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Newsletter #2

to South Bermondsey and presented to a packed audience.

Knottingley Angels with new Big

Local kits

Big Local Latest News A lot has been going on since the last newsletter. A curry night the Wallbottle brought lots of people together in a Big Local consultation. The Knottingley Angels Cheerleaders received their new uniforms and performed. Brendon Thompson entertained the audience with his street dance performance and there was singing from Sarah Jane. The latest community consultation film was shown and the new banner produced by the Community Group was unveiled.

Warwick Ahead formed a link with Dewsbury Moor another Big Local area. The two estates came together in April to look at how their Community Plans and Partnerships are forming. Through Big Local there are lots of opportunities for residents to go on courses or attend events. Unltd, a Big Local partner, are looking for Star People with a ‘can-do’ attitude who: • Know their area • Have a great idea that responds to an issue or opportunity in their local area • Are passionate about making a difference 7 residents have been successful in getting ‘Try It’ Awards and received £500 to kick start their vision for making the community better:

Groups have started their Big Local activities; these include classes, events and trips open to ALL residents. These activities are being run to encourage people to get involved in Big Local and help decide how the million pounds for the estate should be spent.

Craig Mckinley – working with children to grow vegetables; Brendan Thompson – running street dance classes; Rebekah Eyles – setting up a community allotment; Angela Jones-Goodyear – running outdoor fun fitness activities; Dot Moon and Pat Haigh – looking at innovative ways of tackling bullying through fun activities; Nigel Tunningley – running a boot camp for teenagers.

To celebrate Local Trust taking over the running of Big Local nationally and the announcement of the next 50 Big Local areas, Warwick Ahead and 2 other Big Local areas were chosen to showcase their work in London. A group of residents went

For more information about Star People come and meet us at 2.30pm on Wednesday 16th May at the Addy, to find out about this or for any other Big Local enquiries contact Judi Alston on 07901 686142.  

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Crafty Folk

Tuesdays 1st May & 3rd July 10am -12pm Diabetic self help group is every 1st Tuesday of the month (not in June) in the shop.

Have bought their new sewing machines and are offering sewing classes with a tutor on Fridays 9.30-11.30, materials provided.

Mondays 30th April, 7th May, 21st May 1pm-4pm Art sessions are continuing so come along and have a go at lots of different arts.

Craft group meet every Tuesday 9.30 – 11.30

Tuesdays 15th May & 19th June 10am - 12pm Card making sessions every 3rd Tuesday of the month in the shop. Tuesday 15th May 2 – 4pm Table Top Bargins (please drop your donations at the shop. Open Mon and Thurs 1pm-3pm) Tuesday 5th June, 12-3pm Diamond Jubilee Gala on the top field bouncy castles, cheerleaders, tug of war, games, music, football and much more fun for all ages. Free admission. We need plenty of volunteers, so come forward and have fun. Friday 31st August Coach trips to Cleethorpes and Blackpool Enquire for more details All activities unless specified are running at The Community Shop Pinewood Place.

Happy Birthday! Knottingley Angels Cheerleading Squad congratulations on your first year, Big Local are proud to have you as our Local Young Ambassadors. (Meet 5.30 – 7.00 every Friday at the Addy)

Sycamore Children’s Centre Open Monday to Friday (8:30am-5pm) and provides services for all families with children under 5 years old and expectant parents living in the Knottingley & Ferrybridge area. A great range of activities and support each week day. In June the centre will be coordinating a trip for Big Local to Filey. Contact: Sam Law Telephone: 01977 722527 Address: Sycamore Avenue, Knottingley, West Yorkshire WF11 0PL

Everyone is welcome to be involved in Big Local - contact any of the groups or come to any of the events!

What’s On

Wednesday 6th June Free of charge day trip to Scarborough for children aged 5-10. Courses Wakefield College will be running courses for people who are unemployed or claiming benefits. The courses will enhance their skills in writing cv’s and help people develop skills and confidence for the future. The courses are free of charge and will run from May 2012.

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The Old Quarry Adventure Playground Address: c/o 93 Sycamore Avenue, Knottingley, West Yorkshire, WF11 0PJ Phone number: 01977 670953 Email:

Wednesday 30th of May, Thursdays 7th, 14th, 21st of June - The Luncheon Club invites elderly residents to a 2 course dinner with free lunch and entertainment. Transport will be provided if needed. For information on any of the activities listed at The Addy or to help with fundraising ideas, please Call Holly Ellis 01977 670953

Monday (5 –11 years) 3:30pm – 5:30pm Tuesday (11 – 16 years) 3:30pm – 5:30pm Wednesday (5 – 11 years) 3:30pm – 5:30pm Thursday (11 – 16 years) 6:00pm – 8:00pm Friday (5 –16 years) 3:30pm – 5:30pm Saturday 19th May Residential trip for the 11-18 year olds who are helping to build the new assault course in the playground. They will have one night in Scarborough with a military experience session. £10 per child.

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Monday 4th June Addy’s Army, a team consisting of 18 members of the community, will be taking part in the Dragon Boat Race Challenge at Knottingley Ampitheatre and are fundraising for the playground to provide summer trips for the young people. Please show your support for the team by donating or supporting on the day. Sue Foster from Unltd with Brendan Thompson

Wakefield District Primary Care Trust

The Wakefield Together Partnership

Address: Glasshoughton Centre, Leeds Road Glasshoughton, WF10 4PF Phone number: 01977 550431 07771 387250 Email: Providing community development support to residents and groups across Knottingley. Contact Charlie for advice and support.

The Wakefield Together Partnership (includes The Council, Police, Fire Service, WDH and NHS Wakefield District) are delighted to invite everyone to attend the next Area Forum on June 28th 6.30 – 8.30pm, Pontefract Town Hall. The focus of this public event will be to celebrate community successes and to report back on how the Community Chest monies allocated at the previous forum has been spent. The forum will also provide an update on the development of the Pontefract and Knottingley Area Plan.

Have Your Say Friday 4th May, 10.00am – 12.00pm Knottingley Community Transport meeting at the Adventure Playground, we need your thoughts on the setting up of Knottingley Transport. Tuesday 8th May 6pm- 7.30pm Knottingley and Ferrybridge Neighbourhood Network, Knottingley Town Hall. An opportunity to have your say on community issues and up and coming projects in Knottingley.

This is an opportunity for you to let the Partnership know what matters to you in your area. Contact: Engagement Team Tel No: 01924 306776 Email:

Thursday 10th May 12.30-3.00pm Partnership Advisory Board meeting. Sycamore Children’s Centre Warwick Estate. A place to meet residents and agencies working in the area, learn of new projects in the area and bring up community concerns. Wednesday 16th May; 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Communities In Time Project Knottingley Library. Find out about community history, add your story to Knottingley’s timeline; share your photographs of Knottingley, record your experiences. For further information ring Charlie: 01924 335985 Email: Find out more about Big Local at Regional events: Friday 25 May, Yorkshire and Humber Doncaster; Monday 28 May, Yorkshire and Humber Kirklees. Call Judi on 07901 686142 for details. Knottingley Carnival Saturday 14th July 11.00am – 5.00pm  

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Your Councillors Cllrs Burton, Stokes and Ellis hold a surgery at Knottingley Library each Saturday between 10 am -12.00 noon (apart from bank holiday weekends)

Warwick Ahead - Newsletter #2  

Warwick Newsletter #2