Conservation Volunteers – Trans Pennine Trail

It’s that time of year when TPT make sure that all their special wild flower areas are cut back properly to give the flowers the best chance; they’ll also be giving the picnic areas and information panels a spring clean so they’re looking they’re best, ready for the sunny season (details of these workdays below). If that wasn’t enough; they’re running a Community Clear Up Day in Penistone (see below) and they’re part way through a major project with BMBC and S and J Logging to remove the old straggly Goat Willows between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge – details of these days to follow.

Saturday 7th March 2015  9.30am – 4.30pm 
Click here for a map of the site and where to meet.

Workday Support: Richard Nutter
Where: On the Trail, east of the access at Shore Hall Lane.
Meet: At the site, as above.

What will we be doing? We’ll be cutting back vegetation; removing old wood and overhead branches, and giving the seating area and information panel a spring clean.

Parking: There is very little parking in Shore Hall Lane itself, so please come on foot or by bike if you can. If you have to come in your car, please park in Leapings Lane (see map) and walk along (five minutes).

You’ll need to wear…warm old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or torn, sturdy footwear, and warm gloves – perhaps waterproof -to protect your hands.

Do bring waterproofs (which are waterproof), and a packed lunch – we will provide you with tea, coffee, fruit juicebiscuits and conversation. We do have tools, but you’re welcome to bring your own bow saw or loppers, in good condition, if you prefer.


On Saturday 21st March, they’re holding a Community Clear Up Day in Penistone, between the station and the Skate Park. This is a national event (click on the name for more information), and we hope lots of people will come and help make the Trans Pennine Trail through Penistone look great. More information on how to get involved in this shortly.


Wild Flower Day – Saturday 11th April
If you love the wild flowers on the Trail, make a date in your diary for Saturday 11th April, when they be holding a Wild Flower Day, to see just how many different flowers you can find. Suitable for families, this event will start with coffee and biscuits and an introductory chat from their Biodiversity Officer, Charlotte Gray.

If you have any questions or would like more information you’re welcome to give Kate a ring on 07704333445/01484 865852, or email – or have a look at the website or their Facebook page

You can also follow them on Twitter:

Cancer Research Fundraising Events

Cancer Research are looking for volunteers to help out at their events this summer.

Saturday 13th June – Halifax Charity Gala
Street collection parade & games stall at Manor Heath Park, Halifax – 11.00 – 16.00


Sunday 28th June – Ravensknowle Gala
Games stall at Ravensknowle Park, Huddersfield – 12.00 – 17.00


Sunday 12th July – Huddersfield Race for Life
Merchandise stall at Leeds Road Playing Fields, Huddersfield – times TBC


Sunday 19th July – Halifax Race for Life
Merchandise stall at Savile Park, Halifax – times TBC

If you’re interested please contact Laura at

They are able to reimburse travel expenses should anyone need this and provide refreshments to volunteers at events.  People who help out are also invited to attend one of the regular lab tours at St James’ Hospital in Leeds to get a first-hand insight into the work being done by CRUK funded scientists on new treatments for cancer.​

The Major Series

The Major Series is operated by British Military Fitness and is a series of 5 – 10km outdoor obstacle & mud race events held each spring and autumn.

They are desperately in need of volunteers to help out with such activities as assisting with event registration, stewarding, handing out water and medals and organising kit storage. It will involve working outdoors, whatever the weather.

Anyone interested in volunteering should email stating:

  • They would like to volunteer at the North event
  • Their full name
  • Mobile number
  • Email address
  • Next of Kin Name
  • Next of Kin Mobile