Mrs Kath Beetlestone led worship at the Methodist Church. Mrs Kath Gaukroger read the lesson and the organist was Mr Robert Booth.

Parish Communion at St George’s Church was conducted by the Rev David Barnes. Mr Roger Kenworthy read the lesson and was the server. Verena Wood played the organ.


Being Hepworth Feast last Monday, there was lots going on in Hepworth over the whole weekend. On Friday evening, cinema goers enjoyed the film Brassed Off in the village hall.

On Saturday afternoon, Hepworth Junior and Infant School held their Olympic Summer Fair in the schools grounds, with fun and refreshments for all the family.

In the evening, an open air concert with the Holme Valley orchestra was held in the school grounds. Promenaders enjoyed their picnics whilst being entertained by the orchestra, and the evening was brought to a close by a fantastic fireworks display.

Sunday morning saw the first running of the Hepworth Dryad race around Hepworth (see special report and photos on Page 18). An evening of live music featuring the Travelling Billberets and other locals artists was held in the Butchers Arms.

Feast Day dawned and for once in many years, it was not raining. All morning, the village was a hive of activity and everything was in place for the first event, the traditional procession from Hepworth School, via Scholes and Jackson Bridge, led by a section of Hepworth (Cookson Homes) Band. An Exhibition of old photographs in the village hall drew lots of visitors all afternoon and evening.

The band were back for the United Sing in Towngate in the evening, and this was followed by the children's races in the recreation ground. The evening street entertainment went on for over three hours and included clowns, jugglers, coconut shy, stalls and the annual Soap Box Derby. On the street stage, there was live music and dancing all evening which ended with a bang in the form of a spectacular fireworks display.


Midweek communion at St David’s Church was conducted by the vicar, the Rev Geoff Banks. A funeral service was held on Friday fro the late Barbara Sugden. It was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford, who also led Friday evening prayers. Sunday Eucharist was conducted by the Rev Geoff Banks, who preached on the challenge offered by the Saints Peter and Paul to the bishops assembled in Jerusalem in relation of the Lambeth Conference. Lessons were read by Margaret Tipling and Laura Bartlett. The organist was Eddie Purcell. After the service a group visited Nostell Priory during the afternoon.


Sunday’s service at Holmfirth Methodist Church was led by the Minister, the Rev Ron Hicks. The theme was Trust and this was illustrated with the help of a young volunteer, Isaac, who fell backwards in Ron’s arms, trusting that he would be there to support him. However when Isaac was blindfolded and Ron spoke to him from in front assuring him that it would be safe to fall backwards Isaac was unsure, he was unaware that someone else was behind him to stop him falling. Ron likened this to the trust we place in an unseen God.

Following bible readings by Barbara Needham from Kings, and by Laura Nunez-Mulder from Matthew, the Rev Ron spoke about the faith and trust of Elijah and Peter and the need for us to trust and move out of our comfort zones. The service included thoughtful prayers of thanksgiving and intercession led by Ron.

After the service the half yearly Church Meeting was held during coffee in the schoolroom. Church officers were re-elected – Carol Hamer (secretary), Neil Ward (treasurer), Angela Ward (pastoral secretary), Kath Beetlestone (discipleship team leader), Margaret Heeley (fellowship team leader), Helen Johnson (mission team leader), Peter Beetlestone (stewardship team leader), Barbara Rochester (worship team leader) and Joan Tolson (youth team leader). Barbara Needham, Margaret Hinchliffe, Michael Tolson and Helen Robinson were elected to serve on the Church Council for one year representing the annual meeting. Annual reports were given by the leaders of the youth, stewardship and worship teams and by the pastoral secretary. Each report included areas of development in the church’s life giving cause for celebration and encouragement.

The sixth Sunday after Trinity was celebrated at Holy Trinity Church by the Rev Keith Griffin with 10.30 Parish Eucharist. The family and friends of Jude Seabridge to celebrate her Baptism during the service were welcomed. Doris Andrew read from Matthew 10 v 10-42. Isabel Seabridge and Linda Whitaker led the Intercessions and Carlton Tinsdeall assisted with the chalice. The Rev Griffin spoke about welcome and how important it is. Welcome is about making space for people. Refreshments were served in the Gallery Room by Vicky and Alan Wimpenny. The Magnificent Miniatures exhibition continues from Wednesday to Sunday.

