Golcar Baptist Church was full on Sunday morning as people from other churches and various friends joined the 175th anniversary service of the church. April 25 1835 was the date of the first service. During the service a short history of the church through the ages was presented by Mary Sykes, Michelle Thompson, Connie Pearson, Dave Howard, Geoff Ramm and the Rev Chris Thompson, who conducted the service and gave the address. The service was followed by a lunch.

There was no service at Golcar Providence Church on Sunday morning, it was joint with St John’s at the Baptist Church for the 175th anniversary.


The morning service at Christ Church, Linthwaite was led by the Rev Julian Perkins, who celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Debbie Linsell-Fraser and Ann Leigh. The Rev Jenni Honeymann preached and prayed and the organist was Rhona Jepson. In the evening the Rev Jenni Honeyman led the service and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Margaret McQuillan and Ann Leigh and the Rev Julian Perkins preached and prayed. The organist was Derek Horne.

Steve Bagshaw led morning worship at Linthwaite Methodist Church. Steve is a great storyteller who can keep the congregation on their toes and he brought the story of Naaman in Kings 2 chapter 5 alive during the children’s address. The children left to go to Sunday school with their leaders, Diane Loftus and Ed Archer-Siddall. David Bagshaw read from John 10 v 22-33 – The unbelief of the Jews, and from Acts 9 v 36-43 – Tabitha rising from the dead. In his sermon, Mr Bagshaw spoke about how our ancestors only knew what their forefathers had told them with stories handed down through the generations referring to the Bible readings. The organist was Linda Nuttall and Peter Stead operated the AV equipment.

Karen Longbottom of Finishing Touches, Outlane, will be demonstrating spring flower arrangements at Linthwaite Methodist Church, Stones Lane, on Wednesday May 5 at 7.30pm. Tickets £3 are available from Margaret Tennant on 01484-846076 or on the door.

Linthwaite Methodist’s Sunday School anniversary will be on Sunday May 9 at 10.30am and will be led by the Sunday school.


Sung Eucharist on the fourth Sunday morning of Easter at St. Mark’s Church was led by parish priest the Rev Tina Turner with PhilipTurner on the organ. Before starting the service, Tina proclaimed two sets of marriage banns, for the second time of asking – Tracy Unsworth and Ryan Holmes and Tina Prentice and Howard Lee Tattersley. Tina then offered special prayers for the two couples who were currently present for the service. The clergy procession, with acolytes Hannah Jones and Freya Gregory and choir opened the service with the first hymn. Bible readings, from Acts and Revelations were presented by Linda Barker and Judith Pearson. The Gospel reading, from John, was given by the Rev Tina, followed by her sermon which expanded the story about Jesus holding everyone in the palm of his hand, including an experience of her own at the time of her appendicitis operation some years ago. Following the Nicene Creed, Margaret Haigh presented intercession prayers. At this point, and taking part in the sharing of The Peace children from Sunday school, with leaders Joan Morton, Debbie Yates and Charles Ross joined the service – Joan resplendent in her Scout leader uniform and wearing her MBE and Silver Acorn medals, in preparation for attending the St George’s Day Parade in Huddersfield, that afternoon. Tina persuaded Joan to tell how she received these awards for her service to the community, and then schoolchildren Lottie Ross and Grace and Rosie Turner told how they had made paper hand palms to represent Jesus. The culmination of the service was Communion, where Tina was assisted by Chris Jones as server. Before the final blessing, churchwarden Linda Barker read a letter from Carol Hunt saying that husband the Rev Jim Hunt, having been off duty with ill health problems for several months, had been advised to seek early retirement. This news came as a severe shock and produced a very sombre reaction to precede the AGM which took place in the parish centre immediately after the morning service.

The AGM was followed with a Parish Lunch, comprising three varieties of home-made soups, hot bacon and sausage rolls and a wide range of cakes and desserts, all provided and served by the ladies of the church.

Longwood Village group will be holding a coffee morning in the Mechanics Hall today (Saturday) from 10am until noon and Golcar Lily weekend activities will take place the following week. A Christian Aid Quiz will be held at Milnsbridge Baptist Church on Friday May 14. There will be a sponsored walk, from Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday May 16 – and walkers and sponsors are sought.


On Saturday the United Church was open in connection with the Cuckoo Festival. There were craft stalls and entertainment in the car park and it was good to welcome people to enjoy refreshments. On Sunday Mr J Francis Horton led morning worship which was a family service. It started in the car park where Maple dancers danced part of the Marsden Cuckoo Festival and then in church the Bible reading was by Rachel Hemingway. During the service there were two quizzes, based on rejected pictures, with the children and adults finding the answers. The organist was Mrs Ann Horton. Tea and coffee was served after the service.

