Together we can save our mill ponds

Save Newsome Mill ponds

Our mill ponds are once again under threat. Let’s not lose another part of the historic Newsome Mills site. You have until Friday 23rd June 2017 to add your voice to our campaign.

In January 2017, the Huddersfield Planning Committee voted unanimously to refuse planning application number 2016/91479. The application proposed the destruction of the 19th century mill pond and culvert at Newsome Mills, which is the oldest surviving part of the site. The leaseholders have now lodged an appeal against that decision.

How to make your views heard

The appeal will be considered by the Planning Inspectorate. Previous comments will be considered by the inspector, but you can submit new comments too. So if you haven’t already spoken up for our local heritage, or if you’ve got something new to say, now is the time. Here’s how to make your views heard…

Object to the appeal online now at:

Choose ‘Make representation’

Or email:

Or write to: Michael Joyce, The Planning Inspectorate Room 3N, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN 
(you must send 3 copies of your letter).

You must make sure that the Planning Inspector receives your comments by Friday 23rd June 2017.

You must quote this reference in emails and letters:

What the Planning Inspectorate said in 2009
about the land at Hart Street:

“The openness of this previously undeveloped part of the site provides valuable visual relief in what is otherwise a fairly densely developed urban area.

“The loss of previously undeveloped open land resulting from the proposal would have an unacceptable impact on the character and appearance of the area.”

(This was the verdict of Planning Inspector A J Davison, who dismissed an appeal about a similar planning application for this site in August 2009.)

More information

Together we can save our mill ponds – advice sheet (PDF)

Together we can save our mill ponds – blog

Newsome Community Fun Day – 3rd June 2017

Newsome Community Fun Day

We’re delighted to announce that on 3rd June we’ll be holding an event to celebrate 20 years of fantastic community activity in the Newsome ward. There will be masses of free activities to try out on the day, run by local organisations, plus bouncy castles, a surf simulator, a vintage cafe, games, entertainment and lots more. Please put the date in your diary and come along to celebrate our fantastic community:

Newsome Community Fun Day
Saturday 3rd June 2017
12 noon to 4pm

Venue: Newsome High School, Castle Avenue, Newsome HD4 6JN.

Find out more on the Newsome Fun Day website

vintage cafe

Big Plant Swap – Saturday 20th May 2017

Plants and seedlings

Big Plant Swap
Saturday 20th May 2017
From 10am to 1pm

Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South, Newsome, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

Come and take your pick from hundreds of plants at this popular annual event – great for food growers. The plant selection will include vegetables, fruit, herbs, salads and wildlife-friendly flowers.

There’s lots more for you to enjoy too:

  • Children’s activities
  • Seed Swap and seed planting
  • Local produce on sale
  • Book stall
  • Refreshments
  • Lunch served from 12 noon

You’re very welcome to bring along plants, seedlings, cuttings or seeds to swap – but you don’t need to bring something to be able to take something (you can make a donation in exchange for your plants).

Find out more on the Growing Newsome web site:
Big Plant Swap 2017

Print out the Big Plant Swap poster:
Big Plant Swap poster (PDF)

Say no to the demolition of Newsome Mill

Say no to the demolition of Newsome Mill

The owner of Newsome Mill has made an application for Listed Building Consent to demolish the entire ground floor of the mill and the weaving sheds at the corner of Hart Street. What happens to our mill is a really important decision for Newsome and we want to make sure that the people who live and work here, and the people who grew up here, have a voice in what happens next.

A three-week public consultation about proposals to demolish Newsome Mill is open from Tuesday 28th February to Tuesday 21st March 2017. We believe that opposing the demolition is the best way to protect all the buildings at Newsome Mills, and to get the best from the site for local people.

Object online to the demolition of Newsome Mill

(up to 500 words)

Or email your comments to

(no word limit)

Find out more:

Newsome Mills Campaign

We recommend you read this advice:

Say no to the demolition of Newsome Mill – advice sheet (PDF)

Demolition or Regeneration?

Ideas for Newsome Mills by Richard Hannay

An alternative vision for Newsome Mills – ideas from architect Richard Hannay

Newsome Community Fun Day – get involved

Newsome Play Day 2016Newsome Community Fun Day

Saturday 3rd June 2017
from 12 noon to 4pm

at Newsome High School

Newsome Ward Community Forum are inviting our whole community to come and celebrate 20 years of volunteering and our fantastic community spirit in the Newsome area. There will be lots of activities, stalls and food to enjoy. Everyone is very welcome. Please put the date in your diary.

