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Newsletter – November/December 2019

The Gift to the people of Huddersfield

On the 31st December 1919 Legh Tolson gave his house and park to the people of Huddersfield.

It was on that day that a contract, was made between Legh Tolson and the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the County Borough of Huddersfield. This marvellous gift included the

‘hereditaments’ and premises comprising’ the Mansion House called Ravensknowle and the dwelling house called Ravenshill’

(at this time the building had been divided in to two adjoined houses.)

Legh Tolson required that this gift be

‘a lasting memorial and tribute to his two nephews Second Lieutenant Robert Huntriss Tolson and Second Lieutenant James Martin Tolson who died in service of their country in the late European War…’

The gift was accepted. The document agreed and declared:-

– To place at all times … a tablet recording that the gift was made as a lasting memorial and tribute to the memory of the said Robert Huntries Tolson and James Martin Tolson.

– The said Mansion House and Dwellinghouse shall be used as a museum and the Corporation will as far as is reasonably possible adopt the scheme for the development of a local museum outlined in the short treaties by Thomas William Woodhead Ph.D, M.SC., F.L.S. … Approved by the General Purposes Committee on 12th August 1919.

– … the whole of the said estate and premises shall for ever hereafter be used for the purposes of a museum park recreation ground or other purposes of a like nature.

It was

Signed, sealed and delivered by Legh Tolson, J Henry Field, Town Clerk, J Nicholas Grimhaw, Solicitor with the corporation. The Commom Seal of the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the County Borough of Huddersfield was hereun to affixed.

The full document, all three pages of it, can be read here »

To celebrate this momentous event the Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle, with other special guests, will be invited to an event in Tolson Museum on 31st December 2019. Invitations to follow.

Tolson Memorial Museum – Tea & Cake

2pm – 3.30pm. Free events.
Second hand book stall. Refreshments.

13th Nov. Picture show of local events by Huddersfield Filmmakers Club.

11th Dec. Christmas Party with entertainment.

8th Jan. The story of Emily Frances Siddon an amazing woman from Honley by local historian Peter Marshal.

12th Feb. The developments of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Stirley Community Farm.

Tolson Memorial Museum

The very successful afternoon tea with live music. We will definitely be putting on another such event next year.

Heritage Memorial Garden, Tolson Memorial Museum

Service of Remembrance
Monday 11th November 10.45
Led by the Rev Margaret Fossey
Refreshments in the Museum.

The Autumn Lecture by Dr Alice Brumby

The Woodhead Hall was full for the lecture about the Huddersfield War Hospital at Royds Hall. We learnt that at the time it was one of the biggest hospitals treating servicemen in the country with at one time nearly 2,000 beds and was believed to have had the lowest death rate in the country. From 1916 a Hospital Magazine was produced monthly by the patients. It is from these publications that so much can be learnt about conditions in the hospital and the humour that was found even in such difficult circumstances. This hospital was well served by the people of Huddersfield who not only raised money but brought thousands of eggs to the hospital!

Stop press.

The latest on the Tolson Museum roof, though nothing can be seen, works are ongoing in preparation for the repair of the roof.

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 Volunteer Ann, Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. 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 – September/October 2019

Repairs to Tolson Memorial Museum

As we reported in the May – June Edition there are to be repairs to the fabric of Tolson Memorial Museum. In the Kirklees Council Budget of 2019/2020 £300,000 is allocated for repairs, mostly to the roof. We were delighted with this and we learn that there will be workmen in the Museum from October onwards. As a result of the work the ‘birds’ will have to be found a temporary home and several rooms upstairs will be out of action. This will not affect our Tea & Cake meetings. We have a full programme going into next year, but regrettably we are not able to hold our annual Victorian Christmas Fair. This is really unfortunate as the Victorian Christmas Fair has become very popular and I have already had many requests to have a stall. There will be a Victorian Christmas Fair in 2020. The Friends are however going ahead with their first Spring Craft Fair on Sunday 29th March, just a week before Easter. Many of those who have contacted me regarding a stall at Christmas are already signing up to be at our Spring Craft Fair. It promises to be an interesting event with a great variety of stalls.

