Around the Districts: May 17 - 24

District News


DEWSBURY PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP - Last Monday was a practical night when members went around the Town Hall taking photographs of both the interior and exterior as part of a project. Next week is the judging of the Photo Journalism Competition entries. Contact: 01924 464165, 01924 491306 or visit

DEWSBURY AND DISTRICT RAMBLERS - On Saturday, nine walkers set off from Holme Village and did an 11 mile walk, taking in Ramsden reservoir and Upperthong, before passing Brownhill reservoir and heading back to the start of the walk. Margaret Mitchell was the leader.Tomorrow: Wycoller, this is a B-walk, please meet at the Link Road, Dewsbury, 9.30am. Mollie High will lead.

DEWSBURY NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAM - Meet officers to talk about issues in your area. Today: Dewsbury Library, Railway Street, 2pm-3.30pm. Thursday: Greenwood Centre, Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe, 2pm-4pm; Tesco Express, Leeds Road, 5pm-7pm.

FRENCH CAFE - Monday: Cloggs Cafe, Tithe Barn Street, 4pm-5pm, for coffee and friendly informal conversation in French at all levels. Contact: Elsie King, 01924 461328.

KIRKWOOD HOSPICE LOTTERY - The winners of the latest lottery are: first prize of £750 - 967; second prize of £100 - 463; third prize of £50 - 274; and five prizes of £20 - 9764, 793, 7889, 1129, 9038. To join the lottery, contact: 01484 557913.

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.

OPTIONS CENTRE - Monday: Phab Club, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Tuesday: Yoga, 10am; luncheon club, noon, £3.50, main course, dessert and tea or coffee. Thursday: Luncheon club, noon, £3.50, main course, dessert and tea or coffee; Phab Club, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Contact: Lesley, 01924 438239.

PROBUS CLUB - At last Thursday’s meeting president Ken Wright reported the sad loss of one of the long serving members, Ken Duggleby, who died suddenly at his home in Bennett Lane. Mr Duggleby, who was 83, had been a member of Probus for 22 years. Members observed a minute silence. The speaker was Peter Wrigley who described life where water was scarce in Papua New Guinea,where he taught for a number of years. Past president, Douglas Hird gave a vote of thanks. Reports were given by treasurer Colin Spurr and registrar Tommy Lynn. Next meeting: May 23, AGM.

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL DEWSBURY - Sue Green, a fundraiser for British Heart Foundation ‘mending broken hearts appeal’, the chosen charity of the our new president Janet Town, spoke at the first meeting of the new year. Sue gave an insight into the various means of raising funds for this charity, which aims to raise £50m for research into every aspect of heart connected diseases. Anyone interested in finding out more about S.I. Dewsbury can visit: or call 01924 273694.

SPIRITUALIST CENTRE - Meets at 19 Wellington Road, Dewsbury. Tomorrow: Speaker, Jayne Young. Sunday: Speaker, Jenny Peacock. Monday: Healing, 7pm. Thursday: Open circle, 7.30pm.

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

BAPTIST CHURCH - Sunday’s services were led by the Pastor, and in the afternoon members were involved in the 44th Dewsbury Mini-Walk in support of local charities as well as Christian Aid and CAFOD. The Sunnyside service was on Wednesday. Tomorrow: Christian Aid Mini-Market, outside Longcauseway Church (inside of wet), morning and afternoon. Pentecost Sunday: Power for Life, 10.45am; So that you may believe, 6.30pm. Wednesday: Prayer Evening, 7.30pm. Next Friday, Barbecue and Garden Centre at 8-10 Smithy Brook Lane, Thornhill, all welcome, 6.30pm.

ELIM CHURCH - On Sunday Pastor Sue Nicholls spoke about God choosing the right man for the job, as in the case of the prophet Samuel choosing the next King, David. In light of Pastor Hudson leaving us soon, she emphasized that we need a new pastor full of the Holy Spirit and word of God to lead us in the future. In the evening, at 6pm there was the Worship Service.Tonight: Fuse youth group (11-14), 6.30pm-8pm; Veracious youth group, meets outside church, 8.30pm-10pm. Tomorrow: Samuels group, 6.30pm-9pm. Sunday: Services, 10.30am and 6pm. Monday: House groups, 10.30am and 5pm. Tuesday: Prayer meeting, 10.30am; house groups, 1pm, 7.30pm and 8pm. Youth dance, 7.30pm. Wednesday: Prayer Station, 10am-noon; Kid’s Club, 6pm. Thursday: House groups, 7.30pm.

