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Mirfield Community Partnership

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  1. The Partnership is registered as a charity Number 1079742.

    The group originates from co-operation between a number of bodies including Mirfield Town Council, The Art Gallery (now called West Yorkshire Print Workshop) and Saint Paul's Church, Eastthorpe starting in 1993. These bodies have worked together on a variety of environmental projects and community events. The aim of the group is to provide and maintain facilities for the general benefit of the people of Mirfield and the surrounding areas; promoting environmental improvement and the development of facilities and of cultural and social activities both in the town centre and other areas of Mirfield.

    Since its inception, the Partnership has been involved in the upgrading of Eastthorpe Gardens and the creation of a walkway on the towpath on the south side of the River Calder between Battyeford (H'Penny Bridge) and Mirfield (Newgate).

    The group's more recent projects have included working with Kirklees Council on the regeneration and upgrading of Ladywood. This involved local schoolchildren designing artworks at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, working with local artist Lewis Morgan who interpreted the children's drawings and ideas into a sculpture and plaques which are now in place. There is also now an all-weather footpath through the area, drainage, and fencing. The woodland is now regenerating well and MCP also worked with The Word Hoard, a local art workshop, on a project called Season Stories again involving many local families going into the woods during each season and working on projects relevant to that season.

    The current project is with Stonham at Calder House Newgate, Mirfield on the restoration of a badly neglected garden area. The area abuts St Paul's Church and Eastthorpe Gardens. Stonham is part of The Home Group, a national organisation who help those with mental health problems or people who have been (or are) homeless for whatever reason. Kirklees have been instrumental in getting this project off the ground by assisting with initial grants of approx £11,500 in total. This has been crucial as Stonham have now committed to a large donation themselves to ensure the garden is completed and will be open to the public as well as being used by their clients for recreation and rehabilitation.

    MCP's constitution calls for 4 meetings per year and these are organised at the AGM (around April each year). When working a particular project, we create a small working group which can meet as and when required.

    Currently meetings are held at St Paul's Church, Eastthorpe - all welcome. Please contact us for more details.

    The next year's meetings will be published after the AGM in April.



Contacts

Suzanne Bentley
Secretary

The Old Pumphouse, 1A Huddersfield Road, Mirfield WF14 9HP

01924 496594
0785 246 5644

Organisation last updated

  1. 25 August 2016

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Project updates

  1. Ladywood
    MCP is pleased to announce that the Ladywood Project has developed following investment of the £50,000 grant from Kirklees Council. The wood now contains sculptures designed with Battyeford J&I school, is a resource for local people, and is wheelchair accessible (albeit a little bumpy!).
    The Season Stories project was a great success and 2009/2010 saw lots of activity in the wood. The Word Hoard pictures can still be accessed from their website.

    Kirklees Countryside Unit have a 12 month plan in place for the woodland and this will be followed through by Simon Pedley. The wood is regularly used by BTCV as a training area for dry-stone walling and local schools and scouting groups have plans to work with Kirklees throughout the year.
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    Restoration of Calder House Garden, Newgate.
    MCP has been successful in obtaining grants totalling £11,500 from Kirklees to get this project off the ground. The garden is owned by Stonham (part of The Home Group) a national organisation who help people with mental health problems. They have now committed to completing this project and it will be open to the public as well as being a key rehabilitation tool for their clients. MCP has worked with Groundwork, Grace Landscapes, WYPW, and Kirklees on this project. The area abuts the original Eastthorpe Gardens which was one of the group's first projects, and St Paul's Church access road.

  2. 08/10/2012

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