Gammon and pineapple went down well at the Luncheon Club in the village hall. On Thursday October 8 it will be roast beef and Yorkshire pudding followed by rice pudding.

The Race Night at the Dogs was well attended with hopes that there will be another one – watch out for notices.

Dirty Dancing is the main film on Friday October 9 at 8.30pm with Life of Brian showing in the bar area. Supper will be available.

Sunday service was taken jointly by Robert Halmshaw and Malcolm Jacobs. Malcolm asked the young people ‘What’s special about this Sunday?’ Only one in the congregation knew that it was ‘Back to Church Sunday’ when church goers were encouraged to get lapsed church goers to give church a try again. He read and discussed Psalm 85. He showed six ways how God demonstrates his mercy – Reconciliation v1, Redemption v2, Restoration v4, Revival v6, Relationship v10 &11 and Rewards v8 – peace and v12 fruitfulness. Next week’s service will be a Communion and Worship service.

The hospice support group served interval refreshments and sold cakes and preserves at the Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir and Shepley Band concert held in Shepley’s St Paul’s church. An appreciative audience help the group to raise £303. A Beetle Drive will be held in the Village Hall today (Saturday) from 6.30pm. Coffee and lunches will be served in the Church Hall on Saturday October 24 from 11am.


Morning Worship at All Saints’ Church, Clayton West, on Sunday was a lay-led service. The congregation experienced a Celtic form of service interlaced with information about the five-year transformational plan for the church. The plan is based upon five aspects of the church’s work – worship, prayer and spirituality, community service, evangelism and outreach, care and fellowship. Cathy Reardon led the service, supported by Rev Joy Cousans, Raymond Parker and Gillian Hamer, who was also the organist. The reading from Paul’s letter to James was delivered by Wynn Leake. Refreshments after the service were served by Wynn Leake and Stephanie Spence.

Next Sunday, October 4 is a double celebration of Harvest Festival and Back to Church Sunday, to which families, friends and neighbours are all invited. Details of gifts for the Harvest Festival are available from all church members, or are listed in the building.


The Children's Friday Club at the Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel commenced its Autumn season on Friday evening. The Sunday School met on Sunday morning and thought about welcoming people into church and commenced work on a harvest welcome banner. Mike Hopcroft led evening worship and Robert Nuttall was the preacher when he spoke about how Jesus is always searching for all who do not follow Him.


Susan McPherson welcomed worshippers to the service of Sung Eucharist in All Hallows Parish Church on the 13th Sunday after Trinity. Reader Janet Roberts was the leader and prayers of intercession were led by pastoral minister, Betty Cross. Sue Whitcroft gave the readings for the day from the fifth chapter of the Letter of St James and from the ninth chapter of the Gospel according to St Mark. The Rev Graham Whitcroft was the preacher and in his sermon took for the theme The Need for Silence and Prayer in our Busy Lives. Rachael Atkinson and Annie Donaldson took up the chalice and paten and Mrs Roberts and Mrs Cross assisted Mr Whitcroft at the distribution. Jean Sutcliffe and Joanne Smith performed the duties of sidesman and organised the taking of the collection. After the service members of the congregation were invited to stay and enjoy refreshments served by Pauline Pinder.

In the evening Miss Sandra Spivey of the Salvation Army led a special service of Worship Together. She took for her theme Bread of Heaven which was illustrated with a selection of readings from the Bible. Doreen Barraclough was the organist for the day.


Shelley Over 60s Club held their weekly meeting in the Village Hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Ken Cassinelli and the full house by Colin Littlewood. The first three numbers were shared by Arthur Pollard and Dora Sanders. The whist high of 88 was won by Dora Sanders and the low of 66 went to Bessie Exley and Gordon Burgin from seven-and-a-half tables. Members wished a happy birthday to Ted Blythe, John Robertshaw, Gordon Ellis and Joan Horne, who was presented with a bouquet to celebrate her 80th birthday. The winner of this month’s minibus draw was no 265 – Joyce Secker. Raffle prizes were won by Nancy Lear, Mary Hobson, Dorothy Jessop, Kathleen Proctor and Harry Rose. On Wednesday September 23 a party of 52 thoroughly enjoyed a performance of The Sound of Music at the Bradford Alhambra.


Sunday September 20 at Shepley Methodist Church was Back to Church Sunday with the theme Come As You Are. Members of the congregation varied from pyjamas to evening dress. The service was led by Mrs Barbara Rochester. Next Sunday at 11am is harvest thanksgiving with a speaker from WaterAid taking part in the service. All are welcome.