Village Hall: The July Quiz was won by The 3 Degrees with Lemon Meringue Pie coming a close second. The chicken went down very well at the last Lunch Club, the menu at the next one on Thursday August 9 will be pork steak in apple with new potatoes and vegetables along with fruit crumble and custard.

A thank you barbecue for helpers at last month’s successful Birdsedge Festival was held at the hall on Sunday evening.

Tom Wood took the Sunday morning service. He read Acts 8 v1-8. The Sunday service this weekend is the Communion service.

The Birdsedge Hospice Support Group will be holding a Strawberry Fair at 12 Marsh Lane, Shepley, from 2-4pm this Saturday to raise funds for the Capital Appeal.


Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel – The Friday club held a nature trail and hunt on Friday afternoon with games and a pizza tea.

The theme of the Sunday School was inviting others and making them welcome. Giant posters were made.

Robert Booth led the service on Sunday evening when he spoke about the need for Christians to worship. The pianist was John Orton.

A family Barbecue will be held on Friday from 6-8pm with games, a trampoline and a quiz.


St Michael the Archangel Parish Church, Emley, and St James’ the Great, Flockton, worshipped together in Emley at the ‘fifth Sunday’ service. On-screen images reflected the idea of Bread for Life, considering not only the feeding of 5,000 people with five small ‘economy’ loaves of bread and two small fishes, but also the miracle of Jesus walking out on stormy water to his disciples in their wave-tossed boat. A video clip enhanced the gospel reading. There was no evening service.

On Saturday, another valiant team, led by Michael Lee, turned out again and, armed with strimmers and good company, continued to tackle the overgrown churchyard, uncovering long-hidden graves and clearing paths to give better access. A light lunch was provided in church. Thanks to all the hard work there was an amazing transformation!

There were the usual midweek church events. A coffee morning and services are detailed on the notice board and the website. There is no Youth Work until September.

This coming Sunday, the morning service will be a family service of ‘Worship for All’ at 10.45am with Holy Communion celebrated at 6pm. Everyone is welcome.


Shelley Over-60s held a very busy meeting in the village hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Greta Hinchliffe and the full house was shared by Joan Horne and Molly James. Harry Rose had the first three numbers on one card and received £4. The whist high of 88 was won by Joan Horne and the low of 55 went to Wendy Kettlewell from seven tables. There were eight birthdays to celebrate last week – Joan Cope, Jean Johnson (80), Eileen Watnuff, Amy Womersley (70), Joan Peel, Lewis Bower, Marjorie Johnstone and Nancy Sykes. Raffle prizes were won by Brian Nelson, Joan Small, Kathleen Code and Sylvia Stevenson.


Last Wednesday, Skelmanthorpe Historical Society heard Stanley Sheead explore some documents, which had recently been found in an attic, relating to land sales in Skelmanthorpe. One of the documents detailed the sale of 53 properties, on behalf of Sir John Ratcliffe, Bart. of Rufforth Park, at the Grove Inn on December 18, 1918.

Ailsa and Geoff Horton held open house on Friday, July 27, £362.70 was raised and the proceeds are to split equally between Kirkwood Hospice and Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church.

On Sunday July 29 at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church choruses, specially chosen by members of the congregation, were sung. Stuart Merry co-ordinated the worship, giving brief background information on each song. Each piece had been taken from a collection of Cliffe College Choruses. Cliffe College, in the Peak District, is a Methodist establishment concentrating on Evangelism and Biblical Studies. Ailsa Horton offered prayers and steward Dorothy Waddington, read the Bible lessons. Margaret Taylor on clarinet and Christine Senior on piano and organ provided the accompanying music.