NCCA - Helping to make our area a great place to live
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)

Volunteer with the Army in Newmillerdam
Sunday, 15 June 2014 00:00

Volunteers required to work with the Army                          

On Tuesday 24th June, 5th Regiment Royal Artillery are helping us to remove invasive species of plant (rhododendron, Himalayan Balsam ) and improve the health and future for the woodland.

Volunteers with local knowledge are needed to work alongside army personnel and help with directions. 

A rough itinerary for the day.

10am Meet at Barnsley Road entrance to the woodland in the stock yard, see map attached. 

Briefing - then work in groups in the surrounding woodland sections removing rhododendron to the nearest vehicle track.

12 noon - lunch break - The Boat House will be open to visit for free tea and cakes ( prepared by local volunteers )

1.30pm return to working areas. 

3.15pm At the Arboretum to plant a tree to mark the event ( which will be recorded in our Book of Dedication for the site ).

4pm assemble back at parking area for departure.

Anyone who can also help for a couple of hours at The Boat House from 11.30am would be really helpful.

This work is important to improve the long term health of the woodland and increase its natural diversity to benefit wildlife.

If you would like to attend and get involved acting as guide and liaison with a small group please let me know.

The soldiers are keen to work with the community and it would be great to make them feel welcome in Wakefield.

This task is long overdue and is important in sustaining the future of the woodland at Newmillerdam.

Roger Parkinson BEM

Chairman - Tree Wardens Voluntary Group - Wakefield

07973 421146

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

Tree Wardens Volunteer Group
Sunday, 15 June 2014 00:00

Tree Wardens Voluntary Group next meeting                          

We have our next meeting of The Tree Wardens Voluntary Group at 6.45pm on Weds 9th July at The Boat House Newmillerdam.

Please come if you can and hear about the progress with the Arboretum, Newmillerdam and the addition of 30,000 new trees in the district with the creation of 2 new woodlands.

You can help us decide about the planning for next winters planting and how these and other projects can be achieved.

Please let me know if you would like to add anything to the agenda. 

Thank you for your continued support


Roger Parkinson BEM

Chairman - Tree Wardens Voluntary Group - Wakefield

07973 421146

 ongratulations from all his friends in NCCA.

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


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.

Traffic Monitoring meeting 30th January 2014
Saturday, 21 December 2013 14:11

Our next traffic monitoring meeting is scheduled for Thursday the 30th January 2014

7:00pm in the Hotel St Pierre, Barnsley Road 

One year ago a meeting on traffic issues in Newmillerdam was held by NCCA.

As a result a small sub-group was established to consider the list of issues raised and to report back to a meeting arranged for June. Unfortunately that meeting was cancelled at short notice and the meeting arranged for January 30th 2014 is the first opportunity for a full report to the NCCA membership.

A number of the matters raised last year were considered to be outside the competence of the sub-group so it concentrated on the rest. An unofficial census was made of vehicular traffic. Consultation was held with Gist, the hauliers for Marks & Spencer. Action was taken to remove Hill Road from Sat-Nav systems. Suggestions were put to Council Officers & the West Yorkshire Police. There are other on-going matters. If you want to hear the full report or if you want to ask questions or suggest further matters of concern come along to the meeting on January 30th.

We have also invited Graham West, head of Wakefield councils department for highways and Inspector Richard Clare of West Yorkshire police along to listen and comment where necessary.

Please come along to listen or contribute, or if you can't make it and want to raise a question or issue please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 01924 258672


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