Autumn Gathering – Saturday 28th October 2017

Growing Newsome preserves

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

Autumn Gathering

Saturday 28th October 2017
10am to 1pm

Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South
Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

redcurrant jam
Lots of preserves and other goodies made from fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in Newsome.

Kids crafts – get creative in our craft corner using natural materials to make a collage or creature.

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

Recipes and tasters – find out what you can make.

Produce share – please bring along any surplus fruit or vegetables that you’d like 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) are welcome.

Garlic bulbs for plantinggarlic

Autumn Planting:

Autumn planting vegetables for you to take home – including a great selection of garlic bulbs, onions, shallots, seeds, overwintering leaf crops and some fruit cuttings. We’ll also be taking advance orders for our 2018 seed potatoes.

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



Natural Kirklees Charity Fete – 13th August 2017

Greenhead Park

Natural Kirklees Charity Fete

Sunday 13th August 2017

From 1pm to 4pm

Venue: Greenhead Park, Huddersfield

Park information
Map & directions

Join us in the park this Sunday for local food & family fun

Natural Kirklees, Friends of Greenhead Park and the Parks and Greenspaces Team at Kirklees Council are hosting a special Charity Fete for groups who are involved in parks and green spaces in Kirklees. The Fete is a great opportunity to meet local environmental groups and there are lots of fun activities to try, both in the event marquee and around the park.

Join us in Greenhead Park on Sunday 13th August for family fun games and activities including mindful movement workshops, making fruit kebabs and drinks, a duck salad bar, nordic walking, pond dipping, forest school fun, origami, raffles, crafty activities and a chance to try out different mountain bikes. You can also purchase seasonal fruit, herbs and vegetables. There will be music from Hade Edge Band and the Ukulele Band. The Friends of Greenhead Park will be serving tea and cakes in the marquee.

jam stall

Growing Newsome will be there with plenty of home made treats, made from fruit and vegetables that have been grown in Newsome and donated by our generous volunteers and friends. Please come and visit us in the marquee on the event field near the top of the park (just across from the miniature train tracks). Our stall is open from 1pm to 4pm.

At 2pm Enjoy the sound of brass in the great outdoors with Hade Edge Band. They will be performing on the Greenhead Park bandstand as part of a programme of concerts organised by the Friends of Greenhead Park. Limited seating is available and you are welcome to bring your own folding chairs or rugs.  Free – there will be a collection in aid of the Friends of Greenhead Park.

At 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm Take part in Nordic Walking or Pond Dipping in the park. You can register at the information stall.

We hope to see you there.

Big Plant Swap – Saturday 20th May 2017

Edible plants and flowers

Big Plant Swap

Saturday 20th May 2017
10am to 1pm

Free admission – all weclome

Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

swapping plantsTake your pick from hundreds of plants – great for growers, super for sharers.

You can choose from:

Wildlife-friendly flowers

You’re very welcome to bring along plants, seedlings, cuttings or seeds to swap – but you don’t need to bring something to be able to take something (you can make a donation to Growing Newsome in exchange for your plants).


Lots more to enjoy…

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

Children’s craft activities.

Local produce on sale.

Plant some seeds to grow on your windowsill.

Reading Circle book stall with all sorts of books.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes.

Information about growing and sharing food in Newsome.

Find out about other local projects and events.

plant swap lunchLocal food lunch:
served 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, plus a fruit pudding.

We ask for a small donation to cover the costs of making your lunch.

Print our poster for your venue – or share with a friend:

Big Plant Swap poster 2017 (PDF)

What happens at the Plant Swap?
Here’s a short film about Growing Newsome’s Plant Swap, made by Alistair I Macdonald at Curlew Films for Plant it Grow it Eat it.

You can see more food growing films on the Food Kirklees web site:
10 short films about food growing in Kirklees

Growing Newsome’s 2016 homegrown preserves for sale

jam stallWe have a selection of preserves available now, all freshly made this Summer and Autumn from fruit and vegetables grown in the Newsome area…

Jam gift boxesChristmas gift boxes – £5 each

We’re offering our popular gift boxes again this year. Each box contains two 8oz jars of homegrown preserves – you can choose the contents from our selection of jams, jellies, chutney and marmalade. They are boxed with a pretty fabric ribbon and tag.

Choose any two jars:

  • Jam – Plum, Plum and Apple, Blackberry and Apple, Gooseberry and Elderflower, Strawberry, Strawberry Loganberry and Lime, Rhubarb and Ginger, Courgette and Ginger.
  • Jelly – Redcurrant, Blackcurrant, Bramble, Mixed Currant.
  • Chutney and marmalade – Beetroot Chutney, Marrow and Orange Marmalade.

