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Tea & Cake Meetings 2019

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

9th January – The Colne Bridge Fire, the dreadful tragedy that helped change the law.

13th February – Legal and financial issues that could affect you? A helpful talk by an expert.

13th March – The story of Hope Bank, Honley’s Pleasure Grounds.

10th April – The history of our many and varied local War Memorials.

8th May – The British Red Cross, by Vivienne Rowden, W &S Yorkshire Service Coordinator.

12th June – Summer outing

10th July – PDSA, talk about the work of the nationwide animal charity who have a shop in Huddersfield. TBC

14th August – Joint meeting with the Croquet Club (If wet games in the Museum.!)

11th September – Dry Stone Walling, the challenge of repairing dry stone walls so much part of our countryside.

9th October – The jewellery trade, described and illustrated by a local expert and former jewellery retailer.

13th November – Picture Show by Huddersfield Film Makers Club.

11th December – Christmas Party.

Newsletter – January/February 2019

Happy New Year to you all

And what a year 2018 was.

We celebrated the end of the Great War but also commemorated the deaths of so many service personel, mainly soldiers, from Huddersfield.

The “Tommy” was unveiled on the outside wall of the Transport Gallery.

We also had a successful day celebrating the making of cloth in Huddersfield.both in the past and the wonderful textiles that are being produced today.

At our Tea & Cake meetings we heard about such subjects as famous local women, the growth of Edgerton and Felix the station cat.

We were part of the Heritage Weekend once again in September with a very busy Motorcycle Show.

We also had an event each month from May to September in the Heritage Memorial Garden.

We are getting quite a following with over 150 coming to the hugely enjoyable performance in the Heritage Memorial Garden by Mikron Theatre.

Now the programme for 2019!

We already have a full programme of speakers and events for our Tea and Cake meetings on the second Wednesday afternoon in the month.

We are serving Cream Teas in the lovely Morning Room to celebrate St Valentine’s Day and Mothering Sunday.

An Easter Egg hunt is planned for Easter Sunday.

We are drawing up a full programme of events In the Heritage Memorial Garden with a Jazz Band already booked and contact made with other possible groups.

On the ‘Friends’ website there is a list of 100 items with a short commentary about each. There are one or two errors and some of the pictures are not very good. This will be redone this year.

We are looking forward to an exciting year which will culminate in an event on 31st December to mark 100 years since Legh Tolson gave:-

‘The Mansion House called Ravensknowle and the dwellinghouse there called Ravenshill… as a lasting memorial and tribute to the memory of his two nephews Robert Tolson and James Tolson killed in service of their country… to the corporation for the benefit…… of the public of Dalton and the rest of the Huddersfield Borough ……the said hereditaments …shall hereafter be used for the purpose of a museum park recreation ground or purposes of a like nature’

HELP – Is your New Year resolution to help more in your local community?

We, the ‘Friends’ would really appreciate your help with any of the following!!!!

  1. Do you enjoy taking photographs ! We are in need of someone to come to any of our events and take photographs. We know we should do it, but we are just too busy!!!
  2. Have you any unwanted Christmas gifts that you could donate to a tombola, we hold one at least twice a year and it is a good source of income. I will collect but it would be good if you can get it to the Tolson Memorial Museum – it is still open at the weekends.
  3. We have in the past had a series of lectures in the autumn – would you support a new series of lectures? We would like you view!
  4. We would value anyone who could come and help serve refreshments at any of our events.

Tolson Memorial Museum – Tea & Cake

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

9th Jan Colne Bridge Fire, the dreadful tragedy that changed the law.

13th Feb. Legal and financial issues that could affect you? A helpful talk by an expert.

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

Tolson Memorial Museum – Cream Teas

1pm – 3.30pm Morning Room
£5 per person, booking advised.

Sunday 17th Feb St Valentine’s Day

Sunday 31st March Mothering Sunday

Celebrating Textiles made in Huddersfield

Fancy Cloth was a fabric that was made of wool and other fibres such as silk or cotton. Joseph Etchells , who settled in Almondbury , was famous for his designs of figured silk and woollen fabric. Material, such as this, was used for waistcoatings, dress materials, shawls, table cloths and all kinds of soft furnishings.

An example of the fancy cloth that won a medal at the Great Exhibition of 1851. One of the many examples in Tolson Memorial 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 Volunteer Ann, 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 – November/December 2018

Celebrating Huddersfield Textiles

This newsletter is coming to you a little early as I don’t want you to miss out!

The Friends are having their first Celebration of Huddersfield Textiles show on Sunday 28th October. It promises to be a day full of interest with a variety of stalls and demonstrations relating to textiles. There will be spinning, weaving, and rag rug making, a display by one of our famous local textile firms, artefacts relating to the textile industry and craft work and pictures made with cloth. There will be a display of the work of students of the Textiles Department of Huddersfield University. As ever the ‘Friends’ will be serving refreshments. A day not to be missed.

Unveiling of the ‘There but not There’ Tommy

We were honoured to have the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Mr Ed Anderson to unveil the ‘There but not there’ Tommy’ on 20th October. He was accompanied by Mrs Anderson. It was exactly 100 years since 2Lt James Tolson was killed in action In France. Huddersfield Veterans provided a ‘Guard of Honour’ on their arrival. A group of 8 pupils from Almondbury Community School presented a programme of poetry and prose about the WW1. They were introduced by the teacher Mrs Jane Lees who had worked with them on this project. After refreshments the film ‘Loss and Legacy, the Tolson Story’ was shown.

