Rural newsletter – Denby Dale, Kirkburton and Holme Valley

Please see below information relating to communities in rural Kirklees that may be of interest.

Please feel free to utilise and share any information as you think would be useful.

Farnley Tyas Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators meeting

Police Contact Point

For local residents on Saturday 9th March at 10.30 am Denby Dale Library, Wakefield Road, Denby Dale, HD8 8RX

As well as

Wednesday 7th February at 5pm at Lidl Supermarket, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3TN
Wednesday 28th February at 5 pm at Morrisons Supermarket, Station Street, Meltham, HD9 5QR

Chat to Shat engagement in Skelmanthorpe

Save the date – Feedback and next steps Saturday 24th February 12.30 -1.30 young people and 2 – 4pm all residents at Skelmanthorpe Community Centre, 32A Elm Street, Skelmanthorpe, HD8 NBH

Parent Sanctuary

Discover the benefits of nature connection, babywearing, and self-care with Parent Sanctuary. Join our supportive community for meetups and family-friendly walks across Kirklees. Visit our website to see what upcoming sessions we have to offer, browse our sling library and dive into a world where parenthood meets nature, friendship, and well-being:

PCAN social dates at Holmfirth Library (information attached)

Tree-planting in Kirklees this Winter – get active outside!!

We are on the lookout for volunteers to help with our tree planting events and there are several opportunities in Kirkburton in February and March. These planting sessions form part of the council’s wider woodland creation programme, under the White Rose Forest, which aims to contribute to long-term carbon storage, reverse biodiversity decline and provide high quality woodlands for our communities. These sessions will be led by Kindlewoods CIC – Here’s what people had to say about the sessions before Christmas:

  • ‘Although the day was a little cold and damp, I soon got warmed up when the work started. My first time planting trees and I really enjoyed it. Met some lovely people, felt I was doing something worthwhile and left feeling energised and invigorated. Very rewarding’.
  • ‘I love planting trees. There was a good atmosphere and co-operation’.
  • ‘It was a great session with lots of help from the Kindlewoods about how to plant trees with key things to look out for. It was a really great day’.

Tools, trees, and gloves will be provided, book your place here: Kirklees Council Parks & Greenspaces Events | Eventbrite

You can read more about our woodland creation programme on the Leisure and Culture Section of the Kirklees Council Website, in the Countryside, Parks and Open Spaces section.

For further information please contact either Laura Vayro or Ruth Dodds in the Woodland Development Team:

Holme Valley South Ward Forum

Next forum for residents with ward councillors is on Wednesday, 21st February 6.30 – 8.30 pm at Holmfirth Library, Huddersfield Road, HD9 3JH

Digital Inclusion

Digital Inclusion and Wellbeing sessions are running at Holmfirth, Honley and Meltham Libraries, covering digital skills, online safety and access to devices.

Kirklees Benefits Advice will be at Holmfirth Tech,

140 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AR 10.30 – 12.30 pm – drop-in free advice on 18th January, 1st February, 15th February, 7th March and 21st March 2024.

Holmfirth Tech is open as a warm space on weekdays

10 – 2 pm until 22nd March 2024 – free hot food, drinks, sign-posting support, digital inclusion and creative activities.

Accountancy and Financial Planning workshops for Voluntary and Community Groups

Are you looking for advice and insights into what your group needs to be doing with accounts, Third Sector Leaders are hosting a series of Workshops with WYCAS covering all aspects of Accountancy and tax related topics, to book your place visit : Third Sector Kirklees – Support for Charities and Not-for-Profits in Kirklees (

Does your community group need to be registered or incorporated?

Are you running a voluntary or community group with a turnover of over £5000 a year? Then now maybe the time to start looking into registering your group with the Charities Commission.

There are various ways to register, and a range of Organisational structures to suit your group, registering your group also has added advantages of when it comes to looking for funding and giving protection to the Trustees and those involved with running the group.

For support in registering or for a free informal chat about selecting the right organisational structure, and how to protect your Trustees from potential liabilities, contact your local Council Third Sector Officer
Or alternatively visit How to register a charity (CC21b) – GOV.UK (

Funding opportunities

Due to the large amount of funding opportunities there we were asked to promote in this month’s Rural Newsletter, we have included these in the attached PDF documents titled ‘Funding opportunities’. Please do have a look and shared any information included with people you think may be interested.

All the best, Kirklees Rural

If you would ever like to promote activities or opportunities in the Rural area, please feel free to email Luc (, Julie ( or Aaron ( with a brief blurb to the matter you’d like to share and link to where interested parties can find out more.

Democracy and local places in Kirklees:

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