A joyful celebration service for 25 years of Childrens Holiday Club, organised by Churches Together, was held at Clayton West Methodist Church last Sunday.
The worship was led by the Rev David Priestnall, favourite songs were sung and prayers and readings were given by members of Holiday Club from the local Churches. The Rev John Hellewell, previously the vicar of Clayton West and Scissett, gave the address.
Old friends had come from near and far to join the celebration and enjoyed sharing happy memories of all the past activities, over a cup of tea and biscuits. Many stayed to a delicious lunch, and had chance again to reminisce about the wonderful work done for the children of the area, which we pray will continue for many years to come.
Nearing the end of term, there’s been plenty of exciting events at Upper Denby School. Infants have been busy planning a wedding, which will take place in church later – complete with bride, groom and guests. Juniors had a very successful day on Tuesday in a rounders tournament, finishing a glorious third against teams from much larger schools. New starters have visited the school and Year 5 pupils have had a day’s induction at Scissett Middle School in preparation for their big move in September.
Many more exciting events are planned next week as part of Happy And Healthy Week.
On Sunday morning the Zion Wesleyan Reform Sunday School met under the leadership of Rhea and Cynthia and continued thinking about Elijah, God’s messenger, with songs and activities.
In the afternoon the members at Denby Dale were joined by friends from the Bow Broom and Skelmanthorpe churches and other friends for the service. Michael Mumford from Wombwell was the preacher. He spoke about God’s care of His people. Musical items were provided by the Zion singing group and members from Bow Broom. After the service Robert Nuttall provided a birthday tea for over fifty friends to celebrate his 65th birthday.
There were two services in All Hallows Parish Church on the sixth Sunday after Trinity. Malcolm Tibbot welcomed the worshippers to Sung Eucharist which was led by the Rev Graham Whitcroft. Pastoral minister Betty Cross led the prayers of intercession and Richard Metcalf read the gospel from the twenty-second chapter of St Luke and also gave the reading for the day from the fifteenth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. Mr Whitcroft preached the sermon on the theme of Peter and Paul. The chalice and paten were taken to the altar by Sandra and Alex Delamere and Mr Whitcroft was assisted at the distribution by curate, the Rev Robert Chambers and Mrs Cross. The duties of sidesman were taken by Jean Sutcliffe and Gail and John Marshall and they took up the collection. After the service, refreshments were served by Joy Elson, Freda Crabb and Dot Greenwood.
Evensong was led by Mr Chambers and he took for his theme, Sin and Good Deeds. Betty Cross gave the reading from the sixth chapter of St Paul’s letter to the Romans and Beryl Hunt read from the tenth chapter of St Matthew. Doreen Barraclough was the organist for the day.
Prizewinners at the Saturday evening whist drive held in the Reading Room, Kitchenroyd, were Betty Robinson, Joan Horne, Bunty Littlewood, Winifred Adamski, Colin Littlewood, Dorothy Waddington. The raffle prize was won by Kath Parkes. MC was Jeff Parkes, and the evening concluded with refreshments.
Shelley Over 60s held their meeting at the village hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Betina Walsh and the full house by Walter Astin. The first three numbers on one card was won by Enid Fisher who received £2. The whist high of 95 was won by Vera Rothson and the low of 57 went to Rose Colbourne from seven-and-a-half tables. The minibus draw winner was Sheila Taylor. Birthday wishes were given to Mollie Waterworth. Raffle winners were Joyce Tyas, Jenny Rose, Kathleen Proctor, Jean Porter and Nellie Shaw.
Shelley Far Bank Pre School Kids’ Fun Day will be held on Sunday July 13 (2-4pm) on Shelley First School field. Entry is free and attractions will include bouncy castle, face painting, cake stall, crockery smashing, bran tub, plate painting and refreshments.
Emmanuel Church hosted Not Just A Coffee Morning last Saturday when, apart from refreshments, there were raffles, home produce and children’s bun decorating stalls and £3 men’s haircuts! Proceeds were for church funds.
Steve Graham, Wildlife Advisor on the Shelley Conservation Group will be leading a Butterfly Walk on the Whins and Bridle on Saturday August 9 from 10.30am. Those wishing to join in are asked to meet at the Far Bank entrance by the new public footpath sign which leads to Shelley Infant School. They should wear suitable clothing, sun protection, binoculars, a drink and a packed lunch. There are no facilities on site, but private facilities will be available on the day. Both sites contain steep inclines.
Shepley First School Summer Fayre is held today (Saturday) between 2pm and 4.30pm. There will be traditional stalls, crafts, competitions, races, face painting, tea room and a bar. Entry is free and all are welcome.
Committee members of Shepley First School were delighted at the success of the annual ball held last Friday. The highly-popular event was attended by 110 people and this is the third year this has been run. Over £3,000 was raised for first school funds. The committee thank all those who attended, helped organise the event and those companies who donated raffle prizes. The following sponsored the event: A & A Brown, Cummins Technologies, Direct Golf, Earnshaw Kay, Gibson Booth, Holmestyle Ltd, Internal Beauty, Lifestyle Photography, PMW Minerals Ltd, Emma Robinson, Shepley Gas & Heating Supplies, Scorpio Computors Ltd and Sovereign Garage Ltd
The Rev John Orton of Dalton was the preacher for Sunday morning service at Skelmanthorpe Wesleyan Reform Church. John also played the piano.
Sung Mass at St Aidan for the feast of St Peter and St Paul was celebrated by the Rev Philip Reynolds, who said the symbols of Catholicism are marks of Christianity as universal in the apostolic tradition of St Peter and St Paul. Biblical readings were given by Molly Batty and Trevor Heeley. Refreshments were served by Margaret E Fisher. St Aidan's parish school fair is this afternoon.