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.