We are recovering from the terrible fire at Newsome Mills

Newsome Mills after the fireIn the aftermath of the terrible fire in the early hours of Thursday 17th November 2016 that destroyed the main four-storey building at Newsome Mills, our community are supporting each other in coming to terms with our loss.

After a very difficult week for everyone, we’re delighted to be able to confirm that on Friday 25th November 2016 our landmark clock tower was declared safe.

Find out more on the Newsome Mills Campaign blog:

A week that broke our hearts, but not our spirit

For more information about Newsome Mill, visit:
or follow @NewsomeForum on Twitter.

Towards a Low Carbon Kirklees – 28th November 2015

Towards a Low Carbon KirkleesTowards a Low Carbon Kirklees
An exciting day conference

Saturday 28th November 2015
10.30am to 4.30 pm
At Quayside at the University of Huddersfield

Towards a Low Carbon Kirklees will concentrate on how the issues of climate change affect us locally. We’ll be looking to you for ideas and solutions about collective actions that will contribute to a successful transition to a low carbon economy – in our communities and through our council and university.

Whilst there are already a number of fantastic initiatives in Kirklees, there is so much more that can be done. Now that Kirklees Council has committed to divesting of fossil fuel investment, how are we progressing in reducing our carbon dependency in other areas?

Book tickets for Towards a Low Carbon Kirklees 

Elizabeth CoxSpeakers

  • Elizabeth Cox leads the New Economy in Practice team at the New Economics Foundation (NEF). Her work includes supporting Local Authorities to develop economic strategies and supporting community groups to deliver projects which impact on their local economies.NEF is an independent think tank that specialises in innovative economic thinking.

    More about Elizabeth Cox


  • Sir John HarmanSir John Harman has been chair of The Institute for European Environmental Policy’s Board of Trustees since September 2010 and attended the United Nations Earth Summit in 2012. John was chairman of the Environment Agency from 2000 until 2008. His tenure as chairman saw fundamental reshaping of both Flood Risk and Environmental Protection policy. Prior to this he was leader of Kirklees Council for 13 years.

Other Speakers and workshop leaders

  • Cllr David Sheard (Leader, Kirklees Council)
  • Richard Hollinson (Policy Group Leader, Planning at Kirklees Council)
  • Chris Herring (Director, Green Building Store and leading expert on Passivhaus)
  • Prof Paul Salveson (local transport expert)
  • Cllr Andrew Cooper (local councillor, Green Party spokesperson on energy)


Afternoon workshops will include Energy, Planning, Housing, Economy, Food, Transport and the University. The morning session will feature a breakout session where you can help set the agenda for these workshops on up to three issues.

The day will bring together key action points for our communities, Kirklees Council and the University in a Manifesto for Change.


The conference is organised by Kirklees Environment Partnership and Students for Sustainability at the University of Huddersfield.

FULL TICKET – with lunch £11.50, without lunch £6.50
STUDENTS – with lunch £6.50, without lunch free
CONCESSIONS – with lunch £10, without lunch £5.00

Book tickets for Towards a Low Carbon Kirklees 

Kirklees Flower and Vegetable Show – 8th August 2015

Kirklees Summer Show 2015

Saturday 8th August 2015
12 noon to 5pm
Greenhead Park, Huddersfield


  • Huddersfield Allotments and Gardens
    Federation Show
  • The Huddersfield & District Fuchsia & Geranium Society Open Show
  • The Yorkshire Gladiolus Society Early Show
  • Huddersfield Miniatures Club display
  • Free children’s activities
  • Arts and craft stalls
  • Refreshments provided by the Friends of Greenhead Park

Receipt of exhibits:

Friday 7th August 2015 from 5pm to 8pm
Saturday 8th August 2015 from 7am to 9.30am

Award ceremony:

Saturday 8th August 2015 at 4.15pm
Presentation by The Worshipful Mayor

More info:

Kirklees Summer Show 2015 – facebook page

Kirklees Flower Show 2015 poster

You might also be interested in:

Our Community Allotment Open Day from 10am to 12 noon on the same day – why not drop in and visit us on your way to the Summer Show?

Bud sessions for carers at Almondbury Allotment

Growing Works at Almondbury Allotment

Staff and volunteers have been busy preparing the site along with Mary who has been keeping the garden growing.

Growing Works
 are providing a break for carers in the outdoor environment whilst allowing them to spend quality time with the people they care for.

Sessions at the accessible Almondbury Allotment are on Fridays from 10am to 12.30pm, starting on Friday 3rd July 2015.

It’s an opportunity to make friends with people who understand, build bonds with your loved one, have some time to relax and enjoy doing tasks together. It is also a great opportunity for volunteers to get involved and make a difference to people’s lives.

Volunteers are welcome too!

If you would like to know more or aren’t sure if this is for you don’t hesitate to call the team on 01484 606506 or email info@growingworks.org.uk


“This Changes Everything” Film Festival – Saturday 4th July 2015

This Changes Everything film festival

“This Changes Everything”  Film Festival
Saturday 4th July 2015
From 11am to 6pm (three sessions)

The Red and Green Club, 42 Bankwell Road, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield HD3 4LU

A festival of over a dozen short films exploring environmental and social justice.

