More than 60 people gathered in St Lucius' to hear a Sunday afternoon concert by Gordon Stewart, full of life and humour.
It takes a special ear to conjure memorable colours from a modest two-manual village organ, installed in 1911 by the Huddersfield organ builder Peter Conacher.
But, as Gordon remarked, we are fortunate to have a fine example of Conacher's work and every stop was carefully explored in an absorbing programme that ranged from Bach, via Elgar and Ketelby, to the contemporary American composer, Aaron Shows.
This was the third concert to be given in Farnley by the Kirklees Borough Organist and his stories were as fresh and funny as always. The audience needed no second invitation to cheer his playing the rafters and to be rewarded by an encore.
And afterwards, tea and superior cakes served our Savoy-trained team.
So, in all, an inspiring, entertaining afternoon which raised £400 towards the development appeal and which brought many people in the village together.
Quite a weekend.
Illuminated bottles, hand-made cards, landscape photographs, decorations, etchings, ceramics, jewellery and lace. Just some of the items on display at the colourful Craft Fair in Farnley Tyas Church today.
The standard of work from the 16 stallholders was high – as was the enthusiasm shown for it by those who came into church soon after the doors opened at 10am.
When the doors closed at 4pm, more than 120 visitors had passed through the fair, many of whom expressed their delight at the nature and quality of the event.
Home-made preserves, chutneys, biscuits and cakes only added to the day's appeal. And thanks must go to the organisers, ticket-sellers, helpers from the church and the community group, and, not least, the brilliant caterers who put on a fine, Farnley-style spread.
Financially, it was a success. The net contribution towards our Church Appeal was £1,200. Treasurer, Brian Mallinson says: "Fantastic. Well done to everyone for their hard work and generosity."
It was good of the Huddersfield Examiner to publish a story this week about forthcoming events at Farnley Tyas Church.
It also brought news of our £80,000 fundraising appeal to a wider audience.
We hope it will encourage large audiences for all of our events, not least the first – a concert on Sunday afternoon by Ruth Aldred, piano, and Charlotte Watson, cello, at 3pm.
Tickets for this and other events will be available on the doors and some delicious cakes are being baked for the refreshments that follow Sunday's concert.
More details of our events, including the craft fair and organ concert by Gordon Stewart, may be found here.
As a new school term begins, it was a pleasure to welcome back to the Community Café parents of children at Farnley Tyas First School.
Today's event was originally billed as 'tea and tissues' as some mums were dropping off children for their first day at school.
But the tissues were redundant and chat and laughter flowed as freely as the tea, coffee and cordials.
And quick work was made of the fine array of delicious cakes and pastries, made this week by church members.
It was good to see so many tots enjoying the toys in the children's corner and a special pleasure to welcome twins Felix and Matilda.
Our weekly Community Café has been running for a year and the fresh coffee, cakes and biscuits are clearly going down well with visitors.
We are delighted that it has raised nearly £1,500 in donations, which will go towards our development appeal.
The café attracts a friendly, sociable crowd from the village and beyond and numbers have been rising steadily. It is open each Tuesday morning throughout the year from 9am - 11am.
Of course, it could not happen without the kindness and generosity of those who run it.
So thanks go to the cheerful volunteers from the Women's Institute, the Community Group, parents from the First School and St Lucius' church members, who take turns to host the cafe.
Farnley Tyas WI celebrates its 10th birthday in church on Saturday, September 7 with a cream tea from 2 - 4pm. Tickets £5.
Several events are coming up at Farnley Church and though villagers need no reminding of our location, visitors from farther afield may appreciate a little help.
If the map on our contacts page proves insufficient, nature has kindly provided an alternative in the shape of a rainbow which curves over the Farnley Valley and ends at St Lucius'.
The image was captured by Andy Haigh, who posted it on the Almondbury Past and Present Facebook page.
Visitors to our Tuesday Community Cafe are accustomed to fine coffee and cakes – but not to table service by three handsome young waiters.
So it was a pleasant surprise to have freshly-ground coffee, tea and a selection of cakes brought to the tables today by three boys from the village, Toby McKinnell, George Sawyer and Maxwell Shelton.
The trio of friends are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and, as part of their programme of activities, they chose to help serve food and drinks to appreciative customers.
Demonstrating the fragility of the proverb 'you can't have your cake and eat it', the three managed to consume a fair amount of the delicious fruit cake that had been made by a member of the village Women's Institute.
Four groups take it in turns to run the weekly community cafe – Farnley Tyas school parents, the Community Group, church members and the WI – and credit for the quality of the catering went this week to the WI.
One visitor said: "There's always a great atmosphere at the cafe but these lively lads brought extra humour and sparkle today by carrying out their tasks with such charm and fun. Good luck to them with their awards – and we hope to see them again."
Funds raised by the cafe go towards the St Lucius' Development Appeal.
Churchwarden Cath Ball receives a donation of £105 from members of Farnley Tyas Women's Institute during the Tuesday Cafe at St Lucius' Church on August 13.
The WI had raised the money by providing refreshments during two outdoor performances of Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream at the village recreation ground in July.
The productions, which attracted hundreds of guests, had been arranged by members of Farnley Tyas Community Group in collaboration with Wakefield Little Theatre Amateur Dramatic Society.
Cath said: "We are very grateful to the WI for their generosity. The money will be a welcome addition to our development fund."
Farnley Tyas Women's Institute
Farnley Tyas Community Group
Concerts, games of bridge, a film screening, a craft fair, a demonstration by a floral expert and a flower festival.
These are some of the events planned as part of our efforts to raise money for the Farnley Tyas Church Development Appeal.
In September we welcome two professional musicians from the Holme Valley, pianist Ruth Aldred and cellist Charlotte Watson, for a Sunday afternoon concert. Their programme, full of accessible, tuneful music, will be followed by tea and cakes.
Charlotte's cello, which was made by her husband, a professional instrument maker, and our new piano, combine to create a magical sound in the resonant acoustic at St Lucius'.
Informality is the keynote, so please drop in for the whole concert or part of it.
In October, Kirklees Borough Organist Gordon Stewart, who gives concerts worldwide, makes his third visit to St Lucius'. He gave a memorable recital in 2015 to help raise funds to restore our organ and returned two years later to open the renovated instrument. A gifted raconteur, you can depend on an entertaining hour.
The previous day, St Lucius' will host a Craft Fair at which local produce – from home-made jams and chutney to cakes and biscuits – will feature strongly. It runs from 10.30am - 4pm.
November 9 sees the return of the Manhattan Sound Swing Band for an evening concert. Its 16 musicians plus singer perform big band standards, from jazz classics to Stevie Wonder and The Beatles.
'Ideas for Christmas' is the theme of a talk-demonstration by the celebrated florist Karen Longbottom on November 20. So if you need tips on how to dress your Christmas table or how to assemble a seasonal wreath, don't miss this event.
On December 4 and 5, there will be screenings of the feature film Home James in which the actor James Mason was filmed revisiting and rediscovering Huddersfield, where he was born in 1909. After the interval, a film starring James Mason will be shown.