Enjoy the bluebells!

BluebellsOver the next few weeks there will be a lovely show of spring flowers all around Kirkheaton. The bluebells are just beginning to open and the best place to see carpets of them is at Houses Hill. [ Turn right up the track [footpath sign] as the road bends round into Houses Hill]. Also look out for wood anemones and celandines. So get out and about and enjoy our surroundings!
Wood anemones

‘Quirkheaton’ – half term’s youth project

Chol Theatre’s project – ‘Quirkheaton’ took place during half term. It was partly funded by Yetton Together and by Kirklees Council.
Rebecca, the organiser from Chol Theatre writes:

QUIRKHEATON: Tales from a Unique Village

During February half term I had the pleasure of working with residents young and old from Kirkheaton, a place (that I must admit) I didn’t know that much about.  I had been in conversation with Eric Hutchinson for over a year about doing something in collaboration with Yetton Together and I was so pleased that all the planning and idea generation was coming to fruition.
Half term is a tricky time, especially for our target audience, 12-18 year olds.  Families are busy with holidays, teenagers like to sleep in but we persevered, leafleting households, dropping off information at schools, putting articles in the newspaper and bombarding social media.  Our hard work resulted in a small, yet lovely group: a mixture of teenagers, younger children and some dedicated local volunteers, collectively aged 8-80 years of age.  It was an amazing (and unplanned!) opportunity to do some fantastic inter generational creative work.
Our week of activities was hosted at Kirkheaton Library but incorporated the whole village, as we took to the streets to gain our inspirations.  We took photographs, collected stories and used our imaginations to fill in the rest.  The result was “Quirkheaton”, a unique walking trail of the village which incorporated stories (both real and imagined!) that were lovingly told by residents themselves and shared on a brilliantly sunny Friday afternoon in February.
We received wonderful feedback from participants, parents and audience who are all eager for similar work to happen in the future and I’m sure with the enthusiasm and hard work of Yetton Together this be a reality.

Thanks for allowing me to be part of it, and good luck luck in future endeavours.

Rebecca Legg
Artist, Chol Theatre


Kirkheaton area crime reports – April 14

Theft from vehicle 02 Apr 2014 2100 Steal wallet, satnav and electric razor from insecure BMW 320 The Paddock, Kirkheaton, HD5 0ER
Burglary dwelling 13 Apr 2014 1900 Open unlocked door, steal vehicle keys and Kia Sportage Sunnyhill Avenue, Kirkheaton, HD5 0HF
Theft from vehicle 13 Apr 2014 1830 Smash window of Peugeot partner, steal £1 coin Deganwy Drive, Kirkheaton, HD5 0NG
Theft from vehicle 14 Apr 2014 0315 Smash window of Volvo v70, steal tool. Suspect arrested Stancliffe Way,  Kirkheaton, HD5 0JY

Open Forum minutes March 14

Yetton Together Open Forum – Tuesday 18th March, 2014 – Chair – Mike Firth

Present:              Mike,  Helen, Sheila,  Sue, Bev,  John,  Eric , Keith
Apologies :       Richard (+ Jan)
Attendees – 0

Mike  welcomed and then drew 200 club:
1st prize £25 -: No 111 David Thorpe
2nd prize £15 – Number 57 Michael Whitehouse
3rd prize £10 – Number 79 Les Elston

Quiz Night – 95 tickets sold.  Sheila agreed to be an extra server if needed.  Bev is hoping for around £350 profit.   Further raffle prizes would be welcome.

Good Neighbours – Helen has contacted the group already running in Hepworth and was given some very useful advice.  They are linked to the (W)RVS, which helps schemes to get started. Helen will investigate this as a possibility for our scheme.

Road Safety – Mike is still trying to follow up the outcomes from the meeting with Peter McB et al.
Sarah C (PCSO) is due to come to the next forum.
Action: This will need publicising so that people can come with their questions ready. Buses – John has been in contact with Metro. Services will be looked at again towards the end of 2014, ready for the renewal of tenders in May 2015.

Environment- The application for the grant for the tubs has gone in. Poppy seeds are due to be arriving at some point, ready for planting.
Hanging basket brackets will need to be checked, and we will need to discuss the details of funding the additional hanging baskets again.
Litter pick – 4 people from McDonalds, 4 YT volunteers (including 3 from steering group) attended, but it was a very big task this time – worse than last time.

