Autumn celebration event 2019

Everyone is welcome at Growing Newsome’s annual Autumn Gathering event. There’s lots of local food available to try and buy, including preserves, homemade cakes and a hot, two-course lunch served from 12 noon. We also have stalls and activities, including crafts for kids. Food growers can choose from six different varieties of garlic bulbs, plus onion sets, seeds and a selection of plants.

The event is on Saturday 12th October 2019 from 10am to 1pm at Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South HD4 6JJ. Refreshments are available all morning. Free admission.

Growing Newsome Autumn Gathering

 

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.

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.

Tree planting at Hey Green

Volunteers from Newsome Ward Community Forum have been busy clearing ground at Hey Green so that we can plant some more trees.

Hey Green is a community orchard and nature site in Lowerhouses. Join us on Saturday 23rd March 2019 from 10am to 12 noon to help plant 90 Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Dog Rose tree saplings that have been provided by the Woodland Trust. Meet by the steps at the entrance to Hey Green (on Lowerhouses Lane, about opposite the nursery) or by the plaque just above. We are also looking for volunteers to plant wildflower seeds from Grow Wild.

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 2018 homegrown preserves

Spa Wood Young Riverside Explorers

Join local charity River Holme Connections on the Riverside Way in Lockwood for a walk on the wildside. Discover the wildlife that lives above and below the surface of the River Holme, get rid of some alien invaders, try your hand at fishing and help us create some unique artworks.

Drop in or spend some time with us at this free half term event for youngsters and their families. Tuesday 30th October 2018 from 1pm to 3pm, meet at HD4 6AT.

Spa Wood Young Riverside Explorers

This event is one of the Kirklees Youth Alliance Events during October half term. It is part of an exciting new alliance of youth-focused organisations delivering positive activities across Kirklees. We will be asking young people about service provision to help develop a new community-based youth offer.

Autumn celebration event 2018

Everyone is welcome at Growing Newsome’s annual Autumn Gathering event. There’s lots of local food available to try and buy, including preserves, homemade cakes and a hot, two-course lunch served from 12 noon. We also have stalls and activities, including crafts for kids. Food growers can choose from seven different varieties of garlic bulbs, plus onion sets, seeds and a selection of plants.

The event is on Saturday 6th October 2018 from 10am to 1pm at Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South HD4 6JJ. Refreshments are available all morning. Free admission.

Growing Newsome Autumn Gathering

 

Community allotment – volunteers wanted

Growing Newsome are looking for more volunteers to join in at our local Community Allotment. From sitting down sowing some seeds in the potting shed to doing some digging or helping with DIY tasks, there’s something to suit everyone. It’s a great way to learn and to meet people, or just to spend some quiet time outdoors. Open every Sunday from 10am to 12 noon and other times too.

We welcome volunteers who can help out with occasional tasks, such as providing transport to fetch compost and other materials for us, or repairing buildings.

Sessions are also available for groups of volunteers, by arrangement.

Email: growingnewsome@gmail.com

Growing Newsome Community Allotment

 

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