The service of carols and readings at Birdsedge Church involved members of the congregation.

December 23 will be normal morning worship. December 25 will be Christmas day Family Service at 9.30am.

A very busy village hall Lunch Club serving a full Christmas dinner was enjoyed by friends and neighbours from around the area as well as Birdsedge. The lunch on Thursday December 27 will be sausage and vegetables in Yorkshire pudding followed by trifle, and is take-away only. The January 10 lunch will be back in the hall. The organisers would like to thank all supporters and wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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

The monthly quiz was won by first time winners The Christmas Crackers. The next quiz is on January 25.

Committee members selling raffle tickets to help pay for the Christmas tree are getting a generous response. The raffle will be drawn in the hall on Christmas Eve after carols round the tree starting 6.30pm. For information about events at the Hall see or ring 604289.


Worship at the Methodist Church for the third Sunday in Advent was a carol service led by Beryl Holt, a member of the church and a local preacher. The candle for the Advent Wreath was lit by Diana Hunt who began worship with Betty Booth as they said prayers and readings. They were also stewards for the day. Lucie Frogggatt gave bible readings about the birth of Jesus, the Shepherds and the Wise Men. Hobsons Chorus led by Jane Hobson (pictured) sang carols and songs, Jane played the organ and Craig Schofield played the piano accompanying the choir. Peter Holt gave a Christmas reading entitled 'RSVP' by Rev Nick Fawcett. After the service everyone enjoyed coffee and biscuits served by Wendy Barber and Lucie Froggatt.


At Denby Dale on Thursday November 15, a bicycle chained in front of a property was stolen.


On a bitterly cold afternoon Shelley Over 60s held their meeting in the village hall last Thursday. It was well attended. The bingo line was won by Pat Stephenson and the full house by Jean Jessop. No-one had the first three numbers on one card so the prize was carried over. The whist high of 96 was won by Barry Jessop and the low of 62 went to Joan Horne from eight tables. There were 10 birthdays to celebrate this week – Mary Lee, Wendy Wilcox, Tara Simpson, Jean Ord, Pat Bradshaw, Janet Godfrey, Carol Hirst, Chris Sharpe, Carol Wilson and Brenda Robshaw. Raffle prizes were won by Vera Wilkinson, Jenny Rose, Margaret Schofield, David Matthews, Ted Blythe and Jean Eskrett.

On Tuesday December 4 a party of 105 members enjoyed a Christmas lunch at Bradley Park Golf Club. Thanks go to all those who helped in any way, especially the management and staff of the restaurant.


On Monday, December 10, 33 members of Skelmanthorpe Methodist Wives Group enjoyed a Christmas Dinner at The Old Bridge Hotel, Holmfirth. After a very busy year, this was the last meeting of the group before Christmas, after which pantomime practices commence in January for the production in March of Robin Hood, by writer and producer Mr Granville Stead.

On the third Sunday in Advent the Candle Lighting Ceremony at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church was performed by Daisy Brooks-Taylor and Callum Wadsworth. The service, which included Holy Communion, was led by the Rev David Priestnall whose theme was the ministry of John the Baptist. Ailsa Horton, Anne Wadsworth and Kenneth Haigh read a dramatised passage from the book of Isaiah whilst John Senior read from St Luke’s Gospel. Anne Wadsworth, who was steward for the day, assisted with the distribution of the elements and Christine Senior was the organist.

At Skelmanthorpe on Sunday November 18, the grille, lights and indicators were stolen from a Land Rover Defender.