Rev Pam Ward led the service at the Hope Chapel at the Infirmary with members of the Methodist Church. Mrs Brook accompanied singing.

Ian Day welcomed Deacon Gill Atkinson-Heck to Providence Methodist Church. The theme was Hands. Lesson were read by Nancy Meadows and Ian Day. Margaret Israel was the organist.

A cast of 27 adults and 12 children performed ‘Up the canal without a paddle’ at St John’s on March 22-24. The show was written by Sue Starr and Margaret Laycock.

The Rev Harry Gwynett led family communion at St John’s and was celebrant. Helen Bentley was preacher and Anne Crosland led prayers. Ann Norton was the pianist. Modern worship service Synergy featured the celebration band from Halifax.


Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Rev Jo Archer-Siddall, who reflected on how the footballing nation turned to prayer when Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest. Junior leaders were Diane Loftus and Ed Archer-Siddall. Peter Stead operated AV and organist was Linda Nuttall. The Methodist Players are presenting Wedding of the Year, at the Church Centre at 7.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday March 29-31 Tickets are available from Pat and John Morrison 842014 or at the door – price £6.


Morning worship at the United Church was led by Michael Early, who spoke on Jesus teaching his disciples. Marjorie Boothroyd was organist and refreshments were served by Christine and John Tillson.

Sunday Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s was led by the Rev Geoff Garside. The Gospel from John was read by Joan Biggs. Dennis Brook read the lessons. Simon Crook offered prayers of intercession, assisted by Alison Gibson. Ian Hunt was the organist. Sidesmen were Bunny Lonnen and Jean Pennington. Coffee served by Noreen Carr, Cynthia Batley and Audrey Armitage. The Vestry Meeting and Parochial Church Meeting elected churchwardens Carolyn Hansom and David Fisher.


At Milnsbridge Christadelphians on Tuesday, the Sister’s class met. Keziah Paul led the meeting, Susan Hackett played the organ and Margaret Hardy from Halifax Salterhebble gave a talk about the purpose of talks. The next class will be held on April 3, when the talk will be about the apostle Peter.

On Wednesday evening Jonie Barrett presided and David McEvoy spoke on Law of the Nazarite.

The Sunday services were led by James Walker, with Sarah Barrett playing the organ. ‘Why the meek will inherit the earth’ was the talk given by John Mills of Sale, at the evening meeting.

The coffee morning Bible reading group will meet on Tuesday at 10.30am. On Wednesday March 28 at 7.30pm the Bible class talk will be ‘Casting the first stone’. The Sunday evening lecture starting at 6pm, will be ‘the Bible and military service.’ Visitors are welcome.


A drop in lunch was held at the Methodist Church , organised by Linda Murray.

A Spring Fair on Saturday raised £330.

Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation on Sunday morning. Preacher was Naomi Sharp, bible readers Jean Johnson and Christine Noble, the Lenten cross meditation by Sandra and Phil McSweeney, pianist was Kenneth Rothery. Coffee was served by Margaret and Christine Noble.

A Trefoil Guild open meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm, will feature a floral demonstration by Karen Longbottom (£1).


The Lenten meeting at the Methodist Church was led by Rev Robin Townsend.

Slaithwaite Good Companions had a meat and potato pie lunch, cooked by pianist Margaret Cook and served by her team. She was thanked by Maureen Weaving.

St James’ was the venue for the family concert of the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Ellin. Leader and violin soloist was Michelle Northam and featured. Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture, Greig’s Peer Gynt and other pieces. The horn sections played three pieces. Michelle Northam played Beethoven’s Romance in F Benjamin Ellin provided an amusing commentary. A buffet followed.

St James’ Holy Communion for Passion Sunday was led by Rev Robins Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton. Chris Dunkeyson read from Jeremiah and Rev Robin read from John and spoke on Being Passionate about Faith. Prayers were led by Dorothy Gledhill, this was followed by the Eucharist and the organist was Alvi Whitehead.

Jane Barff chaired the WI on Wednesday and introduced Rosemary Cleaver who gave a slide show on an Everest expedition for NSPCC. Betty Robshaw won the best hyacinth in bloom competition.

Gordon Ellis chaired the Wesley Guild and introduced Pastor Paul McLoughlin and Paul McDonald of the Grace Community Church. Supper was served by the ladies.

Sunday worship at the Methodist Church was opened by Barbara Svensgaard. Wendy Blackburn presented the Whip to the Cross and gave the Lenten reading. The Rev Jo Archer-Siddal preached on the story of Jacob and Esau, . Organist was Wendy Redfearn.