News and Events

Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre Summer opening times can be found here

Details for the Penistone Art Week which runs from the 4th to the 26th March can be found here


The nomination papers for District and Parish elections are now available to collect from Kirkgate Buildings, Byram Street, Huddersfield HD1 1BY between the hours of 8:45am – 4:45pm Monday to Friday. I would be grateful if you could cascade this information to your current elected members and anyone else who you may be aware of interested in standing for election.

Kind regards,

Laura Burrell AEA (Cert).

Electoral Services Manager

Kirkgate Buildings

Byram Street



01484 221650

Emley Real Ale Festival 2023

3 Day Charity Real Ale Festival over Easter Weekend.

Hand Pulled Beers, Ciders, Prosecco, Gin, Wine, Soft Drinks, Burgers & snacks available.

Good Friday (7thth April) – 1:00pm till 11:00pm

Saturday (8th April) – 1:00 pm till 11:00pm

Easter Sunday (9th April) – 1:00pm till dry

Free Entry!

Emley Band Room, 9 Beaumont Street, Emley, HD8 9RJ



Facebook: Emley Real Ale Festival

Twitter:  @EmleyAleFest

Latest publications available: Emley Tittle Tattle

We are delighted to be publishing a re-print of this fascinating local history book – the reminiscences of Tom Swallow, born in Emley in 1894. This follows our publication of 5 books by the late Scissett historian Leslie Robinson see for details.

Citizens Advice ~ Drop-in Advice Service

2nd and 4th Friday of every month, 10.00am til 1.00pm, starting Friday 12th August. (Contact the clerk on or see here for further information.)

Park Gate events

Become a Friend of Park Gate

For general information about the wider Park Gate project, visit

Park Gate nature area consultation

Planning and development work continues at Park Gate nature area!

Kirklees Council and Denby Dale Parish Council are working together to develop plans for landscape and biodiversity improvements at the old screens site off Park Gate in Skelmanthorpe. The site already has some very biodiverse wet woodland along the Dyke, as well as plantation woodlands, different types of grassland and scrub habitat which have developed since the colliery operations ceased and the site was re-profiled in the late 1980s. The site recently came back into Kirklees Council ownership and this is a really exciting opportunity to make it into something really special both for wildlife, through habitat enhancement and creation, and for a range of local community uses. 

Consultation on a draft master plan for the site was undertaken in Autumn 2020 and the masterplan was updated in light of the responses received. Please see the full consultation report, and the updated Master Plan.

The main themes emerging from the consultation were that the focus for the site should be on nature and biodiversity enhancements and allowing people to use the site for quiet enjoyment using a network of good footpaths with accessibility for all. Many people also wanted to find out more about the history and ecology of the site.

Since the consultation was undertaken the project team have been busy:

  • Planting over 3000 trees over the winter at the site to create additional wildlife habitat and contribute towards climate emergency mitigation;
  • Working with local volunteers to better understand the ecology of the site, including bird and bumblebee surveys ;
  • Developing a list of practical management tasks that existing volunteer groups can make a start on at the site, and planning for setting up a site-specific Friends group once Covid restrictions allow;
  • Recruiting a local artist, Helen Brook, to run activities at the site to explore possibilities for public art features in future that would be in keeping with the site and help to explain some of the history and ecology; and
  • Working with Experience Community to explore how the new path network can be as accessible as possible and how it might be funded.

Watch this space for more updates soon!

The HD8 Network

The HD8 Network was created in 2013 to help promote and support the HD8 area of Huddersfield.

Over the years it has evolved and developed and “provides a platform for communication” in the HD8 area, whether you Work, Rest or Play here. Its website offers a News Section, Events Calendar (which is free for anyone to add events to) and a Directory for Organisations, as well as pages for each village.

Community Orchard in Skelmanthorpe

This is a small piece of land owned by Kirklees council that has no strategic value to the council, and was identified by Cllr Turner and Simpson has been a suitable space to create a community orchard, which will create a much more bio diverse area and help tackle the current climate change emergency.

Dave Wilde and Andy Wickham, a kirklees officer supported by a member of the northern fruit group, planting a variety of apple and pear trees to create a community orchard in the centre of Skelmanthorpe, last week.


Denby Dale Parish Council is keen to bring you news from around the parish and to keep you informed about the work of the council. If you have any community news or events to share please contact the Clerk and we will try our best to include it! Newsletters are delivered quarterly around the ward, however, if you are missed out, they are put on the council’s noticeboards and can be collected from Skelmanthorpe Library. 

As each newsletter is produced, it will be published on this website – use the links below to access the parish council newsletters.