Poppies

  Poppies have been planted across the new diocese as a joint act of remembrance for the centenary of World War One. Wednesday 30 April, was designated as Poppy Planting Day and, as Ripponden Guides meet on a Wednesday, they planted the seeds on our behalf.   They have scattered them in the gardens to the south (by the river) and to the east of church.

Easter Services 2014

Palm Sunday 13 April  8.00 Holy Communion 9.30 –  Sung Eucharist at St Bart’s; Walk of Witness to Stones Church for the end of the service Maundy Thursday 17 April 7.30 pm  Eucharist and Watch Good Friday 18 April 9.30 Children’s Workshop and Service 2.00 pm Hour’s Devotion with Stones Church Easter Day 20 April 9.30 Sung Eucharist  

100 club

At the PCC meeting held on 27 January 2014, it was agreed to use the proceeds from the 100 club to replace the notice board outside church which is in need of much attention.   Enquiries are currently being made as to whether or not it can be repaired and restored to its former glory or whether a new noticeboard is now necessary.  £1300 is available to spend. During the first year (Feb 2013 – Jan 3014) 85 people subscribed to the 100 Club, a little below our target of 100 members. In total, £2380 has been raised for the … Read more…

January 2014

The Confirmation was held at Barkisland on Sunday 5 January.  Two of our congregation, Henry and Charlie, were among the candidates. The draw for the 100 Club was held a week later than usual as there was no morning service at St Bart’s on the first Sunday of the month.  The winning numbers were: 1) Ruby Grant – 14 2) Ann Teasdale – 43 3) Antonia Kinlan – 47   On Saturday 18 January, around 30 people enjoyed an Epiphany Supper in the community centre.  The meal was a pie and pea supper, beautifully cooked as usual by Margaret Sharpe. … Read more…

December 2013

Christmas Services: Thursday 19 Dec 7.30 pm Nine Lessons and Carols Sunday 22 Dec 10.00 United Benefice Service AT ST JOHN’S RISHWORTH.  No services at Ripponden all day Christmas Eve 5.30 pm Christingle  &  Eucharist at 11.30 pm Christmas Day 9.30 pm Parish Eucharist Sunday 29 Dec 10.00 am United Benefice Service at Ripponden Sunday 5 January 10.00 CONFIRMATION AT BARKISLAND.  No services at Ripponden all day The 100 club draw took place on 1 December with the bonus Christmas prize of £500 being won by Joan Fisher (25).  The £100 prize went to Brian Whitaker (5), £50 to Nona … Read more…

November 2013

The 100 club results were: 1st Wilf Jones (12); 2nd Dorothy Faller (72) and 3rd Wilf Jones (16)   A ceilidh was enjoyed at Victoria Hall on 9 November.   The proceeds were divided between St Bart’s and St Paul’s in Zambia.  Thanks to Julie Raven for her assistance in organising such a successful event.   On Remembrance Sunday Rev Carol Hirst led the prayers at the War Memorial in the village.  The church was well attended by members of the Parish Council and the uniformed groups, as well as many local residents.  The Guides read the names of the … Read more…

October 2013

The October draw took place on 6 October.  1st prize of £100 goes to Chloe Dawson (53), 2nd prize of £50 to June Hotson (22) and 3rd prize of £25 to Christine Mitton (20).  Christine is the second person whose number has come up for the second time in only 9 months.  There are currently 84 members and new members are welcome to join at any time during the year.   The annual Harvest Service took place this month, shortly followed by Civic Sunday.

September 2013

On 8 September, we were once again blessed with good weather for Rushbearing Sunday.  The jury is out on whether or not there were quite as many people milling round the church in the afternoon as usual but we had another successful afternoon’s fund-raising, with nearly £1100 being raised for general funds.                                   The new chairs and tables for the community centre, courtesy of another successful grant application, have finally arrived and are much admired.   The results of the 100 club draw in … Read more…

August 2013

We are now preparing to say farewell to our Vicar, Rev Chris Wray, whose last service will be a Benefice Service at 11.00 am on Sunday 25 August, followed by lunch in the community centre.   After Chris’ departure, we will move onto the next stage of seeking a new incumbent.  A lot of work has already taken place but we can’t advertise the vacancy until the present incumbent retires.    The interregnum will pose new challenges but is a time of opportunity as well. The 100 club winners this month were: 1st S Sotnyk (26), 2nd J Wood (8) and … Read more…

July 2013

The 100 Club draw on Sunday 7 July was a good result for one family who had two out of three winners!  The prizes awarded were: 1st – Trevor Simpson (52), 2nd – Dorothy Faller (72) and 3rd-  William Bloomfield (55).   We had fabulous weather for the Duck Race & Garden Party on Sunday.  The ducks were tipped into the Ryburn by the Vicar & Cllr Smith, Chair of the Parish Council, surrounded by crowds of people all keen to see how their duck fared.  The winners were 1st 137 – J Sneddon- Finn, 2nd 69 – C Short, … Read more…