The Luncheon Club was very busy with 19 covers, just one of which was a takeaway. A surprise birthday cake was made for Joan. The menu for next Thursday, July 28, is gammon and pineapple followed by plum crumble.

This month’s Quiz Night will be on Friday July 29.

Brian Kaye took the Sunday church service. He told the young people about buying a new mobile phone. He couldn’t work the phone so he took it back to the shop where the salesman couldn’t work it either – ‘it wasn’t fit for purpose’. He asked ‘Are you fit for God’s purpose?’ He read psalm 139 which tells us that God knows all about us. He talked about the words omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. God is everywhere, all powerful and knows everything. The family service will be taken by John Blamires of the Gideons.


Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by church member Beryl Holt, who is also a local preacher serving the church and local community. Beryl spoke of God’s care for all the community of God’s people whoever we are. The Old Testament reading from Jeremiah was given by Fred Green and the reading from Ephesians by Lucie Froggatt. The stewards were Betty Booth and Maxine Lodge, who also gave coffee and biscuits, served up after the service. The gift of flowers for the communion table was from Linda Flack.

The monthly coffee morning was held on Saturday, bacon sandwiches were also on sale, cooked and served by Wendy Barber. The cake stall, bookstall, and Traidcraft display were popular. Proceeds were for church funds and Traidcraft.

The afternoon fellowship held their annual tea last Tuesday and £60 was raised for the World Mission Fund.

Parish Communion on Sunday at All Saints Church was led by Rev Joy Cousans. During the service Luca was baptised. Readings were by Edward Toulson and Jean Newby from Genesis 28 (verses 10-19a) and the Gospel of Matthew 13 (verses 31-33) respectively. The parable of the Yeast was the starting point for the children and indeed the adults in the Rev Joy’s talk. The addition of yeast into a mixture of flour and water, with added salt and sugar is what makes a loaf of bread, without it, the bread is a disappointment. The Rev Joy likened the yeast to the spirit of Jesus, with it, a person becomes complete. Prayers for the wider world were written and delivered by Kath and Brendan McDaid. Music during the service was provided by Jonathan Newcombe and Gillian Hamer. During the distribution of communion, members of the choir sang an arrangement of the words – ‘There’s a wideness in God’s mercy’. Refreshments for all were served by Marjorie Brown and Stephanie Spence after the service.

A car treasure hunt is to take place from Cawthorne Green triangle on Saturday evening, July 23 starting at 6pm. More details in church and around the village.

Small areas of High Hoyland graveyard continue to be cleared. The next session will be on Sunday, August 7 starting at 1.30pm. The general public should be aware that all memorial stone is now marked with Smart Water.


The story of Joseph was the theme of the activities and stories at Sunday morning’s Sunday School at Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel. Tom Richardson was the speaker at the evening service when he spoke about the Holy Trinity. The pianist was Robert Nuttall.


Kirklees Faith Forum, a three-day festival celebrating hidden multi faith treasures, an event which St Michael’s Church Emley took part in was held Friday Saturday and Sunday. Twenty six parish churches, five Methodist churches, one United Reform, two Quaker Meeting Houses a Sikh temple, a Hindu temple and a Bahai Faith centre took part, they were open for visitors to learn more about their faith and customs. St Michael’s is a 14th century grade 1 listed building and five years ago was re-ordered resulting in a superb versatile building used by the village community.

On Sunday morning the Rev Ann Young celebrated Holy Communion and led prayers at an All Age Worship Service. Gill Marsh led the service and Malcolm Jessop was organist. Evelyn Barrow gave the talk based on Matthew 13 versus 24-43 in which good seeds of wheat and bad seeds of weeds both grow. In society we need to look for good in all people and although we see the bad we need to forgive just like God would do. We need to turn to God, use prayer make the right choices. The children had written good and bad choices and read them out to the congregation. The service ended with singing Tell Out My Soul. Refreshments were served.


On the fourth Sunday after Trinity, members of All Hallows Parish Church held a special Church 4 All family service at Kirkburton First School. They were welcomed by Mrs Theresa Quarmby. The service was led by the Rev Geoff Clay with the participation of the young people and children from the School. Pastoral minister Mr Malcolm Tibbott gave the reading and in his talk Mr Clay took for his theme, God’s Love is Protection for Us”. Mrs Pat Ellis and Mrs Wendy Crookes performed the duties of sidesmen and music was provided by the Church Music Group. Afterwards the worshippers enjoyed a faith picnic lunch and games in the school field. In the evening Miss Grace Daniels led an informal service of cafe church, “Light”, at the Hub.


Lepton Townwomen’s Guild held their monthly meeting in the Methodist Church. Mrs Peggy Selway presided, Mrs H Wadsworth gave a very good report of the National Council meeting in Birmingham. She was our delegate which she enjoyed very much. Mrs J Mettrick thanked Mrs Wadsworth. Mrs O Allport won the raffle. After the meeting a summer supper was served which everyone enjoyed.


Shelley Over 60s met at the village hall last Thursday. Before the meeting, members held a minute’s silence in respect for Connie Roberts who passed away recently. The whist high of 89 was won by Wendy Kettlewell and the low of 64 went to Marion Kelly from nine tables. The bingo line was won by Pauline Workman and the full house by Gordon Burgin. There was no winner for three numbers on one card so it carried forward. Members celebrated the birthdays of Eunice Cull, Jo Morrison, Elaine Farrar, Marjorie Trotter, Les Mettrick and Alan Farrar. Raffle prizes were won by Vera Wilkinson, Gerald Ibbotson, Dorothy Jessop, Sheila Morris, Fred Huddle and May Elliott.


Mrs Carol Senior was leader at the morning service at the Wesleyan Reform Church. Members of the congregation gave readings and prayers. Mr John Orton was the organist.

On Sunday last at the Methodist Church the service of worship was led by Mr Ian Morris of Cawthorne. He assured everyone that, through suffering, God is always with us. Appropriate Bible lessons were read by Jennifer Brooks and Clare Dodsley who was also the steward. The music group accompanied one hymn and Christine Senior was organist.

On Monday evening the Wives Group enjoyed an interesting talk by Deacon Jane Paine who told of her Christian journey, which began when she was nine years old and at school in Scotland, when she began to read the Bible. Eventually she married and Jane, along with her family, has lived and worked in many places, including Georgia in the USA, where she found life culturally different from here. Upon her return to the UK she decided to commence training as a local preacher and went on to train for Šthe Methodist Ministry in York. Jane has recently been ordained as a deacon and is now a member of the Methodist Diaconal Order and to mark the occasion she was presented with the silver Diaconal Cross. She continues to work in the Denby Dale and Clayton West Methodist Circuit. Jane’s ordination has made her realise the person she is called to be is ‘deacon shaped’. She explained that being a deacon is about working on the edge of the church and her aim is to find ways of reaching out to the people in theŠ community. Her story was interspersed with hymns that were special to her at each stage of herŠ spiritual journey, with a verse of each chosen hymn being sung by members of the Wives’ group. One special hymn she chose was ‘Will you come and follow me if I call your name?’ and Jane encouraged us all to be the person that God wants us to be. Hosts for the evening were Mildred Smith, Barbara Casson and Pat Hirst who also provided refreshments. Christine Senior was the pianist.