The Village Hall management meeting was held as usual on the first Tuesday in the month in the bar area at 8pm. Anyone interested in becoming involved with or offering useful information for the hall is welcome at any of the meetings. Maintenance and events for March were discussed.

The lunch event on Saturday was very busy with the volunteers still discovering what people like best. The cake stall and tombola were popular.

The hall will be hosting the Zulus concert on today, Saturday from 7pm. The committee volunteers will be manning the bar and working in the kitchen to provide hot food and home-made cake for the refreshments.

A Band Night will be held on March 19 with Modern Misfits, The Undiscovered and The Flyntz. Age 12 plus for entry, tickets available 07920 179 373. Food and drink will be available.

A large group from St George’s Church in Barnsley were at the church last Saturday for a study day. Their previous visits had to be cancelled because of work in the church. They enjoyed the home-made pies and puddings for lunch served by Tom and Pat Wood but the weather was against them enjoying a walk in the country.

The Sunday service which included communion was taken by Malcolm Jacob. He read John 6 v 25-40 – Jesus the Bread of Life focusing on ‘All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.’

The Church will start saving their ‘give up’ money this week for Lent which will be given to The Leprosy Mission.

Arrangements were made for manning the church today, Saturday March to 3pm when it will be open to visitors. Home-made soup and cakes will be offered without charge. Donations can be given towards further refurbishments. A Spring Fair is being arranged for Saturday April 9.

The beetle drive held in the village hall was quiet, but a good community event for those attending. Jane and Graham were the winners with Jay and Leigh taking prizes for the low number. All raffle prizes were claimed and supper was enjoyed and £53 was raised for the Hospice.


Morning worship at Clayton West Methodist Church was a service leading thoughts to Fairtrade fortnight. It was led by Les Barber and Jane Woodcock. Jane spoke about Traidcraft and how we can support farmers and workers all over the world, by buying their goods and helping to give them a better life. Les preached on the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain top. A lesson from Peter was read by Wendy Barber, and from Mark by Fred Green. Stewards were Betty Booth and Joan Bond. After the service Jane Woodcock served fairly traded coffee and biscuits. On Tuesday last week the group were pleased to welcome Ailsa Horton to the afternoon fellowship. She showed a film and spoke interestingly of a visit to Canada. Refreshments were served after the meeting.

Parish Communion at All Saints Church was celebrated on Sunday by the Rev Joy Cousans. The theme was taken from the reading of ‘The parable of the Talents’. Readings were prepared and delivered by Maureen Brook and Edward Toulson from the second letter of Peter (1:16 - 21) and the Gospel of Matthew 25 (vv 14 – 30). Rev Joy challenged the whole congregation to use their talents well throughout the summer months to raise money for a ‘flush fund’ – the construction of a toilet within the church building. Prayers for the community and the wider world were written and delivered by Brendan McDaid. Both Jonathan Newcombe and Gillian Hamer shared the playing this morning. Stephanie Spence and Marjorie Brown served refreshments to all at the end of the service.


Worship for All at St Michael’s Parish Church was taken by Evelyn Barrow on Sunday morning. Michael Hull read a monologue recounting the story of Peter, James and John going up to the top of the mountain with Jesus when he was transfigured. “His face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as light, Moses and Elijah were talking with Jesus.” The Rev Ann Young dramatised, with the children’s help, the reaction of the disciples. The Rev Christine Bullimore led prayers about Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday March 17 and all received a candle to use during Lent. The children joined in the last hymn playing instruments. Coffee was served. Later Millie Sykes, daughter of Lucy and Simon, was baptised by the Rev John Marsh. In the evening Holy Eucharist was celebrated.

A Lent Course will be held in church on Tuesday evenings at 7.45pm starting March 15 entitled A Way Through the Wilderness, the first session is entitled Embracing Comfort. All Welcome.


Mrs Karen and Miss Helen Phillips welcomed the congregation to a special family service of Church4All at All Hallows Parish Church on the Sunday next before Lent. It was led by the Rev Robert Chambers who took for his theme Lent, Pancakes and the Lenten Disciplines. Mrs Theresa Quarmby led the prayers of Intercession. Music for the service was provided by the Church Music Group. Mrs Joy Elson and Mrs Pauline Pinder performed the duties of sidesmen and took up the collection. After the service the worshippers enjoyed refreshments served by Mrs Joanne Smith and Mrs Jean Sutcliffe.

In the evening the Rev Geoff Clay led a service of Holy Communion and took for his theme, Telling People what we Know. Mrs Pinder gave the reading from the twenty-fourth chapter of the Book of Exodus and Mr Clay read from the twenty-eighth chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew. Mrs Doreen Barraclough was the organist.


Members of Shelley Over 60s resumed their meetings in the Village Hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Dora Sanders and the full house by Linda Brauner. The prize for the first three numbers on one card was carried over until next week because there was no winner. The whist high of 94 was won by Barry Jessop and the low of 57 went to Margaret Laycock from eight tables. A large box of chocolates was presented to Harry Rose to mark his retirement from the committee after 10 years service. Members celebrated the birthdays of Lilian Armitage, Barbara Thompson, Stuart Wadsworth, Ray Spencer, Fran Fieldsend, Ann Littlewood, John Littlewood, Alison Mettrick and members also drank a toast to Fred Huddle who has reached 99. There was a welcome to Tom Williamson as a new member. Raffle prizes were won by Margaret Nixon, Harry Rose, Jean Porter, Vera Wilkinson and Dorothy Jessop.


On Friday March 4, The Women’s World Day of Prayer was celebrated at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church, jointly with the Wesleyan Reform and St Aidan’s Churches. The Rev Ann Sherratt conducted a set service, the theme of which was Bread. The content of the service formed part of the International Women’s World Day of Prayer and followed information from a leaflet which was prepared by the women of Chile. During the service the problems and some solutions of Chile were outlined. Some members of the congregation dressed in the style of the Chilean women whilst Bible readings were given by readers from each church. A collection of £100 was raised for various charities throughout the World. Refreshments were served afterwards.

Sunday at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church saw the beginning of Fair Trade Fortnight. Tom Richardson of Denby Dale used this as his theme. Tom’s power point presentation highlighted people throughout the world who have benefited from the sale of Fair Trade goods. This gives them a chance to make something of their lives and to compete fairly in the commercial market place. Bible readings were given by Rose Merry and John Senior. Stuart Merry was the Steward and Frances Priestnall the organist.

Tickets are now on sale for the pantomime Puss in Boots which is be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday March 17-19 at 7.15pm each evening at the Methodist Church, Pilling Lane, Skelmanthorpe. Tickets priced £5 for adults and £3 for children are available from Essentials shop on Commercial Road, Skelmanthorpe.


Friday night is music night at St Nicholas’ church in Upper Cumberworth. The church will play host to baritone Thom Meredith, organist and pianist Keith Swallow, Woodsome Singers and Woodsome Beck from 7.30pm on Friday, March 18. Entrance is £8 and under 12s are free.