Paul Nocton took Sunday’s service at Birdsedge Church. He talked to the children about how many different types of churches there are. He said it didn’t really matter what the church was called – it was our own personal relationship with God that was important and to remember that He loves all of us. He read from Corinthians to illustrate that when we accept God into our lives we become a ‘new creation’. He used the analogy of the caterpillar and butterfly. Next week’s service will be a Mother’s Day service giving the congregation a chance to share their own reminiscences of Mothers.

A Spring Fair will be held on Saturday April 4.

The coffee morning with lunches on Saturday went well, although quieter than some, raising £228 for the refurbishment of the village hall. Arrangements for new equipment in the hall are under way and the committee is busy with opening plans and events to be held as the finishing date draws near.


The Clayton West UCR Men’s Society held their meeting at on Friday March 13 where the Rev N Percival gave an excellent illustrated show entitled ‘The Eden Project’. The talk started with the lost gardens of Heligan, then moved on to the Eden Project. It was a very informative talk giving some history of the gardens of Heligan which gave a link to the ‘The Eden Project’. The Reverend’s photography was of a high standard and incorporated both stills and motion pictures. The Men’s Society meetings are held in the School room, located behind the Chapel, at the URC Clayton West on alternate Fridays. The next meeting will be the annual general meeting held on Friday March 27 at 7.30pm, Anyone wishing to attend will be most welcome.

At the Methodist Church, last Tuesday the afternoon fellowship enjoyed hearing about the Denby Dale Centre and all the various services it offers. Margaret Firth introduced Jeanette Lodge and Jean Dutton, who are both active at the centre.

Sunday morning worship was led by Alison Caswell, who spoke about the Armour of God. lessons from Joshua and Ephesians were read by Beryl Holt and Les Barber. Stewards were Diana Hunt and Betty Booth, the flowers for the communion table were a gift from Jillian Beevers. Coffee and biscuits, and golden wedding cake from Maxine Lodge were enjoyed after the service.


Roy Griffin was the leader of the second of a series of studies based on Faith, Hope and Love arranged by the Churches Together Committee at Zion Wesleyan Reform Church, Denby Dale.

The children’s club met on Friday evening.

On Sunday morning the members of the Sunday School thought about mothers of the Bible and made Mothering Sunday cards. The evening service was led by Tony Hudson who spoke about suffering. The organist was Robert Nuttall.

On Sunday morning there will be a special Family Service for Mothering Sunday at 10.30am when Lily Gilbert will be installed as the new Sunday School Captain. Phill Kerr from Saltaire will be the preacher at the 6pm service.


On Monday , over 100 singers from the Wakefield Diocese attended a ‘Meet, Eat and Sing’ at the Church of St James the Great, Flockton. The event was led by Gordon Appleton, the Project Director for the Northern Initiative, who rehearsed effective but easily accessible choral music. He introduced Lindsay Gray, the new Director of the world-wide Royal School of Church Music, who was delighted with the large number of participants, and was particularly impressed by the welcoming atmosphere of the church and the friendliness and enthusiasm of those present. The refreshments, hinted at in the name of the event, were provided and served by the ladies of the church.


On the third Sunday in Lent,  pastoral minister Malcolm Tibbott welcomed the congregation to a celebration of Sung Eucharist in All Hallows Parish Church, led by the Rev Graham Whitcroft. Janet Jessop led the prayers and there were readings from the first chapter of St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and the second chapter of the Gospel according to St John. In his sermon Mr Whitcroft took for his theme Supporting the Poor of the World. Gwen Lodge and Margaret Beaumont took up the chalice and paten and Mr Tibbott and Mrs Jessop assisted with the distribution of the Sacrament. Shirley Lingwood and Dennis Goring performed the duties of sidesmen and took up the collection.  After the service the worshippers enjoyed refreshments served by Joy Elson and Pauline Pinder. Doreen Barraclough was the organist.

In the evening members of the congregation joined the young people at The Hub for their monthly service of Cafe Church, Synaxis. They enjoyed milkshakes whilst they watched a NOOMA DVD;  they played a lively game of Bible Myths and in their prayer time wrote their hopes and needs on wood blocks which were then put together to build a model church.The music for the evening was provided by their own Synaxis band,  Hallowed. This youth-led, lively, contemporary act of worship is held on the third Sunday of every month and members extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to join them.

Members of the Burton Friendship Club met at The Hub on Tuesday afternoon and enjoyed a craft demonstration by Betty Wragg who showed them how to make their own birthday cards.  She was thanked by Hazel Ramsay. The raffle was won by Jean Peck and tea and biscuits were served by Mesdames Ellis, Morton and Calvert.