The rain came down on Wednesday when the Tea & Cake group should have been out on the bowling green learning to play Croquet! However we adjourned to the Morning Room in the Museum and had a discussion about the proposed plans for the future of Huddersfield town . We still enjoyed tea and homemade cake! Margaret Wood, and a colleague of the Croquet Club, joined us and Margaret handed out details of the opening times of the Croquet Club and invited anyone interested to go along. (Mon.1.30pm- 4.00pm, Tues 10.00am– 12.20pm, Wed 6.00pm-8pm Fri. 1.30pm— 4pm.)

The Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle are members of the national body of the British Association of Friends of Museums BAfM. I attended the Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Conference which was held recently in the Mansion House, Doncaster, Whilst there we went on a tour of the building which is a fine Georgian house. It is is really worth a visit if you are in Doncaster. The picture is of a beautiful epergne and table decoration in the Mansion House dining room.

Tolson Memorial Museum – Tea & Cake

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

11th Sept. Dry Stone Walling, the challenge of repairing the walls which are so much part of our countryside.

9th Oct. The Jewellery Trade in Huddersfield. Talk by Ian Fillan.

13th Nov. Huddersfield Filmmakers Club.

6th Annual Motorbike Show

Motorbike Show Sunday 8th Sept 11am – 4pm

Full range of bikes, stalls and refreshments.

Heritage Memorial Garden, Tolson Memorial Museum

All Hands on Deck Saturday 14th September 12pm – 2pm

Mikron Theatre join us again with one of their wonderful shows. The play is full of dots, dashes, semaphore and song. Some seats in the Garden but bring your own if you can. Free event, collection taken. Refreshments before the event and in the interval.

Tolson Memorial Museum

Afternoon Tea with live entertainment – Sunday 6th October 1pm or 2.30pm

Pianist Lee Mathews will play in the lovely morning room.

Booking essential. 1pm or 2.30pm £10.

From 2nd Sept on line from eventbrite or Ann or Museum.

Huddersfield War Hospital Magazines Lecture – Sunday 13th October 2pm

Lecture by Dr Alice Bumbry.

Magazines were produced by the hospital, now Royds Hall, during WW1 and are kept in Tolson Memorial Museum. They will be on display at the lecture.

2pm. Free event.

Hallowe’en – Thursday 31st October 2.30pm

Make lanterns and go for a spooky walk in the Park.

£2 per child.

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 Volunteer Ann, Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. 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 – July/August 2019

The newsletter and our programme

The ‘Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle’ have been sending a newsletter out every other month for several years now. Everyone who signs up and pays the £3 single or £5 couple subscription to support the keeping of Tolson Memorial Museum as the Museum of Huddersfield receives a newsletter. The newsletter is sent to you by email or if you do not have an email it is posted to you.

We have just reviewed the list of supporters which is extensive and as a result we hope that everyone who has paid up gets the Newsletter. You only pay once, your payment is for life. If you have just got an email, do let us know so we can add your name to the email list, and of course if you don’t want to hear from us we will take you off the list.

As ever we have had some excellent speakers this year at ‘Tea & Cake’ meetings on the second Wednesday afternoon in the month. David Cockman gave us an extensive picture show about the Honley Pleasure Gardens. We were reminded that there were really pleasure gardens in Honley and people caught the tram in Huddersfield to come to the Pleasure Gardens for a day out. We also had a really informative session about First Aid by Vivienne Rowden of the British Red Cross. At the end I think that we all felt faced with an emergency we were better equipped to take some action.

The summer outing this year was to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. What a wonderful place with so many varied exhibitions. But it rained! However everyone agreed that it was a good outing. The picture here is the inside of a chapel at YSP with a mirror on the floor, white walls black woodwork and refraction windows . Most unusual.

It is lovely working in the Heritage Memorial Garden on a Saturday morning. Now it is more established we can really see what is planted and can look at how we can make it more wildlife friendly with colour all year round. Any expert advice to help us to achieve this would be most welcome.

Tolson Memorial Museum – Tea & Cake

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

10th July. Poems and tales about your favourite animals. Bring your own stories.

