A service with a difference was led by the Rev Jenny Barnes, assisted by John Dean, on behalf of St George’s Church. The cafe-style worship was held in the village hall. It was preceded by coffee and followed by a snack lunch. The theme was New Beginnings. The children shared their thoughts on new teachers and new activities. Rosalind Watt read the lesson and Verena Wood accompanied the worship songs on the keyboard.

The congregation of the Methodist Church were delighted to have the Rev Dr Roger Warton, who chairs the West Yorkshire District, to take the service. This was his first service in the new Huddersfield Circuit. Eileen Littlewood played the piano and scripture readings were given by Barbara Kaye and Frank Maude. The congregation was welcomed by Robert Beadle and Pamela Ackroyd provided refreshments.


The Rev Nick Heaton chaired a meeting of St David’s parochial church council on Monday. He also led holy communion on Wednesday, when the reader was Ian Gold. The Monkey Business toddler group, the free lunches and the Over 60s Club were held during the week.

Parish communion at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Nick Heaton. Lessons were read by Judi Bamford and Judith Roberts. Intercessions were led by Elizabeth Knight and the chalice was administered by Ian Macdonald. The organist was Jean Chadwick.


Member Colin Hill was the speaker at the meeting of the Probus Club. He presented the fourth in a series of illustrated talks entitled “Let the Train take the Strain”. On this occasion, he described visits to Ireland, Berlin, Warsaw and Cracow all undertaken as part of organised rail holidays. The informative and amusing commentary contributed to an excellent morning’s entertainment before Michael Wood proposed the vote of thanks. New member Eric Crodden was welcomed to the club and coffee was provided by treasurer Cyril Minett in celebration of his 80th birthday.

Chairman Alec Wallace introduced Stuart Fawcett as speaker at a meeting of the Probus Club. Mr Fawcett entertained the meeting with an account of his life journey from Meltham Brass Band via 11 years with the band of the Coldstream Guards to a career in education in Australia and a return to Meltham to complete the circle. Leslie Chadwick proposed the vote of thanks.

Parish eucharist at St Mary’s Church was led by the Rev Liam Beadle. Pauline Adams read the lesson and intercessions were led by Pat and Cliff Green. The server was John Adams and Clive Waind assisted with the chalice. The organist was Michael Clarke.

On Sunday afternoon, Honley Churches Together held a Songs of Praise Honley Feast Sing at Trinity Church. Members of Trinity, Elim and St Mary's Church attended the service, which was introduced by the Rev Tim Moore. Items were by Trinity Singers, St Mary's Choir, St Mary's Hand Chime Group, St Mary's Music Group and Honley Band. Refreshments were provided by the ladies of Trinity Church.


An evening service took place at 4pm at St Mary’s Church last Sunday. It was led by church warden Clive Pearson and was a quiet reflective service with Celtic music and prayers. The Bible and the Cross were brought up to the front by Mr and Mrs Peter Coles and placed on a table along with a candle presented by Alex France. Bethany Pearson lit some candles and John Andrews read the lesson. Members of the congregation were invited to light the candles, not just in memory of loved ones but also to remember happy things such as weddings, anniversaries and new babies. The music group accompanied the hymns and Margaret Trayte was congratulated on becoming a great grandma again.


Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Terry Frost. The organist was Sue Ogden and refreshments were served. Next Sunday's service at 10.30am will be led by Brian Williams. All are welcome.

The women's monthly fellowship group held a games afternoon organised by Barbara Jones.