If you’re part of a local community organisation who would like to run an activity on the day, please get in touch with  Julie Stewart-Turner on 07753 676679 or email:

Seed Swap and Potato Day – 4th March 2017

Seed Swap and Potato Day

Come and get your food growing year off to a great start…

Growing Newsome’s popular annual Seed Swap and Potato Day is back on Saturday 4th March, with lots to grow, eat and enjoy:

  • 30 different varieties of seed potato for you to choose from.
    All tubers are 20p each or £2 for a dozen – pick and mix.
  • Seeds, onions and sprouted garlic.
  • Children’s activities.
  • Composting advice.
  • Book stall.
  • Local food on sale.
  • Hot lunch served from 12 noon.
  • and lots more…

Find out more on the Growing Newsome web site:

Seed Swap and Potato Day 2017

We’re recovering from the terrible fire at Newsome Mills – it broke our hearts, but not our spirit

Newsome Mills after the fire

In the aftermath of the terrible fire in the early hours of Thursday 17th November 2016 that destroyed the main four-storey building at Newsome Mills, our community are supporting each other in coming to terms with our loss.

After a very difficult week for everyone, we’re delighted to be able to confirm that on Friday 25th November 2016 our landmark clock tower was declared safe.

Find out more on the Newsome Mills Campaign blog:

A week that broke our hearts, but not our spirit

For more information about our campaign, visit:
or follow @NewsomeForum on Twitter.

Newsome Kiddies’ Christmas Party 2016

Saturday 10th December
2.30pm to 5pm
Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South
Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

Tickets are on sale for this year’s Newsome Kiddies’ Christmas Party.

Entertainer ✬ Music ✬ Games ✬ Face painting ✬ Arts and Crafts ✬ Party tea ✬ Surprise guest.

For children aged 8 years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is £3 per child, which includes all the activities, party tea and a gift bag to take home. Come and enjoy our 12th annual community Christmas event for local children, organised by volunteers from Newsome Ward Community Forum.


Tickets are available from the Communities Who Can office on St. John’s Avenue, Newsome HD4 6JP.

Opening times:

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

For more details tel. 01484 431708 (Jan).

You can also help to support the party by putting something in one of the donation boxes in local shops, or by displaying a poster:

Newsome Kiddies Christmas Party poster (PDF)

Help us save Newsome Mill ponds and green space

Save Newsome's historic mill pond and green space

This summer the land at Hart Street became the subject of a new planning application (2016 / 91479), which proposes removing the mill ponds and cramming 22 houses onto the site.

The application has been on hold whilst new information was provided, but it’s now active again and so you have a new opportunity to comment.

We’re joining other local organisations in letting the Planning Service know that we’re still opposed to these plans – and we’re asking you to do the same.

You can object to the plans now
(use the Make a comment on this application link)

the deadline for comments is 16th November 2016

This land at Hart Street, right at the centre of Newsome, is part of the historic Newsome Mills site. It includes the 19th century mill pond, the former mill workers allotments and an avenue of protected trees that lines the approach to the Grade II listed Newsome Mills. It’s well used by wildlife and greatly valued by local residents.

Community organisations in the area have asked the leaseholders many times for the use of this land, which we want to keep as open space for the benefit of residents and wildlife (the ponds are used by bats, herons, geese and ducks).

In 2008 and 2009, very similar plans for this site were turned down after local people campaigned against them. We would welcome the return of this land to community ownership, so that we can look after it and use it in the way that local people want.

If you agree with this, please use the Kirklees Council web site to object to the plans now or write to:

The Planning Service, Kirklees Council, PO BOX B93, Civic Centre III, off Market Street, Huddersfield HD1 2JR.

Please quote the planning reference number  2016 / 91479 in your letter.

See our campaign leaflet for more details:

Share our campaign on social media:
Save Newsome's historic mill ponds and green space

Newsome Neighbour Day – Saturday 22nd October 2016

more in common

Newsome Neighbour Day

Saturday 22nd October 2016

From 11am to 1pm

Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South  HD4 6JJ

Please join in this community event, organised by Newsome LEP, where you can get to know others in the local area. It’s inspired by Hope not Hate’s “More in Common” campaign, which aims to bring our communities back together.

Growing Newsome are providing homegrown soup for lunch, which will be available from around 12 noon.

Neighbour Day

Newsome Neighbour Day aims to encourage community involvement, action and cooperation.

Please come along to:

  • Meet your neighbours and enjoy each other’s company.
  • Learn what skills local people can offer.
  • Find out what practical things people need help with.

If you’d like, you can also take part in a practical task (such as a community clean-up) in the afternoon.

There will be stalls and activities at the Scout Hall including:

  • Benefits advice
  • Shared Lives carers
  • Meet your local councillors
  • Kirklees Youth Service
  • The Reading Circle
  • Tenants and Residents Association
  • Schools
  • Craft activities
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