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Newsletter #4

December 2012

Warwick Ahead

Warwick by the Sea To celebrate the summer we organised a ‘By the Sea’ party. The weather was terrible with torrential rain – so sadly the donkeys couldn’t come and some of our outside activities had to be brought inside. The Addy was turned into a beach with several ton of sand, deck chairs, Punch and Judy, candyfloss and lots of entertainment. Dot and Pat ran a great session of youth bingo and Crafty Folk were selling items from their stall. The the latest Warwick Ahead film was premiered and consultation was done to get people interested in the Warwick Ahead Interest Groups. Over 150 people attended this fantastic community day. To watch the latest Warwick Ahead film and see footage from the Seaside event please visit

Warwick Ahead Christmas Party! Saturday 1st December 1.00-3.00pm Come to the Addy for a Christmas extravaganza! There will be music provided by Sing A Long Local singers, dancing from the Knottingley Angels and maybe an appearance from a certain man in red! It will be great fun for all ages with a free raffle and refreshments provided by The Addy so come and spread some Christmas cheer. All welcome!

Warwick Community Group Wednesday 19th December 5pm onwards Everyone is invited to come to our Christmas carol singing at Pinewood Place. Mince pies, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits, hot ginger and mulled non alcoholic wine and a raffle.


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Every resident on Warwick Esate is a member of Warwick Ahead - Big Local

Warwick Ahead Community Board Get involved! We are currently recruiting for new members of the Community Board. If you want to help shape the future of the estate, feel you have ideas on how the Big Local £1million can be spent and are motivated we want to hear from you. You’ll need to attend monthly meetings with other residents and organisations – it is very rewarding, you will be welcomed as part of a good team. There are lots of opportunities for training and personal development. Interested? Or you may have a particular interest in one part of life on the Estate. The Interest Groups are a good way to get involved in Warwick Ahead - Big Local if you’re not sure about coming straight onto the Board. The Groups are: • • • • • •

Money, training and Jobs Children and Young People Events, Publicity and Evaluation Transport Environment and Community Safety Community wellbeing and older people

Old Quarry Adventure Playground Play sessions for 5 - 16 year olds. Call 01977 670 593 for details.

Neighbourhood Watch Dates of next meetings All on a Monday 7.00pm at the Addy: 10th December, 14th January, 25th February, 8th April, 20th May. This group is making great progress at getting more members and getting lots done. One of their first projects was a Summer Bash held at the Old Peoples Bungalows. The sun shone as residents enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment. A marquee shielded the lovely cakes from the sun and provided a focal point for the gathering. Knottingley Angels performed and an improvised cinema was set up in Harry’s bungalow to show films from the estate.

Call or text Judi on 07901 686142 for more information on getting involved. Dates for future community board meetings: Tuesday 11th December. Friday 18th January. Tuesday 12th February. Friday 15th March. Tuesday 26th March (AGM, 6pm). All meetings at the Addy, 10am unless stated.

Board Member Updates There are lots of opportunities to meet people from other Big Local Areas and to share new ideas for improving communities. Rebekah and Gail attended an event in Leeds to give their ideas on what makes a good Big Local Rep. Rebekah and Michelle are off to London at the end of November to share experiences of Warwick Ahead with other Big Local Areas. Andy and Hannah are now part of Big Locals National Social Media Group devising ways to engage more residents through social media and will be spending several days in London over the next few months. The Addy hosted an event for residents from other areas to come to Warwick Estate and share their experiences – the network of residents getting involved in direct action in their communities is growing!

On 17th December Neighbourhood Watch are taking residents from the Bungalows to the Cobbler pub for a Christmas dinner funded through Warwick Ahead – Big Local For more information contact Hazel Richardson on 01977 678944

Helping Hands Community Shop Next date: Weds 5th December 9am – 3.00pm Helping Hands is a voluntary shop where you can bring your bric a brac for sale in the community. If there is anything you can donate or if you could volunteer in the shop, please get in contact or pop into the shop. The Shop is run by Wendy Lee and over only 5 sessions has already done a great job at raising money and getting support. Contact Wendy Lee 01977 301595.

