Members of St George’s Church celebrated St George two weeks after St George’s Day. The celebrations started with a short Celtic communion service celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Elizabeth Mosley was the server and the reader was Rosalind Watt. The service was followed by a procession around the village, led by the now traditional dragon, carried by the young people of the AD Group.

A barbecue and children’s activities were organised by the Drake and Coldwell families. Hot and cold drinks were served by Joan, Alison and Josephine. Vintage Brass played items to entertain those present. The celebrations concluded with another short service, this time featuring an enactment of the story of St George by the young people, who also sang two items. The pianist for the day was Verena Wood.

The village and church organisations each decorated a window in the church on the theme of Colours of May. Each one featured a different colour. Donations were split between church funds and the NSPCC.

Mr Neil Ward led worship at the Methodist Church when the readers were Mrs Jan Gaunt and Mrs Eileen Littlewood. The organist was Mr Noel Clarke.


The annual Band Sunday service will be held at Hade Edge Methodist Church on Sunday May 22 at 2.30pm. The service will be led by the Rev Richard Thompson and Hade Edge Band will play on the lawn. A tea will be served afterwards. All are invited to attend.

Two daffodil open days at Syke House Farm at the end of March have raised £170 towards the Japanese and New Zealand earthquake appeals. Thanks go to all those who supported the events.


Midweek Communion at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Bamford. Lessons were read by Ian Gold.

Meetings of the Monthly Business, Tumble Tots and Free Lunch and Over 60s Club were held during the week. Friday evening prayers were led by Carolyn Burley.

On Sunday the congregation of St David’s Church attended the Upper Holme Valley Folk Festival service at Holmfirth Parish Church.


The service for the third Sunday of Easter was a special teamŠservice to celebrate the Holmfirth Festival of Folk and was led by Rev Sean Robertshaw. The theme for the service was Journeys and the readings by Val Clarke and Mike Smithers, Mike’s address and the activities undertaken by the children all centred around this theme. The worship group Outcry led the music and Wendy Arrowsmith, one of the festival performers, sang her own composition: Isaac.ŠIntercessions were led by Rev Charlotte Lorimer of Holmfirth Methodist Church and the sidesmen were Richard and Elizabeth Sheard, Keith and Barbara Jones, Kay Booth and Linda Smithers.ŠThe collection from today's serviceŠwill be donated to Christian Aid.

Today, Saturday, there will be a special event Arms Around the World to highlight the work of Christian Aid during Christian Aid Week. This will take place in church from 11am - 3pm.


Chairman Maurice Harper introduced Tony Burkitt as speaker at a meeting of the Probus Club. Using twin projectors, Mr Burkitt gave an illustrated account of the Canyon Lands of the Western USA. Bill Sewell proposed the vote of thanks.

Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Graham Wardman read the lessons and intercessions were led by Diana and Huw Griffiths. The organist was Jean Cheeseman.


On Sunday May 8 the Scholes Methodist Church congregation wasŠled with a call to worship by Paul Rand. Margaret Hill read the lesson from Luke 24 v 13-35 and Barbara Horn was organist. Hilary and Roger Deakin served coffee and biscuits after the children returned into church and demonstrated their lesson learned about ‘David the King’ in Junior Church.


The Tuesday morning prayer breakfast was held at the home of the Dawsons.

On Wednesday evening, the Spiritual Forum met under the leadership of Les Hopkins. A group also helped to clean up the surroundings of St John’s Church.

Midweek Communion at St John’s Church was led by the Rev Val Clarke. Lunch followed in the meeting room.

Members of St John’s Church attended the Folk Festival service at Holy Trinity Church, Holmfirth.


It was a pleasure to welcome lay preacher Hesta Deacon to St Mary’s Church on Sunday. She led morning worship and preached on Jesus appearing to his disciples after his resurrection. Lessons were read by Liz Pearson, who also played the organ.

On the following Sunday, the Rev Judy Kenworthy led a service of Holy Communion and gave a talk on The Road to Emmaus. Margaret Trayte assisted with the chalice and Jenny Shaw read the lessons.

On Saturday morning, Norman Braithwaite hosted a coffee morning and bring-and-buy stall at Fourways, Netherthong. The event was well supported and visitors also enjoyed light lunches in the ‘pavilion’. Proceeds were for St Mary’s funds.


The service on Sunday at Wooldale Methodist Free Church was led by Mrs Margaret Tinker. Her readings were taken from Psalms and from Mathew. In her talk she gave various illustrations of the good shepherd. The organist was Mr Peter Coldwell.

Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by the Rev Tim Moore. The organist was Nigel Morris.