SCA activities

WE REGRET that because of the coronavirus crisis we have either postponed or cancelled all our events for the next few months, including formal monthly committee meetings. Please watch this space or Facebook for future updates.

Hospital produces composite 'thank you' display

'Incredible response' to appeal

THE Voluntary Service Team at Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has sent this message to those who produced hospital scrubs during the coronavirus pandemic: “Thank you for the incredible response we received to our appeal for community sewing volunteers to send in a headshot photo of themselves. This was to create an image showcasing the generosity shown through this difficult time and in celebration of national volunteering week. The end result was the thank you image attached.

“The individuals represented on this image have contributed more than 2300 full sets of scrubs, 2300 uniform bags, 2500 mask extenders, 850 headbands and 1500 pairs of connection hearts altogether. This has made such a great difference here at the Trust and enabled us to provide items for all staff members and wards who had requested them.

“The individuals you see represent local businesses, community sewing groups as well as individual home sewers who together have all played a key part in the process whether it be sewing, crocheting, knitting, organising, fundraising or delivering the materials and items…”

The team of volunteers organised by SCA member Liz Hampton produced 325 sets of scrubs, 12 tops, 478 headbands, 282 bags and 60 hearts. She said: “Sandal has done itself proud. Our sewers, suppliers, runners, pattern cutters, pressers and IT whizzes have obviously made a significant contribution. Well done to one and all and personally I would like to thank everybody for the fun.”

Examples of the work done by the Kettlethorpe High School sewing team can be seen in our photo carousel.

Hospice is now £925 better off

Hospice is now £925 better off, thanks to SCA members

THE SCA has donated £500 to Wakefield Hospice to which our generous members have added amounts both large and small to bring the total to £925. Chairman Les Goddard handed a cheque on April 24 to Margaret Smith, chair of the hospice’s Sandal fundraising group (pictured).

The group’s most recent coffee morning had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis and hospice income, like that of other charities, has been hit in many other ways. The SCA has long had a close association with the local fundraising group, including providing them with a page on our website and running their Facebook page. The group has also had a toy stall at our Scarecrow Festivals and was due to have a similar stall at our April Family Fun Dog Show, which we had to cancel.

Sca Cheese & Wine Evening

Tax and Toy Boys go under the microscope

ESTATE planning consultant Steven Sykes pictured (left) with SCA chairman Les Goddard, provided a lighter look at some serious issues at our Cheese and Wine Evening at West Yorkshire Sports Club in March,

His talk, entitled ‘Tax, Care and Toy Boys’, covered topics which included care home costs, wills, trusts, powers of attorney and inheritance tax.

The number of questions that were shot at him showed how much these subjects struck a chord with his audience.

Christmas concert


Junior band entertains a packed house

ANOTHER great SCA Christmas event at West Yorkshire Sports Club! Horbury Victoria Youth Brass Band, led again by the inimitable Ted Greatorex, entertained a full house last December with a programme of festive music. All proceeds were in aid of the Association's Christmas tree fund. The band will be back for December 2020!

Santa's visit

Santa's visit rounds off a great evening

THERE was a splash of festive colour on Barnsley Road after the lights were switched on in November on the Christmas tree provided each year by the Community Association.

Ten-year-old Emannuel Akindele, a pupil at Sandal Castle Primary School, had the honour of pressing the plunger. After the ceremony there was a social at the school where a hall crowded with family and friends heard a school choir sing an attractive festive medley.

There was a visit by Santa (pictured) who provided each child with a small goody bag, as well as listening to their requests Plenty of opportunities for family photos!