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St James' Mothers Union held their monthly meeting after short service, led by branch leader Pat Parkinson. She introduced June Bottomley and friend Christine, who spoke and showed slides of their visit to Ivanova in Belarus. Each year a container of aid and a minibus of volunteers visit a school where the aid is distributed to families. June and Christine are foster carers and they described the great need to help and raise funds for this worthy cause.

Speaker at a meeting of the Good Companions was James Greig of Leprosy Mission, who gave a slide show of the Mission's work. He was introduced and thanked by Bessie Whitwam, who also presented a cheque, and other money, donated by members during the year. Tribute was paid to Muriel Sykes, a long-serving member whose funeral was held the previous week. Maureen Weaving read a poem which had formed part of the funeral service.

Rev Robin Townsend led St James' service of Remembrance on Sunday. He was assisted by Raymond Denton. The book of remembrance was placed by Joan Garside and the young uniformed organisations presented their colours. A lesson was read by Jean Lobley, Pat Parkinson offered prayers and Rev Robin read the sermon. A cross of poppies was presented by Hilda Haigh on behalf of the church and placed before the rolls of honour as a tribute to the fallen. Music was provided by Slaithwaite Brass Band and organist was Alvi Whitehead. Afterwards, the band played at a service at the War Memorial led by Rev Robin Townsend, when many wreaths were laid.

The Methodist Women's Fellowship met on Tuesday afternoon. Bessie Whitwam was in the chair and led prayers. In the absence of a speaker, the group discussed Christmas lunch arrangements and future speakers for the new year. Tea and cakes were served and pianist was Maureen Weaving.

The devotional section of the Wesley Guild met on Thursday evening. Gordon Ellis, chairman, led opening devotions and introduced speaker the Rev Mike Smith of Marsden, who spoke on The Biggest Visual Aid Of AII. His talk was based on The Temple of Solomon and he brought along his own crafted model to illustrate his talk. Supper was served by the section ladies.

A Christmas Fair was held in church on Saturday, with a variety of stalls manned by church members and guests. Teas, coffees and biscuits were served by the chapel ladies and pounds 425 was raised for church funds. The effort was organised by Barbara Svensgaard and Wendy Blackburn.

Deacon Jill Atkinson-Heck led the Remembrance service on Sunday. Members of the congregation contributed with memories of family and friends and a two minutes' silence was observed at 11am. Barbara Svensgaard read from Thessalonians and John Scott from Matthew - The Story of the 10 Bridesmaids. Organist was Wendy Redfearn.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 15, 2008
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