The good Samaritan was the theme of the Sunday School on Sunday morning.

John Orton led the service on Sunday evening when he spoke about Living for Christ. The monthly Family service will be held on Sunday morning at 10.30am

At Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel Denby Dale, the theme of the Sunday school on Sunday morning was meeting with Jesus. Anne Downing led the service on Sunday evening when she spoke about God intervening in our lives, The pianist was Robert Nuttall.

The Denby Dale and Cumberworth Senior Citizens’ Gathering and Concert were held at Denby Dale Pie Hall on Saturday April 28 with approximately sixty guests being catered for. The people of Denby Dale, Cumberworth and the surrounding areas including Birdsedge, High Flatts, Upper and Lower Denby enjoyed a range of activities arranged especially for them. Through the generosity of the local community, who had donated this year, everyone had a splendid time, with the Old Silkstone Band providing the entertainment. The host this year, was Cynthia Naylor. The Grace was said by Robert Nuttall of the Zion Wesleyan Chapel, Denby Dale. The afternoon began at 4pm with the tea and went on until the early evening with people enjoying the activities. The event is financed mainly by door to door collections and the committee wish to express their sincerest thanks to the public. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the Gathering is successful, most of the success is due to the local people who willingly contribute to this annual event.


Shelley Over 60s met in the Methodist Hall last Thursday for a well-attended meeting – The Village Hall not being available. The bingo line was won by Ken Cassinelli and the full house by Jean Jessop. No-one had the first three numbers on one card so the prize carried over. The whist high of 95 was won by Vera Wilkinson and the low of 59 went to Jean Jessop.

There were four birthdays to celebrate this week – those of Anita Wood, Kath Oldroyd, Kathleen Proctor and Barry Wilson. The winner of this month’s minibus draw was number 174, Tara Simpson.

On Tuesday May 1 a group of members had a very nice day out at Southport. Thanks go to all those who organised the much-enjoyed trip.


On Sunday April 29 at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church the service was conducted by preacher Stuart Merry, the theme of which was faith. He talked about Jesus being the prime example of helping us all on our path of faith. Also, Stuart Merry, Christine Senior, Dorothy Waddington and Margaret Taylor talked about the people who had helped them on their journey of faith. The bible lesson was read by Margaret Firth and the steward was Anne Wadsworth. Frances Priestnall was the organist.

At the April meeting of Skelmanthorpe Historical Society, speaker Denis Lockwood gave a talk about his early life and the unique status of Parkgate in Skelmanthorpe. He outlined the community spirit of this part of the village and showed old photographs and documents relating to the settlement. He was thanked by Martyn Wadsworth. The society meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Darby and Joan Hall.


A concert by the Yorkshire Traction & Honley Brass Band, to celebrate the Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee, which was held at St Thomas' Church, Thurstonland on April 22, was a great success. The concert was organised by Mrs Brenda Mellor. A raffle was held, and refreshments were served in the church room by the church ladies. The concert raised £541 which will be split equally between the band and the church. Many thanks go to everyone who attended this successful event.