BIRDSEDGE

BIRDSEDGE CHURCH: The service for World Leprosy Day was taken by Tom Wood. The church has had a connection with the Leprosy Mission since a church member, Joyce Missing, became a missionary attached to the mission. The Mission to Lepers was started by Irish born Wellesley Bailey in 1878 and now, with the aid of new drugs, Leprosy is near to being no longer a great threat. Tom read 2 Corinthians 16-21 focusing on v17 ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.’ Next Sunday Lesley Sullivan will take the Communion Service.

BIRDSEDGE VILLAGE HALL: The Lunch Club supporters braved the bad weather to enjoy the lunch. On the menu for February 7 is Cottage Pie and Lemon Sponge.

The monthly quiz was won by The 3 Degrees on a fairly quiet night due to the severe weather warnings. An amateur Music Night will be held in the Hall on Saturday February 16 from 7.30pm. Bar and food will be available freshly cooked throughout the evening. The next management meeting will be held on Tuesday February 19 8pm. The next festival meeting will be Wednesday March 6 at 8pm. For information about events at the hall see www.birdsedgevillagehall.co.uk or ring 01484 04289.

BOLT: The Birdsedge opposed to large Turbines group is getting great support with plenty of opposition letters being sent to Kirklees Council. Call 01484 606230 for update infromation.

HOSPICE SUPPORT GROUP: The group will be serving lunches and refreshments in the Church Hall on Saturday February 23 from 11.30am. Home baking and preserves will be on sale as well as a raffle and tombola On Saturday March 2 there will be a family Beetle Drive in the village hall from 6.30pm. A family event played in pairs. Light refreshments at half time, the bar will be open until around 8pm.

CLAYTON WEST

The morning service of worship at the Methodist Church was led by Beryl Holt, a local preacher and a member of the church. She spoke of the church being one body, and the congregation were all given different gifts to serve in our church life and in the community. Bible readings were given by Maxine Lodge, from Corinthians and by Jane Hobson from Lukes' gospel. Jane was also the pianist. Stewards were Betty Booth and Maxine Lodge. Rosalyn Beevers gave the gift of flowers for the communion table. After the service everyone enjoyed coffee and biscuits served by Lucie Froggatt.

SHELLEY

With deep snow on the car park making the village hall unusable, Shelley Over 60s held their well attended weekly meeting in the Methodist hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Brian Morgan and the full house by Joyce Booth. The first three numbers on one card was shared by May Elliott and Jo Morrison. The whist high of 91 was scored by Dorothy Jessop and the low of 66 went to Fred Huddle from seven tables. There were six birthdays to celebrate last week – Nancy Teal, Fred Duczenco, Enid Barrow, Julie Wishart, Kathleen Jones and Jean Mills. Raffle prizes were won by Wendy Kettlewell, Madge Shaw, Brian Morgan , Joan Cope and Joan Peel.

STOCKSMOOR

Stocksmoor Bridge Club results for Thursday January 17: North/South – 1 M Sandell and A Stephens, 2 W and A Dowlen, 3 J Hampshire and A Mallinson; East/West – 1 C and A Barnett, 2 C Pilling and S Clegg, 3 P Turner and M Kenworthy. Thursday January 24: North/South –1 A Stephens and L Cooper, 2 J McGee and A Dowlen, 3 M Sandell and K Morley; East/West –1 T and M Hirst, 2 M Russell and E Covell, 3 M Cooper and C Kaye.