An Old Tyme Music Hall, based on the television programme The Good Old Days, was held at St John’s Church on Saturday. A three-course dinner provided an excellent start to the evening, which was followed by entertainment. The master of ceremonies was Trevor Walker, who introduced community singing, individual acts including a piano duet, juggling, poetry, lots of songs, dancing and ending in more community singing. Ann Norton was the organist. The evening was prepared and organised by Helen, Paul and Ton Davies, Nore Beaumont and Margaret Laycock.
The Rev Brenda Mitchell led the Family Communion service a St John’s Church and was also preacher and celebrant for Holy Communion. Peter Linsell-Fraser led prayers, Dorothy Holden gave the bible reading and Ann Norton was the organist. Sunday Club members spent the morning preparing for the Harvest Festival which will be this coming Sunday.
Saturday’s Harvest Craft Fair at Golcar Baptist Church was a big success, raising £644 for church funds. A wide variety of stalls, including plans, bric-a-brac and toys and refreshments attracted a bumper crowd.
On Friday Karen Riley held a coffee morning for Macmillan Nurses and raised £170.
Sunday’s Harvest Thanksgiving service at the Baptist Church was conducted by the Rev Chris Thompson and Hilary Lindsay helped with the token harvest with tinned and dried goods donated for the Christian African Relief Trust and cash donations to Operation Agri. Tina Blaker spoke about Tearcraft and Fairtrade and described her impressions of life in India. Organist was Calinda Stockhill and pianist was Chris Woodhead.
Golcar Providence Church Friendship Group held a coffee evening with cakes and bring-and-buy stall on behalf of Macmillan Nurses and £194 was raised.
Sunday morning worship at the Providence Church was led by David Brook and readings were given by Nancy Meadows and Norma Walker. Organist was Granville Brook.
Golcar’s Colne Valley Museum comes to life with a weekend of traditional craft demonstrations. The rooms of our 19th century weavers' cottages will play host to many traditional crafts including bread-baking, rag-rugging, lace-making, glass-engraving, wood-turning, jewellery work and clog-making.Home made cakes and refreshments will be available.The museum is hoping for a successful weekend to help swell their fund-raising efforts to purchase the end cottage and shop. This will complete the row of hand-loom weavers’ cottages the museum presently occupies, and enable it to expand and improve its services. The museum is open rom 12.30-5pm today (Saturday) and Sunday. Admission is £2.20 for adults and £1.10 for children/concessions and £5 family.
Linthwaite Methodist Church’s Harvest Festival family service will be held on Sunday October 12 at 10.30am and will be led by the worship leaders. There will be a retiring collection for the Forget Me Not Trust. Lunch will be available afterwards.
The annual meeting for the Old Folks’ Treat will be held at 2.30pm on Sunday November 2.
Two Methodist church members attended the dedication service for ‘Sunshine Bags’ at Outlane last Thursday. The church raised £174 despite poor weather and the bags will help the less fortunate. Speaker was Wendy Blackburn from Slaithwaite and organist was Gordon Brook.
Preacher at Sunday morning worship was Ieuan Jones and readers were Henry Tennant and Margaret Moriarty. Organist was Linda Nuttall.
Sunday morning service at Christ Church was led by the Rev Julian Perkins, who gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Cynthia Osborne and Margaret McQuillan. Ann Leigh preached and prayed and organist was Rhona Jepson.
Evening service was led by the Rev Julian Perkins, who gave a blessing. Lessons were read by the Rev Jenni Honeyman and Ann Leigh and Margaret McQuillan preached and prayed. Organist was Derek Horne.
Sung Eucharist at St Mark’s Church on Sunday morning, was led by guest celebrant Rev Roger Nelson, assisted by Pat Jessop as server. The guest organist was Ian Greenhalgh. Bible readings were given by Andy Littlewood and Pat Jessop. For his sermon Roger described many changes in church activities over the years, but emphasised that the strength of people’s faith must be maintained for all times. Intercession prayers were presented by Linda Barker. The service ended with Roger giving the Blessing.
Marsden Mechanics will be hosting Colne Valley Twinning Association’s Halloween Dance from 8pm to midnight on Saturday November 1. More details: ring 844587. On Saturday November 29, there will be a presentation of Stories From The Tree of Life: The Devil’s Violin (7.30-9.30pm). Tickets (£4 and £3 concessions) and information are available from Marsden Library (222555), or from Marsden Information Point (845595).
On Saturday morning, the United Church Marsden was open to display the scarecrows which had been made by various young people’s groups in the village as part of Scarecrow Weekend celebrations. It was a fun time for children, with tables provided by Rainbows, Scout Group and After-School Club featuring toys and games. Junior Church provided a treasure hunt. Money raised went to individual group funds. The church served refreshments to raise funds to send shoeboxes at Christmas to deprived and less-fortunate children overseas. The event was well attended.