The Rev Roger Nelson officiated at a service of Holy Communion on Sunday morning at St Bartholomew’s Church. Readings were by David Corps, prayers were by Alison Fisher, the organist was Simon Crook and sidesmen were Dorothy Lodge and Elizabeth Knight. Coffee was served by Pat Burgess, Alison Fisher, Glenys Ward and Evelyn Laidlaw. The service tomorrow will be held at 10am.

Cuckoo Day in the Parochial Hall was well supported and profits were more than £1,000.

Operatic and Dramatic Society presents hilarious farce Moon over Buffalo in the Parochial Hall, from May 12-15, 7.30pm. Tickets, £7, are available from Duncan’s Hairdresser, Warehouse Hill, Marsden, tel 01484-845311 (shop hours only). Rehearsals are again in full swing after two of the cast are still not home after being stranded in Florida and Spain.


There was no midweek Bible Class at Milnsbridge Christadelphians. On Sunday there was a friends and family day when Mr S Tompkins from Coventry gave a talk entitled The Bible for Life which was followed by lunch. There was the usual service in the afternoon.


A pleasant Wednesday afternoon annual general meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church, discussing future plans. In the chair was Jean Johnson, pianist was Kenneth Rothery and refreshments were by Betty Sykes and Barbara Beevers. Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to the chapel anniversary service on Sunday morning at Parkwood Methodist Church. Guest preacher was the Rev Cyril Blount. The choir sang the anthems He is Risen and God So All Over the World, conducted by Gareth Beaumont. Communion stewards were Reene Wyatt and Audrey Holdsworth, organist was Susanne Smelt. A faith lunch was held after the service.


The Good Companions met last Thursday when Hilary Ellis welcomed 30 members to the annual general meeting for 2010. The chairman, Patricia Parkinson, led the meeting. Maureen Weaving read the minutes of the last AGM and also gave the secretary’s report and Joyce Wood the treasurers report. Then came the election of officers. Everybody is happy to continue and the members are happy for them to do so. President Patricia Parkinson; secretary, Maureen Weaving; treasurer, Joyce Wood. Committee - Pauline Ayre, Margaret Cook, Hilary Ellis, Sheila Kaye, Christine A Parkin, and Bessie Whitwam. Auditor, Harold Wood. The club has 35 members plus two honorary members. Six of whom have 30 or more years’ continuous membership. Maureen is a very efficient secretary who organises excellent trips for summer and Christmas, nothing being too much trouble for her. Joyce, as secretary, keeps a strict eye on finances. It is a thriving happy club with four teams of helpers among its members. Each team finds the speakers and provides refreshments. Thew group has excellent speakers, quizzes, visits Wilberlee School, open garden afternoon, pie lunches and film shows and has members who are willing to speak and perform. The club will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in July and a special event is being planned. Patricia thanked members for their support, for happy days and lots of laughs and for making the club so special. Hilary gave the vote of thanks. Maureen was the pianist.

St James’ Parish Church Holy Communion service led by the Rev Robin Townsend assisted by Raymond Denton. The theme of the service was the Good Shepherd. The 23rd Psalm was the lesson, read by Dorothy Gledhill. The Holy Gospel and address was given by the Rev Robin, who incorporated his annual report into the theme. He also led the prayer time, using the 23rd Psalm as a base for them. During communion the music group sang a version of the hymn Love Devine, ALl Love’s Excelling. The children of the Sunday School did a short play with two of the girls giving the commentary from the lectern. The pianist was Hiroko Townsend. The organist was Alvi Whitehead . After the communion break the church AGM was held.

It was the AGM for the Wesley Guild on Thursday evening. Roger Mitchell was in the chair and offered prayers, reports were given by secretary Donald Crowther and treasurer Wendy Redfearn. Donald resigned as secretary after many years of devoted service and Maureen Weaving was elected. The committee officials for the four sections were then arranged. The Rev Jo Archer-Siddal gave a talk and asked a question What do we expect of our Minister? The Guild now takes a break until October.

The Rev Richard Oldroyd returned the Methodist Church on Sunday to conduct the church anniversary. The theme of the service was Baptism and Easter. There were displays of Christening robes, capes and birth certificates around the church. The gospel reading was by Gavin Morrison and Sam Wybrew read from the Old Testament the story of The Folded Napkin in the Empty Tomb on Easter morning. Richard explained the meaning of a folded napkin. The service included Holy Communion. Margaret Stevenson was the organist and coffee and biscuits were enjoyed after the service.