Growing Newsome Recipe Book

A recipe and a bunch of carrots

We’ll be publishing our first Growing Newsome Recipe Book in 2015 – and we’d really like you to be part of it. We’ll be choosing recipes that match the character of our growing community, so we’re looking for recipes where the main ingredient (or ingredients) is something that you can grow yourself, or something that you can pick in the wild (sorry, no meat or fish dishes and no tropical fruit salad!).

Your recipe could feature vegetables, fruits, herbs, edible flowers or leaves. It can be any kind of food, including soups, main courses, snacks, puddings or preserves.

Growing Newsome is about people and the connections between us, so we’d also like to hear the stories behind your recipes. For example, if it’s an old family recipe, please tell us something about the person who passed it on to you. Or perhaps your recipe reminds you of a particular event or time? Maybe you just want to tell us something about your experience of making the recipe or growing the ingredients.

You’re also very welcome to send us a photo instead of (or as well as) your story.


How to share your recipes

Please bring your recipes along to our Recipe Corner at:

  • Stirley Community Farm, in the Cre8 barn
    Sunday 1st February from 10am to 1pm
  • Newsome Scout Hall, at the Growing Newsome Seed Swap and Potato Day
    Saturday 7th March from 10am to 1pm

Or send your recipe and your story or photo to us at: – remember to include your name and postal address.

The deadline for entries is Friday 20th March 2015.

If we feature your recipe, you will receive a copy of the book.

Brass: your brass matters – 18th September 2014

Brass18th September 2014
From 2pm to 7pm
Open to all

Venue: Newsome South Methodist Church, Berry Brow

Free activities for children, refreshments available and homemade soup served from 5pm.

brass is an exciting new financial wellbeing programme for Kirklees.

It’s been designed to help us all maximise our money, earning the most we can, spending and borrowing money in the most efficient ways, and reducing the risks and impacts that changes to financial circumstances can have.


Step by Step and Paddock Community Trust are bringing laptops and tablets to show people how they can search for jobs, access benefits and shop online. They will also be helping people to get the most out of their phones by downloading helpful apps. A bank advisor will be helping people set up telephone and internet banking and offering advice and support on all money matters including opening bank accounts.

rainy day

Newsome Local Ecumenical Partnership will provide some taster activities including traditional table top games for kids. Growing Newsome will be sharing some ideas for saving money and making the most of local produce. Come and find out about planting, growing and cooking. We’ll also be serving some homemade soup from 5pm.

avoid arrears

Citizens Advice Bureau will provide advice on saving energy in your home, tariff switching and understanding interest rates; supporting people around budgeting, debts, opening bank accounts and more.


West Yorkshire Trading Standards will be carrying out a taste test challenge to help people see the benefits of dropping a brand to maximise their earnings when shopping for essentials.


West Yorkshire Trading Standards & the Neighbourhood Policing Team will provide advice on keeping yourself and your home safe, with information on scams and frauds, avoiding loan sharks, securing your home and advice on telephone and postal preference service to cut down on mail and calls.


Everyone is welcome to attend this free community event, come along anytime between 2pm and 7pm – get advice, ask questions, meet new people and get involved.

Do you love food and hate waste?

love food hate waste logoLook out for the ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ stall at our Growing Newsome event on 17th May 2014 from 10am to 1pm at Newsome Scout Hall.

There will be some simple tools available to help us all cut down on the amount of food that we waste.

Come and pick up some free bag clips, a rice measure and other things to help you store and measure food at home and cut down on waste.

There will also be advice and tips on offer such as:

  • How to preserve fruit and vegetables to make them last longer.
  • Advice on portion control so that food isn’t wasted.
  • Recipe ideas for using up leftovers.
  • Advice on date labels and what to do with items past their ‘best before’.

Our thanks to Kirklees Council for providing these activities.

Food in your community – share your views

colourful beansIt’s almost five years since we ran a community research project in Newsome to find out how people feel about food growing. You might have filled in one of our questionnaires at the time.We’ve now started a new survey to find out what’s changed over the past five years.

Food is of course a part of all our lives, but what do you think about local food?

* Do you grow your own?
* Are you interested in cooking?
* What do you consider when choosing what food to buy?
* Does your household waste too much food?
* Do you want to sell homemade food?

These are just some of the questions in the ‘Food in your community’ survey which is running in March 2014. Please take part to share your views.

The survey asks questions about growing and eating local food, including what kind of activities you’d like to take part in and whether you’d like to be able to buy more locally grown food. It’s your chance to tell us what you wish for in Newsome and areas nearby – we’ll do our very best to act on what you tell us.

How to take part

> Take part in the ‘Food in your community’ survey online now

Please also pass this link on to your friends and neighbours.

The survey is only open for a short time, so please take part soon if you’d like to have your say. It will take up to 20 minutes to complete. There are three prizes on offer as a thank you for those taking part.

You can also look out for our team of fieldworkers from IbyD knocking on doors across the Newsome Ward (and in Almondbury, Honley and Netherton) who have paper copies of the questionnaire. This map shows where our team are working:

Map of food survey area (pdf)

This is a joint project between Growing Newsome, Kirklees Environment Partnership and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. We will use the results to help plan future activities in the local area. If you have any questions, please email

Christmas vegetables from Stirley Community Farm

veg grown at Stirley Farm

Fancy a locally grown Christmas lunch?

Come down to Stirley Community Farm on Saturday 21st December 2013 to pick up your bag of vegetables from this year’s bumper crop at Stirley, just in time for Christmas dinner!

With the help of a team of volunteers and members of Growing Newsome, the fruit and vegetable gardens at Stirley Community Farm provide local food year-round for community dinners and training and education events, with the ingredients being cooked up in the brand new teaching kitchen on site, which was funded by Veolia Environmental Trust Cre8 project fund.

