The Association of Christian Fellowship at St Barnabas' Church held a Charity Evening in the Parish Hall for the Macmillan Nurses. The Semitones Concert Party entertained a large audience with songs, sketches and comedy, they were introduced by the ACF leader Susan Tattersley, who also proposed the vote of thanks. The evening was organised by the ACF secretary Kathleen Pratt, and refreshments were served by the hostesses, Nora Blackburn, Barbara Holmes and Sheila Jaworski. The concert party kindly gave their services for free and a total of £430 was raised for the charity.

Members of the Mothers' Union from St Barnabas' Church joined members from other Mothers' Union branches in the Huddersfield Deanery for a Quiet Evening in the Westwood Centre, Golcar. The Deanery Chairman Olive Houghton introduced the Rev Stephanie Buchanan from the Emmanuel Team, who opened the evening with prayers and led a short candlelit service to close the evening. Mrs Houghton thanked the Rev Buchanan and presented her with a bouquet of flowers, refreshments were then served.


For the July meeting of St John’s Church Mothers’ Union, 20 members enjoyed an evening meal at the Scape House inn, organised by the committee.

St John’s Choir and Mothers’ Union held a coffee morning in the community room on Saturday. A cake stall, raffle and bring-and-buy stall helped raise £260 for funds. Thanks go to all who supported the event.

The Rev Brenda Mitchell welcomed the congregation at St John’s Church and lead the Sunday At 10 service. Richard Lodge gave the reading from Matthew chapter 13 about the parable of the sower, on which Helen Bentley based her talk, having visual aids of soil and plants to illustrate her the story for the children. Also during the service Louise and Tony Dalton spoke about a sponsored rally they are taking part in, driving an old car to Barcelona and back. Proceeds will be for the Forget-Men-Not Trust children’s charity. Sue Starr led prayers and Ann Norton was the organist.

At a Welcome service in the afternoon, the Rev Brenda baptised Oliver Thomas and Zara Eve Mayer, Ziggy Marek Zieba, Lily Mae Coldwell and Kirsty Louise Peel.

Sunday morning service at Golcar Baptist Church was conducted by the Rev Chris Thompson and organist was Calinda Stockhill. A church business meeting and coffee followed.

Morning worship at Golcar Providence Church was led by Deacon Gill Atkinson-Heck. Stewart Culpan read the lesson and Margaret Israel was the organist.


Robert Nichols led Sunday morning Family Service at Linthwaite Methodist Church. Welcomers in the vestibule were Ian and Lesley Baxter. Organist was Linda Nuttall and coffee was served afterwards. In the afternoon Sunday School and church held their picnic in Beaumont Park.

An all-age family service at Christ Church on Sunday morning was led by the Rev Julian Perkins, who preached, prayed, celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. Junior Church children and uniformed organisations gave a presentation based on the Parable of the Sower. A lessons was read by david Hyde and pianist was Katharine Longbottom.

Evening service was led by the Rev Jenni Honeyman, who also gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Margaret McQuillan and the Rev Julian Perkins, who also preached and prayed. Organist was Derek Horne.


St Mark’s Church celebrated the eighth Sunday morning after Trinity with their regular monthly Family Service. The Sunday school children, with their leaders, formed part of the congregation for the entire service. A few minutes before the start, people arriving were greeted by Philip Turner his music group and choir singing Come, Now Is The Time To Worship. Everyone was given a plastic plant label for use during the service. Parish Priest Rev Jim Hunt led the service, assisted by Pat Jessop. Singing of The Gloria was accompanied by enthusiastic clapping, not only by the children. As is now customary in the Family Service the service sheet words, and instructions were projected on a large video screen as a power point display. Sue Smith and Anna related the story of the seed sower, followed by Carol Hunt and a group of Sunday school pupils, with pictures they had painted to illustrate growing flowers. Carol then invited the congregation to write names, even their own, on the plant labels, for people wishing for their Faith to grow, then depositing them in the plant pots in the choir stalls on the way to Communion. Intercession prayers were presented by Anne Stephenson, accompanied with soft music and ending with the Transforming Lives Prayer. Jim read the banns for the first time of asking for Ashley and Victoria. He also announced that the Rev Brenda Mitchell will be attending the service next Sunday morning as a guest. The service concluded with the children processing to the Celtic Blessing led by Jim.


The Marsden Silver Prize Band (sponsored by Ossett Brewery) will play in Marsden Park on Manchester Road on Sunday between 1pm and 4pm.

There’s a chance to find out about frogs, toads, tadpoles and insect life at a pond-dipping session at Marsden Library, based in the Mechanics on Peel Street on Monday August 4 a 2.30pm. Ring 222555 for more details.

It was Flower Festival weekend at St Bartholomew’ Church, beginning with a sponsors’ preview on Friday evening, which was well attended. The church was open on Saturday and Sunday for visitors to view the arrangements between 10am and 4pm. All arrangements were prepared by St Bartholomew’s Flower Ladies and three guest arrangers. On Saturday evening there was a concert by the Pennine Singers and on Sunday, lunches were served by the Wednesday lunch team. Refreshments were served throughout the weekend.

