Homegrown Christmas gifts

If you’re looking for an ethical Christmas gift that supports your local community, Growing Newsome have some gift boxes of homegrown preserves available to buy. You can choose the contents from a selection of jams and jellies, all freshly made this Summer and Autumn from fruit and vegetables grown in the Newsome area. Find out more on the Growing Newsome website:

Growing Newsome’s 2019 homegrown preserves

Growing Great Places – crowdfunding workshops

Growing Great Places is a new community crowdfunding programme to support citizens and organisations who have great ideas for making our local places even better. Kirklees Council are pledging £50k of funding over the next year, plus advice and support to help you run a great crowdfunding campaign.

You might have a little idea that can have a big impact by bringing a place together. Or you might need some help growing support for an ambitious project that’s just getting started.

If you’re interested in finding out more, register now for one of these free community crowdfunding workshops, hosted by Spacehive, where you can:

– Learn about the programme and how you can get involved

– Hear about the funding available and the process to apply

– Learn about what makes a great crowdfunding project

– Get tips and advice on running a successful crowdfunding campaign

South Kirklees workshop – register now

Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 6pm to 8pm
Main Hall, Meltham Carlile Institute, Huddersfield Road, Meltham HD9 4AG

North Kirklees workshop – register now

Tuesday 25th June 2019,  6pm to 8pm
Dewsbury Town Hall, Wakefield Old Road, Dewsbury WF12 8DG

 

 

Mapping the River Holme catchment

A major conservation project to map the River Holme catchment has begun – and volunteers can get involved in helping to survey the river.

River Holme Connections have appointed Ryan Lloyd, a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) student at Sheffield Hallam University, to map the River Holme. The student placement is expected to last until September 2019. It will involve Ryan using his mapping skills to build a clear picture of the River Holme catchment and the plants and animals that inhabit the river. This will help with future conservation projects.

Simon Hirst, River Holme Connections River Steward, says: “This project will transform the work we do at River Holme Connections. It will pinpoint native animals and plants, as well as identifying outfall pipes and barriers to fish migration. It will also identify the exact location of invasive species and allow us to target our conservation work more accurately and effectively.”

Ryan already has a great deal of work experience to his name, having worked for the RSPB as an assistant warden and project officer. He now lives in Meltham and is looking forward to giving something back to his local community. Ryan says: “I believe learning more about how the wildlife and people interact within this key habitat is an important part of managing the river network. I’m looking forward to working with our volunteers on this exciting project.”

Ryan is looking for volunteers to help him map the River Holme. Anyone who is interested in taking part in the project should email Ryan on GIS@riverholmeconnections.org or call 01484 661756.

Be a river surveyor

Ryan’s appointment is part of the charity’s Our Holme project. Funded by Cummins Foundation, Our Holme aims to educate local communities about the river environment and the role we can all play in keeping our rivers healthy.

Growing Great Places – community crowdfunding

People make places great. Kirklees Council are pledging £50k of funding for local groups and citizens over the next year to support great ideas for making our local places even better.

Growing Great Places is a new community crowdfunding initiative which is all about bringing people and places together. You might have a little idea that can have a big impact in your local area. Or you might need some help growing support for an ambitious project that’s just getting started.

This new programme can help you to build a campaign around your idea and get pledges of support from local people. Kirklees Council will also pledge to fund successful projects that will improve our towns, villages and communities.

There will be a fund of £50k available in the coming year, with projects potentially getting pledges of up to £5k to support their campaign, plus workshops to help you pitch your idea.

You can register to take part in the the launch event on Thursday 23rd May 2019 at The Media Centre in Huddersfield or visit the programme website to find out more:

Growing Great Places launch event

Growing Great Places website

Remembering Jean Sims

Anyone who knew Jean Sims is welcome to join Diane and Paul to remember and celebrate the life of their lovely mum. She will be missed by many in our community.

A Service will be held at 1.15pm on Thursday 16th May 2019 at Huddersfield Crematorium (Fixby Road, Huddersfield HD2 2JF), followed by refreshments at Highfield Funeral Service (West Croft, Trinity Street, Huddersfield HD1 4DT). All welcome – it’s helpful if you can let the family know whether you can stay for the refreshments by emailing Diane at: sims31@btinternet.com

Family flowers only. If you’d like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, please contribute to The Marsden Moor appeal. You can make a donation on the day or online (please say that your donation is in memory of Jean Sims). Thank you.

The Marsden Moor appeal

Newsome Forum meeting, 14th March 2019

The next open meeting of Newsome Ward Community Forum is on Thursday 14th March 2019 from 6pm in the community room at Newsome High School, Castle Avenue, Newsome HD4 6JN. This is our Annual General Meeting, where we hear a review of the year and elect our directors for the coming year.

We’ll also be finding out about the Place Standard, which is a way of helping to get conversations going about any place (it could be your street, neighbourhood or town), by using some simple questions.

Come along to find out more. Buffet from 5.45pm. All welcome.

Listening to Berry Brow

Do you live in Holme Park Court or Bishops Court at Berry Brow? Kirklees Council and Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing want to hear your thoughts about your home and the area where you live. Staff will be in the area to talk to you from Monday 25th March 2019, and there are some drop-in activities:

  • Tuesday 26th March from 11.30am
    Coffee Morning at the Tenants Resident Association meeting
  • Thursday 28th March from 6pm to 8pm
    Tea and Cake event
  • Saturday 30th March from 2pm to 4pm
    Social event

If you take part at the Courts, you can enter the prize draw for a chance to win £50 of high street vouchers.

Listening to Berry Brow

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