Kirkheaton History Group Newsletter 1

This is the first of our regular Newsletters with the aim of keeping you updated on our activities.
In the past Kirkheaton Family and Local History Group (KHG) have successfully organised and staged three exhibitions,

  • WW1 – researching over 146 men who lost their lives during this conflict’
  • WW2 – researching over 40 who lost their lives
  • Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday Celebration

Moving forward, KHG will be providing monthly talks with an historical theme.  These will be held on the last Thursday of every month at  Kirkheaton Community Centre.

The first of our series of talks  will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 23 February 2017 at the Kirkheaton Community Centre.  Entrance £2.50 (including light refreshments).
From Mountain to Sea – John Taylor will take you on an historical, pictorial journey down the River Severn.

Future events planned include talks on :
Broadhead & Graves Mill
A number of former employees have been in touch, contributing a number of photographs.  This is on going.
Kirkheaton Workhouse
Research has included the Huddersfield Board of Guardians Minutes of Meeting and Newspaper Articles.
History of Ravensknowle Hall (Tolson Museum)
To commemorate the 95th years as Tolson Museum, KHG research includes the West Yorkshire Archives, and Newspaper Articles.
We are also researching the various families who have owned the Ravensknowle Estate.

Family History
The group meets every Thursday from 6.00pm at the Kirkheaton Library.  Help is available for those just starting through to cracking that Brick Wall.
A few weeks ago, we were contacted by someone who had come to a dead end trying to find their elusive Great Grandfather. A family story was that there was a Scottish connection. One of our members gladly agreed to take on the challenge and in the process of finding the elusive Great Grandfather discovered not a Scottish but an Irish connection.

Audio/Video Interviews
With the aim of compiling history/experiences of Kirkheaton a number of residents have agreed to an audio/video interview.
Our aim is to include people of all ages and backgrounds.

Please get in touch if you

  • Would to help or provide information on any of the above
  • Know someone who would like to be interviewed.

Please help by circulating this newsletter.

 Regards                Colin Beaver     on behalf of the Kirkheaton History Group


Activities for Children at the Library

Activities for children at Kirkheaton Library

17 Feb LibraryLego Club– Every Friday 3:30 – 4:30 pm (please note new time). 50p per child. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Yetty’s Coffee Shop will be open.

Storytime for under 5s – Every Friday in term time only. 2:30pm (free).

Special Half term Creative Crafts event:  Friday 24th February, 2:30 – 4:30pm (free).
Drop into Kirkheaton Library for further information.

Star Dome event a sell out!

Star Dome Planetarium

17 Feb star dome 2Professional astronomer Martin Lunn MBE enthralled over 90 people from Kirkheaton with an exploration of the night sky, on a magical journey through the stars that can be seen throughout the year, and stories from the myths and legends of Ancient Greece. The special community event, organised by Yetton Together with grant funding support from Huddersfield Education Trust, was a sell-out, with tickets snapped up quickly. Also on hand was Kirkheaton’s own Robert Williams, Director of the Huddersfield Observatory, who will be familiar to the ‘Stargazers’ who have enjoyed previous events by YT.
When the groups of excited adults (and children!) entered Kirkheaton Primary School on the evening of 31 January, they were faced with a huge inflatable tent, the ‘Star Dome Planetarium’, filling a large space in the hall. Inside, once our eyes had got used to the dark, we could make out the projected specs of light representing the stars. During each 30 minute presentation, Martin spoke about the wonders of the night sky through the seasons, and told of the mythology behind the constellations, including stories about Orion, Andromeda and Perseus.
17 Feb star dome 1



What’s on in February

Wed 8th Kirkheaton Future volunteers meeting 7.30pm Community Centre – volunteers willing to distribute Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire

Tues 14th Yetton Hub talk 7:30pm Community centre £2.50 on the door. All welcome Light refreshments
Thurs 23rd
Beetle Drive
1.30pm United Church  Kirkheaton Hospice Group
History talk
  ‘The River Severn – mountain to sea ‘ by John Taylor 7.30pm Community centre £2.50 on the door. All welcome Light refreshments

