Lesley Sullivan took the church family service, talking about slavery and how the Israelites fared in Egypt. The reading was Psalm 37 verses 1-6 and the song The Rivers of Babylon was played. She said we should not become slaves to everyday time wasting; make time for Jesus in our lives and let God be our Master. Next Sunday will be a Worship service.

The Lunch Club went well with a few more take outs than usual due to ‘colds’. On January 24 the menu will be gammon and pineapple with new potatoes and vegetables followed by fruit crumble.

The management meeting discussed necessary work that needs doing to the hall and forthcoming events: Quiz Night on January 25 and Music Night on February 16 – local bands play. Although the regular Folk Nights have stopped there will be a special night on Saturday June 1 when members of Tanglefoot will perform – ring 606230 for details.

A Festival meeting will be held on Wednesday January 16 at 8pm in the bar. Anyone interested in helping organise the 2013 Festival, which will be held on the afternoon of Saturday July 13 or the Beer Festival held in the evening with entertainment provided by local bands and singers will be very welcome.

2013 village calendars with dates of forthcoming village events already noted are available. To buy a calendar for £5, ring 604289 or 606533.

The Annual Senior Citizens party in the Village Hall will be held on March 10, 4pm for 4.30. The bar will be available and entertainment provided by Miscellany, by popular demand. Any resident of pensionable age living in the area is welcome. Please accept this as an invitation as individual invitations are not available.

For information about events at the hall see or ring 604289


Sunday morning service of Holy Communion at St Michael The Archangel was based on the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. The congregation was reminded of the need to try to go beyond New Year’s Resolution and to make just one resolve – to go “Deeper in and further out” – to explore and strengthen our faith by listening, reading and prayer. There was no evening service.

Weekly events and services continue with a coffee morning in church on Monday at 10.30 am, Holy Communion on Tuesday evening at 7pm and on Wednesday morning at 9am, followed by coffee in church; the “Tuesday @ 2”group for babies, toddlers and their carers; youth groups resume on Thursday evening, from 5pm with a variety of groups for different ages.

On Saturday morning Paul Blakey, founder of Street Angels, talked to the 18 men who came to enjoy a hearty cooked breakfast and good company at the regular 2nd Saturday Men’s Breakfast. The talk was lively and well received, explaining how Mr Blakey’s faith sustains the work he does with the Street Angels.

Next Sunday, January 20, Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.45 am as part of “Worship for All”. There will be a reflective evening service of worship.

In the pipeline: A Beetle drive with corned beef hash supper; the Emley Open Gardens 2012 Film Show. Both these events and others will be confirmed when dates have been settled.


On a cold Thursday afternoon Shelley Over 60s held their weekly meeting in the village hall. The bingo line was won by Vera Rothson and the full house by Molly James. No-one had the first three numbers on one card, so the prize was carried over. The whist high of 93 was won by Anne Matthews and the low of 60 went to Margaret Lee from eight tables. There were five birthdays to celebrate this week – Bettina Walsh (80), Pauline Addy, Olga Horn, Jenny Wishart and John Keaveney. Raffle prizes were won by Joan Peel, Sylvia Stevenson, Joan Horne, Lilian Armitage, Vera Wilkinson and May Elliott.


At Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church, on Sunday January 13, Family Worship was led by Mr Paul Bridges of Penistone. Helped by members of his family, he involved members of the congregation in his theme of 'Names'. Appropriate Bible lessons were read by Dorothy Waddington, who was steward for the day, and John Senior. During the service members of the Sunday Club received gift tokens. Christine Senior was the organist and refreshments were served by Susan Radley and Shirley Moffat.


Stocksmoor Bridge Club results for Thursday January 3. North/South –1 M Dey and A Stephens, 2 M Sandell and S Hancock, 3 T and M Hirst; East/West – 1 C and A Barnett, 2 P Turner and M Kenworthy, 3 J Shaw and E Tullie.

Thursday January 10. North/South –1 P Pogson and A Stephens, 2 T and M Hirst, 3 M Sandell and S Hancock; East/West –1 Jand M McGee, 2 D Swaine and M Partidge, 3 P Turner and M Kenworthy.