Growing Newsome Autumn Gathering – Saturday 15th October 2016

Autumn jams

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

Stirley Food Festival 2016
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)
Cows in a field on a sunny day

Venue location

Stirley Community Farm
off Hall Bower Lane
Berry Brow

Grid reference

Organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

What should local democracy be like?

Kirklees Democracy CommissionLocal 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.

Book online:

Register for the Huddersfield local democracy roadshow

Find out more:

Kirklees Democracy Commission web site

Democracy in Kirklees

Play Day 2016 – we had a great day celebrating outdoor play

Newsome Play Day 2016

On the first Wednesday of August, had you happened to walk along Ashenhurst playground, you could have been forgiven for thinking that you had passed backwards through time.  There, in front of you, was a field full of children and adults laughing and playing together, licking ice creams or tucking into picnics.  Very few, if indeed any, electronic devices were on show.

Mini policeman at Play DayChildren battled for their team to win at football an then turned their hand (or foot!), to scoring the fastest goal.  Children cut and glued, coloured and glittered to produce original pieces of art.  Smoothies appeared as if by magic – powered by furious pedalling on a bike.  A 15 foot policeman teetered about whilst mini uniformed police officers cast a watchful eye over the whole proceedings from the safe confines of a police car.

Children queued with immense patience in order to hurtle down the waterslide, and return to queue up again and again and again.

Happy faces at Play DayWe had a tremendous day – celebrating play at its very best.  The whole event was run by volunteers, IYSS (Integrated Youth Support Service), and the police, and we are immensely grateful to these people for giving up their time.

Plans are already being made for an even more exciting Play Day net year, so make sure that Wednesday 2nd August 2017 is clearly marked in your diary!

Dawn Horton

Newsome Playday – Wednesday 3rd August 2016

Newsome Playday 2016Newsome Playday 2016

Ashenhurst Park, Newsome

Wednesday 3rd August 2016

From 11am to 4pm

A fun packed day for 0-12 years old and families – activities will include Cheerleading, Inflatable Football, Speed Shot, Water slide, Mini Olympics, Parachute Games, Arts and crafts, Circus Skills, Smoothie Bike and many more. Free entry.

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and bring your own lunch and drinks, or some picnic items will be on sale on the day. No on-site parking available.

Activities are supported by: Kirklees Council Integrated Youth Support Service, Public Health, West Yorkshire Police, Newsome Ward Community Forum, Mon-Realm, Newsome Football Club, Huddersfield Giants Cheerleaders, Newsome LEP, Hillside Primary School and Berry Brow Carnival.

For more information contact Julie Stewart-Turner on 07753 676679.

Save Newsome Mill ponds and green space

Save Newsome's historic mill pond and green space

The land at Hart Street is the subject of a new planning application (2016 / 91479), which proposes removing the mill ponds and cramming 22 houses onto the site. We’re joining other local organisations in opposing these plans.

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

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 well-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

Berry Brow Carnival – Saturday 18th June 2016

Berry Brow Carnival

Berry Brow Carnival
Berry Brow Playing Fields, off Ladyhouse Lane HD4 7QD
Saturday 18th June 2016 from 1pm to 5pm

The aim of the Berry Brow Carnival is to bring members of the community together for a day of celebration, entertainment and lots and lots of fun. Join in – lots of activities, games, stalls, food and plenty more. Free admission.

So what have we got in store for you all this year?

  • Sam Safaris (sponsored by One17) – exotic animals and creepy crawlies.
  • Crafty Devilz Circus Skills – try juggling, stilt walking and plate spinning.
  • Spray Painting – get creative on the carnival graffiti wall.
  • TAN AM Golf – test out your putting skills.
  • Archery, Face Painting, Horse Riding and Fair Ground Rides.
  • Community stalls including The Reading Circle and Growing Newsome.

Entertainment includes Punch & Judy Show, Colne Valley Music School & Dance.

Plus food, tea tent and all the regular carnival games and essentials.

Please have a look at the carnival web site for a full list of activities:

Berry Brow Carnival

Monkeyfest – 2nd and 3rd July 2016

MonkeyfestArmitage Bridge Club, Dean Brook Road, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield HD4 7PB.

Starts at 12 noon on both days. Live bands on both days. Food available and over 60 beers and ciders served.

£2 entry fee, which includes a programme and a glass.

LIVE Music

Saturday 2nd July
Lew Rey
State of Confusion
TFB World Class Blues Rock

Sunday 3rd July

Lindley Brass Band
James Smith
Fiery Biscuits

Find out more on the Monkey Club web site:
Monkey Club

Allotment Volunteers Open Day

Community AllotmentAllotment Volunteers Open Day
Sunday 12th June 2016
From 10am to 12 noon

Growing Newsome Community Allotment
entrance between 67 & 69 Ashenhurst Avenue, Newsome HD4 6PX

Can you spare an hour or two? Growing Newsome are looking for new volunteers to join in at our community allotment. From sitting down sowing some seeds in our potting shed to doing some digging or helping with DIY tasks, there’s something to suit everyone. It’s a great way to learn and to meet people, or just to spend some quiet time outdoors.

If you’re interested in helping out, please come along to this Sunday morning gathering to celebrate Volunteers Week 2016. You can have a look around, join in some practical allotment activities to give it a try, ask questions, and meet other local growers.

Refreshments are provided and there’s space under cover in case it rains.

Find out more on the Growing Newsome web site.

Print a poster:
Allotment Volunteers Open Day poster (PDF)

Big Plant Swap – Saturday 21st May 2016

Plants and seedlings

Big Plant Swap
Saturday 21st May 2016
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
  • Compost Special – advice and demos
  • 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 2016

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

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