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. 

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.

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.

New noticeboard for Kirkheaton

Kirkburton Parish Council writes:
noticeboardFollowing a request from Yetton Together members in Kirkheaton, the Council is in the process of installing a new noticeboard.  It is to go on the grassy area at the bottom of Moorside Road, opposite Costcutters.  We have applied for Consent to Advertise (similar to planning permission) and hope to have it installed when the permission is received.As Kirkheaton is not in a Conservation Area, the usual planning notices will not appear locally, but don’t let that put you off sending us your comments.  If you have a view, for or against the proposal, please get in touch.  It should be included on a Kirklees Planning List soon.
Although the noticeboard will be used for Council notices, agendas etc, we are hoping that the local community will also use it for their notices and to publicise their events and fundraisers.  So it should be a benefit for everyone.
PS – the noticeboard will not necessarily look like the one in the picture!

Villagers’ concerns

We have recently received the following comments after the last issue of Yetton News

Kath, a resident on Laneside comments on a traffic issue:
“I noticed in the Autumn 2014 issue of Yetton News there was an article about the “rat run” through Lascelles Hall to Kirkheaton.  I wondered if any one has mentioned the fact of our “rat run” from Wakefield Road along Lane Side onto St Mary’s Lane?
We get a constant stream of speeding vehicles both morning and early evening along Lane Side as they try to avoid travelling down Wakefield Road towards Waterloo.
We live on Lane Side and have for 30 years and have noticed the traffic gradually increasing at peak times.”

Graham is concerned about possible  smells from the landfill site when it it is fully operating.
“Please find the 2 pages from  BBC Nottingham. This concerns residents up to 1.2 miles away from the site. We have a whole village and a school within this area . Many elderly people will suffer from the landfill in Kirkheaton. Is it risk assessed ? Have health issues been considered ?”

Ed note: Residents are welcome to attend the Laneside landfill group where representatives from Casey’s, Kirklees Council and the Environment Agency are happy to discuss any concerns.The next meeting is scheduled for Wed 11 March 2015 at 6:30pm at the Parish Centre on Church Lane.

Speed survey results

As part of our campaign to have speed activate signs installed in the Yetton Area, members of the Transport Group with the Neighbourhood Police Team carried out a speed survey in St Mary Lane, near the Post Office.  This was the second of a planned series of speed surveys.May speed survey graphThis speed survey was undertaken on Tuesday morning 7 May.  Of concern is some 57% were exceeding the 30mph speed limit considering the number of pedestrian who cross the road to visit the Post Office.


Plea for traffic calming


Dear fellow villagers
We recently lost our third cat on the main road in Kirkheaton, near the Post Office ata time of day when I,, as a pedestrian and car driver know it can be extremely dangerous for humans, let alone the cats of the area to navigate. Whilst I fully understand that the council have no interest in animal fatalities, I feel so strongly about the speed at which cars drive through the village, that as a parent am very worried about all the children who use the school buses and have to make thier way across this busy road at peak traffic times. I have taken it upon myself to draw up a petition to ask for some kind of traffic calming measures to be put in place. The local shops and post office have agreed to carry the petition for locals to sign. I will be placing it next week. I wondered if you would be interested in either joining this campaign or has something similar already been investigated ? I notice when driving around, Dalton, Almondbury, Lepton and Newsome have all had traffic calming installed, speed limits lowered and pedestrian islands and crossings put in place. Why haven’t we ?!!



‘Cruising’ down the river!!!!

Megan Brook & Paige McTighe honing their canoeing skills

Four young people who attend Kirkheaton Youth Club which is run by Kirklees YSS, took part in a four day residential trip to the  small village of Bazzers in the South of France earlier this year. This included canoeing down the local river – the River Orb

Carol Morley, Kirklees youth leader writes :The trip was aimed to help the young people gain independent skills. They were given a limited budget to buy food to cook for themselves, had to  do without TV and mobile phones and build new relationships with other young people from another youth group.

Nice to relax!

They also learnt a lot of new skills in relation to the canoeing. Working in pairs, they travelled about  12 miles down the River Orb in fast moving water under the instructions of our Adventurous Activities Team.

Throughout the days there was a lot of fun with both  the young people and staff capsizing. The scary parts was going down the rapids!

The young people will be receiving an AQA accreditation for taking part in a residential course and also the British Canoeing Unit One Award.

Staff and young people agreed that the trip had been fantastic and gone extremely well and everyone had had a brilliant time.