Three local youth bands played to a very supportive audience in the village hall last Saturday. A couple of the bands will be playing in the marquee at Birdsedge Festival on the Saturday night, July 9.

Tom Wood took the Sunday service when Michael and Andrew Jacob read the first part of the story of Stephen, from Acts 6. Tom used teapots and water to illustrate how water cannot be poured into the teapot unless the lid is open. We should open our minds to the works of God in the bible, he said. Can we become like Stephen and have ‘a face like the face of an angel’? Mary Heeley read from Acts 7 v 58-60, the stoning of Stephen. At the next service, John Mann will speak about the Nigeria Health Care Project. Using the computer he will show photographs of the latest visit to see how the project is progressing.


Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Samantha Forster, a local preacher in training and this service was for assessment towards accreditation. She spoke at the beginning of Lent how we instead of giving up certain favourite things we should develop our Christian life finding time and space for prayer and service for God, as we are called to follow Christ. At the beginning of the worship Betty Booth offered prayers for Lent and extinguished the second Lenten Candle. Peter Holt read from Romans and Rosalyn Beevers from Mark. Stewards were Joan Bond and Betty Booth. The gift of flowers for the communion table was from Eleanor Speck. After the service coffee and biscuits were served By Lucie Froggatt.

The monthly coffee morning was held last Saturday. Home made cakes were on sale and the Traidcraft stall was popular. An extra stall at the end of 'Traidcraft Fortnight' offered jewellery, children’s gifts, purses, shopping bags and many more items for purchase. Bacon sandwiches were cooked and served by Kath and Fred Green, and enjoyed by many.


The Denby Dale and District Collectors Society held their March meeting at Wakefield Road Methodist Church, Clayton West. The invited guests were the Huddersfield Postcard Society and many members talked about and displayed some small collections. This included perfume bottles, pepper pots, bottle openers, dolls, china and glassware. The evening was enjoyed by all the people attending and was followed by a supper served by the lady members. The next meeting will be on April 14 when Gary Don, auctioneer and valuer, will give a talk and value items brought in that evening. If anyone would like to join the society telephone Diane: 01484 689 505 or Roy: 01924 848 011.

The Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel Denby Dale children’s club was held on Friday evening.

Robert Nuttall was the leader at Sunday morning’s family service. The theme of the service was springtime and new life in Jesus.The Bible was read by James Peace and the members of the Sunday School sang various items. The reception steward was Chloe Ellis.

Phil Hartshorn was the preacher on Sunday evening and he spoke on a Lenten theme. Robert Nuttall was the pianist and Ian Mosley the reception steward.

The Spring Fair will be held on Saturday from 10.30am to 1pm. There will be various stalls a tombola and morning coffee and lunches will be served.


On Tuesday morning family, friends, villagers and members of St Michael’s filled church for the funeral of Gladys Ellam. Gladys had been a devoted worker, supporter, and church warden for many years and will be greatly missed by all.

In the evening the Lent Course, A Way through the Wilderness, was held.

On Sunday morning, Worship for All Eucharist was celebrated by the Rev Ann Young. The Gospel reading from John Chapter 3 was dramatised by Jayne Esther and John Ryder; about Nicodemus, a leading Jew coming to Jesus seeking the Kingdom of Heaven. The Rev John Marsh in his talk was bombarded by many questions from the children who asked “Why don’t people want to know about Jesus?” John replied as Christians we all need to talk of God’s love for all so that we can go out and bring the good news. We need to pray, read the bible and sometimes we need to ask. Gill Marsh led prayers and Carolyn Moore played the piano. In the evening a service of worship was held.


Flockton History Group is on the look out for your old memories of the village and surrounding areas and is also ready to offer advice to those wishing to research their own ancestors. The group is now meeting regularly at Flockton Green WMC at the coffee mornings on Wednesday mornings between 9.30am and noon. Contact Dave Weaver on 01924 840926.


Mrs Theresa Quarmby welcomed the congregation to the service of Sung Eucharist in All Hallows Parish Church on the second Sunday of Lent. The leader and preacher was the Rev Geoff Clay who took for his theme “The possibility of being ‘born again’: the pain and the struggle, but God is there to help us”. The Prayers of Intercession were led by Mrs Quarmby and Mrs Jean Sutcliffe gave the readings for the day from the fourth chapter of St Paul’s letter to the Romans and the third chapter of the Gospel according to St John. The chalice and paten were taken to the altar by Mrs Racheal Atkinson and Mrs Shirley Lingwood. Mr Clay was assisted at the distribution by Mrs Janet Roberts and pastoral minister, Mr Malcolm Tibbott. Mrs Wendy Crookes and Mrs Pat Ellis performed the duties of sidesmen and took up the collection. Mrs Doreen Barraclough and Mrs Atkinson accompanied the singing and after the service, Mrs Phyl Taylor and Mrs Margaret Haigh served refreshments to the worshippers.

In the evening Miss Grace Daniels led the new, special youth-orientated service of Cafe Church, “Light”, with Mrs Vicky Daniels providing the refreshments.


Lepton Townswomen’s Guild held their AGM in the Methodist Church when Hazel Wadsworth presided. Treasurer Glenys Watson and secretary Mrs Wadsworth read their annual reports. The meeting was followed by a quiz, organised by Mr D Mettrick, the husband of one of the members. A meeting was then held to organise officials. Peggy Selway was elected chairman, Hazel Wadsworth secretary, Glenys Watson treasurer and Mrs J Peel vice-chairman. The rest of the committee were re-elected en bloc. Mrs D Fisher was raffle winner.


Members of Shelley Over 60s club held their weekly meeting, last Thursday at the Village Hall. The whist high of 92 was won by Bessie Usher and the low went to Vera Wilkinson from nine tables. Birthday greetings went to Jean Marsland, Wally Usher, Ken Sansom, Gail Banks and Jean Jones. The bingo line was won by Stephen Nixon and the full house by Margaret Haigh. Raffle prizes went to Anne Mathews, Walter Astin, Vera Wilkinson, Greta Hinchliffe, Margaret Laycock, Kathleen Code and Kath Jones. New members Sylvia Richardson, Joan Oversby, Janet Godfrey and Jean Jones were welcomed to the club.


On Sunday last at The Methodist Church, the Readers’ service was led by Rose Merry. In her talk, Rose used a power point presentation (prepared by Stuart Merry) to demonstrate that ‘people following the teachings of Jesus are blessed’. The readers were Jennifer Brooks and Anne Wadsworth, who was also the steward for the service. The congregation accompanied one of the hymns. Christine Senior was the organist.