#WhereinHD8 continues

You will be pleased to hear that we have decided to continue with our #WhereinHD8 campaign.

#WhereinHD8 HD8 Network

But this time we want to draw attention to the different villages in the HD8 area.

On our website there is a page for each village (found on our homepage) where we aim to provide details of the village, as well as a sample of the local events and business based there.

Each Friday we will be spotlighting the different #HD8 villages on social media linking to the pages on our website and ask you for contributions.

Do you have information that you would like to update the pages with?

Maybe you could recommend businesses and events that would benefit from featuring here.

If so, please get in touch and share your photos and stories, while sharing and engaging with our social media posts, to help us reach more people.

Where in the HD8 do you think is amazing and why?

Light Up The Woods Thank You All

“On behalf of the event organisers, I would like to say a BIG thank you for taking part in this year’s Light up the Woods (LUTW) event. Without you, we wouldn’t have had an event!” said Vicki from Made in Clayton West.
In total Light up the Woods 3 had 26 different community groups, schools, businesses and individuals involved.   Making it a real community event, involving participants from Upper Denby, Skelmanthorpe, Denby Dale, Scissett, Clayton West, Huddersfield and even Chester taking part (Andy with his balloon tether)!

There has already been lots of lovely feedback received and despite the rain, there was still a great turnout!

The organisers felt that this Facebook comment summed it up perfectly and made it all worthwhile – “It was our first time tonight and we thought it was absolutely fantastic! Our children loved finding their lanterns & it made us proud to be part of this community. Thank you so much.”

Made in Clayton West would love it if you were able to send a few words to them about your involvement –

What was your favourite part of being involved in LUTW3?
Could we do anything better?
Besides your own display – did you have a favourite display & why?
What did you think about the early bird preview (between 4.00-6.00pm)?
Any other ideas/thoughts?
Using this information Made in Clayton West plan to put together the words/comments/feedback & share it between everyone involved.

Would you be up for LUTW4?

We hope so!  And we can confirm the HD8 Network will be taking part in some way.  If you are interested in helping us please get in touch and if you are interested in taking part in LUTW4 in your own right please get in touch with Made in Clayton West so they can put your name down on the interested list 🙂

The official video is being edited and will be released shortly.

The official #hashtag for the event was #LUTW3, so if you have posted or planning to post images, please make sure this is included in your post so people can see them.

The kettle is always on

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group is the place where the kettle is always on!

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group is a fantastic playgroup for little ones from birth up to 4 years old.

Held every Friday between 1-3pm during term time at the Clayton West Darby and Joan Club, there is something to do for everyone (even us Mums and Dads!).

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Photo taken by John Steel Photography

The lovely ladies that run the group are always warm, welcoming and very friendly. Great for a chat while your little one is off exploring and playing!

The playgroup is held in a bright, clean and well maintained hall, the perfect environment to take your little ones to have a play.

There is a sensory area for babies, toys for all ages and even a craft area with different activities and things to make each week. There has been colour sand picture making, lollipop people, sensory bottles, magic bean planting and lots more! Not forgetting seasonal crafts and card making for all occasions through the year.

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group also provide learning through song as everyone sits down together to sing (and have a dance!) along to well known and much loved nursery rhymes as well as throwing in some new ones too! This is always followed by snack time where a wonderful variety of healthy snacks and drink is provided. There is also Tea and Coffee provided along with the occasional piece of yummy cake for us Mums and Dads to enjoy!

It’s a fantastic place to meet up with new friends and for the kiddies to run around and play together.

Clayton West Baby and Toddler group really is a fantastic place to make new friends and let your little ones run around and play together!

Janene and Kay look forward to welcoming you each Friday afternoon at the Clayton West Darby and Joan Club.

Want to find out more please visit their listing on our directory –

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group

Light Up the Woods 3 in Cliffe Woods

Do you/your group want to get involved?

On behalf of the event organisers (Cliffe Woods Conservation Group, Made in Clayton West and Upper Dearne Navigators & a number of local residents), you are invited to take part in the third LIght up the Woods event which will be held on Saturday 9th November in Cliffe Woods, Clayton West.
Whilst the event is located in Clayton West, it is a wonderful opportunity for the communities of the Upper Dearne Valley to come together.
Vicki Stratford from Made in Clayton West said “This event has been successfully run for the last two years and has grown each year. We would love you to get involved whether you have done so before or for the first time.”

To be involved you/your group simply need to create some amazing lanterns using appropriate safe materials.  Please note – containers made from glass are not suitable.  The lanterns will need to be lit by other means than naked flames & the lighting will need to be effective. Glow sticks are great on their own, but if diffused by paper or plastic their light diminishes considerably. It would not be good for young people making lights and lanterns to be disappointed by poor lighting.

