Community news and events
Sun 1st Dec - lots of stalls for your totally locally presents, mulled wine and Christmas cocktails plus Friendly Brass Band playing carols in the afternoon.
Weds 4th Dec Festive evening @ Hair 19 from 7pm. Christmas wreath and table centre demonstration by A Little bit of Eden. Sherry and mince pies. Proceeds of the raffle to be donated to DebRA charity.
Friday 6th Dec Elland’s Giant Christmas Raffle! Southgate Precinct from 5pm.
Friday 6th Dec The Greetland Academy Christmas Fair at the Key Stage 2 site on School Street, just off Rochdale Road. The Fair commences at 3.45pm and runs until 7pm.
We have great stalls, lots of fun for the kids including craft decorating stalls and pig racing, delicious food and drink and an amazing Santa’s grotto!
Friday 6th Dec St Peter’s Church, Sowerby. Fri 6th Dec 6.30pm Community carol service & Christmas lights switch-on. 7.30pm Christmas market in community centre with Santa’s Grotto, stalls, refreshments, raffle.
Sat 7th Dec Winter Market at St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden 11am – 3pm. Jewellery, home-made crafts, Teddy bears, Baby boots, pots of bulbs & flowers, cakes, Spice mixes, Greetings cards, wooden letters, German market, artisan bread, gifts for under 5s, calendars, Christmas decorations, Second-hand paperbacks - great for those last-minute presents. Face painting to keep the children entertained.. Entrance £1 inc. coffee and mince pie. Enquiries: Ann 01422 824375
Sat 7th Dec St Mary’s Cottonstones Christmas Fayre from 2-4pm with a special guest in red!
Sun 8th Dec – Stainland Christmas Lantern Parade. Stainland and District Community Association have organised the now yearly event in which Stainland village really get in the Christmas spirit! And they would love it if you can join them. The event is held from 4.15 to 7pm. Candle lit lanterns will be paraded through the village from St Andrew’s Church to Bowling Green School. The Community association said, “We hope you will come out to watch them pass by and join in with the evening’s singing and entertainment!” Meet Bowling Green School 4.30pm then 1885 the pub car park for Big sing along at 6.15pm.
Sun 8th Dec Ripponden Community Market Brig Royd Surgery car park from 9.30am- 3pm. Stalls selling artisan foods, cards, festive decorations, gifts, freshly prepared street food and refreshments. Santa’s Grotto from 10am till noon.
Fri 13th Dec Christmas Extravaganza at Triangle C of E Primary School, Butterworth Lane, Triangle. Starts 6pm – Light Switch on 6.30pm. Triangle school would like to invite the whole community to join us at our Big Christmas Lights Switch on and Christmas Sing Song around our Christmas Tree. Along with Festive stalls both inside and out, selling mulled wine, Christmas Trees, Christmas Tombola, Raffle and Santa will also be here. Don’t miss out come and join in and help spread some Christmas cheer.
Fri 13th Dec Rishworth School Christmas Fayre to be held in the School from 4-8pm. Everyone welcome! Lots of stalls for Christmas presents plus music, food and bar. If you would like a stall please contact Richard Whitaker on 07939 548547 or email email@example.com
Fri 13th Dec Festive Fun at Sowood Pre-School from 3-5pm. Join us for Santa's Grotto, face painting, hot dogs, refreshments, bouncy castle, reindeer food and lots more! Held at Sowood Community Centre, Stainland Road.
Sat 14th to Tues 24th Dec Santa Claus is coming to town! with the help of Elland Rotary. Come and see Santa on his sleigh and support local charities. This is where Santa will be this December: Sat 14th & 15th 10-4pm Asda, Thrum Hall * Tue 17th 6.15(ish)-7pm West Vale School * Wed 18th 6.30-8pm Greetland Academy School * Thu 19th 10-4pm Tesco’s, Brighouse * Thu 19th 6-7pm Overgate Hospice, Elland * Fri 20th & Sat 21st 10-4pm Morrison’s, Elland * Sun 22nd 10-4pm Tesco’s, King’s Cross * Mon 23rd 10-4pm Sainsbury’s, Halifax * Tue 24th 10-4pm Tesco’s, Sowerby Bridge. All proceeds split between local charities and Help the heroes.
