Some of us were a bit doubtful as to whether it would work.
The old kind of ‘Autumn Fayre’ had admittedly got rather tired, and despite attempts to liven it up numbers attending had dropped and in consequence so had the takings. These ‘Fayres’ had started years ago as ‘Sales of Work’ when people would spend time, often in house groups, working on sewing and knitting and such things and selling what they made at the ‘Sale of Work’. But not only did people stop wanting to do that kind of thing anymore – the public generally stopped wanting to buy the kinds of things that had been made.
Perhaps it had been time to call a halt to theses ‘fayres’?
But then came along a new idea and the enthusiasm (and determination!) of the person whose idea it was carried an amazing number of people along and inspired them all with equal enthusiasm and commitment.
Local craftspeople were invited to take stalls and, along with some of the previous kinds of stall, this was going to be the new Christmas Market. Of course the hall had to look inviting and interesting and refreshments for the hoped for hordes had to be prepared. The hall was transformed, thanks to a lot of imagination and perhaps even more hard work, food was prepared in many kitchens in the parish (and beyond), and we waited to see what would happen.
We didn’t have to wait long because people quickly started to arrive – and continued to arrive in the morning, at lunchtime, in the afternoon - in such numbers that it was fortunate they didn’t all come at once. For six hours the whole place was abuzz with activity and excitement. The stalls all looked good and the café and its refreshments were a great success. And what did the stall holders think about it?
A quick survey suggested that most were more than satisfied. One stallholder’s comment was: ’We do a lot of events of this kind but this is by far the best one we’ve been to.’
So all doubts put firmly aside and profits amounting to £3,000 + leave us in no doubt that we’ll do it again - and interestingly it has become like a new version of a ‘Sale of Work’ because the stall holders were in fact offering us the results of their present-day imagination and skill.
So have things gone full circle to find that the new Market has met with the old Sale of Work and a new era has begun? GBB

From about the middle of the 5th century until after the Norman Conquest, the language spoken in the southern part of England was what is now known as Anglo-Saxon. It is the language on which our present-day English is based. It looks very different but sounds a bit less different.

Try reading the following aloud and see if you can work out what it is you have read:

Faeder ure thu art on heofenum

Si thin nama gehalgod;

To becume thin rice;

Gewirthe thin will on earothan swa swa on heofenum.

Urne daegwaemlice hlaf syle us todaeg

and forgyf us sure gyltas

Swa swa we forgyfath urum gyltendum,

and ne gelaed thu us on costnunge

ac alys us of yfele.

Sothlice.

Graveyard
A very big thank you once again to everyone who has helped to keep the church graveyard in such good order this past year. As always, there have been many compliments on how well it has been kept. We are always looking for more helpers, so please keep us in mind if you think you can spare an hour or two now and then (usually on Wednesday mornings) and let me know you are interested.
David Plumstead


Advent Gift Service
We will once again be supporting the local Women’s Refuge and hope that you will help us provide a good selection of presents for the mothers and children at the refuge. We ask you to bring gifts, wrapped in Christmas paper, and suitably labelled e.g. Child aged 3, Boy aged 10, Girl aged 7, Mother etc., and present these at the Parish Communion Gift Service on Sunday 13th December at 9.15am. We know from past experience that these gifts are warmly welcomed as they are handed out on Christmas morning. Thank you in advance as always.

Bonfire and Fireworks
A fantastic display, better than London at New Year!“, was one of the many complimentary comments on facebook, and who am I to disagree! Despite a terrible week of wind and rain that hindered preparation, and a showery day for the event, just about everything went like clockwork. Over 800 people, young and old and those in between, turned up and enjoyed a hot supper in the hall and the massive bonfire outside, before the incredible firework display put on by David Truman and his team of helpers. Our thanks to them and to our own generous and wonderful team of supporters and helpers – building the bonfire in the rain and serving so many suppers in such a short space of time was a mammoth job. Well done!
Ian Gold

Buffet Supper and Beetle Drive
Yes, we will definitely be having this family event early next year and we will announce the date as soon as it has been agreed. We are unable to hold it on the usual date, the Saturday after the Epiphany (9th January) as the hall is already booked, but rest assured, it will happen.

‘Old but serviceable and we’ve just bought some new ones. What to do with them?’

We’ve just received an appeal form Fusion Giving – a charity based in Dewsbury and working in collaboration with Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing – asking if you would consider donating any from a list of items which can be of value to vulnerable people, especially those who need to be rehoused following family breakdown.
If you have things which you don’t any longer really need – things which perhaps are cluttering your home – you might consider contacting this charity and offering to give these things away. They can be contacted on 01924 490702.
The list of items needed is long: sofas, wardrobes, chests of drawers, tables and chairs, bookcases, coffee tables, beds and mattresses, pans, crockery, cutlery, curtains, laundered bedding and towels and white electrical goods (in good working order).

And the congregation replied…

Down in the southern United States, there are many churches known as ‘answer back’ churches. When the preacher says something, the congregation naturally replies.
One Sunday, a preacher was speaking on what it would take for the church to become better. He said: "If this church is to become better, it must take up its bed, and walk." The congregation intoned: "Let it walk, Preacher, let it walk."
Encouraged by their response, he went further. "If this church is going to become better, it will have to throw aside its hindrances and run!" The congregation chanted: "Let it run, preacher, let it run!"
Now really into his message, he declared: "If this church really wants to become great, it will have to take up it's wings and fly!" "Let it fly, Preacher, let it fly!" the congregation shouted.
The Preacher then bellowed: "If this church is going to fly, it will cost money!"
Whereupon the congregation murmured softly: "Let it walk, Preacher, let it walk."
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Off to school
Mother to young daughter after first day at school: “Well, dear, what did they teach you today?”
Daughter: “Not much. I’ve got to go back again tomorrow.”