GOSPEL CHURCH - Sunday Morning ‘Bible School’ last weekend was led by Pastor Bob Ward. Referring to 1 Thessalonians 3, he outlined how all we learn in scripture is preparing us for the return of Jesus. Sunday evening ‘Gospel Praise’ meeting was given over to a time of sharing and testimony. Sunday: Services, 10am and 6.30pm.

LONGCAUSEWAY URC & METHODIST CHURCH - Friday: Mums and Toddlers, 10am; Sanctuary open, 10am-3pm. Saturday: Christian Aid Mini Market, 9.45am-3.30pm. Sanctuary open, 10am-12noon. Sunday: Service conducted by Linda Andrews, 10.30am. Monday: Craft club, 10am. Wednesday: Sanctuary open, 10am-3.30pm; Refreshments, 12noon-3.30pm; Shoppers’ Service, 1pm; Pilots, 6.30pm.

MINSTER CHURCH - Tomorrow: Open air service in the Old Market Place, 11am. Pentecost Sunday: Holy Communion, 10.30am; Service of Confirmation and Holy Communion with the Bishop of Wakefield, 6.30pm. Every weekday morning: Prayer in the Paulinus Chapel, 9am. Wednesday: Holy Communion, noon; Bible Study, 7.30pm. Thursday: Bible study, 1.30pm. The Minster Church is open Monday to Saturday, 9am-3pm. The Refectory is open 9.30am-2.30pm.


ASHWORTH TRA - Monday: Luncheon club, noon-1pm, £1.50. Tuesday: SureStart, 9.30am-11.30am. Wednesday: Coffee morning, 11am-noon, 50p plus raffle. Ashworth TRA Centre, Moorlands Road.


DEWSBURY AND DISTRICT ART CLUB - Monday: St Paulinus Church Hall, Westtown, 6.45pm-8.45pm.

OVER 55S - Next meeting: Wednesday, Alan Markham Smith (vocalist), St Paulinus Hall, 12.45pm-3.15pm.

THURSDAY FRIENDS GROUP - A group for people with dementia-type illnesses and their carers. Thursday: St Paulinus hall, noon-3pm. Contact: Cath or Ronnie Knowles, 01924 515619.

ST PAULINUS - Tomorrow: Vigil Mass, 6.30pm. Sunday: Mass, 9am and 11am. An access bus is available to take people to the 11am service, ring 0113 3481902.


TRINITY CENTRE - Today: Aspirations and achievements group, ladies aerobics, 5.15pm-6.15pm. Monday: KFA Ladies keep fit for mature movers, wear something comfortable, 7.15pm-8.15pm. Tuesday: Luncheon club for over 60s, two course roast lunch for £3.50, noon, phone 01924 437331; Yorkshire Supreme Majorettes, three years and up, 6pm-8.30pm. Wednesday: Art and craft group, 1pm-3pm; social dancing, ballroom and sequence, 2pm-4pm, £2.50 including tea, coffee and biscuits. Thursday: Learn to dance, 1pm-8pm.

TRINITY CHURCH - Today:Fashion Show by Complete Clothing at Trinity. Tickets £4 inc glass of wine and nibbles, 7pm. Saturday: Pentecost Open Air Service, 11am;

125 Years of Wakefield Cathedral – celebration service, 5pm. Sunday: Holy Communion. Music supplied by Hazel Crabb. Refreshments available, 9.30am; Team Parish Confirmation Service by the Bishop of Wakefield at the Minster, 6.30pm. Thursday: Bible study, 7.30pm.


TALEEM TRAINING AND COMMUNITY CENTRE - A programme of activities and classes is available for the community. Sessions include ESOL English for beginners, Bismillah Carers’ Group and Taleem Youth Club. Monday-Friday: Privilege Home Care, Old Building Office, 9am-5pm. For full listings, phone 01924 325147.

T&CO DEMENTIA CAFE - Thursday: Women’s group, Taleem Centre, Orchard Street, 1.30pm-3.30pm.


SENIOR CITIZENS - Tuesday: Lunch club, noon. Thursday: Coffee morning and fresh fruit and vegetables, SureStart Centre in Edge Lane, 10am-11.30am.

Social CLUB - Tomorrow and Tuesday: Modern sequence dancing, 7.30pm-10pm. Monday: Yoga, 7pm, contact Dawn on 01924 848008. Wednesday: Art class, 7.30pm.

SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE - Monday-Thursday: Cafe open, 10.30am-3pm. Monday: Yoga, 1.30pm-3pm; senior youth club, 6.30pm-8.30pm; under-12s training, 6pm-7.30pm. Tuesday: Under-eights training, 6.15pm-7.30pm; under-15s training, 6pm-7pm; under-16s, 6.30pm-7.30pm; under-17s rugby training, 6.30pm; open age training, 7pm-8pm; Zumba, 8.30pm-9.30pm. Wednesday: Under-10s training, 6.15pm-7.30pm; under-12s, 6pm-7.30pm; slimming club, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Thursday: Junior youth club, 4.30pm-6pm; under-8s, 9s and 10s training, 6.15pm-7.30pm; under-15s training, 6pm-7pm; under-16s training, 6.30pm-7.30pm; under-17s rugby training, 6.30pm; open age training, 7pm-8pm; slimming club, 6.30pm-8pm.

