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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.

Autumn Newsletter – September 2017

Autumn Programme in the Garden

Surely this is the most topical of the items in the Transport Gallery at the moment. Even those, like me, who know nothing about football, cannot fail to be impressed by the success of Huddersfield Town. This Huddersfield Town nameplate was on a railway engine of the London & North Eastern Company. A series of engines were built in Darlington in 1936 and were all named after football teams that were in the football 1st division at the time. Sadly you would have been unlikely to have seen this engine as it was used to pull carriages in the East Anglian Region. This is part of the collection of railway items on loan from the Huddersfield Railway Circle.

The Friends Autumn Programme starts with our annual Motorcycle Show from 11am on Sunday 10th September. This time, thanks for a generous donation, we will have a large marquee where we will have a range of craft and charity stalls. The following Saturday, at 12.pm, we once again have Mikron Theatre. They are performing their show ’In at the deep end’ . This play is a story about the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. This is of particular interest in Huddersfield as the people of Huddersfield have over the years raised money for three lifeboats. The first one that money was raised for was the Happisburg Lifeboat in 1866.

The Wednesday afternoon Tea & Cake group’s next meeting is on 13th September. It is a change to the published programme. It will be a Tour of the Museum followed by a discussion of what we think of as the most interesting items we have seen. The T&C meeting in August was a joint meeting with the Croquet Group, pictured here.

Good News

There are to be improvements to the entrance and café area in Tolson Museum.

As a result of the work the museum will be closed from 18th September to 21st October.

However, the Woodhead Hall will still be available so the Tea & Cake meeting on 11th October will take place.

Motorbike Show

Mikron Theatre presents ‘In at the deep end’

Bring your seats. Refreshments. Collection.

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

13th September
Tour of Museum Followed by a discussion about items in the museum.

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.

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.

Summer Newsletter – July 2017

Summer Programme in the Garden

The sun shone and we all enjoyed the amazing talents of our young musicians. The Musica Kirklees Junior Brass Band, under the leadership of Stephen Lord, provided us with a lovely selection of musical items. There was an appreciative audience who, because of the heat, took their seats into the shade. They provided a lovely start to programme of Summer events. Our next event is a group who are new to us, it is Hobson’s Chorus and they will be giving us a conert on Sunday 2rd July. Unfortunately the Jazz Concert on 16th July has had to be cancelled.

The Wednesday afternoon Tea & Cake Group ( who meet at 2pm on the second Wednesday afternoon in the month) went on their summer outing this June. At the suggestion of one of our regular attendees we visited Tropical World in Roundhay Park in Leeds. It was an enjoyable outing on a lovely day. We had plenty of time to look round Tropical World and the beautiful gardens. There was also a good café. Our bus driver Kenny was really helpful getting the bus as near as he could to the entrance.. Not only were the butterflies and birds beautiful but also were the fish in the various tanks.

Heritage Memorial Garden

Events in the Garden
Bring your seats. Refreshments

Sunday 2nd July. 2pm
Hobson’s Chorus

Sunday 16th July. 2pm
Jazz in the Garden

Sunday 10th Sept. 2pm
Classic Motorbike Show

Saturday 16th Sept. 12 noon
Mikron Theatre
‘In the Deep End’

Tolson Museum Tea & Cake

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

12th July
Kirkwood Hospice
work of the hospice today

9th August
Croquet Demonstation
opportunity to have a go

13th September
Starting school—memories of first days.
What was your first day like?

spy is here at the Museum!

An interactive smartphone app designed for children aged between 4-11.

More things to do. Come and join us.

Nordic Walking
Every Thursday 12noon—1pm

Pins & Needles
2-4pm 26th July, 28th August.

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.

Spring Newsletter – May 2017

Celebrations! Celebrations!

This month the Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle have been in existence for five years. It is unbelievable that it is 5 years since we planted the tree to launch the ‘Friends’. Fortunately the tree is still there and so are we! So what have we done!

  • We were awarded £100k to create the Heritage Memorial Garden to the rear of Tolson Museum. This is now finished and we have a group of people who help look after the garden, though more help would be appreciated.
  • We have programme of events in the summer in the performance area in the Garden. The ‘Friends’ serve refreshments at these events.
  • We have a monthly Tea & Cake meeting on the second Wednesday of the month in the Museum. We have a full programme of speakers and activities and it includes a summer trip in June and a Christmas Party.
  • We serve Cream Teas in the lovely Morning Room on certain Sundays.
  • We have a very successful annual Christmas Fair
  • Our popular Motorbike Show gets bigger every year.
  • We raised the money to start the Tolson Junior Parkrun. We have between 40 and 50 children running every Sunday. The event is run by Parkrun volunteers with the ‘Friends’ providing some marshals. The ‘Friends’ also provide refreshments after the event in the hut on the Bowling Green. The Tolson Junior Parkrun celebrated its first birthday on the 23rd April when 62 children ran. This picture is of a cold Sunday morning where the children with parents are gathering waiting for the off.

Heritage Memorial Garden

Events in the Garden
Bring your seats. Refreshments

Sunday 18th June. 2pm
Brass in the Garden

Sunday 2nd July. 2pm
Hobson’s Chorus

Sunday 16th July. 2pm
Jazz in the Garden

Sunday 10th Sept. 2pm
Classic Motorbike Show

Saturday 16th Sept. 12 noon
Mikron Theatre
‘In the Deep End’

Tolson Museum Tea & Cake

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

14th June
Visit to Tropical World, Roundhey Park. Leave Tolson Museum at 12noon. £16
Must book by end of May.

12th July
Kirkwood Hospice
work of the hospice today

9th August
Croquet Demonstation
opportunity to have a go

spy is here at the Museum!

An interactive smartphone app designed for children aged between 4-11.

More things to do. Come and join us.

Nordic Walking
Every Thursday 12noon—1pm

Pins & Needles
2-4pm 24th May, 28th June, 26th July, 28th August.

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.

A letter from John Beaumont written in January 1889

John Beaumont, Dalton entrepreneur, was the man who bought the Ravensknowle Estate and had Ravensknowle Hall built in 1859. The letter was given to the Friends by Chris Heaven. This made the fifth Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle into a very special occasion. The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Christine Iredale, received this letter on behalf of the ‘Friends’ and Tolson Museum.

At the meeting Chris Heaven read out the letter, which could have been written in the room we were sitting, tells about buying shares of North British Railway Stock. Some of it is a bit technical but we did learn that John Beaumont had been a share holder for 45 years and a director for 26 years. Chris Heaven also told us how he came by it. He is a collector of Railway Memorabilia and it was in a ‘job lot’ of letters about the purchase of shares by the family who owned the Rowley Estates in Cumbria.

The AGM meeting was followed by a wine and cheese party at which a power point presentation was given showing the work of the Friends over the last five years.