At All Hallows, those who had followed the Transforming Lives Lent course also enjoyed a Passover meal following fairly closely the sequence of a Jewish Seder or Passover meal before going into church for a Maundy Thursday Communion followed by the traditional stripping of the altars and an hour’s vigil which remembers Christ’s last hour in the garden of Gethsemane before his arrest.

Noon brought a quiet reflective service of hymns and readings to All Hallows and St Michael and St Helen church had an hour at the foot of the cross from 2pm.The day ended with All Hallows joining the Methodists at St John’s for the traditional joint Good Friday Service in which members of both congregations played a part. The solemnity of the occasion was emphasised as this was one joint service at which refreshments were not served afterwards.

On Saturday evening the first communion of Easter was observed. It is a very moving service beginning in a darkened church brought to life by the flaring of the Easter Fire in its brazier at the west end of church.The Paschal candle, symbolising Christ the light of the world, was lit from the fire and processed through church with the acclamation of Christ as the light of the world. Candles held by the congregation were lighted from the Paschal candle as it passes through the church. And then all the lights were switched on.

Easter Sunday morning saw upwards of 60 people from all the congregations of Almondbury Churches Together meet at the top of Castle Hill for a sunrise service to commemorate the Resurrection of Christ. A circular beacon- shaped barbecue was lit and mackerel cooked just as Jesus had fed his disciples with cooked fish after his resurrection.More prosaically these disciples repaired to the Methodist church for bacon butties after the service before leaving for their own family services in their own churches.All Hallows was packed at the 10am service and ran out of service books. A glorious service, which included the blessing of the Easter Garden which had been made by the children, was followed by sherry and nibbles provided by the rector and his wife whilst the children had an Easter egg hunt.


At a meeting on Wednesday arrangements were made for the opening day of the re-furbished Birdsedge Village Hall. Saturday May 2 will see the hall open to view between 2 and 4pm. A strict programme of events has been organised to make sure everything will be in place. The hall will operate as before from May 5 when all groups will return to the hall. Villagers thank the church for giving use of their premises during the works.

A full cooked breakfast, prepared by Maureen Dearnley and Christine Wilson, was enjoyed before the church service started. Junior Church took the Easter Sunday service telling the story of Jesus’ resurrection after his crucifixion. Malcolm Jacobs played the organ for the traditional Easter hymns. Malcolm will be taking next week’s service.


Churches Together in Clayton West, Scissett, and High Hoyland shared services during Holy Week. On Good Friday morning a children’s service was led by Rowland Bonham at the Methodist Church. The children acted out the story narrated by Rowland and Jane Woodcock and Beryl Holt dressed the children appropriately. Heidi Woodcock played for the songs and Les Barber took the part of Jesus. Drinks and hot cross buns were enjoyed after the service.

On Easter Sunday morning a cooked breakfast was served by the ladies of the church. Everyone enjoyed the meal and fellowship. Proceeds from the meal to be sent to the charity Water Aid. Morning worship followed and was led by Rosemary Hall, who led thoughts on Holy Week and the joy of Jesus' resurrection. Bible readings from Peter and Matthew were given by Fred Green and Lucie Froggatt. Stewards were Betty Booth and Maxine Lodge. Flowers for the communion table were a gift from Josie Jebson. Coffee was served after the service.

Palm Sunday was celebrated on Sunday April 5 at All Saints’ Church, Clayton West, with Rev Joy Cousans taking as her theme for her talk The Kingship of Jesus. Palm crosses were distributed during the service to remind the congregation of Jesus’ triumphal ride into Jerusalem. Readings were presented by Alan Reardon and Gillian Hamer reading respectively from Psalm 118 and the Gospel of Mark. Towards the end of the distribution of Communion, the choir sang an arrangement by Malcolm Archer of the Prayer of Saint Richard of Chichester . Intercessions for the wider world were led by Alan Reardon; sidesman was Kathleen Holbrook, coffee was prepared and served by Margaret Morris and Marjorie Brown and organist was Gillian Hamer.

