Dear Friends

Welcome to the latest edition of Kirklees Faiths Forum's e-news, keeping you up to date with news and events here at Kirklees Faiths Forum and other faith, interfaith and community projects. 

We are happy to include your news and events in future editions - please send contributions for the next e-news to by Tuesday 6 May 2014. 



Saturday 10 May 11am - 3pm

Meet at the Savile Town Marina car park, off Mill Street East WF12 9BD

Enjoy a guided walk along the canal from Dewsbury to Ravensthorpe and back.  Learn about the canal and understand how you could help preserve this legacy for future generations.

Although the walk will be on the canal towpath some parts are muddy and uneven so please make sure you wear sturdy footwear and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.  The weather will hopefully be nice but just in case be prepared - bring a waterproof and suncream!  Please also bring with you a packed lunch and a suitable drink.

Booking is required as numbers are limited to 10 - please contact Jane Halladay at Groundwork on 0113 238 0601 or email

For more information about Groundwork please click on this link


North Kirklees Book Club

The next book club will take place on Thursday 24 April at 12.30 pm at Batley Library.  The book being discussed is A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle. If you would like to join us please ring 01924 326425.


Funds open to support local community groups

Calling all local charities and community groups, One Community - the community foundation for Kirklees, is pleased to announce that it will begin accepting funding applications to several of its funds on the 25th March.

The Deighton & Brackenhall Fund, The General Fund, The Hazel Charlesworth Fund, and the Judith & Neil Charlesworth Fund, are all keen to support local groups and charitable organisations working in the following areas:

The Deighton & Brackenhall Fund: will support voluntary and community groups operating in Deighton & Brackenhall.

The General Fund will support voluntary and community groups operating in any location across Kirklees.

The Hazel Charlesworth Fund has a strong interest in supporting not-for-profit projects and groups operating in Lindley, but it will also consider applications from voluntary groups anywhere in Kirklees.

The Judith & Neil Charlesworth Fund will support voluntary and community groups that operate in postcode areas HD1, HD3 and HD7, but it will also consider applications from voluntary groups anywhere in Kirklees.

Applications are invited up to the value of £500 from non-profit groups, but not from individuals. The funds open on Tuesday 25th March and the closing date for applications is Monday 26th May.

Full details on how to apply, and a copy of the application form can be found on the foundation’s website: Potential applicants are advised to check the eligibility details carefully and successful applicants will be contacted in May.

For more information, please contact One Community, Tel: (01484) 468397.

Service user and carer medicines information event

Working together to get the best of medicines

Medicines for depression and mood disorders in adults

Medicines for psychosis in adults

Presented by Dr Uzair (Consultant Psychiatrist), Dr Rajwal (Consultant Psychiatrist) and Ian Grace (Mental Health Services Pharmacist)

Date 12th May 2014, 1.30pm – 3.30pm at The Al-Hikmah Centre, 28 Track Road, Batley WF17 7AA, Free parking available 


Indian Muslim Welfare Society (IMWS), a Batley, West Yorkshire, based community organisation, raised £15,000 for the flood affected areas in the South West of England. IMWS in partnership with its seven affiliated mosques, an association of local Islamic scholars (Rabetah-Ul-Ulema), four mosques from Dewsbury and a mosque from Huddersfield, launched an appeal to raise much needed funds for the flood affected areas.

Chair of IMWS, Mohamed Mulla, told The Muslim News, “The impact of the recent floods in parts of our country has been devastating and it has left people with damages of colossal proportion. Many people have suffered physical and psychological trauma as a result of the flooding. We all felt that we, as good citizens, should do something to help our flood stricken communities.”

The money collected will go to the Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) who are already doing splendid work to help the badly affected residents. A team of volunteers representing various mosques and IMWS together with local members from Taunton and Somerset Islamic Centre, travelled to Thorney in Somerset to see first-hand the affect on flood victims’ homes.

SCF Chief Executive, Justin Sargent, paid tribute to IMWS’s “generous donation” which he said will help “to rebuild lives and livelihoods damaged by the flooding here in Somerset. It is a kind gesture from the Muslim community in Yorkshire and we are very grateful for their contribution.”

