Huddersfield Chronicle (18/Dec/1852) - District News: Holmfirth
RE-OPENING OF THE HOLME BRIDGE CHURCH. — It will be remembered by most of our readers, that St. David’s Church, Holme-bridge, suffered severely by the flood in February last. Since that date the place has undergone a thorough repair, the body of the church having been wholly re-pewed on an improved and much more elegant plan, and lighted with gas. On Wednesday last it was re-opened for the performance of divine service. Two services were held, one in the morning by the Yen. C. Musgrave, D.D., Archdeacon of Craven, and in the evening by the Rev. T. B. Bensted, M.A., incumbent of Lockwood. Notwithstanding the unfavourable state of the weather, the congregations were large and very respectable, and collections amounting to upwards of £22 were made in aid of the fund for the improvement of the church.
HOLMFIRTH RELIEF FUND. — On Monday last, a committee of gentlemen, consisting of parties who had received awards of money from the Holmfirth relief fund met for the second time at the house of Mr. Macdonald, the Crown Hotel, Holmfirth, to take into consideration the most appropriate way of returning thanks to the British public for the noble manner in which sympathy was shown for them after the bursting of the Bilberry Reservoir in February last The chair was occupied by the Rev. J. Fearon, incumbent of Holm-bridge, and it was resolved that a requisition should be presented to the constable of the graveship of Holme, requesting him to call a public meeting for the above purpose. The requisition, which has been in course of signature during the week, has been signed by upwards of one hundred of the recipients, amongst whom are some of the most respectable inhabitants of the district. The meeting is fixed to take place in the Town Hall on Monday evening next.