Howlands members, volunteers, and staff invited friends and supporters to the centre to celebrate securing a Big Lottery win to refurbish the historical building it is based within.
Chairman Tom Ellis welcomed all who attended to the afternoon and introduced the architect’s team of Simon Cornell, Darren Bailey and Steve Voke to the members and volunteers.
Trustee June Salisbury and Cath Longley of Good Fundraising cut the celebration cakes and a Bucks Fizz toast was raised to cement the future success of the Howlands.
Kirklees Council representative Councillor Eric Firth attended the event and was delighted that the Howlands was building on its 60 years of experience and refurbishing the building that would go on to serve the people of Dewsbury for a further 20 to 30 years.
We very much enjoyed the whole afternoon; it’s a positive time for the Howlands.
Dawn’s BIG dance night was another successful event and an incredibly enjoyable evening.
A MASSIVE £391.00 was raised for The Howlands.
Thank you to all who supported and took part in the event – well done Dawn, thank you.
In preparation for our forthcoming refurbishment we’ve been clearing out all the places we use for storage.
Attics, cupboards, rooms, no stone has been left unturned and you’ll be amazed at the objects we have discovered.
Not to let any of these wonderful items go to waste, or in the skip, we’re holding a tabletop sale on Saturday the 22nd of October at Howlands, School Street Dewsbury from 9.30 am.
There will be tea and coffee for sale. All proceeds in aid of Howlands. Any queries please phone 01924 463693
The Dewsbury & District League of Friendship have been awarded a grant of £459,818 by the Big Lottery Building Communities Fund to pay for a complete refurbishment of their building, The Howlands on School Street Dewsbury.
The Dewsbury & District League of Friendship chairman, Tom Ellis, says: “It has taken two years of hard work by a dedicated team to achieve this. We must thank Deborah Hall our manager, Cath Longley of Good Fundraising and Simon Cornell of Acropolis Design for their efforts in leading that team.”
The grant will be spent on a major overhaul of the School Street Building that is expected to be complete early 2017. The building works are intended to fully modernise the Victorian building to a state that will be able to accommodate community groups and a variety of uses for all the community to benefit from.
The League of Friendship will continue to support those members of the community who benefit from the wide range of activities they currently offer from the building, including arts and crafts sessions.
Tom continues: “We feel that our refurbishment is a very positive statement in the regeneration of Dewsbury and we look forward to being at the hub of the resurgence of local community involvement.”
The Big Lottery is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small projects. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the the money raised by the National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards about 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
Read this very nice letter from the The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Team commending our service. We didn’t win but we feel like winners. Thank you to everyone, we are incredibly proud to have been nominated.
“Dear Tom Ellis, Dewsbury and District League of Friendship
I am writing to inform you that Dewsbury and District League of Friendship was nominated for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016. This award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community.
The nomination of Dewsbury and District League of Friendship for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. Everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, should feel immensely proud of the recognition that a nomination for this Award represents.
The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the Independent Assessment Committee.
On behalf of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Team, please convey to your volunteers and other staff, our warm appreciation of the excellent work they do and of the enormous benefit it represents to the local community.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Team are pleased to recognise the value of your work and the significance of your nomination for this Award.
For and on behalf of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Team”