A valley fun quiz night is planned and everyone is welcome. The Golcar branch of the Royal British Legion is holding the quiz night at its clubhouse in Scar Lane on April 16 (7.30pm), and the organisers promise the questions aren’t just for expert quizzers. It costs £5 per person to enter and entrants will be put into teams of six. The top two teams will win a cash prize. A light supper is included. The event will raise funds for the women’s section of the Royal British Legion.

The Rev Pam Ward led the Easter day service at Golcar Providence Methodist Church which included Holy Communion. The theme was It’s Amazing. Mrs Margaret Israel was the organist. Mr Ian Day read from John, Chapter 20 verses 1-18. A play The Gardener was given by Mrs G Beever, Mr I Day and the Rev Pam Ward. Coffee was served afterwards in the schoolroom.

The Rev Pam Ward led the April family service at Providence Methodist Church. Christine Heeley welcomed Pam and the congregation. The service included the baptism of Aleah, daughter of Glenn and Sharon Pearson. The Rev Pam’s talk was about Crosses. Gillian Beevers read the lesson from Mark, Chapter 10, verses 13-16. Mrs Gwen Iredale read from John chapter 20, verses 19-31. Fellowship continued over coffee in the schoolroom.


The morning service at the United Church Marsden on Sunday was All-Age worship conducted by the minister the Rev Ann Sherratt. It included the baptism of Hannah Jane Dias, daughter of Norman and Jane Dias. The Rev Ann included everyone in the service including prayers. The organist was Marjorie Boothroyd. After the service refreshments were served in the hall by Joyce Clapperton and Joyce Firth.

On Good Friday the Junior Church enjoyed a morning of activities featuring The Stations Of The Cross led by Richard. Webb. There was a quiet time from 12noon to 2pm and then there followed a service of An Hour At The Cross with hymns and readings.

Easter Day started with an Easter Vigil and Celebration Of Sunrise at 5am. The Eucharist was led by the vicar, the Rev. Geoff Garside, who read the Gospel from John 20v1-18 and preached the sermon. The reading from Acts 10 v34-43 was by Donald Lodge. The children received gifts of Easter Eggs. Jon Robinson was the organist. Sideswomen were Susan Everill and Jean Pennington. Coffee was served by David Corps and Richard Webb. Today’s Morning Prayer is at 9-30am.

Worship at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Marsden, on Sunday was arranged by the All Age Worship Group and led by Alison Gibson. Music was provided by Jon Robinson, Elizabeth Foden and Richard Webb. The Gospel reading from John 20 v19-31 was by Jenny Mitchell. Richard Webb then gave a talk based on the reading of Thomas doubting Jesus' appearance to the Disciples after the Resurrection. Alison offered prayers of intercession. The vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside gave a talk to the children saying we come to church to be happy and smiling and not to have a long face. Sideswomen were Joan Bradbury and Jean Pennington. Coffee was served by Jenny Mitchell and Christine Garside. There then followed a service of Holy Communion. Today’s service of Holy communion is at 9-30am in the Lady Chapel.


At the Milnsbridge Christadelphians, last Wednesday the Bible Class Meeting was led by Paul Rose. Simeon – The Forgotten Tribe, was the second in a series of talks on the tribes of Israel given by James Walker. The Sunday services were led by Kevin Charlesworth, with the talk in the afternoon by Kevin Waterhouse. There was a church tea before the evening meeting, when David McEvoy gave a talk on True Christianity.

The Coffee Morning Bible Reading Group meets today at 10.30am. The talk at tomorrow’s Bible Class at 7.30pm will be on The Christian Prophet. On Sunday at 6pm the subject will be Gospel And Soul.


A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church, with a musical afternoon with Mr and Mrs Richard Cooper. In the chair was Jean Johnson, refreshments were by Freda Lloyd and Pat Battye. Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Guest preacher was Mr Paul Bussey, the steward was Gareth Beaumont and the pianist was Claire Middleton. Coffee was served after the service by Mary Palmer and Freda Lloyd.


At St James’ Church Mothers Union, after a short service led by branch leader Patricia Parkinson, a business meeting followed with no speaker this month.

Slaithwaite Good Companions was introduced by Wendy Blackburn, and the entertainment was by Rod Dimbly, a story teller, and Pam, a singer. Rod’s stories, which were Yorkshire dialect based, were humorous and entertaining. Pam repertoire included Springtime, A Nightingale Sang In Barkley Square and other delightful songs. They were thanked by Wendy and Maureen Weaving played for the weekly signature song.

The St James’ Church, Slaithwaite, family service was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton. Tim and Barbara Swift led the young ones for Seeing Is Believing, saying seeing is not always believing, but faith is. The Holy Gospel, from John chapter 20 from verse 24, Jesus And Thomas was read by the Rev Robin and his address The Story Of The Resurrection. Prayers were read by Raymond with the young ones taking part. This was followed by the Eucharist when the organist was Alvy Whitehead.