Our organist regularly writes pieces of music to play before, during or after the services at St Lucius'. A Little Song, dedicated to the concert organist Dr Gordon Stewart, is one such composition.
It was inspired by the attractive countryside that surrounds Farnley Tyas. Unfortunately, the church is closed temporarily because of Coronavirus, so the sound is not of our restored Conacher pipe organ.
The first in a series of Lent lunches will be held in church on Wednesday, February 26 at 12 noon.
Others follow at the same time on Sunday March 1, Thursday March 5, Tuesday, March 10, Thursday, March 19, Friday March 27 and Wednesday April 1.
The simple but delicious meals are prepared by members of the church and the community and everyone is welcome to join us.
Two advice sessions on Neighbourhood Watch crime prevention are to be held in St Lucius' Church.
They have been arranged by Farnley Tyas Community Group and will cover the prevention of car theft, house burglary, fraud and telephone scams.
The talks, on Wednesday, April 15 at 1.30pm and on Tuesday, July 7 at 6.30pm, will last a maximum of 90 minutes and will be followed by refreshments.
Meanwhile a free training session on the use of the village defibrillator – sited by the war memorial – will be held in church on Monday, March 2 at 7.30pm.
This event, also arranged by the Community Group, is open to all Farnley Tyas residents.
A quick reminder from Teddy the Cockapoo that our Community Café is in full swing each Tuesday from 9 - 11am and that everyone is assured of a warm welcome, including well-behaved hounds.
Friendly Teddy, above, with his owner Jenny Waind, is a great favourite with adults and children.
Although he can't appreciate the freshly-brewed coffee, he manages to persuade visitors to share a crumb or two from the home-made cakes or biscuits.
Proceeds from the Community Café this year are going towards our development appeal. As one its objectives is to create a larger, more spacious kitchen for the preparation of fresh food, Teddy would no doubt approve.
A congregation of nearly 100 gathered for our Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 15, when the music was led by a mixed-voice choir.
The Farnley Singers, directed by its founder Jim Cowell, was formed specially to sing this service in 2017 and since then the numbers have grown. This year the 16 experienced musicians in the choir stalls included two visiting opera singers from London.
Besides the familiar congregational carols, there were several pieces from the choir. Among them, Harold Darke's timeless setting of In the bleak mid-winter, Adam lay y'bounden by Peter Warlock and Ding Dong merrily on High.
The Rev Professor Jessica Malay led the 11am service, lessons were read by members of the community and coffee, tea, sherry, mince pies and an epic Christmas cake were served afterwards.
Part of the collection will go towards our development appeal.
Children from Farnley Tyas First School brought a note of festive cheer to our community cafe this morning with delightful performances of Christmas carols and songs.
Their repertoire included Away in a Manger and Little Donkey and their efforts – and impeccable behaviour –were rewarded with cakes served by school parents and church members. You can hear the two carols by clicking on the arrows, below.
More carols can be heard in St Lucius' at the Service of Lessons and Carols at 11am on Sunday, December 15. The singing will be led by our choir, the 15-strong Farnley Singers, some of whom are present or former members of the Huddersfield Choral Society.
Children's voices will again be raised in song for our ever popular Christingle Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve. The church was packed last year, so arrive in good time to ensure a seat.
We are grateful for a £5,000 grant received from the Bishop’s Development Fund.
The fund was established to help Anglican Churches in the Huddersfield and Wakefield Episcopal Areas of the Diocese of Leeds, and more specifically to:
Our appeal has been established in an attempt to address these areas and this donation will be of great help in our work at St Lucius'.
The concert last Saturday by the Manhattan Sound swing band attracted an audience of 100, boosting the Farnley Tyas church development appeal fund by £1,800.
There was unstinting praise for the musicians' stylish playing of jazz and swing classics which had some of our younger visitors dancing enthusiastically at the back of church.
It is encouraging to report that our fund-raising efforts over the last six weeks have raised a total of £5,000.
They included, besides the Manhattan Sound event, the cello and piano concert by Ruth Aldred and Charlotte Watson, the organ recital by Gordon Stewart, a 40-player bridge evening, a family quiz and the craft fair.
We are grateful to everyone who arranged, assisted with or supported these events and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to future episodes in our fund-raising programme.