Macmillan coffee morning

On the last Saturday of September Yetton Together partnered with St John’s Church to host a coffee morning at the Community Centre in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
It was a great success and over £600 was raised thanks to all the wonderful bakers (see the array of cakes on offer!), other volunteers who gave up their time and the people who came to support the event.
Helen, from the church commented ‘a really successful event, we look forward to working with YT again soon.’
The winners of the raffle were:
184 Jocelyn
182 John Bolton
196 Jan Miller
Contact Lorna for any unclaimed prize on 07905073982

Yettoner’s view of the sun’s eclipse

In August 2017 Yettoner  Robert Williams, a keen member of Huddersfield Astronomy Society, travelled to the USA to watch a total  eclipse* of the sun.

The 2017 Solar Eclipse crossed a significant portion of continental USA. As such there was about 200 million people who were within a 5 hour car or a 2 hour plane ride from the centre line.
He travelled to Oregon which had the best chance of clear skies.

He writes:
‘Our eclipse observing base in Salem (Oregon, not Massachusetts) was Willamette University – one of the most prestigious private universities in the USA. In its grounds a large area had been set up for about 20,000 general visitors and we had a separate and secure courtyard facing south for our group’
Salem – with a population of about 170,000 was expecting another 30,000+ eclipsomaniacs [Defn. people who just love to see eclipses] arriving. Many of these were set up in large tent-cities in the city’s many parks and open spaces.

On the outskirts of Salem we also saw huge numbers of campsites with RVs everywhere. We found out that residents of Salem had been charging around $1000 per person per night for accommodation for visit!

This was – is – my 5th eclipse trip as I do plan to go on others. In the previous 4 trips I had got more experience of what to expect and how to get an image of the various phases of the eclipse including totality. So, I had taken quite a bit of kit with me – basically two of everything – tripods, DSLR cameras [One for still images , one for videoing the eclipse], lenses and – most importantly – solar filters – as these are essential during the partial phases. As back-up I had my smartphone and I took a GoPro Hero camera to do a ’20-minute time-lapse’ of before, during and after the eclipse.

The moon starting to block out the sun as seen from Earth

The moon almost completely blocking the sun’s light.

It was worth it. Go to  to  see the photos of my trip.’

Where next? He’s contemplating an eclipse trip to Chile in 2019 and perhaps in 2020, an eclipse trip to Argentina, so hopefully he will share his photos with us then.

For a more detailed account of his trip click here

*A solar eclipse  occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and when the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun.



YT’s Birthday Celebrations

Yetton Together marked its second year as a charity by holding a party for all its volunteers and supporters. In late September over 50 people attended at Landings 72, Kirklees College restaurant where they were treated to a meal. Guests included volunteers, sponsors and local councillors.

L to R Lorna Idle,Cllr Mussrat Khan, Bev Burns, Cllr Peter McBride, Carl Sykes [Syngenta], Trish Mellor, Jean Broscombe and Sue Bowyer

Trish Mellor, YT’s chair commented:
We’ve organised this  to show our appreciation for all the support we have had over the last five years and especially since we took over the Community Centre in 2015. We have a large group of volunteers who regularly commit to doing things for the community from one hour to many per month! – from baking, running Yetty’s Coffee Shop, distributing the magazine, litter picking to creating and maintaining the lovely tubs and floral display in the area. The list is endless and we are proud to boast we now have around 60 volunteers all playing a vital part in the running of YT and Kirkheaton Community Centre
We appreciate the financial and moral support we receive from our local councillors and our sponsors and grant providers. We would also like to thank Lee and Alison Grant at Inspiration Computers who have supported us from the start by financing our website and with technical support.

A big thank you also goes to Syngenta, KNH, Yetton Hub and One 17 for wholly financing these birthday celebrations and Sheard’s Funeral Directors [Mirfield] for the wonderful hamper they donated.

We are also grateful to Mark Flynn of who acted as official photographer on the night and has provided us with these pictures.

Brilliant boost for local projects

Over £5000 was raised for community projects at Kirkheaton’s 52nd gala in July thanks to brilliant sunshine and lots of support from local people. The money will be shared out between Brownies, Guides, Kirkheaton Youth FC, the Scout Hut and Yetton Together.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to produce such a great day out for the village.

The photo shows the 2017 Gala Queen, Evie Wooler and her attendants Lily Bolton-Herbert, Abbie Morris and Ella Summerscales. 