On Sunday morning a special service for the Flower Festival was led by the Rev Geoff Clay, who also offered prayers. Reader was Alison Fisher and organist was James Harker. Sidesmen were John and Joan Bradbury and coffee was served by Alison Fisher and Pat Burgess. A special lunch was served by Mabel Smithies and Joan Gee.

Sunday morning Family Service at the United Church, Marsden celebrated the Junior Church anniversary and was led by Iain Spencer. Children told the story of the Wise Man and the Foolish Man. Readings, poems and stories were contributed by Annabel Pugh, Hannah Boswell, Abbie Horncastle, Eleanor Boothroyd and Matthew Boothroyd. Organist was Chris Cook.

The Hospice Support Group raised £50 when they served tea and cakes at a barn dance, organised by Ted Fussey at Forest Farm, Mount Road, Marsden on July 5. The group also organised a raffle and refreshments at the Bernadette Heys School of Dance show at Colne Valley High School last Saturday and Sunday and raised £350 for the hospice. The next group coffee morning will be at the United Church on Saturday August 16 between 9.30am and 11.30am.


Mr D McEvoy from Milnsbridge was speaker at Milnsbridge Christadelphian’s Midweek Bible Class, basing his talk on the Bible readings of the day. On Sunday evening, Mr P Barrett from Milnsbridge spoke on: God’s Kingdom Will Be On The Earth. What About You?

Sunday service at Milnsbridge Baptist Church was led by the Rev Mike Roberts, whose them was Social Action and Responsibility. The reading was from Luke, verses 25-37, dealing with the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Mike asked whether, in a similar situation, what would we as Christians do?. Afterwards a barbecue lunch was held in the church garden. In the evening a Songs Of Praise service was held, when favourite hymns were sung.

Brenda Richardson and Margaret Bush were callers for bingo at Milnsbridge Over 60s, when birthday greetings were sung for Margaret Horne and Malcolm Bateman. Raffle winners were Nellie Hirst, Mrs H Nichols and Peggy Atkinson.


Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was Jane Hancock who presented a visual aid service. Bible reader was Jean Johnson and prayers of intercession were offered by Freda Lloyd. Organist was Kenneth Rothery. Coffee was served afterwards by Sandra and Phil McSweeney.


The third Pennine X Mountain Bike Challenge was hailed a massive success after raising £1,700 for Upper Slaithwaite (Shred) Church funds. Over 130 riders – some coming from as far afield as St Albans, Llangollen and Ashby-de-la-Zouch – took part in the gruelling event on a route which took in Scammonden, Ripponden, Hollingworth and back on the Pennine Way to Marsden and Slaithwaite. The fastest biker returned in two hours 18 minutes, with the slowest taking over five hours. All enjoyed bacon sandwiches and refreshments, served by a team of church ladies, at the finish. Look North sports journalist Paul Ogden was one of those taking part. A bucket collection was taken for Andrea’s Gift charity in memory of John Middleton, who died recently.

There’s a chance to get your hands on a variety of animals – possibly including snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes, lizards, frogs and toads – at a ZooLab workshop at Slaithwaite Library on Thursday July 24 at 3pm. Booking is essential: phone 222500.

Celebrate Yorkshire Day on Friday August 1 by making a special mural of scenery, life or sport at Slaithwaite Library at 2.15pm. Phone 222500 for more details.

Slaithwaite Good Companions were entertained by The Wayfarers – Sue, Phil and Malcolm – with Songs From The Sixties, helped by several club members. They also sang It’s A Working Man I Am. which they performed earlier in the year for the Bevin Boys who received their awards at Caphouse Colliery Museum. They were introduced by Maureen Weaving and thanked by Pat Parkinson. Members then enjoyed a scrumptious tea, given in memory of Ida Williams, by her family. Ida was a long-serving and much loved member of the Good Companions. Earlier members had visited the home of Pauline and Dan Ayre, who were celebrating their Diamond Wedding with an open house.

Family Communion at St James’ Church was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Jeanette Seed and Raymond Denton. Jeanette read the lesson and church member Heather Croft gave the address. Prayers were offered by the Vicar, Alvi Whitehead played the organ and Hiroko Townsend was pianist.

A quiet evening of reflection was held by Mothers Union members at Westwood Christian Centre, organised by Olive Houghton and Margaret Ingham. Leader was the Rev Stephanie Buchanan from the Emanuel team at Armitage Bridge. Introductions and thanks by were Olive Houghton.

Mrs Judith Robinson of Taylor Hill brought along Adrian Burton, a local preacher on note, to lead Sunday morning worship at Slaithwaite Methodist Church. Adrian read from Isaiah and Matthew and preached on the Parable of the Sower. Margaret Stevenson was the organist.