26 Aug

Big Thank you to One Community for their continuing support

Big Thank you to One Community for their continuing support through the pandemic.

Their financial support has enabled us to produce and distribute a  newsletter to our members as well as supporting them remotely through regular phone calls and delivering activity packs providing interest specific to each one.

Many Thanks from us all.


28 Jul
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Howlands Opening Soon.

Hi Everyone,

We hope that you are keeping well.

Howlands will be opening soon!

Like many other organisations we had to close due to the Lockdown. However we are now doing our very best to get Howlands back up and running ready for our members and volunteers to return soon.

We must make it a priority to ensure that everyone is safe when they do return and they are not at risk of catching or spreading the infection.

We will need a little more time to prepare so that you will feel confident to come back to Howlands.

We are really looking forward to seeing you all again so please check this website and our Facebook page for further news, and notification of when we are re-opening.

See you all soon.

20 Jul
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Visit to Local Pond Means Treats for Geese

Deborah loves to see the new arrivals at the local duck pond.

Debora feeding geese with sweetcorn


This year the resident Mr and Mrs Goose have managed to raise seven rather beautiful goslings.

Deborah has seen them grow from tiny balls of soft downy feather to fill out to the size of mum and dad. Take a look at the picture, they ceryainly look fully grown.

“I like to treat them to a snack of sweetcorrn which they take from my hand, overseen by their wary parents of course. They are getting a little bit cheeky now as they are now stealing the bag so they don’t have to share it with the ducks!”

Keep your fingers safe Deborah, you know what these Geese are like!

17 Jul
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High Praise For Work During Covid-19

Early in June Howlands received an acknowledgement from The Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson, for the work being done by the Howlands Team during the Covid 19 crisis. Read it here:

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This is for all of our volunteers, supporters and members who have worked so hard to support each other through these last few difficult months, through our monthly newsletter.

17 Jul

Happy Lockdown 80th George

Our supporter George had his 80th birthday in May. Julia, our sugar craft expert and sugar craft tutor to our members made this special birthday cake for him featuring horses as he is a lifelong horse lover. Cake

Julia also made these very special cupcakes for George to take to the nurses and staff at Dewsbury District Hospital, where he receives regular treatment, to thank them all for the work they are doing. cupakes NHS

17 Jul
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Enjoying the rich nature in our own gardens

There’s been a strong theme of nature for Howlands members and volunteers.

We’ve all been enjoying the rich nature in our own gardens, take a look at the pictures below.

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Tom had an very special visitor in his garden, although I don’t think the other birds were happy! Amazing to see though!

And take a look at Pam enjoyign the sun and sharing with us a picture of her flower bed development.

Brilliant photographs – thank you.

17 Jul
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Lockdown Garden Inspiration From Howlands Member

Our members and volunteers have been very busy in their gardens during lockdown.

Becki, like many others, took to the garden and even though the garden centres were closed she successfully managed to grow, tomatoes, peas, beans, peppers and spring onions.

Take a look at these impressive pictures:

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By July she had her first crop of radishes, lettuce, rocket and strawberries. She didn’t stop there though.

Inspired by Howlands member, John Walmsley, who made his own water garden, Beckit took on the challenge to develop her own little living water garden.

It’s a work in progress, but look at the picture, Becki loves it and so do we.

Doesn’t it look fantastic?

2 Mar


Looking to make fundraising exhilarating, Dewsbury gym owner Sam the Man is leading an Aerobathon to raise funds for the Howlands Centre.

804b7b7d-18d0-445a-9d43-3f2912b15f1aA keen community champion, the Muscle Pit owner is encouraging people to come to together to not only raise their endorphin levels but sponsorship money during a 90 minute non-stop aerobics session.

Make a note of the date, scheduled to take place at the Muscle Pit gym on the 5th April at 2pm you can get your sponsorship forms from the Howlands Centre Main Hall.

Howlands centre manager Deborah Hall says: “We were delighted Sam is taking on this challenge, and encouraging others to do so, to raise money for our community centre. It’s with the kindness and dedication of people like Sam that we can continue to open our doors to provide friendship and activities to adults with disabilities to meet.”

Please help make a positive impact in Dewsbury, sign-up and raise money for a good cause with a good bunch of people.

27 Feb

Pancake Dog Mascot Receives a Shrove Tuesday Offering

The Howlands pancake dog mascot receives a Shrove Tuesday offering from local gym owner, and guess what, it’s a pancake!
Sam Cullingworth, owner of The Muscle Pit gym in Dewsbury, visited Howlands on Shrove Tuesday to present the Centre’s Pancake Dog.
For those of you who don’t know, our Pancake Dog can be seen perched right on the roof of the building and it is alleged to jump down for his pancake when the bell is rung on Shrove Tuesday.
We didn’t see the dog come down for his pancake! But we certainly enjoyed our pancakes.

Pictured is Sarah Ford, a Muscle Pit member, and Sam Cullingworth, Muscle Pit owner, with our members left-right Tracey Porritt, Amanda Radforth and Paul Radforth.

3 Jan
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to our members, volunteers, friends, and supporters.

Thank you for making 2019 so successful for Howlands.

We’re very much looking forward to working with you all in 2020 to continue to build on our success.