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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.

Newsletter – July/August 2018

Summer in the Garden 2018

From May to September this year we have music or theatre in the Heritage Memorial Garden. We started our programme with Kirkleesmusica entertaining us in May. This was followed in June by Emley Brass Band. We now have a gazebo to shelter the players. This was a real boon on a very hot Sunday afternoon. In July we have the Wiggle Jazz Band. In August we go really traditional with the Morris Dancers. In September we welcome back the Mikron Theatre who are entertaining us with ‘Revolting Women.’ a play about lesser known suffragettes—not to be missed!

 

The AGM

Now don’t let your eyes glaze over, I know an AGM is not a very exciting event, but it does give the committee an opportunity to look at their achievements over the year, and focus on what they want to do in the coming year.

We agreed that T&C meetings on the second Wednesday afternoon in the month are very well supported and we have a full programme for the coming year.

The 5th Motorbike Show, part of the Heritage Weekend, will feature a ‘panther’.

Our Victorian Christmas Fair was a success with the stunning Father Christmas Grotto. Stalls are already being booked for the next one on 17th November.

A new event is planned. ‘Weavers Work.’ will be a day to celebrate the importance of the textile industry in Huddersfield. Spinning and weaver will be demonstrated. Students of Huddersfield University will demonstrate their work. Keen to give a complete picture of the process of cloth making a committee member is try to source some sheep!

On a different note , Robert Tolson aged 18, died on 20th October 1918. We are having events on Saturday 20th October to commemorate his death.

Tolson Museum – Tea & Cake

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

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

8th Aug. Join with the croquet club. Games inside if raining.

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

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.

8th July 2pm – 4pm Jazz in the Garden. New Orleans Wiggle

12th August 2pm- 4pm Morris Men. White Rose Morris Men

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

Beautiful Fabric designed by William Etchells

This is described as one of the choicest designs by William Etchells. It was made to demonstrate what can be produced on a Jaquard Loom. The loom had a ‘punch hole card’ process that made the creation of very complex patterns possible. Fabrics such as this were exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1852. Mills throughout Huddersfield developed their ability to produce such cloth during the 19th and 20th Centuries. Most mills have now gone but fine quality cloth is still being made in Huddersfield. Samples of fabrics of this quality are in the textile room in Tolson Museum.

Help – Wanted

  1. Secretary. The ‘Friends’ meet on the 3rd Sunday afternoon once a month for approx. 2 hours. Secretary needed to take notes at the meeting and type into a computer.
  2. Help with refreshments. Commitment is about 3 hours on the occasional Sunday afternoon.
  3. Gardening. We meet in the Heritage Memorial Garden 10—11.30 am Saturday morning twice a month in the growing season. Refreshments.

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 – 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 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 – 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 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.