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

June crime reports

Only one offence has been reported for June in thé Kirkheaton area

Theft from vehicle 21st June 21.30 at Shop Lane Kirkheaton.
Entered Mazda MX-5 by unknown means and stole wallet, driving licence, credit and debit cards.


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 r.williams143@ntlworld.com
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 www.kirkheatonparishchurch.org.uk  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





Volunteering in Kirkheaton

There are numerous opportunities to share your skills and learn new ones by volunteering in Kirkheaton – cafe, library, gardening are just a few of them. Volunteer for just an occasional hour or more regularly. You will get to know more of your fellow Yettoners as well as getting the satisfaction of knowing you are helping others.

Contact info@yettontogether.org for more information about volunteering in the area
Photographs copyright Alan Kitson

Some of our cafe volunteers – Mary, Pauline and Marjorie. They, and other cafe volunteers, raised over £2400 last year to help towards keeping the library and CC open

Liz, one of our library volunteers

The library is run by a band of about 15 volunteers who are supported by 5 hours of Kirklees staff time.

Can you help?

Richard Horton is wanting information about a family photograph. He writes :
Today I was going through a box of my father’s photographs and came across some negatives that had no prints.  On converting them to digital files I found they were mostly shots taken on holidays in Blackpool of my father and family during the mid-1920s.
I wonder if anyone can confirm that the ties the two boys have (Edward Horton and younger brother Geoffrey) are of Kirkheaton school.  A few unknown people on the shots including the lady on the left in the  photo.
If you can help contact us at  info@yettontogether.org

Barry Sheerman’s visit to Kirkheaton CC

Barry Sheerman visited Kirkheaton community centre recently to meet residents and find out more of the role of the centre in the community.

KF Questionnaire highlights residents’ priorities

Just over 50% of residents responded to the recent Kirkheaton Future questionnaire with 816 out of 1600 being returned and 81% of businesses (31 replies).
The group has now done an initial analysis of the survey and identified your priorities.

  • Develop brownfield and small sites first [74%]
  • Improve social infrastructure eg school, health & community centres [70%]
  • Control traffic congestion and hazards especially at village centre and Shop Lane [62%]
  • Use derelict sites first, especially mill site [52%]
  • Retain existing jobs and businesses and attract new in the village [50%]
  • New building to be within existing built up area [44%]
  • Make sure property developers contribute* to infrastructure – traffic system, school, health etc
    *Editor’s note: Developers already have to make some contribution to the council towards these
  • Provide additional homes to meet demand from village residents and their children (36%)
  • Improve appearance and quality of existing buildings, new buildings and green spaces (29%)
  • Add to, and improve, existing footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways (28%)
  • Provide homes for the wider population of Kirklees (5%)

Steve Booth, Chair of Kirkheaton Future writes:
The results are giving us good information to write the aims, objectives and vision for the Neighbourhood Plan. From what we know already the submission of this plan will ensure that we will have a say, to some extent, in what developments happen in our village.
A Draft Vision of what we want Kirkheaton to become over the next decade was presented at the feedback session on 1st June, and reads as follows:-
In the years up to and beyond 2030, the people of Kirkheaton will live in a distinct and distinctive village community that has retained its identity and character.  Kirkheaton will be carefully developed and, through maximising the use of available space, be a place which continues to feel compact and closely connected to the adjacent countryside.  Green spaces, remnant routeways and historic features will be enhanced, as will the built environment.  Our village will be socially cohesive, safe, prosperous and environmentally sound, with a good range of social infrastructure and facilities.”

We are now seeking funding to do the next steps of the project.
You can contact us at: kirkheatonfuture@outlook.com or go to yettontogether.org for more details

Restoration of old bridleway

A group of volunteers are 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, writes:
We benefit from expert tuition from Anita Faherty, a senior member of West Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Association. We started work on 6 May and held a second session on Saturday 3 June. We have arranged to meet again on 24 June and 15 July.
Six of our volunteers are from the village and four are from elsewhere. I hope that after the tuition, the interest in dry stone walling will continue. If it does we will certainly continue our work at Coldroyd through August, September and into October.

Anyone interested in joining them to learn a new skill should contact David on 01484 535 643 or e mail dsclarkin@outlook.com