Picnic on the Farm

Come and join the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust on Spring Bank holiday Monday 2019 for some fun outdoor games and activities at Stirley Farm. Have the chance to explore our gardens and vegetable patch and bring your own picnic to admire the view. Take a walk through our fields, how many calves will you spot? Cakes and hot drinks will be available.

Come and join the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust on Spring Bank holiday Monday 2019 for some fun outdoor games and activities at Stirley Farm.Free (there will be optional activities to get involved with during the day).

Monday 27th May 2019 from 11.30am to 2.30pm at Stirley Community Farm, Off Hall Bower Lane, Huddersfield HD4 6RP.  Organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Picnic on the Farm

Open Farm Sunday

On 9th June 2019, hundreds of farms all over the country will open their gates for LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2019. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are celebrating all things wildlife and conservation. Come and join us at Stirley Farm for a fun day out, with farm themed activities, food and drink and meet the people behind the scenes who look after our livestock and local wildlife.

Sunday 9th June 2019 from 11am to 3pm at Stirley Community Farm, Off Hall Bower Lane, Huddersfield HD4 6RP.

Open Farm Sunday

The BIG Blessing

Come and join local volunteers for the 4th annual outdoor service at Stirley Community Farm on Sunday 26th May 2019 from 2pm to 3pm, followed by refreshments.

Songs, prayers and readings at Stirley Community Farm for wildlife, farming, allotments and gardens, and Planet Earth. Meet at the Cre8 Barn at 2pm and walk round the farm to visit our bees, cows, vegetable garden and orchard. Special theme this year “Climate Emergency”. Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome. Come prepared for the weather! Refreshments afterwards in the Cre8 Barn.

Stirley Community Farm, Off Hall Bower Lane, Huddersfield HD4 6RP.

Mikron Theatre at Stirley Farm – All Hands On Deck

A love story between the Royal Navy and their loyal ‘Jenny Wrens’. New WRNS recruits Ginger and Lily are looking for wartime adventure. Lily wants to serve on dry land but Ginger is desperate to serve at sea – and the sailors can’t believe their luck! Our Wrens show pays tribute to all those wartime women who pushed the door to opportunity firmly open. Full of dots, dashes, semaphore and song, Ginger and Lily find themselves in uncharted waters on a journey they’ll never forget.

Saturday 25th May 2019 from 12.30pm to 4.30pm at Stirley Community Farm, Off Hall Bower Lane, Huddersfield HD4 6RP. Organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Mikron Outdoor Theatre Performance – All Hands On Deck

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

Big Plant Swap 2019

Everyone is welcome at Growing Newsome’s annual Big Plant Swap. You can choose from hundreds of vegetable plants, herbs, salads, fruit and wildlife-friendly flowers. There’s also seed planting and craft activities for children, food growing advice, local volunteering opportunities, stalls including local produce on sale, and a two-course lunch served from 12 noon.

The event is on Saturday 1st June 2019 from 10am to 1pm at Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South HD4 6JJ. Free admission.

Growing Newsome Big Plant Swap

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

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