NCCA - Helping to make our area a great place to live
Village Green Needs You
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Your Village Needs You on

Saturday 20th September 2014

WHY ? 

To help with the raking on the Village Green.

Working alongside our Volunteer Groups from TCV we aim to rake off the mowing done by Wakefield Council. This is vital work in maintaining the natural habitat on the green and does form part of our commitment to the Management Plan of the Village Green.

We are asking for volunteers to rake for approx 2 hours,
from 10 – 12 Noon,  and 12 Noon – 2 pm

Hot Nourishing Refreshments will be provided.

No previous experience required – just a rake and a sense of humour

Contact Clive or Catherine Moxham on

01924 240979 // 07780 115170 // 07533 996265
or email
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WE are waiting to take your call !!!!

 
Open Meeting 26th June 2014
Sunday, 08 June 2014 00:00

All residents are welcome to our

Summer Open Meeting

Thursday 26th June, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Hotel St Pierre, Barnsley Road.

All Residents of Newmillerdam and surrounding area are invited to our Summer Meeting at St. Pierre hotel on Barnsley Road.  We have been going for six years to the day, so we are looking forward to starting a bit of a fresh cycle for our activities in the village.  We have now a good mix of ages in the Association, with younger residents in charge of some of the Working Groups. And a blank piece of paper!  Well actually it is not entirely blank; we have some exciting projects and money to raise !

 

But it is does have to be an open page at this stage, as we could not look to going on another six years without having a fresh look at things, and fresh input from residents, which will be absolutely essential. We hope many residents can come along and help us set the issues and activities for Newmillerdam into the next year, whether you have been before or would like to come along to meet other local residents.  It’s also a good chance to socialise with your neighbours.  We are always looking to make the agenda relevant to younger residents, whilst trying to ensure that our senior residents are included wherever possible.  If anyone needs a lift to attend the meeting, they can ring the number at the bottom so that someone can pick them up.

 

The newest activity is the well supported Newmillerdam Debating Society. It is our Association, so it is ours to make relevant to what we need in Newmillerdam.  We are very glad of any offers of skills, and any offers of help during events and activities. 

Graham Franklin (Chairman)

 
Summer 2014 Newsletter
Sunday, 15 June 2014 00:00

Take a look at our Summer newsletter

Click the link to open --> NCCA Summer 2014 Newsletter

 
Village Green meeting minutes
Sunday, 15 June 2014 00:00

Village Green meeting notes from 22nd May 2014

A big thanks to all who attended, please see minutes of meeting attached. 

 Meeting Notes

 

Some future events

Wildflower and tree identification walk – Thursday 10th July from 7pm Village Green

Bat Walk - Saturday 23rd August 2014, 8:15 - 9:45pm 

Hay Raking day – August / September

Ash Sapling cutting day  - Saturday 22nd November, 10:00 - 2:00pm

Clive and Cath Moxham

 
Watercourse Monitoring Group Update
Sunday, 08 June 2014 00:00

NCCA WATERCOURSE MONITORING GROUP – MAY 2014

The Group has met twice in the past year, and a further meeting is planned for Thursday 12 June at 7:00pm in the Scout HQ, Barnsley Road to which anyone interested is invited.

The main focus of the Group has been the ongoing maintenance of Owler Beck and the discharge of debris over Cleugh Bridge into the beck and the problems which this creates. On both these points Wakefield Council have given their assurances that they are satisfied with the arrangements they have in place, but the effectiveness of their actions is an ongoing point of discussion.

The work that was done by the Council in 2010 has resulted in a clean and fast flowing beck with an abundance of wildlife. Kingfishers are regularly seen and the numbers of ducklings hatched this year has been a joy to behold, although as is usual in nature, the numbers surviving to adulthood remains low. The heron has made a recent return although it was probably disappointed in its catch as the fish numbers appear to be very small, never having returned to pre-clearance levels.

Regrettably the water vole which used to frequent the banks of the beck has not been seen for years – perhaps a future project for NCCA to reintroduce them?

And finally, new additions to our area are the horses which are often to be seen enjoying - drinking and paddling in – the clear cool waters of Owler Beck. We are however hoping that the owners will move them to their rightful home in the not too distant future!  

For more information please call John Kinder on 01924 255821

 
Congratulations Lawns Dike
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Congratulations to the Friends of Newmillerdam Country Park winning the 2014 best new build/environmental project in the Wakefield Civic Society Design Awards

A huge congratulations to the Friends of Newmillerdam Country Park, and Wakefield Council who had worked to create a new trail, the Lawns Dike Trail, which had opened up the Lawns Dike Valley, an attractive but rather boggy area in the park.

By laying out a boardwalk with seating, picnic tables, and viewing points, the trail allowed access, including for the disabled, to a previously little used area of the park.

 
View from the village green
Monday, 28 October 2013 00:00

View from the village green, a reflection of the year 2013

Winter

The cold days can be a quiet time in the countryside but not on the village green. The snow came and all ages took to the slopes of the southern meadows for sledging. A day of woodland thinning to stem ash sapling growth and give mature trees breathing space took place with the help of tree warden Roger Parkinson, as well as a bird box building session assisted by Wakefield Council countryside ranger Andrew Mcguiness ahead of the breeding season.

Spring

As things warmed up projects initiated at our meetings began to come to fruition – second hand litter bins supplied by Wakefield Council Streetscene appeared at the entrances on School Hill and Boyne Hill, flower beds were readied and the Jubilee tree was given an Easter makeover by the brownies for the Yorkshire In Bloom bid.

Summer

The NCCA summer meeting and barbeque took place on the green to celebrate 5 years of village green status. TCV continued to improve the pathways, the meadows finally burst into bloom giving the biodiversity group the opportunity to count our species, a bat walk again with countryside ranger Andrew Mcguiness was held in conjunction with the European bat weekend, and the Yorkshire In Bloom judges were able to walk around a beautiful space. Pennine Community began to install the rustic rail alongside the steps at the bottom end of the green.

Autumn

Brand new litterbins match funded by Wakefield Council Streetscene and NCCA have replaced the second hand bins. We finally got the top meadow cut and raked with a wonderful community effort, which underlines the cooperation which has been built up.


Future Events

Ash sapling / woodland thinning – 22nd February 2014

Build a bird box day – late January 2014 To Be Confirmed

Tree identification walk – 2014 date TBC

Clive and Cath Moxham

 
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