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Together September 2011

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Thank-you to Scissett First School, and Munch, for appearing on the cover of this magazine.

Your Together magazine tells you about the work of your council and its partners and gives examples of our shared priorities. These are: • Enhance life chances for young people Working in partnership to improve educational attainment for the under 16s and help them to reach their full potential – apprenticeships, page 3 • Support older people to be healthy, active and involved in their communities Helping people to improve their health and well-being. We will focus on preventative work and empowering people to make informed decisions – Live life to the full, pages 6 and 7

Find out more about school meals on page 9.

Study at the University of Huddersfield Find out more about your local university on page 22.

• Lead Kirklees out of recession Making sure we emerge with a stronger economy and more job opportunities – jobs boost at Waterfront Quarter, pages 4 and 5 • Provide effective and productive services Ensuring services are focused on the needs of the community and are excellent value for money – schools, pages 8, 9, 15, 16 and 17 To find out more about our shared priorities, see

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apprenticeships created A new recycling plant in Dewsbury has created apprenticeships for 100 unemployed young people. Think3e, a not-for-profit social enterprise, worked together with Kirklees Council to set up the recycling plant at Calder Bank Mills in Scout Hill, Dewsbury. All the trainees will have the benefit of a bespoke, fully funded apprenticeship with the opportunity of a permanent job. Think3e - which takes its name from employment, education and environment - has invested £250,000 in the site. Earlier this year, the council approved a £100,000 grant from the Dewsbury Neighbourhood Fund towards equipment at the site and the first year’s rent. Working closely with the council, Think3e is diverting waste from landfill and transforming it into raw materials and products for local manufacturing. Think3e Managing Director, Marcus Baldry, said:

“We would like to thank all the local businesses for their support. It’s great to invest time and energy in 100 local young people. I’m fully confident that they will become the ambassadors of our business and green heroes of the future.”


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Jobs boost Hundreds of new jobs could be on their way to Kirklees after the prestigious Waterfront Quarter development in Huddersfield took another big step forward.

at Waterfront Quarter gets closer

Major site preparation and landscaping works have started, after Kirklees Council awarded a £2m contract to Clugston Construction to make three acres of land ready for commercial development from next year. The land - which already has outline planning permission for four new buildings containing offices, shops, restaurants and bars - will be for sale to developers, creating several hundred new jobs. For behind the scenes photos of the new college, see our facebook page An artist’s impression of the proposed new commercial dev elopment around the improve canal and a new public square d with the recently refurbished Folly Hall in the background .

Multi-million pound University developments benefit Kirklees

A fabulous £12m Enterprise and Inn ovation Centre will enable businesses - in Kirklees and beyond - to benefit more than ever before from research and technical facilities at the University of Huddersfield. The new Enterprise and Innovation Centre in Firth Street will be an important part of the Waterfront development and is due to open for business next year. It will be based in the former premis es of the university’s Business School which have been extended and totally transformed. The Busines s School has already moved to a new £17m centre nearby.

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Another development at the university is the £8m Centre for Innovative Manufacture which will offer manufacturing firms the opportunity to have machine tools fitted with devices to ensure almost total accuracy. More than half the cost of the Enterp rise and Innovation Centre was met by the European Reg ional Development Fund, through the regional developme nt agency, Yorkshire Forward. The university pro vided £3.8m and Kirklees Council contributed £1.3m.

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Kirklees College news


Both Dewsbury centres – the main one on Halifax Road and the Wheelwright Centre - are being refurbished this summer ready to welcome back students in September. The college also plans to carry out groundwork and develop picnic areas outside both its Dewsbury centres to make it more pleasant for students.

