Golding (both from Bretton Rainbows); Brownies, Olivia Saunders, runners-up, Chole Colley and Lillie Jones (all from 37th Wakefield Sandal Methodist group). SCA committee member Richard Taylor, who made the presentations on behalf of the Association, is on the left of the picture. Winners each received £20 gift vouchers, the runners-up £10 vouchers. In the case of the Guides, the Association made a donation of £20 to the 37th Wakefield for their forthcoming trip to Switzerland.

FACT OR FICTION? The Friends of Sandal Castle held a Fact or Fiction event in March, the first public event designed to relaunch the organisation. The speakers were Dr Keith Souter who, as he says, lives ‘within arrow shot of the castle’, and Helen Cox. Both are writers whose works feature the castle but in very different ways.

ECO SCHOOL IS A WINNER: It was announced in May that Sandal Magna Community Primary School, the city’s new eco school, was among 97 winners of a Royal Institute of British Architects Award in the UK and Europe. Headteacher Julia Simpson said: “Our pupils, staff, parents and governors are absolutely delighted to see our exceptional school has been recognised for the high quality of its indoor and outdoor learning environment.” The £6million building replaced the school’s 119-year-old premises and opened in September 2010. Leader of Wakefield Council, Coun Peter Box, said: “I am delighted that the innovative design of Sandal Magna School has been nationally recognised.”

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