LOCAL residents are invited to a social evening in the village hall today (start 7pm). The event is being organised by Birdsedge Village Hall Committee whose members have been working for several years to secure the hall’s future through proposed renovation plans. Villagers attending this evening’s social will be given an update on developments on the project. A bar and light supper are available.

Bookings are now being taken for the A Taste of Italy gourmet meal evening in the village hall on Saturday June 7 (7.30pm) at £20 per head. Discreet live music will be played in between the courses. For menu and details ring 01484-604289.

On Saturday June 14 at 8pm Badapple Theatre will present An Honorary Yorkshireman, written by Kate Bramley. Bar and refreshments with home-made cakes will be available, raising money for the village hall refurbishment.


Sir Topham Hat "The Fat Controller" – although he's lost a lot of weight now – has once again agreed to let Thomas the Tank Engine and some of his friends from the Island of Sodor come to the district tomorrow (Sunday). As before, visitors to the Kirklees Light Railway Clayton West will have a chance to see Thomas, Percy, Mavis and Toby, and one of the Troublesome Trucks. Trains leave every half-hour, pulled by Thomas and Friends along the picturesque branch line to Shelley junction. There are also footplate rides, tram rides on Toby, a bouncy castle and donkey rides.


Cumberworth villagers will open up their gardens on Sunday June 8 for a garden walk. Programmes, priced £2, are available at the Community Garden just down Cumberworth Lane, Upper Cumberworth or on the triangle, by The Foresters at Lower Cumberworth. There will be refreshments en route and transport between the villages.

July 5 is Carnival Day, featuring a 'Royal Parade’ with brass band, Appalachian cancers, children's dance clubs, stalls, bouncy castles and teacup rides. Night time entertainment will include a magician and a disco with a live band. Daytime start 1.30pm; evening: 7pm-11.30pm.


On Sunday morning the Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel Sunday School met for activities including songs, stories and crafts. Robert Nuttall was the preacher at the evening service. He spoke about being like Jesus. Cynthia Nuttall was the soloist. Next Sunday there will be a visit from the general secretary of the Wesleyan Reform Union of Churches, The Rev Colin Braithwaite. Members from the Skelmanthorpe Church will join for tea at 4.30pm followed by a united service at 6pm.

After two weeks away, first at Lower Cumberworth and last week at Clayton West, the Methodist Church will be 'back home' tomorrow at 10.30am with a service of Holy Communion led by Rev T Peter Arnold.

The Time Together Befriending Scheme is being run from the Denby Dale Centre. The centre was started two years ago by local church members who wanted to help meet the needs of the local community. The Befriending Scheme is just one part of the word done by the centre and is designed to bring people who find themselves lonely and isolated and other people who would like to help make a difference. The scheme serves the whole of the Denby Dale and Kirkburton wards and seeks to find people who need the service and those who would like to help. Anyone who thinks they would like to get involved in this rewarding scheme and can spare an hour every week or fortnight to visit someone in the community should get in touch with the group. Volunteers receive training and support have the chance to get together and encourage each other and are reimbursed for travelling expenses. There are always more people needing befriending than there are visitors. If anyone knows of someone they think would benefit from having someone visit them, or anyone who would like to volunteer to befriend someone, contact Karen Selley or Jean Dutton at the Denby Dale Centre on 01484-860077


The first Sunday after Trinity was celebrated with a service of Holy Communion at St Michael’s Church on Sunday morning, led by Malcolm Tracey. Carol Clough and Graham Russell read the bible, Dennis Roughsedge led prayers and Malcolm Jessop played the organ. In his sermon, the Rev John Marsh set out a basic framework for practising Christians – a sure foundation in Jesus, building on that foundation, drawing on help from bible readings, prayers and talking to church leaders and then sharing that faith with others. During Communion the choir sang Go Peaceful In Gentleness.Coffee was served at the end of the service. A collection for Christian Aid’s work in China, Burma and Zimbabwe was made.


Kirkburton Parish Council has set aside limited funding to provide residents with free water butts in a trial scheme to help preserve water. Anyone interested should contact council clerk, at Kirkburton Parish Council, Burton Village Hall, Northfield Lane, Highburton Huddersfield HD8 0QT by June 30th. The water butts will be shared between wards and aloocated on a first come first served basis. The offer is limited to one butt per household.