What’s on in October

Tuesday 10 October – Yetton Hub Speaker – ‘Staying at the REAL Marigold Hotel’ by Maggie Poppa.  7.30pm Community Centre. £2.50 pay on the door.
Saturday 21 October Saturday Crafters – Learn a new quilting technique 10:30 – 12:30 Community Centre £2
Thursday 26 October
Halloween Crafts and party 2 – 4pm Library Free but donations welcome to cover the cost of resources. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult. Book a place in the library or by emailing
History Group Talk – ’”Story of a Yorkshire mining family’ Community Centre 7.30pm. £2.50 on the door.

What’s on Regulars


Art Class, Community Centre 1.30 – 4pm £6. Call Lorna Idle 07905 073982Mindfulness Meditation Sessions, Community Centre, 7.30 – 9pm.  Call Tim on 07837 128 611

Hatha Yoga, Community Centre 1.30 – 2.30pm £5. Call Michael Sharp 01924 510360
Tai Chi, Community Centre, 3 -4pm.  Call Nicola 07742 528052

Coffee Plus (term time only – toys, activities for children and coffee & chat for their parents/carers), Kirkheaton Parish Centre, from 9am
Chair Exercise (for people who may find difficulty going to a traditional gym – all ages and abilities welcome), Community Centre, 2 – 3.30pm. £3. Call Sylvia Longbottom 01924 525528.
Tai Chi, Community Centre, 7 – 8pm. Call Nicola 07742 528052
Senior Citizens Club (over 55s) United Church 7.15pm for entertainment, talks etc..£2.50. Call David Lock 01484 302768

Yetty’s Coffee Shop, Community Centre (Fresh Coffee and Homemade Cakes) 2.30 – 4.30pm Knit & Natter, Community Centre, 2-4pm just come along and join in.
‘The Health Walk’ (~1 hour) meet at the Parish Centre Car Park at 2pm followed by tea & cake in the church until 4pm.
T@2, Kirkheaton Parish Church 2pm – a hot drink and a piece of home made cake.
Local & Family History Group, Community Centre 6 -7pm.  Call Roger on 07837 412070

Yetty’s Coffee Shop, Community Centre (Fresh Coffee and Homemade Cakes) 3.00 – 4.30pm
Children’s Story Time, under 5’s 2pm Library
Lego Club, Community Centre, 3.30- 4.30pm
Krash Kids (activities and fun, term time only), 5-11 yr olds, Kirkheaton Parish Centre, from 6.30pm.  Call Claire on 01484 531449 for more info.

Yetty’s Coffee Shop, Community Centre (Fresh Coffee and Homemade Cakes) 10.30am – 12.30pm
Creative Crafts, Community Centre, 10.30 – 12.30 learning and sharing crafting skills.  (Contact Trish 07858 223 854)

1st Tuesday – Flower Arranging, Community Centre, 7pm £6.  Call Diane on 07946 400240
1st Thursday -Young at Heart (activities & discussion), Parish Centre from 1.30pm.  Call Claire on 01484 531449 if you need a lift
2nd Tuesday – Mid-Week Service (all welcome), Kirkheaton Parish Church, 10.30am
2nd Tuesday – Yetton Hub Monthly Speaker, Community Centre, 7.30pm, just turn up, £2.50 on the door.  Call Bev 07708 999 728.
2nd Wednesday – Mother’s Union (with guest speaker), Parish Centre at 2pm.  Call Jan Miller on 01484 322441 for more info.
2nd Thursday – Senior Fellowship, Parish Centre at 1.30pm.  Call Claire on 01484 531449 for more info.
3rd Tuesday – Yetton Together Forum meeting & 200 Club draw, Community Centre, 7.30pm Community Centre
3rd Thursday – Young at Heart Club (home cooked meal), Parish Centre at 10.30pm £4. Afternoon session from 1.30 £2 – includes light refreshments Call Claire on 01484 531449 for more info.
3rd Saturday – Bible Breakfast Club (for families) – toast and cereals followed by a shared story and crafts, Kirkheaton Parish Church, 9.30-10.30.
Last Monday – Kirkheaton Bookworms – reading group in Library 7.15 pm. Contact Lesley 01484 313019
Last Thursday – History Group talk, Community Centre, 7.30pm, £2.50 pay at door