Church: The service was taken by Tom Wood with Communion by Robert Halmshaw. Tom talked to the young people about Abraham and how he followed God’s plans, even at 75 years old. Like the couple on holiday in Bridlington, who decided to go on a Mystery Tour, and finished up in Holmfirth where they lived. Who knows what will happen next? Don’t get bogged down with the future – God has a plan for each of us.
The Remembrance Service tomorrow will be a family service. The Autumn Fair with stalls, refreshments and lunches is being held today from 11.30am.
Village Hall: The Halloween Quiz was the busiest yet with The Capsticks being the winners. The kids Halloween Party on Saturday was very, very busy.
A Remembrance Service will be held by the war memorial at 11am next Wednesday November 11. Refreshments afterwards in the Village Hall. The next Luncheon Club is on Thursday November12 from 12 noon.
A Public Meeting will be held at 7 pm next Monday to discuss the intention to erect large wind turbines close to the village.
Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by Lucie Froggatt, a reader in the church. She spoke about the prodigal son and of forgiveness, and making a new start. Jane Hobson played the organ and also read from Hosea. Fred Green read the story of the prodigal son from Luke. Stewards were Diana Hunt and Joan Bond. Flowers for the communion table were a gift from Eleanor Speck. Coffee and biscuits were served after the service by Betty Booth.
Churches Together Holiday Club met last Tuesday and 50 children attended, enjoying the day. The theme was God Loves Us and the children sang, played games, listened to stories and had activities, including model making. It was a very happy and successful day.
A children's Fun Day was held on Thursday at theZion Wesleyan Reform Chapel, organised by Mike Hopcroft. On Sunday Morning the members of the Sunday School watched a DVD and commenced activities on making preparations for Christmas. On Sunday evening the preacher was Rev Colin Braithwaite the general secretary of the Wesleyan Reform Union of Churches. The pianist was Robert Nuttall. This Sunday there will be a Sankey evening at 6pm when the singing will be led by the David Hambelton Singers.
All Saints Day was celebrated at St Michael’s Church on Sunday morning with a worship for all service followed by a brief communion service. Rev John Marsh led the service and Rev Christ Bullimore gave a talk assisted by Katie Barrow and Esther Ryder reading the bible. The children showed their illustrations of themselves as saints and presented the congregation with tinsel crowns. Evelyn Barrow led prayers and Malcolm Jessop played the organ. Later, Oliver James Warner, son of Emma and James was baptised by Rev Marsh.
In the evening a special All Saints service was held to remember loved ones who had died. Next Sunday, Remembrance Sunday, a service of Holy Communion will be held at 10.45am followed by a service at the War Memorial.
Pastoral minister, Mr Malcolm Tibbott welcomed the worshippers when they attended a service of Sung Eucharist on All Saints Day: the Patronal Festival of All Hallows Parish Church. The Rev Graham Whitcroft was the leader and he took for his theme Sainthood. The prayers of intercession were read by Mrs Doreen Slater. Mrs Sue Whitcroft gave the readings for the day from the twenty first chapter of the Book of Revelation and the Gospel from the ninth chapter of St Luke. The chalice and paten were taken to the altar by Mrs Susan McPherson and Mrs Gwen Lodge. Mr Whitcroft was assisted at the distribution by pastoral minister Mrs Betty Cross and Mrs Janet Roberts. Mrs Rita Ellam and Mr John Marshall were sidesmen and took up the collection. Mrs Griff Jones was the organist. After the service, the worshippers enjoyed refreshments served by Mrs Mavis Maloney and Mrs Edith Brookes. In the evening, Mrs Betty Cross led a service of Evensong and preached a sermon on Discipleship: Listening, Prayer and Serving. Mr Mike Steele sang the responses and there were readings from Revelations by Mrs Pauline Pinder and the eleventh chapter of the Gospel according to St John by Mrs Shirley Lingwood.
The Burton Friendship Club met for their weekly meeting at The Hub and Miss Sandra Spivey welcomed their popular guests, Bill and Barbara Emsley, who treated members to a musical afternoon. Bill was as compère and his wife played a varied selection of popular music on her electronic accordion with which she was able to produce a whole range of styles and sounds from Hawaiian guitar to bagpipes. Mrs Emsley began with Let There Be Peace on Earth and continued with a selection of popular tunes from Country and Western, to tangos, polkas and Scottish melodies before ending with a sing-song and Bless This House. Miss Sandra Spivey thanked them. Mr Frank Whitaker won the raffle and tea and biscuits were served by Mesdames Ramsay, Heeley and Calvert.
Members of Shelley Over 60s Club held their weekly meeting in the Methodist Hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Olwyn Berry and the full house by Bessie Usher. The first three numbers on one card was not won and the prize carried over to next week. The whist high of 92 was won by Fred Huddle and the low of 67 went to Jean Jessop from six tables. This month’s minibus draw was won by no 104, Sue Jennings. Members welcomed Vaughan Williams as a new member. Raffle prizes were won by Sylvia Stevenson, Gordon Burgin, Harry Rose, Molly James and Sheila Taylor. On Wednesday October 28 party of 45 enjoyed a meal and dancing on an away day at Millstones Restaurant, near Harrogate.
On Sunday October 25, Rosemary Hall from Penistone conducted the service at Pilling Lane Methodist Church.
On Sunday last, the theme for the service was Love Changes Everything, which was presented by the Readers.
On Monday, Skelmanthorpe Wives Group enjoyed an evening of therapy. Anne Crowe gave a talk about Holistic Medicine, Reflexology and Indian Head massage. Anne is a part-time teacher at the Northern College, Barnsley and has been a freelance teacher since 1992. She explained that holistic means dealing with intelligent energy of the mind, body and spirit – three-in-one. Whether using massage, aromatherapy or reflexology, a holistic healing balance may be obtained by experiencing this treatment. Anne demonstrated the Indian Head massage which can have a calming effect on the body and mind. A vote of thanks was proposed by the hosts for the evening, Annette Taylor, Alma Jefferson and Pat Hirst, who also provided supper.
On Saturday November 14 An Autumn Fayre will be held at Pilling Lane Methodist church from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Coffee, scones and bacon butties will be available and there will be a variety of stalls.
Stocksmoor Bridge Club results for Thursday October 22. North/South: 1 P Booth and J Murray, 2 M Sandell and M Dey, 3 D Cliff and C Bolland; East/West: 1 M Russell and E Covell, 2 J and M McGee, 3 M Barrow and M Brett. Results from Thursday October 29. North/South:1 J and M McGee, 2 D Cliff and C Bolland, 3 R Hirst and A Thackray; East/West: 1 Tand M Hirst, 2 P Turner and M.Kenworthy, 3 J Shaw and ETullie.