Archive for March 16th, 2012

It’s the Nook Pub Spring Beer Fest

You all seen their impressive advertising signs on the main approach routes into Holmfirth – yes its time again for the Spring Beer Festival at the famous Nook pub, in the centre of Holmfirth. The popular event starts Thursday, March 29 and runs over the weekend.

This year’s Fest will showcase a variety of beers and ciders from the local and Greater Manchester area including all the Nook Brewhouse regulars and some specials. There will be live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, email:

Valleys Policing Update – via YouTube!

Ever wondered about local policing issues, who covers what, and where to go for more information?

Insp Mark Trueman, who runs Valleys Neighbourhood Policing Team, based at Holmfirth Police
Station, has recorded the following introductory video message.

Hade Edge Spring Litter Pick…with Bacon Butties Included!

Come and volunteer for another litter pick in Hade Edge – and you could benefit from a sizzling bacon roll.

Their Spring event is taking part from 10am on Sunday, March 25. Please meet on the common land opposite the Bay Horse pub.

Bacon Sandwiches will be available in the pub after for all volunteers. This event is run though Keep Britain Tidy, so gloves, bags, and tabards will be provided. For more information, email:

Tourism Probe for Valley – Funding Requests

The Valleys Area Committee is to meet in Golcar on March 22 and will feature a presentation on the proposed Dog Control Orders.

Also on the agenda will be a proposed tourism strategy for the Valleys, plus an update on
neighbourhood policing and funding requests for local projects.

The meeting will take place at 7pm at Golcar Providence Church, Knowl Road, Golcar, HD7 4AN
and all are welcome to attend.

Find out whose “In the Dock” and “Caught on Camera”

Police in Holmfirth are displaying news and information on a newly-revamped Force website

On this local page, you can find out how to contact the local team as well as catching up on news and information. The page also enables you to report a minor crime as well as lost property.

One of the most interesting features is a link to “In the Dock” and “Caught on Camera”. Do
you recognise anyone? In the Dock features recent local court convictions where as Caught on Camera features CCTV images taken from cameras in shops and petrol stations etc. If you recognise anyone, you can report your suspicious online via Crimestoppers, where you could qualify for a reward.

Members of the public are invited to subscribe for free local email updates from the site.

National Accolade for Wooldale Community Association

Hearty congratulations to Wooldale Community Association which has become one of only 20 organisations in England to achieve the ‘Visible Communities Standard.’

It is the first community building in Yorkshire to achieve the standard and proudly received its award in a special presentation by Deputy Leader of Kirklees Council Cllr David Sheard.

The ‘Visible Standards’ is a national quality award for community organisations run by Community Matters which is part of the National Federation of Community Organisations.  It covers all aspects of organising, maintaining and running a community building with specific focus on legal and statutory requirements.

The association was set up in 1978 by a group of residents who took over the former village school to run it as a community centre for the benefit of local residents.

The centre is still thriving and provides facilities for the village including two daily pre-school groups; mother and toddlers; youth club; table tennis; Bridge; two woodworking groups; dancing classes; French lessons; and Dodgeball.  It has also been used as a Sure Start facility; an emergency rest centre, and during elections.

The association has been working towards its accreditation for the last two years.

FOLK DANCE: Thanks for the email reminder for a Folk Dance at the Wooldale centre on Wednesday, March 28, from 8pm.  The organisers are Holmfirth Folk Dance Club. For more details, email:

Meltham Volunteer at Valley Landmark Project


Volunteers at Castle Hill

Meltham teenager Chris Wall has spoken about his worthwhile volunteering work at our local Valley landmark – Castle Hall.

The “Enviroyouth” volunteers have worked hard to thin out encroaching small trees and vegetation. Their mission is vital to tackle the natural succession on the ancient monument and conserve other equally important habitats for wildlife on the Local Nature Reserve.

The volunteers have been trained in the use of hand saws and loppers and a number of species including hawthorn, silver birch and gorse were cut away and will later be turned to wood chip.

Chris, 16, of Thick Hollins Drive, Meltham, told the Holmfirth website:  “I have enjoyed myself immensely in getting things done.  To get the opportunity to help manage what is now a designated Local Nature Reserve is great.” Chris works on nearly every Enviroyouth task and volunteers weekly as part of his studies with the Denby Dale Countryside Project and shows strong leadership skills in helping others.

Andy Wickham, Streetscene’s Countryside Project Officer, knows all too well the satisfaction the youngsters receive. “We have been running these task days for a number of years now on numerous countryside tasks in Kirklees. We find with the youngsters working together they get a real sense of well being which helps them to grow in confidence for the future. They also get a kick of helping to manage the earth in a positive way and show to older generations what they are capable of”.

Many who participate with Enviroyouth do so to help gain the Duke of Edinburgh Award but the group is open to anyone between 14 and 25 who is interested in participating in conservation tasks throughout Kirklees. Those interested should contact Andy Wickham on 01484 222960 for more information on tasks throughout the year.

Rural Stone Thefts Drops by Nearly Half

You may have seen the  distinctive “Smartwater” warning signs on local lanes above Holmfirth – and they are working!

Local police teamed up with Huddersfield Rural Crime Prevention Panel and SmartWater to protect stonework in rural communities.  Just over a year on, the scheme is being hailed a success with thefts of stone having fallen by 43%.

As part of the scheme, the police teamed up with SmartWater to safeguard dry stone walls by marking them with a uniquely coded indelible liquid. This ‘smartwater’ allows police to
arrest offenders involved in the theft and trade of stolen stone, as well as acting as a deterrent.

In 2010 there were 121 thefts of stone from the rural areas of Kirkburton, Valleys and Denby Dale. As a result of the crime prevention scheme, thefts fell to 70.

Mark Wall, Crime Reduction Officer for Kirklees police, told said: “When we started this project with the Huddersfield Crime Prevention Panel and SmartWater, we were confident that it would lead to a reduction in the number of thefts of stone that we were
experiencing. A 43% reduction in thefts is however a great result.”

Summer Opening Hours Announced for Local Tips

The good weather must be just around the corner! The five Kirklees Household Waste Recycling Centres will move to summer opening hours from Monday, March 26.
The nearest ones to the Holme Valley are Bent Ley Road, Meltham, HD9 4AP, and Bromley Farm, Upper Cumberworth, HD8 8NN.

All the sites will be open as follows from March 26:
Weekday opening – 8am to 5pm
Saturday – 8am to 4pm
Sunday – 9am to 4pm

A spokeswoman told the Holmfirth website:

“The sites can be used to recycle a wide range of materials including: glass, paper, cardboard, Tetrapak (drink cartons), plastic and metal containers, old clothing, garden waste, batteries, engine oil, cooking oil (with the exception of Bromley Farm), metal, paint, and electrical and white goods such as washers and cookers.

“When using the sites residents should take their residents permit, or commercial vehicle permit if transporting household waste in a commercial vehicle.  Rubbish should be sorted into the clearly marked skips for each type of waste.  Please do not leave any material on
the ground.”

Valley Issues are Policing Priorities

The following policing priorities have been announced for the Holme Valley and surrounding areas:

Holme Valley North
Anti-Social Behaviour
To reduce anti-social behaviour around Jagger Lane, Southgate, Marsh Gardens.
Tackling graffiti
Colne Valley
Anti Social Behaviour and Criminal Damage in the centre of Marsden centering around Peel
street and moving out to include the Dirker estate.
Regular Patrols in the area

New St, Milnsbridge
Anti-Social Behaviour, Youths being verbally abusive to staff and passers by to UCHM,
causing damage to roof, goal netting, dropping litter  and playing loud music in vehicles.
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