Northcliffe Events 

Friends of Northcliffe Privacy Notice
The link to the privacy notice is on the members page


Update on the proposed use of Northcliffe Park for 

a new crematorium 28th July 2018

The Regulatory and Appeal Committee of the council, which acts as the Trustees for the Norman Raw/ Northcliffe Playing Fields, met last Thursday and decided not to remove Northcliffe from the list of potential sites for a new crematorium. Instead they agreed to continue to look at the feasibility of all sites which means that they will get the site valued, carry out some kind of public consultation with the people in Shipley and Heaton, and approach the charity commission about changes to the original conveyance when the land was gifted to the council, before meeting again.

There are few details at the moment, we know that Northcliffe is not their preferred choice but their priority sites are privately owned and so will cost them money. Within Northcliffe the area they are looking at is at the Moorhead Lane end, with an entrance near the Golf Course and with road modifications to High Bank Lane. It would take around 10% of the land of the playing fields.

When we have more details about the feasibility study and consultation we will call a public meeting. 

There was a special meeting on the 25th of July 2018 follow this Link to see the report of this meeting. The St Paul's land mentoned in the report has since been viewed by the Council but is unfortunately not suitable.

We have now received a pdf map of the proposed site for the Crematorium.

click this link to view the map.

 It is important to get as many people as possible to sign the on line petition

If you can get people to sign a paper version of the petition you can download a form here.

You can also write to the officer who deals with property held by the council in Trust and is the link with the Charity Commission, or write to him Mike Priestley City Hall Bradford BD1 1HY. A sample letter is below.

Example complaint letter to Norman Rae (Or Northcliffe) Playing Fields Charity


Charity entry can be found at


Send letters of complaint to



Mr Priestley,


I am writing to you as the named contact for the "Norman Rae (Or Northcliffe) Playing Fields" Charity number 515034.


I wish to complain that the Charity is not acting in accordance with its Charitable Objectives as outlined in the Charities Commission registration.  In considering the use of the Norman Rae Playing Fields for purposes other than those outlined in the objectives, i.e. as a proposed site for a crematorium, Bradford MDC as Trustee is not acting in accordance with the stated aim.  In approaching the Charities Commission for permission to re purpose the land in direct contravention of the stated charitable aim, Bradford MDC is also not properly discharging its duty as a responsible Trustee.


Of course, should the Council choose to reconsider its decision to propose Northcliffe as a potential site for a crematorium, then I will consider the complaint dealt with.


Many thanks,


There are no events planned for July and August 2018


we will be meeting in August this year as we need to repair the fencing around the silt traps before BEES start to dig out some of the pond, so there is a fair bit of material to barrow down to the site as well as the construction, and we can do a final check on the balsam. We also need to look at and weed the tree nurseries and hedges, as well as making plans for the wildlife area.

so the dates for this autumn are: August 21st, September 18th,
October 23rd (note not the third Tuesday), November 20th

10am - 2.30pm, with a break 12 -12.30 in the NEET coffee shop, bring your own lunch and you can buy a drink if you want.

Come to either am or pm sessions or to both. Meet in the Allotment Club house before the NEET car park area at 10am, in the NEET coffee shop at 12.30. Wear decent footwear and gloves, the other tools will be provided.

Julia has set the date as Friday 24th August for BEES volunteer group to work at the pond, digging a channel and creating deeper areas with the hope that once the rains start the water will flow and pool.

We will park at the railway, arriving at 10.15, so we will be at the pond from about 10.30am and work until about 3 or 3.30pm. Join us for as long or short as you fancy.
We will make a hot drink at lunch time, about 12.30, and there will be biscuits. Tools and gloves will be available, but dress for a muddy session.

so if you fancy some mud please go and support them.

Val Harris

Heritage Project

Public meeting Re Final Report

The meeting planned to take place at Northcliffe Church on the 3rd of November 2018 has had to be posponed. It is hoped to set a new date for early 2019.

Planning Meetings

No meeting  August 2018

Members and prospective members are welcome at all the meetings

Dog Fouling

It is easy to forget the important reason for binning dog faeces and not leaving

it on the ground or returning it to the environment neatly bagged. 

Toxocaracanis (roundworm).

Follow this link to read more.

Friends of Northcliffe Shopping Bag

The shopping bag is now available. Click here to see a picture of the bag.

The price is £3 for one or £5 for two. It will be available at events.

Video of Northcliffe

To see a short video about Northcliffe Park please follow this link

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   Saplings Outdoor Nature Play Group with Sponge Tree
  To  get more info, contact Nicola: 07914 495 626 or Paula: 07914 389 726 or email
Bradford Urban Wildlife Group
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Bradford Model Engineering Society
Run the miniature railway most Sundays from Easter to October.
 For more information such as booking the railway for a birthday party visit their website or phone 01943 467281

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