Huddersfield An architect’s drawing of the Enterprise and Innovation Centre

The new Huddersfield centre at the Waterfront Quarter is developing ahead of schedule. It will open to students from September 2012. The council is helping to fund the work. We borrowed around £23m at an interest rate cheaper than those available to the college from commercial lenders. This money was then lent to the college at no expense to council taxpayers. Without this partnership arrangement, the development could not have progressed. Together • 5

Live life to the full Staying active and aiming for a healthy lifestyle can be a lot of fun. And, if you take up new interests, you often make new friends as well. Have you improved your fitness? Share your stories on our facebook page

Here are some things you might like to try:


Walking is a great way to meet others and get healthy in a safe way! The bes t thing is it’s free and easy, you don’t need any special equipment - just comfort able walking shoes - and you can start slow ly and build up gently. Did you know walking can: • Make you feel good • Give you more energy • Help you sleep better • Help you reduce stress • Keep your heart strong

• Reduce your blood pressure • Help you to manage your weight .

There are groups in different parts of Kirklees who meet regularly for sho rt walks led by qualified leaders. These walks are up to an hour long and perfect if you wan t to improve your health by walking mo re. Kirklees Walking Network is suppor ted by Kirklees Council and NHS Kirklees.


Kirklees Walking Network: 01484 234097

Free NHS health checks for the over-40s... ...are held at various Library and Information Centres, schools, community centres and Sure Start centres in Kirklees. If you are aged 40 to 74 and don’t already have high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes, you could be eligible for one of these checks by nurses from Kirklees Community Healthcare Services.


To make an appointment, and to find your nearest venue, call 01924 351508.

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Making new friends at Kirklees concerts

You don’t need to understand classical music to enjoy the concerts at Dewsbury and Huddersfield Town Halls. Old favourites from childhood and popular tunes from the radio are part of the programme and it’s a great opportunity for a friendly get-together. Here’s what some concert-goers have to say: Enjoying the music: Andrew Mawdsley, Judith Butler, Malcolm J Bulcock, Kirklees Borough Organist Dr Gordon Stewart, Susan Wakefield and Tony Butler.

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“There’s always someone to chat to and a lot of friendships are formed here.” Richard Beardsworth, of Bolton; Frank Hall, of Greenhead; and Colin Millington and Brian Hollingworth, both of Salendine Nook. “We both came alone tod ay and we met each other over lun ch.” Ann Cornthwaite, of Heckmondwike, and Wendy Crookes, of Kirkburton.

Moving more often

Carole Paxman runs one of the Moving More Often courses which help older, frailer people to become more active. Courses are held all over Kirklees at different venues.


To get your Kirklees Concert Season brochure, call: 01484 414921

Active for Life

Callum was referred to Active for Life by his community psychiatric nurse and, despite doing very little exercise previously, he found that he enjoyed running on the treadmill at the gym. His fitness improved, he lost weight and developed a more positive outlook.

Callum said: “I am healthier than I have been for a long The youngest person at Carole’s time and I generally feel a lot group is 74 and the oldest is 94. better about myself. I realise just how much exercise Carole said: “People soon start to feel affects my well-being and more flexible after joining the course. it’s part of my life now.”

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Confidence grows all the time, even with the quieter people, and they really enjoy meeting each other.”


Moving More Often: Louise Taylor on 01484 234092

Active for Life is run by Kirklees Council to help people with mental health issues to benefit from physical activity.


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Back to school New secondary school for Kirklees The first new secondary school in Kirklees for over 30 years is welcoming its first students at the start of the new term. The North Huddersfield Trust School on the site of the former Fartown High - is a secondary school for students across north Huddersfield.

Students and parents groups were closely involved in developing the new school including its name and uniform.

Executive Head Teacher, Dr Andy Williams, said: “We will be outstanding in the next five years and give this community the school it deserves.” The Trust partners include Kirklees Council and a range of local businesses, community organisations and education providers. If you would like to see the school in action, there is a drop-in session on Wednesday, September 14, between 9.15am and 12.15pm; and an open evening on Thursday, September 29, from 6pm.

Would you like to comment on specialist provision? Your council proposes to re-organise the specialist provision for disabled children and those with special educational needs.

If you are interested, a six week public consultation starts on Monday, September 5. For details about public meetings and to give us your opinions, see

Executive Head Teacher, Dr Andy Williams

Support the Mayor’s charity Text Eric11 £2 to 70070 to give £2 to the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice The Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Eric Firth, aims to raise over £100,000 for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice during his mayoral year. Eric says that he can’t think of a more worthy cause. He hopes you will join him to make sure the charity has a record-breaking year.

