Cleckheaton church played the name game

Mrs J Dutton, left, receives the embroidered tablecloth from Cathryn Elsey
Mrs J Dutton, left, receives the embroidered tablecloth from Cathryn Elsey

A table cloth embroidered with the names of 200 members of the Central Methodist Church in Cleckheaton was the star attraction at its sale of work, back in November 1971

The cloth was embroidered by Cathryn Elsey, one of the helpers of the arts and crafts stall, and members of the church paid to have their names included on the cloth, with proceeds going towards the sale of work.

Children enjoy the sale of work at Norristhorpe Congregational Church in 1971.

Children enjoy the sale of work at Norristhorpe Congregational Church in 1971.

The cloth was presented by the church to Mrs J R M Dutton, wife of the minister and would serve as a constant reminder of the couple’s time at the church.

Norristhorpe Congregational Church was also hosting its sale of work according to the archives.

The children performed the opening ceremony which took the form of a camp fire, and they sang evangelical choruses to the accompaniment of a guitar.

Also this week back in 1971, there were celebrations in Birkenshaw for the official opening of the new village church school.

The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Eric Treacy, (seated), the vicar of Birkenshaw the Rev G Chappell and the Mayor of Spenborough Ald Ralph Sewell at the official opening of Birkenshaw CofE School in November 1971.

The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Eric Treacy, (seated), the vicar of Birkenshaw the Rev G Chappell and the Mayor of Spenborough Ald Ralph Sewell at the official opening of Birkenshaw CofE School in November 1971.

The £65,000 school was opened by the Mayor of Spenborough Ald Ralph Sewell who said he was delighted to perform the ceremony, particularly as he was not only a member of the Spenborough Council’s Education Committee, but he was also a headmaster at a school in Cleckheaton.

The six-classroom in Station Lane replaced the 130-year-old former church school in Bradford Road and included showers and changing rooms, cloakrooms, a hall and a small kitchen so that school meals could be made on the premises.

The celebrations were also attended by the Bishop of Wakefield the Rt Rev Eric Treacy and the vicar of Birkenshaw, the Rev G Chappell.