Church Events and Services
All Saints Church, Elland
Tue 24th Dec11.30pm Midnight Mass. Wed 25th Dec 9.30am Mass of the Nativity
St Andrew’s Church, Stainland
Tue 24th Dec 5.00pm Crib & Christingle Service. Wed 25th Dec 10.30am Christmas Morning Family Eucharist.
St Bartholomew’s, Ripponden
Thu 19th Dec 7.30pm 9 lessons and carols. Tue 24th Dec 5.30pm Christingle. Tue 24th Dec 11.30pm Sung Eucharist. Wed 25th Dec 8am Holy Communion. Wed 25th Dec 9.30am Sung Eucharist. Sun 29th Dec 10am Benefice Service at Ripponden. Sun 19th Jan 6.30pm Epiphany Carol Service.
Christ Church Barkisland
Sun Dec 1st 10.30am Annual Toy Service. Please bring an unwrapped toy/book/game for a needy child. Sun Dec 15th 4pm Carol Service with Nativity scenes. Tue Dec 24th 3.30pm & 5.30pm. Christingle Service List in church from 1st Dec – please book in advance due to demand!.Tue Dec 24th 11.30pm Midnight Eucharist Wed Dec 25th 11am Christmas Eucharist. Sun Jan 5th 10am Confirmation service
Christ Church, Wharf St., Sowerby Bridge
Sat 14th Dec 12.30-4pm Family craft - make a Christingle as part of the ArtSBridge festival! Sun 15th Dec 4pm Christingle Service supporting The Children’s Society. Sun 22nd Dec 10.30am Nine Lessons and Carols. Tues 24th Dec 11.30pm Midnight Communion. Wed 25th Dec 10.30am Family Communion
Deanhead Church , Scammonden
Sun Dec 1st 11am Sunday Service. Sun Dec 15th 2.30pm Carol Service with Bell Ringers. Mince pies & sherry Wed 25th Dec 11am Mulled wine after service.
Greetland & Lindwell (Cross Hills) Services held at St Thomas’ Church.
Fri 20th Dec 6-7pm Junior Church Carols, Coffee and Craft. Sun 22nd Dec 9am Family Friendly Holy Communion and breakfast. Sun 22nd Dec 10.30am Children's Carol Service. Sun 22nd Dec 5pm Carol Service at 'The Star' pub. Tues 24th Dec 7.00pm Carols at the Green (jct Milner Lane and Hoults Lane). Tues 24th Dec 11.30pm Midnight Communion at St. Thomas' Church. Wed 25th Dec 10am Joint Service at St. Thomas' Church.
St John’s, Rishworth
Sun 22 Dec 10am Benefice Eucharist Service. Sun 22 Dec 6.30pm Carol service
Tues 24 Dec 5.30pm Christingle Service. Wed 25 Dec 9.30am Christmas Eucharist Service
St. Luke’s Norland
Sun 8th Dec 3.30 pm. Toy Service to include Christingle. Sun 22nd Dec 3.30pm Nine Lessons & Carols Tues 24th Dec 5pm Crib Services to include Christingle. Wed 25th Dec 10.30am Christmas Day Worship. Sun 5th Jan 3.30pm Epiphany Sunday
St Mary’s Cottonstones
Sun 15th Dec 11.30am Family Service to include Christingle. Sun 22nd Dec 6.30pm Nine Lessons & Carols. Tues 24th Dec 6pm Crib Services to include Christingle. Wed 25th Dec 11.30am Christmas Day Worship.
St. Mary’s Church, Elland
Sun 22nd Dec 6pm Carol Service. Tue 24th Dec 4pm Christingle and Crib Service (Please arrive early for this very popular event). Wed 25th Dec 8am Holy Communion
Wed 25th Dec 11am St. Mary’s Church Christmas Eucharist.