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Please give now or get involved in the fundraising efforts. Call the Mayor’s Office on 01484 221904 or email

To find out more about the hospice, see

Back to school

Healthy eating with Munch New menus for delicious, nutritional school meals are on offer at Kirklees schools for the start of the new school year. And some schools have got new look, Munch styled dining rooms.

All the meals are great value at £1.85 for a main course and dessert in primary and middle schools, and from £2 in high schools for either two courses or other options. There are plenty of fruit and fresh vegetables and also halal and vegetarian choices.


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Free school meals If your child is under 19 and attends a local authority school, and you receive certain benefits, you might be able to get free school meals.


To apply for free school meals: 01484 221919 If your child attends Heckmondwike Grammar School, you should apply directly to the school.

HEALTH TALK Records show that many more children go to hospital with increased asthma symptoms in September than at any other time of year. This could be because some children forget to take their medication regularly in the summer holidays when they get fewer symptoms. NHS Kirklees advises parents to make sure that, if their child has asthma, they take their medication regularly.

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Curry Cuisine expands with help from the council A Dewsbury business has expanded – generating income for the region and securing jobs – with help from an innovation voucher scheme run by Kirklees Council in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and Kirklees College. Curry Cuisine makes award-winning Indian pickles and chutneys under the Chutnees Handmade brand. The owners, Prett and Paresh Tejura, aimed to develop new products for a major retailer. They also wanted to find a use for the gallons of beetroot juice wasted when they made beetroot chutney.

Prett and Paresh applied to take part in the innovation voucher scheme earlier this year. They were delighted when they were chosen to receive a voucher, along with eleven other local firms. With help from experts, they developed six brand new flavours for dessert sauces, all of which will be on sale soon. They also developed a new product to use up the beetroot juice. Prett said: "The scheme helped our business develop a range of

products that we are selling to major retailers, independents and food service clients. It has directly helped generate income for the region as well as securing and creating jobs for the future. “Without the support of the scheme, we, as a small business, would not have been able to allocate the resources to make the project a reality and, more importantly, to take it to market."

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Do you run a lo cal business th at is looking for help with in novation? You can now ap ply for the seco nd round of council innovat ion vouchers. U p to £5,000 is available. You should alread y have a proje idea when you ct apply. The sch eme is open to all businesses in Kirklees. www.kirklees. ion

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Here is a selection of the many different events held in Kirklees all year round. Many of them are free. If there is anything here that you would like to attend, please check in case changes have been made since your magazine was printed. A phone number, website or email address is listed for each one. For a full list of events, call 01484 234000 and ask for a copy of ‘Kirklees What’s on’ or see

Win two free tickets Enter our prize draw and you could be the lucky winner of two free tickets to a performance of one of these top shows: Jongleurs Comedy Club at Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday, September 18, or Sunday, October 30


Jethro, the Cornish comic at Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday, October 23 Burlesque with a Halloween theme at Dewsbury Town Hall on Saturday, October 29 All you have to do is answer this question:

Which part of the UK does Jethro come from? And send your answer with your name, address and telephone number – and your choice of show – to Kirklees Together, Second Floor, Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield HD1 2YZ. If you would like to receive emails about What’s on at Kirklees Town Halls, please provide your email address.

The closing date for entries is Friday, September 23. This competition is not open to Kirklees Council staff.

Open Mic UK Singing Auditions Saturday, September 10 Dewsbury Town Hall Kirklees Booking Offices

Slippery Belle Burlesque and Cabaret Saturday, September 10, 8pm Dewsbury Town Hall Kirklees Booking Offices

The 1st Holme Valley Cycle Challenge

Heritage open weekend Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 11 This weekend celebrates England’s architecture and culture with free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Also tours, events and activities.

