Castle Hill, Hillside, off Lumb Lane, Almondbury will host a Dragons Eggs At Easter event on Wednesday April 15 between 2pm and 4pm. There’s a chance for young people to find hidden dragon eggs and make their very own dragons during the ancient celebration of Eostre (now known as Easter). There’s a chance to met Sam – Castle Hill’s very own dragon – for a spring makeover after his return from hibernation. Admission is free. More details are available from Julian Brown on 01484 223830.

Almondbury Library in Stocks Walk will be holding an Easter Family Crafts event on Friday April 17 between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. There will be crafts for children aged between five and 11 and parents and carers. Admission is free, but places need to be booked. For more details ring the Library on 01484 223183.


Mr John Blamires of Gideons International took the service at Birdsedge Church on Sunday. His wife told the story of Gideon and why that was the name taken for their organisation. Their logo shows the jar which the torches were kept in and the flame of the torch with a dark blue background for night and the golden circle representing the trumpet. The whole story can be read in Judges chapters 6 & 7. Mr Blamires talked of the work done by the Gideons - placing New Testaments in hotels, hospitals, prisons and schools all over the world. He read Isaiah 45 v 22 'Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God and there is no other', and Philippians 2 v1-11 about Christ's humility.

The Communion service next week will be followed by a worship service and the church's AGM before which a light lunch will be served.


Morning Worship on Sunday was led by Cathy Reardon. The theme for the morning was the celebration of The Transfiguration. A Celtic style service was used. Two readings from the Bible were delivered during the service by Cathy Reardon and Gillian Hamer from the second book of Kings (chapter two, verses 1-12) and the Gospel of Mark (chapter two, verses 2-9). Kath McDaid had prepared and delivered the talk upon the Transfiguration and its relevance to modern day life. That change is possible, providing there is true belief in God, she said. Intercessions for the wider world were presented by Cathy Reardon. The organist was Gillian Hamer. Coffee was prepared and served at the end of the service by Jean Newby and Gail Banks.

Last Saturday the monthly coffee morning was held at the Methodist Church. The home-made cake stall was very popular and the Traidcraft stall, selling fairly-traded teas and coffees, biscuits and chocolate did very well.

Sunday morning worship was a service of Holy Communion led by Rev David Priestnall, who spoke about our relationship with God. Lessons were read by Joan Bond who was also steward with Diana Hunt. Flowers were a gift from Ruth and Gary Firth.

After the service a bouquet of flowers and a card of congratulations was presented by Joan Bond to Maxine Lodge, one of our stewards, who recently celebrated her Golden Wedding with her husband Melvin. Coffee and biscuits were then served by Rosalyn Beevers.

On Sunday afternoon, February 15, a service celebrating the life of Chrissie Hurd, who was a member of the church, was led by Rev David Hall. Chrissie died recently aged 100 years, and family members and friends paid tribute to her long, full and happy life.


On Friday evening at Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel Denby Dale a crowded upper room enjoyed a Beetle Drive and pie and pea supper.

On Sunday morning the members of the Sunday School started thinking about the season of Lent with stories and frieze making.

In the evening Robert Nuttall continued his series of sermons on the Sermon on the Mount.


There were two services in All Hallows Parish Church on the last Sunday before Lent. Pastoral minister, Malcolm Tibbott welcomed worshippers to the morning service of Sung Eucharist which was led by the Rev Robert Chambers. Mike Steele read the lesson from the fourth chapter of the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians and Mr Chambers read the Gospel from the ninth chapter of St Matthew. He took Lent  for the theme of his sermon. During the service Mr Chambers baptised and welcomed into the fellowship of the church, Coco Williams and Elliot Oddie. Jean Sutcliffe and Joanne Smith took up the chalice and paten and, at the distribution, Mr Chambers was assisted by pastoral ministers, Betty Cross and Mr Tibbet. Rita Ellam and Christine Rangeley performed the duties of sidesmen and took up the collection.After the service members of the congregation were invited to stay and enjoy refreshments.

In the evening Hazel Ramsay  led a special service of  Worship Together  in the style of the Salvation Army. She took for her theme God as the Foundation. Doreen Barraclough was the organist for the day.The young people held their monthly cafe church meeting  Synaxis  at The Hub.

The Burton Friendship Club met for their weekly meeting at The Hub and welcomed Rebecca Morris as their guest speaker. Ms Morris spoke about her time as a drama student at Bretton College and how she went on to train as a primary school teacher in Kent. She talked about the new ideas in teaching, the things which had changed since she was a child, and asked members about how they were taught during their schooldays. Hazel Ramsay thanked Rebecca for a most interesting and informative afternoon which had stimulated some happy memories of schooldays. The raffle was won by Mrs D Holdsworth. Refreshments were served by Mesdames Calvert and Ellis and Mr Whittaker.


Shelley Over 60s met in the Methodist Church Hall last Thursday.The bingo line was won by Nellie Shaw, and the full house by Joan Small.The first three numbers on one card was not won and the prize carried over.The whist high of 95 was won by Colin Cartmell and the low of 57 went to Vera Wildon, from seven tables. Members wished a Happy Birthday to Valerie Metcalf, Betty Russell, Barbara Booth and Joan Small. Raffle prizes were won by Dorothy Greensmith, Beryl Hutchinson, Ken Cassinelli, Vera Wilkinson, Rene Hewitt and Nellie Shaw.


Stocksmoor Bridge Club results from Thursday February 12. North/South: 1 J and M Mcgee, 2 M Bailey and A Mitchell, 3 P Pogson and A Stephens; East/West:1 J Shaw and E.Tullie, 2 M and T Hirst, 3 M Russell and E.Covell. Director J.Mcgee.Thursday February 19. North/South: 1 P Pogson and A Stephens, 2 M Sandell and S Hancock, 3 M Dey and R Makings; East/West: 1 W and A Dowlen, 2 D Cliff and S Hirst, 3 Jand M Mcgee. Director M Sandell


PCSO Richard Hobson from Kirkburton, supported by Number 1 team, spoke about his work as a Community Officer at Upper Denby Women’s Institute. He described the extensive area they covered and explained how they could help, pointing out that in return they wanted help from the public. Things worth reporting were ‘cold callers’ at unusual times (genuine persons give advanced warning), and vehicles and strangers seen at odd times. A lively discussion followed with advice and dos and don’ts to prevent crime in the district. PCSO Hobson brought along security neck purses, extended key chains, marker pens and leaflets. A vote of thanks was proposed by President Mrs J Roebuck. The competition for a limerick about a policeman was won by H Armitage, with J Roebuck second and M Preece third. The raffle prize was claimed by B Haynes. The next meeting will be on Tuesday March 10 and the competition will be a piece of embroidery.