St Paul’s Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge
'Christmas Tree Festival' Themed trees will be set up in our church by local shops, businesses, schools and youth organizations and can be viewed on:- Mon 9th 7-9pm, Wed 11- Fri 13 4-9pm, Sat 14th 10am-12pm &2-4pm, Sun 15th at morning service 10.30am. Sun15th Dec 6pm 'Carols by Candlelight' Service. Tue 24th Dec 11.30pm Communion. Wed 25th Dec: 10am Christmas Day Family Service.
St Peter’s Church, Sowerby
Tue 24th Dec 3.30 pm Crib Services to include Christingle. Tue 24th Dec 11.30pm Midnight Mass. Wed 25th Dec 10am Christmas Day Worship.
Sun 22nd Dec 6pm Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Tue24th Dec 6pm Carols For All. Wed 25th Dec 10.30am Christmas Day Worship.
Steep Lane Baptist Chapel, Sowerby
Sun 1st Dec 10.30am Christingle Service. Sun 15th Dec 10.30am Childrens' Carol Service. Sun 22nd Dec 10.30am Chapel Carol service. Wed 25th Dec 11am Christmas Day Celebration.
Stones Methodist Church, Ripponden
Sun 1st Dec 6.30pm Joint Advent service at St Bartholomew's. Sun 22nd Dec 10.30am Family Nativity Service. Sun 22nd Dec 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight.
Tue 24th Dec 4pm short family service. Wed 25th Dec 10.30am Family service.
St Thomas’ Greetland
Fri Dec 6th 7.30 pm Carols & Brass in church with the Clifton & Lightcliffe Band. Sun Dec 15th 6pm Service of Lessons & Carols. Tue Dec 24th 3.30pm & 6pm Christingle Services. Tue Dec 24th 11.30pm Midnight Communion. Tue Dec 24th 10am Family Communion.
Meet your MP! MPs Surgeries for Craig Whittaker (www.craigwhittakermp.wordpress.com). By Appointment - Constituency Office on 01484 711260 to book. Fri 10th January:
10am-12pm Halifax, 2-4pm Ripponden. Open Surgeries No appointment necessary. May require waiting. Friday 17th Jan at Todmorden. Street Surgeries - No appointment necessary, just come along and have a chat. Sun 8th Dec 9.30-3.30 at Ripponden Community market, then Friday 17th Jan at Elland Market 10am-3pm.
Save a life - Give Blood! Visit www.blood.co.uk for more info and to book an appointment. St Paul’s Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge. Mon 2nd Dec & Mon 13th Jan from 2.14-3.45pm & 4.45-7.30pm. Also at Greetland Community centre Fri 27th Dec from 10am-12pm & 1-3.30pm.
Ryburn Valley History Society. Meet monthly on first Monday of the month at Ripponden Conservative Club, commencing at 7.30pm. Visitors charged £2. Next 2 meetings:
Dec 2nd - Members Evening. Jan 13th - 'Richard III - Yorkshire Hero or Tyrant' by Gillian Waters. All welcome.
Stainland Community Association - News Update
The autumn bulb planting morning went well and 25kg of bulbs were planted on the Hame and on the grass at Bowling Green and the Mechanics. The free children’s Craft activity at the library during half term week was really well attended and some of the winners from the photo competition can be seen on our website: www.stainlanddistrict.org
The association has applied for a grant to purchase and install Christmas lights and is currently awaiting a decision. The new notice board kindly financed by Sonoco and made by Alan Mitchell is now ready to take its place outside The Mechanic's Institute, hopefully also before Christmas.
Junior Elland History Society to launch
The Greater Elland Historical Society are starting a junior section open to all young people aged between 10 - 18 years (inclusive). The group plans to meet on the last Saturday of every month in the history room at Elland library 10am- 11.30m starting Sat 25th Jan. A donation of £5 will be payable annually for membership. The aim is to provide the opportunity to explore and learn about the town's heritage and the history of surrounding areas as well as meeting like-minded youngsters...
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