The hospice support group supported Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir in St Paul’s Concert Hall at the University of Huddersfield at their 75th year Commemorative Concert. Refreshments were served during the interval and as this year Kirkwood is their chosen charity, £164 from Birdsedge and £25 from the Burton group went to Kirkwood. Birdsedge Support Group will be serving lunches and refreshments, alongside the usual stalls, at the Church Hall next Saturday, October 24, from 11am.

Birdsedge First School held their Harvest Service in a packed church on Thursday morning. They also gave goods to send to CART.

The Harvest service on Sunday was taken by Paul Nocton. The service was run fully on the computer/projector for the first time with no need for hymn books. Paul talked about how thankful we should be, for not just the Harvest, but all the basic things in life that we might take for granted. He had slides to show how different things can be in other countries like water expected to come out of the tap whenever we want it and those walking miles to get water from a muddy pool. Health care, when we complain about having to wait a few weeks when some ‘hospitals’ in other countries don’t have enough beds never mind specialist equipment. We should thank God for what we have all the time and share what we have with others. All items donated will be taken to CART during the week.Matt Wright and team prepared a hot dinner of roast beef and pork with Yorkshire pudding and vegetables.The service next week will be a worship service.

A small audience enjoyed Dirty Dancing and supper on Friday night in the village hall. The next film will be The Sound of Music sing-along on Saturday October 24 at 6.30pm. Monty Python’s Holy Grail will be shown in the bar. Entry is free and hot food available at the interval. A Tea Dance will be held tonight, Saturday, 4.30-6.30pm.The Halloween Quiz will be on Friday October 30 with a kids’ Halloween Party on Saturday October 31 from 6pm.


Last Sunday the Harvest Thanksgiving Service was held at the Methodist Church. The Rev David Hall, circuit superintendent, led the worship and the congregation’s thoughts on a fairer sharing of food and resources, remembering God the creator, for people throughout the world. Rosalyn Beevers and Jane Hobson did a dialogue looking at all that God provides, and Beryl Holt, Lucie Froggat, Wendy Barber a sketch showing the wisdom of fairly traded goods and locally produced goods. Psalm 104 was read by Maxine Lodge, Fred Green, and Joan Bond. Images of work done by Water Aid were projected on screen by Les Barber and intercessory prayers added by Rev David Hall. Stewards were Maxine Lodge and Betty Booth and Jane Hobson was the organist. Flowers for the communion table were a gift from Wendy Barber. After the service coffee was served by Lucie Froggat. This was followed by a delicious lunch, prepared and served by ladies of the church. Proceeds were for Water Aid. Harvest gifts were sent to the Huddersfield Mission for distribution.

On Wednesday October 7 Clayton West WI had their monthly meeting. Katherine Metcalfe was the speaker, talking about Barefoot Books. Katherine spoke about the types of books available, the stories and CDs and she ended the evening with a story. She also had books for sale. Refreshments were served and there were raffles and sales table. The next meeting on November 5 will be ‘hands-on’ with Bob the Pot.


On Saturday evening a film evening showing Slumdog Millionaire was held in church for the five churches in the Deanery.

On Sunday morning Rev Anne Young conducted the morning Holy Communion service. John Ryder and Katharine Moorhouse read the bible, Graham Russell led prayers and Malcolm Jessop played the organ. In her talk based on Mark 10 and Hebrews 4 Anne stressed the need to make Gods word and love available to all. The children shared their ideas of Gods message and our response, how we need to care for the world, show our love, do good deeds, have loyalty to God and trust in him. In the evening Contemplative Prayer was held.

On Saturday evening October 17 at 7.30pm Emley Brass Band will give a concert in church in aid of the Flower Festival Funds to be held next year.


There were two services in All Hallows Parish Church on the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity. At 10.30 a warm welcome was extended to the congregation for the annual Church 4 All family service and celebration of the Harvest Festival. The church was decorated for the occasion with foliage and displays of garden produce together with the traditional harvest loaf provided by the village bakers. The service was led by the Rev Graham Whitcroft and the harvest gifts of dried and tinned foodstuffs, later donated to the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield, were taken-up during the opening hymn. Mrs Pat Ellis read the prayers of Intercession and Mrs Sue Whitcroft read from the fifteenth chapter of the Gospel according to St Mark. Mr Whitcroft gave the talk, taking for his theme, Harvest. He was assisted by members of the congregation who took up a cabbage, because it has a heart that does not beat, a potato because it has eyes but cannot see and a corn because it has ears that cannot hear. During the service a film about the work of the Tear Fund was shown. Mrs Janet Jessop, Mr Matthew Jessop and Mr Mike Steele were the sidesmen and took up the collection which was donated to the Tear Fund. The music for the service, with a mixture of traditional harvest hymns and new songs, was provided by Mrs Doreen Barraclough. The congregation enjoyed refreshments after the service served by Mrs Joanne Smith and her family. In the evening, the curate, the Rev Robert Chambers led a service of Holy Communion.The prayers of intercession were read by Mr David Utasi and Mrs Pauline Pinder read from the fourth chapter of St Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews. Mr Chambers read from the tenth chapter of St Luke and preached the sermon. Mr Chambers was assisted at the distribution by churchwarden, Mr John Keighley.


Shelley Over 60s held their weekly meeting in the Village Hall last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Vera Rothson, and the full house by Wally Usher. The first three numbers on one card was not won and the prize carried over until next week. The whist high of 98 was won by Gordon Burgin and the low of 66 went to Audrey Taylor from seven tables. Members wished Connie Roberts a Happy Birthday. Raffle prizes were won Audrey Taylor, Gordon Burgin, Arthur Pollard, Jean Eskrett, Joan Small and Joyce Booth.


Soprano Ann Wilkes joins Shepley Band for the Autumn Feast Concert in St Paul’s Church, Marsh Lane, Shepley, on Tuesday November 3 at 7.30pm. “We can promise you a magical evening of music,” said a band spokesman.

The band’s Christmas concert is on Tuesday December 15 (start 7.30pm).


Mr D Blakebrough of Huddersfield was the preacher at the Wesleyan Reform Church on Sunday morning. His Bible reading was from Psalms. John Orton was the organist.