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.

New bus service for Kirkheaton

There will be a change to the  371 bus service to Dalton from Monday 11th December 2017
First Buse Services write:
We will be extending  the 371 service to allow an extension from Dalton to Kirkheaton Terminus via Crossley Lane, School Lane, St Mary’s Lane, Shop Lane, Town Road in both directions.

This extension will operate Monday – Saturday daytime, and will offer a twenty minute service between Kirkheaton – Dalton – Moldgreen – Huddersfield – HRI – Lindley.

Timetables will be available online very soon, if you need any further information, please contact me on the means below.

Stuart Fillingham | Network Manager (West Yorkshire)
First, Hunslet Park, Donisthorpe Street, Leeds, LS10 1PL
tel: 0113 381 5056 | mobile: 07812383881 | email:

Inspiration Computers new opening times

Inspiration Computers
Changes to opening hours – now including Mondays

Our opening hours are changing…
‘The times, they are a changing’ – yelled Bob Dylan in 1964 and he couldn’t be more right. We’ve taken tweaked the hours, re-added Thursday late-night (last seen in 2006) and for the first time in our history, the shop will be open on a Monday.

The New Hours
Monday: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday – CLOSED
Sunday – CLOSED

Why we changing things?
We’re proud to be a family business and the last revision in our opening hours was to accommodate the arrival of our eldest daughter Jemima. She’s almost five years old now and is at ‘big school’ in one part of Huddersfield whilst Maeve continues at her nursery in another. Alison and I feel blessed that we can twiddle our working hours in order to swerve the same logistical headache that affects families everywhere.

We hope that the new hours will be popular, particularly for customers that have been asking for the late night to return for many years. We’re sorry for those that liked to visit us on a Saturday but we’re sure another time will be just as suitable.

Restoration of bridleway update

In June a group of volunteers started restoring the old bridleway Cold Royd which leads from Jagger Lane down onto Broad Lane. Due to a long period of neglect the old flags have been either stolen or hidden under vegetation, and the walls have fallen into disrepair. The group are funded by a grant from the Dalton Ward and are supported by Kirklees Countryside Volunteers. The grant has paid for drystone wall tuition and the stone required.
David Clarkin [who instigated the project] reports:
“We have made good progress (15-20m of wall rebuilding underway) but there is a lot  left to do. Anita [our tutor] agreed to come back and take 3 further sessions-one each month in August (12), September (16) and October (7). We will gather at 9.45am for a start at 10.0 – working until 2.0pm with a short refreshment break.”
Anyone interested in joining them to learn a new skill should contact David on 01484 535 643 or e mail

Stone walling volunteers

52nd Kirkheaton Gala 2017

How lucky were we this year for Kirkheaton Gala – the 52nd!   It was a brilliant day and thanks to everyone who helped make it so successful.

The procession paraded around the village led by the Town Crier, Vic and many of the local groups – Guides, Brownies, Cubs, Beavers, Rainbows, Kirkheaton Junior Football Club, the Huddersfield Crusaders Majorettes with Musica  (Kirklees Youth Band) providing the music.
The vintage car, kindly loaned by  Cartwright’s Cars carried our new Gala Queen, Evie Wooler and her attendants Lily Bolton-Herbert, Abbie Morris and Ella Summerscales to the official opening by the Mayor of Kirklees, Christine Iredale ably escorted by her Consort (and husband) Robert.
The Mayor said it was a delight to be returning to Kirkheaton where she lived and went to school for many years.  Going into the Community Centre, which was her previous school, brought back lots of wonderful memories. The cubs presented a hamper to the Mayor and Jean Beverley was given a gift voucher for her many years of service to both the Gala and the Scout & Guide organisation.
Volunteer D.J. Richard Tree provided us with music throughout the day and introduced the entertainment:  Musica Youth Band; Huddersfield Crusaders Majorettes, Fidget Feet (Street Dance); Dog Obedience, Claire Doosey (dancing class) and the return of the ever popular Rock Choir.

Tilly the Terrier, Huddersfield Town Mascot and girlfriend of Terry, joined the celebration and gave out free Tic tacs kindly donated by Huddersfield Town.
There were lots of interesting food and craft stalls and children’s activities and Yetty’s Cafe provided home baked cakes and refreshments.

Geoff Harrison a local farmer who has lived in the village all his life, brought along his Massey Ferguson 35 Red tractor built in 1963.  The Police vehicle did a surprise visit and children enjoyed trying out the siren and sitting in the driving seat.
Thanks go to all our sponsors and people who donated prizes for all our stalls, our wonderful volunteers and Leaders and the Gala Committee – lots of hard work but well worth it when so many of our community come together for a fun day and so much more enjoyable when the weather is so good to us.
Thank you to all the people who turned up on the day to support the event and join in an important aspect of our village life.

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

The Gala Committee thank mark Flynn for allowing us to use his copyright photographs. To see more of his photos of the celebrations and to buy copies visit

What’s on in July

Sunday 02 JulyCommunity Gala, Fields Rise Recreation Field, 1pm – 4pm See advert inside
Thursday 06 July Kirkheaton Star Dome part 2  –  30 minute Sessions at 6pm, 6:30 and 7pm Adults £3 Children £2 Entrance by ticket only from Robert Williams 448754 or e mail
Tuesday 11 July – Yetton Hub Presentation – ‘Wild life Photography’ by Ray Brown. 7.30pm Community Centre. £2.50 pay on the door.
Saturday 15 July  Saturday Crafters -‘ Learn a new craft – Applique’ 10:30 – 12:30 Community Centre £2
Wed 26, Thurs 27, Fri 28 10:30 -12:30 Holiday Club Kirkheaton Parish Church with a fantastic ‘Journey into Space’ theme – activities, songs, music and laughter, picnic, disco and bouncy castle. Age 5-11 Watch out for registration forms on line soon at  or contact Claire 531449.
Thursday 27 July – History Group Talk ‘Kirkheaton Workhouse’ Community Centre, Fields Rise, 7.30pm. £2.50 on the door.
Friday 28 JulyYetton Hub Day Trip to Southport £15.  Call Bev on 07708 999 728 to book
Sun 30 July Holiday club service 10:30am Parish Church followed by picnic and games on the field. Everyone welcome

What’s On Regulars


Art Class by Water Colour Artist Alan Goodall, Community Centre 1.30 – 4pm £6 Call Lorna Idle 07905 073982
Mindfulness Meditation Sessions 7:30 -9pm £3 Contact Tim 07836 128 611

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

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. £5 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 at Kirkheaton Parish Church 2pm – a hot drink and a piece of homemade cake. All welcome
History Group, Community Centre 6 -7pm.  Call Roger on 07837 412070

Yetty’s Coffee Shop, Community Centre (Fresh Coffee and Homemade Cakes) 3pm – 4.30pm

Children’s Story Time, Under 5’s 2:30pm Library [Term time only]
Lego Club, Community Centre, 3.30- 4.30pm 50p Children under 8years must be accompanied by an adult


Yetty’s Coffee Shop, Community Centre (Fresh Coffee and Homemade Cakes) 10.30am – 12.30pm
Creative Craft, Community Centre, 10.30 – 12.30 learning and sharing crafting skills. 


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 – 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.

3rd Tuesday – Yetton Together Forum meeting & 200 Club draw, Community Centre, 7.30pm Community Centre

3rd Thursday – Lunch Club (home cooked meal), Parish Centre at 12.30pm.  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. £2 Contact Lesley 01484 313019

Last Thursday – History Group talk, Community Centre, 7.30pm, £2.50 pay at door