Have your say about your local area

row of people holding up speech bubble signsNewsome Ward Community Survey

Your chance to share your views – February 2013

  • What do you like about living here?
  • What’s the one thing you’d change about your local area?
  • What would you like to see more money spent on in your community?

Please tell us your answers to these and other questions by taking part in our Community Survey – you’ll also be helping to plan for the future of our area.

The survey is being run by Newsome Community First, who are a group of local people working together to support and encourage community projects. We have almost £40,000 of funding available over the next two years, and the survey results will help us decide which projects to support.

We are keen to get the views of as many local people as possible – from all the different neighbourhoods right across the Newsome Ward.

Please take part now:
Newsome Community Survey – take part online now

the survey is open until Monday 25th February 2013.


Other ways that you can help:

  • Share the link with your friends and neighbours in the Newsome Ward.
  • Are you part of a local group?
    Can you hand some paper copies of the survey out to your members?
  • Are you involved with a community venue?
    Can you hand some surveys around in your venue?
  • Do you live in Ashenhurst, Springwood or Primrose Hill?
    Can you hand some surveys out to your neighbours? (We already have a team of timebanking members and local volunteers knocking on doors all over the area, but we could do with a few more helpers in some places).
To request paper copies of the survey, please email Diane at: Newsomeward.Huddersfield@gmail.com or call 07941 652836.


The Newsome Ward area includes:
Armitage Bridge, Ashenhurst, Aspley, Berry Brow, Bluebell Hill, Broadgate, Folly Hall, 
Hall Bower, Highfields, Lockwood, Longley, Longroyd Bridge, Lowerhouses, Newsome, Primrose Hill, Rashcliffe, Salford, Springwood, Stile Common, Taylor Hill and Huddersfield Town Centre.

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Xmas Skills Swap Shop 2012

Xmas Skills Swap Shop
Wednesday 21st November
from 9am to 11am or 1pm to 3pm
Wednesday 28th November
from 9am to 11.3opm
Hillside Primary School, Headfield Road, Newsome HD4 6LU

Fun events where we can all help each other in the run up to Christmas…

We’re having some community Christmas activity sessions on Wednesday 21st November and Wednesday 28th November.

Come along to get some seasonal tips, share ideas and make a few useful things for the festive season.

Have a go at making things
At the first session, you will be able to have a go at making different festive items – an edible gift, a toy or a pampering gift.

Get some free advice
There will also be helpful advice on hand on how to make your money go further this Christmas, as we can appreciate it can get very stressful at this time of year.

Choose some activities
You will also be able to tell us what type of things you would like to do, or know more about, the following week. Activities might include:

  • wrapping gifts
  • making Christmas cards
  • making table or tree decorations
  • saving money and time
  • shopping online
  • saving money on the Christmas dinner
  • help with budgeting for Christmas
  • advice about scams and frauds and consumer rights

For the first session, you can attend either in the morning or the afternoon, as the activities will be the same. The following week, we hope to put on the activities chosen by you, and this session will take place in the morning only.

Everyone is welcome. If you would like to take part, please contact Jill to let her know:

Jill Mellor (Learning Mentor)
Tel. 01484 226834
email: jill.mellor@edukirklees.net

You are welcome to bring pre-school children, but they must be supervised at all times.

Organised by Newsome Ward Timebanking, Newsome LEP, Hillside Primary School and Kirklees Council.

Bring & Fix – 10th July 2012

Everyone welcome – free, fun activities

people trying new things, from cooking to computers

Come to the Bring & Fix Event
Tuesday 10th July
4pm to 7pm
St John’s Church Hall
Newsome Road South

This is a new event for Newsome which is being organised by Newsome Timebanking. The event aims to encourage local people of all ages to get involved and share skills. Come along and see what you can do for others… help to repair and recycle instead of throwing away – or get help from others, the ‘fixers’…

Free, fun activities.
Refreshments available.
Children welcome.
A chance to meet new people and learn new skills!

Fix your …

  • kids’ spare time – stop them being bored in the summer holidays
  • career, job search, CV skills
  • gardening and food growing skills
  • volunteering or work experience skills
  • relaxation or aromatherapy skills
  • computer skills or media skills
  • mobile phone skills – apps, camera, texting
  • money worries, budgeting, paying bills or banking
  • DIY and handyperson skills
  • clothes – repair and recycle!
  • cooking or baking skills

St. John's Church Hall, NewsomeSt. John’s Church Hall is the building with the curved blue roof, just near the junction of St. John’s Avenue.

For more information contact:

Rachel Taylor – tel.0797 0994015
Pam Kent – tel. 01484 324049

or send us a message using our contact page.

Please help us to promote this event by putting up a poster:
Bring & Fix poster (pdf)

What people in Newsome said about timebanking

We asked people what they thought about Timebanking in Newsome,  this is what they said.

  •   “Timebanking is particularly good in our community, allowing people to benefit from skills on offer without having to use money.  Good to work with an agency with similar values”…Timebanking “gave us (at the luncheon club) the opportunity to move things forward by having people available to help.  Brought people together who wouldn’t get together through normal networking opportunities.”     Reverand Chris Hawley Longley and Lowerhouses Community Church
  •  “I’ve seen more people joining in community activities.  I’ve seen new friendships develop.  I’ve seen people experiencing difficulties, being helped by volunteers.  It has helped us develop a successful food growing project which has captured the attention and imagination of people across the authority. It has inspired people to take more of an active role in their neighbourhoods.” I’d like to see more of the same.  It takes time to build confidence in people to take part in any initiative, but people now believe in this, it has a positive track record, and it needs to continue.  I’d like to see more people getting involved and helping each other out.   Julie Stewart-Turner Chair of Newsome Community Forum.
  • “I think Timebanking is… very valuable …. as it works in communities and with individuals to help build or rebuild their lives.” Pam Kent of the Local Ecumenical Partnership.
  •  “I’ve seen more people joining in.  I’ve seen people experiencing difficulties, being helped by volunteers.  It has helped us create more activities within sheltered. (Housing )”  Mel, the manager of a local sheltered housing project.

Other timebankers said,

  • “I was surprised and pleased to find out that so many people were working and giving their time to help other people”
  • “It’s brilliant to be able to join in things with other people”

 People United Response  support said,

  •  “I like helping other people” 
  •  “I have made new friends”

 One of United Response’s support workers said,

  •  “The people I support have grown in confidence as well as  benefited from practical  help;  house moving, painting and decorating”

Newsome winners at the Mayor’s Local Food Awards

We’re delighted to say that one of the many local projects that our members participate in has won an award. Growing Newsome won the Community Award at the first ever Kirklees Mayor’s Local Food Awards in March 2010. Newsome Ward Timebanking members attended the awards ceremony at Huddersfield Town Hall and talked about what being part of the Newsome community means.

You can read the full story on the Growing Newsome blog:

Sharing our success at the Mayor’s Local Food Awards


Timebanking and Newsome Mill

Newsome Ward Timebanking has helped the Newsome community to protect its Grade II listed mill (threatened by theft, vandalism, arson and neglect) by sharing information, engaging people in the planning process and bringing people together. Timebankers ran a door-to-door survey as part of the ongoing campaign to retain Newsome Mill Ponds and the former mill-workers’ allotments. The resulting research report demonstrated the huge demand for local allotments, helping to win an eleventh hour planning appeal.

This work also gave rise to the Growing Newsome project, through which timebankers are supporting each other and the wider community in growing their own local food.

Growing Newsome

Newsome Mill

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