Autumn Gathering – Saturday 6th October 2018

Autumn Gathering 2018

Love local food? There’s lots for you to enjoy at this event…

Autumn Gathering

Saturday 6th October 2018
10am to 1pm

Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South
Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

bee on flower
Lots of jam and preserves made from fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in Newsome.

Beekeeping advice and demonstration hive from the Huddersfield and District Bee Keeping Association.

Perennial plants and wildflowers from Kirklees Parks and the S2R Peace Pit Growing Group.


Kids crafts – get creative in our craft corner and make a collage or creature.

Reading Circle book stall (with all sorts of books).

Recipes and tasters – find out what you can make.

Got a glut? Please bring along spare fruit or vegetables to share.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes available.

Information about local volunteering, events and activities.

Jam jar amnesty – clean, small jam jars (1 Ib or less) that fit a 63mm lid are welcome.

Garlic bulbs for planting

Autumn Planting:

Autumn planting vegetables for you to take home – including a great selection of garlic bulbs, onions, shallots, seeds, overwintering leaf crops and anything else we can rustle up. We’ll also be taking advance orders for our 2019 seed potatoes.

Garlic bulbs available at our Autumn Gathering 2018

home grown soup

Souper Soups:
served from 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a choice of seasonal soups for lunch at the Scout Hall, made with local vegetables and served with a selection of fresh breads, followed by a hot Autumn pudding made with local fruit.


hedgehogHow you can help:

  • Display a poster:
    Autumn Gathering poster (PDF)
  • Bring something for the cake stall.
  • Bring along the rest of the family or bring a friend.
  • Please get in touch if you’d like to come along and help out on the day.

Organised by Growing Newsome



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

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

Beyond the Veil – Saturday 21st September 2013

beyond the veil“The life of the honeybee might be described as one of great sweetness and harmony, punctuated by sudden, desperate, acts of violence. The same could be said for Thistledale.”

Join us for a murder mystery with a difference. See the fantastic Mikron Theatre perform their bee play, Beyond the Veil, here in Newsome:

Beyond the Veil
Saturday 21st September 2013
Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

Performance starts at 1pm.

Join us from 12 noon to enjoy a locally grown lunch and find out about growing bee-friendly plants. Organised by Stirley Community Farm, with lunch prepared by Growing Newsome.

No need to book – just come along on the day. All welcome. A collection will be taken by the actors after the performance.

More about Beyond the Veil

Stirley Farm Kids’ Club: Bees, Blossom and Birds

woodland landscape at Upper Park Wood

Photo: Nabil Abbas for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Stirley Farm Kids’ Club:
Bees, Blossom and Birds
Wednesday 29th May 2013
from 10am to 12 noon

As spring turns to summer we will walk to Local Nature Reserve Upper Park Wood to discover the abundance of wildlife that lives there. There’ll be a chance to forage for flowers in the hedgerow and make a refreshing summer drink. Meet at Stirley Farm.

Free event. Booking essential. Contact: 01904 659570.

Organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.


bee on a borage flowerCome and get BeeWise at the Plant Swap on 18th May 2013.

Bees pollinate our food, give us a source of yummy honey and help the countryside to thrive. However, disappearing green space, chemical use and new diseases are all playing a part in the decline of the British bee population.

You can help by planting bee-friendly seeds in whatever space you have. Come and get BeeWise with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust staff from Stirley Community Farm, who will have bee-friendly seedballs and lots of information on what you can grow to help the bees.

Kids can also enjoy making some lovely labels for your bee-friendly plants.

See us at the Plant Swap
on Saturday 18th May
from 10am to 1pm
at Newsome Scout Hall.

Plant Swap and Salad Day – Saturday 18th May 2013

Tomato plant in potA day of activities for growing and eating local food. Everyone welcome.

Plant Swap and Salad Day
Saturday 18th May 2013
10am to 1pm

Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South
Huddersfield HD4 6JJ 

Plant Swap – 100s of plants for you to choose from: vegetables, salad, herbs, fruit and flowers. You’re very welcome to bring something along to swap, or you can choose some plants in exchange for a donation.

Seed Swap – lots of vegetable seeds to swap or buy.

Windowsill herbs and salads – plant some seeds to grow on your windowsill.

BeeWise with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – learn all about bees and find out how to grow bee-friendly plants. Includes bee-friendly seedballs and kids’ activities.

Local produce on sale.

Reading Circle book stall with all sorts of books.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes.

Plant pot amnesty – please bring along your spare pots (small sizes especially).

Tool amnesty – share any unwanted garden tools that you have.

Newsome Ward Community Survey results – find out what people think about living here and see how you can get involved in sharing your skills.
Basil growing in a seed tray

Local food lunch:
served from 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a healthy lunch at Newsome Scout Hall – with recipes for you to take home. We’ll be serving a selection of tasty salads (including warm salads) from our Spring salad bar.

Event leaflet

Plant Swap and Salad Day leaflet 2013 (pdf)

Bee Wise at Stirley Farm Kids’ Club

bee on flowerhead

photo by: Paul Carter

Bee Wise
Wednesday 3rd April 2013
10am to 12 noon

New venue:
Hall Bower Chapel
High Lane
Hall Bower
(where there’s less snow!)

Discover the amazing world of bees both wild and domestic as we reveal the secrets of life in the Stirley hives.

Be inspired by growing plants that are a great food for us and bees alike.

Lots of fun activities related to bees, including make your own recycled, decorated, bee-friendly planter.

This is a free family event. No need to book – just drop in.

Organised by: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Contact: 01484 663185 (Stirley Farm) or ring Annie on 07500 441752.

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