* Folk singer/star Vin Garbutt was much appreciated at the Village Hall on Saturday. The next Birdsedge Live will host Al Parish on Saturday May 12, tickets from 01484 606230. The Lunch Club this Thursday will be serving pork in apple and onion with potatoes and vegetables followed by college pudding and custard. The following Lunch Club on May 3 will be held at the church hall due to the village hall being used as a local election polling station. The monthly Quiz Night will be on Friday April 27 from 8pm and there will be a Car Boot Sale at Fairleigh Farm on Sunday April 29 from 8.30am - ring 01484 604289 to book.
* Malcolm Jacob took the Sunday service. He talked to the young people about the Titanic and of how his grandfather who lived in Southampton would tell stories of the happenings. 'They' were so sure it couldn't sink. He also read John 20 v 19-31 how Jesus appeared to his disciples who were locked in a room because they were afraid of the Jews. This was a week after he had died on the cross. 'Doubting' Thomas wasn't there and wouldn't believe their story. A week later Jesus again appeared to them in the house and allowed Thomas to feel his wounds saying 'Stop doubting and believe. Because you have seen me, you have believed, blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed'. He also read Hebrews 3 v 1-19 'Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts'. The next service will be taken by Brian Kay. Some pounds 94 was raised with the Lent giving; this has been sent to the Leprosy Mission. Plans were made for the Coffee and Lunches Morning in aid of Kirkwood Hospice to be held in the Church Hall on Bank Holiday Monday May 7, coffees from 10.30 and lunches from 11.30am.
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* On Wednesday April 4 Clayton West WI held their monthly meeting. Speakers were Gwyneth and Debbie from Elite, a beauty and holistic academy in Clayton West. They talked about the treatments they provide and gave samples of products to try as well as advice. There were refreshments and a raffle. The next meeting will be the resolutions on Wednesday May 2 at 7.30pm. Sheffield Folk Chorale will appear in concert at All Saints'' Church, Clayton West, on Saturday April 28 at 7.30pm. Tickets available from church members before the event and at the door - priced pounds 5, inclusive of refreshments.
* Plans are going ahead for the Denby Dale and Cumberworth Gathering on Saturday April 28. Senior citizens from the surrounding areas take time out for an afternoon together. The event takes place at Deny Dale Pie Hall, the local community centre, and involves people of Denby Dale, Upper and Lower Cumberworth, Lower and Upper Denby, Birdsedge and High Flatts. The afternoon consists of entertainment. One year it may be a local brass band and another year a music hall singer or a soloist. A light tea is provided. People who are unable to go can request a packed tea, to be picked up by a relative or friend. During the afternoon a raffle is held with many prizes. Time is spent socialising with old and new acquaintances from 3pm until 7pm. Transport can be arranged for people who cannot walk very far, if requested. During April, volunteers will be going house-to-house collecting and issuing free tickets, inviting people to the gathering. If people do not get a ticket to the event, they are still very welcome to attend and first time pensioners are very welcome. Any queries should be made to Philip or Sarah Robinson (01484 864565).
* Holy Week at St Michael's Church started with the traditional Palm Sunday procession with palms and singing. Each evening of Holy Week there was an inspiring meditation based on The Nail by Stephen Cottrell. Good Friday was celebrated first at Emley Cross and then An Hour at The Cross in church, followed on Easter Eve with an Easter Vigil. A dawn communion service at High Hoyland was well attended by all five of the Upper Dearne Parishes, followed by an Easter Celebration back at St Michael's. This Sunday's services looked at counting God's blessings and the impact of Handsome Thomas - better known as Doubting Thomas - explored in drama, with an evening service of worship and reflection. On April 24 at 7.45pm there is the annual parochial church meeting in church, when new members are elected to the parochial church Council and reports discussed. The next social event is a Fashion Show at 7.30pm on Friday April 27 sponsored by Almond Fashions of Kirkburton, with live models and a wide range of fashions and accessories. Tickets are pounds 6, including wine and cupcakes. The service this Sunday will be a traditional Holy Communion service at 9.15am. There will be no evening service. Everyone welcome!
* It was a very busy afternoon when Shelley Over 60s met in the Methodist hall last Thursday. The whist high of 95 was won by Eunice Ramsden and the low of 68 went to Joan Small and Fred Huddle from eight tables. The bingo line was won by Lilian Armitage and the full house by Ken Cassinelli. Jean Porter and Robin Small shared the prize for the first three numbers on one card. There were eight birthdays to celebrate this week, David Deeley, Lily Walker, Janet Metcalfe, Joyce Taylor, Madge Shaw, Vera Wilkinson (80), Lorraine Radley and Kathleen Fletcher (80). Raffle prizes were won by Lilian Armitage, Sheila Taylor, Margaret Haigh, Jean Jessop, Joyce Booth and Lewis Bower.
* Holy Communion for Easter Sunday at the Methodist church was led by the Rev David Priestnall. Taking part were Rose Merry, Barbara Casson, John and Christine Senior and Ailsa Horton, who was steward. The music group accompanied one of the hymns. Frances Priestnall was organist. Refreshments were served after the service by June Pearson and Jean Leach.
* The service at Skelmanthorpe Wesleyan Reform Chapel on Good Friday evening was one of prayer and meditation. Leader was Carole Senior, the choir was led by Chris Ward and the organ played by Neil Woodcock. John Orton was preacher Easter Monday. Holy Communion was held. Steward was Susan Wright. A Christening was held for baby Stanley, son of Robert Simpson and Warrika Lockwood.