Sam Bown took Sunday’s church service, speaking to the young people about the shepherd who found his lost sheep and spoke of his time in farming when he had to find the one missing sheep on a ledge in a quarry. The reading was 1 Thessalonians chapter one: ‘Thanksgiving for faith, love and hope’. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark! The next service will be taken by Malcolm Jacob.

The annual Christingle Service with Hade Edge Junior Band will be on Sunday December 2 at 5.30pm. No tea will be served before the service but coffee and mince pies will be available afterwards.

The village hall Lunch Club on Thursday November 29 will serve braising steak with mashed potato and vegetables followed by chocolate sponge.

The monthly quiz will be on Friday November 30 at 8pm. The Christmas Quiz will be held on Friday December 14. For information about events at the Hall see or ring 604289.

About £200 was raised by the hospice support group at a coffee morning held at the home of In A Lather – locally made soaps, butters and balms.


Clayton West WI met on Wednesday November 7 when member Ann helped members make flowers out of fabric. Thanks go to Ann for all her preparation and help. This was followed by refreshments and a raffle. The next meeting will be on Wednesday December 5 at 7.30pm and this will be the Christmas celebrations.

Morning service at the Methodist church was led by local preacher Adrian Lindley from Upper Denby. The bible reading from Romans was given by Joan Bond, who was also steward along with Diana Hunt. The organist was Jane Hobson. Flowers for the communion table were a gift from Eleanor Speck. After the service Rosalyn Beevers served coffee and biscuits.

Last Saturday the monthly coffee morning was held, stalls included Christmas gifts, home-made cakes, Traidcraft, and book stall. Bacon sandwiches were cooked and served by Maxine Lodge. Proceeds were for church funds.

Ladies afternoon fellowship last Tuesday were delighted to welcome Rose and Stuart Merry, who sang favourite songs and read selected poems. Refreshments were served after the meeting.


On Friday evening the Singing group commenced rehearsals for the Christmas services at Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel. A Christmas fair was held on Saturday, opened by Santa and the stalls were soon very busy and lunches were served. The event raised £625 for Chapel funds. The monthly family service was held on Sunday morning and was led by Robert Nuttall who spoke about making sure that knowing Jesus makes our lives complete. Mike Hopcroft led the evening service when he spoke about not judging others. The pianist was John Orton


Sunday morning service at St Michael The Archangel was Worship for All with Holy Communion and looked at the effect of chaos on the ordering of our lives, including an interruption when parked cars were making it difficult for the local service bus to turn into the main road. Slides and a video of natural and man-made disasters emphasised the aspects of life where we have no control and only get by with the help of friends – and God. During evening service, the congregation learned about the lives of Christians in North Korea and the fragile existence, where provisions are sparse, everyone watches everyone else and unexpected arrests followed by life in labour camps seem to be the norm.

A coffee morning will be held in church on Monday at 10.30am, Holy Communion will be on Tuesday at 7pm and on Wednesday at 9am, followed by coffee in church; Tuesday @ 2 is for babies, toddlers and their carers; Thursday evening, from 5pm youngsters meet in a variety of groups according to their ages, with worship and story time, as well as games and craft work.

On Friday November 16 at 7.30pm a fashion show was organised by Julie Hayes, when Almond Fashions from Kirkburton brought male and female outfits. It was good to welcome two male models and it was a splendid evening, with stalls as well as chocolate delights, wine, tea and coffee and a great raffle. Thanks go to Julie and the team from St Michael’s, to Julia from Almonds who compered the evening, the models; the back stage crew from Almonds; the hairdresser from G27, Emley and the stallholders. The event raised over £660 towards church funds, specifically our building fund towards urgent repairs.

On Sunday Holy Communion service will begin at 9.15am with no evening service.


With the village hall on election duties Shelley Over 60s met in the Methodist hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Olwyn Berry and the full house by Gordon Burgin. No-one had the first three numbers on one card so the prize was carried over. The whist high of 100 was won by Eunice Ramsden and the low of 69 went to Linda Brauner from seven tables. There were six birthdays to celebrate this week – Elaine Shaw, Wilf Ryden, Delia Rochell, Nina Worby, Bessie Usher and Nigel Berry. Raffle prizes were won by Jean Eskrett, Robin Small, Mary Hobson and Sheila Morris.


On Sunday, Morning Worship with Holy Communion was led by the Rev David Priestnall. Whilst showing bridges from all over the world, he suggested that we should build bridges to other people and to God. The music group accompanied one of the hymns. Annie Senior read from the Old Testament and Clare Dodsley from the New. Clare, who was the steward, also helped with the distribution of the elements. Christine Senior was the organist for the day.