The Rock at Brockholes held an Harvest Auction on Sunday September 28 and they beat last year’s total of £1,000, raising a magnificent £1,139.58. Auctioneer was the Rev Sean Robertshaw and money raised will be shared by local churches. Landlady Heather Henshaw and staff thank all customers who donated items and all those whose helped make the event such a great success.
Mrs Jo Rand was the preacher on Sunday at the Methodist Church. The readers were Granville Dews and Paul and Janet Grant.
Family communion at St George's Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Rosalind Watts read the lesson and Roger Kenworthy was the server. Verena Wood was the organist.
Gatehead Methodist Church Harvest Festival service will be on Sunday October 19 and will be led by new minister, the Rev Tim Moore at 3pm. The church is again supporting Christian African Relief Trust and gifts of dried or tinned produce, school stationery etc will be gratefully received at the church on Saturday October 18 between 1.30pm and 3pm.
Members of the Camera Club held a presentation of prints by Colin New.
Midweek communion at St David's Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Bamford. Ian Gold read the lesson. The Rev Geoff Bamford also led Friday prayers. Meetings of the Monkey Business, Over 60s and Tumble Tots groups were held during the week.
The harvest festival service at St David's Church was conducted by the Rev Di Ellerton when lessons were read by Sandy Wise and Ian Macdonald. Ian Gold led intercessions and the creche and junior church were led by Kathryn Kingdom and Rose Dodd-Hodkins. Martin Woodhead officiated at evensong. The pianist was Audrey Brook. Following the service, harvest gifts were distributed to the elderly and sick.
Holmfirth Cricket Club’s annual Carol Service scheduled for December 6 in Holmfirth Parish Church has had to be cancelled this year. The club regret this very much, due to circumstances beyond the club's control. It is hoped to run this popular event again in 2009.
The cricket club’s annual Harvest Home will be held tomorrow (Sunday) at the Elephant and Castle pub in Holmfirth. There will be an auction of produce, starting at 2pm, and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun.
Generosity was the theme of Sunday’s harvest festival at Holmfirth Methodist Church. The Rev Charlotte Lorimer led morning worship, assisted by Junior Church leaders. Margaret Heeley spoke about the Christian African Relief Trust, a local charity supported by the church and gifts of dried and tinned goods, school stationery and money for planting trees will be sent to several African countries. For 14 years, Junior Church has sponsored children in Africa. Kath Beetlestone spoke about Eunice Wanjiru, the church’s first sponsored child, who lives in Nairobi, Kenya. She has recently completed her education and has been able to set up her own business. Margaret Hinchliffe described the life of the children in Class 9A in Luansobe Upper Basic School in northern Zambia, which is also sponsored by Junior Church. The work of the Kaloko Trust in financing and running both the school and several rural communities nearby was outlined and a collection for the work of the trust was taken. Harvest thanksgiving prayers written by Junior Church children Megan Johnson, Grace Horner, Isaac Robinson and Maya Robinson were offered and Joan Tilson read from Paul’s second latter to the Corinthians, in which he urges people to be generous in their giving. Neil Ward tested the congregation’s knowledge of Ethiopia using a resource from the Methodist Relief and Development Fund’s website before Rev Charlotte led prayers of intercession. Following the morning service about 60 people enjoyed a two-course Sunday lunch served by the church Fellowship group. Proceeds from the lunch will go to the Methodist Relief and Development Fund.
Holy Trinity Church celebrated Harvest with a joint service at Choppards conducted by the Rev Keith Griffin, followed by a faith lunch. Alex Jones read from John 2 and Linda Whitaker led the Intercessions. Keith spoke about the food chain and choices in buying and young children helped him demonstrate this with farm toys. This year’s harvest donations are going to Faith in Action for the church link diocese of Mara in Tanzania. The Church Music Group accompanied the singing.
Margaret Laycock from Golcar spoke on the topic of Gracie Fields to the Trinity Church Honley Women's Fellowship meeting on October 2. She outlined her early days and her rapid rise to fame as a singer and comedienne, singing some of Gracie Field’s songs to illustrate her talk.
On the sadder side of Gracie’s life Margaret told of her failed marriages and her subsequent departure to live in America, as this was wartime and she was married to an Italian. This move cost her considerable popularity until after the war, when the extent to which she had helped the war effort while living in the USA was revealed. Gracie Fields returned to Britain briefly before retiring to Capri where she had bought a property. There she met her third husband, Boris, and lived a very happy life until she died aged 81. Gracie never forgot her Rochdale roots and one of her last concerts was in Rochdale town hall.
The Rev David Barnes conducted the harvest family service at St Mary's Church. During the opening hymn, members of the congregation placed gifts of produce on the chancel steps. Laura and Alice Moore read lessons and Anne Blount read the children's story. As part of the address, Anne and Godfrey Blount led intercessions. Music was provided by the music group.
The Rev David Barnes celebrated parish Eucharist at St Mary's Church when Doreen Laude read the lesson and the pianist was Hazel Kemp.
Prayer was the subject of a meeting of the Mothers' Union. The speaker was the group's leader, Brenda Wildman.
A harvest supper was organised by Trevor Jones at he Methodist Church. Entertainment at the event was provided by Philip Horn. A vote of thanks was proposed by Dilys Williams.
The Rev John Hardy led the Sunday harvest service at the Methodist Church. The evening service was conducted by the Trevor Jones. The organist for the day was Nigel Morris.