Local Democracy Week is a way of helping people to be more aware of, and more involved with, the issues that really matter in our local communities. In Kirklees, we’re celebrating throughout October 2018. Here are the events we know about so far. Or if you’d like to organise your own event or activity, here are 5 ways to be part of Local Democracy Week 2018.
Celebrating local suffragettes
Greenhead Park History Hour
Wednesday 3rd October
12.30pm to 1.30pm
Community Room, Greenhead Park, Huddersfield HD1 4HS
This year is the centenary of the 1918 Act that gave the first voting rights to women. The Friends of Greenhead Park History Hour is marking this with an illustrated talk by local historian David Cockman, telling the story of four local suffragettes from the Holme and Colne Valleys who took part in the historic struggle to achieve votes for women. The Community Room is in the cafe building by the tennis courts. Everyone is welcome and there’s no need to book.
Golcar Ward Forum
How good is our place?
At this Forum for citizens of the Golcar ward you can hear feedback and next steps following the recent “How good is your place?” pilot project in the area. The project asked what people feel about living in Golcar, Cowlersley, Milnsbridge and Longwood. You can also hear local updates and put your questions to your ward councillors: Cllr Christine Iredale, Cllr Hilary Richards and Cllr Richard Murgatroyd.
Democracy drop-in & Full Council
Learn more about how our local democracy is changing
Wednesday 10th October
Drop-in from 4.30pm, Meeting 5.30pm to 9pm
Reception Room & Council Chamber, Huddersfield Town Hall
Corporation Street, Huddersfield HD1 2ET
Want to find out more about how democracy is changing in Kirklees and how you can get involved? Come along to our informal drop-in ahead of October’s Full Council meeting to meet members of the Democracy Service and pick up promotional materials that you can share in your community. Members of Kirklees Youth Council will also be there to talk to you about our “Growing a stronger youth council” project. You can also watch the meeting live from the public gallery, or watch our live webcast.
Revolting Women – The fight for the vote
A Mikron Theatre production
A Mikron Theatre show telling the Suffrage story through the eyes of a less well known Pankhurst, Sylvia, who fought for the vote alongside working women in the East End. Full of political satire, song and more suffrage societies than you can shake a stick at! Tickets are £13 (or £11 for concessions).
Votes for Women
This day of special activities in Newsome is about commemorating the end of World War I and celebrating the start of Votes for Women and the founding of the Women’s Institute. Includes a Vote 100 stall with information and activities. Organised by Newsome Ward Community Forum.
Pop Up Cinema
Join Dolly Shot Pop Up Picturehouse for this special free screening of the award winning film. In the early 20th century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan). Galvanised by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. They risk their jobs, homes and lives fighting for a just cause. Organised by Newsome Ward Community Forum.
Your Future Your Voice
at the “Get inspired” C & K Careers event
The Kirklees Electoral Services team will have an information stall at this careers event for Year 11 high school students. We’ll be talking to young people about the benefits of being on the electoral register and voting. We’ll be supported by some of our Kirklees Apprentices, who will be chatting with the students about being on the register at 16 and how to make your voice heard if you care about your future.
It’s Up to You
Vote on project ideas in your community
Citizens and community groups have been pitching ideas for community projects they think will make a difference in Ashbrow, Batley, Crosland Moor, Dalton, Dewsbury East, Dewsbury West, Greenhead and Heckmondwike. Now it’s your chance decide which of these ideas will get some funding through the “It’s Up To You” fund. The winning projects with the most votes will receive funding of up to £100 for individuals, or £500 for groups, to help put their plans into action.
Making Music Democratically
Equality, Difference, Participation
Wednesday 17th October
6pm to 7.30pm
Vinyl Tap, 42 John William Street, Huddersfield HD1 1ER
What does it mean to make music democratically? How might music-making allow us to imagine a different kind of democracy? Join us for a discussion about the relationship of music and democracy, as it has been imagined historically and is practised in the present day. Three researchers from the University of Huddersfield’s School of Music, Humanities and Media – Robert Adlington, Elizabeth Dobson and Toby Martin – will introduce their work in this area, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate with the audience. Toby and collaborators, including MRes student Mohammad Reza Beladi, will perform some music. Free admission.
Victorian Voices of Huddersfield
Uncovering local democracy using digital history
Thursday 18th October
10.30am to 12 noon
Council Chamber, Huddersfield Town Hall
Corporation Street, Huddersfield HD1 2ET
The event will provide a showcase of research undertaken by undergraduate History students on the University of Huddersfield’s ‘Digital Victorians’ module. The wider theme of exploring Victorian democracy using digital technologies will be discussed in a short talk by module leader Dr Tosh Warwick followed by a series of presentations by students delving into a number of topics relating to local democracy at the heart of Huddersfield’s democracy through time. There will also be an opportunity for participants to view some documents from historic collections and digital resources relating to the themes explored as part of Local Democracy Week 2018.
Making a difference in your community and beyond
Are there things you would like to change about where you live? Ever thought about setting up a group of like-minded people to work together and improve something you all care about? At this event ogranised by the Kirklees Council Cohesion Team you can learn about how to set up a local group and how to run a campaign. Staff from the Democracy Service are also taking part to explain how you can engage with your local elected representatives.
Celebrating 10 years of inspiring young citizens
Growing a stronger youth council
Our youth council helps young citizens in Kirklees to learn about local democracy, to gain skills and confidence, to become active citizens, and to have a voice. At this special 10th anniversary event we’re celebrating the fantastic achievements of our youth councillors so far. We’ll be hearing the experiences of our past and current youth councillors, and asking everyone to share their ideas about how we can grow an even stronger youth council over the next ten years. This event is open to everyone – we hope you’ll be part of it. You can also follow online via live webcast and twitter.
Kirklees Leaders Question Time
Put your questions to local councillors
Kirklees Question Time is an opportunity for you to put your questions directly to some of our local councillors. The panel this time includes five local political group leaders. The event will also be webcast and tweeted live, so you can follow along online or watch again later. You can also submit your questions online in advance of the event.
Democracy Commission Working Group
Growing a stronger local democracy
Hear about our latest work to grow a stronger local democracy in Kirklees in this live webcast from our Working Group. The group are councillors from different political parties, who are working with citizens, council officers and partners to respond to the Kirklees Democracy Commission’s 48 recommendations for a stronger local democracy.
Huddersfield 150: The Exhibition
Celebrating 150 years of civic pride
We’re marking 150 years since the founding of the borough of Huddersfield – an important part of our local democratic heritage. This special exhibition of West Yorkshire Archive Service collections has been curated in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and local community groups. Free admission.
Our Fight for the Voting Right – exhibition
Learn about our local suffragist and suffragette heritage
Discover fascinating local stories in this special exhibition. See Florence Lockwood’s iconic Votes for Women banner and learn more aobut 16 year old Dora Thewlis, who was arrested and imprisoned for marching on Parliament.
Batley 150 exhibition
Celebrating 150 years of civic pride
2018 marks the 150th anniversary since the foundation of Batley Borough Council in 1868. Catch this touring exhibition created by West Yorkshire Archive Service to find out more about Batley’s democratic heritage and find out how to get involved.
Extraordinary Women of the Huddersfield Borough
Display in Huddersfield Local Studies Library
Huddersfield Local Studies Library have created a new display featuring influential women in the history of Huddersfield. Take a walk around the room to read about influential women from the fields of politics, sport, the arts, culture, science and philanthropy.