Get together lunch with the base

The Get Together lunches have been running at Castle Community hub since March 2018. They are usually held once a month and are primarily for the elderly or isolated members of our local community. They provide not just a free two-course meal, but an opportunity to socialise and make friends.

We have recently partnered with The Basement Project in Huddersfield, who are kindly providing volunteers to cook and serve the food. The Basement Recovery Project is an independent self-help, not for profit, charitable organisation, based in Halifax, Calderdale & Huddersfield and Dewsbury in Kirklees. They offer support and inspiration to those people who are involved with alcohol and / or substance misuse, and give them the opportunity of a new sustained abstinent lifestyle – recovery from addiction.

Katrina Whale
Castle Community Hub open afternoon

We opened our doors to the community for the afternoon so members of the community could come and meet staff and find out what was on offer at the Hub. People got to sign up for courses whilst having a cuppa and a slice of cake.

Katrina Whale
Newsome Play Day 2018

Castle Community Hub played host to Newsome Play Day this year. The event had previously been held on Ashenhurst Recreation Ground, but the lure of indoor plumbing and shelter from the elements tempted the organisers to try out a new venue.

The day proved to be a big success, with a good turnout and glorious weather. The event was organised by Julie Stewart-Turner, chair of Newsome Ward Community Forum and was supported by several local community groups and organisations. West Yorkshire Police and Fire Service also put in an appearance.

There were activities for just about every age group – from messy play to a penalty shootout.  One of the most popular attractions was the water slide. It’s amazing how much fun can be had with a plastic sheet, inflatable rings, water and some washing up liquid!

This annual event takes place on the first Wednesday in August. We hope to be hosting it again in 2019, so watch this space.

Katrina Whale
March of the Robots
Posca and acrylic paintings.

Posca and acrylic paintings.

Nursery children at Berry Brow School had a surprise visitor in their classroom when they came into school on Monday morning. …. an eight foot tall, patterned cardboard robot had appeared!  The Robot that loomed over the children was soon named the 'Robot Rosie', and the chicken she held 'Lily'.

Artist Fabric Lenny had created the robot as inspiration to kick start the ‘March of the Robots’ project that is part of the ‘Nurturing Families’ initiative funded by Big Lottery.  A series of family workshops followed; parents and grandparent came into school to work alongside their children to make individual robots.  The family made robots were also made out of cardboard and were decorated in colours and patterns similar to Rosie’s using bold colours and marks made with Posca pens.

Fabric Lenny spent five days leading a range of exciting of robot themed art workshops where the children created small scale drawings and large paintings on canvas. These are now displayed around the school.... there are even a few cardboard chickens to be found too.

artKatrina Whaleart, paint, cardboard
Website Photographs


A big thank you to all the smiling parents and staff from Berry Brow, Hillside and Newsome Junior schools that generously gave their time to be involved in the website photo shoot. You can see the outcome of the photo shoot across the website, all the pictures were taken by local photographer Yvonne Roberts.

Katrina Whale
Vegetable and fruit art

Children from across Castle Community Hub have participated in a fabulous fruit and vegetable art project.  

The project kick started at Hillside School with pupils form year six fresh from their SATS exams.  They threw themselves into the making of food inks, chopping, boiling and filtering curly kale, beetroot, turmeric and blueberries amongst other foods.  Over three days the pupils honed their observational drawing skills using a host of gorgeous art materials to make some fabulous individual images.  

Still life installations were installed into the smallest of corners in each of the classroom at Berry Brow School to enable all pupils an opportunity to have a go at drawing the fruit and vegetables.  The juicy red water melons were a real hit at Berrry Brow and a mountain of mouth-watering watermelon pictures were created.  We welcomed a group of smiling and enthusiastic parents in to end the week, with their children they created pictures out of fruit and salad ….. there were some amazing creation including caterpillars, buses, faces and butterflies, all of which were served up for the children and parents/carers in the playground at the end of the day

Finally to Newsome Juniors … again lots more fruit and vegetable drawing and the occasionally nibble! The lovely after school family session proved that there are some very talented drawing mums out there! 

Each school now has beautiful framed pictures that combine many of the images drawn during the project …. look out for them when you are next in school, they look delicious.  

Katrina Whale