Free: Donations welcome, with all proceeds to The Red & Green Club.
Drinks available from bar (please feel free to bring your own pack lunch).

11am to 1.45pm – Land, Air, Water: Extreme energy & community alternatives

Taking on Tarmageddon (53 min)
Banking while Borneo Burns (14 min)
Wind turbine school (13 min)
Wind of Change (15 min)
Sisters on the Planet: Sahena (Bangladesh) & Martina (Uganda) (14 min)
Shaking the Tree (4 min)
Followed by discussion

1.45pm to 3.30pm – An Economy for the People: Past, present, future…

March 4 Homes (11 min)
12 Bar Club Occupation (14 min)
Camden Council: Pay Living Wage! (8 min)
Alternative Economies (5 min)
With Banners Held High (31 min)
Followed by discussion

3.30pm to 6pm – False solutions vs Real solutions

Biomass Emergency (25 min)
Voices from the Gasfields (61 min)
One Million Climate Jobs (33 min)
Followed by discussion

Feel free to join us for entire sessions or to turn up for particular films.

Organised by Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change.

More information:

“This Changes Everything” Film Festival – Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change

“This Changes Everything” Film Festival poster (pdf)

Highfields Community Orchard 5th Birthday Celebration

Highfields Community Orchard Orchard 5th Birthday
Sunday 22nd March 2015
From 1pm

Highfields Community Orchard, Mountjoy Road, Highfields, Huddersfield HD1 5PX

In March 2010, forty local people got together to create Highfields Community Orchard on a patch of unused urban green land.

On Sunday 22nd March, the group are celebrating five years of maintaining and improving this community green space together.

From 1pm, we’ll be weeding and tidying, and from 2pm we’ll be sharing fresh coffee, pizza and pancakes along with whatever food and drink you can bring along to share. Bring something to sit on, too. It’s rumoured that there will be a birthday cake again this year…

All welcome.


Orchard activity day – Saturday 28th March 2015

fruit pruning at the community orchardOrchard activity day
Saturday 28th March 2015
From 10am to 1pm
Hey Green Community Orchard

Newsome Ward Community Forum are organising a clear-up day at the Community Orchard in Lowerhouses. You’re very welcome to come along from 10am to 1pm to help with clearing the brambles and tidying up the site. 

Do you have a wood burner? Wood will also be on sale on the day, as some work is being done to thin the overhanging trees earlier on in the same week. We hope that the tree thinning and the efforts of local volunteers will give the orchard a chance to thrive.

The Community Orchard is between Lowerhouses Lane and Hey Lane – look for the footpath entrance on Lowerhouses Lane, below Longley and Lowerhouses Community Church.


RSA Huddersfield Network – 24th February 2015

The RSA FellowshipHuddersfield Network

Tuesday 24th February 2015

From 6pm to 8pm

The Coffee Kabin

37-39 Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 2RD

This event invites speakers who work with food and growing to encourage a debate on how sustainable food and growing impacts on local communities. It’s part of a series of events which looks at place from different perspectives.

We welcome Stirley Farm (Yorkshire Wildlife Trust) based in Huddersfield, to talk through their volunteer-led project and Todmorden’s Incredible Edible, whose aim is to increase the amount of local food that’s grown and eaten in the town.

Families at Stirley Farm


Join us for this event and note our host venue Coffee Kabin will be providing affordable healthy savory foods, please let us know if you will be requiring some, so enough can be prepared in advance.


Book online:

Register for RSA Huddersfield Network


For more information contact:
Kath Davies
email: Kath.Davies@council-rsa.org.uk
twitter: @theRSANorth

Join us 27th Nov: ECO-nomy public meeting – Putting people & communities first through climate action

An event from our friends at Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change…

Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change

green hard hat

On Thursday 27th November at the Huddersfield Methodist Mission we will be holding an ‘ECO-nomy’ public meeting exploring ways in which we could create a green economy that works for people and planet.

We are really pleased to have four speakers for this event:

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Bee Happy – beekeeping and wellbeing course

bee on borage flowerDo you know…

* How fast a bee can fly?

* How much honey a typical hive produces a year?

* Why the bee population is under serious threat?

If you are interested in bees and want to learn more about keeping bees and protecting our wildlife then get in touch with The Great Outdoors project on 01484 539531 and book your place on the next Bee Happy course!

But be quick the courses can be quite buzzzzzzzzy!

The next Bee Happy introduction to bee keeping course is a 6 week course running from Monday 17th November 2014 to Monday 22nd December 2014 from 1pm till 3pm in the Support to Recovery offices in Huddersfield.

The course is a fun and lighthearted introduction to ecotherapy, so participants will not only learn some basic facts about bees but you will also learn about why bees are so important to our eco-system and how important it is that we look after our environment whilst also supporting our own wellbeing.

After the course you will be invited to join the beekeeping project which Support to Recovery are running in partnership with the Huddersfield Bee Keepers Association at the Taylor Hill campus in Newsome.

If you would like any more information please contact:

Louisa Nardini (Project Support Worker – The Great Outdoors)

Tel: 01484 539531
Mobile: 07760 785362
Email: louisa@s2r.org.uk

Support to Recovery
Revenue Chambers
1st Floor
St Peter’s Street

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