A shared act of remembrance at the war memorial in the village was led by Dean Henry Stapleton. Wreaths were laid by representatives of the armed forces, the parish council and the two village churches. This was followed by a united service of holy communion at St George’s Church, which was also attended by members of the Methodist Church. The service was also led by Dean Henry, who explained the significance of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. The lesson was read by George Kaye and the server was Elizabeth Mosley. The organist was Sue Ogden.

Sung evensong at St George’s Church was led by Elizabeth Mosley and the lessons were read by Rosalind Watt. The organist was Paul Arthur.

John Gaukroger led the Bible study group at the Methodist Church on Monday. Tomorrow, soup and roll will be served from 11.45am to 1pm in the Methodist church parlour. It will be followed at 2pm by a card-making session. All are welcome.


The Methodist Church is holding its Christmas Bring and Buy Sale on Saturday November 23 from 2-4pm. Mince pies and coffee will be served. On Sunday December 15 at 3pm the church carol service will feature Skelmanthorpe Band. There will be a warm welcome to all at these events with proceeds going towards upkeep of the church.


Midweek Holy Communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Nick Heaton when lessons were read by Ian Gold. Monkey Business met and the free lunches were held.

Parish communion at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Nick Heaton when an act of remembrance was held at the war memorial. Last Post was sounded by Philip Robertson and the lesson was read by Alison Wise. Intercessions were led by Leslie Chadwick and the choir sang the anthem O Brother Man. The organist was Jean Chadwick.


At the meeting of the Probus Club, members observed a silence as a mark of respect for senior member Ray Hobson who had died recently. New member Douglas Carter was welcomed. Acting chairman Colin Rawcliffe introduced Melvyn Cook on a return visit to present a computerised slide show covering a holiday in Russia involving a visit to St Petersburg followed by a river cruise to Moscow. Bill Sewell proposed the vote of thanks.

The service for Remembrance Sunday at St Mary’s Church was attended by James Selka, Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, local councillors and representatives of the British Legion, local cubs, scouts and guides with their standards. The Rev Liam Beadle led the service. Lessons were read by Jenny Lockwood, Clive Waind read the Roll of Honour and the organist was Jean Cheeseman. Following the service, a procession led by Scissett Youth Band went to the war memorial in the burial ground for the Act of Remembrance at 11am.

On Sunday evening, communion was celebrated at St Mary’s by the Rev Liam Beadle. Shirley Turner read the epistle and the gospel was read by Huw Griffiths, who was also server.

Elizabeth and Laurence Jones gave an interesting and informative slide show at the meeting of St.Mary’s Mothers’ Union. This concerned a working visit to Essenye in the Diocese of Mara in Tanzania, which is twinned with the Diocese of Wakefield. A display of artefacts and native clothing was also available. Alison Dean introduced and thanked the speakers.


Meltham WI met on November 5 with President Barbara Sheard in the chair. The tea ladies were Linda Hirst and Carol Pickles. The speaker for the evening was Sarah Luckman about Origami Gift Boxes. She showed all the members how to make an origami gift box. This was most entertaining as all the members had a go and made their own gift box to take home. The vote of thanks was proposed by Ann Dick. The raffle organised by Margaret Booth was won by Jean Howard.


The early morning prayer breakfast on Tuesday was held at the home of the Hopkins family. Holy Communion Thursday at St John’s Church was led by Dean Henry Stapleton, who read the gospel, preached the sermon and was celebrant. The service was followed by a faith lunch in the meeting room.

On Saturday evening, a concert was given at St John’s Church by New Mill Male Voice Choir and Vocal Expressions ladies’ choir. The compere was David Steele.

The remembrance service on Sunday was conducted by the Rev Di Ellerton and Les Hopkins. The readers were David Steele and Pat Hopkins. Last Post was sounded on the trumpet by Ray Thompson, which was followed by a two minutes’ silence, which ended with Reveille. Les Hopkins gave the act of remembrance, which was followed by reflections and prayers. Wreaths were laid on the war memorial in St John’s Church by Alvin Schorah and Shirley Jackson and at the lychgate war memorial by Clr David Steele. Hazel Thompson was the organist and refreshments were served afterwards by Hilary Roberts.

Remembrance Day worship at the Methodist Church was led by Elaine Nixon. Nigel Morris was the organist and refreshments were served. Next Sunday’s worship at 10.30am will be led by Rev Richard Thompson. Sacrament will be taken and all are welcome.


A service for Remembrance Sunday took place at St Mary’s Church last Sunday. Rev Judy Kenworthy led the service and Margaret Trayte led an act of remembrance at the war memorial in the church and laid the wreath. During the service Hilary Livingstone showed three medals awarded to Louise Brook’s great uncle William Frederick Carter, who died when his ship the Queen Mary was sunk at the battle of Jutland on may 31, 1916. Ian Livingstone showed a medal and spoke about his uncle Ralph, he read a citation which recorded Ralph’s bravery during the second world war. Judith Moore helped the congregation to remember civilian victims of war, Joanne Stewart spoke about those who were left at home, and the jobs that they did. Elizabeth Pearson laid a red rose, a symbol of love, as everyone remembered all those who lost someone they loved because of war, and Kim Howe helped us to remember local men and women killed in recent conflicts. We looked back in remembrance and thanksgiving, look forward with hope and pledged to work for peace and justice whenever we can.


The remembrance service at the Methodist Free Church on Sunday was led by Mr R Horn, who opened by reading from Ecclesiastes ‘time for everything’. The two minutes’ silence was observed at 11am. Following on from that was a prayer for those who have lost there lives in wars both in the past and now. Later in the service he read the passage about Jesus talking to his disciples saying to Peter before the cock crows three times you will deny me, and Peter being adamant that he would not do such a thing. The pianist was Mrs Sylvia Jordan.