Jim Shipman

01423 772735

Harvest: a very big thank you to everyone who made the church look so beautiful with their gifts of flowers, fruit and vegetables for our Harvest celebrations this year. A particular thank you to the children from Birstwith School for the wonderful array of tins and jars which they brought to their service on the Friday morning. Some of the food was distributed to older members of our community, and the rest was taken to our sister church at Gipton, Leeds, where we know it will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Le Tour: it was standing room only at Christ Church Harrogate last month for Le Tour, le Church, Le Welcome, an evening for churches on or near the route of the Tour de France which next year starts in Yorkshire. More than 180 church leaders from as far afield as Holmfirth, Keld, Kettlewell and York came together to share ideas at an evening led by the Bishop of Knaresborough, James Bell, and a team from Welcome to Yorkshire. The Tour de France is the world’s second biggest sporting event (after football’s World Cup). It comes to Yorkshire on July 5 and 6 in 2014 starting in Leeds and going through the Dales to Harrogate on Day One, before heading from York to Sheffield via Knaresborough and Harrogate on Stage Two. Millions of visitors are expected and the meeting heard how churches are already making plans including offering hospitality and free parking, holding festivals, creating displays and even suspending bicycles from church towers. Other ideas include open-air and international services. Event organiser, Canon John Carter said that the turnout showed churches were clearly enthusiastic to be part of Tour plans. Anyone wanting to keep up to date with plans should see

Christmas Choir: 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’ to rehearsals. 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)

Art Classes: these take place at Darley CCCC on Thursdays from 1.15-3.15pm, in 6 week blocks into 2014. The 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 telephone Margaret Clapperton on 01423 780921.

Family History: the classes begin on Wednesday, January 8 from 9-11am for 6 weeks. This group is aimed at complete beginners or people who have already started to do a little research. The tutor is very experienced, the group will be small therefore there will be opportunities for individual support and help. The internet will be used in the research. Bring your own laptop or use those available at CCCC. The dates are flexible enabling the group to work with Lynn to determine breaks for holidays. For further information please call Lynn Wood on 01423 870610 or e-mail