Easter Day
Our church service on Easter Day for all the church family was well attended. The Easter Egg Hunt by the children was very successful although at the end there were two eggs still to be found !

This year Christian Aid Week was 14th to 20th May
In order to raise extra money to add to the house to house collections in Woolley and Notton,  a CHRISTIAN AID FRUGAL LUNCH was held in Woolley Village Hall on Sunday 14th May at 12.30pm
This event has always been a successful and worthwhile event in past years. Many thanks to those who supported the Frugal Lunch in the Village Hall at the start of Christian Aid Week. It raised £165 for Christian Aid.

An Evening with Amy Garcia ( of BBC Look North)
Saturday 3rd June 7.30pm in Bretton Village Hall. Tickets £12 incl. a glass of wine & Spanish cuisine. In aid of The Church in West Bretton. Tickets from Leonard Bartle.

Chapelthorpe Health Champions – Jiggle with a Giggle.
Every Tuesday 6pm – 7pm at Woolley Village Hall
Everybody welcome to come along and dance and exercise to your heart’s content.
Exercise and feel good.
No charge, but donations are welcome towards the cost of hiring the hall

From the end of June ….

After Stephen leaves, Sunday Holy Communion services will continue as before, but with invited priests to lead them and preach.  The Church Council has decided to suspend the Thursday morning Holy Communion services until a new Vicar is in post.

The phone at the Vicarage will still be operational, and will receive messages and enquiries.  Messages will be picked up once or twice a week.  For a quicker response, please use the new church email address –

Gazebo & helpers needed for church stall at Woolley Horse Show

As usual St Peter’s Church will be having a Cake Stall at Woolley Horse Show on Saturday July 29th.  This year we shall not have use of Stephen’s gazebo, so if you have a largish gazebo you could lend us for the day, please contact Claire Slater.  We also need some help on the morning of Sat 29th July to erect the gazebo and transport tables from church to the showground – and in dismantling in the late afternoon.


Farewell Ceilidh & Tea
Saturday 24th June, from 2pm to 5pm
Woolley Village Hall


This event was very well attended by parishioners, friends and well-wishers with numbers probably in excess of 200 at its peak.
There was much chatting and jollity, and William Smith gave a very nice salutation followed by some heartfelt words by Marion Davis which echoed the sentiments of all who were present. This was followed by a presentation of gifts and a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Jan.
Following this  we all helped ourselves to a cornucopia of lovely sandwiches and cakes of every kind, generously supplied by all parishioners and residents, with drinks in plentiful supply from the bar.
The ceilidh then commenced with the nimble footed as well as those not weighed down by cakes and sandwiches then engaging in a series of dances, with instructions made simple by Gordon Maddan who also provided excellent music from his accordion. A large ” Sorry You’re Leaving ” card was available for well-wishers to sign and was filled with hundreds of short messages by the end of the afternoon.

All too soon, the afternoon drew to a close, but we can truly say, a good time was had by all.
We all wish Stephen and Jan a well earned retirement.
Our thanks go to Marion Davis, Claire Slater and Penny Woolhouse and a host of other friends for organising and directing a most enjoyable occasion.


Church land for Songa Mbele

Our link parish of St Luke in Tarime, Tanzania, has a thriving church-plant in the nearby village of Songa Mbele, but they worship out in the open as they have no church building.  For a while the Tarime church council has been looking to buy a piece of land and build a church there for its church-plant congregation, and here in Woolley we have been fund-raising to help them.  Recently the Vicar of Tarime, Canon Yohana Yakobo, informed us that a piece of land had come available, costing £3750.  The church in Tarime has raised exactly half, and they wondered if we in Woolley might now send the funds we have already raised.  The motto of our link is bega-kwa-bega, shoulder-to-shoulder.  So, in the spirit of bega-kwa-bega our church council has sent the full £1875 they need to secure the land, and will continue to raise funds.

Woolley Feast – Saturday September 16th – volunteers needed
Woolley Feast is usually held in St Peter’s-tide at the end of June, but this year will be on Saturday September 16th.
Anyone who has been to the Woolley Feast knows that it is a bit like a village sports day with traditional events of running races/obstacle races/football/rounders mixed with the rather less traditional “donkey derby” tramp and water races, finishing with a village “tug of war” and all topped off with a village hall supper and bar.  We would love to see you there.
To ensure that the Woolley Feast continues, families with younger children are needed to run this event as the present committee is retiring.
This is your  village event and new input and ideas are welcome.  Anyone who is interested or wants to have a chat about the event generally, please contact Juliet Maddan, Jane Lister or Penny Woolhouse by the April 16th.  Thank you.
Our thanks go to St Peter’s Church, Woolley Parish Council, The Woolley Residents Association and Woolley Village Hall who support and fund this event.

