HOLMBRIDGE At St David's church the Light Cafe was |open on Tuesday morning.The Wednesday morning Holy Communion service was led by the Rev Nick Heaton, followed by the weekly meeting of the "Monkey Business" Toddler Group. This was followed by free lunches which were served in the West End room. On Sunday morning the Parish Communion service with Creche and Junior Church was led by the Rev Geoff Bamford. Lessons were read by Peter Darley and Kathryn Kingdom. The chalice was administered by Ian Gold and intercessions led by Jean Chadwick who was also the organist.
HOLMFIRTH At Holmfirth Methodist Chruch all are |welcome to join in the singing of carols in the Holmfirth Co-op on Wednesday, December 16, 6.30-8pm, to raise money for Christian Aid. All are also welcome to the Nativity Service at 10.15am and/the Carol Service at 6.30pm on Sunday, December 20. This week, Terry Frost took the service on the theme of the Light of the World. The cobngregation was challenged by the questions: Do we take Jesus for granted, as we do the electriciy in our homes? Are we hid-ing in the darkness or embracing the light and joy Jesus offers? Are we reflecting that light into the world? Holme Valley residents are being |encouraged to have their say on the masterplan for development in Kirklees. Holme Valley Vision, a resident-run development group for the area, is encouraging villagers to look at www.kirklees.gov.uk/localplan or at Civic Centre 3, in Hudders-field. Margaret Dale, of Holme Valley Vision, said: "Please let the council know what you think and help to make the Holme Valley a great place to live and work and to visit."
HONLEY Trinity Church was filled with Christ-|mas Trees on December 5 provided and decorated by various local groups. This was the beautiful setting for the Women's Fellowship carol service held on December 8 and led by Joyce Draper. As well as singing well-known carols two seasonal poems written by Ruth Pugh were read out by her mother, Margaret Sheppard. At the close of the service the Fellowship members were treated to a tasty afternoon tea.
SCHOLES At Scholes Methodist Church on Sun-|day, December 13, Amy and Edward Booth were the door stewards at the third Sunday in Advent Service. Minister the Rev Jo Brown led worship when Holy Communion was celebrated. Sophie, Eleanor and Roz lit the candle and Carole Quarmby was the organist. Peter Lockwood read from Zephaniah chapter 3 verses 14-20 and Philippians chapter 4 verses 4-7. After the service June, Margaret, Andrea and Cynthia served coffee and biscuits.
WILSHAW A good congregation enjoyed St Mary's |carol service last Sunday evening. The Rev Judy Kenworthy led the service as everyone thought about the good news of Jesus and his nativity. The choir sang three items accompanied by the music group and lessons were read by Elizabeth Pearson, Monteena and John Shepherd and Linda Dunn. Kim Howe led the intercessions and the children helped with the talk and lighting the third candle on the Advent wreath and they also sang Away in a Manger. A presentation was made to Elizabeth Pearson to mark her 25th anniversary as the church organist. Mince pies and mulled wine were served following the service.
WOOLDALE At Wooldale Methodist Church morn-|ing worship was led by the Rev Helen Roberts and pianist was Sue Ogden. Refreshments were served. Next week's worship is at 10.30am and the Carol Service at 6.30pm will be led by Rev Richard Thompson. All welcome.
LANGUAGE students got tongues wagging when they attended a charity ball.
Pupils of Meltham's Modern Language School helped to raise PS1,027.50 for Cancer Research at an event organised by teachers at Meltham Golf Club.
Seventy people bought charity tickets to attend the dinner and disco, while many of the pupils donated by buying raffle tickets.
Local businesses also helped out with the fundraising by donating the prizes, which ranged from meals out, crafts, rounds of golf and artisan foods.
Pictured are French teacher Dominique Rebout, Italian teacher Vicky Addy and Portuguese and Spanish teacher Lynne Hill