Thursday, 17 June 2010

Simon Armitage and the Pennine Way

Simon Armitage, the local poet, will be walking the Pennine Way from north to South during July. On his journey he'll be stopping off to do poetry readings. These readings are free but Simon will be passing his hat around afterwards and is hoping to be able to fund his whole journey by doing this.

On Saturday July 24th, Simon will be in Marsden, doing a reading at the British Waterways Tunnel End Visitor Centre from 8pm. Booking is essential if you want to come and hear the reading, call the Marsden Moor Estate on 01484 847016 to book a ticket. There are limited spaces, so call early to make sure you'll be there!

Visit for more information about Simon's journey along the Pennine Way.

New Knee Rail at Buckstones

A new knee rail is being installed in the Buckstones Car Park. This is to replace the existing bollards that are there to prevent people from driving over the grass, but also to try to make it look a bit smarter and more loved! It is a very popular spot and on sunny days there are always plenty of cars up there.

The work party group of volunteers as well as the Kirklees Youth Offending Team have been up digging deep holes and putting the posts in. Hot work in the sunshine!

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

The Bee Project Part 2 - The Arrival of the Bees

No one could quite believe the luck when we were told that we could have a swarm of bees, especially so soon after the bee course. Rob and Alison went over to York on Monday to pick up the precious package and bring it back to Marsden. Having enjoyed the beautiful weather in York, they are probably wondering why they now have to be living in rainy Marsden.

The bees have been transferred into their new hive and seem to be settling in far!

We all went POTTY!

Our May half term event made so many people go completely potty. The drop-in session was busy all day with people coming to decorate plant pots with mosaic tiles, which were then filled with compost and free seeds.

Everyone got very creative and there were all sorts of designs and decorations, and a complete mixture of ages taking part. Children and parents all got stuck in, enjoying the hot sunshine while decorating their pots. A very enjoyable day had by all, especially as it was all free, thanks to funding from Kirklees Council.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Download the Marsden Audiotrail

Did you know there is an audiotrail for Marsden? Why not download it from

The walk visits a number of locations on the Marsden Moor Estate, including Pule Hill, Black Moss and Swellands reservoirs and Close Moss, and conveniently it starts and finishes at Marsden Railways Station. Allow approximately 4hrs 30 mins for the walk. It's free to download, so try it, and see what you can learn about the Marsden Moor Estate.