Phillip Nuttal of Eyam showed the children at Sunday’s service at Birdsedge Church his radio-controlled Ferrari to demonstrate that we need power and control in our lives to live successfully. Power comes from the Holy Spirit – Jesus is our guide. He spoke to the adults later about Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ (his half-brother) and of his dedication to Jesus. Next week’s communion service will be taken by Tom Wood.

The AGM for Jigsaw Kids Ministries in the Philippines was interesting and informative helped by the use of the newly installed large screen which enabled Power Point to be used. Tim and Kate, with the support of CMS, have set up many areas of help for underprivileged children and, where possible, their families in Manila. Tim and Kate have been overwhelmed by the generous response from people in this country. As the organisation grows, providing food, clothing, safe places, play areas, education, health help and jobs it gets more expensive to run. Anyone wanting to donate money and know that it goes direct to the children with none of the money going towards running costs should do a lot worse than contact Jigsaw Kids Ministries, 21 Matthew Lane, Meltham, Holmfirth HD9 5JS.

Final accounts for Festival 2008 will be discussed at an open meeting in the Hall on Tuesday August 5 at 8pm.

The village hall Quiz Night went well with the highest number of Nick Dilly’s questions were answered by the Armitage team, who will do the questions for the last event in the old Hall on Friday August 29. A huge amount of supper was consumed and over £160 was raised.

A yard sale was successful in moving on some of the unwanted items from the hall. A pleasant afternoon was spent by the organisers in the welcome sunshine. Refreshments were enjoyed inside and about £140 was raised and useful contacts were made. The opportunity was taken to start taking down decorative items and keep safe the tributes to men who went to war. If anyone has information about what the Equipment Club was, whose Ladies Section paid for the splendid photographic display after the Great War, we would be very pleased to know. Ring 606533.

A small representation of the Village Hall Committee took a display to Scissett First School on Sunday afternoon to let any interested party know about the intentions for the hall.

The hospice support group will be serving lunches in the Church School Room on Bank Holiday Monday August 25 from 11am.


Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Beryl Holt, local preacher and a member of the church. She spoke about The Kingdom of God and its influence on our lives. Scripture readings by Joan Bond and Fred Green. Stewards were Rosalyn Beevers and Maxine Lodge and the flowers for the communion table were a gift from Dorothy Fretwell. Coffee was served after the service.


The preacher at Denby Dale Methodist Church on Sunday was Mrs Jean Heath of Shepley. Lessons were read by Rev T Peter Arnold and Jeanette Lodge and the stewards were Ann Dunn and Elizabeth Bailey-Tyson. The organ was played by Tony Ward and Dorothy Hunt served coffee after the service.The service tomorrow (Sunday) will be led by Tom Richardson of Denby Dale.


The Parochial Church Council at Emley Parish Church met on Tuesday evening.

On Sunday morning a service of Holy Communion was led and celebrated by the Rev Laurie Brooks. Katharine Moorhouse and Sallie Dickins read the bible and Malcolm Jessop played the organ. In his talk, Malcolm Tracey highlighted some of Jesus’s parables from Matthew chapter 13. He said that, as Christians, we have more opportunities to share the love of Christ than ever before, due to the internet, power points in church, and many ways to make a difference – the best is yet to come! During August there will be no midweek services and meetings.


The 10.45 service at St James’s on the Tenth Sunday after Trinity – the Church’s Patronal Festival and Gift Day– was a service of Celebration for Flockton Church. Rev Christine Bullimore led the service and read the Epistle, Ethne Balfour read the lesson from Acts, John Bullimore proclaimed the Gospel and preached the sermon, Rev Christine Bullimore led the prayers and presided at the Eucharist and Angela Griffith played the organ. The Gift Day had been publicised in advance in The Lamp, the parish magazine, and the number of envelopes containing gifts from congregation and well-wishers in the village was heart warming. Introducing the collection of gifts and offerings, Christine pointed out that the reading from Acts said that ‘the disciples determined that according to their ability each would send relief to the believers living in Judea’, and that it was this concept of gifts according to individual ability that was important at the present time at St James’s.


Mr Malcolm Tibbott welcomed the congregation to the first of two services in All Hallows Parish Church last Sunday. Curate, the Rev Robert Chambers led the celebration of Sung Eucharist. Mrs Jean Sutcliffe read from the letter of St Paul to the Romans and reader, Mrs Janet Roberts, read the parable of the mustard seed and the treasures of Heaven from the Gospel of St Matthew.Mrs Roberts preached the sermon which was prefaced by a short drama performed with Mr Phil Delamere based on the gospel reading. She took for her theme The Nature of God’s Kingdom. Mr Chambers baptised Jacob William Stubbings. The chalice and paten were taken to the altar by Mrs Maureen Etchells and Mrs Michaelia and Miss Melissa Schindler. Mr Chambers was assisted at the distribution by Mrs Roberts and Mrs Hilary Berry.Mr Geoff Slater and his wife, Doreen were sidesmen and took up the collection. Mrs Doreen Barraclough was the organist.After the service, the worshippers enjoyed refreshments served by Mrs Dot Greenwood and Mrs Joy Elson. In the evening Mrs Vicky Daniels led a quiet reflective service of Encounter. She took for her theme The virtues of Christianity. A reading was given from the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles and music was provided by the Church Music Group.


Two names have been suggested for a new development on land to the rear of 67- 81 Wakefield Road, Lepton. They are:Cowmes Close and Thistle Heights. Objections or comments should be sent to the Chief Building Surveyor, Civic Centre Phase III, PO Box B95, Huddersfield, telephoned through to extension 860-1550 or direct dialling 01484 221550, or emailed to before Thursday August 7.


Shelley Over 60s held their meeting in the Village Hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Jean Porter and the full house went to Joan Cope. The whist high of 87 was recorded by Gordon Burgin and the low of 65 by Audrey Taylor from seven-and-a-half tables. Birthday greetings went to Amy Womersley, Bryan Martindale, Tessa Hawthornthwaite, Joan Cope and 90-year-old Muriel Wade. Raffle winners were Connie Roberts, Molly James, Vera Rothson, Lewis Bower and Rose Colburn. The Village Hall will be closed for alterations for the first two weeks of August and the club will meet instead at the Methodist Hall.


People can take the first steps to health with regular Monday walks around Shepley in Huddersfield, starting on August 11 at 2.15pm. The walks, part of the Kirklees Walking Network's programme of health walks, will begin from Shepley Library and Information Centre on Marsh Lane in Shepley, Huddersfield and will each last up to one hour. There will be refreshments in the library afterwards. The walks will be suitable for all ages and abilities and everyone, including toddlers and babies in buggies, is welcome.For further information contact the Kirklees Walking Network, tel: 01484 234095.


Mr D Haynes of Barnsley was the preacher for Sunday morning service at the Wesleyan Reform Church, Skelmanthorpe. His bible reading was from Malachi. Organist was John Orton.

Sung Mass at St Aidan was celebrated by the Rev Philip Reynolds, who spoke of the thirst for friendship with God. Biblical readings were given by Gary Firth and Molly Batty. Jonathan Woodcock was the organist. Refreshments were served by Anne Ward.

At Evensong Philip preached on the Song of Songs. Biblical readings were given by Gary Firth and Victoria Cox, who also served refreshments. Jonathan Woodcock was the organist. Today members of the congregation join the Upper Dearne 5 Parishes group stand at the Emley Show.