Cumberworth Under 7s held Gomersal to a draw.

The village hall bonfire was helped by good weather during the evening. The firework show was excellent and a collection and the sale of refreshments covered the costs, leaving a little over for Village Hall funds. You can hear Elbow Jane in concert on Saturday at the Birdsedge Live event.

The communion service was taken by Robert Halmshaw. The children took part in the communion as Robert explained why we take communion and that Jesus wouldn’t have excluded children. He read Romans 5 verse 8: ‘But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ There was a reading from Luke 23 verses 31-43 then concentrating on the fact that there were three crosses Robert explored the fact that God’s love is the middle one with a man that asked for forgiveness and a man who sneered at Jesus. Which are we? Willing to accept God’s love and pass it on to others or deny that it exists? The Remembrance service will be taken by Tony Hudson.


Clayton West WI met on Wednesday Nov 2. After the business meeting members made an angel from fleece and ended up with a host of different angels. This activity was followed with refreshments and a raffle. There was also a sales table. The next meeting will also be a Christmas craft evening, on Wednesday December 7 at 7.30 pm.

Parish Communion at All Saints was celebrated by the Rev Christine Bullimore who spoke to the children about getting ready and being prepared for every new day’s challenges. The children then enjoyed story time and subsequent activities as it was the first Sunday in the month. Readings were prepared and delivered by Jonathan Newcombe and Kath McDaid from the first letter to the Thessalonians 4 (verses 13-end) and the Gospel of Matthew 25 (verses 1-13) respectively. John Bullimore based his talk upon the theme introduced by Christine at the start of the service – and linked to the Gospel reading – be prepared for every eventuality, planning for enjoyment, celebration or sadly, tragedy. Prayers for the wider world were written and shared by Jayne Stanley and Stephanie Spence. During the distribution of communion the choir sang an arrangement of Locus Iste by Bruckner. The organist for the morning was Jonathan Newcombe. At the end of the service, refreshments were served by Angela Battye and Christine Meredith. Thanks were expressed to the visitors for leading the service.


The Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel Denby Dale Prayer and Fellowship met on Monday evening when Mike Hopcroft led a study on Psalm 121. On Sunday morning members of the Sunday School started preparations for the Nativity and concluded with Bible crafts. Mike Hopcroft led the evening service when he spoke about what Jesus would do today. The pianist was David Hambleton.


Mrs Maureen Etchells and Mrs Michaelia Schindler welcomed worshippers to the monthly service of Church4All in All Hallows Parish Church. Leader was the Rev Geoff Clay whose theme was Being Prepared. Prayers of intercession were led by Mrs Lorraine Lockwood who was also projectionist. Miss Melissa Schindler, who was confirmed the previous evening at a service in Wakefield Cathedral, read the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Organist Mrs Doreen Barraclough, Mrs Jean Selbie and the Music Group provided music. Mr Clay baptised Benjamin Smith. Mrs Wendy Crooks and Mrs Pat Ellis were sidesmen and took the collection. Mrs Jean Sutcliffe and Mrs Joanne Smith served refreshments. In the evening the Rev Robert Chambers led a service of Holy Communion. Pastoral minister Mrs Betty Cross led prayers of intercession and assisted Mr Chambers at the distribution. Mrs Pauline Pinder read from Matthew and St Paul. Mrs Doreen Barraclough was organist. Tomorrow morning, the annual Service of Remembrance will be followed by the laying of wreaths at the village war memorial. There will be an evening commemoration service.


Shelley Over 60s returned to the Village Hall for their meeting last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Sylvia Deeley and the full house by Iris Starling. The first three numbers on one card was won by Greta Hinchliffe. The whist high of 87 was won by chairman Walter Astin and the low 64 went to Jean Jessop from eight tables. On Tuesday November 1 members enjoyed a fund raising pie-and-peas lunch, A big thank you goes to those who participated and those who organised and helped out. It was highly successful. Raffle prizes were won by Barry Jessop, Dorothy Jessop, Margaret Lee, Doris Sommerton, Lily Walker and Gerald Ibbotson.


Preacher for Sunday morning service at the Wesleyan Reform Church was John Orton of Dalton, who played piano. Holy Communion was held with steward Susan Wright.

On Saturday the Skelmanthorpe Wives’ Group held an Autumn Fayre at the Methodist Church, Pilling Lane. Despite the weather, there was a good turnout for a successful event. Many enjoyed the convivial atmosphere when they were able to shop for a Christmas gift, buy one of the delicious cakes on sale or enjoy a bacon buttie and a cuppa. Thanks to everyone for the hard work which went into making the day a huge success. An amazing £1,300 was raised on the day.

On Sunday at the Methodist Church, the service was conducted by Peter Holt of Clayton West whose theme was Being Prepared. Bible lessons were read by John Senior, who read from the prophet Amos, and Rose Merry who read from the New Testament – The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. The steward for the service was Stuart Merry. The music group accompanied two of the hymns and Frances Priestnall was the organist.

The Wives Group meeting on Monday listened to an interesting talk by Caroline Barrow about the charitable work she and her husband Chris undertake in Romania. Caroline told the group that in 1991 she went to Romania and saw the awful state in which the children and the old people were living and was determined to do something about it. Caroline and her husband, Chris Barrow, run a pub in Shelley called the Flying Ferret where they raise funds locally as well as for their charity which they set up, called the White Rose Initiative. They are part of a team of people who have raised funds to take lorries of goods to Romania every six months. The team has made such a difference to the children and old people in the city of Sighisoara in Transylvania. Caroline said that it is incredible the way God works and talked about the power of God, saying that He helps us through and that everything is there for us when we need it. A vote of thanks was proposed by the hosts, Ruth Firth, Maureen Taylor and Betty Booth who also provided refreshments.


Stocksmoor Bridge Club results from Thursday October 27: North/South – I J and M McGee, 2 E Pearson and A Dowlen, 3 M Dey and R Makings; East/West – I J Daniel and L Mallinson, 2 J Shaw and E Tullie, 3 D Swaine and M Partridge. Results from Thursday November 3: North/South – I D Cliff and C Bolland, 2 P Pogson and A Stephens, 3 M Sandell and S Hancock; East/West – I T and M Hirst, 2 N Stott and C Wilkinson, 3 J and M McGee.