A service of Summer Praise was held at the Methodist Church when hymns and readings were chosen by members of the congregation. Ann Dunn presided and Tom Richardson played the organ. Cocking was Church Steward, and Irene Richardson served coffee after the very moving service.

Tomorrow, Churches Together in Denby Dale and Cumberworth will hold a joint service commencing at 10am, at Holy Trinity Church, Denby Dale.

Denby Dale Travellers running club are always on the lookout for new members. Meetings are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Denby Dale Pie Hall at 7pm. All standards are welcome – from beginners upwards, from 18 to 80. For more details contact Stuart Walton on 861911.


Organisers of the Gerry Murphy fun day at the AFC Emley’s Welfare Ground on Sunday are urging visitors not to park in the village – instead they should follow signposts to safe parking areas. The event, which runs from 10am until late afternoon, features football matches and fun events.

Welfare Ground officials are also urging spectators attending the pre-season friendly between AFC Emley and Town on Tuesday July 22 not to park in the village but again to follow signposts to parking areas.

The Communion service on Sunday morning at St Michael’s Church was led and celebrated by the Rev Christine Bullimore. Esther and Sophie Ryder read the bible and Malcolm Jessop played the organ. In his sermon, based on the Parable of the Sower, Malcolm Tracey emphasised how when the good seed germinated, it could produce a good crop. Christians can increase in number when they help people to come to Jesus by proclaiming the gospel, helping in time of need and listening to people’s problems in today’s busy world. Explorers enjoyed games and party food in the churchyard, as it was the last meeting until September. Flowers were presented to Claire Walker and Michelle Dowse, who have served as Explorers leaders for a number of years.

Thanks were expressed to all involved in the previous weekend’s activities of band concert, Open gardens and Strawberry Tea when £1,100 was raised for church funds. In the morning Thierry, a French priest who trained as a Catholic priest and spent 20 years in a monastery and who is now training for the Anglican priesthood at the Houses of Resurrection in Mirfield, gave a talk on his life to a large number of people from surrounding churches. Refreshments were served and informal discussion followed.


Rev Laurie Brookes led the Midweek Communion service at St James’s on Wednesday lunchtime, and presided at the Eucharist.

The morning service at St James’s on the Eighth Sunday after Trinity was Worship for All at 10.45am. Rev Chris Bullimore led the service assisted by Jill Marsh, with whom she read alternate verses from Psalm 145, and by Evelyn Barker who helped with instructing the children. Angela Griffith played the piano and the organ for the service.

Flockton and District Drama Group meets in the vilage Working Men’s Club on the last Tuesday of the month. New members are always welcome. For more details contact Mrs R R Robinson on 01484 862970


There were two services in All Hallows Parish Church last Sunday. The Rev Robert Chambers led the monthly Church 4 All family service and took for his theme Ministering to Children. The reading from the tenth chapter of the Gospel of St Mark, Suffer the little Children to Come Unto Me, was read by Mrs Mellanie Schindler.In place of the sermon, churchwarden Mr Glyn Phillips organised an obstacle course when young Nathan McCann, in a blindfold, had to find his way, to a special treat. He was sent on several false trails by supposed ‘helpers’ in the congregation until he was told to ignore them and just listen to the one voice he could rely-on to guide him to the target.In another task, Grace Daniels was asked to organise jumbled-up words to get a phrase from the Gospel reading. During the service, a special presentation was made to Mr Roy Hobbs who is retiring after 21 years as headteacher at the Highburton Church of England First School. Mrs Jean Sutcliffe and Mrs Joanne Smith were sidesmen and took up the collection. The singing was accompanied by the church music group. After the service the worshippers went to the Vicarage Garden to join in the annual church picnic. In the evening, the Rev Roger Nelson led a service of Holy Communion. Pastoral minister, Mrs Betty Cross assisted at the distribution and the reader was Mrs Cynthia Haigh. Mrs Doreen Barraclough was the organist.

The Burton Friendship Club held their weekly meeting at the Hub. Members were asked to take along “something they could not do without”. This produced a wide variety of items: spectacles, kitchen gadgets, a Bible, watch and CDs of favourite music. Each member told why their particular choice was special to them. The afternoon was concluded with a short quiz organised by Miss Sandra Spivey and the drawing of the raffle which was won by Mrs Pat Bower. Tea and biscuits were served by Mr F Whitaker and Mesdames Calvert and Maude.

