THIS WEEK'S EDITION:

Issue 714

FRIDAY DECEMBER 11 EDITION: The first shop opened this week in a new era for a Dewsbury shopping parade recently taken over by community activists.

Sama Flora launched at The Arcade selling colourful handmade gifts by self-taught Sam Hirst - and a baby clothes and toy store is due to open in there tomorrow (Fri).

Community group Dewsbury Pioneers signed a five-year lease for the building with its landlord last month.

A mini retail survey show that while Dewsbury still has too many empty shops, some units, including the long-vacant former Game store on Longcauseway, are now taken.

Meet crafty Sam and read why the town's new 20-year revival masterplan could be mis-named only in our exclusive story.

Elsewhere, a Cleckheaton vicar is doing a sleepout in aid of the homeless – in a farm stable with a disco and party food supplied by local traders.

On the theme of homelessness, a once struggling Batley artist forced to 'sofa surf' is now a successful businesswoman.

Campaigners in the town fear traders will be 'systematically' condemned' if plans for an Islamic education centre in Healey is approved.

Fellow activists in Dewsbury are close to hiring a lawyer for another looming planning battle after a series of successful fundraisers.

And after MP Jo Cox abstained in a crucial parliamentary vote, she explains he views on the situation in Syria.

In sport, Dewsbury Rams chairman Mark Sawyer would consider a repeat of last season a successful campaign in 2016.

Sawyer also talks about improvements to the Tetley's Stadium – find out what has been done in The Press.

And Batley Bulldogs have got their target Chris Ulugia for 2016, but they had to do it the hard way.

The centre wasn't allowed a visa to sign for Batley permanently, but he will remain on loan at the club for 2016.

Elsewhere Mirfield Stags kept up their 100 per cent start to the Pennine League Championship.

And in rugby union Cleckheaton secured their third win of the season at home to Birkenhead. They look for their fourth win at Rossendale Saturday (2.15pm).

But our football sides have had mixed fortunes, Liversedge and Ossett Town both lost their last league games, but club of the month for November Ossett Albion have climbed to fifth in the Evo-Stik First Division North and reached the semi-finals of the West Riding Cup after consecutive victories.

And find out why former WBA and IBF light welterweight champion Amir Khan will be in Dewsbury tomorrow night.

It's all in The Press, the only newspaper which has North Kirklees covered.

In This Weeks News

Fight is on to save community centre
Fight is on to save community centre Read More
Consultation on new homes and industry plan ‘is flawed’
Consultation on new homes and industry plan ‘is flawed’ Read More
Police hunt Cleckheaton town centre thugs
Police hunt Cleckheaton town centre thugs Read More
Homes plan ‘a disaster for future generations’
Homes plan ‘a disaster for future generations’ Read More
Council starts sports centre re-think
Council starts sports centre re-think Read More
Labour rulers ‘inept’, claim rival parties
Labour rulers ‘inept’, claim rival parties Read More
Chocs plea for food bank kids
Chocs plea for food bank kids Read More
Jail for Ossett conman
Jail for Ossett conman Read More
Trouble leads police to stolen prestige cars in hidden ‘factory’
Trouble leads police to stolen prestige cars in hidden ‘factory’ Read More
Eight arrested over after tensions robberies stir mob fury
Eight arrested over after tensions robberies stir mob fury Read More
Inter-faith head gives reaction to proposed Britain First rally
Inter-faith head gives reaction to proposed Britain First rally Read More
Hospital ruled unsafe – again
Hospital ruled unsafe – again Read More
School may face legal action over prayer room
School may face legal action over prayer room Read More
Community leaders condemn far-right Britain First's demo in Dewsbury plan
Community leaders condemn far-right Britain First's demo in Dewsbury plan Read More
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Aspindle honoured at awards night
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Dewsbury's sporting talents receive special award
Dewsbury's sporting talents receive special award Read More
Cricket awards round off season
Cricket awards round off season Read More
Teams battle the elements to play
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McCardle earns Palestino victory
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Oakwell Motel boost their survival hopes
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Albion run ends on the coast
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Moor reach the last four of BARLA Cup
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Harrogate too strong for Cleck
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BARLA Cup exit ends Trojans' season
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Adverse weather doesn't halt Stags' winning streak
Adverse weather doesn't halt Stags' winning streak Read More
Grady snubs rival club to remain at Dewsbury
Grady snubs rival club to remain at Dewsbury Read More
Hesketh to miss start of season after knee surgery
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