Shelley Over 60s met at the Village Hall for their regular meeting last Thursday. The bingo line was won by Vera Rothson and the full house shared by Eve Astin and Dorothy Jessop. The whist high of 88 went to Vera Wilkinson and the low of 69 to Eve Astin from eight tables. Raffle prizes were won by Ted Blythe, Rose Colburn, Arthur Pollard, Sheila Taylor, Margaret Haigh and Marjorie Johnstone. Birthday greetings were given to Mike Lockwood, Barbara Keaveney, Graham Collins, Vernon Secker and Jean Marsland.


Brockholes Women's Institute met on Thursday in the Methodist Church parlour. This month, Alan Scott from BBC Radio spoke on Golden Memories of Variety. It was a very enjoyable evening of music, jokes and entertaining memories of all the theatres of Huddersfield and the acts they used to put on. Nora Fenwick thanked Alan Scott for his talk.Nancy Greenwood won the competition for a fan.

The Rev John Hardy led worship at the Methodist Church. The third symbol was laid on the Lenten Cross. The organist was Mr Michael Brown.

Parish communion at St George's Church was celebrated by Dean Henry Stapleton. Rosalind Watt read the lesson and Roger Kenworthy was the server. Noel Clark was the organist.

Young people of the AD group met and continued preparation for St George's Day celebrations. They refurbished the dragon and practised singing as well as making African-style clay masks under the supervision of Sue Clay and Kate Drake.


The monthly Film Night was held in the village hall on Friday night when the film The Counterfeiters, a gripping tale set in Germany in the Nazi period, was shown to an audience of over 50 people.

Saturday night in the village hall was the venue for a School Dinners evening, organised by the community association. ‘Pupils’ came dressed for school and enjoyed an evening of fun and school-type food.

At Holy Trinity church on Sunday morning, the Rev Keith Griffin celebrated parish Eucharist. The reader was Joan Warrender and prayers were led by Simon Cave. The organist was Jane Robertson and in his sermon, the vicar tested the congregation on their knowledge of The Ten Commandments.

The Hepworth Ladies Group held a recipe and tasting evening at the home of member Angela Maden on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday evening, in church, the newly elected Parochial Church Council held their monthly meeting .


The Camera Club staged a PhotoShop training session led by Geoff France and Vince Cunningham, Edmund Spavin and Chris Newsome.

On My Way to the Opera House was the title of a talk given by Paul Hudson and Keith Swallow at a meeting of the Women's Institute.

Midweek communion at St David's Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford. Ian Gold read the lesson. Meetings of the Over 60s, Monkey Business and Tumble Tots groups were held during the week. Carolyn Burley led Friday evening prayers.

Early communion at St David’s Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Bamford. The Rev Geoff Banks led parish communion when lessons were read by Ian Macdonald and Glenys McGuire. Carolyn Burley led intercessions and the chalice was administered by Ian Macdonald. The creche and junior church were led by Ben and Helen Cooper. The organist was Ian Blackburn.


Holmfirth Christian Centre's Sunday service started with praise and worship led by Elyjoy and the team, the theme being that of God's love and if we had nothing we would still have God. Ian Sharland spoke God's word titled Where is your treasure' is your trust and faith in material possessions or is it in God,the need to listen to God too get heavenly wisdom, also achieved by reading His word.Readings taken from old and new testaments, Matthew 6:19-21 read from the Message Bible.

The Explorers children’s group, was led by Kathryn Jackson titled: Having to wait for God to answer our prayers. Reading from scripture and asking questions the message was put across by getting some buns out and making the children wait until they could have one. This illustrated you may not always get what you want and when you want sometimes the wait can be a long one. The children then decorated them and ate them.

Friday lunch was a treat for all Vision Plus (over 50 group) members. After the lunch, of beef stew and herb scones with potatoes and vegetables, prepared by Diane Finch, the group had guest speakers, Herbert and Marjorie Cooper from Lawton Community Church. "It was a great afternoon and really inspired the group," said a spokeswoman.

Wednesday evening started with praise and worship and then got down to looking at the scriptures with truly God-inspired teaching that was on fire with the Holy Spirit. This was followed by coffee and tea.

The Third Sunday of Lent was celebrated at Holy Trinity with Parish Eucharist, the Rev Keith Griffin presiding. He was assisted with the chalice by Carlton Tinsdeall. Sue Winter read from Exodus and Brian Shaw led the intercessions. Keith spoke about the ten commandments being the covenant between God and his people - our relationship to him. The commandments were given to the children of Israel to enable them to live in an ordered society. The Annual Meeting was held after the service and Sue Styring and Elizabeth Sheard served coffee. This Sunday the Family Service will start at 10.30.


Family communion at St Mary's Church was conducted by the Rev David Barnes. Andrew Dean read the lesson and intercessions were led by Pat and Cliff Green. On Sunday afternoon, the Rev David Barnes baptised Jessica Louise Martindale, the daughter of Emma and Liam; and Maisie Kate Grove, the daughter of Victoria and Nicholas. Pat Green read the lesson and the organist for the day was Vernon Briggs.

