Mrs Kath Beetlestone led worship at the Methodist Church when Mrs Eileen Littlewood read the lesson and played the piano.
Parish communion for St James’ Day at St George's Church Brockholes was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. June Spencer read the lesson and Rosalind Watt was the server. Verena Wood played the organ.
The Rev Geoff Bamford celebrated midweek Eucharist at St David's Church. Friday evening prayers were led by Ian Gold.
The Rev Di Ellerton conducted parish Eucharist on Sunday when lessons were read by Chris Carpenter and Fanny Daley. Intercessions were led by Thelma Nelson and the organist was Eddie Purcell.
A children's activity afternoon was held on Thursday in the parish hall when more than 30 youngsters enjoyed a range of craft activities, a game of Beetle and a ‘Big Tea’. The Wednesday lunch and Over 60s Club meeting was also held.
The Eighth Sunday after Trinity was celebrated at Holmfirth Holy Trinity Church with 8am Holy Communion the Rev John Capstick was the celebrant and Maureen Smelt was the reader. There was also a Parish Eucharist at 10.30am when the Rev Keith Griffin was the celebrant. Keith was assisted with the chalice by Carlton Tinsdeall. Doreen Hinchliffe read from Hosea 1 v2-10 and Keith led the Intercessions. The Music Group played during the service and Lizzie Hayward played the organ. Ann Holmes and Kay Booth were sidesmen. Richard and Elizabeth Sheard served coffee after the service. Keith spoke about the power of prayer and how prayer is good for us. God wants our prayers and we should not be afraid of starting with ourselves.
Mr Graham Berry gave a talk entitled Metals at a meeting of Honley Probus Club. Using a Powerpoint presentation, Mr Berry explained recent developments in the textile industry, making use of yarn extracted from the fibres found in stalks of the common nettle to produce heavy duty cloth for upholstery. The use of a hitherto useless plant as an alternative source of textiles captured the imagination of the audience and prompted many questions. The vote of thanks was proposed by Reg Hobson.
Parish Eucharist at St Mary's Church included the baptism of Ethan William North, the son of Sarah and Wayne. The choir sang a baptismal hymn. The service was led by the Rev David Barnes. John Ambler read the lesson and intercessions were led by Pauline Ellis and Bob Etherington. The organist was Jean Chadwick.
The Yorkshire Traction Honley Band had a different sort of practice on Monday evening, instead of playing in the band room for two hours they played on a hillside above Holmfirth spreading their music across the valley. The band was playing at the home of their hard working secretary Mr Peter Large who was celebrating his 80th Birthday. Family, friends and neighbours listened to the band and enjoyed each other’s company. The band’s new conductor Wayne Bostwick not only conducted the band he also made Peter a special birthday cake in the band’s colours. After the band had played Noeline, Peter’s wife and her helpers served supper and drinks to the band and their guests and a very pleasant evening was had by all.
The weekly Upperthong Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday was held at the home of Sue and Graham Dawson. Midweek communion was led by the Rev Maureen Read. Lunch followed in the meeting room.
Holy communion at Upperthong St John's Church was conducted by the Rev Di Ellerton, who read the gospel and preached the sermon. The readers were Angela and Peter Cole. Val Shuttleworth led prayers and assisted with the chalice. Ian Greenhalgh was the organist. Refreshments were served afterwards by Hilary Roberts. A healing service was held in the afternoon led by the Rev Di Ellerton.
Morning worship at the Wooldale Methodist Church was led by the Rev Tim Moore and Nigel Morris was the organist.