Over £270 was raised from the Examiner Wish campaign

There is a chance of a ‘Better  Neighbourhood Grant’ from B and Q.  This could be used for raised beds in the space behind Costcutter or perhaps decoration of the Community Centre.
The Kirkheaton sign is in the pipeline now – the land will be prepared for us, as there are a lot of other things on this patch and we don’t want to cause any problems.

Youth The Urban Myths project (CHOL Theatre) started slow, due to low numbers, but picked up in the week. Up to 7 children came – with at least 4 each day. Unfortunately King James was open for exam classes and ‘Grease’ rehearsal, so this may have affected the take up.  Also, it was felt that the age range might have been better billed as 10-13, but there were constraints on the age range we could advertise.   There was excellent feedback from the children and parents.  There was a good atmosphere and Rebecca Legg of CHOL was very energetic and enthusiastic. The event came in under budget.  It now needs to be reviewed with the Kirklees Creative Economy rep – it was definitely a worthwhile event.

Open Forum Closed at 8.05

Next Open Forum meeting:  15th April 2014


YT’s Garden club spring activities

A small group of volunteers meet every Monday* [weather permitting ] to maintain various sites in the area.
Clearing brambles


Clearing brambles on Heaton Moor Road




Bulbs down the Transy



Improving The Transy [ footpath between
St Paul's Road and St Mary's Lane]




Flower bed




Spring planting at Town Top




Other areas include the area at the junction of Lascelles Hall Road and Highfield Lane.
* All welcome – meet at the Community Centre 2pm or contact Keith on 348314

Tell Sarah what you think!!!

PCSO Sarah CondersonSarah Conderson, Community Support Officer,  will be our guest at Yetton Together’s Forum Meeting from 7:30 – 8 pm on Tuesday 16 April in the Community Centre on Fields Rise. So if you have any  concerns regarding irresponsible parking, speeding and heavy goods vehicles through our village etc. or any other policing matter, e mail us at info@yetttontogether.org or better still come along to the forum and have your say.

What’s on in April

Every Thursday afternoon, 2 – 3 pm, ‘The Health Walk’ Meet at the Parish Centre Car Park at 2 pm, for an hour around the area.
3rd Tuesday of the month –Yetton Together Forum meeting. Community Centre, Fields Rise 7:30 – 8pm Ideas, comments, questions and volunteers welcomed. Also 200 Club numbers drawn
4th Tuesday of the month, WI meetings are held at 8pm at Croft House, Upper Hopton. Visitors welcome. Further details from Marilyn Eastwood 01484 534592.

Library Events – weekly
Thursdays 2 pm-4pm Knit & Natter, Craft n’ Chatter group meets
Thursday 6 -7pm Informal family/local history group Free access to the internet and various family history sites are available.
Friday 2pm Toddlers’ story and craft sessions. Just turn up -

APRIL’s events

Wed 2nd – Sat 5th Pantomime Dick Whittington 7:30pm United Church also Saturday matinee 2pm Tickets Adults £6 & children £3 from Alan Booth tel:303663 mob:07787880098

Sunday 6th 11am Kirkheaton Cricket & Bowling Club Open Day for prospective members & any one interested. Members will be present to offer help and guidance – bowls (woods) will be available to use – please wear flat soled shoes.

Wed 16th PACT – Police and Communities Together – 7pm, at the Cottage Homes, Cross Green Road. Have your say in how our community is policed

Fri 18th Good Friday. All age reflection Parish Church at 10.30 am. 12 noon – 3 pm Reflection at the Cross, come and go as you wish.

Sun 20th Easter service, 10.30 am, Parish Church. A celebration for all the family
Easter service, 10.45 am, United Church.

Tues 22nd Colour Imaging 8pm WI Croft House, Upper Hopton.

 Thurs 24th Beetle Drive 2-4pm at The Yorkshireman Kirkheaton Hospice Support Group

YT’s Quiz night sellout

Nearly 100 people packed into the Conservative Club on 22nd March for Yetton Together’s popular quiz night. Altogether £351.12 was raised for community projects as well as being  a good night for all participants. Thanks to our Master Quizzer Ron Burns who set the questions and Bev, Mike and Sheila for organising it.