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WHILE discussing Rastrick CC’s Sunday report for this week’s issue I find that skipper Jason Middleton has been made chairman of the committee now overseeing the £1 million National Lottery fund disbursements for the village of Rastrick over the coming years.

Personable Jason heads a very strong committee both in terms of numbers and business acumen from all professional walks of life and I can vouch for several of them.

My old mate and former chairman of Rastrick CC, Eddie Baikie, who has played in goal for Chelsea, whose European Champions League final success last Saturday evening was great television, is one of them.

Then we have Rastrick Common co-garage owner David Lane, Bradford Northern (Bulls) supporter and RL referee Adrian Hartshorn and my neighbour and former Rastrick High School teacher Anne Inwood.

There are others who will be coming to the fore for a mention as the meetings gather momentum including Coun Christine Beal.

This week they have just held their third meeting and are now busy filling in forms in readiness to draw down their first money to give them running costs.

Jason said this is a chance in a lifetime for many in Rastrick and will run for a decade and even longer if they can acquire match funding from companies and other bodies along the way.

“What started out as a million pound grant could become one point five million in that time,” he said.

Brighouse Cricket Club members will be interested to hear that former captain and chairman of the cricket section at Russell Way, Nigel Sladdin, is the newly elected mayor of Soyland!

Our Nigel, never one for sidestepping the limelight, says it’s all informal and primarily to raise money for local charities and worthy causes, starting with Overgate Hospice. Nigel even has his own mayoress, Jenny Bradley.

Their inauguration day is Monday, June 4 at the Alma Inn in the village and that’s as good an excuse as any to enjoy a tipple over the Jubilee Bank Holiday.

l FINALLY, all the very best to Huddersfield Town on Saturday at Wembley against Sheffield United and I just have that feeling, as does local postman and knowledgeable soccer man and former player James Hawtin, that it will be the Terriers’ day.

Like me he can’t see Sheffield scoring unless the Town defence goes to sleep. But what Town need to do, after not having the best of midfields this term for distribution and nullifying attacks, is to get the ball wide down both flanks and fire in some great balls into the box for Jordan Rhodes and Lee Novak.

I know manager Simon Grayson will not be influenced by me but I would have veteran striker Alan Lee all fired up in readiness as his experience and ‘cheek’ about the box could be vital.

Town with their wealthy chairman, stadium and fan base will sit very nice in the Championship.