Neil Ward led worship at the Methodist Church when Paul Grant read the lesson and the organist was Michael Brown.

Morning worship at St George’s Church was conducted by Margaret Kenworthy, who also gave the address. Kate Drake read the lesson and Elizabeth Mosley led intercessions. Noel Clarke played the organ.


At Holy Trinity Church on Sunday morning, the Rev Steve Dixon celebrated parish eucharist. The reader was Graham Latham and prayers were led by Stella Southam. The organist was Jane Robertson.

On Monday evening, members of the Ladies Group walked to Scholes Methodist church where they enjoyed an illustrated talk about Indian embroidery by Mary Holt.

More than 80 people attended a cookery demonstration by Tim Bilton of The Butchers Arms in the village hall on Wednesday evening. Organised by Cathy Hesketh on behalf of Hepworth Church, guests enjoyed canapes and wine as well as watching Yorkshire Chef of the Year Tim at work.

A Greek evening, including the showing of the film Mamma Mia" took place in the village hall on Friday evening. As well as singing along to the songs, Greek style food was served by committee members of the Hepworth Senior Citizens Christmas party fund.


Midweek communion at St David's Church was led by the Rev Geoff Banks when Ian Gold read the lesson. Friday prayers were led by Carolyn Burley.

The Rev Geoff Banks conducted early communion on Sunday at St David’s Church. He also officiated at parich eucharist when lessons were read by Alison Wise and Margaret Tupling. Thelma Nelson led intercessions and the chalice was administered by Ian Macdonald. Dale and Helen Woods led the creche and junior church. The organist was Eddie Purcell.


The Second Sunday of Easter was celebrated at Holmfirth Holy Trinity Church with a 10.30am parish eucharist service at which the celebrant was the Rev John Capstick. He was assisted with the chalice by Sue Winter who also led the Intercessions. Reader was Anita Womersley. Mr Capstick spoke about the joy and meaning of Easter. Sue Styring and Elizabeth Sheard served coffee after the service. A St George's Day Service will be held tomorrow at 10.30am.

An action-packed Easter weekend saw Holmfirth Christian Centre, giving out free Cadbury's cream eggs with a track explaining the real meaning of Easter to residents and visitors to Holmfirth. Then the King, Elvis arrived aka Pastor Ian Gooch to also emphasis the true meaning of Easter. Lots of fun was had by all. This was followed by the Easter Sunday message of 'A Living Saviour' the empty cross.

Wednesday's midweek meeting featured a film night showing Pilgrims Progress an excellent adaptation of the book with a powerful, hard-hitting message, followed by refreshments and fellowship together.

Sunday's service was led by praise and worship followed by the word of God given by Ian Sharland on 'Honouring God'. Reading from several scriptures in the Bible he told how we could honour God by honouring one another. This led to everyone in the congregation committing to honouring one another throughout the week.

'X'plorer's church children's group led by Kathryn Jackson looked at the sacrifice that Jesus made and the youngsters also coloured in cards to give out to church members.


Family communion at St Mary’s Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. Clive Waind read the lesson and intercessions were led by Pat and Cliff Green. The annual meeting took place after the service, when churchwardens John Ambler and Clive Waind were re-elected and reports were received from the secretary, the treasurer and the church organisations. The vicar thanked everyone for their contributions during the year and was himself thanked for his hard work.

During Sunday afternoon, Dean Henry Stapleton baptised Lucas Andrew Watts, the son of Kelly and Andrew. Pat Green read the lesson and the organist for the day was Jean Chadwick.


Midweek communion at St John’s Church was led by the Rev John Capstick, who was also celebrant. Lunch followed in the meeting room.

Family communion on Sunday was a joint service at St John’s Church with All Saints’, Netherthong. The Rev Geoff Banks led worship and was the celebrant. The readers were Les Hopkins and Derek Dixon. Prayers were offered by Les Hopkins and John Garrard assisted with the chalice. June Asquith was the organist. Coffee and biscuits were served afterwards by Sue Dawson.


The Rev Charlotte Lorimer led worship at the Methodist church when Nigel Morris played the organ. The women's monthly fellowship took the form of a slide show by Wendy and Simon Hollingworth on Germany and Austria and the Oberammergau Passion Play. The vote of thanks was proposed by Audrey Fenwick.