Christmas gift bags – £7 each

New this year, we’re offering gift bags containing two 1lb jars of some of our most popular preserves. Each bag contains one pound jar of Blackberry and Apple Jam, and one pound jar of either Redcurrant Jelly, Bramble Jelly or Apple and Blackberry Jelly. The bags are sealed with a pretty fabric ribbon, a Christmas tag and a “Handmade with love” sticker.

Individual jars*

We also have a good selection of individual jars of preserves:


Blackberry and Apple jam, Courgette and Ginger jam, Four Berry and Apple jam, Gooseberry and Elderflower jam, Plum jam, Plum and Apple jam, Rhubarb and Ginger jam, Strawberry jam, Strawberry Loganberry and Lime jam.


Apple and Blackberry jelly, Blackcurrant jelly, Redcurrant jelly, Mixed Currant jelly, Bramble jelly.

Chutney, pickles and marmalade

Beetroot chutney, Sweet Pickled Beetroot, Marrow and Orange marmalade.


Our standard individual preserves are:
£2.40 (1Ib jar) or £2.20 (12oz jar) or £1.80 (8oz jar).

Our chutney is £2 for an 8oz jar.
Our beetroot is £2.20 for a 12oz jar.
Our marrow marmalade is £2 for an 80z jar.

Apart from the citrus fruits, all our fresh ingredients are homegrown, so we have limited supplies and therefore not every preserve may be available in every jar size. 

Delivery or collection

You can pick up your preserves from us in Newsome or in Huddersfield Town Centre – or we may be able to drop them off for you if you’re nearby. Please email to make an order.

or visit our stall

  • Christmas Craft Market – Saturday 26th November 2016
    10am to 2pm at Newsome South Methodist Church, Birch Road, Berry Brow
  • Christmas Fair – Sunday 27th November 2016
    10am to 4pm at Paddock Village Hall, West View, Paddock

Newsome Neighbour Day – Saturday 22nd October

more in common

Newsome Neighbour Day

Saturday 22nd October 2016

From 11am to 1pm

Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South  HD4 6JJ


We’re taking part in this community event on Saturday, organised by Newsome LEP, where you can get to know others in the local area. It’s inspired by Hope not Hate’s “More in Common” campaign, which aims to bring our communities back together.

Growing Newsome are providing homegrown soup for lunch, and we’ll also have a stall if you’d like to drop by and say hello. Lunch will be available from around 12 noon.

Neighbour Day

Newsome Neighbour Day aims to encourage community involvement, action and cooperation.

Please come along to:

  • Meet your neighbours and enjoy each other’s company.
  • Learn what skills local people can offer.
  • Find out what practical things people need help with.

If you’d like, you can also take part in a practical task (such as a community clean-up) in the afternoon.

There will be stalls and activities at the Scout Hall including:

  • Benefits advice
  • Shared Lives carers
  • Meet your local councillors
  • Kirklees Youth Service
  • The Reading Circle
  • Tenants and Residents Association
  • Schools
  • Craft activities


Growing Newsome are providing homegrown soup for lunch, and we’ll also have a stall if you’d like to drop by and say hello. Lunch will be available from around 12 noon.



Stirley Farm Food Festival – 4th September 2016

Stirley Food Festival 2016

Stirley Farm Food Festival
Sunday 4th September 2016
11am to 7pm

Join us for this very popular annual food festival. It’s a day of food, fun and celebration on our local wildlife-friendly farm.

There will be games, crafts, stalls and more to keep all the family entertained. Come see how the farm is developing and taste some delicious home grown food.

You can pick up some locally grown goodies from the Growing Newsome stall, including jams and other preserves made from fruit and vegetables grown in Newsome and donated by local volunteers and friends.


Stalls and activities on the day include:

jam stall

  • Local food and crafts
  • Beer and cider tent
  • Cocktails and live music
  • Stalls from local producers
  • Veg from the farm available to eat
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Crafts local to the area
  • Fun activities for children
  • Music and beer in the marquee until 7pm

The festival is a drop in event and admission is free. There are charges for some activities and for food and drink.

Stirley Food Festival 2016 poster (PDF)

Cows in a field on a sunny day

Venue location

Stirley Community Farm
off Hall Bower Lane
Berry Brow

Grid reference

Organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust


Plant Stall at the June Fair – Sunday 26th June 2016

Growing Newsome market stallJune Fair
Sunday 26th June
From 9.30am to 3pm
Huddersfield Open Market Brook Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RX

We’re having a plant stall at the Rotary Club’s June Fair on Sunday 26th June.

We’ll have a selection of vegetable plants, including some unusual crops, plus salads, herbs, perennials and a few other goodies. Please drop by to show your support.

Our stall is part of the annual June Fair, which is organised by the Rotary Club of Huddersfield Pennine. The event features around 100 stalls, all from community organisations or charities, so there’s lots of good causes to support on the day. Stalls usually include food, household goods, books, toys, bric-a-brac, games and plenty more. There’s music and activities too.

Also look out for Jean’s book stall next door to us. We hope to see you there.

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