The exhibition runs until September and is based on the artwork found in manuscripts dating from the Medieval period. It has been sponsored by a number of organisations including Holme Valley Parish Council and admission is free.Come to the exhibition and you will discover horsemen, scribes, soldiers, and kings. Look a bit further and you may come across the Tower of Babel, angry dogs, resplendent swans, weird and wonderful creatures, Jonah in the mouth of the big fish, maidens putting old men to bed and a beheading.

Rather than being something strange and esoteric, these very early forms of illustration range across a glorious spectrum of colour and humour, history and fantasy. The difference with this Magnificent Miniatures is that the images have been painted on a large scale. Alongside them you will find the whole alphabet, all the way from A to Z.

The exhibition is the work of over 50 members of calligraphic groups in the north of England, the Calderdale Calligraphers, Northumbrian Scribes and York Scribes, as well as some artists based in Holmfirth.

Also on view will be the Monster Alphabet project, carried out by children from local schools. Magnificent Miniatures opensWednesday to Saturday 11am – 4pm (including bank holidays) and Sunday noon – 4pm.

Pastor Ian Gooch and the band led praise and worship at Holmfirth Christian Centre’s Sunday morning service held at the Phoenix Centre. Pastor Ian then continued his talk from the previous week entitled Our Journey, Our Vision.. He explained that God cannot bless us if we are outside of His will, and of the differences in following a broad or narrow path, where God’s will is the narrow option and much easier to stray from. He illustrated how everyone can take a step by step personal journey with the Lord, where life’s challenges become a voyage of discovery, he also emphasised that we should not let our path be influenced by worldly matters.

An ever growing Explorers Sunday school group was led by Kathryn Jackson and Gaynor Newman, and they looked at the commandment about honouring your parents. They considered the importance of that and then held a question and answer interaction session on points arising from it such as keeping unity within the family. Meanwhile, the very young ones had great fun in their play and prayer session.

On Sunday evening Justified, the church youth group assembled at church and went on to the cinema to see the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. They then returned to church for tea.

On Wednesday evening the church members gathered to take part in the latest summer event – Walk on the Wild Side. Armed with their Bibles as points of reference, they set off around the town in small teams. Their task was to locate 21 different scriptural clues that also had relevance to the location they were in. Later they re-grouped back at Church, and after the score cards were marked the winning team was recognised for their achievement, the evening then concluded with refreshments.

A black tie fund raiser at Holmfirth Cricket Club helped raise more than £3,500 towards vital club-house improvements. More than 300 guests enjoyed a glamorous evening do with a champagne reception and dinner with musical entertainment from local rock band, Storm. Cricket Secretary, Lindsay Thornton, said Holmfirth as one of the oldest clubs around needed to move its tea-room down stairs and alter the changing rooms.

Mr Thornton said the club would also be applying for grants to make the £20,000 project a reality and said he hoped the work could be done in the off season this winter.

Holmfirth’s popular Food and Drink Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday September 27 and 28. Contact Greg Christofi (0148 682721) for more information


Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church was led by the Rev David Barnes. Pauline Adams read the lesson. Intercessions were led by Pauline Ellis and Bob Etherington. The organist was Michael Clarke.


Meltham WI held their meeting on July 1, chaired by the President Jill Douglas. The speaker for the evening was Sue Firth who talked about Aloe Vera for your Health and Beauty. This was very interesting and she gave a demonstration of beauty products and told members about the benefits of Aloe Vera. Members were allowed to use the testers that were available and also to buy them. The vote of thanks was proposed by Daphne Winterbottom. The raffle, organised by Josie Beevers, was won by Pauline Ellis. The tea ladies for the evening were Margaret Turner and Jean Wrathall.

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Members of the Mothers’ Union met at St John’s vicarage for a social evening, which included a bring and buy sale and a buffet supper.

Midweek communion at St John’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Banks.

Family communion was led by the Rev Di Ellerton, who read the gospel, preached the sermon and was the celebrant. The readers were David Steele and Karen Beattle. Ray Thompson led prayers and assisted with the chalice. June Asquith was the organist.


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The service on Sunday at Wooldale Methodist Free Church was led by Roy Horn, who took his readings from Matthew and from Jeremiah. He talked briefly about Judas, and asked the question: did we have a hardened heart?

The second part of the service will be held next week. The organist was Peter Coldwell.

Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by the Rev Laura Hardy. Nigel Morris played the organ. During the evening, members joined in a joint service with their near neighbours at Scholes.