Newsome Play Day – 1st August 2018

Newsome Play Day 2018

It’s our annual Newsome Play Day on Wednesday 1st August 2018 at Castle Community Hub (next to Hillside Primary on Headfield Road). Drop in from 11am to 4pm for circus skills, sports, environmental play, arts and crafts and lots more for kids aged 0-12 and their families. Free event.

Organised by Newsome Ward Community Forum and our friends.

Big Plant Swap – Saturday 26th May 2018

Plants and seedlings

Big Plant Swap
Saturday 26th May 2018
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 2018

Print out the Big Plant Swap poster:
Big Plant Swap poster 2018 (PDF)

Growing Newsome Seed Swap and Potato Day 2018

Growing Newsome Potato Day

Seed Swap & Potato Day

Saturday 3rd March 2018

From 10am to 1pm-ish

Venue: Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

Growing Newsome’s popular annual Seed Swap and Potato Day is back on 3rd March, with lots to grow, eat and enjoy. It’s a perfect way to get your food growing year off to a great start and to find out about local volunteering opportunities with Growing Newsome.

The event includes a Potato Day with 30 different varieties of seed potato to choose from – pick and mix. There will be lots of seeds, onions and sprouted garlic on offer, plus children’s craft activities, growing advice, seed planting, a book stall with all sorts of books and local food on sale.

Refreshments are available all morning and a hot two-course lunch is served from 12 noon.

Whether you enjoy growing your own food, or you want to buy something that’s grown “on your doorstep”, or if you’d just like a relaxed family morning with a cuppa and a chat, you’ll be very welcome. Free admission.

Find out more at:

Newsome Spring Clean, 3rd March 2018

HedgehogNewsome Spring Clean
Saturday 3rd March
From 2pm to 4pm

Newsome Ward Community Forum are organising a community clean up as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Meet up at 2pm (after your Growing Newsome lunch)  on the footpath behind Towngate Fisheries in Newsome village.

This is a well used path for people to access the village shops in Newsome, but it’s been abused for a long time by flytipping and littering.

Come and help tidy the path to make it tidier for people and safer for wildlife.

Newsome Spring Clean

Great British Spring Clean

Newsome Kiddies’ Christmas Party 2017

Saturday 16th 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:
Passion 4 Hair, 13 Church Lane Newsome, HD4 6JE.

Opening times:

Tuesday – 9.30am to 6pm
Wednesday – 10am to 5.30pm
Thursday – 9.30am to 8pm
Friday – 9am to 6pm
Saturday – 9am to 4pm

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’ Party poster 2017

Growing Newsome Autumn Gathering – Saturday 28th October 2017

Autumn Gathering

Everyone is welcome at Growing Newsome’s Autumn event. There’s lots of local food available to try and buy, including preserves, homemade cakes and a hot, two-course lunch served from 12 noon. We also have stalls and activities, including crafts for kids. Food growers can choose from seven different varieties of garlic bulbs, plus onion sets, seeds and some Autumn planting fruit and vegetables.

Refreshments are available all morning. Free admission.

Saturday 28th October from 10am to 1pm-ish
Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

Find out more on the Growing Newsome web site:

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:

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

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