Request for volunteers

From Steve Booth,Chair of Kirkheaton Future – to everyone who lives in Kirkheaton requesting volunteers
Kirkheaton Future(KF) is a group that is putting together a neighbourhood plan in response to the Draft Local Plan (DLP) created by Kirklees.

The DLP is in response to the government strategy to build more affordable houses up and down the country.

The ‘DLP’ has identified three main places to develop within the boundary of the village:-

  • The old mill site,
  • Cockley Hill Lane
  • Stead Lane.

In total the plan is for 298 houses across these three sites.

KF is not ‘anti houses’ but we want to have a say in matters such as:-

  • The type of houses
  • the use of existing brown field sites before green field
  • the impact on traffic and infrastructure (shops, schools etc)
  • the time phasing of building
  • The impact on highways and existing infrastructures

There are many sections to the neighbourhood plan but a key element is a village wide consultation process – we have to be able to demonstrate that every household has had a chance to influence the plan. This will be subject to an audit by a nominated inspector.

To this end we have designed a questionnaire but now need to deliver it to every household and then collect the completed forms. This is a big task and this is why we are needing as many volunteers as possible.

The plan is to have 2 briefing sessions, these are: –

  1. 15th January after the Service at the United Church in Kirkheaton at approximately 11.45 am
  2. 16th January in the Kirkheaton Community Centre at 19:30.

Please come along to either of these meetings if you are available to help with the process or just want to find out more about the work that is being done.

Or let me know by email on or on 07740704164.

Many thanks in anticipation of your help.

Steve Booth

Distributors wanted for Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire

KIRKHEATON FUTURE – Neighbourhood Plan

Our next Meeting is  to be held on Monday 16th January at 7.30pm at the Kirkheaton Community Centre, Fields Rise Kirkheaton. Questionnaire distribution to the village will soon be starting – please come along if you have a couple of hours free to help with this vital part of our Neighbourhood Plan submission – Thanks and please Share

Stardome Comes to Kirkheaton!

Stardome’ Tuesday January 31st , 6.00-7.30pm at Kirkheaton School
Would you like a ‘hands on’ experience where you learn about the stars in the company of a professional astronomer. The Stardome is a fantastic experience where you are surrounded by the night sky. You will find constellations and hear the myths and legends of the heroes and villains of Ancient Greece in the night sky. The ‘Stardome’ experience takes about half an hour – entry by timed ticket. All ages welcome – children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets: £3 Adults/ £2 Children (under 16). For further details and to book tickets contact: Helen Aust Tel: 07702 455981 or collect a booking form from Kirkheaton Library.

Organised by Yetton Together 

What’s on in January

What’s on in January? Not a lot!

Sun 29th Messy Church 10am United Church
Tues 31st Stardome 6:30 – 7:30pm Kirkheaton School Entry by timed ticket Adults £3 Under 16 years £2 Contact Helen Aust 07702 455981 or

Weekly at the Community centre
Watercolour class 1:30 – 4pm £6
Contact Lorna 07905 073 982 [Not December or January]
Hatha Yoga 1:30 -2;30 CC Contact Michael 01924 510 360
Tai Chi 3 – 4 pm £5 Contact Nicola 07742 528 052
Chair Exercise 2  – 3:30 £3 Contact Lorna 07905 073 982
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

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 Thu ‘The Health Walk’ (1 hour) meet at the Parish Centre Car Park at 2pm followed by tea & cake at the church until 4pm
1st Tue Flower arranging 7pm £6 Contact Diane 07946 400 240
2nd Tue 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 Tue Yetton Together Forum meeting & 200 Club draw 7.30pm Community Centre
Last Monday Kirkheaton Bookworms Reading group 7:15 £2Contact Lesley 01484 313 019
Last Friday Lego sessions 3:45 – 4:45 in term time. Also every Friday at 2:15 – 3:15 during schools holiday 50p

Creative Craft at the Community Centre

Examples of some of the work made over the last year by members of the Community Centre creative crafts group which meet every Saturday morning from 10:30am £2
Contact Trish 07858 223 854

Freda Trigg 1931 – 2016

16-dec-freda-trigg_edited-1Freda Trigg, nee Hirst, died In November after a relatively short illness. Freda spent most of her life in the village. She went to ‘the big school’- now demolished, and started work at the local blacksmith‘s (on the site of Kirkheaton Engineering) as a 14 year old. Later she went into the WRAC where she met her husband, John. They spent a number of years abroad with the army and then returned to Kirkheaton.

Freda was well known by many people. Some more senior villagers will have known her a s a child – she lived at the Post Office owned and run by her parents and told many a tale of life there. How her Mum had to sit under the stairs to answer the telephone to write down telegram messages and how the local boys used to queue up after school in the hope of earning sixpence by delivering the same telegrams to far flung places such as Lascelles Hall and Upper Heaton!

Other people will remember her as an insurance agent collecting her weekly dues and more recently as an indefatigable supporter of Kirkwood Hospice. She was secretary of the local support group for many years and gave her time and energy to the Hospice after her husband died there.

She also was an amazing source of local history knowledge about life in the mid twentieth century in Kirkheaton. She had stories  to tell of the fierce lady who oversaw the drapery department of Field Head Coop, of the goings on in the Anderson shelter in the rectory grounds during school air raid practice in WW2 and many more.

She will be greatly missed by many of us.

What a Cracker!

At their December meeting members of the Flower Arranging group made floral seasonal crackers -see examples in the photo gallery. The group meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the Community Centre at 7pm. Cost £6 which includes some materials. New members welcomed. Contact the tutor, Diane for more information on 07946 4000 240

Christmas Tree Festival

Well over 400 people visited Kirkheaton Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival over the weekend of the 10th and 11th December. The festival, now in its fourth year, hosted thirty five themed, decorated trees provided by local businesses and groups. There was no shortage of creative ideas. They ranged from a tree made out of green egg boxes accompanied by a snowman made of plastic cups! (KIrkwood Hospice) to one composed of mini ‘trees’ made from discarded paper back books (Friends of Kirkheaton Library) Mark Flynn’s winters scenes of Huddersfield graced one tree while another was festooned with knitted and crotcheted ornaments courtesy on the Community Centre’s Knit n Natter group.
Refreshments were available throughout the weekend. The festival ended with carols around the Christmas trees.
A big thank you to all those who helped make this a such a great community event.

Some of the very creative trees on show Kirkheaton Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival.