A Day in the Life

In the Summer of 2011, a group of residents in Denby Dale set about applying for Village Green status for a patch of neglected Council land. The bid failed, but as a result a compromise was reached whereby the Parish Council would take on the land, provide allotments on part of it and help this group, now called Friends of Churchfield, to develop the rest of the land as a community open space.

The project is mainly financed using a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, but our plans for disabled/buggy access to Churchfield proved a real challenge due to the building work required… We had a worrying shortfall not only of materials but of labour. Then some amazing things happened.

The directors of Z Hinchliffe of Hartcliffe Mills donated some local stone. Councillor Billy Jewitt, Chair of Denby Dale Parish Council, retired builder, gave hours of planning, design, manual labour and professional advice. Fellow councillor John Cooke delivered water to the site.

Kirklees Countryside Officers, Andy Wickham and Dave Wilde, worked as facilitators. A convoy of volunteers from Cummins Turbo Technologies, given a day off with pay to assist with community projects, arrived.

This is what was achieved, on one very special day in the life of Churchfield.

In our different ways, we are all Friends of Churchfield. It’s a wonderful feeling, working together to benefit our community. This day was particularly special. But there is still lots of work to do, and we are usually short of volunteers. We would love to hear from anyone who could spare a few hours to help make Churchfield a beautiful, accessible place for everyone to enjoy. Please contact us for more information.

We are grateful to the National Heritage Lottery Fund for the grant which made our project possible.

Lorraine Fletcher, Secretary, Friends of Churchfield