July-December 2017

School's Christmas fayre makes nearly £3,000

IT WAS all go at Sandal Castle School's Christmas Fayre with stalls and goodies in both the school hall and the playground. The event raised £2,916, described by headteacher Nichola Russell as "amazing". Bright wintry sunshine helped people forget the thermometer was standing at just at 4degrees C but everyone still wrapped up well! Santa had a big following in his bright red grotto with a gift bag for every child he met.

Living Christmas tree is planted on Barnsley Road

SANDAL now has its own living Christmas tree, planted with the help of children from Sandal Castle Primary School, just across the road from the site of the tree. The 2.5 metre Nordmann fir will take a few years to grow to the height of the cut tree provided on Barnsley Road each Christmas by the SCA.  The £255 cost of the living tree, which was planted by Wakefield Council employees, was met on behalf of the SCA by our three local councillors, Monica Graham, Nadeem Ahmed and Richard Hunt, from the ward’s share of the Neighbourhood Improvement Fund. Monica said: “We will have the benefit of the living tree for many years to come. It’s wonderful that the children are involved because it will give them a moment they will always remember.” They each had their chance of being photographed adding a spadeful of soil. The council’s arboricultural officer Matthew Stubbings, who was present at the planting, will advise on the tree’s future maintenance. It is on land owned by Wakefield District Housing (WDH) whose tenants involvement officer, Chris Croxall, was also there to watch proceedings. Headteacher Nichola Russell, who was with her pupils, said: “Our children are at the heart of our local community and we want to do all we can to support community events so it’s a delight to be here today.” SCA chairman Les Goddard (on the left of our photo) said: “For many years we have provided a cut tree at a cost of about £2,000 which includes council installation and maintenance costs. The money we will save in the future can be diverted to other projects, such as the hanging baskets.”  The SCA will, however, have an annual rent of £50 to pay to WDH for their use of the site.

Concert boosts Christmas tree fund

The SCA's year ended in fine style with the annual Christmas concert when the guest band was once again Horbury Victoria Youth Brass Band, led by the inimitable Tom Greatorex. The evening at West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club included a Christmas quiz and a raffle with all profits from the night - a total of £530 - going to the SCA's Sandal Christmas tree fund.

Group's chairman earns place in top London aviation art show

SANDAL Art Group chairman Roger Brown earned the distinction of having one of his paintings selected for display at the Guild of Aviation Artists annual exhibition in 2017. His watercolour pays homage to the RAF’s Cold War jet fighter, the English Electric Lightning. “It was an awesome machine,” said Roger, “It was the last all-British fighter, a wonderful aeroplane that could go supersonic in a vertical climb. And it was our first Mach 2 [twice the speed of sound] fighter.”Roger (pictured holding a print of his Lightning painting) is a Friend of the Guild and he was working to progress to Associate. The standard is high and artists usually have to have had work accepted in three of the Guild's annual exhibitions over a six-year period. All 400 paintings in the 2017 exhibition can be viewed on the Guild's website, arranged alphabetically by artist. Roger’s picture can be seen at http://www.gava.org.uk/2017-gallery?start=20.Roger is an aviation buff but his artistic talent is not confined to aeroplanes. He has painted a variety of subjects including local views. His Sandal Skyscape still forms the cover for Sandal Community Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages and has been reprinted as a greetings card for the second time.



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