There were two services in All Hallows Parish Church on the first Sunday after Trinity. Mrs Doreen Slater welcomed the congregation to the morning service of Sung Eucharist which was led by the Rev Laurie Brookes of F lockton. Mrs Jean Sutcliffe gave the reading for the day from the third chapter of the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians and Mr Brookes read the gospel from the fifth chapter of Matthew and preached the sermon. During the service, Mr Brookes baptised and welcomed into the fellowship of the Church, Matthew Stephen Wood and Leah Marie Wood. Visiting reader, Mrs Shelley Wilde, gave the sermon. The chalice and paten were taken to the altar by Mr Ken and Mrs Joyce Harris and Mr Brookes was assisted at the distribution by pastoral minister, Mrs Betty Cross and reader, Mrs Janet Roberts. Greeter, Mrs Slater and her husband, Geoff, performed the duties of sidesmen and took up the collection. After the service, worshippers enjoyed refreshments served by Mrs Dot Greenwood. In the evening, pastoral minister Mrs Betty Cross led a quiet reflective service of Encounter. She took for her theme: Listening to God. Mrs Cross read the meditation and churchwarden, Mr Glyn Phillips gave a reading from the First Book of Kings. Reader, Mrs Janet Roberts led the prayers. Music was provided by the Church Music Group.

The two Conservative Kirkburton ward councillors on Kirklees Council, Christine Smith and Adrian Murphy, hold their surgeries at Kirkburton Library between 11am and 12noon on the last Saturday of each month.


The Shelley Strollers walking group recently spent a three days, two nights. walking holiday in Peterborough. The highlight on the trip was a 10-mile walk through the Nene Valley Country Park, alongside Ferry Meadows and the River Nene. Trip organiser Joan Parker lived in the Peterborough area for several years during which time she was an official guide to the cathedral. The Shelley Strollers group welcome new members. They organise walks throughout the year and anyone interested in joining them should contact Barrie or Jane Schofield on 01484-862007 or John Keaveney on 01484-608569.

The Shepley and Shelley Pierrot Players have sent out a message of thanks to the people who turned up in force for their latest production Hobson’s Choice. There were full houses for each of the three nights the play ran in Shelley Village Hall and people without tickets had to be turned away. The players also thank Kath Stevens who organised a minibus for the Thursday evening performance. This enabled some ‘supporters’ from Shepley to get to the play. They would otherwise have had a problem due to the limited public transsport available.

Shelley Over 60s Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To celebrate the club organised trips to Nottingham, to see the show Blood Brothers, Harrogate Conference Centre to see Gerry and Pacemakers in the Solid Silver 60s Show and a day trip to Skipton and Harrogate when a group led by Joan Parker walked from Knaresborough to Harrogate. On Sunday June 22 the club is organising a trip to Headingley to see a Twenty/20 match between Yorkshire and Durham. Anyone interested in joining this trip should contact Nigel on 01484-301232.


The preacher at Sunday morning worship at Skelmanthorpe Wesleyan Reform Church was Carole Senior and the bible reading – from Numbers – was given by Susan Wright. John Orton was the organist.

Sung Mass at St Aidan was celebrated by the Rev Philip Reynolds, who spoke of building on firm foundations such as the prayerful compassion of the Holy Mother of God. Biblical readings were given by Gary Firth and Trevor Langley. Refreshments were served by Judith Wrigglesworth. The theme at Sung Evensong was the first two chapters of the Song of Songs/Solomon. Biblical readings were given by Gary firth and Margaret E Fisher. Griff Jones was the organist. Refreshments were served by Victoria Cox.


Recent results from Stocksmoor Bridge Club meetings were: May 1, Winners: north/south, 1 Peggy Pogson and Andrew Stephens, 2 Hilda Green and Kath Scaramuzza, 3 Ruth Hirst and Anne Thackray; east/west, 1 Kate Morley and Ed Pearson, 2 Maureen Russell and Enid Covell, 3 Denis Erlank and Jane Erlank. The director was Shirley Hancock.

May 24, 32 players, 24 boards played. Winners: north/south, 1 Margaret Bailey and Aina Mitchell, 2 Peggy Pogson and Andrew Stephens, 3 Margaret Hicks and John Pearson; east/west, 1 Jean Shaw and Eileen Tullie, 2 Maurice and Liz Cooper, 3 John and Maureen McGee. The director was Walter Dowlen.


The Thurstonland Knit and Natter Group meets every Tuesday evening at the Rose and Crown pub in the village (7.30pm). New members are always made welcome.

What do you think of Thurstonland? Have you any concerns about the village? What could be done to improve it. Can you help in any way? How do you see the future? The Thurstonland Village Association would like to hear from you. Contact Alaine Alder 01484-664544 or Maureen Meddick 01484-666648.


The Women’s Institute discussed, as will all other WIs across the country, the two resolutions to be put forward at the AGM in Liverpool in June. The resolutions are: ban on bottom trawling, causing catastrophic loss of marine life and inappropriate imprisonment of the severely mentally ill – with the adverse effect on families – urging the Government to provide treatment and therapy in a more appropriate and secure residential environment. No absolute decision was reached as it was felt that there was insufficient background information to take a vote.