The Association of Christian Fellowship from St. Barnabas’ Church met in the Parish Hall for their monthly meeting. Leader Sue Tattersley introduced the speaker Fred Butler who spoke about his early life as a school boy and his later life as a school teacher in the Dewsbury, Batley and Heckmondwike areas, named in a trilogy of books he has written as the Shoddy Towns. Mr Butler brought with him his last book, entitled Over Yonder. The other two books which he had spoken to the Association about on previous occasions are Up the Snicket and Down the Ginnel. After a very entertaining talk Mr Butler was thanked by Elaine Broadley and refreshments were then served by Mavis Armitage, Margaret Cooper and Ann Harris.
The Association of Christian Fellowship from St. Barnabas’ Church held their annual Hoe Down in the Parish Hall. The music was provided by Terry Langley from Bradford, who was also the caller for the Square Dancing. The evening was arranged by the secretary Kathleen Pratt who also helped to serve the supper with committee members Joan Farrell and Janet Haigh.
On Tuesday October 14 the Mothers Union met in the community room of St John’s Church. Leader Dorothy Holden opened the meeting with prayers and welcomed Judith Kaye who gave an interesting talk on the traditions of Christmas in Norway. The supper ladies were Mavis Smith and Miriam Myers.
A pleasant evening was had on Friday October 17 when a whist drive was held in St John’s community room, followed by a cornish pasty and peas supper. The event was organised by Margaret Gledhill and helpers and £110 was raised for church funds.
Canon Martyn Crompton led the Parish Communion service at St John’s Church, gave the gospel reading and was also the preacher. Pamela Gillet gave the reading from Thessalonians and Betty Taylor led prayers. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth met in the community room and then joined in the latter part of the service. Margaret Laycock played the piano and Helen Davies the guitar.
In the evening, Canon Martyn Crompton led a joint churches Prayer and Praise service. Lessons were read by Gini Crompton and the Rev Pam Ward and Norman Harris was the preacher. Prayers were led by the Rev Brenda Mitchell and the theme of the evening was The Good Shepherd. Margaret Laycock was at the piano and tea and biscuits were served afterwards in the community room.
Golcar Baptist Church’s charity quiz was held at the Wheel on Thursday night, with money raised going towards the Actionaires, a group set up to held children from one-18 years participate in sport. At 18, group members can become volunteers – and there are several pupils at Greenhead College participating in the scheme as part of the school curriculum. There were many young people at the quiz and helped create a record total of £206. There was a pie and peas supper and a raffle.
Sunday service at the Baptist Church was led by the Rev Chris Thompson and organist was Calinda Stockhill. Communion was served by Mary Sykes and Connie Pearson.
The Golcar Providence Church Men’s Fellowship held a joint meeting with the Friendship Group and Bright Hour. Peter Booth led devotions and Ann and Stewart Culpan talked and showed photographs of a holiday in China. David Knight was the pianist and Barbara Armitage served supper.
Golcar Providence Church held a day at Holmfirth Parish Church on Saturday when morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas were served. Stalls included cakes, books and bric-a-brac and there was a tombola and the event raised £906 for church funds.
Sunday morning worship included Holy Communion and was led by the Rev Pam Ward. Lessons were read by Barbara Brook and Barbara Hallas and Chris Pearson was the organist.
On Wednesday November 12 Ian Baxter will be showing some more films from the Lucy Fairbanks archive. Miss Fairbanks was a teacher at Linthwaite County School but also an early pioneer of the use of cine cameras. She was filming from the 1930s through to the 1960s both locally and, more intrepidly, abroad. Ian has a life long passion for film and was entrusted with her collection on her death. Some readers may remember he was featured on Nation on Film (BBC) and The Way We Were (ITV) talking about her films a few years ago. Ian will be showing the films at Linthwaite Methodist Church Centre at 7.30p.m. Tickets are £5 including refreshments and are available from Margaret Tennant on 846076.
It was Fellowship Day at the Methodist Church last Thursday and Ian Baxter showed slides from the 1950s to the present day. Doreen Liversedge was in the chair and pianist was Dorothy Hirst.
Jean Barraclough was preacher on Sunday morning at Linthwaite Methodist Church. Readers were John Hill, John Morrison, Andy Rushby and Jenny Hill. Linda Nuttall was the organist.
On Sunday a party from the Methodist church and friends will set off for a walking holiday in Bournemouth.
A Dedication Service at Christ Church was led by the Rev Julian Perkins, who preached, prayed, celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Cynthia Osborne and Margaret McQuillan and organist was Rhona Jepson.
In the evening choir members from St Barnabas’, Crosland Moor joined the congregation at Christ Church for a service led by the Rev Julian Perkins, who also read a lesson and gave a blessing. Margaret McQuillan preached and prayed and organist was Derek Horne.
