Grange Moor Matters
Grange Moor Community Association was formed in 2013 by a small number of like-minded residents who felt the need to establish a group to provide social and cultural activities for the people who call Grange Moor “Home”
The Association started with no funds and it became quickly obvious that fund raising would be a major priority to fund projects and activities that we wished to take on
The Grange Moor Community Association aims to promote and develop a community spirit across all residents and businesses of Grange Moor
The Community Association is a “not for profit” organisation and all money raised is used to fund projects for the benefit of everyone living and working in Grange Moor
A Summer Fayre and Christmas Fayre became the first line activity in raising the money which would allow us to look at meeting the needs of the village as they arose.
The Association was also able to secure grants from both Kirklees Council and Kirkburton Parish council which added to the coffers and permitted us to look at ways in which in their funds could be used.
In 2014 the first Grange Moor Scarecrow Competition was run, with the competition being held each year in September since then. In 2016 the Scarecrow Competition was linked to a Family Race Night at which the results of the competition were announced and prizes awarded to the winners. In 2017 we introduced the Scarecrow Viewing day which proved very popular.
The 2016 competition also became part of the fund raising activities of the Association and in partnership with the Bowls Club we turned the Race Night into a Family friendly event. We were also delighted when the local business community came on board with fantastic support.
In 2017 we were really pleased that Grange Moor Coachworks provided sponsorship for the event
The local business community continue to support these two events, “food” prizes for the Scarecrow Competition were very popular whilst race sponsorship and raffle prize donations made the Race Night a great success
The 2017 Saturday Race Night was again well attended and helped us to raise money for both the Community Association and the Bowling Club Thanks to everyone for taking part in both the Scarecrow Competition (18 entries made 2017 the highest number of entries so far) and Race Night
At the start 2017 we were looking at two major projects.
The Grange Moor Miniature Park
Refurbishment of the Shelter on Liley Lane
The Bus Shelter did not proceed as after nearly 18 months of talking with the Council we were unable to come up with an acceptable plan for maintaining the structure. The shelter was demolished in November 2017
The Miniature Park is going forward and after taking time to consider what we wanted for the Project we now have plans drawn up for the work to start, hopefully, in the spring of 2018.
More information will be put on the Projects Folder as this moves forward. We will be looking for volunteers to help with the development work and maintaining the Park once completed.
The refurbishment will include the opportunity to place a memorial bench in the Park and the Park will be renamed The Grange Moor Miniature Memorial Park to include this
Thanks to the generosity of the Football Club we were involved in the Car Boot sales on Sunday August 6 and 13 2017 and this turned out to be our major fund raising activity in 2017. We are looking to repeat this again in 2018
In 2017 we have started running local coffee morning / afternoon tea events with the aim of bringing people together around where they live. We will be looking to develop these events during 2018 so look out for an event coming to your area during next year
We have been working with local businesses and other community groups again during 2017 to build partnerships that can also work for the benefit of the community. We are, therefore, grateful to all the local businesses who supported us during 2017 so have a look at the list below and see for yourself how many businesses have become supporters of the Community Association. It would be really good if you can in turn support these local businesses wherever you can as a thank you for support to our community
The Newsletter is now well established and is regularly hand delivered to nearly 500 homes in the village. A similar number is also distributed through local businesses, School, Pre-school, The Church and other local groups.
We also established our web site in 2017. This is now established with several hundred hits on the site regluarly. We also have local businesses advertising on the site to promote their businesses to the local community and beyond.
If you run a business in the Village why not have a word with us and see if we can help you to reach more of the residents, both the Newsletter and Web Site offer advertising at very reasonable cost
We are always looking for suggestions for projects, however small, that we can consider which will enhance life and well-being in the village for everyone, and will welcome your thoughts and ideas about what you would like to see in the village.
We will also be pleased to see more residents coming to our meetings which are on the first Tuesday of each month. We would be held to consider more events and activities if we had more helpers, so why come along and give it a try.
LOCAL BUSINESS SUPPORTERS IN 2017
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
The Community Association has been grateful for the support of the following local business during 2018, thanks to each and every one for their help
Fairmont & Main (Now moved out of the village)
Paul Firth, window cleaner
Grange Moor Coachworks
Grange Moor Fisheries (sadly closed November 2017)
Grange Moor Garage
Grange Moor Off Licence
Hare & Hounds
Paul Leach, photographer
Oranmore Environmental Services
Orlandos Italian Restaurant
Shoulder of Mutton, Briestfield
The Grange Pub
J Wright & Sons
Yorkshire Tutoring Services
We have been pleased and privileged to receive generous support from these local businesses, and would ask you to give them your support in their business. Thank you one and all