16 Mar
£244.25 raised for Howlands

Fundraising Evening for Howlands

A recent evening out for the members and volunteers of Howlands raised £244.25.

Held at at Zucchini’s Restaurant, Batley it was nice to see so much support, not to mention eat some very nice food.

Many thanks to Christine Sykes for organising the event and to everyone who supported it.

A special thank you to the staff at Zucchini’s who looked after us so well.

6 Mar
Howlands refurbishment Dewsbury.

The Pancake Dog Features in Howlands Refurbishment

The Pancake Dog might be jumping down from his perch for while the Howlands  refurbishment goes ahead.
Howlands refurbishment Dewsbury.
He is currently at the back of the building looking a little worn. He was taken from the vicarage in the 1880’s and it is alleged to jump down for his pancake when the bell is rung on Shrove Tuesday.
Didn’t look like the dog moved last week to me, but who knows!
Hopefully the dog will be cleaned up and placed at the front of the building where more people will be able to see him when we open our refurbished centre.
28 Feb
Howlands auction update

Thank you to English Framing Co.

Many thanks to the English Framing Co. who did such a wonderful job with our members’ pictures.
They always have a wide selection of frames and a very subtle choice of mounts.
We strongly recommend that you give them a call on 01924 455903  for some excellent service and directions to their new premises in Dewsbury.
Thanks again English Framing Co.
24 Feb
Howlands Dewsbury

Unique Crocheted Animals For Sale

Unique Crocheted Animals For Sale. Chirpy Chicken, Gorgeous Giraffe or a Handsome Hippo – which one would you have?

Splash out and buy all three.
Our very own Howlands member Becki is a crochet whizz and now spends all of her waking, and some sleeping moments, crocheting colourful and cute animals, for sale in aid of Howlands.
Unique Crocheted Animals For Sale

Crochet creations by Becki.

Anybody interested in buying these incredible unique creations should speak to Becki at Howlands for details and pricing.
Colours will be vary from the attached photographs.
20 Feb
Howlands Dewsbury

Artistic Talent at Howlands

Here are a few new pieces from our talented artists.
Howlands Dewsbury

Poppies (Mixed Medium) by Rebecca Moore.

Howlands Dewsbury

A Tapestry of Flowers (Wool on Canvas) by Aisha Ghanchi.

Howlands Dewsbury

Seahorse (Tapestry on Hessian) by Marlene Rhodes.

Howlands Dewsbury

Sunset (Acrylic on Canvas) by Brenda Sunderland.

If you like what you see we do take commissions – contact us.
9 Feb
Howlands night out.

An Evening Out With Howlands

Howlands members are very much looking forward to an evening of socialising and great food at Batley’s   Zucchini’s Italian restaurant, Bradford Road,  Batley on Friday 10th March 2017 at 7.00 p.m..

We would love to meet up with members and volunteers past and present for an evening of friendship and conversation.
If you would like to book a spot please get in touch with Christine Sykes on 01924 463693
6 Feb
Temporary building appeal


Did you see our appeal in the Dewsbury Press last week?

The Dewsbury & District League of Friendship is appealing to the people of Dewsbury for help.

We desperately require temporary accommodation to continue to provide a community hub for people looking for companionship and friendship through events, courses, and social gatherings.

As many of you know we have been incredibly fortunate to have been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Building Communities Fund to pay for a complete refurbishment of our building, The Howlands on School Street Dewsbury.

However the refurbishment is expected to take 20 weeks to complete, leaving us without a base to continue the valuable service we offer across the District.

The Dewsbury & District League of Friendship chairman, Tom Ellis, says: “Building work is due to start at the end of March but unfortunately we have a minimal budget and haven’t been able to source suitable temporary accommodation. For many the Howlands is a real lifeline so we’re really hoping we will be able to continue to support those members. As you can image we’re very concerned about our predicament and would like to appeal to the generosity of the people of Dewsbury for help.”

If you can help please contact Tom Ellis or Deborah Hall on 01924 463693 or email

23 Jan
Howlands Dewsbury

Howlands Featured Lots at Auction.

As you all know we’re busy here preparing for the transformation of the Howlands and you know what that means – clearing out every last nook and cranny in the Centre.
We’ve certainly done that and we’ve collected that much we’ve sent several lots off  to C. W. Harrisons & Son Auctioneers, Ossett.
China crockery, catering pans and kitchen equipment, toys, brick-a brac, collectables, paintings, you name we’ve found it and they’ll be in forthcoming auctions shortly – keep looking at the auction website for information.
19 Jan
Presentation at the Howlands

We’ve been mentioned in the Dewsbury Press!

Read our mention The Press newspaper which reported on four Batley schools taking part in an art project alongside Batley Rotary Club.

Children from St Mary’s Primary, Lydgate Junior and Infant, Batley Girls High and Upper Batley High School were asked to work on a piece of art for our centre.

The unveiling of the artwork was attended by the Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Jim Dodds, Rotary D1040 Governor Philip Poole, along with approximately 100 Rotarians and members of Howlands.

13 Jan
handmade arts and crafts for sale at Howlands

Buy Howlands Artwork and Crafts

FOR SALE Handmade lighthouse tapestry £30. Handmade 3D collage £25. Handmade crochet blanket £20.

Pick up from Howlands Dewsbury. To buy please contact us:

handmade arts and crafts for sale at Howlands

The items for sale have been handmade by our members. They are one-off truly unique designs and creations which can not be found anywhere else.handmade crafts and art for sale

Art work for sale at Howlands

Art and crafts for sale at Howlands