Aug 30 2008 by Yvette Smith, Hudd Sat
Parish communion at St George’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. He spoke about the need to spread the good news. Beth Dove read the lessons and Roger Kenworthy was server. Verena Wood played the organ.
At the evening fellowship at the Methodist Church, Mrs Pamela Ackroyd welcomed Mr Terry Frost as speaker. Mrs Margaret Miller was the pianist.
Sunday morning worship was led by Mrs Davina Woodhead. The readers were Mr and Mrs Grant. The pianist was Mrs Eileen Littlewood.
The morning service at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday consisted of hymns, prayers and readings chosen by the congregation. Churchwarden Richard Southam welcomed everyone. The readers were Lorraine Pollitt, Joan Warrender, Stella Southam and Sheila Scholefield; and prayers were led by Jane Selkirk. For all twelve hymns, the organ was played by Jane Robertson.
A Treasure Hunt and Picnic, organised by Lorraine Pollitt, was held on Sunday afternoon. The weather was fine as teams of two persons set off at regular intervals to follow the clues which took them through the village and out into the surrounding countryside. Back at church, relaxing with refreshments, in true Olympian style, presentations of flowers and prizes were awarded to the three winners - bronze prize to Sue Gardner and Stuart Purdie, silver to Stella and Richard Southam and gold went to Sheena and John Blunden.
On Tuesday evening, Hepworth Church was well represented at a service at All Saints Church, Netherthong. Captain Mike Smithers was licensed as Team Missioner in the Upper Holme Valley Team Ministry by the Rt Rev Stephen Platten, Bishop of Wakefield.
The Rev Geoff Bamford led midweek communion at St David’s Church. Friday evening prayers were led by Ian Gold.
On Saturday, the Rev Geoff Bamford officiated at the wedding of Kathryn Wight and James Nightingale.
Sunday Eucharist for St Bartholomew’s Day was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford. Lessons were read by Chris Carpenter and Glenis McGuire. Thelma Nelson led intercessions and the pianist was Audrey Brook.
The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity was celebrated at Holy Trinity with 10.30 Parish Eucharist. The celebrant was the Rev Dean Henry Stapleton. Stanley Benn assisted with the Chalice, Brian Shaw led the Intercessions and Sue Styring read from Romans 12 v1-8. The Rev Stapleton spoke about St Bartholomew who was an apostle - a servant of God. His friend Philips had brought him to Jesus and it is said that Jesus told Bartholomew that before Philip found him Jesus had seen him under the fig tree. Bartholomew recognised Jesus as the Son of God the King of Israel. This reminds us that the Almighty sees us before we see him. Alison Kitch and Joyce Knight served refreshments after the service.
The Phoenix Centre in Holmfirth resounded with the sound of praise on Sunday morning. The band got praise and worship underway with the song A Love So Amazing. Pastor Ian Gooch spoke on Overwhelming Assurance – because of God’s promise’ centring on the thought that for all the negative things we say about ourselves God has a positive answer for it! . Explorers, the church Sunday school group, enjoyed a morning of dancing, jumping, clapping, singing and shouting as Becky Gooch taught them that that’s how God wants us to praise Him. They talked about knowing Jesus and having a personal relationship with God. Youth group Justified held a meeting in the evening and were joined by a number of young people from a church in Birmingham. The evening was a great time of fun and games including Wii on a giant screen.
The Wednesday service was a great family night of popcorn and the movie The Game Plan an hilarious heartwarming family comedy about a tough footballer who faced his biggest challenge – fatherhood!
The Honley Over 55s Activity Group’s new season starts again for the autumn season on Wednesday October 8 in the Community Centre – from 1.30-4pm. Honley resident and former Examiner journalist Alan Driscoll says: “In these days of rising fuel costs it’s the best bargain on the market, £1 a day includes cup of tea and biscuits and a raffle ticket. There’s a variety of activities such as pool, curling, table tennis, short mat bowls and tables games including scrabble, dominoes etc or just have a gentle chat. It’s a very happy crowd and members old and new are very welcome.”
