Visit to the British Library at Boston Spa

Nineteen volunteers from Kirkheaton Library (pictured) visited the British Library at Boston Spa, built on the site of a former munitions factory in early November. Whilst the site retains certain original features it is well landscaped and sympathetic to the environment.
The volunteers split into two groups of ten and were escorted by tour guides Denise and Darren.
The first location was the “Flashback lab” which contained out of date computer systems. This allowed access to redundant storage media and conversion to modern formats.
Our next location was the impressive  Automated Building which takes any published works and stores them in a safe environment. To avoid fire damage the storage section is maintained with a low oxygen atmosphere which does not support combustion and therefore eliminates the need for conventional fire protection systems. Books and publications are stored in special crates which are transported to an operator who removes the publication and the crate is then returned to its original location.
The system is totally automatic once the required publication has been selected on the computer. The item is then despatched to the customer either in the reading room, as a partial photocopy or by post to the British Library in London or other destination. The storage hold 7 million items and operates 20 hrs/day. The growth rate for new publications is 12 linear kilometres per year which means that further units are being planned.
In addition there is conventional storage for less important items where duplicates are available elsewhere. The library has modern AO scanners where books or periodicals can be scanned or posters made for special events.

Availability of books and document titles can be checked by consulting their online catalogues.

Finally Boston Spa is one of five “Legal Deposit Libraries “ in the UK where one copy of everything printed is sent for digitisation and storage. The decision for deciding which library holds the copies is made at Boston Spa. Hopefully our own Yetton News will soon be available there!

Our volunteers were grateful for the support received from “One 17 Design” to help subsidising our travel costs.
                                                             John Taylor [Friends of Kirkheaton Library]


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.