​​​​​Grange Moor Community Association

Grange Moor Matters

November 2019


News about the Village Christmas Tree came too late for the Newsletter, please pass this information onto anyone else you might think will be interested

A change in “Council procedures” means that we are unable to have the Christmas Tree on The Green because overhead wiring presents problems for the installation of the tree.

The Parish Council, who provide the Tree have been in talks with St Bartholomew’s Church, as a result of which the Tree will be sited in the Church Grounds this year.

It seems that no one else has been involved in these discussions and it is now too late for this year to take any other action.

We will take a look at this again next year.

Let us your views on this, we can then talk to the Parish Council with resident’s views to express our concerns over their action.



Following a request from a resident who relies on the use of a wheelchair we have been in touch with the Council who have agreed to put in dropped kerb edges outside Pennine Autos and Orlando’s to make passage along Wakefield Road that bit easier for wheelchair users

Work is expected to start in the near future




We would like your help with ideas for events and activities for our village


Let us have your ideas and suggestions for what events and activities you would like to see happening in the village


So put your thinking caps on and let’s hear from you so that we can produce a programme for all to enjoy





We are also looking for your ideas and suggestions for a village “display”/symbol to be sited as you approach the village on Liley Lane


You may have noticed when entering other villages that they have a display of some form depicting their village, a floral display, some stonework or symbol relating to their village


We would like to hear from you with ideas, and perhaps a drawing to show us what you think.


We going to offer a prize for the entry selected by the Members of Community Association and will commission the necessary artwork for this to be displayed at the entry to the village on Liley Lane


Entries close on 19 January so let’s hear from you, with the chosen design included in the February Newsletter




This campaign is looking to try and reduce isolation and has been launched throughout West Yorkshire and Harrogate, more information can be obtained at wyhpartnership.co.uk


The Community Association has obtained a small supply of packs with information about this and you will be able to pick up a copy at the regular Coffee @ The Pavilion events or by request at our e-mail address


For more information visit ourneighbours.org.uk/


ALSO on the subject of good neighbours please keep an eye out for “strangers” in the village. There have been reports of unusual behaviour around the village, if you see anything which you think may be suspicious do report it to the police, with a vehicle registration number if you can, a description of the people concerned and if possible a picture (mobile phones these days have a surprisingly good camera) without putting yourself at risk. If you can also let us know it helps us to know what is going on





There appears to be little further to add to the information in last month’s updates


If you have comments about the Bedford Avenue shop, please let Councillor Bill Armer know, copy to us would be appreciated so we are aware of what is being said


With the Post Office Closed, The Community Association is looking to provide transport for those unable to make the journey to another Post Office under their own steam


To help us to do this, we will be really pleased to hear from anyone who would be able to offer themselves, and their car, to take residents to the nearest Post Office in Flockton (situated in the Village shop)


Please get in touch

**If you need transport help to get to a local post office or know of someone who does

**to offer help with this to help provide transport for those in need


The post box on the wall outside the former Post Office remains in use. This is the responsibility of Royal Mail and continues to be emptied regularly as advertised.






A reminder that a site clear up day has been arranged for 23 November, from 10.30 am. Meet at the site please


It will be greatly appreciated if those planning to come along can let us know so that we can tell the Council who will bring along the necessary equipment for those present.


This activity has been arranged in response to resident concerns, so we look forward to seeing residents taking part in this


The weather forecast for the coming Saturday is not looking that good so please come prepared with warm and waterproof clothing


Many thanks to those of you have offered your services on Saturday, really good to resident’s responding to the call for help. Thank you






The Community Association has been working with Lindsay Gibson and the Council throughout the year to bring the Pre-school building back into use


There have been a number of meeting s with Council Officers to find a way in which the building can brought back into use and after meetings in August and September we are really pleased that Lindsay has been offered the use of the building for her “Linzi’s Little Gems” and work in now underway to make the building ready for use in the New Year


The Community Association has been pleased to have been involved with this and as a result of the work done the building will again be used for the purpose for which this was built. This will maintain the provision of childcare in the village and will of great assistance to residents who will have access to this facility in the village again


Best of luck Lindsay when you open in the New Year





As many of you may know The Examiner carried two articles in October indicating that the Play Strategy is not now proceeding as was originally planned


The Council Department dealing with this have told us that an updated strategy was recently approved by the Council Cabinet and the consultation with Ward Councillors will re-start shortly, followed by consultation with local communities next year


Councillor Rob Walker, the Cabinet Member responsible for this, has been quoted as saying “I am against the closure of any parks in response to questions put to him by Councillor Bill Armer in Council Meeting. These changes will only be introduced where residents want them”


We now await the outcome of the consultation with Ward Councillors, and the “further consultation with residents” to see where this takes us


Councillor Bill Armer , working closely with the Community Association confirms  that his position remains that he wishes to see the Liley Lane area retained and enhanced, and will be putting this point forcefully in his meetings with the Council.





West Yorkshire Police tell us that that they have carried out speed checks on Liley Lane, traffic speeds returned to normal levels once they left!!