The vegetables on offer this Christmas have been grown with wildlife in mind, using peat-free composts and fertilisers and no pesticides. Nectar-rich wildflowers have been grown around them, attracting the pollinators in.

On Saturday 21st December 2013 Yorkshire Wildlife Trust staff will be on hand in the newly renovated Cre8 Barn at Stirley Community Farm from 10am to 12noon, to hand out pre-ordered veg bags costing £5. Other Christmas gifts will also be on sale, including bird seed, Christmas cards and home grown preserves from Stirley and Growing Newsome.

If you can’t make it up to the farm on the day, you can also pick up your veg bag at Newsome crossroads (find us under the lych gate, junction of Newsome Road and Jackroyd Lane) at 12.30pm on the same day.

Please order your Christmas veg bag in advance
Veg bags are only available by pre-order. To purchase your bag containing parsnips, cabbage, celery, Jerusalem artichokes, onion, baby Brussels sprouts, kale and beetroot please ring 01484 663185.

Veg bags will not be available for purchase on the day, although you’re welcome to drop in at the farm on the morning to buy bird seed, cards and home grown preserves.


Home Grown Preserves – Wednesday 23rd October 2013

jars of pickled yellow beetrootHome Grown Preserves
Wednesday 23rd October
10am to 3pm

Join us for a cooking event organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. We will be using the surplus produce from Stirley Farm to make chutney and sharing tips on how to store veg over the winter. We will supply jars – please bring your own apron. Event charge: £5.

Venue: Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield.
Booking: Please call 01904 659570.


Autumn Gathering – Saturday 27th October 2012

Join us for a day of events to celebrate & share local food

Saturday 27th October

Autumn Fair
10am to 1pm at
Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South
Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

Pumpkin carving with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – free pumpkins for the first 40 participants. Pumpkins kindly supplied by Morrison’s as part of their Let’s Grow scheme.

Jam, chutney & pickles on sale – made in Newsome from local produce.

Autumn planting vegetables for you to take home – garlic, onions and winter salads.

Cake stall.

Herbaceous plants.

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

Handmade bird boxes and insect houses on sale in aid of Castle Hill School.

Recipes and produce swap – please bring along your recipes, home grown fruit and veg, or anything you’d like to share.

Plant protection fleece on sale, by the metre.

Information about training & volunteering at Stirley Farm.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes available.

Plant pot and jam jar amnesty – please bring along your spare pots and jars.

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 fresh bread from the Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite.

Stirley Farm harvesting:
1pm to 3pm

Join a guided walk from Newsome Scout Hall to the Stirley Farm veg garden, where you will find the ingredients to make your own delicious soup.

Organised by Growing Newsome and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

How you can help:

  • Display a poster: Autumn Gathering 2012 poster (pdf)
  • Bring something along for the cake stall.
  • Help out with the pumpkin carving, or help in the kitchen.
  • Bring along all the kids in your family who would like a free pumpkin!
  • Please get in touch if you’d like to come along and help out on the day.

Paddock Food Fayre – 22nd September 2012

Paddock Community Trust logoFood Fayre
Saturday 22nd September 2012
10am to 4pm

Paddock Village Hall
West View


Paddock Community Trust are holding their first annual Food Fayre. The event includes stalls from local food suppliers, cookery demonstrations, children’s activities, face painting, competitions, live music, bar and cafe.

Free entry.

Please come along to find out about local food in Paddock.

Healthy Communities – 15th September 2012

Free event on Saturday 15th September 2012Healthy Communities event

Saturday 15th September
10am to 4pm (drop-in)

Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

A fun and interactive event to help you take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Drop in for a wide range of healthy activities that will be fun as well as informative.
Come and out what’s on offer locally…

  • Get some cooking tips and growing advice.
  • Sign up for an allotment, or join our Community Allotment.
  • Healthy lunch (made from local produce) served from 12 noon.
  • Try fitness sessions and get a free Kirklees Active Leisure day pass.
  • Blood pressure checks, smoking advice and local health services.
  • Try an Indian Head Massage or a relaxing back massage.
  • Entertainment from HOOT’s local singing group – why not join in?
  • Shall we dance? workshop – try ballroom dancing.
  • Nordic walking taster session in the church grounds.
  • Assistive technology demos, helping people to live independently.
  • Info about food growing, reading, cooking, social care and leisure.

The Health Communities event has been organised by Newsome Ward Community Forum, with thanks to Newsome LEP.

Please come along to learn about the services available locally that can help you to care for your physical and emotional wellbeing – and enjoy a healthy lunch prepared by Growing Newsome.

Have a look at the leaflet for more details. You might also want to put up a poster:

Healthy Communities leaflet (pdf)
Healthy Communities poster (pdf)

Fruit wanted – can you help us to find some?

Our accidental jam factory is open again. We have lots of lovely jam jars lined up waiting to fill, so all we need now is something to put in them. We have a few things on the go ourselves, but we can always make use of extra fruit or vegetables.

Last year you gave us your surplus raspberries, loganberries, crab apples, gooseberries, plums and marrows – and we made jam out of all of them. Can any of you help us again this year?

Please let us know if you have any surplus fruit or veg that you’d be willing to share with Growing Newsome, or if you can recommend a good spot for foraging.

We’ll be looking for ingredients between now and October, so whenever you spot something going spare please let us know. We can come and collect things from you if you need us to.

We can make use of any fresh local produce at our many events this autumn – not just to make jam, but for savoury things and for sharing too.

We’ll also share the recipes so that everyone else can give it a go. Anything considered!

Please get in touch here if you can help, or email

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