Last year Navigators stepped in and helped out a couple of displays to ensure they had bright lights throughout the event. They do not always have the resources to hand out free lights, so please, take a look at the various options – some of these are re-useable.
Cheap battery light chains, LEDs, LED sticks, LED Candles, etc, but please make sure they will work in the environment of the woods at night.  What works in a darkened room may be lost in the open woods.
If you would like to be involved in this winter spectacular you must email by the end of WEDNESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER 2019. 
It would be great if you could inform roughly what you are planning on doing so it can be factored when allocating available spaces. 
If you were involved last year & would like the same space again you can request this.  However it can’t be guaranteed that you will be allocated the same space. 
Please note after 25th September space cannot be guaranteed.

Here are a few important things you need to know.  Apologies if you know them already, if so they can act as a reminder:

  • This is an organic gathering run by volunteers where each participating group/individual will be responsible for themselves;
  • The Cliffe Woods Conservation Group & Made in Clayton West have insurance cover for the event;
  • The Secret Garden area will be used as an arts arena by the Upper Dearne Navigators & will be closed off;
  • There will  be no sparklers, fireworks, glass or naked flames;
  • The route will be a circular walk;
  • No amplified music is permitted;
  • People coming to the event will be encouraged to walk to the Woods & bring a hand torch.  The car park at the entrance to Cliffe Woods will be closed for the evening.  As in previous years in this area there will be a central hub for questions, lost children & first aid.  There will be adult marshalling throughout the event, including setting up & at closing;
  • Refreshments will be available again to purchase at the Clayton West Bowling Club by the Clayton West W.I.;
  • To ensure everyone’s safety there will be an Event Management Plan in place which includes an emergency evacuation plan.  An overall site risk assessment will be carried out on the day & just prior to the event starting;
  • Your group will need to carry out your own risk assessment for the creating & making of your lanterns & delivering them to & from Cliffe Woods on the day of the event;
  • Children under the age of 10 will need to be accompanied by an adult.  We will be making this clear when promoting the event.  If you promote the event & its details (whether internally or externally of your group) we would expect you to state this fact so everyone coming is clear;
  • This is a public event in a public space & there will be no control over who is taking photos or how or where they will be used;
  • There can be assistance available for help with design & ideas. Please just ask us.
  • ON THE DAY you will need to display your lanterns/light display in the Woods by 4.00pm & switch on the lights at dusk (which will be around 4.00pm).  Please allow plenty of time to put up the displays.  It is also a requirement that you take them down at the end of the evening (from around 8.30pm) & take them away. 

By saying Yes to being involved in the event, you are agreeing to all of the above.  Thus ensuring a successful event for all.

Ewan Scott from the Navigators said “If you have any questions please get in touch, we are more than happy to help.  We want to make this event even more creative and fun for everyone involved.”

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group

Baby and Toddler Group for children 0-5 years old.

Friday’s 1-3pm at Clayton West Darby and Joan Club.

£1 under 1’s, £2 for over 1’s and £1 for siblings.

Range of crafts and other entertainment provided.  Singing and Snacks each week for the little ones, with tea and coffee available for the adults.

Well kitted out baby area, with lots of sensory toys. As well as role play and small world toys.

Parents, Grandparents, Carers and Childminders all welcome.

No need to book, just turn up.

For more details please visit their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ClaytonWestToddlers/

Check out their directory listing on our website – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/clayton-west-baby-toddler-group/

 

Find out how you can get exposure for your organisation on the HD8 Network – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/join/

Made in Clayton West Newsletter

Made in Clayton West Newsletter Cover imageHi! We are ‘Made in Clayton West’.

We are a community network set up by 3 friends a few years ago.

Made in Clayton West is all about bringing people together around their interests, building community spirit and shining a light on all the fabulous stuff that happens in our community and our newsletter does just that!

Click here to download the Made in Clayton West newsletter

You can also find out about what’s going on locally by visiting our Facebook page – Made in Clayton West.

We hope you enjoy reading it and please get in touch if you have any comments.

 

Want to get in touch with Made in Clayton West? Then please visit their directory listing for contact details

If you would like to find out more about Clayton West then please visit our page dedicated to Clayton West

Meet Gary Wood and Trojan Karate

Hi I am Gary Wood, from Trojan Karate, and I am a 7 Dan Karate instructor and have been training in martial arts and fitness for over 48 years.

Earlier this year Gary Wood opened another location of Trojan Karate in Clayton West.  An Afterschool Karate Club in the Darby and Joan Club, starting at 3.45pm, for one hour on Wednesdays. Check out our online events calendar for more details.

This is a place that your 5-year olds and older can take their first lessons in Karate.

The first session is free.

So, you have nothing to lose trying it out.

As well as Karate, Gary also teaches Judo, Boxercise and is a Personal Fitness Trainer.

During his years of being in the sport he has met and trained with many of martial arts greats and have been all over the world sparring and teaching.

Gary wood is fully qualified N A K M A S governing body // D B S /// First aider and all relevant qualifications

Any questions please phone Gary on 07818437517 or visit his listing – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/trojan-karate/

 

Cliffe Woods Gets Illuminated

Saturday the 11th November saw Clayton West’s Cliffe Woods come to life with colour, light and people like never before. The simply entitled “Light Up The Woods” took place with the local woodlands and gardens lit up by a spectacle of lightcraft and firecraft.

