Frontier spirit of charity

Coun David Ridgway with charity cyclists Rod Dyer and Chris Oldfield
Coun David Ridgway with charity cyclists Rod Dyer and Chris Oldfield

BATLEY’S Frontier Club is in the front-line of a raft of special civic charity events.

The Bradford Road venue will host a night of entertainment as part of fundraising efforts for the Kirklees Mayor’s charity appeal in aid of the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust.

Coun David Ridgway’s chosen cause supports soldiers and families of the regiment finding themselves in difficulty or need. The calls on their funds are increasing and over the past three years more than £300,000 has been given out.

The Mayor said: “I have nothing but admiration for the Trust’s work. I have walked the Kirklees Way; I have shaken buckets at supermarkets; I have watched Huddersfield Town play for service personnel; and hosted a homecoming parade for Corunna Company back from Afghanistan.

“I also hosted a concert showcasing the wonderful musical talent which we have here in Kirklees.

“I thank everyone who has given their time and energy to help me and, of course, those who have made a donation.”

The Mayor’s Charity events continue into the New Year. Coun Ridgway said: “We have some brilliant events coming up with, I believe, something for everyone.”

The line-up includes:

l January 25 - Casino night at Huddersfield’s Grosvenor Casino at Folly Hall Mills, St Thomas Road from 8pm. Tickets £12 including supper from Mr A M Dyson on 07825 13004 or through

l February 7 – A night of entertainment at Batley Frontier Club including tributes to Tony Christie, Paul Heaton of Beautiful South and Gene Pitney as well as other acts such as A Diva, Active Edge, comedian Johnny Casson and one more to be confirmed. Disco until midnight.

Tickets are £12 and bookings can be made via organiser Steve Fisher at 01132 897309 or 07740 396128 or contacting email Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm.

l February 22 - gala opera dinner at the Durker Roods Hotel in Meltham, from 7.30pm. Champagne reception, three-course meal and music from four opera singers. Tickets cost £50 from Ann Talboys on 01484 665843 or

l March 8 - Pig race run by the Huddersfield Oddfellows. Tickets £10, including supper, from Andrew Porter on 01484 640224 or at

Other events are still being planned and these will be posted on the Mayor’s Charity Appeal website.