3 Jan

Cake Decorating Takes on a Festive Theme

Howlands really did get creative over the Christmas period!

Creative Cake Decorating


A cake decorating class resulting in these amazing Yule Logs.

It goes without saying we had a very enjoyable time and many thanks to Julia Fenton for her patience in showing us how to achieve such Christmassy results.



11 Dec
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We are really pleased to announce that the Asda Foundation has provided Howlands with a grant for £300 to help us bring the community, volunteers and members together during our Christmas fuddle to say thank you to everyone who supports our charity and services on the 13th of December.

Pictured here is Sharon Kingswood, Asda’s Community Champion based at Asda Mill Street West, Dewsbury who presented the cheque for £300 to Deborah Hall, Howlands manager, and volunteer, Hamzah Hussain.

Asda Presentation jpgMany thanks to Sharon, for her assistance with the application and to Asda Foundation for their generosity. We look forward to welcoming you all on Friday the 13th to catch up, share stories, and raise a toast to the success of Howlands during the past year.

The Asda Foundation give independent grants and support locally relevant projects throughout the UK. Whether its helping, charities, local good causes, or community activity, all make a real difference to your local community.



3 Dec
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Howlands Welcomes University Students

Here at Howlands we welcome 28 students from Leeds Becket University who are currently studying on a
Speech and Language Therapy Course.

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Thankfully all 28 don’t attend in one group visit! Rather the students attend in pairs on a daily rotation to work with us and our service users to gain valuable experience of working in different environments.

We are all delighted to have them here, especially our members who enjoy the social interaction as well as being able to help other individuals with their developments goals. Everyone is winning and we’re all very much enjoying the experience – they are a credit to the University.

3 Dec

Thanking you for your continued support.

A big Thank You goes to everyone who took part and supported our Halloween raffle.


Better late than never, here we are really, really pleased to announce an amazing amount of money was raised.

It raised a terrific £846.00 which will not only meet our running costs but enable us to continue to offer our valued and essential services.

28 Sep
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Cake Decorating at Howlands

Cake decorating at Howlands doesn’t get any better than our last session set-up and run by the recently catering management lecturer, Julia Fenton.

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Both members and volunteers took part in this new activity. One of our members, Amanda, said “It was really good to do something totally different to our usual activities.”

While Judith said, “The best bit is that you can eat what you have made.”

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Brenda enjoyed herself so much that she has ordered a kit off the internet and is going to teach her granddaughter how to decorate cakes.

Many other members have shown interest in the course so happily we are planning to run more courses in the near future. Watch this space!

30 Aug
Autumn Quiz coming to Shaw Cross Boys Club

Autumn Quiz coming to Shaw Cross Boys Club

The Autumn Quiz is coming to Shaw Cross Boys Club during the season of mists and mellow fruitness.

Leave the date free for Dawn’s Autumn quiz Friday the 4th of October 2019 from 7pm at Shaw Cross Boys Club, Shaw Cross, Dewsbury. Book your places early and sit back and look forward to and evening of fun and food.

Autumn Quiz coming to Shaw Cross Boys ClubTickets are available from Dawn Field in person, via our Facebook page, or on the night at the door. Please let Dawn know of your attendance beforehand so the correct amount of food can be orderd.

As always the proceeds will go towards Howlands, your local community hub, let’s make it a great evening. It would be good to see you all there.

Many thanks.


9 Jul
One Stop Convenience Stores warehouse staff raise money

One Stop Convenience Store Raises Money for Howlands

One Stop Convenience Stores warehouse staff raise moneyOne Stop Convenience Store warehouse staff have raised two hundred and fifty pounds for Howlands.

Following some lively games of boccia, organised by Holly Sheen of Sports World, Simon Williams from One Stop presented a check for two hundred and fifty pounds to Dawn Field a trustee of Howlands.

To show our appreciation and that of the members Tom Ellis presented Simon with a piece of original artwork produced in-house by a Howlands member.

We were very lucky to have welcome our “new” councillor Aleks Lukic to the Centre.
We very much appreciated his kind words of praise for the work we do. We hope that he will be able to visit us again in the future.

Many thanks One Stop, without your generosity we wouldn’t be able to offer the range of activities on offer to those in the community who need it the most.

Pictured back row: is Tom Ellis (Volunteer), Dawn Field (Trustee), Holly Sheen (Sports World), John Jackson (Member)
Front Row: Simon Williams (One Stop) Kevin Walton (Member) Aleks Lukic (Local Councillor)

8 May

Neighbourhood Policing Takes on New Meaning

Neighbourhood policing took on a completely new meaning in Dewsbury when Howlands received a rather official visit from a group of Police Horses.
Pleasantly surprised by the unprompted visit from the patrolling mounted police officers, Howlands members, and volunteers were eager to learn more and be introduced to these very special horses.
Deborah Hall, manager of Howlands, said:  “The visit was totally unexpected and the members were really pleased to go out into the sunshine and spend some time admiring the horses.”
Pictured here are our members, Pam Long and Paul Radforth talking to the officers and of course saying hello to horses.
Thank you for the visit, it was vey much appreciated.
12 Apr
Howlands Visited by Prince's Trust

Prince’s Trust visit Howlands

12345A group of young people from the Prince’s Trust visited Howlands as part of a 12 week course “Team Programme” run by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.


The programme is to help young peoples’ personal development and demonstrates the impact they can make within the local community. The trainees spent time speaking to Howlands members about fire safety in the home.


It was a very successful afternoon which gave our members and  Prince’s Trust Volunteers the opportunity to get to know  each other better.

5 Mar
Pictured left to right: Stanley Dorr, Holly Sheen, from Sport Works,  Kevin Walton, Mandy Ross, and Nigel Parkinson.
Maureen Sheard, Pam Long, Brenda Sunderland.

Pancake Day and Sports Activities at Howlands

Pancake Day and sports activities… it’s all go at Howlands, and we must say a huge thank you to Sport Works Ltd who organised sports activities for our members and volunteers to take enjoy.
Following our funding from Sport England the Howlands now benefits from sporting activities such as Chairobics, Boccia, Curling, and mini-Olympics being run at Howlands until the end of the year.
Pictured are our members enjoying the latest sporting activity, but with a twist – pancake tossing!
Our pancake preparation is part of our Shrove Tuesday legend which celebrates ” The Pancake Dog” who proudly stands on the roof of Howlands waiting to be summoned by the ringing of a bell on Pancake Day to leap down to eat his pancake.
I must have missed him – the pancakes have gone though!
For more details about the sports activities we provide please contact Deborah Hall on 01924 463693
Pictured left to right: Stanley Dorr, Holly Sheen, from Sport Works,  Kevin Walton, Mandy Ross, and Nigel Parkinson.   Maureen Sheard, Pam Long, Brenda Sunderland.

Pictured left to right: Stanley Dorr, Holly Sheen, from Sport Works, Kevin Walton, Mandy Ross, and Nigel Parkinson.
Maureen Sheard, Pam Long, Brenda Sunderland.