Sunday, September 11, 9am Hade Edge, above Holmfirth Not a race, but a personal Spenborough Model Railway Event challenge. The price is £15 for Sunday, September 11, 1 - 4.30pm applications received before Royds Park, Cleckheaton Monday, September 5. Café is open during running times Registration is 8-8.30am serving hot and cold drinks. at Hade Edge. 01924 474164 01484 687211

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All aboard at Wilton Park! Kirklees Model Boat Club - Navy Day Sunday, September 11, 10am- 4pm Wilton Park Come and see the model warships, submarines and yachts on display in Wilton Park. Refreshments available.

Tug Boat Day

Sunday, September 25, 10am- 4pm Wilton Park Watch the tug skippers demonstrating their skills around a course at this family day in the park.

To find out more about both events: 01132 675790

Art in Yorkshire supported by Tate Fields of Contention

Saturday, September 17 – Saturday, November 12 Huddersfield Art Gallery Part of Art in Yorkshire - supported by Tate, this exhibition brings together a generation of artists interested in minimalism and construction, including Carl Andre's controversial 'bricks'. 01484 221962

Jongleurs Comedy on Tour Sunday, September 18, 8pm Huddersfield Town Hall Kirklees Booking Offices

Kirklees Concert Season

Thursday, September 22, 2011 – Thursday, May 31 2012 Dewsbury Town Hall and Huddersfield Town Hall Classic Discovery is this year’s theme as the splendid partnership between Kirklees Council and Opera North continues. Enjoy orchestral, organ and chamber music. Find out more about the concerts in Live Life to the Full on page 6. See ‘Booking a town hall event?’ at the end of ‘see what’s on’ – page 14

HOST Artists Open Studio Trail Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, September 25 During HOST artists from around the region offer you a view of their world.


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The Autumn Equinox Walk

Friday, September 23, 1.30-4.30pm Castle Hill, Huddersfield A moderate to hard six mile walk around Castle Hill to mark the arrival of autumn. 07968 426312


Living in a Material World – a night of discovery at the Un iversity of Huddersfield

Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25 A fabulous festival, celebrating the best of foods from around the world. Enjoy cookery demonstrations and browse the superb food market. 01484 223730

Celebrate Greenhead Park


Friday, September 23, 4-9pm Come and explore th e world of materials science and see silk spinning spiders, mee t real life forensic texti le investigators, take part in a vintage fash ion show and enjoy a spectacular outdoor laser show. Open to children, teen agers, families and anyone interested in the world of science . archersnight /UoHresearchersnig ht oHResNight


Sunday, September 25, 1 – 8pm Greenhead Park, Huddersfield After two years of extensive renovations to bring it back to its Victorian splendour, Greenhead Park celebrates its birthday and official re-opening with a huge party. Activities include a brass band concert, children’s entertainment and a spectacular firework display. Bring your garden chair, rug or fold-up seating, pack a picnic, come along and enjoy the music! 01484 222087

Orchestra of Opera North – The Organ Symphony

Thursday, September 22, 7.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall Kirklees Booking Offices

Honley Male Voice Choir starring Lesley Garrett

Saturday, September 24, 7.15pm Huddersfield Town Hall Kirklees Booking Offices

Orchestra of Opera North – Mozart and Beethoven Friday, October 7, 7.30pm Dewsbury Town Hall Kirklees Booking Offices

Marsden Jazz Festival

Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9 Marsden, Huddersfield Celebrates its 20th anniversary in style with jazz to suit every taste. 01484 846969

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Holmfirth Music Festival

Thursday, October 13 – Saturday, October 15 Holmfirth Civic Hall Celebrates its 66th competition for solo instrumentalists and singers, small vocal ensembles and choirs. 01484 846969

Jethro – Live on Tour

What’s on at the LBT

Lawrence Batley Theatre Queen’s Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield Don’t miss this season’s exciting programme of performances and events. 01484 430528 Studio B is the new theatre experience for adults with learning disabilities at Full Body and The Voice. Every Thursday during term time between 10am and 3pm. Free trial sessions and then £30 a day. 01484 484441

Sunday, October 23, 7.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall Kirklees Booking Offices

Booking a town hall event?

