Vandals strike again at Community Centre

Vandals have trashed our daffodils (in full bloom) from our flower containers and thrown them at the building door and window, making a huge mess.  This is criminal damage which has been reported to West Yorkshire police.  If anyone has information that might lead to the identification of the culprits, please contact Bev on 07708 999 728 so any information can be reported under the police crime number.

Time for a Cuppa – Raised £700 for Dementia UK

Congratulations to Jean Broscombe who hosted ‘Time for a Cuppa’ event at Kirkheaton Community Centre on Friday afternoon 3 March.  Jean’s husband was diagnosed with dementia 6 years ago and during this time, she was fortunate in getting help from the Admiral Nurses. So Jean recruited some of her friends to help put on the event.  It was very well supported, where people gave donations for a cuppa and cake. Jean managed to raise the staggering amount of £700 in just two hours (which will be match funded and most of it gift aided) – WOW

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Proposed Certified Camp Site


The Exempted Camping Department of the Camping & Caravan Club have received an application to establish a small camp at “The Nale”, Highfield Lane, and nearby residents have been informed of this proposal by letter.  Concerns have been raised regarding the vehicular access to the said site by caravans and motorhomes.  Anyone who may be affected by the extra traffic should write or e-mail the Exempted Camping Department quoting the site number 110 1111, clearly detailing their concerns.  Any comments will be given serious consideration during the certification process.

Closing date for comments is 9th April 2016.

Contact details are  – The Camping & Caravan Club, Greenfields House, Westwood Way, Coventry CV4 8JH or

Kirkheaton’s 10th Arts Festival

News Release from Kirkheaton Parish Church, Church Lane, Kirkheaton

Calling all local artists – help make Kirkheaton’s 10th Arts Festival even bigger

Kirkheaton’s Arts Festival is now in its tenth year, and the hope is to make it the biggest and best yet.  The Festival takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 28th – 30th May, running alongside the historic ‘Yetton Rant.’

Any  local artist is able to exhibit their work for free, whether painting, photography, sculpture, quilts, embroidery, wooden models, indeed any art form. Local musicians are also invited to perform.

‘We are looking for something really special this year,’ says the Rector, the Revd Richard Steel. ‘We’ve had such a good response in past years that we are sure it will be another great event but being the 10th one we hope for an exceptional range of exhibits.’

The Festival regularly attracts over 700 people across the weekend Items are exhibited alongside work from local schools and art created by residents and staff of Kirkwood Hospice.

‘We’d love to see 1000 people come this year,’ adds Mr Steel, ‘and to find new artists to take part. We have often been the first place where people have exhibited or performed and we hope to have new artists with us again.’

‘This festival is all about encouraging and celebrating local creativity, so please do spread the word.’

Anyone who lives in the Kirkheaton, Dalton, Waterloo and Grange Moor area is welcome to take part. If would like to submit entries please contact Claire at the Parish Office on 01484 531449.

Time Capsule Opened

A 101 year old Time Capsule was opened on 5th September in Kirkheaton Church, on the edge of Huddersfield. The capsule had been buried under the foundation stone when the extension to the former Church School was erected, June 14th, 1913. The capsule was a Kilner jar, which has local connections, being made at their factory just a little way down the road in Thornhill Lees on the edge of Dewsbury.

In the jar were a copy of the ‘Yorkshire Post’ and ‘Huddersfield Chronicle and West Yorkshire Advertiser’ for that day, a Parish magazine for June 1913 and an Order of service for laying the stone.

The jar was opened with the help and advice of Katina Bill, Curator of the local Tolson Museum (with the help of a little WD40 and the Rector’s Swiss Army knife). Present at the opening were some children from Kirkheaton Primary School, a lady whose father was at the school when the capsule was buried, Vice Chair of Kirkburton Parish Council, members of the Kirkheaton Family History group and other members of the church and community.

“It was great to be able to connect with this part of our past,” said the Revd Richard Steel, Rector of Kirkheaton. “The discovery caused a lot of excitement locally, and the opening has been a really good community event.”

“After a quick look through we’ve discovered that we had a Parish Nurse at that time,” he adds, “which is quite fascinating. I look forward to seeing what more we can learn.”

Some quotes from people who were at the opening:

“It was great to see this, we haven’t seen one in a long while. It is very impressive. The paper is really well preserved, the seal completely intact, no moisture had go in. It even still has that newly printed smell, and no signs of damage.” (Katina Bill, Curator, Tolson Museum)

“What is good for us is trying to imagine what life was like for the children then – and realising that within a year these children would be caught up in WW1” (Sam Gallant, Head Teacher, Kirkheaton Primary School)

and the children –

“Fascinating” – (James Mallinson10)

“exciting to see like what they did in a Time Capsule then” (Oliver Hayton , 10)

“Feel really privileged to see these things opened. The first people to see them in 101 years” (Melissa Waller, 9)

Very fascinating to see all the newspapers from the past – kind of surprised how big the papers are and how small the print is.” (Verity Fountain, 10)

The material will be preserved and go on display in the church.


Pop up cafe popping up in October in Kirkheaton!

Yetton Together have the opportunity to run some trial cafe sessions to assess the feasibility of a Community Cafe in Kirkheaton (which may also help save our Library).  These sessions will be held at the Community Centre / Library every Friday afternoon from 2.30 – 4.30 and every Saturday morning from  10.30 – 12.30 in October.

We need volunteers to help.  If you would consider helping (or know anyone who will) please complete the Volunteer form and send it to

Thank you