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Newsletter – May/June 2018

1868 We, in Huddersfield, can run our own town!!!

From July 1868 the development of the growing town and surrounding villages would be managed by a council elected by the residents. Not every resident had the vote, you had to be a male and a £10 a year householder. The borough was divided into 12 wards and 14 Alderman and 42 councillors were elected. They selected the first Mayor of Huddersfield who was Charles Henry Jones.

What was Huddersfield town like in1868 when it became a borough? According to Owen Balmforth in his ‘Jubilee History’ written in 1918, “There were no tramways, no electric lights, no parks, no Town Hall, no Public Library, no publicly managed schools and restricted water and gas supplies.” The newly elected council which met on 7th September 1868 had something of a challenge! They began their task with great industry and within thirty years there were massive improvements, even becoming the first borough to run their own tramcars. This subject will be further explored at the Tea &Cake meeting on 11th July.

Turn to 2018. It was quite a day in Ravensknowle Park on Sunday 22nd. In the morning we celebrated the fact that the Tolson junior parkrun has been going for 2 years. At 9am 55 children ran the course with the usual 15 volunteers organising the event. There was a party for all afterwards.

Later in the morning, in an early celebration of St George’s Day, the scouts of the Huddersfield South East District paraded round the park with a band playing and they then renewed their vows in the shadow of the Clock Tower. They were addressed by the Mayor of Kirklees Cllr Christine Iredale. The scouts then dispersed to take part in various activities in the Park and Museum and the distinguished guests were entertained in the Morning Room. The ‘Friends’ continued to serve cream teas for the rest of the afternoon.

Tolson Museum – Tea & Cake

2pm – 3.30pm 2nd Wed in month. Free.
Donation for refreshments. All welcome.

9th May. Flower Demonstration. Learn how to make the best of a bouquet by an expert, Karen of Finishing Touches.

13th June. Visit to Oakwell Hall. Visit to this fine Elizabethan House near Batley. Please contact Ann for details.

11th July. Incorporation 1868. What did it mean to the people of Huddersfield?

Tolson Museum – Table-top Sale

Saturday 16th June.
11am – 4pm

To book a table contact Linda.

FoT&R AGM

Sunday 20th May 2pm

Come and have your say.
All are welcome.

Heritage Memorial Garden, Tolson Museum

Free events, refreshments served.
Some seats but bring your own if you can.

13th May. 2pm – 3.30. Brass in the Garden. Kirklees Musica youth band

10th June. 2pm – 3.30. Brass for All. Emley Brass Band

8th July. 2pm – 3.30. Jazz in the Garden. New Orleans Wiggle

Huddersfield in 1849 by William Cowan

A stunning painting of Huddersfield from Ashes Lane (just below Castle Hill). This picture of Huddersfield was painted not many years before it became a borough and, although it was a rapidly expanding town with a built up town centre, it was still very rural. This picture is in the Tolson Museum.

About Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle

The committee of ‘Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle’ meet once a month usually on the 3rd Sunday afternoon in the month. All ‘Friends of Ravensknowle & Tolson’ are very welcome to join us.

For more information please contact Ann Denham, Chair of Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. Tel: 01484 425708 m: 07803159506 email: ann.denham3@gmail.com

If you want to join us and become a 'Friend', the cost is just £3 for one person and £5 for a couple for life! See how you can get involved.

Newsletter – March/April 2018

Celebration of Women

Annually in March we celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March) and Mothering Sunday, which this year comes early on 11th March (join us for a Cream Tea). However, this year there is a is very special celebration. In February 1918 the Representation of the People Act, that gave most women over 30 the right to vote in an election, was passed. A separate act in the same year gave women the chance to stand for election though it was 1919 before the first women took her seat in Parliament. Interesting, if women had, at that time, been given the same voting rights as men there would have been more women entitled to vote than men. I wonder what impact that would have had! As we know, the right to vote had not come easily with women being incarcerated in prison and Emily Davison loosing her life at the Derby in 1913.

There were several working class women from Yorkshire who played as active part in this struggle. Dora Thewlis, a 16 year old mill worker from Huddersfield, took the train to London to join the suffragette mission to break into the House of Parliament. She was arrested by the police and sent to prison. Her picture appeared in the Daily Mirror where she was called the ‘Baby Suffragette’. She responded by saying with great indignation she was no baby as she was nearly 17. Feisty to the end. A new exhibition ‘Our Fight for the Voting Right’ opens in the Museum on Saturday 28th April.

The Defibrillator in Ravensknowle Park

A defibrillator, in a bright yellow box, is on the wall of the Transport Gallery that faces across Ravensknowle Park. This has been paid with donations from the Rotary Club of Huddersfield, The Croquet Club, Ravensknowle Bowling Club, Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle and a Community Award by Kirklees Council. Representatives from these groups have attended a first aid course. The defibrillator has to be checked every week. This is being done by Tolson Junior parkrun volunteers as they are in the Park every Sunday.

Tea & Cake – Woodhead Hall

2nd Wednesday in the month
2pm – 3.30pm

All welcome. Book stall. Free event.

 

14th March.
Felix the Station Cat. Is he the mystery cat?

11th April.
Famous Local Ladies. Talk by Catherine Hall.

Cream Teas – Morning Room

Mothering Sunday
11th March 1pm – 3.30pm
Served on china. £5 per person.
Booking advisable.

Also in the museum talks about female connections with local Museums and an opportunity to handle some related objects.

Heritage Memorial Garden, Tolson Museum

Musica Kirklees present Brass in the Garden
13th May. 2pm – 3.30 First of our programme of summer entertainment in the Heritage Memorial Garden. Free event.

Purse with the Huddersfield Coat of Arms in Tolson Museum

Purse with the Huddersfield Coat of Arms in Tolson Museum presented to the first woman Mayor of Huddersfield, Ald. Mary Sykes in 1945 One of the 100 items in the Museum listed on the Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle website.

Celebrating one of our unsung entrepreneurial local women Mary Sykes, born in 1896 was one of the first women to qualify as a solicitor. She had her own law firm in Huddersfield. She was the first women to be elected to Huddersfield Council, first woman alderman and first woman mayor. Once elected she encouraged more women to take part in local politics and get elected.

About Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle

The committee of ‘Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle’ meet once a month usually on the 3rd Sunday afternoon in the month. All ‘Friends of Ravensknowle & Tolson’ are very welcome to join us.

For more information please contact Ann Denham, Chair of Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. Tel: 01484 425708 m: 07803159506 email: ann.denham3@gmail.com

If you want to join us and become a 'Friend', the cost is just £3 for one person and £5 for a couple for life! See how you can get involved.

New Year Newsletter – Jan/Feb 2017

A Happy New Year to all our Friends and supporters

The ‘Friends’ have had a busy Christmas with the successful Victorian Christmas Fair and a full house for the Carols in the Garden. The latter however did not happen in the Garden. The afternoon was a little too damp for a keyboard to be used outside so we went into the Woodhead Hall.

A full programme of speakers and activities for 2018 has been prepared for the Tea and Cake group. This continues to meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Woodhead Hall in Tolson Museum. The Museum now opens only at the weekend for visits by the public, but for booked meetings such as the Tea & Cake group, schools visits and other private meetings it is open.

The ‘Friends’ events are now well attended and successful. This is wonderful but of course does stretch the resources of the ‘Friends’ committee. Can you give a couple of hours occasionally to help? I was going to put up some posters at the Victorian Christmas Fair asking for volunteers but ran out of time to get them done! There are lots of jobs where the offer of a bit of time occasionally would really help us. Please email me or give me a ring if you want to know more.

The colours of the edges of this newsletter are called ‘crocus’. This reminds me that, although I am looking out over snow, spring is not far away and we will soon be enjoying working in the Heritage Memorial Garden. Saturday morning seems to be the time that suits those of us who like gardening and we meet on 2nd and 4th Saturdays. The next meeting will be 10am Saturday 10th March, as always weather permitting. Refreshments served.


Father Christmas Grotto, beautifully decorated by KD Decoratives.

Tea & Cake – Woodhead Hall

2nd Wednesday in the month
2pm – 3.30pm

All welcome. Book stall. Free event.

10th Jan.
The Villas of Edgerton. David Griffiths talking about his latest book.

14th Feb.
St Valentine’s Day. Bring a poem to share.

14th March.
Felix the Station Cat. Is he the mystery cat?

11th April.
Famous Local Ladies. Talk by Catherine Hall.

Cream Teas – Morning Room

St Valentine’s Day
Sunday 11th February

Mothering Sunday
11th March

St George’s Day
Sunday 22nd April

Spell, Pommel and Knurr

Come and see the Spell, Pommel and Knurr in your Tolson Museum.

It was a very popular game in this area, with money won and lost on the results. The spell is the wooden board with a spring loaded cup at the end. The board has wooden spikes pressed into the ground to secure it. The knurr or nut is the ball. The pommel is the stick to release the spring and hit the knurr as it rises into the air. The aim was to hit the knurr as far as possible. It was played locally until the 1950’s.

About Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle

The committee of ‘Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle’ meet once a month usually on the 3rd Sunday afternoon in the month. All ‘Friends of Ravensknowle & Tolson’ are very welcome to join us.

For more information please contact Ann Denham, Chair of Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. Tel: 01484 425708 m: 07803159506 email: ann.denham3@gmail.com

If you want to join us and become a 'Friend', the cost is just £3 for one person and £5 for a couple for life! See how you can get involved.

Tea & Cake Meetings 2018 (Provisional)

2pm – 3.30pm 2nd Wednesday every month. Free events.
Tolson Museum, Wakefield Road HD5 8DJ

2018 Programme (Provisional)

10th January. The Villas of Edgerton. David Griffiths will talk about his latest book.

14th February. St Valentine’s Day Have you a favourite poem about love? On this auspicious day bring it along and share with us.

14th March. Felix the Station Cat. Is he like Macavity the mystery cat?

11th April. Famous ladies with local connections. Catherine Hall talks about Sarah M Beaumont, Violet Bagshaw and Charlotte Bronte.

9th May. Flower arranging demonstration.

13th June Summer outing

11th July Huddersfield Incorporation 1868

8th August Joint meeting with the Croquet Club (If wet games in the Museum.!)

13th September Riding motorbikes is not an all boys club any more. The two wheeled adventure of bikerbird.

10th October Hospice work in the community.

14th November The end of the War.

12th December Christmas Party.

Autumn Newsletter – Nov/Dec 2017

Tolson Museum re-opens after entrance refurbishment

Tolson Museum has been shut for the entrance area to be refurbished. We had a sneak look while the work was taking place. It is looking stunning. This work is thanks to an award from the Arts Council.

Because of the disruption, the Tea & Cake meeting this month had to be in the Transport Gallery. Thanks to help from Museum Staff we were able to fit everyone in. Mohammed Kalid, West Yorkshire Fire Officer, was an excellent speaker and we learnt a lot. In particular, if you don’t have a fire alarm in your property, the fire service will come and fit one or more free. Also they fit special ones if you are deaf. Future meetings are in the Woodhead Hall.

 

The Heritage Memorial Garden looks very colourful. We garden on the second and fourth Saturday morning in the month meeting at 10am,weather permitting. Many magazines are offering free bulbs so if you have a minute to order some, and would like to donate them to the garden, we will plant them. Also if you are dividing perennial plants and have some to spare please, bring them along.

The Tolson Junior Parkrun draws between 30 and 60 children every Sunday morning. It is a really fun affair with a social gathering for refreshments afterwards. It is all free and a real opportunity for children to enjoy running with friends.

The reopening of the museum in October comes at a time in the history of Tolson when we are reminded of the losses in WW1. It was on 20th October 1918 that James Tolson was killed. He was aged 20, and was the second Tolson brother to be killed in the war. Robert Tolson died at the Somme. The annual Remembrance Service is at 10.45 on Saturday 11th November. It will be led by Rev Nancy Barbarinde. Wreaths will be laid by members of the community.

Upcoming Events

Tolson Junior Parkrun

Every Sunday 9am
4-14 years.
Come and join us.
Refreshments.

Tolson Museum Tea & Cake

2 .00 – 3.30 2nd Wed in month
All welcome. Book stall. Free event

11th October
Fire Prevention. Talk on safety by an officer of the West Yorkshire Fire Service.

8th November
Macular Society. Talk by local optician. Rena Souton.

13th December
Christmas Party.

10th Jan.
The Villas of Edgerton. David Griffiths talking about his latest book.

Carol Singing

Sunday 17th December
2pm–3pm Carol Singing. Join in with your favourite carols.
Enjoy mince pies, mulled wine.

More things to do. Come and join us.

Nordic Walking
Every Thursday. Starting at Tolson. 12 noon – 1 pm.

Pins & Needles Group, Tolson Museum
2 – 3:30 pm
27th September, 25th October, 22nd November

About Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle

The committee of ‘Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle’ meet once a month usually on the 3rd Sunday afternoon in the month. All ‘Friends of Ravensknowle & Tolson’ are very welcome to join us.

For more information please contact Ann Denham, Chair of Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. Tel: 01484 425708 m: 07803159506 email: ann.denham3@gmail.com

If you want to join us and become a 'Friend', the cost is just £3 for one person and £5 for a couple for life! See how you can get involved.