14th August. Joint meeting with the Croquet Club. If wet games in the Museum.

11th Sept. Dry Stone Walling, the challenge of repairing the walls which are so much part of our countryside.

Tolson Memorial Museum – Cream Teas

1pm – 3pm Morning Room
£5 per person, booking advised.

Sunday 4th August. Yorkshire Day – Bring your family to celebrate Yorkshire Day by having one of our famous cream teas.

Heritage Memorial Garden Events

Brass for all by Emley Brass Band Sunday 14th July 2pm – 3.30pm

The award winning band playing a programme of popular brass band music. Some seats but bring your own if you can. Free event, collection taken. Refreshments before the event and in the interval.

Jazz in the Garden with New Orleans Wiggle. Sunday 18th August 2pm – 4pm

A local six piece band playing vocals jazz, blues, spirituals and swing. Some seats but bring your own if you can. Free event, collection taken. Refreshments before the event and in the interval.

All Hands on Deck Saturday 14th September 12pm – 2pm

Mikron Theatre join us again with one of their wonderful shows. The play is full of dots, dashes, semaphore and song. Some seats but bring your own if you can. Free event, collection taken. Refreshments before the event and in the interval.

Tolson Memorial Museum Events

Motorbike Show Sunday 8th Sept 11am – 4pm

Full range of bikes, stalls and refreshments.

Heritage Memorial Garden Gardening

10am – 11.30am on the following dates, weather permitting:

  • 13th July
  • 27th July
  • 10th Aug
  • 24th Aug

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 Volunteer Ann, Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. 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 – May/June 2019

THE FUTURE OF TOLSON MEMORIAL MUSEUM

Come and join us to hear about the plans for Tolson Museum.

GOOD NEWS – GOOD NEWS – GOOD NEWS

Kirklees Council Cabinet has allocated £300,000 in the budget 2019 – 2020 to repair the roof of the Museum building . The ‘temporary’ boiler is also in the schedule to be replaced.

I did check the £300.000 figure!! It is correct. This is largest sum allocated in the Corporate Landlord Asset Investment Programme 2019/20 and the expected delivery period is 2019 / 20. This is wonderful news.

Annual General Meeting

On Sunday 19th May it is the Annual General Meeting of the ‘Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle. The committee of the Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle still meet on a monthly basis and it is our seventh annual general meeting. It promises to be a really interesting meeting because the story of the roof is not the only good news.

The Museums and Galleries Service has been awarded a Resiliance Heritage Lottery Award. Deborah Marsland, Museums & Galleries Manager and Kathryn White, Business & Audiences Manager are coming to talk about this award and the future of the Museum at our Annual Meeting on Sunday 19th May. They are calling their presentation ‘Bringing out the Best’.

Do come to find out what this means and how this award will enhance the future of Tolson Museum. Take this opportunity not only to hear what is happening but to ask questions of the Kirklees officers.

Easter Egg Hunt

Our new event of the year, the Easter Egg Hunt turned out to be real success, so much so that we ran out of questionnaires!

The hunt mainly required the participants to go outside the Museum to find answers to questions. It was a lovely afternoon which helped the enjoyment of the event. We plan to make it an annual event, making sure that we have enough quizzes for everyone.

Tolson Junior Parkrun

On Easter Sunday we celebrated the third anniversary of the Tolson Junior Parkrun. As ever it was well attended. We shared a celebration cake with the usual refreshments in the Bowling Green Hut afterwards. Our Run Director Louise, who started the event, was not with us as she was in Australia, however a picture was taken of Jeanette, Keith, Clare, Helen and myself all who have been in it from the beginning.

Tolson Memorial Museum – Tea & Cake

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

8th May. The work of the British Red Cross with demonstrations of how we can help in an emergency.

12th June. Summer outing to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Leave at 12 noon. Booking essential.

10th July. Poems and tales about your favourite animals. Bring your own stories.

Tolson Memorial Museum – Cream Teas

1pm – 3pm Morning Room
£5 per person, booking advised.

Sunday 4th August. Yorkshire Day

Heritage Memorial Garden Events

Jazz in the Garden with Honley Sax Choir. Sunday 12th May. 2pm – 3.30pm.

