July-December 2018

Inspector turns down appeal for M&S food store in Sandal

The appeal by Sandal Property Company to build an M&S food store at the rear of Aldis has been dismissed by the planning inspector. He has supported Wakefield Council’s decision to turn down the project, which also included non-retail outlets, because the site is in the green belt. The SCA heard in an email response sent by the inspectorate to chairman Les Goddard who had highlighted various issues that needed further work, especially the problem of access and increased traffic using the area. We recognised, however, that many residents were in favour of the scheme, while others were against. To download a pdf of the inspector's full report click HERE

Unique plaque marks Sandal link with Dunkirk

A MOVING ceremony was held at St Helen's on June 9 to unveil a plaque which will be placed on a wall adjoining the church path. It records the story of the arrival of the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards, soon after their evacuation from Dunkirk. They were billeted at homes in Sandal, Walton and Portobello. On 8 June 1940 they mustered below St Helen's and a roll call was held. The following day a parade service was held at the church, on a Day of National Celebration. This event was witnessed by Gerry Southworth, then 11 years old, who recounts his vivid memories in this audio link. The plaque, sponsored by the Grenadier Guards, is the first in Wakefield to record a story rather than a remember a person, and is a military brown colour which better blends in with the ancient stonework of the parish church and churchyard. The unveiling was attended by many Sandal residents and by David Dinmore, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Mary Creagh MP, Kevin Trickett MBE, president of Wakefield Civic Society who created the plaque, and Brigadier David Maddan, former CO of the Grenadier Guards, who unveiled the plaque. Gerry Southworth, now 89 years old, travelled from Dorset, where he lives, to be present at the ceremony.Brigadier Maddan said: "It’s a great honour to represent the Grenadier Guards here today at this unveiling ceremony. Soldiers are recruited from the community, serve their country and return to the community after their service. In that sense, we are you and you are us. During tough times fighting abroad and when recovering from the ordeal, soldiers draw on the community to sustain and protect them. We do difficult things for you and you reaching out to us is of immense comfort. This initiative recalls a shining example of a community reaching out and its commemoration resonates very directly with those who serve today. It is a great privilege to unveil this plaque on behalf of the Grenadier Guards and especially those who served on the 3rd Battalion in 1940 during the evacuation from Dunkirk." The Sandal bell tower rang the recently renewed bells to mark the occasion.Mr Trickett said later: "It was a nice, quiet, respectful and dignified event. We were intrigued by the suggestion from Mr Southworth... I am delighted we have been able to take the idea forward."Main photo shows (from left): Commanding officer of the TA Reserve in Wakefield, the Rev Rupert Martin (hidden), Armed Forces Champion Coun Sandra Pickin, Deputy Lieutenant David Dinmore, Gerry Southworth, Kevin Trickett, Brigadier Maddan and MP Mary Creagh.

Trefoil Guild members mark organisation's 75th anniversary

IN JULY members of Wakefield South Trefoil Guild celebrated the 75th anniversary of the national organisation. The Trefoil Guild was launched at the height of the Second World War in 1943 when various groups of 'Old Guides' were amalgamated into one organisation.  Wakefield South chairman Ann Chamberlain (seated centre) provided a specially-made anniversary cake for the meeting in Sandal.

SAG members enjoyed a real cracker of a Christmas lunch!

THERE was a warm welcome for former Sandal Art Group chairman Edwin Hirst and his wife, Kathleen, at the group's Christmas lunch at The Spring Community Cafe. Edwin, who has moved to Chester, brought with him the British Empire Medal he was awarded in 2018 for his services to the Wakefield community. He is pictured here saying a few words of thanks for all the support he has received.

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