Closure of the Wallbottle The Wallbottle pub has now been demolished and since the closure of the SYD Club the pub has been the only social space on the estate.

Knottingley Angels Fridays 5.30pm – 7.00pm Old Quarry Adventure Plaground (the Addy) We are a local cheerleading team who run sessions on a Friday evening from 5.30pm – 7.00pm and are currently looking for girls aged from 5 years to 21 years of age too join in the fun! We have exciting opportunities coming up to Christmas including a pantomime, and are welcoming a Wakefield Wildcats cheerleader as our new trainer who will be delivering the sessions. We are stars and ambassadors for the Big Local and advocates for the Warwick Ahead. Please contact Michelle Poxon on 07826008705 Email

Run Riot Group Every Thursday 3.30pm - 5.30pm Support Group for families with children with Additional Needs. Enjoy sharing time with other families in a supportive and caring environment. Christmas party Thursday 20th December. Contact Michelle Bartram at the Addy 01977 670953

Bingo Every Sat night at the Addy You have to be over 18 years of age to play. There are lots of prizes to be won, teas and coffees and chance to socialise and make new friends in a friendly atmosphere.

Job - Community Caretaker

So what next? Where can people meet? What is there to do? What are your thoughts on what the estate needs? If you have an opinion speak out! Come to a Warwick Ahead meeting or join the Warwick Ahead Facebook page.

New Year Resolutions 6 Week fitness starting Jan 2013 Don’t miss limited places only! Sign up for 6 one hour long fitness sessions with a different exercise discipline each week to get your body primed after those xmas pies, ZUMBA, YOGA, HIPS BUMS AND TUMS, URBUN FIT, BOXERSIZE AND SURPRISE FIT WEEK !!!!!!!! WEIGHT MANGEMENT ADVICE ALSO AVAILABLE. At the Addy

Wakefield and District Housing At the Warwick Estate Day of Action on 8th October 2012. WDH organised a community event with various agencies and partners coming together to improve the estate including: WDH, WMDC Streetscene and Environmental Officers. Dog chipping was offered by the dog warden at The Adventure Playground. Opening times: Pontefract Service Access Point 1 Horsefair, Pontefract, WF8 1PE. 8.30am- 5pm Monday - Wednesday.


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Your councillors have been elected to help you if you have a problem.

Application pack and details available from Old Quarry Adventure Playground or the Job Centre. Deadline 10th December

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

The Addy Café Luncheon Club for Older residents Thursdays 12.00pm – 2.3Opm In November after a lovely meal provided by The Addy Cafe, the NHS Health and Wellbeing team provided a “Keep warm stay stylish lunch club fashion show!” for attendees of the luncheon club with fashion hints and tips to promote keeping warm and staying well this winter.

Café Culture Arts Project

Luncheon club members took up cameras to act as paparazzi for the Café Culture project and really enjoyed the show put on by the team.

Run by One to One Development Trust and funded by Creative Partners Café Culture is helping to promote the use of cafes as important community spaces. The Addy Café is a new idea that has taken off through the Older Peoples Luncheon clubs. One to One worked with members of the Youth Club to create a poster for the Café. They have also been talking to older residents on film and are making a CD of Warwick Community songs. facebook: 121development

The Luncheon Club’s Christmas Party is on Thursday 6th December. £3.00 per meal. Contact: Holly Ellis on 01977 670953

Summer Film Animation Project In the summer young people at the Addy spent two days making their own animation and media. Andy working with One to One Development Trust brought cameras, iPads and lots of gadgets for the young people to have a go with. The results were fantastic.

Sing A Long Local Every Wednesday 5-6pm Open to all ages Warwick Estates new choir is a group to come to and have a sing a long. Very informal and lots of fun meeting weekly at the Addy. All welcome. Contact Holly - at the Addy 01977 670953

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