The Pennine Singers held a coffee morning in St John’s Church community room. A cake stall, book stall, craft stall, a raffle and a jewellery tombola all raised money for Pennine funds.

Cannon Martyn Crompton led the parish communion at St John’s Church, Golcar. Roger Hanson gave the gospel reading and the Rev Beryl Mitchell was the celebrant for Holy Communion. In place of the normal sermon and as a lead into the parish AGM, Cannon Martyn gave a brief review of the past church year and spoke about the challenges to be faced this year.

Cannon Martyn opened the vestry meeting at which Jeremy Cuss was re-elected as church warden and Helen Davies was elected to fill the vacancy of church warden left by Peter Linsell-Fraser. Cannon Martyn paid tribute to the work done by the retiring PCC members. The vacancies have been filled by Margaret Laycock and Sue Star. Roger Hanson gave his report as treasurer and agreed to carry on this role. Afterwards, lunch prepared by Margaret Gledhill was served in the community room to 45 people.

At the Tuesday forum meeting of Golcar Baptist Church, the speaker was Hilary Deacon, the leader was Connie Pearson and the tea hostesses were Margaret Edge and Mary Sykes. Hilary Deacon spoke about her time as a volunteer at the Commonwealth games in Manchester in 2002.

On Saturday a sponsored walk through the mud of Bunny Woods raised money for the Tear Fund, a charity for children in Africa whose parents have died from AIDS.

The Sunday service was conducted by the Rev Chris Thompson. Organist was Calinda Stockhill. Communion servers were Dave Howard and Connie Pearson. The service was followed by the church business meeting.

This Saturday is the Golcar Old Folk’s Treat at Golcar Baptist Church. Tea is at 4pm followed by entertainment. The treat is for all over 70s in Golcar.

At Golcar Providence Men’s Fellowship, Ian Baxter showed slides entitled Southampton to Santa Monica. Peter Booth was Chairman and David Knight pianist.

Morning worship at Golcar Providence was led by the Rev Pam Ward and included communion. Prayers were led by the Rev Pam and Ian Day. Readings were by Gwen Iredale and Janice Swallow and John Birt was the organist.


Sunday morning service at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by Michael Early. Readers were Ali Dwyer and Henry Tennant and organist was Linda Nuttall.

The previous Thursday, Andrea Morley held a Spring Supper at her home. The event was well attended and proceeds were for church funds.

Kate Morrison holds her Back To Russia With Love concert in the church centre at 7.15pm tonight (Saturday). With the help of some of the top young musicians in Kirklees, she will be raising money to fund her voluntary trip to the Soviet Union in summer to help in orphanages.

A service of Matins was led at Church on Sunday by Margaret McQuillan, who preached, prayed and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Russell Wattam and Derek Horne. Evening service was led by the Rev Julian Perkins, who preached, prayed and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Margaret McQuillan and Derek Horne. Organist at both services was Rodney Pearson.


Sung Eucharist on the fifth Sunday of Easter at St Mark’s Church was led by Parish Priest the Rev Jim Hunt assisted by David Verlander as server. Bible readings were by Dilys Eastwood, and at very short notice by Margaret Haigh. In his sermon Jim reminded the congregation that this was a special day because after the service the Annual General Meeting and Parish Lunch would be held in the Parish Centre after the conclusion of the morning service? Jim also requested ‘divine guidance’ to find new church wardens to replace Mark Gregory who was to retire at the end of his term of office. Intercession Prayers were prepared and presented by Judith Pearson. The young church joined the Service for The Peace. Music was provided by church organist Philip Turner and a small choir. Before the final blessing Jim read two sets of marriage banns for the third time and said prayers for the two couples concerned, Fay and Luke and Claire and Stephen who were present for this service.

The AGM was informative and resulted in several new members for the PCC Mark Gregory was congratulated for his excellent work as warden. Philip Turner, church treasurer presented his report, preceded by news that our Parish Share for 2007 had been paid in full and other outstanding debts written off, news which was greeted enthusiastically. The buffet lunch organised by Jane Venables and helpers concluded the day’s events.


Morning worship at the United Church Marsden included Holy Communion with the Rev Sue Pegg. The reader was Jean Broome and the organist was Christine Gledhill. Next week is Cuckoo Day.

Morning Communion service pre-blessing at St Bartholomew’s Church, Marsden was held by the Rev G Clay, administrated by Geoffrey Holroyd, Elizabeth Knight and David Fisher. Reader was David Corpe, prayers Joyce Pogson and Sidespeople were Elsie Lingard and Alan Muskett. Coffee was served by junior church members.

Veterans week for the British Legion is coming up on June 21 - 28. On Friday June 27, Kali Mountford MP is holding an event at Marsden British Legion from 2.30 - 3.30pm with refreshments and light entertainment. Veterans are entitled to a veterans badge. Anyone who would like one should contact Kali Mountford MP at 23 Carr Lane, Slaithwaite, HD7 6AG or call 840100.


Bible class at Milnsbridge Christadelphians was with Mr P Barrett from Milnsbridge. The subject was The Cities of Refuge.

On Sunday evening Mr B Harris from Grimsby gave a talk entitled ‘The love of power, or the power of love?’

Thirty-one members of Milnsbridge Over 60s club enjoyed a week in Weston-super-Mare on their annual holiday. An added bonus was sunshine every day!

Sunday service at Milnsbridge Baptist Church was taken by the Rev Mike Roberts. The theme of the service was Jeremiah and the reading was from chapter two, verses 1-13.

On Tuesday at 10am, Little Fishes for mothers and young children will welcome new members and on Thursday from 5pm Smartie Party (for school age children) will continue to offer entertainment and amusement.

This Sunday’s service at Milnsbridge Baptist Church will be led by Mike Smith, a well-known retired local preacher.


A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church. In the chair Jean Johnson and the pianist was Joan Williams. The secretary Freda Lloyd chaired the AGM. Refreshments were served by Betty Sykes and Barbara Beaumont.

A flower arranging demo by Karen Longbottom of Finishing Touches on Thursday raised £171 towards funding a young Guide guider taking 8 Guides to the World Guiding Camp in India.

On Sunday, Nora Beaumont, Joan Williams and Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to a baptism service. Preacher Peter Beckford baptised Reo Patrick, son of Matthew and Naomi Quarmby. The organist was Kenneth Rothery. Coffee was served after the service followed by a general church meeting.


Upper Slaithwaite Church held a family service on Sunday. The christening ceremony for Bertie William Watson was taken by the Rev Robin Townsend. The pianist for the service was Margaret Cook and coffee was served to members of the congregation after the service.