TENNIS CLUB - Social tennis: Tomorrow afternoon, Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoon. Junior coaching: Tomorrow morning, The Combs, Thornhill. Contact: Chairman Wade Hyde, 01924 462888.

WOMEN’S TWINNING PROJECT - Tuesday: Exercise, sport and fitness activities, Thornhill Community Science College, Valley Drive, 1.30pm.

METHODIST CHURCH - Tomorrow: Keith Horner and friends will provide an evening of entertainment, 7.30pm. Tickets £4 including tea and biscuits. Sunday: Alistair Ferguson will lead the worship for Choir Sunday, 10.45am; Churches Together Pentecost praise in the grounds or inside if wet, activities, praise and re-telling of the Pentecost story followed by free refreshments and sale of buns by year six pupils from Overthorpe CofE Academy, 2.30pm.

PARISH CHURCH - Tomorrow: Church open, 10am-4pm. Sunday: Pentecost-Holy Communion, 8am; Pentecost-Parish Communion, 9.30am; Churches Together Pentecost praise, activities and praise followed by refreshments, 2.30pm. Tuesday: Buggy praise, 1.30pm. Wednesday: Holy Communion, 10am; Church open, 10.30am-2pm; Cafe open, 11.15am-1.15pm; Bell ringing, 7.30pm-9.30pm.


COMMUNITY CENTRE - Monday: Numeracy course, 9am-11.45am; English, 1pm-3pm. Tuesday: Art class, 1pm-3pm; slimming club, 7pm-9pm; senior youth club, 13-19 years, 6pm-8pm. Wednesday: Baby Bistro, 10.30am-noon; English, 12.30pm-3pm; baby weigh clinic with health visitor, 1pm-3pm; karate, 6pm-8pm; junior youth club, 8-12 years, 6pm-8pm. Thursday: Kiddies’ Korner, 1pm-3pm; ESOL, 1pm-3.30pm.

DEWSBURY AND DISTRICT PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION - Monday: Meeting, Dewsbury Town Hall, speaker tbc, 1.30pm.

OVER 50S - Monday and Wednesday: Bingo, Village Hall and Social Centre, Lees Hall Road, 1.30pm-3.45pm. Trips: Keswick and Windermere, June 11; Morecambe, July 9; Chester, August 13. Members £11, non-members £14. To book, ring Jim on 01924 444231 after 6pm.

VILLAGE HALL AND SOCIAL CENTRE - Tuesday: Tea with Julieanna, sounds of the 30s and 40s, 2pm; Scouts and Cubs, 6.30pm. Wednesday: Fifth Dewsbury Brownies, 6.30pm. Thursday: Sing along with hoot harmony singing, no experience needed, 10.30am-12.30pm; bingo, 2.30pm. Trips: Southport, July 30; Blackpool or Cleveleys, August 7. Pick-up points Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, Batley, 01924 439525, £11.

HOLY INNOCENTS - Sunday: Pentecost Mass, 10am. No midweek mass.


COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION - May 30: Lunch club, 12.30pm. If you are unable to attend ring Sue on 01924 848272.

PARISH CHURCH - Tomorrow: Church open, 10am-4pm. Sunday: Pentecost-Holy Communion, 11.15am; Churches Together Pentecost praise, activities and praise followed by refreshments, 2.30pm. Thursday: Pebble prayers, 10am; church open, 10am-4pm.


WI - Monday: A cheese and wine evening with Dianne Gill from Ivy House Cheese, visitors £3 including supper and a drink, Whitley Community Centre, 7.30pm.


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 May 26: Parish service, 10am. There will be no midweek Mass until further notice.

UNITED REFORMED CHURCH - Last Sunday, the service was a joint service with Longcauseway United Reformed Church. Sunday: Service led by the Rev Mark Robinson, collection for Christian Aid, 10am. Monday: Music group, 7pm. Thursday: Muffins with the Minister, 10am-11.30am.


OVER 50S CLUB - The group meets on Tuesdays for light exercise, line dancing, bingo and trips, membership 50p per week, Dewsbury Moor RLFC Heckmondwike Road, 2pm-4pm. Contact: Florence Smith, 01924 501457.