A Lent course on Transforming Lives was held in the parish room. Lent lunches were served by ladies of Trinity and St Mary's churches. Donations for luncheon will go to Honley Aid in Sickness charity.


Friday afternoon coffee was served at the home of Chris and Bob Whitehead to raise £123 for the Mothers' Union in Mara.

Parish Eucharist on Sunday at All Saints’ Church was celebrated by the Rev Geoff Bank. He was assisted by Martin Woodhead, who also led intercessions. The readers were Brenda Brown and Kathryn Hardy. The organist was Geoffrey Byram.


Midweek communion at St John's Church was conducted by the Rev Geoff Banks. Lunch followed in the meeting room.

Family communion at St Jon's Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford, who read the gospel, preached the sermon and was celebrant. Hilary Roberts was the reader and Ray Thompson assisted with the chalice. The organist was Ian Greenhalgh. During the service, the Rev Geoff Bamford baptised Olivia Jane Kaye. Refreshments were served afterwards by Hilary Roberts.


Morning worship at the Methodist Church was led by the Rev Charlotte Lorimer. The organist was Hazel Booth.


The Sunday service at Golcar Baptist Church was conducted by the Rev Chris Thompson who gave the children’s address, the adult address was given by the Rev Ernie Whalley, who is the YBA regional minister. The organist was Calinda Stockhill, the pianist was Chris Woodhead and the servers at communion were Geoff and Anita Ramm.

The annual craft fair was held in the school room at Golcar Providence Church. There were 19 stalls including cakes, Easter egg tombola, and a raffle. Food was served all day and the proceeds for church funds was £1,262. On Sunday morning worship, including communion, was led by the Rev Pam Ward, prayers were led by Stewart Coupland, readings were by Jake Martington and Barbara Brook and the organist was Margaret Israel.

On Tuesday, March 10 the Mother’s Union met in the community room at St John’s Church. Leader Dorothy Holden opened the meeting with prayers and welcomed Margaret Laycock, the church choir leader, as guest speaker, who spoke about her musical background and entertained with some of her favourite songs. Margaret was thanked for a very interesting and informative talk by Marjorie Harrison. The supper ladies Gini Crompton and Heather Royston. Cannon Martin Crompton was the leader of the Parish Communion service at St John’s Church and was also the celebrant for Holy Communion. The old and new testament readings were given by Patricia Walker and Beryl Taylor-Wilkinson, layreader Helen Bentley gave the gospel reading from John Chapter 2 - Jesus Clears the Temple, on which Helen based her sermon. Anne Crosland led intercession prayers. Sunday Club and Sunday Youth joined the latter part of the service and spoke about the Parable of the Lost Coin and the Widows’s Offering, then each child received a gold coin. Margaret Laycock played the piano and Helen Davies the guitar.

Forgotten to buy a Mother’s Day card? Still wondering what to buy as a gift? Bring your mum along to Colne Valley Museum on Saturday March 21 from 10am to 12.30 pm and treat her to coffee and home made biscuits or cakes plus free admission to the museum. We will also have a selection of the beautiful and inexpensive Phoenix cards, stationery and gift wrap on sale as well as a range of plants and gifts from our museum shop. There will be a Bring & Buy stall and home made cakes and preserves for sale too. Tickets: £2-including free admission to the museum and exhibition. Colne Valley Museum, Cliffe Ash, Golcar, Huddersfield. HD7 4PY. 01484 659762 - email:


The Sunday morning service at Christ Church, Linthwaite was led by the Rev Dick Bradnum, who preached, celebrated Holy Communion and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Margaret Hunter and Margaret McQuillan, who also led prayers. The evensong service was led by the Rev Julian Perkins who preached, prayed and gave a blessing. Lessons were read by Derek Horne and Margaret McQuillan. The organist was Rhona Jepson. A book sale and coffee morning raised £161 for church funds.

The Sunday Service at Linthwaite Methodist Church was led by Mrs Jean Barraclough who preached about the Ten Commandments and the different ways we find God.  The readings were from the Gospel of John (Christ in the Temple) and from the First Epistle to the Corinthians in which Paul talked about foolishness.The whole congregation joined in with the reading of Psalm 19  the – communication process between God and man.

Last week the Methodist Sunday School children sold buns in aid of Red Nose day, and were pleased to be able to hand over £62.

Linthwaite Methodist Players are presenting The Happiest Days Of Your Life. a farce by John Deighton on Thursday to Saturday April 2-4 in the Church Centre.  Tickets are on sale now. Contact John and Pat Morrison  on842014.


Morning worship at Marsden United Church on Sunday was led by Rev Jo Archer-Siddall and included Holy Communion. The reader was Jean Broome and the organist was Christine Gledhill.

