Emley Real Ale Festival 2017

3 Day Charity Real Ale Festival over Easter Weekend.

18 Beers, 5 Ciders, Wine, Soft Drinks, Burgers & snacks available.

Good Friday (14th April) – 1:00pm till 11:30pm

Saturday (15th April) – 1:00 pm till 11:30pm

Easter Sunday (16th April) – 1:0pm till dry

Free Entry and only £2.50 a pint!

Emley Band Room, 9 Beaumont Street, Emley, HD8 9RN

Web: http://emleybrassband.co.uk/realale-htm/

e-mail: realalefestival@emleybrassband.co.uk

Facebook: Emley Real Ale Festival

Twitter:  @EmleyAleFest

Skelmanthorpe Branch of The University of The Third Age. Launch Meeting

The Friends of Skelmanthorpe Library hope there will be sufficient support to enable the launch of our own branch of this national organisation in the new year.

U3A is based on local groups of retired and semi retired people who come together and develop their interests. It is all voluntary, members sharing their interests with others via informal sessions covering a wide range of subjects and activities. Branches already exist in Huddersfield and Holmfirth but many of the activities are oversubscribed and there are also difficulties with timings and transport.

Our own branch will be located in The Skelmanthorpe Library Building, where we hope to welcome members from surrounding villages as well.

Interest groups meet on a regular basis, often weekly and depending on the size of the group at different venues. Popular activities in Holmfirth include Art, Birdwatching, Creative Writing, Days Out, Drama, Early Bird Dining, Family History, Folk Dancing, Games Group, Reading, Singing, Textiles, Theatre Trips and Walking Groups. There are over 30 groups in total so whatever your interest come along and find out more.

No qualifications are required, U3A simply provides a forum for its members to share their talents, interests and knowledge with others. It gives you a chance to enjoy the things you have always wanted to do, make new friendships and belong to what we hope will become a vibrant community organisation.

The Launch Meeting will be held in Savoy Youth and Community Centre,  (SYCC), on Monday 20th February at 11am. SYCC is located on Elm Street, behind The Savoy Squash Club.



Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations Beacon Event

Chairman Cllr John Cook was pleased to be invited by Emley Millennium Green Trust to light the Beacon to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, as part of a chain of beacons to be lit across the country.

The volunteer PCSOs and their Senior all commented what a lovely event it was to attend. They made a great impression on the public - one little boy wanted to sign up that night for the Police force!

The weather was very kind and made for some wonderful photographs against the setting sun, highlighting the Beacon with the Arqiva Tower in the background. With a temporary adjacent mast due to be built alongside the existing structure the photographs will add to the uniqueness of the evening. We will try to get some photographs of the new 'little sister' mast being constructed in future Newsletters.

                                                                                                                                                Chairman Cllr John Cook opening the ceremony

A square of Denby Dale

This Denby Dale square is part of the national Walkers are Welcome quilt.
It is a fabric collage of a typical but imagined landscape of our area with moorlands, hills, river valleys & drystone walls. Within the landscape are weavers cottages, Denby Dale viaduct, Emley Moor mast, a packhorse bridge as at Clayton West & a cluster of mill cottages.
Sheep are grazing in the river valley – the two blackbirds are NOT among the ingredients of the famous Denby Dale pies, despite the nursery rhyme!
The collage was made by a group of crafty ladies who meet every week in Denby Dale. Various fabrics and methods were used, including a piece of Huddersfield worsted suiting that was used for the moors. The fabric for the sky was hand dyed, the tree was made by wet felting, highlights were needle-felted and the sheep were knitted.

Anniversary of Dunblane Tragedy.

Twenty years ago, the residents of Dunblane asked people to remember their murdered children, and their teacher, by planting trees. Local residents and businesses donated trees, and volunteers, many of them parents of similar-aged children, planted them in the grounds of Gilthwaites First School. To mark the twentieth anniversary, governors at the school agreed to the erection of a plaque, recently unveiled in the presence of teachers, pupils and several of our parish councillors. Cllr Neil Denby is pictured with a group of the children.

Charter of the Forest

In summer 2015 the Woodland Trust put out an invitation for organisations from across the conservation, environmental, business and social sectors to join a call for a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People. This charter would bring trees and woods back into the centre of public consciousness and political decision-making in the UK. More than 40 organisations answered the call, and have been working with the Woodland Trust to create a national moment for woods and trees. The ambition is to put trees back at the heart of our lives, communities and decision making - where they belong.

The Charter will be launched in November 2017; the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest. In 1217, two years after the Magna Carta was sealed by King John (and annulled two months later), his heir Henry III accepted the Charter of the Forest. The aim of this document was to protect the rights of people to access and use the Royal Forests, which Norman rulers were increasingly restricting. The Charter of the Forest provides a window to a time in history when access to woods was integral to life. It has never been annulled.

I took up the invitation to become a ‘Charter Champion’ and asked the Parish Council to approve the designation of Denby Dale Parish as a Charter Branch. This in no way affects the autonomy of any of the woodland and conservation groups in the area but, hopefully, provides a further source for project funding, to encourage volunteers and, via the Woodland Trust, a source of free trees and advice.

The Charter’s website is at https://treecharter.uk and there are currently grants available to Charter Groups (application forms at https://treecharter.uk/charter-champion-resources). You can also use the site to advertise your own events. Free multiple copies of ‘Leaf’, the magazine produced by the Woodland Trust and Common Ground, will be placed in the two parish libraries at Denby Dale and Skelmanthorpe. Leaf is also available online at https://treecharter.uk/2016/04/26/leaf-spring-issue/

There are many established woodland and environmental groups in our area, along with the Denby Dale Parish Environment Trust, who I hope, will want to support the Charter. I also hope that the promotion of the Charter will become a key part of our new Countryside Officer’s duties.

Cllr Neil Denby

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