Contact Kirklees Booking Offices 01484 223200 • 01924 324501• 01484 222444 Book your seats online at

Trying for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup International Rugby League stars could be seen across Kirklees if your council succeeds with its bid to host the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. We want to build on our unique status as the birthplace of Rugby League in 1895 at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, which is the home of the Rugby League Heritage Centre. Our bid includes proposals for match venues at the Galpharm Stadium, Batley Bulldogs’ Together • 14

Mount Pleasant and Dewsbury Rams Tetley’s Stadium. Kirklees Active Leisure sports centres would be potential training venues along with Leeds Road Sports Complex in Huddersfield.

The Rugby Football League will look at applications from across the country. Announcements are expected at the end of next month.

o t k c a B l o o sch Starting high school

If you live in Kirklees and your child is due to start high school in September 2012, you must apply for their place by October 31, 2011.

Starting junior or middle school

If your child is starting a junior or middle school in September 2012, your application must be made by January 15, 2012.

Starting school for the first time

Do you have a child born between September 1, 2007, and August 31, 2008? If so, you must apply for a full-time school place by January 15, 2012.

Safe parking outside schools One of the most frequently reported safety concerns by parents is unsafe parking around schools. For example, zigzag road markings are no parking zones. Kirklees Council is using a vehicle with a CCTV camera to enforce the parking laws around schools by recording evidence and issuing penalty charge notices. Any driver breaking the law will be fined fined.

Apply online It’s quick and easy and you will get confirmation that your application has been received.

HEALTH TALK Measles is a highly infectious disease and is spread through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. MMR vaccine is the safest and most effective way of protecting children and young adults against what can be a very dangerous illness. Being vaccinated not only protects the individual but stops the virus from spreading in the community. People are protected from the measles virus when they have been given two doses of MMR vaccine. The vaccine also protects against mumps and rubella. It is never too late for children and young adults to be immunised with the MMR vaccine. Those who have not been vaccinated should contact their GP to arrange for vaccination.


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Making new friends and learning about different cultures The twinning of two council schools in Huddersfield is a great success. Pupils at Hade Edge Junior and Infant School in Holmfirth, and Mount Pleasant Junior, Infant and Nursery School in Lockwood, had a lot of fun learning and playing together. Each child was paired with a buddy from the other school and some new friendships began. The first twinning event was a fun day at The Zone in Huddersfield where they played football and rugby, danced, and played together in the play zone. Harry, 8, of Hade Edge, said: “It was good to play together at The Zone.” Pupils and staff from Mount Pleasant visited Hade Edge where they had a tour of the school, visited the chapel and walked through the woods at Holme Styes.

Sahdia, 8, of Mount Pleasant, said: “I enjoyed the long walk we went on - it was very muddy!”

“All the children and staff have become friends in a short time. We are really excited about meeting up again in the future.”

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When pupils from Hade Edge visited the much larger school at Mount Pleasant, they also visited a mosque and started work on their joint project to make a 3D model of their perfect school. They showed their work to parents of both schools in a celebration event at Mount Pleasant in July.

Remember to register to vote

Mrs Firbank, a teacher from Hade Edge, said: “The twinning project has been really good and given the children the opportunity to find out about other cultures and religions.”

By now you should have received a Register of Electors 2011/12 form which was delivered to your home. The law says you need to complete this form every year. If you don’t, you could lose your right to vote in elections and referendums.

Details about how to register are included on the form, and on the accompanying information leaflet. If you’re not registered to vote, your application could be turned down for credit including: a bank or building society account, loan or mortgage, store card, hire purchase agreement, store catalogue or even a mobile phone. By registering to vote early, you can help us save money and be greener because we wouldn’t have to send out as many costly reminders. Look out for the new register on December 1 to make sure your details are included. You can see a copy at your local Library and Information Centre, Kirklees Information Point or the Elections Office.

The Kirklees School Twinning Programme - funded by Kirklees Council - has been a great success. During this school year, 63 schools and over 1,900 pupils took part.

