Church: The service was taken by Tony Hudson and the Huddersfield branch of the Christian Bikers’ Association. Chris talked about Pringles and asked people if they would like one – adults could not get their hands into the tube but children did. ‘Let the little children come unto me’ – we should all make our faith like that of children simple and uncomplicated. He told two stories, one about the lost hot air balloonist who went down low to ask directions form an IT person, the other about a suggested conversation between Lord Nelson and Mr Hardy if Health and Safety regulations had been in place at the time of the Battle of Trafalgar. Both were very amusing but showed how complicated life is nowadays. Glenn read Job 32 v1-10. Elihu was frightened to speak up for Job because he thought older people were wiser and they were saying Job was wrong. The younger boy spoke the simple truth, not the convoluted explanation the older men were offering. We should all ‘keep it simple’ because that’s how God wants it to be. This week’s communion service will be a worship service.

Village Hall: The singalong version of ‘The Sound of Music’ went down very well last Saturday. A Craft Fair will be held in the Hall on Sunday 22nd November, a few stalls are still available – ring 01484-606533 for a booking form.

The Return of the Village Bonfire is being organised for next Thursday November 5. It will be held on the recreation ground from 6pm. Refreshments will be available. No items for the bonfire or fireworks are required.

Hospice Support Group: Lunches were served in the Church school room raising £394. Many thanks to all supporters. The helpers, especially the new ones, were greatly appreciated. The next event is a Coffee Morning in the Village Hall on Saturday November 21.

The Birdsedge Church Autumn Fair will open at 11.30 am on Saturday November 7. Cakes and preserves will be on sale and lunches will be served.


The 8am communion at All Saints’ Church, Clayton West, led by Joy Cousans, was followed at 9.15am with Morning Worship led by Cath Reardon. Alex Collins and Kathryn Hullah delivered the readings for Bible Sunday from The Book of Isaiah (Chapter 55 v1 – 11) and the gospel of John (chapter 5. 36b- end) respectively. Alan Reardon, in his talk, reflected upon the relevance that the bible has in our lives today and in particular how this morning’s readings from John and Isaiah contain a message as true today as it was all those centuries ago. Alan Reardon also led the intercessions. The organist for this mornings worship was Jonathan Newcombe. After the service Jane Stanley and Gail Banks served refreshments.

At the Clayton West Methodist Church the morning service of Holy Communion was led by the Rev David Priestnall, who spoke about Faith in God leading us to possibilities of Discipleship and Service. Lucie Froggatt gave readings from Mark. Peter Holt and Wendy Barber did a sketch about the Disciples James and John, and their conversation of what might happen to Jesus in the future. Stewards were Maxine Lodge and Betty Booth, Maxine assisted at Holy Communion. Flowers for the communion table were a gift from Emily Flack. After the service Rosalyn Beevers served coffee & biscuits.


On Sunday at the Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel the Harvest Festival was held commencing with a family service in the afternoon. At this service members of the church and Sunday School presented their gifts of fruit and vegetables. The members of the Sunday School presented a demonstration “The Harvest Table”. In the evening a Thanksgiving service was held. The speaker at both services was Phil Kerr from Saltaire who spoke about God’s Harvest and the Christians’ need to tell others.Pianist for the day was Robert Nuttall. A buffet tea was served between services.

On Monday evening there was entertainment presented by the church and Sunday School members followed by an auction conducted by Derek Booth and a supper. The weekend raised £620 for Chapel funds.


Emley Brass Band gave a concert to a full Emley Parish Church on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning the Rev John Marsh led and celebrated Holy Communion. Esther Ryder and Sallie Dickins read the Bible, Carol Clough led prayers and Malcolm Jessop played the organ.


There were two services in All Hallows Parish Church on the twentieth Sunday after Trinity. The congregation were welcomed by pastoral minister, Mr Malcolm Tibbott. The morning celebration of Sung Eucharist was led by the Rev Robert Chambers. There was a reading from the seventh chapter of the letter of St Paul to the Hebrews given by Mrs Joanne Smith and Mr Chambers read from the tenth chapter of the Gospel according to St Mark. During the service Mr Chambers baptised and welcomed into the fellowship of the Church, Madison Ruby Barnard. In his sermon he took for his theme Jesus healing the blind beggar. Mr and Mrs Russell Smith took up the chalice and paten and pastoral ministers, Mrs Betty Cross and Mr Tibbott, assisted with the distribution of the Sacrament. Mrs Margaret Haigh and Mrs Edie Brook performed the duties of sidesmen and took up the collection. After the service the worshippers enjoyed refreshments served by Mrs Christine Rangeley and Mrs Pauline Pinder. In the evening the Rev Joyce Jones led a special service of Songs of Praise which was attended by worshippers from our six ‘Cluster Churches’: Kirkburton, Shelley, Shepley, Upper Cumberworth, Denby Dale, and Denby. Mrs Janet Craven read from Psalm 150: Praise ye the Lord, and together they sang a selection of favourite hymns accompanied by Mrs Doreen Barraclough and the musical talents of Mrs Jean Selbie and churchwarden, Mr John Keighley.

The Burton Friendship Club met for their weekly meeting at The Hub on Tuesday. Member, Mrs Mary Slack, gave a talk about a holiday she had taken in Gambia entitled A Sunny Christmas. She spoke about how she had enjoyed meeting the local people and watched them at work making sand pictures, wood carving and creating intricately dyed fabrics using the batik process, to earn their living. She talked about how many grew vegetables and fruit to sell in the local markets and visited a compound where families lived in small, square houses built of breeze blocks and with just bare essentials. Mrs Hazel Ramsay thanked Mrs Slack and invited them to look at some of the souvenirs she had brought back. Mrs Margaret Metcalf won the raffle and tea and biscuits were served by Mesdames Calvert, Ramsay and Sutcliffe.


Shelley Over 60s Club met at the Village Hall last Thursday when members helped celebrate the 65th wedding anniversary of Jack and May Elliott with cake and sherry. The bingo line was won by Sylvia Stevenson and the full house by Arthur Pollard from seven tables. The whist high of 89 went to Gordon Burgin and Ruth Sheffield and the low of 62 to Walter Astin. Raffle prizes were won by Bessie Usher, Margaret Haigh, Molly James, Walter Astin, Margaret Laycock and Connie Roberts. Birthday greetings went to Geoff Harrison and club secretary Olwyn Berry. New members John and Anita Wood were welcomed to the club. There will be a lunchtime concert at the parish church on Monday November 2 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm with Nancy Whittaker.


Preacher for Sunday morning service at the Wesleyan Reform Chapel was Mr Frank Race of Barnsley. Bible readings were from Mark. John Orton was the pianist and refreshments were served after the service by Susan Wright.