The October annual meeting of Brockholes WI was held in the Methodist Church parlour. Nominations and business for next year’s committee was followed with president Zita Crossley giving a report on last year’s meetings and activities.The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read and the committee thanked for all their hard work over the past year by Barbara Jemmison. Special speaker Police Constable Jasmine Glover, a community engagement field officer, gave an informative talk to members, bringing them up to date about all things connected to crime and community safety. This was followed by questions and answers from Pc Glover. Zita Crossley thanked the speaker and then a faith supper was held.

The harvest festival at the Methodist Church was led by Neil Ward. The readers were Michael Pears and Granville Dews. The Rev Laura Hardy led a united afternoon service of Harvest Songs of Praise at the Methodist Church along with members of St George's Church. Noel Clark was organist for the day. A harvest tea followed.

Harvest thanksgiving at St George’s Church was celebrated with a Gift and Promise weekend when the church was decorated and open on Saturday and Sunday. Parish communion was led by the Rev David Barnes, who told the story of Stone Soup. Paul Coleman read the lesson and server was Rosalind Watt. Organist was Verena Wood.

Members of St George’s Church attended a united service at the Methodist Church when a collection was made of dried and tinned goods to be donated to the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield. Cash collections went to CART for tree-planting and education projects in Africa.

Young people of the AD group drew cartoons and made cross-stitch bookmarks under the guidance of Caroline Lee.


Members of the Camera Club met for a digital competition on Movement.

The Little Gang harvest festival for mothers and toddlers was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford, Ian Gold and Margaret Cullen. Pianist was Audrey Brooke.

Ian Gold chaired a meeting of the parochial church council. Midweek Communion at St David’s Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford and Ian Gold read the lesson. Meetings of the Monkey Business club, Over 60s and Tumble Tots were held. The Rev Geoff Bamford led Friday prayers.

Parish Eucharist at St David’s was conducted by the Rev Geoff Bamford. Lessons read by Judith Roberts and Thelma Nelson. Ian Gold led intercessions and administered the chalice. Kathryn Kingdom and Helen Milner led The crèche and junior church. Organist was Jean Chadwick.


The 18th Sunday after Trinity was celebrated at Holy Trinity with 8am Holy Communion. The Rev Keith Griffin was the celebrant and David Billington was the reader.At the 10.30 Parish Eucharist the Rev Keith Griffin was the celebrant and Brian Shaw assisted with the chalice and led the Intercessions. Richard Sheard read from Hebrews 4 v12-end. Coffee was served after the service by Sue Styring and Elizabeth Sheard.


Vice-chairman Ralph Jepson introduced speaker John Gilleghan to a meeting of the Probus Club in the community centre. Mr Gilleghan, who was making a return visit to the club, gave a talk illustrated with slides under the title Postcard Harbours, which covered the ports of call of the Mediterranean, including Monte Carlo, St Tropez, Corfu and Venice among others. Clive Green proposed the vote of thanks.

A party of Probus Club members, wives and friends visited the Lawrence Batley Theatre for a performance of Calamity Jane.

Parish Eucharist at St Mary's Church was celebrated by the Rev David Barnes. The lesson was read by Cynthia Hepper and Diana and Huw Griffiths led intercessions. The organist was Jean Chadwick.

The speaker at a meeting of St Mary's Mothers' Union was Joan Woodall, whose talk, Behind Closed Doors, dealt with her work at Wakefield Prison. Alison Dean proposed the vote of thanks.


On Saturday the sixth annual Last Night Of The Proms was held in the church with Meltham and Meltham Mills Band providing the music and guest soprano, Sarah Ogden with Sue Ogden as accompanist. The concert attracted an audience of over 200 people who were treated to some stirring music. The band played arrangements of classical, popular and light hearted music. Sarah sung six solos and two members of the band, Antony Wood and Chris Farrington performed solos. The concert concluded in the traditional way with Sarah accompanying the band in Jerusalem, Fantasia on British Sea Songs and Pomp and Circumstance. The proceeds of £1,050 were divided equally between the church and the band.


The harvest festival service at Wooldale Methodist Free Church was led by Sandra Spivey from the Salvation Army. Her reading was taken from the Parable of the Sower. Her sermon was also based on this parable and she gave four illustrations about the soil and seeds. She and her sister Vera read a prayer that was from the Salvation Army.The Harvest theme this year was Saints and each window was decorated by church members to represent one of the saints. Lunch, prepared by the ladies, followed the service. The organist was Peter Coldwell.

Members of the Methodist Church attended a Harvest Service at Lane Bottom.