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MEND - Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It The MEND 2-4 Programme is a course for parents or carers with children aged two to four. Whatever your child’s weight, it offers a fun and creative environment for families to learn how to make healthier lifestyle choices and to make sure your children have the best possible start in life. Each lasting 90 minutes, MEND 2-4’s ten weekly sessions combine parent-toddler active play, parent discussion groups and children’s crèche-style creative play activities. They take place during the daytime at community venues such as leisure centres and Sure Start Children’s Centres. MEND 2-4 helps to encourage young children to try new things and shows parents creative ways to get their children to taste and enjoy different fruits, vegetables and other healthy snacks. You can find out more information about Mend 2-4 programmes near you by ringing your local team on 01484 234096 or at

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Become an ‘Expert Patient’ People with long-term conditions are invited to join the seven week Expert Patients’ Programme (2.5 hours per week). The free course helps participants to develop skills and techniques to better manage how they feel, manage pain, fatigue and depression, deal with anger and frustration, make informed choices and develop confidence to take more control of their life. For further information or to book a place contact: The Expert Patients’ Programme 01484 464440 Don’t skip breakfas t….A healthy breakfast is an im portant part of a balanced diet, an d provides some of the vitamins and minerals needed for good health. A healthy breakfast idea can be found at ww /news/ kirklees-togethermagazine/septem ber-2011

Be meningitis aware Meningitis Awareness Week takes place between September 19 and 25 and everyone needs to be aware of the signs and symptoms. Meningococcal infection commonly occurs as meningitis or septicaemia or a combination of both. Early signs are – temperature, fatigue, vomiting, headache, neck stiffness, drowsiness and confusion. With meningococcal septicaemia a rash may appear which does not disappear when gentle pressure is applied with a glass: this is known as the glass test. The National Childhood Immunisation Programme aims to protect those under 25 years of age and those at increased risk from meningococcal C disease. In children under one year of age – the recommended ages for vaccination are three months of age and four months of age. A booster dose is recommended at 12 months of age for children. Contact your GP if you are unsure if your child is fully protected. You can find out more by visiting the Meningitis Trust website at

Seasonal Flu

Following infection, flu has a usual incubation of one to three days with the appearance of fever chills, headache, muscle and joint pain and tiredness. People with suspected flu should: • stay at home • rest • drink plenty of fluids, and • consider taking paracetamol or cold remedies to lower their temperature and lessen symptoms. People with serious medical conditions may need to contact their GP for further advice. To try and prevent the spread of flu – ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ – cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, use tissues and then throw the tissues away in a bin and regularly wash your hands. If you are in a clinical at risk group, e.g. have chronic heart disease, are diabetic, pregnant or are aged 65+ years it is important that you have your vaccination as soon as it is available to protect yourself from serious illness (usually provided in September). If you are in a risk group but have not received an appointment from your GP, contact your surgery.

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Celebrate Greenhead Park! Greenhead Park officially re-opens this month after two years of extensive renovations. Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Kirklees Council, this popular Huddersfield park has been restored to its Victorian splendour – and new attractions have been added.

Whether the park is full of childhood memories – or somewhere new for you – there is plenty to see and do. Why not bring your family and friends and try out some of the regular activities such as skating, bowls, nature clubs, or the weekly running and jogging clubs?

The conservatory, which is the largest building in the park, has been fully re-glazed and is now an attractive restaurant serving locally-sourced seasonal fresh food.

The park is just outside Huddersfield town centre. New play areas have been created with modern play equipment.

The ornamental lake, which was the centrepiece of the park when it opened in 1884, has been beautifully restored. For more photos of Greenhead Park and its new facilities, see our facebook page

Join in the FREE celebrations! Everyone is invited to a huge party to celebrate the re-opening on Sunday, September 25, from 1pm to 8pm. You can sit and watch – or join in – sports, traditional games, and performances.

i The jewel in the crown of the Italian garden is the original fountain which has been carefully restored.

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Top award for Kirklees parks Three Kirklees parks have succeeded in gaining the prestigious Green Flag Award - and a fourth has just gained its seventh successive award.