The Marsden Support Group for Kirkwood Hospice held a coffee morning at the United Church on Saturday, when £167 was raised. The next fund-raising coffee morning will be on Saturday April 18 from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Holy Communion at St Bartholomew's Church was led by the Rev Geoff Clay, the organist was James Harker and Sidepersons were Olivia and Kevin Pursell. Coffee was served by Evelyn Laidlaw, Glenys Ward and Joan Bradbury


At Milnsbridge Christadelphian's’ midweek Bible Class Mr R Eglen from Halifax gave a talk on Jezebel and her Legacy. At the Sunday evening meeting a DVD was shown entitled Bible and Science.

Mrs Richardson and Mrs Armitage called the bingo at Milnsbridge Over 60’s. The raffle prizes were won by Mr John Hoyle, Mrs Margaret Dransfield and Mrs B Richardson. There was a trip to Barden Mill at Nelson, Lancashire and Gordon Riggs Garden Centre.


A pleasant Wednesday afternoon meeting was held at Parkwood Methodist Church with guest speaker Mrs Sheila Armitage demonstrating sugar craft, including animals made with cream eggs. In the chair was Jean Johnson, and the pianist was Kenneth Rothery. Refreshments were served by Betty Sykes and Barbara Beevers.

Marion Lloyd welcomed the congregation to Parkwood Methodist Church on Sunday morning. The preacher was the Rev Peter Bedford and the pianist was Kenneth Rothery. The Lent symbols of a bag, 40 pieces of silver and a verse reading were placed on the cross. Coffee was served after the service by Gareth Beaumont, followed by the general church meeting. In the chair was the Rev Peter Bedford, secretary Sandra McSweeney, treasurer Joe Lloyd, and circuit steward Elaine Nixon. A spring fair will be held on Saturday, March 28, 10am-2pm, with stalls and refreshments at Parkwood Methodist Church, Longwood.


Slaithwaite Good Companions met on Thursday and was introduced by Patricia Parkinson. The speaker was Claire Corrigan who demonstrated several Forever Living Aloe Vera cleansing products. It was an entertaining afternoon and she was thanked by Maureen Weaving who was also the pianist.

The service at St James’ Parish Church on Sunday, after an introduction by the Rev Robin Townsend, was conducted by Nields Junior, Infant and Nursery School. The welcome was by Mrs Mulligan, head teacher, and the songs were led by the children, singing Colours of Day and Shine Jesus Shine. Spring poems by Connie, Martha and Alex of Year 3. The early years and Key Stage I children sang Plant a Little Seed with actions and encore. Mrs Mulligan gave the address with theme New Life. Then a couple of sessions of 10 Questions with Mrs Mulligan and Dominic assisting, which in the end produced an egg from one basket and two two-week old puppies from the other, which were carried around church for everyone to admire and the little ones to stroke. Readings by Eve, Jamie and Ewan of Year 6 about Easter, which was followed by a short drama. More readings by Lucy and Meagan of Year 6, the prayers were led by Maiya, Phoebe, Esther and Samantha, from Year 5. After the last song, Sing for Joy, the closing prayer and blessing was given by Rev Robin. The pianist was Hiroko Townsend, and the organist was Alvy Whitehead. A lovely service, and it was wonderful to see the children perform so well. After the coffee break a short service of Holy Communion was celebrated.

At St James’ Church on Monday evening the Lenten meeting was shared with Slaithwaite Methodist Church, led by Rev Robin Townsend, the theme this week being Growing in God. The meeting next week will be at Carr Lane.

The first ramble to 2009 of the Methodist walking Group took place on Saturday. It was held by Jeanne and David Whitwam. Seventeen members walked from Armitage Bridge up top Beaumont Park and back through Netherton.

Women’s fellowship members were entertained on Tuesday by Mr Douglas Bell of Marsden who shows slides of Anglican churches in Lincolnshire and talked about the organs and organist in those churches. Ann Walker was in the chair and led prayers, She thanked Douglas for a most interesting afternoon. Tea and packed were served by the rota ladies and the pianist was Maureen Weaving.

Mr Gordon Ellis was chairman for the Wesley Guild on Thursday and opened the meeting with prayer. He welcomed the speaker the Rev Alan R Boyd who gave a most informative talk on the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Gordon thanked him for giving such a thought provoking talk. Supper was served by the committee ladies of the Devotional section.

Sunday worship at the Methodist Church was led by the Rev Vere of Halifax. The bag of coins was presented to the cross and the Lenten readings were by Wendy Redfearn and Marjorie Crowther. The Rev Vere opened the service by reading Psalm 84 and Maureen Weaving read from Exodus -The Ten Commandments and Gordon Ellis read from John - Jesus clears the Temple of the money lenders. The organist was Margaret Stephenson.