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Pontefract and Castleford Express – Extracts 1937

19th November, 1937
Scholey Hill’s Victory :- As was anticipated, Scholey Hill gained another easy victory by seven goals to nil, when they entertained Leeds Fireclay. The visitors never once managed to hold up the forceful attacks of the home side, whose forwards were not slow to take the chances provided. Potts (3), Pugh (2), Langley and Hammill scoring. On Saturday next the Athletic are at home to Bagley’s Recs in the second round of the Castleford and District Cup competition.

The Methley Labour Party held a successful whist drive and dance in the Welfare Hall when Cr. Chilton supervised 20 tables. Prizewinners were Mrs Cookman, Mrs White, Mrs Machin and Messrs Lowry, Cookman and Leeman. After whist, Stan Ball’s band played efficient music for dancing.

Mr R Beilby as MC arranged lengthy programme of modern and old time dances which was much enjoyed.
A Rail Mishap – When a train of empty coal wagons was passing through Methley from Gascoigne Wood, one of the wagons left the rails just before Methley Junction Station and bumped through the station causing considerable damage to the edge of the platform. Near to the signal cabin it caused to other wagons to leave the track. By working single file traffic, very little inconvenience was caused to the travelling public and the damage was repaired expediously. Normal working was resumed early in the evening.

Rector to be Dean of Westminster – The King has approved the appointment of the right Rev. Paul Fulcrand Delacour de Labilliere, Bishop Suffragan of Knaresborough to the Deanery of Westminster. The announcement of the new appointment was made from 10 Downing Street. The Bishop is also Archdeacon of Leeds and Rector of Methley. He has been resident in Methley since early in 1935 when he succeeded the late Dr Lucius Smith as Rector.

The Dean-elect is the son of Mr. FP de Labillierre a barrister-at-law, of Middle Temple and his new appointment is unique among Church of England Institutions. The jurisdiction of the Dean is exercised over what is known as a Royal Peculiar.

The Dean, like the pre-reformation abbots who preceded him, still remain supreme under the Crown. He is not under allegiance to Archbishops or Bishops. He is ordinary within the Abbey, and therefore has the general supervision of all the services and control of all internments and monuments. As guardian of the Abbey he has the right to offer the privilege of burial within the building