June 2013

It has been announced in all the churches in the Benefice that our Vicar, Rev Chris Wray, is to retire at the end of August with his last service being the Benefice Service on 25 August.  We wish him well as he prepares for his retirement and for his new life in Barkisland.  We can’t say at this stage how long it will be until a new Vicar is appointed.  There will be more on the Interregnum shortly. The results of this month’s 100 Club are: £100 Kathleen Mazey (33), £50 Stuart Phillips (1), £25 David Ashton (21).  Kathleen is … Read more…

Divine Feasts

Divine Feasts is a follow-up to Divine Delicacies which was produced in 2008 and raised over £2500 for the Restoration Fund.  This book also involves just about everyone in the valley, ranging from residents to local restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways, a farm shop, schools, a newsagents and a post office.  It includes a lot of interesting food facts, amusing accounts of feasts and quotes from literature on eating and drinking.  One of the most fascinating bits of local history in the book is how shopping has changed in the village since the 1950s.  A list has been compiled of the shops around … Read more…

May 2013

On Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May, the sun shone on Mill Fold and St Bart’s raised £280 for church funds at Ripponden Gala.  This year we launched our new Human Fruit Machine which was great fun and proved a popular attraction.  Plants, home-made sweets and buns went down well and were a near sell-out. The following Friday, just four days later, the weather was so appalling that we packed up early from the charity market stall in Halifax, having raised only £150 for general funds.  A week later we held a Beetle Drive which took some of us back to … Read more…

Children at St Bartholomew’s

Little Fishes, our group for pre-school children and their carers, celebrated Easter at our April meeting. We heard the Holy Week and Easter story, after which the children decorated a garland with pictures of the main Easter events. Next month we will be having a ‘picnic’  as we will be looking at the feeding of the five thousand.

April 2013

100 Club   The winners from the April draw were: 1st Prize £100 – June Wood no. 8 2nd Prize £50 – Wilf Jones no. 14 3rd Prize £25 – Kathleen Mazey no. 32   There are currently 76 members of the 100 Club.  The proceeds will be used to maintain and improve the Church and the Community Centre, so by joining you will be helping to safeguard not only the Church but facilities for the community groups who regularly use the Centre.   There are application forms at the back of St Bart’s or you can email your address to: … Read more…


The second draw of the 100 Club was made today.  Congratulations to the 3 winners: £100 – Sophie Mugglestone (39); £50 – John W Teasdale (23); £25 – Jean Moodie (28)

Easter Services 2013

24th March Palm Sunday 8.00am Holy Communion Joint with Stones. 9.30am at Stones, Service and Walk of Wwitness. 11.00am Service at Ripponden 6.30pm   Evening Prayer at Ripponden   Holy Week 26th March 7.30pm Holy Communion 29th March Good Friday 9.30 am Children’s Workshop and Service. 2.00pm Hours devotion 7.30pm Dramatic Readingof the Passion Gospel-the last hours in the life of Jesus   31st March Easter Day 8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Sung Eucharist 6.30pm Sung Evensong

February 2013

The first draw of the 100 Club was drawn during coffee this morning, after the service.  The winners were: 1st prize £100 – Sue Spencer 2nd prize £50 – Ian Turner 3rd prize £25 – Wilf Jones We now have over 70 members, but it is not too late to join.  See Home page for more details.

January 2013

After another busy year of fund-raising and social events at St Bart’s in 2012, culminating in the successful 3rd winter market on 8 December, the year has got off to a delayed start due to snow.  Last Saturday, 19 January, we reluctantly postponed the Epiphany Supper due to the weather.  It will now be held on 9 February. The 100 Club now has nearly 70 members so the first draw can be made in February, once all the standing orders and cheques have been processed.  New members are still welcome – the idea is to have 100 members but the … Read more…

Christmas services:

    Thursday 20 December: 7.30 pm – Nine lessons & Carols Sunday 23 December: 10.00 – Benefice Service Christmas Eve: 5.30 – Christingle; 11.30 -Midnight Communion Christmas Day: 8.00 – Holy Communion; 9.30 – Sung Eucharist Sunday 30 December: 10.00 Benefice Service at Barkisland