Woolley Feast Open Meeting
Thank you to all those who have offered to help with the Woolley Feast this year, due to be held in September.  We are going to meet on Tuesday June 20th at 7.30pm at the Village Hall.  Please come along to have your input into running this popular event.  ALL WELCOME.

Anyone who wants to have a chat about the event generally, please contact Juliet Maddan, Jane Lister or Penny Woolhouse .

Out to lunch
Dates, 2017:-
Thursday 4th May –  cancelled due to the Village Hall being used for Local Elections
Sunday 4th June
Thursday 6th July
Sunday 6th August
Thursday 7th September
Sunday 1st October
Thursday 2nd November
Sunday 3rd December
Out to Lunch is for anyone who lives alone. If you would like to join us, please contact Gill Bailey.

We are pleased to announce that we are bringing two Illyria productions to Woolley Rec. again!

Friday 4th August at 7pm – Gates Open 6pm


It’s back!  Illyria’s production of Jane Austen’s glorious social comedy attracted sell-out audiences for 4 consecutive years. It toured throughout the UK and Europe, attracted nationwide critical acclaim and at its run at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe the queue for returns stretched around the block. In a social whirlwind of balls, dinners and very eligible officers, Lizzie Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy stand alone as the only sane people – and they hate each other! Or do they? Can she see beyond his pride, and can he overcome her prejudice, in order to achieve their mutual happiness?If your idea of Jane Austen is costume-drama, empire-lines and tea-parties, then this sparkling adaptation, based entirely on the original novel, is something to make you change your mind. Illyria sharpen their claws to bring you Jane Austen at her vibrant, pacy, forthright, bitchy best!

Wednesday 23rd August at 6.30pm – Gates open 5.30pm


Based on the timeless Hans Christian Andersen story, Illyria first performed this show in 2000 when it was Critic’s choice at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and attracted multiple 5-star reviews on a sellout UK tour.        The Emperor is a lovely man, but he’s not the best judge of character, and is often surrounded by idiots. What keeps him sane is the monthly Grand Parade at which he wears his newest outfit. When two swindlers spin a yarn and everyone is taken in, what price will he have to pay? Will the new clothes they make really enable him to weed out the idiots in his palace?  Or will he end up losing his crown jewels?   All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show!Illyria was the first company to tour children’s theatre on this scale in the open-air touring sector.  Now in their 26th season Illyria return with one of the most famous cautionary tales ever told.  As in so many of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories, beneath the fancy clothes of the tale lies something more meaningful; human weaknesses are satirised mercilessly; and a capacity for loving is the highest value. There are larger-than-life characters, lots and lots to join in with – and an ending that will leave you helpless with laughter!  [NB – there is NO nudity in the production. Although one of the actors may be a little chilly…]

Adult Tickets £13 – Children (under 16) £6 – Family Ticket (2+2) £34

Tickets through Marilyn  or from the online box office at

There will be a bar and refreshments from Fired Up Pizza, Blacker Hall Farm, Coffee Guru and Jo Brand Ices plus homemade cakes or bring your own picnic.

Great Fun for the whole family!     Bring your own seating/rug

        All proceeds to Wakefield Hospice


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Sunday Service Times
10.30am 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays – Sung Communion using the Modern Rite (Common Worship)
2nd Sunday – Sung Communion using the Old English Rite (Book of Common Prayer)
Young Adventurers meet in the Village Hall at 5pm, followed by food at 6pm (during School Term Time)
Diamondbacks meet in the Village Hall at 7pm, following food at 6pm (during School Term Time)
9am 4th Sunday CW Sung Communion
Coffee & biscuits each Sunday in the church

Midweek Service Times
Thursday 10am Holy Communion using the Old English Rite (BCP) with Prayer for Healing(suspended until new Vicar appointed)
1st Monday 8pm Service of Stillness & Peace(in abeyance till new Vicar appointed)
The aim of the service is to provide a space to be still and quiet in God’s presence.
It is relaxed and informal. The service lasts 45 minutes.
2nd & 4th Fridays 10am Toddler Praise half an hour of songs, story, actions, for toddlers and their carers (during School Term Time).

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