Yetton Together AGM Agenda

                               Yetton Together AGM 28.11.2017 – 7.30pm

                                         Kirkheaton Community Centre


Apologies –

Reports from previous AGM to today
Minutes of previous AGM
Chairs report on activities over the year
Financial report of year

The Coming Year
Resignations of any trustees including 3 members of trustees stand down
(but are available for re election)
Election of new trustees
Election of Officers

Chairs closing remarks

Mince pies & mulled wine available at the end of business


Community Christmas Raffle

This year we are getting together with other communities in the Dalton Ward for a major raffle.
Tickets are available for your group to sell or for individuals to buy.  Every ticket you sell generates 75p profit for our group, the other 25p goes towards producing the tickets, posters and prizes.  Yetton Together/Kirkheaton Community Centre are donating a Pamper Hamper but there are lots more prizes – the top prize being £200 cash.

Tickets are available to purchase from the Community Centre. Draw takes place on 9 December 2017 at the United Reform Church (Dalton).

If you think you are able to take a few books to sell contact Lorna Idle email:

or Trish Mellor


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.

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

YT’s Charity Commission Annual Returns

Yetton Together’s first annual report* as a charity  [for the period September 2015 – August 2016] can now be seen on the Charity Commission’s website search Yetton Together or the charity’s registered number 1163247  or click here
It includes a report of the charity’s activities and its finances for that year

*It is a legal requirement for all charities to file their accounts and report of their activities within 10 months of the end of their financial year.

Jim Finnegan 1951 – 2017

We are sad to report the death of James [Jim] Finnegan after a sudden, short illness. Although he and his wife Lesley have only lived in Kirkheaton for the last five years, they have thrown themselves into village life. Both were founder library volunteers and Jim took on the role of chair of the Friends of Kirkheaton Library group and Lesley became the Chair of the Book group. Jim was a lovely man, generous with his time helping out at the  Community Centre while volunteering at the library. His positive, humorous attitude was very infectious and he will be sorely missed by us all.

One of his wishes even at the end of his life, was to support the village and asked that part of the donations at his funeral should be given to the Community Centre.