The Rev David Priestall led the harvest festival service at the Methodist Church. He also baptised Samuel John Mallinson. The readers were Janet Grant and Jan Gaunt. The organist was Noel Clarke.

Parish communion for the harvest at St George’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Margaret Kenworthy read the lesson and Roger Kenworthy was the server. Verena Wood played the organ.

During Sunday afternoon, the vicar led the Harvest Songs of Praise, at which parishioners welcomed members of Brockholes Methodist Church and the choir from Brockholes School. The choir sang three pieces conducted by Paul Author and accompanied by Verena Wood on the piano. Lessons were read by Granville Dews. A dramatic reading was given by Rosalind Watt and Margaret and Roger Kenworthy. The organist was Noel Clarke. The theme for the day was thanksgiving and sharing. Collections were made for the Pakistan flood relief fund. Members of both churches also brought gifts to be distributed to people in need by the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield.


An evening of Ballads, Songs and Snatches was provided by the Huddersfield Gilbert and Sullivan Society on Saturday evening in Hepworth Church.

The Rev Keith Griffin celebrated parish Eucharist at Hepworth Church on Sunday morning. The reader was Stella Southam and the organist was Jane Robertson. Prayers, led by Richard Southam, included a special prayer for Mary McRiner who, after 60 years living in Hepworth, was moving away to Derbyshire to be near family and who would be missed dearly by members of the whole community.

Midweek Communion was celebrated on Wednesday morning in Hepworth Church and that same morning, the monthly charity coffee morning was in aid of the Church of England’s Children’s Society.


Members of the Camera Club met for a digital competition entitled Steam, which was won by Gill Sharpe.

On Tuesday, a harvest service was held for the Little Gang pre-school group children and their parents.

Midweek communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Nick Heaton. Ian Gold read the lessons. Friday evening prayers were led by Carolyn Burley. Meetings of the Monkey Business, Tumble Tots and Free Lunch and Over 60s Club were held during the week.

Parish Eucharist at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Nick Heaton. Lessons were read by Dale Woods and Thelma Nelson. Thelma Nelson also led intercessions. Helen Woods administered the chalice and the creche and junior church was led by Kathryn Kingdom. The organist was Jean Chadwick.


The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity was celebrated at Holy Trinity with 8am Holy Communion which was led by Rev Keith Griffin and 10.30 am Parish Eucharist which was led by Rev Val Clarke. David Billington and Linda Smithers read from 2 Timothy ch2 v 8-15 and Brian Shaw led the Intercessions. Linda Smithers also assisted with the chalice. Raymond and Susan Steele were sidepersons and Mike and Linda Smithers served coffee after the service. Ian Greenhalgh was the organist. Louise Davies and Barbara Jones led the Sunday Club in the Gallery Room.


Members of the Probus Club congratulated Stephen Craven, who was providing coffee at the club's meeting at the community centre in celebration of his 70th birthday. Acting chairman Viv Flynn introduced speaker Eddie Spence, of Leeds Audio Visual Society, who presented a series of home-produced videos with commentary. A variety of short items included a life of painter El Greco, scenes from Wharfedale and winter frost in a Leeds park. Jack Littlewood proposed the vote of thanks.

Parish Eucharist at St Mary’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Shirley Turner read the lesson and the organist was Jean Cheeseman.

Mrs Beryl Smith was the speaker at a meeting of St Mary's Mothers’ Union. In her talk, Life After Teaching, she explained how she became involved as a local councillor. Jennie Waid proposed the vote of thanks.


Meltham WI held their meeting on October 5, which was chaired by the President Ann Dick. The tea ladies for the evening were Zena Firth and Josie Beevers. The speaker was Fred Butler, whose talk was entitled Down the Ginnel – More Shoddy Town Talks. This was very entertaining when he told members tales of his life when he wandered around the county and attended various schools. He has also written a book about his travels. The vote of thanks was proposed by Jean Howard. The raffle, organised by Ann Kaye, was won by Jenny Hobbs


The Tuesday prayer breakfast was held at the home of the Dawsons. In the evening, a concert at St John’s Church was given by Jeff Milners and Friends and Holme Valley Singers mixed choir.

Midweek communion at St John's Church was led by the Rev Di Ellerton. A faith lunch followed in the meeting room afterwards.

Family communion at St John’s Church was conducted by the Rev Keith Griffin, who read the gospel, preached the sermon and was celebrant. The readers were Sarah Drummond and Bill Brown. Philip Broadbent assisted with the chalice. June Asquith was the organist and refreshments were served afterwards by Ruth Schorah.


The harvest festival service at Wooldale Methodist Free Church on Sunday was led by Anne Leigh, who took the word ‘harvest’ to give various illustrations of how we can share our harvest with others less fortunate than ourselves. Her reading was taken from John. The theme for the window decorations this year was various hymns chosen by the person or persons doing their own particular window. A buffet lunched was served afterwards, which was prepared by the ladies of the church. The organist was Mr Colin Hudson.

Members of the Methodist Church joined with the Free Church for a harvest service. The preacher was Ann Lee.