SCHOOLCROFT TRA - Tuesday: Drop in to report repairs, order new bins or have a chat, 1pm-4pm; meet the estate manager, 2pm-3pm. Contact: Kath, 07768 896870.

ST JOHN’S PRE-SCHOOL - Meets at the old library, 125 Heckmondwike Road. Monday-Friday: 9am-noon, 12.30pm-3.30pm, all day places available, children aged 2+. Contact: Lorraine, 07952049307 or 01924 407987

ST JOHN’S CHURCH - Tomorrow: Open air service for Pentecost, Old Market Place, 11am. Sunday: Quiet service of Holy communion, 9am; morning worship with Baptism, 10.30am; team service confirmation with the Bishop of Wakefield, 6.30pm. Tuesday: Butterflies, coffee morning for adults and children under five, activities, crafts, singing and stories, 9.30am-11.30am. Wednesday: Holy Communion, Dewsbury Minster, noon. Thursday: Bible study, Trinity Church, Batley Carr, 7.30pm. For details of regular activities including Rainbows and Brownies, contact: The Rev Kathy Robertson, 01924 438302 or


16TH DEWSBURY SCOUT GROUP - All Scout sections meet in the schoolroom in Westborough Methodist Church, Green Lane. Tuesday: Beavers, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Wednesday: Cubs, 6.30pm-8pm; Scouts, 7.30pm-9pm. Any adults interested in helping, contact: D Firth, 01924 411421.

METHODIST CHURCH - Today: Brownies and Rainbows, 6pm; Guides, 7.15pm. Tomorrow: Annual plant sale with bric-a-brac, 10am-2pm. Sunday: Service, 10.30am. Monday: Kids club, 6.30pm. Tuesday: Fellowship, 2pm; Beavers, 6.15pm; hobbies and crafts, 7.30pm. Wednesday: Cubs, 6.30pm; Scouts, 7.30pm. Thursday: Purls of Wisdom, craft, coffee and chat, 1.30pm-3.30pm. Contact: 01924 463308.


COMMUNITY CENTRE - Today: ALIENS youth club (11-18 years), 7pm-9pm. Monday: Step by Step Work Club, CV writing, covering letters and job applications, 10am-noon; Kirklees College, English, Maths and IT courses, 11.30am-2pm; after school cricket club, 3.30pm-5pm; senior youth club (13-18 years), 6.30pm-8.30pm. Tuesday: Young People’s Services junior youth club (8-13), 3.45pm-5.45pm; majorettes (five-open age), 5.30pm-9pm. Wednesday: Gardening club, 11am-3pm; after school gardening club (3.45pm-5.45pm); Majorettes (five-open age), 5.30pm-7.30pm. Thursday: Over 50s luncheon club, 11.45am-1pm; bingo club, 1pm-4pm; senior youth club (13-18 years), 6.30pm-8.30pm; fishing club, 6.30pm-8pm. Monday-Thursday: cafe open, 9.30am-1pm.


AGE CONCERN 50 PLUS - The group met last Thursday for games, a raffle and refreshments. Next meeting: Thursday, sea cadets hall, New Street, 2pm-4pm.

BOWLING CLUB - Friday May 24: Walter West Singles, vets’ division club competition, members to sign in by 1.15pm. Sunday June 9: Charity fun day in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 1pm.

MONDAY CLUB - Next meeting: Monday, Earlsheaton CWMC, Commercial Street, 1.30pm.

OVER 60s - Next meeting: Tuesday, refreshments, bingo and raffle prizes, sea cadets hall, New Street, 2pm-4pm.

SEA CADETS - Meets at cadets building, New Street. Tonight: Senior cadets, 12-18 years, 6.45pm-9.10pm. Tuesday: Junior cadets, 10-12 years, 6.45pm-9.10pm; senior cadets, 12-18 years, 6.45pm-9.10pm. More adult volunteers are needed. Contact: Commanding officer Chris Linley, 01924 469586, or Christine Kane, 01924 462796.

ST PETER’S - The Rev A Pollard led the service on Sunday. Prayers J Dibley, readers V Kyle and M Neville. The Manorcroft and York House visit was on Wednesday. Bible study was held on Thursday. Today: Coffee morning, 10am-11.30am; Vivienne’s Kilimanjaro talk, 7pm. Tomorrow: Open air service in the market place, 11am. Sunday: Holy Communion, 11am; Team confirmation service, Dewsbury Minster, 6.30pm.


ST PAUL’S - Sunday: Holy Communion, 10am. Monday: Monday club, 1.30pm. Thursday: Said Communion, 9.30am.


MOUNT TABOR - Sunday: Preparation and prayer, 10am; family service, 11am. Tuesday: Going Bananas, three to 10 years, 6.30pm. Thursday: The Cave, 11-16 years, 6.45pm.