Sally James ran the Beckindale play group at the village hall, along with Dolly Skilbeck. When Dolly's husband Matt Skilbeck was facing a murder charge after Harry Mowlam was found dead, Dolly took time off. Upon Dolly's return, she was met with a frosty reception by Sally, and had to tolerate strange looks from other mothers. Sally even said that they have managed without Dolly. Matt was later acquitted of his murder charge when Mowlam's real killer was caught.