Carols in the Park with Meltham & Meltham Mills Band.

Sunday 3rd December – 4pm at the Robert Ashton Memorial Park.

Celebrating Real Love at Christmas – Jesus born in Bethlehem, the Light shining in the Darkness!

Don’t forget your torch!

There will be hot chocolate and mince pies in St James’ Church afterwards along with some Christmas activities.

Please, if you’re able to offer help with stewarding or setting up etc. please contact Mike on 07867 951512 for further details, or to let him know you can help. Thank you!

Christmas Market & Santa’s Grotto – Saturday 2nd December 2023 @ Meltham Church Hall

St Bartholomew’s Church Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto – Saturday 2nd December – 10am – 3pm.
Put on your Christmas Jumpers and join us at Meltham Church Hall to celebrate the beginning of the festive season and find something truly special whilst supporting our local traders. We ho-ho-hope to see you there! 

Glass & Ceramics
Christmas Angels
Soaps & Candles
Wooden Gifts
Peg dolls
Cakes & Sweets
Cards & Tags
& Lots More!

£2 entry (includes a tea/coffee or mulled wine!)

For the kids, there’s face painting and Santa can also be visited in his Grotto from 11am– courtesy of Meltham Stage Company.

The Meltham Christmas lights switch-on will start with carols around the tree at 4pm followed by the BIG SWITCH ON at 4:30pm.

‘CRISIS’ – Coffee Morning and more! – Sat 25th Nov – 10am to 12 noon

Supporting the CRISIS homeless charity, our popular annual Coffee Morning is back!
Featuring the usual array of fab craft and gift stalls, the brilliant silent auction and much more!

Sat 25th Nov – 10am to 12 noon at St James’ Church – Meltham Mills (the one by the park). Come along and catch up with friends over a cuppa.

Please support us – together we will end homelessness.
FREE ENTRY! – oh, and there’s CAKE

Royal British Legion – Service of Remembrance – Meltham – Sun 12th Nov 2023


The Royal British Legion service of Remembrance in Meltham will take place outdoors around the War Memorial at St Bartholomew’s Church. Sunday 12th November 2023.

The parade led by Meltham & Meltham Mills band will leave the Carlile Institute at 10:30am and arrive at the church shortly afterwards. Please gather in the vicinity of the church yard. For those who feel unable to stay outside, it will still be possible to sit inside the church and take part in the service which will be shown on the tv screen.

Please note that Green End Road will be closed to traffic from 10:35am to approx. 11:10am. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Meltham Parish Magazine – November 2023

It’s here! The November edition of the Meltham Parish Magazine.
Thank you so much once again to all who have contributed this month, this would really be boring if you hadn’t!
Please accept my apologies once again for not changing the date on last month’s paper edition and for this month’s being so delayed. I hadn’t intended it to be, it just happened with half term etc. Sorry!

However on a happier note, there is lots to read about and catch up on like the Meltham mustard seed, (pg10). Toddler church moving (pg 25) and how to be more ‘greener’ this Christmas (pg9).

As always I am very grateful for your submissions so please continue to send them in.
The deadline of the December magazine will be Monday 20th November 2023. Please send them via: or via the vicarage letterbox (150 Huddersfield Rd, HD9 4AL)

God Bless,

The Toddler Church is moving to St Bartholomew’s from November 2023

Starting from Tuesday 7th November, the Toddler Church will take place at St Bartholomew’s Church in the centre of Meltham. Toddler Church welcomes pre school aged children with their carers every Tuesday, 9am – 11am (during term-time only).

We have been based at Helme Church for over a year but, as a team, we feel that the time has come for Toddler Church to leave Helme Church and set up our new base at St Bartholomew’s Church.

We are very grateful for the support that we have received from the Helme congregation but there are certain realities we have to face……

Due to the increased cost of heating, we had to reduce our meetings in the first quarter of 2023 to just once a month (similar to the weekly church services). This meant that any continuity was lost resulting in us losing some of our families who did not return after we resumed meeting weekly.

We would prefer to be able to run our weekly Toddler Church throughout the year (term time only). Heating costs continue to be high, and we are unable to make the church floor warmer. We cannot expect babies and toddlers to play on the cold draughty floor through the winter months.

Therefore we will be moving, after the October Half-Term break, to St Bart’s, and also changing the day to a Tuesday. This will enable us to slot into the current provision of work with toddlers, that currently takes place at the Methodist Church on Monday and Thursday mornings. Also, with the growing number of people worshipping at the Wednesday morning HC Service, then that also influenced us to holding Toddler Church on Tuesday mornings.

We firmly believe that it was the right thing for us to begin the Toddler Church at Helme. We have engaged with a few families in the area and hope they will continue to join us as much as they are able. We have grown as a team, as we work together, the morning sessions now run in a seamless way.

The team are looking forward to this next chapter in the life of Toddler Church, we would be grateful for your prayerful support as we seek to reach out to the young families in our village with the Good News of Jesus.

Chris Dronsfield

Poppies for Remembrance

Thank you to Margaret Thorley for her hard work to create 2000 remembrance poppies and thank you to the volunteers who ‘planted’ them. The churchyard is full of this reminder and even on a wet November day they look stunning!

Meltham Remembrance Display 2023 – Plant a Poppy – Sat 4th Nov – we need help!

Last year, this wonderful display of 600 poppies was created in St Bartholomew’s church yard using the poppies from the wreaths laid the previous year. This year we are hoping to ‘plant’ over 2000 poppies to create an even bigger display for Remembrance 2023…………..but we need help!

All are welcome, we thought families especially may want to bring children, to help them reflect and contribute to Meltham’s act of Remembrance and be a part of creating something truly special.

The planting will be done on Saturday 4th November from 9.30am onwards. Please come along or ‘drop in’ and help us plant them – ALL WELCOME.