Burton Friendship meets every Tuesday between 2pm and 3.30pm at the Royal Hotel in Kirkburton. Admission is £1 per week and includes tea and biscuits. Various speakers on a variety of subjects are organised and the group holds various other entertainments, including regular quizzes. New members are welcome.


Shelley Over 60s club held their meeting in the village hall last Thursday.The bingo line was won by Colin Cartmell and the full house went to Fred Duczenco. The first three numbers on one card was won by Vera Rothson who received £2. The whist high of 101 was recorded by Colin Cartmell and the low of 62 went to Edith Brookes.The club welcomed Margaret Baker as a new member. Raffle winners were Rene Biggin, Connie Walters, Joan Small, Amy Womersley and Muriel Wade.

Preacher at Sunday morning service – National Children’s Home Sunday – at Shelley Methodist Church was Michael Richardson. On Sunday evening, there was a farewell service for the Rev Linda Bishop at Almondbury Methodist Church

Shelley Methodist Church will be closed on Sunday August 10 – the congregation will be sharing worship at Almondbury Methodist Church. Transport will be provided.

The Mastersingers will be appearing at Shelley Village Hall on Saturday October 11 – an evening with a group of singers with no musical boundaries. There will be songs from the shows and music from the 40s to the 90s. Times and prices are still to be confirmed.


Local musician Emily Druce and her band The Why and Wherefores take a break from recording their new album to play at Shepley Cricket Club on Friday July 25 (8.30). The Why & Wherefores comprises Steve Jones on guitar and vocals, John Barker on lap steel guitar, Martin Wydell playing the bass line on souzaphone, a truly funky drummer in Marc Layton-Bennett and, of course, Emily herself on guitar, violin and vocals. Their style covers contemporary blues, a touch of jazz and a wide range of influences, topped off by a rich array of talent.The gig is part if the Last Friday Club series at the venue, featuring top local bands in an intimate setting. Admission is free.


The 10 Villages Conservation Group were due to working at Skelmanthorpe Youth and Community Centre today (Saturday) – preparing a site for the start of building work in the near future. The work will allow the group to save a number of trees that would otherwise be removed. The 10 Villages Conservation Group, which takes its name from the 10 main settlements in Denby Dale Parish, welcomes new members. The group works only in the parish of Denby Dale but people from any area can join. For further information contact Andy Wickham, Kirklees Countryside Unit, Andy Wickham, tel: 01484 222960/07773 386550, email:

Sung Mass at St Aidan was celebrated by the Rev Philip Reynolds, who spoke of nourishing the 'soil' of life, so the 'seed' of faith may grow. Biblical readings were given by Gary Firth and Trevor Langley. Griff Jones was the organist. Refreshments were served by Linda Heeley. On Monday there was a Holy Hour of silent prayer and devotion before the Blessed Sacrament, and Benediction: celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the Oxford Movement in the Anglican Church.

Mr Blakeborough of Birkby was the preacher for Sunday morning service at the Wesleyan Reform Church in Skelmanthorpe. His bible readings were from Jeremiah and Luke. The organist was John Orton.

The speaker at the Methodist Wives Group was Isabel Hobson from Holmfirth who brought items in the Touch of Forever collection of Aloe Vera products. She spoke about visiting the area where the Aloe plant is the grown and the factory where it is processed. She spoke of the benefits of pure Aloe products and explained the properties of the items on offer which many of the Wives took up. The meeting was organised by Annette Taylor, Miranda Auckland and Barbara Casson and they provided the supper.

On Friday the Wives Goup held a coffee morning as their annual effort to raise money for Christian Aid. Despite the rainy weather the event was well supported and bacon sandwiches, coffee and scones were very much enjoyed. The wives group would like to thank everyone who supported their effort.

The morning service at the Methodist Church was lead by Caroline Morris of Cawthorne. The theme of her service was the Fairtrade organisation. She spoke about the effects of poverty and what we can do to help and the role that Fairtrade can play in providing help so that people can start their own businesses and take control of their lives. Lessons were read by Ailsa Horton and Barbara Casson. The service included hymns specially written with Fairtrade in mind. The organist was Christine Senior. The flowers were the gift of Dorothy Waddington. Refreshments after the service were supplied by Arlene and Chris Gaunt.