Autumn in the Museum and Garden

Mikron Theatre once again put on a fantastic show in the Heritage Memorial Garden and we had our biggest audience ever. We can now access electricity in the performance area. We have been given more plants for the Garden and we have a the small group of gardeners who meet regularly to work in it. The Garden is a lovely peaceful place to work. If you like gardening do come and join us.

Tolson Memorial Museum

Heritage Memorial Garden

Sunday 11th Nov. 10.45. Remembrance Service – Led by Rev Margaret Fossey. All Welcome.

Sunday 16th Dec 2pm Carols and Poems – Enjoy seasonal drink and mincepies. Free event.

Tolson Museum – Tea & Cake

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

14 Nov Huddersfield at the end of WW1

12th Dec Christmas Party – come along and enjoy a fun quiz and seasonal drink.

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. 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 – September/October 2018

‘We will remember them’

This autumn we will unveil a ‘There but not There’ sculpture at Tolson Memorial Museum. This has been purchased by the ‘Friends’. These 6ft tall aluminium-framed silhouettes are being made by the charity ‘Remembered’, the profits from the sales going to six military related charities.

These silhouettes are appearing throughout the country. At the event we will reflect on the effect that the war had on the people of Huddersfield. We have learnt, from the book by local author the late Margret Stansfield, that 3,439 service personnel died during the war and a further 130 died in the following three years from the effects of the war. This of course does not take into account the effects on the families of those who went through this conflict and the deprivations of many who were at home. We are holding the ‘unveiling’ on Saturday 20th October.

James Tolson aged 20 died on 20th October 1918. His brother Robert had been killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. In Huddersfield there are many memorials commemorating those who had given their lives, but none on the scale of the gift by Legh Tolson. He gave his home and estate to the people of Huddersfield, in memory of his two nephews Robert and James Tolson.

Summer in the Heritage Memorial Garden

We have had wonderful support for our events in the Garden this summer. We have had Colne Valley Big Band and Emley Brass Band. In the last couple of months we have had the New Orleans Wiggle and the White Rose Morris Men, both of whom encouraged audience participation – of all ages. Great fun.

 

We have a full programme of events this autumn, starting with the Motorbike Show on Sunday 9th September. Please note the next Tea & Cake meeting is 12th September.

Tolson Museum – Tea & Cake

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

13th Sept. Riding motorbikes is not an all boys club!

10th Oct. Kirkwood Hospice work in the community.

Tolson Museum

WEAVERS WORK
Celebrating Huddersfield Textiles
Sunday 28th Oct. 11-4
Exhibitions, Demonstrations
Stalls Refreshments
Free event.

Tolson Museum Forecourt

Heritage Weekend
Sunday 9th Sept
5th Motorbike Show
Featuring a rare ‘panther’ motorbike.
11am – 4pm
Stalls, refreshments

Heritage Memorial Garden

Tolson Museum Free events.
Refreshments served.
Some seats but bring your own if you can.

22nd Sept 12pm – 2pm Revolting Women. Mikron Theatre. Story of some less well known suffragettes.

Saturday 20th Oct 1pm – 3pm ‘We will remember them’ Unveiling

  • 1pm. Memories of Huddersfield November 1918. unveiling
  • 2pm. Refreshments. Showing of film Loss & Legacy, The Tolson legacy.

Motorbike Show Sunday 9 September 2018 – Will the Tolson Panther Steal the Show?

Motorcycle enthusiasts are gearing up for the hugely popular annual Tolson Museum Motorbike Show on Sunday 9 September. Whilst there is excited anticipation about the variety of makes, models and vintages of motorbikes that will be on display outside museum, the star of the show may well come from inside the museum itself.

For the museum in Huddersfield has recently taken delivery of a special and rare motorbike – a very early Panther made by the Cleckheaton firm of Phelon & Moore.

The Phelon & Moore 3.5 H.P. motorcycle was previously part of the Spen Valley Stories exhibition at the now closed Red House Museum in Gomersal. It now takes pride of place in Tolson Museum’s transport gallery.

Cllr Graham Turner (Kirklees Cabinet member for Corporate Strategy, Cultural Policy and Asset Strategy) said: “We are delighted to have this beautiful example of an early Panther on display in time for the Motorbike Show. I’m sure it will be admired and appreciated by the many motorbike enthusiasts we are expecting that day. I welcome this wonderful addition to its new home, the excellent transport gallery in the museum, and I am sure that it will be admired by the many visitors to Tolson Museum in the coming years.”

More than three thousand 3.5 H.P. motorcycles were made at the Phelon & Moore factory between 1914 and 1920, with forty a week being made at the height of production. They were used by the Royal Air Force for their dispatch riders. The machine on display in the museum was saved from a Sussex scrapyard in 1947 and was acquired for Kirklees Museums’ collections in 1991.

Exhibited alongside the motorcycle is a sectioned Panther M100 motorcycle engine. It is a showroom example of the famous “Redwing 100” model manufactured by the Cleckheaton firm between 1950 and 1960.

These two permanent exhibits are added attractions to the Motorbike Show event which will have a wide range of makes and models, from classic to modern, on show. The motorcycles will be lined up in front of the museum in Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield from 11am to 4pm.

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The Motorbike Show, which has been organised by the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle in conjunction with Mollsprings Motorcycles, Honley, is part of Heritage Open Weekend events in Kirklees.