Mirfield district news: April 26 - May 3

This week’s district news:


MEET YOUR REPORTER - Today: Meet a journalist from the Mirfield Reporter for a chat or to pass on potential stories. Cafe Boo, Huddersfield Road, 10am-11am.

MIRFIELD ARMY CADET FORCE - Monday and Thursday: Parades, Crowther Road, 7pm-9pm.

BIRSTALL WOODTURNING CLUB - The club is based at Unit 46, Holme Bank Mills, Station Road. Opening hours: Monday, 9.30am-3pm; Tuesday, 9.30am-2.30pm; Wednesday, 7pm-9pm; Thursday, 9.30am-3.30pm; Saturday, 9am-1pm. Contact: Kaspar on 01924 274515 or visit www.birstall-woodturning-club.co.uk.

CHILDREN’S CENTRE - Today: Baby massage, 1pm-2.30pm, booking essential; playgroup sessions, 9.30am-11am. Monday: Jolly babies singing session, 1.15pm-1.45pm; Musical Toddlers singing session, 2pm-2.30pm. Tuesday: Childminder support group, 9.30am-11.30am. Wednesday: One Stop Shop information session at St Andrew’s Methodist Church. Thursday: Stay and Play, 1pm-3pm. Contact: 01924 326622.

CHORAL SOCIETY – Monday: St. Andrews Methodist Church, Old Bank Road, 7.30pm. Four week tasters available, no audition required. Contact: Duncan Smith, 01924 495395

COMMUNITY CENTRE - Today: U3A art, 10am-noon; U3A quilting group, 10am-noon. Monday: U3A painting, 10am-noon; U3A needlecraft, 2pm-4pm; senior youth club, ages 13-19, 5.30pm-8pm; Indiability, young people’s charity fundraising group, 6pm-9pm; samurai martial arts training, over 14s, 7.30pm-9pm. Tuesday: Sketching class, 1.30pm-4pm; U3A table tennis, 2pm-4pm; Mirfield First Scouts, 6pm-9pm. Wednesday: U3A local history group, 10am-noon; yoga class, 1.30pm-3pm; junior youth club, ages 8-12, 5.30pm-8pm; Footprints, young people’s journalism project, 6pm-9pm. Thursday: Senior citizens’ activities, 2pm-4pm.

EVENING TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD - At the group’s last meeting, Dorothy Needler welcomed members and introduced Terry Frost who gave a talk, Humour In Banking. He was thanked byu Jean Rounding. Thursday May 16: Caritas, old time music hall, Church House, Church Lane, 7.30pm.

HAPPY MEMORIES GROUP - A group for people with dementia-type illnesses and their carers. Tuesday: St Andrew’s Church, noon-3pm. Contact: Cath or Ronnie Knowles, 01924 515619.

LADIES’ LUNCHEON CLUB - Friday May 3: Speaker Dr Liz Higgins, formerly of Kirkwood Hospice, the Pear Tree Inn, Huddersfield Road, 12.30pm.

LADIES’ PROBUS - At the group’s last meeting, president Margaret Carson welcomed 47 members and Dr John Hargreaves gave a talk, Yorkshire History Makers. Thursday: Bring and buy sale, Salvation Army, Huddersfield Road, 2pm. Contact: Joan Eddings, 01924 505326.

DEWSBURY/MIRFIELD MUSIC CENTRE - Today: The Mirfield Free Grammar, Kitson Hill Road, 5pm-7.30pm. Contact: 01484 426426 or visit www.kirkleesmusicschool.org.uk.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAM - Meet officers to talk about issues in your area. Tomorrow: Co-op, Huddersfield Road, 2pm-4pm.

OVER 50S GROUP - At the meeting on April 12, the group was entertained by Wayfarers Revival. At the last meeting, the group were entertained by The Singing Postman and names were taken for a trip to York’s Chocolate Story on Friday May 3. Today: Entertainer Amie Ray, Zion Baptist Church, 2pm.

PROBUS - Thursday: Salvation Army, Huddersfield Road, 10am.

ROTARY CLUB - Monday: Meets at Dewsbury District Golf Club, Sands Lane, 6.30pm.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION - Wednesday: Junior section, Old Colonial, Dunbottle Lane. Tuesday May 8: Old Bank Club, 7.45pm.

SAFE ANCHOR TRUST OPEN WEEKENDS - Saturday May 4-Monday May 6: Free 50-minute canal boat rides on the Calder and Hebble Navigation with the Safe Anchor Trust, Shepley Bridge Marina, 10.30am-4pm.

