The May meeting of Brockholes WI was held in the Methodist Church parlour. President Zita Crossley chaired the meeting to discuss and vote on this year’s resolutions for the AGM at Liverpool arena. Speaker this month was Graham Barraclough, whose subject was That’s Entertainment. Graham gave a brief history of his working life as children’s entertainer and previously for many years in charge of light entertainment for Kirklees, booking acts from home and abroad for town hall concerts, firework displays and entertainment for open air venues around Kirklees. Graham spoke of many very amusing incidents which happened at various times in his career, Nancy Greenwood thanked the speaker for his lively and entertaining talk, and the meeting closed with a faith supper and plant stall.

The Good Shepherd was the theme of the parish communion service at St George’s Church on Sunday. The service was led by the Rev David Barnes assisted by Mrs Rosalind Watt. Mrs Watt read the lesson from Acts on a letter from Peter referring to the early church as a tight community, a fold. The vicar read the gospel from St John in which Jesus describes himself as the gatekeeper of the sheep fold only admitting members of his flock to enter. The vicar continued the theme in his sermon. Mr Noel Clark was the organist and Mr and Mrs Wharton were the sidesmen.

Mr Paul Joseph led worship at the Methodist Church. He was assisted by Mr Granville Dews and the readers were Mrs Jan Gaunt and Mrs Eileen Littlewood. Mr Michael Brown was the organist.


The Rev Geoff Bamford celebrated Parish Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday morning. Special prayers for Christian Aid Week were led by Louise Vigor; the reader was Jim Selkirk and the organist was Jane Robertson.Sunday School was led by Chris Fletcher and Rebecca Battye.

On Tuesday evening, Hilary Fletcher and Sheena Blunden attended a service at St John’s Church, Lepton where, along with other churchwardens in the Deanery, they were sworn in as churchwardens at Hepworth Church for the coming year.


Members of Holmbridge Women's Institute met on Monday for a resolutions meeting.

Midweek Holy Communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Nick Heaton when lessons were read by Ian Gold. The service was followed by a meeting of the Monkey Business group, the free lunch and over 60s club. Friday evening prayers were led by the Rev Geoff Bamford.

Sunday early communion at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Nick Heaton, who also celebrated parish Eucharist when lessons were read by Dale Woods and Sally Darley. Intercessions were led by Thelma Nelson and the chalice was administered by Dorothy Parker. The crèche leaders were Dale and Helen Woods, Kathryn Kingdom and Alan Sykes. The organist was Jean Chadwick.


A service at Holmfirth Methodist Church on Sunday, May 15, was led by Jo Rand. There was a very unusual opening to the service as two ladies were each about to celebrate their 90th birthdays, Joan Hulse and Doris Littlewood. Margaret Hinchliffe gave them each some lovely flowers and after lots of applause a rousing Happy Birthday was sung. The service which followed was marking the start of Christian Aid Week. Jo Rand asked everyone to think about how much they were involved with Christian Aid and asked them to discuss with people sitting near how they first became interested enough to support the work it was doing. This week will be very busy for many people in the church who each year collect from different areas of the town allotted to them. During the service members were shown a short film illustrating many ways that Christian Ad is working to help people to work their way out of poverty by teaching them new skills and helping to transform the communities they live in. Jo reminded everyone that it was also Vocation Sunday and that this did not just refer to what work we did but other things we were “called” to do. The service ended with a hymn An Army of ordinary people which seemed to fit the message very aptly.


Family communion at St Mary’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Margaret Wainwright read the lesson and intercessions were led by Jane Wardman. On Sunday afternoon, the Rev David Barnes baptised Jack Leonard Pearce, the son of Joanne and Daniel, and Samuel Everett Jackson Furness, the son of Vicky and Craig. The organist for the day was Vernon Briggs.


An appreciative audience were entertained by The Accord Singers, a choir of 18 harmony singers, under their musical director, Graham Sorrell in a concert at Meltham Parish Church ( St Bartholomew's) on Saturday. Their programme included sacred, traditional and light music from the shows, interspersed with readings, poetry and humour by members of the choir. More than £400 was raised for church funds.


Last Sunday May15 Lorna Stanley and Sally Dudley welcomed the congregation to a service at Scholes Methodist Church led by the Rev John Hardy. His sermon was based on the reading fromŠ John 10 v1-10 " I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly "ŠŠ Other readings in the service were from 1st Book of Peter chapter 2 v 19-25Šand Psalm 23Š read by Cynthia Osborne. The organist was Christine Lockwood. In the afternoon the Procession of Witnesses was led by Hade Edge Band where the members of the church sang a collection of hymns at various places around the village .Tea was served in church by Sunday school teachers and the evening service was accompanied by Hade Edge Band and led by the Rev Tim Moore.


In May the Wilshaw Village Institute met in the village hall for their Spring Lunch. Caterer Rachael had prepared a delicious buffet meal which everyone appreciated. Members then took their seats to enjoy some toe-tapping music on a theme of Music Around the World played by Eddie Armitage wth his violin and the piano accordion of Jon Tyler. Mrs Shaw thanked them for a delightful concert of folk music.


Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Kath Beetlestone, who preached on Christian Aid. The organist was Nigel Morris.