Brockholes WI met last Thursday in the Methodist church parlour when speaker Jeffrey Turner gave a very interesting talk on “Now, look where brass bands have got me”, accompanied by a variety of brass band music from over the decades. He explained that being a player, conductor and adjudicator for brass competitions and also being involved in marches had taken him to many venues, cathedrals, universities, halls and, of course, the Royal Albert Hall. In the past fetes, churches and processions were always led by local bands and though today some very famous ones still exist, there are fewer. We in this area are very fortunate to be surrounded by such music. Later Jeffrey joined the Huddersfield Choral Society and even became editor of The Conductor. He has also edited music for professional DVDs via the computer. Val Wilkinson thanked the speaker and winner of the competition was Elsie Greatorex.
Holy communion at St George’s Church was celebrated by the Rev Liam Beadle, who explained the meaning of Justification. Kate Drake read the lesson and Roger Kenworthy was the server. Sue Ogden was the organist.
On Thursday, the young people of AD held their final meeting of term in the churchyard. Gill and David Greaves brought along some of the street bikes which they refurbish for both able-bodied and disabled users. They explained to the youngsters what they do. The meeting included a barbecue. The leaders were Val and Peter Tipling, Sue Clay and Kate Drake.
On Saturday, members of St George’s Church joined those of St Mary's Church, Honley, on a nine-mile parish boundary walk, which was organised by Roger Kenworthy. Refreshments on route could be bought at the Brockholes caravan site and a barbecue was served at St Mary's by Clive Waind and helpers.
The Rev Laura Hardy led the sacrament service at the Methodist Church. Mrs Eileen Littlewood played the piano and the Bible reading of The Prodigal Son was read by Barbara Kaye. Mrs Christine Williams welcomed the congregation and provided refreshments.
Parish Eucharist was celebrated by the Reverend Keith Griffin on Sunday morning at Hepworth Church. Prayers were led by Simon Cave and the organist was Jane Selkirk. During the service, Captain Mike Smithers spoke about his work as Team Missioner during the past five years. Mike, a member of the Church Army, is leaving the Holme Valley at the beginning of July to move south to carry on his ministry.
On Monday, the Valley Friends met, being chaired by Anne Macdonald for a slide show by Eric and Brenda Chisem of their life in Nigeria.
Mattins on Wednesday at St David's Church was led by Ian Gold when lessons were read by Carolyn Burley.
The Monkey Business group, the free lunch and the Over 60s Club were held. Friday evening prayers were led by Carolyn Burley.
Early communion on Sunday at St David's Church was led by the Rev Nick Heaton, who also conducted the parish Eucharist with creche and young people's group. Lessons were read by Ian Gold and Dorothy Parker, who also administered the chalice. Intercessions were led by Carolyn Burley and the organist was Jean Chadwick.
Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church was led by the Rev Liam Beadle. Clive Green read he lesson and intercessions were led by Pat and Cliff Green. The server was John Adams and Pat Green assisted with the chalice. Children and leaders from the Sunday Club joined the service for communion.
On Sunday afternoon, the Rev Liam Beadle baptised Oliver Thomas and Jake Gregory Frost, the sons of Steven Frost and Ann Gregory. Pat Green read the lesson and the organist was Vernon Briggs.
On Saturday, a group of parishioners from St Mary’s and St George’s churches enjoyed a walk around the boundary of Honley with Brockholes parish. The nine-mile walk started from St Mary’s Church and returned there in the afternoon when a barbecue was held.
Meltham care home, Greenacres, opens its doors to the public on Friday June 21 (11am to 3pm) as part of National Care Home Open Day. There will also be refreshments available and entertainment at the home on Huddersfield Road.
On Sunday June 16 Celia Poole and Cynthia Osborne welcomed the congregation to the Readers’ Service led by Hilary Deakin, stewards and members of the Church Fellowship. Julia Noble was the organist . The service began with Margaret Thompson reading Deuteronomy 7 verses 7-15 and Andrew Raggett Luke 7 verse 36 onwards. The sermon began with Norman Kelly introducing the theme of We Need Jesus. Celia Poole Jane Cannon and Andrew Cannon continued with descriptive pieces related to the New Testament reading. Wilf Batty led the prayers of intercession and the Benediction. Coffee was served after the service by Hilary and Roger Deakin
The Tuesday morning prayer breakfast was held at the Hopkins’ home.
Holy communion on Thursday at St John’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Banks, who was also the celebrant. A faith lunch followed in the meeting room.
Family communion on Sunday was conducted by the Rev Di Ellerton, who was also the celebrant and preached the sermon. The readers were Sarah Drummond and Liz Stead. Prayers were led by Karen Beattie and Philip Broadbent assisted with the chalice. Music was provided by Sarah and Rosie Drummond. Refreshments were served by Hilary Roberts.
Last Sunday the congregation welcomed the family of Freya Marie Heywood for her baptism service. The Rev Maureen Read led the service, lay reader Hestor Deacon gave the address and Clive Pearson was the organist. Abbie-Leigh and Bethany presented the baptism candle and took the collection.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Mr Granville Dews, The organist was Nigel Morris and refreshments were served.