Tom Wood took the Mothering Sunday worship service at Birdsedge Church. He read from Luke about the birth of John the Baptist foretold and in particular ‘He will be a joy and delight to you and many will rejoice because of his birth’. Tom then asked the young people if they were a ‘joy and delight’ to their mums? Members of the congregation shared memories of their own mums, one in particular was ‘mum knows best’ using the story of Esau and Jacob.Next week’s service will be a worship service.

The church will be holding a coffee morning with lunches and stalls on Saturday April 4 from 10.30am.

Birdsedge Hospice Support Group will be serving lunches and refreshments on Saturday April 18.


Morning Worship at All Saints Church on Sunday was led by Kath McDaid. The theme for the morning was the celebration of Mothers. Rev Joy told a story to the large number of children who were in church after the introductory hymn and sentences. Two readings from the Bible were delivered during the service by Gillian Hamer and Wynn Leake from Psalm 127 and Paul’s letter to the Colossians respectively. The congregation were treated to a short comedy sketch on ‘the behaviour’ of grandparents nowadays, presented by Joy and David Cousans and Kath and Brendan McDaid. The choir sang Mary Did You Know? by Lowry and Green (arr. Jaime Alderson); intercessions were written and presented by Jonathan Newcombe who was also the organist. Coffee was prepared and served by Gail Banks and Jean Newcy.

Morning worship for Mothering Sunday at the Methodist Church was led by Beryl Holt. Posies of daffodils were given to the ladies of the congregation by David, Beryl's grandson. Readers of the bible passages were Rosalyn Beevers and Wendy Barber. Stewards for the day were Joan Bond and Diana Hunt and the pianist was Jane Hobson.Flowers for the communion table were a gift from Diana Hunt. After the service coffee was served by Lucie Frogget


The churches together Lent meeting at the Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel on Monday evening was led by Ruth Bilton. On Sunday morning the special Family Service for Mothering Sunday was led by Alexandra Nuttall when she spoke about families, our own and the great worldwide Christian Family. Mollie Beever handed the Sunday School captaincy over to Lily Gilbert. Lily then presented all the ladies of the congregation with a small plant. The preacher at the evening service was Phil Kerr from Saltaire who spoke about putting our complete trust in God to guide us on every occasion. The pianist for the day was Robert Nuttall.


Lent groups were held on Tuesday at Emley Parish Church. The Church Council met on Thursday evening and on Friday evening a pie and pea supper with guest speaker Keith Hellawell was well attended and raised £550 for church funds. On Saturday morning a Sprouts Activity Workshop based on Mothering Sunday was enjoyed and parents joined the children in worship at the end of the morning.

On Mothering Sunday morning a Communion Service was celebrated by Rev John Marsh and led by Jean Senior. Bible readers were Katharine Moorhouse and Emily Dowse. Carol Clough led prayers and Malcolm Jessop played the organ. Rev Chris Bullimore gave the talk based on mother’s day, highlighting with the help of the congregation, a mother’s gift of forgiveness, love, nurturing, family support and hope, suggesting all this is still available from the church family today. Explorers showed their art work at the end and refreshments were served.


Maureen Etchells and Michaelia Schindler welcomed the congregation to a special Church 4 AllŠfamily service at All Hallows Parish Church on Mothering Sunday. The service was led by curate the Rev Robert Chambers and churchwarden, Glyn Phillips. Karen and Helen Phillips led the prayers of intercession and Mr Phillips gave the talk when he took for his theme: Mothering Sunday;Š know your mother. Š Dennis Goring gave the reading from St Paul’s letter to the Colossians and Mr Chambers read the words of Jesus to his mother from the Cross in the Gospel according to St John. Karen and Beth Cook took up the chalice and paten and Mr Chambers was assisted at the distribution by his wife Mary (pastoral minister) and Mr Phillips. During the servic e the children gave posies of daffodils and evergreens, made by Doreen Barraclough and Leslie Hannam,Š along with special cards, to their mothers and the ladies in the congregation. Pauline Pinder and Joy Elson performed the duties of sidesmen and took up the collection. The music for the service was provided by Mrs Barraclough and the Church Music Group.Afterwards the worshippers enjoyed juice and coffee served by Margaret Haigh and Edith Brookes.

The Burton Friendship Club met for their weekly meeting at The Hub and welcomed their popularŠ guests,Š Bill and Barbara Emsley,Š who treated members to a musical afternoon. Mr Emsley acted as compere as his wife played a varied selection of popular music on her electronic accordion with which she was able to produce a whole range of styles and sounds from Hawaiian guitar to bagpipes. Sandra Spivey gave thanks. Mrs J Sutcliffe won the raffle and tea and biscuits were served by Mesdames Ellis and Calvert and Frank Whitaker.


Lepton Townswomen’s Guild held their annual general meeting in the Methodist Church. Officials and committee were re-elected en bloc. After the business meeting, a quiz was held. Mrs J Armitage won the raffle.


Shelley Over 60s met in the village hall last Thursday when the bingo line was won by Vera Rothson and the full house by Betty Cassinelli. The whist high of 85 was shared by Audrey Taylor and Colin Littlewood with the low of 71 going to Kathleen Stevenson from six tables. The club were saddened to hear of the death of one of their members Colin Cartmell earlier in the week and held a minute’s silence in his memory. Birthday greetings were given to Robin Small and Wally Usher. Raffles were won by Mary Hobson, Lilian Armitage, Vera Wilkinson, Ted Blythe and Rene Biggin.


Latest results from Stocksmoor Bridge Club. Thursday March 12 – north/south:1 M Dey and R Makins, 2 P Pogson and A Stephens, 3 M Sandell and S Hancock; east/west:1 W and A Dowlen, 2 J and M Mcgee, 3 C Barrow and M Brett. Thursday March 19 –north/south: 1 D Cliff and C Bolland, 2 M Sandell and S Hancock, 3 M Hicks and J Pearson; east/west: 1 Jand M Mcgee, 2 M and L Cooper, 3 E Pearson and K Morley.


An insight into the way of life of a Shetland Islander was given by Mrs A Greenwood at last Tuesday’s meeting of Upper Denby Women’s Institute. For the men, life involves fishing and cutting peat turves. Mrs Greenwood’s father, a volunteer crew member of the lifeboat, became coxswain and was awarded a silver medal. The women carried the turves in large wicker baskets on their backs and created their own style of knitting. Mrs Greenwood explained how life altered when the oil companies were based in Shetland and again when they moved top Aberdeen. Tourism and the visit of cruise ships have helped to ease the move in population. Members were shown slides of life and the changes, as well as examples of knitting and craft work. One thing that had not changed was the year-long preparation for the Up-Helly-Aa ceremony, held on the last Tuesday in January, when a replica Viking ship is burned. A vote of thanks was proposed by President Mrs J Roebuck. The competition for a piece of embroidery was won by J Roebuck with K Fletcher second and H Armitage third. Raffle prizes were won by B Mosley and M Marriott. The next meeting will now be held on Tuesday March 31, when the competition will be fora Money Box.

Denby First School received recognition of achieving 100% in the 2008 Key State One tests when headteacher Mrs Hissett and chairman of Governors Mr Pollick attended a ‘Celebration of Success’ ceremony at the Galpharm Stadium. The children in the junior school are took part in cycle training last week and the whole school went on an Easter Egg hunt in Margaret’s Wood. A magician visited school on Thursday.