Honley Churches Together will be celebrating the traditional Honley Feast on Sunday September 21 with a tea at 4.30pm in the village hall. Then, about an hour leter, there will be a procession led by Honley Band from the hall to St Mary’s on Church Street, with stops on the way for hymn singing. Then at 6.30pm there is a Songs of Praise service in St Mary’s church. All are welcome to attend these events.
Honley Civic Society and Honley Trinity Church are joining forces for a series of Sunday Walks and events on September 21 and October 12, at 2.30pm, and on November 16 at 2pm. Meet outside Trinity Church for a two hour local guided ramble. On Saturday September 13 (from 10am-4pm) there will be a Heritage Open Day event Village Design Statement on view at the Parish Rooms where residents can air their views. There is also a walk around the village centre at 10.30am or 2pm. On Thursday October 9 at 7.30pm the featured entertainment will be Bamforth's of Holmfirth in the Parish Rooms. Members free, visitors £1.
Soup lunches are served at Honley Trinity Church on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 11.45am to 1pm when there is a choice of soup, with a bread roll, tea, coffee and biscuits for just £2. On Wednesday September 10 (from 10-11.30am) morning coffee will be served in the church price 50p. On Saturday October 11 (start 6.30pm) there will be a Beetle Drive with a meat and potato pie supper costing £5 and on Sunday October 19, starting at 9am, there will be a Fair-trade Harvest Breakfast costing £3.50. (Contact 01484-661436). The U3A Ladies Choir are in concert at Trinity Church on Sunday November 30. Meanwhile A Harvest Lunch will be served in Honley St Mary’s Church – in the Parish Rooms – on Thursday Oct 30 between 11.30-12.45pm.
The Honley Link Coffee Wagon project could use an extra helper. The wagon serves hot drinks and offers a listening ear to Honley youngsters once a week, working from out of the Village Hall foyer. The youngsters are appreciative of what is provided for them and it is generally agreed that it is an enjoyable evening for all. Contact: For further information call Liz Cummings on 01484-662209.
Honley Players are performing Inspector Drake's Last Case – a spoof whodunnit – by David Tristram at Southgate Theatre Honley, Wednesday to Saturday September 10-13 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 (£5 for under 14s) from Karridays Newsagents in Honley or phone 01484-662378.
Honley’s Debbie Flanagan is proving that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure by selling unwanted books, DVDs and computer games on the internet – and her efforts have realised over £500 for Village Trust funds. An appeal in the Honley Flyer community magazine brought a great response from residents and Debbie – who has recently joined the Village Trust committee – is hoping to boost funds even further in the next few weeks.
Computer classes are being held in Honley Village Hall, with an information and enrolment session planned for Saturday September 13 (10-30am-2.30pm). There are vacancies for beginners, improvers and advanced. Contact Krys Makin (01484-328101) or Roger Wilde (01484-308892) for more details of classes, which will start in late September and early October.
Mr David Pinder was the speaker at a meeting of the Probus Club. he spoke about why the Romans came to Britain. Mr Pinder presented a military expert’s view on the various Roman invasions with particular reference to the equipment and tactics used by the armies assembled by the Emperor Claudius. An exhibition of replica arms and armour added clarity to the talk. Cyric Minett proposed the vote of thanks, which was fully supported by 61 members present.
Parish eucharist at St Mary’s church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. John Ambler read the lesson and Clive Waind led intercessions. The organist was Jean Chadwick.
Honley Infants’ School is to get an extra floor.A mezzanine floor is being installed in the school hall to accommodate a staffroom and head teacher’s office. The present staffroom will then become an additional classroom. Kirklees Council planners have granted the work listed building consent.
The morning workship at the Methodist Church was led by the Rev Richard Thompson. Sue Ogden played the organ. Members attended a united service at Scholes in the evening.