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    Nov/Dec 2015

    Come along to our

    Delegates Question Time3 Dec 20152pm - 4pmSee Page 9 for full details

    Generations Building Bridges atBlagden Farm

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    Blagden Farm

    TRA took 10 young

    people from

    Newsome High

    School to the

    Blackpool Pleasure

    Beach on the 27th

    October. This was to

    reward them for the

    work that they did

    on the Edale estate

    during the school


    This work included

    gardening and

    general maintenance of the estate. During this time

    the young people have built up some amazing

    friendships with the older residents. This is a great

    model of intergenerational work and demonstrates

    how successful it can be. They were accompanied

    by the head of year 9, WPC Newsome and Bev and

    Sheila from Communities Who Can.


    Issue No. 253

  • Fieldhead TRA launches their Cold Calling Zone


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    Last year Fieldhead TRA flagged up problems on the Estate with Cold Callers. Since then they have been working with Partners including KNH, Kirklees Community Association, Communities Who Can, and West Yorkshire Trading Standards to set up a Cold Calling Control Zone.

    Cllr Liz Smaje championed the TRAs cause at the District Committee and the funding they supplied was matched by KC and KNH.

    These schemes work best when they are community-led, so when an initial mail out did not produce enough responses to set up the Zone, the TRA took to the streets knocking at over 1000 homes and telling people about the project. When they heard it face to face everyone supported the scheme.

    Linda the TRA chair said Some people wont read a long questionnaire if its just pushed through the door. Some dont have time, some people struggle reading so face to face is best. It has helped us get to know everyone and promoted the TRA.

    The zones have been launched in phases throughout the year so it was round the houses again with the help of partners to hand out stickers and advise people what to do.

    The Fieldhead Zone has already given residents the confidence to turn away unwanted traders.

    Cllr Liz Smaje, said, Cold Calling Control Zones are an opportunity for residents to take control of the area in which they live and contribute to making it a safer place.

    David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said These zones go a long way into achieving our objective of protecting residents from doorstep criminals.

    For further information on Cold Calling Control Zones please visit

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    On Thursday October 22nd the Turnsteads community took another step towards taking over responsibility for their own centre.

    Working with the Cleckheaton Parochial Church Council an open day was held to raise awareness of the centre and to gauge public appetite for using and helping out at the centre.

    Around 40 people attended in all including younger people from the local school many of whom had never visited the centre before.

    One lady told us: Its important for us to have a place for community activities within walking distance.

    The TRA will submit the results of their consultation to the council to strengthen their application for asset transfer.

    Cowlersley Halloween Party

    Cowlersley TRA held a fantastic Halloween Party for children at their local community centre. Well over 40 children came along, with most of them dressing up for the fancy dress competition in the scariest costumes ever seen. Well done to all the volunteers who organised the event and made it a frightfully fun night for all.

    A step closer for Turnsteads Community Centre

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    Communities Who Can fieldworkers Maxine Edwards and Kaye Wilson have volunteered to become Dementia Friends Champions and can deliver Dementia Friends information sessions but please remember we arent dementia experts.

    The sessions are open to anyone, but we are asking tenants and residents or community led groups to host a session in their area, so that your members and local people interested in learning about dementia can attend. We will cover the five key things everyone should know about dementia and give people the opportunity to take action by becoming a dementia friend.

    The session just takes an hour and is very interactive and informal.

    Dementia Friends Regional Support Officer at Alzheimers Society said: Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the country. Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. Its all about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From getting in touch with someone you know living with dementia to wearing your badge with pride, every action counts.

    To book Kaye or Maxine to deliver a session contact: or call us on 01484 225799.

    Dementia Friends information sessions run by Communities Who Can

    18 New Dementia Friends at Church Grange Cleckheaton

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    Eightlands TRA recently held their Annual General Meeting incorporating a Halloween theme. The group decided to serve a Pie and Peas dinner and asked attendees to come along in their Halloween outfits.

    The group went ahead with their normal AGM and TRA business first, electing officers and a new committee for the forthcoming year as well as discussing housing and estate issues thereafter. At the close of meeting, dinner was served and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

    Cllr Cathy Scott attended and was delighted with the effort made by the group stating TRAs work tirelessly to improve the housing and environmental aspects of an estate, it is always nice to see them enjoy themselves at the same time.

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    Thornhill Things for Thornhill Folk

    With the build-up to Christmas, Overthorpe Tenants & Residents Association are finalising plans for the events the group will be staging and taking part in over November and December.

    Two committee members of Overthorpe Tenants & Residents Association took 11 senior citizens to the Sea Urchin Fish & Chip restaurant in Dewsbury on Tuesday 27th October. Many of the seniors were from Charlesworth Court sheltered housing, transported by taxi and treated to Fish & Chip lunch. This was completely free for them and paid for from money raised by the sale of hand knitted dolls, made by one of our committee members. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to get out of their homes for a couple of hours and socialise over the meal.

    A Free Brass Band concert with Altofts & Normanton Brass Band takes place at Edge Top WMC (Whistling Blackbird) 7.30pm Friday 4th December. Food, Raffle and a great night of Christmas music for the whole family!!!

    Childrens professional Forever Frozen show takes place at Trojans Rugby Club, Overthorpe Park, Thornhill. Saturday 19th December 1.30pm 3.00 pm. Show, Pop & Crisps and a Present. Also a raffle and kids tombola

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    Another project the group has got involved with is to clear the path which runs behind the bungalows and the Overthorpe estate known as Kirklees Way.

    Maurice and Joyce Connelly, Chair and Treasurer of the group took it upon themselves to do something about the overgrown bushes, shrubs and fly tipping on the path due to it being untidy and unmaintained. As a result the path became somewhat of a secluded area attracting various aspects of anti-social behaviour.

    Both Maurice and Joyce have spent hours and hours making the path tidy and useable. As a result the path has now become a route for dog walkers, joggers and commuters.

    For more information about Overthorpe TRA please visit the groups Facebook Page (Overthorpe Tenants and Residents Association) or call 07811 800720

    Newsome TRAs crafty chatterers group which takes place every alternate Thursday morning from 9.30 until 11.30 in the CWC office. The group next meet on the 19th November. The first session attracted 15 members who are pictured here having a great time being creative.

    Newsome TRA Crafty Chatterers


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    At our Better Places to Live event back in August the Friends of Norman Park linked up with the Sports and Physical Activities team from the council and arranged some cycling activities for families.

    Chris and Kate from Becycling came out to the park and staged a bicycle obstacle course on week one and the following week training sessions.

    Chris took eleven kids off to complete their Bikeability level 1 whilst Kate took seven adults off for a refresher course to build road confidence and to help keep themselves and their kids safe. Everyone found it useful.

    Joanne told us I was petrified to start with. Because I dont drive Im not very confident

    on the road.

    To keep the momentum up the group organised a family bike ride the following week making the most of local greenway.

    Get free cycle training for your groupFree cycle training is available across Kirklees here is a list of contacts:

    If you would like to know more about cycle training for the over 16s then please contact Carl Tinson from Go:Cycling on 0113 3481755 or visit

    Or for a doorway into all things cycling in Kirklees try