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Welcome to the Wrenthorpe Community Association Website

On this website you will find information about Wrenthorpe village, situated in Wakefield West Yorkshire.

Welcome to the Wrenthorpe Community Association website

Welcome to the Wrenthorpe Community Website. We hope you enjoy browsing through what we have to offer. There are so many things going on in Wrenthorpe and we aim to cover them all!

We try to keep the information on the website accurate but please check before going along to any of the activities detailed or using the information provided.

Who are we?

This site is run by volunteers from Wrenthorpe Community Association. As well as being a charity, the Wrenthorpe Community Association is now a company limited by guarantee, and as such the former committee members are now unpaid directors.

What do we do?

The directors are responsible for the lettings and management of Wrenthorpe Village Hall and the Community Centre at Valley Crescent. The Association also aims to enhance the local community spirit and help people work and play together!

  • We organise plays and other social events in the Village Hall and Valley Crescent Centre.
  • As well as maintaining this website, we produce the ‘Wrenthorpe Matters’ newsletter three times per year and times per year and a team of volunteers distributes it to every house in Wrenthorpe.
  • We are responsible for the Community Café on Wednesday mornings at Valley Crescent Centre.
  • Through our Facebook page we try and keep up to
    date with any issues that affect our community and publicise these and feed in local opinions
  • Our volunteers run an indoor bowling club in the Village Hall

Latest News

  • Petition for a pedestrian crossing by the village hall

    Local residents have put in a petition for a crossing by the village hall and they’d like you to support them – the link is below:
    We’ve also put the link on our Facebook page.


  • A bit of recent history - videos

    Videos of the Diamond Jubilee and the building of the Wrenthorpe Kiln – click on the title to see them

  • Pictures from the Christmas lunch

    The lunch for senior citizens was again very successful,
    There’s some photos of the event on our Facebook page:

  • Commemorating the First World War

    Wakefield Grammar School Foundation have recently announced a major new project to commemorate the First World War with the aid of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Click on the title for more details

  • Wakefield Hospice Coffee Morning

    The local Fund Raising Group are holding a Coffee Morning in Wrenthorpe Methodist Church hall on Saturday 30th January from 10am to 12 noon. There will be various stalls selling cakes, books, jigsaws and bric-a-brac, a tombola and a raffle. Refreshments, including Bacon Butties, will be on sale. Admission FREE donations appreciated.

  • Looking For A Christmas Gift?

    Do you know someone who’s interested in the history of Wrenthorpe? Well, here’s a great Christmas gift: why not give them an emailable or digital CD copy of Edward Green’s excellent book “Wrenthorpe – A History”. You can read about the man who was arrested for digging a coal pit in the middle of Wrenthorpe Lane, or the robbery at Wrenthorpe Hall: and there are lots of photos of old Wrenthorpe. It’s a real bargain – for a limited period we’re offering it for just £7, compared to the normal price of £10. (Please text or ring Jon on 07936-457730 or email jonr1.wca@btinternet.com, then drop a note with your email address and a cheque to the Wrenthorpe Community Association through the post box at the village hall).

  • The Latest Newsletter is Available

    Click on the Newsletter block on the right hand side to read our latest village news including all the Christmas events, and how you can help to keep our local Post Office.

  • Ceilidh at the Village Hall -what a night!

    The ceilidh last Saturday 10th October proved a great success. Organised by the Community Association’s social activities group the evening was great fun.
    The lively music provided by the Crab Apple Ceilidh band set people’s feet tapping and the caller did a sterling job helping everyone to keep to the correct moves. All night the floor was full of keen dancers whose ages must have ranged from 4 to 84 and maybe beyond! Those more skilful helped the novices and nobody minded if the sets were out of sync or partners missed their cue, everyone just kept moving- even when the giggles set in. Fantastic!
    Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the event so successful.

  • You can help - Possible closure of Wrenthorpe Post Office

    Those of you who’ve been in Wrenthorpe for several years will remember the last time that Wrenthorpe Post Office was threatened with closure eight or nine years ago. At that time pension and benefits books were withdrawn and payments were made directly into bank accounts. Lots of people opened up post office bank accounts to be able to draw money from their pensions and other benefits through the local post office. We were successful in keeping the post office!

    Well, it’s happening again: POST OFFICE LTD is currently undergoing a national “modernisation” programme which many postmasters believe is closure of post offices through the back door. Already, some towns and villages up and down the country have lost their dedicated post office counters. Post offices that are not performing enough transactions will lose their dedicated counters.

    Wrenthorpe Post Office needs about 20% more transactions to meet the modernisation criteria. Otherwise we’ll lose our post office, and once lost, there’s no chance of getting one back – we’d be queueing up at the main post office on Northgate. Experience from other places shows us that there’s no point trying to mount a “Save our Post Office” campaign: the only way is to increase the number of transactions.

    So how could you help to do this? Well, a transaction includes:
    - Buying a first class stamp
    - Sending a letter abroad
    - Drawing cash from your own bank account using the machine on the post office counter (it doesn’t include withdrawals from the ATM machine that’s also in the post office). All the major banks offer this option: Barclays, Halifax, Santander, RBS, Cooperative, HSBC and Lloyds.
    - Several of these banks also allow you to deposit cash to your own account through the post office counter machine

    I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s worthwhile doing this as soon as possible, not just for your own benefit, but also for all the older people in the village for whom the post office is a lifeline. If you’ve any other suggestions, on how the post office and shop can improve the service and products they provide, please ring the postmaster (San) on 01924 360222.

  • Hospice Autumn Fair Saturday 17 October

    The Local Fund Raising Group for Wakefield Hospice are holding their annual Autumn Fair in the Village Hall on Saturday 17 October from 10am to 1.30pm. There will be stalls selling craft items, cakes, books. jigsaws, Hospice Christmas cards and calendars and bric-a-brac, as well as tombolas and a raffle. Refreshments, including pie and pease and bacon sandwiches, will be on sale. (Please note last orders for hot food will be 1pm.) Admission FREE but donations appreciated.

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