The church service was a Christening service for Thea, taken by Tom Wood with contributions from wife Pat and the congregation. Everyone was invited to stay after the service for lunch and a BBQ. This Sunday there will be a family service. The hospice support group gave £445 for the second quarter’s fundraising. The next fund raiser will be on August Bank Holiday Monday, 27, when lunches will be organised at the church. The Lunch Club went well. The next one on Thursday July 12 will be savoury mince in Yorkshire pudding followed by pineapple upside down cake. Quiz Night was won by The Whist Drivers. The next Quiz will be on Friday July 27. Birdsedge Annual Festival will take place on Saturday July 14 behind the Village Hall on the school playing field. Starting at 12.30pm with crowning of the queen and judging of the fancy dress the afternoon event goes on until 5pm. There will be no charge for entry and entertainment will be from BonBonz, Bob Hogg Sheepdog Display, Vintage Brass, side stalls, children’s rides, waterballs and more. From 7pm there will be a free entry live music concert, with local artists Gareth Dickinson, Jess, Alex Quinn & the Man in the Street, The Predators and the Undiscovered in the marquee. Real ale will be served.


The service of Holy Communion at the Methodist Church was led by Rev David Hall, circuit superintendent minister who spoke about looking on the positive side of life, both personal and the Church . A lesson from Paul’s letter to the Philippians was read by Wendy Barber.. Stewards were Betty Booth and Joan Bond and the pianist was Jane Hobson. Joan Bond gave the flowers. After the service coffee and biscuits were served by Lucie Froggatt. Last Tuesday the afternoon fellowship welcomed speaker Gordon Kay, from Wakefield, who spoke of relationships that influence our lives.


The Lord’s Prayer was the theme of the Sunday School on Sunday morning at Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel. Robert Nuttall led Sunday evening’s service. The steward was Carol Mosley and the pianist was Robert Booth.


St Michael’s Church and gardens were open for Emley Open Gardens weekend. Despite the weather, there was a steady stream of visitors Thanks to the gardeners, the refreshment team, the providers of plants for sale and raffle prizes, the jewellery stall and the Emley Art group and visitors. Armitage Garden Centre sponsored the event and provided a voucher for all visitors, and Emley Voices contributed to the printing costs. A slide show of the weekend is being produced. . The Sunday morning service was Worship for All café style, with the tables set out for the refreshments. After a welcoming cuppa, there were songs, hymns and a talk and then there was a dramatised reading of the story in Mark’s gospel and a dramatic monologue about the impact of Jesus raising people from the dead. The morning service this Sunday is Holy Communion at 9.15am. There will be no evening service on Sunday.


Shelley Over 60s Club held their meeting at the village hall last Thursday. To mark Wimbledon fortnight all the members present were served strawberries and cream. There followed the usual game of whist with the high of 93 going to Joan Horne and Greta Hinchliffe. The low of 67 went to Gordon Burgin from eight-and-a-half tables. The bingo line went to Wally Usher and the full house to Joan Horne. Birthday greetings were sent to Jean Eskrett, Pat Foster, Stewart Watmuff, Martin Etchells, Mary Milnes, Gerald Ibbotson and Mollie Waterworth. Raffle prizes went to Marion Kelly, Joyce Secker, Joan Cope, Margaret Schofield, Molly James and Sheila Taylor. On Tuesday the club held a successful Bacon Bap and Buns lunch at the village cricket club. Thanks to Ann and John Littlewood and everyone else who helped on the day. On Saturday July 14 the club is holding a Gala Whist Night at the Methodist Hall starting at 7.30pm.


A coffee morning is to take place on Friday, July 6 at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church from 10am to 1pm. Bacon butties, coffee and scones will be available, along with stalls including cakes and bric-a-brac. Everyone welcome, admission free. On Sunday, June 23 the theme of the worship at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church was ‘Methodist Homes’, which is residential care of various sorts under the auspices of the Methodist church. Members of the congregation took part in drama and reading under the guidance of Ailsa Horton. The organist was Frances Priestnall and the worship group accompanied one hymn. The steward was Dorothy Waddington. On Wednesday Skelmanthorpe Historical Society did a presentation on the Skelmanthorpe Music Festival, which has been going for 109 years. A powerpoint presentation was given showing past hymn papers and some social history over the last century. This was appropriate as 2012’s music festival will take place on Sunday, July 8 at St Aidan’s church.


Stocksmoor Bridge Club results for Thursday June 21. North/South: 1 M Sandell and S Hancock, 2 T and M Hirst, 3 A Barnett and A Dowlen; East/West: 1 M Russell and E Covell, 2 E Pearson and A Stephens, 3 S Clegg and C Pilling. Results from Thursday June 28. North/South –1 M Hicks and J Pearson, 2 M Sandell and A Barnett, 3 J and M McGee; East/West: 1 A Stephens and A Dowlen, 2 M Dey and R Makings, 3 J Daniel and L Mallinson.