A short service of Remembrance was held at the village war memorial last Sunday and led by Dean Henry Stapleton, who read the names of the fallen. After a two-minute silence, wreaths were laid by representatives of Holme Valley Parish Council, Brockholes Methodist Church and St George's Church. A united service and holy communion followed at St George's Church, which was celebrated by Dean Henry Stapleton. Jean Spencer read the lesson and Elizabeth Mosley was the server. Noel Clarke played the organ. The service was attended by members and friends of both churches.
The Gatehead Methodist Church Christmas Bring and Buy Sale will be held on Saturday, November 28 from 2 to 4pm. The church Carol Service featuring Shepley Band will be held on Sunday December 13 at 3pm. The Christmas Eve Service will be led by the Rev Tim Moore, starting at 9pm. Everyone is invited.
The Rev Steve Dixon led the Remembrance Day service at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday morning. The reader was Louise Vigor and prayers, to musical accompaniment by Jane Robertson on the organ, were led by Stella Southam. As members of the congregation placed crosses at the chancel step, music was played on the cello by William Robertson. The Sunday School children, led by Chris Fletcher, made a banner depicting Remembrance Sunday using poppies. The church service was immediately followed by a short Act of Remembrance outside at the church's lychgate where the Rev Steve Dixon read out the inscribed names on the memorial. Wreaths were laid by Drummond Kelsey and parish councillor Tom Dixon. Rebecca Robertson played The Last Post and, after a minute's silence, Reveille on the trumpet. The congregation adjourned to church for coffee.
Members of the Camera Club met to view a selection of prints by Brian Hemsworth. Ian Gold chaired a meeting of the parochial church council. The Rev Geoff Bamford led midweek communion, when Ian Gold read the lesson. Meetings of the Monkey Business, Over 60s and Tumble Tots groups were held during the week. Ian Gold led Friday prayers.
Volunteers from St David's Church organised a bonfire, fireworks and a hot supper to raise about £600 for church funds.
Parish Eucharist for Remembrance Sunday at St David's Church last weekend was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford. Lessons were read by Helen Woods and Carolyn Burley. Ian Gold led intercessions and the crèche and junior church were led by Joyce Smith and Glynnis Askew. At the Act of Remembrance, the names of the Fallen were read by John Parker and wreaths were laid on behalf of the church, Holme Valley Parish Council and Holmbridge Women's Institute. Richard Wilkinson sounded Last Post. At communion, the chalice was administered by Ian Macdonald. The organist was Jean Chadwick.
Holy Trinity Church held their Service of Remembrance which was led by the Rev Keith Griffin. Poppy wreathes were presented by the Lord Lieutenant, Kirklees Council, Holme Valley Parish Council, Holme Valley Business Association, Holmfirth Rotary, Holmfirth Inner Wheel, Holmfirth Probus and Holmfirth High School. A short service took place at the War Memorial following the main service. Linda and Mike Smithers served refreshments after the service. the church Autumn Fair is being held today (Saturday) from 10am with stalls and refreshments.
On Sunday morning, the Rev Charlotte Lorimar led Holmfirth Methodist Church in a service of thanksgiving and remembrance. Songs were sung by young and old alike in celebration of God’s love for us all. The Gospel reading from John included Christ’s command, to “Love one another as I have loved you’, and His proclamation that, ‘greater love has no man than this, that he lays down his life for his friends”. Psalm 72 was read, and told of God’s work in defending the afflicted, delivering the needy, and rescuing the oppressed. Then, through the radio, the church was linked with the national act of remembrance at the Cenotaph in London. After the two minute silence, Charlotte reminded the congregation how that even today we still see images of soldiers, but now in the poppy fields of Afghanistan; and how although the poppy can be a reminder of suffering, it can also be – not least in its medicinal form – a powerful healer, relieving pain and ultimately bringing peace. Expanding the poppy theme to all creation she reflected on how the world is largely what we make of it - the choice is ours. Later, Elizabeth Shadbolt gave testimony, explaining how she is to travel to Nepal with her husband to undertake pioneering educational work, training teachers. On behalf of the whole church, Margaret Heeley presented her with a gift of support. Charlotte went on to challenge everyone present to think about where they put their energies and asked them what they might be able to do for others. The service concluded with communion, as both a celebration and a reminder of how Christ had also paid the ultimate price for us all.
Members of the Probus Club meeting at the community centre observed silence in memory of Brian Haigh, who had died the previous day. Chairman Martin Dove welcomed new member Richard Walker and the meeting congratulated Neil Tinker, was providing coffee in celebration of his ruby wedding. The speaker was Keith Bottom, who gave a power point presentation called Where the Devil's Quinghai? The talk covered a trip Mr Bottom made as a sales representative for Sellers Engineers to the isolated province of Quinghai in central China to sell carpet making machinery. The talk provided an interesting insight into Chinese business life and culture. Mr Dove proposed the vote of thanks.
Richard Hay was the speaker at a meeting of St Mary's Mothers' Union in the parish room. His story moved from a childhood in Scotland to RAF service in Labrador to a later career in teaching. Brenda Wildman thanked the speaker.
The Remembrance Days service at St Mary's Church last Sunday was led by the Rev David Barnes. Huw Griffiths read the lesson and intercessions were led by Pat and Cliff Green. Jean Cheeseman played the organ. Afterwards, Scissett Youth Band led the procession to the war memorial where wreaths were laid by representatives of various organisations in the village. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire attended the church service and wreath-laying at the memorial.
Evensong at St Mary's Church was conducted by the Rev David Barnes. John Ambler read the lesson and the organist was Jean Chadwick.
The Tuesday prayer breakfast was held at the home of Sue and Graham Dawson. Midweek communion at St John's Church was led by the Rev Keith Griffin, who was also celebrant. Lunch followed in the meeting room.
The St John's Church annual winter fair was held at Holmfirth Civic Hall. Proceeds were for church funds.
The service of Remembrance last Sunday was conducted by the Rev Di Ellerton when the Act of Remembrance, reflection a prayers were given by Les Hopkins. Last Post and Reveille were sounded on the bugle by Ray Thompson. Wreaths were laid on the war memorial by Alan Schorah on behalf of the church, Ann Horn for Upperthong Women's Institute and Mildred Harrison on behalf of Holme Valley Parish Council. The organist was Ian Greenhalgh. Coffee and biscuits were served afterwards.
The service for Remembrance Day at Wooldale Methodist Free Church was led by Margaret Tinker, who read two short passages written by a Canadian Pastor relating to the seriousness and after-effects of war. Peter Coldwell was the organist. Coffee followed the service. There will be no service on Sunday, but normal worship will return on the following Sunday, November 22.
Morning worship at Wooldale Methodist Church was held by Neil Ward. A two-minute silence was held for Remembrance Sunday last weekend. The organist was Sue Ogden.