Syngenta celebrate 100 years

16-sept-syngenta-2On  September 18th, our near neighbour, Syngenta threw open its door to celebrate 100 years of manufacturing on their site on Leeds Road. Many Kirkheaton residents were part of the 2500 visitors who enjoyed a glorious afternoon there.
On offer were free fairground rides, live performances by rock and brass bands as well as a variety of tours of the site by bus and on foot.There was even a guest appearance of a posse of Star Wars Stormtroopers, much to the delight of  children and many adults alike!

16-sept-syngenta-3Exhibits and displays showed how the company established its roots in the town in 1916 as a dye manufacturer for soldier’s uniforms. It continued to manufacturer dyes for much of its life, first as British Dyes, then ICI, Zeneca, and AstraZeneca. At its peak, the site employed 4,000 people.Today 400 people work directly for Syngenta on site alongside another 400 working for other companies.
16-sept-syngenta-1Syngenta now manufactures products for use by famers in protecting crops from weeds, pests and diseases.

September Crime reports updated

No crime reported in the Kirkheaton area in the week ending 18th September

No crime reported in the first week of September in the Kirkheaton area

Criminal damage – Motor vehicle 07 Sep 2016 2100 offender enters vehicle by forcing unknown implement under lock, enter vehicle but leave without taking anything. Moorside Road, Kirkheaton, HD5 0LX

August Crime reports

Burglary dwelling 27 Aug 2016 1630 use ladders to gain access via rear upstairs window, make untidy search and steal computers, cash and jewellery. New Road, Kirkheaton,

Burglary dwelling 27 Aug 2016 1700 smash window in rear door, enter, make untidy search of upstairs and steal lop top, cash, cards and jewellery. The Paddock, Kirkheaton

Want to find out more about Kirkheaton?

There is a fabulous site set up by two former Local History librarians [well one is still working!] dedicated to recording oddities found in the Kirklees area before they disappear. Over the last few years, Carol Hardy and  Linda Smith have been all over Kirklees photographing buildings, signs, grates, milestones etc – in fact anything connected to local past history and finding their stories. It is called Kirklees Curiosities  and it is very easy to use as all the towns and villages covered are indexed. Click on Kirkheaton and you will find a wealth of information. They are very happy to hear from anyone who has ideas for future inclusions.
Give it a click – it’s very worthwhile.

PS Carol and Linda presented some of their ‘curiosities’ at a local history talk in the Community Centre organsied by Kirkheaton Local and Family History group.
The next talk organised by the group will be on Thursday 27th September and is intriguingly entitled ‘My ancestors came from a World Heritage Site’ at  7:30pm in the Community Centre – Admission £2


Spare a penny! Or two!

16 Aug collect boxHave you seen the new collecting boxes  for YT’s community projects around the village? We’re hoping that people will donate their small change to help support our work. As one large suppermarket says – Every Little Helps!

Community Centre raffle drawn

The winners of the raffle drawn at the Community Centre on Thursday 11th August were as follows:

1st prize – yellow 216  – Hamper   Sylvia Longbottom
2nd prize – yellow 86  – Beauty set – Heather [Knit n Natter]
3rd prize – yellow 161 – Coffee & cake for two @ Yetty’s

Thank you to all those who bought tickets  and to those who donated the prizes – £43 was raised which will be used to keep the CC going. Every little helps!

Community Centre roofing makeover

After years of neglect the exterior of the CC is undergoing some improvements. Over the next few weeks the roof will be made watertight, the guttering replaced and the facsia board replaced and painted. Hopefully some of the windows will be next and the screens removed.