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.

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. 

What’s on in October

Tuesday 10 October – Yetton Hub Speaker – ‘Staying at the REAL Marigold Hotel’ by Maggie Poppa.  7.30pm Community Centre. £2.50 pay on the door.
Saturday 21 October Saturday Crafters – Learn a new quilting technique 10:30 – 12:30 Community Centre £2
Thursday 26 October
Halloween Crafts and party 2 – 4pm Library Free but donations welcome to cover the cost of resources. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult. Book a place in the library or by emailing
History Group Talk – ’”Story of a Yorkshire mining family’ Community Centre 7.30pm. £2.50 on the door.

What’s on Regulars


Art Class, Community Centre 1.30 – 4pm £6. Call Lorna Idle 07905 073982Mindfulness Meditation Sessions, Community Centre, 7.30 – 9pm.  Call Tim on 07837 128 611

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

Coffee Plus (term time only – toys, activities for children and coffee & chat for their parents/carers), Kirkheaton Parish Centre, from 9am
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. 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, Kirkheaton Parish Church 2pm – a hot drink and a piece of home made cake.
Local & Family History Group, Community Centre 6 -7pm.  Call Roger on 07837 412070

Yetty’s Coffee Shop, Community Centre (Fresh Coffee and Homemade Cakes) 3.00 – 4.30pm
Children’s Story Time, under 5’s 2pm Library
Lego Club, Community Centre, 3.30- 4.30pm
Krash Kids (activities and fun, term time only), 5-11 yr olds, Kirkheaton Parish Centre, from 6.30pm.  Call Claire on 01484 531449 for more info.

Yetty’s Coffee Shop, Community Centre (Fresh Coffee and Homemade Cakes) 10.30am – 12.30pm
Creative Crafts, Community Centre, 10.30 – 12.30 learning and sharing crafting skills.  (Contact Trish 07858 223 854)

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 – Mid-Week Service (all welcome), Kirkheaton Parish Church, 10.30am
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.
2nd Thursday – Senior Fellowship, Parish Centre at 1.30pm.  Call Claire on 01484 531449 for more info.
3rd Tuesday – Yetton Together Forum meeting & 200 Club draw, Community Centre, 7.30pm Community Centre
3rd Thursday – Young at Heart Club (home cooked meal), Parish Centre at 10.30pm £4. Afternoon session from 1.30 £2 – includes light refreshments 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 7.15 pm. Contact Lesley 01484 313019
Last Thursday – History Group talk, Community Centre, 7.30pm, £2.50 pay at door


Family Christmas Craft Event

Twenty people, including children, enjoyed the Christmas Paper Craft session at Kirkheaton Community Centre on 23 September. Experienced local crafter, Jayne Patchett, introduced the group to a series of techniques and skills.  Everyone went home with something they had created.  With 100% satisfaction feedback we certainly will be organising other similar events in the future.

Thanks go to Kirklees Council  Community Learning Works who provided the funding.

KYFC Annual Football Gala

Kirkheaton Youth Football Club hosted its 3rd Annual Football Gala in early September to raise funds for the club and kick start the season. Teams travelled from all over West Yorkshire from as far and wide as Guiseley, Cumberworth and Meltham. Luckily the weather was kind and the Under 7’s and Under 8’s had the pleasure of an early Sunday morning kick off with the older age groups playing after lunch.

Over 40 teams took part, and thanks to their support and all the hard work of the volunteers the club raised over £2000, which will go towards providing facilities and equipment for Kirkheaton Youth Football.

Kirkheaton did have teams in various finals. However they didn’t pick up a trophy this year, but all the players went away happy after a great day of football.

If you would like to know more about the club and how you and your children can get involved 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

Neighbourhood Plan update – August

From Kirkheaton Future
At last our grant monies have been approved and received from Locality. It has now been paid into the account of Kirkburton Parish Council who have control these monies on Kirkheaton Future’s behalf.

We now are liaising with three consultants with companies which specialise in the reports required for the village Neighbourhood Plan –

The reports will cover :

  • Highways
  • Ecological
  • Planning issues.

We will keep you informed as we will soon be compiling our draft Neighbourhood Plan for everyone in the village to approve.
Click here for the latest minutes –24th July 2017