On Sunday morning, the Rev J Archer-Sidall conducted a Scarecrow Festival Family Service when readers were Jean Broome and Rachel Hemingway and organist was Christine Gledhill. Tea and coffee were served after the service by the scout group.
As part of Marsden Jazz Festival, the United Church, Marsden is holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday October 11 between 9.30am and 2pm. Cindy, a face-painter, will entertain the children from 9.30am until 2pm. Two groups from Huddersfield Young Singers will entertain in church from 2.30-5.30pm. Refreshments will be served all day.
On Sunday morning October 12 at 10.30am the annual Jazz service will feature The New Orleans Wiggle jazz band with vocalist Carolyn Topsy-Hilton. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s Church on Sunday was led by the Rev Geoff Clay and reader was Joyce Pogson. Sidesmen were Audrey Armitage and Elsie Lingard and coffee was served by Evelyn Laidlaw and Glenys Ward.
As part of the Jazz festival on Saturday October 11, the church will be open between 10am and 4pm when there will be a variety of stalls, books, a tombola and refreshments.
At 7.30pm Laurie Briggs and a quartet will entertain. The church hall will be open on Sunday between 11am and 4pm with stalls and books and refreshments will be served.
The Operatic Society are to present a revue between October 21 and 25, in place of the show Pyjama Game. Tickets are priced £7 and will be available from Duncan’s Barbers from October 6. The event will feature cabaret seating with a bar.
Speaker at Milnsbridge Christadelphians Midweek BibleClass was Mr D Guy from Halifax, whose subject was James, The Lord’s Brother. On Sunday evening, Paul Tovell of Sheffield spoke on Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Flood.
Parkwood Methodist Church members will be at the Town Hall today (Saturday) up to 3pm, providing refreshments, manning a variety of stalls, tombola and a raffle. Admission will be £1 and all proceeds are for church funds.
A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church. Guest speaker Jean Smithson talked on Seventeen Years As A Wardrobe Mistress. Jean Johnson was in the chair and pianist was Kenneth Rothery. Refreshments were served by Barbara Beevers and Betty Sykes.
On Saturday Parkwood Methodist Church held an Away Day 2008 at Westwood Christian Centre. Leader, the Rev Peter Bedford, was assisted by Jill Atkinson-Heck, Brian Hibbert and Sandra McSweeney.
In the evening a Country Dance and Harvest Supper was held at Parkwood Methodist Church. Dance leader/MC was Helen Brockley and supper was organised by Freda Lloyd, assisted by ladies of the church.
Phil and Sandra McSweeney welcomed the congregation to Harvest Festival service on Sunday morning when guest preacher was Stuart Rudd and reader was Ann Ivey. Brownies, Rainbows and the congregation placed Harvest gifts around the community area. Floral arrangements were prepared by Enid Coulson and Renee Wyatt. The choir sang the anthem Praise My Soul The KIng Of Heaven, conducted by Gareth Beaumont, with Kenneth Rothery organist. Refreshments were served after the service by ladies of the church. Harvest gifts were later distributed around the community.
Pauline Ayre introduced Deacon Gill Atkinson-Heck at this week’s meeting of Slaithwaite Good Companions. She is one of the chaplains set up to provide faith-based support for visitors and workers in Huddersfield. The scheme is supported by Churches Together and the Town Centre Partnership. She was thanked by Pat Parkinson and pianist was Pauline Ayre.
Back To Church Sunday was celebrated during the week and at St James’ Church, celebrations began in the parish room with a coffee and croissant breakfast at 10am, during which visitors were welcomed by the Rev Robin Townsend and church members. Raymond Denton, one of the churchwardens (the other being Jean Clayton) and Margaret Warren (treasurer) spoke about their church work. Sara Brown spoke about being a teacher and a Christian and a bible reading was given by Harriet Brown, a teenage church member. Simon Parkinson spoke about his faith. Interspersed between each of these, Tim Richardson (guitar) and Mark Parchment (vocalist) enthralled visitors with duets. Rev Robin led prayers and organist for hymns was Alvi Whitehead. Rev Robin gave a blessing and refreshments rounded off a happy occasion.
The Methodist Women’s Fellowship met on Tuesday with Betty Robshaw in the chair and she led prayers and introduced speaker Ian Kelly of Linthwaite, who showed slides and spoke on the Titanic’s fateful journey.
Colne Valley churches came together on Wednesday morning in the Methodist Church when they held a coffee morning and bring-and-buy stall, raising £125 for Kirkwood Hospice.
On Thursday afternoon four members of the Fellowship group attended the dedication service for the Sunshine Bags scheme at Outlane when speaker was Wendy Blackburn. She also led Sunday worship at the Methodist Church when the theme was Give Your Heart To Jesus. Linda Hanson read from Isaiah and Bessie Whitwam from Matthew. Organist was Roger Mitchell.