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.
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Newsome 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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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.
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)
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.
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.
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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.
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
- Craft activities
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 15th October from 10am to 1pm-ish
Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ
Find out more on the Growing Newsome web site:
Stirley Farm Food Festival
Sunday 4th September 2016
11am to 7pm
Join us for this very popular annual food festival. It’s a day of food, fun and celebration on our stunning wildlife-friendly farm.
There will be games, crafts, stalls and more to keep all the family entertained. Come see how the farm is developing and taste some delicious home grown food.
You can pick up some locally grown goodies from the Growing Newsome stall, including jams and other preserves made from fruit and vegetables grown in Newsome and donated by local volunteers and friends.
Stalls and activities on the day include:
- Local food and crafts
- Beer and cider tent
- Cocktails and live music
- Stalls from local producers
- Veg from the farm available to eat
- Cookery demonstrations
- Crafts local to the area
- Fun activities for children
- Music and beer in the marquee until 7pm
The festival is a drop in event and admission is free. There are charges for some activities and for food and drink.
Stirley Food Festival 2016 poster (PDF)
Stirley Community Farm
off Hall Bower Lane
Organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Local Democracy Roadshow
Wednesday 24th August 2016
10am to 2pm
6pm to 9pm
Huddersfield Town Hall
What would make your everyday experience of local democracy better? What would make it easier for you to participate in local decision-making, and what would encourage you to feel involved?
Register now for one of these local democracy roadshow events to join the debate about councillors, elections and decision-making in Kirklees.
You will work in groups to answer some questions about the key themes, share ideas and say what’s important to you. There will also be a panel Question & Answer session with Kirklees councillors, electronic voting on some of the issues and plenty of time for networking.
Lunch is provided for the morning roadshow, and a light buffet will be available for the evening roadshow. Places are free and open to anyone who is interested.
Register for the Huddersfield local democracy roadshow
Find out more:
Kirklees Democracy Commission web site