A programme ranging from the classics to songs from the shows to more modern pieces.

Brass for all by Emley Brass Band Sunday 14th July 2pm – 3.30.

Some seats but bring your own if you can. Free event, collection taken. Refreshments before the event and in the interval.

Heritage Memorial Garden

We will be gardening on the following dates:– 11th May, 25th May, 8th June and 22rd June, weather permitting. Check with Ann if you plan to come and join us. The bed we are planting in the suffragette colours is coming on. We are planting and sorting the various beds.

Woven. An event as part of the Kirklees ‘Woven Festival’, a celebration of textiles, is planned on Sunday 9th June in Tolson Museum. Look out for the adverts., we do not know the exact form yet.

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 Volunteer Ann, Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. 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 2019

Tolson Junior Parkrun and help in the Heritage Memorial Garden

In April it will be three years since the first Tolson Junior ParkRun.

Every Sunday morning at about 8.45 runners and volunteers assemble in front of Tolson Museum. We have from 20 to 50 children aged from 4 to 14 year old running, sometimes with parents. For this to happen there are a series of jobs that need to be done and the director in charge for the morning allocates the jobs.

The markers, tokens, timers, volunteers yellow fluorescent jackets etc are all collected from the hut by the bowling green. The start and finish points are marked. A volunteer goes round the park collecting rubbish, another removes dog dirt. The points where there has to be a marshal are all numbered. For a Junior park run each marshal has to be able to see the next marshal, and for the Tolson Park Run there are 10 places that need a marshal. At 8.50 we worry about whether we will have enough volunteers, a total of 15 are needed, but our supporters always turn up trumps! We have only had to cancel once and that was because the circuit was very icy! There are warm up exercises, a few notices and promptly at 9am the runners are off! The time of each runner is recorded. There is a tail runner and once that person has completed the circuit we start to pack up. Then many of us go to the hut on the bowling green where refreshments are served by the ‘Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle’. By 10am we are all on our way home having had a brilliant start to our Sunday.

Walking through the Heritage Memorial Garden after a recent Parkrun I noticed the snowdrops first sign of Spring. However as a result of the high winds the Garden was strewn with twigs and leaves and did look in need of some attention. And that has come in the form of the ‘GoodGym’. The GoodGym is a group of people, led by Saul Muldoon, who meet at 6pm every Tuesday in the John Smith Stadium. They set off for a run and then do some work in the community. They offered to help in the Garden and have already run to the Garden on two evenings and worked in the dark, they have lights on their heads, filling many bags with garden refuse. Afterwards they enjoy refreshments in the Hut by the Bowling Green and then run back to the Stadium. They plan to make coming to the Garden a regular event which will be a real help in the upkeep.

Tolson Memorial Museum – Tea & Cake

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

13th March. The Story of Hope Bank, Honleys Pleasure Grounds.

10th April. The History of the many and varied Local War Memorials.

8th May. The work of the British Red Cross with demonstrations of how we can help in an emergency.

Tolson Memorial Museum – Cream Teas

1pm – 3pm Morning Room
£5 per person, booking advised.

Sunday 31st March Mothering Sunday

Jazz in the Garden with Honley Sax Choir

Castle Hill, the distinctive feature above Huddersfield

This map of Castle Hill is part of the 1634 survey of the township of Almondbury. It shows a warning bacon and says the area is the ‘scite of the towne’ The history of the occupation of the hill with models fills a room in Tolson Museum. There are also records of the myths and legends that have been told about this place and the legal and illegal events have happened on this lonely spot. Should you walk up to Castle Hill you have a fantastic view and find a series of information boards that tell you all about this beautiful area.

Feedback from the last edition

Planning is going ahead into the possibility of a series of lectures in the autumn. They will be on Sunday afternoons in October—November, Many thanks for the gifts I have received for the tombola and white elephant stalls. We are still in need of someone to come to any of our events and take photos, we know we should do it, but we are just too busy!!! And we still value anyone who could come and help serve refreshments at any of our events.

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 Volunteer Ann, Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. 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.