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This weekend we ran a small project to brighten up the meeting room in the Mechanics institute.  Volunteers dug out some archive material regarding the saving of the building in the 1980s. We found a set of A3 prints which we framed and put up on a blank wall.

Meeting Room Small

The volunteers who manage the Mechanics Hall would like help delivering leaflets this weekend, to all properties in Marsden.  The leaflets concern the asset transfer of the building. Meet at 10am at the Mechanics.

“We would like your help to deliver leaflets to every household in Marsden to promote and seek feedback on the work we are doing towards transferring Marsden Mechanics to community ownership.

We meet at Marsden Mechanics at 10am on Saturday 7 June to divide up the leaflets and deliver them to all parts of Marsden. There are over 2000 leaflets to deliver so we need as many volunteers as possible to get the job done quickly, please.

Please bring a shoulder bag or similar large enough to hold a stack of A4 size leaflets.”

Meet at 8pm at the Liberal club. The meeting will last 1 to 2 hours.  All are welcome.


  • Erection of notice boards now we have partial funding from the Cuckoo’s Nest.
  • Moving the Christmas Lights to Kirklees for annual testing.
  • Taking down the Christmas lights on the lampposts on Peel street.
  • Securing the broken panels on the storage garage
  • Progress  on the replacement garage
  • Insurance Renewal
  • Ownership of the MCA Office in the Mechanics
  • Mechanics Hall asset transfer




Meet at 8pm at the Liberal club. The meeting will last 1 to 2 hours.  All are welcome.


  • Constructing a community storage facility in Marsden this Summer, from where community groups/individuals can borrow each others assets (Gazebos, Trestle Tables, Giant Cuckoos, PA systems)
  • Erection of community notice boards at platform 3 in Marsden station, at Standedge Tunnel visitor centre and in Marsden park.
  • Evaluation of Christmas Lights
  • Mechanics Hall Asset Transfer- review of draft building enlargement drawings.
  • AOB




This year we switched 400 of our bulbs to LEDs in order to reduce our electricity bills and put less load on the Peel street lampposts. We ran a workshop and with the community and made up nine new frames

  • Barbera the Christmas sheep.
  • Bows and candy canes
  • Christmas sock/sleigh
  • Eskimo with umberella
  • Stormtrooper helmet
  • Noel
  • Christmas candle
  • Half a Reindeer
  • Happy Reindeer

We also put lights on the old red lion for the first time (thanks to CM law who now own the building)


For the switch on event we had Eorl Crabtree turn on the lights and had programmes for the first time. There were many acts in the Mechanics and outside in the village centre during the day.


Asset Transfer of the Marsden Mechanics Building in the Village Centre.

“There is a once in a generation opportunity for the village to take full possession of what public subscription created 150 years ago. Kirkless Council say they can no longer afford to keep the Mechanics on as a public service but have offered to assist the Marsden community in taking over full ownership of the building. A grant has been sought to commission a pre-feasibility study to explore the implications: THE FUTURE IN OUR HANDS!

The Current Situation
Marsden Mechanics is a Grade II listed building, which was saved from dereliction and demolition by the people of Marsden after a long campaign. The renovated building was reopened in 1992.
The Mechanics is owned by Kirklees Council, but managed by the voluntary Marsden Mechanics Management Association on behalf of the community. The main hall, meeting room and foyer are used for all kinds of events, performances, classes and
meetings. The Mechanics is a licensed wedding venue and a popular place to hold a party. It also houses Marsden’s library and the office of the Marsden based Mikron Theatre Company.

The Threat
Kirklees Council is disposing of large parts of its property portfolio, which it can no longer afford to run and maintain. Kirklees has told the Management Association that unless the community can take over the Mechanics, it will be closed and mothballed or sold. The Council would prefer that the community takes over ownership of the building by a process known as Asset Transfer. If we don’t take ownership, the village risks losing its only community meeting place that is free from religious or political alignment, its library and the building itself, Marsden’s iconic architectural landmark.

The Opportunity
The community of Marsden, which built the Mechanics by subscription 150 years ago, has the opportunity to own the building once again. It needs modernising and, if we take ownership, there is the possibility of altering and extending the building, using adjacent land, to purpose-build more useable and flexible spaces that can generate extra income and help secure the Mechanics’ future.

Next Steps
First, we need to decide whether, as a community, we want to take on the Mechanics with its associated risks and responsibilities. If we do, we need to create a new, incorporated, body which can own, manage and sustain the Mechanics. We need to decide what the Mechanics should look like in the twenty-first century. How could we remodel its spaces to fulfil our needs? Who might occupy it? What services might be run from the building? How can we secure its financial future? Asset Transfer will be a lot of work. We will need a team of enthusiastic, creative and committed people to see the process through. Can you help us? If you can, please come along to our AGM at 7.30pm on 17 December or contact us at”

Information as .PDF –  Asset Transfer Leaflet (both sides)

For the first time we turned the Christmas lights “switch on” event into a Christmas Fair in the Mechanics. The event was a great success, with at times queues forming to get in. There were free craft workshops, craft and gift stalls, tombola, Santa’s grotto, a raffle and refreshements.

Entertainment was provided by –

2pm – Storytellers.
2.45pm – Belly dancers.
3.30pm – Bernadette Heys’ dancing school.
4.15pm – Junior school choir.
5.00pm – Infant and Nursery school choir.

The switch on regulars were also there for the crowds outside – The Thieving Magpies, Marsden’s Junior Band, Unity Choir, Jack Frost and the Frosties as well as Father Christmas on his sleigh.

Thanks to Enjoy Photography for the photos.

What do you think about Marsden Mechanics Hall?

What changes are needed to make sure that everyone can use and enjoy the facilities?

Please take part in their online survey. It will only take 5 minutes. Click the button for ‘Review and Renew’.  The survey is open until Sunday 14th November and the results will be presented at an open meeting in the Mechanics Hall on Tuesday 30th November at 7.00pm.

All welcome.