Members of the Crosland Moor branch of the Mothers’ Union celebrated Holy Communion in St. Barnabas’ Church. The celebrant was the Rev Julian Perkins and the reader was Nancy Jones. Afterwards members held their monthly meeting in the parish hall, chaired by the branch leader Joyce Holdsworth. The speaker was the vicar, the Rev Julian who told members about his visit to Skara in Sweden, which is one of the linked dioceses of the Wakefield Diocese. Coffee and biscuits were served by the hostesses, Margaret Sigsworth and Valerie Donoghue.

Members of the Association of Christian Fellowship from St Barnabas’ Church held their monthly meeting in the parish hall, chaired by the leader Susan Tattersley who opened the meeting with a poem about friendship. The speaker was Sue Firth an agent for Aloe Vera natural healing products. She was assisted by Carol Roberts, Various types of Aloe Vera products were demonstrated and after refreshments were served, members were able to buy or order from the wide range of toiletries and medication and Aloe Vera drinks. The vote of thanks was given by Brenda Whitaker, the raffle was won by Heather Boothroyd and refreshments were served by Nora Blackburn, Barbara Holmes and Sheila Jaworski.


The Rev Canon Martyn Crompton opened the Harvest Festival Communion Service at St John’s Church and welcomed Samson Mwita, deputy headteacher at Issenya School, our parish link in the Diocese of Mara, Tanzania. The service was led by the Rev Brenda Mitchell who received a banner from Rainbow Guides Opel Lendon, Ella Leadley, and Amelia Wade, and the flag from Brownies Annie Quarmby, Bethany Hemmingway and Lucy Heseldine. Christopher Bamford gave the gospel reading from Jon, Chapter 6 entitled Jesus the Bread of Life. Prayers were led by Sylvia Hanson, with the help of Rainbow, Jessica Lawton; Brownie, Eloise Kirk and from Sunday Club and Sunday Youth; Freya Lucas, Rebekah Haywood, Josh Schofield and Ella Crosland. Samson Mwita described life at Issenya and thanked the congregation for the support and financial hep that the parish has given towards the dispensary, and the accommodation for the resident doctor and two nurses who ran it. The school, with up to 450 pupils was doing well, and it was planning to introduce A level courses next year. A special harvest day collection was made in aid of the ongoing work at Issenya, which included two new classrooms and to support the future education of a new teacher who is undergoing training at the moment. Ann Norton was the organist.

At a welcome and baptism service in the afternoon Canon Martyn baptised Charlie Lee Ogden, Evie Annabelle Grace-Hemmingway and Juliette Margaret Joan Grace.

At Golcar Baptist the Sunday Service was Ladies Sunday and the call to worship was made by Michelle Thompson. The service was conducted by Noreen Haigh, the children’s address was given by Pauline Ayre and the address was given by Mrs Diana Smith. The organist was Calinda Stockhill.

At Golcar Provident Church the annual general meeting was held at the first meeting of the bright hour. The secretary’s report was given by Barbara Hallas and the treasurer’s report by Nancy Meadows. A short harvest service was led by Barbara and the readings were by Olga Jacques and Nancy Meadows who was also the pianist. Refreshments were served at the close. At the Friendship Group, Peter Stead showed slides and spoke about his visit on Route 66 in America. Sheila Pearson was the chairman, Nancy Meadows was the pianist and the supper ladies were Gillian Beever and Gwen Iredale. The Men's fellowship arranged a concert in the church with the Huddersfield Wind Band. The leader was Helen Pearson and the conductor Adrian Baxter, the guest soloist was Norma Fairless, accompanied on the piano by Corrinne Lord. Stuart Culpan was compère and refreshments were served during the interval. Sunday morning worship was an own arrangement. The duty steward Janice Swallow gave the call to worship. Winifred Ellis led prayers, Barbara Broom and Barbara Ellis read lessons, Christine Healey gave the address, prayers of intercession were led by Barbara Broom and Margaret Israel was organist.


Linthwaite Methodist Church celebrated their Harvest Festival with Ieuan Jones leading the morning worship. Mr Jones spoke to the Sunday School children about growing their own food in school gardens, and how the first fruits were always given away. The Old Testament reading from Deuteronomy Ch 26 v 1-11 – The Promised Land – was read by Jackie Calverley, and Sue Howard read from Matthew Ch 6 v 25-33 – True Wisdom. Ieuan then spoke about different trades having their own harvest. Linda Nuttall was the organist and special effects were prepared by Jenny Hill. The church was decorated for the Harvest by Margaret Moriarty, Sue Howard and Mairi MacKay. Mairi also operated the audio visual equipment. After the service, Graham Hirst showed photographs of the local area whilst a hot meal was prepared. Lunch was served to approximately 50 people and £275 was raised for church funds. The retiring collection for Kirkwood Hospice raised £67.

An all-age Eucharist and Harvest Festival Service was led by the Rev Julian Perkins who also celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. The pianist was Kathryn Longbottom. Later Leo Peter Lambert was baptised by the Rev Jenni Honeyman. The evening service was led by the Rev Julian Perkins who also gave the blessing. Lesson were read by the Rev Jenni Honeyman. Margaret McQullian preached and prayed and the organist was Derek Horn. On Monday evening a Harvest Supper was enjoyed by members of the congregation and an auction of fruit and flowers raised £130. Packets of dried goods were given to Methodist Centre in Huddersfield, and fruit and vegetables were given to Cowlersley Court Nursing Home. On Saturday evening an organ recital by Rodney Pearson raised £250 for church funds, and the soloist was the Rev Jenni Honeyman.