During Holy Week, Compline was said on every evening up until Maunday Thursday at All Saints’ Church. The Last Supper, celebrated on Maundy Thursday, was a Churches Together event, held at the United Reformed Church in Clayton West. On Good Friday, a theme of ‘The Last Seven Words from the Cross’ was presented at All Saint’s Church. A variety of Poetry and Prose was used in this service to portray various aspects of the day upon which Jesus was crucified, delivered by representatives of all the ‘Churches Together’ in the villages of Clayton West and Scissett.

A very early start was made for the Parishes of the Upper Dearne Valley on Easter Sunday morning A sunrise Communion service was held in the churchyard at High Hoyland at 6.15am, led by the Rev Joy Cousans. All churches were represented by the 60-plus communicants, including some from Lepton. After the service, most people retired for a breakfast in High Street, Clayton West or at St. Michael’s Emley.

Parish Communion for Easter Day was celebrated at All Saints’ at the usual time of 9.15am. Readings were delivered by Raymond Parker and Kath McDaid reading respectively from Acts and the Gospel of John. Intercessions were led by Wynn Leake. Sidespeople were Trish Bond and Dave Cousans; coffee was prepared and served by Jean Newby and Gail Banks. The choir sang an arrangement of

‘This Joyful Eastertide – during communion, conducted by Jonathan Newcombe who was also the organist.


During Holy Week Churches Together organised a series of short evening meditation services. Tuesday evening was the turn of Zion Chapel to host the service when Robert Nuttall spoke about the Roman Centurion at the crucifixion of Jesus. The pianist was Tom Richardson.

Easter Sunday morning’s Family Service was led by Rhea Storr. The Bible reading was given by Mike Hopcroft and the Sunday School presented a dramatised reading of the Easter Story. Refreshments were served after the service.The preacher at the evening service was Robert Nuttall who spoke about the followers of Jesus on the road to Emmaus. The Bible was read by Ruth Booth a poem was read by Rita Gilbert and Cynthia Nuttall was the soloist. The service included The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and the steward was Carol Mosley. It was announced that the recent Spring Fair raised over £488


Holy Week at Emley Parish Church was celebrated with meditations each evening taken by Rev Chris Bullimore and the organ was played by Rev John Marsh. At 2pm on Good Friday people gathered at the Cross and sang ‘There is a green hill far away’, then processed down to church following John Bullimore carrying a wooden cross. The Last Hour service was conducted by Rev Chris Bullimore and John Bullimore and an Easter vigil was held on Saturday evening.

Some members joined members from All Saints, Clayton West at High Hoyland to celebrate a sunrise communion at 6.15am followed by breakfast at St Michael’s. A beautifully decorated church welcomed a large congregation for a communion service at 9.30am. Rev John Marsh conducted the service, Michael Hull and Katharine Moorhouse read the bible, Sallie Dickens led prayers and Paul Renshaw played the organ. In his sermon John Bullimore urged the congregation as followers of Christ to share their faith and love with their fellow men. Easter cards from the Bishop of Wakefield were distributed.


On Maundy Thursday afternoon at St Lucius’ Church an informal service and Passover picnic was enjoyed by children and adults as the story of Jesus’ last Passover and arrest, together with its significance to Christians, was explained .

A Walk to the Cross at St Lucius’ church on Good Friday gave people the opportunity to use craft activities to help focus on the bible story of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest,trial and subsequent crucifixion. Each activity formed a station and allowed for quiet meditation and personal prayer.


Holy week at All Hallow’s Church was celebrated with a special service on Maundy Thursday, and on the morning of Good Friday there was Eastermania at the Hub.Š In the evening there was a reflective service under the title of An Hour at the Cross.

