Huddersfield Examiner Community Awards: our Bradley TRA is nominated!

From the Huddersfield North TRA weblog:

A BRADLEY association has been making a difference to residents’ lives for more than a quarter of a century

Bradley Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) has been run from a house in Alandale Road for more than 25 years. During that time members have organised numerous community activities and taken up many battles on behalf of the 1,100 households on the Bradley estate, one of the largest in Kirklees.

Founder members Judith Balbontin and Betty Turner have campaigned tirelessly since the 1980s to make it a more cohesive and caring community. Members work hand in hand with local councillors and the neighbourhood policing team. Initiatives over the last 25 years include fun days and children’s parties, clinics for babies and the elderly, theatre visits, annual street cleaning and coffee mornings.

One of their proudest achievements is setting up the independent charity Woodscape which looks after a group of woods including Bradley Gate Wood and Dyson Wood in Bradley. Local volunteers trim trees, maintain and repair pathways, build stiles and generally manage the woods.

Every Friday morning adults with learning difficulties visit and help to keep the woods clean and tidy. Green-fingered residents enjoy the large allotments and greenhouse on Saturday mornings and there is a popular weekly healthy living walk

The group has benefited from the arrival of Mandy Tomkin and Howard Taylor with their high-tech skills, resulting in a text messaging service to keep residents up to date with information and events and a community web page and blog where residents can air their views.

Bradley TRA is also currently funding young people on a Bumpy motorcycle repair and maintenance course.

PCSO Karen Clifford said: “A very small group of committed residents, old and young, have worked tirelessly to provide an enhanced community spirit and quality of life for local residents.”

Judith Balbontin said: “I am really, pleased and very happy to be nominated. Betty and I have done a lot over a long time and it is lovely to be remembered.”

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