Crow Nest Park

The three parks are: Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury; Wilton Park in Batley; and Beaumont Park on the outskirts of Huddersfield. This makes a total of four Green Flag Awards within Kirklees - including Oakwell Hall Country Park, the one which gained its seventh successive award.

The Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK and is run by the Tidy Britain group. See

Oakwell Hall

Beaumont Park has received the coveted award in the same year that its Heritage Lottery-funded bandstand was unveiled.

Wilton Park

At Crow Nest Park, the award reflects the recent refurbishment and development of a number of facilities including the museum, refurbished greenhouse and the adventure playground. The timing of the award could not be better for Wilton Park and Bagshaw Museum which celebrate their centenary year with a series of events funded by the Heritage Lottery. Last but not least, Oakwell Hall Country Park achieved and maintained its high standards.

Crow Nest Park Lake

Green Flag status could not have been achieved without the help and support of the local community and, in particular the Friends groups at Wilton, Crow Nest, Beaumont Park and Oakwell Hall Country Park.


For a selection of events in Kirklees parks: see what’s on – pages 11 to 14. For a full list of events, call 01484 234000 and ask for a copy of ‘Kirklees What’s on’ or see

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Latest news from the University of Huddersfield Would you like to be a student at the University of Huddersfield? Open days will be held on Saturday, September 17; Wednesday, October 26; and Thursday, October 27, from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Book your place at The University of Huddersfield says: “We will be charging a fair fee of £7,950 – this is what it will cost to provide you with a world class degree programme. We are a debt-free university so all that fee is being spent on giving you the best education possible. If you choose to take a placement year – and we strongly recommend that you do - our charge is £500 for that year, and your loan will cover this too.

“The key thing to remember is you don’t have to pay us anything at all. You will only repay the cost of your education when you have left university and are earning more than £21,000 per year.” To apply for your tuition fee loan you need to go to the Student Finance England website. Through them you can also apply for living cost support – in the form of maintenance grants and loans. The uwniversity says: “You start to pay back your loan when you earn over £21,000 per year and the payment will be about £7.50 a month when you earn that amount – this will come out of your wages under the PAYE (pay as you earn) scheme, so it’s not like any other loan.

“If you already hold a degree, there will not be any government funding available for you although, if you did not complete your previous course, some funding may still be available. Please contact our Student Finance Office for further details.” All this information was correct at time of publishing but everyone is waiting for the consultation on the government’s White Paper on Higher Education to be completed. If any of our information changes as a result of this, the University of Huddersfield website will be updated, so please check there for current information.


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New customer services centre A new customer service centre is being planned for Dewsbury.

Due to open 2012

You will be able to: pay council tax, Yorkshire Water bills and council rent; apply for housing and council tax benefit; discuss housing needs; and apply for a Kirklees Passport or a Blue Badge. A whole range of other services, advice and information will be available as well.

The new centre will be based in the Walsh Building, Town Hall Way. It will replace the current customer services at Dewsbury Town Hall with a modern, specially designed centre. The Town Hall will focus on its role as an events venue.

Council saves Pioneer House from dereliction

“Castle & Minster Credit Union is a lifesaver”, says Monisha, a single parent with two young children, who lives in Rawthorpe. Monisha said: “I’ve had a few loans with them now and they always reply quickly and are so helpful, friendly and professional. The money I borrowed helped to pay for my two children’s joint christening, Christmas gifts for my family and for essential, but expensive, household items such as appliances and furniture.

“The money has also helped to pay for a much needed holiday and my latest loan will help cover some of my moving costs as I’m moving house.” She continued: “I think the responsible lending ethos at Castle & Minster is great because I know I have to pay a proportion of the loan off, and commit to saving with them, before I can take out a new loan. This helps me to manage my finances and means I don’t borrow more than I can afford.”

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Kirklees Council has become the owner of a landmark Dewsbury building following its compulsory purchase.

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The council’s first priority is to make the building safe and protect it from further decay.

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Pioneer House has dominated Dewsbury’s skyline since 1878, when it was built for Dewsbury Pioneers’ Industrial Society. Over the years, it has changed ownership and been home to a wide variety of tenants.


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