Rev Joy Cousans led the service of Parish Communion on Sunday at All Saints Church, Clayton West. Readings were prepared and delivered by Gillian Hamer and Dolly Bywater from Acts 7 (vv54– end) and the Gospel of John 14(vv1-14) respectively. The Rev Joy spoke to the children on prayer and who this should be for, citing family, advisers, leaders, the poor and ourselves – all on a regular basis. In her sermon, The Rev Joy spoke of the Christians’ determination to stick to their beliefs, no matter what was happening or being said around them. Prayers for the wider world were written and led by Jayne Stanley and Stephanie Spence. Music for the service was provided by both Gillian Hamer and Jonathan Newcombe. Refreshments were served for all by Christine Meredith after the service. Parishioners are reminded that the service for the last Sunday in May is a Churches Together Service at the URC at a new time of 10.30am.


Peter Unwin from Shepley gave a talk and display to the Denby Dale and District Collectors Society about early world flying and postal routes. He talked about the Wright Brothers with their early flights and the airlines which carried post around the world and displayed many items from these times. It was a very informative talk and he was thanked by Roy Bedford. Anyone wanting to join the society should contact Dianne Hillock on 01484 689505 or Roy Bedford on 01924 848011.

Mike Hopcroft led the prayer and fellowship meeting on Monday evening at the Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel. On Sunday morning the members of the Sunday School enjoyed a quiz morning.

Robert Nuttall was the preacher on Sunday evening when he spoke about the simplicity of the Christian message.


On Friday evening Mama Mia Group performed a Tribute to Abba in St Michael’s Church. A wide variety of Abba music was enjoyed by all, many joined in dancing and singing. Fancy dress winners were Maria Piper, Steven Brough and Elizabeth Taylor Brook. Tickets were drawn from the hat to sing along with the band and Mark Batty and Pip Herdley were the winners. The sum of £450 was raised for church funds.

On Sunday morning the Rev John Williams, a former Rector at Emley, celebrated Holy Communion. Prayers were led by Dennis Roughsedge, John Ryder and Sallie Dickins read the bible and Malcolm Jessop played the organ. Refreshments were served at the end of the service.


.Mrs Theresa Quarmby welcomed the congregation to a service of Sung Eucharist at Kirkburton All Hallows Parish Church for the fourth Sunday after Easter. The Rev Geoff Clay was the leader and in his sermon he took for his theme God’s grace and love for us; Jesus finds a place in Heaven. Where I am, you will be also”. Mrs Hazel Ramsay led the Prayers of Intercession and Mrs Jean Sutcliffe gave the readings from the second chapter of the Epistle of Peter and the 14th chapter of the Gospel according to St John. Mrs Shirley Lingwood and Mrs Maureen Russell took up the chalice and paten and Mr Clay was assisted at the distribution by reader, Mrs Janet Roberts and pastoral minister, Mr Malcolm Tibbott. Mrs Karen McCann and Miss Sophie McCann were sidesmen and took up the collection. Music for the service was provided by organist Mrs Doreen Barraclough and Mrs Rachael Atkinson. After the service, Mrs Joy Elston and Mrs Christine Rangeley served refreshments to the worshippers. In the evening churchwarden, Mr Glyn Phillips led a service of Encounter and took for his theme A New Beginning. The readings were given by churchwarden Mr John Keighley, Mrs Carol Keighley and Mrs Janet Roberts. The Church Music Group and friends from Shelley and Shepley accompanied the singing. Worshippers were reminded that tomorrow, at 10.30am, the six churches in the district will hold a special Cluster Service at Shelley Parish Church.


Shelley Over 60s held their weekly meeting back in the Village Hall last Thursday.The whist high of 95 was won by Molly James, and the low of 68 went to Vera Wilkinson from seven tables. The bingo line was won by Elaine Shaw and the full house by Vera Rothson. The first three numbers on one card was claimed by John Walker who received £9. Members celebrated the birthdays of Arthur Walters (80), Isobel Saville and Sylvia Richardson. Raffle prizes were won by Vera Rothson, Joan Horne, Madge Shaw, Joyce Booth, Jo Morrison and Barry Jessop.


Members of the Wesleyan Reform Church held a coffee morning at the School Room on Saturday morning. Bacon butties were the order of the day and £350 was raised for Christian Aid. Many thanks to our friends from St Aiden’s Methodist Church for their help and kindness. The preacher on Sunday morning was Carol Senior and the organist was John Orton.


Stocksmoor Bridge Club results for Thursday May 12. North/South: 1 P Pogson and A Stephens, 2 M Sandell and S Hancock, 3 M Hicks and J Pearson; East/West: 1 L Mallinson and M Partridge, 2 L Tempest and M Cooper, 3 E Pearson and K Morley.

Thursday May 19. North/South:1 D Cliff and C Bolland, 2 P Pogson and A Stephens, 3 M Sandell and S Hancock. East/West:1 J Shaw and E Tullie, 2 M Barrow and C Brett, 3 M Kenworthy and P Turner.