On Saturday the St Mark’s church representatives, Judith and Peter, joined people from all over Wakefield Diocese, at St John’s, Rastrick, for the Mara into Wakefield Workshop Day. Also present were a dozen visitors from Mara in Tanzania, which included Samson who is staying in Golcar. Many exchanges of news, about the Links system, now in its 21st year, took place in both English and Swahili, including songs in both languages.

The Family Service, on Sunday morning, at St Mark’s, was led by guest celebrant Rev Richard Burge. Music was provided by organist Philip Turner and his musicians and choir. The young church, with leaders Joan Morton, Debbie Yates and Charles Ross were present throughout, and, in Family Service tradition the majority of hymns were the joyful type, including Shine Jesus Shine and Marching in the Light of God, complete with clapping. For his story Richard told about the man who wanted to remain young for ever and how a wise man told him to go to a particular place were he could find a warm pebble, which would provide eternal youth. After finding thousands of cold pebble which he discarded in the lake, he accidentally threw away the only warm one; hence he had to start all over again and never achieved eternal youth. Richard described how many things, like fruit and vegetables containing seeds which appeared to be dead yet could usually be made to grow again and produce more. He continued with the analogy that humans would die but could rise again. Following his talk Richard presented the Prayers leading up to The Peace. The uniformed organisations took the collection and Harvest gifts were carried to the front of church. Communion was held with Pat Jessop as the server. The service concluded with Richard giving the Blessing.After sorting out the Harvest gifts the surplus items were auctioned and the proceeds, from the day’s event, will go to our Link Parish of Kowak in Tanzania.


In connection with the Marsden Jazz Festival on Saturday a table top sale was held at the United Church, Marsden and refreshments were served. During the afternoon two concerts were given in the church. The first by the Huddersfield Young Singers Junior Choir led by Jo Lewis and the second by the senior choir led by James Lewis. On Sunday morning worship was the annual Jazz service led by the Rev Jo Archer-Siddall with music provided by the New Orleans Wiggle Jazz Band. There were vocal solos by Carolyn Topsy Hilton. Tea and coffee were served after the service.

Dedication Festival Holy Communion at St Bartholomew’s was led by the Rev Geoff Clay. Organist was James Harker, reader Brian Mitchell, sidesmen B Lonnen and B Mitchell and coffee was served by M Smithies, J Bradbury and A Gibson

As part of Jazz Festival weekend, refreshments were served in the church hall on Saturday and Sunday. A Saturday evening concert hall featured Alexandra Lorenc Quintet.

The Operatic Society’s performance of Little Shop Of Horrors will be presented on October 27-31 at 7.30pm. Tickets at £8 are available from Duncan Barbers, Warehouse Hill (telephone 845311 shop hours only).

Alan Whiteley will round off the present season of free organ recitals at St Bartholomew’s tonight (Saturday) at 7.30pm.


At Milnsbridge Christadelphians Midweek Bible class Mr K Charlesworth from Milnsbridge gave a talk on the Prophecy on Hosea. On Sunday, Mr R Earnshaw, from Leeds spoke about Resurrection and Judgement


A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church with guest speaker Mrs Dorothy Foster with poetry. In the chair there was Jean Johnson, the pianist Kenneth Rothery and refreshments were served by Betty Sykes and Barbara Beevers. Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to a communion service at Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. The preacher was the Rev Pam Ward, assisted by Sandra McSweeney and Ann Ivy. Communion stewards were Audrey Holdsworth and Renee Wyatt. The organist was Kenneth Rothery and coffee was served after the service by Mary Rothery and Margaret Noble.

A community breakfast will be held at Parkwood Methodist Church on Saturday, October 17, 9am-12noon.


On Wednesday St James Parish Church Mothers Union held a Ploughman's Lunch, this was followed by a short service. David Rothwell showed some very beautiful slides of a safari in Kenya. David and his wife have done this a number of times, getting to know some of the local people, and taking out educational things and clothing. He was introduced and thanked by branch leader Patricia Parkinson.

On Thursday Slaithwaite Good Companions was introduced and thanked by Patricia Parkinson, the speaker was Robert Wood who gave an entertaining talk on the Hidden Powers of Gemstones and later the opportunity to buy jewellery, cards and novelties suitable for Christmas gifts. The pianist was Maureen Weaving.

On Sunday St James Parish Church Holy Communion service was led by the Rev Robin Townsend, assisted by Raymond Denton who also read the lesson. A welcome was given to Sam Fallows, back here on a visit from Australia. She spoke about the church she now attends and her part in its life there. Happy Birthday was sung to Joan Robinson who celebrated a special birthday this week. The address was given by Simon Parkinson using Psalm 80 as his theme. Patricia Parkinson led the prayers and the music group the singing. The pianist was Hiroko Townsend and the organist was Alvy Whitehead.

The Wesley Guild held its first meeting of the new session on Thursday evening with the devotional section. The president Gordon Ellis welcomed the members and said prayers. he then introduced the speaker, the Rev Mike Smith of Marsden, who gave a talk Our protestant Heritage, and illustrated his comments by bringing along artifacts to examine. Supper was served by the committee ladies and Maureen Weaving was the pianist.

Sunday morning worship was led by Adrian Burton of Netherton. Bessie Whitwam read from Exodus and Dawn Slingsby read from Mark, the story of how Jesus challenged the rich young man and Adrian based his sermon around this. Thanks were expressed to the property stewards by the Ladies’ Fellowship for the refurbishment of the ladies’ room. The organist was Wendy Redfearn. Home-made preserves were sold by Barbara Svensgaard for church funds.