Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Christmas Fayre: Birstwith Church invites you to a Christmas Fayre on Saturday, November 30 in the church hall from 10am-1pm. There will be gifts, crafts, decorations, cakes, Christmas preserves and produce, handcrafted and turned-wood toys, hand-made cards, bumper raffle (including hamper) , tombola. Also mulled wine and mince pies, guess the weight of the cake, refreshments of tea, coffee, juice, bacon butties, sausage rolls, shortbread. In the church and vestries, lots of stalls for children including, toys, books and discs, junior tombola, games and activities, name the toy, mystery jars, penny slot machine, shove ha’penny etc. Father Christmas will be there, so look out for his grotto! Admission will be 50p adults, children free. Please make a note in your diary and for some early seasonal cheer come and join us, everyone welcome. Enquiries please contact Louise on 01423 771585. Contributions to stalls would be much appreciated. There are boxes at the back of church to receive items beforehand. Cakes - Friday evening or Saturday morning from 9am. Stallholders will be, cakes and preserves etc, Ann Harriss on 01423 770436; bumper raffle including hamper Ruth Bush on 01423 779968; adult tombola Louise Garnett on 01423 771585; books and discs - Andrew Hovell on 01423 771290; toys Melanie James on 01423 772867; crafts and gifts Brenda Eastland on 01423 772481; wooden articles Norman Castle on 01423 772445, David Pollard on 01423 891154; Christmas decorations and seasonal arrangements - Janet Mitchell on 01423 770412; junior tombola and mystery jars Birstwith School. We look forward to seeing you.

Harvest Festival: once again we had a superb selection of flowers, fruit, vegetables and produce. All the traditional harvest fayre was displayed and the children of Birstwith School brought a variety of items to their Friday morning service. The church really looked great and many of the congregation congratulated you all on your dedicated work in making the harvest services so memorable. Not forgetting John who kindly laid up the coffee table for us - much appreciated. Thank you everyone, we hope to see you all at Christmas. Jenni Worsnop.

Sarah’s Plea: music has always played an important role at St James’s Church. In recent times we have seen a decline in numbers in the choir, and the band, but still the few that remain continue to give their gifts enthusiastically (usually) to the cause of enhancing the worship. As we approach Christmas I look forward to welcoming back all the members of the ‘extended Christmas choir’. But I also want to invite and encourage any members of the congregation who enjoy singing to come and join us. We are particularly looking for youngsters, boys and girls and men! (of course it is my hope that you will enjoy the experience so much that you will want to stay!) Sarah Warnes.

Birstwith Walks: the morning walk on Sunday, November 24 will start from The Station at 10am and go via field paths towards Shaw Mills and Burnt Yates before returning to Birstwith, a distance of some 4.5 miles. The afternoon walk will start from The Station at 1pm and traverse lanes, back roads and fields paths of Feliscliffe and High Birstwith before returning to The Station, again around 4.5 miles. The walks will be at a pace to suit those taking part. If you bring dogs you must keep them under control. You will need clothing and footwear appropriate to the weather and possibly something to drink and eat along the way. For more details please contact Adrian Dixon on 01423 770116 or 0771 618 7621 or e-mail

Art Classes: these take place at Darley CCCC on Thursdays from 1.15-3.15pm in six week blocks running into 2014. Classes are suitable for all levels of ability, beginners welcome. There will be an emphasis on good drawing, also we will be painting in a variety of water based media. Varied and exciting approaches to subjects will be explored. For further information please call Margaret Clapperton on 01423 780921.