The Luncheon Club meal went down well in the village hall, pictured left. Next Thursday March 10 roast pork, apple sauce, roast potatoes and mashed carrot and turnip will be served, followed by Bakewell tart.

The ‘Forty-niners’ (Jean’s team) won the quiz on Friday, kindly donating part of their winnings back to the hall fund. The next quiz will be on Friday March 25 at 8pm. Lunches and refreshments will be served today, Saturday March 5 from 11am alongside tombola and a cake stall.

Tom Wood took the Sunday service in Birdsedge Church, accompanied by eight players from Hade Edge Band. Andrew read Psalm 95– Come Let Us Sing for Joy to the Lord– and Tom read Malachi 3 – The Day of Judgement and Robbing God. He was led to this chapter after receiving an email which explained the reference to God being a refiner purifying men until he can see his own reflection in them. He finished with Colossians 3 v1-17 – Rules for Holy Living. The next service will be a communion service taken by Malcolm Jacob.

There will be a Hospice Beetle Drive this evening, Saturday, starting at 6.30pm in the village hall. The admission cost includes a light supper.


Wynne Leake led the 9.15am service of Morning Worship at All Saints Church on Sunday. Alex Collins read from the Old Testament – The story of Creation (Genesis 1: 1-2:3). The Gospel reading – God and Possessions from Matthew 6: 25-end was delivered by Jean Newby. Kath McDaid gave the morning’s talk. She highlighted the need to recognise and value older people. In the gospel reading God tells us not to worry for tomorrow, but to live for each day as it comes, she said. The intercessions were devised and delivered by Wynne Leake. The organist for worship was Jonathan Newcombe. After the service Jane Stanley and Jean Newby served refreshments.

A service of Holy Communion at the Methodist Church was led by Rev David Hall, Superintendent Minister of the circuit. His theme was Let Us Come Near To God, speaking of a sure faith and trust in him. Let us show love and concern for one another, and continue to meet and encourage each other, he said. The reading from Hebrews on this theme was given by Beryl Holt. Stewards were Diana Hunt and Maxine Lodge. A gift of flowers was given by Mrs Ida Brooke. After the service everyone enjoyed coffee and biscuits served by Jane Woodcock.

Churches Together held the half-term Holiday Club at the church, the theme was understanding that the words we use and the way we behave can be helpful or hurtful, and we can accept that we are all different.More than fifty children enjoyed activities, games, singing and stories. This event was led by members from all the churches.

On Wednesday March 2 Clayton West WI held their meeting, when members had a talk by a local police community support officer on security and safety in our area which was very informative.This was followed by a discussion on planned activities for the year and refreshments and a raffle. The next meeting will be on Wednesday April 6 when David Pinder will be talking about Romans in Kirklees.


Monday evening's prayer and bible fellowship at the Zion Wesleyan Reform Church was led by Mike Hopcroft. Members of the Friday club enjoyed an evening of table games. The Sunday School concluded their series of activities based on the Miracles of Jesus. Next Sunday will be a DVD morning. Robert Nuttall concluded his series of sermons based on Paul's letter to the Philippian Christians. The service included Holy Communion and the steward was Carol Mosley. The pianist was Robert Booth.


A Concert of Music was held in St Michael’s Church on Friday evening to raise money for Project 2013 Wakefield Cathedral and St Michael’s. Wine Women and Song got off to a lively start with all three ladies – Carol, Sue and Pamela – singing together. The programme included a large variety of songs, jazz, folk, and classical music. They played guitar, flute and piano. Wine and cheese was served in the interval.

A Service of Holy Communion was held on Sunday morning, celebrated by the Rev Christine Bullimore. Bible readers were Carol Lee and Carol Clough, prayers were led by Dennis Roughsedge and Malcolm Jessop played the organ. Chris gave the talk using the bible reading from Genesis about Creation. She moved on to God making a difference to our lives and the need to be hopeful, and to share with others less fortunate than ourselves. Refreshments were served at the end of the service.

On Saturday March 12 at 7.30pm a Toggs Evening is to be held with a steak pie supper – bring your own drinks. Tickets are available from Malcolm Jessop – telephone 01924 848702.


Mrs Meg Tibbott welcomed worshippers to a service of Sung Eucharist in The Hub for the Second Sunday before Lent. The leader and preacher was the Rev Robert Chambers. He took for his theme Jesus’ Wants Us to Put God First, Then We Could Live Without Worry, Sharing the Happiness of Jesus With Others Around Us. The prayers of intercession were led by churchwarden, Mr Glyn Philips. Mr Denis Goring gave the reading for the day from the eighth chapter of St Paul’s letter to the Romans and the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to St Matthew. Mr Chambers was assisted at the distribution by pastoral ministers Mr Malcolm Tibbott and Mrs Mary Chambers. Mrs Jean Sutcliffe and Mrs Joanne Smith performed the duties of sidesmen and took the collection. The music was provided by Mrs Doreen Barraclough. After the service, Mrs Theresa Quarmby and Mrs Susan McPherson served refreshments to the worshippers.

In the evening the Rev Geoff Clay led a quiet, contemplative service of Encounter. He took for his theme What We Need to De-clutter in Our Lives in preparation for Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Mrs Shirley Lingwood gave the reading about Peter, ‘he Living Stone and The Chosen People. Mr Clay led the prayers and accompanied the singing. Tomorrow, Sunday, services resume in the old parish church with a special family service of Church 4all and, at 6.30, Evening Communion.


Shelley Over 60 Club members held their weekly meeting in the Methodist Hall last Thursday, as the village hall was not available. The bingo line was won by Edith Brookes and the full house was shared by May Elliot, Jean Porter and Vera Rothson. Their was no winner for the first three numbers on one card, so the prize carried forward to the next meeting. The whist high of 89 was won by Jean Jessop and the low of 66 went to Marjorie Johnstone from six tables. Members celebrated the birthdays of Joan Small, Wendy Kettlewell, Eve Blythe and Margaret Hill. This month’s minibus draw was won by no 181 – Maureen Matthews. Raffle prizes were won by Harry Rose, Jean Porter, Walter Astin, Nancy Lear, Audrey Taylor and Kathleen Proctor.


On Sunday last at Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church, Mr Gordon Kay was the preacher. His theme was People Getting on Together Whatever Faith They Have and Sharing the World Together. This was illustrated by a little poem called The Garden of Eden where Adam talks to God, asking why He spoiled the world with slugs when it was so perfect? The slug, which met God in the same garden, asked why God spoiled the world by making man because there was only strife when man came! Bible readings were given by John Senior and Clare Dodsley, who was also the steward. Christine Senior was the organist.


Stocksmoor Bridge Club results from Thursday February 17: North/South –1 E Pearson and K Morley, 2 P Pogson and A Stephens, 3 M Sandell and S Hancock; East/West –1 D Cliff and M Dey, 2 W and A Dowlen, 3 P Turner and M Kenworthy.

Thursday February 24: North/South – 1 M Bailey and A Mitchell, 2 M Sandell and K Morley, 3 D Cliff and C Bolland; East/West – 1 W and A Dowlen, 2 D Swain and M Partridge, 3 S Clegg and M Hirst.