January-June 2009

Event aids Alzheimer's Society

In April 2009, the Community Association held a coffee morning in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society at the Three Houses pub on Barnsley Road. Here Vickie Lord (right) makes a sale on the cake stall while others enjoy a chat.


Alfie, three, raises café revamp cash

Published by the Wakefield Express on 4 February 2009: A THREE-YEAR-OLD braved the freezing weather to raise £50 for his favourite church-run café in a sponsored toddle.Little Alfie McKinney loves going for a cup of tea and a biscuit at The Spring Oasis and Discoveries Shop and jumped at the chance to help raise money for an 80,000 refurbishment. The Barnsley Road caf, run by the parish of Sandal Magna, has plans to re-equip the kitchen, buy new tables and chairs and create a whole new play area for children.

Although Alfie is from Pontefract, his grandma and granddad, Debra and Jason Scott, take him there twice a week.Mrs Scott said: “He loves coming here, it’s part of his routine. He loves having a cup of tea at The Spring and everyone likes to see him.” Alfie said: “It’s one of my favourite places. I like the tea and the biscuits. They are nice.” The Rev Rupert Martin, vicar of Sandal St Helen’s Church, hopes he will be an inspiration to others in the race to raise the cash needed. He said: “We’re going to give each parishioner 10p to use as a start to raise money in various creative ways.It’s a bit like the Parable of the Talents in the Bible. "It’s so good that Alfie has set an example to what anyone of any age can do who value The Spring. “We rely on the help of around 60 volunteers from the church and the community. Coming here gives them a sense of purpose to be of service to their community and it’s a good way to exercise their Christian faith.” Anyone who wants to help raise money or volunteer at The Spring should contact Mr Martin on 01924 259966. 

New police inspector takes over

THE new inspector in charge of policing in Sandal, Agbrigg, Belle Vue and Sandal met residents in February. Inspector Helen Brear wanted to know people’s concerns and was present to answer questions at a joint meeting between Wakefield Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team and local councillors. For more information about the NPT, log on to www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt

Tub-planting gives a splash of colour

Under the auspices of the Community Association, volunteers planted out tubs to cheer up corners of Sandal. Here some of them are pictured in Standbridge Lane.



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