With the threat of bad weather still lurking over attendance at events it was great to see 50 players turn out for the quiz, held on the last Friday of the month in the village hall. Winners were the Egg Heads. Loads of curry, pie and peas and puddings were consumed.
On Saturday Birdsedge Live hosted Harvey Andrews and Roger Davies. The large audience enjoyed great music and some also enjoyed seeing the newly refurbished hall for the first time. Mad Agnes will be appearing at the hall on Sunday March 21. Ring 606230 for details.
The next Hospice Support Group fund-raiser will be a Beetle Drive tonight (Saturday) at 6.30pm in the village hall.
Sunday service was taken by Tom Wood, who read and talked about Colossians 1 v 15-29 – The Supremacy of Christ. It was followed by a light lunch after which the AGM took place. It was agreed to hold a Spring Fair on Saturday April 10 from 11am when lunches and refreshments will be on sale as well as cakes and home produce. The service next week will be the monthly Communion service.
The next annual Birdsedge Festival meeting will be held on Wednesday March 10 at 8pm in the hall bar. Anyone willing to help at these events will be very welcome. For craft stall application forms ring 606533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morning Worship on Sunday at All Saints’ Church, Clayton West, was an opportunity to find out more information about Fairtrade. The service was ably led by Kath McDaid who involved everyone in thinking around the subject of Tea – how does it grow?, have we any tea preferences?, does milk come first or last?, sugar or not? Readings were delivered by Dolly Bywater and Wyn Leake from Genesis 15(vv1 – 12) and Paul’s letter to the Philippians (3:17 – 4:1) respectively. During the service the children handed out a teabag to everyone and then busied themselves decorating outlines of teapots and the letters of A and Y which are linking into the Lenten study group theme of prayer. All refreshments served by Wynn Leake and Marianne Taylor at the end of the service were Fairtrade products – nothing unusual to the congregation at All Saints’, since a PCC decision several years ago determined that Sunday refreshments should always be those of Fairtrade products.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by church members. The theme for the second Sunday in Lent was about fasting for forty days until Easter. Prayers and hymns were given by Beryl Holt and Wendy Barber. Beryl Holt introduced the theme and explained how giving up for Lent and giving back to God in practical ways could enrich our lives. Joan Bond read from Matthew. Peter Holt, Lucie Froggatt and Joan Bond gave a drama on the theme. Diana Hunt and Maxine Lodge were stewards. Fairtrade coffee and biscuits were served after the service.
Last Tuesday the afternoon fellowship welcomed Rev David Priestnall as speaker. He introduced the members to one of his favourite authors, Arnold Bennett and spoke about some of his books. Refreshments were served after the meeting.
Spiritual Essentials for real life, the course to be held during Lent was held on Tuesday evening in Emley Parish Church, based on John’s Gospel.
On Sunday morning a service of Holy Communion was celebrated by Rev Christine Bullimore and led by Evelyn Barrow. Katie Barrow and John Bullimore read the bible and Peter Crowe played the organ. In his sermon Martin Bailes based his sermon on Jesus’ saying “I am the bread of life” offering spiritual nourishment for all; today we need more than physical nourishment and it is available to all, he said. The children had made spinning wheels representing God’s gift spinning out into the world. They demonstrated their wheels and read a prayer. Refreshments were served.
On Saturday March 13 a steak pie supper and entertainment by The Togs, playing 60’s music, will be held in church at 7.30pm. Bring your own drinks. Admission is by ticket only, at £7.50p, available from M Jessop (telephone 01924 848702).
The Burton Friendship Club held their regular weekly meeting at the Hub on Tuesday afternoon.ŠMrs Hazel Ramsay welcomed and introduced the guest speaker, Mrs Barbara Thornton who described how she and her partner, Peter, had lived on a canal boat and travelled all over the English Canal Network before deciding to take it over to Europe and explore the canals of France and Holland.She illustrated the talk with photographs. Mrs Ramsay thanked her for a most entertaining afternoon and expressed the hope that they would come back and tell them about their next adventure on the waterways.The guest speaker won the raffle and tea and biscuits were served by Mesdames Heeley, Ramsay and Ellis.
Despite the winter weather Shelley over 60s held their weekly meeting in the Village Hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Joan Horne and the full house by Anne Matthews. The whist high of 86 was won by David Matthews, Joan Horne and Walter Astin. The low of 66 went to Margaret Haigh from seven tables. Members wished Happy Birthday to Joan Small, Wendy Kettlewell, Eve Blythe, Margaret Hill, Lilian Armitage and Barbara Thompson. Raffle prizes were won by Madge Shaw, Bessie Usher, Walter Astin, Joan Horne and Dora Mettrick.
Dr S Turner from Huddersfield was the preacher at the Skelmanthorpe Wesleyan Reform Chapel on Sunday. The bible reading was from Psalms. John Orton played the piano and coffee was served by Susan Wright.
On Sunday February 28 at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church, the Rev Richard Parkes from Stockport conducted the service.ŠThe theme of the service was about Religion. He spoke about all religions being aŠ good thing, but that if paying attention to small details and becoming very fanatical about very small things, yet wanting everyone else to be just the same as they are, then religion would be a bad thing. The organist was Frances Priestnall.
Skelmanthorpe Wives’ Group pantomime Dick Whittington, will be held on March 18, 19 and 20 at 7.15pm at the Methodist Church, Pilling Lane, Skelmanthorpe. Tickets are now available from Essentials in Skelmanthorpe or by ringing 01484 863186.