Parish communion at St George’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. During his address, he suggested that we need to look to our priorities and trust God more. Martin Dove read the lesson. Elizabeth Mosley was the server and Verena Wood was the organist.

At the Wednesday afternoon Fellowship at the Methodist Church, Mrs Janet Grant welcomed Mr Brian Wiggins, of Shelley, who gave a slideshow on Russia. The pianist was Mrs Margaret Miller.

Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by the Rev Laura Hardy. The pianist was Mrs Eileen Littlewood.


Sunday morning Holy Communion at Christ Church was taken by the Rev Peter Rolls, who was also the celebrant and gave the address based on A Fool for Christ. The lesson was read by Monica Dixon and the gospel by Moira Miller. The offertory was taken up to the altar by Pat Radford, Shirley Watson and Josh. Shirley also assisted Rev Peter at the altar with the wine chalice. Prayers of intercession were offered by churchwarden Janet Rockett. During the service Rev Peter baptised baby Phoebe Olivier Hodgson. Organist was Mrs. Lynne Blackburn.


The Rev Keith Griffin celebrated parish Eucharist at Holy Trinity church on Sunday morning. The reader was Joan Warrender and prayers were led by Val Oborne. The guest organist was Lizzie Hayward.


Tea At Three, entertainment for the elderly, was organised by Ian Gold. Free teas were provided by the social committee.

Midweek communion at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Banks. Ian Gold read the lesson. Meetings of the Monkey Business, Over 60s Club and Tumble Tots were held during the week. The discussion group 2008 met under the chairmanship fo the Rev Roger Nelson. The Thursday evening house group met at the home of John and Becky Burdon. Friday evening prayers were led by Ian Gold.

Parish Eucharist at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Di Ellerton. Lessons were read by Susan Barber and Mary Cooper. Intercessions were led by Ian Gold. Ian Macdonald assisted with the chalice. The creche and junior church were led by Margaret Cullen and John Burdon. Eddie Purcell was the organist. The Christian Aid house-to-house collection organised by St David’s Church raised a record of £1,556


Holmfirth Christian Centre regulars spent a busy and enjoyable weekend at Scarborough, staying at Green Gables on West Bank. Activities included praise and worship, teaching and prayer. Ralph and Jackie Sissons from Trinity Church, Dakota, USA were the guest speakers and their subjects included Making Choices and The Favour of God. The church members were encouraged to make the choices that God would want them to make. The children had their own programme of activities and a free afternoon meant that many church members headed for the beach. Sunday lunch concluded the activities.

The First Sunday after Trinity was celebrated at Holy Trinity Church by the Rev Keith Griffin with 8am Holy Communion and 10.30 Parish Eucharist. Carlton Tinsdeall assisted with the chalice. Mike Smithers read from 1 Corinthians ch 3 v10-11, 16-23. Linda Whitaker led the intercessions. Rev Griffin spoke about being good, saying that we are all God's temple and he dwells within us. We should accept that we are special and let God work within us. Coffee was served after the service. The Magnificent Miniatures Exhibition is now open Wed-Sun.

The Christian Caravan Club Fellowship joined Holmfirth Methodist Church for worship on Sunday morning. Caravanners, from all over the country and of all denominations, were camping at Carlecotes for a long weekend. Chairman of the caravan club spoke about the club’s formation – by the United Reformed Church 30 years ago. Two members of their fellowship gave bible readings. The service was led by Kath Beetlestone, who asked the congregation what they liked about living in Holmfirth. Answers included the views, river, walks, people, schools, music, art and brass bands, peace, tranquility and the bluebells in Hagg Wood.

A Christian Aid video reminded the congregation of responsibilities to offer hope, peace and security wherever and whenever possible. The challenge of Hope 08 gives the opportunity to offer positive and practical help in the community.

The churches’ response to Christian Aid Week in Holmfirth, which has raised £1,800 so far, is an offer of hope to the wider world. Afterwards, refreshments were served.


The Honley & Brockholes Branch members of the RNLI held a collection at Armitage’s Garden Centre (Shelley) and received donations totalling £633. The branch thank all those who donated and also the members who collected – and especially Armitage’s Garden Centre.

Mr Jeff Turner gave a return visit as speaker at a meeting of the Probus Club. He was introduced by chairman Viv Flynn. Mr Turner used slides to illustrate accounts of two holidays spent in the West of North America - the first was a journey by train and coach from Vancouver through the Rockies to Calgary. The second was a cruise up the coast of British Columbia and Alaska. Jim Taylor proposed the vote of thanks.

Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Diana Kaye read the lesson and the gospel was read by Dean Henry Stapleton. The organist was Jean Chadwick.

IT will be murder at Southgate Theatre on Saturday June 21 when Honley Players put on a Murder Mystery evening, entitled Murder Backstage. “This is where we put on a little play, after which the audience sits round tables with cheese and wine and puts the clues together. Then there's another little play to tell you who did it!” revealed a spokesman this week. Tickets are £7.50 including refreshments. Telephone 01484-662378 for more details.


A house-to-house collection for Christian Aid raised over £2,600. Thanks go to the dedicated collectors and the generous donations in Meltham. A church collection raised £110.

On Wednesday 22 members of the Methodist Ladies Fellowship met in the church hall when 22 members were welcomed by Ann Dawson. She introduced two representatives of Hearing Dogs For The Deaf, who gave a slide presentation. A sales table raised funds for the charity. A vote of thanks was proposed by Muriel Ramsay. Refreshments were provided and served by the tea ladies Ann Dawson and Linda Eyre.

On Saturday in St Bartholomew’s church hall, the Women’s Institute held a coffee morning, including a tombola, cakes and raffle and £220 was raised for Institute funds.

Rev John Radcliffe gave a welcome at Sunday morning’s Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s. The lesson was read by Simon Ball and the gospel by Jean Collinson. Rev John offered the prayers of intercession and gave the address entitled Where Couples Met at Dance Halls and Got a Pass Out. He was also the celebrant, assisted at the altar by Gordon Sanderson, Enid Radcliffe and Sylvia Tancock. Children from the Sunday Club came back into and showed the congregation what they had been making. Organist was Mr. Simon Ball. After the service refreshments were served in the church hall.


Sunday Family Communion at St James’ Church was taken by Rev Peter Rolls who gave the address on Counter Culturals. He was also the celebrant. Christine Woods read both lessons, prayers of intercession were offered by Rev and Christine Rolls led the music group. Coffee was served after the service in the hall where Traidcraft goods were on sale.


Chris Whitehead was the speaker at a meeting of Upperthong Mothers’ Union.

Thursday Communion at St John’s Church was led by Geoff Banks. Lunch followed in the meeting room. In the evening, three members of the St John’s Parochial church council attended a team child protection meeting led by Jenny Price, the diocesan child protection officer, at Holmfirth Church Gallery room.

Family communion on Sunday was led by the Rev Geoff Banks, who read the gospel, preached the sermon and was celebrant. The readers were David Steele and Karen Beattie. Pat Dixon gave prayers and assisted with the chalice. Anna Jewsbury was the pianist.`


Sunday morning Holy Communion was taken by Rev Judy Kenworthy, who offered the prayers of intercession, and gave the address on A Fool for Christ. She was also the celebrant assisted at the altar by churchwarden Raymond Dyson with the wine chalice. The lessons were both read by Margaret Trayte. The offertory was taken up to the altar by Peter Pearson and organist was Elizabeth Pearson.


Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by the Rev Ron Hicks. Nigel Morris was the organist.