Introducing Castle Community Hub

Castle Community Hub offers activities and support for families and residents in the local area.

We believe by working together we can build trusting relationships and support all the community to develop the skills and resilience to make our local area even better.

The Hub has been jointly established by Berry Brow Infant and Nursery SchoolHillside Primary SchoolNewsome Junior School and Newsome High School as well as local private and voluntary nursery settings.

Through working together we aim to build community relationships, build our capacity to support each other and build opportunities for the benefit of all our local children.

We are a friendly, first point of call for your family support and, if we can’t help, we will point you in the direction of someone who can.

The Castle Community Hub building (attached to Hillside Primary School) offers daily drop-in sessions during term time and a changing programme of one-off and short courses which can help you develop new skills and may even support you to get a new or different job. The Hub is also a great place to meet new people and make new friends.

The Hub is about much more than the one building however, and support and advice will be available from all the partner organisations.

Check out our website to see what we’ve got to offer.  The Hub is for your community and needs your ideas and support in order to develop to meet the needs of everyone. Come along and get involved.  You are bound to get a warm welcome and a friendly smile!

If you’re looking for a venue for a community activity or event, we may be able to help. You can call us on 01484 226834 via the Hillside Primary School reception – please ask for Castle Community Hub.

Castle Community Hub website

Key found – 14th September 2017

If you lost a car key whilst out walking your dog near the rugby club in Hall Bower, it’s now been handed in to the police.

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: www.savenewsomemillponds.org.uk

Choose ‘Make representation’

Or email: North2@pins.gsi.gov.uk

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:
APP/Z4718/W/17/3173711


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 DC.Admin@kirklees.gov.uk

(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: julie.stewart-turner@kirklees.gov.uk

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:
www.SaveNewsomeMills.org.uk
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

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)

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