Musical Memories was the title of a talk given to Brockholes Women’s Institute by Noel Clark in the Methodist Church parlour last Thursday. This was a very enjoyable and relaxing evening of both classical and popular music punctuated with Noel's memories of his career as a musician and teacher, and the concerts he has been involved with at churches, cathedrals and schools.Margaret Lawson thanked Noel for such an entertaining evening.

Parish Communion at St George’s Church was celebrated by Dean Henry Stapleton, whose address focused on God’s Generosity. Jean Spencer read the lesson and the server was Rosalind Watt. Verena Wood played the organ.

Denise Yeadon led worship at the Methodist church. Paul Grant read the lesson and pianist was Kath Gaukroge.


The Parish Gala – will be held on Saturday July 26 at the Parish Community Centre (formerly Crow Edge Community Centre) between 2pm and 5pm. Fun for all the family will include, refreshments, cake stall, tombola, mega raffle, fire engine, Woodhead Mountain Rescue, Classic cars, Rolling Thunder and many more. All welcome.

On Saturday August 2 the Gala 70s Disco will be held from 7.30pm until late again in the Parish Community Centre (formerly Crow Edge Community Centre).Tickets (£4 adults, £2 children) include 70’s style buffet supper and are available at Gala or from Mrs B Cockburn, Bookings Clerk, 01226 762533. Overnight camping allowed if required. All proceeds go back to the community.


Despite many of the congregation being involved in the preparation for the Garden Trail in the afternoon, there was a large number of people, including many children, at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday morning. The Rev Keith Griffin celebrated parish Eucharist and Hilary Fletcher assisted with the chalice. The organist was Jane Robertson.

Hundreds of people flocked to the village on Sunday for the sixth biennial Hepworth Garden Trail. Twenty gardens were open to the public, lunches were served in the village hall and many of the gardens served refreshments. A substantial sum of money was raised for church funds.

On Friday evening, film-goers met at the village hall to enjoy My Summer of Love, a film about a holiday romance, set in Heptonstall. The film club are having a break in August and the season restarts in September.


Get to grips with a range of fascinating animals – possibly including snakes, tarantulas, lizards, scorpions, millipedes and giant snails at a ZooLab workshop at Holmfirth Library at 1pm on Thursday July 24. Booking is essential. Phone 222500 for more details.

Elijoy and the band led praise and worship at Holmfirth Christian Centre’s Sunday morning service held at the Phoenix Centre. Dave Newman preached on the topic How Salty are You? with text taken from Mark and Luke. He explained that everyone is a potential citizen of the Kingdom of God, but to obtain that citizenship we have to accept God in to our lives. He illustrated the qualities of salt, having cleansing, preserving, and flavouring properties, and how those properties can be applied to us as individuals by the grace of God. He continued that we can cleanse, preserve, and flavour one another when we give God the opportunity to reveal His glory through us.

Explorers Sunday school group was led by Denyse Rourke and the youngsters looked at the Ten Commandments starting with a study of no stealing, lying, or killing. Afterwards they were encouraged to draw pictures illustrating ways of how they thought they could please God.On Sunday evening the members of Justified the church youth group gathered for their weekly meeting, and they took part in a Bible Trivia quiz. Boys challenged the girls and each team was given 10 pieces of scripture to locate in their Bibles. Answers led to a common theme which illustrated God’s love for everyone. Afterwards they prayed about what they had learned. On Wednesday evening a newspaper quiz was organised by Becky Gooch and Elijoy Ikunua based on a recent copy of a local paper. There were 25 questions to answer, everyone split in to teams of 2 to search the pages for the answers hidden in the written articles and advertisements. A number of additional challenges were set later for some extra fun, and the evening concluded with refreshments.

Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Barbara Rochester, assisted by one of the church’s worship teams. The Parable of the Sower, narrated by Barbara, was vividly portrayed by children and adults with the help of appropriate props. Farmer Alan Aldred prepared his land and sowed his seeds, which were played by Laura and Nelson Nunez-Mulder and Isaac Robinson. Some seeds which fell on the path, were eaten by birds (Barbara Needham and Pay Heywood); others fell on rocky ground with only thin soil so the young plants quickly dried up when the sun (Betty Roberts) came out as their roots were not deep. Still more seeds fell among thorn bushes (Joan Tolson and Peter Beetlestone) which choked them, but the seeds which fell on good soil, helped by sun and the rain (Sue Aldred) produced a good harvest. The New Testament lessons from Matthew explaining the parable of the sower, was read by Sue Aldred and in her sermon, Barbara Rochester emphasised that God wants us to be like the seeds that fell on good ground. We must hear and understand the message so that our lives will be fruitful. Prayers of intercession were offered by Pat Heywood.

During Holmfirth Artweek, the Methodist Church was used as a Fringe venue for 43 artists who were pleased to welcome 1,750 visitors. As a result £3,258 worth of art was sold, enabling the artists to donate £650 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity was celebrated at Holy Trinity with 8am Holy Communion and 10.30 Parish Eucharist. The Rev Keith Griffin was the celebrant. Linda Whitaker assisted with the chalice, Sue Winter read from Romans 8 v1-11 and Brian Shaw led the intercessions. The vicar spoke about parables having a point, requiring either a decision or action on our part The Parable of the Sower and the Seed speaks about when the seed and soil come together then something good happens. Jesus is sowing the seed are we listening and understanding him? Refreshments were served after the service by Alan and Vicky Winpenny. The Magnificent Miniature Exhibition is open in Church from Wednesday-Sunday. All welcome.


A Table Top Olympics – featuring games old and new – is to be held at Honley Library, West Avenue at 2.15pm on Tuesday August 5.

Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church was led by Dean Henry Stapleton. Bob Etherington read the lesson. Intercessions were led by Pat and Cliff Green and organist was Jean Cheeseman.

Members of the Probus Club and their wives enjoyed a trip to North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby, followed by an afternoon in Whitby.


Meltham and Meltham Mills Band will give a free concert in Holmfirth’s Holmeside Gardens on Sunday August 3 between 1 and 4pm.

Oven to Table - Indoor Grill, was held on Sunday at 4 pm in St Bartholomew’s Church Hall. This was an indoor barbecue with a full range of al fresco food but without (in some cases) charred drumsticks and beefburgers. Salads and dressings accompanied the main course and choice of sweet followed, The bar did a steady trade selling alcholic and soft drinks. About 70 people attended and enjoyed good food with chance to have a chat and join in a light hearted quiz to name the nursery rhymes. The event finished at 6.30pm and £370 was raised for church funds.

The Fund Raising Committee of the church met recently to finalise arrangements for the next two events. There will be a Yorkshire Day Celebration on Saturday August 2 at 7.30pm in The Parish Church Hall, Greens End Road (village centre). This will be an evening of music, mirth and lots more with the emphasis on our county. Local man Norman Mellor and his Concert Party plus Peter Mellor and Peter Charles from Brighouse will provide the entertainment. Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding will be served and there will be a bar. Tickets are available from Scotty's Barbers, Market Place, Meltham, price £7 (£6 seniors), which includes supper. Last Night of the Proms will be held on Saturday 11 October 11 at 7.30pm in the church. This popular concert will again feature Meltham and Meltham Mills Band and the guest soloist will be contralto Jane Hobson from Skelmanthorpe, who is well known in local musical circles for her singing and charity fund raising. Tickets will be available in September, price £6 from Scotty's Barbers, Market Place, Meltham.


Midweek Communion at St John’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Banks. A faith lunch was held in the meeting room afterwards.

Family Communion was led by the Rev Di Ellerton, who read the gospel, preached the sermon and was celebrant. Readers were Diana Stockford and Angela Cole. Pat Dixon led prayers and assisted with the chalice. Adam Greenhalgh was the organist.


Sunday’s service at Wooldale Methodist Free Church was led by Steven Turner who took his reading from Judges and read the account of the Gideons, which he then elaborated on in his sermon. The organist was Colin Hudson. There will be no service at the church on Sunday as there is a joint service with friends from Wooldale Methodist Church. The following Sunday they will make a return visit when preacher for that service will be the Rev John Capstick.

Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Michael Tolson and the organist was Sue Ogden. During the evening, members joined worshippers at Scholes for a united service.