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{{ 'About' | translate }} Growing Great Places

{{ 'About' | translate }} Growing Great Places

We want everyone to be able to take part in making the places where they live, work and play better. Our towns, villages and communities are the strength of Kirklees. Local people have asked us to do more to recognise this. So we’re celebrating our places by encouraging more great ideas. Pitch your project by 31st May! Click 'Create a project' below to get started... You might have a little idea that can have a big impact by bringing a place together. Or you might need some help growing support for an ambitious project that’s just getting started. We want you to feel able to influence your community’s future. Please get involved and help the movement to grow - pitch your ideas, back any projects you like and let other people know. Growing Great Places is all about bringing people and places together. It’s part of our work to grow a stronger local democracy here in Kirklees, from the ground up. If you have any questions please contact:

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Almondbury and Lepton Christmas Festival hit its fundraising target!1 week ago

Brilliant news, thanks everyone!

The Newsome Centre (Phase 2) Proposal
The Newsome Centre (Phase 2) Proposal joined Growing Great Places1 month ago

From a redundant church we will create a vibrant community café with free wifi. It will also be an entertainment and small conference venue. It will be a place where people can come together, meet socially 7 days a week. There will be comfortable seating and tables, with a main hall to accommodate 150 people and seminar rooms also with multi media facilities each accommodating around 25 people round tables It will be an entertainment venue for concerts, plays, films and a place where people can celebrate their marriage and other family events. We will aim to be a zero carbon building with high levels of insulation and use of renewable energy. This will reflect our values but also make us a financially sustainable venue. This stage of our project is working with our architects 'One17' to produce the detailed plans we will need to apply for significant funds from the Government's Community Ownership Fund.'

3 projects started fundraising!1 month ago
A Church fit for the future
A Church fit for the future joined Growing Great Places1 month ago

Christ Church is an active local hub for residents and parishioners alike. New Mill does not have many community buildings and we are remote from Huddersfeild Town. The Church aims to be free of fossil fuels by 2030 and provide a warm, welcoming and inclusive hub for the community. We aim to add roof insulation and a telematic thermostat system which will allow us to remotely control the existing boiler, reducing heat loss and improving boiler efficiency by 10%. This should in total save over 3 tons of CO2 per annum. Longer term we aim to replace the gas boiler with solar powered heat panels. We will raise the funds through initiatives run by the church community as well as some local grant applications.

Lindley Christmas Evening
Lindley Christmas Evening joined Growing Great Places1 month ago

Lindley Christmas Evening will see the local community come together to celebrate the start of the festive season, and help local businesses and traders bounce back after some difficult years. The event will be held in Lidget Street between 6pm - 8pm with a road closure for safe pedestrian access. Many shops on the high street will open late, and Lidget Street will be lined with stalls run by charities, local community groups, and independent producers and retailers offering a wide range of food & drinks, handmade & craft goods. Visitors will also be treated to live music & entertainment at the event, with a local school choir starting the evenings entertainment. Whilst the focal point of the evening will be the community garden where a stage will be installed, to ensure footfall along the length of Lidget Street and provide variety for visitors, Lindley Clock Tower will be turned into a Santa’s Grotto, and fairground rides will be set up on Holly Bank Road car park. Entry is free.

Almondbury and Lepton Christmas Festival
Almondbury and Lepton Christmas Festival joined Growing Great Places1 month ago

Three years ago, the association purchased Christmas lights to put up on the lamposts throughout the villages in Almondbury and Lepton. To celebrate their return each year, we have enlarged the christmas light switch on with a street party. We close the roads, hire live music, provide food and drink, through local businesses. As well as ths, we arrange for Father Christmas to appear on his sleigh for the children to enjoy. We plan to have stalls and shops specially opening for the event, in Almondbury and Lepton towards the middle of November this year. This has created a festive atmosphere for all the community to enjoy last year, and we feel sure that it will have the same impact this time around.

Linthwaite Leadboiler's Festival hit its fundraising target!5 months ago

Brilliant news, thanks everyone!

The Newsome Centre (Phase 1) Purchase hit its fundraising target!5 months ago

Brilliant news, thanks everyone!