The Bishop of Taunton, Rt Revd Peter Maurice, who helped organise the visit on March 15 said: “This is such a wonderful gesture of solidarity from one community to another. It’s heartening to find that rural communities in distress in Somerset are getting support from Muslim communities in Yorkshire. We’re very grateful to the IMWS and to all the individuals who have generously contributed to the collection. We are deeply grateful for their expression of kindness, compassion and care for those affected by the flooding.”

Chair of the local Islamic Scholars, Imam Hashim Sacha, said, “This is a wonderful gesture from the people of Batley and Dewsbury which will help some victims of the flooding. It is remarkable to see once again the Muslim community coming together to help our fellow citizens.”

Kaushar Tai and Cllr. Salim Patel from the Dewsbury mosques added, “It is wonderful to see both Dewsbury and Batley people working together to collect such a large contribution which we feel that will go some way towards the flood relief.”

SCF launched its Flood Relief Fund in January and has already awarded over £230,000 in grants to more than 300 households. This support has recently been extended to small businesses as well charities and voluntary organisations at the forefront of the relief effort.

As of the middle of March the Flood Relief Fund has reached its target of £1 million, generously donated by individuals, local businesses, charitable trusts and community groups.

Bishop of Taunton welcomes "wonderful gesture" from Muslim community to Somerset flood vicitims - See more at: (...)


It is the aim of Kirklees Council to find out what people who work or volunteer in the voluntary, community and faith sector are doing to keep children safe and help to support you in doing so. We would be grateful if you could complete our survey.

If you have any queries please contact or visit the the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board Website at

Classes at Huddersfield Seventh Day Adventist Church

Healthy Cookery Classes at the Huddersfield SDA Church next session Monday 21 April and then fortnightly thereafter.

Exercise Classes at the Huddersfield SDA Church next session Tuesday 15 April and then fortnightly thereafter.

Contact Details:

Around The World In 80 Days

The people of Kirklees are being encouraged to explore the world of words in Kirklees, journey between countries in their imagination, take a trip through time, pay a visit to a fictional criminal underground, hop on a bike or go for a walk, be transported by a story and freewheel into 80 days of discovery and adventure. Around the Word in 80 days will take place across Kirklees libraries from Thursday 3rd April – Saturday 21st June. There will be a number of exciting events ranging from story-telling, author events, writing competitions, poetry reading and book give-aways with witty and talented performers, on subjects ranging from food to fiction and climate change to laundry. Full details about all the events running as part of the programme, most of which are free or low cost, can be accessed via the Read Kirklees website.

Community Energy Solutions

Energy is always in the news – whether it’s the rising cost of bills, increasing fuel poverty, or worries about the security of supplies. Communities that come together to find the right solutions to their energy needs can form a part of the answer and could be better off financially and socially for it. On Tuesday 29th April Involve Yorkshire & Humber will run a Community Energy Solutions in Yorkshire & Humber conference. Taking place at the St George’s Centre, Leeds (9:30am-3:30pm), the conference will look at the potential of community energy, discuss real experiences and consider the barriers that groups often face. Full details & booking can be accessed via the above link.

St Mary’s Theatre Group

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 and 75 anniversary of the start of WW2, this May the St Mary’s Theatre Group will be putting on a special performance. Running on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th, the group will stage their new musical drama with an original script based on aspects of life in Batley. The drama, set in a WW2 air raid shelter during the Blitz, follows the lives of three generations of Batley people. Tickets cost only  £4 and can be booked by calling 01924 478394 or by visiting St Mary’s Social Club, Batley. All proceeds from opening night ticket sales will be donated to the Royal British Legion, Batley.


Mark Dawson, Co-ordinator of Fairtrade Yorkshire, is researching the theology of church action on Fair Trade for a PhD at Leeds University. To assist in his research he needs to arrange talks and workshops with interested church groups before the end of May.  No cost involved.  Powerpoint equipment would be helpful, but not essential.  For more information please contact  

Free English Language Training (ESOL) for women – includes IT literacy, CV writing, job search & application skills and more – from Path Yorkshire.  More information on  tel: 0113 2623 4600  e-mail:


April 2014

Thursday 10th - Faith and Politics  6 for 6.30pm

Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe will deliver the Harold Wilson lecture in the Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, University of Huddersfield.  Free and open to all but booking essential.  See or e-mail giving name, address and number of tickets required.  Phone enquiries to 01484 471198.