SENIOR CITIZENS’ ACTIVITY GROUP - Thursday: Chair-based exercises and games, Mirfield community centre, Water Royd Lane, 2pm.

SPEN VALLEY-BERGKAMEN EXCHANGE GROUP - Wednesday: Social evening, Mirfield Social And Constitutional Club, St Paul’s Road, 8pm. The group runs events throughout the year and exchanges visits to Germany in alternate years. Contact: Eric, 01924 404443.

SALVATION ARMY - On Sunday, morning worship was led by captains Tony and Mavis Goodwin, retired officers from Bradford. Evening worship was led by Tina Rankin. Today: Lunch club, noon; Activate kids club, five to nine years, 5.45pm. Sunday: Prayer meeting, 9.30am; morning worship led by Majors Alan and Marie Hickman, 10am; Messy Church, 3pm. Monday: Lunch club, noon; Home League, 1.15pm. Tuesday: Edward Bear Parent and Toddler Club, 10am and 1pm; 345 Club, 3.45pm. Wednesday: Edward Bear Parent and Toddler club, 10am; Bible study, 7.30pm. Friday May 3: Lunch Club: noon; Activate kids club, five to nine years, 5.45pm.

ST AIDAN’S CATHOLIC - Today: Mass, 10am. Tomorrow: Vigil Mass, 6.30pm; An Evening With Gill, 7.45pm. Sunday: Mass with readers Chris Hudson and Liz Higgins, First Holy Communion of Carys Dudley, Isabella King and Emilia Rodrigues, 9.30am. Tuesday: First Communion meeting. 5pm. Wednesday: Mass, 10am, followed by Lectio Divina. Thursday: SVP meeting, 7pm.

ST ANDREW’S METHODIST - Street Prayers this week are for Northway Crescent. Sunday: Mornin worship led by Kingsley Hill, 10.30am, followed by cake stall; circuit united service for Christian Aid, Morley, 6pm. Tuesday: Toddler group, 9.30am; support group for dementia sufferers and carers, afternoon. Friday May 3: Coffee morning.

MIRFIELD TEAM PARISH - Tomorrow: Choir practice, 4.30pm. Sunday: Holy Communion, St Mary’s, Church Lane, 8.30am and 9.45am; Holy Communion, St John’s, Upper Hopton, 11.15am, Sunday school for children over two. Monday: Afternoon tea, St Mary’s Community Centre, Church Lane, 2pm-4pm. Wednesday: Holy Communion followed by brunch and open church, St Mary’s, Church Lane, 10am-3pm; afternoon tea, Croft House, Upper Hopton, 2pm-4pm. Thursday: Holy Communion followed by coffee, St Paul’s, Eastthorpe, 10am. To book weddings or baptisms see Kath at the parish office, Wednesdays at 6.30pm-7pm, Thursdays at 1pm-4pm or Fridays 9.30am-12.30pm, or call 01924490167. Contact: The Rev Hugh Baker, 01924 505790 or vicar@mirfieldteamparish.org.uk; visit www.mirfieldteamparish.org.uk.

TRINITY METHODIST - Street prayers this week are for Lady Heton Close. Today: Coffee morning, church vestibule, 10am-11.30am. Sunday: Morning worship and Holy Communion led by the Rev Alison Crookes, 10.30am, followed by annual church meeting, bring and share lunch. Monday: Gingerbread single parents friendship group, 10.30am, call 07811487372. Wednesday: Midweek communion, St Andrew’s, 9.30am; coffee and quiet reflection, 10am-11.30am; soup lunch, Scout hut, Trinity Street, noon. Thursday: House fellowship, home of Philip Bailey, 7.30pm.

WELLHOUSE MORAVIAN CHURCH - Sunday: Church lunch service led by Neil Saville, noon. Tuesday: Women’s fellowship, 1.45pm.

ZION BAPTIST CHURCH - Tomorrow: Coffee morning, 10am. Sunday: Service led by the Rev Terry Pottle, 10.30am. Water Royd Pre-school: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9.30am-2.45pm; Tuesday and Friday. 9.30am-12.30pm. Monday: Prayer and Bible study, the Manse, 2 West Royd Drive, 2pm; slimming club, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Friday May 3: Over 50s, 1.30pm-4pm.


CROFT HOUSE - Art group: Today, 1.30pm-4pm, and Monday, 7pm-9pm. Contact: Gail, 01924 508848. Yoga: Tuesday, 1.30pm-3pm, and Wednesday, 7.45pm-9.15pm. Open house: Wednesday 2pm-4pm. Keep Fit: Thursday, 7pm-8pm. Playgroup (two to five years): Monday and Thursday, 9.30am-3pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am-noon; contact Sharon on 07989 212296.