Weekly at the Community centre

Watercolour class 1.30 – 4pm £6 Contact Lorna 07905 073 982
Hatha Yoga 1:30 -2.30 CC Contact Michael 01924 510 360
Tai Chi 3 – 4 pm £5 Contact Nicola 07742 528 052
Chair Exercise1:30 -3pm £3
Tai Chi 7-8pm £5 Contact Nicola 07742 528 052
Yetty’s Coffee Shop Thu 2:30 -3:30 & Sat 10:30 -12:30 . Light refreshments available
Knit n Natter 2-4pm £1 Contact Trish 07858 223 854
Local & Family History group 6-7pm Contact Roger 07837 412 070
Toddler story & craft session 2pm Just turn up
Creative crafts 10:30 – 12:30 £2 Contact Trish 07858 223 854
3rd Saturday of the month – Quilting workshop
Other venues
Every Wed Senior Citizens Club (over 55s) United Church 7.15pm for entertainment, talks etc.. Contact David Lock 01484 302768 for more details (not January)
Every ThursThe Health Walk’ (1 hour) meet at the Parish Centre Car Park at 2pm followed by tea & cake at the church until 4pm

Monthly at the Community centre
1st Tues Flower arranging 7pm £6 Contact Diane 07946 400 240
2nd Tues Yetton Hub Monthly Speaker – All welcome just turn up to what interests you £2.50 on the door. Also, ad-hoc trips and events call Bev 07708 999 728. (not Jan)
3rd Tues Yetton Together Forum meeting & 200 Club draw 7.30pm Community Centre
Last Monday Kirkheaton Bookworms Reading group 7:15 £2 Contact Lesley 01484 313 019
Last Thurs History group speaker evening 7:30pm £2.50 email
Last Friday Lego sessions 3:45 – 4:45 in term time. Also every Friday at 2:15 – 3:15 during schools holiday 50p

Zack Barrett Appeal Fund gathers momentum

Zack’s Appeal Fund

Up to press, nearly £25000 has been raised to support the family of Kirkheaton youngster, Zack Barrett and it’s still rising! Zack, 5 years old and  identical twin to Leo, was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of brain tumour known as Diffuse Pontine Glioma in November and has only months to live.

Zack [on the left] with Mum Katie, Dad Ryan and identical twin Leo

Zack [on the left] with Mum Katie, Dad Ryan and identical twin Leo

The community has rallied round to support them.
Zack’s mum commented  “Everyone has been so amazing in their support and fundraising so we can create wonderful memories and ease the financial pressure so we can spend our last moments with him.”
As trials to treat this form of cancer are in their earliest stages and aren’t yet available on the NHS, some of the money raised will be used to pay for him to take part in, and to support, research into this form of the disease.

To donate go to or support some of the many local fund raising events and activities.

The next local fundraising event  – “Making Memories for Zack Barrett”  – is on Friday, 27th January and is sponsored The Body Shop and Usborne Books.  It will  be held at Kirkheaton Conservative Club 7pm and  will include raffles and games throughout the evening. All welcome


Kirkheaton Future Questionnaire


Kirkheaton Future are preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for the village.  The Plan must reflect the needs and views of our community.  It will carry considerable weight in future planning decisions and will effectively give, you and I with our neighbours, substantial influence over the future development of our village.

The draft Kirklees Local Development Plan proposes to allocate an additional 298 homes to be built in Kirkheaton over the next 20 years.  We hope that our Neighbourhood Development Plan will have a say over where they will be built and what type of homes they will be.  The Plan will cover issues such as housing, employment, infrastructure, service, transport and the environment.

The Questionnaire
A questionnaire will be delivered  during  the  two weeks to the 1600 households and businesses in the defined Neighbourhood Plan area [mainly Kirkheaton and Upper Heaton]  The purpose of the questionnaire is to gather views from each household regarding their feelings about living here, and opinions on priorities for the future development of  the village. If your receive one please complete it and return to the volunteer who will call to collect it

We shall use details about age and gender etc., to identify groups with differing needs or issues that the plan should consider..