Opening the Sunday morning Sung Eucharist Service, at St Mark’s Church, Parish Priest Rev Jim Hunt reported that churchwarden Linda Barker had been moved from intensive care into the high dependency unit at Leeds General Infirmary and she was now on a long road to recovery. Accompaniment for the service was by Philip Turner on the organ and a small choir. Bible readings were by Phyllis Kaye (Isaiah) and Dorothy Heads (St Paul’s Letter to Thessalonians). In his sermon Jim told how, as a newly-wed, he learned the hard way to DIY and the essential tool of a plumb line to provide a true vertical. Jim went on to explain how a complementary horizontal line would draw a cross. These two lines could represent our faith with the vertical connecting with God and the horizontal connecting with friends and neighbours. The young church, together with Leaders Joan Morton and Debbie Yates, joined the service during the sermon. Following the Nicene Creed, intercession prayers were prepared and presented by Judith Pearson, after which Jim invited the children to help in sharing the Peace. The service concluded with the Blessing and Jim invited everyone to sign a get well card which would be sent to Linda Barker.
The Rev Mike Smith led morning worship at the United Church, Marsden. Organist was Christine Gledhill, who was also a reader, along with Barrie Biltcliffe.
Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Clay and organist was James Harker. Reader was Elsie Lingard and sidesmen Joan and John Bradbury. Coffee was served afterwards by Noreen Carr, Judith Morrison and Elsie Lingard.
The church thanks all who gave their time and all those who supported the events in the hall during the Jazz Festival weekend. A superb £1,400 was raised for general church expenses.
Mr K Charlesworth of Milnsbridge was speaker at Milnsbridge Christadelphians’ Midweek Bible Class when he spoke on Gardens In Scripture.
On Sunday evening, Mr R Earnshaw of Leeds spoke on Resurrection To New Life.
Yvonne Armitage was caller for bingo at a meeting of the Over 60s Club. Raffle prizes were won by Joan Lewis, Margaret Gardner and Mrs I Bone. Members enjoyed a trip to Blackpool to view the illuminations.
A Drop In Lunch was held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Wednesday, when the menu included corned beef and vegetable pie, mixed vegetables, jam sponge, apple crumble, fruit sponge and custard, tea and coffee. It was organised by Freda Lloyd, assisted by ladies of the church.
A Community All Morning Breakfast was held in the schoolroom on Saturday morning, organised by Jean Bedford and a team of helpers.
Mary Rothery welcomed people to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning when preacher was the Rev Peter Bedford. The choir sang the anthem When The Deer Pants For The Water, conducted by Gareth Beaumont. Organist was Kenneth Rothery.
A Fair Trade coffee and tea-tasting weekend was organised by the Rev Peter Bedford, Sheila Swaine and Christine Johnson.
Karsten Svensgaard led the midweek Slaithwaite Methodist Bible Study Group on Monday evening last. The title of the study was Jesus Teaches Nicodemus and group members each read verses from John 3 before discussion.
On Tuesday the Ladies Fellowship journeyed to Shred to attend the annual birthday party with ladies of other churches, when they enjoyed a concert and afternoon tea. The October Ecumenical service was held on Wednesday at the United Church, Marsden and was led by the Rev Mike Smith of Marsden. Refreshments were served by Marsden ladies.
The Women’s Institute met in the community centre on Wednesday evening with Maureen Weaving in the chair. She introduced Monica Clay, who gave an insight into her life as a magistrate and interspersed her talk with amusing stories as the owner of a beagle dog called Florence. The competition for a home-made birthday card was won by Beryl Smith with Wendy Blackburn in second place.
David Brook of Crosland Moor led Sunday morning worship at the Methodist Church . Margery Crowther read from Exodus and Wendy Redfearn read from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. The organist was Shirley Scott.
Speaker at this week’s meeting of Slaithwaite Good Companions – introduced by Joan Dransfield – was Margaret Newman, who talked about a canal holiday from Anderton in Cheshire to the Llangollen Eisteddfod. She was thanked by Hilda Haigh and pianist was Margaret Cook.
Holy Communion service at St James’ Church was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Simon Parkinson, with a lesson from Pat Parkinson. The vicar offered prayers and the music group led singing, with Hiroko Townsend on the piano and organist Alvi Whitehead. The previous day, members of the church had enjoyed a day trip by coach to Lincoln and the cathedral, which was organised by Jean Clayton.
Upper Slaithwaite Church Harvest festival on October 12 was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, with Lynn Blackburn organist. Gifts of fruit were sent to Meadow Court old folks’ centre and tinned and dried goods to the Welcome Centre, Huddersfield.
A Ladies’ United service was held on Tuesday October 14 when speaker was Karen Selley from the Welcome Centre. Soloist was Barbara Brooke and tea was served afterwards to about 70 guests.
Sunday’s Family Service was led by Jeanette Seed and pianist was Margaret Cook. Children contributed poems and songs about the harvest.