Mrs Janice Swallow welcomed Rev S Day and the congregation to Sunday worship at Providence Methodist Church. The baptism of Cameron Lee David and Elouise Jane Clapham took place, and parents Nicola and Lee renewed their wedding vow's, on the day of their wedding anniversary. Mrs J Swallow read the lesson from Corinthians, chapter 1, verses 1-8. Mrs Margaret Israel was the organist. The theme for the service was Love. Rev S Day led the Holy communion.

On Saturday and Sunday a sale of gallery stock, of pictures, paintings, mirrors. took place, at the church.


Worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by Rev Debbie Hopkinson and the first reading about the Storm on the Lake, was taken from The Lion Story Tellers’ Bible. Hilary Baxter read from Psalm 121 – A Song of Ascent with the familiar reading: ‘I will lift mine eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help’. In her sermon Rev Debbie talked about facing changes and having an anchor as we move through our lives. The Junior Church prepared their Christmas cards to send to the three children the church finances in other parts of the world.


Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew’s was conducted by the vicar, the Rev Geoff Garside, who also preached the sermon. Lessons from Jeremiah 4 verses 11-12 and 22-28 and 1 Timothy 1 verses 12-17 were read by Jean Pennington. The Gospel from Luke 15 verses 1-10 was read by Geoffrey Holroyd. The Junior Church activities were based on the Gospel reading of the lost sheep. Prayers were led by Christine Garside. Music was by Jon Robinson, Elizabeth Foden and Richard Webb. Sideswomen were Joan Bradbury and Alison Gibson. Coffee was served by Mary Horn, Joan Ladbrooke and Jean Pennington. Heritage Open Days were held at the weekend when the church welcomed visitors to look round. In the hall there were displays of memorabilia and many visitors were able to find information about baptisms, marriages and burials from the records. Holy Communion on Sunday was at 9.30am in the Lady Chapel. On Saturday September 21 there will be a cheese and wine get together and light refreshments at the Vicarage from 3pm-6pm. Donation of £5 suggested for church funds.

On Saturday the United Church held its annual Craft Fair in brilliant sunshine. There were a selection of crafters selling their wares. The church organised cake, preserves, tombola and raffle stalls and also served refreshments. The event was for church funds. On Sunday, morning worship at the United Church was led by Matt Smith. His theme was Love. He led prayers for all ages and then spoke to the children who then left for Junior Church. He preached on, “God so loved the world” from John Chapter 3. The organist was Marjorie Boothroyd. Refreshments were served in the hall afterwards by Ruth and Edward Sheldrake.


Milnsbridge Christadelphians’ coffee morning reading group met on Tuesday to discuss the Bible readings for the day. On Wednesday evening at the Bible class, Jonie Barrett led the meeting, when there was a showing of a DVD entitled “Though he is not far from anyone of us.”

Sunday services were led by Kevin Charlesworth. The speaker for the day was Alan Shuttleworth from Stockport. His subject at the evening meeting was “What Jesus has done for you.”

On Wednesday September 18 at 7.30pm the subject at the Bible class will be “The man clothed in linen.” A youth weekend is being held at Milnsbridge, therefore there will be a special talk on Sunday September 22 starting at 11am entitled “Follow Jesus.” This will be followed by a bring and share lunch. Visitors are very welcome at meetings and services.


A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist church. Guest speaker was Pat Battye, with a large collection of small items in groups of 10. Jean Johnson was in the chair, secretary was Freda Lloyd and refreshments were byNora Beaumont.

Guest preacher at Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning was Mrs Elaine Mixon, steward Sandra McSweeney and pianist Christine Walker. Coffee was served after the service by Sandra and Philip McSweeney.

A drop in lunch will be held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Wednesday, Sept 18, 12.30pm.


Patricia Parkinson introduced speaker Betty France at Slaithwaite Good Companions. A firm favourite, she spoke about a Journey into the Past. Joining the territorial army in Huddersfield and then the ATS before World War II started, she decided three years ago, at the age of 90, to re-visit Newton Kyme Hall, a 16th Century manor house near Tadcaster, where she as chief clerk and other women were stationed in 1942. The owners of the hall were interested to learn part of its history and several member of WRAC Association have since been able to visit. She was thanked by Hilda Haigh and the pianist was Maureen Weaving.

St James’ Parish Church was the venue for the annual Proms concert by Slaithwaite Band. New conductor Rob Westacott was making his first appearance. There was a great programme with David Hoyle of Radio Leeds’ Yorkshire Brass compare. Items included Festive Overture and the Sandpaper Valley and Deep Inside the Sacred Temple with duets by Graham and Mark. Modern interpretations of Beethoven and other pieces ended the first half of the programme. After the interval the conductor went missing, so the piece West Riding had David Hoyle doing the honours. Then it was back to normal with the beautiful Lark in the Clear Air featuring Neil Hardy. This was followed by Born Free and the Procession to the Minster. Then came the Prom delights, with the audience joining in. Jerusalem, Sea Songs and Pomp and Circumstance – Land of Hope and Glory. The encore was Can Can. It was a great night and David remarked on the superb acoustics in church on Sunday afternoon.

Holy Communion was led by Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton. The gospel from St Luke chapter 15 v 1-10 The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin, was read by Val Pimblott. The address by Rev Robin, was that in our Christian Life we often get lost like the sheep, but we are seeking God, and are special and loved. Prayers were led by Raymond, and organist was Granville Brook.