We have no further news from the Police on this


Please visit the Community Concerns tab in this web site for more information


We are keeping a log of any road traffic incidents or examples of bad and/or fast driving on Liley Lane to help us in our conversations with the Police about the speeding issue


If you witness anything, or feel intimidated by fast or bad driving on the road please let us know


We have been made aware of 7 incidents on Liley Lane so far this year with 4 reports of poor road conditions and experience of bad driving


Please let us know of any accidents, however small and any personal experience of poor driving and speed that you may have witnessed


Please be aware that for statistical purposes there needs to be hospital treatment for at least one of the parties involved for this to be recorded as a Road Traffic Accident. Statistically therefore, there have been just 6 road traffic accidents in the 6 year period ending 31 March 2019


We need your help to demonstrate to the authorities the effect of traffic and speeding on our feeling, so please let us have your views, comments and experience of Liley Lane







The West Yorkshire Police team covering Grange Moor are part of the Dearne Valley Rural Policy Team


We now have contact with the local policing team which is headed up by Sgt Graham Slarke and local Beat Officer PC 4110 Diane Shaw


Please continue to use the 101 telephone number to contact the Police for non-urgent issues and 999 for emergency assistance


Please visit the Community Concerns tab on this web site for more information and contact details









Residents will be aware of the problems created at St Bartholomew’s Church with the theft of paving stones from the Church pathways


We have been asked to pass the following information onto you


You will be aware that, several weeks ago, thieves came in the night and stole a great many flagstones from St Bartholomew’s paths:

The process for replacing these paths is ongoing. As a church, we cannot just lay something down super quickly. Quite rightly, we have to liaise with the diocese and go through due process and protocol, so that what is laid is in keeping with the church building. We are hoping to get this work done as soon as possible, but it will still be a few weeks yet.

On a happier note, as ever, St Bartholomew’s will be hosting a number of Christmas services this year, and it would be lovely to see as many people in the village as possible at those services. They include Carols by Candlelight on 22nd December at 4pm, and a special Holy Communion service on Christmas morning at 9.30. Why not make Christmas 2019 special by celebrating Jesus’s birth at one of these services?

So, as we enter Advent on 1st December and begin preparing for the great celebration of Christmas, may I wish you a very happy Christmas 2019, and a healthy and peaceful New Year!



Rev Ian Jones, Rector Kirkheaton Parish





As residents are now aware Grameen Spice is now closed and information about what comes next with the building is still awaited


In the meantime please be aware that the building is unoccupied and report any suspicious activity you may notice in the car park. We have received concerns from a number of residents about out of hour’s activity in the car park and have passed these concerns to the Police who are now aware of our concerns. They have said they will keep an eye on the situation




The site has now been cleaned up. Please respect the work that has been done to make these re-cycling bins useable again.


Please keep the site clean and tidy, although the property is currently unoccupied, so if you use the re-cycling bins please close the gates after you leave.


Thank you to everyone who has respected the work that has been done and have used the re-cycling bins for the correct purpose, sadly there are still one or two people who do not seem to share this respect this and continue to abuse the site.


The Bins are emptied on a regular basis, if you visit the site and notice that a bin is full, please ring the number on the bins and ask them to come along and empty the bins


Thanks to Pod Hodgson who has spent many a happy hour there, cleaning and tidying up and maintaining the site. Thanks Pod, great job


It’s up to you now to keep these bins tidy, please use them only for glass re-cycling. DO NOT LEAVE ANY RUBBISH AT THIS SITE AND MAKE SURE THE GATES ARE KEPT CLOSED






If you use Social Media and have received comments which you feel have caused offence or upset you should report this to the police and not engage any further conversation


Please behave responsibly yourself when using Social Media






Please go to our web site and Projects Tab to get all the up to date information


If you would like to help please get in touch to see what you can do.





With the dark evenings now back with us please, for your own safety, wear light coloured clothes, preferably high viz jackets so that motorists can see you clearly in the dark


Can we ask you again, please clean up after your dog. Thanks to those of you who do this, much appreciated.





This is a continuing problem, which causes problems around the village.

If you spot anything you can let Councillor Bill Armer know on bill.armer@kirklees.gov.uk


Please, in addition to letting Councillor Bill Armer know, tell us as well We are  keeping a record of how much fly tipping takes place in and around the village, thank, so please let us know if you see anything around the village





The November Newsletter is now out and being distributed around the village. The next Newsletter is due out at the end February


Whilst we try and include as much as we can in each Newsletter there is not always enough space to go into detail on some of the issues,  so please visit our web site and have a look under the Community Concerns tab for more detailed information about everything that we are doing


The Newsletter is delivered by a dedicated group of Association Members and residents to nearly 500 homes in the village


Copies of the newsletters are always available in the village shops, pubs and a number of other local businesses, or can be requested by e-mail from ourselves.


If anyone else would like to help us out with delivering this Newsletter we will be pleased to hear from you.


How to Contact us


E-mail us gramoorca@btinternet.com


Drop a note in the “Community

Association Post Box” in Grange Moor Fisheries, The Grange, or Streakers, hairdressers. These Community Post Boxes are checked regularly


Come along to the Community Association Meetings on the first Tuesday of each month and help us to plan and run our events and activities





Ring Brian on 0793 539 0673




We want to thank local the Business Community and other organisations for their fabulous support for the Community Association and our activities


Without this support, and active involvement, we would have not been able to do what we have done during 2018, many thanks to everyone concerned





St Bartholomew’s Church

Blacksmiths Arms

Coachworks Cafe

Diamond Logistics Ltd

Paul Firth, window Cleaner

Grameen Spice

The Grange

Grange Moor Band

Grange Moor Primary School

Grange Moor Coachworks

Grange Moor Fisheries

Grange Moor Off Licence and Spice Corner

Grange Moor Garage

Hare & Hounds

Heckmondwike Rotary Club

Horbury & Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club


Kaye Arms

Orlando’s Italian Restaurant

Oranmore Environmental Services / Woodside Weddings

Pennine Autos Ltd

RG Gas

Sanderson Associates

Shoulder of Mutton, Briestfield

Streakers, Hairdressers

The Unusual Chutney Company

Wakefield & District Health & Community Support Ltd 

J Wright & Sons Ltd.


(December 2018)





You can now advertise on our web site


Get in touch and see what we can offer you, with low cost advertising for local businesses, so why not give us a chance to see what we can do




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Brian on 0793 539 0673