Friday 11th - Bradford Interfaith Prayer for Peace  7pm

On the 11th of each month at the Khidmat Centre, Spencer Road, Bradford BD7 2EU


Saturday 12th - Lord Mayor’s Charity Concert  7.30pm

Musical evening with Steeton Male Voice Choir in the Banquet Hall, Civic Hall in support of Loffty (Leeds Offers Fun For the Young) the Lord Mayor’s charity.  Tickets £10 from   0113 247 4194

Monday 21st - The A21 Campaign for Freedom

On the 21st of each month, wherever you are, pray for and end to 21st century slavery

Thursday 24th - Securing Whose World?   2pm

Join the debate with Bruce Kent in the Quaker Meeting House, Thornhill Street WF1 1QN. What sense does it make, at a time of foodbanks, homelessness underfunded hospitals, poverty & debt to commit millions of our money to nuclear weapons? Small donations (up to £2) appreciated to cover costs.


Tuesday 29th - Wakefield Interfaith Group AGM and Tour of Cathedral  6pm

Come along to the Wakefield Interfaith Group’s Annual General Meeting, (bring and) share food, hear about their activities.  Ideas, suggestions and offers of help always welcome. After the business meeting there will be a guided tour of Wakefield Cathedral, learn about its history and recent refurbishment, hear stories of people and artefacts, past and present.  Everyone welcome.


Apr Sun 13

Palm Sunday (Christian)

The sixth and last Sunday of Lent. Marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the start of Holy Week.

Vaisakhi (Sikh)

The Sikh New Year Festival, which also commemmorates the founding of the Khalsa by the tenth Guru (Guru Gobind Singh) in 1699. Also spelled Baisakhi.

Apr Mon 14

Birthday of Guru Nanak (Nanakshahi calendar) (Sikh)

The founder of the Sikh religion was born on 14 April 1469. This festival is also currently celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar, but this may change.

Hola Mohalla (Nanakshahi Calendar) (Sikh)

Hola Mohalla is currently celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar, but this may change.

Fast of the Firstborn (Jewish)

Observed only by firstborn males, on the day before Passover. This fast celebrates the survival of Jewish firtborn sons from the 10th Plague of Egypt.

Apr Tue 15

Theravada New Year (Buddhist)

New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April

Passover (1st day) (Jewish)

The start of the season of Passover when Jews commemorate the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses. Work is not permitted on the first two and the last two days of Passover.

Apr Thu 17

Maundy Thursday (Christian)

Christians remember Maundy Thursday as the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and established the ceremony known as the Eucharist.

Apr Fri 18

Good Friday (Christian)

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. It commemorates the execution of Jesus by crucifixion.

Birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Nanakshahi calendar) (Sikh)

Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675) was the ninth of the Sikh Gurus.

Birthday of Guru Angad Dev (Nanakshahi calendar) (Sikh)

Guru Angad Dev (1504-1552) was the second of the Sikh Gurus.

Apr Sat 19

Holy Saturday (Western) (Christian)

The evening before Easter Sunday is spent in anticipation of Christ's resurrection the next morning.

Easter Sunday (Western) (Christian)

Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - his return from death after the Crucifixion. The most important Christian festival.

Apr Mon 21

Ridvan - first day (Bahai )

The start of a 12 day festival when Baha'is celebrate the day when Baha'u'llah said that he was the prophet predicted by the Bab.The most important Baha'I festival.

Apr Wed 23

Passover (final day) (Jewish)

The eighth and final day of Passover. Note that Passover lasts for seven days in Israel.

St George's Day (Christian)

Saint George is the patron saint of England.

Apr Sun 27

Yom Hashoah (Jewish)

The Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day. The date is chosen as the closest date (in the Jewish calendar) to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Apr Tue 29

Ridvan - ninth day (Bahai)

Marks the arrival of Baha'u'llah's family at the Ridvan garden.

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