Christmas Tree Festival 2017

Kirkheaton Parish Church’s  Annual Christmas Tree Festival in early December goes from strength to strength. Now in its fifth year the festival   featured  forty five trees showing the creativity of local businesses and groups. Just click on an image to see the complete tree or to scroll through.

The Tree of Life by Kirkheaton History group celebrated the lives of some old Yettoners including the much missed Raymond Berry.
Friends of Kirkheaton Library ‘took the easy way out!!’ They just constructed half a tree from books and packages and then  ingeniously used a mirror to reflect a whole one!
A tree decorated by newcomers to the festival, Incredible Edible Brighouse, was covered with knitted fruit and vegetables and ‘Lest we forget’ was a poignant tree covered with poppies from  another newcomer St James’s Church, Flockton.

Visitors  were also treated to a variety of music over the weekend.

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

New vicar at Kirkheaton parish church

On Thursday 22nd June at 7.30 p.m, after a year without a priest in charge, the congregation of Kirkheaton Parish Chuch and St Bartholomew’s, Grange Moor welcomed  the Revd Ian Jones.  His licensing service took place at the Parish Church, and was led by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines.
It  was attended by over 200 people, including about 60 who came over from Revd Jones’ previous church in Lancashire, where he had been the Curate.

Since then he has been busy meeting  members of the congregation and the wider community. We wish Ian, his wife Helen and his sons a  happy and fruitful stay in Kirkheaton.

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.

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A weekend of celebrations !

What a great success! The Kirkheaton Scouts & Guides, Yetton Together and the combined Churches worked together to bring about a wonderful weekend of activities(11th and 12th June) in Kirkheaton to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

On Saturday you could visit two beautiful open gardens at 22 (Eric) and 28 Lane Side (Sarah & Ray Brown).
At 28 the smell of cooking sausage and beef burgers lingered in the air to draw you to the centre of a most wonderful garden – complete with summer house, swing, and children’s games amongst trailing wisteria.
At 22 you could enjoy outstanding views and enjoy coffee and cake.

Saturday afternoon saw the United Reform Church hosting a tea party for the more senior of our community. What a splendid time they had with traditional sandwiches, cream scones and even a birthday cake especially for her Majesty. Candles were blow out by two of the most elderly at the party – both 99 years young. Flags were waved as everyone sang  the old favourites –  Keith Durkin’s rendition of Danny Boy brought tears to many an eye.

Some of the more senior Yettoners enjoying their 'Birthday tea'

Some of the more senior Yettoners enjoying their ‘Birthday tea’

In the evening people enjoyed the Ceilidh hosted by St John’s with a live band and hot beef sandwiches (sop supper).

Sunday saw an early start with lots of hard work setting up the Gala Field, next to Kirkheaton Community Centre, but when the parade arrived, the stallholders were ready and the community entered the field it was all worthwhile. The Parade led by Vic, the Town Crier, followed by the Gala Queen Millie arrived with her three attendants, Melisa, Guide; Bella, Brownie; Ella, Rainbow in a vintage car kindly loaned by Cartwright’s Cars.

The Gala Queen and her attendants

The Gala Queen and her attendants

Crowning of the Gala Queen was by Wendy Gill, Assistant County Commissioner who was presented with a bouquet by two cubs.
Yetties Cafe inside the Community Centre was very busy and the Library Volunteers and Staff helped children to do craft activities within the Library.

One of our more younger Yettoners with the town crier

One of our more younger Yettoners with the town crier

Even though the weather was not kind to us we believe that people really enjoyed the spirit of the Gala. They were entertained throughout the day by Huddersfield Crusaders – Majorettes; Huddersfield Rock Choir and Grange Moor Brass Band. Thanks to Richard Tree, the Volunteer DJ who kept the proceedings going.

Two of YT's stalwart gardeners manning the plant stall - aided by Dougie - the flowerpot man!

Two of YT’s stalwart gardeners manning the plant stall – aided by Dougie – the flowerpot man!

A big thank you to all the Leaders, Sponsors, Volunteers and Stallholders and a great big thank you to the Gala Committee for such a wonderful achievement and for the great support, as always, that our small village give to us.

(Details re fund raising to be published at a later date)

To see more photos of the celebrations visit

50 Artists make Kirkheaton 10th Arts Festival a great success

16 June Arts 1aNearly 800 people visited Kirkheaton’s 10th Arts Festival over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 28th – 30th May, held in the Parish church.

‘We had a fantastic selection of work on show, from more than 50 artists’ says the Rector, the Revd Richard Steel, ‘including a young girl from the village who was exhibiting photographs for the first time and some material from an artist who has been invited to America to show her unusual string sculptures.’

‘And we had so many children in over the weekend that the volunteer doing craft with them had to bring in extra stocks – and so many people overall that we almost ran out of cake!’
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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.

2015 Christmas Tree Festival

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