The Association is administered and run by a small band of volunteers for and on behalf of the community which consists of the two villages of Kirkburton and Highburton. We hold monthly committee meetings on the second Thursday of each month, excluding August, with our AGM held each November following our financial year end as at 31 August.
The objects of the Association which were drawn up at formation states:
a) to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Kirkburton and Highburton and the neighbourhood without distinction of sex or of political, religious or other opinions by associating the local authorities, voluntary organisations and inhabitants in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure-time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants.
b) to establish or to secure the establishment of a Community Centre and to maintain and manage, or to co-operate with any local statutory authority in the maintenance and management of such a centre for activities promoted by the Association and its constituent bodies in furtherance of the above objects.
The Association shall be non-party in politics and non-sectarian in religion. The Association shall have power to affiliate to the National Federation of Community Associations and to other organisations with similar charitable objects.
In 1999 KHCA were successful in obtaining a Lottery grant which helped with the refurbishment, improvement and the purchase of Burton Village Hall from Kirklees Council. KHCA does not receive any funding to help with its day to day running, however when specific projects are required to be completed we do seek assistance from various sources to help with capital outlays in the form of grants. Burton Village Hall is heavily used from 7am to 9pm Monday to Friday, with weekends used by groups and private party hire, the hall is not licensed to sell alcohol. All of the groups that use the hall offer a service to the community in different ways with up to 400 people of ages between 1 and 90 using the hall on a weekly basis. Please click onto the ‘Hall User Groups’ tab to view the various activities that take place in the hall on a weekly basis, and the ‘Room Hire’ tab for details of our fees and the hall floor plan and size of each room.
Within KHCA we have a sub-committee, Burton Environment Group (BEG). This group is solely financed from grants received primarily from Kirkburton Parish Council, their various projects that have started since 2005 include, Burton Dean Park, Burton Dean Park community fields trail ways, Town quarry, Low Town triangle, Kirkburton stocks, and Highburton Cross.
The Burton Bulletin is a quarterly newsletter that is delivered free to all 2100 premises in Kirkburton and Highburton, with a further 900 copies distributed to libraries, shops, Storthes Hall and community centres. Please go to the ‘News/Burton Bulletin’ tab to see the most recent issues. The Burton Bulletin is a KHCA publication and relies on local businesses through advertising revenue to cover the financial costs.
Other annual or irregular events that KHCA are involved with are: Christmas fayre, Burton Open Gardens, Santa’s Sleigh, and organizing public meetings when local issues arise e.g. local planning.
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