Column: Heckmondwike Alliance’s chairman Simon Thirkill

Simon Thirkill.
Simon Thirkill.

Well, the nation has spoken and we have a new government in place. Who knows what the next five years will bring, I suspect more stinging cuts will be forced on local councils, which will undoubtedly have a significant effect on service.

Congratulations to Jo Cox, the new Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, who I’m sure will serve the constituency splendidly.

Our new Community Notice Board has arrived and is firmly ensconced in Green Park, with many community groups already taking advantage of the opportunity to promote their groups and events. It is filling up quickly, so if you would like to promote your community group or event simply drop off your poster or flyer at The Blue Moon Café (Westgate) or email them to and we will display it in the notice board.

At last the long awaited Bus Hub is up and running and it looks fantastic, With its intricate block paving of sweeping circles, grassed areas and beautiful trees, it is an asset to the town and a credit to everyone involved, especially the team who built it and the councillors who fought to keep it on the agenda. Well done all of you!

It’s Up To You is a community-led project to which individuals or groups can apply for funding up to a maximum of £100 (individuals) or £500 (groups). All you need is a great idea that will make a difference to someone or somewhere in Heckmondwike. Contact Kimberley Thirkill via for more information or to apply.

Heckmondwike Alliance’s next meeting is on June 2 at Westgate 23 (formerly The Queens Hotel) at 5.45pm. We will be discussing town centre events, Christmas Lights is high on the agenda and anyone with an opinion is invited to come along and have their say, the meeting is open to open to all (individuals, groups and businesses). For further info email or see the notice board in Green Park.