HOPTON IN BLOOM - Wednesday: Volunteers meet at Croft House car park, 9.30am.


With Margaret Mallaband

CHRIST THE KING - At last Sunday’s service we welcomed the family and friends of Willow Evangeline Riley as they brought her to church for her Baptism. It was wonderful to see the church full of people supporting this child in the start of her journey in the life of Christ. Sunday afternoon saw the anniversary service of 25 years of the Wakefield-Mara Link, in Wakefield Cathedral. Tuesday saw the UK Premier of I-Way the movie, on Wednesday, The Extra Mile focussed on Rembrandt’s painting The Prodigal Son, and on Thursday, the funeral of Margaret Banks took place.

COMING EVENTS - Sunday: Annual meeting, 11.30am. Thursday May 9: Deanery Ascension Day service, Trinity Church, South Ossett, 7.30pm. There will also be a Songs of Praise for Pentecost event at Christ the King - more info later.


COMMUNITY CENTRE - Monday and Thursday: Youth group, eight-12 years, arts, crafts, drama and games, 6pm-7.15pm, 20p. Tuesday: The Dewsburyites youth theatre group for all ages, putting on plays and musical shows, 7pm-8.45pm, £2.

FRIENDLY CLUB - An over 50s group which meets for refreshments, chat, gentle chair exercises, quizzes, speakers and outings. Tuesday: Ravensthorpe Community Centre, Garden Street, 10am-noon.

WOMEN FIRST - A self-help group for women over 18 who suffer from depression, low confidence or anxiety or who simply want to get involved in new activities and meet new friends. Monday: Yoga, 1.15pm-2.30pm. Thursday: Exercise and toning session, 10am-11am. Sessions £1.50. Contact Sughara, 0794 339 9488, or call in to the Addas Centre, 652 Huddersfield Road.

ST SAVIOUR’S CHURCH - Sunday: Parish service, 10am. There will be no midweek Mass until further notice.

UNITED REFORMED CHURCH - Last Sunday, the service was led by Mary Broomhead and the organist was Joyce Patterson. Sunday: Service led by Isobel Templeton, 10am. Monday: Music group, 7pm. Thursday: Muffins with the Minister, 10am-11.30am.


DEWSBURY AND DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY - Last meeting was a practical night when two male models were used for portraiture , still life set-up and a CS photoshop demonstration. Next week: AGM. Contact: 01924 464165, 01924 491306 or visit www.dewsburyphoto.com/home.

DEWSBURY AND DISTRICT RAMBLERS - On Wednesday 17, 31 members walked from Bickerton to Hunsingore via Cawthorpe. This was a circular walk of five-and-a-half miles featuring pastures, woodland and riverside and interesting churches. Amy Lynch and Tessa Thompson led. On Saturday 20, 15 walkers set off from Thorner near Leeds and did a seven-and-half-mile walk. The walk went through field paths and woodland to the beautiful village of Bardsey where the walkers stopped for sandwiches before continuing back to Thorner. Maureen and Norman Dewhirst led. On Sunday 21, 11 members walked 11 miles starting off at Downham, taking in Pendle Hill and Barley village. David Lodge was the leader. Sunday: Hayfield and Kinder. This is a B-walk. Please meet at Wellington Road car park, Dewsbury at 8.30am. Stuart Gledhill is the leader. Wednesday: Harewood round. This is a C-walk. Please park off the A61 before Harewood. Maureen and Norman Dewhirst will lead.

DROP IN SERVICE - Monday: Rosewood Centre, Dewsbury and District Hospital, 10am-4pm. Contact: senior sister Julie Pagan or sister Carol Parker, 01924 512039.

KIRKWOOD HOSPICE LOTTERY - The winners of the latest lottery are: first prize of £750 - 2643; second prize of £100 - 10454; third prize of £50 - 8342; and five prizes of £20 - 3773, 2189, 377, 527, 6863. To join the lottery, contact: 01484 557913.

THE NERVE CENTRE KIRKLEES - Supports people with neurological conditions and those who care for them. Wednesday: Stronger Together, The Options Centre, 10.30am-2pm. Sessions include activities, therapies, support, advice and information about the management of the condition. Contact: Stella or Richard, 01484 469853, Wednesdays or Fridays.

NORTH KIRKLEES AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP AND FRIENDS - The group organises regular activities for autistic and special-needs children, including siblings. Contact: Kath on 0777 253 4625 or Maggie on 0773 821 8784.

VOLUNTEERING KIRKLEES - Thursday: Drop-in session, Dewsbury Library, Railway Street, 10am-1pm. Contact: 01484 518457.