Over 50 representatives from Tenants and Residents Associations in the two Huddersfield neighbourhoods turned up for this event. As well as time to catch up and talk to other volunteers, KFTRA arranged for Michael Gelling Chair of TAROE (Tenants and Residents of England) to attend the meeting. Michael gave an interesting talk on a new campaign being organised by TAROE to find out what tenants actually want and what the important issues are that affect social housing tenants. Some of the issues raised were;
No rent increase above inflation
Abolish the bedroom tax
Tenants should have a huge political influence
One in five people in England live in the social housing sector, thats 10.6 million people living in 4.2 million properties.
TAROE aim to ask as many of their membership as possible to identify their concerns and priorities and these will be presented to the main political parties with the demand that the voice of 20% of the population is listened to and their concerns are met.
If you would like to take part in this important survey and add your voice to the tenant movement, then please click the link below.
Every Tuesday at 12.30, members of the Rawthorpe Cook & Eat Club meet to join together in cooking and eating a healthy meal.
Members of the club take turns in choosing the meal they would like for the following week & Diane Hanson of Rawthorpe TRA, who runs the weekly sessions ensures that the ingredients for the meal are in place, ready for the club members to prepare.
Members pay £1 per week to cover the cost of the ingredients and most of the club members have been attending regularly for the past year to enjoy preparing and sharing a meal together, once a week.
Salendine Nook TRA invited local people from the estate to take part in their Cook and Eat event. Seven children from the estate turned up to take part and spent a busy morning preparing Shepherds Pie to present to some of the older people living on the estate.
Chris Harrison the Chair of Salendine Nook TRA came up with the idea for holding an event after talking to some of the residents in the family homes on Hubert Street who asked if the TRA could come up with any ideas to occupy the children in the neighbourhood during half term. At a meeting of the TRA, the idea of a cooking event was put forward. One of the Kirklees Cllrs Cahal Burke said he would approach the local Sainsburys store for donations and they kindly donated all the ingredients needed for the children to make a Shepherds Pie for 16 people.
Hayley the local PCSO talked to local families to find out who had children who would be interested in attending a cooking event. Members of the TRA, Hayley and Lucy from KFTRA all turned up on the day to help the children prepare the food at 10.00am ready for the meal to be served to the guests at 1.00pm.
Congratulations to Rawthorpe TRA especially Diane Hanson and Sandra Tremaine for organising and accompanying 90 local residents on a successful day trip to Blackpool.
The TRA had originally intended to take 45 people, but after leafleting the estate with details of the trip all the seats were taken within two hours and people were still clamouring for places. The TRA managed to secure additional funding to allow them to book an extra coach to take an additional 45 people on the trip.
Rawthorpe KFTRA Management Committee member Sandra Tremaine said “it was a lot of hard work to organise the trip, especially when we had to find another bus. But it was worth it to see how exited the children were, particularly those that had never seen the sea before.”
The TRA members elected to represent the Huddersfield North Neighbourhood on the KFTRA Management Committee for 2013 – 2014 are as follows;
From left to right
Keith Osborne – Kirkheaton TRA – Neighbourhood Lead
Chris Harrison – Salendine Nook TRA
Jackie Simpson – Malham Court Action Group
Paul Hulin – Netherwood Close TRA
Allan Hinde-King – Skelmanthorpe TRA
Sandra Tremaine – Rawthorpe TRA
On Saturday 3rd August 2013, Malham Court Action Group a Tenants and Residents Association based in the Oakes area of Huddersfield held a community event to celebrate Yorkshire Day. Rides and bouncy castles were available for the children as well as stalls, food and entertainment and the Deputy Mayor of Kirklees Cllr Ken Smith opened the event.
Netherwood Close TRA in Fixby, Huddersfield held their AGM on Wednesday 22nd May 2013. Considering the British weather they took the brave decision to hold the AGM outdoors by the Pegola and seating area in the middle of the estate.
Netherwood Close TRA AGM 2013
The meeting was well attended and the TRA congratulated the officers on their work throughout the year and the Chair (Nora Smith), Secretary (Jeanette Sykes) & Treasurer (Paul Hullin) were all duly re-elected.
Netherwood Close fully involves the local community in their activities. They deliver minutes of the monthly meetings to every household and are involved with the tenants’ movement in Kirklees at every level and regularly attend area forums, tenant committee & KFTRA delegates meetings.
Their most recent achievement is to obtain external funding for a gardening/grow your own project.
A Neighbourhood Watch scheme can be easily included for your TRA catchment area and can attract new members to your group. As well as having a positive effect on reducing crime and the fear of crime on your estate.
How to set up a group.
If you would like more details on what is involved, or on how to set up a group either of the two people below will be happy to help.
The Royal Horticultural Society is launching a new investment project in Yorkshire. Working in partnership with Yorkshire in Bloom, a new £100,000 fund will be distributed over the next three years to support grassroots community gardening across the region.
Gardening groups will be able to apply for funds to make a difference in their neighbourhoods. Advice and support will be given to groups by the RHS Regional Development Team based at Harlow Carr.
Small grants are available for groups that require start-up funding; a minimum of £300 and a maximum of £500 are available.
For larger projects, the minimum grant is £5,000, the maximum is £10,000.
The RHS wants to ensure that we are able to maximise our support for the projects we fund, so all applicants will be asked to register with