ŠThe Parish Church was dressed with flowers and banners proclaiming The Risen LordŠ when worshippers met for a service of Family Communion for Easter Sunday. Š Also on show was a traditional Easter display of the garden and empty tomb. Mr Geoff Slater greeted the worshippers as they arrived and the service was led by the curate, the Rev Robert Chambers and reader Mrs Janet Roberts. Mrs Doreen Slater led the prayers of Intercession and churchwarden, Mrs Glynn Phillips gave the reading for the day from the 10th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. Mr Chambers read about the Resurrection from the 20th chapter of the Gospel according to St John and preached the sermon on the theme of Easter. The young people and adults in the congregation joined in with a performance of an Easter Play. The chalice and paten were taken to the altar by Mr Paul Howatson and Mrs Karen Cook.Š Mr Chambers presided at the distribution and was assisted by Mrs Roberts and Pastoral Minister, Mr Malcolm Tibbott. Sidesmen Mrs Margaret Beaumont and Mrs Phyllis Taylor.ŠMusic for the service was provided by the Church Music Group. Refreshments were served after the service by Mrs Joanne Smith and Mrs Jean Sutcliffe. Tomorrow, Sunday, the church will hold the annual parochial church meeting after the morning service and in the evening worshippers are invited to join the young people for their "cafe church" service, Synaxis, at The Hub.

Members of the Burton Friendship Club met at the Hub on Tuesday afternoon for a special meeting which was All about Easter. Some of the members decorated Easter bonnets and others painted eggs.Š First prizes for bonnets were given to Mrs Fagin, Mrs Sutcliffe and Mrs Wragg with Miss Heeley and Mrs Summerton as runners up.Š The painted egg prize went to Mrs Calvert. Mrs D Summerton and Miss Sandra Spivey organised two quizzes. Members then enjoyed a hot cross bun and scone tea.Š The raffle was won by Mrs J Marsden. As the left, each person was given an Easter Egg.


Shelley Over 6Os Club held their meeting in the village hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Rose Colburn and the full house by Harry Rose. The first three numbers on one card was not won and the prize carried over. The whist high of 92 was won by Bessie Exley and the low of 60 went to Eve Astin from eight tables. The winners of the Grand National sweepstake were: 1, Lilian Armitage, 2, Lorraine Bradley, 3, Vera Wildon. 4, Kathleen Proctor and 5, Harry Rose. Birthday wishes were sent to Sheila Spence, Flo Grundy, David Deeley and Janet Metcalfe. Members held a minute’s silence in respect for Marjorie Russell who passed away recently. Raffle prizes were won by Jennie Rose, Nancy Lear, Greta Hinchliffe, Dorothy Jessop, Rene Biggin and Bessie Exley.


Skelmanthorpe Wesleyan Reform Church held services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The Good Friday service was an evening service of meditation, led by Carol Senior. Readings were given by the Rev Philip Reynolds and Mrs Phillippa Coultish. The choir was led by Christopher Ward and the organist was Jonathan Woodcock. A collection was held for the Christian African Relief Trust at Lockwood and raised £80. The Sunday service was held in the morning, with a reading by John Orton, who also acted as pianist for the service.


Stocksmoor Bridge Club results: Thursday March 26 – North/South:1 Tand M Hirst, 2 M Sandell and M Dey, 3 M Bailey and A Mitchell; East/West:1 E.Tullie and J Shaw, 2 E Covell and M Russell, 3 C Kaye and LTempest.

Thursday April 2 – North/South:1 M Sandell and S.Hancock, 2 M Bailey and A Mitchell, 3 J Morris and WSharman; East/West: 1 ECovell and M.Russell, 2 P Turner and M Kenworthy, 3 E Pearson and K Morley.


Money Money Money was the subject of a talk to Upper Denby Women’s Institute by Mr G Faricy. He dealt with changes in the law, including the rate of Inheritance Tax and advised members creating trust funds not to leave a loophole so that trustees could acquire your money while you are still alive. He also spoke about wills, including funerals and final wishes. The competition for a money box was won by H Armitage, with G Emmott second and M Marriott third. Raffle winners were K Fletcher and G Renshaw. The South Pennine Group Fashion Show will be at Shepley Methodist Church at 7.30pm on Wednesday April 22 and the next Upper Denby meeting will be on Tuesday May 12 when the competition will be for a small flower arrangement.