The July 14 meeting of Brockholes WI took place in the Methodist Church parlour at 7.30pm. The speaker for this month was Peter Bottomley, a retired senior detective in the West Yorkshire Police Force, who spoke on Murder and DNA. Peter spoke about his career dealing with murder cases – some which were very high profile – and the many changes over the years. One was after the discovery of DNA, and then its collection and analysis in the detection of murders. He described how it started in the early nineties and the length of time it took to process DNA from crime scenes, and how quickly it is processed now to help with convictions. His talk also included some very amusing incidents and coincidences which occurred during his career. Zita Crossley thanked Peter for a very interesting talk, and Margaret Lawson won the competition for a crime novel title.
Mr Granville Dews led worship at the Methodist Church when his two granddaughters, Katherine and Abigail, read the lessons. His son-in-law, Paul Jackson, played guitar. The pianist was Mrs Kath Gaukrodger.
The Rev David Barnes celebrated Holy Communion and holy baptism at St George’s Church on Sunday. The candidates for baptism were Alfie Jake Whiteley, the son of Ian; and Leanne Marie and Anne Lesley Napthine. Jean Spencer read the lesson and the vicar read the Parable of the Weeds from St Matthew's Gospel. In his sermon, the vicar compared the wheat and the weeds with the struggle of good and evil. Mr and Mrs Martin Dove were sidesmen and Mr and Mrs R Kenworthy assisted the vicar in the communion and the baptisms. Miss Verena Wood played the organ. Refreshments were served afterwards.
Parish Eucharist was celebrated by the Rev John Capstick on Sunday morning. The reader was Joan Warrender, prayers were led by Stella Southam and the guest organist was Noel Clarke.
Holmbridge Women's Institute met on Monday when Cynthia Thewlis gave a talk entitled From Sheep to Shawl.
The Over 60s enjoyed their annual summer lunch at Compo’s Cafe, Holmfirth.
Midweek Holy Communion at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Judith Kenworthy when lessons were read by Ian Gold. Friday evening prayers were led by Ian Gold.
The Monkey Business mother and toddler group held its annual summer outing to the Kirklees Light Railway. The free lunches were served at the church followed by the over 60s club. The Tumble Tots met on Thursday.
Early communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford. The Rev Nick Heaton led parish Eucharist when the preacher was Roger Pullen. Lessons were led by Judith Bamford and John Parker. Intercessions were led by Thelma Nelson and the crèche and junior church were led by Margaret Cullen, Helen Milner, John and Becky Burdon, Andy and Elizabeth Bounds. The organist was Eddie Purcell.
Family communion at St Mary’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Margaret Hay read the lesson and the organist was Michael Clarke.
On Sunday, the service at the Methodist Church was conducted by the Rev Laura Hardy. Edward and Amy Booth welcomed the congregation at the door and Christine Lockwood was the organist . Roger Snow read from Genesis chapter 28, verses 10- 19 and Psalm 139 verses 1-12 and 23 and 24.Š From these readings the theme for the sermon was We Can Find God in any PlaceŠ The Sunday School was taken by Christa Lorna and Amy with support from Sylvia Parker. Coffee and biscuits were served by Margaret HillŠ and Cynthia Osborne .
The Tuesday prayer breakfast was held at the home of Pat and Les Hopkins. Midweek communion at St John’s Church was conducted by the Rev Di Ellerton, who was also celebrant. A faith lunch followed in the meeting room.
Holy communion at St John’s Church was led by the Rev Di Ellerton, who read the gospel, preached the sermon and was celebrant. The readers were Hilary Roberts and Bill Brown. Mr Brown also assisted with the chalice. Prayers were led by Les Walton. The organist was Ian Greenhalgh. Refreshments were served afterwards by Ruth Schorah. A retiring collection was taken for the Horn of Africa Crisis.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Marina Woodhead. Worshippers were joined by members from Lane Bottom. Nigel Morris was the organist. Coffee and biscuits were served afterwards.