The event hosted by Cliffe Woods Conservation Group stemmed from an idea originated by Upper Dearne Valley Navigators.  The light from lanterns playing on the trees during an early spring BBQ gave the youth group the idea of lighting up the woods.

The concept was taken up by the Cliffe Woods Conservation Group and a Facebook Group for “Light Up The Woods” drew support from over 200 local people in just a few days.

Although originated by Navigators the project was open to all community groups in the area and saw considerable support from Kayes School, Beavers, Cubs, Mother and Toddler Groups, the local churches and other supporters.

Holmfirth community artist Barry Russell donated lanterns from his exhibition in Holmfirth and that added an impetus to the event.  In the run up to “Light Up The Woods”, young people got inventive making lanterns: Some just simple card and glowstick lamps, through to larger projects the aim was to bring the community together and it garnered huge support from people across the area, from Upper Denby to Emley, people put time into making lights and lanterns for this magical moment.

Claire Westwood, from Cliffe Woods Conservation Group said, “We are overwhelmed by the participation and the number of people coming up to enjoy the woods. Hopefully more people will recognise the asset we have in Cliffe Woods and we will see its popularity growing as a result of this event.”

For Navigators, Ewan Scott added, “This has been a spectacular success. What started out as a campfire discussion grew into something that brought people together and created an event where everyone contributed to make it happen.”

Andy Wickham, Volunteer Co-ordinator, with Kirklees, who own Cliffe Woods, worked to ensure that the council would grant permission for the event, and the organisers would like to thank Andy for his support.

Merewyn Sayers from HD8 Network sponsored the event with a donation of glow sticks.

A special exhibit came from Andy Marshall, who brought along his model hot air balloon and gave a static demonstration of how the balloons work.

Made in Clayton West played a key role in co-ordinating the various participating groups. Participating groups included: All Saints’ Church, Bikeshed Digital Media, Clayton West Chorus, Children from Kaye’s First & Nursery School, Clayton West Baby & Toddler Group, Clayton West Beavers and Cubs, Joseph Norton Academy, Kidz Klub, Upper Dearne Valley Navigators with participants in the groups coming from every village in the Upper Dearne Valley – so a true community-wide event.

There are early plans for a repeat event for 2018. Anyone wishing to participate should join the Light Up The Woods Facebook Group and feel free to join the discussions, offer ideas, or even get involved with lantern making.

Light Up the Woods – Cliffe Woods

This Saturday evening, between 6-8.30pm, in Cliffe Woods the community of Clayton West will come together to create a lantern-lit woodland walk, a firestaff display in the Secret Garden, singing from the Clayton West Chorus and storytelling.

Light up the woods 11th NovemberThe organisers of the event consist of Cliffe Woods Conservation Group, Made in Clayton West and Upper Dearne Valley Navigators; however the following organisations will also be providing the light installations.

  • All Saints’ Church
  • Bikeshed Digital Media
  • Children from Kaye’s First & Nursery School
  • Clayton West Baby & Toddler Group
  • Clayton West Cubs
  • Joseph Norton Academy
  • Kidz Klub

The HD8 Network has sponsored the event by donating glow sticks for attendees and Clayton West Chorus will be performing.It is a firework free zone and you are asked to bring your torch and wellies.

You are also asked to leave your cars at home and walk to Cliffe Woods (obviously this might be difficult if you are coming from further than Clayton West or Scissett, so please be considerate to residents when parking).

Cliffe Street will be the main route for people to access the Woods entrance.  It’s the first event of its kind, so we don’t know how many people will come along – if everyone and their family that has contributed to the event turn up then the woods will be buzzing.  The weather will be larger contributing factor to success and turn out of the event, but the forecast so far looks good!

The event will be basic in that there will be no refreshments available or toilet facilities provided however there will be an information stand at the entrance of Cliffe Woods, for first aid, lost children, etc.

Come and see what a community can do when they work together!

Connect with the event on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/1979090045704109/

 

The end of the season

The first season for the Clayton West branch of Incredible Edible has now come to an end.

Clayton West Incredible Edible is a fledgling community group who came together to plant, harvest and share fruit and vegetables grown in Cliffe Woods in Clayton West, and there is a chance that their activities will extend to other public areas of the village in the future.

Several raised boxes and beds have been created by the group amongst the gardens in Cliffe Woods and over the past few months they have grown potatoes, french runner beans, onions, carrots, tomatoes, kale and garlic and there is space for them to diversify and expand the planting areas for next year.

The community group have also recently won a bid to buy and  plant a “Foraging walk”, which will be an avenue of diverse variety espalier fruit trees and soft fruit bushes.

One of the hopes for the project is to be considered as a community wide allotment, without the waiting list!

Clayton West Incredible Edible are now appealing for and wish to encourage green fingered, fresh air loving people to join in and enjoy the social side and share their skills, and then take a share of the harvest. If this is of interest to you, please call Claire Westwood on 01484 862526 or 07547155358 during evening times.