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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.

Spring Newsletter – March 2017

Tolson Memorial Museum – the ‘Friends’ 100 items collection

We had a very successful St Valentines Cream Tea. Several who had joined us then went to look around the museum and chose exhibits they would like to be included in our list of 100 items. One of these was the David Brown Valveless Car. This car is one of the few of it’s type and is typical of the pre WW1, large, expensive, hand crafted and chauffeur driven. Another exhibit chosen was the early David Brown tractor. Our next Cream Tea in on 26th March which is Mothering Sunday.

Keeping with the Transport theme we are delighted to announce that thanks to the support of Tracey and Stephen of T&C Almondbury, we are holding the Tolson Cake Challenge. A cake has to be decorated or shaped as some form of transport. Have a go, it should be fun to see what ideas cake makers come up with – details below.

Friends Gardening Club

2nd Saturday each month. Heritage Memorial Garden.

10am on Saturday 11th March

Come along and improve your well being!!!! Honestly you will.

Gardening can be hard work, we all know that! It can also be incredibly rewarding. And if you have company while you do it, that makes it even more pleasurable. An article in this months ‘Gardeners World’ by Nick Triggle, the BBC Health Correspondent tells of the positive benefits of getting out into the garden. It is gentle exercise that helps keep the joints moving. Gardening also burns calories so can help with keeping the weight down. Any aspect of gardening from garden design to the mundane job of weeding can be extremely rewarding.

The Heritage Memorial Garden to the rear of Tolson Museum is a particular satisfying place in which to garden. In a lovely setting away from traffic, it is an area of calm in this busy world.

Come and join us for a couple hours. Refreshments are provided. We also have a range of tools if you are not able to bring your own. You will find it very rewarding.

Tea & Cake

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

8th March. Life on Castle Hill. Talk by Julian Brown, Ranger.

12th April. Museum Special. Why Tolson is important to us and what we are doing to keep as the Museum of Huddersfield.

10th May. Citizens Advice Bureau. What the service does and how it helps people.

14th June. Trip to  the Butterfly House, Leeds. Must be booked by the end of May. There will be a charge for transport and entrance to the Butterfly House.

12th July. Kirkwood Hospice, the work of the hospice today.

9th August. Demonstration of Croquet, on the bowling green. and opportunity to have a go. (If wet games in the Museum.!)

13th September. Starting school – memories of first days. What was it like in your day, what is it like today?

11th October. Fire Prevention . Talk by officer from West Yorkshire Brigade officer.

8th November. TBA

13th December. Christmas Party.

Afternoon Cream Teas

1:00 – 3:00. £5 per person. You are advised to pre-book.

Sunday 26th March. Give Mum and the family a treat on Mothering Sunday.

Sunday 23rd April. St Georges Day.

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.

Winter Newsletter 2 – January 2017

Tolson Memorial Museum – Your Museum. 100 items about the Museum and Huddersfield

The Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle are highlighting over the coming months 100 of the many unusual and fascinating items that are found in the museum and the collections.

First a word about the building. The Museum building was originally called Ravensknowle Hall and was given to Huddersfield Corporation on 31st December 1919. Mr Tolson who made this wonderful gift was a local cotton manufacturer and local historian. He made this gift as a memorial to his two nephews Robert Huntriss Tolson and James Martin Tolson both killed fighting in the First World War.

At the time there was a burgeoning museum in the Technical College but woefully restricted by space. Mr Tolson made the donation on condition that the museum should reflected the history and environment of Huddersfield as suggested by Dr Woodhead, the Head of Biology at Huddersfield Technical College. It should be open to the public and demonstrate ‘the influence of all life of the town and district. It should be an educational institution and should provide practical illustrations of the main factors in the environment of the community.’ As it does to this day.

1. Key to the door.

On 22nd May 1922 Legh Tolson was presented with a gold ‘key to the door’ of the Tolson Museum. You can see this on the first floor landing.

Have you a favourite item in the Museum that should be included in the 100? If so let us know.

Tolson Junior Park Run

The Tolson Park Run is part of the national Parkrun organization. The Tolson Junior Parkrun is a run of 2k round Ravensknowle Park. It is a free event. It starts at 9am promptly every Sunday morning.

If a child wants to take part they should go online to Parkrun to sign up and get a barcode. Round the course are 10 marshalls. After the run refreshments are served to all from the hut on the bowling green behind the Museum.

We have between 30 and 50 children running each week. The FoT&R would welcome help for an hour in serving refreshments.

Tea & Cake

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

8th February. Story of Huddersfield Army Veterans. Illustrated talk by President Ian Fillan.

8th March. Life on Castle Hill. Talk by Julian Brown, Ranger.

12th April. Museum Special. Why Tolson is important to us and what we are doing to keep as the Museum of Huddersfield.

10th May. Citizens Advice Bureau. What the service does and how it helps people.

14th June. Trip to  the Butterfly House, Leeds. Must be booked by the end of May. There will be a charge for transport and entrance to the Butterfly House.

12th July. Kirkwood Hospice, the work of the hospice today.

9th August. Demonstration of Croquet, on the bowling green. and opportunity to have a go. (If wet games in the Museum.!)

13th September. Starting school – memories of first days. What was it like in your day, what is it like today?

11th October. Fire Prevention . Talk by officer from West Yorkshire Brigade officer.

8th November. TBA

13th December. Christmas Party.

Afternoon Cream Teas

1:00 – 3:00. £5 per person. You are advised to pre-book.

Sunday 12th Feb. Celebrate St Valentine’s Day.

Sunday 26th March. Give Mum and the family a treat on Mothering Sunday.

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.