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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. 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 – 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.

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.