Tom Wood took the Remembrance service at Birdsedge Church when the theme of his message was friendship. The reading was John 15 verses 1-17– ‘The Vine and the Branches’ in particular verse 13– ‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends’. Jesus said that we are his friends. When listening to soldiers that fought in any war they talk a great deal about how they value the friendships they made. Robert Halmshaw took charge of the two minutes’ silence. The next service will be taken by Sam Bown.
The village hall Lunch Club on Thursday will be held in the Church Hall as the Village Hall will be in use as a polling station. Chicken casserole and Yorkshire pudding followed by lemon meringue pie are on the menu.
Santa will be at the hall on Saturday November 17 from noon. Refreshments and hot food will be on sale throughout. A visit to Santa will cost £3 and there will be stalls to browse. For information about events at the Hall see www.birdsedgevillagehall.co.uk or ring 604289.
About £200 was raised at a Hospice Support Group coffee morning held at the home of In A Lather – locally made soaps, butters and balms.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was a service of Remembrance led by Alison Caswell of West Bretton. She conducted a time of prayer that led into the two minutes silence at eleven o’clock. She spoke about the sacrifices of all who died during the wars. She also reminded us of the sacrifice of Jesus dying on the cross for all. A reading from Kings was given by Maxine Lodge and one from Hebrews by Jane Woodcock. Stewards were Diana Hunt and Maxine Lodge, and the gift of flowers for the communion table were from Jillian Beevers. After the service coffee and biscuits were served by Lucie Froggatt.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was a service of Remembrance led by Alison Caswell of West Bretton. She conducted a time of prayer that led into the two minutes silence at eleven o'clock. She spoke about the sacrifices of all who died during the wars. She also reminded us of the sacrifice of Jesus dying on the cross for all. A reading from Kings was given by Maxine Lodge and one from Hebrews by Jane Woodcock. Stewards were Diana Hunt and Maxine Lodge, and the gift of flowers for the communion table were from Jillian Beevers. After the service coffee and biscuits were served by Lucie Froggatt.
Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel’s evening service on November 4 was led by Martin Drake who spoke about The Prodigal son. His wife Stella read a modern reading on the same subject. The pianist was John Orton.
The Friday club at Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel held a firework party with a jacket potato and parkin Supper.
The Sunday school commenced rehearsals for the Nativity play, held a two-minute’s silence and did craft work. Andy Wilcock led the service on Sunday evening when he spoke about walking in the light with Jesus. The service included an act of remembrance and the organist was John Orton.
A Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday. It will be opened at 11am by Santa who will be in his grotto until noon, handing out small gifts to the children. There will be the usual stalls a raffle, games for the children. Morning coffee and lunches will be served and the fair will close at 1.00pm.
The monthly family service will be held on Sunday at 10.30am.
A tea and scone afternoon at the Denby Dale Centre on Thursday afternoon raised £76 for centre funds.
Sunday morning Holy Communion at St Michael The Archangel was rescheduled to 9.45am so that the congregation were ready for the Remembrance Service at the War Memorial, accompanied by the Emley Brass Band and the roll call of Emley’s war heroes. Passing traffic was stopped for the two minute silence. There was no evening service.
Weekly events and services continue, with coffee morning in church on Monday at 10.30am; Holy Communion on Tuesday evening at 7pm and on Wednesday at 9am, followed by coffee in church; “Tuesday @ 2” for babies, toddlers and their carers; Thursday evening, at 6pm youngsters meet in a variety of groups according to their ages, with worship and story time, as well as games and craft work.
Highlight of the week will be on Friday November 16, at 7.30pm when Almond Fashions from Kirkburton will present a Fashion Show – a repeat of the highly-successful programme last year. This time there will be male as well as female fashions, again modelled by “ordinary” people. Everyone is welcome to go along.
On Sunday November 18 Worship for All with Holy Communion service will begin at 10.45am as usual, with an evening service of Worship at 6pm.
At last Thursday’s meeting of Shelley Over 60s, in the village hall, the whist high of 95 was won by chairman, Walter Astin, and the low of 61 went to Vera Wilkinson from eight tables. The bingo line was won by new member Maureen Dearnley and the full house by Lilian Armitage Vera Wilkinson had the first three numbers on one card and received £2. There were five birthdays to celebrate this week – Vaughan Williams, Jean Porter, Joyce Booth, Paul Hartley and John Walker. Raffle prizes were won by Vera Hartley, David Matthews, Edith Brookes, Joan Small and May Elliott.
Stuart Merry led morning worship at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church on Sunday November 4. His theme was Love Rules OK. Readings were taken by Rose Merry and Clare Dodsley. The Music Group accompanied most of the hymns whilst Christine Senior played the organ.
On Monday, November 5 the Skelmanthorpe Wives group enjoyed an interesting and informative talk about ‘Storthes Hall Remembered’ by Ann Littlewood, who is a retired Senior Nurse in Mental Health. Ann spoke about the early history of mental illness and went on to tell a story about the lifetime of Storthes Hall Hospital, Kirkburton, from 1904 to its closure in 1991. She gave the group a humorous, yet vivid, insight into life at the hospital of the patients and staff from a personal viewpoint. Ann also spoke about her career as a nurse which commenced at Storthes Hall Hospital in 1968 going on to study throughout the years to finally retire as a Senior Nurse in Mental Health. Ann undertook a project to write a book entitled ‘Storthes Hall Remembered’ which was published by the University of Huddersfield in 2003. For more information please ring Ann Littlewood on 01484 606868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The hosts for the evening were Sylvia Lodge, Barbara Casson and Mildred Smith who provided refreshments afterwards. Christine Senior played the piano for the hymn.
Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church held an Autumn Fayre on Saturday, November 3. The event was enjoyed by a good turnout of people who were able to buy Christmas gifts, cakes, jams, or spot a bargain on the stalls there. Refreshments were served by members of the Wives Group and the sum of £798 was raised for the church funds. Many thanks to all the people who helped to make this event a success and to those who supported it.
Stocksmoor Bridge Club results fromThursday October 25: North/South –1 D Cliff and C Bolland, 2 J and M McGee, 3 M Hicks and J Pearson; East/West – 1 T and M Lazenby, 2 D Swaine and P Wright, 3 E Pearson and A Barnet.
Thursday November 1: North/South – 1 M Dey and A Stephens, 2 P Turner and M Kenworthy, 3 D Swaine and M Partridge; East/West – 1 J and M McGee, 2 C Kaye and L Tempest, 3 C and A Barnet.