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

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

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